Meet Red Root

Meet Red Root

Jessica MAAREK, Founder and CEO

Jessica grew up in Wisconsin, lived in France for 6 years and has been on the East Coast with her family for over 18 years. In Paris, Jessica was Quality Control Manager in a business language school and quickly learned how to market the courses being taught by over 70 teachers to C-Suite executives in companies such as Nestle, Perrier, Societe Generale and AIG, among many others. 

Jessica became Event Coordinator at The Fine Grind Coffee Bar in 2009 where she orchestrated a full-scale guerrilla marketing campaign and this experience gradually led her to connect with other small, local businesses as a PR, Marketing and Social Media consultant.

Red Root Marketing was founded in 2013 as Jessica saw a huge need in the small business community: small business owners need someone with marketing know-how to connect them to their potential customers without breaking the bank, through grassroots and hyperlocal means. Using events and social media to efficiently and effectively bring awareness to local businesses is Jessica's passion.

Lynne Brennen, Strategy Guru

Lynne Brennen founded New Leaf Media LLC in 2012, a consultancy dedicated to helping media organizations and online brands drive revenue and achieve audacious goals in a challenging competitive and economic climate. Recent clients include SkyletCampus, Advance Publications, GateHouse Media.

Lynne built her career and newspaper expertise at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. As Senior Vice President of Circulation at Dow Jones, Lynne was responsible for the strength and growth of circulation and sales across all Dow Jones consumer products: The Wall Street Journal newspaper,, Barron’s magazine, Barron’s Online, MarketWatch Newsletters and SmartMoney magazine. While at Dow Jones, Lynne increased consumer revenue at The Wall Street Journal by 46%, a growth of more than $135 million as a result of innovative bundling and product strategies.

Twelve years at The New York Times solidified Lynne’s passion for the “Fourth Estate.” Lynne led The NYT’s consumer marketing department to successfully implement the newspaper’s national circulation expansion plans by guiding her team to focus on marketing metabolism, to apply rigorous test and learn methodology and to create an environment of continuous improvement. During Lynne’s tenure at The New York Times, she also held leadership positions in Strategic Planning, Marketing Research and Database Marketing departments. Her early career at The Times was punctuated by her contributions to the loyalty and national growth strategies, as well as her leadership of the Customer Relationship Management database and marketing processes.

Lynne currently serves as Vice President on the North American board of the International News Media Association and contributes to’s Satisfying Audiences blog. Lynne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Northwestern University and holds an MBA from Boston University. Lynne lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, Mark Friedlander, and her daughter, Rachel.

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Jessie Iacullo, Social Media Specialist and Instagram Influencer

Jessie has lived in North Caldwell for most of her life and is back home after graduating from The University of Pittsburgh in April of 2017 with a dual degree in Communication and Non-Fiction Writing. From there, she went on to intern as a Video Producer at INSIDER, an online media company, where she made videos about food.

When she’s not staying up-to-date on the latest social media trends, you can find her eating a bagel and posting a picture to her food blog, or enjoying a spin or yoga class. She looks forward to helping Red Root grow and teaching clients new ways to utilize social media outlets. 


Amani Gooden, Social Media Specialist

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Amani is a senior at Seton Hall University currently completing her Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. She realized her love for Social Media when she interned for a small beauty marketing company, MediaCraft Co., in NYC. Normally immersed in the world of science, marketing allows her to keep in touch with her creative side.

Amani is fashion forward and enjoys creating specific aesthetics for brands, adding her own edge to the current social media trends. When Amani is not on social media you can find her immersed in her Chemistry textbooks, binge watching crime shows such as Criminal Minds, or drawing. She is excited to be part of the Red Root journey and looks forward to helping grow RR's clients' social media and brands.