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DEI is a tight-knit team, comprised of a diverse crew of creatives, each bringing their own style and expertise to the studio.  Together we share a passion for awesome design, cute desktop paraphernalia, in-office fashion shows, and a love of Seattle and the Northwest.

Sara Green

Principal + Creative Director

Sara Green

Principal + Creative Director

Sara founded DEI Creative over 15 years ago.  A degree in design, a knack for creating, and years of coloring outside the lines fueled her desire to start a design and web studio.  Her passion for design and creativity are only rivaled by her cheerful spirit and love of laughter. Sara values the relationships that have built DEI, allowing it to grow from a team of one to many! When not creating magic at DEI, Sara seeks adventure alongside her sweet family at the beach, in the mountains, or anywhere in between.

Vestalight Sevenly

Senior Designer

Vestalight Sevenly

Senior Designer

Light could draw before she could walk or speak. She grew up in the woods and moved to the big city to receive her BFA at Cornish College of the Arts. Today, in addition to developing brands, creating top notch designs and intriguing visuals, she enjoys time with her family, walks on the sunny side of the street, daydreams of faraway places, arranging her surroundings in creative ways, and watching time fly. Light is a designer, painter, photographer, comedian, and animal lover. She looks for the humor in all things and enjoys spontaneous flights of fancy.

Noah Bell-Cruz

Senior Designer / Director

Noah Bell-Cruz

Senior Designer / Director

Noah, like the Gum Wall or an unusually-friendly Sasquatch, is a Northwest original — and he’s got the flannel-wearing fan club to prove it. Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 2004, he’s been our hero of branding, print, and web — in addition to being a save-button stoic (every four minutes, minimum) and a pop culture king (ask him about our mysterious US Weekly subscription). When he’s not in the office, Noah is the fearless Dad of toddler twins, and the patient guardian of Stella (a chocolate lab with a klepto problem). One day, he hopes to retire in a treehouse… but only if it’s got wi-fi and happy hour.

Shannon Palmer

Creative Director

Shannon Palmer

Creative Director

Shannon is a Seattle native with a degree in philosophy (along with too many minors to count) from UW, a love of all things northwest (our food, mountains, and summers in particular), and a passion for design in all forms. During her seven-plus years at DEI she has led countless successful projects, small and large, print and web, and everything in between. She is a core component of keeping things real at DEI.

Maddy Porter

Senior Designer / Creative Lead

Maddy Porter

Senior Designer / Creative Lead

Raised in Bellingham, Maddy is a northwest girl at heart. She moved to Seattle to pursue an education in Visual Communication Design at UW, fell in love with the city, and never left. After school she took off traveling, and has been dreaming of living out of a backpack ever since. She finds inspiration from all eras, with a love of flea markets, vintage typography, and vinyl. Maddy specializes in print, branding and web design, always looking for a way to push the design-limits, and inspire new ideas. When she’s not in the office you can find her in the woods, with a camera in one hand and a Rainier in the other.

Andrew Tarcon

Lead Web Developer

Andrew Tarcon

Lead Web Developer

Andrew began his academic career as a business student…but after discovering web development during his second year, he hasn’t looked back. Thoroughly self-trained in all aspects of web development and design, Andrew, a Wisconsin native, graduated college with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. When Andrew is not creating websites at DEI, you may find him cooking for his lovely wife Courtney or playing a round of golf.

Kate Schenot

Creative Producer

Kate Schenot

Creative Producer

A child of Massachusetts, Kate was raised on a diet of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and Yankee stoicism. Yet, every night as the wind blew hard o’er the salty Pilgrim graves, young Kate dreamed that—somewhere—there had to be a place where it didn’t snow. After graduating with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Kate made her dream a reality by buying a one-way ticket to Seattle, showing up with two suitcases and an inflatable mattress. It’s been true love ever since. After some merry years working in brewery branding, Kate joined the DEI team, bringing a project manager’s obsessions and a hedonist’s happy crackle.

Brett Horner

Web Developer

Brett Horner

Web Developer

Hailing from the Buckeye State, Brett brings a hearty mix of web development and design skills to the DEI team. He’s a well-rounded developer, with an eye for design, a mind for development, and a stomach for pizza. He is a problem solver, continually honing every step of his process. Fun Fact: He once saw Mike Tyson at an airport.

Amy Wilson

Senior Designer

Amy Wilson

Senior Designer

Raised in DC, polished in South Carolina, liberated in San Francisco, and now rooted in Seattle, Amy thrives on weaving variant threads into a meticulous cloth. Fittingly, her passion for design started as a child with a sewing machine and Nintendo’s Mario Paint. After art school (and upgrading to her trusty Wacom tablet), she spent years at various agencies, enthusiastically solving as many different challenges as she could get her eyes and brain on. Now at DEI, she continues to happily inhabit the space between ideas and people. Outside the office, she enjoys French new wave and French fries, traveling alongside her husband, snuggling her two puggles, and curating her chair collection.

Pam Dundas

Accountant

Pam Dundas

Accountant

A native from the land of deep dish pizza, blues and Michael Jordan, Pam hails from the Chicago area bringing a background ranging from elementary teacher, to sports marketing to property management to accounting. She has a BA from Valparaiso University and her MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Even though her Midwest roots run deep, the Pacific Northwest is definitely home. She has been the queen of the calculator with DEI for over 10 years making sure all beans have been counted and the cash is flowing. When she is not relating to numbers, she can be found attending her kids sporting events and traveling with her family, exploring exciting and new places.

Ashley Herbertson

Creative Producer

Ashley Herbertson

Creative Producer

A Colorado native, Ashley will forever have a soft spot in her heart for craft beer and the Rocky Mountains. After finishing her degree at CU Boulder and professionally fighting for climate action, Ashley decided to make Seattle and the DEI team her second home. Outside the office, she enjoys exploring with her husband, cuddling with her two cats, and channeling her inner Mary Berry in the kitchen.

Kelly Thompson

Senior Designer + Illustrator

Kelly Thompson

Senior Designer + Illustrator

All hail big hair, big ideas, and queso. Texas born and raised, Kelly thinks big picture and is constantly digging her spurs into something creative. Specializing in illustration, brand development, and packaging, Kelly’s southern charm is just an added bonus to the DEI team. Although a Texan at heart, Kelly feels at home with the movers and shakers of the west coast. When she’s not dreaming up new ideas, you can find her waiting for the sun to come out or searching for a good frozen margarita.

Milo Bear Green

Forever Young

Milo Bear Green

Forever Young

Milo spent the first 10 years of his life at DEI.  Now 12, he rarely makes it into the studio.  Instead, he spends his days napping, eating and yawning cutely.  Milo adores his family, snow, stuffed animals, and food, all food, except lettuce.  Recent accomplishment:  riding the Great Wheel.

Stella Bell-Cruz

Lunch Lady

Stella Bell-Cruz

Lunch Lady

Stella is a quiet and lovable chocolate lab.  Stella likes sneaking lunches off desks, blueberry muffins, napping, and playing fetch with her tennis ball.

Moe Porter

Concierge

Moe Porter

Concierge

Moe is the office greeter, with a constant smile and affinity for walking through peoples’ legs. Give him your banana and you’ll be lifelong friends.