Our Team

People are an integral part of the services we offer as they are the driving force behind all of your campaigns, technologies, strategies and communication. We take pride in our team of passionate, enthusiastic, and creative individuals. Our goal is achieving the greatest possible impact for your budget.

My professional experience: I have spent my entire career in advertising, my passion is to grow businesses.

Fun fact: I have the highest handicap at the country club I belong to.

My hobbies: I enjoy golfing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends.

Wes Rice
Wes Rice
Founder

My professional experience: Over 25 years of experience in both buying and selling traditional and digital advertising. I handled all aspects of a $2 million/year advertising budget for 10 locations. It has helped me understand the unique challenges business owners have in figuring out the best advertising for their business.

Fun fact: I am a mother of fraternal twin girls, who are now adults. One blonde hair blue eyed, and one brown hair brown eyed. Probably my single best accomplishment was surviving the teenage years and we all still love each other, lol!

My hobbies: I love traveling with my husband and spending time with all of our kids and grand-kids. I enjoy canning and reading.

Monique Rice
Monique Rice
Executive VP

My professional experience: I have over 20 years in sales, Business development, marketing and advertising. I have owned and operated 2 successful local businesses in the Portland – Vancouver area.

Fun fact: I was on family feud.

My hobbies: I love spending time with my family and vacationing. I play in a hard rock band and have written and recorded 3 cd’s.

Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
Executive VP

My professional experience: I have over 40 years experience in the business arena with ever increasing responsibility. At one point I managed 4 separate offices that were all 2 hours from my home office.

Fun fact: I have 9 grand children ranging in age from 19 years down to 6 months. They are the light of my life.

My hobbies: Spending time with my grand children, sewing, reading and horses.

Deborah Ayers
Deborah Ayers
Corporate Secretary

My professional experience: I manage our amazing production team. I have been with EWS since 2011 and love every second of it. I love the ever changing pace and watching the magic come alive with each of our clients specific wants or wishes and then seeing how my teams minds come together to make it happen.

Fun fact: I’m a mama of 3 wild and in charge little boys. It’s a beautiful chaos.

My hobbies: I’m always studying and testing new things in this industry but when I’m not I love turning trash into treasure. On my off time you can find me at garage sales, Goodwill or on local swap sites trying to score my next project piece. Chalk painting is one of my most favorite hobbies.

Kayla Nesta
Kayla Nesta
General Manager

My professional experience: Over 25 years in the lumber industry. Ventured into the coffee business in 2000. Moved to Arizona in 2003 as a GC building homes for five years. In 2009 Wes started EWS and asked if I would like to come on board. I told Wes I would love to if I could work in phoenix. With my knowledge of the various trades and people I’ve worked with, and what our staff is capable of, this has been a successful venture for myself and my clients for the last 7 years.

Fun fact: I went hang gliding without taking any lessons.

My hobbies: I love playing golf and traveling with my wife. I have four children, and six grand children that I love spending time with. I love restoring cars.

Brad Hayes
Brad Hays
Account Manager, AZ

My professional experience: I have been in advertising and sales for over 14 years. I have the best clients in the world.

Fun fact: I love building RC cars in my spare time.

My hobbies: My favorite thing in the world is family and spending time with them, I have four children and they are my life. I also love fishing, golfing and shooting. I live and love life the best way I know how. I’m a car enthusiast as well.

Isaac Rice
Isaac Rice
Account Manager, WA

My professional experience: Recently graduated with my AA transfer degree in business. Currently working on my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at WSUV. I have had 2 years experience in sales.

Fun fact: I’m a direct descendant of Alexander Hamilton.

My hobbies: I love watching and playing sports. I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling. I also spend a lot of my free time hiking and being outdoors.

Haley Hamilton
Haley Hamilton
Account Manager, WA

My professional experience: 25 plus years of advertising sales.

Fun fact: I am Canadian and I have been in the United States for 35 plus years. I have a 23 year old daughter that is the light of my life. I am married and we have 4 dogs and 4 cats.

My hobbies: Gardening, movies and swimming.

