CLOSE

Kansas City's Digital Marketing Team

We're strategists, marketers, designers, developers, and visionaries who love working with one another—and would love to work with you, too.

Together we MAKE creative and intriguing campaigns for brands that want to MAKE a difference. We serve as an extension to your marketing team, plugged in as a source of knowledge because of proven methods that translate into results. We work across traditional and digital channels to help you exceed expectations way beyond the barriers you're faced with inside your organization every day.

Because we treat you like you're part of OUR organization. We're your marketing team—you just may not know it yet.

Co-Founder & CEO
Evan.
Kirsch

Evan is the key to every project, defining the company’s commitment to client service, execution and experience. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer specializing in driving MAKE forward to ensure what we say, what we do and what we commit to always stay in alignment.

His background spans across multiple industries and sectors which includes some of the largest retailers in the world. A few notable relationships include Dollar General, McDonald’s, Gold’s Gym, Black & Veatch, Massage Heights and Sprint Corporation.

When you need a blend of marketing + data + web + creative, Evan has a unique ability to mix and match to produce innovative and award-winning solutions.

Co-Founder & President
Andrea.
Kirsch

Andrea is the Co-Founder & President of MAKE Digital Group. From branding strategies and content marketing, search engine optimization, customer acquisition and social media marketing, Andrea’s ability to build brands and drive sales with a digital-led approach is impeccable. She has worked on national brands in a variety of industries and has managed and seen to fruition hundreds of website builds. Andrea works with organizations and business owners to solve business challenges through leadership and strategic planning.

In 2013, she helped found an organization called Kansas City Women in Technology focused on providing young girls and business professionals with access to online programming, design, coding, and development skills. She serves on the Marketing Advisory Council for University of Missouri – Kansas City and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Gala Committee, and has served as a speaker at WordPress Camp, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Kansas City International Association of Business Communicators (KCIABC), and enjoys working with non-profits that support STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), children, and women in technology.

Director of Client Strategy
Kevin.
Awe

Kevin has been working with and leading marketing teams for the past decade. From partnering with industry leading brands in high-volume verticals to launching (and selling) his own agency, Kevin’s inherent marketing skills and passion for data-driven performance serve him well when helping lead the MAKE team.

Since graduating with a creative advertising degree from Kansas State University, Kevin has been heavily involved in the agency world, spearheading client-centric initiatives focused on marketing strategy, SEO, PPC, email marketing, SMM, conversion optimization and data analytics (a personal favorite). The only thing Kevin might love more than digital marketing is Kansas State athletics and the show Seinfeld – not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Marketing Director
Trisha.
Gallagher

Trisha oversees all things strategy, marketing and operations at MAKE, and is actively involved in defining and shaping MAKE’s core disciplines, including marketing, planning, user experience, client services, project management, and technology. She delivers the strategy, process, and purpose behind every project. Letting no detail go without care, she is constantly pushing MAKE and our clients forward, creating solutions that transform businesses and create exceptional brand experiences. With the personal and professional motto of “process makes perfect,” Trisha ensures MAKE’s work is innovative and of the highest quality.

Creative Director
Ryan.
Hannebaum

When Ryan isn’t designing something, he gets pretty sad. So we keep Ryan happy by keeping him very hands-on with the design of your project. While his title tells you he’s our creative director, and while he does actually direct the designy, artsy stuff we make, he still can’t help but dabble in the work himself. And by “can’t help himself” we mean “won’t help himself.” Motion graphics, animation, web design—he even does some front-end development for us, because he feels like he has to put his computer science degree to good use once in awhile.

Senior Web Developer
Jake.
Stewart

Jake’s passion in life is writing code. Great code. So we said, hey, we’ll pay you to do that! He thought that sounded fantastic, so here he is, writing great code for all of humankind.

When he isn’t writing code, he’s reading about it—staying up on all the latest tools, technology, best practices, and bleeding edge functionality. So when you get a website built by Jake Stewart, you start showing it off and talking about it in awkward social situations where people don’t usually talk about websites.

He’s not too shabby at Rocket League either; a little practice with his Maine Coon cat on his lap, and he’ll be as good as David in no time.

Project Manager
Brie.
Stiens

We’re all a little afraid of Brie. If we let projects slip behind schedule, she will—well, that’s why we don’t let your project slip behind schedule. Because Brie is here, slicing and dicing timelines to fit our work into insanely well-orchestrated harmony.

Brie is an M-I-Z-Z-O-U product, where her journalism degree baked an innate sense of deadlines and time management into her core, and her love and instinct for digital marketing brought her here, to us. Which is awesome for us—and you.

…But we’re still a little afraid of her.

Account Manager
Rylie.
Koetting

This is Rylie. She’s our awesome account manager for all our awesome accounts. The first thing you need to know about Rylie is that she’s part Canadian. So she’s, like, the nicest person ever. The second thing you should know is that she’s from Texas, which means she gets down to business. The third thing about Rylie is that she graduated from Kansas State with a degree in marketing, so she’s got all the skills and tools to orchestrate your account and communications.

