Our Team

There's talent, and then there are the members of the Filterati: industry-leading digital marketers and designers, and dynamic innovators both on and off the clock. Our members embody not only the top-notch skills but also the energy, curiosity and passion that define success in the new world of work.

That's why today's leading brands seek them out - and it's why we invest so much in each of them. From thoughtfully curating the perfect opportunities for every individual, to providing ongoing educational resources, career guidance and competitive benefits, we keep our members engaged and committed for the long-term (once a Filterati, always a Filterati!) - giving our clients reliable access to best-in-class professionals who have the skills, aptitudes and drive it takes to thrive in today's digital marketing and design roles.

Leadership Team

Joe Melanson, CEO

With 25 years of experience in the workforce solutions industry, I'm passionate about helping companies thrive in the ever-changing field of digital marketing and design. Filter's clients are some of the most innovative organizations in the world, and being part of their success is extremely rewarding. It's exciting to see how they're using new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and VR to engage their customers. When I'm not at work, I love to travel, hike, eat great food with friends, float in the pool and play poker. 

Joe Melanson, CEO

With 25 years of experience in the workforce solutions industry, I'm passionate about helping companies thrive in the ever-changing field of digital marketing and design. Filter's clients are some of the most innovative organizations in the world, and being part of their success is extremely rewarding. It's exciting to see how they're using new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and VR to engage their customers. When I'm not at work, I love to travel, hike, eat great food with friends, float in the pool and play poker. 

Kristin Knight, Founder/Executive Chair

Kristin has spent her career as an entrepreneur in the creative talent and digital marketing space, originally starting the company, Creative Assets, in ‘91 that evolved into Filter in ‘04. She has over 28 years of experience helping top brands access the most in-demand digital talent and giving creative professionals the support and community to focus on what they do best. Beyond work, she has a love/hate relationship with perpetual home remodeling, stays sane with hot yoga, enjoys live music, travels and is a mom to two teenage boys.

Kristin Knight, Founder/Executive Chair

Kristin has spent her career as an entrepreneur in the creative talent and digital marketing space, originally starting the company, Creative Assets, in ‘91 that evolved into Filter in ‘04. She has over 28 years of experience helping top brands access the most in-demand digital talent and giving creative professionals the support and community to focus on what they do best. Beyond work, she has a love/hate relationship with perpetual home remodeling, stays sane with hot yoga, enjoys live music, travels and is a mom to two teenage boys.

Terry Harnisch, Chief Financial Officer

Terry has been with Filter for 20+ years, 5 as CFO. Terry has over 35 years accounting experience, including being a Certified Payroll Professional for over 20 years. Prior to Filter, Terry spent 11 years at Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, LLC which was acquired by CohnReznick, LLP. Outside of work you can usually find her glamping, hiking or spending time with her family.

Terry Harnisch, Chief Financial Officer

Terry has been with Filter for 20+ years, 5 as CFO. Terry has over 35 years accounting experience, including being a Certified Payroll Professional for over 20 years. Prior to Filter, Terry spent 11 years at Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company, LLC which was acquired by CohnReznick, LLP. Outside of work you can usually find her glamping, hiking or spending time with her family.

Eric Adams, Chief Operating Officer

Eric has been in executive leadership & operations roles with Digital Services firms for 20+ years. Expertise includes corporate development, business analytics, pricing, contracting and IT. Client portfolio ranging from Startups to Fortune 100 companies across a breadth of industries. Enjoys travel, skiing and food & wine.

Eric Adams, Chief Operating Officer

Eric has been in executive leadership & operations roles with Digital Services firms for 20+ years. Expertise includes corporate development, business analytics, pricing, contracting and IT. Client portfolio ranging from Startups to Fortune 100 companies across a breadth of industries. Enjoys travel, skiing and food & wine.

Greg Welch, Vice President of Sales

Greg Welch is a Sales and Operations Executive, with a 25 year track record of helping clients succeed. Adept at developing sales and marketing strategies, developing new business markets and applying cross-functional leadership efforts to accelerate revenue, profits and business within the world of information technology and digital marketing. Outside of work he enjoys traveling with his family, cooking great meals, coaching, and most importantly hanging out with his wife, daughter, and their dog Kahlua.

