Equal Parts Science, Experience and Magic
11 years ago Alchemi Design & Publications was formed. After agreeing to take several months to strategize the own company identity, the phone rang with a client needing logos for a series of hotels in the U.S. and Alchemi was off and running. Since then Alchemi's combined talents and experience have resulted in a steadily growing graphic design, advertising and marketing firm.
Meagan Connolly began oil painting in high school and continued her Arts Curriculum at University of Georgia, where she graduated in Advertising and won the Student Peabody Award for best Advertising Campaign for Hardees Food. She began her work for the Atlanta Market Center, and later moved back to the DC area where she became a Graphic Designer for the Smithsonian Institution. Continuing her oil painting she studied under Trinka Simon at the National Gallery of Art. She then moved from nonprofit to corporate sector and ran the Maryland design office of Chesapeake Wallcoverings. Meagan now balances a full workload with Alchemi while running after two energetic boys. Meagan still oil paints and enjoys dabbling in watercolors as well.
As Alchemi’s Director of Development, Joanna is supposed to be the one to find you before you find us. Her role is to develop new business and help with advertising sales for our wedding books. In addition, she is thrilled her degrees in English and Communication are put to use as a contributor to our clients’ editorial content. Pretty much the only role she doesn’t have at Alchemi is design, which is exposed in her preference of PC over Mac. When she’s not at work, Joanna can be found overscheduling her children’s lives, beating her husband at Jeopardy, and, most recently, playing The Beatles songbook on her ukulele.
Kathy is Alchemi’s Director of Marketing. Born and raised in Maryland, Kathy has a degree in Marketing and since then has gained over 25 years of sales experience. Having previously been employed at Maryland Life Magazine, she has over 14 years of working in the publications industry under her belt. When she’s not wearing her Alchemi hat, she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and spending time with her two grown daughters.
Polly is the Office Manager at Alchemi Design, whose most appreciated duty is making sure everyone has a good dose of smiles and laughter at the office every day. In addition to keeping us in good spirits, Polly manages the administrative tasks that go along with working for our many clients. She studied Event Planning at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri and Sacramento State University in Sacramento, California. Her hobbies include quilting, travel and has a secret guilty pleasure for “Paint by Number” kits.
Lauren is a Graphic Designer at Alchemi Design. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and received two awards for Outstanding Design from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys going to museums, antiquing, DIY projects and playing billiards at her local pool hall.