Meet the Oak Street Social Team!
Johanna Grange - CO-Founder
Johanna Grange discovered her passion for digital media and branding after graduating from the University of Iowa with a Broadcast Journalism degree in 2000. 18 years of marketing experience in both the ad world and the digital space empowered her to nurture relationships in the spa + wellness sector as well as the restaurant and lifestyle brand markets. She approaches each partnership with a consultative approach empowering her clients to be a part of the process. Johanna believes that relationships are fundamentally built on honest feedback and real chemistry. It's the close-knit network of clients turned friends that encouraged her to turn her freelance projects into a full blown social media boutique firm alongside her partner, Carolyn Brundage.
Johanna resides in the NorthShore with her husband and two daughters. When she's not working, she enjoys planning date nights at new restaurant concepts, indulging in pinot noir and having dance parties with her daughters, ages 7 + 6. It's always a girl party at the Grange household!
For a peek into the life of this hustling entrepreneur, media maven, working mama and blogger, follow Johanna's personal Instagram account @101thingsilove.
carolyn brundage - CO-founder
After founding several successful dot coms and penning lifestyle columns for top publications for over 15 years, Carolyn Brundage developed a keen eye for content marketing. Her flair for developing effective, appealing content paired with a love of social media, led her to develop, alongside her partner Johanna Grange, Oak St. Social.
Oak Street Social combines a deep and well-versed understanding of what appeals to consumers with an appreciation for how social media drives brand loyalty and consumer spending. With a focus on developing unique, creative and effective marketing strategies for both boutique brands and large corporations, Carolyn enjoys pairing her creative flair and marketing expertise with the instant gratification and long term gains that social media marketing provides.
Carolyn lives in Chicagoland with her three sons. An avid runner, shopper, entrepreneur and lover of life, Carolyn thrives on challenges. new experiences and living for the moment.
For a peek into the life of this creative entrepreneur, author and working mama follow Carolyn's personal Instagram account @carolynjarrettbrundage.
Whitney Parse - director of new business acquisition
Whitney grew up in Kansas City, but has spent most of her adult life living in big cities across the United States (seven to be exact). From coast to coast, and up and down the Midwest, she has been so grateful for all the different communities she has been embraced by and a part of. Studying fashion marketing and management, Whitney has spent most of her career in the fashion industry. She has had the privilege of working for some big name companies when they were in the small phase of creation. Through those experiences she has been able to learn the ins and outs of building an organization from the ground up. Her favorite part of every job is the people. She loves meeting new people, hearing their story, and finding ways in which she can help their personal or professional brand grow.
When not at work, Whitney loves eating barbecue and watching sports with her husband, being in the sun, or building out her personal blog (shopmiltonjames.com)
Follow Whitney at @shopmiltonjames on Instagram.
HALLE Sobczak - project Manager
Halle is a Michigan native who will forever be smitten with the mitten. She recently graduated from Central Michigan University (Fire up Chips!) with a degree in integrative public relations. Soon after graduation she traded the small town shorelines of Lake Huron for the Chicago city views of Lake Michigan. Forever obsessed with branding and discovering the “Why?” behind what makes a brand unique, she finds herself getting lost in the “About” section of every new brand she stumbles upon online.
An Instagram junkie, she always has her eye out for the latest aesthetically pleasing restaurant or trendy spot around the city. When she isn’t captivated by all things Instagram, you can typically find her testing out the latest recipe she found on Pinterest, soaking up the lakeshore or shopping for another piece of clothing she doesn’t really need.
KAtie Kelly- ProjecT Manager
Katie is a Chicago native, coffee addict and chocolate lover. She majored in finance at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will eternally have a soft spot in her heart for the orange and blue. Forever having an interest in food and all things creative, she started a food blog and quickly fell in love with the world of social media. After a few financial jobs, she decided to combine her obsession with Twitter scrolling, Instagram double-tapping and Pinterest repinning with work and pursue a career in social media.
When Katie isn’t working, you can find her developing recipes for her blog bits + bites, behind the lens of a camera, trying the latest and greatest face masks, or out with friends for drinks and eats at happy hour(s).
Chloe Rinehart - Jr. Creative MAnager
Chloe Rinehart grew up in a small town called Chesterfield, Michigan, right outside of Metro Detroit. She's had a burning desire for fashion her entire life which has pulled her to Paris, London, New York, and now Chicago. She is drawn to experiencing different cultures, and learning about their way of life and how fashion is intertwined with it. Chloe graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. in Textile and Apparel Product Development and International Studies, where she began to create her own garments, which helped express her deepest desires and individualism.
When Chloe isn't working you can find her sewing, crafting, or cheering on a Detroit sports team.
victoria willoughby - Community Management
Originally from Southwest Missouri, Victoria is an avid traveler, total shopaholic, and obsessed with all things Harry Potter. After attending University of Missouri-Kansas City for business and marketing, Victoria fell in love with digital marketing and content creation. She traded in her small-town roots for Chicago and has never looked back. On any given day, you may find her rewatching episodes of Sex and the City, cheering for the Cubbies, or re-decorating her apartment (yet again).
Follow Victoria at @allsettojetset on Instagram.
