Launching Social Communications was a natural evolution for founder Tori Tinnon. For over 20 years, Tori has been part of the landscape of all things social in Austin. A self-described serial entrepreneur, her career has taken her from tracking and setting trends as a fashion editor to launching businesses such as her successful POSH by Tori handbag line, Babycake Truffles, LoveChild Baby and Delivered Austin. As an integral part of several collaborations in the world of hospitality, she brought both a wine bar and a fine dining restaurant to the height of popularity. The Tinnon clan consists of two boys, Kaden and Kannon, and four red dachshunds. When not busy managing Austin’s social network, Tori can be found doing the things she loves most – spending time with her sons, cheering on her boys at their football games, dining out, or practicing hot yoga (an essential stress reliever). Social Communications is not just a job for Tori; it is her passion – an extension of her love of modern PR and social media and dedication to infusing every project with style.


As a Director of Marketing & Communications at Social Communications, Kelly Kersten-Schneider brings extensive knowledge of modern public relations, nonprofits and the health care industry along with expertise in digital and print media, strategic marketing, advertising, account management, sales, recruitment and operations. She holds a BA in Communications with a minor in psychology and has successfully navigated the professional cultures of small, aggressive startups to large corporate environments. She’s a fourth generation Austinite, tireless networker, volunteer and passionate activist who has worked with the Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, Animal Trustees, Polari Film Festival & AIDS Services of Austin. Kelly boasts a love of cinema (specifically the Swedish and French variety) and literature that delves into the study of modern feminist advocacy. She can often be found at her favorite local hangouts with a glass of red wine in hand, or at Curra’s eating her very own “Kelly’s Queso”. Kelly is truly dedicated to her community, and when she isn’t at home with her dogs and garden, or out running, swimming and doing yoga, you’ll run into her at a nonprofit, art or theater event around town.


Biologist, birder, writer, and mother of two wildlings, Andrea is a native Austinite who has had a lifelong love affair with culture, nature, travel, and music.  From an early age, her itchy feet have taken her from her hometown of Austin, Texas onto many adventures, from road-tripping across the U.S. to Eurorailing around Europe.  After completing a BS in Biology in 2005 she traveled to Central America where she lived for six years. During that time she discovered a passion and talent for freelance writing. Her work has been published on sites such as USA Today Travel and The Savvy Explorer. Currently, she blends freelancing and parenting while completing graduate school.


Mady Edgar came to Austin two years ago to study at the University of Texas at Austin. She is pursuing a major in public relations and a certificate in business foundations. In addition to having worked for Social Communications in the past as an intern, Mady has learned about communications through work at KMFA 89.5, SPARK Magazine, National Instruments, Bliss Bridal Magazine, 91.7 KVRX and the Latino Media Studies program at UT Austin. She has a special passion for connecting brands with people through social media. One can always find her exploring town for vinyl records and great shopping or at a coffee shop working on her laptop. Mady serves on the Community Advisory Board for KMFA 89.5 and is a college scholar at UT Austin.


Alexandra is an Austin native who enjoys shopping and writing her way through life. She just completed her first year at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, where she is pursuing a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. She chronicles her adventures in the city and the outfits she wears while doing it via her personal blog, Last spring, Alexandra interned for RAIN, a creative agency in Manhattan, where she managed social media campaigns for their clients. While home for the summer, Alexandra is interning at Social Communications.


Local Austinite Cortney Carothers has been in Austin’s hospitality scene – both human and canine – for more than a decade. Cortney has been the owner and operator of Cortney’s Critters – personalized, in-home pet care – for the past ten years. During that time, she has donned many other hats, including PR and social media, event planning, social networking and concierge services. Having a passion for music and being a social butterfly eventually led Cortney into the entertainment and booking business which is her passion these days. Her ability to handle herself in even the most hectic situations with grace and style make her a valuable asset to Social Communications Austin.