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Sriprae McDonald is a visual designer and photographer who takes a “left brain” approach to her creations. With an educational background in premed and a corporate experience as a senior business analyst, she integrates creativity and analytics in her projects for excellent results. When away from the keyboard and the viewfinder, Sriprae is a gourmand who loves to host dinner parties. She is also a self-proclaimed book snob.
Give Stacey a tough project, and she will make sure it is delivered accurately, on time, and with the best customer experience. Over her 21 years with Verizon, she has managed a number of tough projects, many involving the incorporation of new technologies into well-established processes. Here excellent work has been recognized with awards for key project management accomplishments like cost reduction, on-time installations, and metrics streamlining. Stacey and her family love sports and the outdoors, and can often be found at their river house or out motorcycling.
We are treated every day by Victoria’s presence. Always putting the client first, she views clients more like extensions of her friends and family. With a great sense of humor (she did stand up comedy in the past) and constantly striving for excellence, she’s always available to coach Ascend teammates.
With expertise spanning marketing communications, digital communications streams, and marketing process, Victoria held senior level marketing and operations positions in the cable and telecom industries prior to joining Ascend.
Victoria holds a communications certification from the Wharton School of Business. Married with two children, her interests include music, singing and reading.
Aaron Moeller is developer and tech guru at Ascend. He’s known to be humble, charming, and an all around excellent person to work with. People often say, “I like that Aaron guy. Put him to work on my stuff.”
Aaron obtained his BFA in Web Design & Interactive Media from The Art Institute of Austin, winning Best in Show at his final portfolio show. He brings a diverse set of skills from his education, ranging from design to coding and more. He’s taken the lead on Ascend’s Office 365 Administration and is a vital part of the Ascend team.
Outside of work, Aaron enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, kung-fu movies, making jewelry, playing deck building games, and wood working. He recently married his long time girlfriend, Xandra. Someday they want to own a small farm and sell goat dairy products like soaps, cheeses, and milk.
Andre de Moraes joined Ascend with the idea of marrying two powerful disciplines within the company – campaign analytics and journey marketing. Like any good pragmatist, he began looking for commonalities and strengths in those areas, both among the people at Ascend and the technologies.
Andre certainly has the educational background and work experience to get it done. Besides three international business degrees, he has more than 30 years of experience in sales support, eCommerce, marketing automation, and interactive media. The last seven and a half years have been spent at Rent-A-Center, where he designed and implemented the Rent-A-Center Intranet Portal, Online Product Catalog and led the IT organization in a multi-million-dollar eCommerce project.
Aside from his work background, Andre is a history buff and World War II reenactment enthusiast. He participates in military shows and even owns a BMW motorcycle from WW II.
“I have a passion for strategy and project management,” he says. “The beauty of Ascend is that an extremely talented team and the technology are already in place.”
A well-rounded individual, Stephanie Perks brings together a civil engineering education with experience in sales and analytics, and has connected all of it with a passion for marketing – enabling organizations to succeed through her unique perspective.
With such a broad background, Stephanie understands how marketing’s influence can impact the rest of the organization, providing operational alignment and project management expertise to execute the most important programs flawlessly.
“One thing I love about Ascend is the flexibility it affords me to be a devoted wife, mom of four, and serve in our church’s youth ministry – in addition to my other passions - singing, snowboarding and running!”
Nathan joins the Ascend team with over 15 years of experience in design and art direction. He has great attention to detail and can lift a company's brand presence with his exquisitely crafted work. Having forgone speech almost entirely, he prefers to reserve his communication skills for our clients. Past accounts include Texas Monthly, NatureSweet and Clear Channel Communications.
Nathan currently resides in Kyle, Texas with a wife who is out of his league and three children who are out of their minds.
Tina Schweiger leads the Austin office of Ascend Marketing. She brings her unique approach to strategy, branding, and experience design to add to the expertise of Ascend. Her entrepreneurial background and ample experience of working with government and non-profit organizations give her the ability to provide a fresh perspective to client challenges in any economic sector.
In 2002, Tina founded Yellowfin Design Studio in Austin and spent 12 years designing great brand strategies, marketing campaigns, and mobile interfaces that allow customers to better engage with their favorite businesses. In 2014, her team joined Ascend.
Tina Schweiger has the perfect, fine-tuned blend of business brain and creative brain. An artist at heart, Tina learned to marry her need for expression with her need to make a living. A full scholarship swimmer and Cum Laude graduate from the University of Texas with a BFA in Graphic Design, Tina has spent her career honing her skills as a brand strategist and creative director. Tina’s gift is helping business professionals access their own creative side, build consensus among teams, and bring simplicity to the inherently complex business expression.
Laura Stevenson’s talents put her in the bull’s eye when it comes to customer engagement. She can see from the client’s viewpoint, understand what’s needed, and then make the right thing happen. Combining excellent people skills with keen technological savvy, Laura has led successful marketing programs and initiatives for a variety of enterprises. When she is not producing great results for clients, Laura spends her time with husband Steve and two children, both of whom are active in Scouting and other youth programs. She also loves to ski, both water and snow, and she says she used to be able to do some pretty impressive water skiing tricks.
John uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to create innovative responses to complex problems. With knowledge gained through courses at MIT, Stanford and Johns Hopkins, he applies the latest approaches and technology, and continues to engage with leading edge thinking so that he can translate it for use by Ascend’s clients. When he isn’t immersed in science and math or busy doing things as a husband and father, John brews beer and plays golf—though not at the same time.
Throughout her career, when an insightful, strategic eye has been needed, Nancy has been front and center. With a strong customer focus and a passion for solving complex challenges, she has produced great results for brands such as Hershey, Pillsbury, Samsung and Philips. Her undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary and her graduate degree at Indiana University (MBA) have prepared her for today’s complex world. When she isn’t focused on her latest work project, Nancy can be found playing tennis (indifferently, she says) or looking over the shoulder of her cartoonist husband (who always makes her laugh).
Kelly applies her graphic design talents to both digital and print media, and loves to take a concept and bring it to life visually. A member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, she earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with graphic design emphasis in 2015 and has wasted no time bringing her expertise to a wide range of clients and projects.
Bharath excels at keeping pace with change. A quick learner who readily adapts to the new technologies that continually enter the marketplace, he sees challenges from many angles and can create a range of solutions for management consideration to improve efficiency and performance. A nationally qualified tennis player when in his teens, Bharath is a sports lover, and there is a rumor that he may spearhead an Ascend cricket team in the near future.