Michelle Knight
Michelle KnightWeb Designer
I would consider myself a “jackie-of-all-trades” as I thrive on knowing a little about a lot. This reflects my work experience as well as my educational background. I have six college degrees in accounting, business management, business information systems, graphic design, web development and general studies. My work experience includes over 20 years of office administration and bookkeeping/accounting, 13 years of graphic design, and 6 years of web design/development mainly in WordPress. I have worked in various industries including a Big Ten university. My various skillsets and experience lead me to open my virtual assistance business in 2004. Over the years I have honed my services down to primarily graphic design, WordPress web design/development and e-marketing as these are my passion.

I currently live in the same small town that I grew up in Michigan. I am a techy country girl at heart that loves spending the summers at our 10-acre property on the lake. During the summer months, my office is located overlooking the lake. I love to camp, ride my motorcycle and be with family and friends. My family consists of my husband and our lab/border collie mix named Bailey who we think of as our ‘kid’.

Joanne Malone
Joanne MaloneAdministrative and Project Coordinator
Joanne joins VBP with a background in banking, financial services and private-client wealth management. Joanne loves problem solving and number crunching and also has a passion for graphic design. Before choosing to pause a successful career to focus on raising her children, Joanne worked for 15+ years holding various Officer positions with Union Bank of Switzerland, Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. During her career she earned FINRA/NASD Series 3, 7, 24, 55, 63 and 65 licensure. While home, Joanne started a successful internet-based custom greeting card business and became Treasurer of a 501(c)(3) educational-based organization. Joanne earned a Business Administration degree from Calvin College. She and her family have lived in the southwest suburbs of Chicago for 20+ years. Born and raised in Connecticut, Joanne now considers herself a full-fledged Chicagoan…with a big piece of her heart always in New England.
Michelle Danajka
Michelle DanajkaAdministrative and Project Coordinator
Michelle Danajka comes to us with over 25 years’ experience as an administrative/executive assistant. Before becoming a small business owner early 2015, she worked as a legal assistant for 8 years. She is an active member of the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) and is a certified notary public in Illinois. She prides herself on being (sometimes overly) organized and likes to show her creative side in her work. Michelle lives in Downers Grove, Illinois with her husband of 19 years and their two boys, ages 13 and 15. If stranded on a desert island, she couldn’t live without coffee or music.
Richard Contreras
Richard ContrerasSEO and Copy Editing Guru
Richard has been in sales and marketing for more than 35 years. He has been writing for personal pleasure and occasional publication for more than 20 years. In October of 2010, after returning to Denver, CO from Phoenix, AZ – making the 800 mile trip by bicycle – he began to devote himself to the full-time practice of creating search engine optimized web content for website and blog owners who were unable, or unwilling, to write for themselves. Today he offers a range of services, including optimized blog post/article writing, optimized web page construction, keyword research and analysis, writing press releases, editing, creating evergreen content, re-purposing content, and pretty much all things involved with web content writing and on-page SEO. He regularly creates content for IT Network Service Firms, Physicians, Therapists Attorneys, Realtors, Finance Consultants, Online Marketing Firms, Online Coaches, Virtual Assistants, Authors, and brick-and-mortar Retail and Wholesale Businesses. Richard’s hobbies include reading, riding bicycles, and rebuilding and servicing bicycles at a discount, to help keep others riding regularly.
Laura Williams
Laura WilliamsGraphic Design Specialist
Laura received her BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Kansas and shares her passion for graphic design with each and every client. Laura has over 20 years experience in all aspects of print design, both from a creative role to that of print procurement. She has worked in a variety of industries with corporate clients, nonprofits and small business owners. Fun fact: she was a college mascot for two years while at KU – Rock Chalk Jayhawk! She now resides with her husband and young family in Kansas.