Our Team

Management and Sales

Bill Brasser | Partner

Bill brings over 17 years of sales and marketing management and 13 years of strategic SEO experience to the Captiva team. Throughout his career, he has specialized in building and implementing strategic online marketing initiatives that blend with the overall marketing objectives of his clients. Bill's strengths in strategic search, design integration and website usability led to the creation of our Empoweren website content management system, as well as to the creation of hundreds of websites across many industries.

Bill holds a BS in Marketing from Saint Louis University and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University.

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Mark Forst | Partner

As co-founder of Captiva Marketing, Mark brings over 20 years of strategic marketing and 14 years of SEO experience to the Captiva team. Prior to starting Captiva Marketing, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for a global manufacturer of plastic products.  Since then, he has built hundreds of websites and optimized even more across dozens of industries.

Mark earned a BS in Marketing at Miami University and an MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.

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Rachel Forst | Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer of Captiva Marketing, Rachel brings over 22 years of finance, accounting, and HR experience to the Captiva team. Prior to joining Captiva Marketing in 2006 as Controller and Director of Human Resources, Rachel held a variety of roles in various industries, including Controller of Centene Corporation and Manager at Arthur Andersen LLP. Rachel holds a BS in Accounting from Miami University.

Rachel is also founder and owner of Rachel's Grove, a St. Louis Dress Boutique.

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Bhairavi A. Kinder | Business Manager

Bhairavi joined the Captiva Marketing team in September 2009. She has an IT background, and was a Systems Analyst for over 10 years with Union Pacific Railroad. Bhairavi's role at Captiva is to facilitate the overall business flow of the company. Her responsibilities include financial management, human resources, hiring, and assisting the development department with equipment setup and maintenance. Bhairavi obtained a BS in Computer Information System from Missouri State University in 1991. In 1996 she earned her MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Bhairavi is married, and has two daughters. She enjoys exercising, traveling, reading and watching her daughters play tennis.

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Account Management - Web Design & Search

Chris Weis | Director, Search Marketing & Analytics

Christopher is the Director of Search & Analytics at Captiva Marketing. An industry veteran, he has over 17 years of digital marketing experience in both corporate and agency environments. Christopher oversees Captiva's Search Marketing group, the company's SEO/SEM hub which formulates and manages integrated marketing programs for ecommerce and large scale enterprises. His goal is to infuse his clients' business goals into all facets of their online marketing efforts -- from site development and database architecture to usability and engagement to SEO/SEM and beyond.

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Melissa Berner | Senior Account Manager / Hiring Manager

Melissa brings over 20 years of marketing and business experience to the Captiva team. Through her career, she gained valuable business knowledge while working at companies including Invacare and Sanofi-Aventis, along with a plastic manufacturing company where she successfully managed both consumer and industrial divisions. Melissa holds a BS in Marketing, as well as an MBA from Fontbonne University. Melissa is involved with school committees in the St. Louis area and enjoys volunteer work.

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Magen Laurence | Senior Account Manager - Ecommerce

Magen has been a dedicated member of Captiva’s account management team since November 2007, possessing a high level of experience in ecommerce website development and management. Magen’s skill set also includes, but is not limited to, SEO, paid search, project management, website design consulting, link building, email marketing, data analysis and research, and CSE optimization, implementation and management. While her main focus is managing ecommerce websites and SEO programs for clients in industries ranging from industrial and B2B to retail and B2C, she does consult on and implement various aspects of digital marketing strategies for non-ecommerce clients.

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Meg Carosello | Senior Account Manager - PR/Social Media Lead

With a background in traditional public relations since 2006, Meg joined the Captiva Marketing team in 2009. Meg spearheads social media and public relations strategy and training for Captiva’s clients with a focus on social outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and blogs. This includes navigating the ongoing changes to the social ad buying platforms as paid social media continues to grow as effective promotional tool. Meg also manages all aspects of digital and traditional marketing including coordinating website design projects, online marketing campaigns and traditional marketing activities.  Meg has a B.A. in Communication with a minor in music from Truman State University.

