Meet our Team

Who we are gives us a unique perspective. It’s based on world travel, an entrepreneurial spirit, our love of sports, family and culture. It’s in our ambition, our drive for personal development and growth. Coupled with a passion for business and strategic planning, we view things differently.

Jeff Hoeppner

Business Development & Account Executive

Among the things I love most, food (particularly BBQ) and coffee are just below my family and friends. When I’m not at the office, or helping run our retail store (Work: Skate and Lifestyle), I do my best to be outdoors with our 2 boys, a huge slab of meat and a barrel smoker. Ribs, Brisket, or pork shoulder, they all make me very happy.

Business runs through my veins (much like coffee). I always have a business plan on the go (ask my wife) and spend my time talking ideas with friends and acquaintances. If it’s not a new idea, I challenge myself with finding creative ways to fix broken systems; a new process or small change could be the answer.

I have been privileged to be able to mentor in business; sharing some of my success and failures to better equip others is an honour. So…If you’re up for a coffee, I would love to talk business with you!

Kristi Dueck

Account Manager

I’m a self described old soul. The things that make me happiest in life are spending time with my family, baking and curling up with a good book and steaming cup of tea. My husband and I were transplanted back to rural MB shortly after our beautiful daughter, Finnley, was born. I think we’ve all adjusted to the slower pace quite nicely; our dog, Mulder, is definitely enjoying his backyard.

I’ve worked in customer service since I was 15. I enjoy meeting new people and building relationships both personally and professionally. I’m big on organization (almost to a fault) and like to see things come together from concept to completion.

Cassie Gelean

Lead Designer

Hey, I’m currently on mat leave with my second daughter. Check back in a year to see how it went!

Jayna Derksen

Lead Developer

I’m Jayna and I’m a developer at Helium! I’ve always been interested in technology, and at 18 I started freelancing for other companies as an independent contractor. I have been part of this team for 4 years. There is nothing better than a day full of good music and coding for me. I love seeing websites and their functionality come together.

On the weekends you’ll find me reading a book, or watching documentaries and food shows with my husband. If I’m not there I’ll be on the computer looking for new development inspiration. I love finding new and creative ways to bring a website to life.

I haven’t used this skill a lot, but I can say the alphabet backwards in 3.27 seconds.

Jen Elson

Digital Marketing Strategist / Google Certified

I have a son named Kale, a Boxer named Gracie and I throughly enjoy understanding consumer behaviour, content organizing and gaining a deeper understanding of our clients businesses. I lived in the GTA and found my way to rural MB about a year ago. I have my Honours from Mohawk College in Business Marketing. I have also just gained my certification in Wedding Planning and Coordination. As a side, I advocate for always doing something with a purpose, and have been known to bust out in a Disney song randomly.

Tim Wall

Graphic Designer

Hi, I’m Tim. I started getting into design and illustration about 4 years ago, but drawing was always kind of my “thing” in school. I love clean, communicative design, and enjoy working on website, print, and logo projects collaboratively.

When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my wife and dogs. I’m also a huge video game nerd, so you can find me yelling at a screen in the evenings and on weekends.

Sherri Hoeppner

Project Manager / Accounting

I consider myself the ‘office mom’. I like to think of myself as a ‘duck on the shelf in a row’ type person; organization just to the edge of OCD is where I can be found. My husband (Jeff) and I have been studying business and marketing for about 12 years, and I am a firm believer in being the example in business that you want to see around you. 

I have learned in a number of situations that honesty in business is always the best policy. That, coupled with clear and upright communication are a big part of a successful business relationship. I am passionate about being a leader worth following, and count each day as a privilege with our team.

Our 2 boys are my world, and although my work/life integration may not be for everyone, for us, it makes for a full life!  I love structure at home, and at work, and love to spend my time with family and friends at our home. 

Moses Rietze

Graphic Designer / Developer

I am a college educated graphic designer, a board member of the Winkler Arts + Culture, and am a member of GMC (the church, not the truck).

My best days at work are built on problem solving in design and development, pushing myself to new and possibly intimidating experiences (travelling to different countries, and one instance of jumping off a plane), and daily focus on health and fitness. I am driven by goals, both in life and the gym.