Team

Marah Houlihan

Marah Houlihan

General Manager

A natural multitasker of multiple multiples.

Having worked at both global and independent agencies, Yoke’s General Manager Marah is well versed in managing and delivering client service excellence across brand, traditional and digital projects, specialising in the FMCG category.

She thrives when tackling challenges and working within dynamic, fast-paced environments whilst driving and developing a team.
Marah prides herself on being end-goal focussed and approaching all aspects of the work at hand with confidence, passion and resolution.

Ryan Nadzielski

Ryan Nadzielski

Creative Director

A culture vulture obsessed with finding different ways to tackle problems.

Having been a Creative in both global and independent agencies, and in-house client side creative teams, Yoke’s Creative Director, Ryan, has produced integrated campaigns for brands across education, insurance, real estate, government, FMCG, not-for-profit and retail.

He thrives on crafting ideas that come from meaningful insights – work that a range of different audiences can relate to.

Dedicated to trying as many things as possible, Ryan’s work history reads more like a ‘career rap sheet’, resulting in a deep understanding of different audiences and their motivations.

Holly Gibson

Holly Gibson

Head of Client Services

A big picture thinker with an eye for the details.

When it comes to firing on all cylinders, Yoke’s Head of Client Services Holly wields a wide-ranging arsenal. With vast experience managing marketing activity for brands such as Coca-Cola, Museums Victoria, Carlton & United Breweries and Virgin Media, she excels in delivering successful, fast paced and high pressure projects. Highly strategic, extremely knowledgeable and with a passion for creativity and design, her positive approach to work and life make her valuable member of any project team.

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Christian Colaneri

Christian Colaneri

Digital Strategist

A deep thinker, with a research first approach to digital solutions

Yoke’s Digital Strategist Christian has worked with leading national and global brands across market research, digital marketing, media and content. He gets a kick out of finding the best way and place for brands to tell their unique stories. He’s known for his inquisitive approach to work, and finding the right balance between creativity and science to unearth solutions for clients that really do deliver. Away from work, he watches plenty of football and history documentaries, and likes to try (and hopefully master!) a new hobby every few months. 

Matthew Storey

Matthew Storey

Technical Director

A deep thinking talent with a love for reason, logic and exceptionally good code.

Raised on the road up and down Australia’s east coast, Matt originally studied design and visual art before swapping layers of colour for lines of code and moving into the world of web development. With a foot in both camps, he knows what it takes to deliver pixel perfect working websites that look and feel the business. A musician and a sound engineer, Matt keeps his pick sharp and his talents in tone by playing in a few local bands

Eugene Ballao

Eugene Ballao

Finance Manager

When it comes to the numbers, it all adds up to Eugene.

Managing the money and dealing with the digits at Yoke HQ is our invaluable finance manager, Eugene. Raised on a sugar cane farm in Ayr, North Queensland, if you’re looking for this keen sportsman outside of work hours then you’d be best trying the golf course or the soccer pitch. A family man with love for social gatherings, Eugene brings that all-important financial know-how to the business – as well as regular deliveries of delicious homemade dried mango slices.

Simmone Muraca

Simmone Muraca

Account Director

A strategic mind with next-level organisation.

With experience at home and internationally, in both global and independent agencies, Simmone’s adaptable skill set makes her a truly versatile Account Director – with experience delivering first-class work for clients in sport, financial services, retail, FMCG, education and entertainment.

Her commitment and resourcefulness is an asset when developing brand strategies, frameworks and experiences.

Simmone is a self-confessed pottery and plant aficionado who can be found crafting beautiful pieces in her home studio (surrounded by greenery, of course).
Stefanie Urso

Stefanie Urso

Office Manager

A master organiser, born with a clipboard in her hand.

When it comes to manning the helm of the good ship Yoke, our Office Manager Stefanie is more than up to the task. After studying Communication Design in her native Melbourne, Stef kicked off her career in professional organisation, skilling up on everything you need to know when keeping a business running smooth and looking sharp. Away from the front desk, Stef can be found sourcing the best of Melbourne’s brunch time spots.

