Charisse Barnachea, 

Senior Account Executive

Charisse believes in the power of “vuja de” (reverse of déjà vu) — the ability to to view everything with a fresh vision and to shift thinking in order to innovate. This, combined with her positive can-do attitude, has helped her deliver impactful results for PR clients - big and small - across multiple industries. She has secured placements in local, regional and national outlets including The Today Show, FOX & Friends, Entrepreneur, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News, ZAGAT, Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, and many more. 


She graduated from Bradley University with a B.A. in Communications (with an emphasis on Public Relations). Before joining Mekky Media Relations, Charisse worked at two boutique PR firms in Chicago, where she honed her skills in strategic communications, brand positioning, account management, client/influencer relations, and content creation. She also worked for Yelp, where she played an instrumental role in building the Chicago North Shore brand through events, business partnerships, community relations, and social media marketing.


2020 Silver Trumpet Award Business to Consumer, Joe's Imports Opening
2020 Silver Trumpet Award Non-Profit, ​Komen Chicago ​Race for the Cure​ Campaign​

2020 Stevie® Award Winner for Agency of the Year

2020 Agency Elite Top 100

2020 National Bulldog PR Awards, Komen Chicago Race for the Cure Campaign

2020 Official Member of the Forbes Agency Council

2020 IPRN (International PR Network) Member

2020 Expertise, Best PR Firms in Chicago

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Media Relations (Abt Electronics)

2019 Golden Trumpet Award Winner for Advocacy (Komen Chicago)

2019 National Business Enterprise (WBENC) Certified 

2018 Stevie® Award Winner for Women in Business, Entrepreneur of the Year

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