Meet the Web Solutions Team
Thomas Barton CEO & Founder
Tom has been at the helm of Web Solutions since its inception in 1996. A graduate of Quinnipiac University’s School of Business, Tom oversees the operations of the organization including business development and marketing strategy. He also lends his experience and guidance to clients’ creative and technical initiatives. A die-hard college basketball fan, Tom has been to three UConn National Championship games.
Lori O’Brien VP of Accounts
Lori has been with Web Solutions since 2000 and today oversees several client accounts directly while providing oversight to the accounts team. She supports Web Solutions' business development efforts and is part of the company's leadership team. Lori brings a wealth of historical client information to everything she does at Web Solutions – and takes her role as the office candy supplier very seriously.
Andrew Smith Account Manager
Andrew works with clients on a variety of their digital needs, specializing in website development and interactive marketing. As an Account Executive with more than 20 years of business analysis, marketing, and personnel management, Andrew brings tremendous experience and knowledge to his role. He’s also a wine enthusiast – with his own vintage in the works.
Emily Walker Account Manager
Emily is an integral part of our client support team and works with clients on day-to-day website updates and requests. Emily is internationally educated at the University of Liverpool where she studied Marketing. She’s lived around the world from England to South Africa but is currently with us in the USA perfecting her American accent.
Melissa Tangney Account Specialist
As the unofficial Knower of All Things, Melissa provides day-to-day support for clients, conducts WordPress training, fixes problems large and small, and generally keeps the office functioning smoothly. In her secondary role as Dictator of Fun, Melissa organizes company events, manages the company newsletter, and is the prize patrol for internal competitions including the Chili Cookoff and Halloween Costume Contest. Melissa’s professional background includes agency work specializing in email marketing and WordPress development in the service-based industry. Her favorite things are hiking, fishing, and Harry Potter.
Stephanie Courchesne Account Specialist
Stephanie is here to assist clients with any requests from marketing to support-related issues. She is also certified in both Google Analytics and Google Adwords. Stephanie holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has experience in sales, customer retention, marketing strategy and implementation, and customer support. Stephanie is always looking out for the best deal and savings (be careful if you ask her about couponing!), and she uses this mentality to ensure that every client has the best solution to meet their business needs.
Kaitlyn Kearney Executive Administrative Assistant
As the office go-to person, Kaitlyn does a little bit of everything—from billing and human resources to customer service and sales support. Despite graduating from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in marketing in 2011, Kaitlyn is a little old lady at heart, as evidenced by the constant chill she feels, the ever-present cup of hot tea, and her fondness for the 1920s. In her free time, she enjoys shopping, hiking, and going to the beach.
Michael Rakiec Digital Marketing Manager
Mike helps organizations grow through results-driven internet marketing strategies including search engine optimization, pay-per-click, email marketing, and social media advertising. Mike joined Web Solutions in 2008 with a degree in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. He enjoys the beach, live music, UConn basketball, and participating in any kind of sport.
Janaura Bishop Digital Marketing Manager
Janaura is a digital strategist with a proven track record of creating and executing successful digital marketing campaigns for clients. With over 15 years industry experience she bridges the gap between technology and marketing through a thorough understanding of business objectives, human behavior and the many technological resources at her disposal. In her free time, Janaura supports her daughter’s softball career and enjoys time on the water.
Brendan Wilhide Digital Marketing Specialist
Brendan helps clients grow through digital marketing including PPC and organic campaigns, copywriting, and social media branding. He previously worked in digital marketing at Progress, ForeSite Technologies, and Infotree and on behalf of clients which included Best Buy, Northwest Community Bank, and Ripken Baseball among others. He is a co-author of “Social Media in Sports Marketing,” a textbook on social media best practices in sports. He is a diehard Cleveland Indians fan and a motorsports fan.
Brenna McKinley Digital Marketing Specialist
Brenna joined our digital marketing team in 2017 with an extensive background in social media and email marketing, web merchandising, B2C ecommerce, and B2B digital marketing. She specializes in assisting clients with developing their digital and content marketing strategies. Brenna holds a B.A. in communications and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Marist College. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and creating modern calligraphy.
Mark Howser Digital Marketing Specialist
Mark joined Web Solutions in 2017 after graduating from Auburn University with a degree in business management and a focus in marketing. Even before graduation, he knew his dream job would involve digital marketing, and he feels fortunate to be able to practice and improve his SEO, PPC, and web analytics skills at Web Solutions. A diehard rock 'n' roll fan, Mark is also eager to learn wilderness survival skills to discover his inner caveman.
Jon Fenwick Creative Director
Jonathan works with clients to establish their brand, execute a creative strategy and hones the creative visions for the Web Solutions team. A veteran of the ad industry since 2001, Jon is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut and a board member of the Connecticut Art Directors Club. Jonathan’s creativity also follows him home and onto his grill (yes it’s a Weber, the Apple of grills).
Diane Lepkowski Art Director
As art director, Diane works with our team and clients to create custom website designs, logos, and marketing collateral. She has over 12 years of experience in the design field, with a degree in graphic/information design and a passion for telling each client’s story. Diane is a foodie and a fashionista who spends her free time dabbling in the kitchen or seeking out the latest clothing trends.
Todd Busha Production Artist / Designer
Todd works as our production artist and graphic designer, updating client websites when needed and making sure all of our printed work is perfect. Todd has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and brings over 8 years of experience in the print industry to Web Solutions. As an avid athlete and sneaker enthusiast, he’s run several marathons and is beginning to train for triathlons.
Geoff Lewis Senior Designer
Geoff uses the latest and greatest design techniques to present content and visuals in an easy-to-digest way. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic and Information Design with over 9 years of print and digital experience. Geoff’s work has been published in over ten national magazines. When not behind the computer, Geoff spends time outdoors fly fishing, hiking, and snowboarding.
Justin Egan Front-End Developer
Justin works as a front-end developer in the design office, utilizing magic and typing to bring to life the creations of his team. Before transitioning into web development, he studied filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. In his spare time he writes novels, visits art galleries, and goes on impromptu road trips.
Elizabeth Kusmit Content Strategist
Liz elevates our clients’ messaging with carefully crafted brand voices, content strategies, and search engine-friendly marketing copy. She joined Web Solutions in 2010 with a Masters in English from Georgetown University and a passion for correct punctuation. Outside the office, Liz enjoys hiking, vegetable gardening, and hanging out with her daughter.
Elaine Grant Content Strategist
Elaine works with clients to customize content strategy, craft brand identity, and develop creative ideas to promote brands. She joined Web Solutions in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and has a minor nervous breakdown whenever she hears someone misuse the term “literally.” Her free time is devoted to reading, running, baking, skiing, watching sports, attending concerts and listening to and playing music—usually not all at the same time.
Chris Anton Technology Director
Chris provides technical vision and direction for Web Solutions while collaborating with the entire tech team to further the WS Platform and Apps. A graduate of Villanova University, Chris has been with Web Solutions since 2003 and has worked with a variety of clients and scalable solutions. He also enjoys indie sci-fi zombie movies – all four of them.
Dave McHale Programmer/Developer
Dave wears many hats at Web Solutions including Microsoft Developer, WordPress division lead, and resident SSL guru. A graduate of Marist College, Dave came to Web Solutions in the 2007 acquisition of JCM Software and has been developing websites professionally since Internet Explorer 3. When not enjoying time with his wife and daughter, playing disc golf, or snowboarding, he can often be found running through mud and electric obstacles on the side of an area ski slope.
Tom Brower Programmer/Developer
Tom has extensive experience architecting and building ecommerce websites and custom mission-critical, web-enabled applications for a diverse client base. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he has been utilizing .NET and SQL Server to build cool stuff for our clients since 2010. Outside of the office, Tom spends time with his family and watches the Yankees.
Craig Ralston Developer
Craig develops and maintains websites, plugins, and servers for all of our WordPress and PHP clients. As a graduate from NEIT, Craig joined us from the WhoIsTheOldGuy acquisition. When not attending WordPress conferences, you’ll find him playing hockey or spending time with his daughter.