Meet Our Team

True to our name, our team is a montage of diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and strengths. But we all have one thing in common – doing 'more' is in our DNA.

Mercedita Roxas-Murray

Teresa Pipia

Amy Driscoll

Dianne Beltran

Bobby Imperial

Melissa Jackson

Rima Matsumoto

Steve Curran

Mel Lopez

Julia Hornaday

Crystal Jackson

Liz Ayala

Kathryn Weatherly

Erin Daniels

Angie Gonzalez

Lydia Boateng

CEO | Purpose-Driven Marketer | Proud PTA Member

 

Mercedita has a thick skin, a big heart and an uncanny ability to function on very little sleep. She formed the idea for Montage in 2014 after nearly 30 years of experience in agencies across the globe. It’s sort of like the third child she still wants – don’t tell her teenagers.

 

Daughter of an immigrant, Mercedita inherited a spirit of hard work, determination and advocacy for others. She points her compass toward working for a greater purpose; and she doesn’t believe in failure. It’s no surprise that the #1 song on her personal soundtrack is “Don’t Stop Believing.”

 

Mercedita binds Montage together with her PR, advertising, marketing, communications and experiential expertise. Her colleagues call her strategic, steadfast and versatile. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has won a ton of awards that she’ll probably never mention. Family is her touchstone. Green tea is her fuel. And nothing stands in her way.

 

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Chief Relationship and Strategy Officer | Ninja Multitasker | Boy (x3) Mom

 

Teresa finds motivation in navigating new situations. That’s probably why she fearlessly entered the male-dominated field of sports marketing fresh out of college, has transitioned from agency to nonprofit to business ownership without blinking an eye, and once celebrated Thanksgiving Day by giving birth to twins.

 

She is fiercely loyal and excels at keeping people and projects on track. It’s no surprise that some of her former colleagues have joined her at Montage.

 

Though Teresa’s dream of becoming a CIA agent never came to fruition, she takes great pride in building a company that creates impactful marketing solutions for socially-conscious brands. She believes all work and no play is a no-no, can read a room with spy-like astuteness (so you’re saying there’s a chance?) and loves learning what makes someone tick. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from American University, a MBA/MS Sports Management from UMass Amherst, and proudly roots for a baseball team halfway in between – the NY Yankees.

 

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Creative Director | Cellist | Netflix Nut

 

From Beethoven to Bauhuas, Amy Driscoll attributes her foundation in music as a guiding principle in her creative endeavors. Indeed, this design-savvy, strategic thinker shines in all things artistic.

 

Amy has successfully oscillated between in-house and freelance positions for most of her 20+ year career in marketing. While producing large-scale branded events using innovative technologies, she found a new passion for experiential design. Montage was in the right place at the right time, bringing her on and immediately applying her talents.

 

An empath by nature, Amy really cares about getting her work just right. She listens carefully, sees needs, and fills them with smart and visually stimulating creative solutions. With coffee, tea, and more coffee by her side, Amy powers through even the most demanding projects. And when it’s all said and done, she loves a good Netflix binge.

 

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Program Director | Events Extraordinaire | Lover of Electric Violin

 

Dianne’s favorite quote is “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Muhammad Ali was probably talking about her when he said it. Dianne is an unassuming powerhouse. She learned English within six months of immigrating to the U.S., graduated college in three years while working full-time, and staffed over 500 nationwide events annually for nearly five years.

 

Dianne hails from Colombia (the country, not the district), and loves the sun and coffee accordingly. If there’s a beach, she’s probably been there and made us all jealous in the process.

 

Dianne honed her experiential marketing expertise in-house and in-the-field, a potent combination that she applies to the benefit of Montage’s clients. She is proud to work for a company that prioritizes projects that benefit her community, and is an avid fan of Celia Cruz.

 

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Experiential Producer | Desk Chair Comedian | Proud Papa

 

When Bobby was a little boy, he was given the gift of a lifetime – a wicked sense of humor. Exchange an email with him and you will see – he is a wizard of wit, quick with a quip (or a dad joke) and outgoing as can be.

 

Bobby’s produced some stellar events during his 4,015 days in the business. His first tradeshow in Vegas and a national tour with visually impaired employees rank among his most memorable. His experiential experience coupled with his zesty personality made him a natural fit for Montage.

