Lolita Foster graduated from the illustrious University of Virginia (WAH-HOO-WAH!) with a degree in English. In the two years she served as a Copywriter for WCG, she had the privilege of working on extensive accounts for valued clients such as Avon, Capital One, MWV and Health Management Corporation (HMC), to name only a few. With each opportunity, she delivered the client’s brand message through carefully devised communications strategies in order to power definitive results for its business. Along the way, she discovered an aptitude for scriptwriting and is using this capability and many others to help WCG deliver on its promise of offering integrated communications for an integrated world as Senior Content Developer for WCG’s digital, interactive and web capabilities team. In her downtime, Lolita acts and has taken up boxing, only to discover it is one of the most world’s most physically demanding and punishing sports.
Alexis Gayle holds a B.A. in Journalism from University of Richmond and originally hails from Long Island, NY. Before coming to WCG, Alexis worked for 10 years as an Assistant Art Director and Senior Designer. She conceptualized and designed for both the Store Environments and Advertising departments at Circuit City, formerly headquartered in Richmond, VA. Prior to this, she was Art Director and Copy Editor for the international shipping logistics magazine American Shipper, based in Jacksonville, FL. Well versed in the Adobe Creative Suite, she has an undeniable talent to understand client needs and translate them into stunning design. Alexis also has a profound understanding of how customer experience is enhanced through space and is a wizard at retail conceptualization. She enjoys family time with her daughter and husband, playing tennis, and is rumored to have once been able to throw a wicked fast pitch in softball.
Though Shanta earned her B.S. in Speech Communication at James Madison University, while studying there she also discovered a unique talent for publication design. She used these newfound skills in her first job as a Public Information Assistant to the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities. She then moved on to Helig-Meyers as a Copywriter and simultaneously honed her skills as a Graphic Designer. Shanta then landed a job at Capital One, where she became a Senior Graphic Artist and was honored with the “Circle of Excellence” award. While taking graduate courses at George Mason University, she was introduced to interactive media development and web design. She used these design talents to serve clients including Genworth Financial, Verizon and Apex Insurance, among many others. She knows her way around a vast array of programs like InDesign, Quark, Illustrator, Photoshop, Freehand, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Director and ProTools Plus. It’s these technical skills that make her an excellent problem solver whenever the unexpected occurs. A mother of two, she is also a vocalist and currently recording a solo project. Oh, and she also moonlights as a bartender. And if there’s anything that you think Shanta can’t do, please tell her that. She’ll be more than happy to prove you wrong.
A Richmond native, Nancy Maunder attended VCU, where she earned a B.F.A. in Communications Arts and Design. Upon graduation, she immediately entered the marketing world with a graphic design position at Martin, Remick, Moore and Reed Advertising Agency, and followed that with a stint at Riddick Advertising. With a strong desire to be her own boss, she freelanced for the next 15 years, producing exemplary creative work for such esteemed clients as BCBS, Barber Martin Associates, Huntsinger & Jeffer, Capital One and Genworth Financial. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, furniture refinishing and coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup. She’s often told, “You look just like someone I know,” and we were surprised to realize we had hired her, always assuming she was Susan Stewart pulling extra duty. But we’re fortunate we did, because she brings a unique passion and creativity to her profession and is the perfect complement to the WCG Rhythm team.
Ryan attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with double minors in English Journalism and History. After beginning his career working with several non-profit organizations, he entered the direct response world as a Senior Copywriter at Royall & Company, a Richmond-based direct marketing recruitment powerhouse for colleges and universities. There, he made his mark for a decade, controlling the multi-year execution of hundreds of direct marketing campaigns and leading a team of creative professionals, account executives and technical resources, among his many other duties. He eventually rose to the level of Copy Manager, in which he was instrumental in building a new line of business for the company. Now he joins WCG, bringing with him a collaborative spirit and strategic focus that perfectly align with our agency philosophy. Plus, he loves performing stand-up, and we love laughing at him. Did we say “at”? We meant “with.” “With.”
Born and raised in beautiful Nelson County, Virginia, Leslie migrated to Farmville where she attended Longwood University and earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Communications. After graduating, she packed her bags and headed to Richmond where she worked for Royall & Company, a local marketing firm. During her four years as an Art Director, she designed both print and web enrollment collateral for numerous colleges and universities. She also organized the company’s 2011 holiday decorations—including a 12-foot Christmas tree made of 1300 recycled glass bottles. She continues to work for her mother’s fabric business, Les Fabriques, where she merchandises the store and designs its emails and ads. Leslie turned to WCG for a new challenge - to be an Art Director in a fast-paced communications firm and she’s risen to the challenge of producing quality work quickly. In her spare time, she enjoys all other types of art and design and “thrifting.” Why? “You never know what you will find and what it can be turned in to!” Yes, she was so oddly excited we included an exclamation mark.
Meg grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and followed her artistic spirit to Berklee College of Music in Boston. After realizing there was more to life than piano, she transferred to Emerson College for a BFA in writing and literature. She quickly found her niche in the communications field, first as marketing assistant at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and then stints at a few Little Rock ad agencies. Meg transitioned her skills into the health care arena, working at UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute in Little Rock and Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. At some point, she got an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College, and landed in Richmond to be near family. Before joining the WCG Rhythm team, she was a technical editor at Capital One. Meg revealed that she spends more time lamenting over unfinished art projects than working on them — and after experiencing the bustle of her first week at WCG, this was sure not to change.
A native Richmonder, Wendy Thacker attended Virginia Tech, where she studied Interior Design. Once out of school, she immediately began her career at Circuit City, where she worked as a Production Assistant. Twelve years later, she had advanced to the role of Assistant Art Director for the company’s Creative Advertising Department at its corporate headquarters. When Circuit City closed its doors, Wendy took some time to become a wife and mom, all the while continuing to hone her advertising design and branding talents as a freelance graphic designer for valued clients like Free Agents Marketing and Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods. WCG was lucky enough to persuade her to resume a full-time gig at our agency. In her free time, she loves to make home repairs like refinishing cabinets, so the way we figure it, we got two employees for the price of one.
When Chase joined WCG in December 2009, she brought with her a wealth of copywriting and leadership experience, as well as marketing and business savvy. After earning a degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and completing a post-grad stint at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, she put in time at ad agencies in Atlanta and Richmond. In 2002, she followed her heart and pocketbook to corporate America. She rose to VP, Corporate Communications, of a Fortune 500 company and established a robust internal communications program for its 15,000 employees. From there, Chase expanded her role and served as VP of Brand Resources. Away from the office, this Southerner reads far too many books and is occasionally forced to throw a bad one across the room.
Kurt grew up along the sunny shores of Virginia Beach. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in History and then decided that advertising would be more fun. A two-year stopover at the University of Georgia netted him a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, which he leveraged into an Assistant Media Planner position at The Martin Agency working on its Tylenol account. At Martin, Kurt discovered a love for Excel and the complexities of data analysis and research. He brought these skills to Capital One, gaining additional experience in process development and marketing budget management. After some project managing at the Richmond marketing firm Epoxy, Kurt was welcomed into the WCG family as a Creative Process Manager where he keeps the creative team firing on all cylinders! When he’s not in the office, Kurt pursues his passion for the performing arts: he is an avid swing dancer and singer. He is also a member of Redemption Hill Church.
Christina originally hails from Rochester, NY, but now calls Henrico County, VA home. She attended Virginia Tech (another Hokie in the WCG house!), earning her B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences. A self-starter by nature, she continued her education by studying Web Design and Development at University of Richmond and eMarketing Tools and Techniques at UVa. Her passion paid off: while studying, Christina worked for 10 years at Capital One, focusing on direct mail print materials as a Graphic Artist before she was promoted to Graphic Designer. She eventually became a Graphic Specialist for ChildFund International, where she was in charge of designing, coding and testing email campaigns and publishing copy, as well as refreshing design content for the company website – until WCG coaxed her to the firm’s Rhythm Team, that is. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS and Ektron (CMS), she strengthens the agency with her design and digital savvy. Little known fact about Christina: while in college, she got her motorcycle license just because she could. We like a Graphic Designer with a little edge to her.