Strong. Smart.
No-nonsense.

This is a group of women and men who live to do great work.

No fans of half-assing things here. Our ranks are made up of specialists and unicorns, tenured agency pros, seasoned journalists, award-winning creatives, walking political encyclopedias, upstart whiz kids, big-sky thinkers, and data-crunchers. Some of us are cat people. A lot of us are dog people. (Sorry, kitties.) Without exception, we all love the work we do.

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Trish DeBerry, The DeBerry Group

Trish DeBerry

President/CEO

As president, Trish DeBerry oversees and manages every aspect of the agency. A passionate community advocate, Trish has helped guide initiatives to reform education, improve transportation, and boost quality of life for South Texas residents. Trish has a hands-on work ethic, getting down in the trenches for our clients to create aggressive campaigns that influence public perception and get results regardless of the client’s industry or market. Her experience in politics, land and property development, retail, television, communications, and public relations helps her identify the client’s needs and direct overall account strategy.

After a decade as a reporter, anchor and producer at KENS-TV (San Antonio’s CBS affiliate), she launched her career in public relations as a founding partner of Guerra DeBerry Coody, a successful public relations and marketing agency, and in 2012, started her own firm. Trish has been an instrumental leader in cultivating long-standing client relationships with H-E-B Grocery Company, Vanguard Health Systems, Spurs Sports and Entertainment, San Antonio Water System, and Brooks. She was a key force in extending the city’s visitor tax to fund $415 million in improvements to the AT&T Center, extend the San Antonio River by 14 miles, and build youth sporting facilities throughout the city.

Negotiating clients through complicated community issues is Trish’s forte. She’s been at the helm of projects, including the Go Public campaign, to drive support for Bexar County ISDs, Bexar County Flood Control, bond packages for SAISD and NEISD, and critical projects that were part of the historic $850 million San Antonio bond, overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2017. One of her proudest accomplishments has been her work for David’s Legacy Foundation, including the swift passage of David’s Law, anti-cyber bullying legislation in Texas.

Trish is a founding board member of the South Texas Hispanic Fund and commits her time on boards for the Alamo Heights Foundation, David's Legacy Foundation, San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, United Way, and serves as the Chair of the Board for Centro Partnership.

Trish’s recognitions and accomplishments throughout her career are numerous, including the NEISD Outstanding Alumni Award, National Association of Women Business Owners Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, and most recently, the 2017 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame Award and 2017 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Comet Award.

She has two children, Maddie and Scott.

Anamaria Suescun-Fast, The DeBerry Group

Anamaria Suescun-Fast

Vice President/COO

As the Executive Vice President/COO of The DeBerry Group, Anamaria Suescun-Fast carefully balances a dual role at the agency: Part of her role is in managing the agency, and the other part is in her client work. Anamaria thrives in the fast-paced, challenging agency environment and considers her clients some of the best around.

Anamaria seamlessly combines public affairs and marketing expertise, making her clients’ messages or products resonate with stakeholders, consumers, investors, interest groups, policy makers, and voters. Having worked in public relations and marketing for more than 20 years, she’s grateful for the amazing mentors she’s had throughout her career. With a marketing degree from St. Mary’s University, Anamaria provides her expertise and oversight to such clients as Mission Pharmacal/Dr. Smith's, San Antonio Water System, and San Pedro Creek Culture Park.

As an animal lover, she’s a supporter of San Antonio Pets Alive and other dog rescue organizations. Anamaria also supports the San Antonio Area Foundation Women & Girls Development Fund.

Laurin Shambora, The DeBerry Group

Laurin Shambora

Chief Financial Officer

Having been born on April 15 (Tax Day), Laurin Shambora was destined to be a Certified Public Accountant. Laurin is one of the original members of The DeBerry Group and helps ensure that our operations run smoothly and efficiently. Laurin earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. After graduating, Laurin worked in public accounting, gaining industry experience by working on several agency clients and then went on to work on the agency side with Trish and Anamaria.
Laura Hotten, The DeBerry Group

Laura Hotten

Creative & Digital Director

Laura Hotten is a rare find in the creative industry. A trained and experienced graphic designer and creative strategist, Laura is also a savvy web designer and programmer with a talent for developing digital campaigns that drive traffic and increase brand engagement. She has spent the last 20 years leading retail marketing campaigns for major brands in the United States and Latin America, seizing opportunities for her clients in the ever-expanding world of digital marketing.

Her work has spanned from broadcast to corporate identity to interface design, always seeking a balance between form and function. She has led teams in designing corporate websites, custom web applications, e-commerce, online training/education, and multimedia development for clients such as Dell, Seton Healthcare Network, Best Buy, DefensiveDriving.com, and Silicon Laboratories. Add to this Laura’s role as adjunct professor for the Visual Communication department at Austin Community College and as Senior Art Director for Bromley Communications, and you have yourself someone with the multifaceted background and know-how needed to lead a strong design team.

Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Communications – Advertising from The University of Texas in 1997.

