We believe it's “always about people” and that rings soooo true for our team at Brainchild Studios®. We have such an amazing, supportive, smart, fun, funny, resourceful, kickass team that we get to work with day in and day out. It’s truly a blessing.
What’s unique about the team is that we genuinely care about one another (and each others’ families) and have the utmost respect for each other’s talents. The support of the team surpasses anything I’ve experienced at a business before.- Kristina
Our team is comprised mostly of millennial women, some of which are also moms, allowing us the opportunity to create authentic connections and build our target audience understanding from a very real place for our clients.
We work really hard to create an environment that supports growth, teamwork and helps our team craft the lifestyle they want for themselves. Learn more about our Culture & Benefits to get a better understanding of what the Brainchild Team spirit is all about.
Below, we proudly present, the Brainchildren of Brainchild Studios®.
Aka our bombass team.
KILEY Founder & CEO
Kiley has over 12 years of small business consulting, digital content strategy, and consumer research and analysis. She spent the better part of a decade in Chicago before moving back to Milwaukee. She's an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University, a national speaker, comedy lover, international wanderer, and a sucker for sweatpants.
Bonnie spent the first decade of her career in the UK where she earned her MBA, led the financial and operational planning of a multi-million dollar acquisition, and worked with executive teams to streamline business processes. Bonnie loves helping business owners earn the right to implement the fun stuff. Now back in her hometown of Milwaukee, she’s taking on the world of digital.
Iryna has almost 15 years of experience working with small businesses in the areas of accounting, taxation, and financial and tax planning. Seven years ago she opened her CPA practice, a virtual women-operated firm specializing in finances for marketing and advertising industry agencies. When not taking on the world, Iryna is either kickboxing, hiking, or exploring her local neighborhoods.
Megan Public Relations Director
Megan has almost a decade of experience in public relations. She harbors a deep passion for media relations and has facilitated placements for clients in publications such as Forbes, Today, Good Morning America, U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, USA Today, Refinery29, and O, The Oprah Magazine. You can find her traveling to film festivals, hoarding books, proposing to beautiful drag queens, or trying to become the newest member of the Spice Girls.
CHRISTINE Account Manager &
Christine is a Milwaukee native with over eight years of experience in digital commerce, email marketing, and marketing automation. With a love for the online experience and a knack for operations, Christine has partnered up with brands such as Kohl’s, Groupon and LivingSocial. When she’s not playing quarterback for big projects, you can find her running along the lakefront or checking out the newest craft brewery in town.
Lindsey Email Strategist
For most of her decade-long career, Lindsey has passionately led email marketing initiatives for industries including finance, non-profit, and retail. She loves every aspect of her job, whether it’s dreaming up the perfect subject line, designing eye-catching layouts, or strategically planning data-driven customer journeys. When she’s not busy deploying top-notch email campaigns to your inbox, she can be found enjoying live music, antiquing for mid-century treasures, buying more houseplants, glamping, or appeasing her two dogs Daisy & Hank.
Caitlin Lead Copywriter
Caitlin Knudsen is a writer, editor, and food photographer based in the Midwest. With a background in nursing and decades spent writing, she is a published eBook author and knows a thing or two about communicating complex concepts in easy-to-understand language. Caitlin spends her free time developing gluten-free recipes, reading psychology books, and wrangling two pugs and a Dutch rabbit.
Charliese Account Manager & Content Strategist
Charliese has 10 years of experience as a communications and marketing professional, gravitating toward work that values her curiosity and creativity. Throughout her career she has worked various industries, including local government; economic development; manufacturing; PR agencies; and higher education. When she's not working she can be found having a dance party with her two adopted pitbulls, exploring a forest preserve, or reading books from BIPOC authors.
Kristina Account Manager &
A proud Milwaukeean, Kristina has over 10 years of experience in business, working with both corporations and nonprofits including MillerCoors and Milwaukee Film. She thrives on account and project management, content execution, creative problem-solving, and morning coffee. When not working with clients, Kristina is training for her next big race, watching the latest documentary film, or looking for a really good vegetarian taco.
Sue-Ellen Account Manager
Sue-Ellen is a marketing professional with a passion for communications and an eye for detail. Her experience spans three continents for universities, schools, social enterprise, fintech, and event management sectors. This Australian national, now based in Wisconsin enjoys traveling and exploring her local area in search of the perfect latte! Her mantra for herself and curious 2yr old daughter is: never stop exploring, growing and learning.
Melissa Marketing Manager
Melissa has helped run large organizations for close to a decade and is excited to bring her mad organizational skills to the Brainchild Team. Melissa helps keep Brainchild’s engines running smoothly behind the scenes. When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys playing with her three kids, and occasionally finds time for some gardening and indulging in binging on BRAVO television shows. Don't judge.
