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.

Megan McClellan

Senior Web Developer

Megan McClellan

Senior 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.

Macy Mehrle

Digital Video Strategist

Macy Mehrle

Digital Video Strategist

Macy has over 7 years of media production and complete online video strategy, including 100+ live events, 200+ brand videos, commercial, YouTube series, and national television productions (HGTV AND ESQUIRE). She has an odd affinity for efficiency, streamlining, and organization. Macy is a novice chef, amateur weightlifter, and social DJ. She has a big heart, big goals, and an even bigger sense of humor.

Hannah Moore

Senior Art Director

Hannah Moore

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.

Amy Hoffman

Associate Art Director

Amy Hoffman

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.

Chelsea Suhre

Senior Account Manager

Chelsea Suhre

Senior 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.

Julie Gettemeyer

Social Media Manager

Julie Gettemeyer

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.

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.

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.

Erin Blumer

Key Account Manager

Erin Blumer

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.

Lindsay Brand

Social Media Strategist

Lindsay Brand

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.

Michael Kraemer

Filmmaker

Michael Kraemer

Filmmaker

Michael joined the team at Captiva Marketing in March 2019 as a Videographer. Having previously worked in the wedding industry, he is excited to take on new challenges outside of churches and hotels. Michael brings an eclectic range of professional experience that has provided irreplaceable perspective and reinforced his problem-solving skills. Michael is a writer, musician, and budding horticulturist.

Chris Pickup

Video Producer

Chris Pickup

Video Producer

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.

Brett Crow

Filmmaker & Photographer

Brett Crow

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.

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.

Craig Wessel

Account Manager

Craig Wessel

Account Manager

Craig graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2011 with a BFA in Communication Design with an emphasis in Marketing. After working as a graphic designer for a few years he made the move to a Marketing Assistant position where he learned a broad range of skills including Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Advertising, Analytics, and Marketing Strategy. He joined the Captiva Marketing team in April of 2019 bringing with him 4 years of automotive marketing experience. Outside of the office you’ll probably find Craig playing a game of pick-up soccer, at one of St. Louis’s local breweries, or relaxing at home.

Katie Miller

Account Manager

Katie Miller

Account Manager

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!

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.

Chris Weis

Vice President of Operations

Chris Weis

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.

Jon Jensen

Vice President of Technology

Jon Jensen

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.

Maddie Siebum

Digital Marketing Specialist

Maddie Siebum

Digital 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.

Julie Schmelzle

Senior Art Director

Julie Schmelzle

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.

Bonnie Kuhn Wenzelburger

Account Director

Bonnie Kuhn Wenzelburger

Account Director

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.

Paige Tagliaferre

Designer

Paige Tagliaferre

Designer

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.

Shawn Meers

Vice President of Creative

Shawn Meers

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.

Melina Lindskog

Social Media Strategist

Melina Lindskog

Social Media 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.

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.

Meg Carosello

Social Media Director

Meg Carosello

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.

Ryan Greis

Senior Account Manager

Ryan Greis

Senior Account Manager

With over 20 years of creative and marketing experience on both sides of the client/agency fence, Ryan brings a unique perspective to Captiva and its clients. He gained valuable experience managing client expectations for Intel, Valvoline and Fidelity, and led global marketing programs for industry-leading B2B and B2C manufacturers. Ryan holds an MBA from Lindenwood University. His free time is best spent attending his children’s sporting events, teaching drawing out of his art studio, or playing Chopin on the piano.

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.

Bailie Moore

Account Manager

Bailie Moore

Account Manager

Bailie joined the Captiva Marketing team in April of 2019, shortly after getting married and moving to the STL area. She holds a B.S. in Communications with a focus on Public Relations and Advertising and a M.A. in Strategic Communications from Liberty University. Prior to Captiva, she focused on developing the brand content, marketing, fundraising, and social media strategy for a non-profit that served the vulnerable homeless. Her passion is to develop creative strategies and tactics that produce excellent campaigns for clients, all while helping them tell their story! Outside the office, Bailie can be found drinking iced coffee while shopping, reading a good book, pinning new recipes to cook, or going on adventures with her husband.

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.

Jacob Brcic

Multimedia Director

Jacob Brcic

Multimedia Director

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.

James Vastyan

Search Engine Marketing Specialist

James Vastyan

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.

Desiree Meyer

Senior Account Manager

Desiree Meyer

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.

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.

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.

Company

Recruitment Fraud Alert

A new identity theft scam has hit the recruitment industry. It has come to our attention that fraudulent emails are being sent by fake companies posing as recruiters or posing as an employee of an organization, like Captiva, to recruit candidates.

These unofficial requests stem from Gmail accounts or fake LinkedIn/Indeed accounts and not from official company accounts. They direct users to attend a Google Hangout interview and then proceed to interview a candidate while asking for personal information. At Captiva Marketing, our first step in the applicant screening process includes an email from an official Captiva Marketing email account to schedule a traditional phone call. This request will come from an official Captiva Marketing email address and not a gmail.com address. We do not request a Google Hangout nor do we use a Gmail account with our recruiting process. Initial communications will not request sensitive information, including but not limited to social security numbers, birth dates, bank information, etc. during our interview process. While giving out personal information to organizations, please be diligent. If you have any concerns about a request coming from Captiva Marketing, please contact us at 314-822-3656 and ask for Melissa Berner.

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