Meet our core team & contributors

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

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. She brings over ten years of project management and client service experience to Element.

Lee House

Lead Producer, Designer

Lee approaches every project with creative versatility. He is responsible for producing content and designing solutions that best suit the needs of each specific client. After graduating top in his class in design from Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Lee worked for an award-winning design studio working 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.

Tayler Bowser

Account Executive, Project Manager

Tayler is a dynamic member of our team with experience facilitating projects and communications at Element. She incorporates her diverse background in the sciences and communication when analyzing market research and clients needs to create fresh, eye-catching marketing and business materials, oversee social media management, and bridge the gap between clients and creatives.

Before joining Element, Tayler worked on a major rebrand of a Fortune 500 company and ran an international travel blog.

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 has over seven years of design and development experience, managing projects on multiple
platforms and languages including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, MySQL, WordPress, and

Vern combines a creative eye with strong analytical skills, allowing him to seamlessly blend the worlds of design and development.

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

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.