STELLAR IS THANKFUL FOR…

2020 might not have been the year we had hoped it would, but we still have lots to be thankful for!

Even though this year has sucked royal, I am thankful for the extra time it has given me with my family. I know my kids will not be young for long and I needed a little reminder to slow down and enjoy each stage as it comes. But that being said, hopefully we’ll be back to running them all to activities again soon! Oh and Lunchables. I’m thankful for Lunchables.

Lindsay Coats

This year I am thankful for my family and friends more than ever. I don’t know what I would have done without you through all the hard times and obstacles I faced this year. You all truly lifted me up and helped me heal. You gave me a place to stay, a shoulder to cry on, some great advice, support and laughs. Because of you I have come out stronger than I have ever been. I really am a lucky girl to have all of you and will be there in turn when I am needed.

Sin Van V

Family pictures… the stress of them is not fun. Finding outfits, scheduling a time and hoping the weather is good for it, The day-of ‘conversations’ – “Yes, you have to shower”, “Yes, I know you don’t like jeans or those shoes, but you have to wear them!”, “Now, smile and pretend you love your sisters!” Good times! HOWEVER, my sister recently sent me a handful of family pictures from growing up, and I love them so much. I showed them to my kids and said, “This is why we do family pictures, so in 20-30 years we can look back at them and remember that day and how we all looked.” So do I like doing family pictures? No, not really. But I am so thankful for these pictures we will have forever.

Molly Fivelson

Well, 2020 has definitely been a year we won’t forget! With 3 kids e-learning, I’m thankful for noise-canceling headphones…they have been a lifesaver while working from home. In all seriousness, I have welcomed the opportunity to take a breath (with a mask on) and slow down. The sports schedule of my husband and 3 sons can get chaotic so this year I am grateful for our family dinners and the chance to spend extra time with my kids.

Lynne Harkin

2020 was not an easy year but even with all the hurdles and obstacles, I am thankful for having my best year ever! 2020 is the year that I got married to my best friend and bought a house for my dog to have a yard to run around in.

Oh, and liquor stores, I’m thankful for those too!

Sylvia Carrano

I am thankful for fire pits and hand warmers to keep me warm during this COVID winter! I am also thankful for all the extra time I get to spend with my family!

Christina Wojtowicz

2020 has been a wild ride, but it definitely has put things in perspective. This year, I am thankful for the chance to slow down and spend more time with my husband, son and fur baby. We’ve been able to make so many memories and I can say with certainty that I’ve been more present than ever before. I’m also thankful for technology which has enabled me to stay connected to family and friends. Zoom happy hours, group texts and lots of photos have helped fill the void of so many missed events. 2020 may not have gone as planned, but it opened my eyes to what takes precedence!

Kristin Kilian


MEET HARRY SEMERJIAN

If you need something cleaned, call Harry. Seriously! Even if it’s not his mess, he’ll offer to fix it for you. As Stellar’s SEO expert, Harry's insight into a client's business is a valuable tool reaching more than just online audiences, but customers in the real world too! Harry has owned a handful of businesses since the ripe old age of 13 ranging from manufacturing to real estate to business services. A true Renaissance man, Harry can speak with someone for less than 30 minutes and have a complete business strategy worked out in his head leading them to definite success. A father of two teenage boys, Harry knows a thing or two about dealing with people on the brink of insanity. He fits in well at Stellar.


MEET BODHI

Named after Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, Bodhi joined the Stellar team in May 2017 and we don’t know how we got through the prior 6 years without an office dog! Adopted from Animal House Shelter, Bodhi is a Pitbull/American Bulldog mix that his human Lindsay cannot believe someone gave up. Bully breeds definitely get a bad rap because there is nothing sweeter than this 65-pound “lap dog” climbing into someone’s chair as we gather around the conference table. With as much charisma as his namesake, Bodhi greets visitors to the office with a toy in his mouth ready to play. He hasn’t quite developed any marketing skills just yet, but he can spot a duck or another dog out the window like nobody’s business.


MEET KRISTIN KILIAN

Anything that gets thrown Kristin’s way is handled with ease… at least as far as we know. Coming from the retail industry, Kristin is no stranger to a fast paced, ever-changing environment and has no problem adapting to the chaos that comes with managing Stellar’s high profile clients. With years of experience managing all aspects of communications for Fortune 500 companies, Kristin is able to schmooze clients, conquer any task, and ensure everything is running smoothly… even when it’s not! A Hallmark movie fan, Kristin loves spending time with her firefighter husband and rambunctious toddler.


MEET SYLVIA CARRANO

Lover of tacos, dogs, and all things Justin Timberlake, Sylvia brings an honest perspective to not only projects, but office chit-chat as well! When onboarding new clients, tons of experience making people happy in the service industry and her marketing degree from DePaul allows Sylvia to jump right in and hit the ground running. In her role as Account Manager, Sylvia truly gets to know a client – understanding all the ins and outs that make them stand out from their competitors. Sylvia’s skillset is continually expanding and ranges from social media to email marketing to web design and more. She loves to travel and has been around the world and has visited 45 of our nation's 50 great states!


MEET LYNNE HARKIN

Using a space heater at her desk year-round, Lynne is no stranger to turning it up. With a background in retail and corporate sales, Lynne brings practical knowledge to help Stellar clients determine their path to success. As our content writer extraordinaire, Lynne helps brands find their voice and reaches a whole new world of customers. You may hear her getting flustered from time to time, but it’s always short-lived. Her get ‘er done, take charge attitude works in her capacity at Stellar and as the busy mom of 3 busy boys.


MEET CHRISTINA WOJTOWICZ

As a lover of spicy treats, Christina is a no-nonsense, get the job done kind of a girl. Any task thrown her way is done quicker than you can say Siracha! As our resident Web Developer, troubleshooting issues is her specialty… just like at home as the mother of two young sons! Christina’s ad agency background and experience developing websites adds another layer of insight to our client’s marketing efforts. You’ll often see her hiking and biking with her family (with a stop off at their favorite Dairy Queen for a treat!).


MEET MOLLY FIVELSON

Known around the office as Molly Pee Pee Pants, our resident Graphic Designer has more than just a small bladder. Her experience designing logos, developing brands, and creating amazing materials for Stellar clients brings a fresh perspective and artistic flair.  Molly’s easy-going attitude makes her the perfect candidate to work with constant changes and multiple ongoing projects. When she’s not out saving lives along the side of the road, she lives as a baseball widow and chauffeurs her kids to all their activities.


MEET SIN VAN V

Known for her rainbow hair, Sin is never one to settle for just one style. She pushes the Stellar team to think outside the box and consider things they would have never done before. Her Bachelor’s in Graphic Arts & Illustration from the American Academy of Art is just the tip of what she’s learned. With real-world experience in business management, marketing and promotions, event planning, and vendor coordination, Sin’s experience gives Stellar an Edge over the competition (see what we did there?). Despite her edgy moniker, Sin is a kid at heart riding her scooter, dragging the Stellar team on crazy outings, and smothering her adult son and daughter with embarrassing hugs and kisses.


MEET LINDSAY COATS

Known as the Dream Crusher, Lindsay’s level head keeps the office running like a well-oiled machine. When everyone else is trying to get in human-sized balloons and doing mid-day yoga, Lindsay is crunching numbers in a spreadsheet – literally one of her favorite things to do. With a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Lindsay has the know-how to help Stellar clients make the right decisions to reach their goals. She loves problem-solving and making things work. She has a soft spot for kids and animals… she’s been known to grab babies from strangers and roll on the ground with any dog that will snuggle her.