Julia Ahumada

Julia Ahumada

Director of Brand Strategy,
Founder

Julia Ahumada, co-founder of Vital, is the driving force behind Vital’s creative services. Since she founded Vital, Julia has been advocating for her clients through the creative process. Her background in multimedia, design and print make her a star in New Hampshire’s marketing community. Before starting Vital, Julia expanded her design experience at Quantic Communications, a high-tech multimedia marketing firm in Andover, MA.


Zac Gregg

Zac Gregg

Managing Partner,
Founder

One of New Hampshire’s most well-connected businessmen under 40, Zac is the epitome of an entrepreneur. Having built four New Hampshire-based businesses from the ground up, he recognized marketing as a vital component of any successful company. So he did what any entrepreneur would do and started his own marketing company with co-founder Julia Ahumada. Now, Zac shares his business and marketing insights with Vital’s clients.


Jess Kenney

Jess Kenney

Director of Operations

Jess works with the management team, contributing to the development and implementation of organization strategies, policies and practices. She has a diverse marketing background with experience marketing for Fortune 500 companies in Boston and New York. Jess holds a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in marketing and finance from Northeastern University.


Jesse Rand

Jesse Rand

Creative Director,
Design/ Development Manager

Jesse’s experience has found him working in Boston’s mobile start-up industry where he functioned as UI designer and graphic artist. Jesse then moved into the world of web design and development and has produced a vast portfolio of interactive websites. Functioning as both a print designer and primary web developer Jesse manages the production of all major design/development projects at Vital. Jesse holds a BFA from Plymouth State University, with a concentration in graphic design.


Ali Baxter

Ali Baxter

Senior Designer

Ali brings a wealth of graphic design skill and experience to Vital’s visual projects. Before coming to Vital, Ali worked as a freelance designer and illustrator and at a startup software/web development company in Nashua, NH. Ali graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine FL with a BA in Graphic Design and a minor in Fine Arts. Her focus at Vital involves creating aesthetic and innovative solutions to any and all design challenges.


Doug Ridley

Doug Ridley

Director of Content Marketing and Social Media

Doug heads up Vital’s social media marketing department, where he works to help clients build brand equity and drive sales leads using social media. He takes a rigorously analytical approach to social media, and believes that social media is only as good as the inbound marketing strategy that drives it.

Before joining the Vital team, Doug was the marketing and social media manager for the New York YMCA camp for three years. He attended the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.


Mak Velusamy

Mak Velusamy

Senior Programmer

Mak graduated from Anna University in 2006 with a Master Degree in Computer Applications. He began his career as a SEO Analyst and then moved into PHP Development. Mak has worked across various open source technologies; such as Joomla, WordPress, Zencart, Magento and frameworks like Codeignitor. He also loves to work in JavaScript and JQuery. When not working, Mak follows world cricket and tries not to miss any amateur matches played on the weekends. He is a crazy movie buff, who will watch any movie even if he doesn’t understand the language.


Chris Getman

Chris Getman

Director of Digital Marketing

Chris Getman is an experienced account executive and project manager who brings a wealth of knowledge in SEO, online marketing and branding to Vital. Before joining the Vital team, Chris worked as an account executive at MicroArts in Greenland, NH, and as a product management specialist for Measured Progress in Dover, NH. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Venture Creation.


Dave

Dave

Senior Developer
SEO Manager

Dave is an experienced web developer and all-around SEO genius who works across all major platforms and content management systems. Around here, we call him “President of SEO.” Dave integrates his knowledge of web development with a strong sense of inbound marketing strategy, SEO and analysis. Also, Rand Fishkin once name-dropped him from stage.

Prior to joining the Vital team, David was an SEO specialist and web developer at a leading SEO firm and ran his own web design and SEO company. Prior to that, he was a rock star drummer and all-around multitalented musician (Don’t believe us? Check out his one-man band: The Dave Currier Project).

Dave studied web design and interactive media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and is a tea enthusiast.


Adam Walter

Adam Walter

Director of Development

Adam’s first experience with code was in the 1980s using TI BASIC on his family’s Texas Instruments Home Computer to draw different shapes and colors on their TV screen. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that he seriously started learning to code thanks to the advent of the Internet. Today, Adam is a skilled front-end developer with extensive knowledge in PHP, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. He is a diehard WordPress fan and a lover of open source technology. Having received his B.S. in Graphic Design from Northeastern University, he also has a keen eye for design and typography. Offline, Adam loves to travel the world, hike, bike, cook, and is a science fiction fanatic as well as a proud lefty.


