the team

In addition to the founding partners, DPR has brought together a team that consists of some of the most enthusiastic talent in PR. We have capitalized on our eclectic backgrounds and wide range of experience, from journalism to film and television production, from fashion to digital media, and applied it to our extensive knowledge of travel and tourism, to execute award-winning and multi-faceted PR campaigns. Each client benefits from a dedicated team of directors and associates, assembled based on your specific goals and needs that collaborate to seamlessly develop and implement successful PR initiatives.



jody diamond

president

"Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined."

As president of Diamond Public Relations, Jody Diamond leads with a forward thinking, relentless, savvy style. With 15 years experience in publicity and public relations, Diamond cut her teeth in the business as a unit publicist for major motion pictures and film actors in Los Angeles. In 1999 she packed up, leaving her hometown and driving east, landing in Miami where she found an outlet for her wanderlust through travel PR. After growing the business of others for seven years, Diamond decided to do it for herself and in 2007 opened the doors to Diamond Public Relations.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


kara rosner

vice president

"Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it"

Kara Rosner, a founding partner of Diamond Public Relations, is the ideal combination of PR professional and media insider. With her finger constantly on the pulse of her clients and the media, Rosner is able to outline and achieve the results that define a successful PR campaign. Her industry experience is immeasurable and includes leading account teams for clients that include Caribbean islands, brand name and boutique resorts    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


cheryl azar

financial director

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined" - Henry David Thoreau

Cheryl Azar is an Administrative professional with 10+ years of Office / Finance Management experience. Born to travel, as an Army kid from the Republic of Panama she saw half the world before 13 then decided to see the rest by joining the US Navy. After serving two tours and earning her degree from Chaminade University in Hawaii, she returned to civilian life and the mainland.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


lisa schwartz

director of lifestyle, leisure & resorts

"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

After enduring bitterly cold winters growing up in Montreal, Canada, Lisa Schwartz set out in search of a career in public relations that would allow her to apply her passion for building strong professional relationships and landing big wins for her clients while also getting her daily dose of natural Vitamin D year-round. Finding that dose of sunshine in Los Angeles, Lisa worked in entertainment PR as an account executive driving major film and TV brand accounts for four years before heading back to the east coast to join forces with Diamond Public Relations in Miami where she entered the travel PR realm. What was once considered simply a passion was now a job.

In her time at Diamond PR, Lisa has hiked a volcano, flown on a microlight plane, hand-fed sharks, climbed New World Wonders and dangled herself over Zambia's Victoria Falls. There’s (almost) nothing she won’t do in the name of travel. When she’s not stationed in a window seat jetting between DPR's Miami and LA offices, Lisa can be found perfecting her yoga practice on a paddle board and flaunting her collection of 50+ pairs of Cole Haan shoes.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


luisana suegart

director of hotels, leisure & latin america

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves." - Buddha

A native of Venezuela, Luisana Suegart grew up in Miami, where she earned a degree in print journalism from Florida International University. She launched her career in communications working first as an editor for several local magazines around South Florida, a gig that introduced her to some of the area's most exciting events and personalities. She eventually transitioned to the world of public relations, adding her love of travel into the mix.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


jennifer gillespie

senior account executive

"Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ibn Battuta

Jennifer has spent her public relations career specializing in hospitality clients. She has successfully managed hotel and resort accounts such as Casa de Campo (DR), Mahekal Beach Resort (Mexico), Baha Mar (Bahamas), Thompson Miami Beach, The Raleigh Miami Beach and The Roosevelt Hotel NYC, among others. In addition to spearheading the public relations strategy for accounts, Jennifer has succeeded in capturing high-profile headlines for clients in major national and niche media outlets.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


kari van treuren

associate account executive

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

Drawn to Miami’s rich culture and tropical environment, Kari finds this city a perfect fit for her adventurous soul. Kari comes to Diamond from New York City with a background in luxury travel and hospitality. Over the last few years, she has honed her PR skills working with domestic and international clients, while securing major hits and developing engaging social media strategy.   [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


