Everything we create is made by brand.

We are JAK Creative Design, an independent agency based in the western suburbs of Chicago, with outposts near St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Portland.

At JAK, we don’t just embrace challenges—we thrive on them. We leverage our marketing know-how and incredible passion for design to make each client’s vision a brandmade reality.

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About Us

Imaginative artists who visually conceptualize—and then make ideas come alive for the rest of us. Clever copywriters who cook up fresh concepts instead of canned copy. Account executives who help their clients move mountains.

The JAK team always brings its A game—and if there was a letter before A, we’d bring that game instead. Meet the crew that’s been creating campaigns, addressing market segments, inspiring action, and driving results for clients for more than 20 years.



Ricky Peterson

Chief Copywriter

Ricky inspires the copywriting and editing team at JAK with her sage advice and depth of knowledge. The clients she writes for range from Fortune 500 companies to smaller B2B and B2C partners. Ricky’s always up for a challenge and loves distilling diffuse client information into powerful copy that sparks action.

Ricky joined JAK in 2005 after a 20-year career as co-owner and marketing manager of a $13 million manufacturing company. In earlier lives, she taught English and earned a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She tells one joke.

Allison Weakly

Vice President

Allison solves problems for her clients with graceful efficiency. She manages campaigns from estimation to fulfillment, building relationships—and trust—in person, over the phone, and via email. She provides leadership and guidance to the other account executives, collaborates with the creative team, and participates in JAK marketing and sales efforts.

If you ask Allison where she’s from, she’ll show you using the palm of her hand. As an alumna of the University of Michigan (where she earned her BBA), she “bleeds maize and blue.” Prior to joining JAK in May 2008, Allison worked as an account manager at American Express.

Chris Garland

Creative Director

Chris coordinates all digital projects, as well as gift card and package design. JAK clients count on him to anticipate their needs and execute assignments with ease and expertise.

Chris started working at JAK in 2007 after graduating from Illinois State University with a BS in graphic design. One of his hobbies is investigating new technologies that he can use to enhance client projects. Chris also likes to share books and music from his favorite authors and artists, and has converted many coworkers to his tastes. He may try to disguise himself as the office curmudgeon, but we all know better.

Jill A. Kerrigan

President & Owner

Jill is our founder, president, owner, and fearless leader. She facilitates client relationships and strategic planning, while also focusing on creative direction, marketing, and the next killer idea for "Shark Tank."

She earned her BA in graphic design from Eastern Illinois University and learned management skills at Breymeyer Design, before setting out on her own and opening JAK in 1995. In 2013, Jill completed the intensive Tuck School of Business program with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. More recently, she honed her skills in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Jill is a member of NAWBO, WBENC, and WEConnect International.

Jordan Parks

Art Director

Jordan has been creating graphic art and designing at JAK since January 2014. He brings a sense of adventure and a broad range of skills to both quick-turn projects and larger campaigns. Jordan loves the satisfaction of solving visual problems, especially in packaging and brand identity.

Jordan earned his BFA in communication design from the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining JAK, he worked at Fokoz Creative Group; at Magna-Tel, Inc.; and as a freelance designer. He’s a contributing member of AIGA Chicago and once earned $100 by not shaving his beard for an entire summer. Now, he’s grown attached to it.

Kelsey Cellarius

Senior Account Manager

Since starting at JAK in 2014, Kelsey has put her heart into consulting with clients to plan and manage their campaigns. She enjoys the dynamic of understanding the clients’ needs, helping them set parameters, and then working meticulously to achieve their goals.

Kelsey earned her BA in communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing at Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame and spent a year studying in Ireland. She interned and then worked for Target in merchandise marketing before joining our agency. Kelsey’s the team beer aficionado and spin master (cycling, not deejaying).

Krissy Oldham

Office/Billing Manager

Krissy joined JAK as an administrative assistant in 2006, and today brings her warm, personal approach to invoicing, bookkeeping, and cost analysis. A skilled multitasker, Krissy does it all by being organized and focused—and always remaining open to learning new things.

Before beginning work at JAK, Krissy gained administrative experience at other marketing agencies in the Chicagoland area. Clients count on Krissy to answer billing questions, and we all rely on her to remember every episode of "Seinfeld"—"Serenity now!"

Leo Ebersole

Senior Copywriter

Leo came to JAK after 13 years with the Chicago Tribune, where he signed on in 2002 to help launch the RedEye. In 2009, he moved to the Tribune as an entertainment editor, managing writers and increasing visibility for their stories via social media.

Leo is excited to join the marketing and advertising industry, and JAK is excited to gain his top-of-the-line copywriting, editing, and proofreading experience. We’ll see how his sly sense of humor works out in the JAK funhouse.

Leo earned his BS and MS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Liz Clarke

Proofreader

Liz has contributed her enthusiasm and expertise to the copyediting and proofreading team since 2015. She wields her red pen with precision and respect. Seeing the variety of client styles, Liz spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive in-house guide that also details client preferences.

Liz earned her BA in communications, graduating summa cum laude from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Prior to joining JAK, she spent 10 years editing some of the Farm Progress Companies’ publications and also took on other copyediting and proofreading work. She loves a good cheesecake.

Megan Patsavas

Senior Copywriter

Megan writes, edits, and proofreads for both print and digital platforms—even the words you’re reading right now! She loves social media and marketing strategy, but the part of her job she enjoys most is developing creative concepts with the team.

Megan graduated magna cum laude with a BS in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a minor in film and media studies. Prior to joining JAK in 2014, Megan completed three internships and then covered local news for The Enterprise in Plainfield. She also tells the most dad jokes in the office, despite not being a father.

Melissa Cox

Executive Assistant

Melissa is our office’s JAK-of-all-trades. She assists Jill while helping out the rest of us, too. Her day-to-day consists of working with Krissy on initiating and invoicing jobs, organizing our workflow, and keeping Jill prepared and on schedule for meetings and business trips.

Before joining JAK, Melissa supported presidents and partners at Prophet, Sears Holdings Corporation, Walgreens, OfficeMax, and other organizations in Chicago and the surrounding area. When she’s not spending time with the boisterous JAK crew, Melissa keeps busy by wrangling two fur babies and a husband. Which does she find more exhausting? You’ll have to ask.

Nick Rizner

Business Development Associate
Junior Account Executive


Nick recently joined the JAK team. He was brought on board to use his entrepreneurial skills to build relationships with new business prospects, while also following up on promotional projects, trade shows, and conferences, as well as managing our databases of clients, opportunities, certifications, and events.

Nick brings a can-do attitude to everything. Most recently, he worked in the auto industry as a sales and leasing specialist. He studied marketing at the University of Iowa, and is continuing his education through various business-related certification programs. When he's not reeling in prospects, Nick can be found fishing out on Bruce Lake.

Trisha Villa

Senior Designer

Since coming to JAK in 2006, Trisha has taken on increasingly complex projects. Her attention to detail and creativity enable her to find ways to give a fresh look to client presentations and other projects.

Trisha earned a BFA in multimedia design and technology from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, after studying at Roosevelt University and Morton College (where she earned an associate degree in business). She spent a memorable semester in England studying graphic design at American InterContinental University and touring Europe. In addition to having an eye for design, Trisha has an ear (or two) for the local music scene.

Zach Kerrigan

Business Development Associate
Junior Account Executive


As JAK’s first business development associate, Zach researches opportunities, attends networking events, and forms relationships with new business prospects. He’s also built a systematic CRM database of our client and prospect interactions as part of his ongoing efforts to enhance our internal and external communications.

Zach graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in communication and media studies and pulls from his prior sales experience in the auto industry to generate new growth for JAK.

In his free time, Zach hones his talent for losing sunglasses. He may single-handedly be keeping Ray-Ban in business.

Summers Ford

Junior Designer

Summers is JAK’s social media butterfly. In between print and digital projects for clients, she emerges from the art department with stunning imagery she creates to make our agency’s social media posts come alive.

JAK hired Summers fresh out of Miami University, where she had just completed a BA in both media and culture, and interactive media studies, with a minor in graphic design. While in school, she studied abroad in Southeast Asia, backpacked through Thailand and Cambodia, and interned for companies such as MassChallenge, a global startup incubator, and ABC Studios. She loves cartoons and cappuccinos.
Jill A. Kerrigan
Ricky Peterson
Allison Weakly
Chris Garland
Krissy Oldham
Trisha Villa
Kelsey Cellarius
Jordan Parks
Megan Patsavas
Melissa Cox
Liz Clarke
Leo Ebersole
Nick Rizner
Zach Kerrigan
Summers Ford

Our Services

Some other agencies think outside a box. We recycled ours. For projects big or small, long-term or short, we offer design done differently.



Brand Identity
  • Identity Design
  • Naming
  • Taglines
  • Style Guides
  • Brand Extensions

Packaging
  • Package Design
  • Packaging Systems
  • 2D/3D Prototypes
  • Research Stimulus Materials
  • High-Impact Mailers

Environments
  • Signs
  • Wayfinding
  • POP Materials
  • Displays
  • Trade Show Graphics
  • Presentation Boards
  • Branded Environments
Print
  • Print Ads
  • Brochures
  • Direct Mail
  • Newsletters
  • Catalogs
  • Reports
  • Promotional/Seasonal Campaigns
Digital
  • Banner Ads
  • Emails
  • Websites
  • UX/UI
  • Wireframes
  • Social Marketing
  • Presentations

Our Clients

Over the years, JAK has deftly delivered on projects for startups, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations. We go the extra mile for each and every client quicker than they can say JAK Creative Design.



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Our News

We love sharing news—especially when it’s good! Here’s what Jill and the JAK team have been up to recently.