THE CO-FOUNDERS


BEN HARRISON

(CO-FOUNDER & CEO)

Ben is the brains and leader of Jonas Paul Eyewear! Coming from a background in the arts and entrepreneurship, Ben had the vision of what JPE could be back in 2013 - shortly after his & Laura's son, Jonas, was born with a rare-eye condition.  Since launching JPE, Ben is now solely dedicated to Jonas Paul and seeing the company become a recognizable brand in the fashion & eyewear industry. 


LAURA HARRISON

(CO-FOUNDER & COO)

Laura founded Jonas Paul Eyewear with her husband Ben in 2013 shortly after her first son, Jonas, was born with a rare-eye condition.  Laura has a skill for detail and being highly organized so she keeps the JPE team together working for the same goal ... making kids feel awesome & confident in their glasses!  Laura and Ben have 2 children -  Jonas who is 5 years old as well as a 3 year old daughter, Sophie! 


You can watch more about the Co-Founder's story HERE on our website


THE INCREDIBLE TEAM

 

COURTNEY SELVIUS  

(DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL CONTENT MARKETING)

Courtney comes to us with a background in customer service, human resources and anything that involves coordinating small details! She manages all of our social content and calendars as well as photoshoots, and much much more! Courtney is a lover of coffee, chips and guac, dogs, and all-things-floral. In her free time, you'll find her playing tennis (Go Knights!), performing with her string quartet, & adventuring to Torch Lake in Northern Michigan!  


EMILY GORASHKO 

(DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & WHOLESALE)

Emily comes to JPE from the great state of Alaska! Originally in the retail/fashion industry with Nordstrom, she brings a top level of retail experience to Jonas Paul and her attention to detail is pretty incredible! Emily manages and heads all of JPE's manufacturing, logistics and wholesale development. She is a lover of 80's movie's, ice cream and travel! When not at work Emily can be found having nerf battles with her husband and 9 year-old son! 



JOE FORCE

(DIRECTOR OF MARKETING)

Joe comes to us with an extensive background in digital marketing and brand strategy. We are thrilled to have him on the JPE team as he brings lots of experience in the Ecommerce space. In his spare time, Joe can be found hanging out with his wife & 2 high school aged kids that are heavily involved in sports.  And if there is still time left in the day, he loves a good power nap & reading up about the latest in digital marketing trends. 



SARAH JONES

(DIRECTOR OF SALES AND GROWTH)

Sarah recently moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago with her husband and 10 year old golden retriever, Jameson.  Most recently Sarah worked with Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service, as a Senior Sales Representative.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys taking care of and renovating her 125 year old historic home as well as cooking and checking out all the new restaurants around Grand Rapids.



GRETCHEN TROST

(ORDER PREPARATION TEAM) 

Gretchen has been a great addition to the Jonas Paul team as she brings lots of laughter and joy to the office! Gretchen is the proud mother to 4 beautiful girls (yes 4 daughters!), one cat and one dog. She loves living in Grand Rapids & being outside in nature, enjoying great food and music!  JPE wouldn't be the same without Gretchen & all of her hard work she dedicates to our customers!



TRISHA VISEL

(ORDER PREPARATION TEAM)

Trisha has always cared about people and meeting their needs. As a previous nanny, a mother of four children, and someone who runs an adult foster care home she's passionate about helping others. Through her hobby of photography she has gained the respect for organization and making every detail count. With all of these powers combined she has been a wonderful addition to the Jonas Paul team. 



ANNE GROENDYK 

(CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE ADVISOR)

Anne has become an integral part of the JPE team as she as she gets a ton done around the office as she wears many hats! Anne's main responsibility is to respond to all of the new customer emails, phone calls, and service repairs that we receive on a daily basis! She also assists with shipping/lens fulfillment as well as a variety of other things! In her spare time, Anne teaches  a local Zumba class &  the JPE team can't wait for her to start up a class in our office during our lunch break!! 



JULIA MILLER

(LEAD LAB TECHNICIAN)

Julia is a rockstar around the Jonas Paul office as she handle's all prescription orders that come through the JPE lab - she is highly detailed to ensure 100% accuracy on orders as we want every customer to receive exactly what they ordered!  She has the strongest thumbs in the office as all prescription orders require Julia to pop the lenses in manually!  When not at work, she loves hiking, coffee, her sweet pup, and eating breakfast for dinner while reading Harry Potter! 



        EMILY MOELKER          

(CREATIVE DIRECTOR)

Emily brings lots of creative experience to the Jonas Paul team as she is the creative director behind many of our visuals. She creates many of the videos & photos you see throughout our website & social media. In addition to working at JPE, Emily also owns her own photography business.  And she is a lover of glasses (as she has over 20 pairs!), watercolor painting, kayaking, travel and music. 

        ANNA RITSEMA          

(CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE ADVISOR)

Anna is the most recent addition to the JPE team, she recently moved back to Grand Rapids from Southern California and we are thrilled to have her with us! Anna works directly with our customers and is on the front lines delivering incredible customer support and assistance wherever necessary.  She is a lover of coffee which is a requirement when working at JPE :) as well as blogging, reading and being active (hello - marathon runner!!)