Meet the Team
Guusje BendelerCreative Director
That’s pronounced Who-sha. She’s originally from The Netherlands. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and she’s always up for a teaching moment. That’s why she’s such a strong art director and educator for her designers, students and clients. Although she still gets hands-on in some design projects, now she mostly oversees that each project reaches the high level of quality Parallax is known for – no cutting corners here! ;) Guusje graduated in 1996 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands where she earned her degree in graphic and typographic design. She worked for more than ten years at renowned design firms in The Netherlands and US, where she designed award-winning books, catalogs, exhibits, posters, brochures, ads and annual reports. Because she likes sharing her knowledge and loves seeing young designers grow into their talent, she also worked for six years as a part-time graphic design lecturer at San Diego State University. When she’s not in the studio, you might find her volunteering as an art teacher for a local elementary school or working her full-time job as a super-mom.
Jonathan HanwitDirector of Client Services
Jonathan’s passion is people. If he wasn’t working for Parallax, he’d be traveling the world, learning about other cultures and talking with his hands – and feet if necessary. Jonathan’s prior business and marketing experience, in combination with his knack for building relationships, makes client services an ideal role for him. His strength is working with the clients to create and achieve marketing goals, communicating these goals to the design team, while keeping the client’s perspective and audience in check. He handles all aspects of the business, and at times adds some creative juice to the punch. Prior to Parallax, Jonathan worked for three years as a Business Development Manager for a San Diego based non-profit, Partnerships With Industry. Before that he worked as a Marketing Manager for Unicorp Marketing, after graduating from Radford University in 1997. Oh, and he traveled from Asia to Europe overland (and then some) in between the two jobs. If in need of a laugh, ask him to tell you one of his many ridiculous travel stories. Be sure it’s after lunch though.
Elizabeth BraudSenior Project Manager
Our Louisiana native and LSU alum brings plenty to the table as our project manager. Her copywriting, advertising and design experience in combination with the practical knowledge gained when she started her career at New Orleans Agency, Zehno, makes her a naturally great fit with Parallax. But in actuality it is her personality, and natural tendencies for detail and organization that make her excel at the position. That, and she has quite a knack for creative stuff too!
Sharla LaneDirector of Public Relations
Sharla brings a strong background in technology, education and health care. She has a successful track record in both internal and external relations, exceptional writing abilities and an uncontrollable need for her and anyone else on her team to reach for perfection. She has experience in creating events, managing tradeshow presence and developing content in both print and digital mediums including white papers, speeches, presentations, blogs, newsletters, social media, websites, articles and more. From circus animals to politicians (literally), she has worked with several Fortune 100's, top defense contractors, government offices, startups and nonprofits. As a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Communications, Sharla previously worked in the technology division of Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations agency; and as part of the international relations team under corporate communications at Qualcomm.
Edison MiclatSenior Graphic Designer
Edison’s great sense of color and design details, make him an aesthetical pro. Not only is he a strong designer, he’s the best at asking the right questions, making sure all bits and pieces come together the way they should and seeing a project through to the end – all with a little help from his trusty sidekick Newton. Before Edison graduated from San Diego State University, he lived in Japan where he cultivated his aesthetical eye and love for photography.
Mark NgolabWeb Developer
He’s been coding websites since the early days of AOL. He built his first computer as a college freshman. He one day hopes to develop an app for the iPad. He’s Batman! Actually he’s Mark Ngolab, our in-house developer. (But he is big fan of Batman.) Mark majored in Graphic Design at SDSU’s School of Art and Design, and studied under Guusje Bendeler. What started as a hobby has now grown into a passion, as Mark adapts to the ever-changing world of web development, working with HTML, CSS, Flash, PHP, Wordpress and now Drupal. This tech guru’s eye for design paired with development experience makes him the final piece of the Parallax puzzle.
Allen RamirezGraphic Designer
Allen’s passion for graffiti and urban art, gives him a fresh perspective and extra edge as a designer. An illustrator at heart, Allen was the kid in grammar school that his friends “hired” to doodle on their binders. Today he incorporates his talent for illustrating into his everyday work with typography and graphic design. Allen first interned with Parallax in 2010 and they took notice of his creativity. After graduating from SDSU’s Graphic Design program, Parallax scooped him up as their newest designer. When he’s not sketching in his “black book,” Allen can be found skating around town, snowboarding and surfing. And to answer the question on everyone’s minds – he’s been growing those dreads since 2004.
Maddie LochteGraphic Designer
Hailing from the creative city of San Francisco as the daughter of an architect, Maddie was instilled with an appreciation for good design from a young age. While pursuing her BA in Graphic Design at SDSU, Maddie developed her love for typography, illustration and photography. Shortly after graduating, Maddie joined the Parallax team, and has been honing her skills as a designer while bringing a fresh perspective to the team. Outside of the office, you can find Maddie exploring the music, food and culture in San Diego, riding her bike, or cheering on the San Francisco Giants.
Ine CreemersDirector of Sales + Marketing
Ine – that’s pronounced “Ee-nuh” – also joins us from the Netherlands to make our perspective even more global. Like Guusje, she tells it like it is. With a background in marketing, she focuses on the strategy and goals of an organization. With more than 10 years of experience in global product and hospitality marketing throughout Europe, she’s created customer loyalty programs, e-commerce and other programs to drive success in several organizations. She has worked for Europe’s largest mail order and perfumery retail chains as a Marketing Director. In 2008 she took on the new challenge of venturing to the US. She’s has been taking advantage of the “American” lifestyle - enjoying the outdoors, the beach and traveling, as well as getting familiar with our education system when earning her MBA last year from National University. Staying true to her roots, she drinks ridiculously strong coffee and still loves to ride her bike. Stop by the office -- she’ll make you a cup that you’ll never forget!
Liz MoisantAccount Executive, PR
Liz is a #digital native* eager to change the world and get others to join the cause. With a background in political science, public relations, media studies and journalism from San Diego State University, Liz is responsible for growing relationships within communities and tailoring messaging in order to make the greatest impact. Liz has volunteered for many nonprofits and served two years as a community liaison for a nationally recognized alumnae organization in San Diego. In addition to her studies, Liz was certified in Digital and Social Media in 2012. With her knowledge and growing expertise, we know that Liz’s eccentric thinking and creative eye will bring our clients social media and digital presence to the next level.
*If you don’t know why there is a # sign in front of digital, she’d be happy to tell you.