ABOUT US

About Us

Vertu Marketing LLC is a full-service content and copywriting company, as well as your go-to stop for website design and digital marketing. ​

A purpose-driven Agency.

Defenders of truth, justice and effective marketing, the Vertū Marketing team is a large, diverse group of highly talented individuals all born with special marketing powers. Our mission: to bring virtue and integrity into the world of digital marketing, one client at a time.

Years ago we began to see the strain “shady dealings” had placed upon the digital marketing industry. After speaking to far too many clients who had been ripped off or swindled, we decided to take action.

Our team of awesome staff members (Team Awesomeness) banded together to change the landscape of our industry by showing clients and competitors that integrity and virtue need not be dying arts; thus we make the most of cutting edge website design, and copywriting, to help innocent businesses defend themselves against villainous swindlers.

Meet Our Team

Team Awesomeness

Comprised of the best and the brightest, and spanning the globe, each member of the VM team is recognized for their love of service, the digital landscape and a drive to finish first.

Caroline Rock
Caroline Rock
Lead Editor

Caroline Rock has no sense of smell, so she appreciates the value of a well-described odor. She firmly believes maturity means she no longer has to eat onions or tomatoes if she doesn’t want to. While she has worked in many capacities, she has never had a job she enjoyed as much as working for Vertu!

Amy Tallmadge
Amy Tallmadge
Writer

Amy Tallmadge lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area, with her husband, two cats, and multiple incomplete craft projects. She is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, and no, she doesn’t know your friend, Claire, from Ontario. No, we don’t actually say “eh” at the end of every sentence. Yes, it does snow a lot up there – one time, we had a freak snow storm in June! Yes, Toronto is great, but you really should try the Maritimes. No, she doesn’t really play hockey or have a favourite NHL team – that’s actually how she got kicked out of Canada in the first place. Aw, thanks– yes, Canadians are very nice people. She hopes you have a great day, too! Oh – ha, ha! You said “good-bye, eh?” Yes, she’s never heard that one before – very clever! You take care now!

Patty Banner
Patty Banner
Writer, Editor

Patty has amassed a truly glorious collection of fun socks during her time with Vertu Marketing. When preparing for the workday, she could spend a couple of minutes finding the perfect pair to wear that day. The struggle is real! Thank goodness she loves her job.

Meagan Kerlin
Meagan Kerlin
Writer, Editor

Meagan Kerlin was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Central Florida a few years ago with her family. Over the course of her career with Vertu Marketing, Meagan has worked as both a writer and an editor with various projects. She’s a wife, mom, reader and runner, as well as a Disney travel planner and baker of the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. If Meagan were to get in a fight, it would probably be because someone talked badly about Nick Saban or Alabama football.

Don Humphrey
Don Humphrey
Editor

Don is one of the editors for our legal blogs. In his free time he likes to run, make Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Fudge brownies (OK, it’s a mix) and loves all things Boston. He’s been known to secretly edit Facebook and Instagram posts while pondering whether Charlie’s wife (of “Charlie on the MTA” fame) is still making lunch for the man who never returned even though the Scollay Square Station no longer exists.

Tylie Eaves
Tylie Eaves
Founder/CEO
Ronnie Livesay
Ronnie Livesay
Operations Manager

Ronnie Livesay is the Operations Manager for Vertu Marketing. He joined our company in 2013 after spending the “first half” of his career in the HVAC industry. Ronnie quickly worked his way up the ranks as both a writer and an editor before assuming his role as leader of our troops. He now handles many of our HR functions, employee training and development, assuring that team members meet all their deadlines, and a multitude of other managerial responsibilities.

Ronnie graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Although he never pursued a career as a stock broker, it has remained a life-long passion of his, and he frequently offers investment and financial planning advice to others in need. In his free time, Ronnie has a borderline obsession with defeating Father Time (or at least playing him to a draw) as he enjoys basketball, tennis, running, and most things related to physical fitness.

April Faxon
April Faxon
HR Manager and Administrative Supervisor

April Faxon has been a member of our team since June 2012. She is currently our HR Manager and Admin Supervisor, but also manages our Client Care team and any other tasks that Tylie sends her way. She received an Associate Degree in Office Administration with a concentration in medical office. She used her degree in the medical field for six years before becoming a stay-at-home mom.

April is a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Her main goal in life is to bring glory to God in everything she does. Her most challenging role is definitely raising her three sons to be Godly men. She is thankful to have a partner-in-crime in her husband of twenty years. She enjoys baking, cake decorating, music and being with her family. April appreciates the opportunity to work from home and contribute to the success of Vertu. She has enjoyed watching the company grow over the years and looks forward to seeing where the future will lead.

Michael Ritter
Michael Ritter
Website Developer

I’m a husband and dad. I also have a physical disability. We live in northern Virginia. Website development gives me opportunities to solve complex problems.

