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We are an experienced team of senior strategists, writers, designers, and project managers committed to our work, our clients, and each other. Our team has worked together for over a decade on average—this dedication and stability fuels the work we do. We partner seamlessly with qualified and long-standing experts in our key focus areas, and in digital communication, social marketing, and public relations work.

Values-Driven

Several years ago we began using the term values-driven strategic communication to describe what we do at M Creative. We put it on our business cards, etched it on the glass that fronts our Trade Street office in downtown Winston-Salem, and incorporated it into presentations to prospective clients. It was language that just felt right to our clients in describing both them and us.

We’ve helped values-driven clients raise over 700 million dollars in capital campaign gifts over the last 12 years.

We’ve helped values-driven clients raise over 700 million dollars in capital campaign gifts over the last 12 years.

So what do we mean by Values-Driven Strategic Communication?

We believe it means understanding and clearly articulating what truly makes your organization different, assessing the degree to which your values contribute to that difference, aligning the values of your organization with the values of your key constituents, and synthesizing and translating that information into persuasive narratives and creative design that give internal constituents the tools they need to talk confidently about the organization and external stakeholders the emotional connection they need to wholeheartedly engage.

We believe this a critical difference worth understanding when you’re looking for a communication partner.

The combined years our team has worked together is more than twice the age of the internet.

The combined years our team has worked together is more than twice the age of the internet.

Just “B”-ing Ourselves.

M Creative is a certified B Corporation, a designation granted by B Lab to organizations that believe in the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Certification requires a serious commitment to higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance to all stakeholders, including employees, clients, and vendor partners. It also means that we are diligent in operating our firm in a sustainable way. M Creative is the only Certified B Corporation in the Triad. We invite you to join the movement.

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  • Mary Jamis

    President

    Since joining M Creative in 2003, Mary has directed successful strategy and creative development initiatives for clients including The Winston Salem Foundation (including work for The Black Philanthropy Initiative, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and Youth Grantmakers in Action), Columbia College, Winston-Salem State University, the Center for Creative Leadership, Krispy Kreme Fundraising, Saint Mary’s School, Salem Academy and College, North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and Ravenscroft School. Mary is one of the five founding members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, a philanthropic community of over 800 female philanthropists who provide grants to local programs and initiatives that address the root causes of social issues impacting women and girls in Forsyth County. She has also been involved in local and statewide efforts around LGBTQ issues, including marriage equality and most recently, HB2. Mary is an undergraduate of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and has her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University teaching Buyer Behavior to undergraduate and MBA level students. Mary is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.

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  • Katelyn Berti

    Director of Client Services

    Katelyn Berti is passionate about translating insights and data into impactful brand strategies and memorable consumer experiences. In her past experience within the consumer packaged goods industry, she has led rebranding initiatives, brand activations, consumer research, integrated planning, and disruptive marketing strategies. She believes that when people are inspired, they create inspiring work. Katelyn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Art and Design at Alfred University and has her Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

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  • Rob Blumenauer

    Designer

    Rob is a designer, illustrator, and plant parent. He graduated magna cum laude from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020 with a BFA in Illustration, and joined the M Creative Team in 2022. Rob works in a variety of visual styles and mediums, preferring to work with clean lines and geometric shapes. His work tends to incorporate a strong sense of narrative, and makes use of bold and harmonious color palettes. When he isn’t drawing or designing, he is busy playing games, watching video essays, or feeding his podcast addiction.

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  • Forrest Causby

    Creative Director

    Forrest joined the M Creative team in 2016 after nearly ten years as a Senior Designer and Associate Creative Director at ShapiroWalker Design. Before joining ShapiroWalker, he was a graphic designer at KINETIK, a design firm in Washington, DC. He is a founding board member of the Community Design Studio of Winston-Salem as well as a founding board member of the Triad North Carolina chapter of AIGA, where he served as Volunteer Director. He has been an active member of AIGA since 2003. His design work has been recognized by PRINT Magazine, PRINT + HOW Books, TheDieline.com, PICA, the Healthcare Advertising Awards, and the Aster Awards. He is a graduate of the College of Design at NC State University where he received his Bachelor of Graphic Design degree and graduated summa cum laude. He has three wild and beautiful children, and is married to Corinne Harvey Causby. In his spare time, he is an enthusiastic crossworder, sailor, trumpeter, reader, meditator, and griller.

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  • Iris Cole

    Sr. Strategist

    Iris is an innovative, strategic and bi-lingual leader with an international profile and 20+ years of experience working as an executive and sustainability consultant in both the public and private sectors. Her particular areas of expertise in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability include: risk management, inclusive business models, community engagement, multi-sector alliances, emblematic project design, and the identification of strategic growth opportunities for organizations garnered through the lens of their stakeholders. Iris is also an entrepreneur, having launched several companies including FEF Group, Inc., a design and project management firm with a focus on sustainable development, She Raises the Bar, a strategic CSR and sustainability consulting firm, and most recently Do Good Artist, an innovative company creating social impact through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. Iris serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic League, Reynolda House, and is the Board Co-chair of the Women’s Network of Winston Salem.

