When building a brand, collaboration is key.
Rock Creek brings the industry’s best talent to your project. And our time-tested management processes ensure that we deliver your project on time, on budget, and on strategy.
Co-Founder and President
Margaret has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, publications, and management. She co-founded Rock Creek with her husband Scott in 1986 and continues to be a driving force in the firm’s success. Margaret leads new and ongoing business development, marketing strategy development, financial management, and human resources. She earned a BA from the University of Maryland College Park.
Co-Founder and Principal
Scott’s extensive marketing and creative experience have been instrumental in developing an international client roster and placing Rock Creek on the list of top creative firms in the Washington, DC, area. For the past 22 years, he has helped hundreds of organizations create successful marketing/outreach campaigns and brands consistent with their mission and core values. He brings his energy and enthusiasm to every aspect of Rock Creek’s operations. He earned a BA from The George Washington University.
Chief Operating Officer
Skilled in all aspects of shepherding a growing business, Dave orchestrates multiple resources and priorities to maintain Rock Creek’s reputation for excellent quality and customer service. He has more than 20 years of experience in management, sales, and government contracting. In his role as the company’s Government Contracting Compliance Officer, Dave oversees capture management, compliance, and contract performance. He earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Interactive Art Director
Wielding a deep understanding of interactive web design and functionality, Ashleigh guides the Rock Creek team in its interactive design initiatives. She has experience performing research, design, and testing for multiple interactive and print media projects. Ashleigh’s past clients include American University, AT&T, and AIGA DC, as well as museums and other public-facing industries. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
With an inquisitive mind, sharp eye, and love of language, Karine is an accomplished marketing strategist with expertise in writing, advertising, public relations, and social media. Karine honed her creativity, problem solving, and analytical thinking skills in the private sector working for global brands as well as small businesses. Karine graduated from New York University with a major in Communications and a minor in Cinema Studies, revealing her passion for media and art.
Director of Client Services
With more than 15 years of combined program management, marketing, and creative experience, Christina excels in developing and executing client and product strategies as well as managing contracts. An excellent strategist and problem solver, she possesses the keen ability to bridge the gap between functional area project groups and business needs as well as client management and program staff. Christina earned her BS in Psychology with an emphasis in Marketing from Radford University.
Design Services Specialist
Leveraging more than 12 years of industry knowledge and professional skills, Donald is an experienced prepress technician and well-rounded designer. As an interactive and print designer, Donald develops concepts for and designs functional and creative marketing and communications materials. As a prepress technician, he ensures they are produced flawlessly. Highly motivated and focused on all aspects of the design process, he thrives on staying current with the latest design trends and technologies.
IT Network Director
With more than 20 years of experience providing IT support in fast-paced, technology-driven environments, Dwynn designed, built, and maintains Rock Creek’s company network. He is also responsible for supporting all of the company’s printers, laptops, desktops, mobile devices, and servers. Energetic and trained in the latest IT systems, Dwynn’s daily onsite presence helps facilitate communication and ensures that Rock Creek personnel have easy and undisturbed access to digital resources.
Senior Project Manager
With experience working in account management, health care consulting, and relationship marketing, Regina is well versed in building strong client relations and managing client projects. As a project manager, Regina coordinates internal teams to deliver quality results on tight timelines and works closely with clients to ensure those results satisfy their immediate and long-term goals. A graduate of James Madison University with a BS in Media Arts and Design, Regina wields her sharp attention to detail, enthusiasm, and strong work ethic to deliver exceptional project results for Rock Creek’s clients. She is a certified Project Management Professional.
Ashley is a writer, editor, and multimedia producer on Rock Creek’s strategy team. With a background in journalism, including a web production role at USA Today, she has a well-rounded professional skill set and excellent organizational skills. She earned a BA in Communications from Grand Canyon University and an MA in Communications from American University.
Visual / Graphic Designer
Alvin Bush, Jr.
With a strong background in Web and Graphic design, Alvin provides various clients with impactful designs that lead to remarkable user experiences. Prior to joining Rock Creek, Alvin served as an Interactive Designer for a national entertainment television network, where he designed microsites, landing pages, advertising campaigns, and helped develop new online initiatives. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design, with a minor in Business Administration, from Howard University.
Fusing a background in journalism with a wealth of web development knowledge and experience, Lauren spearheads Rock Creek’s most complex technical projects through her development of wireframes and functional specs. She works closely with our in-house teams to theme Drupal designs for integration and sees that the websites we design function properly and meet client needs. Lauren earned her BS in Visual Communication from Scripps College of Communications within Ohio University.
