Our Story

Placing community at the heart of everything we do.

Letterpress Founder Ilsa Loeser sitting at a desk.

Where We Started

In March of 2015, Letterpress Communications began with one client and Ilsa Loeser’s venture to bring handcrafted marketing strategies to Southside Virginia. A former newspaper reporter, Ilsa frequently says that she “accidentally” started a marketing company. What she thought would be a one-woman show has evolved into a thriving boutique marketing agency headquartered in Farmville, Virginia.

Discovering the Power of Rural Communities

As Letterpress grew, we noticed something. Helping clients tell their own authentic stories strengthened their organizations, but it also expanded their communities. Collaboration accelerated. Connections multiplied. More importantly, this powerful growth led to powerful good and positive change. We quickly realized that this community-powered approach is something many rural areas already know how to do well — and something that the rest of the nation could learn from them.

Letterpress team of marketing specialists in front of the Farmville office.

Where We’re Growing

We are a mission-driven company. Today with offices in Farmville and Staunton, Letterpress specializes in serving rural communities throughout the nation. We are deeply committed to the places we call home, donating a portion of our profit and time to local organizations and the rural regions where our offices are located. We are actively seeking to support clients in Southwest Virginia, North Carolina and Appalachia.

Our mission? We focus on the good. Our boutique marketing strategies assist with nonprofit and higher education marketing, tourism storytelling and small town rehabilitation, as well as supporting women-owned and minority businesses. We strive to bring community empowerment through marketing.

Letterpress team of marketing specialists in front of the Farmville office.

Our Team

Collaborative, inquisitive, creative, rigorous and (of course) fun!

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Ilsa Loeser

Principal

• Auntie
• Dog Mom
• Newbie Tennis Player

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Lyndsie Blakely

Operations Manager

• Doula
• Deacon
• PE's Kids Board Member

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Julia McCann

Creative Director

• Mom
• Yogi
• Gardener

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Megan George

Project Manager

• Mom
• Blue Ridge Land Conservancy Marketing Committee Member

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Chris Cook

Account Executive

• Dad
• Writer
• Runner

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Melanie Harris

Account Executive

• Smithfield Tourism "Hambassador"
• Homeschool Mom

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Cathy Bagwell Marsh

Account Executive

• Blue Ridge CASA Board Secretary
• Valley Mission Board Member

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Alexandra Veatch

Account Executive

• Proud Southwest Virginian
• 36° Fifty Brewing Brand Ambassador

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Jessica Broaddus

Writing Specialist

• Mom
• Teacher

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Jennifer Kinne

Social Media Manager

• Rotarian
• Lion

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Colin Werth

IT Specialist

• Patient Advocate
• Political Volunteer

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Marge Swayne

Writer

• Church Pianist
• Handbell Choir
• Goat Lady

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Karyn Keane

Writer

• Cat Mom
• Cross Stitcher

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Cynthia Favret

Marketing Assistant

• Small Biz Owner
• Reading Tutor
• Political Volunteer

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Christy Leonard

Marketing Assistant

• Mom
• Wife
• Gardener

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