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MEET OUR TEAM

With brick and mortar offices in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, we bring a diverse group of talent, subject matter expertise and technical prowess.

  • Jessica Stuart
    President

    Jessica is an award winning producer and consultant, developing her expertise in short form content through her experiences at NBC, The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and ABC News. In 2009, Jessica created Long Story Short Media, an independent creative consulting and producing firm, specializing in short form, multi-use content production.  Long Story Short’s work has been seen around the world, earning more than 40 awards, including an Emmy nomination, an Edward R Murrow Award, and multiple Webby Awards and nominations.

    Jessica has prepped and interviewed thousands of individuals around the world, from every living U.S. President up to President Obama, international heads of state, celebrities, and people appearing in front of an audience for the first time. She has produced a variety of creative content styles for audiences ranging in size from hundreds to millions. Additionally, Jessica uses her production skills to bring editorial context and flow to live events.

    Her work has taken her throughout the United States and to a variety of countries, including Ghana, Brazil, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, Morocco, Indonesia, India, Tanzania, Mozambique, Burundi, Thailand, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Malawi, the UK, and Canada.

    She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, David, and their son Alexander and daughter Ella.

  • Leslie Grisanti
    Executive Creative Director

    Leslie Grisanti began her career telling stories for local news in Minneapolis, and eventually her own story began unfolding. Over the past two decades, she’s worked in New York, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, and has been on assignment across the world. Through positions at CNN, PBS, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Harpo Studios, she honed her skills and maintained a reputation for quality production, tight editing and strong writing.

    She knows what interests and inspires her intended audience, and she delivers without fail. She has an uncanny ability to present a unique vision that can elicit chills, provoke thought and lead to tears of heartbreak or joy – or both.

    Leslie serves on the Board of Directors for Smile Network International. Smile Network is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization that provides life-altering reconstructive surgeries and related healthcare services to impoverished children and adults in developing nations.

    Leslie lives in Minneapolis with her husband Jeff and their dog Sandy.

  • Bob Yule
    Executive Vice President

    Bob Yule came to LSS after a career in journalism and non-profit media relations. He worked for six years as a reporter in print media, including researching and writing for the Wilson Quarterly magazine and reporting for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s top national daily newspaper.

    Most recently, he led media relations for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), helping tell the story of efforts to end HIV/AIDS in children worldwide. It was at EGPAF that Bob first met Jessica Stuart during a fateful trip to Côte d’Ivoire. They bonded over a compelling story, homemade goat stew, and Fernet Branca – and the rest was history.

    After five fantastic years with EGPAF, Bob decided to take the leap and join LSS, where he relishes helping other organizations take the same leap in investing in flexible content.

    Bob brings to LSS his specialty in global health and non-profit communications, as well as an obsession with U.S. history. When not at LSS, he’s likely traveling out of his way for really good coffee and libations.

  • Aaron Hoffman
    Vice President of Technical Operations

    Aaron was one of Long Story Short’s first employees, which shows how indispensable Media Management is to this business. From formatting to transcoding to understanding the best digital workflow, Aaron makes sure LSS knows what media it is, where it is, how to find it, and how to use it. As a Digital Image Technician, Aaron handles all Media Management and Archiving, as well as assisting in editing and filming. Whether in the field or in the edit room, Aaron streamlines the technical process to produce the best media possible.

    Aaron originally hails from Texas, and studied Film and Video Production at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where he had the increasingly rare experience of touching actual film. He worked at National Geographic for three years as an assistant editor and post-production technician. Additionally, he’s worked on various shows broadcast on PBS, CMT, Discovery, and HBO.

    His other areas of expertise include skateboarding, craft beer and whiskey, photography, and an obsessive love of time lapses.

  • Mary Marsh
    Senior Producer

    Mary Marsh is an Emmy Award-winning producer who joined Long Story Short Media in 2014. Mary has spent the majority of her career at ABC News, most recently working as a senior producer for Nightline. She has covered hundreds of stories in 46 states, including breaking news, presidential campaigns, human interest and medical stories, with a love for offbeat and quirky stories. Mary was the leader of the Long Story Short team which won a Murrow award for the documentary “Uniquely Nasty.”  She is a graduate of Middlebury College.

