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 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.
Managing Partner & 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.
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.
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.
Molly O’Connor is an Emmy Award-winning producer who just recently joined the LSS Team. Molly’s work has taken her across the country and around the world. Past clients include PBS, NBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and most recently ABC as the Executive Producer of Original Content & Special Events. Molly is a master storyteller who knows how to move, inspire and compel audiences to take action. Her subjects range from world leaders and A list celebrities to cultural influencers and ordinary folks with extraordinary stories. Molly is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans and when she’s not developing a story, she’s searching for the best Mexican food in town or out exploring on her bike. She is passionate about shelter dogs and just adopted a stray named “Jasper” during Covid-19. Molly and Jasper call Nashville home.
Director of Operations
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.
Sr. Line Producer/Director of Production Management
From a very early age, De’Anthony wanted to work in television and was even voted “Most Likely to Be A Talk Show Host” in high school. He got his first job after college working as intern at WREX-Channel 13 in Rockford, Illinois. After a year of listening to boring police scanners, he packed his bags and moved to Chicago, Illinois where he got his first production assistant job on a reality tv series called “Starting Over”.
De’Anthony has had a very diverse production background. He worked for Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Studios for almost 12 years where he started out as a Tape Logger and worked his way up to Production Manager for five shows on the OWN Network. He managed the show budgets, crew and logistics for many high-profile interviews and television specials.
Since Harpo, he’s had the opportunity to expand his production career and manage a variety of projects including reality television shows and corporate videos. Most recently, he was the Line Producer at FCB Advertising Agency where some of the clients included: Clorox, Glad and Michelob Ultra.
De’Anthony is a recent transplant to Washington, DC and is enjoying exploring his new city meeting people, brunching and trying mumbo sauce.
Director of Client Strategy and Production
Curious and creative. Big picture thinker, detailed worker. Insanely organized, comfortable with chaos. Erin keeps clients happy and creates stories that connect people, inspire and inform.
Erin began her career as a member of a small team that conceived, created and launched Minnesota Historical Society’s Mill City Museum. She honed her strategy, storytelling, client relations and project management skills at KNOCK Inc., a retail-focused design firm, working for such clients as Luxottica and Target. Prior to joining Long Story Short, Erin worked at UnitedHealth Group creating stories and communications about UnitedHealth Group’s brand, mission and products.
Erin lives in Minneapolis with her husband Doug, daughter Alma and many lifelong friends. She’s an avid reader of just about anything and everything. When she’s not reading, she spends her winters skiing with her family and her summers up north, paddle boarding early in the morning when the lake is smooth as glass.
Catherine is a freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of experience in print and digital platforms. Her work has been published in The New York Times, National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Books, The Washington Post, The Nature Conservancy Magazine, and more. She has a background in science writing but also worked for years as a freelance food writer and critic, and once had the honor of interviewing chef Jose Andres. Catherine lives near Washington DC with her husband Eric, daughter Vivienne, son William, and dog Zucco.
Mike is as a Motion Designer for Long Story Short. He lends an extra graphic eye to a variety of LSS projects.
“The problem is, these days you have to listen to too many parts of your body. Sometimes I go with my gut feeling, some say go with what your heart says – it’s only a matter of time before my appendix will have an opinion. This is probably why there are so many helplines these days. No one knows who to listen to.”
– Karl Pilkington
As a 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.
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.
Hannah grew up in sunny Phoenix and now lives in Minneapolis. She graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Cinema and Media Studies. She spent her time there creating photo and video projects telling student stories about gender and identity, learning Mandarin, and watching movies. She also studied photography abroad in Japan and ate a lot of ramen.
You can always find her with a new book in her hand, drinking coffee, and cuddling with her cat, Maple. She loves popcorn, hip-pop, and movies that pass the Bechdel test.
Chief of Staff
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!
Octavio Abea is a Senior Editor for Long Story Short. For the past decade, he has been doing freelance work on everything from campaigns for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and local businesses. In his free time, he likes to make music, play video games, and buy shiny, expensive technology.
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 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.
Emily is a recent graduate of American University where she earned her degree in print and broadcast journalism. Originally from New Orleans, Emily prides herself in being a true southern belle with a healthy appetite for beignets, gumbo, and all things creole.
Emily began working with video at a high school internship with a local news station, and has further developed her interest in film and documentary throughout college. She has also written for several AU publications, and is currently working on launching a lifestyle blog.
When she’s not interning, Emily spends all of her time rehearsing with the AU dance team or working as a barista. She makes a mean dirty chai latte. Her substitute milk of choice is oat.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media Production and Double Minors in History and Music Business from Manhattanville College, Laura is a multifaceted individual whose career interests comfortably lie underneath the umbrella of the entertainment industry. She is a quick learner with sights set on becoming a game-changer in the world of entertainment, having had experience working various roles in tv and film production, music promotions and booking, the fashion industry, and online content including blogging and social media. With every opportunity, her intent is to learn more and strengthen her ever-growing skill set, while creating rewarding experiences and fostering a loyal creative network of connections. You never know where your next opportunity lies!
Editor & Media Manager
Jon is a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where he majored in Creative Multimedia and worked as a graphic designer at TommieMedia. When he’s not repairing hopeless old Volkswagens or caring for his two aging cats, he’s editing short films with friends, tweaking his top-secret pizza recipe, and learning how to skate. He’s excited to join the LSS family and hopes to tell amazing stories through the power of video!
Ramya Vemuri graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a double degree in Finance and Marketing. As a hustler with a strong passion for media, she has interned in capacities ranging from TV development to programming to production. Post-graduation she worked as an office PA and subsequently gained additional on-set experience as a PA for a well-known reality tv series where she fell in love with field production – all before landing at LSS!
Ramya currently resides in Ellicott City, MD. She has been to over 13 countries and plans to continue to break that record. When she is not working you can find her going down YouTube/content rabbit holes, listening to the latest in Hip hop/Rap, watching stand-up, reading, writing, traveling, or launching her personal podcast. The learning never stops!
Spring 2021 Intern
Collin is a Master’s Candidate at American University, where he is studying Film and Media Production. Originally from Hingham, Massachusetts, Collin has been working in the film industry and learning about filmmaking since he was an undergraduate at George Washington University. He spent the last few summers as a Production Assistant on shoots in New England. At LSS, Collin hopes to expand his experiences in multimedia production, from editing, to shooting, to producing.
When he’s not interning or filming for classes, you can catch him building up his Blu-Ray collection, failing at fantasy football, and exploring bookstores and all that DC has to offer.
Spring 2021 Intern
Erik Lu is a motion graphic designer who is currently studying in the School of Visual Arts for his master degree. Erik enjoys storytelling and creating content that makes people smile.
Juliana Vaccaro De Souza
Spring 2021 Intern
Juliana is studying English and Economics at Georgetown University. During her time there, she writes for campus publications, watches movies for class, and comes up with wild theories for essays. She discovered she loved film after taking a scriptwriting course, and she hasn’t stopped trying to work with production ever since. She hopes to help tell stories for a living someday.
Born in Brazil, Juliana still isn’t used to the cold winters in Ohio, where her family now lives. She has learned to build a pretty OK snowman with her Floridian roommate. Outside of interning, she loves reading comic books, designing Halloween cosplays, and hanging out with her nap-loving cat, Sal.
Spring 2021 Intern
Noah is currently an undergraduate at Emerson College studying Film Production. Noah has a diverse employment history from broadcast engineering to commercial video production. His passion lies in learning as much as he can and he is excited to expand his knowledge at Long Story Short! When he is not slicing footage or holding a camera, Noah loves to rock climb and wrench on his car.
Spring 2021 Intern
Rachel is an award-winning filmmaker from Alexandria, Virginia. She recently graduated in her childhood bedroom from Pace University with a B.S. in Digital Cinema & Filmmaking. Her overall dream is to one day make children educational television programming and revolutionize educational TV. Until then, Rachel is excited to work as a Production Intern at Long Story Short Media.