Liza Sacilioc’s specialty is writing, marketing strategy and project management. Having worked with small-to-large businesses and nonprofits, she brings a fresh and direct approach to the creative development of our Momentum Solutions clients.
In the span of two decades, she worked in a variety of sectors from consumer products, services and technology, nonprofits to arts and entertainment. She graduated from Long Beach State University with a degree in journalism. Her undergraduate experience working for print media and a small boutique PR agency gave her an understanding of how the two forms of media work together. With a strong foundation in PR and communications work, Liza began her career as a project manager at Edge Communications, Inc., where she helped launch campaigns for national companies such as CarsDirect.com, NetZero.net, Ebates.com, Casio Phonemate. She also founded Smitten, the first female-focused snowboarding shop in California. As co-founder and president, she spearheaded all of Smitten’s branding, PR and social media marketing efforts, which resulted in features in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Pasadena Star News and several trade and online publications.
The center of Liza’s career is storytelling, whether it is capturing the essence of business through feature stories that would otherwise go unrecognized or planning communications strategies that make sense for the business’s identity and their big-picture goals. Liza’s most recent clients and projects include campaigns for Brightmind Meditation App, the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Learning Works Charter, Public Works, Families in Schools, and Los Angeles Education Partnership.
Liza grew up in the San Fernando Valley and now lives in Glendale. When she isn’t working, you can find her spending time with her family or planning their next adventure. Eventually, she would like to learn how to speak French so she can keep up with her two French-immersion kids.
David is an expert in solving problems through communications. In the last two decades, he led four organizations and launched multiple social impact enterprises often drawing local and national recognition for his work from council members, mayors and congress members. He’s also received recognition from the Annenberg Foundation, Los Angeles Social Venture Partners, New Leaders Council and the Wells Fargo Executive Leadership program.
When David consults with clients, he offers more than the perspective of a marketing expert but also of a leader having helmed similar organizations and earned a master’s degree in public management from Cal State Los Angeles. The seasoned managing partner’s first foray into business was as a graphic designer after obtaining an art degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. He taught art abroad in Central America and locally in Los Angeles before entering the social impact sector. David launched various nonprofit and business ventures, including San Fernando Valley’s Youth Speak Collective. His latest venture with Momentum Solutions allows him to mix creativity, a social impact leadership background and a professional coaching certification when working with their clients.
David has an authentic dedication to the values of inclusion, creative leadership and innovation. He serves clients, donors, civic leaders and community residents that share his values. Past clients range from family foundations, Fortune 1000 businesses, nonprofits to coaching individual leaders.
He continues to teach thought leadership, social media and marketing strategy as a guest lecturer and trainer at CSULA, USC, UCLA, CSUN, First 5 L.A., Executive Service Corps of Southern California and other institutions. Recently, he became a founding member of the Make Change Awards and L.A. Latino Giving Circle. When he isn’t working, David enjoys exploring the many communities that make up the City of Angels with his family.
With more than two decades of experience in communications and marketing, Gabriela Torres uses a coaching lens to help individuals and companies uncover unexplored facets of their brand identity and messaging. She is a trusted guide and thought partner to many businesses and social impact leaders on a journey to build a legacy of positivity.
After graduating from Woodbury University with a bachelor’s degree in international business, she started her career with the Century Council — a national not-for-profit founded to reduce drunk driving and underage drinking. She was instrumental in their Latino-focused campaign and in building partnerships with the national organizations, legislative leaders, Catholic church, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the American Indian community. She’s worked in software companies, advertising and marketing agencies and healthcare organizations. Gabriela earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from Cal State Los Angeles — giving her a deeper academic knowledge of the history and cultural dynamics of audiences from all over Latin America.
For her, authenticity, intent and the message in communications campaigns have become critical in this time of multiple and convenient sources of information. When working with clients, she hones in on the dynamic between their business, who they are as individuals and their goals to create a brand language that will translate in print and online.
