• Ajay Gupta


    Ajay Gupta has served as CEO of Stirista since founding the company in 2010 at age 26. Without accepting external funding, Ajay has overseen the data-driven, marketing services company’s rapid year-to-year financial growth as it has progressed from 2 employees, working out of an apartment, to a 41-person team spanning three continents. Ajay holds a bachelor’s degree in financial economics and creative writing with a mathematics minor from St. Lawrence University, as well as an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University. He has been named a Marketing EDGE Rising Star and was part of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Under his leadership, Stirista has won an Ad Age Best Places to Work award, a DMA Silver ECHO award, a third-place DMN Award, and a spot on the Inc 5000 list.

  • David Bailey

    Vice President of Sales

    David graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Political Science. Since June 2013, David has worked with Stirista from Long Island, New York, leading the sales efforts. With experience in graphic design, direct mail, printing, and even acting, David is truly Stirista’s Renaissance man. He has a passion for making connections with people and brings this zeal for life to the table in everything he does.

  • Blaine Britten

    VP, Data Solutions

    Blaine graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 with a BBA in Corporate Finance. With a mind for making sense of data and preemptive problem-solving, Blaine joined Stirista in January of 2015 as a Data Analyst. Prior to joining Stirista, Blaine worked in marketing and sales, creating simple summaries of large quantities of purchasing and sales data. Outside of work, you can find Blaine squaring up for 3s or hitting home runs in “Rec” leagues, cheering on his fantasy teams, and chasing after his newly mobile daughter, Mackenzie.

  • Valarie Geckler

    VP of Client Services

    Valarie joined Stirista in April 2019, bringing over a dozen years of client service and digital agency experience. Her background includes account, project and operations management, marketing strategy, copywriting, web development and lead generation campaign execution. She’s passionate about producing positive change and solving problems for the people and organizations with whom she interacts. She has a B.A. in Communications from St. Mary’s University.

    Outside of the office Valarie is a fan of trivia competitions, the San Antonio Spurs, working on DIY home improvement projects, as well as hiking with her husband and chocolate labrador retriever.

  • Candice Cochran Gupta

    Vice President

    Candice is a founding partner at Stirista. She designed some of the very first collateral, business cards, and websites at Stirista. She majored in graphic design at Full Sail University. Conference planning is one of her favorite things to do at Stirista. When not at work, she’s usually playing with her one-year-old, Avatar, or reading a book. She’s also a fan of Japanese Chins and thinks very highly of them.

  • Jane Diane Hasse

    Director of Human Resources

    Jane has been at Stirista since (almost) the beginning! She has lived and worked all over the world, giving her a unique global perspective on client relationships. Most people don’t know that she earned three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Though she no longer needs any assistive devices, Jane still loves working and playing with fellow Wounded Warriors. The water is Jane’s true passion and come autumn you will find her fly fishing in the Adirondack Mountains. Or perhaps just out in a kayak somewhere with her beloved Queensland Red Heeler.

  • Patrick Howard

    Marketing Director

    Patrick is a digital marketer who helps marketers in a variety of industries bridge the gap between data-driven audience targeting and creative messaging. He believes that data is an often overlooked–and vital–part of the creative process, and enjoys helping clients apply that lesson to their own campaigns. In his free time, Patrick enjoys reading and playing video games with his cat.

  • Matthew Kenyon

    VP of Growth

    Matthew joined Stirista in June 2020. A direct marketing veteran with over 20 years of industry experience, he started his career in 1999 in the early days of internet advertising, eventually rising to become the Vice President of Catalog & Retail at I-Behavior, which was then acquired by KBM/Wunderman/WPP. He then transitioned to digital in 2011, working at companies throughout WPP, at eBay Enterprises, LiveIntent, Inc. and Postie. Matthew brings with him a unique perspective and is ‘all in’ on the importance of identity resolution and people-based marketing.

    A 1996 graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science, away from the office, Matthew enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughter, taking weekend trips into NYC, watching movies, shopping, attending area festivals and watching his native Houston, Texas, teams - the Texans, Astros, and Rockets.

  • Will Kunkel

    Vice President of Marketing

    Will Kunkel joined Stirista as the VP of Marketing in early August, where he leads the team across multi-channel marketing efforts and brand development.