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  • Jon Hyland

    Sr. Designer

    Jon joined M Creative in 2006 after graduating with a Master’s degree from the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Although Jon hails from the Bull City of Durham, he has taught English in Japan, sold cheese in Rhode Island, shoveled snow in Colorado, and cycled from Nice to Madrid—all the while perfecting his skills as a graphic designer. He has also worked for an ad agency in Boston, and freelanced in Hillsborough, NC. Jon studied painting in college, and adds illustrative and identity development capabilities to the team. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Salem College teaching Introduction to Graphic Design to undergraduates. Jon enjoys rigorous exercise, although we have yet to see him so much as walk to work from his nearby Washington Park home.

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  • Miyako Woodhouse

    Sr. Project Manager

    Miyako Woodhouse is an avid sports fan and self-proclaimed Andy Griffith junkie, who looks forward to Mayberry Days held annually in Mt Airy, NC. She joins the team with 20 years of project management experience. Miyako has spent most of her career with the Center for Creative Leadership. During her tenure, she managed Marketing Communications strategies and Global Sales Events, supported US Government projects, and most recently served as Senior Project Manager with the Center’s Societal Advancement group. She has worked with the esteemed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation International Program for Public Health, Colorado Health Foundation, and Margaret Waddington School Principals Institute. When Miyako is not cheering for her favorite teams or vegging on classic television, she explores her creative side and plans neighborhood and children’s celebrations. From time to time you may also hear a loud and proud “Aggie Pride” from Miyako, who graduated from NC A&T State University with a BS degree in Marketing.

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  • Stephen Young

    Creative Writer

    Stephen Young writes. Letters to his grandmother, apologies to his wife, silly songs for his son. He’s written travel diaries from Paris, Venezuela, and the broken-down lane of the New Jersey Turnpike. As far as unpublished novels, yes, of course, and he forgives anyone inclined to hear this and groan. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Stephen hauled lobster traps off the coast of Maine, tilled manure into various North Carolina gardens, taught a few minutes of high school English, and once nearly died (yes, really) in a disastrous experimental drug study. He now feels fortunate to have less troublesome employment finding and arranging the right words for MCreative projects.

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Mary Jamis

President

Since joining M Creative in 2003, Mary has directed successful strategy and creative development initiatives for clients including The Winston Salem Foundation (including work for The Black Philanthropy Initiative, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and Youth Grantmakers in Action), Columbia College, Winston-Salem State University, the Center for Creative Leadership, Krispy Kreme Fundraising, Saint Mary’s School, Salem Academy and College, North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and Ravenscroft School. Mary is one of the five founding members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, a philanthropic community of over 800 female philanthropists who provide grants to local programs and initiatives that address the root causes of social issues impacting women and girls in Forsyth County. She has also been involved in local and statewide efforts around LGBTQ issues, including marriage equality and most recently, HB2. Mary is an undergraduate of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and has her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University teaching Buyer Behavior to undergraduate and MBA level students. Mary is a native of Pittsburgh, PA.

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Katelyn Berti

Director of Client Services

Katelyn Berti is passionate about translating insights and data into impactful brand strategies and memorable consumer experiences. In her past experience within the consumer packaged goods industry, she has led rebranding initiatives, brand activations, consumer research, integrated planning, and disruptive marketing strategies. She believes that when people are inspired, they create inspiring work. Katelyn received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from School of Art and Design at Alfred University and has her Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

Rob Blumenauer

Designer

Rob is a designer, illustrator, and plant parent. He graduated magna cum laude from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2020 with a BFA in Illustration, and joined the M Creative Team in 2022. Rob works in a variety of visual styles and mediums, preferring to work with clean lines and geometric shapes. His work tends to incorporate a strong sense of narrative, and makes use of bold and harmonious color palettes. When he isn’t drawing or designing, he is busy playing games, watching video essays, or feeding his podcast addiction.

Forrest Causby

Creative Director

Forrest joined the M Creative team in 2016 after nearly ten years as a Senior Designer and Associate Creative Director at ShapiroWalker Design. Before joining ShapiroWalker, he was a graphic designer at KINETIK, a design firm in Washington, DC. He is a founding board member of the Community Design Studio of Winston-Salem as well as a founding board member of the Triad North Carolina chapter of AIGA, where he served as Volunteer Director. He has been an active member of AIGA since 2003. His design work has been recognized by PRINT Magazine, PRINT + HOW Books, TheDieline.com, PICA, the Healthcare Advertising Awards, and the Aster Awards. He is a graduate of the College of Design at NC State University where he received his Bachelor of Graphic Design degree and graduated summa cum laude. He has three wild and beautiful children, and is married to Corinne Harvey Causby. In his spare time, he is an enthusiastic crossworder, sailor, trumpeter, reader, meditator, and griller.

