Punch Media is a full-service boutique agency specializing in public relations, marketing, media management, events, consulting, and brand development.
We are a collective of proactive media savvy professionals who deliver measurable results in a timely fashion. We offer more than two decades of media, branding, consulting, writing, and TV and print advertising experience in both the corporate arena as well as small- to mid-range business development.
James Zeleniak – Founder & CEO
James – an admitted media junkie – is a seasoned journalist, editor, writer, and consultant who has edited Where Magazine in Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as written extensively on the Philadelphia region, the culinary arts, real estate, trends, culture, music, nightlife, fitness, and more for a multitude of publications including Philadelphia Style and City Paper. Zeleniak has spent the last decade spearheading communication strategies regionally and nationally for clients of PUNCH Media and mentoring his growing team. As a principal partner in PUNCH Media, Zeleniak parlays his years of inside-industry experience and dynamic creativity into compelling campaigns that achieve desired results for a diverse client base. For the last five years Zeleniak has chaired the PR Committee for No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation event and is also a Board Member for The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation. In his free time, James can be found exploring his love for combat sports, nutrition, cooking and entertaining for family and friends.
Alicia Crawford-Zeleniak – Director of Operations & Communications Specialist
Alicia Crawford-Zeleniak has enjoyed life on both sides of the fence and knows that each is equally green. She is a marketing communications professional with experience on both the client and agency sides of business. She has extensive knowledge of marketing communications, brand identity and advertising, as well as multi-media project management and production. Her forte is in translating corporate/client strategy into brand-building opportunities to generate revenue. She has worked as talent in TV and radio spots, and has managed broadcast campaigns from concept to production to post-production. More recently, Crawford-Zeleniak managed national branding and acquisition advertising as Director, Marketing Communications at Comcast.
Kylie Flett – Director of PR & Strategy
Following two long-term stints at other agencies, Flett recently rejoined the PUNCH Media team which is where she first launched her career and cultivated her love for PR. She is highly respected amongst Philadelphia’s press and business communities, particularly from a food and beverage perspective. Flett is a tenacious and seasoned pro — who like James, shares a must-win attitude for PUNCH Media’s clients. She has extensive experience in developing brand strategies for clients such as Henry A Davidsen – Master Tailors + Image Consultants, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Philadelphia Distilling and Bluecoat American Dry Gin. Flett holds a masters degree in Professional and Business Communications from Philadelphia’s La Salle University and hails from Adelaide, South Australia. Flett is a board member for Morris Animal Refuge and sits on the committee for their Annual Fur Ball Event. She is a proud owner of a rescued pug mix named Lucy-Furr, is an enthusiastic at-home cook, former bartender and retired lacrosse player/coach.
Emily Marmion – Sr. Account Executive
Emily Marmion knows a thing or two about PUNCH Media, having collaborated with James, Kylie, and the team on various projects and clients over the last three years. Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and double majored in English and Communications. Emily’s talents run the gamut of developing pitches, garnering press for clients, social media marketing, managing interns, and more. Following the core ethos of PUNCH Media, Emily has extensive experience in hospitality and has a keen interest in craft beer.
Kira Cappello – PR Coordinator
Kira is a Delaware County native, a recent graduate of Temple University with a BA in Public Relations, the frontperson in her band called Humilitarian, and fan of all things Philly culture. Kira’s interests lie in social media development, local music journalism, and food & bev blogging, rooted in years of experience working in the coffee, restaurant, and retail industries. Her experience includes work in social media development, event planning, traditional public relations, and music journalism. She has a range of freelance work published on music blogs including The Key (WXPN), Imperfect Fifth, and Melted Magazine, where she covers up-and-coming indie artists. More recently, Kira became a full-time PR Coordinator with Punch Media after over a year of interning and working part-time with the team. She is looking forward to expanding her experience in the beverage and liquor markets on a national scale with Punch Media.