    Will holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Prior to joining Stirista, he served as VP of Marketing at a4 Advertising from Altice and prior to that, he lead the creative and content practices for a number of digital and PR agencies, including Next15 and Grayling. He was the founder of NYC-based agency Magnetik, which he sold to Selligent in 2010.

    Will enjoys lifting weights and cooking when he’s no working and lives on Long Island with his wife and three boys.

  • Vincent Pietrafesa

    Vice President of B2B Products

    Vincent’s experience in the marketing industry spans 18 years, and he recently received the 2019 Marketing EDGE Rising Stars Award. Based in New York City, Vincent has been involved in business and partner development roles most of his career and enjoys helping customers achieve their sales and marketing goals. Vincent is a current board member for the Direct Marketing Club of New York. He has a BA from the State University of New York at Oswego in Communications and Mass Media.

    By night, Vincent is a stand-up comedian in NYC and also one of the most sought-after corporate emcees in the business. He has most notably opened for NBA Legend Magic Johnson in San Diego for the Data & Marketing Association Conference in 2014 and emceed the 2018 Silver Apple Awards in NYC.

  • Hamid Qayyum

    EVP of Products & Marketing

    Hamid leads Stirista’s Digital Solutions team driving media activation. He has over 25 years of experience in advertising/media and recently led Altice’s advertising division’s (a4) strategic partnerships efforts, where he focused on sales partnerships with MVPDs, agencies, and brands. He was also responsible for forging relationships with inventory and data vendors. Prior to Altice, Hamid has had senior roles with various agencies and data/media companies focusing on partnerships and business development in both the TV and digital advertising practices.

    When not working, Hamid enjoys fishing, golf, managing his fantasy football teams, and watching his favorite sports teams (Ravens and Orioles) on TV.

  • Arin Reyna

    VP, Omni-Channel Services

    Arin has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He started at Stirista in August 2013. Arin takes on special projects and campaigns from the more demanding clients, along with overseeing integration of Stirista’s data with other platforms, such as Salesforce. Before his time at Stirista, Arin worked as a .NET developer for a number of years. Arin loves sci-fi and his life was forever changed when Star Wars was re-released in the 90s. Can’t find Arin anywhere at the office? He’s probably outdoors playing a variety of sports or fishing in Corpus Christi. After a long day you’ll find him playing with his goofy (and slightly spoiled) dog, Aspen.

  • Karl Van Delden

    VP of Engineering

    Karl graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2010. A specialist in Information Systems by trade and PC tinkerer by hobby, Karl leverages his experience in business process analysis, coding, project management, agile software development, and technical writing. He coordinates the deployment of marketing campaigns and supports Stirista’s ongoing expansion of new customer interfaces. Born and raised in San Antonio, Karl is an avid appreciator of music, art, sushi, and the outdoors, indulging his wanderlust by swimming, hiking, and scuba diving.

  • Mamdouh Aziz

    Accounts Receivable Manager

    Mamdouh graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Faculty of Commerce – Alexandria University, Egypt. After graduation, he continued working in Egypt for four different companies, in various industries, where he worked his way up to senior positions.

    In 2010, Mamdouh and his family came to the U.S. and settled in New Jersey before making the move to San Antonio in April 2016. Prior to coming to Stirista, Mamdouh worked as a salesman at a local car dealership.

  • Sydney Borowsky

    Sales Development Representative

    Sydney joined Stirista in July 2020 as a Sales Development Representative. A 2018 graduate from Ohio University in beautiful Athens, OH, she studied Marketing with a certificate in Sales. Sydney's background has included working in the SaaS/Tech space for the past two years, as well as digital marketing and brand management experience.

    When not working, Sydney enjoys listening to live music, traveling, and exploring Chicago with friends. She snowboards in the winter and paddleboards throughout the summer.

  • Sarina Burdge

    Development Engineer

    Sarina graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Management. Originally from Germany, she moved to the United States in 2011. Sarina has a background in both customer service and data analytics. In her down time, she enjoys crafting, designing, as well as creating costumes and props.

  • Andrew Castaneda

    Data Scientist

    Andrew joined Stirista In December of 2015, bringing with him over four years of technical and customer support. His ability to think outside of the box and to analyze problems is what motivates him. Aside from his passion of The Legend of Zelda, in his spare time, he enjoys quality time with his family and keeping up with the latest technology advances.

