Meet Team Siponey

Mariel Burns

Sales Associate


Mariel Burns has been immersed in the hospitality industry for nearly two decades. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, she has worked and resided in New York City for nearly eight years. Her cocktails and musings have been published in Thirsty, Chilled, Uproxx, Politico and liquor.com. She is a certified Bourbon Steward from the Stave and Thief society out of Louisville, Kentucky. During her beloved tenure in NYC she discovered her passion for sustainability and how small steps can lead to larger positive environmental impacts. Mariel is thrilled to promote Siponey as the brand’s ethos aligns so closely with her values. She is excited to share this incredible whiskey cocktail with the city of New York and beyond. #drinkbetter #beebetter

Joanna Carpenter

Joanna Carpenter

Market & Creative Consultant

Joanna is a proud Asian-American creative and 18-year veteran of the hospitality industry. She is a multi-hyphenate artist, organizer, and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion educator across both the spirits and entertainment industries. Her drinks and advocacy have been seen in the New York Times, NPR, Thirsty, Liquor, and others. Joanna is proud to be working with Team Siponey, saving the bees and helping all of us #drinkbetter! 

Jaton "Jae" Griffin

Jaton "Jae" Griffin

Sales Associate

Jaton “Jae” a Manhattan native spent years in the DC/Virginia/Maryland area. Jae is well known throughout New York City in the wine, spirits, beer, and music industry. He started his career by interning for the Jay-Z founded record label Roc-a-fella. Over the past 15 years he found himself shining as an amazing sales rep for such companies as; Crush Wine and Spirits, S.K.I Beer, Spectrum Communications, Altice Optimum, etc. Now he’s proud to be joining the Siponey Team to flourish even more. He has a lively personality that matches his loud bright style of fashion. 

Aaron Leopold

Aaron Leopold

Graphic Designer

Aaron Leopold is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. He studied traditional animation at Pratt Institute and graduated in 2003. When he is not working on Siponey he is the lead designer for Project Energy Savers, a small publishing company with focus on energy efficiency.

Lauren Mahana

Lauren Mahana

Digital Marketing Manager

Lauren Mahana is a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. A published Author, Birthworker, Intuitive Healer and Podcast Host. Lauren has a background in retail + restaurant sales, and merchandising.

Dara Pollack

Dara Pollack

Digital Content Creator

Dara is a born and raised New Yorker, former ballet dancer, and professional writer (and eater). Following a devastating car accident where she nearly lost her leg, Dara was forced to give up her dreams of being a dancer on Broadway and chose a new career path in the food industry as a blogger and photographer. Over the years, as her brand and social media continued to develop, she started the Instagram account @skinnypignyc (now @darapollak – 88K followers) in 2014 and left her job in digital ad sales to pursue The Skinny Pig full time. Now, Dara operates The Skinny Pig Inc. as a social media marketing and branding consultant for hospitality and CPG brands, as well as other entrepreneurs in the content creator space. 

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