Meet the Team


The Media Captain team consists of in-house experts across digital marketing, design and development. We pride ourselves on strong communication, transparency, alignment on project goals and objectives, plus of course, exceeding our Clients’ expectations. We view ourselves as industry leaders based on the many Clients we’ve worked with over the years. This is why UpCity Voted The Media Captain as a Top 1% Agency in the U.S. Our Clients view us as an important extension of their business and the proactive leaders for everything digital marketing and development related.

Jason Parks - President

Jason founded The Media Captain in 2010. Over the past decade, The Media Captain has turned into one of the largest, fastest growing and most trusted digital and development agencies in Ohio. What Jason’s most proud of is the strong team that’s in place at The Media Captain. This is what drives results for Clients across all verticals for a wide variety of services.

Jason is very active with The Media Captain. He talks to the majority of each client before assigning them off to other team members. After learning about their goals and objectives, Jason is able to hand pick the team members that will be the best fit for the Client based on their skill-sets.

In addition to starting The Media Captain, Jason Co-Founded DermWarehouse, one of the largest dermatologist backed skincare and beauty sites in the U.S.

Jason is a trusted source on digital marketing and eCommerce. He’s been a contributor for Entrepreneur.com, Ohio State’s Fisher School of Business and has been quoted in many well known publications, such as the New York Times, Forbes and Search Engine Watch.

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Mike Cottrill – Head of Development

Mike is the development lead at The Media Captain. He is involved early in the development process, speaking with the Client before a contract is signed to ensure their business objectives align with the necessary technology requirements and we properly outline the scope of work.

Mike has strong front end and back development skills. He’s well versed in HTML and CSS and is also proficient with all modern programming languages.

Whether a site needs launched and MX and DNS records need aligned, a change needs to be made to a site or custom work needs to be done in .NET technologies, Mike helps ensure all development components are running smoothly.

Mike graduated from DeVry in 2000 and has over 20 years of development experience. His extensive experience provides Clients with peace of mind knowing they will be in great hands when it comes to their website projects with The Media Captain.

Michelle Dechicco - Front End Developer

Michelle is a front end developer for The Media Captain that focuses primarily on WordPress websites. She is proficient with HTML/CSS.

Michelle also helps with debugging sites, improving site load speed time, pixel installation, plugin updates, pre-deployment checklists and technical oversight.

Michelle works closely with our in-house development leaders along with project managers and graphic designers along with the Client to make sure all necessary components are implemented on the site.

Whether you have a quick change to your site post site launch or have a question related to your WordPress site during development, Michelle will confidently be able to answer this for you.

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Cassidy Remley - Lead Digital Marketing Strategist

Cassidy is a lead digital marketing strategist at The Media Captain. She helps with new client on-boarding to better familiarize clients to The Media Captain’s team members, processes and strategy. She is the liaison between the Client and our internal digital strategist to ensure major milestones and metrics are being met throughout the relationship.

We have an extensive onboarding checklist we follow, which sets the tone for our digital marketing campaigns. Cassidy oversees credential gathering, the presentation of goals and objectives, outlining the strategy to properly tracking key performance metrics. Cassidy has consistent meetings with the digital strategists assigned to each account to ensure the campaign is running smoothly.

Cassidy is well versed SEO, Social Media Marketing and PPC Advertising, which allows her to provide the necessary oversight.

Katie Lepppert - Lead Designer

Katie is the design lead at The Media Captain. The majority of graphics that touch one of our websites will have oversight from Katie.

She has great style and works closely with Clients to bring their vision to life. Whether a Client has strict brand guidelines that Katie needs to follow or she has to create a logo from scratch with little guidance, Katie’s up for the task.

Katie is well versed in PhotoShop and Illustrator. She’s created many successful logos, wireframes and mock-ups for businesses across all verticals. If you are looking for a website redesign, a new logo, marketing collateral or anything design related, Katie will be there to help you.

Lori Hollinger - Admin Assistant

If you call into our office, Lori’s friendly voice is who will greet you. She is responsible for much of the coordination with our clients during onboarding while also making sure the account is always in good standing.

Lori is the one who collects your onboarding questionnaire, gets your meetings scheduled with your digital or development point of contact while making sure everything runs smoothly on your account. If you need to be connected to a specific individual on our team, Lori will quarterback this for you.

Lori also oversees billing with the clients. If you have a credit card that’s expired which impacts your advertising accounts, Lori will be in touch with you to ensure this gets resolved.

Alec Hider - Lead Digital Strategist

Alec is certified in Google Ads and Google Analytics. He has strong knowledge in all areas of online advertising along with search engine optimization. He’s responsible for the development of strategy for Clients along with oversight and communication with the Client.

