Through collaborative relationships with clients, Maureen helps businesses level-up strategically and creatively. As CEO + Chief Strategist at 29 Design Studio, she ideates solutions to the challenges clients face in building their brand. Maureen’s team executes smart creative that is fresh and innovative and never compromises on quality.
Maureen grew up on a dairy farm in Central New York and is proud of the values she’s gained from her family farm. She volunteers for a number of local and national non-profit organizations and was nominated for an ATHENA award in 2019. Maureen also owns and operates a network of coworking spaces in Rochester and the Finger Lakes.
Maureen is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She has won multiple international awards for branding and design.
Colleen is the orchestrator of client projects and behind the scenes operations that keep our team working like a well-oiled machine.Like our Founder, Colleen also grew up on a dairy farm in Central New York and, prior to joining our team, spent 11-years in the financial industry managing a $200+ million-dollar portfolio.
Colleen’s operational experience and insight from the financial services industry supports the agency’s growth and efficiency while maintaining the highest level of standard for our clients.
Colleen attended Cayuga Community College for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Courtney is the lead creative on our team. She specializes in building brand experiences and carrying the brand elements through all parts of a client’s business.
Courtney has worked on international brands including Pampers, Olay and Starbucks. She has experience using learnings from shopper research to design experiences that help drive brand and category sales in a variety of retail environments.
She graduated from RIT with a major in Graphic Design and minor in Advertising and Public Relations.
Pilar is our data-driven strategist who is just as comfortable designing a survey or moderating a focus group as she is crafting a creative strategy.
She grew up outside of Letchworth State Park. Before joining the team, she worked in advertising and marketing in both the east and west coasts, taught at the university level, advised businesses in agriculture economic development, started two businesses, and finished a Ph.D. in Social Research Methodology.
Pilar attended the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and UCLA.
James Lewis-Van Vorst
James Lewis-Van Vorst
James brings a wealth of experience to 29 Design Studio’s clients including brand design and web technology. He has experience working at General Electric in print design and digital media experiences.
James leads the web technology side of our business including developing client microsites.
James is actively involved in his community and is the President of the Capital Region Advertising Federation Board of Directors.
He is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in Electronic Marketing and Publishing.
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