Meet Your Team

James Duran

Managing Partner, CMO

James Duran

James is a whole brainer, being able to help make sense of the business value of marketing decisions. Prior to Ke James was a director level in a fortune 500 leading multi-unit small box retail locations. After leaving the corporate world behind he joined a medical staffing company leading operations and helping to navigate through some tough storms leading to the sale of the company in early 2010. James took his corporate and small business experience and began consulting in operations and financial operations to many small businesses in the Omaha area. In 2012 the opportunity to takeover a struggling new media company presented it self, after a rebrand to KreativElement shortly after the company has continued to grow and in April of 2016 KreativElement acquired Social Media Contractors. James helps lead strategy for clients as well as general marketing consulting and business development for Ke while still consulting with companies in the area.

Courtney McGann

Manager, Copy & Social Media

Courtney McGann

Originally from North Dakota, Courtney grew up in Omaha and got her degree in General Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She got her first experiences in marketing, social media management, content creation and event planning with Travel Blog Exchange. Courtney then moved on to Omaha-based marketing firm, Red Branch Media, as the Content Team Director. Her other interests include cross stitching inappropriate phrases, thrift store shopping, bike riding and telling people about how she collected records before it was cool.

James Palmer

Manager, Photography & Video

James Palmer

James, or as some call him, #2, was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. A die-hard Husker fan, James was surrounded by sports and played basketball and soccer. Growing up, he was always intrigued with movies and cinematography. Making war or super-hero movies with a fake camera, it was always his passion to get the coolest shot imaginable. James began his career in radio then transitioned to sports media where he found his niche in sports videography. Now he thrives on creating a variety of video – from vlogs to commercials. Ever since, he has grown to love the world of video and telling a story through image. Family is what he loves the most as he continues to advance and push his skills to the limits hoping to make them proud. GBR!!

Ashley Doherty

Manager, Web & Design

Ashley Doherty

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska Ashley grew up in Missouri and relocated to Omaha in 2009 to study web design at Metropolitan Community College. As a recent graduate she aspires all things web and typography and plans to continue her education in a wide range of areas including web development, mobile app design and motion graphics. Ashley started out as a freelance web designer and landed her first web design job right here at KreativElement. You can usually find Ashley spending time outdoors riding her four-wheeler or camping along side a warm fire. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs Chez and Wrigley.

Dylan Thaemert

Copy & Social Media

Dylan Thaemert

Dylan is an Omaha native who’s spent time living in Chicago and Rome. He holds a BA in English from Loyola University Chicago. When not producing content for KE, you can find him in the trees and bunkers of local golf courses or making art on his dining room table.

Corrie Castro

Video Editor & Social Media

Corrie Castro

Originally from California, Corrie grew up in Omaha.  Initially interested in pursuing a career in radio, Corrie found her passion for TV production in college and has a degree in Creative Media from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She wears a lot of different hats at KE. Her primary focus is video production, but also creates content for social media and dabbles in web design. Her most treasured pastimes include watching countless hours of Netflix, playing volleyball, stand up comedy, Mexican food, 90’s jams, and anything Kristen Wiig. Corrie is also known for embarrassing herself, making awkward faces, and being really tall.

Jill Becker

Office & Project Manager

Jill Becker

Originally from Omaha, Jill spent nearly half of her life in Texas before returning home in the Fall of 2016. She got bit by the creative bug while living in Austin, where she soaked up all the printing processes’ she could by staying active in the local art scene. When she’s not working or studying for her Graphic Design degree, she’s hunched over her desk at home creating collage art or digging through racks at the thrift store. Jill’s also an avid lover of the desert, warm temps, 90s Country & RnB (music).

Katie Tramdachs

Lead, Social Media & Copy

Katie Tramdachs

Hailing from central Nebraska, Katie moved to Omaha to attend and graduate from Creighton University. Before coming to KE, she did marketing for two local startups. When she isn’t wowing people with her marketing skills, you can usually find Katie reading, at the gym, watching Netflix, or spending time with her beloved dogs, Charlie and Bruin, and cat, Kitten.

James Dalton

Copy & Social Media

James Dalton

Earlier in life James studied to be a minister, so we brought him in to help tell our story. James has lived in the south, the UK, the Windy City, and now Omaha. James is also our cleaner; we don’t mean that in the janitorial sense (though he will proudly tell you that he took out the trash once), but in the “Pulp Fiction” sense: James helps us tie up all the loose ends.

Brittney Dorner

Copy, Social Media & Web

Brittney Dorner

Brittney, an Omaha native, graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, a Journalism major, a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations, and an English minor. During her time at UNO, she was an account associate with the nationally recognized MAVPRSSA — a student-run public relations firm — as well as a member of the American Advertising Federation. Upon graduation, Brittney accepted the position of Digital Marketing Specialist at eSpark Media, where she did web design, social media, graphic design, and video editing.
A former Barista, she has some incredibly serious opinions on what’s good coffee. Her passions include chocolate, traveling, thrift shopping, theatre, and spending quality time with Vladimir Boris Nosferatu, her handsome, all-black, domestic short hair, rescue cat. If you want to start a conversation with her, bring up the Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars.
Michael Garrett

Photographer & Videographer

Michael Garrett

Mike Garrett was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska who’s finishing his BA in Graphic Design at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While doing so he’s managed to make a splash into the photography, branding, and film world as a freelance artist. Mike is huge into fashion, basketball, music (specifically R&B as he’s young with an old soul), traveling, and most passionately, creating. 

Wendy Duran

Copy & Social Media

Wendy Duran

Wendy was born in North Dakota, grew up in Montana and Oklahoma, and was transplanted via her husband’s job to Omaha, Nebraska in 2007. Wendy believes that excellent customer service and satisfaction should be the priority for businesses. Using that motto, she assists clients with social media planning, engagement, and implementation. When not working in the online world, she homeschools her children and manages a small acreage with her husband, kids, chickens, and dog. She loves to shop garage sales and thrift stores in order to repurpose items in her spare time.

Tasha Double

Design & Web

Tasha Double

Nebraska born and raised, Tasha helps businesses and nonprofits build their online presence by customizing websites to fit their needs. She’s currently studying graphic design in Florida. Tasha also enjoys adventures, art, playing the ukulele, and coffee.

Abigail Wood

Social Media

Abigail Wood

Abigail was born in Oklahoma but has the heart of a Nebraskan. She is passionate about learning more about social media, how it impacts businesses today, and how to use it to reach out to her generation. She recently moved back from Oklahoma and is starting a new career with us at KreativElement as our Social Marketing Assistant. Abigail’s parents are her biggest influences when it comes to social media (her dad is the boss, but still takes her job very seriously). Abigail believes that no matter what you are doing you need to give your 100%. When not working, she can be found spending time with her husband, family, and dogs. Abigail loves to go shopping, decorating rooms, taking pictures, and watching movies in a pair of comfy clothes.
Chase Couture

Animator/Editor

Chase Couture

Chase was born and raised in south Florida, and received his degree in Digital Arts & Design from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. After a few trips to Omaha he made the decision to call the city home. His focus is in video production, motion graphic design, and illustration, but regardless of the medium he loves telling a brand’s story. In his free time he likes to go to live shows, watch documentaries, and spend time with his family.