Uptown Studios is your Sacramento creative team specializing in graphic design, website design, hosting and management, video production, social media training and management, brand development, print management and marketing services. We fix complex problems for our clients through human-centered design processes.

Tina Reynolds
PRESIDENT

Tina Reynolds

Chief Juggler

The Uptown Studios crew is known for being creative, dedicated and enthusiastic. Started by Tina Reynolds in 1992, Uptown Studios is now at the top of its game with a full team of creative professionals ready to help you change your world. Tina has always led by example with her fiery enthusiasm and eagerness to take challenges head-on.

She promotes a happy, healthy work environment where each team member is valued and encouraged to be involved in community activities and causes they are passionate about.

Tina has been running her own design firm since 1976 and she is the community face of Uptown Studios. She is ready and eager to get your project going, and share her experience that will give you the “big picture” on your campaign or marketing materials. Tina loves the people she gets to work with and is always there to remind you to make it: “EASY, FUN AND POPULAR”

Kate Moore
MULTIMEDIA DIRECTOR

Kate Moore

Chief Amazement Officer

Kate is the Director of Video Production and Multimedia projects at Uptown Studios. As an experienced broadcast designer, Kate loves to create stunning animated graphics for video and presentations. She works with an award winning team of video professionals to take your video project from concept to completion. Whether it is a 15 second spot for use on Social Media, or full length training videos, Kate will always bring a level of creative knowledge and know-how to your video or animated creations. Check out some of the videos Kate has created here. Kate also loves spending time with her wife and grand children. She enjoys bicycling around Midtown, getting creative with clay and watching baseball.

Cris Weber
ART DIRECTOR

Cris Weber

Brand Overlord

Cris is here to make sure every project meets our design standards as Art Director of Uptown Studios. She enjoys overseeing the creative process of projects and maintaining brand consistency for our clients. Cris has an eye for perfection and is a perfect partner for discussing options that might work for your special project. Cris is part of our leadership team when it comes to Human-Centered Design and is an excellent facilitator. She is an alumna of California State University, Sacramento — Department of Design where she also taught for six years. Away from the office, Cris loves raising her chickens and making art from found objects.

Tania Torres
MANAGING DIRECTOR

Tania Torres

Managing Queen

Tania is an expert in taking a vision and seeing it become reality. She is here to help guide you and the Uptown Studios team throughout the life of each project. Tania works closely with every project to make sure timelines are met, budgets are not exceeded and clients are always well informed about the creative process. With an MPA from New York University, Tania has the education and work experience that will ensure we go above and beyond your expectations. Sacramento native and world traveler, Tania spends her spare time exploring and getting lost while looking for awesome Indian and Mexican food.

Sharlett O'Connor
PROJECT MANAGER

Sharlett O’Connor

Multi-Tasker Extraordinaire

Sharlett brings a multitude of experiences to the Uptown Studios team, from project and account management to people management. With a degree in Public Relations from CSUS, she finally found her niche as part of the Uptown Studios crew. Around the office, she is hands-on with project management and proof reading. The queen of spelling and grammar, it’s rare that a typo slips past Sharlett. She is quick to inform you of your project and even quicker to remind you when timelines are getting closer. Outside of work, you can catch her cycling on the American River trail, running around McKinley Park or hanging out with her partner and son, enjoying Sacramento’s restaurant scene.

Mark Hebert
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Mark Hébert

Font Foodie

Mark brings over 10 years of design experience to our incredible design team. Mark loves getting into everything from designing logos, branding projects and Search Engine Optimization reports to designing business cards or annual reports and special email templates. Mark believes in clean design with a clear communicated message and at times, likes to “nerd-out” over typefaces. Mark is always learning new techniques and delving into the User Experience on the web. Check out some of Mark’s creativity in our Portfolio. When Mark is not here loving Uptown Studios, you can find him reading, shopping on-line, tending to his aquariums, or preparing something delicious in the kitchen.

Zuza Hicks
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Zuza Hicks

Brand Muffin

Zuza is a design lover and her passion is taking complex ideas, simplifying them and creating beautiful visual experiences. She designs everything she can put her hands on, from flyers and websites, to beer labels and logos. Her biggest passion in design is branding and illustration but she also brings in experience in art direction and layout. When she’s not working you will see her weeding through vegan food blogs, taking vocal lessons or getting down at a dance studio. Take a look at the creative solutions Zuza has worked on>.

Brent Stromberg
WEB DIRECTOR

Brent Stromberg

Preeminent Web Nerd

Brent joined Uptown Studios in July 2012 with sixteen years of front end web development under his belt. By day, Brent develops code – writing and editing CSS, Sass, PHP, JavaScript, and HTML – makes WordPress template customizations, builds responsive designs, and helps clients with their web questions. He loves that his job allows him to constantly learn new things and go home everyday feeling satisfied. By night, he spends time loving his wife and daughter, woodworking and nerding out on Star Wars (pre-1997, of course).

