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Our Team.

Meet your storytellers: a senior-team advocating for your brand

Meghan Patke

President

A self-professed “citizen of the world,” Meghan’s international experience and firsthand knowledge of Southeast Asian culture and cuisine means she not only eats well most days but is also a highly trusted resource and authority for other culinary enthusiasts. Raised in Singapore, she firmly believes that a trying day can be turned around over a plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice, and splits her time between Los Angeles and London, where most of her family now resides.

In her tenure in PR, she has orchestrated Hello Kitty’s 35th birthday; hosted the U.S.’s first ever Thai Food Festival at the historic Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood; soared to new heights with the world’s largest airline; advocates tirelessly for sustainable seafood and helped launch the West Coast and South Pacific’s first-ever Dock-to-Dish community supported fishery programs; and has been fortunate enough to sample some of the world’s most transcendent meals with luminary chefs such as Niki Nakayama, Jet Tila, and Michael Cimarusti—to name only a handful of accomplishments.

A graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Public Relations, Journalism & Global Communications/International Relations, Meghan’s second love after all things tasty is travel. Wanderlust has taken her across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, with Bhutan and Africa next on her bucket list.

Favorite word: Fernweh – (n.) an ache for distant places; the craving for travel

Lisa Strangis

Vice President

A Los Angeles native, Lisa has immersed herself in various media and communications arenas for more than a decade and has a passion for promoting tourism destinations and culinary talent. She has cultivated dynamic PR campaigns for international travel clients, including an Australian tourism board and its luxury destination resorts, and conceived the PR launch strategy for Hong Kong Airlines’ debut in North America, including the campaign launch with the airline’s celebrity ambassador, Jackie Chan.

Among other highlights: launching new food products, mixed-use real estate projects, and aligning hospitality brands with the awards show circuit, namely the Emmys and Grammys. Prior to embarking on her career in PR, Lisa spent several years as a journalist and content creator, including positions at Angeleno magazine and gigs in television production and photography, which fuels her holistic approach to navigating the modern media landscape. She graduated from Cal State University Northridge with a B.A. in Cinema & Television Arts.

An overarching culinary passion keeps her close to the kitchen, cooking, food styling, and developing recipes. Lisa is seen by peers and friends as a GTA—Gastronomic Travel Advisor—recommending must-have dishes traveling, from Australia to Burgundy. She has contributed personal essays about her food memories to Life & Thyme and can be found hosting wine-paired dinner parties, making her Instagram followers hungry for more.

Stephanie Senter-Rankin

Account Director

Stephanie’s insatiable curiosity for new experiences inspired her to leave the vivid landscape of her native Colorado to live—and work—in cities across the globe from Rome to Auckland. Her innate creativity, infectious personality, ability to connect with people across all mediums, and belief that story-telling is her professional raison d’être, led her to the public relations field in Los Angeles over two decades ago. With 15 years of in-house and agency experience, Stephanie has developed strategic PR campaigns for luxury travel clients including Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, ETC Collection (Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar) in Santa Monica, Hotel Jerome in Aspen, the iconic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles, The Hollywood Roosevelt, Peninsula Beverly Hills, Soho & Tribeca Grand in New York, and Mesa at Amangiri. A career highlight was working with the legendary Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villa’s, following a $40 million-dollar renovation and expansion, to produce the book If These Walls Could Rock celebrating the property’s 50th anniversary as one of the most storied hotels in rock history. In addition to her hospitality experience, Stephanie is deeply rooted in the culinary world, and has managed PR campaigns for James Beard award-winning personalities including Ludo Lefebvre and Susan Feniger, in addition to TOMS Roasting Company. Prior to this, Stephanie worked with high profile and globally recognized brands including the Mandalay Bay Resort Group, Smashbox Studios, Avalon Hollywood, Exclusive Resorts, Small Luxury Hotels, and Virtuoso.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently writing her first novel. Her most inspired and joyous creation to date is that of her son, Teague.

Since joining Modern Currency as the agency’s Account Director in June 2018, she currently oversees a myriad of top-tier hospitality clients in Los Angeles including Hotel Figueroa, Atrium, and Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, working closely with the company founders.

Meghan Patke

President

Lisa Strangis

Vice President

Stephanie Senter-Rankin

Account Director
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