Nicole Schofield – PR and Social Media Coordinator
Nicole graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a focus on Print Journalism, and a minor in Sociology. She has interned for a Philadelphia-based lifestyle magazine where her passion for writing, social media, and showcasing the city of brotherly love came to fruition. As a Philadelphia native and self-proclaimed foodie, one of Nicole’s favorite hobbies is checking out the many acclaimed, diverse restaurants that the city has to offer. Nicole has years of experience working in the hospitality industry, and has a profound interest in photography.
Alexis Levant – PR Coordinator
Alexis Levant is Philadelphia born and raised, a recent graduate of Temple University with a BA in Public Relations and a certificate in Content Creation Advertisement, and a coffee extraordinaire who is on a mission to find the best cold brew coffee in the country. Alexis’s interests lie in strategic communications, hospitality and nonprofit communications, and media. Relations. Before becoming a public relations pro and joining the PUNCH team, Alexis spent numerous years working as a barista for a local coffee shop with her best friends. Her experience in communications includes developing strategy for local nonprofits, garnering press coverage for clients, and she is a 2021 Radio Mercury Award nominee.
One of Alexis’s favorite things to do in her free time is watch and play baseball. She never misses watching a Philadelphia Phillies game, but in reality, her all-time favorite baseball team is the San Francisco Giants.
Thayne Rivera – Graphic Designer
Thayne is a junior graphic designer with a BFA from Temple University. He previously studied at the Tyler School of Art and has a great interest in illustration, typography, and anything related to any form of design. Whether he’s working on his computer or sketching with a pencil and paper, Thayne pushes his level of creativity to develop original, stand-out designs. Some of his previous work includes social media ad campaigns, web/UX-UI design, branding identity, illustration, and packaging design. He was born and raised in the city of Brotherly Love, now he’s out of college and hoping to further his career as a designer and artist. On his off days, you can catch him cooking with friends, listening to music, or riding around the city.
Kali Lauer – PR Assistant
Kali is a Junior public relations major at Temple University. She is currently serving on their Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) executive board as treasurer. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the organization and has gained valuable insight into the public relations world. Kali is interested in fashion or cosmetics PR as she loves to get dressed up and create new looks for herself. When she isn’t working, she loves to browse through YouTube and keep up with what is happening in the entertainment industry. She always had a passion for entertainment and all things glam. Outside of the glam world, she has worked in the restaurant industry for five years. This taught her the ins and outs of how a restaurant operates and what goes on behind the scenes. PUNCH is her first internship, and she is excited to take on this new adventure.
Samantha Kilpatrick – PR Intern
Samantha graduated from Kutztown University earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. While attending, she focused on journalism and later took a minor in Public Relations. Although she was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, she has now settled her roots in the New Jersey area. Samantha joined Punch Media to help hone her media relations skills and perfect her writing. A career goal of hers is to be the head of social media or be the editor-in-chief for an online publication for a company. Her interest in writing lies within profiles, listicles, and poems. She hopes to one day publish all her poems in one book. Some of Samantha’s favorite things to do on the weekends include are hiking, visiting the beach, and walking around Haddonfield, NJ.
Taryn Kolas – PR Intern
Taryn is a recent graduate from Temple University with a BA in Advertising with a double concentration in account management and media planning, and a minor in theater. Taryn loves working in communications and has a love for working within the lifestyle and entertainment, and travel niche.When Taryn isn’t working, you can usually catch her reading (or napping) at a park with her dog, Sebastian. Taryn is super excited to be working at PUNCH and cannot wait to see what this summer has in store for her! Fun fact: Taryn is from Toms River, NJ which is where the show “Jersey Shore” was filmed!
Rachel Neerenberg – PR Intern
Rachel is a rising senior at the University of Maryland pursuing a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Rachel is from Philadelphia, and she’s excited to work with a local agency that supports her city! Her experience in communications started with event marketing and designing social media advertisements. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys going down the shore, listening to music, and trying new foods. Rachel is eager to join the PUNCH team this summer, meet new people and gain more experience in PR!