Equal Parts Science, Experience and Magic
How It Began
In 2005, Alchemi Design & Publications was formed by two women, Cink and Meagan, who set out to take on design and marketing projects with their deep knowledge, valuable talent and their desire to make a living doing what they love. After agreeing to take several months to strategize their company’s identity, the phone rang with a client needing logos for a series of hotels in the U.S. and Alchemi was off and running. The rest is history. Since then, Alchemi's combined talents and experience have resulted in a steadily growing graphic design, advertising and marketing firm.
What We Stand For
What we do defines who we are and we are Alchemi. So what does Alchemi mean? To us, it is a very powerful process of transforming something ordinary or common into something special and unique. The meaning of Alchemi is sort of our motto, that the work we do should be “as good as gold” for our clients. It reminds us to strive for the very best, to be original and to make work that shines brighter than the rest.
Meagan Connolly, Principal
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.
Kathy Hawkins, Director of Marketing
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.
Lauren DeMarsh, Sr. Graphic Designer
Lauren is the Senior Graphic Designer at Alchemi Design. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts – Graphic Design in 2013 and received two awards for Outstanding Design from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. When she’s not working, Lauren spends time gardening, binge-watching tv shows on Netflix, or working on home improvement projects with her SO. Fascinated with all things art and design related, this graphic designer loves channeling her creativity through design as well as bookbinding, block printing and paper making with upcycled materials.
Joanna Weinreich, Director of Development
As Alchemi’s Director of Development, Joanna is supposed to be the one to find you before you find us. She develops new business and helps 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.
Jennifer Siren, Office Manager
Jennifer, Alchemi’s Office Manager, lives for her excel spreadsheets and loves a good plan. She has spent most of her professional career in Theater, working in various positions across theater management in Orlando and San Diego, but loves the keeping up the administrative tasks our clients require. As a former Bridal Consultant and Wedding Planner, she loves to contribute to WalktheAisleWeddings.com blog with planning and event advice. Jennifer spends most of her time chasing her three mini-humans, but also enjoys reading, dancing and cooking.
Helena Ilardo, Director of Sales
Helena is the Director of Sales at Alchemi Design. In 2008, Helena graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Fashion Merchandising & Leadership. She has gained immense experience in the wedding industry working as a Senior Account Executive at WeddingWire for 8 years. As a mom of two energetic boys, Helena survives off of Starbucks and essential oils, and enjoys barre class, golfing, yoga and traveling.