Kelly McManus

Kelly McManus

Account Manager

Kelly’s specialties include inbound marketing, content development, blogging, and copywriting. As project manager at Vital, she strives to complete projects on time and within budget, and provide the best support to her team members and clients.

Before Vital, Kelly worked at a marketing company in Massachusetts, where she managed the development of website projects, various social media campaigns, and a number of strategic marketing plans. She attended Fordham University in New York City and graduated with a BA in Communications and a minor in Creative Writing.


Amanda Gamester

Amanda Gamester

Director of Creative Services

Amanda began her career at Vital in 2013 as a Senior Account Manager and quickly rose through the ranks to become the Director of Accounts, a position that required management of the entire account team, as well as production staff. Today, Amanda is the Director of Creative Services, an all encompassing management position specializing in improving processes and communication between Account Management, Design and Development departments. Before Vital, she worked as an Account Manager at MicroArts Creative Agency, and held Analyst/Project Manager roles at market research and PR research firms. Outside of work, Amanda can be found running, playing with her dog, Islington (“Izzy” for short) or at one of her many favorite restaurants around Portsmouth. She holds a B.S. in Business with a concentration on Marketing from the University of New Hampshire.


Elisabeth Cawthron

Elisabeth Cawthron

Graphic Designer

With four years of professional experience in the design field, Elisabeth enjoys applying her knowledge of web, print, branding and layout to the needs of clients. She is proficient with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. When she’s not designing she enjoys running, biking, photography, exploring the Seacoast and drinking lots of coffee. Elisabeth graduated from Keene State College with a BFA in Graphic Design.


Melissa Gillis

Melissa Gillis

Graphic Designer

Melissa knew she wanted to be Designer since high school, where she taught herself Aldus Pagemaker and Freehand (now known as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator) on a Mac SE in 1988. She also taught herself to use Photoshop 2.5 by making posters and flyers for friends’ punk rock shows in Boston in the early 90s. Melissa then went on to get her BFA from Mass College of Art in Graphic Design and worked as an in-house designer at a Massachusetts-based software company.

Before joining Vital, Melissa worked as a freelance designer offering branding services and making small WordPress websites for her clients. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys knitting, sewing, painting, crafts, organizing her home and being a mom to her two kids, Hailey and Quintin.

Chuck McMahon

Chuck McMahon

Director of Communications

Chuck is a former journalist, accomplished author and proud resident of Portsmouth. Before Vital, Chuck worked as a reporter for several Seacoast-based news publications, covering issues at the local, regional and national level. As part of that job, Chuck developed the ability to delve deeply into most any complex issue. With a degree in Creative Writing and English, Chuck also enjoys writing non-fiction, fiction and poetry. He wrote his first book in 2013 and has plans for several more. Chuck is a true local. He graduated from the local school system and is a proud resident of Portsmouth, where he lives with his wife and cat McLovin. When not at Vital, Chuck enjoys being outdoors, trying new things and traveling. He is an active member of the Clipper Foundation, avid birder and volunteers for various local charities and nonprofits.


Lauren Formalarie

Lauren Formalarie

Director of Accounts

Lauren started at Vital in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager, but quickly moved up in the ranks to become Director of Accounts, a role she was born to do. Her eye for detail and creative approach provide the perfect combination for the team at Vital. Her prior experience includes working with heavy hitters like RedBull and Vitaminwater as well as agencies and startups. Whether she’s working on a website or inbound marketing strategy, Lauren maintains a calm, organized manner and a smile on her face. Lauren has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Entrepreneurial Venture Creation. When Lauren is not at Vital, you can find her at the beach, on the mountain or tossing weights around at the gym.


Murali Yoga

Murali Yoga

Web Developer

Murali is a web developer, who holds a diploma in multimedia. With seven years of resourceful solutions designing experience, he has worked in all phases of software development projects; including planning, analysis, design, and implementation of web applications using HTML, CSS, Photoshop and WordPress. When not on the clock, Murali enjoys racing cars, loves long drives and playing cricket.