Gary O’Connell

Gary O’Connell

Web Developer

A technology maven who builds brand across digital platforms.

With experience in both creative and branding agencies, Gary’s expertise in the latest technologies has seen him create websites, huge interactive installations, and everything in between.

His background in multimedia programming has led to work across global sports brands, FMCG, and automotive.

As an Irish native, Gary wastes no time in taking in the best that Melbourne has to offer, whether it’s watching sport, catching a gig, or digging for gold in any of the city’s record stores.

Michelle Burgess

Michelle Burgess

Senior Producer

Master of lists, manager of multitudes.

As Yoke’s Senior Producer, Michelle has a penchant for critical thinking and problem solving. A tertiary education spanning both Design and Business underpins her logical and intelligent approach to creative process and project management. Perpetually on the lookout for innovative and efficient work practices, Michelle ensures Yoke is always running full steam ahead. Off the clock, she can be found dabbling in portrait illustration while enthralled in a UX, design or literature based podcast.

Nicolas Brosse

Nicolas Brosse

Account Director

An even-keeled, client managing extraordinaire.

Originally from France, Nic found his way to Melbourne by way of Singapore, bringing several years of experience working on accounts for both regional and global agencies across Europe, Asia and Australia. As Account Director, Nic brings a joie de vivre to his role that reflects his past experiences. With a passion for art/design and a business school education, Nic has both the business acumen and creative flair to meet any and all client needs

Alex Kimpton

Alex Kimpton

Designer

A multitalented creative with a granular approach, Alex was destined to design.

Following her degree in Communication Design at RMIT, Alex began working at a national art publication before taking her seat here at Yoke. Known for her considered and informed approach to her work, Alex combines an enduring aesthetic with modern tools and technologies, moving seamlessly through different styles with a few careful clicks of her track pad.

Ana Ferreira

Ana Ferreira

Social Media & Content Strategist

An endless source of awesome ideas and a master of all things social media.

Ana started her career as an architect in Portugal before ditching drafting paper for pixels and data, working on social media accounts for large tourism, beauty and fashion clients across Europe. Since moving to the sunny shores of Australia (and the not-so-sunny streets of Melbourne), she’s been crafting social strategies and designing killer content across every channel you can name. When she’s not scouting for new content ideas, you’ll probably find Ana cooking up a vegan taste sensation and complaining about the cold.

Yuki Kubota

Yuki Kubota

Digital Developer

Cool, calm and collected, meet Yoke's digital problem solver Yuki.

Yuki started off working in the not-for-profit sector before his love for good deeds turned to a love for good dev. Truly a global citizen, he has lived and worked all over the world and prides himself on transforming digital design into meticulously matched interactive web applications. His eye for looking good also carries through to his dress sense – definitely Yoke’s most stylish team member.

Jack Jaeschke

Jack Jaeschke

Designer

Our resident animation aficionado, breathing life into design.

With a meticulous eye for detail, Jack is known for digital illustration and animation grounded in precision, curvature and balance. Hailing from country South Australia, he followed the bright lights of the creative industry into Melbourne. A graphic designer by trade, Jack found his true passion in motion graphics and animation, striking the balance between whimsical and timeless. Find him with a mug of tea effortlessly out-styling everyone in the office with his 80s/90s inspired looks.

Stephanie Ferraro

Stephanie Ferraro

Digital Marketing Consultant

A people-first approach backed by data driven decisions.

Known for her thoughtful and considered approach to her work, Steph first discovered a love for data, technology and online activity while studying business and marketing in the world of fashion. Moving swiftly from patterns of clothing to patterns of consumer behaviour, she uses her natural curiosity to solve a wide array of online business problems for Yoke’s clients. Away from her analytics dashboard, she enjoys a number of creative pursuits, everything from growing plant cuttings to mastering the odd power tool or two.