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Our Creative Team, Hand-picked Just For You

Whether it’s web design, development or digital marketing, for each project we work on with you we handcraft a creative team to fit your needs. Read on to learn more about our talented, dedicated team members and who you will be working with on your next web design project.

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Jeremiah Terhark
CEO / Founder
With a talent for technology and entrepreneurial spirit, Jeremiah founded Webspec Design in the fall of 2000. He is passionate about marketing online and working closely with clients to see their goals achieved. Jeremiah focuses his energies on managing upcoming website projects, interacting with clients, and programming. He graduated from Evangel University with degrees in accounting and political science. When not working, he and his wife enjoy doing activities with their four children.
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Aaron Brown
COO
Aaron earned his B.A. in entrepreneurial management and marketing. He loves new technologies and enjoys seeing clients’ ideas become a reality through great teamwork. As our COO, Aaron spends his time working to make Webspec more efficient, and improving client experiences. Outside of work, he is a passionate Chicago Cubs fan (and season ticket holder) who enjoys spending time with his wife and family.  
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Emily Goodyk
Director of Sales
Emily received her bachelor's degree from Drake University in International Business and Marketing and since graduating has become an involved member of the Des Moines community. As Director of Sales, Emily leads Webspec’s Business Development team in coming up with solutions that result in measurable year over year growth. Emily loves getting to meet new clients every day and deliver effective strategies. When she’s not cruising from meeting to meeting in the Webspec Jeep, Emily is most likely on the golf course, chasing her two vizsla pups around, or enjoying a movie or concert.
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Megan Bygness Bradley
Senior Project Manager
Megan earned her B.A. in English and Political Science at the University of Iowa, her M.A. in English at Kansas State University, and did her Ph.D. coursework in 20th c. American Literature and Science Fiction at The University of Iowa. As Senior Project Manager of the Drupal team, Megan works primarily with our clients at the State of Iowa to build and support citizen-facing websites. When she's not at Webspec, she's probably cooking, visiting fine (and not-so-fine) dining restaurants, playing trivia, or spending time with her husband and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Shooter.
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Niren Shrestha
Senior Developer
Niren enjoys solving problems and thinking outside the box every day when working on client websites. A graduate from Simpson College, he paired a major in computer science with a minor in economics, giving him a unique view of business challenges and how they might be solved with technology. The work Niren does at Webspec appeals to him because of the variety of projects he gets to work on, but also because of the many different people that come with them. In his free time, he likes to play video and board games, take on a game of soccer and occasionally try new restaurants and travel.
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Songyi Ma
Operations Analyst
Ma is an operations research analyst who helps the management optimize business operations, improve efficiency, reduces risks and enhance profitability. He uses mathematical, statistical and computer science tools to model and analyze management problems and find optimal solutions. He graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in information system and actuarial science. He enjoys friends, video games, church, and the guitar.
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Brianna Umthun
Senior Human Resources Generalist
Brianna graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Leadership Studies. Prior to joining the Webspec team, she worked for a couple of Des Moines-based companies where she gained valuable experience in strategic recruiting, new employee training and communication, customer service, and employee development. Her favorite part of her job is being able to promote a fun and friendly work environment while building strong leaders. Brianna and her husband have two children who keep them very busy, but they make sure to find time to attend as many Cubs games as possible and enjoy the family’s lake house as often as they can.
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Tyler Abbott
Senior Web Developer
Tyler is focused on creating software that is engaging and intuitive, while ensuring a smooth, efficient, and fun user experience. He earned degrees in journalism and computer science at the University of Iowa, where he learned the importance of the web as a media platform and the value of collaboration. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys reading, meditating, spending time with family and friends, and occasionally playing the piano and drums.
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Mandi Hunter
Project Manager
Hailing from the tiny town of Alta Vista, Iowa, Mandi obtained her B.S. in Digital Marketing from the University of Iowa. After college, she worked in Kansas City in PPC & SEO. While her and her husband were riding RAGBRAI, they felt Iowa calling them home and came back to Des Moines. Mandi ’s love for a good puzzle makes her an excellent problem solver and a natural fit as a Project Manager. She’s a passionate advocate for small business. When she’s not at work, you’ll likely find her caring for her furbaby, out on the bike trails, turning her kitchen into an episode of Iron Chef, or planning her next big travel adventure, and always fueled by coffee.
