President & CCO
Growing up in rural Nebraska, Esther was surrounded by her parents’ example of serving others. She founded E Creative with a desire to honor her parents’ example through her work while serving the community. Esther has a bachelor’s degree in visual communications and more than 23 years of experience. She’s our expert in everything from brand strategy to brand expression to UX & UI design. Esther is fueled by creating brands that are meaningful and genuinely reflect our clients and their purpose. Esther is an advocate for the underserved and has a passion for diverse communities. She finds joy in creating connections that bring people who “need to know each other” together. While Esther is the epitome of professionalism, she’s got a silly side, too. If she’s ever acting up, just call her “Traviesa” (Naughty), which is her sisters’ nickname for her!
With nearly 30 years of experience in brand strategy, design and omnichannel marketing, Karin is the creative force behind our projects. Growing up a small-town girl, she always thought true adventure awaited elsewhere
in the world. But after travels across Europe, majoring in fine arts at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and a three-year stint in Hawaii, she came home to the heart of the heartland. As a detail-oriented, creative multitasker, she enjoys the unique demands that come with wearing multiple hats—designer, problem solver, writer, producer, animator and brand igniter. She finds inspiration in collaborating with clients to pinpoint their goals, messaging and target audiences and to execute their vision with game-changing strategy. She’s known for being sassy and more than a little fanatic when it comes to her beloved Huskers.
Kate serves as the point of contact for our clients, vendors, and collaborators. She is the hub of our team and is responsible for developing project timelines, tracking progress, copywriting, and handling communications with friendliness and flair. Bridging people who need help to those that can help them is where she finds success. Her compassion for the underprivileged and overlooked in our community is a driving force. She knows that working with our clients and supporting their work in our community is one way she can serve immigrants, youth, women and others. Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys learning about other cultures. She is all about her coffee, which fuels her 4am email habit. She’s got a hearty and infectious laugh that has been known to bring the neighbors over—asking her to keep it down!
Graphic Design Collaborator
Babs, as she is known, has more than 23 years experience as a designer and creative. To Babs, normal is boring; her work constantly inspires her life and her life inspires work. She has a freakish love for pickles and often eats them for breakfast (Though anytime works, she claims!). Her niece and nephews have her heart. Her motto is: Kindness. Always.
Graphic Design Collaborator
Michelle has over a dozen years of experience as a designer/art director working in print, interactive, and video production. She loves a creative challenge that expands her skillset and her network of fellow creatives. For someone who spends most of her time working and raising two boys, a husband and two furballs, she finds a way too consume an exorbitant amount of television (current favorite: Outlander) and carbohydrates (all-time favorite: cereal).
Graphic Design Collaborator
Annette has more than 21 years experience in the design and marketing field. She recently “retired” after working with Esther since E Creative was born. Annette still assists us on some annual projects for clients that she bring great insight to. She was born and raised in Omaha before crossing the border to live in Council Bluffs. She’s a self-described cheese-oholic, anything from Cheez-Its to cottage cheese.
Brand Consulting &
Daphne has partnered with E Creative since the very start. We’re tight like that, especially when it involves brand strategy. Where E Creative creates visuals, Daphne brings the words. She’s been working in the field of communications since forever, but professionally since 1996. A California native and recent transplant to Portland, Daphne brings the west coast to the Midwest when she works with us! Hiking, cat ladying, and diving deep into personality types are some of her favorite things.
Project Management Collaborator
Nicole has earned her badge for 20+ years in the industry as a designer, art director, video producer, and project manager. She loves problem solving, puzzles, asymmetrical balance, and things that are perfectly imperfect. These qualities help her to thrive in an environment that contains both chaos and a need for order. In Nicole’s book, family comes first.
Web Development Collaborator
Thad is the owner of Plumb,
E Creative’s web development partner. He has over a decade of interactive strategy and
web development experience.
He’s helped hundreds of national and international organizations architect and establish an effective online presence – deploying
customized websites, focusing on front-end usability and building back-end systems with simplified workflows for internal stakeholders.
CCO (Chief Canine Offcer)
Sadie is all about the bottom line because she is closer to the ground. She takes security very seriously, especially when it involves the mail carrier. She loves carrots and treats of any kind. Smiling is her favorite.
CFO (Chief Feline Officer)
Mijo has personal space issues – as in he likes to invade your space, but you’re never allowed to invade his. He approves of catnaps (for himself only) during working hours. He is prone to butt into other people’s business so pushing him away is allowed. Encouraged even!
VP (Vice Purresident)
Mavis enjoys training others— to feed, pet, and pay attention to her. She is known to throw her weight around—by sitting on you. She does her laps everyday— from the sink. She doesn’t jump through hoops—but she will jump on you!