About DDS

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Merit Lee

CEO & Founder
Merit Lee, Founder and Creative Director of Digital Design Solutions and SearchThruster, graduated with a degree in Internet Technology & Design from San Francisco State University and founded Digital Design Solutions in 1996.
Merit has been building lucrative internet companies for over 20 years and, in addition to her the flagship companies; she also founded Google Map Builder. She combines her love of design and her talent for sales to create websites that are not only visually stimulating, but focus on usability and ROI. Her organizational skills and passion for her staff and her clients contributes to the on-going success of Digital Design Solutions. Merit fully recognizes the importance of being a full-service, state-of-the-art digital marketing firm and is committed to stay on top of the very latest design trends and technologies.


Peter Ancone

Advertising Expert, Content Creator & Creative Director
Peter Ancone has more than three decades of professional experience in the use of marketing and communications as brand- and practice-building tools. He has created ad campaigns and marketing materials for a wide range of commercial enterprises, professional practitioners, financial institutions and government organizations.
His areas of expertise include content creation, advertising campaign development, and creative direction in the areas of print, broadcast, outdoor/indoor billboards. Peter also has extensive experience in the development of marketing/sales support materials, such as presentation aids, trade show displays and sales literature.


Tara Jones

Creative Director
Tara Jones, Creative Director / Web Designer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
She is an experienced professional with strong success in project management, product marketing, client services, sales support,
logistics and P&L support.
Each of these items is a critical component for our clients as well as Digital Design Solutions when developing website design with a compressed schedule and ensuring responsible cost control.
Tara’s dynamic personality, boundless energy, and remarkable creativity contributes to her exceptional service and leadership skills. She is a valued team leader, group leader, and individual contributor.

Jerry Houman

Project Manager
Jerry Houman, is going back to his IT roots after being away for 5 years to own and successfully run 2 bed and breakfasts in St Augustine Florida. After attending DeKalb Technical institute in Decatur Ga. (Atlanta) Jerry worked in Auto Insurance and Healthcare I.T. and at those companies he held a wide range of jobs; from coding to documenting, you name it. So now he’s putting his 24+ years of computer programming, business analysis, project management, and systems training back to good use in the high-speed and high-viability industry of Website development. He’s here to help with your new website, or re-design the old one.

Tonja Laing

Senior Project Manager
Tonja Laing, Senior Web Designer & Project Manager has been an integral part of the Digital Design Solutions team since 2010. She is solely responsible for website maintenance updates for new and existing clients. Additionally, Tonja expertly manages creative website development from conception to implementation for a wide range of clients, including hair salons, photography studios, pharmacies, art galleries, dedicated sailing and power-boating boaters, and fine cuisine as well as many others. She is particularly adept at redesigning dated websites into fresh, state-of-the-art versions of their former selves. The clients are stunned and grateful for the “before and after” changes to their websites thanks to Tonja’s ability to actively listen to client concerns and creatively translate their needs into the new and vibrant website. She loves what she does!

Rachel Chester

Hi! I’m Rachel Chester! I am 35 years old, an active duty military spouse and a mom of two sweet boys (one has special needs). I graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with a degree in Biological Sciences. I worked as a microbiologist, virologist and serologist from 2008-2017. I’ve worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC! In 2017, I resigned from my career as a microbiologist to care for our special needs son. Due to my husbands deployments, our sons multiple surgeries and recovery periods, it was best for our family to have me home to care for him. That then prompted me to start my own business from home. Since then I have trained and become certified as a fashion and style consultant. I have always had a passion for style, fashion, color and design. I am beyond excited to combine my love for science and passion for style and design to work alongside an incredible team here at Digital Design Solutions! I can’t wait to serve you!

Brian Hong

Custom Programmer
Brian Hong, Custom Programmer, has 10 years of web app development including PHP, CSS, HTML5, MYSQL, and Javascript.

Bill Ostaski

Custom Programmer
Bill Ostaski, Senior Programmer, studied Java at Sun Microsystems in 1999 and manages a web hosting business he started in 1995. His areas of expertise include Java, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, database design and administration.
As a Programmer, Bill has provided innovative solutions on more than seventy complex projects for over fifty clients since actively joining the Digital Design Solutions team in 2005.

Peter Samireddy

Project Manager / Web & Graphic Designer
Peter S has been working with Digital Design Solutions since 2010. Peter is a highly experienced Graphic Designer and Web Developer.

He brings skill sets in Design and Front-End Development. In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with his family.


Rob Young

Custom Programmer
Rob Young, Senior Programmer & Senior Architect, is a highly experienced programmer, writer, dba, and application developer. He has been working in software and development since 1994. His client list includes AT&T, IBM, GM, Verizon, M.I.T., Lucent Technology, Fujitsu, State of CA, and The C.I.A. In 2014 his work won the prestigious CODiE(™) award for Best Sales & Marketing Intelligence Solution.
Rob works heavily with ShopSite and uses his own creativity to find innovative solutions with ShopSite. Working in a hybrid of Perl/PHP and JQuery he frequently brings even the most complicated custom requirements to fruition.
Rob is also the founder and lead architect of Webdata Pro, a MySQL solution that strives to put more app building power into the hands of designers with point and click member and database tools. According to Rob, “Using our own software, we can often write solutions for our clients in 1/10 the time it would take to build it from scratch, and still customize the code as needed.”

The DDS Design Team is a multi-talented group of women composed of Merit Lee, Tonja Laing and Tara Jones. Their collaborative creative strength lay in their combined individual skills. Whether your needs are branding, logo, print collateral, PowerPoint presentations, website design, blogs, mobile apps, Constant Contact, or business cards; we can develop the relevant and professional products you need and your clients expect.

Digital Design Solutions was founded in 1996 to provide top-notch web solutions that fit any business needs. We have evolved as the premier source for E-Commerce set-up and management. Our stunning and visually appealing designs blend functionality with innovation ensuring the site showcases your business and targets your future.

We recognize that your online presence is a strategic asset. Well conceived website design combined with product branding is integral to successful marketing and growth, whether E-Commerce or brick & mortar. Digital Design Solutions will develop a formidable on-line presence. Whatever your product, market, or niche!

Merit has developed a team that covers all forms of marketing, website design, maintenance, custom programming, Search Engine Optimization, and content development. We are a full service web site development company with unsurpassed customer service and the personal touch of someone to talk to for your website needs.

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