The Captiva Marketing team combines the talents of a unique group of professionals that work together to support the marketing and advertising needs of our clients. Specialists, generalists and managers with experience in a wide variety of industries combine their talents to create and manage programs that truly generate results.
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.
As co-founder of Captiva Marketing, Mark brings over 25 years of strategic marketing and 18 years of SEO and online marketing experience to the Captiva team. Mark immersed himself in search engine optimization starting in 1999 and was one of first people in the country to engage in keyword advertising when Yahoo contracted with Goto.com to provide this new service. Over time, he led the transformation of Captiva Marketing into a full-service web design and digital marketing firm. Now, Mark focuses primarily on developing and managing comprehensive strategic marketing and branding programs for Captiva's clients.
Mark earned a BS in Marketing at Miami University and an MBA at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.
Business Development and 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. At Captiva, she manages accounts, assists with new client development, and is responsible for employee onboarding. 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, enjoys volunteer work, and spending time with her family and friends.
Local Market Director
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.
With a passion for creative writing and competitive at heart, SEO and analytics are a natural fit for Evan. While others may find data and research tedious, he loves to dig into the minutia of every industry so that his on-page copy reads as if it comes directly from an industry expert. Fielding a B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Missouri State University, and several years of competitive SEO experience, Evan takes a unique approach to writing copy for different industries. For him, there's nothing better than watching a client's rankings dominate and their conversions skyrocket. Behind the scenes, Evan is an avid writer, cook, home DIY'er and competitive gamer whether it's on a field, a tabletop, or online. Another passion he pursues as often as he can is traveling the world with his wife to experience different cultures, food, and to slow life down one day at a time. He also shares his home with his two massive Pyrenees dogs who may or may not think they own the house.
Coming from the world of audio production, Tom brings nearly 5 years of experience creating commercial, documentary, nonprofit, and music videos. Regardless of format or genre, Tom’s focus is always on creating work that is meaningful, engaging, and entertaining. From initial conception to final product, he imagines the audience watching not only today, but 10 or 20 years from now. When away from his camera or workstation, he enjoys playing bass, trying new restaurants, and watching films.
Paige joined the Captiva Marketing team in August 2018 after graduating from Lindenwood University with a BFA in graphic design. Her interests include typography, web design, and printmaking. She keeps on her toes by learning new skills such as hand lettering, motion graphics, and bookbinding. In her free time, you can find her outside on a trail or patio, playing board games, screen printing, or planning her next trip to a National Park.
Regan joined Captiva Marketing in February 2020 after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a major in TV/Film and a minor in Creative Writing. She has worked on many different types of video projects such as advertising, profile pieces, short films, and feature films. Regan is not only knowledgeable about each side of video production but is willing to put in the work to ensure all videos are unique, well executed, and have a clear focus. Outside of video production and editing, she enjoys writing novels, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.
Social Media Strategist
As a recent addition to the Captiva Marketing team, Lindsay is excited to bring her knowledge of social media to her clients. Lindsay graduated with a BS in Marketing from Columbia College and began her career driving marketing efforts in the automotive industry. With over 7 years of experience, Lindsay specializes in organic and paid social media campaigns, branding, and reputation management. Outside of the office Lindsay enjoys spending time with her son, going fishing, and is an avid St. Louis Blues and Cardinals fan.
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!
Account Manager and Technical SEO Specialist
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.
Megan joined the Captiva Marketing team in June 2017 after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in graphic design and minor in art history. Her interests include print and digital design, photography, and printmaking. In her free time, Megan enjoys looking at art, horseback riding, skiing, and playing the flute and piano.
Search Engine Marketing Specialist
After beginning his career in digital marketing, James joined the Captiva Marketing team in May 2018 as a Digital Marketing Specialist. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, emphasizing in Strategic Communication. Outside of the office, he enjoys working on his golf game, as well as watching the Cardinals, Blues and his two favorite college football teams, Mizzou and Ohio State.
Key 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.
C.J. brings more than 9 years of video production experience to the Captiva Marketing team. His diverse portfolio includes projects ranging from national ad campaigns to local awareness initiatives and he is always looking for exciting and creative ways to tell a story. With a degree in Public Relations, he provides a unique perspective on how video can be leveraged to elevate our clients' marketing efforts. When he's not operating a camera or editing a project, you can find him enjoying local sporting events, taking in a concert, catching the latest films or soaking in as many unique experiences with friends and family as possible.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Alex joined the Captiva Team in June 2019. She graduated from the University of Iowa, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Journalism. Her interests include writing for a variety of purposes and audiences. In her free time, you may find Alex trying a new restaurant, taking yoga or working on her photography skills.
Vice President of Operations
Christopher is the Vice President of Operations 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.
Social Media Director
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.
Vice President of Technology
Jon Jensen 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.
Vice President of Creative
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.
Addison brings 5 years of freelancing video background to the Captiva Marketing team. He found his love for video production in high school at CBC where he created over 130 videos over a three year period for the school's Student Council to promote different events and promote the school image. Addison went to Ball State University for one year before transferring to Webster University where he graduated with a degree in Video Production and a minor in Business. Addison has worked on a variety of projects over the years including tv shows, commercials, and live tv such as the Stanley Cup finals "Let's Go Blues" and the All-Star Game for the NHL network. If Addison isn't creating videos you can find him at rinks across the country refereeing high school, collegiate, and minor pro hockey.
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.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Monica joined the Captiva Marketing team in the fall of 2019, after graduating from Missouri State University. Monica has a bachelors in Public Relations with minors in Marketing and Ethical Leadership. She is interested in digital marketing, writing, and enjoys the diversity and wealth of knowledge that agency life brings. In her free time she enjoys cooking with her family, hiking, and traveling to new places.