Steve Knau

Darth Database

Steve is a hardworking employee as well as a student. He is currently attending UC San Diego and is majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He has been working with HTML, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and other tools for web and database development. Steve loves that his position at Uptown Studios allows him to develop web applications and interfaces for clients while learning more and more about the structure of computer software and hardware.

Mia Lopez
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER

Mia Lopez

Digital Adventurer

Mia works closely with each of our Social Media clients to ensure their messages ring loud and clear. Her enthusiasm for the latest and greatest in digital communications makes her an awesome addition to the Uptown Studios team and ensures that our clients stay ahead of the curve. Mia is invested in social media and is on a lifetime learning curve with this ever changing media. You will see Mia at most of the trainings that she does around town with Tina Reynolds – the dynamic training duo. Check out some interesting social media channels that Mia works on here. Mia has spent the last five years getting to know Sacramento and has fallen in love with Farm to Fork month, Sacramento’s startup scene, and the American River Bike Trail.

Jonathan Simpson
FINANCE DIRECTOR

Jonathan Simpson

Office Ninja

Jonathan Simpson, our Office Ninja, has been with Uptown Studios since early 2000 and has grown our financial management as we have grown. You will be hearing from him about your invoices, contracts and statements. If you have any questions on your bills Jonathan will be your man to help you through any issues. He is here to help us with all things finance. If you ever want to know how Yoda would have said something – just ask Jonathan – he is the knower of all things Yoda.

Kristen Stauss
PRINT MANAGER

Kristen Stauss

Office Alchemist

Kristen has almost 20 years experience in the digital and offset printing world. She has worked every aspect of the print/copy shop atmosphere. Kristen manages all of the pricing, production and delivery of your printed collateral with Uptown Studios to ensure it is delivered on time and looks amazing every time. When not thinking about printed materials, Kristen can be found hanging with her family, Brad, Juli-Ann and baby Austin or lounging with their dog O’Malley. Kristen is also a huge advocate for public transportation and cycling, utilizing them every chance she gets.

Luke Pedersen
CONTENT MANAGER

Luke Pedersen

Digital Word Wrangler

Fascinated with how language triggers response, Luke brings his experience managing public relations and marketing clients. He produces carefully crafted messaging and copy with a keen sense of strategy, current communication trends and consumer psychology. As a Google AdWords certified partner, Luke is also your Search Engine Optimization digital resource, helping you to navigate digital marketing tools like Google AdWords and Analytics to get the most out of your online campaigns.

Luke returned to his native Sacramento and graduated with honors from Sacramento State University with a BA in communication, specialization in public relations.

Regina Range
OFFICE ASSISTANT

Regina Range

Supreme Organizer

Regina has worked with Uptown Studios since 2010 and keeps us on our toes. Regina keeps our facilities neat and tidy, answers the phones and connects you with the right person and you can expect some freshly baked muffins or sweet treats at our meetings prepared by Regina. Regina is integral in our events and will be there to set up and tear down and during the events she will be sharing some of her culinary delights. Regina is our supreme organizer!

Laura Rider
PROJECT MANAGER

Laura Rider

Client Collaborator


Laura has been in the website design world for over 20 years, almost since it’s inception. When she entered the field, business owners still needed to be convinced that they needed a website. She knew it was an up and coming field and boy was she right! Laura worked for the last seven years as a lead Project Manager at a Silicon Valley based company and before that, she was running her own website design company. This experience gives her a unique and well rounded perspective. Having done it all, from sales, to design and development and of course project managing; Laura is here to help you through the process with an endless amount of patience.

When not working, Laura is a bleeding heart animal lover, enjoys museums, art, vegan cooking, movies, live music and spending time with family and friends

Ryan Logan
Director of Photography

Ryan Logan

Video Samurai

Ryan Logan is our Director Of Photography and has been working in video production for more than 17 years, specializing in producing, directing, videography, lighting design and post-production. He has had the pleasure of producing and directing hundreds of television commercials for the local businesses in the greater Sacramento region, as well as many national infomercials, TV ad, and marketing video campaigns.
Video production has been Ryan’s passion since early in his career and believes there is always more to learn in this ever-changing industry.

a headshot of Zauna
Intern

Zauna Nuru-Bates

Jr. Director of Awesomeness

Zauna is currently in high school and plans on attending college in 2018. She is passionate about social issues and hopes to have a career in the creative field. Zauna started interning at Uptown Studios in 2016 and has been employed since January of 2017. When Zauna is not working on school projects or at Uptown Studios, she likes to sketch and watch Hulu.