Nicole O'Shaughnessy

Nicole O'Shaughnessy

Digital Marketing Onboarding Manager

Nicole is a hospitality specialist whose talents translate nicely into Vital’s Inbound Marketing team. A New Hampshire native, Nicole graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a business degree from the hospitality program, but had also completed courses with the university’s journalism and communications programs. After college, Nicole moved to Boston to work for a top luxury hotel brand and a few years later ended up moving to San Francisco to test out life on the west coast. While in San Fran, Nicole worked as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator for another major luxury hotel located in close proximity to many tech-start up companies like Twitter and Foursquare. Her position allowed her to take hold of the hotel’s social media marketing presence, as well as its website content, entertainment sales, public relations and video shoots. Since moving back to New Hampshire in 2012, Nicole has enjoyed showing her husband all of the “New Hampshire-isms” she grew up with. Outside of Vital, Nicole enjoys yoga, running, stand up paddle boarding, traveling, social media and staying on top of hospitality trends. She loves spending time with her dog Holly, and would much rather indulge in a glass of wine to a beer when washing down her favorite Mexican cuisine – nachos.


Hannah Verville

Hannah Verville

Digital Marketing Specialist

Hannah brings strong communications, marketing and PR experience to Vital’s inbound marketing team. Hannah got her B.A. in Communications from Keene State College. After graduating, worked as a public relations and web assistant for NH Department of Environmental Services.

Her curiosity and passion for communications is part of what makes her a great marketer, and her creativity and enthusiastic personality are part of what makes her a great addition to the Vital team. Her recreational activities include traveling, snowboarding, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

 


Ram Velusamy

Ram Velusamy

Assistant Web Developer

Ram holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. He started his career with a small web development company and now enjoys having a genuine interest in web development with technical skills in HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, WordPress and Photoshop. Ram loves to go hiking with friends, meeting new people in different fields and is always looking to develop more contacts.


Marissa Heenan

Marissa Heenan

Business Development

Marissa kicked off her career in the corporate world of B2B and B2C sales for companies such as ADP and Liberty Mutual. Marissa joined Vital for the opportunity to apply more of her marketing background and expertise, and now works with many of our clients from a strategy perspective and helps guide potential clients through the onboarding processes.

Marissa attended the University of South Florida and graduated with a B.S. in Business with a concentration in Marketing. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Southern New Hampshire University. When she’s not developing marketing strategies for Vital clients, she enjoys staying active with Crossfit, traveling and spending time in the sea or sand.


Max Avedisian

Max Avedisian

Front-End Developer

Max brings senior-level skills at web design, digital marketing, web development and videography to the Vital team. Max attended Florida at Full Sail University, where he earned a degree Digital Arts and Design before going on to work with Limp Bizkit, touring with the band as a production assistant, webmaster and videographer for 4 years.

After settling back in New Hampshire, Max started and ran his own marketing business out of North Conway, working with some of the coolest businesses in the Mount Washington valley. Max is a big time gamer, a die hard Patriots fan and loves music.


Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady

Digital Marketing Content Manager

Sarah Brady grew up in Cohasset, MA, a small coastal town about 45 minutes south of Boston. She started college at James Madison in Virginia and then moved back up to NH, to continue her education at UNH. At UNH, she studied English/Journalism, worked at The New Hampshire as the news editor and fell in love with the Seacoast. After graduating from UNH, she moved around from Charlestown to Providence, RI, to the North End of Boston and back to the South Shore, before finally making it back to New Hampshire in August 2014, where she plans to stay. She worked for a small hedge fund in Boston and spent several years at State Street Global Advisors on the content marketing team, and then worked in marketing at Liberty Mutual before joining the Vital inbound team as our Inbound Content Manager.

Sarah is on the board of directors for SATYA (Seacoast Area of Teachers of Yoga in Action) which brings yoga to underserved populations throughout the Seacoast. She is very interested in human rights work and how yoga and mind body medicine can heal people and communities. Outside of work, in addition to keeping up with her 7-year-old son, Brady, Sarah loves yoga, music, reading and being outdoors — skiing, hiking, beaching and traveling — and is enjoying being back in Portsmouth. It’s also important to note that she has a thing for avocados; she adds them to everything and has one a day.

 


Rathina Duraisamy

Rathina Duraisamy

Programmer

Rathina gained his Masters Degree in Computer Applications from Anna University in 2014. He is a passionate about learning new skills and mastering them, and has a particular interest in the Magento platform. Rathina is highly skilled in problem solving and has a focus on debugging websites.

In his free time, he loves to go to his hometown and spend quality time with his pets and work on his farm. He also loves to hang out with friends and watch cricket matches.


Carol Engholm

Carol Engholm

Project Manager

Carol graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Communication with a Business Application, and minor in Sociology.

