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During his career, Ray Casas has managed communications services for multi-national companies, large real estate developers, banks, food companies, attorneys and other professional firms and hospitals. Casas’ areas of expertise include strategic planning, issues management and crisis counseling.
Before Wragg & Casas, he worked for 13 years at Hank Meyer Associates Inc., where he was executive vice president. Earlier, he was a reporter for United Press International, the San Diego Evening Tribune and The Chicago Reporter.
In 2012, Casas received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America, South Florida Chapter.
Casas serves on the board of directors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce was the 2015 chairman of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, where he has served as board member for 23 years. Previously, Casas served on the board of directors of the Beacon Council and the Board of Regents of Leadership Florida, acting as Miami region chairman for two years. He was the 2001-2002 chairman of the Archbishop’s Charities and Development Drive.
Ray Casas holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.
Executive Vice President
Jeanmarie Ferrara, a member of the Florida Bar, joined the firm in 1996.
Currently, Ferrara works with a number of professional services clients as well as concentration on public affairs and community outreach.
Ferrara has been involved in creating communications strategies for local ballot initiatives involving land use and zoning, as well as event planning, multi-media presentations, media relations and legislative monitoring.
During the Florida Constitutional Amendment 4 Campaign, Ferrara coordinated more than 200 speaking engagements before local political, social, service and environmental clubs as well as homeowners, condominium and professional associations.
During a community outreach campaign to build a major-league baseball stadium in Miami, Ferrara worked to garner resolutions of support from numerous civic and business organizations.
Ferrara is a graduate of The University of Miami School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Miami School of Communication.
Ferrara was named the “2005 Up & Comer in Public Relations” by the South Florida Business Journal. She served as the 2007 program chair for Leadership Miami and is a member of Leadership Florida, Class XXI. She received both the 1986 Broward County Miami Herald Silver Knight and Sun-Sentinel awards for journalism. She served as a judge for the 2008 Miami Silver Knight Awards.
She serves on the board of the Coral Gables Bar Association, and has served as a volunteer tutor with Project L.E.A.D, an adult literacy program of the Miami-Dade Public Library.
Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, Communications Strategist based in the Orlando office is a fully bilingual marketing and communications professional specializing in digital and print media, video production, digital marketing, and public relations.
Rivera-Lyles’ experience includes work for Florida-based theme parks, higher education institutions, and renewable energy developers. She earned her bachelor’s in communications from the University of Central Florida.
Mery LewisCreative Director
Mery Lewis is the creative director for Wragg & Casas. She is responsible for all aspects of digital media, including graphic design, web design and social media management.
Her extensive experience with both small and large companies includes graphic design work for NBC 6/Telemundo, Mega TV, World Avenue and Integrated Document Solutions. She has also owned her own company, The Ideea, working on marketing and rebranding projects for top companies such as Nova Southeastern University, PGA National and St. Andrews Country Club.
Mery is a graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where her peers voted her as “best tutor.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design along with a bachelor’s degree in web design and interactive media. Mery has been recognized by Legacy Broward Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” and by the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale for “Best Portfolio Interface in Web Design” and “Best Print Portfolio.” Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.
Mery lives every day by her favorite quote:
“Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.” – Napoleon Hill