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Below is a list of the various professionals who are currently working at Creative Colony. Interested in joining the list? Check out our member benefits and rates »


Achim Ruopp
Achim Ruopp

Director of R&D at TAUS

Achim specializes in translation automation, internationalization and multi-lingual natural language processing. He believes that making MT widely available breaks down language barriers. As part of the TAUS team Achim leads technology development and implementation.

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Alan Goldsmith
Alan Goldsmith

Policy Advisor

Alan expertise is in legislating, advocacy, research, outreach, and communications (writing, speaking, editing, and social media). His experience stems across national security, Congress, policymaking, and oversight.

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Amy Kincaid
Amy Kincaid

Founder and Principal at ChangeMatters

Amy works with social entrepreneurs, executives, and funders on program design and impact, and on organizational transition, turnaround, and renewal. She has been responsible for securing over $70 million for nonprofit organizations.

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Andrea Wolf
Andrea Wolf

President & CEO, Brem Foundation

The Brem Foundation helps women find early curable breast cancers through education, access, and physician-training. Prior to leading the Brem Foundation, Andrea was an attorney at Patton Boggs LLP and served as the Director of Public Policy at Girls Inc., a national educational nonprofit.

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Andrei Kovalev
Andrei Kovalev

Finance

Andrei works on corporate treasury projects for Actualize Consulting, a firm specializing in using technology to improve complex financial processes, with offices in DC and New York.

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Anne Moriarty
Anne Moriarty

Life Coach

I am lifeZINGcoach. My mission is to I empower you to create balance in your life and to live with “zing”! In other words, I help you to get unstuck and learn how to celebrate life — to identify and restore your ZING!

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Ariel Brandt Lautman
Ariel Brandt Lautman

Technology Consultant

Ariel is an information and technology consultant for small and independent businesses. She's passionate about helping small businesses succeed.

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Bukola Aré
Bukola Aré

Brand Development Specialist

Of a Kind Creatives is a premiere creative boutique firm.

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Christy Batta
Christy Batta

Sr. Designer, SW Creatives

SW Creatives is a strategy-minded graphic and web design firm located in the Washington, DC area. We partner with nonprofits and other organizations dedicated to improving our communities, delivering effective design, sharp strategic thinking, and unparalleled dedication.

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Dafnette Jones
Dafnette Jones

Small Groups Director, The Bridge

The Bridge is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Our purpose is stated in the motto: Love God. Love Others. Make a Difference. We call ourselves a church for imperfect people. We believe God takes us “as-is.”

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Daniel Nakamura
Daniel Nakamura

Owner, Booth-O-Rama Photobooths

Booth-O-Rama Photobooths provides photo booth rentals and a whole lot of fun to any event.

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Daniel Tischler
Daniel Tischler

Graphic and Web Designer

Daniel is starting his own graphic and web design firm!

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Danna Pantzke
Danna Pantzke

Forbes Music Company

With positive, experienced, and gifted music teachers, Forbes Music provides engaging and interactive music education that promotes musical excellence, happiness, academic achievement, improved school/work performance, and healthy social and interactive skills.

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E. Bomani Johnson
E. Bomani Johnson

CEO of Emergent Pathways LLC

Bomani is an impact-oriented senior leader with more than 20 years of experience designing, leading and managing social change initiatives in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. 

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Esther Goldenberg
Esther Goldenberg

Owner, Three Gems Publishing

At Three Gems Publishing, we help you publish the book that you want to write. Whether you have a story you want to tell or a message to share, we want your book to reflect your inner wisdom. We believe there is no “right” way for a book to look.

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Gray Kimbrough
Gray Kimbrough

PhD Student & Data Scientist

Gray is focusing on his PhD in economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). For his day job, he is a data scientist at ADP.

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Jen Vallina
Jen Vallina

Owner, One Sock On Photography

Jennifer Kline Vallina is the owner of One Sock On Photography, LLC. She is a modern, lifestyle photographer known for capturing the beauty of the world overlooked. She photographs all—without judgement.

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Joel St. Clair
Joel St. Clair

Pastor, Mosaic Silver Spring

Mosaic Community Church is forming a diverse church community in Silver Spring that proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ while faithfully loving one another, our neighbors, and our neighborhoods.

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Joshua Grove
Joshua Grove

Senior Information Assurance Consultant & Project Manager at TalaTek, LLC

TalaTek, LLC provides unparalleled IT Security & Risk Management specializing in compliance solutions and implementing NIST standards to meet regulations for our customers.

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Jumaine Jones
Jumaine Jones

Lead Pastor, The Bridge

The Bridge is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Our purpose is stated in the motto: Love God. Love Others. Make a Difference. We call ourselves a church for imperfect people. We believe God takes us “as-is.”

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Kecia Brown
Kecia Brown

Editor and Writer

Kecia is a medical editor and writer…which means she's really smart and understands things that the average person doesn't.

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Lane Cooper
Lane Cooper

Tech Writer, BizTechReports

BizTechReports is an independent reporting agency with offices in Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada. We analyze user trends in business technology.