Gabriela also works with L.A. Care Health Plan on their marketing strategy and serves on the Diversity Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association, the boards of the National Latina Business Women’s Association and Impact A/O, a member of Iconexion’s LatinoHive and is one of the founders of the Yo Tambien Healing Movement. She calls Los Angeles her home and Mexico her heart. She likes to be a tourist in L.A., speak Spanish fluently, see Cafe Tacuba live as often as she can, run the annual Firecracker race in Chinatown and dream up new ventures while walking Valentin (her 10-year old Maltese Poodle mix who thinks he’s a Pitbull.)
Pia is a digital marketer, writer and certified transformational coach. She taps into her leadership coaching skills to develop effective social media campaigns, create marketing strategy, provide communications training and serve as a thought partner.
You might be familiar with her by way of the Internet, public speaking or from features in ABC News, People magazine and Bustle. She made waves through the web with Chronicles of a Mixed Fat Chick, a blog that questions conventional notions of beauty and empowers women. While writing articles about body image, she has spent the last eight years working in social justice nonprofits at both the direct service level and policy level. She served as the digital communications manager for Advancement Project California. For nearly a decade, she’s worked as a consultant with Zimmer Children’s Museum’s youTHink program, where she uses the power of art to empower youth in grades 5-12 to sharpen their critical thinking and civic engagement skills.
Pia’s strong suit is connecting people to a common language and to skills they can use to better communicate with each other and the world. Her clients for training and social media campaigns include California Conference for Equity and Justice, Los Angeles Unified School Districts, Urban Peace Institute and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Pia is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She is also an accredited transformational coach through Leadership That Works. Since 2003, she has been studying and performing improvisation and acting at the Studio Theater, Bang Comedy Theater and Improv Olympics West. Pia uses life coaching and improv to help adults, children and organizations to develop better communication skills and increase their self-awareness, confidence and creative-thinking abilities. Her most recent work, through youTHink, involved putting together an improv curriculum to address issues of inequality using “Theater of the Oppressed” concepts for underserved students in LAUSD schools in East L.A. and South L.A.
When she’s not writing her blog or shopping for funky jewelry, Pia enjoys cooking for friends and family, eating dairy free chunky monkey ice cream, and spending quality time with her husband, Will and son, Paolo.
Evelin E. Montes is a certified professional coach who serves as a vessel for individuals as they explore, dig deep and identify personal strengths and fresh perspectives to tackle challenges. Leveraging her extensive resume of 20 years in the social impact sector, she is a thought partner to clients as they launch new initiatives and strengthen their programs.
Evelin has supported various institutions such as the Annenberg Foundation, The California Endowment, California Community Foundation, the California Conference for Equality and Justice, the California Latino Leadership Institute and the Liberty Hill Foundation. She started her career through Public Allies-Los Angeles, a 10-month AmeriCorps leadership development program, which gave her an understanding of the Los Angeles social impact and political landscape. After earning a bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental policy from Occidental College, she worked alongside community leaders around tenant rights and affordable housing issues in MacArthur Park and Westlake — the area where she was born and raised.
She grounds her coaching in the belief that we are all worthy individuals capable of great things. Evelin is passionate about racial, gender and LGBTQIA+ justice. She enjoys working with women of color, who hold leadership positions and are seeking to strengthen their supervising skills, build their confidence, and fortify their communication styles.
Evelin is also an alumni of The Funders’ Network PLACES Fellows (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Smart Growth), an active volunteer with the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), and sits on the Leadership Council of the Latino Giving Circle Network of the Latino Community Foundation. She is a proud daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and lives in the Mid-City community of Los Angeles with her regal beagle and her two precocious cats.
Frank Romero-Crockett is a digital strategist and print/web designer that has worked with dozens of ventures, higher education programs, and political campaigns on their branding identity, websites, marketing collateral, and social media outreach. He focuses on developing authentic brands that allow the website and online marketing to tell a clear and developed story to the audience. Frank specializes in creating a better user experience on website and mobile browsing, tracking and analytics, using an integrated marketing approach. With degrees in education and digital marketing & strategy, Frank is posed to coach businesses towards more innovative designs, client-focused marketing and online engagement. Past projects and clients include Coro Southern California, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University, Southern California College Access Network, Progressive Christians Uniting and Fast for our Future – An Immigrant Rights Campaign.
