After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1999 with a B.A. in Communications, I accepted an intern position at Carter Ryley Thomas (now Padilla) in Richmond, Va. Eight years later, I had traveled most of the country working on campaigns for well-known brands such as Advil, Krispy Kreme, Altec Lansing and T-fal/Emerilware.
In January 2008, I moved from Richmond and started MBPR & Marketing Communications. One of my highlights as a new small business owner was being hired by a national franchise of kids' hair salons. The corporate team in Minnesota brought me on board to help with branding, social media, media relations and grand opening support for salons across the country. Another highlight has been working with Gearharts Chocolates and securing national coverage for its products in outlets like the New York Times (twice!), PARADE, Saveur, Martha Stewart LIVING, Good Housekeeping, TODAY.com, and more. I've conducted model searches, directed video shoots, launched social media campaigns, created cause and grassroots marketing campaigns and ghost blogged for clients.
Starting Hive Creative Group with Sarah was an easy decision. Her experience and knowledge of design services combined with my background in PR/marketing is a win-win for our clients.
I live in what I consider the "best neighborhood in America" just outside of Charlottesville, Va, with my husband, two kids and dog. Life is good.
I grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the middle child in a lively (zany) household. My parents are artists, and I recall being fascinated with their paintings, drawings, and artistic creations from an early age. Growing up, my creative spirit was focused on literature and writing, but I also enjoyed art classes and drawing in my free time. During college, I interned at my father's Chicago-based digital retouching firm and discovered how greatly the visual arts inspire and nurture my spirit. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993, I bought my first Mac and began working part-time for my father's graphic design firm, studying Adobe software products and exploring the elements and principles of design.
Virginia has been my home since 2000, and I have been constructing and producing graphic design products for the past 20 years. I owned my own design firm, Oryx Designs (Waynesboro, Va.) for 6 years. I sold it in 2014 to a new owner who has kept the brand and concept alive and well. My passion for creating efficient, clean designs that reflect a company's products and environment has prompted me to continuously update my skills with new technologies and seek dynamic and transformative art applications for maximum impact. It has been quite a journey.
I reside in Crozet with my husband, two daughters, and our sweet dog, Ruby. In my free time, I manage the website for my Waynesboro Rotary Club and love to paint, cook, garden and run; I also make kombucha and sour dough bread for my family and friends on the regular!
I was born and raised in Chesterfield, VA, south of Richmond. I've always loved the arts, but my passion for design and media began in high school when I was accepted into a speciality center that prepared students entering the career path of mass communications. However I didn’t see myself specifically as a graphic designer until college when I took a design class that was required for my original fine arts major. I was immediately inspired by the challenge that graphic design presents: finding visual solutions to communication challenges.
I graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in graphic design and minor in public relations and journalism. I moved to Richmond started my first post-grad job working at Richmond Magazine as a graphic designer, then associate art director. Working with tight deadlines (and many long nights), I had the opportunity to learn the ropes of the fast-paced world of publishing. This furthered my experience with with print and web design, social media marketing, videography and editing, illustration and photography.
In summer 2018, my husband and I moved back to Lynchburg, VA, and I took a leap into freelancing. When I’m not working in front of the computer screen, you’ll find me running on Lynchburg’s trail system, visiting local breweries or binging The Office on Netflix for the hundredth time.