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 & CEO
Melissa 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).
Darryl Frost, Account Director
Darryl Frost brings a strong vision to anthonyBarnum. As an account director, he provides strategic and tactical public relations leadership supporting the firm’s most prestigious clients.
Darryl has developed and orchestrated public relations campaigns for leading technology companies, nationally known non-profit organizations, Central Texas political campaigns, Austin-based military organizations and leading professional services organizations. He is recognized as one of the firm’s powerhouse media experts.
Darryl is also known for his vast experience and understanding of high-stakes social media. He has helped many organizations launch and maintain a dialogue with the public through dynamic social media initiatives.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom 2010, Darryl served as a brigade public affairs officer, raising awareness of the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s mission in Baghdad. A former company commander in the Texas Army National Guard, he now serves the community by providing leadership on the communication committees for the Boys and Girls Club of Austin and the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA).
A community leader, Darryl also serves as a den leader in the Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council and a mentor in Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He earned a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kristin Morgan, Strategy DirectorKristin Morgan brings a precise approach to complex public relations and marketing initiatives. She has over a decade of experience in strategic public relations, marketing and project management programs. Kristin has worked with a range of professional and financial services companies during her career, including J.D. Powers and My Rewards.
Prior to joining anthonyBarnum Kristin spent seven years at Sheshunoff Management Services, where she spearheaded strategic alliances with national and state associations, media relations and marketing programs. Kristin also worked with the United States Department of Agriculture managing the execution of various marketing, research and outreach programs. Kristin graduated from the University of Texas College of Business and is attending graduate school at Texas State University.
Leslie Silver, Account SupervisorLeslie 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, Wall Street Journal and The 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 its 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 worked with clients to maximize their exposure in two of Austin’s premier annual events, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival and the inaugural Formula 1 US Grand Prix race.
At anthonyBarnum, Leslie specializes in high-impact technology public relations activities for the firm’s Austin and San Francisco-based clients. Leslie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Indiana University.
Matt Maurel, Senior Account ExecutiveMatt Maurel specializes in creating and implementing integrated digital brand strategy, communication and social media strategies designed to increase meaningful engagement and positive business results. With over six years of high-level communication experience in government administration, Matt brings his extensive background in strategic marketing, social media and crisis management to anthonyBarnum’s clients.
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, Assistant Account ExecutiveAs assistant account executive, Mikala Wright is responsible for actively managing strategic relationships and developing press materials on behalf of clients. She also researches, develops and assists in the execution of client media events and speaking opportunities.
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 an 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.