  • Pierre Claudon

    Director of DSP Solutions

    Pierre joined Stirista in June 2020 as Head of DSP Solutions. He has over 10 years of experience in digital advertising, and helped create multiple advertising platforms, including ad networks, SSPs, and DSPs. Finding solutions to complex technical problems is a daily motivation for him.

    When not working, Pierre enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing table tennis, and mountain biking. During winter season, Pierre says it's time to put the motorcycle away and get the skis out!

  • CJ Craig

    Senior Client Services Strategist

    CJ joined Stirista in September 2020, bringing over 12 years of experience in client relations, marketing strategy, and business development. As Senior Client Services Strategist, she advises Stirista’s partners on strategic approaches to marketing, working closely with each client to ensure their goals are met. Committed to her clients well-being, CJ is always looking for opportunities to advance her clients' success through effective and measurable approaches.

    She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In her spare time, you can find CJ volunteering, traveling, hiking, listening to live music, and watching sports. She lives in San Antonio with her husband and daughter.

  • Dipankar Dey

    Data Research Analyst

    Dipankar joined Stirista in March 2016 as a data research analyst. He has extensive experience in internet data research, blogging and SEO as a freelancer and has done freelance work for Stirista since January 2014. He also is a Silva graduate. In his free time, Dipankar enjoys traveling and learning about affiliate marketing.

  • Daniel Evans

    System Administrator

    Daniel joined Stirista in February 2014, bringing with him over five years of experience in Information Technology. A jack of all trades, Daniel has touched everything in his field, from server implementation to network troubleshooting. He has a knack for solving problems and will go above and beyond to meet every one of our clients’ needs. Daniel indulges in his love for innovation and technology by building or repairing PCs and reading the latest tech blogs.

  • Jason Everett

    Senior Data Engineer

    Jason joined Stirista as a Senior Data Engineer and brings with him over 10 years of experience working as a .NET developer in various industries. He enjoys coding and has a passion for learning.

    A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BBA in Information Systems, when not at work, Jason enjoys hanging out with his friends, watching all the Netflix shows, traveling, and working out. On the weekends, you can often catch him on one of the many bike trails around San Antonio.

  • Juveria Fatima

    Marketing Coordinator

    Juveria began working as Stirista’s Marketing Coordinator in late August 2019. A recent UTSA graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing degree, she gained experience in college through internships with two local marketing agencies along with one in Dallas. She even started a medical device company with fellow engineers at UTSA during her senior year and was given the opportunity to pitch it to investors across Texas.

    During her spare time, Juveria loves spending time with her family, especially her nieces, as well as going out with friends or watching “The Office” on Netflix.

  • Fred Gale

    Sales Executive

    Fred Gale joined Stirista as a Sales Executive. He has over 15 years of experience helping BTC and B2B digital marketers – both Fortune 1000 and SMBs - employ audience data activated across programmatic display, OTT, social, and direct mail, which drives engagement and the performance of multi-touch campaigns. He’s passionate about consultative selling and identifying practical solutions that achieve and exceed client objectives and delivers enterprise value.

    Fred has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School, and an MS in Public Policy from Northwestern University. Married with two children, Fred is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to cycle, kayak, sail, and ski – and jokingly admits that because of all that activity, he's always eating!

  • Arlene Garza

    Graphic Design Manager

    Arlene joined Stirista in January 2016 after gaining design experience working for the San Antonio Zoo. During her time at Stirista, Arlene has worked as a Graphic Design Intern, Graphic Designer, Senior Graphic Designer, and she is now Stirista’s Graphic Design Manager. Arlene oversees creative work for both clients and Stirista’s internal branding and marketing. Arlene particularly enjoys working on branding because she enjoys the challenge of telling stories through minimal design elements.

    Arlene graduated from the Art Institute of San Antonio with her BFA in art in 2015. In her free time, Arlene likes spending time with her family and friends.

  • Brian Gold

    Director, Strategic Partnerships

    Before joining Stirista, Brian was a part of several startups, and has held various positions including Employer Relations Manager, Director of Business Development and VP of Sales. Brian has a natural ability to connect with people from all backgrounds, and enjoys helping individuals and businesses connect. He is creative, resourceful and truly takes satisfaction in building long term professional partnerships. When Brian is not at Stirista, you can find him in his vegetable garden, on the tennis court or finding new ways to entertain his son.