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Bonnie Kuhn | Senior Account Manager - Link Building Lead

Bonnie began her career in online marketing in 2008 in the e-commerce industry, working for a large, nation-wide sporting goods retailer. With a strong knowledge of SEO, link building, content building, and web analytics, Bonnie currently manages several e-commerce clients as well as a variety of industrial clients here at Captiva. She has been a member of the Captiva team since June 2011 and utilizes her marketing experience to provide clients with a more successful digital marketing plan, with an emphasis in Search Engine Optimization and Conversion Rate Optimization. Bonnie holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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Ben Kelley |  Senior Account Manager - Video SEO Lead

A St. Louis native, Ben Kelley holds a BA in graphic design from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, and a Masters in Marketing and Advertising Communications from Webster University here in St. Louis, MO. Ben joined our team in February 2012, and has been utilizing his graphic design and marketing expertise to develop and optimize websites, design compelling sales and advertising materials and coordinate marketing strategies for several of our industrial clients, including Wiese USA, PortaFab and KASCO SharpTech. Outside of work, Ben enjoys exploring his creative side by progressing his skills as a painter (you can view his artwork at www.sometimesbenpaints.com), expanding his landscaping abilities with projects around the home and mastering the art of at-home-beer-brewing with his wife, Mindy.

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Dan Pyatt | Paid Search Manager

Dan joined the Captiva team in March 2013, bringing with him nearly two years of experience in paid search advertising management, ecommerce and organic search engine optimization. In addition, he has extensive experience collecting and analyzing data to provide insight and recommendations. In his position at Captiva, he works with clients to strategically design and implement online marketing campaigns to drive traffic to their website. Dan holds a BS in Marketing from University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) and graduated from Francis Howell North High School. He has a passion for sports and is involved with Epilepsy Foundation of St. Louis.

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Blake Corrington | Account Manager

Blake started his online marketing career in college as a PPC intern for a national surety bond brand. He is a recent graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Blake joined the Captiva Marketing team in November 2013 as an online marketing specialist. Outside of work he enjoys watching classic movies, listening to all types of music and in October he is an obnoxious Cardinals fan.

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Nick Rodriguez | Account Manager

Nick joined Captiva Marketing in March of 2014 as an SEO Account Manager, bringing over 9 years of search engine optimization, link building and pay per click experience. He began his career working for an industry-leading shopping cart software provider, helping thousands of small businesses develop and market their online stores. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and managing his own e-commerce web site. Nick graduated from St. Louis University with a BS in Management Information Systems.

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Desiree Wheeler | Account Manager

Originally from the Seattle area, Desiree earned her BS in Communications with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Joining the Captiva team in September 2013, Desiree manages comprehensive digital marketing programs for a variety of locally based clients. Her primary focus is developing strategies to build awareness and show return on investment for clients, using a multi-channel marketing approach. Her passions include traveling, hiking, coffee and spending quality time with her 11 nieces and nephews.

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Kirstie Hamel | Digital Marketing Strategist

Kirstie joined the Captiva Marketing team as a Digital Marketing Strategist in 2015. She began her career working with digital advertising start-ups in St. Louis, and successfully launched PPC and SEO solutions. She specializes in SEO and PPC advertising. Kirstie enjoys applying her healthcare and legal experience to help local and national clients advance their digital presences. Kirstie has a BA in Communications from Lindenwood University. In her free time she enjoys cooking, interior decorating, and spending time with her two dogs.

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Erin Blumer | Account Manager

Erin joined the Captiva team in July 2014. She brings both creative and analytical strengths to the firm with her marketing and graphic design experience, and her interest and understanding of science has allowed her to focus her marketing efforts on medical and similar clients. Her varied skills include technical writing and copywriting, SEO, paid search advertising, data analysis, email marketing, graphic design and illustration, and project management. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri St. Louis with a BSBA in Marketing in 2014, and also earned a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2010.

