Leeanne Seaver

lgs@seavercreative.com or Leeanne@handsandvoices.org

Professional Experience

Communications & Public Relations Consultant, Kelston Deaf Education Centre
9/11–12/11 (Auckland, New Zealand)
Developed and implemented a new media campaign focused on external communications,  national public relations, image enhancement, social media applications and internal relations for New Zealand’s national deaf education programs.  This working sabbatical was based in Auckland, but I was lucky enough to travel extensively while in New Zealand to implement this campaign.

Creative Director/Owner, Seaver Creative Services, Inc.
4/91 – present (national and international projects wherever they happen)
Writer, consultant, public speaker and broadcast producer/director for commercials, PSAs, industrial videos for affiliated stations, cable, & commercial clientele; media & special event consulting; written communications. Created, wrote & produced the Emmy-award winning “Parents Are the Power” anti-drug campaign for KUSA television, 2004-2006.

Promotions Director, WTVR TV 6 (CBS)
12/88 - 3/91 (Richmond , Virginia)
Responsible for all station promotion of news, special events, and programming, as well as station imaging, including daily news topicals and sweeps promotion.  Drawing from experience in the KWGN (Denver) newsroom as a reporter/associate producer intern in 1983-84, this position combined everything I knew about television news with everything I knew about promotion. I left when my second child was born and started my own production company.

Special Events & Promotions Manager
9/85-10/88 (Missouri Lottery, Jefferson City, Missouri)
Produced special events, news conferences, and retail promotions statewide for nine ADIs. Duties included media relations as a Public Information Officer.  Required competence on and off camera.

Associate Producer/Writer, "Let's Talk Health" Mile Hi Cable
9/84 - 7/85 (Denver, Colorado)
Researched, wrote and produced this cable talk show hosted by an MD with local celebrity guest panelists.

Non-Profit Experience

Executive Director, Hands & Voices (national and international)
6/99 – 11/11 (based out of Boulder, Colorado)
This parent-driven organization emphasizes communication-unbiased support to families with deaf or hard of hearing children. Services to parents and professionals include a website, newsletter, advocacy, training, public awareness, deaf adult role models and parent-to-parent networking through our Guide By Your Side program. This national non-profit organization currently has official chapters and start-up chapter efforts in over 35 states.  Our board is comprised of parents and professionals working together. See www.handsandvoices.org

President, Hands & Voices, Colorado Chapter
5/96 - 6/99 (Denver, Colorado)
Unique in the community of deafness, Hands & Voices is a parent group that isn't organized around a communication choice or methodology. The focus is on providing unbiased, unemotional information to families so they can make the right choice for their child. This statewide Colorado chapter receives generous funding from the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind to provide outreach to families.

Currently available titles by this author/producer include:

Loss & Found™ What to do if your baby doesn’t pass the newborn hearing screen  View this video at: http://www.handsandvoices.org/

The Time Is Now for Hands & Voices…view this video at:

The Book of Choice (Hands & Voices © 2009, distributed by Butte Publications)

Women’s Voices (Selected works anthologized in this Journal from Western Illinois University Press, © 2009)

Under Cleo’s Moon (Selected works included in this Anthology from Graceland University Press, © 2009)

Parents Are the Power (Anti-Drug Public Service Campaign, KUSA © 2006)

A is for Access (DVD/Seaver Creative, Inc., © 2002, Distributed by Insight Media, NYNY)

Early Intervention Illustrated (DVD series/Boys Town National Research Hospital © 2004, Distributed by Boys Town Press)

Teaching the Kids (DVD/Seaver Creative, Inc., © 2000, Distributed by Butte Publications)

Related Experience & Board Appointments:

Partial List of Keynote/Speaking Engagements


Iowa Writer’s Workshop, University of Iowa, Summer Session 2011

Master of Arts, Mass Communications, University of Denver 1985

Bachelor of Arts, English, Graceland College , Lamoni , IA 1981


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