We’re a team who augments yours.

We’re 1909 DIGITAL—a digital marketing agency offering end-to-end services across owned, paid, and earned media. What makes us special are the humans behind the strategy. We’re digital veterans who are over the BS and instead are building a transparent agency with a personal approach. Our leadership team has collectively spent over 35 years on both the agency and client side, in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. After seeing what works and what doesn’t, we’re really proud to bring results and authenticity to what we do.

We’re a team who augments yours. We listen to what you need, and don’t stop until we’ve helped you succeed.

Our team has a breadth of experience, including:

  • a penchant for writing

  • a passion for content strategy

  • a clear vision for conversion

  • a holistic approach to digital marketing and depth of expertise

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Lori Byrd-McDevitt

co-founder

When it comes to getting people tuned in to your digital channels, Lori gets it done. As the Manager of Digital Content and Social Media at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for ten years, she boosted social media engagement by 600% and built a loyal community of influencers from the ground up. She’s a leader among cultural sector social media professionals, impacting the sector through publications, speaking engagements, and online community building. She also served for three years on the Board of Directors for the Museum Computer Network (MCN). Her specialties include social media campaign management, influencer marketing, online community management, and crisis communications.

Having met as editors on Wikipedia, Lori and her husband are both passionate about open content and sharing digital culture on a global scale. They love to travel with their two sons and take in a reality tv show or two, or three…

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Jarred Juett

co-founder

Jarred is a web technology aficionado, ensuring content plays well with search engines and advertising algorithms alike. With his expertise in paid media, SEO, web optimization, inbound strategy, and data analytics, he helped bring in millions in revenue for both Fortune 500 corporations and boutique agencies. He manages paid advertising, analytics, and search and conversion optimization strategies for all 1909 clients.

When he isn’t building digital marketing ecosystems, Jarred enjoys traveling with his wife, Jessica, gaming of all sorts, soaking up music and music trivia, and spending time with his friends and family.

Chris Theisen

co-owner

Chris is a marketing tech geek and proud of it. In high school he was voted by his technology teacher as most likely to be the next Bill Gates. Oddly enough he can’t stand Microsoft products. With experience on the brand, agency and software sides of the business Chris can understand the needs of every faction of a project. If a project calls for e-commerce, marketing automation, strategy or anything related to a marketing tech stack tool Chris will be at his happiest. 

His wide ranging background has exposed Chris to nearly any channel, tactic or strategy that could be leveraged to get results. Driving revenue for clients is what makes Chris want to get out of bed in the morning.

Logan Acton

branding and design manager

Logan is endlessly curious and an inveterate learner. After three college degrees and nearly a decade in higher education studying art and design, Logan spent four years leading instruction in the rigorous Foundation program at the Kansas City Art Institute, teaching everything from drawing and photography to sculpture and digital animation. As co-director of an art gallery during this time, he was part of a small team that put on exhibitions, developed programming, and managed promotion and fundraising. Passionate about collaboration and craft, he loves high level visual strategy as much as the work on the ground pushing pixels and shaping paths.

When he isn’t reading type blogs or design theory, Logan loves being with his two-year-old daughter, Alma — playing trains, pretending to be planes, and always dancing. Along with his partner, Stefanie, he enjoys craft coffee and the quest for the ultimate vegan Reuben. Logan maintains his studio art practice and loves talking type, sculpture, and all things art.

Dominic Byrd-McDevitt

api & data consultant

The best marketing is really nothing more than the dissemination of information to an audience—through storytelling and good promotion. A dedicated open knowledge advocate, Dominic has spent over a decade innovating in the cultural heritage sector for just that purpose. His specialties include metadata, rights and open access, APIs, and crowdsourcing—all seen through the lenses of ethics and equity. Dominic is one of the world’s leading exponents of leveraging Wikipedia for cultural institutions. Programs he’s managed have been responsible for sharing millions of digital assets and generating hundreds of millions of page views for organizations such as the US National Archives, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Smithsonian Institution.  He is equal parts tool builder and community organizer. He has designed APIs and international conferences, written press releases and Python bots. Above all else, Dominic’s dream is a world that is more curious, collaborative, and accessible—and his greatest strength is in his vision to achieve these goals through a combination of both technical solutions and capacity building.

