Meet the Team

Blake Ian

CEO and Co-Founder

Former Business Product Lead @Apple  | CTO @SHADOW PR |  Serial entrepreneur with a passion for creativity, product, innovation, communication and execution. TEXTING Since 1992! | Singer-Songwriter-Producer | 7 years of Transcendental Meditation | Living in Jersey City with his Goldendoodle  “Bodhi Skywalker”

Rachel Workman

Brand Director and Co-Founder

Former @Time Magazine @SHADOW PR. Over a decade of experience in public relations, partnerships, copywriting & brand development. Passionate about working on early stage projects, with the opportunity to help excited, young companies find their voice and market fit. She’s been with Tawkers since the beginning, helping steer the ship in an ever-shifting landscape of media & technology. These days she works from Tel Aviv, with her husband and dog.

Rodrigo A. Bartels

Chief Technology Officer

Software Architect with a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Costa Rica. 11 years experience working for global companies such as Subaru, Merck, Kaplan, EMI, Proxibid, ANA, Atomite and Zappos. Professor @University of Costa Rica School of Computer Science. Part of the Tawkers team since 2012. Passionat about economics, politics and soccer. Married with a Golden Retriever, Rough Collie and Border Collie.

Raquel Fonseca

Lead Developer

10 years of solid experience in Software Engineering. Raquel has lead the Research & Development efforts in mobile platforms like iOS and Android for several clients. Raquel is a natural team player, very detail-oriented and with excellent results fulfilling goals and meeting deadlines in less than the average time. As a Mobile Development Lead, Raquel manages the development of new applications for mobile devices, providing guidance and technique improvements along the entire software development process.

Gabrielle Hamann

Marketing Director

A passionate and driven Marketing professional with a Masters in Business Marketing at the University of Technology Sydney. Gabrielle is focused on new media, growth strategy and digital marketing. Her time in media spans 4.5 years from B2C event marketing, digital and TV sales for a media publication, to digital marketing for a start-up. She recently moved from Sydney, Australia and is now based in Brooklyn, NY.

Mary Anna Howell

Content & Social Manager

Mary Anna graduated from the College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing. She currently lives in Haifa, Israel and has worked with Tawkers since 2014 in several roles across content creation, product development and social media management.

Advisory Board

John Petralia

Advisor - Go To Market Strategy

Former Global Head of Marketing @Bloomberg, CMO @Iron Mountain, VP & GM @ XEROX. 20-year track record of building high performance teams and is recognized for developing strategies that have accelerated growth and built brands of the world’s most successful informations service, technology and media companies.

Peyton Sterns

Advisor - Publishing and Business Development

Current Founder & CEO @Bashed. Former head of Business Development @Jetsetter, previous biz dev and audience development professional @Bloomberg and @Forbes. Passionate about building relationships, growing brands, driving revenue and creative problem solving.

Steve Gertz

Advisor - Platform Evangelist

Ten years building and managing the investment and business development platform for Joe Gibbs, the former NFL, Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Coach and current owner of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion race team. In 2016, Steve launched Rhythmic Ventures, harnessing his deep relationships with successful business leaders and combining them with startups and their latest technologies to create opportunities for both.