People

Scientists. Artists. Dreamers. Pragmatists. Catalysts for change, consulting our clients’ organizations toward growth.

  • Leadership
  • Data Science
  • Research
  • Arti|fact
  • Global | Multicultural
  • Online Communities
  • Technology
  • Branding | Marketing
  • People Engagement
  • Finance | Admin
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Camille Nicita
President & CEO
Handpicked at a young age to join the launch of Gongos, Camille's forward-leaning posture is establishing a new north for the company. Today, Gongos is redefining an industry by consulting corporations toward decision intelligence through research, data science and curation; and change management programs necessary to break down these once-siloed disciplines. Staying true to the company’s core competencies while nurturing growth, Camille operates under the belief that people realize their true potential when put in the right seats. Her grounding vision is to cultivate an atmosphere where innovation, transparency and vibrancy shape a company fit for the future.

Camille's passion for developing new talent is further channeled through her years as Vice Chair & Chair of Michigan State University’s MSMR Advisory Board. She and her husband, three children and two dog enjoy the outdoors, travel and the company of good friends.
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Jason Solack
Vice President, Data Science
With an increasing importance inside organizations to embrace and harmonize enterprise and large data streams, Jason leads an interdisciplinary group of data scientists, analysts and programmers. Going on two decades with Gongos, Jason has worn many company hats from data processing and programming, to management and people systems. Solving business problems through data can be both challenging and invigorating – and Jason empowers his team to explore technology and techniques that will move clients bravely into the evolving landscape of data.

In his free time, when not on daddy duty, he can be found brewing his own beer and hard cider.
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Katherine Ephlin
Chief Operating Officer
Katherine brings a wealth of experience in overseeing the ongoing operations for Gongos—from client-side strategic consulting to once managing the company’s retail and financial research teams. Beyond a strong and considerate management style, Katherine is adept at balancing vision and execution in a way that engenders performance and empowerment among cross-collaborative teams.

As a mom to triplet boys, Katherine takes a no-nonsense approach to empowering and instilling a sense of accountability with all who work with her. She believes that smarts are not everything, and that a self-deprecating sense of humor goes a long way for building relationships, too.

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Bob Yazbeck
Vice President, Digital Methods
Bob fuels advances in research through online communities, mobile research and online qualitative, and his growing team intensifies the company's ability to put them into practice. His dedicated engagement experts obsessively focus on creating positive experiences for consumers who participate in research.

Bob is one of the most approachable guys in market research. If you see him at a conference, find the most social setting, and you'll find him chatting up with peers and clients alike.
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Greg Heist
Chief Innovation Officer
Greg is responsible for driving the innovation strategy at Gongos. From future trends to product development, Greg guides the company’s innovative spirit, helping clients get closer to “decision intelligence” through the synthesis, curation and socialization of knowledge. He leads the company's Innovation Think Tank and collaborates with an eager team of developers and external experts.

A former practitioner with over 20 years of experience under his belt, Greg is a visionary at heart. He believes our industry is in the midst of a revolution, and plans to help pave the way. When he’s not being a daddy, he can be found tweeting, blogging and frequenting his HootSuite account.
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Sarah Phillips
Vice President, Client Consulting
Sarah is responsible for forging a more symbiotic relationship between our client’s data analytics and market research teams. Using a business-first ethos in extracting value from enterprise data, she supports marketing and operations decision-makers that shepherd organizational intelligence. With strong roots in research, Sarah's ability to look across a client's business to leverage data-driven insights adds to bottom-line thinking that also supports product innovation and global initiatives for top-ranking Fortune 500 organizations.

In her off-time, she instructs for the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University, and is raising the perfect pair of children who are becoming as wicked smart as their mom.
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Amy Perifanos
Vice President, Arti|fact
As a research professional on both the client and agency side for over a decade, Amy leads Gongos’ insight curation practice Arti|fact. Her group works with marketing, brand, insights and executive teams to strike a balance between strategic thinking and creative execution—ultimately making knowledge more immersive, consumable, and inspiring. With an initial focus in the shopper insights space, Amy’s big-picture thinking has catalyzed client relationships within organizations such as Coca-Cola.

