Oh hello there.

Meet our talented team of storytellers.

We knew we’d make something of ourselves one day…




Samantha Ellis//  


Sam has spent her career building a diverse digital media portfolio through social content creation, strategy, and copywriting for businesses in a wide variety of industries.

[Band of the moment]: Dawes

[Word]: "Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion." - Jack Kerouac

[Drink]: Caesar

[Vices]: Wine (oops that's another drink) and writing in closets.

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Dakota Barber //

Account Manager

Dakota is a branding and social media enthusiast. As a natural born storyteller, Dakota merges written word and curated visuals to create relatable content that elevates the way brands show up in the online space. 

[Band of the moment]: Lana del Ray (forever) 

[Word]: "Your energy introduces you before you even speak."

[Drink]:  Fluffy Cloud IPA - 33 Acres

[Vices]: Olives and working from the bathtub


Hannah Bernard//


Hannah's expertise, combined with an enthusiastic approach to the creative method allows her to realize impactful digital content while constructing an experience clients won't soon forget. 

[Band of the moment]: Mumford & Sons

[Word]: The secret of getting ahead is getting started. - Mark Twain

[Drink]: Pinot

[Vices]: Pinot and Marvel movies.


Hayley Hudson//

Photography Lead

Hayley has her masters in Professional Communications; her ability to create content and align her visual aesthetic to a company's brand and key messaging brings forth a significant amount of value to the connections we make at Roots + ardor.

[Band of the moment]: The Weeknd

[Word]: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde

[Drink]: Rosé

[Vices]: Rosé & Reality TV 


Maddie Thompson//

Account Lead

Maddie is a master of visual arts and graphic design. She honed her skills in traditional public relations and media management before joining our team as Digital Account Lead in 2017.

[Band of the moment]: Sonder

[Word]: Life is in the details - by who knows

[Drink]: Any craft sour beer

[Vices]: Cheese & expensive stationery


James Manzano //

Video Genius

James’ creative approach to visual content masters storytelling in a quick and concise fashion allowing for brands to standout from the pack through socially-driven videography.

[Band of the moment]: Khalid

[Word]If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. - Mark Twain

[Drink]: Any kind of beer.

[Vices]: Building furniture.