Because Canada and Texas weren’t diverse enough, Rylie studied in England for a semester as well, which fed her unending love of traveling. And when she’s not on a flight to somewhere cool, she’s probably training for her next half-marathon. You know, because she’s already got one of those in the bag.

Web Designer
Corey.
Ellbogen

Corey is a rare combination of designer and developer with a passion for envisioning innovative ideas, incubating them, and seeing them come to life. She creates brands, campaigns, websites, and media. She also creates jewelry—as in, she’s a metalsmith in her free time. Think about how cool that is. And then consider that that’s not the coolest thing about her: she’s also a world class (yeah, Corey, we said world class) snowboarder.

Digital Strategist
Gaby.
Riggs

We’re so blessed here at MAKE, we even get the best digital strategists. Gaby comes to us from Kansas State, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing while crushing life as a member of the Panhellenic Council and K-State Proud. She’s all about asking questions to get the answers that fuel her strategies—which is done at a pace bordering on unbelievable. She’s got an awesome dog, she’s not above sarcasm, and she’s got skills and smarts for days…so, yeah, Gaby fits right in here at MAKE.

Copywriter
Adelie.
Cox

Did you know “Adelie” is a type of penguin? Well, you do now. We don’t have any penguins here at MAKE, but we do have an Adelie, and our Adelie is a better writer than any penguin could ever hope to be (those flippers would make it tough anyway).

Armed with a bachelor’s in public relations from Missouri Southern—and a minor in mass communications for good measure—Adelie is fluent in the art of being fluent; composing one elegant, impactful piece after another for our clients across a variety of long- and short-form mediums. She’s also a big fan of KC coffee shops, which is good, because she works above one now.

We know her as Addy, and you’ll know her as the girl who crushes content writing for you on the regular.

Copywriter
Taylor.
Shuck

Taylor is a yogi—as in, a yoga teacher, not a pic-a-nic basket-thieving bear—so she’s already cooler than most. She has a degree in journalism and a master’s in history, and she’s a self-professed grammar nerd. In terms of describing the quintessential copywriter, what else do you need to know? More? OK. She’s a diehard Jayhawk fan, as any good Lawrence native would be, and back in school, everyone always copied her writing assignments because, as we already told you, she’s an unrepentant grammar nerd.

Junior Web Developer
Scott.
Salem

Scott is not your typical developer—and we think that’s fantastic. He’s not just going to write beautiful code; he’s going to bake in a ton of personality with all those ones and zeros. With a degree in musical theater (and minors in sales and marketing, just for fun), Scott brings a fresh perspective to the world of development. But don’t worry: he’s also a graduate of KU’s full-stack bootcamp, so front- and back-end code alike are as musical to his ears as…well, music is.

Here are some more fun things about Mr. Salem: he’s got a magical last name (see what we did there?); he’s passionate about game design and development; he’s totally into D&D (that’s Dungeons & Dragons for you n00bs out there); and he’s besties with the Lord Mayor of Perth in Australia—no joke!

Junior Web Developer
Seth.
Wills

A former barista in a past life, Seth knows all about customer service and user experience. Not bad things to know for someone who puts his programming training to use building user-centric, client-satisfying websites, eh? He loves coffee. Like, to an alarming degree. He’s borderline snobbish about it, really…but we don’t mind, because he knows his coffee, and he helps us know it too. Just like he’ll help you connect to your users with awesome web experiences.

Graphic Designer
Gabbi.
Southard

Gabbi brings her soul’s values into her work here at MAKE. Those values include minimalism, sustainability—and beautiful design. She’s inspired by these things, and inspired to apply them to your brand, your project, your very life.

Digital Marketing Coordinator
Ana.
Landsverk

When Ana was four years old in Wichita, KS, she began to play the piano. She hasn’t yet stopped, but what she has done since—after her time at Kansas State, where she was the vice president for the Public Relations Student Society of America—is add the skill of playing just the right keys of a well-tuned digital marketing strategy. While Ana’s piano-playing may be music to our ears, her comprehensive marketing plans and execution will be music to yours.

Senior PPC Specialist
Chelsey.
Giambrone

Chelsey currently serves as our Senior PPC Specialist, handling all of our Paid Ads accounts.

Executive Assistant
Natalie.
Kay

Natalie is obsessed—her words—with the energy of Kansas City. She’s been here for about 10 years, and is looking forward to about 200 more. (It could happen; she’s super healthy, into wellness and yoga and living well and all that good stuff.) Keep throwing tasks at her and prepare to be amazed as she organizes them with ease. When she’s not dominating to-dos, Natalie is binging history documentaries between cups of good coffee whenever her kiddos allow such pleasures—which is admittedly rare.

Marketing Intern
Lexi.
Tarter

Lexi comes to us by way of the University of Kansas, where she’s on pace to earn a bachelor’s in strategic communications. Hmm. Strategic communications. That sounds an awful lot like what we do here at MAKE, doesn’t it? (It does.)

Corporate Security
Kita.

Kita is a dog.

Morale Officer
Brutus.

Brutus is a dog.