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CORE TEAM

Sara Mutchler

Senior Client Projects Manager
Sara Mutchler

Senior Client Projects Manager

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.”
~George Eliot

“It is never too late to be who you might have been.”
-George Eliot

The long and winding road that led Sara to the Rachel Greenhouse agency included stops as a Starbucks store manager, a middle school English teacher, human resources and training at Target Corporation, jewelry stylist, and blogger. A chance meeting with Rachel at a conference and a few little jobs eventually led to a position as a social media coordinator with RGA.

After a year and half of social media coordinating and blog writing for clients, a need developed at a quickly growing RGA and Sara stepped into the role of Clients Project Manager. The combination of her background in training and working with people combined with her love for marketing strategy, design, and social media all fit perfectly together in this role.

When Sara isn’t working you can find her spending time with her husband, two kids, and pup. And typically reading with a cup of coffee or a glass wine, depending on the time of day. Wine obviously in the morning, coffee at night.

Sara is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in English. She also received her MN Communication Arts/Literature License (grades 5-12) from Hamline University.

Sara's top 5 strengths: Learner / Intellection / Activator / Individualization / Input

Dani Palacio

Marketing Strategist
Dani Palacio

Marketing Strategist

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."  - Steve Jobs

Dani has a passion for connecting with people and their passion and then helping them to make it real! She believes everyone is unique and applies that to her work. She enjoys the challenge of figuring out the right marketing mix that will promote and draw the ideal customer to the product or service being offered. 

Her experience varies from many years in high tech corporate marketing to working with smaller businesses and entrepreneurs as a marketing consultant.  She’s got the perfect flare in the creative yet the balanced and down to earth sense to project manage a deliverable to success.  When not working, she loves to cook and travel so you’ll usually find her reading cookbooks or exploring new places to visit.

Dani's top 5 strengths: Strategic / Empathy / Connectedness / Individualization / Achiever

Christi Williford

Art Director
Christi Williford

Art Director

"I love it when I can assist in turning a client’s wildest business and marketing dreams into a visual reality."

Christi has 20 years' experience in marketing communications and brand strategy. She has worked as an art director and senior design consultant for companies such as Julep Beauty, Microsoft, Starbucks, DHL and Gensler, Inc.  She excels in zeroing in on WHO you are and discovering innovative ways to create a lasting impression with your target audience. She works closely and objectively with you to create design solutions that communicate your shared vision in a clear and concise manner.

Christi holds a BFA, with honors, in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of Georgia. She has been a board member of the Seattle, WA Graphic Artist Guild.

She currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two boys. She enjoys Bikram yoga, running and spending quality time with deep thinkers and dreamers like her.

Christi's top 5 strengths: Relator / Connectedness / Learner / Responsibility / Individuality

Michele Bergh

Web + Digital Strategist
Michele Bergh

Web + Digital Strategist

"I love providing reassuring and responsive tech support for others because it allows them to make the most of their 'one wild and precious life.' ”

Michele spent fifteen years in the corporate world before becoming self-employed. Her degree in Interactive Media and Graphic Design, her years of experience in business and her love of technology led her to a career in website development and support and business consulting. She is often told she provides a calming energy in midst of the chaos that can occur with technology and business.

When she isn’t working, she can be found spending time with her two grandchildren, camping, kayaking, biking, and attending concerts.

Michele's top 5 strengths: Ideation / Strategic / Individualization / Futuristic / Input

EXTENDED TEAM

Sidney Barnes-Bernhardt

Social Media Coordinator
Sidney Barnes-Bernhardt

Social Media Coordinator

"I love helping people realize their brands personality and aesthetic on social media because it is such a big piece of today's market- being able to reach your audience directly is really a very powerful thing." 

Sidney recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology and advertising. She specializes in content production and copy for social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Sidney is new to the business and loves to work with people to help realize their brand's personality and look in a clean, simple, attractive and effective style. She has worked mostly with local businesses and is passionate about community life and keeping local businesses a priority.

When she isn't working she is spending time with her newborn son and dog or catching up on her reading!

Sidney's top 5 strengths: Input / Ideation / Adaptability / Connectedness / Intellection

Kristina Fortune

Copywriter
Kristina Fortune

Copywriter

“When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” ~Buddha

Kristina knew she was destined to be a writer when she spent her 4th grade summer vacation drafting a report on arctic foxes…just for fun. In 2012 she quit her corporate editing job to build a passion-based business that aligned with her spirit and strengths. Now, as a copywriter and editor, Kristina helps compassionate entrepreneurs craft compelling copy that tugs at hearts and inspires action. She holds a BA in Journalism/Public Relations from The University of St. Thomas and an MBA from Capella University.