Motion Graphics Animator Consultant
A talented designer, illustrator, animator, and video editor, Jacob weaves together graphics and typography to communicate complex information in a compelling and interactive way. From concept to storyboards to final production, he creates motion graphics and web videos that help Rock Creek’s clients tell their stories and engage their audiences.
With more than 10 years of experience, Hank is a market research professional proficient in all data production and delivery cycle phases across multiple industry segments. Leveraging proven success in organizational development and communication, Hank is able to drive shared goals, collaboration, process improvement and effective client support. He received an MS in Information System and Technology from John Hopkins University, and a BS in Computer Science from University of Maryland.
User Experience Strategist
With more than 10 years of assorted experience in UX, quality assurance, graphic design, and programming, Michelle is a vital asset to the Rock Creek UX team. Creating and implementing strategic design and development solutions, she has provided various clients with tactical designs that lead to remarkable user experiences. Michelle holds a MS in Interaction Design and Information Architecture from the University of Baltimore, and a BS in Natural Resources Management from University of Maryland. Michelle is a certified Interactive Multimedia professional.
Danielle is an experienced account management professional with vast marketing knowledge and strong communication skills. She has participated in various speaking engagements, serving as a guest marketing lecturer. Danielle earned a BS in Marketing Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Irina supports billing, record-keeping, and human resources. She handles both the accounts payable and accounts receivable day-to-day tasks, prepares the monthly P&L statements, and advises on budget development. Irina earned a BS in Engineering Technology from the Novosibirsk State Technical University in Russia.
Matt has more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning designer for high-profile clients. He’s a people-focused relationship manager, building success through client loyalty, teaching, and mentoring. Matt has sustained a mastery of trends and technology through industry participation, as an educator and administrator at major universities, and as creative director and co-owner of a design firm. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA in Graphic Design from Kent State University.
With extensive customer service and problem-solving experience, Natasha provides a wide range of office management support to the Rock Creek team. Her administrative and organizational skills are supported by more than 10 years of professional experience in project management and human resources. She earned a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Crisis Communications from the University of Maryland College Park
With more than seven years of experience in graphic design, Tara combines her visual sensibilities and real-world experience to deliver successful marketing communications. Her work has been honored with numerous awards from the Art Directors Club of DC and the Advertising Association of Baltimore. Tara received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design, where she studied illustration and graphic design.
Interactive Project Manager
John Paul Doguin
A skilled photographer and creative media professional, John Paul oversees Rock Creek’s interactive projects from conception to completion. He has applied his artistic abilities to manage creative projects for various clients, including Amtrak, McDonald’s and Harley Davidson. John Paul integrates his creative and project management skills to reflect our client’s strategic objectives. He holds an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Creative, passionate, and detail-oriented, Susan has conceptualized and executed a wide range of projects, from blogs and websites to promotional items. Over the past five years, Susan has designed for government agencies, associations, news organizations, and private companies including Coca-Cola and Warner Bros. Always looking to learn and grow as a designer, she’s fluent in both print and interactive design techniques and software. Susan graduated magna cum laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design.
With a strong background in research and data management, Caroline tracks and coordinates the Internal Data team, regarding resource allocations, deliverable deadlines, and areas of responsibilities. She has supported several prestigous clients with research and data collection, and recently participated in the 2013 Inauguration Day. Caroline earned a BA in Political Science and Mathematics from Macalester College, and a MS in Political Science and Political Economy from London School of Economics.
Program Manager Consultant
Scott brings more than 20 years of experience in program management, career counseling, and recruiting to manage national marketing and outreach programs for Rock Creek. He offers expertise in event management, partnership building, and recruiting and retention. Scott is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and is a certified diversity initiatives facilitator. Previous to Rock Creek, Scott served full-time in the Army National Guard, retiring after a distinguished career.
Natalia has created user-friendly, emotionally driven designs for everything from websites to art exhibitions since 2000. She has leveraged her eye for creativity and in-depth knowledge of interactive design for such high-profile clients as the National Restaurant Association, Office Max, State Farm, and Habitat for Humanity. Natalia earned her MS in Communications with a focus on Advertising Art Direction from the Virginia Commonwealth University.
As an integral part of the Creative Team at Rock Creek, Brooke assists in the development and execution of a variety of print and digital work for a wide range of clients. Her technical skills and theoretical understanding of design drives an overall passion for creativity that is reflected in her design work on a daily basis. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Department of Graphic Design, VCUarts (at Virginia Commonwealth University), a top-ranked public arts and design program.
