Kesha Alexander

Kesha Alexander

Director of Strategic Planning

With years of experience interfacing or “talking with people,” Kesha always brings unique insights, strategic thinking and big ideas to the table. Not only does she know how to implement product marketing strategy, she has proven experience with product development. She’s a new mom who holds the key to our hearts (her amazing baked sweets).

Tim Bade

Tim Bade

Founder, Chief Creative Officer

As The Alchemedia Project’s creative lead, Tim fosters an open environment with a cross-functional creative team made up of storytellers, technologists and motion media experts. Tim believes in simple ideas that break through the clutter and create real impact. His 28 years in food and beverage branding have earned him plenty of awards, but Tim is most proud of work that works.

Sheri Austin

Sheri Austin

Founder, Managing Director

Sheri’s 23-year career has spanned nearly all categories and channels including extensive experience across the supply chain, in both B2B and B2C marketing. She is a sought-after food and beverage marketing expert with a forward thinking approach to digital marketing. A recognized thought-leader in branding, account planning, product marketing and customer development, Sheri is known for asking the tough questions, posing the “what if” possibilities and pushing for original answers.

Shawn Finger

Shawn Finger

Executive Creative Director

With 21 years experience working with the brands people love to eat, Shawn has developed creative strategies and executions for many of the world’s largest brands. A writer by discipline, she approaches creative with an innate balance of play and purpose, leading a full staff of creative problem solvers to create ideas that resonate seamlessly across all mediums.

Stephanie Hart

Stephanie Hart

Director of Client Services

Stephanie’s natural inventiveness (a descendent of the waffle cone creator) along with over a decade of experience in B2B and B2C marketing make her a second-to-none brand builder. Her no-nonsense approach fosters flawless creative executions, and her proficiency in strategic planning, product marketing, integrated communications and key account development keep her delivering real solutions to tricky business problems.

Tom Rankin

Tom Rankin

Director of Technology

Technically speaking, Tom keeps our world from crashing down. He is a seasoned software and systems engineer with 18 years of experience providing solutions in the technology space. He is a full-stack engineer capable of creating and managing systems through every layer of infrastructure from networking through user interface. Tom is passionate about continuously challenging technology limitations and delivering remedies to tricky technical ills.

Kelly Scott

Kelly Scott

Group Account Director

Kelly has years of experience fostering client partnerships in multi-channel environments with single goal in mind: drive work that works. Her diverse experience ranges from cultivating category-leading food and beverage brands at internationally recognized agencies, to thriving as one-woman marketing department at a construction management firm. She can manage cross-functional teams and make it look (or sound, if you’re remote) easy.

Jason Stanley

Jason Stanley

Executive Producer

With 16 years of digital marketing and web technology experience, Jason leads agency teams through all phases of project development, design and execution. Responsible for day-to-day business operations including project planning and logistics, Jason helps the creative team deliver on time, on budget, and on top of their game.

Desiree McNamara

Desiree McNamara

Director of Client Services

Desiree has enjoyed a well-rounded client services career with over 20 years marketing for B2B and B2C agencies. She is a robust leader with the skills to manage cross-functional teams, and a track record of improving client structure and momentum. She keeps track of everything, which is why it’s weird her car has been stolen twice in two states, only to be returned both times.

Brad Hill

Brad Hill

User Experience Director

Brad works closely with both the design and development teams in creating user-focused digital solutions. He understands when to challenge convention and when to advocate for an existing design pattern. In either case, his goal is to deliver the best user experience in every project.

Darcy Benward

Darcy Benward

Director of Account Planning

Darcy is at home in away-from-home marketing roles. With ten years’ experience between the agency and manufacturer side of the foodservice business serving in positions from account supervision to insight analysis and planning, she knows what it takes to put brands on a track of growth. A natural leader, she can convert disparate information and eclectic skill sets into a meaningful, effective plan. She can list her three degrees in German, and that’s probably the least impressive thing about her.

Michael Dockery

Michael Dockery

Creative Director

With ten years of design experience, Mike knows advertising needs to delight in order to work. He believes execution is limited only by imagination and that every job has the potential for greatness. He has an affinity for Saul Bass, modernity, electronic music and running. If the eyes are the window to the soul, then beards must be the shrubbery to the spirit, because Mike’s creative spirit is larger than life.

Brian Perveneckis

Brian Perveneckis

Senior Art Director

Chicago native, and current Chicagoan, Brian has spent over 14 years in the business imagining, strategizing and leading creative teams to deliver marvelous, effective work for some of the most recognized brands on the map. His personality shines through every project he touches and through the work of his many mentees.

