Who We Are

DECODE is a hybrid.

On one hand, we’re the absolute engagement power of digital technology — on the other hand, the magic of strategically driven creative. Together, our combined skills say something else; in the wellness category, we’re not only subject experts — we’re proven persuasion experts.

Something else about us: If at times, when we talk about our work, we feel a little too spontaneous — like we’re so excited we can’t wait to tell you the next thought or get the next sentence out — that’s okay. It’s honest excitement.


  • Kathleen Perley



    Kathleen’s passion for developing data-driven consumer engagement not only delivers results, it delivers the kind of results that consistently exceed clients’ expectations. Recognized among Houston Business Journal’s 2019 ‘40 Under 40’, Kathleen is passionate about creating digital transformation that drives both relationships and growth.

  • Vanessa Ames


    CSO, CCO

    Vanessa is a natural-born creative thinker with proven success in strategically leading client businesses. She’s a guru communicator with a black belt in pushing the boundaries creatively in order to get her clients thinking on a different level — ultimately driving them greater results. Vanessa has strategically led top accounts over her career, including Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Nature’s Bounty, NDBH, Nationwide, Time Warner Cable, Nestle Waters, L’Oreal, and BMW.

  • Tim Breslin



    Let’s start with this: In the last few years, Tim has worked on large-scale deployments for Drupal and Sitecore. He’s a software engineer by trade and an expert developer via experience. Tim is well versed in security and privacy laws as well as machine learning and AI. With 15+ years of experience, he’s directed projects for Publicis Health, Digitas Health, and Razorfish. Add to that Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Aventis, among others.

  • Josh Shaner


    Director of Client Services

    Driven by cutting-edge and compelling creative ideas that produce great results, Josh is drawn to opportunities where passion, teamwork, and innovation can lead to new value for his clients. Before joining DECODE, Josh cultivated his passion for client services and leadership at Media Arts Lab, Ogilvy, Devito/Verdi, and Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, working on accounts such as INFINITI, IBM, IKEA, KOHL'S, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, to name a few.

  • Josh Ranum


    Media Director

    Josh is a fully educated Texan from first grade to getting his PR/Advertising degree at the University of Houston. He is the internal DECODE authority on all things media strategy, grounded by his traditional media background and driven forward by his love for all things digital media. He is passionate about driving higher results for our clients by moving as close as possible to the marketing utopia of the 1:1 customer relationship. Josh’s background spans many verticals: Home Services, Retail, Restaurant, e-Commerce, and, of course, Healthcare.