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Lisa Schamess
Lisa Schamess

Writer & Founder, The Cooler Minds, LLC

An essayist and public policy writer, Lisa has dedicated her life to the transformational power of storytelling. She founded The Cooler Minds in 2014 to create a network of independent communications professionals.

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Matthew White
Matthew White

Owner, Sutton Hoo Studios

Archival film and video materials, buried in vaults throughout the world, are primary, visual sources for new projects in entertainment, education, and digital media.

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Megan Tyson King
Megan Tyson King

Owner, Your Adventurous Life

Megan is owner and chief instigator at Your Adventurous Life, where she helps idea-overloaded entrepreneurs and unfulfilled job hoppers get clear on the direction that fulfills their potential and purpose.

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Melissa Allen
Melissa Allen

Principal at MAD Creative

MAD Creative is a Washington DC design agency. Our services include logo design, event branding, web design, print design, and creative direction to name a few. Our clients range from fortune 100 companies to non-profits and start-ups. 

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Melissa Daley
Melissa Daley

CEO/Chief Business Analyst, Orca Intelligence

Creative, enthusiastic, quick learning Senior Business Analyst, turned entrepreneur, with over 14 years of Business Analysis and Information Architecture experience.

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Michael Pollack
Michael Pollack

C2C Media Group

C2C Media Group is a multi-award winning production company that collaboratively builds your targeted message and brand through visual media. 

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Mike Yadeta
Mike Yadeta

Founder and Managing Director, Delta Engineering Group

Mike Yadeta is a member of the Zambia Institution of Professional Engineers and is a Registered Engineer with the Engineers Registration. He has extensive experience as a civil engineer.

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Nate Fisher
Nate Fisher

Owner/Operator at Createrly

Createrly is a Silver Spring based production company that develops original content in collaboration with local businesses and artists. Contact us for your writing, creative direction and production needs, or to join our network of artistic professionals who want to get createrly with us on current and future projects. 

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Pam Holland
Pam Holland

Founder, Mindful Decluttering and Organizing

Pam Holland is the founder and president of Mindful Decluttering and Organizing. Pam delights in helping people free themselves from clutter in order to make room for their passions to flourish.

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Paula Brantner
Paula Brantner

Executive Director, Workplace Fairness

Workplace Fairness was founded in 1994 as the National Employee Rights Institute (NERI). We link employment rights attorneys with that of non-legal organizations and other individuals who are concerned with issues of fairness in the workplace.

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Pete Tan
Pete Tan

Owner, Silver Spring Incorporated

Silver Spring Inc's mission is promoting Silver Spring local businesses, artists and residents through engaging online content and creative events to nurture our strong, distinct community.

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Robert Theodore
Robert Theodore

Assistant Pastor, The Bridge

The Bridge is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Our purpose is stated in the motto: Love God. Love Others. Make a Difference. We call ourselves a church for imperfect people. We believe God takes us “as-is.” Once we have a relationship with Him, He helps us to be the people He has called us to be.

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Ron Rodriguez
Ron Rodriguez

Renewable Energy

Ron V. Rodriguez, founder of Innov8energy, Benefit LLC, his commitment to the environment led him to participate in the Montgomery County Sustainability Working Group to help create a draft Climate Protection Plan for the County.

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Samuel Suraphel
Samuel Suraphel

Owner, Mansa Colabs

Mansa Colabs adds value through matching our clients' discrete needs with knowledge (advisors) and solutions using the global reach of technology and collaborative networks.

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Scott Hofmeister
Scott Hofmeister

Founder & CEO, Publicus

Scott loves learning new things. He started his company, Publicus, to improve how scientific research gets done. He enjoys hiking with his wife, two year old daughter, and great dane through Rock Creek Park, or checking out some new corner of a museum downtown.

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Shala W. Graham
Shala W. Graham

Brand Strategist

Shala is a brand strategist who is passionate about helping ministries and nonprofits advance the gospel and serve those in need, as well as helping entrepreneurs who feel first called to follow Christ and then to build a business that honors that calling, leaving a positive impact on their sphere of influence.

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Shaun Wright-Verdun
Shaun Wright-Verdun

Founder, Brydge Entertainment Consultants

Brydge Entertainment Consultants is an entertainment company touching on all aspects of the industry. Expertise ranges from industry networking events to weekly college events in some of the most exclusive venues of Washington DC and Chicago.

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Stacey Merola
Stacey Merola

President & Principal Scientist, Merola Research LLC

An award-winning evaluator, Dr. Merola has more than eighteen years of social science research experience and over twelve years of experience in educational research and evaluation, as both a manager and an analyst.

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Tsedey Aragie
Tsedey Aragie

Independent Producer, Writer, Filmmaker

Tsedey is an independent journalist and filmmaker who is preparing to launch her startup production company. Her most recent awards include Producer of the year and innovative program of the year for her reality TV show, 30 Day Health Challenge from DCTV. She enjoys a wide variety of artistic pursuits including photography, ceramics, writing, and acting.

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