Meet the Team

Just like a baby, we’ve had a growth spurt over the last few years. WebBabyShower has grown from a friend’s idea for an expecting mother into a distributed global team connecting thousands of families. Here are the people who made it happen.

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Kurt Perschke & Kate Weare
Owners

Kurt & Kate know from experience what it’s like to have family spread across the country and beyond. Both have had active careers as touring artists and spent 20 years in New York building their professional lives far from family.

Their daughter first joined them on tour in Belgium when she was only 3 months old. They almost didn’t make the trip as they discovered the day before the flight that, yes, babies need passports! As brand new parents, it had never occurred to them they might have to prove she was theirs. That baby passport saw heavy use as she toured 7 countries with mom and dad before the age of 3.

Founded in 2005, WebBabyShower is the very first online baby shower service. Kate & Kurt took over the company in 2017 as they were looking for a more home-based life with their new daughter. They understood the complicated lives of modern parents, the need for such a service, and feel aligned in a business whose goal is connecting families with joy.

The company has expanded significantly from those early days, and continues to be the category leader in virtual baby shower services.

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Corinna McLeod
Marketing & Operations Manager

Corinna is a British ex-pat living in the mountains of North Cackalacky with her husband, two cats, and two dogs. Loves hiking, running, sound engineering, music, and all the food.

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Michelle Salvaña
Website Manager

Michelle is a Filipino who graduated in 2019 and likes to try new things for experience and real-world knowledge. One of her hobbies is learning the Korean language as she enjoys watching Korean movies and listening to their music.

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Michaela McKinney
Customer Service Lead

Michaela is an American living in rural Alabama with her husband, cat, dog, and 4 reptiles. Loves video games, reading, kayaking, and music.

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Slavi Marinov
Senior Developer

Slavi likes swimming, dancing bachata & kizomba and is passionate about business & creating easy to use software solutions that tackle tough problems.
He is also the founder of Orbisius and qSandbox.

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Ilya Marchenko
Front End Developer

Ukrainian WordPress & Frontend geek, father of two kids. Loves sport, traveling, camping, and games.

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Jason Lemrond
Lead Product Developer

Jason is a full stack developer and designer and the lead creator of our product’s next version. He is an experienced developer in React and AWS platforms. Jason is also a guitarist in A Brilliant Lie, who had a 50 city tour in 2019, when you could still do that kinda thing.

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Daisy Aylott
Brand Designer

Daisy is a designer at door2door, a mobility start-up in Berlin. She is passionate about design for social change, and the ways that design thinking can have a positive influence on a wide range of sectors.  Born and raised between England and Canada, she’s been in Berlin since 2015. Daisy created a completely new look for the brand, including our brand identity for our relaunch. Many of the key illustrations we use across the site and in our themes are Daisy’s.

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Yi Ming Lai
Pinterest Manager

Yi Ming is a millennial Pinterest manager and lifestyle blogger living in Sydney, Australia with her husband. Loves music, books, Zen Tangle and cafe hopping when she is not busy pinning on Pinterest!

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Alia
Writer

Alia S. is a freelance content writer and strategist who resides in the Midwest. In her free time, she keeps her nose buried in a good book or enjoys the scenery around her home town.

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Amy Cobb
Writer

Amy began writing stories at an early age to entertain her classmates. She grew up to earn a nursing degree but later hung up her stethoscope and scrubs to pursue her first true passion—writing. Today, Amy has published over 200 stories, poems, and articles for both children and adults. She is also the author of two book series for children, Band Geeks, and Libby Wimbley.

Advisors

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David Le
Development & Operations Advisor

David is a consultant at Anthroware in Asheville, where he shepherds app development projects. He’s a managing member of The Lang Thang Group in Cincinnati where he’s a founder of award-winning restaurants. He’s been a Director at the Garretson Resolution Group and is looking forward to getting back to rolling in the Gracie Barra Jiu-jitsu studio.

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Walter Budzian
Product Growth Advisor

Walter has been privileged to work with growth and product teams at large orgs like Uber, Atlassian, Electronic Arts, and IBM as well as many startups in their earliest days. He’s at Care.com now and consults at Growth Mentor. He lives in Asheville not far from Kurt and lends a hand kicking the tires in surprising ways and asking the right questions.

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Tony Gaddis
Branding & Design Advisor

Anthony Gaddis is an American Creative Director & Director. Tony’s Recent video work includes creating Mac Miller ‘Good News‘ video with 50,000,000 views and counting. He also recently created the ‘Time’ video for Hikaru Utada. Tony’s brand work includes Apple iWatch, Borghese, Gucci, and Maserati. His black ops agency work includes 72andSunny, R/GA, HAVAS, Grey, Media Arts Lab, and others. Tony consults us on strategic brand design decisions.

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