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.
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.
Liz is a strategist, storyteller, and relationship-builder with a decade and a half of experience in digital and traditional marketing. She’s got a verve for words, an affinity for action plans, and a passion for people. This combination has propelled her to success with big brands and small businesses alike in social media management, content strategy, automation, and inbound marketing. She prides herself on her ability to really listen to her clients. When it’s time to get away from the office, she can be found camping in the forests of western Maryland with her two kids, playing board games with her friends, or fumbling her way through Fleetwood Mac songs on her ukulele.
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.
Julia creates content for all of Illumine8’s clients, specializing in social media, motion graphics, and video. A proud graduate of James Madison University, she brings experience from working in Washington, D.C. for a public relations agency and a TV station. She enjoys the agency environment so much that she started a student-run public relations agency while at JMU called Bluestone Communications, which continues to run strong. Outside of the office, she enjoys playing/coaching soccer and spending time with family. She also enjoys traveling. Thus far, South Korea tops her favorite destinations list.
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.