Sabrina Robb

Sabrina Robb

Senior Copywriter

A love of cooking and a way with words made writing about food a natural fit years ago for this copywriter. So when she’s not at home cooking up Instagram-worthy feasts, she’s busy whipping up compelling brand stories. For more than 20 years, Sabrina has been the voice of food industry leaders like Tyson Foodservice, Mars Foodservices, Heinz Foodservice, ARAMARK, Torani, C.H. Guenther & Son, Inc., and Smith & Wollensky restaurants, just to name a few.

Megan Brammeier

Megan Brammeier

Associate Creative Director

With eight years experience in both brand marketing and copywriting, Megan is a word-loving, conversational writer with a passion for strategy. “Smart ideas” are her specialty. She doesn’t just solve problems with words, but with truly original concepts and cross-functional collaboration that ensure the results are as big as the ideas.

Mitchell Brandt

Mitchell Brandt

Senior Content Manager

Mitchell has been working in advertising for the past ten years and has developed a true knack for content. His experience as a copywriter has given him the foundation needed to understand the power of words and the ability to wield their influence appropriately. As a team player and leader, Mitchell adds fresh perspectives to tactics that have yet to reach their fullest potential.

Lori Fritz

Lori Fritz

Digital Producer

Lori has skills in spades—new media production, digital advertising, content management systems, custom software applications, full-stack web development—you name it, she’s figured it out. It might be because she’s inquisitive, it might be because, for Lori, “can’t” is a dirty word. We know one thing for certain: she loves to make things and she’s great at it.

Myke Bates

Myke Bates

Associate Technology Director

As a full stack web developer, Myke tackles demanding web challenges with energy and tenacity. His experience ranges from boutique site development, to notable Silicon Valley startup projects. He is fluent in a wide array of Web languages and capable of crafting elegant solutions on a deadline. Some of his specialties include Laravel, WordPress and heavy front end and mobile development.

Melinda Dean

Melinda Dean

Front-End Web Developer

In her 14 years of digital marketing experience, Melinda has transformed from web designer to front end developer, allowing her to fully understand what it takes to make websites beautiful and useful. While Melinda is often found working tirelessly behind the scenes, the digital experiences she creates are front and center for the brands and clients she serves.

Gina Low

Gina Low

Senior Project Manager

Gina has over eight years experience across channels, making things happen on time and on point. There are few things she hasn’t had to acquire at this point—from sleigh bells to dollhouse furniture—and she manages to get it all together at the right time. Bottom line, when it’s time set every piece of a video in motion, it’s time to talk with Gina.

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Copywriter

Over four years of experience in writing and editing have made Sarah a master at the concepting table. She has advanced brands at all levels with sharp copy that delights. With a background in improv comedy, Sarah is a quick thinker and gifted wordsmith with deceptively simple ideas.

Dave Rowett

Dave Rowett

Web Developer

Dave is brave. Whether he’s managing massive full-stack software issues, or catching fish with teeth the size of pinkies, he dives in without hesitation. His problem-solving acumen comes from over 15 years of development experience. His unwavering cool under pressure—we have no idea where that comes from.

Sarah Nenninger

Sarah Nenninger

Senior Account Executive

If you want to find out about Sarah, take a hike. Literally. If you can keep up with her, the first thing you’ll notice is her passion for people. She can tell you about her research and shopper marketing experiences that make her such an effective strategist, her multi-faceted marketing plans within all sorts of industries, how to build client relationships and determine what’s next in the industry…are you winded yet?

Maggie Dreyer

Maggie Dreyer

Account Director

With over a decade of experience working closely with clients like KitchenAid and Wrigley, Maggie knows how to propel brands forward from strategy to large-scale activation. A true leader, she unites collaborative teams to develop comprehensive plans based on actionable insights, and ensures executions maintain one engaging voice. Think “seasoned marketing manager,” then think spicier.

Paula Wright

Paula Wright

Account Director

Paula is great a putting her perceptive nature into practice. She has 20+ years of food and foodservice experience doing everything from national account customer development and product promotion to branding strategy and multi-media production with all sorts of prominent clients from Tyson to MARS. Her industry knowledge and remarkable judgment set her apart as an industry leader. Her optimism and daily acts of kindness set her apart as a human.

Sam Holliday

Sam Holliday

Controller

A specialist in finance and economics, Sam uses his MBA to help steer The Alchemedia Project in the right direction. When he’s not running budget audits or scouting financial opportunities for the Alchemedia team, he’s literally running or scouting.

Claire McMillin

Claire McMillin

Account Supervisor

With years of professional marketing experience working for some of the biggest names in foodservice, Claire has developed an impressive track record of delivering impactful work in any format. Her contagious, can-do attitude keeps her team busy, and her sharp attention to detail and strategic insights make everyone look better. When everything is up in the air, Claire uses her stellar leadership and communication skills to nail them down.