Aside from his work interests, Dominic’s other passions include em dashes, cute animals, patterned socks, and being an endless font of trivia. His greatest joy is traveling and sharing many nerdy life experiences with his best friend, wife, and 1909 boss, Lori.

Andrew Dorsett

director of accounts

Andrew’s never-ending desire to problem solve, strategize, plan, and communicate make him the perfect choice to lead 1909’s accounts. He managed and developed over $100 million in retail business between 2019-2021 using this unique skillset. Andrew’s career path comes full circle stepping into 1909; his first career was in digital marketing in 2011 before he transitioned into sales and distribution. He enjoys competition, winning, and using goals as checkpoints, always going above and beyond to meet client needs while continuously learning along the way.

When Andrew isn’t increasing revenue and brand recognition, he enjoys catching up on sports, shooting a game of pool, and spending time with his wife Erika and their two boys.

Joel Gratcyk

web optimization manager

Joel has a relentless curiosity about how things work. He loves helping people exceed their goals. Joel has a passion for taking complicated technical terms and making them easily understandable. He registered his first domain name in 1997, started using WordPress in 2004, and was one of the original Kickstarter backers for Ghost in 2013. For the past two decades, Joel has been making websites better, faster, and more effective.

When Joel’s not making 1909’s client websites more awesome, he’s a social media influencer in the parent blogging and craft beverage spaces. He also enjoys running crowdfunding campaigns, helping non-profits, and traveling internationally. Joel lives with his wife and two children in Chicago, IL. Joel’s tagline for his life is simply: Always Learning,

Alli Hartley-Kong

digital content strategist

Ever since she got in trouble in elementary school for writing stories under her desk when she was supposed to be working on math, Alli has always been a storyteller. For the past seven years, Alli has worked as an educator for various museums, telling underrepresented stories. Highlights of her career have included coaching teen docents giving a tour to Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the National Museum of African Art, organizing district-wide teacher professional development workshops, and riding into a historical car show she organized on the sideboard of a 1914 Studebaker. In 2017, Alli’s work coordinating a multi-institution social media campaign with over 350 institutional participants worldwide received national and international recognition.

Outside of museums, Alli writes poetry and plays, and enjoys spending time with her husband Kovit and their two charming tuxedo cats, Hopkins and Hemingway. She’s involved with the local community theatre scene in northern NJ and recently completed a new full-length play about the history of reproductive rights.

Andrea Ledesma

Andrea Ledesma

marketing data and systems consultant

Andrea spends a lot of time on the internet. A self-proclaimed digital public human, she’s endlessly fascinated with how technology connects people to history, culture, and each other. She’s also a systems super fan. From building digital products to optimizing workflows, she’ll investigate and implement the tools for an effective solution. Her expertise includes content development, product management, digital strategy, and website management. In her five years working in the cultural sector, Andrea is proud to have contributed to website redesigns, chatbots, national conferences, and more. She’s excited to imagine with others the future of museum technology—and find ways to make it happen. 

Offline, you can find Andrea making her way through a cookbook she didn’t need but definitely still bought, or walking around Chicago saying “hello!” to all the dogs in her neighborhood.

Eli Vida

digital marketing specialist

For the last ten years, Eli has used social media to drive sales—with promoted products ranging from concert tickets to financial services. He is a content swiss army knife. He got his professional start as the Social Media Manager for a Chick-fil-a franchise. He owes his Digital Marketing career path to that experience. Eli’s greatest strength is the ability to collaborate and co-create with maximum efficiency.

If Eli ever powers down, he watches The Office with his partner Kelli, plays retro Nintendo 64 Games, or jams on his ukulele.

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