About

Copperwing is an experienced branding, marketing, and motion creative group. We believe that growing brands and telling great stories are about building relationships between people. Copperwing provides services to develop branded content, as well as implement and market that content across all forms of expression. Our scope includes brand identity, graphics, exhibits, websites, marketing, sound, motion, and film.

Each professional on our leadership team is directly involved with the work. Our strong design convictions inform everything we do, including organizing strategies and visioning for your future. We are deliberate in our research-based planning, which leads us to purposeful solutions. And that is why so many respected companies choose Copperwing to ignite passion between people and the story they have to tell.

Team

Angela Stiff

Angela Stiff

Managing Partner and Creative Director

Brian Key

Brian Key

Partner and Director of Client Solutions

Chris Tomberlin

Chris Tomberlin

Managing Director of Motion and Film

Carla Copeland

Carla Copeland

Director of Operations

Spencer Roeder

Spencer Roeder

Associate Creative Director

April Saunders

April Saunders

Production Manager

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Web Application Developer

Leon Barwick

Leon Barwick

Copy Director

Margaret Crimi

Margaret Crimi

Office Operations Manager

Jacintha Hopson

Jacintha Hopson

Director of Hospitality

Avery Dove

Avery Dove

Graphic Designer

Lauren Chandler

Lauren Chandler

Client Relationship Manager

Kristi Sasser

Kristi Sasser

Producer

Jared Shull

Jared Shull

Editor

Gabie McGonegle

Gabie McGonegle

Client Relationship Coordinator

Katelyn Turner

Katelyn Turner

Social Media Specialist

Brittany Roberson

Brittany Roberson

Social Media Specialist

Karen Gathany

Karen Gathany

Brand Designer

Angela Stiff

Managing Partner and Creative Director


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Angela Stiff

Angela founded Copperwing with brand management as its cornerstone, recognizing its critical role in creating breakthrough communications with long-term relevance. She leads with the same out-front thinking as she sets the vision for the company. Angela keeps our team focused on core design principles that help meet client business goals. She leads our collaborative Brandstorming work sessions that create the foundational systems to build relevant and lasting brands. She has led branding initiatives for clients with regional, national, and international reach. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards. Angela is a graduate of Auburn University and serves on the Executive Board for Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. She promotes design education, advocates for vulnerable children, and loves time with her family and friends.

Brian Key

Partner and Director of Client Solutions


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Brian Key

briankey@copperwing.com

Brian keeps a sharp focus on each client’s industry. He leads marketing strategy to gain optimal results from every initiative. His marketing solutions have been integral to success in launching new product brands for clients like KW Container; getting unprecedented results for state programs such as Alabama’s Break for a Plate; and informing and engaging audiences through campaigns for Neptune Technology Group, among many others. Brian holds a degree in advertising and journalism from Troy University and a master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management from Auburn University at Montgomery. He and his wife have three boys. Brian is active in his community and church and loves the Tide.

Chris Tomberlin

Managing Director of Motion and Film


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Chris Tomberlin

Chris brings more than three decades’ experience as a director, editor, visual effects artist, and colorist to our film, motion and editing work. An expert with creative direction, idea generation and problem solving, Chris lends his skills to all stages of a project, from concepts and storyboarding to final finishing and delivery. A cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama in multimedia production, he also offers clients expertise beyond the visual, evidenced by his degree in music (also with cum laude honors) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While you’d expect he enjoys movies and music, you might be surprised to know he’s a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido and accomplished in target shooting.

Carla Copeland

Director of Operations


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Carla Copeland

Carla skillfully manages day-to-day operations and maintains a productive and happy work environment. She leads initiatives that increase our efficiency and make Copperwing a thriving resource for our client partners. She holds an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery and a master’s in human resource management from Troy University Montgomery. Carla has taught courses at Faulkner University and Samford University, including human resources and organizational behavior courses. She enjoys time with family and loves photography, travel, and writing.

Spencer Roeder

Associate Creative Director


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Spencer Roeder

Spencer helps lead our design team. He possesses a talent for creative storytelling in every medium. His has extensive experience in motion, digital animation, and website design and how to integrate them into smart campaigns. With a strong proficiency and technical expertise, he has helped Copperwing develop engaging digital experiences for major corporations with worldwide audiences. An award-winning designer, Spencer is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife love spending time camping with family and raising their three children.

April Saunders

Production Manager


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April Saunders

April brings a depth of experience to Copperwing clients, both as a graphic designer and as a manager of complex production processes. She received her Associate Degree in Arts from Central Alabama Community College and her BFA in visual communication from Auburn University. Her skills in defining final execution plans for each project make the difference between good and great outcomes. April and her husband are proud parents to three sons.

Scott Smith

Web Application Developer


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Scott Smith

Scott is an experienced software engineer as well as web designer. He excels in seamless design and programming integration to develop user-friendly interfaces. He has designed, hosted, and managed custom web solutions for a wide variety of client needs. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. He also attended Philadelphia’s Drexel University for computer science. Scott spends free time with family and playing guitar with his band.

