Meet Our Team

Get to know the powerhouse of professionals who make Red Chalk Studios the mighty full-service creative agency it is.



Kim Nelson

Kim Nelson

Founder / Creative Director

As an award-winning designer, Kim has worked in the industry for over 20 years, managing national and regional accounts for a wide range of industries. Her professional life began as an in-house designer and marketing manager for Nomadic Display, where she managed internal and external creative teams. In the 11 years prior to opening Red Chalk Studios, she was the art director, then creative director and partner at Koehler Nelson Studios, honing her brand strategy, design, project and client management skills and, most importantly, learning the value of being authentic and the power of a good sense of humor. As owner and creative director of Red Chalk, Kim leads all brand strategy initiatives, directs and manages a dynamic creative team, continues to nurture and grow a diverse and expanding client base, all the while strengthening and growing the business. Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in graphic design from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Why I’m a designer and not a rodeo clown…
One of my earliest school memories is being asked by other kindergarteners to draw their pictures for them. And one of my favorite memories with my grandmother was hanging out with her at work and writing short stories on her typewriter. (Remember those, kids?) It appears I was destined for some kind of creative career. Not that being a rodeo clown doesn’t involve creativity. But nothing about the risk of getting a bull horn jammed in the rear holds any appeal for this cowgirl.

What I love about running Red Chalk Studios…
My team and my clients. I’ve been really blessed with having extraordinary people in both camps and this wouldn’t be any fun at all without them. Being surrounded by happy, funny, creative people who are enthusiastic and perpetually curious about what they do has created such a positive environment, I love coming to the studio every day. The only thing that would make it better would be to have a pet hedgehog (but Ramona may take exception to that).

My favorite movie…
Amelie. And Shaun of the Dead.



Ellen McBride

Ellen McBride

Marketing Communications Director

Ellen has been thinking about marketing ever since the sixth grade when she recorded an entire radio show… (Host? Ellen. Guest? Ellen. Announcer? Ellen. Ad talent? Ellen. Jingle singer? Ellen.) You get the drift.

Since graduating from the University of Virginia in 1983 with an English degree and concentrations in business and photography (and after a stint as a Park Ranger at Seashore State Park), Ellen has been helping clients develop brand solutions, find their voices, tell their stories and promote their unique selling propositions. She directs, plans and coordinates marketing communication efforts, and monitors market changes for strategy adjustments as needed. Her experience includes interviewing clients and prospects, delving for information and discovering ways to change behavior, and she has participated in focus group testing from Arizona to New Hampshire, Washington state to Washington, DC.

Ellen is the American Advertising Federation of Greater Hampton Roads Silver Medal Award Honoree 2015, and was named one of “Ten Leading Ladies” featured in Coastal Virginia magazine, October 2014. She has also been awarded in The One Show, The Adrian International Travel Competition, Print Regional Design, the New York Festivals—Radio, Best of the West, and has received numerous regional Addy Awards.

 My superpower skills…
Driving lights and sirens to the scene of an accident. In my other life, I volunteer as an EMT and served as the 2014, 2015 Chief of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, the largest squad in the largest volunteer-based EMS system in the country. In that role, I managed almost 200 volunteers who answer 911 calls 24/7. That includes overseeing the budget to run the squad, two free-standing stations that house ten advanced lifesaving ambulances, a squad truck and other vehicles, and serving as liaison with the city’s Department of Emergency Management Services.

What I love about working at Red Chalk Studios…
These people are a true joy to work with! No kidding. Everyone has a particular strength and talent, and that makes us a tremendously powerful team. And Alex’s lunches are simply amazing.

My favorite movie…
Cinema Paradiso. The ending. Pass the tissues, please…



Ceindy Ton Nunez

Ceindy Nunez

Graphic Designer

Super designer. Super mom. Super artist. Super pie-maker. That’s our Ceindy Nunez. (Picture a big Pinterest powerhouse in a small package.) After graduating from Old Dominion University in 2014, Ceindy set out to be an awesome designer and landed a job with a local real estate company. Her desire to grow and expand as a designer got her into Red Chalk Studios. (Of course, once we found out she was a great baker, well, that was icing on the cake.) In her free time, Ceindy likes to keep busy hand-lettering, doing craftwork, baking, and playing with her son.

 Why I’m a designer and not a food taster…
I’ve always enjoyed good design, even before I knew what it was. I loved doodling words. I was also very particular about my school projects, and have always liked making things look better. My favorite part of being a designer is the integration of desk work with handiwork. I love being a part of the “becoming” of things and seeing the impact of what I do on the community. Plus, the fear of having to test mystery candy flavors is enough to keep me at my desk.

What I love about working at Red Chalk Studios…
These are fun, kind, and creative people. It’s even better to be designing work for so many different, interesting clients. I hope to grow, learn, and become a design superhero.

My favorite book…
When I’m not feeling the sunniest, I pick up “Can You Keep a Secret” by Sophie Kinsella. I love fluffy, funny, quick reads to pick up my mood – like a grown-up fairytale.



