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Maryalicia JohnsonMaryalicia Johnson, MBA, President & CEO

PS2G Consultants, Public Speaking To Go, LLC


For more than fifteen years, Maryalicia has been involved in communications from behind the camera and in front of it. She started in smallTV and radio stations and ended up working at Channel Six (CBS), The Imagination Station and Fox 35 TV. She is a veteran media relations strategist and award-winning communicator, who has served as a spokesperson and Deputy Director of Communications for two high profile Orlando Mayors, Glenda E. Hood and Buddy Dyer. She has been caught on tape doing everything from starring in a skating video with Mayor Dyer, to pitching with Frank Viola at Tinker Field, to producing a national ABC Capital One Bowl Half-Time spot featuring Carrot Top in a ballerina’s tu tu. She has written speeches for Orlando’s top officials on a daily basis and been a spokesperson for the Fire Department, Downtown Transportation and Parking, Parks and Recreation and the Mayor’s Office.

 

In addition, she developed a nationally recognized spokesperson curriculum and public speaking business, publicspeakingtogo.com’s “One Day Solutions”, and has trained NFL Superbowl Celebrities, Orlando’s best known CEO’s, Harvard graduates and National Spokespeople.

 

Education: Maryalicia earned her Bachelors Degree in Radio/Television Communications from the University of Central Florida- U.C.F., and has completed coursework in the Nicholson Graduate Communications School, in addition to being a Nationally Certified Crisis Communications Instructor for F.E.M.A., (Dept. of Homeland Security), a Certified Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) Trainer from the Emergency Management Institute, a graduate of an advanced “On-Camera Course” at Lisa Maile School of Image & Modeling, and a licensed Public Safety Fire Inspector from Florida State Fire College and Mid Florida Tech.

 

Awards and Honors

Maryalicia was awarded two Telly Awards in 2004 for co-hosting and writing a historic homes show called “Restore Orlando”, and producing and co-hosting Mayor Dyer’s Orlando Skate Park video promotion show, (yes, this was done on skates). She led a team that won the SAVVY AWARD in 2003 for the launch of the Orlando EnEspanol Website by City County Communicators, and was awarded the 1999 Woman of the Year in Government, by the Women’s Executive Council

 

Significant Achievements:

Most recently Maryalicia produced an educational television marketing campaign with Miss America-Ericka Dunlap, Comedian-Carrot Top, and Pop Star- Mandy Moore to promote the importance of Pre-K Education for Mayor Dyer’s Pre-K Initiative. Additionally, Maryalicia helped to develop Orlando’s first and award winning Communications Department and Council television broadcast, she managed the development of Orlando En Espanol website, Spanish site for Mayor Glenda E. Hood, led the effort to transform the Orlando website cityoforlando.net into a more user-friendly award winning communications medium, and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Central Florida Domestic Preparedness Task Force and develop the current emergency spokespersons communication system called the Public Information Network.

Elizabeth Alejandra ArenasElizabeth Arenas

Creative Director

 

Elizabeth earned her stripes in one of the top news media markets, where she reached over 50,000 Central Floridians a day with her familiar voice that delivered hard hitting news coverage as an on-air reporter at News-Talk AM 580 WDBO, now FM 96.5, in Orlando.

 

Elizabeth’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Central Florida, along with her media experience during her undergrad studies, landed her a highly competitive externship with NPR in Los Angeles, CA right upon graduation. After her radio gigs, Arenas went on to work in public relations, as well as continue her work as a freelance consultant for PS2G Consultants. Most recently, she was a member of a communications team; employed as the Community Relations Manager for the Diocese of Orlando/Catholic Charities of Central Florida. Elizabeth minored in English writing and makes use of the technique she acquired and enjoyment she finds therein!

 

Elizabeth is also currently a speech-language pathology student and works in the speech/language therapy department for Volusia County Schools.

 

Elizabeth Alejandra ArenasShannon Faith Rogner

Vice President of Strategy

 

Shannon’s experience, education, and cross-cultural acumen have allowed her to work in myriad professional arenas including teaching, economic empowerment, broadcasting, government, fortune 500 companies, and non-profit.

 

A strong proponent of and catalyst for excellence, Shannon has always worked to ensure that her commitment to an organization, client, or team makes a profound difference.

 

She is adept at creating programs and executing strategy, so good organizations can make a significant impact, reach their true potential, and leave a legacy.

 

She believes in leaving a professional imprint, and developing a collaborative blueprint through which a company can execute their strategy, succeed in the marketplace, and outpace their competition.   

Her work with clients has led to increased revenue, decreased costs, operational efficiencies, greater staff morale and higher productivity.

 

Shannon’s expertise lies in vision and strategy. She possesses a unique ability to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies that can hinder organizations in reaching their true potential. Her strength lies in creating a strategy to address challenges as well as pushing the limits of imagination to exceed expectations. Shannon strives for continuing client service excellence. She is a good fit for clients seeking tangible benefits as they realize their business goals and increase their enterprise value.