 

Bobby is wholeheartedly inspired and appreciative of everything around him. He has tattoos dedicated to holidays. He rocks a bald head and a long beard with pride. His favorite quote is, “You are beautiful, get back to work.” And he enjoys waking up his kids with a self-described “body-moving, beat-bumping jam. Anyone else you know sound like Bobby? We’re guessing not.

 

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Program Manager | Problem Solver | KitchenAid Addict

 

Melissa lives by the three Ps: patience, positivity and persistence. She loves a challenge, is skilled at solving puzzles and prides herself on being able to see the silver lining in every situation. In the mind of Melissa, nothing is impossible.

 

Melissa made her way south to DC via Amtrak’s Northeast Regional route. She grew up in New York, spent her childhood in Pennsylvania and landed in DC to attend George Washington University. She’s a talented French horn player and former member of the GW pep band. Melissa includes playing at a university event attended by Barack Obama among her favorite memories.

 

The opportunity to be part of a young company’s early stages initially attracted Melissa to Montage. Prioritizing purpose-driven work sealed the deal. We’re thrilled to have Melissa on the team, both for her positive presence and program management skills. Did we mention she can bake?

 

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Multicultural Advisor | Difference Maker | Former Competitive Gymnast

 

When opportunity knocks, Rima answers. That’s what brought her to the U.S. from Mexico at age 17, inspired her to launch a Japanese outpost of a global nonprofit that promotes opportunities for women in business, and ultimately, drove her to Montage.

 

A gymnast in her youth, Rima’s flexibility has evolved from physical to mental. She is an astute listener and avid learner. Montage particularly benefits from her ability to build strong relationships with people from all walks of life and transform complexities into impactful solutions. She appreciates the agency’s commitment to excellence – and that no one on the team takes themselves too seriously.

 

In her spare time, Rima chairs the board of CASA, one of the largest and most prominent nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region, which provides a comprehensive array of services, education and civic engagement programs for low-income immigrants. She aspires to be a difference maker, as if she’s not well on her way, and never wants to live without her family, her dog and skim chai lattes.

 

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Tour Manager | Sunshine Seeker | Air Force Veteran

 

Steve joined Montage to be part of a small company with a big presence – a presence he is undoubtedly making bigger while in the field. But don’t expect him to come to life without a cup of coffee.

 

A United States Air Force veteran and 21-year cancer survivor, Steve doesn’t shy away from challenges. He’s naturally motivated, born to lead, and fond of the spotlight. As he puts it, he’s “a ‘Leo’ in every aspect.”

 

Steve joined Montage following a successful career in real estate. Originally from New England, he has his sights set on retiring to the sunshine state. Let’s hope it can keep up with him!

 

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Tour Manager | Art Lover | Small but Mighty

 

You can feel Mel’s presence in the room as soon as her favorite song starts playing. She is energized, empowered, fueled by coffee and creativity. And “She Works Hard for the Money.”

 

A well-traveled experiential marketer, Mel has graced every state excluding Alaska with her presence. She’s currently crossing the country as a bilingual Tour Manager for the All of Us Journey. The role provides her the much-desired opportunity to speak more Spanish, her first language.

 

Mel’s vibrant personality and MacGyver-like problem solving skills come in handy on the road. Her love of art is infectious, helping us all become more cultured. Mel can’t live without pizza, and counts a kiss on the cheek from Billy Idol as one of life’s most breathtaking moments. Who can blame her?

Director of Digital Marketing | Wordsmith | Powerhouse Perfectionist

 

Julia embraces an environment where excellence is expected, and then tries to do better. Her middle school teachers and Montage’s leadership both picked up on this trait, respectively electing Julia as General in her 8th grade Civil War unit and marketer for the marketing agency. For the record, her side won that year, and her mom embarrassingly brags about both.

 

Identifying as a Midwestern, a Washingtonian and a nomad, Julia is accordingly hardworking, competitive and curious. Her greatest accomplishments include running 5k in under 20 minutes and traveling to 38 countries and counting. She also wrote most of what you’ll read on this website.

 

Julia credits Montage’s culture of creativity, autonomy, purpose and empowerment as inspiration for doing her best work and motivation to contribute more to the world than likes and clicks. She does not support usage of the Oxford comma.

 

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Business Development Manager | Government Guru | Trailblazer

 

Crystal has worn many hats in the communications space over the past 15 years, including military journalist, media relations manager, broadcaster, and program director.

