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Alicia Gonzalez

Alicia Gonzalez

Principal/Public Involvement Manager

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Alicia Gonzalez is the principal and founder of Media Relations Group, LLC, whose 21-year public involvement career encompasses extensive public involvement programs, which led to the successful execution of major public involvement campaigns performed for the Florida Department of Transportation’s Districts Four and Six, at all government relations phases including PD&E, design and construction. Mrs. Gonzalez is a seasoned professional with expertise in media placement in local, national and international press, while working with both Spanish and English media outlets in Florida. Mrs. Gonzalez earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, where she majored in telecommunications. She can be reached at agonzalez@mrgmiami.com.

Oscar Gonzalez III

Oscar Gonzalez III

Principal/Senior Public Information Officer

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As the other principal of the firm, Oscar Gonzalez heads the Construction Division, Mr. Gonzalez has more than16 years of extensive experience in public information campaigns for multiple infrastructure projects.  He has worked on all phases of project development for the Florida Department of Transportation including planning, PD&E, design-design/build and construction. This comprehensive experience gives him the unique capability to understand each project and develop and implement public information/awareness campaigns that flow seamlessly to the next phase of development.  Mr. Gonzalez has also had the opportunity to work with many agencies and community groups and as a result has developed strong relationships with elected officials from many municipalities. Mr. Gonzalez has earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the Florida International University. He can be reached at ogonzalez@mrgmiami.com.

Laila A. Haddad

Laila A. Haddad

Senior Public Information Officer

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Laila Haddad is public relations professional with experience in the transportation and underground infrastructure industries. Her background includes developing and managing public information programs, partnership and consensus building, interagency collaboration, media relations and development of content for internal and external publications. Ms. Haddad is also well-versed in emergency response and crisis communications. She brings with her nearly a decade of international experience, having worked in over a dozen countries. She began her career nearly 31 years ago in Cairo, Egypt, building partnerships between US manufacturers and the US AID Program. She is currently serving as the Senior Public Information Officer on the I-595 Corridor Improvements/Express Project for the Florida Department of Transportation, District Four. Ms. Haddad earned a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of New Hampshire, where she majored in business administration. She can be reached at lhaddad@mrgmiami.com.

Maria Porrata

Maria F. Porrata

Senior Public Information Officer

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Maria Fernandez-Porrata is an accomplished bilingual Public Information Officer with over 33 years of professional experience in the field of transportation-infrastructure, where she led and managed a myriad of complex projects in both the private and public sectors, including the Village of Pinecrest, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority's (MDX) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). She brings extensive experience in public information in all phases of development, including Planning, PD&E, Design, Design/Build, Intelligent of Transportation Systems (ITS), Traffic and Transportation Engineering. She has created public involvement strategies and techniques for various construction projects and has had the opportunity to work with many, agencies and community groups, where she successfully developed strategic alliances, corporate partnerships and strong relationships with elected officials from many municipalities, state and federal circles. Maria received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from Florida International University. She can be reached at mporrata@mrgmiami.com.

Alicia Torrez

Alicia Torrez

Senior Public Information Officer

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Ms. Torrez is a government communications specialist with a strong journalism background. As a senior member of Media Relations Group, she serves as the in-house Public Information consultant for the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) District Six Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program. She leads the public involvement office for the Department’s real-time traffic management division and oversees all internal and external communications, including media and community relations. She can be reached at atorrez@mrgmiami.com.

Lauren Hatchell

Lauren Hatchell

Public Information Officer

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Lauren Hatchell is a public information and communications professional with more than 10 years of experience, working in various aspects of communications and media. Prior to joining MRG, Ms. Hatchell worked in the Public Information Office for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One where she was responsible for communicating with media and elected officials, managing citizen inquiries, assisting in the publication of bi-monthly district newsletters, compiling daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly reports, reviewing and editing project related collateral for distribution and creating and preparing press packages including press releases in preparation of public meetings, information sessions, municipal official briefings and other special events. She is a graduate of Polk State College, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Public Relations and Mass Communication. She serves MRG in the Central Florida area. Ms. Hatchell can be reached at lhatchell@mrgmiami.com.