Mel Rodriguez, The DeBerry Group

Melessa C. Rodriguez

Digital Specialist

Melessa Rodriguez’s path to her current role has given her a unique perspective on communications and marketing in a digital age. From her strong roots in political organizing for candidates across the state of Texas to her years in public relations, she’s an adept communicator and marketer experienced at developing strategic plans from grassroots to mass market.

Her love for analytics, and using that information to build stronger connections with audiences, guides her strong belief that data-informed approaches are integral to creating successful and thoughtful strategy. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in communications studies, Melessa’s right-brain, left-brain duality makes her an invaluable resource for clients embracing the continuously evolving digital landscape.

Melessa is deeply passionate and invested in playing an active role in developing our city into a leader of innovation. She puts her interests into action as a volunteer with the Junior League of San Antonio, member of the Pecha Kucha San Antonio planning committee, Young Achievers mentor, and as a newly selected member of Leadership San Antonio’s Class 43.

Jesse Leyva, The DeBerry Group

Jesse Leyva

Graphic Designer

Jesse Leyva’s at his best when he’s creating branding and illustrations for clients: If a client needs a graphic, Jesse’s flair for design never fails to show in his work. As an Art Institute of San Antonio alumni, Jesse knew from the beginning what his calling would be. As he continues to grow with us at The DeBerry Group, he regularly exceeds ours and our clients’ expectations.
Tori Johnson-Inimgba, The DeBerry Group

Tori Johnson-Inimgba

Graphic Designer

Tori Johnson-Inimgba is a creative with a passion for multimedia art. Tori's career has allowed her to work in an agency setting and an in-house corporate role. She has also worked as a freelancer on graphic design, video, animation, web, and art direction projects. Her previous clients ranged from musicians and fashion designers to health and wellness and governmental entities.

As a 2017 graduate from the Art Institute of San Antonio with a Bachelor in Graphic Design, Tori has directed an award-winning music video and had artwork featured in the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition. This contest receives more than 1,000 submissions each year, with only 50 works chosen. Tori's commitment to life-long learning and creating impactful work makes her a multifaceted team player.

Jared Solis

Copywriter

In a word, Jared is our words guy. After years on the client side cutting his teeth marketing automotive, medical, and nonprofit brands, Jared eventually crossed over into agency life. While he’s had the fortune of racking up experience and successes in media relations, strategy, and content creation, the major throughline in his work has always been copywriting. In his role as a copywriter for The DeBerry Group, Jared gets to tackle projects on the ground level helping shape ideas that ultimately transform into fully formed campaigns and assets for happy clients.

Fun fact: Jared used to play music professionally in his early 20s. When he finally got hip to the fact that knowing the difference between a prepositional phrase and a dependent clause was a way cooler use of his time, he subsequently got his degree in English from The University of Texas at San Antonio turning him into the wordsmith he is today.

Don Dimick, The DeBerry Group

Don Dimick

Graphic Designer/Video Production Assistant

With extensive experience in television news and creative production, Don Dimick is proficient in all things video, media, and design. Don is an accomplished videographer and photographer, while he also excels in all aspects of the Adobe Creative Suite. Even when outside of work, you can often find him with some sort of camera ready to document the world around him.

After growing up in Saudi Arabia, attending boarding school on the East Coast, and then returning to Texas to earn his degree in Communications, Computer Science, and Film Studies from Trinity University, Don began working as a production assistant for local news affiliates WOAI and KABB. He then moved on to Newscast Editor and News Photographer, before joining The IMG Studio as a Videographer/Production Manager.

At The DeBerry Group, Don brings his creative acumen to all client work, continually raising the agency’s standards for production, editing, and design.

Tina Dunk, The DeBerry Group

Tina Dunk

Social Media Account Supervisor

With an expertise in brand development, project management, technical writing, and digital marketing, Christina “Tina” Dunk strives to enable her team, partners, and clients to do their best work daily. With over a decade experience in the industry, Tina knows how to bring everyone together to create impactful work with measurable results.

At TKO Advertising, Tina planned, executed, monitored, and reported on multimedia campaigns for clients like Dallas Water Utilities, Texas Secretary of State, and Santa Fe Tourism. In 2016, she moved to K2MD, where she served as Senior Account Executive for clients including Lovelace Health System, New Mexico Health Connections, Array Solar, and Dion’s Pizza. In addition to providing strategic level advice on communications and outreach strategies, her overall communication forte involves digital and social media, as well as social media marketing and web content.

Tina earned her degree in Business Administration and Management from St. Edward’s University. She’s a founding member of Women in Digital and a board member of Alta Mira Specialized Family Services.

Lauren Medellin, The DeBerry Group

Lauren Medellin

Social Media Account Executive

Whether it’s developing and implementing social marketing plans or day-to-day social management, Lauren Medellin’s passion lies in defining a brand's voice and vision within the social space. She strives to be forward-thinking and adaptable, as it’s required for success in the ever-changing digital and social landscape. After years living in New York City, Lauren thrives in a fast-paced environment and always brings energy and fresh ideas to the table.

Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, later working in social marketing for Lord & Taylor under Hudson’s Bay Company.

