Here’s an inside look into the talented professionals who make JEMSU the wonderfully weird place it is.
Chris SamsPresident & CMO
Specialties: SEO, Google Ads, Ping Pong
Experience: Chris started building and optimizing websites in 2004 and quickly found his passion. He has spent the last 15 years passionately involved in digital marketing for a long list of companies. Chris plans on spending the next 30 years helping businesses grow via digital marketing or whenever the AI robots take over.
Personal: Chris loves skiing with his kids, playing poker and whopping everyone in the company at Ping Pong.
Rianne VanDervoortDirector of Operations & Senior Account Strategist
Specialties: SEO Strategy, Integrated Marketing, Copywriting, Copyediting, Paid Advertising
Experience: A graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a BA in Professional Writing, Rianne crafted her degree towards digital projection and expansion.
Personal: Probably still hearing live music in her head from the night before.
Julian PawleyDirector of SEO
Specialties: Marketing & SEO Strategy, Conversion optimization. Search & Display Ad Management.
Experience: Julian’s 8+ years experience working exclusively in the digital marketing field has enabled him to create and implement strategies that increase productivity, quality, and most importantly, providing clients with success. His passion for SEO ensures an always growing knowledge of advanced techniques and enables him to know where Google is going next.
Personal: NZ – CO A Kiwi who loves rock climbing, the outdoors and any excuse to get dressed up for a themed party. I have 2 projects right now. A 68 Chevy Malibu & 68 Yamaha YG-1.
Joëlle RoehrDirector of Social Media
Specialties: Social Media Marketing, Marketing Strategy & Campaigns, Copywriting, Email Marketing, #Hashtagging
Experience: Joëlle received her BA from the University of Houston, studying Public Relations and Marketing. Nine years of experience and four agencies later, she brought her digital marketing skills to JEMSU to further establish and grow our social media department. Joëlle has worked with clients from every industry – from oil & gas to restaurants to cannabis companies. Got a question for her? She probably has an answer — she’s seen it all.
Personal: Coming from diverse Houston, you can find Joëlle at various Denver restaurants trying to find the best ethnic food. When she’s not eating, she’s probably at the gym working off the tacos, listening to music… or snuggling her 2 cats.
Amanda MoorheadDirector of Digital Advertising
Specialties: Paid Search, Social Advertising, Display Advertising, Remarketing, Client Relations, Digital Marketing Strategy
Experience: Amanda holds two degrees from Drexel University: an M.B.A. in Marketing and a B.S. in Music Industry. Over her multiple years in digital marketing, she has worked as both a brand executive and an advertising specialist, giving her the unique background of understanding the technical demands of campaigns and the importance of digital advertising in an overall marketing strategy.
Personal: The not-so-subtly sarcastic Amanda is always ready with a witty comment. When she is not working, she spends her time annoying her two dogs, enjoying Denver’s weather via margaritas on rooftops, or taking naps.
Christian PickardSenior Brand Analyst
Specialties: Brand and Marketing Strategies, Business Development, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Referral Marketing, Trade Show Marketing
Experience: Christian received his BS from the Champlain College, studying Finance and Management. With nine years of experience in marketing, Christian has the unique perspective of working both in-house and for an agency.
Personal: When he is not helping brands grow, Christian can be found hitting slopes or riding his bike down the Cherry Creek Trail.
Tamara PesqueiraSenior Account Strategist
Specialties: Branding, Client Relations, Integrated Marketing Strategies, Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, Inbound Marketing
Experience: Tamara earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising. She began her career in marketing as a social media intern and eventually made it over to the account management side. Tamara is dedicated to her clients and their businesses and takes a very hands-on approach.
Personal: Tamara has resided in four different countries but Denver is her favorite place she’s lived. She thinks the food isn’t as great here but the views, weather and the multitude of dogs everywhere make up for it.
Elise RobinsonSenior Brand Analyst
Specialties: Brand and Marketing Strategies, Business Development, Social Media Marketing, SEO Marketing
Experience: Elise received her Marketing degree from Central Michigan University. Before moving to Denver, Elise started at the Mall of America working on Social Media. She now has found her passion as the most senior analyst at JEMSU, dedicated to helping small and medium-size businesses grow.
Personal: Elise spends her free time with her German Shepherd, Luna, exploring all that Colorado has to offer.
Matt LewisSEO Specialist
Specialties: SEO, CRO, AdWords, Jokes
Experience: Matt got his start in SEO in 2009 when being an international supermodel didn’t pan out. He plans on spending the rest of his life continuing to help business reach their digital marketing goals while keeping a close eye on Google. He is the John Connor to their Skynet.
Personal: Matt enjoys video games and stand up comedy.
Dally ClarkEmail & Social Media Specialist
Specialties: Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Photography, Copywriting, Graphic Design, Web Design, Event Planning, Agricultural and Hospitality Industries, Clumsiness
Experience: Dally studied Agricultural Communications with minors in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. Prior to working at JEMSU, Dally managed social media accounts for the media and hospitality industries – everything from news publications to hotels, bars and restaurants. After joining the JEMSU team, her knowledge and skills have grown to serve 20+ clients in various industries.
Personal: Dally, a fifth-generation rodeo contestant, grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma where her family produced beef cattle and Quarter horses. Now, Dally can be found enjoying all the breweries and sweet doggos Denver has to offer.
Joe MiyakiSenior Brand Analyst
Specialties: SEO Marketing, Small Business Growth Strategies, Social Media Marketing, CRM Management, Consulting, and Brand Development
Experience: Joe’s story is a mix of professional consulting and entrepreneurship. He got his civil engineering degree from CU Boulder in 2012. While working as a civil engineer he also owned and operated Native’s food cart, which sold healthy meals in downtown Denver. When that business failed he started to do freelance social media marketing, website design, and SEO. During this he also wrote the book “Pursuing The American Dream: Through Better Small Business Performance”. After freelancing for a couple years he joined JEMSU.
Personal: Back in the day Joe played a lot of golf, now he plays less but still loves it. That being said he’s a major fan of anything that involves being outside, moving around, or playing games with good friends. Joe also loves reading books and loves getting book recommendations as well.
Experience: Natalya studied Music Composition, Poetry & Humanities at Eastern Washington University. Natalya has a diverse background in marketing beginning her career in Print before moving into Radio, Broadcast Television, and finally landing in the world of Digital Strategy. She is passionate about the creation and execution of powerful, innovative, & data-driven campaigns & always strives to provide effective, full-scale strategies that drive measurable results for her clients.
Personal: When she’s not geeking out about the latest issue of Adweek, she’s composing music for mixed ensembles and jamming Baker Street on her Alto Sax.