With a background in CSS design, usability and accessibility, and search engine optimization, Steve designs flexible, expandable, and easy-to-maintain websites. Armed with more than five years of professional experience across print and web design, he applies his knowledge of web standards and best practices to deliver websites that support clients’ communication objectives and strengthen their brands. Steve holds a BA in Graphic Design from Virginia Tech.
An expert in Drupal module and theme development, Kalpana has been involved in the entire lifecycle of Drupal projects including design, development and deployment, testing, implementation and support. She also has experience with browser compatibility issues, site architecture, and usability best practices, including Section 508 compliance. Actively involved in the Drupal community, she is a member of the Maryland Drupal group and regularly participates in conferences and seminars including Drupalcon. Kalpana holds a BS in Chemistry, Botony, and Zoology from K.S.S.P.G. College in India, and earned a diploma in Computer Programming from Hiltron Calc Computer Academy.
Videographer, Producer & Editor
An award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer, Hope’s diverse professional work includes documentaries, television series, new media, and a presidential campaign. Hope earned an MA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a BA in History and French from the University of California, Berkeley.
User Experience Strategist
With experience in software engineering and web development, Jessica supports some of Rock Creek’s most complex technology and user experience projects, creating wireframes and functional specifications. She also helps push the envelope of responsive design by strategically outlining requirements and specifications for Drupal-based web and mobile projects. An Etsy store owner and greeting card designer on the side, Jessica channels her creative passions to explore innovative technology solutions for our clients. She earned her BS in Computer Science at the University of Virginia.
A dedicated marketing professional with skills in communications, public affairs, and project management, Mariya brings a strong blend of energy and experience to the team. Having led multiple aspects of academic and student community outreach programs, from setting agendas to creating marketing materials, she is well-versed in the creative and organizational aspects of producing a compelling marketing strategy. Mariya earned a BA in Psychology and Communication from the University of Maryland and an MA in Media and Public Affairs from George Washington University.
Digital Marketing Consultant
Amy is a seasoned online public relations professional with more than 12 years of experience developing online marketing, public relations, and blog campaigns, as well as reputation and brand management strategies and campaigns. An expert at blogosphere monitoring, research, and outreach, she spearheads the effort to find or influence online conversations. Amy graduated cum laude with a BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina—Wilmington.
An award-winning producer, Thomas has created new media and advertising content for a broad range of organizations and campaigns. From producing online video to launching a text messaging campaign, Thomas knows how to use emerging technologies to develop multi-faceted, multi-channel communications blueprints. He holds a master’s degree in Media Arts from Emerson College and a BS in Business Management with a marketing concentration from Boston College.
Combining strong writing skills and an enthusiasm for marketing and communications, Tiara supports the company’s proposal development process. Collaborating with Rock Creek subject matter experts, she develops well organized and clearly written proposal content. Tiara earned a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from Bennett College, where she was the recipient of an award for Outstanding Public Relations, Media Sales, and Marketing.
David is a versatile communicator with 6 years’ of experience in web development, online management, video production, and writing. He develops usable websites with the latest web technology, with a focus on users, content, and accessibility. David earned a BA in Journalism with a minor in History from University of Central Florida, and a MA in Interactive Media from Elon University.
With experience in social media marketing and accessibility best practices, Tyler supports our clients and staff members to ensure all Rock Creek projects follow accessibility best practices throughout the project lifecycle. He supports Section 508 Compliance testing and reporting through collaboration with design, development, and technical teams. Tyler graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English.
Director of Project Management
Janessa draws upon experience in strategic planning, advertising, and relationship marketing to manage branding and new media projects from conception to completion. She builds and fosters strong lines of communication between Rock Creek and its customers, ensuring that all deadlines and production needs are met and that our final work products support the client’s strategic objectives. Janessa holds a BA in Communications with a minor in Business from Pennsylvania State University. She is a certified Project Management Professional.
An experienced project manager, Sonia works with clients, team members, and vendors to ensure project success. Overseeing client initiatives from start to finish, she manages projects in a variety of media, including websites, videos, motion graphics, and mobile and social media content. Her experience includes management of public relations, outreach initiatives, and online marketing efforts for a range of clients. Sonia earned a BA in Communication Analysis & Practice at the Ohio State University. She is a certified Project Management Professional.
