OUR CREATIVE MINDS
Gina DiSpirito -Creative Director. Founder. Principal.
Graduating top of her concentration from Providence College with a degree in Humanities and minor in graphic design, DiSpirito has created for such corporate icons as Disney, Hasbro and AAi.FosterGrant. In 1995, ready to go it alone, DiSpirito founded GLAD WORKS. Her stunning design flair, boundless imagination and rare ability to distill our clients' dreams seamlessly onto the page allow GLAD WORKS to do what we do best: ‘explore the possibilities.'
From conservative to cutting-edge design, corporate i.d. to product design and packaging, DiSpirito relishes the variety of designing for many types of projects in many different styles, constantly evolving and keeping our house style fresh. Heavily involved in the community, she has served as Board member to numerous local and regional arts and human services organizations — dedicating herself and GLAD WORKS to countless hours of probono support and service.
Enjoying immense amounts of creative opportunities and rewarding community involvement, she has proudly garnered public recognition, such as a two-time inclusion in Providence Business News' Top Forty Under 40, the EFNE Entrepreneurship Award, the Encore Award for Outstanding Small Business Support in the Arts, and various other design and professional awards throughout her career. Other high profile clients DiSpirito has designed for include Brooks Pharmacy, Delta Dental, AAA, CVS/Lifespan, FDNY, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Kaiser Permanente.
Adam Harvey -Technology Director. Principal.
While most kids were playing with Transformers and Stretch Armstrong, Harvey was coding on his first computer, and he's never looked back. A graduate of Youngstown State's Computer Information Systems program, Harvey helped develop both the first ISP in Ohio and some of the Internet's very first websites. He was an IT Director in the corporate world before bringing his technical expertise to GLAD WORKS in 1999.
With a background in web development, programming, e-commerce, search engine optimization, social media, mobile technologies and all things technical, Harvey keeps GLAD WORKS at the forefront of the e-Industrial Revolution. As head of business development, Harvey offers our clients cutting-edge innovation and cost-effective solutions paired with good, straight-talking know-how.
In his career, Harvey has engineered technical solutions for groups like the American Heart Association, Block Island Ferry, Christmas Tree Shops, Fire Department of New York, Gulf Oil, Hasbro, Kaiser Permanente, L’Oreal, and Waterfire Providence.
Evangelia Plezia -Accounts Director.
A multi-lingual multi-tasker, Plezia brings her account management, direct mail and print production expertise to GLAD WORKS. Formerly an account supervisor for Protocol Integrated Direct Marketing, she helped to strengthen the firm's client support and promoted cross-training among account managers, all while managing some of the company's largest accounts.
Throughout her nearly two decades in the media and marketing industry, she has garnered experience in traffic management, advertising coordination, marketing promotions, media buying, client relationship development, business development and project management. As GLAD WORKS' Accounts Director she excels at innovating and developing new creative solutions, collaborating with clients and keeping her thumb on the pulse of each of their projects – ensuring that all needs and deadlines are met and that the quality of our work is always outstanding. She does all of this with a warm smile, and it's that very smile that says a lot for our customer service philosophy and our brand.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hartwick College and an active member in the community, Plezia remains closely tied to her Greek roots and her professional skills by helping at her Greek church as well as being an enthusiastic committee member, team captain and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life yearly event. And with her experience and involvement on our team, we're very happy to say that, in our office, it's all Greek to us!
Trish Coulter -Account Manager.
The first word that comes to mind when we think of Coulter is "diverse." With a wonderful wealth of life, travel, and work experiences she is well versed for the wide range of clients and industries that she works with at GLAD WORKS.
As a BFA graduate in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, Coulter also holds a few more surprises up her sleeve! She approaches her work with the eye of an artist, the organization of a project manager, and the interpersonal skills of a talented diplomat.
She spent many years as a "beltway bandit" in Washington, DC working for The Missile Defense Agency, Veterans Affairs, TRICARE and The Armed Services Blood Program. More recently, she worked as an account manager in the tech sector for MOO, a fast growing print and design company. Coulter's 10+ years of experience in print, project management, technology and advertising culminate to enhance her vision and keen eye for detail—all helping her to deliver successful and efficient projects here at GLAD WORKS.
Having had the fortune of living in seven different countries throughout her life, Coulter is never afraid to meet new people—in fact, it’s her love for people and natural sense of curiosity that drives her to 'explore the possibilities' for her clients every day.
Sherri Centracchio -Account Manager.
If there is a successful business open and growing in the state, there is a very good chance that Sherri Centracchio has first-hand knowledge about it!
Sherri came to GLAD WORKS as a highly creative and goal-oriented economic development professional with 24 years of experience in the Rhode Island public sector. She combines a strong work ethic with a commitment to excellence and a passion for improving the business climate wherever she sets up shop!
