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Team Yuit

Our peeps.

Genuine teamwork.

That’s the philosophy at the core of everything Yuit does. We’re not just a vendor; we see ourselves as an extension of your organization. A partner in communication. We’ve cut out the layers of process and complex channels of communication that characterizes the traditional agency model. You’ll talk to your account manager regularly – but also your artist, your photographer, and everyone else working on your campaign. We get to know you and your message, and we handle your reputation with as much care as if it were our own.

Your Yuit team is experienced and enthusiastic, open-minded and level-headed. Each of us has a unique set of strengths and skills, and we combine them to deliver the brightest strategy, boldest creative, and the best communication in everything we do.

Meet team Yuit Comms!

Let’s be Social:  

Mackenzie Banbury

Videographer & Photographer

Mackenzie is responsible for editing raw footage into a suitable, finished product. He has an artistic eye when shooting video, and comes with years of broadcast and commercial experience.

Ryan Binder

Digital & Media Manager

Ryan comes to Yuit with a background in political communications, social media management, and grassroots organizing. He works closely with our media department to craft social media strategies and enjoys writing and content creation in his freetime.

Katherine Bell

Art Director

Making beautiful and useful art is Katherine's vocational standard. With a background in both fine art and digital media, Katherine's focus on craftsmanship brings an artisan quality to her work in graphic design.

Shauna Crawford

Art Director & Motion Graphics

Shauna is a multifaceted designer with a background in graphic design and experience in video animation. She enjoys cultivating visual relationships between brands and their messaging and looks forward to exploring creative solutions.

Nigel Kibodeaux

Software Developer & Programmer

Nigel is Yuit’s developer, he specializes in custom programming and development. Nigel has years of programming experience and is also skilled in search engine optimization and custom database applications.

Evan Klinkhart

Traffic Manager & Drone Operator

Evan is a Part 107 certified drone pilot with a passion for helping clients and has a background in sound design. With his keen eye for detail and extensive knowledge of UAV technology, Evan provides invaluable administrative support, traffic management, and assistance/coordination to a variety of clients. Whether he’s capturing aerial footage for a website or working behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly, Evan is always ready to go above and beyond to help Yuit and their clients succeed.

Linda Klinkhart


Linda handles our accounts and balances our books – and her gentle personality helps set a welcoming tone in our office!

Sam Chimkix̂ Mack

Account Executive

With master’s degrees in both English Literature and Political Philosophy, Sam Chimkix̂ (good luck charm) Mack’s artistry lies in harnessing the emotionality of words and the tact of research-driven strategy to craft accessible and meaningful messaging. A writer, baker, and bibliophile, Sam’s earnest approach to client work is grounded in relationship building.

Shelly Mirenda

Office Manager

Shelly is as passionate about working with people as she is about traveling the world. She spent four months at McMurdo Station in Antarctica (!) training scientists how to drive 14,000-pound, tracked snowmachines in 80F below zero. Before that, she was an elementary-school teacher. We’re still debating which was harder. Today, she manages our office to ensure clients get outstanding service and everything runs smoothly at Yuit Station.

Nilson Mixsooke

Account Coordinator

Nilson has a strong background in communications and social. Growing up in Unalakleet, he learned the values of community, loyalty, hard work and contributing to a team. As a digital-account coordinator, Nilson provides his new-media expertise to our communications strategies.

Hannah Palmer

Account Executive

Hannah's experience in the nonprofit sector fuels her passion for community organizing and advocacy in the marketing world. As an account executive with a marketing and graphic design background, Hannah brings a holistic approach to every project she manages.

Keith Popely

Copywriter & Editor

After majoring in creative writing in Tucson, Arizona, he worked for 11 years on movie sets in Hollywood. He has always been a writer, and since moving to Alaska, he has worked for many industries in the agency world.

Gina Romero

PR Director & Executive

Gina has 20 years of combined experience in news and public relations. She knows Alaska’s news landscape after serving in a leadership and management role at the top two television stations for several years. She has a background in strategic communications and enjoys working with clients to communicate their stories.

Kayc Ullrich

Digital Director & Executive

Kayc comes to Yuit with over 10 years of advertising and media placing experience in Alaska. She understands the vast landscape and uniqueness of the state. She is able to guide digital ad strategies with precision and targeting, no matter the size of the budget.

Xavier Uraga

Web Developer

Xavier focuses in designing and developing WordPress sites. He takes into consideration user experience and function, his background is in graphic design and video editing.

Zack Wallace

Web Developer

Zack, a lifelong computer nerd, began as a repair guru and problem solver. With 18+ years in small business IT, he pivoted to programming and web development, specializing in WordPress and PHP/JavaScript technologies. He now owns a web maintenance company, having worked in CAD drafting, photography, video-editing, and e-commerce.

Alec Wilber

Associate Creative Director

A motion artist with a background in graphic design, Alec “AJ” Wilber works with movement in mind. His dynamic and award-winning designs have breathed life into numerous campaigns – local, international, and everything in-between. Whether he’s drawing inspiration from the vibrancy of 80s anime or from the Auteurs of horror filmmaking, AJ’s clean and striking style consistently yields compelling visuals for both developing and well-established brands.

About our name:

Yuit is derived from the Yup’ik word yuut, meaning “people.” The name was chosen by one of Yuit’s original founders who is from Togiak, AK. At the heart of our work is people; we strive to honor, respect and care for every person we work with, staff, clients and vendors alike.

About our name:

Yuit is derived from the Yup’ik word yuut, meaning “people.” The name was chosen by one of Yuit’s original founders who is from Togiak, AK. At the heart of our work is people; we strive to honor, respect and care for every person we work with, staff, clients and vendors alike.