Greg Welch, Vice President of Sales

Greg Welch is a Sales and Operations Executive, with a 25 year track record of helping clients succeed. Adept at developing sales and marketing strategies, developing new business markets and applying cross-functional leadership efforts to accelerate revenue, profits and business within the world of information technology and digital marketing. Outside of work he enjoys traveling with his family, cooking great meals, coaching, and most importantly hanging out with his wife, daughter, and their dog Kahlua.

David Hensel, Director of Marketing

David Hensel is Filter’s Director of Marketing and an innovative, entrepreneurial leader with over 25 years’ experience developing, launching and managing brands, businesses, products and programs. Leveraging deep marketing expertise across a diverse range of industries — SaaS, retail, manufacturing, consumer goods and services, apps and software, travel, luxury, biotechnology and others — he has helped companies quickly forge new strategies and find better ways to gain, grow and retain customers.

David Hensel, Director of Marketing

David Hensel is Filter’s Director of Marketing and an innovative, entrepreneurial leader with over 25 years’ experience developing, launching and managing brands, businesses, products and programs. Leveraging deep marketing expertise across a diverse range of industries — SaaS, retail, manufacturing, consumer goods and services, apps and software, travel, luxury, biotechnology and others — he has helped companies quickly forge new strategies and find better ways to gain, grow and retain customers.

Michael Hinnant, Director of User Experience

Over his 20+ year career Michael has provided creative expertise and leadership at companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, InfoSpace, BitTitan, and others. Hinnant also served as VP of Experience Design at Smith, working with brands such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Honeywell, Providence Health Systems and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At Filter, he oversees XD services and provides leadership and oversight to Filter’s highly-seasoned experience design teams and consultants as they deliver innovative and impactful client services.

Michael Hinnant, Director of User Experience

Over his 20+ year career Michael has provided creative expertise and leadership at companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, InfoSpace, BitTitan, and others. Hinnant also served as VP of Experience Design at Smith, working with brands such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Honeywell, Providence Health Systems and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At Filter, he oversees XD services and provides leadership and oversight to Filter’s highly-seasoned experience design teams and consultants as they deliver innovative and impactful client services.

Don Olson, Director of Managed Teams

With over 20 years of experience in the creative and tech industries, Don has natural instinct and practical experience in professional services best practices. Don is passionate about creating program workflows for clients and delivering user-centric designs that communicate brand identity and motivate users to take action, working with clients like Amazon, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, Disney, Sony, Microsoft, and AT&T. At Filter, he manages Program Managers whose key goals are to deliver on time, budget, and with superior customer satisfaction.

Don Olson, Director of Managed Teams

With over 20 years of experience in the creative and tech industries, Don has natural instinct and practical experience in professional services best practices. Don is passionate about creating program workflows for clients and delivering user-centric designs that communicate brand identity and motivate users to take action, working with clients like Amazon, T-Mobile, Nordstrom, Disney, Sony, Microsoft, and AT&T. At Filter, he manages Program Managers whose key goals are to deliver on time, budget, and with superior customer satisfaction.

Michele Kretzer, Director of Talent Solutions

Michele has more than 20 years of experience in the Talent Acquisition and Delivery industry, with roles at brands like Randstad, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Providence St. Joseph Health, and now Filter.

Michele Kretzer, Director of Talent Solutions

Michele has more than 20 years of experience in the Talent Acquisition and Delivery industry, with roles at brands like Randstad, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Providence St. Joseph Health, and now Filter.

meet the Filterati

Get to know some of the faces of the Filterati – what they're working on, what inspires them, and how partnering with Filter helps them stay at the forefront of their industries.

Shawn Kirk, Filterati

Shawn Kirk is an Asset Coordinator who works with global partners to provide UX designers and content writers the images and copy they need to create impactful online experiences. Shawn found his way to Seattle during the awesome ‘90s, where he worked in the retail entertainment and gaming industries, before finding a home with Filter. When not behind his work laptop, Shawn loves cooking, playing games with his son and hanging out with his wife, plotting out their next adventure.

Mitchell Baier, HR Engagement Partner

Mitchell Baier is the HR Engagement Partner at Filter. In his free time, Mitchell enjoys wandering through the mountains and waterways of the Pacific Northwest, serving up aces on the court, and singing a cappella choral music.