In multiple roles at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, she worked with public, private, and non-profit partners to create conditions for businesses in all sectors to thrive. Sherri successfully aided dozens of individuals in realizing their dream of owning a business in Rhode Island, including one company that now staffs over 200 employees.
As the State of Rhode Island’s first Small Business Ombudsman, she advocated for businesses and helped navigate them through the regulatory process. Sherri was appointed to the role by Governor Chafee in 2010 and, by June of 2012, coordinated all licenses needed on a state and local level for the America’s Cup World Series and the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015.
Mattie Wells -Design Manager. Illustrator. Creative Team Lead.
With a robust experience base, Wells helps to expand GLAD WORKS' best-in-class creative resources. With a BFA from Montserrat College of Art with a focus in illustration as well as a graphic design certificate from Salem State College, Wells brings a creative flair all of her own to her projects. Before joining the GLAD WORKS team she was busy teaching at her alma mater and provided original design for groups throughout the region, including Quayside Publishing Group in Beverly, MA; Black Lobster Restaurant in Salem, MA; and Tony B's Honey in Suffield, CT. A well rounded graphic artist and illustrator, Wells's outstanding talent, solid production skills and quality customer service continue to illustrate the GLAD WORKS difference in all she does.
Matt Salvadore -Technology Manager. Web Team Lead.
Emily Steffen -Senior Designer. Illustrator.
What impresses everyone about Steffen is how adaptive and creative she is. We can throw any project at her and she’s on it with vigorous enthusiasm and plenty of fresh ideas! And it’s no wonder she’s so versatile, having majored in Communication Design with concentrations in both Graphic Design and Illustration. After graduating from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Steffen further diversified her skill set, combining her illustration and design skills to explore the creative challenges of the jewelry design world. Moving on from there, she honed her ability to deal with complicated projects by participating on a successful graphic design team that worked to create complex web graphics for the National Geographic Channel.
Steffen’s enthusiasm and ability to handle demanding design projects make her a perfect fit for the GLAD WORKS creative team. We are always excited to see what she does with her latest challenge!
Kyle Berard -Designer. Illustrator.
Being a native Rhode Islander, Berard began to catch the spark of design inspiration while growing up amidst our state’s rich creative culture. But when the time came for college, he decided to expand his horizons a bit, heading west to the Art Institute of California in Los Angeles. With his original focus on animation, once there he found himself pursuing fine arts as well. Having successfully diversified his artistic view, Berard felt his east coast roots calling him back, so he transferred to the University of Rhode Island's College of Arts and Sciences where he received his B.A. in Fine Arts.
Having a true affinity for both technology and art, Berard had found his career calling as a graphic designer. With passion and drive, he stepped into an entrepreneurial role immediately following college—a spirit we love here at GLAD WORKS seeing how we were founded in a similar fashion! In this new pursuit, Berard found himself wearing many different hats and gained an invaluable wealth of experience working with, and understanding, clients. He understands that it takes a true balance of inspiring design, good customer service, and organized project management to deliver a truly successful project.
It’s these combined skills that make Berard an exceptional member of our Creative team. Oh—and did we forget to mention that he’s one phenomenally talented illustrator too?
Phil Johnston -Copywriter.
Phil Johnston graduated from Rhode Island College, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing & Literature – so he knows a thing or two about storytelling! A true over-acheiver, Johnston won almost every writing award offered while at RIC, including the Jean Garrigue Award, The Catherine Annette Ducey Scholarship, and the ASTAL Prize.
Right from the start Johnston had real penchant for copywriting and branding. What started out as freelancing with local music acts, fashion blogs and clothing companies morphed into a deeper pursuit of creative marketing. Johnston decided to follow his intuition and passion, taking a project coordinator position at Hasbro corporate headquarters. Flexing his creative muscle with the worldwide toymaker, he gained valuable experience working with major iconic brands like Marvel, Sesame Street, Nerf and My Little Pony.
Now at GLAD WORKS, Johnston uses his collective skills to craft compelling stories on behalf of organizations—stories that inspire their followers to engage in a mutually beneficial conversation. For each new client and project Johnston works with, he has one main goal—to build a trusted voice for the represented brand. For him, it’s all about using creative content as a bridge between the client and their demographic. And if he can make it sound really cool in the process, then he's done his job!
André Blais -Photographer. Videographer.
Whether it’s digital photography, videography, video editing, or digital re-touching, Blais has an eye for it all! From product shots to portraits, Blais’ work communicates the passion he feels for photography. His skills with lighting and composition have helped him build an impressive portfolio that includes portraiture, product shots, and architecture. In fact, Blais’ work in photography and videography is award-winning.
But Blais is more than an award-winning photographer and videographer. Adding to his already impressive technical skill set, the kind-natured Blais has exceptional “people skills.” In combination with his photographic expertise, his ability to communicate with clients to address their specific needs helps him deliver picture perfect results every time!