Christina is an award-winning marketing strategist who has a proven record of establishing effective marketing programs and organizational initiatives that produce lasting impact. After a 12-year career working in the publishing, tourism, and real estate industries, Christina founded Illumine8 Marketing & PR in Spring 2013. Named by DMN a 40UNDER40 honoree, Christina is an honors graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University’s MBA program and undergraduate program. Outside of work, Christina is passionate about women in business and economic empowerment. She enjoys traveling to Cape Cod, the outdoors, and spending her free time with her husband and her dog, Lucy.
Erik is our graphic designer and creative manager. He is responsible for creating designs that showcase client brands across a wide range of mediums from print collateral and traditional advertising to digital formats with platform-responsive capabilities. He has nearly a decade of experience creating and managing digital and print graphic design projects for agencies from Virginia to New York. Erik is a graduate of James Madison University, which later became a freelance client. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing with his dog, throwing darts, and sipping craft beer.
Sue is a project manager at Illumine8. Her past work experience includes working for various trade associations in Washington, D.C., and serving as Business Operations Manager for a large limousine and bus company. Sue also has more than 10 years of experience working for financial planning firms. Additionally, she handles administrative and human resources functions for the company. Outside of work, Sue’s interests include spending time with her family and two dogs (Gus and Oxley), cooking, crafting, and traveling.
David is responsible for account management, strategy development, market research, customer engagement analytics, project management, and more. Prior to joining Illumine8, David earned a Presidential Scholarship and attended Mount St. Mary's University. He earned a bachelor's degree in business with a concentration in marketing and was a six-time Dean's List honoree, as well as a human resources intern at the National Institutes of Health. In his free time, David enjoys playing ice hockey (former four-time All-Star and two-time assistant captain for Mount St. Mary’s club team), fishing, and exercising.
Laura is responsible for client communication, content strategy, and ad development. She comes from a paid advertising background but is carving out a niche for herself in SEO tactics and business consulting. Laura graduated from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in communications media. She has worked in radio advertising and sales and has lived all over the country since college. Her most recent role prior to Illumine8 was as an account executive for McClatchy Media in California. When not working, Laura likes walking her dog (Hank), watching UFC fights, and crafting.
Angela handles social media as well as content creation and editing. Prior to joining Illumine8, Angela worked in the Mount St. Mary’s University marketing office where she ran the university’s social media accounts. She was also managing editor of the Emmitsburg News-Journal, a local, monthly publication. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish, as well as her MBA. Angela lives in an eco-village near Frederick, Maryland, and spends her free time hiking local trails and taking photos.
Pat is responsible for creating content for blogs, press releases, marketing emails, advertisements, and more. Pat graduated summa cum laude from both Indiana University of Pennsylvania (bachelor’s in communications) and the University of Maryland (master’s in journalism). Prior to joining Illumine8, Pat worked as a sports journalist in the Washington, D.C., area, covering the Washington Redskins, Maryland Terrapins, and other local sports teams. Pat has completed internships with companies such as Walt Disney World, USA TODAY, and CBS. When not working, he enjoys fishing, golfing, and traveling.
Liam assists with communication between the client, the Illumine8 team, and any outside vendors. Liam also helps strategize, plan, and execute marketing strategies and deliverables for our clients. Liam graduated from Shepherd University, where he majored in business administration and minored in English. Liam opened a small marketing company during his sophomore year of college and fell in love with the craft. In addition, he worked part-time as a marketing coordinator for EXIT Success Realty. Liam spends most of his spare time with his daughter and wife. He also enjoys watching sports and playing basketball.
Lucy is a founding member of Illumine8 and our director of wellness & engagement. She is responsible for delivering unconditional affection to each employee to start the day and has a proven track record of keeping the Illumine8 team balanced, stress-free, and productive. Whether she is sleeping upside down, gnawing on her favorite toy, or gently nudging hands from keyboards with her nose, Lucy helps keep the office mood light and fun. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to Cape Cod with her family.