DC adds creative triple threat

We’re excited to announce the arrival of creative directors Kelly McCullough and Jessea Hankins, and design director Darlene Gibson. Great talents and great leaders, too. Welcome aboard, you three!

As featured in MediaPost, the new directors will report to Chief Creative Officer Michael Lemme and Executive Creative Director Anne Elisco-Lemme.  

McCullough will lead the agency’s largest account, health insurance marketplace Covered California, and has served as creative director at Eleven, SunBasket and FCB, as well as art director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. 

Hankins will lead the CA Department of Public Health COVID-19 vaccine education campaign and Ferrara Candy Co. brands SweeTARTS and Black Forest. She is returning to DC where she began her career and has worked on brands such as JP Morgan, Grubhub, United Nations and John Muir Health.

Gibson is tasked with leading the agency’s design practice, which works across brand identity, packaging and UX design for clients. She joins DC after more than a decade of working in a freelance capacity with agencies, including Eleven, R/GA, McGaryBowen, FCB, and Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners.

“We’re building something at DC with people who are wired to care about the same things we do: empathy, collaboration, and humor,” said Michael Lemme, chief creative officer. “Kelly, Jessea and Darlene are not here because we needed to fill a role on a specific piece of business. They’re here because we want to grow with talented people who care about people and craft. Each brings leadership that naturally aligns with our ‘feeling first’ philosophy, to make work that moves people on a gut level.”