About

 

Creative Brand Development

We are a group of creatives specialized in bringing your brand to life.

 

Since our start in March of 2002, mixdesign has grown to a full service brand agency with nationally recognized clients as well as strong growing startups in its versatile, ever growing portfolio. Mix has since created partnerships and formed a team that extends beyond the packaging world and includes an architectural division, brand development team and website design department.

 

Those we call MIX

 

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Michaline Tomich
Founder, CEO

In January of 2002, Michaline experienced the joy of landing her first client, well-known Church’s Chicken, who hired her to rollout their domestic and international packaging designs. Since then, with a degree from University of Illinois, Michaline has landed and directed thousands of brand projects. As CEO she salutes everyone who has helped mixdesign achieve over 14 years of success including the recent move into their new freestanding building. She is a member of AIGA and serves on the board of the Lake Area United Way. When not designing, her list of favorites include husband Jared, playing with her 2 boys, up-cycling, old school animation and reminiscing about the 80's.

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Nicki Gladstone
VP of New Business and Strategic Development

Nicki may be tiny, but she can pack a mighty roar! Nicki is a seasoned vet. in the public relations and marketing industry, with a Bachelor's in PR and a Master's in crisis communication and emergency management to boot. Her out-of-the-box thinking helps mixdesign clients reach new creative heights. Her innovative approach to strategic management and her generally sunny disposition provide the perfect conduit for clients and the mix creative team. Outside of the mix you can find her with her family, volunteering all over Northwest Indiana or watching one of her many favorite sports teams in action.

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Brandon Dzunda
Associate Creative Director

Brandon's passion and expertise lie in print design and creating new identities for our clients. Born and raised in NWI, Brandon is a 2002 graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette. Outside of work he is a self-proclaimed beer geek, avid outdoorsman and Pearl Jam fanatic. He mostly enjoys spending time with his family, close friends and his boxer, Boscoe.

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Alex Ross
Associate Creative Director

After completing an internship in the fall of 2007, Alex became a full time employee with mixdesign. While developing expertise in branding and identity, he sees mixdesign as a great fit. Alex is a lifetime Highland resident who is happily married, enjoys playing drums, getting out on the golf course, hunting morels, home improvement projects and trying a unique beer.

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Sonia Lopez
Sr. Art Director and Brand Development

Sonia heads graphic design and production projects at mixdesign. Her versatility extends her across mixdesign's print and event divisions. She is a Columbia College Graduate with a passion for color and a gift for design. She can often be touted for her out of control nail polish collection, and unique nail designs and can easily bribe anyone with her family's fantastic tamales.

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Amy Van Soest
Copywriter

Amy loves to working with clients to make all the pieces of the puzzle come together. She comes to mix with a background in partner relations, event planning, writing and communications, holds a degree from Purdue University, and has experience as a communications coordinator. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her grandson, two daughters and son, and spends time working on her house and yard.

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Mike Plys
Construction Manager

Plys has 28 years of experience in construction, estimating and project management. Needless to say, he brings a wealth of creative construction, estimating and installation knowledge to the team at Mixdesign. He has been instrumental in implementing the physical design of the company's new building, managing interior installations, and creating marketing, event and interior components. When not constructing our magnificent mix-visions,  you can catch Mike enjoying grandparenting and a good Scotch on the rocks :)  

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Joellen Pavnica
Event & Interior Specialist

Joellen has been a part of the mix team for several years. Her unique eye for design lends her talents to both the interior side of mixdesign's work, as well as the events division. Joellen excels at bringing themed events to life. She has ten years of food and beverage experience as an event planner, promotions coordinator and has worked on major events with beverage distributors such as Red Bull and Miller Lite and at Lollapalooza. Joellen also has her own home decor and jewelry lines at local retail locations and enjoys spending time with her son, Daniel.

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Marshall Santefort
Junior Designer

Marshall brought his creative talents to mixdesign after earning his visual communication degree from Purdue University Calumet. Although he appears to be one of the more subdued members of the team, Marshall's quick wit and can-do attitude make him a great asset to mixdesign. Whether it's designing t-shirts or developing brand identities, he's always up for a challenge. A life-long resident of Lansing, IL, Marshall loves playing soccer and volleyball in his free time. He also enjoys jamming classic rock tunes on his guitar.

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Michelle Kobeszka
Team Billing Manager

With over 5 years of valuable experience as Executive Assistant and Accounts, mix is proud to call Michelle our Mix Team Billing Manager. Like many other mixers, Michelle currently lives in Highland (but is not a life-time resident). While not crunching numbers, Michelle volunteers as head coach for her daughter's cheer squad and enjoys her couch-potato Sundays with her husband and 2 daughters, Kylee and Bailey.

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Fran Pavnica
mixdesign Accountant, CPA

With over 50 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Fran's professional experience is most esteemed. She is an IU alum, who recently retired from a regional law firm where she served as their business manager... but not for long! when she accepted a part time position with mixdesign in 2014. When not crunching numbers, you can find Fran engaged in a good read, watching mystery genre, volunteering at her church and lazing around.

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Valerie Spain
Administrative Assistant

Val has 10+ years of commercial design experience under her belt. With a Bachelor's from Purdue University in interiors design and a minor in art history, Val is armed to assist clients with any of their design needs. Val is the voice of mixdesign, often on the receiving side of phone calls at the office (you can't miss her quick whit and vivacious personality!) When not at mixdesign, Val can be found teaching violin lessons, or spending time with her two boys.

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Brian Lowry
Analyst

Brian transformed a passion for books into a career researching and writing. He enjoys using these skills to turn ideas into actionable intelligence for mixdesign clients. In his spare time, Brian teaches humanities courses to management students at area colleges. When he's not in the office or the classroom, he's on Lake Michigan in his kayak. Brian holds a Master's Degree from University of Chicago. He and his beloved bride Jerri live in Whiting IN with their 3 children.

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Mark Dominiak
Analyst

Mark has 20+ years of experience in the industry and has been an extension of the mix for ten years. He has leveraged his media background to develop a unique strategist's perspective of consumers and brands, solve challenging client problems in Marketing, Advertising and Business Growth. He is a champion of right-brain point of view. Qualitative insights are his bread and butter. He lives in Whiting with his wife and 2 daughters. When not working can be found enjoying a cold Pepsi and the latest marvel comics.

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John Francis
Illustrator

John is a rockstar illustrator with a skilled eye for detail and a love for the snowy outdoors. John began working with the mix team a few years ago, and since then, has developed a truly dynamic team relationship. You'll see John's amazing work in logos, ads, print and web. His technically driven renderings and ability to develop realistic depictions of products, processes and nature helped to bring clients like Monosol's visual storytelling to life. John's talent is beyond words and his love of nature shines thru in his work.

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Mike Werner
Illustrator

Mike has been an extension of the mixdesign team since its inception a decade ago. He has contributed illustration and design for projects like coloring books, maps, menus and logos. He also works for worldwide clients and brands using his graphic facilitation skills to generate solutions at innovation sessions, and considers each meeting a success when he leaves them with a wall full of illustrated ideas. Mikes lives in WI with his wife and 2 daughters and loves to listen to a little music as he works.