Samantha Lula - Community Management
Samantha Lula was born a natural fashionista, using the world as her runway. While modeling on the side, and being the face of her own jewelry line, she also manages to run her small business. After getting all her fashion inspiration from living in one of the fashion capitals of the world, New York City, she decided to move back to her hometown, Chicago to grow in the fashion community. She considers herself the Queen of Russian Roulette, and she hasn’t even been to Russia, meaning she likes to take chances in life in order to fulfill all her fashion career goals.
When Samantha isn’t working you can find her traveling the world or simply at any local cute coffee shop.
Follow Sam at @samlula on Instagram.
Haley arger- Community MANAGEment
Haley is a blogger-obsessed recent graduate of Indiana University with a passion for fashion and food. From the Northwest suburbs of Chicago born and raised, in the city is where she spends most of her days. In her spare time, she likes to go mural-hunting as well as trying to go to as many networking events as possible.
Isabelle Adler- Community MANAGEment
Isabelle grew up in the North Shore and now attends University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as a Communication Major. She's an instagram fanatic and is always trying to build her connections through that channel specifically. While posting her daily insta stories, Isabelle keeps up with her passion for writing, fashion, friends, and fun.
Alexa Alper - Community Management
Alexa grew up in a suburb outside of Chicago and is now studying advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a passion for both traveling and fashion. Her most favorite thing to do on the weekend is exploring new places to brunch.
Sara Wineburgh - Community Management
Sara Wineburgh is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and is majoring in Communication. She was born and raised in the city of Chicago and can't wait to get back to the fast paced way of life after graduation. Sara has a passion for food, traveling and all things coffee related.
Julia Addis - COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT
Julia grew up in the North Shore and is now a senior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as an Advertising Major. She's passionate about social media, fashion, travelling and coffee. While finishing up her college education, Julia loves trying new things and meeting new people!
Anissa Rodriguez - Community Management
Anissa grew up in Chicago, IL in the Tri-Taylor area. She is currently a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She studies Communications, Public Relations, and Business. Her goals are to work in Public Relations for Crisis Communication. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, buy clothes, read books, and watch her favorite beauty bloggers on YouTube.
RYANN RUSS - WEB DESIGNER
Ryann Russ grew up in Minnesota and studied at The Ohio State University, where she graduated with a M.A. in History of Art and Art Education. After college she began working with small businesses that had even smaller budgets. During this time she became a firm believer that you can accomplish big things if you have a plan and a little patience. As her design business grew so did her desire to branch out and help small businesses create more than just a website. Ryann now specializes in creating an online presence complete with custom graphics and other marketing materials.
Ryann currently resides in Charlotte, NC and share her office with two French Bulldogs; Iggy Stardust & Stella Luna.
Hallie Duesenberg - creative director
Hallie studied Electronic Media & Photography at Bradley University and at Lorenzo De' Medici in Florence, Italy. After a short stint working in LA she found her way back to Chicago where she belongs! She is grateful to have a career that she is so passionate about, and believes that photography does not only serve to create beautiful, inspiring imagery, but can also enhance our outlook on the world. Hallie lives in Logan Square, working as a freelance photographer focusing on fashion, lifestyle, portraiture, and events.
In her spare time she loves to bike, collaborate up with other creatives, go to concerts, travel, and work on creatively fulfilling personal projects.
Ashley Hutchinson - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Chicago-native Ashley Hutchinson has been peeking through a lens most of her life. After launching her photography business at 17 with her Father, Ashley's obsession only increased as she ran her Chinatown studio until her Father's passing. After taking a five-year hiatus from photography Ashley returned to her first love after receiving encouragement from the Instagram community (her username is @MushroomStew) and launched her photography business and blog, Sed Bona, in 2014.
Ashley is forever grateful to be back doing what she loves the most -- creating beautiful images with rich stories. When she's not glued to her camera you can find Ashley eating her way around Chicago or taking her two pugs for walks to North Avenue Beach. She currently resides in Old Town and couldn't be happier to finally be doing what she really loves full-time.
HELEN BERKUN - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Helen Berkun is a fashion photographer, stylists, creative director, influencer, shoe collector and mama. With 20 years in the fashion industry and represented by world-renowned Ford Artists, she has run the gamut from editorial and advertising photography to celebrity styling and commercial print. This multi-talented girl lives, eats, sleeps and breathes fashion.
Born in the former USSR, Helen’s aesthetic is eclectic, trend-driven and artistic—a quality that runs through her family of painters, photographers and designers. After receiving a Fine Arts degree with a photography emphasis from Columbia College Chicago, Helen quickly established herself as an editorial fashion photographer, where she developed a keen eye for composition, lighting and art direction. Her photography is recognized for her fun, beautiful and poppy images.
ROSE KAZ- CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Rose Photo is collective of talented and professionally trained women in photography lead by Rose Kaz, head photographer and owner. Attention to detail, narrative and quality of craft is their expertise. Collectively they create stunning imagery that read authentic and perfectly tells your story. www.rose.photo
Follow Rose at @rosephoto.official on Instagram.
MELISSA FERRARA - SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER
Melissa Ferrara grew up in Northwest Indiana where she attended Purdue University Calumet to study advertising. After taking a few photography classes, she realized her talent and wanted to make photography more than just a hobby. Upon graduating with her B.A. in Advertising, Melissa started Iron & Honey Photography and now lives in downtown Chicago pursuing her dream as a full-time lifestyle photographer specializing in portraits and events. When she’s not behind the camera, you can find Melissa rocking out at karaoke or rooting on her beloved Chicago White Sox.