Michelle Moore
Michelle Moore
Website Designer

Michelle was born and raised in the African country Zimbabwe. She moved to North Carolina as a teenager in 2001 and is thankful to now be a U.S. citizen.

Helping people achieve their vision to establish and/or improve their online presence via Web Design has been her passion for almost 10 years.

When she’s not glued to the computer, chances are you will find her glued to a good book or TV show (while knitting up a storm.) She loves cats and birds because they make her happy, hiking in the mountains, and avocados. She also tolerates running at the gym as a point of necessity to be healthy.

Michelle is blessed to be a member of the Vertu team and looks forward to all the amazing web projects that are yet to come!

Shauna Vert
Shauna Vert
Writer

Whether she’s crafting an article or experimenting in the kitchen, Shauna is a creative source to be reckoned with. Never too far from her trusty notebook, Shauna started her writing career as a blogger and social media specialist. A few viral posts and a whole lotta SEO training later, Shauna has written content and web copy for dozens of companies, non-profits and corporations across North America. Start a conversation with Shauna, and you can bet you’ll hear the word “strategy” at least once (or twice…or five times). Shauna holds degrees in History and Communications and lives in Ontario, Canada.

Holly Robinson
Holly Robinson
Writer, Editor

Holly Robinson lives in Northwest Georgia where all the seasons of the year can be experienced in one week. She enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves (even though they break her heart). She is locked in an eternal battle with a dragon due to an unfinished D&D campaign. Though her free time seems full of excitement, she also enjoys writing, editing, and proofreading. (Yes, she is a fan of the Oxford comma.)

Wes Cassell
Wes Cassell
Writer

A proponent of health, fitness, and personal development, Wes thrives on helping others become better versions of themselves. He enjoys an active lifestyle and loves all sports, particularly basketball, baseball and golf. However, running has become his passion, and he can typically be found logging miles with his dog, Devo. Although he has never pursued a financial career, Wes is an avid investor and likes teaching others about investing and personal finance. Wes works in the field of healthcare IT and resides in Tennessee with his wife, son, and Devo the Whippet.

Amanda Halperin
Amanda Halperin
Writer

Amanda Halperin lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her two dogs, Holly and Maggie. Holly is a 14-year-old papillon and Maggie is two years old. She’s 50% boxer, 50% border collie and 100% crazy! Amanda has been a writer for Vertu for almost two years. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs, cooking and gardening.

Alex Krueger
Alex Krueger
Writer

Alex Krueger is a writer and editor from Toronto, Canada. In addition to his work with VM, Alex is the manager of the User Experience Content department for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as well as a somewhat lapsed singer songwriter. When he isn’t working, Alex can be found going on adventures with his fiancee and 7-year-old son or co-hosting his film score podcast.

Debbie Vaughan
Debbie Vaughan
Editor

Debbie is the proud but short wife of an extremely tall husband. She is a loving mother to two grateful daughters who both got their height from their father. She has mastered even the most advanced levels of Nana duty and likes to sneak food off her plate to give it to her granddogs, and/or grandsons — whoever begs first. She enjoys sports, Hallmark movies and policing any and all written works, from novels to shampoo bottles, for grammar and spelling errors. She only drinks milk if it’s really, really cold but she likes it best when it’s hidden in ice cream. Debbie loves laughing, spending time with her family and asking for help to reach the stuff on the top shelf. She’s been an invaluable member of the Vertu team since 2013 and now also serves as an editor for Vertu Publishing. She really, really, extra really loves her job.

Aaron Fanning
Aaron Fanning
Marketing and PR Rep

Aaron Fanning is a new member of the Vertu Marketing team. He is 18 years old and is currently enrolled in Nursing School at Northeast State Community College. He’s a very kind and loving person. He loves to spend time outdoors whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking, or just sitting outside around a fire with friends.

Jennifer DiFonzo
Jennifer DiFonzo
Writer, Editor

Jennifer has been writing for most of her life. She began with writing poetry in elementary school and went on to earn several poetry awards. Professionally, she has been writing and editing for over 15 years. She’s so passionate about it, she can’t help but edit just about everything she sees and hears on a daily basis, including what you just said. She has also authored and published two of her own books – a poetry book and a children’s book co-written with her late father. When she’s not reading, writing or editing something, she spends time with her husband, twin 9-year-old sons and their three dogs in Western Maryland where she resides. And when she occasionally finds a speck of free time, she enjoys planning and organizing road trips, going to concerts, and binge-watching the ID channel under a cozy blanket while online shopping.

YaShekia King
YaShekia King
Writer

YaShekia King loves singing a song to fit just about any situation she comes across in daily life, especially situations involving her two sons. She is crazy about Indian food but admittedly despises most of the food pics that people post in social media. And, she loves her job.

