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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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 31 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. 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.”
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.”
Tour Manager | People Person | Digital Nomad
Simply put: Gerardo is company you want to keep. Cheerful, affirming, and encouraging, he finds deep satisfaction in human interaction, learning from others, and giving back. His presence is positive. His intentions, pure.
Lovingly referred to as Jerry Jerry, this road warrior stops at nothing to achieve his goals. He believes every day is an opportunity to grow. It’s evident in his work and outside it. When he’s not leading a successful mobile tour, Gerardo is likely to be found volunteering to support public health in Mexico or continuing his education. In fact, while off the road due to the Coronavirus pandemic, he achieved his Hospitality and Tourism Management certificate from Florida Atlantic University.
Like many of his fellow team members, Gerardo also loves to travel. Southeast Asia tops his list of preferred destinations. His mom tops his list of preferred companions. While living life on the road gives him the opportunity to do what he loves, Gerardo is equally content shifting between his two “homes” – McAllen, Texas and Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Engagement Manager | Change-Maker | Cheesecake Lover
Change isn’t easy, but Henrik doesn’t mind. He embraces it – always striving to keep up with the latest innovations and in-demand skillsets. His versatility stands as one of his greatest strengths.
Highly accomplished is his youth, Henrik’s personal and professional achievements extend into adulthood. He currently serves as a protégé with American Marketing Association Marketing Mentors Network. He has also followed on his collegiate swimming career, waking up for an early morning freestyle with the Lane 4 swim team.
Henrik is adaptable, disciplined, and eager. While it might be hard to believe, he does enjoy a few guilty pleasures. When he’s not working or working out, you’ll likely find Henrik savoring a slice of cheesecake or unwinding to country music.
Program Manager | Memory Maker | Artist at Heart
Tatiana embodies her favorite quote: “A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” Her varied career includes experience in television, events, digital marketing, and social media. And while she’s worked for some big names, including Univision and Discovery Communications, it was the commitment to teamwork and exceptional service that drew her to Montage.
A dreamer and a doer, Tatiana pursues her passions wherever she goes. She doubles as an artist in work and in life, prioritizing creativity, positive energy, and personal development. One of her proudest moments involves overcoming self-doubt and a steep learning curve to complete her first-ever spray paint art mural.
Tatiana finds a disconnected lunchbreak and an open mind to be key to her success. She knows when to turn off technology and tune out the world. And she is authentically herself – aspiring to live a life full of memories and experiences and enjoying the journey along the way.
Outreach and Engagement Manager | Good Samaritan | Globalist
Lian resides in the U.S., but she has called much of the world home throughout her life. She was born in Iraq, grew up in Libya and the Czech Republic, studied in U.K., lived in Spain, and worked with refugees in Jordan. Exploring different cultures, trying new cuisines, and meeting new people are some of her greatest passions.
Lian’s interests in human and consumer behavior translate aptly to her day job as an Outreach and Engagement Manager. She also leans on the knowledge and experience she gained while earning her Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy – a degree she worked tirelessly to pay for with her own savings.
Coffee, chocolate, and matcha make up Lian’s work day essentials, and her passport is her most prized possession. The question is: Where will she go next?
Digital Program Manager | Affable | Stereotypical Scorpio
Talking to Tochi is like taking a deep breath. You always step away feeling a little more relaxed. Infinitely cool, calm, and collected, Tochi believes in keeping things simple. An apt example – she opts for pen and paper when sketching out brilliant digital applications, games, and engagements.
When it comes to marketing, there is little Tochi hasn’t done. She comes to Montage equipped with experience in database marketing, print, social media, email, and analytics from respected companies including Choice Hotels, AARP, and JP Morgan Chase. On top of her work accolades, she holds an MBA in Marketing.
Tochi surrounds herself with beautiful things. A warming mug of herbal tea, a comforting fragrance, an Afrobeat and R&B playlist, and a commitment to purpose-driven projects compose her days. She believes each day is an accomplishment and a new opportunity to shine.