about us


Alexis Jenssen: Founder & Creative Director

Leif Jenssen: CHief of operations & project management

We are a husband and wife team, devoted to supporting the success of independently owned and operated businesses. We are big advocates for connected communities and believe that the health and wealth of a town or city is a direct result of the viability and vibrancy that their locally owned and operated businesses. 

Within our agency we serve our clients with the best of ourselves with website design, logo and branding creation, marketing support, and more to elevate their businesses so that they can shine in their community, contributing to the greater success of their town or city! When we aren't working with one of our amazing clients, we support our immediate community by volunteering our time, skills, and services to a variety of non-profit and community-run organizations, such as Apex Downtown Business Association, the Triangle Art Works, Peak City Podcast and the Apex Farmers Market.  You might even catch Leif on the local baseball fields coaching T-ball this season for the Town of Apex


Danielle Ward: Marketing MANAGER

Originally from Chatham, NJ, I spent 12 years working in libraries across New England. I answered reference questions, sang and danced at storytimes, and rode a Bookmobile before spending the last five years doing marketing and communications for a mid-size library outside of Boston. After moving to the area in August 2020, "I am excited to be transitioning from promoting libraries to celebrating indie businesses and nonprofits in the Triangle. I currently live in Cary with my husband, two daughters, and pup, Winnie."

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Melissa Timm: Agency Coordinator

Born and raised in the Midwest, I spent years living in and experiencing different places throughout the United States before settling in North Carolina. As we put down roots here and our children grew older, my passion for helping small businesses blossomed. Through participation in the local communities of Cary and Apex for the last decade, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise in effectively connecting small businesses to customers. Being part of the Bowerbird team allows me to have a larger impact on my community and focus on what matters most.


Selah Jenssen: Events Coordinator

I'm a Native Oregonian, daughter to owners Alexis & Leif. I love living in Apex and enjoy the small-town community we have here. In my free time, I love traveling, playing golf, and spending time with my little brother blue.  I love working with these amazing local businesses and look forward to growing my role at the agency. 


Matthew Rice: Studio Photographer

Growing up in south Florida as well as being involved in the automotive community since I was young, I was constantly surrounded by the art of photography. After finding my passion, I started a small marketing business on social media. Shortly after, I got the amazing opportunity to move to Chicago to be a marketing manager for an entertainment company, taking photos for upcoming promotions and maintaining social media presence. For my personal aspirations, I realized that working for corporate was like orange juice after brushing your teeth. I desired to be local and part of a community, so I moved to small-town Apex. Working with Bowerbird gives me the chance to take photos with love and personality.


The Bowerbird Agency team is committed to the health and wellness of our community and we love working with our town, residents, and local entrepreneurs on collaborative projects like the Town of APex PArklet Project.