Caitlin Lane
Caitlin Lane
Writer

Caitlin Lane lives in Tucson with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and her daughter’s pet snake. An active writer and lazy runner, she is currently learning Japanese. When she isn’t busy typing on her laptop, she’s probably busy drinking too much coffee.

Diane Barton
Diane Barton
Writer

When she’s not singing to her pets in Hungarian, Diane Barton can be found exercising her culinary muscle in the kitchen or enjoying the three days of summer in her native Canada! An avid traveler, she has been to many places in North America and in Europe. She is a born writer and believes she is on the planet to hunt down misplaced modifiers and rogue commas. Being a part of the very talented and accomplished crew of writers at Vertu Marketing is something for which she is very grateful. “These people are great to work with and great to work for,” she says. “I consider myself very lucky to be a part of Vertu’s positive and uplifting culture.” 

Jennifer Sargent
Jennifer Sargent
Writer

Jennifer Sargent is a part-time legal writer for Vertu Marketing. She has been with the company since 2003. She is a graduate of the University of Utah — go UTES — in a subject that has nothing to do with her current position. She was actually employed in a medical field for well-over a decade before starting her job at VM. Outside of her work life, she is a wife and the mother to three crazy kids! She is learning how to navigate life with a teenager and live with a child who wants to be a teenager, all while enjoying everything that comes with having a toddler. She is a hockey mom, which means winter clothes are her go-to attire — even in the middle of summer. She is also a basketball mom. So, she basically lives rinkside and courtside all year round. She loves quiet when she can get it, enjoying a good book when she has time, traveling when possible, and spending time with family. She also loves her job and is grateful for the opportunity to work from home!

Judy Dudich
Judy Dudich
Writer

Jesus, family, seafood, coffee, wine, herbal tea and porch-sitting, yes. Anything that ends in “cake,” not so much. Grows healthy foodstuffs to provide for her family and to make herself feel less guilty about the days her kids eat cereal for supper. Loves her job at Vertu Marketing, especially the part where she can do the wine and porch-sitting thing while she works!

Justin Moore
Justin Moore
Writer, Editor

Justin Moore is a lover of movies, tv shows, video games and all things science fiction. In times when no one else is around, he also enjoys playing guitar and singing. Astonishingly enough, he is able to keep up with all his hobbies while spending time with his dogs lily and banjo due to the opportunity he was given to work for such an amazing company!

Laura Furcron
Laura Furcron
Writer

Laura Furcron loves to cook but hates to clean up afterward. She always finds the missing sock after she trashes the matchless one. Though she has lost track of all of her pet peeves, she loves her job.

Linda Exley
Linda Exley
Writer

Linda Exley is a Canadian freelance writer with an academic background in English Literature and Adult Education. She recently returned to writing, her original passion, after spending many years pursuing several other career paths, including a decade-long stint teaching business communications to first-year college students. Linda’s personal interests include a fascination with all animals, especially cats, reading just about anything and depending on weather (it is Canada, after all), enjoying several outdoorsy activities: running, hiking and cycling. Lately, due to regular bouts of insomnia, she is also fully absorbed in a second viewing of all 15 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Meanwhile, she is thoroughly enjoying crafting sentences for Vertu Marketing.

Mari Serfontein
Mari Serfontein
Writer

Mari is a Baby Boomer who loves living in a coastal village on the  outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. For her and her two dogs, magnificent sunsets and long walks on white beaches are par for the course. The opportunity to continue earning an income wherever — even on a recliner — came as an unexpected but cherished gift. After years of working in demanding corporate positions, she now spends as much time as possible with her loving husband, two sons, their wives, and an ever-growing number of grandchildren. However, her blog writing for Vertu Marketing takes first place, and anything else has to be scheduled around it.

Scott McBride
Scott McBride
Writer, Editor

Scott McBride is an editor and writer for Vertu Marketing. A former English teacher, technical writer and web designer, Scott received his BA in English from Clemson University in 1996 and his master’s in teaching English from Winthrop University in 2009. He is the father of three amazing children and is also dad to a timorous toy fox terrier named Lil Bit and a very, very bad (but adorable) fat kitty named Akasha.

Angela Mose
Angela Mose
Writer

Angela Mose refuses to give up her love of 70’s and 80’s music. She will make exceptions for newer metal, but please don’t subject her ears to the modern swill disguised as music today. She is passionate about her kiddos, her drummer/ machinist boyfriend, container gardening and nature. She has no patience for injustice, those who abuse the environment or poor grammar. On most summer evenings you can find her on the porch swing admiring her container garden and watching for hummingbirds to visit her feeders. She can get lost in searching for images in passing clouds. She absolutely loves writing for Vertu and the freedom it gives her to work without leaving the sanctuary of her home.

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