  • Melissa Schmitt
    Senior Producer

    Melissa’s specialty is pulling from her background in both filmmaking and journalism to create informative yet creative, narratively- driven videos.

    After earning her bachelor’s degree in Film from Columbia College, Melissa interned with the Academy Award nominated documentarians at Kartemquin Films, producers of the documentary classic Hoop Dreams.

    From there, she began her work in public broadcasting, at America’s “most-watched” PBS Station, WTTW Chicago. She worked her way up the ranks, working in the studio as an assistant director for local programming and as production manager and coordinator of special projects, including television series and commercials. She was also a producer and writer for the award winning weekly series, ArtBeat Chicago, where she earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming and a Peter Lisagor Award for Arts and Entertainment Reporting and Criticism.

    From PBS, Melissa jumped into the world of short-form content, producing high caliber videos for Chicago area businesses and non-profits. Aside from her expertise in video production, Melissa is a trained journalist, having earned her Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. While there, the faculty awarded her the Deborah Orin Scholarship, presented by none other than the President of the United States at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner.

    Her print and multimedia journalism has appeared in United Press International, The Chicago Journal, The Chicago Defender, The Daily Herald, Chi-town Daily News, and AOL’s web-based daily, Patch.com.

    Some of Melissa’s favorite places in the world are the souks, or covered markets, of the Middle East, where she has learned to haggle like a local.

    Melissa lives in Silver Spring, MD with her very talented video editor/motion graphics designer husband, Mat Taylor, and their daughter, two sons, and two lovable but useless shelter cats.

  • Danielle Prenevost
    Director of Operations, Minneapolis

    Danielle started as a local television news producer in Duluth, Minnesota before enjoying a few years of barbecue and blues in Memphis, Tennessee. After moving back to her home state, she won a national Emmy Award and several Regional Emmy Awards while serving as executive producer at a station in the Twin Cities.

    In 2009, she joined the March of Dimes as Communications Director for the Minnesota Chapter where she found a passion for helping babies and deep respect for the world of non-profits.

    She jumped from news and non-profits to content marketing, with a focus on video production, for a small Minneapolis agency before joining LSS.

    She has been a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. She holds a bachelor degree in communications and political science from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.

  • Mike Buttaro
    Motion Designer

    Mike joins Long Story Short as a Motion Designer. He lends an extra graphic eye to a variety of LSS projects, and plans to get his hands dirty in new areas of production.

    From Connecticut, Mike discovered stop-motion animation in middle school after “borrowing” his family’s video camera, and quickly realized his passion for animation, and all things motion.

    After graduating from East Carolina University with a B.F.A., concentrating in Animation, Mike briefly satisfied his travel itch and spent a month backpacking around Europe. Upon his return, he moved halfway back up the East Coast to Alexandria, VA, and finally landed in Washington,DC.

    Mike’s hero is Karl Pilkington.

  • Belinda Shao
    Associate Producer

    As an Associate Producer, Belinda works in multiple arenas at Long Story Short – from research to field production to editing, she is interested in all stages of production.

    Belinda graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a double degree in Marketing and French. During her time at UMD, she directed a number of short independent films and learned firsthand about how to bring an idea from concept to screen. She developed a love of socially progressive media production, and realized that this was the field in which she wanted to work.

    Although her experience lies mostly in film and television, she is interested in all forms of art and loves making connections between different perspectives and media. Her other passions include (but are not limited to) feminism, mini pigs, and moody alt-pop ballads.

  • Krissy Gonzalez
    Office Manager

    Krissy comes to DC from Springfield, Massachusetts. A graduate of the George Washington University with a major in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration, Krissy will be working with LSS on the business side of things. She is half Puerto-Rican, half-Honduran, and loves all things Latino. In her free time, she enjoys cooking or dancing – or dancing while she cooks – and taste-testing all varieties of coffee. Krissy is excited to be a part of the LSS team!

  • Joshua Hall
    Assistant Producer

    Josh started as an intern at LSS in the Summer of 2016 and, after a bit of begging, they let him hang around. He’s a recent graduate of the University of Maryland where he studied Digital Media in Society, a major that he crafted himself. As an undergraduate, he created an interactive film and a story-based mobile application to explore new ways of constructing narratives with digital technology. Josh is the go-to for all things digital, from podcasts to websites to social media. When he’s not in the office, he’s probably reading Edmund White or James Baldwin.

  • Chris Strunk
    Editor / Media Manager

    Chris is a recent graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Digital Video & Cinema, which is basically film, but fancy. He was a wireless camera operator for his school’s football stadium, and edited on his own short films and YouTube videos. He spends the majority of his free time editing, learning Japanese, and practicing 3D animation. He’s also learning how to play piano and cook but those aren’t going too well. He did make some pretty sweet curry. Unfortunately, curry is not supposed to be sweet.

  • Natalee Branham
    Executive Assistant

    Natalee is a DC Native and a graduate of Drew University’s Class of 2015, where she majored in Business Studies. She is a lover of Chipotle, getting at least 8.5 hours of sleep daily, and all things Halloween. Most of her free time is spent watching movies (mostly horror), going to concerts or festivals, and trying to become Beyonce (it will happen one day).

  • Evan Sevilla
    Editor / Assistant Camera

    Evan Sevilla is a recent graduate of Ithaca College where he majored in Cinema & Photography, and minored in Audio Production. Evan has been editing and shooting videos since he got his first camera and laptop in 7th grade. He loves making stories come to life in a way that captures people’s attention and imagination. Outside of work, Evan likes to explore Washington DC working on his photography skills. He has been crowned most consistent and trendy instagram in the office. At LSS, Evan has shot video in the swamps and in the city, and has edited numerous projects for a variety of clients.

  • Andrew Strasel
    Assistant Editor

    Andrew Strasel graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a degree in Digital Video & Cinema. He loves to shoot video, cook, and ride motorcycles. His hobbies include watching movies, griping about the weather, petting dogs, and walking through low-hanging spider webs. In the future, he hopes to create short films that are considered “good” by people other than his parents.

  • Caitlin Buckley
    Summer 2018 Intern

    Caitlin Buckley is a senior at Albert Einstein High School. In addition to video, she is interested in photography, sports, and history. She has a weirdly in-depth knowledge of presidents and transit systems. You can catch her waiting for the bus or taking photos of something. She once wrote a sonnet about Franklin Pierce who, to the shock of many Americans, was a president.

  • Quinn Warner
    Summer 2018 Intern

    Quinn is an senior at George Washington University, studying International Affairs, Journalism and Film. He spent a semester abroad at Prague’s Film and TV School (FAMU) studying Soviet-Era film and propaganda. His research includes independent media under totalitarian governments and radicalized media in the India/Pakistan conflict. He interned at LSS for seven months in 2017, and is returning this Summer. He hopes to enter the field of investigative documentary and focus on human rights advocacy.

  • Sarah Strunk
    Summer 2018 Intern

    Sarah is a first-year student at Emerson College where she is majoring in Visual Media Arts (with a concentration in film production) and a minor in psychology. In the past, Sarah has worked on multiple promotional pieces for non-profits in the DMV area and is involved with her local community theater doing backstage and production design work. Sarah enjoys singing and dancing in the car (as well as other places), swimming in her mermaid tail (she does kid’s parties), and doing special effects makeup in her free time. She is so excited to be back at LSS this summer and to learn all the parts that go into video production!

  • Cole Johnson
    Summer 2018 Intern

    Cole attends Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, MN. He loves all music, photography, Instagram, and experimenting with new foods. Cole became interested in video production he was 12 years old, where he would film himself doing stunts, like jumping off of his shed onto a trampoline, driving his bike into a tree, and backflipping off of anything he could find, luckily there were no broken bones. He claims he coined the phrase “Whats up internet?”  I guess those stunts paid off, Cole currently holds his school record for pole vaulting.