Throughout her time in the communication department at UNH, she developed a deep passion for writing and people. This interest lead her to pursue two internship experiences — one with a small eco-friendly start-up and another with a local marketing and PR creative agency. And with that, Carol discovered her interest in inbound marketing! She began her journey as an intern here at Vital, and has continued to grow with the company and is now one of our very own Project Managers.

When she’s not managing foundational projects and website builds on a day-to-day basis, you can find her riding around Portsmouth on her seafoam green Buddy moped, practicing yoga, anywhere near a view of the sea, or with her family, friends and puppy Bentley!


Kristin Goodrich

Kristin Goodrich

Account Manager

Kristin works on the Vital web team as an account manager. She comes to Vital with an extensive background in project management for various creative communication projects—past clients include Hershey’s, Sears, Nestle Water, Marriott and many others. Kristin is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising. When Kristin’s not at Vital, she is working on her new fixer-upper home, spending time with her husband and Great Dane puppy, Bogey. You can also spot her floating in Pawtuckaway Lake in the summer or hitting the slopes by winter.


John Breneman

John Breneman

Senior Content Strategist

John is a writer who is passionate about the power of words to motivate and delight. A longtime journalist locally and in Boston, his work in newspapers equips him with the versatility to produce sharp, compelling copy on virtually any topic. John has a long list of writing expertise; spending seven years at the Boston Herald, a decade collectively at the Portsmouth Herald, and five years at the Cambridge Chronicle. He considers himself a wordsmith with an eye for visual design, and believes that in a past (or future) life he may have been a novelist, screenwriter and web entrepreneur. A longtime Portsmouth resident and volleyball enthusiast, he can occasionally be seen rolling through his historic hometown on an old-fashioned high-wheeled bicycle.


Dan Mensinger

Dan Mensinger

Senior Web Developer
SEO Strategist

Dan works on the Vital development team as a Senior Web Developer & SEO Strategist. A graduate of Keene State College with a degree in graphic design, Dan soon discovered that designing websites, not brochures, was his true calling. He started working with WordPress back in version 2.5 and pretty much adopted it as his platform of choice and hasn’t looked back since. When he is not building WordPress websites or writing code in general, you can typically find him enjoying the outdoors, eating Mexican food or watching any movie that has a decent rating on IMDB. In the winter he is a die-hard snowboarder and absolutely loves going up into the Green or White Mountains whenever the snow falls. He is a proud husband, the father of two human children and two cats.


Todd Wheeler

Todd Wheeler

Lead Developer

Before joining Vital as Lead Developer, Todd spent 15 years as the technical director at wedu, an ad agency in Manchester, NH. His role there meant being involved in nearly every project from concept to execution, with many other local and national brands. In addition to daily development tasks, Todd has a strong background and interest in IT/IS-related server and client management. Previous to wedu, Todd worked mostly in IT roles, but jumped on the web dev bandwagon around 1999, and hasn’t looked back since.

Todd lives in Manchester with his girlfriend and three (and occasionally more) wonderful rescue mutts. His interests include animal rescue and rehabilitation, gardening, home improvement, homebrewing and just about anything else where he can build something and enjoy the pride of seeing a result.


Sam Nute

Sam Nute

Digital Marketing Consultant

Sam graduated from the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire with a concentration in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Sam worked previously at another Portsmouth-based agency, where he gained expertise in various digital marketing practices including content development, SEO, email marketing and social media. Prior to that, Sam had various marketing internships throughout the seacoast.

A NH-born-and-raised native, Sam grew up in Bedford, NH. He has a serious knack for all things digital, including photography, and was even featured in the Boston Globe for his photography expertise.


Matt Chase

Matt Chase

Lead Developer

Matt grew up pretty close to Portsmouth — in Farmington, NH. He started his web dev career while he was still in high school, working at a local dial-up ISP called WorldPath (now BayRing) after school. Since then, he’s worked at a few different agencies between Rochester and Manchester: EnSky, Wedü and SilverTech, with one small break for a few years to teach computer class at Barrington Elementary School and a brief stint as a UX Engineer at Modus Associates in NYC. 

Matt is one of the co-founders of the Front End Rally meetup, which occasionally meets here at Vital! Matt has also done a couple of talks for the New Hampshire Creative Club. 

When not working on web stuff, Matt is probably either playing and/or creating video games, or spending time with his wife Amy and their dog-child, Navi. Matt also enjoys cooking, reading (currently working on Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!) and the occasional trip to Disney World.


