Maria has served as Assistant Director of Design Services at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia for over ten years. Her background is eclectic, from working in advertising agencies, to product design, to traditional illustration. At UMW she partners closely with the admissions office to create branded recruitment publications and a range of digital collateral materials. In addition to designing a breadth of high-impact communications materials, she also oversees the University’s photographic style and production. Creative directions on branded photo shoots, directing video shoots, and working with photographers and subjects are all part her job. Outside of UMW, Maria is herself a freelance photographer, designer, and author. Her work has been published in magazines such as Dog Fancy, Rapid Magazine, and Outside Online.