Meet our leadership team

Christine Slocumb

President & Founder

Brian Shilling

Digital Marketing Director

Cori Omundson

Senior Brand Strategist

Casey Frushour

Senior Creative Director

Marla Sokolowski

Marketing Systems Lead

Ava Haekler

SEO & Analytics Lead

Chris Slocumb

Christine Slocumb

President and Founder

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My short story

I thrive when helping companies succeed and grow with effective marketing. I’m happiest when I get to combine left-brain data and analytics with right-brain “peel your eyelids back” creativity.

When I led marketing at tech companies, I found it virtually impossible to find agencies fluent in tech and healthcare. In 2001, I started Clarity Quest to grow biotech, technology, and healthcare companies and would not trade this experience for anything.

Before founding Clarity Quest, I was an engineer and product manager at Motorola. Then, I earned an MBA and led tech marketing teams at several Seattle-area tech startups. I’ve marketed medical devices, healthcare IT, biotechnology, software, wireless infrastructure, displays, and semiconductor technology.

Fun facts: I hold 8 U.S. patents in semiconductor device design and processing. Also, when I’m not working, you can find me swearing at a golf ball, watching Nova basketball, or shuttling my teenage daughter somewhere.

Why I love what I do

I get to:

  • help our clients and their companies reach their fullest potential.
  • enjoy a front-row seat to our clients reaching business and life goals…starting an early retirement from a well-executed exit, securing funding to start a new venture, or getting that well-deserved promotion.
  • enjoy the look on a leader’s face when he or she finally sees and really GETS the power of marketing.
  • experience a different challenge every day.
  • work with fun, creative, kind, and all-around amazing people who bring it every day and always deliver.
Brian Shilling

Brian Shilling

Branding and Digital Marketing Director

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My short story

I’m the person who can jump from creative writing to crunching numbers in Excel spreadsheets and back without missing a beat — and I’m stronger in both areas because of it. Clarity Quest gives me the opportunity to flex my creative and analytical brains on a daily basis.

I came to Clarity Quest in 2011 working primarily in SEO and PPC, but soon found a knack for messaging and project management. I love working with our tight-knit, diverse team to do amazing work for our clients. Nothing is more satisfying than giving a company its first visual identity, bringing their wildest ideas to life, or helping them exceed a revenue target they thought was a stretch.

Fun facts: I’m a big fan of University of Michigan sports (Go Blue!) and my adorable Double Doodle, Lloyd.

Why I love what I do

I get to:

  • share in our clients’ successes — celebrating when they shatter a revenue goal or get acquired.
  • see coworkers grow and crush major milestones.
  • work as a team using our collective strengths to deliver amazing results for our clients.
  • do something different every single day. This is the ultimate “no two days are the same” job. One day I’m working on a marketing budget for a mid-sized biotech company, the next I’m leading digital advertising campaigns for a public med device company, and the next I’m flexing my creative skills with messaging, naming, and branding for a startup health IT company.
  • work with a tight-knit group who are all fiercely independent, yet thrive on team success. Strong personalities challenge one another to produce exceptional results.
Cori Omundson

Cori Omundson

Senior Brand and Marketing Strategist

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My short story

From my first degree in psychology to becoming a creative designer, I always questioned why and how decisions were made. As my career expanded into user experience and marketing strategy, I finally found a place that satisfies my inquisitive nature.

I love strategy — identifying the cause of a business or brand challenge and turning it into a powerful solution. I savor finding the hidden connection between business objectives, user needs, and marketing opportunity. Paramount to me are transforming ideas into purposeful roadmaps and tangible successes, and giving users meaningful experiences.

Fun Fact: I plan to retire as a winemaker. I love the process behind creating an experience.

Why I love what I do

I get to:

  • solve business challenges and help companies grow.
  • transform ideas into business successes while solving complex puzzles along the way.
  • work with smart people. Success doesn’t come from one mind; it’s a collective effort.
  • lift people up and make clients successful in their position.
  • pursue my passion for the creative process and add that final polish to build brands.
Casey Frushour

Casey Frushour

Senior Creative Director

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My short story

I have always loved problem-solving and logic puzzles, but math and science never really excited me long term. Luckily, I was able to focus my interests and creativity into graphic design and web development…careers I didn’t even know existed when I was in high school (the internet was a baby at that time). Distilling a client’s message down to beautiful imagery and a logical layout are the design challenges I love to tackle every day!

As a father of two young boys, I am physically put to the test on a daily basis, but it’s Clarity Quest that allows me to flex my brain muscles (that’s a thing, right?). I crave learning about and designing for new products, services, and industries. It’s this physical and mental balance that I believe will keep me alive well into my early 110s.

Fun fact: Marla is an Ohio State graduate. She thinks her love of the Buckeyes football team is no big deal given that our headquarters is in Ann Arbor, but it bothers us Michigan grads very, very much….shhhhh, don’t tell her!

Why I love what I do

I get to:

  • work with so many unique and amazing companies.
  • deep dive into different corporate “worlds” providing them with the best visual communication solutions.
  • watch our creative design work come to life.
  • have fun with amazing software like the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). It really feels like playing sometimes when I am using the thousands of tools the software has to offer.
  • say “no” to suits and ties!
Marla Sokolowski

Marla Sokolowski

Senior Project Manager and Marketing Systems Lead

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My short story

I love when marketing and technology combine to bring a company to a higher level of success. While marketing helps to tell the story, technology disseminates the story.

Tech has evolved greatly from my early days in government and automotive where FoxPro and Lotus Notes were email clients of choice. Could you imagine email marketing with those beasts? Or managing website metrics with the original WebTrends?

Through this evolution, I’ve lived marketing from all angles and successfully became the tech lead at Clarity Quest. I manage our marketing automation, digital advertising, and research projects.

I completed my undergrad at The Ohio State University studying Chinese and Economics. During that time, I refined my analytical skills which now fuel our client’s growth based on research and data-based decisions.

Fun fact: I am an avid Ohio State football fan, and the Wolverine fans that work at CQ don’t give me too difficult a time. Go Bucks!

Why I love what I do

I get to:

  • watch a client’s business grow as a new-to-them marketing channel or strategy surpasses their goals and expectations.
  • learn new technologies to market clients, increase lead gen, and promote business growth.
  • develop campaigns with folks who are willing to face marketing challenges, experiment, and take risks.
  • work with a widely supportive, creative, and engaged team.
Ava Haekler

Ava Haekler

Marketing Consultant, SEO and Analytics Lead

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My short story

Once I was introduced to the health and tech fields, I knew I found my marketing home. I saw the need for innovation in those fields, and the work we do at CQ with our partners is truly making a difference for people.

I’m in my element when I’m analyzing marketing data for clients or creating valuable content for readers and subscribers. But, there’s nothing as thrilling as when a client’s light bulb turns on, and they understand the value of marketing and what it can do for them.

Before CQ, I worked at Comcast on a startup venture in the health tech space. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a concentration in public relations from Drexel University.

Fun fact: I hiked the mountains in Ireland that are in the movie P.S. I Love You.

Why I love what I do

I get to:

  • help businesses, small to large, new to seasoned, bring their goals to fruition.
  • work with passionate, intelligent coworkers and clients who are making an impact.
  • deliver the results companies are looking for, and can’t get anywhere else.
  • stay on my toes with the ever-changing marketing in health IT, tech, and biotech!