Formerly with the Kohler Co., Amy holds a Masters of Marketing from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she resides with her husband and daughter.
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Debie Pomorski
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Beyond crunching numbers, Debie is truly a people person. Her cross-industry knowledge in the financial services and private sectors led to her current role and responsibility for the financial management, analysis and logistics, as well as budgeting and forecasting a future fit for Gongos. She counts on all of us to make the numbers count for the company - and we love that she keeps us on our toes with a twinkle in her eye.

In her spare time, Debie can be found cheering at Michigan State University sporting events (mostly for three of her four children), and traveling with her family to fun events like Lollapalooza and quiet islands in the Caribbean.
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Susan Scarlet
Vice President, Strategic Branding
Beyond design and copy, shooting and editing, naming and trademarks, Susan puts into play an umbrella strategy to bring Gongos' enterprise brands and thought leadership to the marketplace. Embracing the industry landscape, competitive intelligence and reciprocal relationship-building, Susan has spoken at industry conferences and co-authors content that personifies the bright future of an evolving industry. She leads a team of that together, conceptualizes and collaborates with all teams throughout the company.

Her chocolate and cream Toy Poodles, Violet & Nellie pretty much let her work all the time, but they're most grateful when she works from her home office, and takes them shopping on weekends.
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Jason Muxlow
Vice President, Technology
Jason is no stranger to trial and error. With Gongos since 1998, our Senior Director, Technology has pretty much led the development of all the proprietary technologies that touch our clients and consumers today. With a hands-on approach, Jason empowers an ambitious team of developers, with backgrounds in web design, gaming, rich media, and app development.

He understands the needs of researchers through and through - and is even married to a senior research manager on our Communities team.
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Cheryl Halverson
Vice President, People Development & Planning
Cheryl’s love of managing people and developing their skills had guided her as our former research group leader. As the company continues to build a diverse tapestry of talent, she ensures our people strategy is in lock-step with our business strategy. Her underlying knowledge of the industry bolsters Gongos’ strength in attracting, cultivating and empowering individuals to drive our clients’ businesses forward.

Working from her Wisconsin home base, Cheryl paved the path for our growing team of telecommuters. And while her two children–nine years apart in age–keep her on her toes, she also continually challenges her endurance through triathlons and marathons.
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Jason Solack
Vice President, Data Science
With an increasing importance inside organizations to embrace and harmonize enterprise and large data streams, Jason leads an interdisciplinary group of data scientists, analysts and programmers. Going on two decades with Gongos, Jason has worn many company hats from data processing and programming, to management and people systems. Solving business problems through data can be both challenging and invigorating – and Jason empowers his team to explore technology and techniques that will move clients bravely into the evolving landscape of data.

