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.
Carrie anticipates client needs and champions innovative strategic solutions to provide winning marketing and sales campaigns. With over two decades working for top full-service national marketing agencies, she brings with her a wealth of strategic knowledge leading integrated B2B and B2C awareness, acquisition, and retention campaigns. She is also well versed in digital media marketing industry trends and exceeding KPIs. Living in Frederick’s Historic District, she enjoys the benefit of walking to work. In her free time, she enjoys supporting the local music and sports scene, family time at Bethany Beach, DE, and spending time with her fiance and their (dog) daughter.
Heading up our customer experience and sales enablement practice, Trish began her customer-facing career journey with a copywriting, editing and collateral production business to accommodate military moves. Her experience spans four decades in B2B and B2C sales and support, ad agency management, and direct sales in industrial, commercial, and real estate sectors. Outside of work, Trish is passionate about veterans’ recognition, supporting her husband at national events as a published volunteer photographer. In her free time, she studies gemology, enjoys spending time with family, and relishes life on a private mountaintop with her husband, cats, and assorted woodland creatures.
David is responsible for account management, strategy development, market research, customer engagement analytics, 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.
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.
Libby is responsible for general office duties, internal research, and assisting with bookkeeping tasks. In addition to overseeing our awards program, she assists the project manager with special projects and is a key contributor to our social media team. She has a background as a professional artist and over a decade of experience working in various roles in the arts, cultural, and nonprofit sectors. Outside of the office, Libby enjoys painting, traveling, and all things sci-fi.
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.