Amy Toler, Talent Solutions Partner

Amy Toler has over 15 years of experience in the technology and creative sourcing industry, and is passionate about building long-term relationships with the clients and talent she is fortunate to work with. Filter really does place people first, and that means a lot to her; supporting the Filterati talent in meaningful ways helps everyone succeed. Outside of work, Amy enjoys camping in hernew travel trailer, happy hours with friends, Seahawks games and Everett Aquasox baseball.

Bernard Ibarra, Filterati

Bernard Ibarra is currently a Research Assistant who supports lead researchers conduct usability studies and user experience research involving virtual reality. He recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in both Bioengineering and Cognitive Science and loves doing research. In his spare time, Bernard enjoys PC gaming, lifting weights, and spending time with his friends in the city.

Mahreen Fatima, Filterati

Mahreen Fatima is a 3D Environment Artist who enjoys creating stories through building compelling and dramatic scenes for games. Her experience includes working as a 3D Artist at Amazon in their Product Imaging department as well as various Indie games and VR projects. However, she’s probably looking for an excuse to visit the cat café down the street or that new restaurant that popped up. Otherwise she’s likely at home watching Netflix and anime.

Max Niu, Filterati

Max Niu is a Project Manager with a Producer's mindset, who helps management and specialist teams communicate effectively with one another by building repeatable workflows that reinforce best practices without being inflexible to business needs. Prior to Filter, he spent 4 years in the ad agency world before moving into tech at Google and Fitbit, supporting product launch efforts and working closely with creative and technical teams alike to give them the tools needed to successfully deliver. Outside of work, Max is a hobbyist DJ who also trains for Spartan Races and loves to travel for food.

Shari Henry, Payroll Specialist

Shari Henry graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Sociology and always thought she wanted to be a teacher and somehow life lead her into the payroll world. She’s been happily paying folks for many years now and just recently earned her CPP (Certified Payroll Professional). She loves working at Filter because of the company’s commitment to helping people find jobs that really fit. We spend a lot of our time at work, so it's important to have a role that aligns with who you are and what your life encompasses. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking walks and reading a good book.

Jason Stanifer, Client Partner

Jason has 20+ years Sales and Account Development experience working with Sr. Executives within Enterprise and Emerging Technology companies. To summarize his professional passion, he thrives on helping companies achieve their business technology, marketing and strategy goals by bringing value, expertise, and experience to every partnership. Jason is the published author of Rock, Paper Scissors, a simple and inspiring book on how to get more out of life and business, and have more fun in the process. Since one book did sell in Canada and another in Mexico, he can now claim the book has sold internationally! He lives in Redmond with his wife, two beautiful daughters, a Border Collie, Golden Retriever, and the center of attention, Sonny the Cockatiel. To get his Fitbit steps in, hiking with the dogs and golf with friends typically make the top of the list.

Brendan Lee, Filterati

Brendan Lee is a UX Designer with a sharp eye for detail who builds considerate and engaging digital interfaces and experiences. He has worked on creative teams with a number of large brands including GoDaddy, Microsoft, and Restoration Hardware. On the weekends, Brendan enjoys riding his bike, watching movies, and visiting local breweries with his girlfriend and their dog.

Lisa Beresford, Filterati

Lisa Beresford is a User Research Assistant who collects user insights to inform engineering and design decisions. Prior to Filter, she explored different facets of psychological research within laboratories, conducted human factors research at Kohler, and traversed India studying the implications of design. Outside of work, you can find Lisa wandering parks and attending farmers markets with her pug, Hazelnut.

Liz Epp, Filterati

Liz is a creative catalyst that ignites efficient workflow and a positive environment. She is currently working as a Production Coordinator at Nike where she manages creative resources for the Global Brand Communications Studio. Liz also has a passionate for movement and fitness. She is a certified personal trainer, pole dance artist and instructor at Diva Den Studio.

Chris Zimmerman, Filterati

Chris Zimmerman is a Seattle-based copywriter, content creator and double entendre proponent who enjoys spending his time exploring the nooks and crannies of the Pacific Northwest. You can find his work by subscribing to the REI email list where you’ll see his copy alongside top-notch design from the rest of the REI-FILTER email team. Before working at FILTER, Chris previously spent time as a copywriter and content manager at Wayward, Burton Snowboards and We Are Unicorns.

