Tom Foerstel

Our Team

We live for good work — the kind that makes people happier and our planet healthier. And we figure the best way we can do that is to work with people and companies who create products and services that benefit the health of our planet and all of the creatures on it. Lucky for us, it’s a full-time job.

Daryl Beeson : Technology Director

Daryl Beeson

Technology Director

Mary K Berg : Accounting Services

Mary K Berg

Accounting Services

Kim Bergquist : CFO

Kim Bergquist

CFO

Marie Brochier : Creative Director

Marie Brochier

Creative Director

Claudia Button : Creative Director

Claudia Button

Creative Director

Janell Count : Organic Sales Manager

Janell Count

Sales Director

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Cody Gacek : Web Developer

Cody Gacek

Web Developer

Katy Kithcart : Junior Art Director

Katy KithCart

Junior Art Director

Laura Martin : Account Director

Laura Martin

Account Director

Megan Stoll : Social Media Guru

Megan Stoll

New Business Development

David Vincent : Junior Art Director

David Vincent

Art Director

Linda Whittig : Art Director

Linda Whittig

Art Director

Established in Boise, Idaho in 1985, Foerstel Design has grown from a one-man shop into an eclectic crew of hard-working creatives with a passion for exceptional design that creates results for our clients. We harbor a deep appreciation for all things organic, natural, sustainable, artistic and environmentally forward. We’re big enough to bring a range of diverse interests, talents, and strengths to every project, and small enough that we can move nimbly and strategically to get the job done in an expectation-exceeding way. Most importantly, we love what we do, and we think we’ve cultivated a really, really happy place to work, and that makes all the difference.

Daryl Beeson : Technology Director

Daryl Beeson

Technology Director

Daryl is an interdisciplinary hacksaw and technosavant. His work with computers dates back to the late 70’s when his father brought home a fully equipped Apple II. On this machine, he built his first programs and began his love affair with Apple computers.

 

Daryl has been building websites since the days of Mosaic and Netscape Navigator. He began working as a technology consultant and designer for agencies and publishing companies before landing at Foerstel in 1997. Since then he has helped businesses build amazing web presences. His love for great design and clean, efficient code makes him an asset on any project.

 

When he’s not upgrading servers and troubleshooting code, he’s enjoying the outdoors with a drone in tow, or spending time with his family.

 

Daryl has never used the password, 123456.

Mary K Berg : Accounting Services

Mary K Berg

Accounting Services

Mary K graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in business marketing and management. After graduation she spent several years working in the accounting department in the insurance industry, and living in different cities, states and countries as a wife of a military officer — even serving as mayor of a base in California. 

 

Mary K landed at Foerstel in 2003 where she stands out as the numbers guru. She is the proud mother of two smart and talented young men. When not in the office, she loves to be outside, skiing, playing tennis, kayaking, hiking, biking, or wandering the foothills of Boise with her very large, very sweet golden doodle, Leo.

Kim Bergquist : CFO

Kim Bergquist

CFO

A graduate of Boise State University, Kim’s extensive business experience spans a variety of industries, including graphic design, healthcare, human resources, real estate and technology. For over a decade, she has been a valuable member of Foerstel’s leadership team, helping develop company strategy, policy, procedures, controls and efficiencies. 

 

A food and wine aficionado, Kim is grateful she found Foerstel — a company that appreciates and celebrates an organic and healthy lifestyle. When not at work, you’ll find her spending time outside with family, friends and furry companions.

Marie Brochier : Creative Director

Marie Brochier

Creative Director

After graduating with a BFA from Oregon State University, Marie worked in advertising and design in Portland, Oregon before moving to Boise.

 

She brings broad experience in brand architecture and project organization to Foerstel, and never turns down an opportunity to explore leading edge ideas and applications. Charitable work and passion for community are part of her DNA, and she has long been a part of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s annual branding and design.

 

When not at work, Marie loves experiencing the beautiful Idaho outdoors, spending quality time with her family and friends, and baking — she revels in a perpetually messy kitchen.

Claudia Button : Creative Director

Claudia Button

Creative Director

Claudia begins every work day by glancing at the words written on the firm’s wall: Will design for change. She approaches each project as an opportunity to let innovation, emotional intelligence and creativity shape the way people think about a product or service.

