We know that great work does not start with the creative process. Great work starts when an agency and its client work as a team to ensure that shared knowledge and strategy guide the creative process so that the resulting work cannot be anything but great. Stout Heart believes in binding relationships from the outset, with a strategic and creative workflow that follows close behind. The agency is founded on the principle that the relationship, both external and internal, always comes first. This is the agency’s North Star.

You can’t ask for loyalty without first giving it. Our team is made up of experienced professionals as dedicated to Stout Heart as Stout Heart is to them.

Our Team

Mariah Morgan


Mariah MorganMariah came to Portsmouth by way of San Francisco, where she earned a well-rounded agency education working in Account Service departments large and small. Her background is in overseeing Account Management departments, leading client business and business development efforts, and offering strategic insights. Mariah has worked extensively in the retail, tech, pharmaceutical, healthcare, CPG, finance and non-profit sectors. Her strengths lie in fostering client growth organically, building positive relationships, and growing internal teams to create a more efficient, happy workplace.


Jared Smallridge

Senior Developer

Jared SmallridgeJared is a full stack web engineer with years of agency and publishing experience (DanceMedia and Macfadden Performing Arts Media). He started his career in New York City working on digital initiatives for publishing. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science in 2012, Jared narrowed his focus to web development. Jared spent time honing his skills as a freelancer in the city before moving to New England with his family to begin working full-time as an engineer at Stout Heart.

Anneliese Brosch

Account Supervisor

Anneliese BroschAnneliese cut her teeth in the advertising agency world working with clients large and small, from fortune 500 companies to small local business. She has a knack for organization and clear, effective communication, and translating big-picture client needs into actionable strategy. Anneliese is one of those rare people who never gets rattled. We think its because as a yoga instructor, she knows how to channel the zen.

A self-proclaimed mermaid, you’ll find Anneliese in the ocean when not under Stout Heart’s roof. Anneliese teaches stand up paddleboard yoga at Cape Ann SUP when New England weather permits and in-studio yoga in the winter. She can also be caught snuggling her canine soulmate, Fila the ridgeback.

Kyle Ernst

Senior Art Director

Kyle came to Stout Heart from one of the country’s top advertising agencies. Prior to joining our team, Kyle spent three years at Hill Holliday creating everything from print, identity work, and digital pieces to video, social content, and sock puppets (really, ask him about it). Kyle has worked in a variety of industries and on clients ranging from Novartis Pharmaceuticals to Dunkin’ Donuts. Before Hill Holliday, he led design and production efforts at a small agency north of Boston where he consistently wore multiple hats.

Over the course of his career, he has held positions in nearly every phase of the design process and is well versed in taking ideas from conception through execution. He has a genuine passion for all things design and is one of the more organized creatives you’re likely to run into.

Briggs Buzzell

Business Developer

Briggs joined Stout Heart after almost five years as the Membership Director for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce (now known as the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth). She specializes in strategic marketing and business development.

Briggs grew up in Stowe, Vermont so being outdoors isn’t a hobby, it’s a requirement, a way of life. No matter what the season may be, you can find her either at the beach or in the mountains. Oh, and you’ll never see Briggs solo. She is always accompanied by her furry side-kick, Ruecifer Huxtable, Rue for short. Don’t let the adorable name or those big eyes fool you, Rue is a voluptuous pug full of sass with a larger-than-life personality. She even has her own hashtag, #adventuresofrue so look for her on Instagram.