Our Team

Everything you ever wanted to know and then some.

Tracy TrostTracy Trost

Executive Producer/Lead Visionary/President

With more than 30+ years in film and video production, Tracy is an award-winning director and brings his expertise in production and marketing to the team on a daily basis. (Translation: He’s the oldest guy here. I mean, the boss.)

In addition to pouring his heart into every project, he enjoys spending time with his kids, being in the outdoors and ruining a good walk with a game of golf. (I may or may not have witnessed this.)

Joe JestusJoe Jestus

V.P. Culture and Development/Senior Lab Advisor

Joe (I’m the one in the middle) is known around these parts as the MacGyver of business. Just give him a paperclip, a map, and his trusty Swiss Army Knife and he’ll find a way to make it happen. (Okay, so I don’t actually carry a knife.)

In addition to figuring out how to bring the team’s creative visions to life, spicing up everyone’s bios on this page, and writing children’s books, Joe loves making memories with his family, visiting the North Shore of MN, and seeking adventures, wherever they may be.

Mykela KriegMykela Krieg

Director of Operations

Mykela brings years of Project Management experience to the TCM Family and works to keep things running smoothly. She feels most at home with an Excel spreadsheet. (Really, she does.)

When she’s not busy keeping track of the TCM team, she enjoys cooking, road trips in her Jeep (she doesn’t just enjoy her Jeep, she loves it), and visiting her family in her home state of Pennsylvania.


Dan MatlachDaniel Matlach

Senior Editor

Dan brings his high-octane personality, ability to handle various aspects of the production process, and an unyielding sense of humor to our team. (Trust me, it’s unyielding… and funny.)

When he’s not wading in the creative workflow (…what did he step in now?), he loves spending time with his wife, two young sons, and soon-to-be newborn on the way.

Jonathan Coussens


Jonathan has produced and directed hundreds of TV commercials and worked with production companies across the U.S. and internationally, all before the age of thirty.

His travels have taken him to 42 states and 28 countries (and he’s still allowed back in all of them). With a wide variety of cultural and international experience, he brings a unique perspective to every project.

Other than being on set, he loves three things: his family, the Packers (cough. Skol Vikings! cough), and McAlister’s Sweet Tea.

Phil Camuso of TCM CreativePhil Camuso

Post Production Supervisor

From storyline production, to graphics & editing, to final delivery, Phil stands behind a consistent, industry-leading, digital post-production process that supports all of TCM’s important clientele. (Look at all of that fancy corporate speak.)

When he isn’t working furiously to meet design, editing, and other video deadlines, Phil loves spending time outdoors with his wife, young son, and 2 dogs, attending sporting events, and good sushi. (I mean, who likes bad sushi?)


Carol CummingsCarol Cummings

Financial Caretaker

With over 12 years of accounting experience, Carol does the job all of the creative people at TCM Creative are afraid to do. (No funny quips here; we don’t want to have to do this work.)

When she’s not taking care of the finances, you can find her sewing, quilting, or chasing her two boys and husband across the countryside of Oklahoma. (Yee haw!)

Vanessa MiesesVanessa Mieses

Hispanic Advisor/Coordinating Producer

Vanessa’s favorite types of stories to tell are ones that are not safe. With that comes a career of producing documentaries, marketing pieces, and short films that challenge others and herself to live her life a little more boldly. (She’s way nicer than this makes her sound.)

Having fun along the way is important to her (see, we said she was nice), but then again, it doesn’t take much to keep her happy: people, good food, and new places to explore.

Dave CampbellDave Campbell

Production/Asset Manager

Dave brings years of on-set experience for tv commercials, live theater production, and film to TCM. (He also brings years of dad jokes too.)

When he’s not keeping the team in check on-set, he loves spending time with his wife and two talented kids. (Like, super talented.)


Jon HoudeJon Houde

Equipment Camera/Operator

A certified tech geek by day, and hockey player by night, Jon is our resident Canadian and brings the TCM nice factor up at least 63.4%.

When he’s not telling us the technical specs of the latest camera, he can be found on the ice, dodging hockey pucks, or spending time with his lovely wife. (She brings our nice factor up another 22.7%.)

Haiden Trost

Junior Editor

Fast becoming one of our edit suite MVPs, Haiden started with TCM as an apprentice. Though his own production experience was limited, storytelling was running through his veins, having grown up on set with his filmmaking father. (He’s also our resident YouTube funny video expert.)

When he’s not hunkered down in front of an edit station, you can find him hiking the backwoods of Oklahoma, learning how to play a new instrument, or challenging his culinary skills in the kitchen… a true renaissance man. (But he doesn’t look like Danny Devito.)

Luke Cypert

Junior Editor

Born and raised atop the red dirt of Oklahoma, legend has it that’s how Luke came by his naturally red-tinged hair. But beyond his Midwestern charm, he has dedicated his life to the art of storytelling and production. He brings with him an arsenal of skills built upon a bedrock of can-do-ness. (Yes, we just made up a word. He’s that special.)

When he’s not flexing his production muscles, you can find him basking in the joys of life with his wife and two young daughters. Besides his fascination with feature films, his heart yearns for life abroad and he spends his weekends torn between the great outdoors and building computers. Beep, boop, boop, bop, beep. (That’s robot for, “We think he’s cool.”)

Rosemary Avance, PhD

Lab Research Director

Rosemary Avance earned her Master’s and PhD in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied new media in the digital age. She has published three peer-reviewed journal articles, a chapter in an edited collection, won a nationally competitive fellowship, taught university courses, and presented invited academic lectures and over a dozen peer-reviewed conference presentations. (She’s wicked smart.)

When she’s not managing the day to day research of the lab, designing studies, or advancing our learnings for our clients you can find her with her husband and three amazing kids, raising awareness for mitochondrial depletion disease, or unwinding while watching her favorite TV shows (you’ll never guess which ones.)

Laina Rominski

Lab Research Assistant

Laina is passionate about the details. She’s dedicated to data integrity and understanding the intangibles behind it. But trust us, just because she loves numbers, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to have fun. (Because she does!) Born and raised in Minnesota, she will bring that Northern charm to any situation.

When she’s not devouring data, or working on developing studies in our lab, she enjoys time with family and friends (laughing… a lot), trying out a new hobby, deep conversations, and taking the world by storm.



Love What You Do.

Want to join our team?

We’re always looking for happy talented people who love doing what they do for a living.

Head on over to our contact page and drop us a line. We’ll connect with you when we have an opening.