Katharine wields a strong background in Drupal website development, maintenance, and theming. She fuses this expertise with her experience overseeing large-scale open source web development projects, making her a dynamic asset to Rock Creek’s technology team. She’s passionate about developing sites that are intuitive for visitors to use, easily managed by our clients, scalable for future growth, and serve as a platform for great content. Katharine earned her BA in International Relations from the American University.
Applying expertise in Production, Web and Graphic design, Ika translates clients’ ideas into dynamic designs. She works with Rock Creek’s creative team to develop compelling layouts suited for clients’ needs. Ika has provided various media and publishing organizations with effective designs. She holds a BFA in Media Arts from Butler University.
Director of Web Development
Clay combines a sophisticated sense of user experience with in-depth knowledge of design strategy that ensures both technical and functional requirements effectively support his customers’ strategic goals. He utilizes technical experience to expand website content management capability and produced effective, intelligent, interactive solutions. Clay earned a BA in Fine Arts/Photography from The George Washington University.
508/Accessibility Practice Lead
Zane is a skilled accessibility professional, with more than three years’ of experience providing government agencies with 508 accessible content. His background includes web and document accessibility, web content development, and search engine optimisation. Zane works with Rock Creek’s tech team to guarantee effectively accessible content for users and readers. He received a BA in English from Allegheny College.
Virginia helps organizations build and reinforce relationships with their constituents through on-target integrated marketing strategies and compelling writing. She is a behavior change communication and social marketing enthusiast whose previous experience in public health inspired her to dive into this field. She holds a BA in International Development Studies from The American University and a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications for Behavioral Impact from New York University.
Jenna is a highly accomplished public relations professional with proven expertise in traditional, digital, and multimedia outreach campaigns for government, private sector, and nonprofit clients. A collaborative leader, analytical thinker, and problem solver, she thrives in a fast-paced environment where prioritizing and managing multiple projects is essential to successful outcomes. Her areas of expertise include copywriting, editing, digital and new media strategies, research and analysis, and marketing collateral development. Jenna earned her MPR at Georgetown University.
Digital Marketing Strategist
With a background in market research, advertising, and online marketing campaigns, Alex supports Rock Creek’s online marketing team in its efforts to expand the reach and visibility of our clients. He is deeply involved in such online marketing tactics as search engine optimisation, search engine marketing, and social media content development. Alex earned his BA in Advertising from West Virginia University.
Digital Marketing Strategist
Immersed in social media and experienced in online research, Andrea supports client relationships and achieves client goals through online marketing tactics including search engine marketing, social media content development, and online media monitoring. Andrea graduated from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication with a degree in Public Relations.
With strong communication skills and sharp attention to detail, Lauren helps Rock Creek’s clients meet their marketing objectives. An expert writer and editor, Lauren has contributed content to LivingSocial, DC Magazine, and Houston Magazine. Prior to working in print and digital media, she was a public relations coordinator at a nonprofit organization. She is a graduate of American University’s Journalism and Public Affairs MA program.
Through the latest database management systems and data visualization applications, Aaron analyzes client spend data and identifies savings opportunities. With strong capabilities in ambiguous and complex environments, he successfully led a performance measurement initiative for over a year, where he provided international technical assistance. Aaron received a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.
Armed with an abundance of creativity and a background in account management, Patrick collaborates with copywriters, strategists, and designers to conceptualize and execute concepts for print and interactive communications. He is a strategic thinker and problem-solver skilled at translating client goals and objectives into engaging designs. Patrick started his career in 2004 as a coin designer for the U.S. Mint. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Marketing and Art Studio.
Associate Director of Strategy
Jeff, a certified project management professional, has seven years of experience managing marketing projects and teams. He has applied impressible skills in digital media and web development across various sectors, including but not limited to, automotive, telecommunications, government and recruitment. Jeff received an MBA in Marketing from Syracuse University, an MS in Media Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and a BA in Digital Video & Media Production from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Jeff is a Certified ScrumMaster.
Leveraging a rich background in user experience and user interface design, Brittany works with other members of the Rock Creek team to translate creative ideas into strategic solutions for our clients. She is deeply familiar with every aspect of creating a compelling user experience, from the initial stages of research and discovery to the design of intuitive and engaging interfaces. Ms. Brittany earned her bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Having managed a wide range of projects, from small promotions to large brand initiatives, in a hybrid marketing/project management role, Blair is well qualified to oversee Rock Creek’s government, nonprofit, and private sector projects. No stranger to the fast-paced nature of project management, she has executed campaigns across a variety of marketing channels, including website design, email, direct mail, paid search, online advertisements and videos, and social media. A quick learner and hard worker, she promotes collaboration among the Rock Creek team and ensures client needs are met. Blair earned her B.B.A. in Marketing at Emory University. She is a certified Project Management Professional.