EMILY Art Director & Lead Designer
Emily is an art director and designer with over 12 years of experience. She’s worked on everything from print to packaging to environmental design, but her true passion is branding and being able to work with a company from day one to help visualize their story. She’s one of those strange type A creatives that balances every project with her left and right brain.
Nichole Graphic Designer
Nichole is a Milwaukee native and Tennessee transplant with a professional background in e-commerce and retail marketing. Nichole excels in UX/UI design and has extensive experience in brand identity development for restaurants, startups, and corporations. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her in the mountains, on a boat, or at a barre class.
EMILY Graphic Designer
Emily is a graphic designer and a creative passionate about strong visual storytelling, compelling design, and strategy-driven advertising. She nerds out for beautiful branding, and integrated campaigns. When she’s not designing, she is volunteering as VP of Operations for AIGA WI, the professional association for design. She enjoys leading events that benefit nonprofits in the Milwaukee community.
Brandon Graphic Designer
Brandon is a graphic designer with 8+ years of experience. A natural born creative whose comfort zone is outside of the box and is always searching for ways to push brands beyond their creative boundaries. When Brandon isn’t oodling over a perfectly kerned headline, he can typically be found watching a sporting event, sampling craft beer or taking on the next challenger in cornhole.
Suzanna has over five years of copywriting, integrated marketing, SEO and HTML experience. Creating blog posts and building landing pages is no biggie for this lady. Suzanna specializes in both print and search engine optimized web content, has been published in numerous national magazines, and has worked with clients ranging from healthcare to agriculture to human resources software to finance.
With nearly 30 years of experience as a writer and creative director, it’s tough to name something Rebecca hasn’t done. Specializing in print, direct marketing, and digital communications, she works with a growing range of B2C and B2B clients—from consumer packaged goods and tech, to travel and health and wellness. When she’s not bending words to her will, Rebecca can be found planning trips for anyone who will let her.
Kanoe has over 12 years of experience as a copywriter and creative business blogger. She has worked with clients across various B2C industries is passionate about helping creative entrepreneurs grow their businesses through strategic SEO initiatives and connect with their ideal customers. Mom to her 2 yr old daughter and a sassy English Bulldog, Kanoe also enjoys collaborating with other working mothers.
Kira Executive Operations Manager
Kira was born and bred in Wisconsin, has spent over 15 years in customer service, the last five years of which have been focused on digital marketing and content creation. Kira has a knack for identifying and adopting the nuances of human behavior and seamlessly integrating them into content. Kira is obsessed with food, her nieces and nephew, and spends (probably) too much time playing Tetris.
Gregory Shopify Partner
Gregory Perrine is Brainchild Studios' dedicated Shopify Partner. He has over a decade of experience in technology solutions, event planning, logistics, and cross-departmental cohesion. He thrives on utilizing technology to advance organizations and small businesses in organizing their content, streamlining operational systems, and serving as a dedicated technology ally. When not leading his Shopify team of experts, you can find him gracing a karaoke stage or hanging out with his partner and son, Cambell.
Joe Paid Media Director
Joe Martinez is a Co-Founder of the Paid Media Pros YouTube channel and an expert in all things pay-per-click. He has been published in numerous publications including Search Engine Land, Social Media Examiner, SEMrush, Unbounce, Leadpages, and Optmyzr, amongst many others. He regularly speaks at domestic and international conferences such as SMX, HeroConf, Pubcon, SMXL, SEMPO, and more. Finally, he was named a Top 25 Influential PPC Expert by PPC Hero in 2017-2020. Ask him about vinyl records and anything Start Wars related.
Erin Client Operations Manager
Erin is a Milwaukee native with social media experience industries including retail, healthcare, entertainment, education, and sports. Her passion is to help all brands communicate creatively and effectively via integrated digital platforms. When Erin isn't nerding out on her next campaign, she is sweating at the gym, meal prepping, or watching her favorite vloggers on YouTube.
Erin Digital Marketing Coordinator
Growing up in a small town in Central Wisconsin, Erin loves living in and exploring the “big” city of Milwaukee. Erin has experience in different industries such as youth development, nonprofits and sports. She primarily enjoys completing work that makes life easier and more efficient for others. A true Cheesehead, on the weekends you will find Erin watching the Packers or Badgers and enjoying some fried cheese curds.
Hannah Digital Marketing Intern
Hannah was born and raised in Wisconsin but attends Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota working towards her bachelors degree in Marketing with a minor in Graphic Design. Hannah is on the women’s hockey and softball teams at Augsburg. She enjoys the outdoors, pugs, and is Kopp’s number one fan.