John DeRiggi, Filterati

For over twelve years, John DeRiggi has been creating characters for Oculus VR, Disney/Pixar, Schell Games, Google, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more. He enjoys stylized and realistic character creation in a team environment that encourages artistic growth and quality of life. John has also been an instructor for CGSociety, Carnegie Mellon University, and other programs. He values staying fit, spending time with family and friends, and creating personal art. Check out some of his professional and personal work at www.johnderiggi.com.

Jonathan McConnell, Filterati

I feel I've worked all over the industry in different types of designer & producer & curator & photographer roles finding what it is I'm good at. Figuring out how to make part of that into a job and part of that into an active art practice has proved rather rewarding along the way. This progression has lead me into UX design debating typography & committing code, shooting stills on film while studying photographic lighting, and printmaking from 3D scans. I tend to grill, garden or go sailing whenever I can.

Sarah Cargill, Filterati

Sarah Cargill is a Strategic Planning and Operations Manager working on defining the future with Nike. She’s passionate about bringing clarity to the unknown and taking creative teams to the finish line. Over the last 10 years, she’s helped brands big and small produce digital strategy, storytelling, design and brand marketing. Outside of work you can find Sarah getting her foodie on at new restaurants, traveling the world to experience new cultures, and perusing shops for the latest trends – all likely with her partner, Jared, and puppy, Pepper.

Euri Oh, Filterati

Euri (Yoo-Di) Oh is a Korean American designer from Portland, Oregon. Currently, she’s working as a designer on the Nike Sportswear Brand Design team. Last June she completed her BFA in Graphic Design at Portland State University. She’s constantly thinking about ideas that relate to time & space, futurity, the occult, and equality. In the past, she’s done work for Uniqlo/Fast Retailing, One Hundred, and Uliko.

Sitha Ngy, Filterati

Hi, my name is Sitha. Over the past 12 some odd years I’ve had the privilege of learning from, and winning awards at, some of the most creative shops in the world; Fallon, Dieste, Publicis, And Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Some of the clients I’ve been lucky enough to work with are Burger King, Dominos, T-Mobile, Seattle Mariners, Microsoft, Volkswagon, Old Navy, Activision, American Express, And Coke Zero. Because of those great clients, I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to introduce the world to the creepy Burger King mascot, the talking Old Navy mannequins, creating the national holiday Small Business Saturday, and helping Coke sue Coke Zero over taste infringement.

Diego Trujillo, IT Support Analyst

Diego is an investigative troubleshooter who strives to provide a responsive & empathetic support experience. In their free time, Diego likes to design musical pepper mills.

Wes Miles, Filterati

Wes Miles is the Motion Designer on the Microsoft EDU Squad, a small but versatile group of artists on the Microsoft Education Product Team dedicated to ensuring that the voices of students are heard in the chaos of everyday life at school. With a portfolio that also includes work from Amazon, Starbucks, Xbox, Skype, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wes aims to make his mark on the animation and motion design scene of the Pacific Northwest. Outside of work, Wes enjoys developing original animated creations and short films. He is also the creator and host of DreadFest, a long-running, annual film festival around Halloween for local filmmakers.

Brian Drouin, Filterati

Brian Drouin is a Project Manager & Program Coordinator known for building relationships with team members, and bridging communication gaps between stakeholders of all professional backgrounds. Prior to working with Filter, he spent a couple of years at Amazon and Microsoft, and a decade in the media world at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Outside of work, you can find Brian at local coffee shops, volunteering at MoPOP, or exploring the PNW with his camera.

Lee McIntyre, Filterati

Lee has a passion for UX. Throughout her career, she has won awards for researching, designing, and developing innovative and highly usable interfaces in a wide variety of domains. Outside work, Lee brings her research skills to the world of the history of photography, uncovering the little-known accomplishments of early women artisan photographers (1840-1930) and sharing their stories on her podcast, Photographs, Pistols & Parasols.

Ryan Dantzler, Developer

With almost 10 years under his belt, Ryan has become Filter’s go-to subject matter expert on all things related to technology and development. He is passionate about thoughtful design architecture and development methodologies. Ryan always welcomes new challenges and prides himself on his ability to overcome technical hurdles. In his free time, he enjoys flying drones, video editing and exploring the outdoors.

Joe Melanson

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