Emily Kwesell

Emily Kwesell

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Emily started at Vital as an intern in both our Inbound and Web departments. Today she is a Digital Marketing Coordinator who works with clients in our Inbound Department. Emily is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in International Affairs and Journalism. While at UNH she studied abroad twice — once in Cambridge, England, and once in Dijon, France. Her past work experience includes substitute teacher, camp counselor, ski instructor and as a social media manager for the UNH tour guide program.

 

Emily is an avid skier and hiker and is in the process of conquering all 48 of the 4,000-footers in NH. Emily’s also a huge foodie — she loves eating food, making food and finding out where her food comes from. She believes that food and local craft beer go hand in hand. On weekends you can find her hanging out with friends, her puppy and a brew at one of the many craft breweries on the Seacoast.


Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Hannah started at Vital as a Web Design intern and today she works in our Inbound Department as a Digital Marketing Coordinator. Hannah graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English/International Affairs, and one time, UNH paid her to blog about sweaty yoga. She’s spent 10 weeks writing a fantasy novella for young adults as part of a fully-funded research project, she’s interviewed farm animals as part of a summer marketing internship with UNH Cooperative Extension, and she’s compiled social media reports for the Maine-based marketing agency Van Haren Creative.

 

Hannah loves the creativity and teamwork involved in inbound marketing—and considers her unique experience in communications to be part of what makes her a strong member of the Vital team. When she isn’t in the office, you can find Hannah sweating on her yoga mat, biking in goofy shorts, skiing the Ice Coast, and eating M&Ms on her couch.


Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

Project Manager

Kelsey Smith is an experienced Project Manager with strong organizational and communication skills. Kelsey values client engagement and delight through her commitment to the product life cycle. She’s great at ensuring that projects move swiftly and successfully throughout the production process. Before joining Vital, Kelsey spent three years as a Project Manager at the website design agency Genius Switch Studio in Dover, NH, where she led web design and development projects from start to launch for her clients.

Kelsey holds a B.A. in Spanish and Philosophy with a minor in Urban Education from the College of the Holy Cross. While in college, she served as the Chair of the Thomas More Executive Board. In her free time, Kelsey teaches both dance and yoga. She teaches tap, hip hop, video, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern and ballet dance classes to kids and adults, and enjoys fun in the great outdoors. She currently rents a room from a cat named Rory.


Maria DiCesare

Maria DiCesare

Copywriter

Maria DiCesare (it’s pronounced like “accessory”) is a Massachusetts native who joined Vital after spending several years in Orlando, Florida, working for a small agency and battling the extreme heat. Maria’s love for New England called her back to the area and away from from the south — and she’s wicked psyched to be back home in New England. She comes to Vital with impressive agency experience in both digital marketing and copywriting.

Her previous experience spans across the entire marketing spectrum, from social media curation and pay-per-click advertising to analytics and SEO. After getting an associate’s degree in Journalism, Maria went on to get her a degree in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida. Maria uses anthropological thought and her eclectic agency experience as a foundation for her writing. She developed a fascination with agencies early in her career and loves the challenge of learning everything about a new industry (especially B2B industries) to effectively communicate to a wide range of audiences. When she’s not working, Maria’s probably exploring Portsmouth, at a yoga class, volunteering at an animal shelter or with her nose buried in a book.

 


Johnny Hoell

Johnny Hoell

Senior Web Developer

Johnny Hoell grew up in Seacoast NH, just north of Portsmouth. He’s spent the last decade honing his front end web development skills in agencies around the Portsmouth area. Throughout his agency life, he’s worked with high-profile clients like Au Bon Pain, Aspen Dental, Comcast, Community Coffee, Cybex, Mentoring.org, Warner Bros., A&E, Showtime, Nickelodeon and Fandango.

Johnny lives with his sister and nephew in Portsmouth. He is an award-winning dart player and his Coat of Arms team plays in the Seacoast Dart Association league. Johnny is also a connoisseur of cider, and can often be found consuming and/or fermenting it at his friend’s orchard. He is also a member of Portsmouth’s most notorious scooter gang; they don’t have a name.


Tanya Higgins

Tanya Higgins

Senior Graphic Designer

Tanya is a seasoned graphic designer, who over the last four years has worked to master her skills in Web/UI and brand design. With an eye for pixel perfection, she prides herself on being an innovator in the design field—bringing creativity and problem solving skills to every project. Tanya’s vast skill set has allowed her to work with such major clients as MENTOR, Kepware, Community Coffee, and Cybex.

Outgoing and a lover of making people laugh, Tanya considers herself to be “Apple’s Biggest Fan” and will routinely find herself crying with joy during the company’s keynote events. She also has a 75-pound-ish pet tortoise named “Tiki”, along with 4 Chihuahuas, 2 geckos, and 2 sugar gliders. In addition to her passion for animals, she also loves horror movies, diet coke, and all things technology.

Kate Biddle

Kate Biddle

Senior Project Manager

Kate is an industry veteran with vast experience working in departments such as Account Services, Strategy and Project Management. In the past 20 years, she has worked with major clients like Comcast Spotlight, Comcast Security, Penn Foster, The National Mentoring Partnership, Cybex, Connected-IQ and Exeter Hospital.

Having grown up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Kate fell in love with the Seacoast while in college and decided it was going to be the place she would put down her roots. Today, she is a proud resident of Rye and gets to breathe in the salty ocean air each and every day.

When not at work, Kate can be found out on a run, at the gym or spending time with her husband and two children on bike rides, hikes, at the beach or skiing in North Conway.


Sam Costanzo

Sam Costanzo

Digital Marketing Coordinator

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in economics, he tried out the competitive world of sales. Next, he spent several years fine tuning his bartending, customer service and managerial skills at a popular Portsmouth restaurant, even earning the title of “Best Bartender” by Taste of the Seacoast magazine in 2013.

But don’t be fooled; his customer service-focused background has made him no stranger to business and marketing. In 2012, he opened a solar-powered guest house in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. Having managed the build from excavation all the way to interior design, he picked up some valuable business acumen and also dipped his toes in digital marketing to promote the property. Sam’s vast experience in hospitality and sales has also enabled him with the ability of reading people quite well.

When he’s not at working at Vital or adventuring off to Nicaragua to manage his property, Sam enjoys aquatic sports, music and travel. And even though he currently lives less than a mile from his place of birth in Portsmouth, he’s well-travelled, having had various journeys throughout Europe, the South Pacific, Central America and Australia.


Tyler Shingleton

Tyler Shingleton

Senior Web Developer

Recognizing his love for both graphic design and programming, Tyler found creative agencies to be a healthy amalgamation of the two. Following his Computer Science studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, he’s worked in the agency world as a full-stack developer since 2006, always seeking answers to the age-old questions: “Can you fix this?” and “Can we make the logo bigger?”

Tyler describes his lifestyle and career approach as minimalist. Over the years, he refines his process to the bare essentials, and his “form follows function” mentality has brought success to many large scale, high profile clients.

When not at work, Tyler enjoys his time with his son and wife; he spends his screen-free time hiking/foraging, listening to old 45’s, making art and words on paper.

Anarita Droukas

Anarita Droukas

Digital Marketing Consultant

Anarita got her undergrad at Northeastern and her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. Both degrees are in Photography. She started her marketing career as an intern at Vital! She then worked in the agency world for 7 years at a local agency and made a switch over to the client side working in the athletic space. She realized that she really missed agency life, and that is where she belongs. She missed a lot about agency life but the thing the client side was lacking the most is the importance and need for learning. She loves that when you work in an agency you have to stay on top of the current trends and changes, you need to constantly be learning the latest thing and growing your skill set.

Anarita lives in downtown Portsmouth and has for 8 years, she absolutely loves this town. She has a shaggy dog that looks like a muppet and she loves the outdoors so on the weekend she is usually doing something active (hiking, camping, snowboarding etc). She also bartended in town for years.


Donny Wilson

Donny Wilson

Senior Designer

Donny is a New England based web designer with a passion for front end development. After graduating school in Virginia at Liberty University with a bachelors in communications he went straight into the marketing/ agency life. From there he found an opportunity to check out product design and moved to Boston to work at a startup, however Donny decided he wanted to come back into the agency life (How could he have left??)(Also could say something about coming back home?) ending up at Vital.

When he’s not at work he can be found playing guitar, drinking some sort of IPA and getting down on rocket league or doing some front end stuff.


Shauna Britt

Shauna Britt

Project Manager

Shauna comes to Vital with project management experience and a passion for creativity. Previously working at an experiential marketing agency, Shauna managed the projects of Kellogg’s brand accounts, such as Pop-Tarts, Cheez-It, Pringles, and Breakfasts for Better Days. Shauna is a New Hampshire native, who graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Business Administration and a concentration in Small Business Management.

In her free time, Shauna loves being active and by the ocean. She can often be found sailing, skiing, running, golfing, cooking, or at the rink. Shauna has been a figure skater for twenty years, and now enjoys coaching kids in both figure skating and hockey skills.

Abdul Rahuman

Abdul Rahuman

Front-End Developer

Abdul Rahuman graduated from Anna University with a Masters Degree in Computer Applications in 2014. Even before his college days, Abdul has been interested in web development. Having started his career as a web developer at a small company in Chennai, Abdul worked for two years to hone his basic skills like HTML5, CSS, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript and JQuery Framework. In his off-time, he enjoys playing volleyball, traveling and watching movies.


Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Max is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in marketing and finance. Before joining Vital, Max had various positions at a couple of NH startup companies where he was responsible for a wide variety of marketing activities. His time in school while working propelled his interests in the digital marketing field.

Growing up in northern New Hampshire gave him a passion for the outdoors and athletics. Max hiked all the NH 48 4000 footers within one year, and plans to keep going all around the world. He considers hiking one of his biggest passions along with athletics and fly fishing. When he is not working or educating himself, you will find him at the gym, in the middle of nowhere, or on the river.

Josh Duffy

Josh Duffy

Videographer

Josh graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a degree in Film and Media Arts. After studying in Los Angeles for a semester and working on a few sets, he decided drop the Hollywood plan and stay in the Northeast, stumbling across the beautiful state of New Hampshire and falling in love with the mountains, lakes, and small towns of the Seacoast. He’s learned how to be a one-man-video-band with his abilities stretching from script-writing, to cinematography, to post-production and motion graphics.

In his free time he enjoys exploring the small towns of New England with his wife while looking for the lake they’re going to buy their future lake house on.

Emily Dowling

Emily Dowling

Inbound Consultant

Emily Dowling joins us as a Inbound Consultant. A native of the Seacoast, she grew up in New Hampshire and then headed south to study communications at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. While she loved the area — and the weather — her New England roots called her to move back to the Northeast. She decided to land first in Boston, where she worked for a few years in the educational and student travel industry. One of Emily’s biggest passions is travel, and her ultimate goal is to make it to all seven continents. She has travelled to Peru, Australia, Mexico, France, Spain and Italy, Nicaragua, and Thailand.

Unable to resist a return to the Seacoast, Emily moved back to Portsmouth in 2014, where she worked at a local digital marketing agency in a client-facing role as an Account Manager.  She is excited to join Vital on our inbound marketing team, where she’ll be working directly with clients and guiding their inbound marketing strategies. 


Jamie Bradley

Jamie Bradley

Project Manager

Jamie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Environmental Conservation and intentions of becoming a California resident. To save for the move west, she accepted an Office Manager position with a Portsmouth web development agency. There, she quickly became enamored of all things digital marketing (which is a science unto itself), including SEO, SEM, and web development as well as beautiful seacoast New Hampshire and agency life in general. With appreciation for her dedication and drive, her employers enrolled her in an advanced search engine marketing and optimization course and the rest is history.

Before Vital, Jamie worked as an SEO, SEM consultant, and front-end web developer before coming to the realization that she enjoyed planning projects and working with clients to meet their goals even more than testing and coding.

When she’s not embracing life as a Vitalian, Jamie enjoys baking, reading, writing, and exploring the Portsmouth restaurant scene. She lives by the Hampton seaside with her fiance and their three cats, which are obviously and regrettably not dogs, though they have all been taught to fetch.

D.J. Haskins

D.J. Haskins

Director of Strategy

D.J. Haskins joins Vital after working in the branding and digital marketing space since the early 2000s. He was a partner at Lightfin Studios from 2006 until its merger with MicroArts in 2011. There he worked as Director of Client Strategies until 2017.

As a veteran digital marketer, D.J. works with clients to help formulate and execute strategies and tactics that drive revenue and meet business objectives. His experience as a business owner equips him with the skillset to quickly understand client challenges and develop strategies that grow their brand effectively and efficiently.

D.J. has a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. He also teaches Digital Marketing for The Paul College at the University of New Hampshire.

Courtney Ventura

Courtney Ventura

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Courtney graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business. Before interning at Vital her senior year, Courtney interned at Matter Communications in her hometown of Newburyport MA as well as Ocean Properties in Portsmouth. Through these internships, Courtney discovered her passion for the marketing world and found herself starting her career at Vital Design as a Digital Marketing Coordinator.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, attending New England sporting events and photography. Other than Courtney’s hometown, her favorite place to be is Cape Cod.

Andrew Pappas

Andrew Pappas

PPC Manager

Andrew Pappas is the PPC Manager for Vital and has an extreme passion for anything marketing related. After graduating from Keene State College’s Film Studies program with a focus on film production and writing he decided to pursue the world of independent filmmaking. It was shortly thereafter he realized marketing was as interesting and important as being creative. Since then, Andrew has worked for agencies in various capacities like sales, SEO and PPC and loves coming up with new and exciting ways to tackle any challenge.

When not in marketing mode Andrew practices voice acting in an attempt to humor his toughest critics; his two children. So far his Chewbacca call has had critical acclaim among the family, with the exception of his wife. Needless to say, he thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family and like any wookie impersonator loves a number of outdoor activities.

Devin Swett

Devin Swett

Front-End Developer

Devin’s career started as a photographer with an international magazine dedicated to covering the sport of rowing. In the downtime between regattas he started playing with the magazine’s layout, and soon after, a designer was born. Devin’s interest in design couldn’t be bound by mere paper, and it wasn’t long until he’d redesigned the magazine’s website. After his initial taste of web design, he was obsessed with the idea that you could just create anything you wanted on the web.

As the years passed he focused with Jedi like intensity, honing his web development skills. Most recently he worked at a Manchester based multimedia marketing agency as their lead web developer. When he’s not staring down code on his computer, he’s staring through the ground glass of his giant 60’s era camera, at the serene wilderness where he loves to camp.

Ian Kelley

Ian Kelley

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Ian just recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing. His past work experience includes two summer internships with Allegion, working under the Kryptonite Lock brand. After gaining experience at Allegion, Ian decided to pursue another marketing internship during his senior year at UNH.  Ian landed a marketing intern position with B2W software for the academic year and gained exposure to more B2B, email marketing.

Ian was a highly active student at UNH, joining a Fraternity, participating on the club wrestling team as well as becoming a member of the Marketing & Advertising club within the business school.  In Ian’s free time, he enjoys running, weight lifting, hanging out at the beach, touring breweries and hiking in the White Mountains. Ian also loves staying active and keeping an “on-the-go” schedule as you will barely find him couchsurfing on the weekend!

The Directors

Zac Gregg Managing Partner, Founder, Brand & Web Strategy
Jesse Rand Creative Director, Design/ Development Manager
Jess Kenney Director of Operations
Doug Ridley Director of Content Marketing and Social Media
Amanda Delanoy Account Director

Julia Ahumada Director of Brand Strategy, Founder
Chris Getman Director of Digital Marketing
Adam Walter Director of Development
Ali Baxter Senior Designer

The Crew

Mak VelsamySenior Programmer
Scott PratherGraphic Designer
Elisabeth CawthronGraphic Designer
Chuck McMahonDirector of Communications
Murali YogaWeb Developer
Hannah VervilleDigital Marketing Specialist
Ram VelusamyAssistant Web Developer
Max AvedisianFront-End Developer
Rathina DuraisamyProgrammer
Kristin GoodrichAccount Manager
Dan MensingerSenior Web Developer SEO Strategist
Sam NuteChannel Marketing Manager
Matt ChaseLead Developer
Hannah DrakeDigital Marketing Coordinator
Marlana CarrollDigital Marketing Consultant
Johnny HoellSenior Web Developer
Kate BiddleSenior Project Manager
Tyler ShingletonSenior Web Developer
Donny WilsonSenior Designer
Abdul RahumanFront-End Developer
Josh DuffyVideographer

Dave CurrierSenior Developer SEO Manager
Kelly McManusAccount Manager
Melissa GillisGraphic Designer
Lauren FormalarieAccount Manager
Nicole O'ShaughnessyDigital Marketing Onboarding Manager
Sean DempseySr. Web Developer
Marissa HeenanBusiness Development
Sarah BradyDigital Marketing Content Manager
Carol EngholmProject Manager
John BrenemanSenior Content Strategist
Todd WheelerLead Developer
Marc FrechetteDigital Marketing and UX Manager
Emily KwesellDigital Marketing Coordinator
Kelsey SmithProject Manager
Maria DiCesareCopywriter
Tanya HigginsSenior Graphic Designer
Sam CostanzoDigital Marketing Coordinator
Anarita DroukasDigital Marketing Consultant
Shauna BrittProject Manager
Max DesMaraisDigital Marketing Coordinator
Emily DowlingInbound Consultant

We are a creative agency made up of smart, creative, and passionate people.

Our team is ready to work with you to create a marketing solution that fits your needs, vision and budget. We’re driven by our passion for creating websites and marketing pieces that get results (and look darn good doing it). Contact us today to talk about your marketing strategy.


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