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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

Daphne Barahona

Senior Account Manager

A native Texan with Nicaraguan roots, Daphne was exposed to a dynamic upbringing full of rich culture and delightful dishes very early on. After getting her first international passport stamp at the age of six, she quickly developed a personal affinity for globetrotting that would eventually become a bonafide career in travel and hospitality. With nearly a decade of public relations experience under her belt, she has worked closely with high-profile clients around the world, from Australia and Aspen to Dubai and Dallas – and numerous others in between.

Throughout her communications career, which began in New York City and eventually brought her to Los Angeles, Daphne has executed major PR stunts, brokered strategic partnerships, and secured high-impact press results as well as overseen the successful campaign launches of Hotel Indigo’s global flagship in Downtown Los Angeles and Austin’s music-inspired Hotel Van Zandt; debuted celebrity chef Jose Andres’ first international restaurant in Mexico City; executed Visit Victoria’s (Australia) first-ever global influencer activation during the city’s Melbourne’s landmark role as host city for the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards; and launched Mexico’s second largest airline carrier—Interjet Airlines—in the U.S.

Daphne holds a B.A. in Journalism from Texas Tech University and speaks fluent English and Spanish – plus can order food in French and Italian. In her spare time, she loves mapping out her next escape, flexing her cooking chops, volunteering in her local community and rowing crew.

Sharis Rostamian

Sharis Rostamian

Publicity Assistant

A native Angeleno, Sharis Rostamian was born and raised in Southern California, surrounded by her vibrant family, Armenian culture & traditions, and most importantly, flavorful cuisine. While embracing and celebrating her own roots, her passion for travel and fascination with discovering new people and places was ignited at an early age, with her first trip across the world to Sydney at three. Some of the greatest childhood memories she can recall were made on annual family getaways to far-flung locales including Fiji and Greece.

In her professional career, prior to moving into the world of hospitality PR, Sharis assisted on several global marketing campaigns and red-carpet event execution for the entertainment industry during her time at Sony Pictures, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Hotel Transylvania 3.

Joining the MCPR team in 2018, Sharis has cultivated a dynamic background in the media and communications arenas, working closely with various hotel, lifestyle, and culinary talents across the globe including DTLA’s iconic Hotel Figueroa, Kokomo Private Island Fiji, and the Providence Group. Wearing many hats, she directly assist’s the agency’s principals with press collateral development and distribution, strategic pitching and story placements, media stay and event coordination, and comprehensive media tracking and reporting.

Her passion for globetrotting has taken her to Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and across the U.S., with New Zealand and Japan next on her travel ‘wish list’. In her spare time, she loves trying new restaurants around town, listening to motivational podcasts, practicing yoga and meditation, and planning her next travel adventure.

She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science and Business, and resides in Glendale, CA.

Meghan Patke

President

Lisa Strangis

Vice President

Stephanie Senter-Rankin

Account Director
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