Team

The entire Scatena Daniels team has a proven track record in planning and executing strategic communications plans on local, regional, and national levels. Our founding partners and team members have received awards to honor our work and dedication to the community by organizations such as PRSA San Diego, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Magazine, San Diego Business Journal, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, Cable Television Public Affairs Association, and Toastmasters International.

Denise Scatena
Founding Partner

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Denise is one of the founding partners of Scatena Daniels Communications and has the ear of some of the top media powerhouses in San Diego County and beyond. With her uncanny ability to build awareness and trust for clients, there’s good reason why she’s an award winning PR pro with more than 20 years of strategic communications experience in a variety of categories, including healthcare, real estate, arts and culture, and philanthropy. Her toughest clients? Her seven-year-old twins. Although PR is part of her everyday, when she’s not developing top-notch promotional strategies for clients, she can be found burning off energy at the YMCA or planning the next family adventure. She is also a member of the San Diego Press Club and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego/Tijuana chapter. Denise is a graduate of Chapman University and San Diego State University where she earned an MA in Communications.

Arika Daniels
Founding Partner

scatena-daniels-arika-danielsWhen you need PR done right, Arika’s the one who will get the job done. Arika Daniels is one of the co-founders of Scatena Daniels Communications with a passion for helping those doing good in the community get noticed and featured. Her superpower? She literally can do it all. Whether that’s guiding her clients through the rough waters of a tough issue, creating a grassroots outreach that gets results, or planning strategic media relations, Arika is the “get it done right” gal. Her work has earned multiple awards from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Her expertise is also a staple on various nonprofit boards such as the executive board for the PRSA San Diego/Imperial Counties Board and the San Diego State University Business Alumni Network. When she’s not putting out PR fires or singing her clients’ praises she can be found traveling with her husband and three kids. Arika received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and her MBA from Chapman University’s George L. Argyros School of Business.

Suzy Garcia
Director

Suzy Garcia is officially known as our Director, but we like to call her our fire starter. Why? Well, she has a proven track record of igniting revenues, blazing through strategic communications campaigns, and kindling lasting relationships for our clients and the media. Her portfolio includes healthcare, education, nonprofit, F&B, and hospitality. Suzy received her BA with high honors in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a soft spot for charities doing amazing work and has offered her services pro-bono to San Diego Second Chance, Chula’s Mission and The Miracle League of Las Vegas. Suzy is a proud member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists San Diego/Tijuana chapter and the Asian American Journalist Association’s San Diego Chapter. One thing you should know about Suzy is she loves to talk – she has been an active member of Toastmasters International for the past four years. She most recently served as  Southern Division Director for the organization where she was responsible for providing enriching educational and leadership experiences for more than 600 members in San Diego County. For her efforts, she was recently honored with the Division Director of the Year award in August 2016. When she’s not talking, pitching the media, or saving the day, you can find her spending time with her husband and cooking.

Ann Marie Price
Account Executive

Ann Marie Price is a dedicated PR professional with experience in a wide range of industries and agencies. Her portfolio includes education, arts, science, nonprofit, hospitality, transportation, public affairs and lifestyle brands. An active board member of the Public Relations Society of America San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter (PRSA SD/IC), Ann Marie keeps her finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the worlds of media, PR, and strategic communications. In fact, the PRSA SD/IC recognized her dedication to the public relations industry by honoring her with the New Professional of the Year Award in October 2015. Ann Marie received her BA in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from San Diego State University. When she’s not dedicating herself to the craft of PR she can be found spending time with her husband and son watching their favorite TV shows and exploring the beautiful city of San Diego.

Veronica Varela Reyes
Project Specialist

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Veronica is our superstar project specialist. Veronica splits her time between Scatena Daniels as a Project Specialist and a Research Assistant for the Shop 2gether research project at the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH). Veronica received her Bachelor of Science in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from San Diego State University. She has worked with various San Diego based nonprofit organizations, including KPBS, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, and the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH). She was previously the Social Media and Events Specialist at KPBS, where she helped plan the GI Film Festival San Diego. Our resident glamour girl, when she isn’t keeping our team organized and the office running smoothly, she can be found staying up to date with the latest and greatest beauty trends as well as perfecting some killer boxing moves (you never know when that might come in handy!).