Our firm is built on great people with solid values, determined to succeed for our clients. Click on a team member’s name below to learn more.
Melissa Anthony Sinn, Founder & CEOMelissa Anthony Sinn, founder and CEO of anthonyBarnum Public Relations, leads a team of expert public relations strategists based in Austin, Texas. Her firm serves some of the most recognized multinational companies in the world, and innovative mid-market and emerging companies headquartered in Texas.
With 20 years of experience in public relations, the native Texan began her career in New York City where she held positions at the renowned firm Ruder Finn and spent several years as vice president of MacMillan Communications. Her PR expertise and commitment to excellence have been invaluable for clients ranging from the nation of the Czech Republic, BP, top professional services firms and leading high-growth technology companies.
In addition to driving anthonyBarnum forward, Melissa actively supports the goals of the Austin entrepreneurial and business community as a board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She is a long-time board member of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, a patron of Austin Ballet and actively engaged in veteran’s issues. She is also a member of the Executive Women’s Forum and the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Amanda Abbott, Vice PresidentAmanda Abbott brings boundless energy and unequaled experience in the newsroom to anthonyBarnum’s clients. A broadcast journalist for nearly 13 years, Amanda knows news and can drive home a message. From interviewing three American Presidents to reporting from the eye of Hurricane Katrina, Amanda has covered news coast-to-coast for leading national and local broadcast stations. At anthonyBarnum, Amanda leverages her extensive media background to help companies reach their strategic public relations objectives. Her expertise includes media training, crisis management and national and local print and broadcast visibility strategies.
Prior to joining anthonyBarnum, Amanda was a reporter and anchor for CBS, ABC and FOX news. The Emmy Award winning reporter spent many years leading investigations into controversial issues. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism from Texas State University. She’s active with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. She’s also a member of the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA).
Thomas Aitchison, Vice PresidentThomas Aitchison is an award-winning former broadcast journalist who has spent the past 20 years as a communications expert and message architect. His wide-ranging background includes positions in television news, public relations, corporate communications and product marketing. During his career, Thomas has provided PR and communications counsel to numerous businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to early-stage startups, and has represented organizations at the highest level across national and international media. He is adept at planning and executing strategic public relations campaigns that help companies strengthen their positioning, communicate more effectively with their target audiences and, ultimately, gain the exposure they desire.
Thomas has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. He volunteers in the Central Texas community through service projects with his church and also with the Austin Disaster Relief Network.
Leslie Silver, Account DirectorLeslie started her public relations career in New York City with DKC News, one of the top 10 independent public relations agencies in the country, serving clients across the hospitality, tourism and lifestyle spectrum.
While at DKC, Leslie managed fast-paced, results-driven integrated PR campaigns, securing regular placements in national media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Today Show. She planned, managed and implemented dozens of media familiarization trips for national and international clients.
After spending six years in the Big Apple, Leslie moved to Austin, drawn to the city’s great lifestyle and innovation-driven business community. Prior to joining anthonyBarnum PR, she worked at Austin-based Newton O’Neill Communications executing all aspects of PR campaigns for clients. She has also worked with clients to maximize their exposure in two of Austin’s premier annual events, South by Southwest Interactive Festival and the inaugural Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix.
At anthonyBarnum, Leslie works on high-impact public relations activities for technology, health care, aviation and professional services clientele. She develops and executes successful campaigns for clients, while overseeing and mentoring junior team members, and maintaining strong relationships with high-level media.
Leslie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University.
Matt Maurel, Account SupervisorMatt Maurel specializes in creating and implementing integrated brand strategy, communication and social media strategies designed to increase meaningful engagement and positive business results. With over seven years of high-level communication and public relations experience in public relations and government administration, Matt brings his extensive background in strategic marketing and crisis management to anthonyBarnum’s clients.
At anthonyBarnum, Matt executes and oversees tactical programs and initiatives for clients in the legal, commercial real estate and technology sectors, as well as manages the day-to-day campaign activities of the firm’s junior staff in order to successfully and effectively implement campaign strategies aligned with client objectives.
Prior to joining anthonyBarnum, Matt spearheaded multiple marketing and communications campaigns for Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal. Additionally, Matt led marketing and outreach efforts at the Louisiana Department of Education.
Matt graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications with a concentration in public relations.
Nickole Gann, Creative ManagerNickole is an accomplished designer with a unique balance of creative and technical expertise coupled with a strong portfolio in print and Web design. For more than ten years, Nickole has helped develop corporate and brand identities, as well as market positioning strategies, for organizations around the globe. Nickole understands the importance of translating a company’s long-term vision into compelling design.
Before joining anthonyBarnum, Nickole was the Digital Marketing Manager for a leading energy company. In this role, Nickole led efforts to rebrand the company, developing marketing materials and the Web site, and create a consistent social voice. Her experience ranges from designing annual reports, brochures, advertisements, catalogs, trade show materials, logos and Web sites.
Mikala Wright, Account ExecutiveAs account executive, Mikala produces a broad range of PR and marketing materials of varying complexity for anthonyBarnum clients. Whether through generating strategic top tier news coverage, achieving client placement in broadcast, print and online media or placing spokespeople as commentators, Mikala works proactively to promote the profile and reputation of her clients. She is also proficient in copy editing to construct effective articles and reports, planning and coordinating media events, and researching and executing speaking and award opportunities on her campaigns.
Prior to joining the anthonyBarnum team, Mikala worked in the service industry for over five years.
Mikala graduated from Saint Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a concentration in art and philosophy.
Kirstie Russell, Assistant Account ExecutiveAs assistant account executive, Kirstie provides a robust level of support in the execution of tactical public relations activities for the firm’s many prestigious clients. Prior to joining anthonyBarnum, she led traditional and non-traditional media outreach campaigns and event planning activities for leading Atlanta-based hospitality, art brands and real estate companies.
Kirstie has also played a crucial role in the planning and implementation of highly engaging social media campaigns for upscale hotel chains, unique restaurants and nonprofits, resulting in increased brand notoriety.
Kirstie holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the University of South Carolina.