THE CREW

OUR IDEA PEOPLE. 

 

Jeff Barton

Co-Founder, President

A lot of creatives excel at making something beautiful. Jeff is the rare one who not only makes it beautiful, but guarantees it has a strategy that delivers results. 

Jeff’s hard working attitude was developed on a farm (seriously, he used to raise cows) and forged at some of the top agencies in the business. In 2017, Jeff struck out on his own and founded what would become Oyster Creative Collective. 

Besides serving as the captain of our ship, he supervises and leads a team of art directors, designers and copywriters to deliver award winning ideas and creative. 

Dan Ayer

CO-FOUNDER, WRITER, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA

Dan is an award-winning copywriter and public relations professional who combines ideas, strategy, words and content to drive business results for clients. 

During his career, Dan has served as a copywriter, media relations specialist, social media and digital strategist to clients across multiple industries. 

In 2013, he was selected as PRSA Pittsburgh’s Rising Star, an award given to a young professional who has shown outstanding promise in the field of public relations. After his first year in business on his own, he was again honored by PRSA Pittsburgh as its first ever Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Jenna Lo Castro Ph.D.

Director of Communications & Strategy

Need a communications strategy for business, stat? Jenna’s not an MD, but she’s our resident doc when it comes to writing a prescription for an organization’s message.

Her 9 to 5 is as an assistant professor of public relations and advertising at Point Park University, but she’s a member of our team 24/7.

Prior to joining the Point Park community, she was an assistant professor of corporate communications at Penn State, Fayette. She has taught at Pittsburgh universities including Duquesne, Carlow and Chatham.
She also has industry experience in advertising and has written for both magazine and newspaper — and as she tells her students — “yes, people still read them.”

Jamie Kurke

Senior Manager, Communications

Agency. In-house. Non-profit. Jamie’s worked just about everywhere. And now? Well, she’s bringing her blend of creativity and strategy to our crew, all the way from DC.

All that experience in diverse work environments provides real insight into how challenging it is to bring an idea to life. Luckily, with Jamie navigating, it’s smooth sailing to bring yours to the surface.

Laura Shirley

SENIOR ART DIRECTOR

Able to come up with big ideas? Check. Visually stunning work? Check. Strategic in everything she does? Check. Fun to work with? Double check. 

Laura checks every box you want from an art director. But where she really excels is going beyond those checkmarks. 

A natural leader who got her start at several top, highly-awarded creative shops, Laura refuses to compromise when it comes to her and her clients’ work. 

Her passion for design and the creative arts extends outside the office, where she holds key roles in AIGA and CreativeMornings.
 

Megan Clista

Manager of Social Media

Strategy is Megan’s middle name. And her parents must have been psychic, because it’s at the root of everything she creates.

Megan joined Oyster after serving at one of the top agencies in the biz.

Whether it’s working to come up with an idea that will resonate with the media or writing copy that will cause a reaction with the masses, Megan delivers results that all go right back to her namesake.

 

Anton D. Johnson, II

PR & Social Media Specialist 

You might recognize Anton as one of our first Big IDEA Interns. And if you don’t know Anton yet? 

Well, you will. That’s because he’s always the first person to raise his hand and take on a challenge. Whether it’s driving an ice cream truck around the Burgh or solving a marketing problem for a client, this Point Park grad is your guy. 

So while his name might say II, he’s definitely #1 in our book.

 

Jordan Paplow

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

They say a picture says a thousand words. Well, Jordan believes a great design tells an entire story.

At Oyster, he uses visuals and imagery to help our clients tell theirs.Working in a grocery store inspired his work in design. He went from asking — Paper or plastic? To questions about how product packaging can bring a brand to life.

 

Kylie McCracken

Communications Strategist

Officially, Kylie is a Communications Strategist.
Unofficially? She’s an ambassador for the city of Pittsburgh.

Which makes sense because she joined our crew after a successful stint leading multiple award-winning campaigns for VisitPITTSBURGH, our region’s tourism bureau. And she’s still driving the welcome wagon for the Burgh, serving as the Rivers Club Young Executive Council Chair on the Board of Directors and recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s 2019 50 Finest Honorees.


Georgia Streitman

 Project Manager

Ever glance at our work section and wonder “how’d they do that?” Go ahead. We’ll wait.

Back? Good. Well all that stuff you saw (and probably loved 😜) Georgia’s the one who knows how to get it all done. On time and on budget.

Georgia started down the road towards a career in graphic design and art direction, but when she found project management she found her true path. On top of being a part of the Crew, she’s a student at the prestigious Savannah College of Art & Design, where she’s developing a keen eye for great work and balancing her own slate of projects.

 

Work with us

We’re always looking for creative and talented people to join our team. 

Shellfish allergies are even welcome.