Jorge Valens

Jorge Valens

Public Information Officer

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Jorge Valens comes to MRG with over five years of online media and editorial experience in various print news organizations throughout South Florida. Mr. Valens currently assists MRG’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Public Information Officer in disseminating project information to industry publications, and providing public information support. He also consults with the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization by providing new and innovative public outreach methods for the 2040 update for the Long Range Transportation Plan. He plays an active role in creating the overall brand, design and online presence for this important industry report. Mr. Valens can be reached at jvalens@mrgmiami.com.

Alexandra Medina

Alexandra Medina

Public Information Officer

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Alexandra Medina is a communications professional who has more than four years of experience working in various aspects of communications and media. Mrs. Medina currently manages PD&E studies throughout Districts Four and Six, and has coordinated various public outreach initiatives for the Broward MPO and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise. She has successfully seen several projects through to Public Hearing. She writes and proofreads media materials for various projects in both English and Spanish. Mrs. Medina is a graduate of Florida International University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She can be reached at amedina@mrgmiami.com.

Jeanette Gorgas

Jeanette Gorgas

Public Information Officer

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Jeanette Gorgas is a bilingual communications professional with more than 15 years of experience working in various aspects of communications and television news media outlets throughout South Florida. She currently works on both Design and Construction projects for Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) District Six, and coordinates various public outreach initiatives. Mrs. Gorgas is a graduate of Barry University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Communications. She can be reached at jgorgas@mrgmiami.com.

Mary Gainor

Mary Gainor

Senior Graphic Designer

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Mary Gainor is a Graphic Designer who has performed design work for local municipalities and non-profit organizations in Central and South Florida. During her career she has successfully served as a design outlet for many high profile projects and has led the creation and design of marketing campaigns, project websites, brochures, electronic and print media, signage, logo design and multi-media presentations. Mrs. Gainor specializes in social media, online engagement and content management and currently assists MRG’s clients in managing project websites and all their creative needs. She is a graduate of Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, specializing in marketing. Mrs. Gainor can be reached at mgainor@mrgmiami.com.

Paulette Ridgard Summers

Paulette Ridgard Summers

Business Development Manager

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During her 18 year career Mrs. Summers has successfully developed promotional collaterals, planned public relations efforts, managed proposal deadlines, and executed in-house communication programs, while working closely with consultants and clients. She has successfully executed public relations and media outreach initiatives, while managing multiple project deadlines and providing exceptional client service. Mrs. Summers plays a key role on major Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) District Four and Six contracts and possesses strong research, problem-solving and organizational skills as well as the ability to build positive relationships with colleagues, clients, media, partners and community members. Mrs. Summers earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, majoring in Marketing, from the Florida International University. She can be reached at psummers@mrgmiami.com.

Pilar Shirazi

Pilar Shirazi

Comptroller

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Pilar Shirazi is responsible for maintaining financial, accounting and administrative services. She oversees invoicing as well as the accounts payable and accounts receivable systems in order to ensure complete and accurate records for Media Relations Group. She has more than 15 years of experience with bookkeeping, accounting and office management and is instrumental in MRG’s daily operations. She can be reached at accounting@mrgmiami.com.

Dilcia Salinas

Dilcia Salinas

Office Administrator/Assistant Public Information Officer

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Dilcia Salinas is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the office, handling schedules and assisting senior staff with duties at MRG. She has 12 years of administrative and customer service experience in the hospitality field with a background in Human Resources. Her experience is also an integral part of staffing MRG’s public meetings and working with the different communities the firm’s projects serve. Mrs. Salinas specializes in project databases and effective mail-outs, as well as preparing project record binders. She can be reached at dsalinas@mrgmiami.com

Eunice Sanders

Eunice Sanders Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant/APIO

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Mrs. Sanders is responsible for day-to-day administration of the office, assisting senior staff in carrying out tasks in order to achieve the given projects objectives at Media Relations Group, LLC. Her work with MRG enables her to apply her knowledge and provide professional service to our employees. Mrs. Sanders is a professional with 15 years of experience in administrative, project management functions and customer service. She possesses strong initiative, resourcefulness and diligence in achieving both short and long-term goals. She can be reached at esanders@mrgmiami.com.