Meet Our Team

Ginger Gallagher


Not only does Ginger manage Vela operations, but she also works closely with clients to build event strategies that help set them apart from the crowd.

Michelle Soyars

Vice President

Goal and deadline oriented, Michelle brings a keen creative instinct and strategic brand perspective to every Vela project.

Kevin O’Neill

VP, Digital Media & Web Solutions

Kevin is our in-house website developer and video editor. He can always find the right tool at the right price – and turn it around in record time.

Christina Hussey

VP, Digital Media

Christina creates, monitors and manages our social and digital ad campaigns; provides strategic guidance for content marketing initiatives; and regularly manages website builds within the agency.

Amanda King

Director, Creative Strategy

As director of creative strategy, Amanda will help you get to know your audience and develop the right strategies to reach them. Then she’ll push your project through to the finish line.

Fareena Bacchus

Account Manager

You’ll never hear Fareena say, “Not my job.” As an account manager, her clients can count on her to get the job done using her strong project management, analytic and research skills.

Kristin Eckart


Kristin loves words and isn’t afraid to use them. Branding materials, digital content, print pieces – no matter the medium, she makes it sing.

Katie Hall

Business Development Manager

Katie is a natural connector and finds joy in developing tailored solutions for each business partner and prospective client.

Carly Lawson

Senior Creative Designer

Carly’s expertise is barely captured by the title “senior creative designer.”  She’s also an experienced graphic designer, video producer, web and WordPress designer, event producer and creative director.

Carly MacFarland


Carly’s responsibilities at Vela go far beyond fetching coffee. After she graduates from Salem College in May 2020, Carly plans to relocate to Austin, Texas and put the skills she’s learned at Vela to use at a creative agency in that city.

Chrystal Sills

Digital Communications Specialist

Chrystal is skilled at building and maintaining communities in the online world. She knows the ins and outs of social media platforms and how to turn passive “followers” into passionate fans.

Jeff Thomas

Senior Creative Designer

Jeff looks at the world with a creator’s eye. He’s a graphic designer, photographer and retoucher who can take just about any idea and make it amazing.

Gail Vadia

Digital Content Manager

Gail puts herself in her clients’ shoes to get a deep understanding of their needs and target audiences. She creates strategic, effective messaging to maximize engagement and reach.

Laura Beth Young

Manager, Events & Logistics

Laura Beth concepts, coordinates and executes events with a cool head and detailed checklists. She can handle anything – from single-project events to long-term campaigns.