 

This jack-of-all-trades is a master in the federal contracting sector. Crystal adapts her expertise in PR and communications to share and sell Montage’s services at conferences, conventions and networking functions as well as in proposals and pitches.

 

Crystal is the first in her family to gain not one, but two college degrees, and is known for being a trailblazer and role model amongst her peers and family. While she has garnered many accolades over the years, her greatest accomplishment was tackling her fears and ziplining over alligators in Florida.

 

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Experiential Program Manager | Solution Spotter | Travel Aficionado

 

Liz thinks fate led her to Montage, but in reality, she’s just really good at what she does. Following 10 years in the administrative field, Liz took the leap into experience marketing. Her honed ability to spot potential weaknesses and offer solutions made her a natural in the industry. And when she crossed paths with Montage, we were eager to scoop her up.

 

Hailing from Peru, Liz’s parents gifted her with a love of travel starting at an early age. She’s visited 27 countries to date and is always on the lookout for her next adventure.

 

Liz is a team player, committed to modeling the passion, creativity, ambition and responsibility she hopes to instill in others. Liz attributes her motivation to get up every morning to her kids. Filling breakfasts and Cuban espresso also help. In her wildest dreams, Liz aspires to be a competitive powerlifter. Her favorite quote serves as inspiration: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”

 

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Events and Venues Manager | SuperMom | Wildflower

 

Meet Montage’s resident motivational speaker, Kathryn Weatherly. Although it’s not her official title (that would be Events and Venues Manager), Kathryn’s composure in the face of chaos inspires us all. Perhaps her upbringing as a military brat had an effect – or raising soon-to-be six (6!) kids all while advancing her career.

 

Kathryn’s reputation preceded her at Montage. She came highly recommended as an experiential expert having previously worked on big signature events like SXSW and managing campaigns for the United States Air Force and Air Guard National. Like most of the Montage team, however, Kathryn sought a more purpose-driven path.

 

In addition to making an impact by supporting Montage’s role in the All of Us Research program, Kathyrn volunteers her time as a Board Member for Discover U Children’s Museum and St. Mary’s Parks and Recreation. Personally, she feels a kinship to wildflowers – often growing in unusual places and standing tall in all circumstances.

 

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Program Manager | Never Met A Stranger | Solo Traveler

 

Erin possesses all the qualities of a girl who was born and raised in, as she affectionately calls, Lou-wee-zee-ana (Louisiana). She’s brave, charming, and down-to-earth. She knows the value of hard work and derives satisfaction from life’s little moments.

 

Erin was drawn to Montage because it reflected her own diverse experiences, skills and thinking. The shared spirit and wide range of capabilities among her colleagues keep her work interesting and help create a space where possibilities are vast. And she certainly doesn’t shy away from challenging herself. Erin has conquered a lot in her lifetime – from setting out on solo travels to overcoming her fear of public speaking.

 

Energized by laughter that cuts through the hustle and bustle and humbled by the gifts of others, Erin, too, has much to give. She’s willing to take the journey in stride – as long as she’s wearing flats.

Tour Manager | Go-To Gal | Adventurer

 

We all know that person. The one who’s up for anything. That’s Angie. Intrinsically driven by a desire to do well and be well, Angie embraces every experience life throws at her. It’s the ideal disposition for a Tour Manager who lives life on the road.

 

Angie shifted to Montage from the sports marketing world. Her experiential expertise and interest in purpose-driven projects made joining the agency an easy choice. And her energy, approachability, and can-do will-do attitude made her an easy hire.

 

When she’s not crisscrossing the country with the All of Us Journey, Angie travels in pursuit of her passions. She’s been to more than 20 countries and all the States in the U.S. except one. She’s a scuba diving, cliff jumping, photo snapping, sun seeking free spirit who will try anything once. She’s also a consummate professional who lives by the mantra, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

 

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Administrative Coordinator | Optimist | Always Wearing A Smile

 

Lydia is the first face you’ll see upon arriving at the Montage office. And she’s sure to be wearing a smile. No, it’s not part of her job description as Administrative Coordinator – Lydia is simply an eternal optimist. She always looks on the bright side of life.

 

Lydia hails from Ghana and is guided by her faith. A believer in going above and beyond in all that she does, Lydia had a natural attraction to Montage’s culture of not settling. Her values are on display in the office – she’s dependable, empathetic and patient. Put simply, Lydia treats others the way she would like to be treated. She enjoys solving problems as much as she enjoys her daily cup of Wild Sweet Orange tea.