MEET THE TEAM

Caitlin Clinard
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

People matter. So let me make sure to give my team all the credit. Because they deserve it and I’m nothing without them. I spent the first five years of my career searching for a vocation. From corporate PR and a marketing agency to franchising restaurants and mission work overseas, something was still missing. Then I stumbled upon entrepreneurship and the rest is history. Angel Oak Creative was born. And I give all the glory to God for helping me find my calling.

STRATEGISTS

Cate McLeane
SENIOR MARKETING STRATEGIST & DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS

I’m Tarheel born and bred even as I grew up in Music City, USA. UNC brought me to this great state that’s become my home. Outdoor exploring is my lifeblood, mountains put my soul to rest and Will McLeane is my life partner in adventure. My mission to create circumstances for individuals and organizations to realize their potential is being lived out at Angel Oak through vision casting, strategic development and business optimization.

Daphne Thompson
SENIOR MARKETING STRATEGIST & DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m the Twin Angel. Why? Because Caitlin and I are twins (duh). I’ve been with Angel Oak Creative from the very beginning and it’s been my joy to witness the continued growth of this Kingdom work. I consider it a blessing to wake up excited about work every day and a privilege to work alongside our incredible nonprofit community. My life story in a nutshell: NCSU grad, married to my third-grade sweetheart, mommy to three precious boys and puppy named Spirit, love Jesus with all of me, and am passionate about people, purpose, family, faith and the outdoors (especially the beach)!

Paige Burr
SENIOR MARKETING STRATEGIST & DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Born and raised in the foothills of the Smokies, I betrayed my roots and became an LSU tiger for four years and then moved to our nation’s capital to begin my career on Capitol Hill. I’m still new(ish) to Raleigh and pumped about being two hours from the beach! My desire to marry my communications expertise with doing good is made possible at Angel Oak as I get to help nonprofits wrestle with and dream about how to add value to the marketplace – and do it strategically.

Justin Raymond
DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST

My life’s mission is to inspire and motivate people to do good. With 6+ years of marketing experience, I believe we’re living in a time where nonprofits have a great opportunity to elevate their cause in the digital landscape. Whether it’s through email, video, social media or other advances in technology. If I’m not volunteering or in the office, you’ll often find me at the gym, watching the Carolina Panthers or spending time with my wife.

Elaina Dove
CONTROLLER & ACCOUNT COORDINATOR

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and a graduate of the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!), I love Jesus, I love nonprofits and I believe more can be done in communities with the use of effective communications. Running, reading, eating and boating are just a few of my favorites. The Raleigh Fellows program brought me to the Oak City and Angel Oak, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

CREATIVE

Shane Wagoner
SENIOR DESIGNER
I am a creative thinker, mediocre cook, amateur musician and a certified outdoor adventurer. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (go Steelers), the call of the mountains whisked me away to Colorado where I honed my craft, gained valuable industry insight and unique perspective that shaped me professionally and personally. I have a kid-sized imagination. I never win card games. I’m terrible at impersonations. I love red Twizzlers.
Grace Casey
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONSULTANT
I’m a maker of images, collector of experiences, enthusiast of people & brewer of coffee. I have spent my career building brands, working alongside nonprofits and seeking to put beauty into the world daily through my business, Grace Casey Creative. My talented husband, Dan, and I moved to the east coast in 2015 and are proud to call the Carolinas our home. Together we strive to live a life of hope, adventure and creativity.
Alison Smitley
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONSULTANT
I’m a visual problem solver with a passion for helping tell stories through beautiful design. I grew up in Durham, NC and graduated from NC State’s College of Design. Most of my career has been spent working with nonprofits, which perfectly blends my heart to help others and using my design skills for better communication. My other passions in life are my faith, my husband & son, reading and being physically active.
Will Saunders
MULTIMEDIA CONSULTANT
I’m passionate about a lot of things in life: my wife Amy and son Caleb, the Washington Redskins, visiting Charleston, watching college football, cooking complex meals, gardening, building furniture, filmmaking and evening walks in the park. And that’s just scratching the surface. My desire to work with nonprofits is driven by the life-transformative help that I received from a local nonprofit. Now it’s my turn to give back!
Alex Schwindt
MULTIMEDIA CONSULTANT
As a documentary filmmaker, writer and creative director of Alex Schwindt Media, I love telling great stories and helping people and organizations express their own stories well. Over the past 20 years I have had the chance to work as a creative director in places like San Francisco, Chicago, Kansas City and Miami. Five years ago, my wife, Lori, and I had the good fortune of making the Triangle our home — and we absolutely love it here!
Jeff Hall
WEB DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

I was born and raised in small-town North Carolina to a family of farmers, but that doesn’t make me a Tar Heel. I’m a proud graduate of NC State, and my Wolfpack pride runs deep. Though, nothing in this life matters more to me than God and my family. At my core, I’m a problem solver. I enjoy the challenge of developing beautiful websites and hope to make designing our client’s websites a simple, rewarding experience.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

David Chatham
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SENIOR MARKETING CONSULTANT

I’ve been working in the PR and marketing world for 20 years, spending time at a number of large firms. But none of these experiences match the joy of serving those who serve others. I look at our work here at Angel Oak as an opportunity to honor the skills God has blessed us with by tackling the tough jobs for organizations that have audacious missions, humble budgets and limited manpower.

Nate Cox
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

I grew up in a military world, traveling the world and adjusting quickly to new cultures. After working 12 years in military installations as a nonprofit manager, I feel privileged to have observed great leaders who modeled servant leadership mixed with hustle and grit. I believe in listening to clients and helping them discover the solution inside them. I am excited to work with Angel Oak as an extension of my passion to support and equip nonprofit organizations through strategic consulting.

Pretzel
TEAM MASCOT

Technically, I was born in West Virginia, but North Carolina has been my home for almost seven years. Caitlin’s my mom, so I get free range of the Angel Oak offices whenever I want. Thankfully, she works with people who also have dogs, so I always have someone to play with during the day when she gets busy. I’m not a huge fan of long meetings, but I’ll usually pop my head in and say hi at the beginning to be sociable. I do love a good meet and greet, with scones from Yellow Dog Bakery.