The Team

 

Gillian Driscoll

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Gillian is a native New Yorker and globetrotter who called Austin home for four years before landing in Los Angeles in the spring of 2017. She has a B.S. in Communication from Boston University and post-grad served as the Communications Director for the independent label Motéma Music. Three years later she moved to Austin, TX, where she launched her own company, Sound Dessert Consulting.

Gillian has extensive experience working with media and music industry clients including Culture Collide, Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, Moniker Guitars, Citygram Magazine, UphoricTV, Cowboy Diplomacy, The Mrs and more.

Skills: Digital marketing, social media strategy and planning, copywriting, copy editing, event planning.

Why I work with reAgency: For the variety of clients, the flexibility, and the opportunity to work with a chosen team of talented, inspiring individuals.

Quote I love: “Even the smallest dog can pee on the tallest building.”

Chelsea Javier

Chelsea is a graphic designer and branding specialist at reAgency. In her free time she loves painting and being a bun-mom to her two bunnies, Hammy and Yoshi. She sits in front of them and watches them like how most people watch Game of Thrones... she's totally obsessed.

SkillsGraphic design, art direction, branding, painting, illustration.

Why I work with reAgency: The freedom to be creative and work with awesome clients alongside other talented people.  

A quote I love: "Don't worry, be happy." —Bobby McFerrin

Sarinea Meserkhani

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Sarinea has written poetry and short stories from a young age. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and is proud to have interned at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute working with the first successful group of chimpanzees to learn American Sign Language. She speaks Armenian and American Sign Language, as well as some German. She is on her way to becoming a certified hypnotherapist and building a practice that allows her to work remotely from anywhere in the world.

Skills: Writing, editing, communication of all kinds

Why I work with reAgency: I work with reAgency because it's a way to make money while I build my hypnotherapy practice and clientele. I am consistently editing my friends' pieces of writing, whether it's a statement of purpose or an essay submission for a grant or scholarship, so it only feels natural to get paid to do it!

Quote I love: “The meanings of life aren’t inherited. What is inherited is the mandate to make meanings of life by how we live. The endings of life give life’s meanings a chance to show. The beginning of the end of our order, our way, is now in view. This isn’t punishment, any more than dying is a punishment for being born.” ―Stephen Jenkinson

Skye Hannah

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Skye is a writer, marketer, and multimedia specialist in Pasadena, CA. She has enjoyed a dynamic career in communications including serving as a reporter and photojournalist for the Rome News-Tribune in Rome, GA, a marketing assistant for AC Martin Partners architecture firm, and a communications and events specialist for the Caltech Associates of Caltech. She can often be found in bookstores across the LA region and enjoys scouting out shady nooks by trees to delve into the bound treasures found in her travels.

Skills: Writing, editing, marketing project management, intuiting the meaning of novel large words

Why I work with reAgency: It’s a flexible way to serve others through my writing skills as I look for a full-time position as a communications specialist.

Quote I love: "I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good." —Maya Angelou

Alexandria Hicks

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Alexandria has been writing since she was ten years old. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Occidental College in 2008. Since then, she’s worked in animal shelters, where she fell in love with pitbulls, and at various customer service and administrative positions, before finally landing a copywriting position. Though novel-writing is her first love, she also loves the creative challenges of copywriting.

Alexandria is currently seeking full-time in-house copywriting opportunities.

Skills: Copywriting, long-form writing, short-form writing, copy editing.

Why I work with reAgency: I’d like to have a variety of paying clients to add to my portfolio while I search for a permanent or long-term freelance job. I enjoy working with Mara, and the flexibility of freelance work is wonderful.

Quote I love: "The path of excess leads to the tower of wisdom." —William Blake

Ashlee Richman

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Ashlee is a freelance creative team member of reAgency. With a background in psychology, law, and education, she brings an analytical and persuasive approach to her work. She developed a careful attention to detail and love of understanding the power of word choice by working as an attorney, writer, editor, and teacher. Ashlee also loves skydiving, traveling, hiking, writing, and spending time with her cats. She is goal-oriented and passionate, and she hopes to have a positive impact on everything she encounters.

Skills: Writing, editing, communicating/listening, baking, and adventuring

Why I work with reAgency: Freelancing for companies with similar values is exciting, rewarding, and accommodating for a life full of travel and adventure. I love that, as a freelancer, no two days are alike. Plus, freelancing gives me the freedom to take risks as an entrepreneur, while providing added security that I can make extra money to support my skydiving hobby and my spoiled cats.

Quote I love: “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Paul Sprangers

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Paul has been writing his entire life and is actively working to become a TV staff writer. His previous ventures include touring the world in a major label rock band and launching a successful Kickstarter campaign for a vegan startup making eggplant jerky. Paul brings positive energy and enthusiasm to every project he works on. He believes it is important to tell the stories of those who are underrepresented in our culture.

Skills: Writing, editing, collaborating, prioritizing

Why I work with reAgency: I love the flexibility, the team, and I love learning about what the clients do and how I can serve their vision.

Quote I love: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”  —Warren Buffett

Mara Schmid

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Mara is the founder of and advisor to reAgency. She brings to the table a wide analytical, creative, and business background. Her first love is the written word, as both a reader and a writer. She travels extensively and enjoys yoga, boxing, motorcycling, and skydiving. She believes passionately in the possibility for a better world and in the necessity of working actively to achieve it, every day.

SkillsWriting, editing, project management, cat herding

Why I work with reAgency: I believe in the transformative power of values-based business, and I believe in the importance of open-source knowledge and lessons learned.

A quote I love: "All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it's up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences. That may sound simple to the point of childishness; I can't judge if it's simple, but I know it's true." —Camus, The Plague