Sage Communications

Located in the historic Saxonville Mills on the Sudbury River in Framingham, Massachusetts, our eclectic setting provides plenty of creative inspiration for our work. And the antics of our canine coworkers keep us smiling.

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Founding Sages

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Josef Kottler

Founding Partner

Anne Kottler

President,
Founding Partner

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Josef founded Sage Communications in 1978 to meet the creative needs of the natural foods industry and nonprofits. After 12 years as associate publisher of a leading social change magazine, he reopened the agency in 1998 to produce winning creative for the financial, publishing and nonprofit sectors. Having written hundreds of successful DM campaigns, he’s considered a leading expert on direct response marketing.

Anne has more than 30 years of experience in direct marketing, where her responsibilities have included various executive positions such as president, publisher, marketing director and creative consultant. She manages new business development and client relationships for the agency and keeps everything running smoothly.

Creative Sages

Joe Schovitz

Joe Schovitz

Associate Creative Director

Joe has close to four decades of creative direct-response experience, collaborating with a wide variety of national accounts. Implementing and overseeing projects, he now brings his results-oriented creativity to Sage’s nonprofit sector.

Natalie Welburn

Natalie Welburn

Senior Art Director

Fueled by coffee and sometimes chocolate, Natalie is a virtuoso of visual communications with over 25 years of vast design experience, from identity and branding to collateral and direct response. Having logged 15 years and counting at Sage, she holds the record for seniority. Natalie is passionate about all things creative, from type design to cake design.

Rachel Pearson Lord

Rachel Pearson Lord

Senior Art Director

With 20 years of B2B and B2C marketing design experience, Rachel is both creative and strategic. As a results-driven designer, she has been using her talents to help Sage clients achieve their business goals for over 6 years. Her prior experience includes creating successful print and digital direct response at in-house agencies for BJ’s Wholesale Club, Vistaprint and ARAMARK.

Mark Quattrocchi

Mark Quattrocchi

Senior Art Director

Mark is an accomplished Senior Art Director with over 28 years of experience in corporate branding and marketing communications. He combines extensive client-side expertise with in-depth agency know-how to conceive and execute top-level strategic marketing materials for our corporate clients.

Suzette Barbier

Tim Blacklock

Digital/Print Production Artist

Tim is an experienced print, digital, and production designer who has spent most of his career in the Marketing, Print, and Medical Device industries. Having been in the business for 18+ years, Tim has done a little bit of everything.

Laura Restrepo

Cecile Kaufman

Designer

Cecile prefers perfectly preflighted files and well-defined processes. She has a background in book design and publishing management and has worked both in the trade and educational markets.

Cecile Kaufman

Lisa Kolgraf

Senior Copy Director

Skilled in B2B and B2C marketing, Lisa is a lead writer and strategist on the ADP and American Express accounts. Her years of high-level marketing and creative experience in financial services, retail and nonprofit organizations give her unique insight into client needs and challenges.

Lisa Kolgraf

Sandy Gonsalves

Senior Copy Director

Sandy has been a lead copywriter at Sage for American Express and major nonprofits for over 5 years. She is a seasoned marketer and writer with a forte in direct response. Her unique combination of creative and strategic skills is the driving force behind many of Sage’s winning campaigns.

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Gina Gallagher

Senior Copywriter

Gina is an award-winning, versatile writer with more than two decades’ experience developing communications for leading financial services firms. Blending her strategic thinking and creativity, she delivers compelling copy that inspires action — and bottom-line results.

Supporting Sages

Cecile Kaufman

Paolo Chiaravalli

Programming Manager

After 25 years in the U.S. and spelling his first and last name, Paolo often wonders if he should change his name to Paul Clearvalley.

Lisa Kolgraf

Mike Trotman

Copy Editor

Mike Trotman has over 25 years’ experience in print and digital media. He has supported creative and marketing teams at Cisco, Harvard University, MassMutual, Mercer, The Walt Disney Company, and more.

Erica Waasdorp

Erica Waasdorp

Monthly Giving Consultant

Erica wrote and published a leading book on sustainer programs, Monthly Giving — The Sleeping Giant. She co-authored the DonorPerfect Monthly Giver Starter and Marketing Kits.

Lauren Willis

Content Director & Producer,
Intercultural Productions
interculturalproductions.com

Lisa Kolgraf

Drita Protopapa, MA, MPH

President & CEO,
MAPA Translation & Voice Over, Inc.
mapatranslation.com

Four-Legged Sages

At Sage, we not only talk the talk, we also walk the walk. And enjoy doing so with our four-legged Sages, who are all rescue dogs.

Jilly

Jr. V.P., Leads and Follow-ups

Reggie

Director of Tail Wagging

Jeti

Sr. V.P., Sniffing & Retrieving
(In Memoriam)