  • Zelena Gonzalez

    Executive Assistant

    Zelena is the Executive Assistant at Stirista and also takes on various tasks for other departments in need of a helping hand. When not compiling data, she often can be found running errands for the office. Moving to San Antonio from Brownsville in 2015, Zelena previously worked as a data clerk for a local school district. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, embroidering, as well as buying paintings from local artists.

  • Ian Goodson

    Data Analyst

    Ian joined Stirista in January 2021 as a Data Analyst. He believes his interest in seeing the real-world applications of quantified information makes him a great fit for his new role.

    Born and raised in Charlotte, N.C., Ian graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Information Science and a minor in City and Regional Planning. I

    In his free time, Ian enjoys all things outdoors: playing basketball, going to local concerts, and rock climbing, and cooking. He loves a good book and a great plate of tacos any time of day.

  • Bianca Guevara

    Client Success Specialist

    Bianca joined the Client Services Department in December 2019 as a Success Specialist, responsible for ensuring that client expectations are met. Bianca holds a strong belief in the power of building strong, meaningful relationships that provide positive, confidence-building experiences from beginning to end.

    Bianca has worked with public and private businesses, non-profits, and individuals as a Public Information Officer, who was responsible for driving community engagement for the San Antonio UNESCO World Heritage Missions as well as the city's first long-range comprehensive plan.

    Bianca holds a BS in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication. While not in the office, Bianca enjoys discovering new coffee shops, listening to live music, and hiking with her Labrador mix.

  • Charlotte Hermann

    Data Analyst

    Charlotte Hermann joined Stirista in June 2020 as a Data Analyst. She has over 10 years of on-the-job database experience. She, along with her husband, enjoy helping companies beta test their programs, whether business programs or games. She enjoys reading books, listening to audiobooks, listening or watching TV while crocheting items for friends, or actively participating in one of several community outreach organizations in San Antonio.

  • Jordan Horwitz

    Sales Operations Manager

    Jordan joins Stirista as the Sales Operations Manager with more than 5 years of experience implementing and executing strategic initiatives. While new to the digital marketing industry, Jordan believes in the power of data to provide insights for brands, marketers, agencies, and others to help them customize their campaigns, which ultimately helps clients to educate their prospective customers on their products and services.

    A native of Evanston, Ill., Jordan received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. While attending UNH, Jordan was a two-year captain and scholarship athlete for the men’s cross country and track teams. While not at work, he enjoys running, exploring urban areas, and entertaining his son.

  • Jackie Journik

    Account Executive

    Jackie joined Stirista as an Account Executive in January 2021. She has worked in ad tech ever since graduating from Rutgers University in 2016. Her career path has led her to finding the best advertising solutions for brands and helping brands diversify their marketing strategy. Born and raised in NJ, but now Manhattan based, Jackie loves to try new recipes, go to the beach, and keep up with everything pop culture related.

  • Rich Kersten

    Sales Development Representative

    Rich joined Stirista in June 2020 as a Sales Development Representative. A 2017 graduate from the University of Illinois in May 2017, he studied Communication. He is the 4th generation of his family to graduate from Illinois, where he played football for the Fighting Illini.

    Prior to Stirista, Rich worked in the SaaS/Tech space in sales for the past three years. Rich is excited to join a fast-paced, growing team like Stirista, and continue to grow as both a sales professional as well as a human being.

    In his free time, Rich loves to travel, experience live music, and spend time with his family and friends.

  • Dan Kivela

    Digital Analyst

    Dan grew up in the San Antonio area before moving to Colorado Springs with his family in 2005. While in Colorado, he studied a wide variety of topics ranging from astronomy to culinary arts. A man of varied interests, he spends his free time enjoying video games and cooking. During the winter months, you can find him cheering on the Colorado Avalanche hockey club. He has a strong food service and customer service background, carrying his calm demeanor into the professional world. As a Digital Analyst, he is responsible for helping improve the digital services offered by Stirista.

