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Leslie Brians

Leslie Brians

Co-Founder and Creative Director


Schweinfurt, Germany

I am the Creative Director and co-founder of InDependent (, a fiscally sponsored health and wellness project. InDependent’s mission is to create a thriving community of military spouses that supports preventative wellness by inspiring each other to make health and fitness a priority. With a career spa...



Creative Director

I am the Creative Director and co-founder of InDependent (, a fiscally sponsored health and wellness project. InDependent’s mission is to create a thriving community of military spouses that supports preventative wellness by inspiring each other to make health and fitness a priority.

As Creative Director I have the responsibility of creating and maintaining the established design parameters and stylistic guidelines consistent with the company’s identity.

• Developer of layouts and artwork for marketing communications materials including, but not limited to, collateral, proposals, presentations, sponsorship packets and online material while maintaining the organizations brand identity and consistency.
• Expert in latest design trends and innovations.
• Manager of outsourced and freelanced resources to generate printed and online branded materials, such as websites, social media outlets, advertisements, brochures, newsletters and other materials and documents.
• Designer and editor of all materials submitted for approval.
• Provider of professional recommendations for and -- independently and collaboratively -- executes complete concepts, designs, direction, production, print buying, and quality control.
• Works closely with project managers in defining design criteria and developing concept/direction and art layouts, art direction and photography selection.
• Collaborates with the public affairs director in the achievement of highly effective/impactful and results-oriented visual communications.
• Demonstrates consistent ability to monitor own work, as well as careful attention to the work of others throughout the design process.
• Ensures quality creative content is delivered on time and on budget
• Develop, manage, motivate and retain creative department staff and volunteers.

Career medium 02
Career medium 02

U.S. Army


• Designer and information manager of the official website serving the Schweinfurt garrison community.
• Moderator, lead designer and contributor to the award winning Closure 2014 Blog, informing the garrison community of the 2014 closure of USAG Schweinfurt.
• Contributed to and monitored the garrison’s social media outlets in compliance with established strategic communications plan.
• Developed and completed three social media strategies that increased audience reach and participation.
• Utilized analysis of social media metrics to advise Public Affairs Officer on best use of social media and web for information dissemination.
• Expert knowledge in journalism, AP style, web design and marketing principles, theories and techniques.
• Created content in form of press releases, photography and graphics for print and web publication.
• Communicated regularly with IT staff and technology units to guarantee the availability of accurate and timely information to the community.
• Supported the Public Affairs Officer during three crisis communication situations, implementing the USAG Schweinfurt Crisis Communications Plan.


One Pound Design

Owner / Designer

- Worked on-on-one with clients to create custom paper goods and designs meeting their unique specifications
- Specialized in social stationery, correspondence cards and event invitations as well as business logo creation and branding.
- Portfolio can viewed at

Career medium 02

Trashy Diva Boutique

Operations Associate

Principal shipping & receiving coordinator, brand representative and marketer.

Center for Heritage Conservation, Texas A&M University

Graduate Assistant

- Co-author of the “Guidelines for the Treatment of Texas A&M’s Heritage Buildings", which aim to help the University decide how to best utilize the numerous historic resources on campus during future development campaigns.
- Aided in the organization and production of the 2008 and 2009 CHC Annual Historic Preservation Symposium.
- Member of the team documenting the Sharrock – Niblo Farmstead in Dallas, TX.

Career medium 03
Career medium 03

Virginia Audiology Inc.

Information Technician

- Orchestrated the establishment of remote network access capabilities between five separate office locations
- Collaborated daily with software developer to create an office management software program unique to this practice.
- Created and edited the business's website content.
- Established basic organizational parameters for the office's everyday practices.


Hampton Roads Lacrosse

Women’s Division Chair

- Coordinated all levels of women’s lacrosse activities in the Southeastern Virginia Region
- Served as a liaison between regional women’s lacrosse players and US Lacrosse, the national governing body.
- Coached the Hampton Roads High School Girl's Elite Travel Lacrosse Team
- Established and coordinated the Hampton Roads Women’s Post Collegiate Club Lacrosse Team

Career medium 05
Career medium 06

RRMM Architects

Architectural Intern/ Designer

- Assisted Project Managers in Construction Administration and Project Design.
- Converted existing building documents into AutoCAD 2006 and Architectural Desktop format.
- Design team member on all of the firm's historic preservation related projects.
- Created and completed drawings sets of construction documents.
- Principle designer of the 2005 RRMM CANstruction service project.


The George Washington Foundation

Restoration Intern

- Aided the Head of Restoration in the preservation, documentation and cataloguing of significant architectural details.
- Conducted an in-depth study of a wooden king post frame attic section.
- Participated in the intensive effort to restore plaster ceiling detail and construction.
- Performed efflorescence treatment and documentation of the building’s plaster walls.
- Monitored the daily environmental conditions of the structure’s atmosphere.

Career medium 02

Mary Washington College

B.A., Historic Preservation

Texas A&M University

Master of Architecture, Architecture, Historic Preservation