Social Media Manager
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.
Senior Web Developer
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.
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.
Social Media Specialist
Mary joined the Captiva Marketing team in December 2019. She graduated in 2018 from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, where she earned her B.A. in Communication with minors in Writing and Marketing. Mary is passionate about discovering what makes a brand stand out among the rest through content creation and strategic planning. Outside of the office, you can find her coaching competitive field hockey, running, spending time with family and friends or reading one of her books off her constantly growing "to be read" shelf at a local coffee shop.
Digital Marketing Strategist
New to the agency world of marketing, Melina joined Captiva Marketing in May 2019. She brings an eclectic background in social media and digital marketing from various industries including publishing, IT, accounting, financial, and nonprofits. She graduated with a BSBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Melina specializes in paid and organic social media strategies, and also has experience with paid search advertising. Outside of work, she makes a point to travel to a new country every year, but also finds time to visit family in Sweden.
Michael joined the Captiva team in October 2020. He graduated from Flatiron School's Software Engineering bootcamp, where he learned modern full stack development. Focused on improving his skills as a developer, he likes to build apps with new languages/frameworks in his spare time. He loves to steal sandwich ideas from Pinterest, hit golf balls at the range with friends, and visit places in the city he hasn't been to. His favorite movie genre is comedy and he is always rewatching movies he doesn't remember.
Filmmaker & Photographer
Brett is an award-winning filmmaker, bringing over seven years of commercial, documentary, and narrative experience to Captiva. He draws inspiration through authentic human narratives, the way light shafts form in a dusty room, and remains relentless in pursuit of the next creative challenge.
When not behind the camera or in the edit bay, he enjoys cooking, growing disappointingly patchy playoff beards, and catching up on classic film and television.
Senior 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.
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.
Bonnie Kuhn Wenzelburger
Bonnie began her career in online marketing in 2008 in e-commerce, working for a large, nation-wide sporting goods retailer. With a strong knowledge of SEO, content building, and web analytics, Bonnie started at Captiva in 2011 managing a variety of e-commerce and industry clients. Since then, she has since transitioned into managing a variety of clients within the healthcare industry, utilizing her experience to help formulate strategic marketing plans across digital and traditional channels and implement successful integrated communications campaigns. Bonnie graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Marketing.
Taylor brings more than 7 years of film/video production experience to the Captiva Marketing team. His diverse portfolio includes projects ranging from national ad campaigns and feature films to local ads and short films or documentaries and he is always looking for exciting and creative ways to tell a story. With a degree in Film Production, he provides an experienced perspective on how videos are made and brings a cinematic eye to any project he works on. When he's not operating a camera or editing a project, you can find him walking his dog, going to film festivals, catching up on the latest films and television or soaking in as many unique experiences with friends and family as possible.
Controller & Director of Strategic Growth
After beginning his career in accounting and financial management, Evan joined the Captiva team in August of 2020. He graduated from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Accounting and a minor in History. Evan is results-oriented and plans to leverage his knowledge in accounting and finance in order to support Captiva Marketing in developing various strategic growth initiatives. When he isn't working, he is usually traveling to new places, watching the Blues or Cardinals, or spending time on the rugby pitch.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Tatumn joined the Captiva Marketing team in 2019 after graduating from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. She moved to St. Louis from a small town in northern Missouri and has enjoyed being a new resident. She likes traveling to new places, learning about new digital trends in marketing, and spending time with family.
Associate Art Director
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.
Originally from Chicago, Jeff earned a BA in Communications with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations from Columbia College Chicago. With years of experience, Jeff has developed a passion for learning in the digital marketing landscape. Jeff has completed multiple levels of certifications in Google, SEMrush and Facebook. His primary focus is to bring a return on investment to all clients of Captiva Marketing utilizing any and all digital channels available. There is a quote that he's lived by that has carried with him throughout his career, "If you go home at the end of the day without learning at least two new things, then you haven't done your day right". By working in the digital space, this has allowed him to learn two new things on a daily basis. Some of Jeff's passions include animals, cinematography, volunteering and his wife/children.
Maddie joined the Captiva team in June 2017. She graduated from Saint Louis University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Marketing with a minor in Communication. In her free time, Maddie enjoys taking salsa classes, playing racquetball, and relaxing with a good book.
As Captiva Studios' Multimedia Director, Jacob's vision, creativity and technical experience brings one's message to life. His relentless drive and highly trained eye for creating unforgettable photography, videography, and animations that seamlessly integrate with any message is what sets Jacob apart from others in his field. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he fell in love with the art and relationship of photography and design, and has been hooked ever since. In fact, even when he is not working, you'll find him creating inspiring videos from his worldwide travels with his wife, testing the industry's newest gear and constantly refining his unique skillset.
Senior Art Director
After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design, Hannah began her career in 2010 at an agency in downtown St. Louis. There, she specialized in designing digital materials for a multitude of small businesses. Hannah joined Captiva Marketing in the fall of 2013 eager to put her digital expertise to work. With nearly a decade of design experience, Hannah is responsible for working closely with our clients to transform their company’s knowledge into visually appealing, user friendly designs. While her true passion lies in branding and web design, her portfolio covers a broad range of creative work. When she is not at the office you can usually find her enjoying time with her husband and 3 children.
Kelly joined the Captiva Marketing team in March 2020. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Advertising and Promotions. She worked as an in-house designer for a few years but has always been interested in the diversity of industries and projects that agency life brings. In her free time, you can find her practicing her photography and illustration skills, traveling to new places, learning about new design trends, and spending time with her family and friends.