 

Claudia graduated from the G. Toma Art Institute in Italy and holds a Summa Cum Laude BFA in visual design from Boise State University. She has led the award-winning creative team at Foerstel for over 15 years. Among the accomplishments she is most proud of is the Graphis International Gold Award for the sustainable solar company Inovus’ brand identity.

 

Claudia is also known to make a mean espresso — all you have to say is, “per favore.”

Janell Count : Organic Sales Manager

Janell Count

Sales Director

Hailing from the Midwest, Janell’s work is based in her belief that we must strive for a more compassionate, sustainable planet. A graduate of Eastern Western University, she brings over 35 years of sales, marketing and media experience to Foerstel, with focus on organic, natural, Earth-minded projects.

 

Janell has been on the Foerstel team for 19 years, and has been a driving force of the firm’s impeccable reputation in the organic and natural product space. Her steadfast dedication to her team and the agency has earned her the nickname Ms. Persistent.

Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.

 

He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.

 

An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.

 

One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.

Cody Gacek : Web Developer

Cody Gacek

Web Developer

An art degree from the University of Arizona paired with a life-long love for computers and electronics led Cody down the path of learning and building the web. He thrives on the constantly changing world of technology and software where there’s never a dull moment, and always a chance to grow.

After graduating from the U of A, he spent some time in Central California, his home state of Colorado, and Phoenix, Arizona before moving to Boise, where he was warmly welcomed by the great people at Foerstel.

When his laptop is powered off, Cody enjoys getting out in nature on his mountain bike with some headphones and good music.

Katy Kithcart : Junior Art Director

Katy Kithcart

Junior Art Director

Katy graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in studio art and design. After graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Boise and discovered Foerstel Design where she works on a variety of projects, each one pushing her creativity and curiosity. 

 

Katy believes the future relies on the changes we make now, and applies her passion for sustainability when working with Foerstel’s variety of eco-friendly clients and community partners. 

 

In addition to her design work, you can often find her outside, exploring Boise’s beautiful wild spaces, and embracing the laidback Idaho life.

Laura Martin : Account Director

Laura Martin

Account Director

An Idaho native, Laura is a graduate of Boise State University, and has over 20 years of marketing and management experience. She offers extensive project and team management skills and thrives in environments that span multiple disciplines, offer diversity, and present creative challenge. Laura believes becoming an integral part of any client team is paramount to a project’s success (just ask her what it takes to run a four-ton Idaho Potato campaign across the country), and is the first to reach out and lend a helping hand.

 

Laura has been with Foerstel Design for 11 years, during which time she has become an elemental part of the daily workings, and has maintained long-term client relationships while supporting her design team. 

Megan Stoll : Social Media Guru

Megan M. Stoll

New Business Development

Megan’s journey took her from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she got a degree in textile products design and marketing to working in the architecture and interior design fields on the East Coast before landing at Foerstel.

 

Her passion for good design, conscious consumption (she’s a vegan through and through) and sustainability is the foundation for her work, which bridges digital marketing and new business development.  

 

When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Megan scouring music blogs and publications, or at a live show. She is also a co-founder of Treefort Music Fest, a five-day festival in Boise, Idaho.

David Vincent : Junior Art Director

David Vincent

Art Director

David is a recent graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, with bachelor degrees in Spanish and graphic design. He has been with Foerstel since early 2017, when he started as an intern. Since then, he has been involved in a variety of projects, with a focus on branding and packaging.

 

As a self-proclaimed outdoorsman, David has a firm belief in stewardship for the planet and all its inhabitants — and is most in his element when driving change through design, hopefully making the world a better place one day at a time.

 

Beyond Foerstel’s doors, he most values the time exploring Idaho’s backcountry with his wife, daughter and dog, Dusty.

Linda Whittig : Art Director

Linda Whittig

Art Director

For over 27 years, Linda has been helping clients with everything from graphic design to copy writing, web services to social media. One of her biggest claims to fame — both literally and figuratively — is the four-ton potato that travels the country representing the Idaho Potato Commission and the state’s most notable crop.

 

Linda’s passion for food and culinary art makes her the perfect leader on food-related accounts as a photography art director and manager for influencer programs.

 

A Treasure Valley native, Linda holds a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She gains inspiration through travel, cooking, gardening and painting, and can often be found riding one of her several bikes around town in search of the perfect taco.