We believe making a beautifully smart and carefully planned spectacle can amplify the creative work and important mission each of our clients have—be they an independent filmmaker, newly launched or established small business, or an artistic nonprofit.
Meet the Team
Tamaryn Tobian | Owner, Public Relations & Brand Strategist
Tamaryn is a passionate storyteller and skilled strategist. Before starting Spectacle, Tamaryn worked with brands such as Starbucks, Meijer, Zondervan, part of HarperCollins.
In addition to working with clients and running the day-to-day at Spectacle Creative Media, Tamaryn has been actively shaping the film industry and culture in Michigan for the last six years and currently is working through year one of organizing a Grand Rapids Film Society. She also is active in the advertising and creative community, serving on the Board of Directors of the American Advertising Federation West Michigan, formerly as its President, and the AAF District 6 Executive Committee, as State Director.
Elizabeth Merriman | Business Development and Project Manager
Elizabeth Merriman is a multi-talented media maven and skilled coordinator of chaos who has over a decade of experience in the film industry in both producing and production management roles. In addition to being adept at addressing the needs of creative clients and commercial content creators, Elizabeth is passionate about working with college students and under-served youth through both teaching and volunteering. Elizabeth is great under pressure—literally. Before entering the creative industries, she trained to be an underwater welder.
Jade Villanueva | Account Publicist
Jade was previously our publicity associate and is now an account publicist at Spectacle Creative Media. His innovative mindset and passion for creativity and helping clients is what earned him a spot on #TeamSpectacle.
He recently finished his undergrad at Grand Valley State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Arabic. He has worked as an account associate for Grand Valley’s student-run PR firm—GrandPR and was a member of PRSSA.
Jade enjoys reading biographies and fiction novels, hammocking in the park, craft beer, and checking out the latest independent film.
Kellen Parker | Designer & Web Developer
Kellen is a rare combination of skilled Web Developer and talented Graphic Designer. Kellen currently splits his time between Grand Rapids and Melbourne, Australia. In addition to joining the Spectacle team in 2011, Kellen Co-Founded Phonemica. Phonemica is an active crowdsourced Chinese dialect archive community.
Kellen’s beautiful design and intricate backend development of Phonemica.net are just two examples of why we’re happy he’s on our team.
Emily Oldenkamp | Associate Publicist
Emily is in the thick of her senior year at Grand Valley State University, where she is doubling majoring in Communication Studies and Ad/PR with an emphasis in PR.
On top of her full course load at GV, Emily is also completing an independent study on product branding for Amway at Grid70 this year.