Our Team

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Brielle Maxwell, Design Director

Brielle is a design entrepreneur with a mind for how design processes can align in a new breed of businesses. She created Live With Design to focus on the intersection of design, technology and social innovation. Through an interdisciplinary approach, she hopes to expand the dialogue of social design.


April Jefferson Grider, Change Agent & Agile Coach

April is a coach that enjoys helping organizations, executives, management, teams, and individuals on their journey to create awesome solutions with positive organizational cultures by leveraging Agile, LEAN and UX. She enjoys walking in curiosity, seeking to understand others, discovering new ways to solve problems collaboratively, motivating others with positivity, as well as, cultivating other’s potential. In like manner, she is passionate about empowering others to foster their gifts for social change.

Rachelle Leskinen, Creative Designer

Rachelle Leskinen is the creative force behind Live with Design and works as the graphic designer and illustrator for our client’s creative needs. From her home in Southeast Michigan, Leskinen creates powerful graphics tailored to reach her audience and successfully build a visual relationship between a client’s brand and their customers.

“Understanding the people who are viewing my work is just as important as designing the art itself to me because one guides the other. Once I understand whom the art is speaking to, the images, colors and overall look can be crafted to fit any communications need.”

Leskinen is a graduate of the College for Creative Studies with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration. Her work has been featured in the Ford Warriors in Pink Campaign, Annual Children’s Book Society Exhibition, and the Whitdel Arts Exhibtion, “The Bitters.”

Thomas Brown, Sales and Marketing

T.K. Brown is a marketing strategist and media communicator with a passion for making media social. He explores communicating in the digital arena by approaching people as human beings first, not as targets. This means each campaign he develops is designed to creatively engage audiences, both online and offline, in a dialogue that emphasizes listening just a much as it does speaking. This “human approach” to communication builds relationships that outlast, outperform and outsell traditional efforts. Brown has worked with digital communicators and strategists at Lowe Campbell Ewald, BOSSdev and the Michigan Department of State Police. Connect @ T.K.Brown@livewithdesign.com

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