Meet our core team & contributors

  • Brit
  • Lee
  • Tayler
  • Zoé
  • Heather
  • Vern
  • Jontue
  • Nora
  • Bethany
  • Rachel

Brit Galanin

Managing Partner

Brit is responsible for driving client brand innovation and strategy at Element. A sociologist by training with a background in survey research, Brit combines her acute knowledge of human behavior with her social science research skills to help clients efficiently expand markets and reach new audiences.

Brit is co-owner of The Boardroom, Alaska’s first coworking company, and was recently named one of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40. A lifelong Alaskan and a graduate of Leadership Anchorage, Brit is very active in her community and on the state level: she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sitka Legacy Foundation, is a past President of the Anchorage Federation of Community Councils, and has served on the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and Institute of the North boards. Brit holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. She brings over ten years of project management and client service experience to Element.

Lee House

Creative Director

Lee approaches every project with creative versatility. Since joining Element in 2016, Lee has contributed to numerous award-winning projects from the ground up, providing branding and content production services to a variety of our clients. As Creative Director, Lee is now responsible for overseeing creative talent and design production at Element.

Before joining the Element team, Lee graduated at the top of his class in design from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and worked for an award-winning design studio on campaigns, print collateral, and websites for higher education clients. A thirst for adventure brought Lee north to Alaska, where he has found a home and a passion for storytelling through video, photography, and fresh design. Focusing on rugged landscapes and rural communities, Lee has worked on multimedia projects all throughout Alaska and as far south as Antarctica, bringing unique stories and places to a wide variety of audiences.

Tayler Bowser

Account Executive, Project Manager

Tayler is a dynamic and key member of our team, responsible for facilitating projects and client communications at Element. Tayler excels at listening to clients and communicating their needs to the creative team, a skill she has honed through her role as a design assistant at Element. A natural researcher and problem solver, she has led and developed complex strategy and design solutions for a variety of Element clients.

Before joining Element, Tayler worked on a major rebrand of a Fortune 500 company and ran an international travel blog. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Biology and Writing from Carroll University, where she graduated with honors.

Zoé Styron

Strategy Director

Zoé is responsible for strategic output for client campaigns at Element Agency, from concept to final deliverable. Her experience launching international organizations and managing statewide nonprofits give her unique insights into marrying the right audiences with the right content.

Originally from Britain, Zoé served as a Project Manager for the Royal Commonwealth Society and as the Global Marketing & Communications Manager for AlphaSights before moving to Alaska.

Heather Murphy

Copywriter, Digital Marketing

For the past 10 years, Heather has worked as a professional storyteller, weaving stories into words to share in print and online. She began writing and editing while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, publishing stories alongside her duties of ship driving in the Bering Sea, preparing for hurricanes in New Orleans and traveling through the Caribbean as a liaison to other nations’ ocean protectors.

She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Regent University, where she focused on various media storytelling techniques.

Vern Smith

Web Developer

Vern brings over a decade of web design and development experience to the Element team, and is our go-to lead developer for crafting complex online solutions. Over the years, Vern has managed large-scale website projects on multiple platforms and languages including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, MySQL, WordPress, and Woocommerce.

Vern has a background in graphic design and is uniquely suited to blend the worlds of design and web development. He works seamlessly with our team members to incorporate smart, goal-based user experiences; implement beautiful, effective designs; and to create mobile-to-desktop optimized, immersive, online experiences for all of our website projects.

Jontue Hollingsworth


Originally from The Bahamas, Jontue Hollingsworth is an independent designer focused on creating a clear message through bold expression. His mission is to be brave, thoughtful, open-minded and ultimately, make something good.

Jontue primarily works as a brand designer, lending his design expertise across traditional media and interactive platforms. A firm believer in using his powers for good, he routinely uses art and design to explore ways to support important causes and ideas. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communication and Design from the University of Nebraska and has hands-on experience as a designer, art director, and creative director at multiple agencies and design studios. In over an 18-year career, his work has received numerous statewide awards and has been recognized nationally.

Jontue’s work can be seen at

Nora Gecan


For the past ten years, Nora has provided high-quality and award-winning work to a wide variety of clientele in Alaska. Her work is strengthened by four and a half years of experience in both an advertising agency and in-house art department.

Nora is committed to listening to clients, creating work based on research and collaboration, and providing a high level of professionalism and creativity. She provides a flexible suite of services that can be scaled and tailored to your goals, from full-blown brand creation to one-off creative design projects.

View more of Nora’s work at

Bethany Goodrich

Content Producer

Bethany Goodrich is a multimedia visual storyteller specializing in visual storytelling projects that empower communities and inspire positive social and environmental change.

She holds a masters degree in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management  from the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, as well as a a bachelors degree in Biology with minors in Fine Arts and Neuroscience from the University of San Francisco. Her practical experiences span the communicative arts and biological and social sciences.

More of her work can be seen at

Rachel Klein

Social Media Strategist

As Element’s lead social media strategist, Rachel oversees social strategy, production and content curation for a variety of clients and platforms.

With a clean eye for design, a precocious aptitude for social strategy, and an uncanny ability to write engaging content, Rachel has organically grown her personal Instagram account, @thenortherncurrent, to over 10k followers. She uses this social media savviness to help Element clients better reach, attract and communicate with their audiences, and to develop a strong brand voice.

Rachel hails from Bristol Bay and obtained an English degree and a Masters in Education from Washington’s Pacific Lutheran University. Rachel is also the co-owner of Galanin + Klein, a brick and mortar boutique located in Sitka.

We’re half fun, half business.

At Element, we pride ourselves on bringing positive energy to our clients. You’ll find us to be open, honest, and extremely collaborative, with your goals always at the center of our work.

We are lightweight, multidisciplinary and adaptive.

Our core team is comprised of designers, strategists, writers, web developers, filmmakers and photographers. With every project, we assemble a custom team of the best people to get the job done. This means you’ll always work with the right team to achieve your goal.

Together, we have a knack for transforming big ideas into narratives and collateral that reaches, resonates with, and moves your audience to action. We act as an extension of your team and see our clients as partners in creating exceptional work.

From the tundras, forests and communities of the interior, to the urban streets of Anchorage and our coastline’s fishing grounds, our clients have unique stories and ways of doing business. We look forward to sharing yours.