Kristine Smith, The DeBerry Group

Kristine Smith

Integrated Marketing Director

Kristine Smith believes that data writes rich narratives when we stop to listen, that the status quo is the enemy, and that in marketing, risk-taking is fundamental to succeeding. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, her background reads like a marketer’s checklist, including event marketing, print, advertising, eCommerce, strategic planning, digital, app development, social media, and content creation.

From Argo Group to Airrosti, Blockbuster to The Broadway, Toshiba to Toaster Strudel, Kristine has helped scores of brands articulate and reach their marketing goals. Prior to joining The DeBerry Group, Kristine managed strategic content development for USAA employees in her role for Pace Communications.

As digital strategist for Bromley Communications, she crafted the social strategy across all channels for Toaster Strudel, including the introduction of a new target – extremely non-traditional and highly viral. At Matthews|Evans|Albertazzi in San Diego, she was at the forefront of the rise of digital, counseling clients like the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and Leap Wireless on this emerging medium.

Lindsey Campbell, The DeBerry Group

Lindsey Campbell

Public Relations Manager

As our Public Relations Manager, Lindsey Campbell helps our clients with strategizing, planning, media relations and crisis communications. Whether it’s because of her history working with us since before she was an official member of the team or because of her quick wit and exceptional work, Lindsey was an instant fit at The DeBerry Group.

Lindsey graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in sport management and communications, later working in sports public relations at Syracuse University, the University of South Florida, and the Kraft Sports Group (New England Patriots).

She moved to San Antonio to work for Spurs Sports & Entertainment in 2011 and was most recently the Public Relations Manager for SeaWorld San Antonio, helping open the first swim with the dolphins experience in Texas, and led the marketing effort for the park’s first roller coaster in more than 10 years.

Kimberly Maldonado, The DeBerry Group

Kimberly Maldonado

Account Supervisor

Kimberly is a strategic communications professional with a knack for the written word and extensive experience in developing integrated marketing campaigns. She began her career client side, developing public relations campaigns for the Global Communications Division at Whole Foods Market. Since then, she jumped into the agency side of the business, developed a love for its creative, fast-paced nature and never looked back!

Kimberly’s agency client experience ranges from regional businesses, such as Zachry Corporation, CPS Energy, IBC Bank and Schlumberger, to Fortune 500 companies including Walmart, to travel and tourism destinations including the South Padre Island CVB and Visit San Antonio.

Kimberly is a proud graduate of the Moody College of Communications at The University of Texas at Austin; she also earned a master’s degree with distinguished honors from St. Mary's University to teach the next generation of communications professionals at local universities. Outside of work, she is an active volunteer for the Junior League of San Antonio, having served in several chairperson positions throughout her tenure. She is also a member of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Emerging Leaders Council and the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, through which she was awarded the Horizon Award for her outstanding contributions to the profession.

Denise Blaz, The DeBerry Group

Denise Blaz

Account Executive

As an Account Executive, Denise Blaz helps to ensure alignment throughout client campaigns and further evolves with the changing demands of the industry. She’s an eagle-eyed taskmaster whose role is to bring support and consistency to client content. As a former journalist turned marketing professional, Denise has an expanded skill set and has experience writing, executing events, and helping to create a cohesive brand image.

Denise has worked for various media outlets within Texas, including News 4 San Antonio, the Abilene Reporter-News, and the Laredo Morning Times. Most recently, she handled communication and events for a local nonprofit named Alpha Home. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communication - Journalism from Texas State University.

Mariah Contreras, The DeBerry Group

Mariah Contreras

Account Coordinator

With a unique combination of expertise in digital marketing and corporate partnerships, Mariah brings her excellent storytelling and strategic planning to the team as Account Coordinator. Just a few short months into her internship at The DeBerry Group, Mariah was brought on full-time because of her proven record of collaboration and communication.

As the Digital Marketing Manager for online fashion boutique The Polkadot Alley, Mariah handled online advertising campaigns and grew the social media presence by 27%. Mariah also led a successful rebrand while managing six accounts and 20 associates at RaiderComm PR.

Mariah earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University.

Cheryl Covey, The DeBerry Group

Cheryl Covey

Office and Traffic Manager

Highly detail-oriented and efficient, Cheryl has been building her administrative skills throughout her career. With expertise in office support, human resources, travel planning, document preparation, community relations, and customer service, Cheryl is The DeBerry’s Group go-to for all things organization.

Before joining the team, Cheryl spent the majority of her career at OneMain Financial Group, starting as a clerk and moving up to Sr. Assistant. Cheryl earned her associate’s degree in Human Resource Management from San Antonio College and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Abby Leyva, The DeBerry Group

Abby Leyva

Chief Snuggle Officer

As the CSO (Chief Snuggle Officer) of The DeBerry Group, it’s Abby’s job to make sure everyone feels cared for and gets the love and pets they deserve. When she’s not following her dad, Jesse Leyva, everywhere he goes, you can often find her taking a nap on a couch in the office or sitting patiently nearby while someone is eating lunch. When she’s not at the office, Abby likes to nap and follow her dad around some more or eat her favorite foods, tacos and fries, but not apples. Definitely not apples.