In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking and camping in the great outdoors, competing in archery tournaments, playing classical piano, photography, drawing and painting, reading sci-fi and fantasy novels, and getting her cat to chase a laser pointer around the house.

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Angela Blest | Online Marketing Specialist

Angela joined the Captiva Marketing team in March 2015 as an Online Marketing Specialist. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism: Strategic Communication and minor in Business. Angela began her marketing career for an international financial services provider where she specialized in corporate communications, website maintenance and development of marketing material across print and digital mediums. At Captiva, she focuses on local SEO including content generation and optimization. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, fishing, traveling, trying new recipes, being outdoors and playing with her yellow lab, Lucci, and loves attending Mizzou football games.

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Julie Granville | Digital Marketing Strategist

Julie joined Captiva Marketing in January 2016. She began her marketing career as a copywriter and has since grown her skill set to include SEO strategy, paid search advertising, and social media marketing. Julie graduated from Truman State University with a BA in Marketing & English. In her free time she enjoys reading, trying to duplicate recipes from Pinterest, and spoiling her dog.

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Taylor Robison | Online Marketing Specialist

Taylor joined the Captiva team in June 2016 as an Online Marketing Specialist. He brought with him his Google AdWords certification and experience in digital marketing and graphic design. Taylor recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in Management with a Marketing emphasis. Outside of Captiva, you’ll probably find Taylor at a local concert or art gallery, eating excessive amounts of sushi, or recording music in his home studio.

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Katie Miller | Digital Marketing Strategist

Katie joined the Captiva Marketing team in 2017 as a Digital Marketing Strategist after beginning her career in public relations and social media. Katie graduated from Saint Louis University where she received her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. When she is not in the office, you can probably find Katie taking a spinning class or cheering on the Green Bay Packers!

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Design Team

Our artistic group primarily designs websites, but logos, interactive drawings, banner ads, brochures and packaging frequent their schedules.

Shawn Meers | Creative Director

Shawn offers over 15 years of graphic design experience with an emphasis on web site design, interactive design, print design, site flow/usability and illustration. As the director of our design team, Shawn not only manages multiple team members in meeting our quality requirements for design, but also works closely with our clients to deliver marketing pieces that fulfills and exceeds their expectations. Shawn received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Graphic Design from Missouri State University.

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Julie Schmelzle | Art Director

Julie brings over 17 years of experience to Captiva’s design team and is responsible for carrying out the creative vision on both print and web based projects. After studying Graphic Design at Southeast Missouri State University, she began her career with a local agency where she specialized in the development of branding, corporate communications and marketing materials that spanned print and digital mediums. Julie also spent several years as an in-house designer with a strong focus in e-commerce and online marketing and most recently freelanced working with clients fulfilling their visual communication needs and streamlining their message. In Julie's free time, she enjoys reading, running and spending time with her husband and 3 children.

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Hannah Moore | Digital Art Director

Hannah, born and raised in St.Louis, joined the Captiva team in October 2013. Hannah offers six years of web design experience with an associate’s degree in graphic design and self-taught web development skillset. When she is not in the office you can find her reading design blogs, cooking or spending time with her husband and 3 children.

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Zack Beck | Designer

Starting in July 2013, Zack combines his classic design schooling with many years of self-taught web development to form a hybrid skillset well suited within the Captiva team. Zack graduated with a BFA in Advertising & Graphic Design from Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) and after almost 6 years in Ohio, has returned to his home city of St. Louis. When out of the office, you might find him studying web design trends, listening to a podcast or traveling to visit friends all over the Midwest and beyond.

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Amy Hoffman | Designer

Amy joined the Captiva team in April 2016. She has experience in web and print design, along with a background in web development. Amy graduated with a BFA in Design Communications and Web Development from Belmont University in Nashville TN. When she is not in the office, you can find her studying user experience design trends or at the local boxing gym.

