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

Dianne Beltran

Delia Jones

Liz Ayala

Bobby Imperial

Rima Matsumoto

Kristin St. John

Melissa Jackson

Julia Hornaday

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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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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Creative Director | Curious Cat | Sci-fi Fan

 

No idea is too crazy for Delia Jones. She wants to know everything about the world and everyone in it. She listens intently, loves to solve problems, and offers kudos in abundance. We weren’t fully aware of these traits when, during her second interview, we asked her to join a brainstorming session. Needless to say, all parties were sold.

 

Before making the jump to Montage, Delia worked her way up the ranks in the global consulting world. From creating a “cookbook” of urban sustainability projects to mobilizing communities to reduce energy consumption and costs, her signature solutions are equal parts passionate and purposeful. The creative project she considers most impressive, however, is raising two smart and hilarious (almost fully-grown) kids.

 

Delia preps for each day with iced cold brew and a gripping podcast. She’s seen every episode of Doctor Who, has been known to geek out at conventions, and is actively working to best her fear of flying. Please contact her directly with your Serial theories, brilliant ideas and audiobook recommendations. She’ll be thrilled to hear from you.

 

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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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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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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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Outreach & Engagement Manager | Master Motivator | Pop-Culture Encyclopedia

 

As soon as you cross Kristin’s path, two things will become clear. First, she has never met a stranger. Second, she would be a clutch addition to your music trivia team.

 

Kristin is profound without pretense, fun yet professional, and full of inspired ideas. She makes the most of every circumstance and lifts others up along the way. Her infectious energy and enthusiasm for service initially led to a career in volunteer management. Motivated to pay it forward and adept at influencing positive change, Kristin assembled activists and galvanized congressional support for cancer research.

 

Her first taste of experiential came in the form of planning a multi-day advocacy summit. Kristin cut her teeth quickly and pulled off a successful event. She considers this one of her greatest accomplishments – along with completing a half marathon and assembling an IKEA table in less than four hours. There really ought to be a medal for that.

 

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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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Digital Strategist | 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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