  • Megan Lambert

    Data Scientist, Digital Projects

    Megan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major BBA in Marketing and Business Statistics. Her background is in sales marketing, event planning, social media advertising, and inventory management. In Megan’s spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog and powerlifting training. Her extreme motivation and dedication make her a perfect fit as a Digital Analyst for Stirista.

  • Vincent Lapsley

    Accounting Clerk & Videographer

    After moving to San Antonio from Brownsville, Vinnie continues his studies in Communication at UTSA, which he began at UTB. He is an illustrator, writer, designer, and cartoonist. Outside of work and school, Vinnie works on comic book projects he writes and illustrates for as well as cosplay.

  • Jason Layton

    Graphic Design Intern

    Jason is a graphic design intern. He received his AAS in graphic design from the International Academy of Design and Technology and is currently working towards his BFA in graphic design from the Academy of Art University. Jason's background is in fashion retail, and he is a big fashion enthusiast. During his free time, Jason enjoys going to local art shows and exploring the San Antonio music scene.

  • Jonathan Leal

    Omnichannel Solutions Intern

    Jonathan joined Stirista in November of 2020 as an Omnichannel Solutions Intern. He has an Associates Degree in Art, and is currently working on a Computer Science Degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A first-generation immigrant, Jonathan is proud of his work ethic taught to him by his hardworking parents. He is motivated by learning and education, and is grateful to be gaining knowledge both in his internship and in class.

    When not at Stirista, Jonathan enjoys spends time with his pets, or any and every sci-fi media. He also enjoys artistic hobbies, such as sculpture, painting, and model kit making. During his off time, you'll most likely catch Jonathan working on a plastic model kit diorama.

  • Isabella Lima

    Junior Media Analyst

    Isabella joined the Digital Solutions team in July 2020 as a Media Analyst, where she overlooks the process and ensures stellar results for our clients’ digital marketing campaigns.

    Isabella approaches every challenge with enthusiasm, creativity, and a ceaseless desire to achieve success! This passion and drive paved her way to countless opportunities, unique experiences, and building exceptional relationships both personally and professionally, including internships and positions in the US and abroad.

    Isabella earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Trinity University in San Antonio. When not in the office, Isabella enjoys discovering new restaurants, playing board games, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Originally from El Salvador where she had lakes, beaches, and mountains a short drive away, Isabella is always on the lookout for new adventures and escapes around the San Antonio area.

  • Wing Keong Loo

    Lead Platform Developer

    Wing Keong Loo joined Stirista in Aug. 2020 as a Lead Platform Developer. A Software Engineer since 1991, Wing had his start by programming ATM machines in C for the IBM of Malaysia. After graduating college in the U.S., he went on to become a valued engineer coding C++ for the core of the Edify IVR platform.

    Wing admits he'd much prefer solving technical problems over figuring people out. He is a proud member of the PC gaming master race, and since college, Wing has not owned a PC that he did not build himself. In his free time, Wing plays various RPG games and considers table tennis essential to life and will accept all challengers no matter their USATT rating. Ever since the band broke up due to its guitarist moving out of state, Wing now considers himself an ex-bass player. There might still be clips on YouTube, however.

  • Dan Ludwig

    Global Sales Executive

    Dan brings 21 years of experience in the technology training industry as a Senior Account Executive with New Horizons. A diligent new business hunter, Dan’s industry knowledge and down-to earth approach to meeting prospective clients is a most welcome addition to the Stirista team. He was born and raised on Long Island, NY where he still resides along with six of his 5 sisters and 3 brothers (all within a 30 mins drive). He is the proud father of sons Kenneth and Robert, 20 and 14 yrs old.

    Fun fact; while studying for a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Dan worked at the Arena Club Restaurant in the Nassau Coliseum during the NY Islanders Stanley Cup dynasty and met the likes of Charlie Daniels, Bob Weir, Ted Nugent, Billy Joel, Peter Frampton, Dicky Betts, Ian Anderson, James Taylor, Carly Simon and Dave Mason.

  • Arlene America Martinez

    UX Designer

    America’s career as a UX designer began as a way for her to combine her background in graphic design with her passion for computers and coding. She enjoys UX and product design because it gives her an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the technology community by creating innovative and effective user experiences. She approaches every design project around a client-based UX process, from creating wire frames, conducting user research, and creating design systems to prototyping with Adobe XD, and leading stakeholder presentations. In her free time, she enjoys taking online UX courses to improve her skills, learn new ones, and stay on top of ever-changing industry trends.