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Alyssa Johnes | Designer

Alyssa joined the Captiva Marketing team in February 2017. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Outside of the office you may find her playing hardcourt bicycle polo or traveling the country to go rock climbing.

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Jacob Brcic | Multimedia Director

Jacob started with Captiva in January 2015 as a Graphic Designer after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Jacob brings over 7 years of experience and is now the Director of our fast-growing Multimedia department for Photography, Videography, and Animation. Outside of the office, you’ll find him geeking out over the latest camera gear, photographing automobiles and weddings, or out wakeboarding at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Chris Pickup | Videographer

Chris became a member of the team at Captiva in October 2016 as a Videographer. He graduated from Webster University in 2011 with a Bachelor Degree of Art in Film Production, and brings over five years’ professional experience writing, filming, and editing creative projects for video advertising, TV, film, and branded story telling. When he isn’t researching new video equipment and editing techniques, Chris spends most of his time with his wonderful wife and son, as well as other family and friends. He also enjoys singing, going to the movies, trying out new restaurants, playing ice hockey, and may very well be the biggest St. Louis Blues fan you’ve ever met.

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Jake Bingley | Animator

Jake joined the Captiva team in October 2016 as an Animator. He graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation. Outside of work, Jake is most likely enjoying the great outdoors, playing music with friends, recording his own music, or exploring new artistic mediums and techniques.

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Development Team

Our programming team specializes in developing the functional aspects of websites including database integration, server-side components, and interactive media.

Jon Jensen | Director of Technology

Jon Jensen, Director of Technology, joined Captiva Marketing in 2008. As a veteran programmer with experience creating websites since 1997, Jon also serves as lead web developer for Empoweren. He leads a talented team, creating complex web-based applications using Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP. Jon has a creative blend of Education with a B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Photography from Webster University.

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Megan McClellan | Web Developer

Megan came to Saint Louis in 2008 with a degree in Professional Writing from the University of North Alabama, but soon found her calling in web development. Building on a college course in the HTML of yesteryear, she is self-taught in the application of modern CSS3, HTML5, Javascript and jQuery in database driven websites and applications. Megan focuses her development skills on creating user experiences that are expressive, meaningful and intuitive. When she isn’t obsessing over site usability and content presentation, she’s probably bowling, reading books about dragons, or trying mightily to make the fantasy football playoffs.

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Scott Boyher | Web Developer

Scott is a recent addition to the Captiva Marketing team and brings with him more than 7 years of web development experience. He earned a degree in web development and has a passion for continuing education. He enjoys learning new skills and is always researching best practices and the latest trends. When he is not writing code, you can find him enjoying the outdoors and cheering on the Blues and Cardinals.

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Elizabeth Echols | Web Developer

Elizabeth joined the Captiva Team in May of 2015 and brings with her more than 10 years of experience in web development. In 2001, she pursued a degree in Network Administration where she stumbled into web design, fell head over heels with art in the form of HTML and Adobe Photoshop and never looked back. Liz loves to be creative and she loves to be challenged. In her free time, Liz enjoys backpacking and camping in the hills of Missouri, photography, reading cheesy romance novels, and cheering on the St. Louis Blues.

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Stephen Flannery | Web Developer

Stephen joined the Captiva team as an intern in May of 2015, and is now a full-time member of our team as of August 2015. Stephen has experience in both front-end development and design, and has performed freelance work for the past couple of years.

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Special Projects

Erin Brasser | Special Projects & Social Media

With experience in product and client management, Erin brings a diverse background stemming from training physicians on the use of arterial medical devices to managing the Cardiac Cath Lab at St. Mary’s in St. Louis. In recent years, Erin has grown her knowledge and skills in social media, primarily Facebook and Pinterest, to assist with social media projects for both Captiva Marketing and its clients. Erin holds a Bachelors of Science and Nursing from Saint Louis University.

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