Off the clock, Kristina volunteers her marketing skills at a local food shelf and writes a monthly blog post for PlaidforWomen.com. When she’s not goofing off with her engineer husband or giving ridiculous amounts of praise to her stub-tailed cats, you’ll likely find her bundled up in blankets reading something published by Hay House.

Kristina's top 5 strengths: Empathy / Connectedness / Learner / Developer / Input

Monique Kleinheusen

Copywriter
Monique Kleinheusen

Copywriter

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.” ~Anne Lamott, "Bird by Bird"

Monique's a recent transplant from Milwaukee (and—gasp—a Packer fan) who lives on a tree farm in Hugo with her husband Chris and spoiled lab-boxer, Indy. Monique works in marketing for a university and writes for a number of local magazines. She's an unapologetic coffee addict and a serious "people person" with a thing for kayaking, vintage road racing, and antique maps.

Monique's top 5 strengths: Woo / Communication / Strategic / Input / Individualization

Jeni Kozicky

Graphic Designer
Jeni Kozicky

Graphic Designer

As the daughter of a graphic designer, Jeni acquired an eye for design at young age, and has been using Photoshop since she was about 12 years old. She studied graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has been working as a graphic designer since 2011, and joined forces with the Rachel Greenhouse Agency in the spring of 2017.

When she's not designing, you might find her tending to her garden, strumming her guitar, or planning the next adventure to satisfy her wanderlust.

Jeni's top 5 strengths: Input / Ideation / Adaptability / Connectedness / Intellection

Kristie Nelson-Neuhaus

Copywriter
Kristie Nelson-Neuhaus

Copywriter

“Find the courage to start, the tenacity to continue, and the heart to finish.”

Kristie's work spans the world of content, from marketing and communications to publishing, social media, and branding. She is a co-author of management and leadership books, and was instrumental in publishing a book of her great-grandmother's letters. She delights in words, ideas, and creative conversations. She is a pianist who loves Bach and Sondheim in equal measure, and a proud mom of two musical daughters.

Kristie is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in history/art history.

Kristie's top 5 strengths: Input / Strategic / Ideation / Learner / Futuristic

Pete Sandvik

Illustrator + Graphic Designer
Pete Sandvik

Illustrator + Graphic Designer

"I love nothing more than making the world a better place through effective visual communications and creative innovation" 

Pete is a veteran of the advertising/marketing industries having started his fledgling career while attending Edina High School working at his father’s agency, Kerker and Associates (now known as Preston Kelly). Earning a BA in Illustration/Design from the College of Visual Arts in 1985, Pete established himself in the fields of illustration and graphic design where he has accrued over 30 years of experience and skills.

Pete is also an accomplished musician (currently playing with local favorites, The Sweet Colleens) an avid bowler and general gadabout.

Pete's top 5 strengths: Woo / Futuristic / Intellection / Strategic / Communication

Todd Starks

WordPress + Graphic Designer
Todd Starks

WordPress + Graphic Designer

In life, art, and design,

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Get outside as soon as possible. That's me. Give me a single track mountain bike trail along the face of a cliff, and I am one happy camper. Let me see the stars stretching from beginning to end. Pure elation! Throw in a moon and a campfire, and you won't see me inside for the night. I like to explore, to find the edge, to think deep, slow thoughts without words. I like to go fast as I can, then stop to examine an ant crawling along with his lunch dragging behind. The world is a deeply fascinating and wonderful place, and I am just glad to be alive, healthy, and able to experience and enjoy it.

I started drawing while still wandering around in diapers. I 'wrote' before I could read, simply enjoying the forms of letters and marks made on walls and paper. Early on I showed a strong desire to learn how things work, tearing apart my toys or electronics to uncover the mysteries inside. Mom and dad weren't thrilled about the dismantling and graffiti tendencies, so they channeled my energy into drawing with mom and working on the family cars with dad. A combined love of art, design and science fuel my work in both web and print projects.

Todd's top 5 strengths: Learner / Ideation / Maximizer / Connectedness / Strategic

Jen Wheeler

WordPress + Graphic Designer
Jen Wheeler

WordPress + Graphic Designer

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Jen is a Type A Creative (in her own words.) Meaning, where ideas and art meet spreadsheets, math and science, that's where you will find her. She is most fascinated by the connectedness of everything; how the stars in the universe spiral in the same pattern as the cream in her coffee.

After obtaining a degree in Psychology from the U of M, she branched into photography and graphic design. Her background includes commercial and portrait photography, graphic design, branding, and website design.

Jen loves to rescue dogs and snuggle with her family. She loves being in the forest. She enjoys creating mixed media art, cooking, and exploring new places.

Jen's top 5 strengths: Input / Connectedness / Empathy / Learner / Intellection