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Lindsey LaMair
VP of Strategy, Head of Marketing & Small/Medium Business
When Lindsey graduated from Iowa State with a degree in English, she had no idea that it would actually lead her to a career in digital marketing—especially since web design ended up being her least favorite class in college. Her background in technical communication serves her well when creating digital marketing campaigns for the wide range of industries that we see at Webspec. In her five years on the team, she’s seen her career in SEO grow into a passion. Her skills and love for search marketing eventually led to a selection as a finalist for Young Search Professional of the Year at the 2015 US Search Awards. When she's not managing our digital marketing team, Lindsey loves teaching fitness classes at Power Life, traveling around the world, and cheering for the Cyclones.
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Riley Hawbaker
Senior Web Developer
Riley got his degree and began his career in graphic design, but a few years later he decided to go back to school to get another degree in web programming and development. He is now one of the senior programmers for Webspec Design. Since beginning his programming career, Riley has honed his skills in PHP, Javascript and various other programs. In his free time he enjoys playing music and Frisbee with his dog Stella.
 
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Nick Hoobin
Senior Web Developer
Nick taught himself HTML, CSS, and PHP when using tables and spacer gifs were the norm. He graduated from Grand View University with a B.A. in graphic design. Nick loves the opportunity and challenge of transitioning from self-taught to the professional world. When not trying to keep up with the web world he attempts to play video games, but mostly ends up reading about them.
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Laura Saner
Web Developer
Laura is originally from Ottumwa and graduated from Indian Hills Community College with a degree in microcomputer science. When she’s not busy coding, designing, and anticipating problems before they arise, Laura is cheering on the Red Wings and Bucs. She’s a big fan of game nights with friends and rocking out to her favorite bands at concerts. However, most of her free time is spent with her 5-year-old son and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Glenn Martin
Digital Marketing Director
Glenn grew up primarily in Ames and graduated from the University of Iowa with a double major of Russian and linguistics. He moved around a lot as a child, from being born in Georgia, moving to Iowa at the age of 2, but also lived in Germany for several years in grade school (his dad's German). He has also studied abroad in France, the Czech Republic and in Russia. Prior to joining the Webspec team, he worked at a large tech company, dealing with domains, websites and servers, ending up in a training role teaching others. In his free time, Glenn enjoys to cook, travel, read and spend time with his wife. He also tried starting his own business a few years back as a Picklemaster at Glenn's Gurks.
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Shawn Lykken
Web Developer
Originally from South Dakota, Shawn is no stranger to learning by doing. After graduating with degrees in Psychology and Media Studies, he relocated to Des Moines and quickly found himself falling down the rabbit hole that is development, teaching himself along the way. If he isn’t writing code for client websites, you can find him working in his garage building furniture, out hiking, or at the dog park with his pups Douglas and Lucy.
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Corinne Hastings
Project Manager
Corinne graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Event Management. Her work in the hospitality and events industry after graduation has set her up well to organize projects and work alongside clients to build their ideal websites. Corinne is currently attending graduate school at Drake University to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on leadership. She is also a proud alumna of the Disney College Program and makes a point to go back and visit her favorite mouse every chance she gets! Corinne loves crafting, playing board games with friends, trying new local beers, and has an affinity for Minnie Mouse Ears.
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Stacey Cooper
Project Manager
Originally a native of Wisconsin, Stacey Cooper moved to Des Moines to attend Drake University. She graduated with communication and graphic design degrees, but quickly learned she wanted to work in technology. Stacey has seven years of experience in website and eCommerce project management. Her team leading and organizational skills will make you want Stacey on your project. When she's not in the office keeping her team organized or getting to know her clients, she loves to travel and hike with her husband.
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Michael Dippold
Web Developer
Michael graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in economics. While in college he fell in love with web development, and is almost entirely self-taught. He’s passionate about front-end development, user experience, and bringing great designs to life. Outside of work he watches a lot of movies and enjoys gaming.    
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Robert Romore
Web Developer
Robert was born in Oklahoma in 1989, moved to Des Moines when he was three, and grew up there until moving to Ames, IA for college at Iowa State University where he graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Software Engineering. After graduation, Robert moved back to Des Moines and worked at Meredith (2013-2016) and Jackson River (2016-2018) before finally settling down with us at Webspec Design in July of 2018. Robert enjoys spending his downtime with his one and only cat, Cleo, reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, programming, and watching British panel shows.
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Sam Gilbaugh
Business Development
Sam earned his B.A. in Finance and Management from the University of Iowa and soon after moved to Des Moines. At Webspec, his goal is to discover opportunities for us to serve new clients or new ways we can serve existing clients. When he’s away from the office, you’ll likely find him playing with his 1-year-old daughter, eating sushi with his wife, or reading a book with a cup of coffee.
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Katie Gilbaugh
Content Coordinator
Coming from The University of Iowa, Katie joined the Webspec Digital Marketing team in 2017. Along with her mad skills in content strategy, she has a knack for playing on words and getting to know clients well enough to create engaging and truly unique content. Katie became the “Pam” of the office when she referred her “Jim” (Sam Gilbaugh) to work with us in Business Development. Outside of Webspec Katie operates her own business as a Birth Doula, snuggles as much as possible with her one-year-old daughter, drinks excessive amounts of coffee, and enjoys time outdoors with Sam.
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Bethany Yocum
Content Coordinator
A native of the small town of Knoxville, Iowa, Bethany began her education at Indian Hills Community College. After getting her AA degree, she further developed her love for reading and writing at the University of Northern Iowa, where she studied English and Professional and Creative Writing. After several years working in web writing and editing in Cedar Rapids, she made a move back to central Iowa to join the Webspec team. One of her favorite parts of working with web content is exploring what makes each client unique so that she can give them the perfect voice in their web copy. Outside of work, you might find Bethany scoping out a new restaurant with friends, collecting useless knowledge about celebrities, singing along with the alt rock station in the car, drinking tea while reading a good book, or catching up on a new favorite Netflix show.
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Anna Elliot
Digital Marketing Strategist
Anna enjoys asking good questions and taking on a new challenge. She hails from Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in Digital Media Studies and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She moved to Iowa shortly after graduating and quickly found she loved Des Moines for its ease, entrepreneurial spirit, and top-notch people. Anna enjoys rock climbing, going to shows, frequenting Des Moines’s coffee shops, and practicing yoga (you can take one of her classes at Power Life Yoga.)
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Tyler Hendershot
Digital Marketing Strategist
A West Des Moines native and the youngest person in our office, Tyler just recently received his B.A. in Enterprise Leadership from the University of Iowa before joining Webspec. Tyler’s job is to make sure that our clients' SEO results are optimized to the highest extent. When he isn’t in the office, you can find Tyler writing his own music, researching trivia questions or watching basketball crossover highlights.
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Lee Hood
web developer
Lee is a native of Iowa who earned her AA degree in Web Development from Des Moines Area Community College. She has strong knowledge of Drupal and helps to maintain the State of Iowa websites. Her passion is working with clients to create new sites, keep their websites up to date and help resolve problems when issues come up. She loves to knit, play flute and mandolin duets with her husband, read and eat anything chocolate.
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Olivia Marlow
Business Administrator
Originally from Wyoming, Olivia made the venture to the Des Moines area to be closer to her family. With experience in both customer service and education, Olivia’s role at Webspec is to help us stay organized and on target with our billing. When Olivia is off the clock, she enjoys going to the movies with her husband, spending time with her family, playing with her dog (Shiloh), and crafting.
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Bryan Nance
Designer
Originally from Arkansas, Bryan migrated up north to receive a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and a minor in Computer Science at Drake University. While in school he found a passion for working with a variety of creative mediums, such as painting, animation, and printmaking. When not making art, Bryan can be found playing video games, looking around Spotify for new music, watching cartoons, and perusing the internet for spicy memes.
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Levi Nikkel
Business Development
Growing up in the small town of Pella, Iowa, Levi earned his degree in Agronomy and Soil Science from Iowa State University. So, what is he doing working at a web company? His ability to learn quickly and relate to multiple industries makes him a unique part of the Business Development team. Levi enjoys stand-up comedy, riding motorcycles, traveling, going to concerts, hunting, hiking, fishing, reading, and is always down to try something new.
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Rick Nixon
Business Development
Rick was born in Sioux City, Iowa and moved often as an adult including Emmetsburg, IA (Iowa Lakes Community College), Minneapolis, MN (Brown Institute Broadcasting School), Mankato, MN (Mankato State), Omaha, NE, Buffalo, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Sioux City, IA again, and finally settled in Des Moines, IA. A lot of his moving had to do with furthering his education, eventually earning a B.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications with a Psychology minor. Rick is responsible for helping us find clients that are looking to grow their business through their website. If he’s not networking or researching potential clients, in the summer months you can find Rick golfing or running his radio-controlled boats.
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Meanz Chan
Designer
Our project teams count on Meanz when they have visual puzzles that they are trying to solve. The resident branding specialist at Webspec Design, she has had the opportunity to create logos for authors, politicians, entrepreneurs, animal rescues, medical clinics, photographers, restaurants, and much more over the course of her career. A native of Des Moines, she attended Drake University where she graduated with her B.F.A. in graphic design. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting with different visual mediums, including photography, illustration, and attending art shows/concerts.
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Erin Lamb
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Erin began her career in radio promotions and production before moving to the world of insurance, quickly realizing how much she loved creative writing and analyzing results of campaigns to optimize clients' businesses. She has a degree in marketing along with sales and management certificates. Her favorite part of her job is being able to identify and solve potential problems before they become real headaches. Erin can usually be found at a concert, shopping in the East Village, or cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
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Eliana Lowry
Content Coordinator
Eliana is an Iowa native who spent four years as a transplant in Texas to attain a B.S. in Digital Media and a minor in Advertisement from the University of Houston. As a content coordinator, Eliana uses her skills in writing, advertisement, and videography to help businesses create unique ways to speak to their customers online. Away from the office, she can be found watching a concert or movie, playing her piano (which survived the 1,000-mile road trip from Houston), or sifting her way through Des Moines thrift stores to find more 80s dad sweaters to add to her growing collection.
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Bree Hunwardsen
Junior Project Manager
Born and raised in Iowa, Bree is the Junior Project Manager of Team Wild Card. She has 2 years of experience in the web industry and over 10 in customer service. When she’s off the clock, you can find her crafting, decorating her house, or watching Netflix with her husband, cat (Loki), and dog (Groot).
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Travis Vesbach
Web Developer
After graduating from university and working abroad for a few years, Travis decided to pursue a career in programming and web development. He taught himself HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ruby. After joining Webspec, he quickly picked up PHP and now works on a wide range of projects. Travis enjoys using his problem-solving skills and desire to learn new things to help clients every day resolve pain points on their websites. In his free time, he can be found building scale model warships, playing video games, and honing his programming skills through projects of his own.
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Tanner Babcock
Web Developer
Born and raised in Des Moines, Tanner has been teaching himself computer programming and web design since long before high school. He strives to give every client a fast, beautiful, and functional user experience and is talented in front and back-end web development. In his free time, Tanner can be found spinning some vinyl, making art, or watching foreign films.
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Steven Hodges
Server Administrator & Web Developer
Steven, or Sven as he’s known around the office, is an Iowa native who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018 with a major in Computer Science. Steven interned with us during the Summer of 2018, and he loved it so much he decided to come back full-time post-graduation! Steven is our Server Administrator and one of our Drupal web developers. In his free time, he can be found bingeing Netflix, playing card games, or messing around with his servers at home.
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Dallas Moore
Digital Marketing Strategist
Dallas lives to solve problems and fully step into the shoes of others. He is an Iowa native and earned degrees in both Marketing and Management from Des Moines Area Community College, along with receiving specialist certificates in sales, management, supervision, and retailing. Dallas used his entrepreneurial drive to found the Des Moines Zombie Walk in 2009 and provide brand management, marketing, and social media services to various businesses before joining the Digital Marketing team at Webspec. When he's not working at making the impossible possible, he enjoys spending time with his family, writing poetry, going to concerts, playing bongos, and uncovering new experiences.