Our Team

Mel / The Founder

Melissa Ramirez has more than 15 years of international sales and marketing experience, including new product development and testing. Ramirez, who is bilingual in Spanish and English, earned her MBA from Loyola University Chicago Business School in 2005. 

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 The inspiration behind zerimax, Max joined Melissa as a puppy and is blessed to have such a loving and dedicated human in his life. After his accident which left him paralyzed, Melissa ensured he had the best care and would one day walk again. Now six years later, Max is running, jumping, and safely riding in the car again. He is a proud member of the zerimax team who provides a daily reminder of the importance of pet safety.  


 Left outside tied to a tree in Waukegan, IL, Peanut was barely five pounds, not neutered, had worms and matted fur -- needless to say, he was in bad shape. But thankfully the good people of A Dog's Day Rescue fostered Peanut and fixed him up. Then in October 2012 he met Melissa and found his forever home. Peanut is the sports nut of the team -- cheering on the Bears and White Sox every chance he gets.  


Mary Cerjan is an independent consultant who creates meaningful brand experiences through strategic marketing, product development and brand identity. Before starting her own marketing consultant business, she managed international brands and developed the next “it” items for the beauty industry. When she’s not implementing plans and strategies that help her clients, Mary is busy beautifying the world by designing her own fashion accessory line and penning her style blog, Blitz and Glitz.

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Rachel Solava is a Marketing Coordinator who specializes in social media, branding, and the art of storytelling.  She believes in the power of words, and has always had a passion for writing. She received her B.S. in English Education from the University of Evansville. She is pursuing all the various avenues Nashville has to offer. 


Cindy Diamse is a Senior Manager, Package Development at Adept Packaging. She studied at University of Wisconsin - Madison and got her BS degree in Material Science and Engineering in 2002. She currently lives in Chicago with her best friend Muggs.

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Rachael Hanna is a Mid-west born native who graduated with honors from Columbia College Chicago in 2004. She received her B.F.A in Visual Communication. She worked at Launch Creative Marketing in Chicago as a Senior Art Director/Graphic Designer developing creative solutions for a fortune 500 CPG client before moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She worked internationally as a freelance Art Director/Designer for 3 1/2 years serving clients in South America, Europe and the USA. She creates meaningful brand experiences through her knowledge of brand identity and strategic marketing. Her skills include: Adode CS6, brand identity and development, in-store marketing, knowledge of website development and creating a positive experience for her clients.

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Shaum Jhansale is an Intellectual Property Attorney in Chicago, handling matters such as patent prosecution, litigation, and licensing. Prior to practicing law, Shaum performed as a quality engineer and manager at Cargill in Minnesota. Shaum received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, a J.D. and an L.L.M in Intellectual Property from The John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association Cleantech and Climate Change Committee and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. Shaum is also a violinist who performs in the String Theory music ensemble.

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Amanda Petz is a production Designer/Art Director with strong design and production skills whose range includes marketing collateral, in-store signage, and package design and production. Specialties - Adobe CS, pre-press, package design and production, advertising and in-house creative.

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Jonny Worrell Is a transfer Film & Video student at Columbia College Chicago. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Jonny left his F/T TV-Production job to add a Bachelor's Degree on top of an Associates Degree (Visual Communications-Media Design) from Madison College. Jonny strives in the creative world where his abilities enable him to wear many hats pertaining to: graphic design, videography/cinematography, non-linear video editing, marketing, and social media strategy. Ultimately he is an honest, refreshing, and motivated creative thinker that is ready to explore and find a home in Chicago's professional workforce.

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Sarah Zelman is a student at Columbia College in Chicago pursuing a degree in 2013. She was previously a promoter for Illinois Center for Broadcasting and hopes to continue to gain relevant experience as an intern at zerimax. Sarah is passionate about the arts, animals, hip-hop and painting. Her long term goal is to become a hip-hop publicist and continue to be involved in the arts.