2016 Essentia Communications

Meet Our Team

David Casanave

CEO

David has over two decades experience managing, producing and creating strategic communications for the educational and non-profit sectors. Most recently, David has served as an agent of change for secondary boarding and day schools, re-envisioning and rolling out communications and marketing strategies. He specializes in using video, photography, and writing to capture and promote an organization's message.

He has worked in radio and TV as a writer, editor, director, and host at acclaimed broadcasting organizations including The Christian Science Monitor, Voice of America, Monitor Radio, and Clear Channel's number one hit music station KISS 108 in Boston. He has also produced and hosted a syndicated radio show on 15 stations around the United States.

Michael Connor

Senior Consultant and Strategist 

Michael has more than 20 years of experience working within both higher education and the media. From serving as Communications Director at Harvard University Campus Services to News Producer for WBZ-TV in Boston, Michael provides practical strategies for communicating with a wide-variety of constituents.

Among his achievements, he conceived and led the effort to create a professional, multi-media discipline (videography, photography, etc.) within Campus Services. This provided an extensive platform from which the organization could proactively deliver their positive stories in new and compelling ways.

Prior to Harvard University and WBZ-TV, Michael was an award-winning commercial producer and on-air talent for nationally recognized Boston radio station KISS 108.

Ellery Lamm

Ellery Lamm has a Creative Writing degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.

 

As well as writing plays, poetry and novels, Ellery combines audio-storytelling and filmmaking. She has won numerous awards including Best Animation at the Montreal World Film Festival for her claymation short.

She recently graduated from the Transom Story Workshop where she produced radio stories with guest teachers including Ira Glass.

Ellery is also obsessed with roller derby (she isn't sure that information is pertinent for this bio, but felt like she needed to include a quirky fun-fact). She's also painfully aware that she's writing in the third person right now, but what else are you supposed to do?

Creative Director