meet the team

We are a highly capable team of marketers, web developers, copywriters, designers and above all, storytellers. We thrive on a collaborative environment that values both the individual expertise and the power of collective analysis.

Maria Orozova  |  President & Creative Director
As the President + Creative Director of MOD, Maria has more than a decade of experience developing advertising and branding campaigns for local and national clients. Her work has earned 16 ADDY awards & 35 American Graphic Design Awards, and she was selected as one of Graphic Design USA Magazine's “2012 People to Watch". Maria is also a featured writer for elite publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Texas CEO Magazine and Austin Business Journal. Always the entrepreneur, she started MODpaper, a luxury couture invitation design studio. She also finds time to serve on the Board of Directors for the Center for Child Protection, the Fashion Marketing Advisory Panel for The Art Institute of Austin, both GENaustin's Board of Directors and planning committee for the Pathfinder program. She is a long time supporter of the National Children's Alliance and Ballet Austin and was also selected as a finalist in the 2015 Austin Under 40 Awards. In addition to her professional and volunteer duties, Maria also pursues a wide range of personal interests, including skiing, interior design and adding to the ever-growing list of countries she has visited - 27 in total.

Scott Thomas  |  Marketing Director
With a background working with such industry leaders as Accenture, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Citicorp, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Panasonic, Siemens, Yahoo and numerous high-growth companies, Scott creates and executes our new go-to-market strategies, leads marketing and brand transformations and implements in-market programs for regional and national clients. A graduate from Duke University, he's also been finalist for the Austin Under 40 Awards for 2 years and is the president of revenue growth agency, Intelechy Group. He is an avid supporter of 
Austin's Habitat Young Professionals and Ballet Austin. In his spare time, this nature-lover enjoys hanging out with his dog, watching Duke Basketball and is committed to visiting at least one new country each year.

 Michael Nink

Michael Nink  |  Account Director
Michael has nearly two decades of experience developing and executing a range of successful internal and external marketing and communication strategies. Michael’s background includes working with both B2B and consumer clients producing regional, national and global advertising, demand generation and online campaigns. His impressive list of client relationships includes Rackspace, AT&T and BazaarVoice, where he was responsible for a $2 million client portfolio that included Adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade Golf, Singer, Kolcraft, and Avery Dennison. Away from the office, Michael stays busy with various non-profits such as the Young Men’s Business League, where he acted as President in 2009, as well as the Austin Sunshine Camps, where he served on the Board of Directors for 8 years. Not one to rest for long, Michael can also be found practicing for a Half Ironman, gardening, barbecuing or watching Texas Longhorn football.

Bianca Krause  |  Art Director
Bianca’s early interest in art and typography quickly led to a full-time obsession with visual communication. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she built a strong repertoire of journalism, advertising and publication design. At MOD, Bianca continues to pursue this design passion, creating an array of solutions for clients from web design to branding, collateral and more. Her keen eye for design and innate ability to implement high-level design concepts as part of an overall marketing strategy has earned her national recognition, including a special feature as a marketing expert for the show Restaurant Redemption on the Cooking Channel. When she kicks that creativity into low gear, you'll find her snacking at Veggie Heaven, flipping through Communication Arts or shopping for new shoes at her favorite Austin boutiques.

Gina Kirkwood  |  Marketing Manager
Gina is MOD’s resident expert in all things marketing and communications. Her prior experience spans the entire spectrum: from account management, to publication production, to nonprofit marketing, to nearly everything in between. Before joining the MOD team, Gina attended Kansas State University, following suit with a long line of purple-blooded relatives, and earned a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications. Most recently, she lent her talents to an elite Kansas City-based design studio and used her copywriting and marketing skills to help develop campaigns for companies ranging from local startups to national brands, like Buckle and Intuit. Outside of the office, Gina enjoys running, watching college football and basketball and volunteering as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Orlando Villarreal  |  Web Developer
Orlando is a technology enthusiast. He is constantly expanding his knowledge of new platforms, methods and releases to offer our clients innovative digital solutions. He uses a variety of languages like HTML5, CSS, PHP and jQuery to build everything from mobile apps to Wordpress plugins. His background in web development began at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Austin Community College where he gained extensive knowledge of web design and development. Following graduation, Orlando continued to pursue new development projects and began helping the next generation of web enthusiasts build their skills in the ACC tutoring department.

Malary Lee  | Graphic Designer
Malary’s passion for Graphic Design began, fittingly enough, in her high school marketing class. She ultimately decided to pursue design as a career after graduating from Grand View University with a degree in Graphic Design as well as a minor in Photography & Web Design. Since then, Malary has accumulated an impressive portfolio working for corporate and boutique clients such as USBank and Publix. Her favorite design projects typically include typography-driven pieces although her contemporary style lends itself to a clean, modern aesthetic across The MOD Studio’s various design projects. When she’s not busy designing, Malary likes riding her motorcycle and playing with her dogs.

Ellen Wilson  |  Account Coordinator
Ellen’s mastery of marketing comes from not only her expansive background in client relations, sales, customer service and management, but also her knack for all things creative. She has broadened her professional skillset since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, most recently in a role managing an independently owned hair salon where she perfected a wide variety of skills, from overseeing the operations of an entire business, to strengthening client relationships, to creating the perfect chignon. When Ellen isn’t working, she can be found hanging with her dog Stella, hiking the Greenbelt, traveling and volunteering at Austin Animal Center.