If we have an eCommerce client, Alec will dictate ad spend across Google Shopping and Facebook advertising and track the ROI to determine which channel is performing the best. He will also outlined the SEO strategy. Alec works closely with other SEO specialists and PPC experts in-house to make sure the plan he outlines is being executed and the proper benchmarks are being met.

Alec is also responsible for getting the proper tracking set-up for our Clients and communicating with the development team so all major metrics are being tracked, which helps us to measure the ROI of our Client campaigns.

Kevin Lam - Digital Strategist

Kevin is certified in Google Ads and Google Analytics. He’s well versed in all areas of paid advertising along with search engine optimization, especially on the local SEO front.

Kevin is a strong communicator and works closely with his clients to ensure key benchmarks are being met.

Kevin has managed very complex local SEO projects to ensure all listings are properly aligned and fully optimized. He’s responsible for much of the execution on paid search and display advertising. He also develops strategy for Clients and hand picks other experts on our team to execute those tasks based on their skill-sets.

Prior to moving into a role strictly on the digital marketing side of the business, Kevin spent time working as a project manager with our development team. He has a keen understanding of certain technical website components, which allows for him to easily communicate changes needed for a website that will enhance a Clients digital marketing performance.

Livi Wise - Digital Strategist

Livi Wise is a Digital Strategist for The Media Captain. She has a journalism background and a strong writing skill-set. Her storytelling ability is what makes her a natural when it comes to social media marketing and management. She knows how to promote a brand through social media posting and advertising.

Livi is also proficient with Search Engine Optimization. Her writing skills bode well to on-site SEO changes. She also has a keen eye for site improvements, which can lead to an uptick in rank.

Your messaging on social media is how many people will find out about your brand and makes an important first impression for current or perspective customers. You’ll be in great hands with Livi overseeing this component of your business. While overseeing client accounts, Livi  helps determine budget, selects the best channels to invest time and resources into and monitors the results. She’s in constant communication with her clients to ensure strong results are being delivered.

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Stefanie Parks – Ecommerce & Adwords Consultant

Stefanie is certified in Google Ads. She’s extremely knowledgeable in Google Ads, Google Shopping, Amazon and eCommerce.

Stefanie helped Jason found The Media Captain back in 2010 and worked in a full-time capacity with the Agency for several years. In 2016, she started running the day-to-day of DermWarehouse, the eCommerce skincare brand developed with Jason with the help of The Media Captain’s team of experts.

While Stefanie runs the DermWarehouse operations, The Media Captain team still leverages Stef’s skill-set when it comes to online advertising and eCommerce. What makes The Media Captain unique is the development of DermWarehouse. Jason, Stefanie and other team members are constantly brainstorming on what’s working, why it’s working and how to leverage successes into Client campaigns.

Paul Gonzalez - Digital Growth Executive

Paul is responsible for handling communication with Clients who express interest in working with The Media Captain.

Paul helps to share success stories, results and our overall vision with businesses who are not yet familiar with our Agency. This leads to a natural progression if a prospective client turns into a new client on the development or digital marketing side of the business.

If you are a new business that wants to learn more about working with our Agency, Paul can help get your questions answered.

Gus Stahl - SEO & Social Content Specialist

Gus is responsible for crafting on-site content for our clients to improve their search engine optimization. Whether a page needs rewritten to better improve its changes of ranking better on Google’s search engines or if certain components, such as the title tag or H1 need adjusted, Gus makes it happen.

Gus has a journalism background. He’s a skilled writer and delivers content that exceeds the Clients expectations. In addition to SEO content writing, he also helps craft social media posts for our Clients. His journalism background allows him to create captivating content that performs well via social.

Gus has done in-depth interviews with Clients in complex B2B industries to create easy to read success stories. He has the ability to take hard to articulate subjects and bring them to life on a website, via social or in another marketing channel.

Alison Price Bergh - Project Manager

Alison is responsible for internal and external communication with the development team. She makes sure deadlines are met, questions are answered and roadblocks are overcome. She helps each client throughout the development journey with content creation and layout organization to ensure a solid flow.

She serves as the key piece of the development project that articulates the clients vision to our internal team of developers and designers to bring the project to life.

Alison has strong organizational and communication skills, which makes the position a natural fit based on her skill-set. She also is a strong writer, which helps with needed content creation throughout a site build.

Alison will help take your blank canvas and bring it to life.

Bret Mette - Development Lead

Bret is a custom WordPress developer. He has the ability to create plugins from scratch or greatly modify existing plugins to bring a complex request to reality. Bret is well versed in HTML and CSS. He has strong familiarity with eCommerce development and API’s.

Bret has the unique ability to take a complex project request, break it down into Lehman’s terms while making sure all key requirements are met. He can clearly articulate hard to understand development components with the Client so they understand all of the major milestones and events taking place. Even if you are unsure of whether or not an idea is possible, Bret could speak through it with you to provide you with ideas and a clear roadmap.