Iris Cole

Sr. Strategist

Iris is an innovative, strategic and bi-lingual leader with an international profile and 20+ years of experience working as an executive and sustainability consultant in both the public and private sectors. Her particular areas of expertise in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability include: risk management, inclusive business models, community engagement, multi-sector alliances, emblematic project design, and the identification of strategic growth opportunities for organizations garnered through the lens of their stakeholders. Iris is also an entrepreneur, having launched several companies including FEF Group, Inc., a design and project management firm with a focus on sustainable development, She Raises the Bar, a strategic CSR and sustainability consulting firm, and most recently Do Good Artist, an innovative company creating social impact through multi-sector collaborations between the arts and other industries. Iris serves on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic League, Reynolda House, and is the Board Co-chair of the Women’s Network of Winston Salem.

Jon Hyland

Sr. Designer

Jon joined M Creative in 2006 after graduating with a Master’s degree from the College of Design at North Carolina State University. Although Jon hails from the Bull City of Durham, he has taught English in Japan, sold cheese in Rhode Island, shoveled snow in Colorado, and cycled from Nice to Madrid—all the while perfecting his skills as a graphic designer. He has also worked for an ad agency in Boston, and freelanced in Hillsborough, NC. Jon studied painting in college, and adds illustrative and identity development capabilities to the team. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Salem College teaching Introduction to Graphic Design to undergraduates. Jon enjoys rigorous exercise, although we have yet to see him so much as walk to work from his nearby Washington Park home.

Miyako Woodhouse

Sr. Project Manager

Miyako Woodhouse is an avid sports fan and self-proclaimed Andy Griffith junkie, who looks forward to Mayberry Days held annually in Mt Airy, NC. She joins the team with 20 years of project management experience. Miyako has spent most of her career with the Center for Creative Leadership. During her tenure, she managed Marketing Communications strategies and Global Sales Events, supported US Government projects, and most recently served as Senior Project Manager with the Center’s Societal Advancement group. She has worked with the esteemed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation International Program for Public Health, Colorado Health Foundation, and Margaret Waddington School Principals Institute. When Miyako is not cheering for her favorite teams or vegging on classic television, she explores her creative side and plans neighborhood and children’s celebrations. From time to time you may also hear a loud and proud “Aggie Pride” from Miyako, who graduated from NC A&T State University with a BS degree in Marketing.

Stephen Young

Creative Writer

Stephen Young writes. Letters to his grandmother, apologies to his wife, silly songs for his son. He’s written travel diaries from Paris, Venezuela, and the broken-down lane of the New Jersey Turnpike. As far as unpublished novels, yes, of course, and he forgives anyone inclined to hear this and groan. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Stephen hauled lobster traps off the coast of Maine, tilled manure into various North Carolina gardens, taught a few minutes of high school English, and once nearly died (yes, really) in a disastrous experimental drug study. He now feels fortunate to have less troublesome employment finding and arranging the right words for MCreative projects.

At M Creative, our values and beliefs require that we remain ambitiously small and intentional about maintaining a healthy work-life balance for our employees; nurture each other and recognize that each person makes a difference and should be treated with dignity and respect; work with courage, integrity, and honesty as we seek clients and partners who share our values; strive to provide a work environment where we welcome autonomy, freedom, and flexibility; and measure our performance not by how hard we work, but rather by the results we achieve.

some of our clients

Advocacy and Communication Solutions
ALMA
American Hebrew Academy
Arbor Acres
Art & Science Group
Ashe Services for Aging
Baebies
Bell House
Black Philanthropy Initiative
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
Bon Secours Richmond Foundation
Catawba Regional Hospice
Center for Creative Leadership
City of Winston-Salem
Columbia College
Community Education Collaborative
Computer Credit, Inc
Cone Health
Duke University School of Law
ECHO Network
Forest History Society
Gateway YWCA
Heifer International USA
Health First Foundation
Hospice & Palliative CareCenter

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Los Encinos School
Moravian Ministries Foundation
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
New River Conservancy
North Carolina Arts Council
North Carolina Center for Nonprofits
NC Department of Cultural Resources
North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development
Oak Forest Health & Rehabilitation
Old Salem Museums & Gardens
Randolph Hospital
Ravenscroft
Ronald McDonald House
Saint Mary’s School
Salem Academy and College
Sanstone Health and Rehabilitation
SECU Family House
SEM Works
Senior Services
Sheltering Arms Foundation
StoryLine—a project of the ECHO network

The Charlton School
The Forsyth Promise
The Morehead Foundation
The University of North Carolina system
The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem
The Winston-Salem Foundation
Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
University of North Carolina School of Law
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest University Divinity School
Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem State University Foundation
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina