The FreshySites Team

We have an amazing team at FreshySites, who love what they do — and it shows.

Ben Giordano

Ben Giordano

Founder
Ben is a Binghamton, NY native who went on to get a BS in Marketing Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2008. Throughout his professional career Ben has been involved in many technology-focused business including facilities management consulting, internet and data marketing, and digital agency services.In 2011 Ben founded FreshySites website design and development studio. Since inception, FreshySites has grown exponentially into the largest in-house WordPress focused web design shop on the east coast. FreshySites also holds the title for the largest website design and development studio in Upstate NY for the past two years running. Ben’s obsession with customer service and support best practices as well as process-driven design continues to flow through the whole FreshySites team. When Ben is not at the office you can usually find him with his family in Upstate NY.
Vincent Consumano

Vincent Consumano

Founder & Project Manager – Washington DC
Vincent is one of the few who can say he was born and raised in the DC area. Vincent graduated Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2008 with a BS in Marketing Management and The University of Mary Washington with his MBA in 2011. Vincent has an extensive background in the Defense Industry, where he spent time as a Deputy Program Manager for major Department of Defense subcontractors. In 2011 Vincent launched the Washington DC office of FreshySites and has been involved ever since. In 2013, Vincent left his DoD job and joined the FreshySites team full-time in order to help facilitate the company’s rapid growth cycle. Vincent is active in the community and serves on a few non profit boards. Personally, he loves the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, anything to get him off that computer!
Kelsey Moore

Kelsey Moore

Operations Manager
While braving the sub-zero winters of Western NY, Kelsey Moore earned a degree in Communication Design from the University at Buffalo. Kelsey worked as a graphic designer, commercial producer, and jack of all trades for a local Binghamton, NY TV station before turning to FreshySites for a bit more creative freedom. These days Kelsey works as one of FreshySites’ primary project managers and designers, where she truly enjoys organizing the chaos. She brings a wealth of talent to FreshySites and always has a customers best interests at heart.
Erin Cortazar

Erin Cortazar

Director of Support Services
Erin was born and raised in Scranton, PA, which yes, is the home of Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. Erin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design & Art History from Marywood University, where she stubbornly proclaimed “I will never work in web”. Fast forward a few years later and Erin is one of FreshySites’ Lead Project Managers and go to customer support specialist. Erin has extensive knowledge of all things web, and can help with just about any website problem. When she’s not blowing a customer away with great customer service and smileys, you can find Erin wandering the outdoors, exercising, making wine, and training to be a pirate. Because let’s be honest, Pirates are awesome!
Tim Burford

Tim Burford

Creative Director
Tim is equipped with an explosive background, literally. Previously, upon graduation from The College of Saint Rose Center for Art & Design (Albany, NY) with a Graphic Design major and an Art History minor, he was an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist for the F-16 fighter jet in the Air Force. After graduation, Tim spent a few years at an advertising and marketing agency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After 11 years of relocating, including Texas, Arizona, New York and Pennsylvania, Tim finally settled back home for good, joining FreshySites as their Lead Designer. When Tim’s not in the office, working his design magic (sans wand), you can find him enjoying the outdoors, catching up on sports, seeking out exceptional craft beers and spending quality time with his growing family.
Jon Fuller

Jon Fuller

Lead Web Designer & Developer
Jon is from the Binghamton, NY area and graduated from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Concentrated studies were in Graphic Design and Video. Jon has an appreciation of all aspects of art and design, and has an extensive background in both print media and web — with a thorough understanding of video and photography. Jon came to FreshySites with 9 years of graphic design and web experience. He continues to make a habit of researching new tools and technologies to broaden his knowledge in the web development industry. He’s a tech junkie who has a passion for implementing new techniques and improving his surroundings. Outside of work, Jon also enjoys going on new adventures with his wife, exercising, and sipping on quality craft beer.
Tod Anderson

Tod Anderson

Web Designer
Tod hails all the way from the land of corn, Ohio. After escaping to Pennsylvania, he studied Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. During his studies he worked for several companies including The Fred Rogers Company as an illustrator. After receiving his BA in Graphic Design in 2012, Tod worked for a small advertising agency focusing on print and layout design. After a while his focus then shifted to illustration and freelance for a few years before moving to Endicott, NY where he joined the FreshySites brigade as a Jr Web Designer. Always intrigued by web design and development, Tod dived into learning as much as he can about coding with the help of his friends, coworkers and lots of determination.
Ryan McAndrew

Ryan McAndrew

Web Designer
After graduating from Marywood University with a degree in Graphic Design, Ryan landed a job at an advertising company. Here he sharpened his design skill and two years later decided to take on the digital world of design. Ryan joined the FreshySites team in late 2016 and works as a Web Designer.
Colin Lake

Colin Lake

Support Specialist
Colin graduated from Binghamton University in 2016 with a B.A. in Graphic Design. While at school he took a few classes in web design and so began his journey to become a web designer. He loves the way every small part of code comes together to create something amazing. Colin enjoys photography and hiking, as well as anything sci-fi or fantasy related.
Giovanna Bernardo

Giovanna Bernardo

Digital Marketing Specialist
Giovanna is originally from Endicott, NY. She graduated from Union-Endicott High School in 2013 and went on to get a dual-BA in English Literature & Rhetoric and Political Science from Binghamton University in 2017. Giovanna has had numerous internships and positions harnessing her passion for writing and communications. She will be applying what she learned there to to her new position with FreshySites where she is responsible for the company’s outreach, brand promotion, and growth in the local community and beyond. Outside of writing and communications, she enjoys eating at every possible restaurant in downtown Binghamton, re-watching Parks & Recreation, scrolling through Instagram and reading.
Emily Petko

