Our Team

At Merge, we’re a passionate team of designers, developers, strategists and creative thinkers guided by the belief that our success depends on your success.

Michelle Dodd

Michelle Dodd

Founder + CEO

Michelle has a desire to magnify the reach of nonprofits and mission-driven small businesses through impactful websites and strategic digital marketing. With a belief that one’s personal mission can be achieved through meaningful work, Michelle creates an environment that inspires her team and builds valued, lasting partnership with clients.

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Dina Barnese

Dina Barnese

Project Manager + UX Strategist

As a UX Strategist, Dina applies human-centered design principals to websites and mobile apps, keeping the user experience top of mind. She approaches project management with a goal of guiding the client’s vision to reality, keeping the big picture in mind while managing details and tasks.

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Luda Polyakova

Luda Polyakova

Digital Marketing & Content Strategist

Luda is a strategic and creative thinker who supports clients’ goals by conceptualizing, planning, designing, creating, editing, and publishing content. She enjoys working closely with clients to bring their brand vision to life.

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Brian Hutchinson

Brian Hutchinson

Creative + UX Designer

Brian is a digital creative designer who’s been helping businesses build a better brand experience through visual design for over 15 years.

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Lara Gomora

Lara Gomora

Digital Designer

Lara has been delivering creative web design and branding to businesses, startups, and nonprofits for the past decade.

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Alex Herrera

Alex Herrera

Support Specialist

Alex is a communications professional who’s worked in the non-profit sector for over seven years and specializes in email deployment, database hygiene, and metrics reporting.

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Julie Tuerk

Julie Tuerk

Web Developer

Julie brings a diverse background to her practice of web development. She has studied computer programming, art, and psychology, and is also a certified sommelier.

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Stacey Schultz

Stacey Schultz

Co-founder + Visual Designer

It was Stacey’s passion and enthusiasm for helping small businesses and non-profits elevate their online experience and digital strategy that led to her co-founding Merge.

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Our Story

Merge was founded on high standards for quality work, communication, and innovation. We share a desire to do only the best work, with the best people, for the best clients.

We help small businesses and non-profits achieve strategic and creative brand experiences that align with, and elevate, their organization’s mission. We deliver a full range of creative services from graphic design and branding to web design, web development, and digital marketing.

We strive to:

  • SUPPORT your organization’s business goals
  • CONNECT with your audience to engage, inform, and inspire them to action
  • SERVE the needs of your stakeholders and board members

We’re a small studio by design, delivering a personal, hands-on approach with senior talent. We measure our success by your success. You’ll be treated as a partner, we’ll communicate honestly, and you’ll get work that reflects your brand’s unique personality.