sydney feldman

associate account executive

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

Sydney will always be a Brooklyn girl at heart, but warm weather, pristine beaches and a love of Latin culture brought her South, where she earned a degree in Communications from the University of Miami. With a lifetime dream of becoming fluent in Spanish, Sydney traveled to Spain, Buenos Aires, Costa Rica and Panama meeting amazing people, enjoying delicious cuisine and perfecting her language skills.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


michelle george

account coordinator

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” - Confucius

Never one to say no to an adventure, Michelle swapped her beloved white sand beaches of South Florida, for the red brick buildings of Gainesville and spent four years earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida (go Gators!). Drawn to her native south Florida lifestyle, Michelle couldn’t stay away, and headed back to Miami where got a taste of corporate PR while helping to manage nationally recognized clients.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


julia cavalieri

account coordinator

"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.” -Emerson

Julia grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and received a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from James Madison University. She got her start in public relations in the political realm, working on the communications and marketing team at a trade association in Washington, D.C. Following her thirst for adventure and creativity   [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


veronica pena

account coordinator

"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries." - Aldous Huxley

Born in Tacoma, Washington yet raised in Miami, Veronica’s South Floridian flavor only covers the basics of this Account Executive Assistant. With a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Florida International University, and various PR work under her belt, Veronica readily joins Diamond PR (DPR) in hopes to expand her love for travel, food, talent, and everything in between.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


liz eads

account coordinator

"Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you”

A Florida native, Liz has always had a passion for interacting with people and exploring new things. After studying advertising at Florida State University (go Noles!), it was on the brim of graduation that she realized public relations was her calling. With a yearning to be creative and to always be kept on her toes, she dove directly into the field of hospitality right after graduation and has worked with a variety of independent and large-brand hotels, everywhere from in her own back yard in Fort Lauderdale, to Mexico, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and more.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


toni parker

digital and social media coordinator

"“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

This island girl comes to Diamond PR by way of Orlando, FL after spending her childhood in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. With a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida, this beach lover made her home in Miami in 2012. Her experience began at a full-service Marketing & PR agency in Orlando where she fell in love with all things media.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


jenice bastidas

account assistant

"Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” ― David Foster Wallace

A Miami girl at heart, Jenice decided to trade the Tallahassee college scene for her native South Floridian roots after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. With an interest in travel and tourism, she found her way to Diamond Public Relations ready to take on the world and the magic behind travel PR.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


maria rios

account assistant

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

After coming to the United States at the age of seven from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and living in South Florida for the past 16 years, Maria considers herself to be pure Miami at heart. As a graduate from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and a minor in Hospitality    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


raphaelle kernisant

account assistant

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” - Marianne Williamson

Born and raised in Miami to Haitian parents, Raphy has always been surrounded by eclectic cultures. Originally drawn to government relations, Raphy earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Miami.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


jackie celona

account assistant

"Love the life you live, live the life you love.” - Bob Marley

Jackie Celona is a public relations graduate from the University of Florida whose passion lies in music and travel. She’s at her best when by the ocean with her friends and longs for the next destination she gets to visit. At the age of four, Jackie left her homeland of Italy and moved to Miami, Florida...    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


alexandria (alex) autry

account associate

"The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts, it gives you what you demand with your actions” - Dr. Steve Maraboli

A born wanderer and ex “military brat”, this girl is used to a life on the go. Originally from Washington, D.C., Alex doesn’t mind staying warm in magic city. When she’s not cheering on the Redskins,    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]


Eduardo Gato

Photographer / WebMaster

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." - Dorothea Lange

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Eduardo “Gato” Gonzalez spent 20+ years in the service and hospitality industry before following his childhood dream of living in the US and making the bold move to relocate in 2004. Realizing this move gave him the opportunity to start anew Eduardo decided to follow his creative voice and resurrected his talent for design and photography.    [ learn more... ] - [ back to top ]