Patty has over two decades of experience as a graphic designer, art director, and creative director. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University in the 1980’s with a degree in Communications Art. Soon after, she spent two years art directing a travel magazine in the Caribbean, then headed west to work as a graphic designer for Atwood Design in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved back to Virginia in 1990 to work with Barber Martin Advertising Agency in Richmond, a five-man shop at that time.
From 1992 to 2008, she rose from art director to creative director of this retail-focused agency. Barber Martin ranked as one of the top 5 advertising agencies in Virginia in 2006, with 54 employees; handling the Virginia Lottery, Friedman's Jewelers, and Southern States Agricultural Retailer, among many others.
Patty moved to Staunton, Virginia, in 2008, and lives on a horse farm with her husband, Terry, two dogs. and four cats. When she’s not working, she spends her time exploring the Shenandoah Valley on horseback.
Crystal is so special that she has a room named after her at The Omni Homestead resort in her hometown of Hot Springs, Virginia. Okay... so the room really isn't named after her, but we still think she's pretty special! Crystal has over 35 years experience managing business financials from cattle farms to contractors. She is a wiz at anything financial from bookkeeping to taxes and is a perpetual over-organizer, which we consider a good thing! (There is a folder for EVERYthing….) Though Crystal is originally from Bath County, Virginia, she moved to Highland County, Virginia, when
she married and raised two girls and now has two grandchildren. Supporting family and close friends is the most important thing to Crystal, and, after growing up in a family of fine southern, homestyle chefs, she is an amazing cook in her own right. Did we mention she makes a mean batch of cheesy mashed potatoes? Yum! I think that sounds like a good excuse for an office party!
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Sunny Given brings 30+ years of experience in graphic design, specifically print media, to Sundance Media & Design. By the time Sunny Given was in junior high, she knew her future was a career in art. She was always drawing something, from copying the styles in Marvel Comic Books and MAD magazine for homecoming poster contests (her class won every year) to redrawing animal illustrations from books and magazines. Her ambition was to design album covers along the lines of Roger Dean's work for the band Yes. But during her time at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, her focus shifted to
graphic design and typography, more specifically advertising design. She returned to her homestate of West Virginia to design ads at Charleston Newspapers. Seven years later, the company promoted Sunny to Creative Services Director, and she kept that position until she moved to Marlinton, West Virginia, in 2000 to accept a position in advertising sales and design at The Pocahontas Times. She also has experience in catalog design, logo creation, and marketing design. Given lives near Clover
Lick, West Virginia, with her husband, David, six horses, four cats and two dogs. When she's not riding or showing her horses, she enjoys playing racquetball, piano, and reading. She has yet to design a single album or CD cover.
Jennifer Wood Monroe is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, where she received a BA in Graphic Design. She currently lives in Swoope, Virginia.
After graduation, Jennifer landed several jobs in the media industry but had a greater passion. A few short years later, Jennifer listened to her entrepreneurial spirit and opened Wood & Associates in 2002. She is a much sought-after designer, bringing years of experience and an impressive portfolio to the table.
Her nearly 20-year career has brought her creativity to dozens of clients and projects including Highland and Luray-Page Counties Chamber of Commerce, Mary Baldwin College, Shenandoah County Tourism, Staunton CVB, Harrisonburg CVB, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Old Hill Cider, Contemporary Longrifle Association, Augusta County Historical Society, and Delaware North to name a few.
Jennifer's talents include clean and classic graphic design, ad and brochure design, advanced website development, search engine optimization, Google Analytics/Adwords/apps, marketing strategies, creative branding, and, above all, the enthusiasm and love she has for her job.
Ashley is not only an experienced office manager and the brains of our operation, but (being a wife and mother of three) she is also a professional multi-tasker. After traveling the world with her husband, Ian, who was in the Navy, Ashley and her family have returned to grow roots in their high school hometown of Monterey, Virginia. Ashley has experience in the food, hospitality, and banking industries and is versed in Quickbooks, quality customer service, office management, and good ol’ fashioned paper filling. She is highly organized and has an exciting passion for any project in her path - just the kind of person we want managing our office at Sundance Media & Design!
Betty started the pursuit of her lifelong career as a professional flute player in Prospect Heights’ 6th grade band, but after many hours of practice (and in an effort to preserve her mother’s sanity), she soon realized her goal of playing in a philharmonic symphony was a little far-fetched. However, her computer class was a bit more promising. Computer programming and graphic design would consistently be a focus throughout her career as her skills ranged from computerized avionics testing for the military to creatively designing a range of databases to streamline workplace productivity. Once a young girl whose creativity could whip up a mean mud pie but only a squawk from the flute, now creates an online presence that is sure to capture the essence of your company’s brand.
Throughout her professional life, Dorothy Stephenson has been a dance instructor, a volleyball coach, a freelance writer, a website designer, a track and field coach, a jewelry store manager, a farmer, a public relations rep, a waitress, a professional performer, a commercial printing manager and designer, a small business owner, an office assistant, and an executive director… to name a few.
She graduated from the School of Life with honors and received a degree in Get Stuff Done with an emphasis on Quality and Multi-tasking. Though there have been many fun endeavors and experiences, Dorothy keeps coming back to one skill in particular – creative marketing. In 2008, Dorothy began creating websites for a few friends. Word of mouth recommendations from those
friends began to generate more jobs, and soon after, Dorothy established Sundance Web Design. In 2015, Dorothy re-branded the company into Sundance Media & Design to offer a wider range of marketing needs as well as a branch of the business that extended a helping hand to small businesses.
When she’s not in the office, Dorothy spends her spare time managing her clogging teams and studio, running and building a farm with her husband, Robby, spending time with friends, and enjoys binge watching Hart of Dixie, reading, or working out during her “chill time.” Several years ago, Dorothy started traveling the world, and she would like to pick up that hobby again someday soon!
Mary Musick earned her B.B.A. in Financial Accounting from National University in Orange County, California, in 1988 and passed the C.P.A. exam in Washington State the next year. She worked for several years in public accounting and as an auditor for the State of Washington. Later, she served nine years as the treasurer of the Home Educators Association of Virginia, a statewide homeschool support group.
Mary and her husband, Boyd, have lived in Highland County, Virginia, for eighteen years and have never stopped believing it’s the nicest place on earth to live. They are the parents of five sons and one daughter, who now range in age from 11 to 30 years old.