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We are marketers, designers, web developers and digital natives who want to inspire people to feel something, pay attention, and take action.

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departika is

  1. Down to earth

  2. Curious

  3. Smart

  4. Passionate

  5. Gritty

  6. Honest

our team

Katie Canada

Creative Director, Partner

Katie Canada

Creative Director, Partner

A practical optimist Katie is curious and passionate about design, as one might expect, but believes her enthusiasm for other things, such as music, writing, working hard, and laughing loud feeds the energy it takes to lead a creative team and to run a business. Originating in advertising, Katie has been involved in the culture and workings of both large and small agencies. Her experience in brand identity, packaging, and interactive design has lead to successful work in various industries from consumer food and beverage to entertainment and music promotions with a mix of local and national brands. As lead designer and co-founder of Departika, she collaborates with a small team of creatives and design-savvy developers, who together, craft strategic digital programs and websites. Katie is inspired by other creative people, smart people and stupid people.

Corey Canada

Digital Director, Partner

Corey Canada

Digital Director, Partner

Fueled by Coffee Corey has an expertise in digital strategy and user experience design. Corey takes his understanding of the digital world and the consumer to drive brand experiences. He prides himself on his ability to articulate technical details in plain English to clients and teams. When not devouring consumer and digital trends, Corey can sometimes be found riding a skateboard or climbing rocks.

Tim Shelburn

Lead Developer

Tim Shelburn

Lead Developer

Owns a large collection of bbq t-shirts Born and raised in Springfield, MO, Tim began working in the industry in 1997 when he took a job at Noble & Associates in Information Technology. He learned everything he needed to know on the job and excelled very quickly. After 10+ years, he moved into development. He is self-taught and has become an integral part of the Departika team as our Lead Developer specializing in front-end development. Tim has been married to his wife Sarah since 2008 and they have one daughter. He is a backyard grillmaster and social influencer who often travels around the country to participate in cooking competitions and exhibition events.

Jamison Wight

Developer

Jamison Wight

Developer

A man of few words and many talents, Jamison is our Stealth Mode Coder. He'll churn through a few hundred lines of code without an error or a peep. Sometimes we forget he's here until he laughs at a joke. He's thorough, he's stellar, he knows what everyone needs to know. He's kind of like that girl on CSI Miami with 12 monitors that has all of the answers in 4 seconds in a case that's been open for 10 years. You know the type.

Rachel Backs

Designer

Rachel Backs

Designer

a.k.a Rachel Fronts Currently working on: A super fun Morning Day Cafe window display, images for the new Flame Boss site, and other web content for The Wine Group brands. Known in the office for: Being the youngest and also the coolest. Free-time Festivities: I honestly just love hangin’ out with my friends and going to sweet local places in Springfield. I also enjoy biking, kayaking, and thrift shopping. I frequently visit KC and Arkansas on weekends to see family and get outside. Oh yeah can’t forget to mention my cat. Love that dude! What makes me cool: I have a septum piercing. Is that cool enough? No I’m kidding. I’ve always loved art so graphic design came really naturally for me but I never thought I’d get to work at a place like Departika. It’s pretty cool to see how far I’ve already come since the short time I’ve been out of college and I can’t wait to continue learning!

Burt Macklin

Account Service

Burt Macklin

Account Service

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our digs

our partners

Since 2009, when projects call for more minds—we work with Mio. We each have our strengths. And one of those strengths is each other. We’re a collaborative team of experts who office separately yet work incredibly efficiently together, meaning our overhead is wonderfully low and every ounce of our energy is focused on getting you where you want to be.