Meet the Team

Lime Valley Advertising Staff Members

Allison Blazek

Digital Media Specialist

Allison Blazek, Digital Media Specialist.

Allison performs a combination of administrative assistant and marketing functions within Lime Valley. With a passion for marketing and an analytical mind, she has found her niche in the field of marketing analytics. By tracking and monitoring search engine optimization and digital ad campaigns, Allison is able to provide clients with valuable performance data. She is dedicated to staying up-to-date on industry trends and developments within her marketing analytics focus.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2017
  • Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN

Austin Oropeza

MultiMedia Intern

Austin Oropeza Mobile

Austin is currently interning at Lime Valley. A multimedia student at South Central College, he specializes in videography and photography. Austin has entered and won several competitions for his video work. Graduating in the fall 2018, he is excited to take his first steps towards his career, while broadening his horizons in all things media.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2018
  • South Central College, North Mankato, MN

Barb Betts

Graphic Designer

Barb Betts Graphic Designer.

Barb is an award-winning graphic designer. She develops artwork electronically and conventionally for print material, and her work is showcased in posters, brochures, catalogs, point-of-sale displays, and magazine advertisements. Barb also coordinates Facebook ads and boosted posts for Lime Valley’s clients. Hired directly off her internship at Lime Valley, Barb continues to research design trends, color theory, and technology to ensure the work she creates is top-notch.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 1998
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

In the community:

  • American Heart Association Go Red For Women Executive Leadership Team

Brian Maciej

President/Art Director

Brian Maciej Art Director.

At Lime Valley Advertising, Brian has worked as production artist, graphic designer, art director, and account manager, and he has owned the agency since 1996. With this diverse background, Brian is able to guide staff and advise clients, resulting in award-winning and highly effective marketing communications materials. Brian is also a guest lecturer at local schools. He delivered the keynote address at MnSCU Design for Technology Conference in 2009. Brian is a runner-up for Connect Business Magazine‘s Business Person of the Year 2011.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 1988
  • Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN

In the community:

  • South Central College Graphic Communications Advisory Board Chair
  • Bemidji State University Design Technology Board
  • Twin Valley Council BSA Board of Directors

Chad Kraus

Senior Web Developer

Chad Kraus, Senior Web Developer.

Chad manages Lime Valley web projects, along with project workflow and technology implementation. With over 12 years of web development and programming experience, he is passionate about creating effective websites that meet the client goals and provide effective communications solutions. Chad also loves learning about new web development techniques. Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda, and their three children, Paige, Parker and Griffin.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2017
  • Luther College, Decorah, IA (Majors in Computer Science and Mathematics)

In the community:

  • Acoustic guitar in worship band at Crossview Covenant Church (North Mankato, MN)
  • Owner/operator of Chad’s Storage in Madison Lake, MN


Cory Wendt

Lead Web Developer

Cory Wendt Senior Web Developer.

Interested in web programming from a young age, Cory is well versed in HTML5, CSS3, PHP, and JavaScript. Her specialties include Content Management System (CMS) websites, such as WordPress and Joomla. Cory dedicates much of her time to knowing the latest trends and best practices through continuing education and attending industry conferences. Cory has developed both national and international websites for Lime Valley clients, from a simple, professional web presence to a sophisticated, extensive catalog-style website with over 900 pages.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2010
  • South Central College, North Mankato, MN

In the community:

  • Greater Mankato Young Professionals member (2016 – 2017)

Jim Schill

Vice President/Copywriter

Jim Schill Vice President & Copyrighter.

Jim manages multiple accounts at Lime Valley and serves as a copywriter, producing both technical and creative work. Jim has strong interviewing skills, essential for gathering accurate information and producing effective marketing communications. Published nationally and internationally, his work has earned valuable exposure for Lime Valley clients, including cover stories and feature articles. Jim frequently attends trade show events to support clients and to stay abreast of the latest in their industries.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 1998
  • Concordia University, St. Paul, MN


Karissa Mouser

Web Developer

Karissa Mouser Web Developer.

Karissa has a love for design, typography and visual communication, as well as a passion for creating high quality custom designs and websites. A thirst for knowledge in every aspect of life drives her to deliver the best web and design solutions for all clients. She has 2 years of web development experience and attends industry conferences to stay ahead of the curve with new technologies and design trends. She specializes in designing and programming WordPress websites.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2017
  • South Central College, North Mankato, MN

In the community:

  • Greater Mankato Young Professionals member (2016 – Present)



Kevin Klanderud

Communications Specialist

Kevin Klanderud Communications Specialist.

Kevin creates technical drawings, catalog layouts, and trade show signs, and assists with web-related projects. He also serves as video cameraman and digital video editor. As a long-time staff member, his client product knowledge is a valuable asset. Keeping up with the latest software trends, Kevin helps the agency stay ahead of the industry. He is also the office’s tech support and makes client projects easily retrievable through Lime Valley’s archive system.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 1989
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

In the community:

  • Boy Scout Troop 4 Committee member
  • Twin Valley Council BSA Marketing Committee member
  • Proclaim Commission at Christ the King Lutheran Church


Marissa Geerdes

Director of Administrative Services

Marissa Geerdes Director of Administrative Services.

Marissa would never admit it herself, but she is the backbone of Lime Valley. In an office full of right-brain creatives, her left-brain perspective keeps the agency running smoothly. With her education and experience in management, Marissa is responsible for the office’s administrative operations, accounting, and project workflow. Additionally, she builds key relationships with local and national vendors and media partners to ensure Lime Valley’s clients receive the best value.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2002
  • University of Minnesota, Morris, MN

In the community:

  • Roosevelt Elementary PTO Treasurer

Megan Curtis

Graphic Designer

Megan Curtis Production Artist.

Megan is one of the most versatile staff members at Lime Valley. As a graphic designer, her designs are utilized for logos, magazines, newsletters, ads, brochures, banners, and the like. She also develops e-newsletters and assists with website updates, maintenance, and analytics. With this versatility comes a thorough understanding of integrated marketing communications, which Megan is able to strategically implement for any Lime Valley client.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2013
  • The Art Institutes International, Minneapolis, MN

Sam Malinski

Graphic Designer

Sam Malinski, Graphic Designer

Sam’s passion for art and design shows in everything that comes across his desk at Lime Valley. His many years of professional experience in the graphics field enable him to expertly craft ads, web designs, 2D and 3D animations, logos, and other marketing materials. Sam continuously looks for new trends and techniques in design in order to provide clients with industry leading marketing materials.

  • Joined Lime Valley in 2018
  • Academy College, Bloomington, MN