From Web site design and e-commerce to logo creation and marketing materials, our specialized design services integrate multiple components, all of them necessary to build your business and your brand image.
And we do it well because we simply love what we do.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of our work is the ongoing relationships we develop with our clients. It is extremely gratifying for us to follow our clients’ successes and achievements, and we stay in touch and follow their activities. And when our clients are ready to launch a new product or revitalize their image, we are able to jump right in as if we have always been a part of their team, because we have!
Additionally, in October of 2009, Michelle became certified as a Social Media Specialist by training under Internet marketing expert, Mari Smith. Fully immersed in the social media culture, tools, applications, and plug-ins, Michelle and her team can custom design, optimize, and sync all your social networking sites as well as your Web site to maximize brand exposure, both organically and virally.
What most people do not realize is that Michelle has accomplished this all while being profoundly Deaf, "hearing" only through a miraculous technology called a cochlear implant, a small electronic device that translates sound in the environment into electrical impulses that the brain can interpret.
Before losing her hearing, Michelle taught 7th and 8th grade language arts for the Springfield, Illinois public school district. She possesses a master's degree in Education and Computer Technology from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and a bachelor's degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.
Michelle maintains active involvement in her community. Her achievements and the contribution of e-websmart to the field of Web design and to the community where the business is located have been applauded through numerous awards and nominations, including:
In addition to her work with e-websmart, Michelle is the Founder and Board Chairman of the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (www.ciafonline.org), a nonprofit organization that exists to provide information, resources, and financial assistance for individuals who can overcome deafness through utilization of cochlear implant technology.
Armed only with an amazing passion to bring her nonprofit to life, Michelle built the organization from the ground up and marketed her way to widespread name recognition within her niche.
Michelle serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation and serves on the board of directors for Lincoln Land Community College Foundation. She is also an active member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Taylorville Chamber of Commerce.
Michelle resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband and two daughters.
Darren's expertise includes working knowledge of Quark Express, InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He is as comfortable with small-scale print design as he is with large-scale signage, exhibition displays, and textiles.
Having once worked for a printing company as a typesetter, Amanda's interests have expanded as the industry has evolved, and she now works as a freelance designer creating for Web sites, print, and advertising.
Amanda is married and they have a 3-year-old daughter. They enjoy spending time in the garden and creating "edible messes" in the kitchen.
Crista Gebhardt is our Product Manager and runs the day-to-day operations of e-websmart. She also sits on the Board of the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation. Originally from the Chicago area, she has been in Springfield for almost 20 years. After spending 8 years as a gymnastics teacher and competitive coach, Crista has been a stay-at-home mom to her four very active kids. She has spent a majority of her time very involved in her children’s school, including President of the Home and School board for 4 years and Chairman of various fundraisers.
Crista is enjoying the many aspects of the e-websmart business, and loves dealing directly with the clients and helping with their various needs and concerns.
Shelly Pawelczak, one of our newest team members, is our Social Media Manager. She oversees all Social Media for our clients here at e-websmart. Shelly worked for the Secretary of State before she began her journey of being a stay-at-home mom for several years. When both of her kids started school, she rejoined the workforce at her church as a Business Associate. She has served on committees at her children’s school and is very involved with their activities.
Tami Richmond is a Springfield native and has worked in the public and private sector for many years. She began her career in social service and after spending a few years at home with her children, began an event planning and decorating company.
Tami has recently come on board to assist our team in working directly with clients and providing various levels of client, social media and web support. She has an eye for design and is creative in her approach to business and marketing. She has also presented as a guest speaker for various organizations and has been a nominee for Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year. Tami is very active in the community serving as a committee co-chair for Denim & Diamonds and a committee member for Contact Ministries Prom Fundraiser and St. John's Hospital Toast of the Town and as Vice President for Southeast High School PTO.
Tami especially enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris and their three boys.