Our Team

About Us

Meet our core creative team…

Anya Smilanick

Agency Director & Founder

With 13 years of marketing and design under her belt, Anya founded Small Dog Creative in 2007. Anya has worked on hundreds of projects for hundreds of small businesses needing marketing materials online and offline. Anya graduated from Claremont Graduate University with an MFA in Fine Art, and now channels her creative energy into all things marketing. She enjoys being actively involved in the community and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Joy Whittemore

Marketing Director

Joy spent over 17 years managing widely recognized brands as an in-house marketing manager. After transitioning to owning her own marketing agency, Add+In Marketing, Joy merged with Small Dog Creative in 2016 so that she could offer clients a full array of creative services that include expertly crafted websites and inbound marketing capabilities. She enjoys seeing the rewarding results that come from providing clients with the consultative support they need to keep their businesses flourishing. Joy keeps the ball rolling and the artwork flowing.

David Whittemore

Creative Director

David inspires clients to push the limits, bringing over 20 years of creative and design leadership to our creative team. With over half of his career spent in executive marketing and communication roles, he knows how to effectively develop impactful ideas and manage a project from beginning to end. His creative dexterity extends from design to illustration, photography and three dimensional displays. David takes the goals made during creation consultation sessions and puts them into action, translating ideas into deliverables.

Mario Hernandez

Assistant Marketing Manager

Mario is a United States Marine with over 13 years experience in product sales and marketing, applying a strong expertise in customer focused, long-term strategic planning. Mario is exceptionally skilled in providing clients with an unsurpassed level of customer care and service. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a passion for Business Strategy and Consumer Insights. Mario is a lifelong learner and is currently enrolled at USC in the Masters of Business for Veterans (MBV) program.

Géraldine Jouvin

Graphic Art and Design Specialist

As a graphic designer for the past 20 years, Géraldine has acquired a very deep understanding of design principles. From graphic design, to illustration and photography, the work she produces is driven by her experience, creativity and sensibility. She works closely with the marketing team to ensure that her ideas and creations align with the clients’ needs.

Leslie Ramirez

Administrative Assistant

Leslie is a highly organized administrator with over 10 years of experience. She excels at all aspects of office and customer relations which has gained her many accolades throughout her career. There’s no aspect of operations that Leslie can’t handle. She has mastered the fine art of administration performing a wide array of functions including payroll, customer care, scheduling, training and maintaining internal processes. Leslie is the energetic, reliable and resourceful go-to person who runs the Small Dog office seamlessly. There is never a task too small or too big for Leslie.

Tony Pinto

Video and Photography Producer

Tony has been producing Interactive Media and Video content since 1998. He studied Film and Literature at UC Santa Barbara, and worked as a Technical Trainer and Content Producer for numerous corporations before striking out on his own. As a Producer at Small Dog, Tony is responsible for telling our clients’ stories both visually and orally. He and his production team specialize in training videos, product demos, mini documentaries, customer testimonials, and event highlights.

The Office Gnome

Mischief Maker

This semi-magical creature comes to life at night and causes mischief. His favorite pastime is roaming the office after hours and drinking the office beer. He is often found passed out in the conference room or pooping under someone’s desk. He has been kicked out of the office many times, left across town, and shipped to China, but he always finds his way back in.

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