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 whooping 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 toward 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 over eight 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. Julian currently has two projects – 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 two 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.
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 has now found her passion as the most senior analyst at JEMSU, dedicated to helping small and medium-sized 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. Go Pokes! 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 MiyakiBrand 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 and getting book recommendations.
Experience: Natalya studied Music Composition, Poetry and 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, and 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.
Jeff AmslerSenior Brand Analyst
Specialties: Consulting and strategy, SEO, Digital Paid Advertising, Website Design, Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Website Conversion Optimization
Experience: Over 20 years of experience in marketing mediums ranging from print, radio, event sponsorship to specializing in digital marketing makes Jeff one of the OG contractor JEMSU team members. Advocating on true ROI-based consulting and utilizing data-driven strategies fuel his success and high client retention. Aligning client goals for real-time results and realistic long-term expectations deliver proven value. With more than eight years of experience consulting in digital marketing, Jeff attains client goals via proven strategies and transparency.
Personal: As a proud dad, Jeff enjoys time with his daughter, entertaining friends, playing guitar, (often too loud), and teeing it up on the golf course – Next golf trip is to Ireland the summer of 2021.
Sepehr GolbazDigital Advertising Intern
Title: Digital Advertising Intern
Specialties: Copywriting, Facebook Advertising, Google Analytics
Experience: Sepehr studies Marketing and Information Systems at the University of Colorado Denver and will be graduating in May 2020.
Prior to JEMSU, Sepehr interned at Northwestern Mutual, VERTEX, and the Obesity Medicine Association in a variety of marketing roles including social media, business development, CRM, email marketing and more. He hopes to continue his growth in the field of marketing, specifically in advertising and SEO.
Personal: In his free time, Sepehr likes to pursue his entrepreneurial tendencies by creating and scaling new online businesses in the eCommerce, blog and personal brand spaces. He also likes to play video games, binge multiple seasons of a tv show in one night and is an avid fan of the NBA.
Angelica OberlaenderDigital Advertising Intern
Specialties: Copywriting, Google Ads, Google Analytics
Experience: Angelica is currently a senior at the University of Denver, she is majoring in Marketing and double minoring in Anthropology and Leadership Studies. At JEMSU, Angelica lives within the PPC world, spending most of her time helping optimize client’s Google Ads and writing ad copy. Before she joined the JEMSU team, Angelica interned at Project C.U.R.E. where she worked heavily with Excel and other Microsoft Suite tools. She also worked as the Special Projects Coordinator for the Latino Leadership Institute where she conducted a lot of research and helped organize events. Angelica hopes that her time with JEMSU will help her strengthen her Digital Marketing skills and ultimately grow as an advertiser.
Personal: In her free time, Angelica loves to read novels – typically of the fantasy and thriller variety, knit fun hats, and go explore the Rocky Mountains. Angelica is also a huge people person who tends to spend most hours of the day surrounded by family and friends. Her favorite activities to do with friends are going hiking, lounging at Wash Park, and exploring all the cool breweries and wineries hidden around Denver.