Our Team

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 Brasser

Partner

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.

Mark Forst

Partner

Mark Forst

Partner

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.

Bhairavi Kinder

Business Manager

Bhairavi 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.

Chris Weis

Director, Search Marketing & Analytics

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.

Melissa Berner

Business Development and Hiring Manager

Melissa Berner

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.

Magen Laurence

Senior Account Manager

Magen Laurence

Senior Account Manager

Magen has been a dedicated member of the Captivan team since November 2007. She describes herself as a “jack-of-all-trades” when it comes to digital marketing and spearheading website design and development projects, and thoroughly enjoys analyzing data and technical SEO. She has a variety of clients and knows more about plastics, hang tags, and quilting supplies than she ever thought possible! Magen holds a B.S. in Marketing from Maryville University, but attributes her success to the real-world experience she has received while working at Captiva Marketing. Deemed the office "cat lady" by her coworkers, although she only has two cats, Magen wears the nickname proudly. If you are a lover of cats as well, please join Magen in donating to Tenth Life Cat Rescue and frequenting Mauhaus Cat Café & Lounge.

Meg Carosello

Senior Account Manager - PR/Social Media

Meg Carosello

Senior Account Manager - PR/Social Media

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.

Bonnie Kuhn

Senior Account Manager

Bonnie Kuhn

Senior Account Manager

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, content building, and web analytics, Bonnie started at Captiva in 2011 managing a variety of e-commerce and industry clients.  Bonnie has since transitioned into primarly managing one of Captiva’s larger accounts within the in-vitro diagnostics industry. She utilizes her marketing experience to provide her clients with more successful digital marketing plans, particularly consulting on strategic marketing, channel-based marketing and conversion rate optimization. Bonnie holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Desiree Wheeler

Senior Account Manager

Desiree Wheeler

Senior 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.

Dan Pyatt

Paid Search Manager

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.

Kirstie Hamel

Key Account Manager

Kirstie Hamel

Key Account Manager

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.

Chelsea Suhre

Key Account Manager

Chelsea Suhre

Key Account Manager

Chelsea attended Saint Louis University as a Business Administration major with a concentration in International Business. While in school, Chelsea joined forces with six friends to start the Biz Tech Club, a registered student organization that aims to offer low-cost marketing alternatives to local businesses lacking appropriate resources. If there's anything that drives her crazy, it's the devaluation or lack of appreciation for data-driven insights. You won't catch her using catchy, attention grabbing buzz-words, because she's too busy combing through data tables and performance metrics, helping clients' devise their next marketing plan. Her innate curiosity and tendency to seek knowledge in all things has granted her experience in many aspects of business, which she applies when merging her knowledge and expertise with the goals of her clients.

Blake Corrington

Key Account Manager

Blake Corrington

Key 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.

Nick Rodriguez

Account Manager and Technical SEO Specialist

Nick Rodriguez

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.

Erin Blumer

Account Manager

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.

Taylor Robison

Account Manager

Taylor Robison

Account Manager

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.

Angela Blest

Online Marketing Specialist

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 at 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.

Julie Granville

Digital Marketing Strategist

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.

Katie Miller

PR & Social Media Specialist

Katie Miller

PR & Social Media Specialist

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!

Logan Davis

Online Marketing Specialist

Logan Davis

Online Marketing Specialist

After starting his career in the marketing field in Cincinnati, Logan recently moved to St. Louis and joined the Captiva Marketing team in May 2017 as an Online Marketing Specialist. Logan graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor's degree in Interactive Media Studies, which encompasses all areas of work in the digital marketing field. Outside of the office you can find Logan on the golf course with friends, wishfully rooting for the Cleveland Browns and Columbus Blue Jackets to win a game, or traveling to a new city on the weekends.

Maddie Siebum

Online Marketing Specialist

Maddie Siebum

Online Marketing Specialist

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.

Shawn Meers

Creative Director

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.

Julie Schmelzle

Art Director

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.

Hannah Moore

Digital Art Director

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.

Amy Hoffman

Designer

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.

Alyssa Johnes

Designer

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.

Megan Parisot

Designer

Megan Parisot

Designer

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.

Jacob Brcic

Multimedia Director

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.

Chris Pickup

Videographer

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.

Jake Bingley

Animator

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.

Jon Jensen

Director of Technology

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.

Megan McClellan

Web Developer

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.

Scott Boyher

Web Developer

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.

Elizabeth Echols

Web Developer

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.

Stephen Flannery

Web Developer

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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