In his free time, when not on daddy duty, he can be found brewing his own beer and hard cider.
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Sarah Tarraf
I’ve ridden my bike across the state of Michigan 4 times!
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Matt Mastej
I always need a creative outlet. Bikes, cars, or websites. Whatever.
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Claire Gilbert
MI native: Lake Huron in the summer, picture perfect snow in the winter!
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Rob Bielby
Don't focus on mistakes made. Focus on the mistakes you will make.
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Bob Mead
Why are you so sweaty? "I was watching cops.”
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Ben Worsley
In God we trust. All others must bring (good) data.
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Troy Burmeister
*Takes off headphones* What?
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Jake Boser
Big gulps, huh?
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Matt Castle
I've fly-fished on some of Ernest Hemingway's favorite rivers.
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Mike Serpetti
Food and football fanatic.
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Jeremy Hager
I play guitar and sing in a local rock band!
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Jill Heist
Heist2=(Gongos+3 Kids+House in woods);Love=Everything prior
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Emilio Ditrapani
Travel not for a destination, but for the sake of a journey.
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Kris Torry
Xbox On.
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Nick Wright
I lost a bet and had to rock a tank top at work.
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Ryan Cibulskis
Huge hockey fan! Go Leafs Go!
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Katherine Ephlin
Chief Operating Officer
Katherine brings a wealth of experience in overseeing the ongoing operations for Gongos—from client-side strategic consulting to once managing the company’s retail and financial research teams. Beyond a strong and considerate management style, Katherine is adept at balancing vision and execution in a way that engenders performance and empowerment among cross-collaborative teams. As a mom to triplet boys, Katherine takes a no-nonsense approach to empowering and instilling a sense of accountability with all who work with her. She believes that smarts are not everything, and that a self-deprecating sense of humor goes a long way for building relationships, too.
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Mariana Anguiano
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Crystle Uyeda
I love a good story so I work hard to tell stories with data.
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Anais Brown
Sunny days on the lake, skiing, yoga, w/ friends and family. Oh and cars!
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Dwight Ragland
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
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Iva Mihaylova
I’d rather have a passport full of stamps, than a house full of stuff.
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Chelsea Roua
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Michael Alioto
A personal espresso machine is a perfect office appendage. That and books—lots of them.
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Allison Fuller
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Moriah Galvan
Slightly dark, mostly harmless.
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Emily Bolton
I beat a top 15 NBA draft pick in an athletic event.
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Lauren Baywol
Ex-collegiate water polo player. Proud Spartan. Extra sprinkles, please.
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Libby Brown
Mommy, distance runner and music nut. I have a playlist for EVERYTHING!
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Christina Steinman
Yer a wizard, Harry.
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Meaghan Hafner
Studied for the GRE by taking flashcards to happy hour…and nailed it.
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Mya Flentroy
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Brittany Dean
A Yooper who loves the Red Wings, wine, & feeding squirrels. Put simply.
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Alexa Megna
Lives in Connecticut by way of California. Can be bribed with tacos.
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Laura Griebel
It’s what you make of it.
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Chris Toepper
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Mike Sauerman
I look at the view every day, and I’m never disappointed.
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Hadley Clegg
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Amy Hernandez
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am.
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Clairese Hagemann
Please, no Silence of the Lambs references!
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Curtis Kaisner
Moderated first project as an intern – haven’t stopped since!
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Sarah Phillips
Vice President, Client Consulting
Sarah is responsible for forging a more symbiotic relationship between our client’s data analytics and market research teams. Using a business-first ethos in extracting value from enterprise data, she supports marketing and operations decision-makers that shepherd organizational intelligence. With strong roots in research, Sarah's ability to look across a client's business to leverage data-driven insights adds to bottom-line thinking that also supports product innovation and global initiatives for top-ranking Fortune 500 organizations.

In her off-time, she instructs for the Department of Marketing at Michigan State University, and is raising the perfect pair of children who are becoming as wicked smart as their mom.
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Dylan Sedam
A little good at a lot of things, pretty quiet, hates mornings.
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Holly Thomas
Creativity is joy—whether writing, gardening or sewing.
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Susan Petersen
Dedicated wife, mother, friend, lover of summer and obligatory gluten free chef.
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Cheryl Halverson
Vice President, People Development & Planning
Cheryl’s love of managing people and developing their skills had guided her as our former research group leader. As the company continues to build a diverse tapestry of talent, she ensures our people strategy is in lock-step with our business strategy. Her underlying knowledge of the industry bolsters Gongos’ strength in attracting, cultivating and empowering individuals to drive our clients’ businesses forward.