Leon Barwick

Copy Director


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Leon Barwick

Leon is an accomplished communications writer with many industry awards for his creative work. In his career of more than twenty-five years, Leon’s writing has been central to the success of clients such as Neptune Technology Group, KW Container, Jackson Thornton, and many others. Leon earned both a BA and MA in advertising from the University of Alabama. A man of many gifts, Leon is also a talented painter. He and his wife encourage creativity among their five children.

Margaret Crimi

Office Operations Manager


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Margaret Crimi

Margaret excels as a day-to-day manager of details and thoughtful problem solver. She has an insider’s understanding of production processes from past work experience, making her uniquely qualified to manage a design firm. Margaret is a graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery in business administration. She and her husband enjoy raising two fun, active young children.

Jacintha Hopson

Director of Hospitality


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Jacintha Hopson

Jacintha has been the voice of Copperwing almost from the very beginning. She has a special way of making everyone feel welcome. Whether in person, by phone or any other means, when you reach out to Copperwing, she lets you know you are important to us. She manages client communications with careful attention to detail and works closely with our operations to help keep our office always running smoothly. Jacintha is a graduate of Alabama State University and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Avery Dove

Graphic Designer


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Avery Dove

A two-time winner of Auburn University’s Studio Award, Avery provides an illustrator’s touch to digital design and motion graphics. He received his BFA in graphic design from Auburn University and is proficient not only on the creative side, but the technical side as well—with expertise in laser cutting and operation system troubleshooting. Creativity is in his DNA. Avery comes from a family with a history of talented painters and illustrators.

Lauren Chandler

Client Relationship Manager


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Lauren Chandler

Lauren builds trusted relationships by helping to create a positive client experience. She is a knowledgeable marketing and communications professional. She provides responsive guidance and manages effective use of resources. Lauren joined Copperwing from Troy University where she worked in Alumni Affairs and Chapter Development. Lauren holds both a BS in print journalism/public relations and a MS in strategic communications. She and her husband enjoy time with family, their two dogs and splitting their fandom between Troy and Alabama football.

Kristi Sasser

Producer


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Kristi Sasser

Kristi is an experienced video producer skilled in graphics, advertising, customer relationship management (CRM), editing, and creative writing. She is just a skillful when managing the business side of projects by ensuring work is on time and within budget. Kristi is a proud graduate of Troy University. She once crossed the Royal Gorge on one of North America’s highest zip lines, but her proudest adventure was hiking 26.3 miles in one day as part of the Make-A-Wish Alabama inaugural Trailblazer Challenge.

Jared Shull

Editor


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Jared Shull

Storytelling was ingrained early in Jared, who toured Tennessee while in elementary school in a group that shared folklore. For nearly 20 years, he has provided clients an award-winning editor’s eye. He has earned two Emmys® for his documentary film work, not surprising considering his passion for unscripted visual storytelling. A Samford University graduate in journalism and mass communications, he loves to relax by playing traditional bluegrass on bass and banjo. He and his wife have two sons.

Gabie McGonegle

Client Relationship Coordinator


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Gabie McGonegle

Gabie works closely with clients daily. She keeps clients informed of project status, is a client advocate within our team and works to ensure every detail is accurate. Her proactivity can be counted on to ensure campaigns run smoothly. Gabie is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in marketing. She and her husband, high school sweethearts, love residing in Birmingham but also enjoy travel, the Atlanta Braves and board games with friends.

Katelyn Turner

Social Media Specialist


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Katelyn Turner

Katelyn is a talented writer who lends her skills to our social media team. She complements our branding campaigns with social media expertise that helps to engage audiences across every channel. She is a graduate of Auburn University Montgomery with a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations. Katelyn loves the outdoors, reading and almost anything that spells adventure.

Brittany Roberson

Social Media Specialist


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Brittany Roberson

Brittany understands the interworking of social media and how to draw attention to the right messages. She is a very gifted graphic artist with illustrative and motion design skills. Brittany earned her Bachelor of Science in visual design from Auburn University Montgomery. She enjoys the art of storytelling whether through drawing, painting, the written word, or motion. Brittany spends time traveling, reading, and loves old movies.

Karen Gathany

Brand Designer


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Karen Gathany

Karen is an experienced designer and illustrator. She has worked with brands to establish an appropriate identity and understands the details required for brand systems and application. She describes herself as a “creative problem solver”. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design at Auburn University, Karen worked as a designer in advertising and branding agencies. She later became an entrepreneur, owning her own curated art, antiques, and accessories boutique. She enjoys watercolor painting, reading, traveling, secondhand shopping, interior design, people watching, and hanging out with friends.

Copperwing is a creative team at the forefront of branding, marketing, and motion design. We ignite passion between people and brands.
What We Do

Brand Design & Management

Space & Exhibit Design

Marketing Strategy

Digital Marketing

Social Media Content

Website Development

Video & Motion Design

Film and Documentaries