Emily Petko

Project Work Specialist
Emily is a 2016 graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. From a young age, she had an interest for all things art and design. It wasn’t until later in life that she realized she could harness those interests into a life long passion. Fast forward through many years of college, several jobs and plenty of learning experiences; Emily joined FreshySites in 2018. Outside of work, she can be seen surrounding herself with good friends, good food and cuddling dogs every chance she gets!
Karina Lenartowicz

Karina Lenartowicz

Web Designer
Karina is a 2012 graduate from the State University of New York at Oswego where she received a BA in Art with Graphic Design emphasis. As a Syracuse-area native, she gained 4 years of web design agency experience before joining FreshySites in early 2018 as a Web Designer. Karina has been intrigued by design ever since she designed a t-shirt for a middle school event. She loves seeing her creations “out in the wild” with no one the wiser on who designed it or how much time and thought went into it. In her free time you will find her reading, volunteering at local animal shelters, enjoying the Adirondacks and wine tasting.
TJ Carney

TJ Carney

Project Manager
Originally from Endwell, NY, TJ earned a B.A. in Political Science from Siena College as well as an M.Ed in Graduate Psychology from James Madison University. After working as a Resident Director at Binghamton University for two years, he decided to pursue his love of tech and move to New York City to attend Flatiron School, a coding bootcamp where he learned to write iOS applications. While he enjoys coding a lot, TJ’s real passion lies in management and seeing a project through from start to finish, which he is excited to bring to the FreshySites team. Outside of work, he is an avid NY sports fans (go Bills and Yankees!) and enjoys any and all things trivia related!
Tylar Henson

Tylar Henson

Jr. Account Manager
Tylar, originally from Endicott, NY, is a 2016 graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Media. After working in professional sports for the better part of three years, including a season with the New York Mets, Tylar found her way back upstate. In 2018 she will begin pursuing her Masters in Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. When she’s not working, you can find Tylar watching baseball and traveling!
Chelsey Buttrey

Chelsey Buttrey

Web Designer
Chelsey was born and raised in Kansas and is now settled in the hills of Missouri. She attended Drury University where she earned her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice. In her free time she took an interest in Graphic Design which then turned Web Design. After freelancing as a web designer for a number of years, Chelsey joined FreshySites where she is excited to be a part of a talented group of people that love great design. When she’s not working, you can find her reading, playing with her kids or trying to keep her bees alive.
Michael Alderson

Michael Alderson

Web Designer
After attending Ithaca College, Michael, a co-founder of Ithaca Community Radio, began the pursuit of honing his graphic design and web development talents within the promotional products, advertising, and print industries. Recently abandoning a life in the world of freelance, Michael now devotes his days full time to engaging design, twisting the throttle on his beloved motorcycle, or hiking any number of the beautiful trails nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes, along with his family and their four legged companion.
Katie Buschmann

Katie Buschmann

Graphic Designer
Katie is from the Utica area and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018 with a BA in graphic design. She grew up with a pencil in hand and MANY animals by her side. Slowly, she is teaching herself animation in her spare time and hopes one day to make awesome videos. When she is not learning or working you can find her back home, cuddling with her orange cat, Finn.
Dedra Congdon

Dedra Congdon

Production Assistant
Dedra has always loved art ever since she was a little kid growing up in Hop Bottom, PA… I guess it’s a good thing that she never grew up! After graduating from Marywood University with a Degree in Graphic Design she wanted to work for a creative company that takes pride in one’s work. FreshySites not only has that ideal, but truly respects and cares about their clients from the start. Dedra loves to make people laugh and cares about helping customers. Dedra loves animals and has ten chickens that answer the phase ‘ooooohhhhhh laddyyyyy’sss’ and will come running up to her.
Mason Cratch

Mason Cratch

Digital Marketing Lead
Mason, originally from Los Angeles CA, is a digital marketing professional who specializes in high level marketing strategy. Mason has worked in industries ranging from ticket sales, to health care. He takes pride in being a self starter, and turning a profit over everything. When Mason isn’t at work, you can find him watching his beloved Dodgers or exploring the nature around Binghamton.
Elisabeth Dean

Elisabeth Dean

Jr. Project Manager
Elisabeth is originally from the small rural town of Camden, NY and graduated from Alfred State College’s class of 2018 with degrees in Business Administration – Technology Management and Interior Design. After marrying her high school sweetheart in October 2018, she and her husband moved to the Binghamton area where they enjoy having restaurants, grocery stores, and shops nearby. Elisabeth is excited to join the FreshySites team as a Jr. Project Manager, a position that combines her passions for management and design. Outside of work, she loves taking pictures with her Canon camera, reading, going for walks, playing tennis, and baking cookies, cupcakes, or basically anything sweet!
Jackson Garrell

Jackson Garrell

Account Manager
Jackson is a natural people person, an avid story-teller, and an account manager with strong opinions about fonts and professional hockey. He grew up in the heart of North Carolina where he scored his first freelance business by building Myspace profiles for students at his middle school. Jackson has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations — helping them leverage digital tools as a catalyst for greater impact. When he is not working, you will likely find him in the kitchen trying to create the perfect omelette.
Elizabeth Giordano

Elizabeth Giordano

Administrative Assistant
Elizabeth is originally from outside of Rochester, NY and moved to Binghamton in the late 90s where she graduated from Maine-Endwell High School in 2004. She went on to get a BA in Communications from Eastern University, near Philadelphia, in 2008, and a Master’s in Education from Binghamton University in 2011. She spent her first year out of school teaching Pre-K and then transitioned to a position with FreshySites, writing blog articles and doing search engine optimization. Elizabeth sees FreshySites as such an exciting business to be a part of, and she has loved watching it grow into what it is today thanks to its amazing team of passionate, positive people. Elizabeth is married and lives with her husband and three kids in the Binghamton, NY area.
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