Working from her Wisconsin home base, Cheryl paved the path for our growing team of telecommuters. And while her two children–nine years apart in age–keep her on her toes, she also continually challenges her endurance through triathlons and marathons.
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Jennifer Van Wormer
I’m a Southern girl at heart.
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Jim Elliott
I used to work at a Detroit-area radio station.
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Kate Britt
MSU alum, mom to a Siberian Husky, dessert enthusiast.
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Kaylie Smith
Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life.
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Krista Russo
Spending summer weekends on Torch Lake is my happy place. 
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Andrea Hicks
World traveler, animal lover, yoga and meditation dabbler.
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Heather Osminski
People say I’m funny…people are right.
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Arika Fraccaro
I love anything with turtles and have a pet tortoise, Zombie!
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Jeannie Votaw
I love Michigan summers on the lake and enjoy cooking & baking.
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Brendan Sherman
The truth has no agenda
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Jerica Plum
I love to travel! I spent a semester abroad in Luxembourg, which only fueled my travel bug. I can’t wait for my next adventure!
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Chelsey Heitmann
I met my husband at a toga party.
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Jim Wollenweber
I love art and music and play a Steinway in my spare time.
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Cristina Shallal
My Pomeranian-Husky mix, Essie, is my fur baby.
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Jimmy Minges
In my last job I was a beer vendor for the Cincinnati Reds.
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Dave Loney
J Dilla changed my life.
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Kelly Jasper
Huge Tigers and Lions fan - through thick and thin.
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Lara Burkhart
Vegetarian with an excessive collection of leather boots.
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Laura Muczynski
I “plan” but love to act on impulse – Vegas? Tonight? I’m in!
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Lindsey Larson
I single-handedly keep the ‘Post-it’ industry in business.
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Lisa McFarland
My Motto: Follow your heart, take risks & create serendipity.
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Lisa Speck
Researcher by day, mom by night.
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Melissa Hartsoe
I enjoy being with friends & family, shopping & warm weather.
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Miranda Kaltenborn
Tennessee native. Vegetarian. Lover of pit bulls & cats.
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Nate Burgan
I love trivia – I’ve even been on an episode of Jeopardy!
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Nichole Smith
Sports fanatic at heart--playing or watching, I love them all!
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Nikki Rodgers
I enjoy the adventure of traveling to new places.
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Robin Franke
My dog is a stock model for a major corporation’s lint roller!
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Sandra Ferris
I love ethnographies because you get to see the true consumer!
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Stephanie Buckles
I love classic Hollywood films-Splendor in the Grass is a fav!
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Tonya Jiles
I love my family, photography and anything crafty.
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Amy Perifanos
Vice President, Arti|fact
As a research professional on both the client and agency side for over a decade, Amy leads Gongos’ newly launched insight curation practice Arti|fact. Her group works with marketing, brand, insights and executive teams to strike a balance between strategic thinking and creative execution—ultimately making knowledge more immersive, consumable, and inspiring. With an initial focus in the shopper insights space, Amy’s big-picture thinking has catalyzed client relationships within organizations such as Coca-Cola. Formerly with the Kohler Co., Amy holds a Masters of Marketing from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she resides with her husband and daughter.
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Brett Bridges
Heavy on adventure. Low on stress. Life is best spent exploring.
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Beth Pidcock
I’d challenge just about anyone to a cupcake bake-off.
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Ivan Bojanic
37 countries, 48 states,
and counting.
3 war zones; done counting.
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Samantha Herzing
I wish Jurassic Park was a real thing.
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Lauren Burger
Wherever you go, there you are.
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Dan Koenig
Ideas are appreciated. Execution is worshiped.
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Emily Shepherd
I want to travel to the moon some day!
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Shanon Hoffman
Some say I’m sarcastic, most of them mean it as a compliment.
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Tim Riley
My brain is made of Tetris blocks.
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Michael Alioto
Gongos’ global and multicultural reach is broadened daily through the stewardship of Michael. With a vast background in the social sciences, regional studies and analytics, he has been immersed in various countries for three decades, understanding the nuances and specific functions of regional-based research. Beyond that, Michael has a worldly outlook even inside the walls of Gongos – bringing a sense of regionalism, integrity and respect for people of all dialects, races and creeds. And that makes for a great global-minded researcher, in general.
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Holly Thomas
Creativity is joy—whether writing, gardening or sewing.
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Emilio Ditrapani
Travel not for a destination, but for the sake of a journey.
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Lara Burkhart
Vegetarian with an excessive collection of leather boots.
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Tonya Jiles
I love my family, photography and anything crafty.
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Global Alliance
Our in-region partners are a trusted extension of our team.
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Bob Yazbeck
Vice President, Digital Methods
Bob fuels advances in research through online communities, mobile research and online qualitative, and his growing team intensifies the company's ability to put them into practice. His dedicated engagement experts obsessively focus on creating positive experiences for consumers who participate in research.

