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Ron Handwerk

Ron Handwerk

Ron Handwerk exemplifies behavior that the customer always comes first and is willing to do all he can to satisfy their needs.

With over 26 years with Verizon, Ron obtained a plethora of marketing and sales support experience. From copy writing, sales collateral development, direct mail, printing, trade shows, ad agency advertising and call center exposure… his experience is vast and he’s always willing to learn more and share his knowledge.

Ron was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. He is an avid nature and outdoors lover that enjoys sports, home fixer-upper projects, working in the yard, or hiking in the woods.

Ron resides in the Baltimore Maryland area with his wife and two kids. On days off he can typically be found working on a home project or running to his children’s sporting events. He enjoys spending time with friends, values his friendships and believes that unique interesting individuals make the world go round.

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Rose Quinn

Rose Quinn

Rose Quinn

Rose Quinn

With an M.Ed. and MBA, Rose has transferred her skills in higher education academic advising to contract, project, and content management by applying commitment to quality client relationships on every level. Rose brings to Ascend extensive experience technical writing and editing through her role at Verizon supporting content management for customer-facing wireline representatives while ensuring adherence to Verizon style guidelines and brand integrity. She excels in fast paced, dynamic environments and enjoys collaborating with colleagues to analyze and solve problems. With her technical skills and natural ability to think critically, Rose offers a well-rounded approach to monitoring content quality end-to-end through entire project lifecycles.

In her free time, Rose enjoys time with family and friends, books, running for miles, and exploring opportunities for personal and professional development.

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Ujjwal Vinnakota

Ujjwal Vinnakota

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Ujjwal is an ambitious data analyst with experience in developing interactive Tableau dashboards that improve efficiencies in projects. He specializes in enhancing executive reporting by converting complicated business needs into appealing and informative Tableau visualizations. Ujjwal completed his Master’s in Business Analytics at the University of North Texas in May 2023. Apart from being a data analyst, he is a professional cricketer and has represented the Fort Lauderdale Lions and St Louis Americans team in Minor league Cricket (USA).
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Jordan Walters

Jordan Walters

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Jordan Walters joined Ascend Marketing in 2023, soon after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she obtained her degree in marketing with a marketing analytics certification. She is a natural marketer with diverse experience in social media marketing, marketing analytics, and content marketing. She has a large passion for all things creative, but she also has a passion for understanding the strategic elements of any project. Outside of work, Jordan can be found on a flight around the world, taking photos, working out, sipping a tasty cup of coffee, and shopping.

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Tulasi Ranganathan

Tulasi Ranganathan

Tulasi is a seasoned web portal and analytics professional with over 13 years of experience. She has a proven track record of leading and owning company web portals, managing social channels and analytics, and working with senior leadership to align with company goals. Tulasi is passionate about using technology to improve the customer experience. She is also a strong advocate for personal growth and development. Tulasi is based in Austin, Texas and enjoys long hikes. She also completed her first full marathon in 2023, but don’t ask her about her time. She hopes to run for time at the next marathon.

Sarah Ganbat

Sarah Ganbat

Sarah Ganbat

Sarah Ganbat

Sarah Ganbat has a variety of experience in content creation, digital and social media marketing, marketing analytics, and digital strategy. She loves to dig into the “why” of outcomes and decisions by using qualitative and quantitative data. She recently earned her MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she focused on analytics, innovation, and digital product management. Sarah enjoys reading, nature, and spending time with her husband and family.

Melissa Shumaker

Melissa Shumaker

Melissa Shumaker

Melissa Shumaker

Melissa Shumaker enhances demand gen and lifecycle campaigns for clients ensuring a consistent and meaningful experience throughout the entire journey. With a diverse marketing communications background in B2B and B2C, she uses her strategic approach and collaboration skills to add value by finding and integrating the customer’s voice to produce campaigns that drive results. She has experience working in several marketing automation platforms, is certified as a Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Specialist and is currently working to add Marketo certification to her credentials. She also enjoys using her journalism degree to contribute copywriting and content as projects allow. Melissa is married to Mark and lives ridiculously close to the Grapevine office. They have two grown sons and recently filled their empty nest with six chickens who live contentiously with two dogs named Maggie and Cash. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys tending her garden to attract more butterflies and hummingbirds and taking long Griswold-style road trips to vacation in the mountains or visit the boys out of state.

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Jason Duff

Jason Duff

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Jason Duff is a web, UX and design lead at Ascend. His focus is on listening, learning, and sharing to help improve customer journeys and experiences. His peers describe him as someone who never turns down an opportunity to learn something new. Jason has his MFA in Art and Technology from the University of Texas in Dallas. He worked with PHD candidates to create educational games for children struggling with neurobehavioral disorders. He has worked in a variety of experience design roles on a wide range of platforms. Jason is married and has three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing the piano, woodworking, hiking, and traveling.

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Gabrielle Richey

Gabrielle Richey

Gabrielle Richey

Gabrielle Richey

Gabrielle Richey earned her B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas in Arlington. She graduated at the top of her class and was on the board of her sorority as the Academic Chairman. Before joining Ascend, she worked in various roles serving nonprofit, healthcare, e-commerce, and marketing research. Her passion is all things inbound marketing and MarTech. Her specialties include email automation, social media, and event promotion. What she loves most about Ascend? The culture of continuous self-improvement and innovation. Always up for a new challenge, she recently began kickboxing!

Gabriele Erickson

Gabriele Erickson

Gabriele Erickson

Gabriele Erickson

Gabriele Erickson has more than 25+ years of experience in project management. She started her career in television production and post-production in the 90’s. Where she gathered and mastered skills in managing projects, people, finance and resources. She loves learning new tech, problem solving and coming up with more efficient ways to accomplish her goals. Gabriele grew up in Atlanta and has spent much of her adult life exploring the world. She is a recent empty nester, who is eager to delve into this new territory with excitement. She shares a home with two dogs and a cat, who allow her to live there for free. In her leisure time she explores new places, people, experiences and food. She feels blessed to be working for a company that encourages a balance between work and family.