Jackie Haldiman

Jackie Haldiman

Director of integrated Media

The director of all things media, Jackie has nearly eight years of proven strategic planning skills and a passion for B2B media and marketing. She puts client needs first, providing recommendations centered on results. Jackie has augmented her traditional advertising experience with social engagement, search engine marketing, campaign analytics, and recontact email campaigns. Her dashboards are like sugar glass: clear and sweet.

Michelle Essmyer

Michelle Essmyer

Media Coordinator

Michelle has never held a job—she’s always held multiple jobs. A certified kickboxing and spin instructor with a background in marketing and an MBA to boot, she is whipping our marketing results into shape with the same energy. Her expert touchpoint planning, execution and reporting keep our tactical work effective and engaging.

Christie Browne

Christie Browne

Technical Solutions Architect

Christie joined The Alchemedia Project with 17 years of experience in software development as a software engineer, project manager and entrepreneur. She knows how to kick projects into high gear, managing the big picture and the small details with speed and grace. She’s engaged in high-quality solutions from discovery to delivery, and she enjoys working with people every step of the way.

Kerstin Kim

Kerstin Kim

Account Executive

A keen observer of human nature, Kerstin has an exceptional nature herself. Her studies in consumer behavior and her MBA led her to the B2B marketing world, where she strengthens brands on a daily basis. Her persistence shows through her brilliant planning, her dedicated client service and her impressive half-marathon hobby.

Amber Hensley

Amber Hensley

Director, Public Relations

Having worked in food marketing for 15 years, Amber excels at generating success beyond the plate. Her remarkable communication and problem-solving skills help encourage thoughtful and effective creative executions. She knows how the whole food production process works, from tilling to grilling, and she knows how to foster relevant and engaging brand growth in the meantime.

Jeff Kern

Jeff Kern

Senior Art Director

With nearly two decades of experience, Jeff is a master of graphic and martial arts—both of which come in handy around here. An evangelist for clever visuals that disrupt and inform, he has an uncanny ability to crystalize any concept. His extensive, cross-channel experience has made him an invaluable designer of almost anything on a page, screen, or object. If he hasn’t designed it yet, odds are he is studying it…right now.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Assistant Account Executive

Maybe it comes from years on the farm, but Kelly knows exactly how to get things growing. A Missouri State AdTeam veteran, she has spent a decade developing and executing market and event strategy for nonprofits. Need to borrow a VHS full of home-recorded ‘90s Super Bowl commercials? She’s your lady.

Megan Shiver

Megan Shiver

Graphic Designer

Armed with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design and a minor in drawing from Missouri State, Megan is tackling projects both by hand and by screen. Her great taste in all things art matches her great taste in music–ask her about her favorite bands and have your pen at the ready.

Teresa Williams

Teresa Williams

Account Supervisor

Go-getter is an understatement. In her ten year foodservice advertising tenure, Teresa has managed to go and get a lot done. From dedicated research and consultant work for nationally recognized brands to planning, implementing, tracking and assessing major product launch campaigns, she tackles massive projects with tenacity.

Matt Pendergrass

Matt Pendergrass

Senior Account Executive

With diverse early career experience in data-driven direct marketing and integrated production, Matt understands the interworkings of the businesses and projects he manages. As humble as he is hard working, Matt doesn’t just tell you what he thinks, he proves why it will work. He brings digital savvy, data management and strategic thinking together to create valuable, out-of-the-box solutions for brands.

Brian Neyer

Brian Neyer

Senior Account Executive

Brian has a knack for keeping the facts straight and the details in order—on the clock and off. He is a juggler of deadlines and a master of coordination with client interest at the forefront of all that he does. His mental stockpile of details big and small make him an invaluable brand ally, and a formidable foe in trivia take-downs. You’ve been warned.

Casey Mericle

Casey Mericle

Director of Web Analytics & Usability

A history in B2B and B2C eCommerce led the straight-shooting Casey to find his career passion in analytics. Driven by facts and figures, he identifies where work is working and where there are opportunities for tactical improvements to drive results. Casey leads the agency in creating work that is as useful as it is beautiful and visible.

Kayla Hardy

Kayla Hardy

Digital Analyst

Kayla is an astute analyst of motivation, an agent of real solutions. Her passion for direct and compelling digital marketing led her to the Alchemedia Project, where she’s finding the most effective ways of connecting people with content that matters to them. She’s also a firm believer that hot wings should be a diet staple, and that every day should be Halloween.

Marcus Grisham

Marcus Grisham

Senior Art Director

Marcus is an explorer of ideas, a master of visual communication. His years of cross-category, cross-medium art direction have yielded brilliant work. When he’s not training for a triathlon he’s trained on an idea, mining the possibilities until he arrives at the best one. His hidden talent: making small films with the same grand approach he applies to design.