Dawn Mathews
Dawn Mathews
Account Manager, OR

My professional experience: Marketing, advertising and branding has been my passion for over 24 years. I have worked in all different forms of media and advertising. I love helping my clients by being strategic, and finding creative solutions.

Fun fact: I love hunting for Rocks at the beach, so that makes me a “Rockhound”.

My hobbies: Going to the beach, roadtripping with my children, making and crafting things, looking for antiques (wishing I was the female version of American Pickers).

Amber Henline
Amber Henline
Account Manager, OR

My professional experience: Managing EWS network infrastructure since 2011 as well as serving clients with website changes, webmaster duties, manages our clients hosted e-mail accounts, DNS entries, webmaster duties and in-house IT stuff such as keeping our computers up to date as well as ensuring everyone we host is always protected from hackers and malware.

Fun fact: Alex is (mistakenly) a staunch, non-believer in the existence of Sasquatch.
– Per Nicole

My hobbies: I enjoy hand-crafting a variety of wood toys for my children to play with.

Alex Bear
Alex Bear
IT Specialist

My professional experience: I have had 7+ years in customer service and retail. I worked in the coffee industry for 7 years.

Fun fact: I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I speak Hawaiian.

My hobbies: Netflix is life, horseback riding, riding quads,swimming, fishing, spending time with family & friends.

Desiree Rosales
Desiree Rosales
Social Media Specialist
Katie Richards
Reputation Management · Link Building

My professional experience: I worked for a law firm in the Estate Planning department for the last 4 years. My degree is focused on Business Administration and this is my first position in internet marketing.

Fun fact: I am in the process of rebuilding and restoring my 1969 Chevy Nova.

My hobbies: I love playing and coaching volleyball, spending time with my Mastiff, Keno and Pitbull, Zara. If I’m not working or coaching then you can find me doing crafts or camping near my home.

Keisha Gurnsey
Keisha Gurnsey
Local Maps Specialist

My professional experience: My past experience has been in customer service. Working with clients both in person and over the phone.

Fun fact: I’m trilingual – I speak English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

My hobbies: Discovering new food spots or coffee shops and writing in my free time. I love to write poetry or short stories!

Melissa
Melissa Martinez
Social Media · Link Building

My professional experience: I have 9+ years of customer service experience, 3 of which I was in management. I worked in retail for over 9 years before deciding to challenge myself and try something new.

Fun fact: I have a Border Collie puppy named Emmett who I am obsessed with. Also voted “World’s Coolest Auntie” by my niece and nephew.

My hobbies: Playing with my dog.

Kelsey
Kelsey Peterson
Citations · Link Building

My professional experience: I have been with EWS for 2 years now, leading our SEM Department. I am Google Ads Certified in Search, Display, Mobile, Shopping and Youtube Advertising. I love what I do! I am constantly learning new strategies to help our clients stay ahead of their competition and gain more quality leads for their business.

Fun fact: I would love to travel around the world and try out new foods from each place I visited.

My hobbies: I enjoy Camping, Hiking, Decorating and hanging out with Friends and Family in my free time!

Emily Martinez
Emily Martinez
SEM Specialist

My professional experience: I have over 20 yrs experience in customer service, most recently as Technical and Service Department Manager of a large Solar Company. I also co-own a small, family restaurant. I’m excited to be the newest member of the EWS team.

Fun fact: I come from a family of 9, my husband comes from a family of 15, and we have 5 kids of our own plus two relative foster children. I always wanted my own Von Trapp family!

My hobbies: I have a garage full of 4 wheelers and dirt bikes and spend most of the summer camping on the dunes. I love anything outdoors, and during the summer I’m a self proclaimed “river rat”.

Tracy R
Tracy Roundy
Project Coordinator

My professional experience: Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, oldest of 4 children, played baseball, football, basketball, and golf, stepfather to a cancer survivor, worked in the baking industry for the past 2 years before starting to write for a football website; previously worked in customer service and sales.

Fun fact: Won a championship in semi-pro football league.

My hobbies: Weight lifting, watching football film, playing video games, spending fun time with my family.

Patrick Chiotti
Patrick Chiotti
Content Writer

My professional experience: I graduated with my associates degree from Clark College in 2019 and plan to go to WSUV for my bachelors degree in English. I have studied American Sign Language for 3 years. Working at EWS has allowed me to expand my field of writing and challenge myself every day.

Fun fact: I am obsessed with Harry Potter, I lived in Germany for a couple of years, and I can count to 10 in seven languages.

My hobbies: I enjoy binge watching Friends on Netflix, reading and writing fantasy fiction and eating. I love all food and am always excited to try new cuisines!

Casey Darr
Casey Darr
Content Writer

My professional experience: 6 years of experience in copywriting and journalism. My history as a writer, editor, and content manager extends from international news reporting to localized business marketing in the Portland, OR area.

Fun fact: I developed interviewing and storytelling chops by writing profiles on local and touring musicians in New Orleans.

My hobbies: In the winter seasons I read and try to see movies regularly at all of the vintage theaters around Portland. When the sun comes out, I generally try to visit the Oregon coast or hike the Columbia River Gorge as much as I can.

Austen Krantz
Austen Krantz
Content Writer

My professional experience: I hold an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Texas State University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Idaho. I’ve been writing SEO-content for five years as a freelance copywriter and editor for a variety of clients.

Fun fact: I buy a new LEGO set once a month to build. I don’t have kids.

My hobbies: I’m currently at work on my first novel.

Meaghan Loraas
Meaghan Loraas
Content Writer

My professional experience: I have been doing web development and design for several years. I started with EWS in March of 2015 and was immediately exposed to the vast and ever changing world of SEO. I enjoy the never ending education in this field.

Fun fact: I love 100° weather and snow. I am a total water baby. If I’m swimming, playing or floating in a body of water I am a happy camper. I also love sledding.

My hobbies: I enjoy Lucas and Spielberg movies (not necessarily joint works), old Sierra adventure PC games, Stellaris, poker, heavy metal shows, traveling, friends and my very large (extended) family.

Robert Langley
Robert Langley
Web Design · Onsite Optimization

My professional experience: I have worked with Effective Web Solutions since 2015 in which I have had the opportunity to learn many positions within our company from citations, our reputation management program, to now being a web developer. I love the constant change and learning opportunities within our industry.

Fun fact: I archery hunt with my hubby.

My hobbies: I love spending time with my family. Whether we are staying in and having a movie night or going out on an adventure.

Raychel Stein
Raychel Stein
Web Design · Onsite Optimization

My professional experience: Previously a Marketing Director at Credit Union, in 2006 started a web development company and has worked with hundreds of clients.

Fun fact: First started programming in the mid 1980’s on an Apple II.

My hobbies: I enjoy going to music and sports events, playing video games & leveling up skills.

Andrew Scheidl
Andrew Scheidl
Web Design · Onsite Optimization

My professional experience: My professional experience comes primarily from the Freelance world. I have spent the last three years learning about, building, and coding a number of different WordPress and Static websites. I look forward to continuing my career as a web developer here at EWS.

Fun fact: My college education is actually in Elementary Education. I spent two years teaching elementary school in South Carolina as well as one year abroad after graduating from Clemson University in 2015.

My hobbies: I am an outdoor junkie. I don’t have to be doing anything in particular but I just enjoy getting outside. I also really enjoy all things music as well as just traveling around with my partner!

Stephen Burks
Stephen Burks
Web Design · Onsite Optimization

My professional experience: I work with EWS as a Local SEO Specialist and Lead Citation Specialist. During this time I have been fortunate in being able to wear many hats and learn different specialties in this industry. EWS has given me the opportunity to learn new skills and further my knowledge while also mastering my job position.

Fun fact: I am a huge animal lover! If it was up to me I would have 1 of every animal.

My hobbies: I love to decorate, cook and spend time with my friends and family.

Acacia Crowe
Web Design · Onsite Optimization
William Bateman
William Bateman
Business Development
Jason H
Jason Hamilton
Business Development