  • Philip Mundt

    Deployment Engineer

    Philip graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station in 2014 with a BS in Petroleum Engineering. After college, he gained oil/gas field experience, as well as training and experience in the IT industry as an analyst and software developer. He started at Stirista in June of 2017, and is focused on providing both data and deployment services to clients. In his free time, he enjoys staying active and playing sports, especially basketball, tennis, and golf.

  • Ruby Resendez

    Digital Marketing Manager

    Ruby joined Stirista in January 2020, bringing over ten years of advertising and digital agency experience, which included assisting a wide array of clients with their traditional and online marketing campaigns. In her new role as Manager of Digital Marketing, Ruby will be working to ensure optimal results for our clients by developing, planning, and executing digital marketing strategies.

    In Ruby's off-hours, you will find her engaged with the city. She is a graduate of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber Latina Leadership Institute and was appointed to serve on the City of San Antonio Status of Women’s Commission and as an Advisory Board Member to the New Leaders Council of San Antonio. After that, she enjoys dining out often and has a major love for sweets. Dessert is a must after any meal, yes, sometimes even after breakfast!

  • Erika Nelson Reyna

    Chief Accountant

    Erika graduated with a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and started as Stirista’s Account Director in June of 2013. Erika keeps Stirista’s books in order and works to keep up with our clients. If you stop by our booth at a conference you probably will run into Erika, who is experienced with customer service. A lover of both animals and the outdoors, you can find Erika playing volleyball, fishing, hiking, or playing with her dogs when she’s not at work.

  • Hunter Schattel

    Omnichannel Solutions Intern

    Hunter Schattel started with Stirista in February 2020 as an Omnichannel Solutions Intern. Currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), he is working towards his degree in Business Management. One of Hunter’s many strengths is his ability to take complex situations and approach solutions from various angles. This talent has served him well in tutoring math to his fellow students and friends.

    When he is not at Stirista, Hunter is drawn to the many challenges of snowboarding, wakeboarding, soccer, volleyball, or any lake-related activity. He is almost always watching the San Antonio Spurs and various soccer games.

  • Katie Smith

    Digital Analyst

    Katie graduated from Utah State University in 2018 with a BS in Marketing. She picked marketing because of the challenging, creative, and diverse career path it provides. Originally from Idaho she loves the mountains and many outdoor activities. Katie and her husband moved to San Antonio in June of 2018 and love the area. In her free time, Katie enjoys being in nature, fitness, reading, eating pizza, and spending time with her husband.

  • Devan Villarreal

    Client Success Coordinator

    Devan joined the Stirista team in mid-February 2021 to take on the Client Success Coordinator role. She comes from a background of customer service and client satisfaction. She strongly believes in giving the client the best experience possible.

    Devan graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a B.A. in Communication Arts. When she is not in the office, she enjoys cooking and baking up anything she can, rooting on the Denver Broncos and San Antonio Spurs, as well as spending time with her family and fur babies.

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    Jared Walls

    Creative Copy Manager

    Jared joined Stirista in September 2018 as Creative Copy Manager, tasked with overseeing the development of visitoridgraph.com and the rewrite of Stirista.com.

    Jared’s professional career before joining Stirista is varied, having worked as a technical writer, web editor, and university professor. This diversity of experience makes Jared a great fit for the dynamic nature of the work Stirista does. He holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from Sam Houston State University, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University.

    When Jared’s not at home hanging out with his twin daughters, he’s writing jokes for Funny or Die, or telling his own around central Texas.

  • Valerie Ioffe-Yelsukov

    B2B Sales Intern

    Valerie joined Stirista in early August as a B2B sales intern, and is currently pursuing her BA in Economics at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in NYC.

    For three years, Valerie has worked as a Fundraising Director for a nonprofit organization called Novel Girls, where she pitched, both domestically and internationally, the nonprofit’s mission in helping young girls secure quality books that furthers their education. Valerie is constantly learning new ways to connect individuals to an organization’s mission.

    When not at Stirista, Valerie dabbles in a bit of indoor gardening and a smattering of existential angst facilitated by quantum physics videos on YouTube.