We are passionate about getting to know businesses, working with them as an extension, or branch, (see what we did there?) of their team to create a polished and professional presence for their company in print and online.

Melissa Heckel
Owner + Designer


Hello! I am Melissa, the owner and creator of Branch Creative Co. I love all things design-y and have a heart for serving fellow business owners. 

Outside of design, I am grateful to be a wife and mother, and have a passion for baking, ballet, and craft beer. I love to laugh until I cry, and Dave Matthews is my jam. Sorry (not sorry) to any haters out there.  

Fun fact: I am also Co-Owner and CMO of Severance Brewing Company in Sioux Falls. 


— cliché, but hey, it's true.

Meet the Team

Jen Kolb
Business Development Director

Jen is thrilled to bring her passion of connection to her role as Business Development Director at Branch. Client care and relationship building have become second nature over her ten years of sales and customer service experience. 

You can usually find Jen at her co-working space, The Kitchen, connecting with business owners and community change makers. At home, she is juggling the joys of mom duty with her two kids and one ornery dog. She's at her happiest on a summer hike in the Black Hills, or enjoying camping time with her family and friends. 

Fun Fact: Jen is the owner of The Kitchen, but also has an interior design business that helps feed her addiction to all things houses. 

Andrea Van Voorst

Project Management + Design


Andrea is a Sioux Falls-based Graphic Designer with more than 15 years of experience who has worked in both in-house design positions as well as a freelance designer. She received her formal fine art and graphic design training from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Her past design experience includes the creation of original scrapbooking paper and products, fine stationery design for a letterpress print company, work for various universities, as well as many large and small businesses.

When she's not spending all her time in front of the computer, Andrea's pride and joy is her family - which includes her husband, their one year old son, and their fluffy cat named Oliver. She loves flowers and enjoys interior design and decorating.

Fun Fact: Once upon a time, she lived in a castle during a semester abroad in England. True story!

Sydney Lees
Design + Illustration

Sydney has more than three years experience and has found her passion in logo design and illustration - believing in the power of clean, minimalistic design as much as the attention-getting maximalism, and loves to leverage the different styles in her work.

In her free time, she and her husband enjoy tasting new craft beers, playing with their dog and cat, and all things DIY - especially woodworking.


Fun fact: Sydney is also a muralist! You can find her first mural ever at Severance Brewing Co.

Derek Soukup
Design, Video + Photography

With over 14 years of creative experience in the industry, Derek has a design solution for every marketing problem. From print to digital design, to videography and photography, his attention to detail is evident but where he shines is providing brand leadership and direction. Having worked on many national brands over his career has fully equipped him to propel clients forward.


An entrepreneur at heart, Derek uses his findings in business to build other client’s businesses. When he is not leading creative, he is a publisher of Sioux Links Golfers Guide, a free resource magazine for golfers in the region. To say he is an avid golfer is an understatement!

Fun Fact: When not dreaming about golf, Derek enjoys the local craft beer scene and shares his brand leadership with several local breweries.