Tim Sovine

Tim Sovine

Graphic Designer

Designer by day, dancer by night, Tim is never one to sit still. Having worked as a freelance designer through his last two years at Old Dominion University, he continued on with his clients after graduating in 2016. Over the course of that year he expanded into contract work for a design firm in Northern Virginia to keep busy. Designing throughout the day doesn’t stop Tim from moonlighting as a ballroom dance instructor when the sun goes down. Tim and his students can be found working it out in the latin dance scene or grinding it out on the competitive circuit. Wanting to progress as a designer, he searched out Red Chalk Studios. As he visited, the smell of fresh food wafted through the air. After that he just wouldn’t leave. We decided to keep him.

 Why I’m a designer and not a mad scientist…
I am part of an extremely small group of people; I enjoy doing math. For a while I thought I was going to be an engineer, but, while I liked geometry and physics, the idea of doing it day in and day out didn’t inspire me. One fateful day I took a course in graphic design and it was love at first sketch. Not only did I get to plan, strategize, and create, but there was this hidden systematic math and geometry beneath it all. People pay good money to enjoy their time off, but I had a shot at enjoying those lost eight hours a day as well. Not many get that chance. That course may just have saved the world from a creatively frustrated scientist… For now…

What I love about Red Chalk Studios…
When I first got into graphic design I imagined it was creative people working in tight-knit teams in insanely fun work spaces barely hitting deadlines. I’ve looked high and low for that dream version of my job and after a long time searching, I finally found it at Red Chalk. The team felt like family within a week, the work is interesting, it is a great space to work in, the deadline thing is pretty spot on, and they have free food! (I’m actually only here because of Alex’s cooking, but you didn’t hear that from me.)

Favorite game…
Super Smash Brothers Melee…
The intricate gameplay, the grassroots community, the reads! For a 15-year-old game, nothing can quite compare to this accidental masterpiece. Very few people can see the high-speed chess game behind the cartoon violence, but to those who do, it is a thing of beauty.



Nikki Dombi

Nikki Dombi

Front-End Designer & Developer

Nikki is a Front-End Designer & Developer, makeup hobbyist, cat-enthusiast, meme-spouting, over-organized human being. During her five years at RIT learning New Media Design and Development, Nikki worked at Nickelodeon and Ortho Clinical Diagnostics honing her skills while also freelancing as a designer and makeup artist because she thinks being overwhelmed is fun. In her free time, she likes to learn new skills, play video games, and go on adventures

Why I’m a designer and not a veterinarian…
I love computers, I love art, and I love organizing things. Since I was young, I’ve been organizing pantries, lockers, and entire houses so that everything is where you’d expect it to be. On top of that, I’ve been staring deeply into computer screens since at least third grade, and anything visual and artistic gives me goosebumps, so I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything but designing.

Why I love working at Red Chalk Studios…
I love working with incredibly talented and friendly creatives, Ramona, Alex’s food for lunch, our awesome office, the variation of clients and projects and design styles, learning more coding languages, and my first “adult” job. (Not in that order!)

My (current) favorite YouTube video…
Dad at Comedy Barn : This is one of my all-time favorite YouTube videos and every time I watch it, I end up crying-laughing.




Scarlett Skiba

Scarlett Skiba

Web Developer

Scarlett is a former support engineer from Microsoft® and LAN/Networking Specialist now working as our resident Big Brain for all things Web. Her development languages and skillsets include PHP, PERL, AJAX, ASP, VB/ASP.NET, SQL, ColdFusion, jQuery and JavaScript. In addition to HTML / DHTML / CSS, she is also an expert in WordPress and Joomla platforms. Scarlett has expertise in building and managing ecommerce storefronts and application development, which she has done for clients such as UGL-Equis/ Arcadis for the U.S. Census Bureau, WIX Corporation, to name a few. In addition, she’s developed a custom e-commerce storefront application, MagicOSC, enhancing the open-source software OSCommerce, giving websites more bang, less fizzle.

Why I’m a developer/programmer instead of a game show contestant…
I was overexposed to a multitude of TV game shows growing up around my grandparents. I think by the ripe age of three I realized I liked solitude and barricaded myself in my own “think tank.” When asked, “Do you want oatmeal today, or the mush in bowl number 2?” “Maybe bacon or toast number 3?” you realize “game show contestant obsession” doesn’t work for all of us. (Sorry, Grandma.) I much prefer solving problems in my own space, outfitted with my gear and solitude. Call me a geek. Wait, call me, “…and all the way from Charlotte, North Carolina… Scarlett La Geek!”
What I love about working at Red Chalk Studios…
Honestly, at the start of our collaborative relationship, I loved the idea of combining forces to produce successful projects and build client relationships. Today it’s about friendships, family and working with a great team of people. We have similar goals and, collectively, we make one helluva team! Since I’m the “remote” one, we sometimes seem to run on ESP. (Isn’t that one of our skill sets?)
My favorite quote…
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin
I’m in love with what I do and very passionate about it. (Thanks, Mom… And Starbucks!)



Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth Evans

Director of Public Relations

During a career that has taken her from agency work to running her own PR consultancy, Elizabeth has had the privilege of interviewing and writing about many fascinating people. It’s what she enjoys most as a public relations and communications professional. She turned the tables on veteran NPR newsman Carl Kassel, posing questions about his early acting career in The Lost Colony outdoor drama; conducted an in-depth video interview with Capt. Richard Phillips about the harrowing events that led to his escape from Somali pirates; and learned how a former Bollywood actress transformed herself into a successful American businesswoman through franchising with 7-Eleven. Leveraging stories such as these into media coverage is what Elizabeth does best. She is also skilled at writing, editing and publication projects.

 Why I’m a writer and not a mathematician…
I love the written word, love settling into my work space in the morning with WHRV-FM in the background, a cuppa’ tea and my dog snoozing nearby. It’s satisfying to share other people’s news, and I dig digging into press announcements, business profiles, feature articles and all the bits and pieces that make up good PR. I’ve never tackled short stories or novels as some of my friends have done, but I do have their drive to write every day. Thankfully, math is rarely involved, unless I’m working on an annual report!

What I love about working at Red Chalk Studios…
The energy, the vibe, the retro décor, the snacks, the resident cat, the way everyone collaborates to find the best solution for a client’s needs. What’s not to love?

My favorite film star…
Humphrey Bogart. Not the most handsome man at the party (or crime scene), but definitely the most complicated and interesting.



Vicki Townsend

Vicki Townsend

Media Director

Vicki started her career on Michigan Avenue in Chicago at Ogilvy & Mather and Bozell, Inc. in both media buying and planning capacities. After earning a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas with emphasis on Advertising/Media, she was determined to leave her Kansas roots behind and make it in the “big city.” Learning from some of the best, her experience includes buying media for presidential hopeful Ross Perot and negotiating major sports sponsorships for American Airlines.

Vicki specializes in media research, planning negotiation, placement and post analysis. Be it print, broadcast, out-of-home, interactive, digital or non-traditional media, she develops highly strategic, customized media plans for each client based on the marketing objectives, budget and the best method of message delivery deemed pertinent for the project at hand. No media plan is ever the same! Using the latest media research and media-buying software, Vicki has the ability to plan and buy media, complete with value-added benefits, with the assurance that clients’ media dollars are maximized for efficiency and effectiveness.

 Why I’m a media buyer…
I look at every media plan as a puzzle — a unique puzzle made up of many pieces and numbers tailored to achieve a specific goal. I realized I had the gift of negotiation when I convinced University of Kansas to waive my language requirements for the math credits already on my transcript. After all, wasn’t understanding the language of numbers important for a career in media?

What I love about working at Red Chalk Studios…
Ramona, of course!  Animals have a funny way of being able to pick out good people.  Therefore, if Red Chalk Studio is kind to animals, it has to be made up of good, sincere, and kind people, right?

My favorite quote…
“Give it your best, life is what you choose. Follow your dreams, and do what you love to do.”  Anonymous



Alex Richardson

Alex Richardson

Production & Office Manager

Alex comes to us from Maryland and began developing his special brand of damage control working in numerous facets of the printing industry and elsewhere (everywhere from pre-press to finishing). However, after 9/11 he decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy, in which he served as a Mine Countermeasures Naval Aircrewman aboard MH-53 Helicopters in Norfolk for five years. Upon re-entering the workforce, Alex returned to printing and we’re happy he eventually found his way to Red Chalk Studios to help keep us in line.

 My superpower skills…
Razor-sharp wit, high-stress threshold and making toast without burning it. Ever!

What I love about working at Red Chalk Studios…
Working with the kind of people that you would want to hang out with after work is a very rare thing and not everyone is lucky enough to find it. I get to do it every day. Also, the free parking is swell.

My favorite movie…
The Iron Giant… Sniff.
Don’t tease!




Ramona

Ramona

Creative Assistant / Counselor

Let’s not fool each other. I’m the real star around the studio. I’m the one who nudges these creative types into taking a break from their computers to play. I’m the one who bats a ball, hides in an open drawer, tags a leg and runs, or jumps in a lap. (We all know how creatives need stimulation one minute, comforting the next.) I’m also excellent at demonstrating the importance of recharging brain cells with a quick nap.

My early life? That’s a blur. I know I was a youngster living the high life, but then suddenly, I found myself in a trap. Kim walked out one evening to go home and couldn’t turn her back on me. I didn’t know it at the time, but that was my lucky day. I argued loudly (and obnoxiously, I admit it) that first week, but when Kim marched me across the parking lot to Kitty Island to begin the process of finding me a new home, I realized I better shape up.

Now I rule. They take my picture all the time. There’s even a painting they gaze at. Inspiration when they need it? You’re looking at it.

 Why I love working at Red Chalk Studios…
The food. And the toys. And the petting.

My favorite snack…
Crickets, cicadas and skinks. No tails.

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