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SPRING 2021

    Left Front to Back: Samantha Mills, Clarissa Rios, Heyli Lopez, Sara Stiles, Benjamin Jones, and Jordan Wheeler 

    Middle: Detavious Hill 

    Right Front to Back: Sarah White, Alexandria McCarthey, Rachel Pollard, Sydney Carrington, and Sergio Benitez

O U R   T E A M

      Our team is comprised of the University of North Texas' brilliant public relations students within the Mayborn School of Journalism. We are diverse in mindset and perspectives, allowing for a broader viewpoint in our work. We strive to change the way employers see generation Z by showcasing the skills and talents that we bring to the workforce. 

SERGIO BENITEZ

SENIOR CLIENT MANAGER

      Sergio Benitez (He/Him) joined AGENZ PR to get agency experience and be able to work with other PR professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the field of public relations. Upon graduation, he’d like to work in an agency setting and work with multiple brands and clients to improve their PR.

Sergio Benitez

Senior Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Marketing

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller

  • Connect with Sergio on LinkedIn

SYDNEY CARRINGTON

DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER

      Sydney Carrington chose AGENZ PR because she wanted to work with other students in her field before entering the real-world PR profession. She also thought learning more about a generation that is not her own would not only interest her but would also help advance her research skills. She hopes to work with other PR professionals at a corporation or non-profit that will allow her to express her individual creativity as well as allow room to grow as she works to become a better Public Relations professional.

Sydney Carrington

Social Media Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Social Sciences

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” -Oliver Holmes

  • Connect with Sydney on LinkedIn

DETAVIOUS HILL

BRAND MANAGER

      Detavious Hill (He/They) chose to join AGENZ PR because he knew that this would be a place where he could grow his skills in writing, professionalism and teamwork. He has really high hopes of working at an agency or in mass communications post-graduation. Either of these positions would give him the experience needed in order to accomplish his dream of being White House Press Secretary.​

Detavious Hill

Brand Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Political Science

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: "Character is power." Booker T. Washington

  • Connect with Detavious on LinkedIn

HEYLI LOPEZ

CLIENT MANAGER

      Heyli Lopez (She/Her) joined AGENZ to gain experience alongside her classmates and apply her classroom learning to a real-world setting. She sees AGENZ PR as a stepping-stone to bigger things in the future. She hopes to work at an agency before transitioning to in-house PR. Heyli is also enrolled in the grad track program at Mayborn and plans on continuing a master’s degree in the fall.

Heyli Lopez

Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Psychology

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” - Dr. Maya Angelou

  • Connect with Heyli on LinkedIn

BENJAMIN JONES

CLIENT MANAGER

      Ben Jones (He/Him) is currently a senior at The University of North Texas and will graduate this May. He is pursuing a BA in Journalism with a focus in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. His love of writing as well as social media and internet culture inspired him to pursue a career in PR. Upon graduation, Ben hopes to work in community relations, building and maintaining crucial relationships in his employer’s community.​

Benjamin Jones

Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Marketing

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite Quote: “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”

  • Connect with Ben on LinkedIn

ALEXANDRIA MCCARTHY

CLIENT MANAGER

      Alexandria (Lexi) McCarthy (she/her) joined AGENZ PR to meet other young PR professionals and to gain experience working with real clients. She currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is a member of The University of North Texas Honors College. She loves learning about others and sharing their stories through writing. Lexi hopes to work in artist management and music promotion someday.

Lexi McCarthy

Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Management

  • Graduation: Summer (August?) 2021

  • Favorite quote: “There is no gain without risk, perhaps no risk without love.” - Stephen King, Pet Sematary

  • Connect with Lexi on LinkedIn

SAMANTHA MILLS

VISUAL SPECIALIST 

      Samantha Mills (she/her) joined AGENZ PR to get experience in the field as a Creative. She is experienced in various graphic design, photography and videography skills and methods. She enjoys being environmentally friendly with the everyday choices she makes and finds it important to protect our planet as much as we can. Samantha hopes to someday work in a PR and Advertising firm, a design firm or a large corporation as a Creative.

Samantha Mills

Visual Specialist

  • Major: Interdisciplinary Art and Design

  • Minor: Double minor in Journalism and Photography

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~ Colin Powell, former U.S. Defense Secretary

  • Connect with Samantha on LinkedIn

CLARISSA RIOS

SENIOR BRAND MANAGER

      Clarissa Rios (she/her) joined AGENZ PR because she wanted to gain career-related experience and put her PR skills to the test. She’s eager to work with a leadership role, in addition to being a team player. She is determined to work her way up in agency/corporate PR. She’s also interested in community relations and social media. After graduation, Clarissa plans to continue working in PR internships until she is hired, if not already by the time she virtually walks the stage.

Clarissa Rios

Senior Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Marketing

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Connect with Clarissa on LinkedIn

JORDAN WHEELER

CLIENT MANAGER

      Jordan Wheeler (he/him) is a senior at UNT working on a double major in English Literature and Public Relations. He discovered his interest in PR in an elective class and, since then, his interest has grown into a true passion. He hopes to use the skills he has learned to help both AGENZ and any client or employer he will work with in the future.

Jordan Wheeler

Client Manager

  • Major: English Literature and Public Relations

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new" -Albert Einstein

  • Connect with Jordan on LinkedIn

RACHEL POLLARD

SENIOR CLIENT MANAGER

      Rachel Pollard (she/her) is a senior at The University of North Texas. She is pursuing a BA in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations, a minor in Psychology and a certificate in Sports Journalism. She hopes to work in the sports industry as a PR professional or go into nonprofits and work to help the less fortunate. She is on track to graduate in December 2021.

Rachel Pollard

Senior Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Psychology

  • Graduation: December 2021

  • Favorite quote: “Work to become, not to acquire." - Elbert Hubbard

  • Connect with Rachel on LinkedIn

SARA STILES

PARTNERSHIP MANAGER

      Sara Stiles (she/her) joined AGENZ PR to gain experience in an agency setting and establish closer relationships with her peers, mentors and clients prior to graduation. She is naturally curious and has a passion for writing, problem-solving and bringing people together. Public Relations gave her the opportunity to combine her best qualities and interests and turn them into a career she loves. Sara is excited about her future in PR and looks forward to any opportunity presented to her after graduation.

Sara Stiles

Partnership Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Political Science

  • Graduation: May 2021

  • Favorite quote: “I will love myself despite the ease with which I lean toward the opposite.” - Shane Koyczan

  • Connect with Sara on LinkedIn

SARAH WHITE

CLIENT MANAGER

      Sarah White (she/her) is a senior at The University of North Texas, pursuing a BA in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology. This Houston-native enjoys expressing her talents though many creative fields, including writing and a variety of visual arts. She will be attending grad school in the summer to obtain her master’s in Business Administration and Management. She plans to work at a PR agency following graduation and hopes to one day create her own agency.

Sarah White

Client Manager

  • Major: Public Relations

  • Minor: Sociology

  • Graduation: Spring 2021

  • Favorite quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style." - Maya Angelou

  • Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn