Ellie Zupko

Ellie is a recent University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Public Relations, a Business minor, and a certificate of Entrepreneurship. With a passion to never stop learning and dedication to getting work done, Ellie hopes to turn our clients’ dreams into reality. In her free time, you can find Ellie with a book or on a day trip to the mountains. 

What’s your enneagram number? 7: The Enthusiast

What is something you totally nerd out over? Georgia Football, George Strait, and cheese 

Best advice I’ve ever received… Leave everything better than you found it. 

Walk-Up Song: Here For A Good Time by George Strait

On any given weekend, you’ll find me… Somewhere outside hiking, on a walk with friends, or reading a book.

What I’m binge-watching: I am always watching Friends. It never gets old + never fails to make me happy. 

Why SSG: The encouraging community dedicated to intentional relationships and telling the best stories in the world – it does not get any better than that!

Devon Radford

Devon came to See.Spark.Go after 11 years in campus ministry, where she managed the creative division of a college internship program. Devon loves to draw beauty out of chaos. Most often this looks like developing structures and systems to drive efficiency, or managing teams of young creatives, but on the weekends it often turns into organizing messy spaces. Devon believes that creating order paves the way for peace, and it’s her favorite way to serve people. Devon’s role at See.Spark.Go is to keep the office vibes high and to keep the Thoms’ stress levels low. On the weekends you can find her playing in the backyard with her husband and their 2 kids (Wells & Mason), … and if it’s a very good weekend, they’ll all be covered in dirt from gardening.  

What’s your enneagram number? 1 – The Perfectionist

I’m an expert at/in… Organizing messy spaces

Best advice I’ve ever received… A good leader isn’t known by the lack of bad things that happen under their watch but rather by how they respond when those things inevitably happen. 

On any given weekend, you’ll find me… Dreaming up some DIY house project and driving to Lowe’s to try to make it happen.

If I won the lottery tomorrow… I’d buy a dreamy white farmhouse on a big plot of land with a huge garden and a pond. And then  I would convince my friends and family to build their houses next to mine. 

Why SSG? The people, the culture, the vision, the impact.

Maddie Mitchell

A graduate from Samford University’s BFA Graphic Design program, Maddie is joining the See.Spark.Go team with a diverse graphic design background. Whether it be advertising agency, non-profit work, publication, branding, or social media – she has used her creativity to tell many different stories. Maddie is passionate about relationships and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. She believes storytelling through graphic design is a beautiful way to bring people together through art and creativity. When she’s not putting her hands to the computer keyboard for design, she’s putting her hands to learning songs on her piano keyboard. She also loves to seize beautiful days out in the sun and spending time with friends outside!

What’s your enneagram number: 4 wing 3

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Music and Musical Theatre

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be… A Target cashier

I’m an expert at/in… Finding lookalikes with people’s faces

If I won the lottery tomorrow… I would hire a lawyer

Why SSG? Why not SSG? Incredible people that have a real heart for telling incredible stories. Using their skills and gifts together to create a real impact in the world. SSG is the best “yes”!

Hanna Howell

With a bachelors in visual studies, and a masters in Marketing and Digital Advertising, Hanna continually is finding ways to be both analytical and creative in personal and work-related endeavors. After enduring 2020 graduation, she spent the next few years in an agency fixated on paid media strategy creation, PPC, and constant A/B testing.

Hanna is now bringing her desire to tell clients stories through digital campaigns to SSG, with the determination to learn and grow her resources and abilities in the digital space. After 5, hanna can be found taking an evening walk with her husband and cavapoo, Coco or taking photos and chasing golden hour with families and couples capturing life’s sweetest moments. 

What’s your enneagram number? 4w5

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Broadway

Walk Up Song: Joy – The Choir Room Version

I’m an expert at/in… Cross-referencing actor’s other roles, while watching them in something else

If I won the lottery tomorrow… I’d move to a small house up north, and open a coffee shop

Why SSG? I’m ready to grow and learn!

CJ Agatep

Have you ever met someone, instantly hit it off, and knew you’d be friends? That’s exactly what happened 6 years ago when CJ met the See Spark Go team while working for a client. It’s only fitting, then, that CJ joins the team as an Account Lead and Digital Strategist after almost a decade of marketing experience. CJ is methodical, intentional, and curious, leading him to uncover consumer insights and tell impactful stories through data analysis, and then leveraging those insights to attract consumers to meet their ever-changing wants and desires.

CJ’s heart to know and care deeply for others has led him to pursue a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. When he’s not working or studying, you’ll find CJ doing something outside (how could you not when you’re a Florida native), enjoying a good cup of coffee, or spending time with friends over a meal and board games.

 

Walk-Up Song: The Rush – Kings Kaleidoscope

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be…  A pediatrician

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Right now, anything counseling-related

Best advice you’ve ever been given: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Jesus

If I won the lottery tomorrow… I’d bless the people around me in need, pay off grad school, and go to all the national parks!

Why SSG? The people! I have never met a team more gracious, thoughtful, caring, and supportive!

Carly Levine

Carly graduated from the University of Missouri (M-I-Z) with a degree in Mass Media Communication. A Midwestern native with a passion for all things social media, she brings her creativity, writing skills, and strategic savviness to the SSG team. Her desire to capture and convey stories allows her to enhance her clients’ social performance. On any given weekend, you can find Carly engrossed in the latest mystery novel or exploring all Nashville has to offer!

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be… A historian

What’s your enneagram number? Type 6: The Loyalist

I’m an expert at/in… Spotting a spelling mistake a mile away and delivering witty one-liners.

If I won the lottery tomorrow… I’d travel the world and give back to others.

Why SSG? I get to tell stories that matter with people who support me each step along the way!

Issac Pagan

Isaac is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in Social Entrepreneurship with a focus in photo & video production. You can find him traveling alongside our amazing creative team as our Video Coordinator. He brings his passion for storytelling, content creation, and an exceptional work ethic to everything he does. Isaac’s positive attitude is infectious, and he consistently elevates our clients’ creative content to the next level. When he’s not running around creating the next visual masterpiece; he embraces an active lifestyle, often found training for upcoming ultra-marathons in the mountains, pursuing his next Ironman triathlon on his road bike, or indulging in rock climbing at the local climbing gym.

Favorite Quote: “We’ll never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it” -Travis Rice

Enneagram number: Type 3w2 — The Achiever

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Coffee, Running, Climbing, Cycling & Random Facts

Favorite movie: “The Gentleman” directed by Guy Richie

Why SSG? Culture. I wanted to be somewhere where everyone is excited to grow, create, and learn together. See.Spark.Go has the perfect balance of workplace culture, love of people, and enthusiasm for life itself.

Jennifer Scholle

As Director of Content, Jennifer brings two decades of PR, content marketing and experiential marketing experience to inform and shape communications strategy for our clients. Having worked across a full spectrum of brands — from B2B automotive to large regional and global non-profits to B2C service products — Jennifer loves to tell stories that compel people to take action. When she’s not pouring her heart into the teammates and clients she loves to serve, you’ll find her volunteering in kids ministry, exploring the communities in greater Nashville, attending sporting events and loving on her amazing family.

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Motown, the Battle of Gettysburg and seeking out the best GF baked goods!

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be… A sports reporter or a travel agent — I sure saw suitcases in my future!

Walk-Up Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake

If I won the lottery tomorrow… I’d start a foundation and get to helping people!

On any given weekend, you’ll find me… Hanging with my amazing husband Brad, serving the community and watching sports — because there is no off-season for Team Scholle!

Why SSG? I’ve been around long enough to know that when you get to experience excellence, intention, incredible people and passion in one place…you’ve struck GOLD!

Clay Cribbs

Clay is an accomplished account lead who leverages his innate curiosity and exceptional storytelling skills to create lasting relationships with both brands and the individuals behind them. With a wealth of expertise in social media management, content creation, video production, copywriting, and analytics, he brings a multi-faceted approach to his work at See.Spark.Go.

Before joining the team in 2022, Clay spent over five years in the sports industry, with stints at renowned organizations such as Turner Broadcasting, the LPGA Tour, U.S. Kids Golf, and the United States Golf Association. A proud graduate of the University of Georgia and a fervent fan of the 2021 and 2022 National Champions, Clay brings the same level of enthusiasm and passion to his work that he does to his beloved team.

Whether he’s crafting compelling social strategies, shooting stunning content, or extracting valuable insights from data, Clay is always focused on delivering exceptional results for his clients in the sports and education industries. Beyond work, you’ll find him on the golf course, cheering on the Atlanta Braves and Hawks, or hunting down the latest must-have sneakers. 

What is something you totally nerd-out over? John Mulaney standup specials, sports statistics, and abolishing the kickoff in football 

Favorite word in the english language: Lavender

Best advice I’ve ever received… If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

If I were a social media platform I’d be…Twitter… I strive to be funny, timely, and authentic. No one is trying too hard to impress anyone on Twitter.

Why SSG? The people drew me to SSG. Authentic, kind, and well-meaning people who are fantastic at what they do. I want to have fun, contribute, and learn. What is better than that?

Lauryn Russell

Lauryn serves the See.Spark.Go team as an account coordinator, where she is able to combine her passion for creativity and fascination with reporting-based analytics to share a brand’s story with the world, while also delivering numerical results. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Public Relations, Lauryn decided to continue her education by obtaining her master’s degree in Integrated Advertising and Public Relations. With a detail-oriented aptness and a dedication for bringing words to life, she has been able to work with clients in various industries, ranging from non-profits to sports and RVs. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys listening to her favorite band, Fleetwood Mac, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.  

What’s your enneagram number? Type 3: The Achiever

I totally nerd out over: Family Feud, college football and Spotify playlists

Walk-up song: “Age of Man” by Greta Van Fleet

What I’m binge-watching: Abbott Elementary

Best advice I’ve ever received: “Act happy, feel happy, be happy without a reason in the world. Then you can love and do what you will.”

Why SSG? The uplifting people and the positive atmosphere that radiates off of everyone here is why I love See.Spark.Go. It is truly special to work alongside such amazing individuals who encourage you to be the best YOU! Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I feel to wake up and work at a place that emphasizes real-time professional development, provides countless learning opportunities and cheers you on in and outside of the workplace.

Sydney Parrish

Sydney graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing and a certificate of Entrepreneurship from the Terry College of Business. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, she made the leap to Athens and has never looked back. She is passionate about brand voice and engaging with the community using the power of social media. She has a passion for anything creative and enjoys the entire creative process that goes with marketing. When she isn’t researching and brainstorming the latest trends, you can find her at a country concert, outside with her Australian shepherd, Cooper, with friends, or making jewelry.

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Cowboy boots

Walk-Up Song: Crazy in Love by Beyonće

If I won the lottery tomorrow… Buy a cozy house on the lake with an old boat and invite all of my best friends to move in.

Best advice I’ve ever received…Turn letdowns into lessons and disappointment into determination

Why SSG? I value people so much and could tell from the first second that SGG has some of the best people. Not to mention, an amazing mission and brand.

Abigail Curtis-Simpson

A lifelong storyteller, Abigail loves bringing her clients’ stories to life, whether through a carefully crafted caption or voiced-over video. She hails from Memphis and comes to SSG with a background in English Language and Literature. Utilizing her eye for detail and penchant for organization, she creates strategies, designs graphics and compiles Reels with ease and expertise. Outside of work, you can find Abigail and her husband, Nickolas, lingering at their favorite coffee shop or hiking a nearby trail.

Walk-Up Song: Another Day of Sun by the La La Land Cast

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Handmade pottery and specialty coffee

I’m an expert at/in… copyediting, and Harry Potter trivia!

Why SSG? There’s no other place in the world quite like SSG. This team is truly special, and the community it has created is a joy to be a part of!

Lindsay Craig

Lindsay brings a heart for meaningful communication, digital learning, and critical thinking to the See.Spark.Go team. For the past several years, Lindsay has worked on a variety of brands from Chrisitan nonprofits to furniture to food, travel & leisure and loves to tell stories that change people and the planet for the better. When she’s not in the ATL office in Buckhead, you can find her running on trails, volunteering with local ministries, and eating her way through the local cuisine. As a Northeastern and Vassar alumna with a passion for health and food, Lindsay loves to bring her enthusiasm for learning and living well to all contexts.

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Food & Farming

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be:  A Marine Biologist/Journalist/Vet—all at the same time ;)!

On any given weekend, you’ll find me:  Long distance running, hanging out at Anglican church events, and eating through Atlanta’s Asian cuisine on Buford Highway.

Why SSG? The people & our passion for telling stories that make an impact!

Kendall Worman

It’s all about the ‘Why’ (and fabulous design) when it comes to Kendall’s approach to her craft. Kendall uses her intuitive nature to forge genuine connections through brand storytelling on social media, in conjunction with her ‘journalist brain’ that is always seeking more knowledge to make campaigns successful. Kendall joined See.Spark.Go in 2022 and brings with her a decade of experience in agency settings, newsrooms and nonprofit organizations. And while it might be sacra religious to say as a proud Athenian, Kendall likes to tell people that she has ‘dual citizenship’ when it comes to SEC school dedication status. Kendall holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alabama (‘Roll Tide till I die, y’all,’ she says). Whether it’s curating an aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed or crafting unique brand messaging for relatable copy, Kendall is passionate about developing social strategies that are both beautiful and effective. When she’s not heads down in strategy development, you’ll find her playing in her closet, scouring Pinterest for style inspo or hanging out at a brewery with her husband, Brandon. Oh, and she has three angel cats that make her world go round!

Walk-Up Song: She Works Hard For The Money by Donna Summer

Favorite word in the english language: Connection

I’m an expert at/in… Hosting quaint dinner parties

What I’m binge-watching: Mad Men. It’s always Mad Men, y’all.

If I were a social media platform I’d be… Instagram, baby! Aesthetics, substance, AND storytelling, all in one place.

Why SSG? Human connection is the catalyst for progress. SSG’s magnetic culture and genuine commitment to their people made the decision to join this team of storytellers a no-brainer. Good things are happening at this company, and I’m stoked to be a part of it all!

Blake Schenerlein

Blake is a multifaceted communications professional who blends instinctive storytelling with a human perspective. A strategist at heart, her experience spans industries from tech to trend-spotting, fueled by finding solutions and connecting dots along the way. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, Blake kick started her career in New York City working with the biggest social media company in the world – crafting dynamic campaigns and building relationships with media, brands and creators. After 5 o’clock, you can find her testing out a new recipe, playing with her cat, Althea, or planning a weekend adventure with her husband, Jackson.

What is something you totally nerd-out over? Thrifted finds and pop culture moments.

Best advice I’ve ever received… Trust that the answer will find you.

What I’m binge-watching: Gilmore Girls, always.

Walk-Up Song: Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be… a Broadway star!

Why SSG? The focus on people, relationships and results. Finding SSG was fate!

Suzanne Rutledge

Suzanne Rutledge brings more than 25 years of corporate and agency public relations experience to See.Spark.Go. Earning her PR chops at world-renowned brands including Coca-Cola and Jackson Spalding, her expertise in media relations strategy quickly elevates brand reputations at a national scale. When she isn’t landing hits in Forbes, she is traveling abroad with her husband and teenage son whenever they get the chance.

I totally nerd out over: Traveling to places that are totally out of my comfort zone

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be: a TV anchorwoman

Diet Coke of LaCroix? Why do you even ask? Team Diet Coke forever!

If I won the lottery tomorrow: We’d be on the next flight to travel around the world (again).

Best advice I’ve ever received: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.

I’m an expert in: Getting stuff done.

Why SSG? Because relationships matter as much as results

Kaci Pollack

Kaci has been a part of team SSG since 2018, when she graduated from the SSG intern program and the University of Georgia’s Grady College with a degree in public relations and a minor in spanish. Her niche is traditional public relations, which allows her to champion the best clients in the world by sharing their stories with the media. In her role, Kaci also supports Team Thoms, works on internal SSG initiatives and leads the intern and apprentice programs at SSG. She is a big believer in the idea that enthusiasm always, always wins, and she can often be found laughing loudly with a coffee or Diet Coke in hand.  

Enneagram Number: I’m the very textbook definition of a 2 – The Helper.

Favorite Word in the English Language: Celebrate!

If I won the lottery tomorrow: I’d buy front row tickets to the next Jonas Brothers concert, then jump on a plane with my people to travel the world. I’d come back home and buy a beach house, which I would never leave. Oh, and I’d pay off my student loans. 

I’m an expert at: Being a professional hype girl for my people.

On any given weekend, you’ll find me: Laughing really loudly, drinking coffee, cheering on the Dawgs, going to the movies and spending time with my people

What I’m binge-watching: KUWTK to see Kanye’s ever evolving transformation 🙂 

Why SSG? Because this is a place where people matter, stories are celebrated, enthusiasm and joy are contagious and Jesus is present. There’s no place I’d rather be, and no people I’d rather work alongside.

Kellie Merritt

Kellie is a Senior Account Lead and PR Strategist at See.Spark.Go with a specialty in serving SSG’s franchise clients. She is a proud graduate of the University of Georgia and has more than 10 years of experience in public relations, marketing and communications. After interning with SSG during the summer of 2014, she boomeranged back in late 2020 and has since focused on providing her clients with strategic vision, impactful results and relational service, whether it’s through the lens of public relations, copywriting, content creation or anything needing a little wordsmithing — a.k.a. a little umph. Outside of the office, you can find Kellie with her husband, furbaby, Rye, and actual baby girl, Lenny.

I totally nerd out over: finding a cool coffee mug to commemorate every experience

Best advice I’ve ever received: Be kind, always, to yourself and others. 

I’m an expert at: cooking for 20, although we’re “Merritt, party of three”

Walk-Up Song: “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf. Growing up, my dad and I would always jam out to this song in the car on high volume. When I got married, we got on stage and rocked out to it together – it was a little too untraditional for the daddy/daughter dance, though 🙂 

Why SSG? The leadership, culture and opportunities that allow me to be my most creative self and to grow both personally and professionally. 

Cara Lacey

A true believer that the best ideas come from collaborative energy, diverse experience and a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts, Cara was ready to jump back onto a winning team when she joined See Spark Go in 2018. With a professional career working for large brands, boutique agencies and awareness seeking non-profits, Cara’s experience brings an understanding and enthusiasm for building followers and loyalty among a brand’s on and off-line communities. When not building relationships and creating engagement strategies for SSG clients, Cara can be found playing tennis, cooking, or exploring new destinations with her husband Todd and their two daughters, Camryn and Madelyn.

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be: A cake decorator!

Favorite word in the english language: Serendipity

If I were a social media platform, I’d be: Instagram! Dreamy photos are my fav.

I’m an expert at: Negotiating with children. 🙂

Best advice I’ve ever received: Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions and bring out the best in you.

Why SSG? The best, most supportive, hard-working, positive people I could ever imagine working with!

Avery Carson

Avery is a results-driven content creator with 4+ years of experience crafting effective content strategies and fostering highly-engaged communities across various social media platforms. With a keen eye for emerging trends and a passion for content creation, she’s an expert in building online communities, executing successful campaigns and implementing content strategies that resonate with target audiences. Avery is passionate about staying at the forefront of the ever-evolving social media landscape and leveraging her expertise to help brands connect with their audiences in authentic ways. When she’s not leading our content team in social media strategy development and execution, you can find her sipping local coffee, re-reading her favorite books and hanging out with her pup, Camper.

Enneagram Number: The Caring, Interpersonal Type: 2.

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be… An author. I guess the love for telling incredible stories has always been in my DNA.

I’m an expert at… Creating beautiful Instagram stories + taking over the AUX cord.

Best advice I’ve ever received… Don’t adapt to the energy in the room, influence the energy in the room.

What I’m binge-watching: I’ll be re-watching New Girl for the rest of my life + giggling the entire time.

Why SSG? A group full of people who value creativity, relationships + celebrating BIG?! I’m in!

Dave Burns

As a Project Manager, Dave serves his clients and rallies his teammates using a combination of attention to detail and a genuine love for people. Before joining Team SSG in 2021, he managed behind-the-scenes event logistics for musical artists across the country. Now as an account lead of six franchising clients, he keeps an eye on the bigger strategy and wears any hat necessary to turn everyday tasks into future case studies! On the weekends, you’ll find him writing and recording songs, walking his dog around Nashville and watching football with his wife Maggie and their son Drew.

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be… An entertainer

What I’m binge-watching: Ted Lasso

Best advice I’ve ever received… Only you know what’s on your heart

I’m an expert at… Being a human jukebox

Walk-Up Song: Uptown Funk

Why SSG? I love how our team values one another and our clients!

Natalie Matthews

A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Natalie’s experience in public relations spans over a decade and all sectors, from restaurants and lifestyle brands to non-profits, sports and everything in between. She joined the See.Spark.Go team in 2018 as a PR specialist and now serves as director of public relations, driving client success by elevating earned media strategy and leading teams with energy and impact. Natalie lives in Oxford, Miss. with her husband Jim and two sons, Hampton and Miller. 

Walk-Up Song: The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News

Best advice I’ve ever received: The grass is greener where you water it.

What I’m binge-watching: Barefoot Contessa — I’m trying to master a few signature dishes and desserts, plus Ina Garten is queen.

I’m an expert at: Spelling and all things Ole Miss 

Why SSG? Have you met my coworkers?

Robyn Carter

Robyn Carter is an Alpharettian leading digital marketing strategy for our clients as our digital account manager. An Auburn grad with 8+ years of advertising agency experience, Robyn has been serving our digital clients since 2017. Before joining us, she kicked off her career at GS&F serving several national entertainment, b2b and b2c accounts with paid, owned and earned media strategy. She leads digital marketing strategy and execution for our clients across paid social media advertising, Google Ads, programmatic advertising, Spotify advertising and emerging ad platforms. Outside of work, you can find Robyn dabbling in reformer pilates, eating at Superica with her husband Brandon and leading communications for a non-profit in honor of her late cousin called The Rachel Gamble Memorial Fund.

Walk-Up Song: Rockin’ Robin. My dad and I even did a choreographed dance to it at my wedding!

I’m an expert at: Meeting your audience where they’re at.

If I won the lottery tomorrow: I would move to Hawaii and invest in a lot of sunscreen.

On any given weekend, you’ll find me: Going on walks with friends.

Why SSG? The people.

Janay Boyer

Janay serves See.Spark.Go as an account team director, overseeing strategy for some of our most impactful non-profit and faith-based accounts. She has spent more than a decade honing her marketing and storytelling skills working within homeless service charities and now in a client service capacity with ministries across North America. In addition to content development, she brings specialized skills in direct response, fundraising strategy and non-profit organization management. She loves volunteering at church and with Atlanta’s homeless community—and relishes her most important role as Aunt Nay. When she’s not thinking about campaign development and brand building, you can find her hosting friends in her house and perfecting recipes on Instagram. 

I totally nerd-out over: True crime, politics, history and Hallmark movies 

I’m an expert at: Storytelling — in my work AND in my life. Everything life throws at us, good or bad, that has the potential to make a great story. 

Diet Coke or LaCroix: Diet Coke in the styrofoam cup from Chick-fil-A

What’s your enneagram number?: 7w8 (enthusiastic and opinionated!)

Why SSG? Because I get to help the very best people tell the very best stories!

Erica Cates

Erica came to the See.Spark.Go team with a background in Human Resources and Business Development. With a degree from North Georgia, and a Certificate of HR from Emory University, she has excelled in multiple sectors of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Serving and caring for others are the cornerstones of Erica’s purpose, and that has pushed her to create and develop opportunities for others to succeed around her. After 5 o’clock, Erica looks forward to walks with her pup Beans and husband Peter, cooking meals inspired by Molly Baz and Claire Saffitz, walking or running through a summer garden, and planning a dinner party with friends.

I’m an expert at/in… Cooking 

Walk-Up Song: Hollaback Girl – Gwen Steffani 

Best advice I’ve ever received… Leave it better than you found it. 

Why SSG? Positivity. Ideas to Action. People. Culture. 

Amy Borders

Amy rejoined the workforce as a part of the See.Spark.Go team in 2016 after an extended time away from work to be at home with her two young children. As a graduate of the University of Georgia’s J.M. Tull School of Accounting with her MAcc and a licensed CPA, she brings a great deal of financial knowhow to the team.  She loves helping SSG stay on track in reaching its goals and adds structure to the business and organization as a whole.  Amy serves as a board member for Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation which fuels her passion for empowering women in our community. In her downtime you can find her reading, puzzling or working on her new sport of choice, golf.

Enneagram Number: 1 – The Perfectionist/The Reformer

Favorite word in the english language:  Wonder 

If I won the lottery tomorrow: I’d purchase and renovate the Seahorse Inn on Flagler Ave in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

Best advice I’ve ever received: “This too shall pass” from my mom.  It’s always true.

On any given weekend, you’ll find me: Having an extended coffee and chat time with my hubby, Brian.

Why SSG? I asked. God answered.

Josh Deyton

Josh brings 17 years of marketing experience to the See.Spark.Go team. A two-time client and long-time friend of the organization Josh loves telling great stories and helping people achieve their goals and objectives. His experience creating marketing strategy with global and national brands such as Marriott and the Atlanta Braves combined with nearly 7 years of non-profit leadership will be leveraged to expand See.Spark.Go’s service offering to include PPC, SEM, Paid Social Media, Systems Architecture, and Strategic Campaign Development.

When I was a kid, I swore I’d grow up to be: An astronaut

Favorite word in the english language: Generosity

I totally nerd-out over: Data for our clients…and Star Wars.

Best advice I’ve ever received: Proverbs 3:5-6

If I were a social media platform, I’d be: AOL Instant Messenger.

Why SSG? Who wouldn’t want to work for the best company on the planet?!

Jennifer Mbala-Nkanga

Jennifer brought seven years of journalism, media, travel and events experience to her role at See.Spark.Go in 2014. With a deep understanding of content and a natural editor, she elevates overall strategy while leading SSG’s Content and Creative divisions and training the team to have a holistic view of client service. She emphasizes high accountability and high-growth mindsets while training our team to have a more holistic view of our services and connection to a client’s business objectives. She is on the board of Refuge Coffee Co., enjoys coaching soccer, playing with their rescue pup, Turner, and gathering friends in her Atlanta home with her husband Daniel and son Caleb.

Jennifer Mbala-Nkanga has been at See.Spark.Go since January 2014

What I’m binge-watching: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I’m an expert at: The correct use of that and which.

If I were a social media platform, I’d be: YouTube – You might laugh, you might cry, you might learn something new, but no matter what, you’ll want to watch it again with a friend.

Best advice I’ve ever received: Choose joy.

On any given weekend, you’ll find me: Playing soccer, supporting endeavors in Clarkston, Ga., playing with my rescue pup Turner and gathering friends at my house.

Why SSG? All heart — we do excellent work, build authentic relationships and are passionate about sparking new ideas that show how much we care.

Brittany Thoms

See.Spark.Go co-founder, president and publicity maven, Brittany began her career in fast-paced agencies promoting national accounts through entertainment and sports-related events. With a desire to return to the city that captured their hearts— Athens, Georgia—Brittany and her husband Andy founded See.Spark.Go in 2007. Her strategic thinking and creative enthusiasm influence all of See.Spark.Go’s clients. She enjoys advising nonprofits, leading client strategy meetings, internal “spark” sessions and watching her two boys, Carson and Callan, play all.the.sports.

I totally nerd-out over: All things PR, business, interior design, fitness & parenting!

Walk-Up Song: GLAMOROUS by Fergie

I’m an expert at: Ideating! (Is that even a thing?)

Enneagram Number: 7 – The Enthusiast

On any given weekend, you’ll find me: Hanging with friends and family, at a baseball field or an antique market

Why SSG? Because we tell the best stories alongside the best people!

Andy Thoms

A gifted networker and entrepreneur, Andy brings strategic leadership and business development to the team at See.Spark.Go. His entrepreneurial spirit has led him to establish several of his own businesses and assist in several startup nonprofits, laying the groundwork for organizational growth. Andy’s passion in life is seeing others reach their God-given potential. Andy started See.Spark.Go with his wife Brittany in July 2007. You can regularly find him in Athens coaching sports with their two sons, Carson and Callan.

I totally nerd-out over: UGA Football!

Walk-Up Song: Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Best advice I’ve ever received: Fear is normal, success is an option, courage is developed, trust is earned.

Favorite word(s) in the english language: Fired up!

On any given weekend, you’ll find me: Hanging out with my awesome family!

Why SSG? It’s a calling!