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BrianBrian Coogan – Managing Director

Standing tall at 6’4”, Brian is the heart and soul of White Dog Green Frog. He has over 20+ years of technical experience working for a number of Australia's Fortune 100 companies as a Senior Unix Administrator, including having been an instructor for both Hewlett-Packard as well as teaching university level System Administration courses.

Brian has been active on the internet since it was first brought to Australia and loves making technology available and useful (from the tech nerds to the technically challenged). Brian is more than just a Managing Director to us, he is a mentor to the rest of the staff and works hard to ensure that White Dog Green Frog is a jovial upbeat environment for both staff and clients. He is an avid fan of quality science fiction of all types and a total health nut (while most of us are still in bed at 7 am, Brian is up “enjoying” a workout!). Brian loves to travel, is interested in photography, and has a passion for personal development, mentoring, and coaching while loving the occasional movie.

 
haleemon Haleemon Woodard - Project Manager/Technical Support

Haleemon is our token Yank from California, having moved to Melbourne from New York where she was working for Parade Magazine. Haleemon is a key member of our Project Management team, and also assists with some technical support. She holds a BA from The American University of Rome, an MA from St. John's University in Rome, Italy, both in International Relations; and recently graduated from RMIT where she received a MTech in Internet and Web Computing. Haleemon is an aspiring "tech nerd" and manages our mid-range web development projects. Apart from being easy to talk to, she is also competent in a number of allied fields, including SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and is an expert at helping you find the right web solution for your small business.

 

Haleemon is widely travelled and worked in a number of major cities around the world before falling in love with Melbourne.  She loves her iPhone (valiantly defending it against her Blackberry-mad co-workers!) and is a fanatical Collingwood supporter (Go the Pies!).

 
Slade BaylissSlade Baylis - Technical Support

Slade comes to us from the Victorian country town of Sale in Gippsland and is working as our a Helpdesk trainee. Slade is living in Thornbury with his partner Tessa and has completed two certificates in Multimedia studies and enjoys programming part time. As a would-be hacker he naturally excels at Call of Duty. Slade has been with us since early January.

 

 
Merri KirkMerri Kirk - Bookkeeper

Merri is our bookkeeper and has been a self-employed bookkeeper for the past 8 years working for a variety of businesses including trade, corporate, hospitality, IT and charity organisations. She has her Associate Diploma of Business in Accounting and is a complete wizard with figures of any sort. 

 

Merri is the proud mum of 2 kids, 1 cat, and 2 gold fish. In her spare time she also assists her partner, Andrew, with the set up of a second business, Ultimate Awards.

 

 
Dar​yus Ad​en - Senior Project Manager

Daryus has a background in both Business Management and Systems Analysis and Design.

Having worked both in the Corporate and SME environments,  as well as having run his own IT support consulting business, Daryus has worked across projects of all shapes and sizes from long term projects for multinational organizations to helping SME clients get the best ROI on their investment.
 
During his off time he enjoys leaving the big smoke behind and finding a shady tree or beach to relax on.

 
Leon Williams - Senior Graphic Designer

Leon studied at Carich Multimedia & Design School when he was 18, and with the top 3 students from his class, formed his first internet business in his parents' garage, called NASCENT MEDIA. He then worked for various companies in various roles over the space of 5 years in NZ, UK and Europe while supporting his travels overseas. Some of his clients/employers have included companies such as Real Networks (Real Player), Clinic, Emirates, EMI, AOL, Capitol and Sony. His strengths lie in art direction, creative advertising and illustration, however, he has definitely honed a craft in digital design and visual communications for both web and print. He has had the chance to meet and greet Richard Branson while he was in London launching Virgin Media, and contends that it was one of the best parties he's ever been to!

 
Meri Harli - Web Copywriter

Meri Harli is a web copywriter specializing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM). She optimizes websites for improved rankings in major search engines such as Google, and writes optimized copy for web content, and online advertising such as AdWords.

Meri’s work in digital media began in the heart of the dot.com bubble in mid-90’s Silicon Valley where she worked for Wired Magazine in San Francisco, California (1996-98) – as part of the original HotWired team - the people who created the first web banner. More recently in Australia she has been employed by ANZ Bank, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and most recently for Sensis (a subsidiary of Telstra) with their web marketing team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with majors in Professional Writing and Literature. She also has a Certificate IV in Small Business Management and has completed the 'Copywriting for Profit' course at the Australian School of Copywriting. She is also a published poet and creative fiction writer. Her favorite word is 'zeitgeist', and she is obsessed with hot yoga, and dark organic cherry chocolate - but not at the same time, as the chocolate would surely melt.

 

Geoff Currie - Senior Management

Geoff is a self confessed failed retiree (He says he tried retirement for 2 years ... “I was terrible at it, I love growing businesses”).  His background includes founding several successful businesses in technology and other sectors.  Geoff’s past work as a coach and mentor for many successful growing businesses provides invaluable insights to the team and our direction.  Geoff has a passion for the application of technology to improve businesses results, resulting in our focus for providing measurable benefits to our clients and their businesses.

 
Denise Cameron - Senior Graphic Designer

Denise has been active in graphics, printing and multimedia design industries since 1993.  With extensive experience in branding, the complexities of packaging design and brochure design, Denise has worked for household brand names such as Carlton Cold, VB, Carlsberg, Vegemite, VACC, Yoplait and major advertising agencies.  Denise is an established professional who has won a number of awards for her work, including the Maroondah Business Award, a Gold award from the Australian Web Designers, and an Australian Achievers Award.

Denise and partner Chris are proud parents of a newborn Taylor, who is already starting to show visual talent!  They also have a huge and friendly ginger manx cat named Joe.  Denise loves art and one of her passions is attending art exhibition openings.   Unfortunately Denise and Chris barrack for St Kilda but we’re working on them!