 

Some of the services she has provided include:

Environmental Scan and Competitor Analysis, Vision/Mission Facilitation, Developing Strategy, Tactical Execution of Strategy, Streamlining Operational and Administrative Processes, Project Management, Delivery Logistics, SWOT analysis, Client Delight and Retention, Dashboard and Scorecarding, Successful Vendor-Partner Relationships and Negotiation, Creating Brand Consistency, Gap Analysis, Budget Analysis and Proforma Preparation, Leveraging Technology, Demographics and Marketing, Employee Purpose and Organizational Alignment, and Asian Business Etiquette and Negotiation.

 

Shannon’s leadership philosophy stems from her personal, professional, and global purpose to make a difference. She is a top performer and excels in creating and promoting any organization, product or service she represents.

 

Shannon holds a Master of Business Administration from Rollins College, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelors Degree in Spanish, Literature, Language and Culture with a minor in English from Syracuse University.

Stephan BarrettStephan Barrett

Orlando PR Consultant & CEO of Rise Creative Group

 

Over the past 10 (ten) years, Stephan has created graphics for clients such as Universal Orlando, Subway, The Florida Department of Health and Paris Hilton's Club Paris. With a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication, Stephan has created traditional graphic design pieces encompassing corporate identity packages, logos, billboards, advertisements and brochures.

 

From traditional advertising, Stephan moved to new media design where he has created visual designs for more than two hundred small, medium and large business client websites using his expertise in graphic design, audio, video and animation to capture the customer's interest and deliver the client's message. He has also aided clients as a web application designer, creating client-friendly tools for their online marketing efforts.

 

Stephan received an Addy award for the “We Make the Change” website www.wemakethechange.com for the Florida Department of Health, and was awarded Best Website out of a group of over 700 real estate companies across the country for www.HarryNorman.com. He has spoken at the WPPI, a photographer's convention, on effective website design and visual communication.

 

Rise Creative Group (Stephan's Company) has grown to be one of the most sought after multi-media and print media companies in the Orlando area. Rise is also working with clients from around the world as they develop their market strategies for the marketplace. Recent projects include Live Africa, Fannie Hillman, The Florida Bar and Grant Hill (NBA Basketball Star).

Charmaine BeleeleCharmaine Beleele

Journalist and PR Educator

 

Charmaine is a valued member of our team. She specializes in profiles, press releases, web biographies, and human-interest stories. CharMaine offers clients a diverse array of story suggestions designed to bring their profile and their specialties into the public eye on both local and national levels. She earned a Masters in Communication and BA in Communication and English Composition, and maintains her status as an adjunct professor of Speech-Communication at the University of Arkansas.

 

Interviews with clients have resulted in profiles for clients in South America, Canada, England and Australia, as well as America. For seven years, from 6 to 11 of her articles have been published yearly in Rangefinder magazine, America’s oldest professional photography magazine. A writers’ writer, she has been teaching both writing and speaking in University classes as well as private Business English workshops for over 20 years. She has ghost-written articles for noted professional artist (add an s here). Her submissions have included such magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Self, Redbook, Entrepreneur Magazine, More, Ms., Parade and Sports Illustrated.

 

Charmaine's writing and teaching career has taken her all over the country, from New York City to Phoenix. Following over 15 years of directing theatrical productions for college actors, she was honored to work as a writer’s consultant and theatrical director to original Off-Broadway productions in New York City. Out West, John Casablanca’s Modeling Agency utilized her writing and performance skills as part of their course, “Acting for Models,” in Phoenix and in Oklahoma City.

 

Her life experience has enabled her to live every region of America as well as Old Mexico. She has enhanced the international flavor of her work with studies in England, Scotland, Italy and France. Interviews with clients have resulted in profiles for clients in South America, Canada, England and Australia, as well as America. Her articles have been published yearly in Rangefinder magazine, America’s oldest professional photography magazine. A writers’ writer, she has been teaching both writing and speaking in University classes as well as private Business English workshops for over 20 years.

 

She has ghost-written articles for noted professional artist. Her submissions have included such magazines as Ladies Home Journal, Self, Redbook, Entrepreneur Magazine, More, Ms., Parade and Sports Illustrated.

Kimberly Mate

Consultant

 

Kimberly Mate has trained hundreds of professional men and women in the art of speech. A major part of her speech coaching is devoted to private one-on-one sessions, working with individuals to help them feel more confident, focused, and be able to deliver exceptional presentations with confidence. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Education and also a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Central Florida.

 

While pursuing her degree she completed an internship at UCF in the Communication Disorders Clinic where she found her inspiration to become a speech coach and trainer. She specializes in presentation skills, developing an on-camera presence, etiquette, and projecting a professional image. She also works with children while preparing for school and extracurricular presentations. Kimberly is known for helping her clients connect with their audience in a unique personal way.