An import from Europe and transplant to Los Angeles, Emanuela Cariolagian is a marketing and media relations powerhouse with an index of client and business relationships she’s collected throughout her career using mutual trust, integrity and superior standards of professionalism.
Emanuela has more than 20 years of public relations, events promotion and marketing communications experience in a plethora of industries. She worked with agencies, organizations, start-ups, established businesses and high-profile Fortune 500 companies including Acura, CNN, the City of Claremont, Hilton hotel brand, Hollywood Bowl, Honda,
LA Philharmonic, among others. Emanuela has also worked at some of the industry’s top international public relations agencies, including Golin and MSLGroup, as well as a consumer technology PR agency, The Bohle Company. Through these agencies, she’s been able to work with Amazon.com, Disney, Dole Foods, ESPN.com, General Mills, Mattel, Mitsubishi, Nestle, Nintendo, Oscars.com, and other name brands.
Public relations as a career was a concept introduced to her when she was a child by two former PMK publicists, who were clients at her mother’s beauty salon. They noted her outgoing personality was a perfect fit for the PR world and she interned at their firm as a teen. As Emanuela continued to intern for other firms and study business in college, she realized the power of public relations — to communicate messages that help shape the world in positive ways. Her current Momentum Solutions clients range in industry, from corporate, technology, social impact, advocacy, healthcare, health and wellness to arts and culture.
Emanuela is a proud recipient of the prestigious Trevett Award from the Public Relations Society of America. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from California State University, Northridge. She has fluency in English, French, Romanian, Armenian and Spanish. Emanuela continues to learn new languages, travel the world and meditate in nature.
Geroge is an experienced graphic designer and producer with a demonstrated history of working in the corporate and non-profit sectors. George has worked with the Momentum Solutions team since 2017 and is skilled in Adobe Creative Suite, film production, strategic marketing design, and digital photography. With a strong art and design background and his degree from The Art Institute of California-Santa Monica, George helps many of our clients refine their ideas and create designs that are aligned with their goals and audiences.
Celina Taganas-Duffy is a creative director and brand strategist with an extensive background in website development and graphic design. Celina loves to create and is inspired to help people and companies grow and develop through the use of effective branding and visual identity. After freelancing for top advertising agencies, earning her degree in Graphic Communications, working in the industry as an electronic prepress manager, and with an entrepreneurial mindset, Celina started Tagline Communications in 1995 and in 2017 joined the Momentum Solutions team. She brings over two decades of website design, print design, advertising, and marketing expertise to her projects and embraces creative challenges.
With compelling user interface design and extensive technical knowledge, Celina delivers exceptional digital content and custom management solutions. She understands the value of impactful, branded aesthetics that engage customers with streamlined functionality and visually intuitive, appealing graphics. She has developed numerous custom websites with structure, responsiveness, scalability, and optimization in mind. Celina has a high level of attention to detail and her goal with every project is to provide an overall extraordinary user experience. She enjoys the design process and feels rewarded when she helps businesses find solutions for their communications needs.
Over the last 20 years, Celina has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of organizations, from Startups to Fortune 500 companies. Her experience includes projects for the City of Los Angeles, Smithsonian Institution, The White House, USC Pacific Asia Museum, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, American Library Association, LA Playwrights’ Arena, Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI), National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), FilAm Arts, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Millennium-Momentum Foundation, Lupus International, Starwood Resorts, Hilton, Mitsubishi, Deluxe Entertainment, and Epson.
She has received recognition from multiple public agencies and officials for her artistic contributions to the City of Los Angeles. Previously, she also received funding from the Smithsonian Institution to produce a multimedia art exhibit entitled, “I Am Today’s Filipino,” which documented the stories of 100 Southern California Filipinos, and she was selected to create the Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage cultural guide calendar for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She currently serves on two non-profit boards: South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) and Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI).
Aside from her multiple design and creative projects, Celina is passionate about the arts and loves spending time with her family.
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