Storytellers. Story makers.


At Fuse we’re a team of brand strategist, storytellers, journalists, filmmakers, animators and information designers.


John Severance

Founder, Managing Director

John is the founder and managing director of Fuse Communications. For more than 20 years, John has led strategic marketing and communications campaigns for Fortune 500 and SME companies. His clients have included IBM, FedEx, Sun Microsystems, iDirect, NetApp, SAP, W.W. Grainger, Jones Lang LaSalle, First Data, BMO Harris Bank, Amway, Experian and LexisNexis.

An award-wining writer and producer, John’s passion is transforming complex and conceptual messages into compelling narratives. He believes in the power of visual storytelling to makes messages unmistakably clear and memorable. John’s experience includes strategic marketing, message development, brand activation, PR and content marketing.

Prior to Fuse, John was a co-founder and Executive Vice President at Sheffield Company. He has held leadership roles at multiple agencies, including Ketchum, where he managed a global portfolio of B2B and technology clients.

John received a B.A. in English Literature and M.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco.

Meghan Thomassen

Creative Director

Meghan is the producer and creative manager of Fuse. She earned her degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and Literature in 2014 from the University of Notre Dame. She spent the majority of her collegiate midnights at The Observer as the Managing Editor of the daily print and digital newspaper. After graduating, she spent a glorious, snow-free year in Seattle working at as a Technical Content Manager. Her expertise lies in simplifying complex ideas and explaining them in beautiful, meaningful ways across a variety of mediums, including animation, writing, and graphic design.

Tommy Cheely

Filmmaker, Video Production Manager

Fuse’s visual media brain. Tommy is a firm believer that absolutely any story can be told in a captivating way, as long as one is willing to approach the subject from a new perspective. He’s spent the last 10 years collaborating with all types of creatives on every video genre around, and he plans on spending the next 10 years producing stories that impact and engage through beauty and intelligent form. He earned degrees in Filmmaking, Directing, Drama and Cinematography from Providence College and Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. You can follow along in his never-ending pursuit of film-making ideas and techniques on the Fuse blog.

Andrew Reband

Senior Art Director

Andrew Reband is our Senior Art Director. Andrew has worked with clients like McDonalds, MasterCard, and US Foods, designing graphics that are as elegant as they are communicative.  Andrew plies his passion for design and illustration to transform complex concepts into engaging visual content.

Daniel Burch

Animation Director

Daniel is a Motion Designer, character animator and graphic designer for Fuse. Since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Carolina Western University in 2012, Daniel has collaborated and helped produce everything he can get his hands on. Producing quality work in character animation 3D product advertising, Broadcast commercials and independent films. Working with major brand such as Nickelodeon, Quilted Northern, Accu-Check and many others. He loves finding the best way for a company to communicate their message to an audience.

Anna Paterno

Graphic Designer

Anna is a graphic designer at Fuse who visualizes creative solutions to complex problems. With a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University, Anna seeks to merge the functional aesthetics of design with the boundless creative potential of illustration. Her passion is doing exactly what she does at work at home because she genuinely loves creating.


Kevin Hamilton

Account Executive

Kevin is an Account Executive who draws inspiration from a broad creative background including work in music composition, creative technology, and special FX engineering. He studied Marketing and Interactive Media at Columbia College Chicago. Kevin’s passion for innovative thinking and artistry is something that he brings into all of his work at Fuse.