Bob is one of the most approachable guys in market research. If you see him at a conference, find the most social setting, and you'll find him chatting up with peers and clients alike.
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Audrey Crimmins
Aspiring dog mom, brunch fanatic, and an armchair “House Hunter”
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Theresa Green
Things I love most in life: my family, my dog and my DVR!
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Abbey Wenk
Laughter truly is the best medicine. Also, cats.
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Holly Wery
Actually, it’s Miss Chanandler Bong
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Mike Sauerman
I look at the view every day, and I’m never disappointed.
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Rebecca Witkow
I am a people person who loves being social, creative, organized, girly and happy.
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Camy Sylvestre
I’m involved in theater in my spare time – I sing, dance, and act!
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Amanda Baker
Major shoe addiction…. I’m a (recovering) shopaholic.
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Angel Muxlow
I would LOVE to upgrade to a 28-hour day.
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Jason Muxlow
Vice President, Technology
Jason is no stranger to trial and error. With Gongos since 1998, our Senior Director, Technology has pretty much led the development of all the proprietary technologies that touch our clients and consumers today. With a hands-on approach, Jason empowers an ambitious team of developers, with backgrounds in web design, gaming, rich media, and app development. He understands the needs of researchers through and through - and is even married to a senior research manager on our Communities team.
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Louie Marchan
I love gadgets.
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Lauren Vetter
Vertically challenged. Enjoys music, books, coffee, rapping in the car.
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Maggie Dawson
My mild-mannered alter-ego is a QA Specialist.
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Brian Nagy
My last name translates to “green onion” in Japanese.
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Brian Tessoff
I love to make old things new again.
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Dan Koenig
Ideas are appreciated. Execution is worshiped.
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Eric Nettie
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Kelly Hooks
I have driven across the country 5 times in 5 years.
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Susan Scarlet
Vice President, Strategic Branding
Beyond design and copy, shooting and editing, naming and trademarks, Susan puts into play an umbrella strategy to bring Gongos' enterprise brands and thought leadership to the marketplace. Embracing the industry landscape, competitive intelligence and reciprocal relationship-building, Susan has spoken at industry conferences and co-authors content that personifies the bright future of an evolving industry. She leads a team of that together, conceptualizes and collaborates with all teams throughout the company.

Her chocolate and cream Toy Poodles, Violet & Nellie pretty much let her work all the time, but they're most grateful when she works from her home office, and takes them shopping on weekends.
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Jenn Yu
Proud Spartan. Sushi queen. Barre, brunch & cold-brew obsessed.
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Hallie Dunklin
I can jump rope on a unicycle.
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Chris Carmean
Chris believes in banking on the "human" in HR.  Encouraging the growth of her fellow colleagues, she continually arms everyone in the company with the resources and opportunity to become better cohorts and managers. Her warmth shines through every day through her approachable and accountable demeanor - and the large basket of candy in her office! Recruiting and talent retention are everything to Chris - not surprisingly, she's a devoted wife and mom to a daughter and Bubba, the Labrador, and is a self-proclaimed zombie fanatic and a Diet Coke addict.
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Alyssa Thompson
Grow out, not up.
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Alfred Ishak
Resident pizza connoisseur.
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Debie Pomorski
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Beyond crunching numbers, Debie is truly a people person. Her cross-industry knowledge in the financial services and private sectors led to her current role and responsibility for the financial management, analysis and logistics, as well as budgeting and forecasting a future fit for Gongos. She counts on all of us to make the numbers count for the company - and we love that she keeps us on our toes with a twinkle in her eye.

In her spare time, Debie can be found cheering at Michigan State University sporting events (mostly for three of her four children), and traveling with her family to fun events like Lollapalooza and quiet islands in the Caribbean.
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Grace Balcom
I’m the least graceful Grace you will meet, guaranteed
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Carolyn Wilson
Loves dogs, photography, motorcycle trips, concerts & smiling
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Heather Tracy
I am a singer in a female-fronted rock band on weekends!
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Angela Houstina
Loves a good cup of coffee, HGTV, and all things girly!
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Lynn Wilk
I love my family, knitting & sports -- all at once is GREAT!
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