Senior Project Manager
An experienced project manager who has spent the past five years in the digital communications industry, Stephanie works with clients, team members, and vendors to ensure project success. Overseeing client initiatives from start to finish, she manages projects in a variety of media, including websites, videos, motion graphics, and mobile and social media content. Her experience includes management of public relations and outreach initiatives for government agencies, global brands, and small businesses. She earned a BS in Corporate Communications from James Madison University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Associate Director of Technology
With vast experience developing and managing technology solutions for a diverse mix of public and private sector clients, John establishes, manages, and oversees the technology aspects of our projects. He specializes in tailoring open source software packages such as Drupal, honing his skills and contributing to the community through events such as Drupalcon and tech-focused CrisisCamps. His ability to explain complex technologies to both clients and team members makes him an invaluable asset. John earned a BS in Communications, BA in Economics, and BA in Humanities from the University of Texas.
With a diversity of experience in proposal writing and business intelligence, Jen’s professional background renders her an enormous asset to Rock Creek’s business development process. Her previous projects include the development and management of automated tools to enhance and streamline capture management initiatives, contributing to company growth and meeting strategic initiatives. She earned a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University.
Erin is a creative researcher with experience calculating and communicating statistical research to non-technical audiences via press releases, congressional testimony, and published reports. Technically proficient in a variety of database and data analysis tools, she is an enthusiastic data expert who strives to learn and develop innovative methods to analyze and display data. Erin received a BA in Economics from Amherst College.
With a diverse background in program management and business consulting, Evelyn has contributed to various projects, translating marketing goals into strategic outreach plans from development to implementation. Utilizing her skills in research, analytics, and planning, Evelyn excels to address clients’ marketing goals and objectives. She holds a BA in History and Psychology from Cornell University.
Senior Web Developer
As a Drupal theming specialist, Sarah develops leading technology solutions for Rock Creek’s diverse client base. Her ability to bridge together the finer points of design with the gritty details of a modern web development project make her an invaluable asset. Sarah’s deep involvement with the Drupal community brings an added level of expertise to all of the projects we produce. She earned a BA in Japanese Language from the University of Maryland College Park.
User Experience Practice Lead
With an impressive portfolio of strategy and branding work, John enhances the Rock Creek team’s capabilities with his expertise, creativity, and professionalism. A seasoned art director familiar with the challenges of developing engaging user experiences, since 1997 John has worked with a wide range of clients to reposition their brands, develop marketing strategies, and display impactful design through various collateral. He received his BS in Visual Communications from Ferris State University.
Instructional Design Consultant
Jill oversees our clients’ strategic marketing initiatives from strategy inception to program implementation and evaluation. A creative writer and innovative thinker, she is happiest when collaborating across project teams to craft integrated campaigns with clear objectives and measurable results. A former English and ESL instructor, Jill specializes in instructional design, developing online and instructor-led training programs that meet clients’ learning objectives. Jill earned a BA in English Literature and Secondary Education from Emory & Henry College. She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).
User Experience Strategist
Active in the online community for more than 11 years, Andrew is equipped with a comprehensive understanding of business and marketing strategies, information architecture, user experience design, and usability. He is a versatile user experience designer who is able to develop business and marketing strategies and translate them into successful interactive brand experiences that meet client needs. Andrew received his BFA at Minnesota Sate University, Mankato.
Web Analytics Specialist
With experience working on a variety of web analytics projects over the course of her career, Lauren excels at developing strategies that translate business objectives into measurable goals. She leverages her experience to incorporate measurement and analytics into digital products. Some of Lauren’s past clients include Orbitz, HotelClub, Air Canada, and ebookers. Lauren earned a BS in Secondary English Education from Northwestern University.
Desiree Zamora Garcia
With professional experience in both technology and design, combined with a passion for content strategy, Dezzie works with other members of the Rock Creek team to translate creative ideas into strategic solutions for our clients. She is deeply familiar with every aspect of providing web support to clients and uses this expertise to enhance the user experiences of the websites we design. Dezzie earned her B.A. in Psychology and Computer Applications from The University of Notre Dame.
With experience in content strategy and market research, Rachel brings a deep understanding of branding and marketing to her role as project manager for Rock Creek. She has an extensive background managing and implementing marketing campaigns and leverages this expertise on behalf of our clients. A graduate of the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, Rachel is a fresh, energetic contributor to the project management team. She is a certified Project Management Professional.