Lucy Ressler

Lucy Ressler

Graphic Designer

A graphic design and illustration graduate from Missouri State, Lucy is an experienced foodservice designer with a typographic bent and an adventurous attitude. She’s already begun assembling creatures for her future farm including two brother cats and a tortoise named Chomper. Next on the list: alpacas.

Stephanie Lueck

Stephanie Lueck

Account Supervisor

From asking the tough questions to answering challenges with big ideas, Stephanie’s fearless. Especially on her dirt bike. She has fostered brand growth for over eight years, fluently identifying the right moves to make. She knows how to strategize in the digital world, positioning brands to cultivate business.

Ryan Popp

Ryan Popp

Motion Media Director

A film editor since he was 14, Ryan launched his professional career in L.A. leading multiple camera teams and editors in the music video industry. Ryan contracts with some of the country’s best film shooters and editors to engineer teams customized for each agency project. His eye for direction and animation imagination are key to providing engaging motion and video projects of any size for our clients.

Jeremy Shreckhise

Jeremy Shreckhise

Art Director

Well versed in print and digital media, Jeremy possesses the super power to understand and implement both the creative and technical components of a project. This allows him turn concepts into reality faster than a speeding bullet. Like Tony Stark, Jeremy is constantly seeking new ways to increase the efficiency and quality of the work the agency delivers. Did we mention he likes super heroes?

Doren Chapman

Doren Chapman

Motion Designer

When he’s not skateboarding or playing guitar, Doren is doing tricks and taking risks on his own moving pictures. His experience in Design goes from the old-timey page, into mobile application development. Ask him to make a zombie gif or screen-print a Teddy Roosevelt for you. He just might. He’s that polite.

Peter McDowell

Peter McDowell

UX Designer

Peter has the rare ability to transform a complex labyrinth of information into beautiful, simple web experiences. His self-described nerd passions include logos, typography and vexillology (the Texas flag is his favorite). Though his dream job is a game show host, we’re happy he decided to ditch the tiny microphone for the wide world of UX design.

Michael Peacock

Michael Peacock

Art Director

Michael entered the design world by way of architecture. Since turning his attention to smaller things or non-things (digital enterprises), his ideas are no less towering. He knows how to press the boundaries of any medium and bring ideas to unexpected, stunning fruition. The way to his heart? Buttermilk chocolate chip pancakes.

 

Nathan Maulorico

Nathan Maulorico

Cinematographer

From the gritty backwoods of the Ozark Hills, to high-end celebrity kitchens, Nathan has spent 14 years filming all kinds of brilliant visual stories. His wide-ranging experiences working on commercials, cinema and national TV shows make him a shoe-in for any production team and a valuable asset for The Alchemedia Project. If you want to catch Nathan you’ll probably find him boarding a plane to his next adventure—ask him about muscle cars, historical propaganda, or the film community and buckle up for an interesting conversation.

Stefanie Vochatzer

Stefanie Vochatzer

Graphic Design Intern

Joining the Alchemedia Project with a degree in Graphic Design from Missouri State University, Stefanie knows how to give big ideas momentum. Her penchant for clean, smart design gleams through everything she touches from logos to artisan candy packaging.

Neil Hooper

Neil Hooper

Senior Web Developer

Neil has spent over twelve years making the internet a better place. As a full stack engineer he has helped build functional, visible, beautiful websites for big and small business. As a creature of curiosity he enjoys exploring the culinary world and the world of photographs—foodservice ad agency fit you think?

Megan Platten

Megan Platten

Assistant Account Executive

Think you’re a reality T.V. buff? Meet your match. When Megan isn’t keeping up with the Kardashians, she’s keeping our accounts in order. She brings fresh ideas and an infectious curiosity to our discussions and has the enviable skill of making everyone around her better at what they do.

Dan Turck

Dan Turck

Market Research Manager

Dan does data. He’s done other cool things too like starting a concert series and putting on a marquee collegiate soccer event. You may have seen him tearing up the roller hockey court or pluckin’ on the banjo. He recently earned an MBA from Missouri State University focusing on Marketing Research and Data Analysis.

Rosella Short

Rosella Short

Account Executive

Never in the history of names has there been such a true fit: Rosie brings her relentlessly positive attitude to every task every day. While earning her advertising degree, Rosie produced nationally awarded work for the Department of State as a part of the Missouri State Ad Team.

Brittany Furjanic

Brittany Furjanic

Account Executive

It’s hard to overwhelm Brittany. With a communication and marketing degree from Missouri State she took on massive, fast-paced accounts with Teir-3 car dealerships and managed to turn impressive projects on a dime while keeping clients and colleagues happy. In addition to globe-trotting, she loves hiking, hammocks and Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones anyone?).

Tony Ruzicka

Tony Ruzicka

Copywriter

Tony earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of Montana, where he spent the better part of his schooling writing poetry about Eggos and celebrities. He’s out of the woods, and into concepting.

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