The Design Guild | Our Team
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Our Team

Christine Walker
[ Founder/Managing Director ]

As a marketing strategist and creative director Christine has 25 years experience working with some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, Belkin, Wal-Mart and Disney. An analytical mind and background in design make her ideally suited to the business of marketing.   Enjoys a small town life and the beauty of the hills.

Melissa Holberton
[ Writer/editor/project manager ]

From working as Communications Director of an internet start up in San Francisco in the 1990’s to an eight year stint in corporate branding and marketing for a large software company, Melissa has witnessed the myriad technology and business trends and watched the buzzwords come and go. She has a graduate degree in marketing and ample corporate experience during which she honed her project management skills. At the heart of her expertise is writing- blogs, web copy, presentations, marketing collateral of any sort- and guiding businesses to convey their brand through the written word. She writes fiction as a hobby and reads fiction as an obsession. Today she operates her own editorial consulting business out of her home in Petaluma and works with the Guild in the capacity of project manager and editor.

Morgan Parrish
[ Graphic Designer ]

A graphic designer raised in the heart Petaluma, Morgan has a true understanding of what Sonoma County is all about. He started his design career in 2010 and since that time, has designed for everything from large corporations to small start-up companies. When he is not designing, you will most likely find him getting salty in the surf or wandering the trails of the Sonoma/Marin coast.

Federico Bolla
[ Web Developer ]

Federico Bolla, born in northern Italy, started programming at the ripe old age of 8 and knew after a semester abroad at UCLA that he was a true “america-o-phile.” After obtaining his degree in psychology he traveled extensively while working for a boutique marketing firm in Turin, Italy before moving to the US to pursue a technical career in the animation industry, his first love. After several years with companies like Disney, ImageMovers Digital and Lucasfilm Animation he is now living happily in Petaluma with his family where he loves the entrepreneurial spirit and country vibe of the area. As a member of the Petaluma Design Guild he focuses on web development.

Nicky Ovitt
[ Designer / Illustrator ]

Nicky’s professional experience includes a decade spent as an art director/designer for an apparel and accessories manufacturer to leading lifestyle brands. Presently a freelance illustrator, she creates spot prints, patterns, and hand-lettering for private label, product development and licensing. In her native state of New Mexico, Nicky grew up among the magical Alexander Girard collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM where her mom was a curator.