A Collection of Kind Words

What’s Been Said About Me

From My Work Life

Professional Testimonials

What my former supervisors, clients, and peers have written:

In the end, our expectations were exceeded at every turn, and Marina made the process fun and engaging!

Marina is an expert creative solutions-provider for web design, development, marketing and graphic design. Her approach to design and development of our new website included a creative approach to enhance user experience, which really informed our goals and the functions we settled on for the site. Marina also developed sample user profiles, based on our current customers and community, to help inform how people will use our services and what can be added to improve their interaction with our platform.

Her commitment to active listening, coupled with responsiveness to our needs based on the options she provided, helped us learn new and innovative ways to expand our web presence, while preparing us to manage the new platform now and into the future. In the end, our expectations were exceeded at every turn, and she made the process fun and engaging! We absolutely recommend Marina for your next web / design / development / creative project and look forward to collaborating again in the near future.

Jack Newman
Unite-One
Client

Marina often came up with ideas for how to improve something and is quite proactive in her thinking. I highly recommend her.

I had the pleasure of working with Marina at North Atlantic Books for over two years. She worked in several capacities and did so with incredible diligence, attention to detail, and in a productive manner. She often came up with ideas for how to improve something and is quite proactive in her thinking. Marina worked on our website, and provided invaluable input and implementation. She wrote one of NAB's most effective blog posts and has an excellent understanding of online marketing. I highly recommend Marina for any position—freelance or in-house—for which her skill sets apply.

Janet Levin
North Atlantic Books
Supervisor

Marina is hands down a one-woman show! We can’t thank her enough for her positivity, knowledge, and hard work.

Marina is hands down a one-woman show! Marina reported to me at a rapidly growing data technology startup where she functioned as our web designer, web developer, and graphic designer. Marina worked so hard designing and developing our new corporate website. She learned to use a completely new web design tool to achieve the detailed look and functionality we wanted for the new site.

Marina is an amazingly collaborative team member, jumping in every meeting she can to learn more about the product and company vision. We tasked Marina to build a product-centric website with an impeccable UX that was responsive across all devices and browsers, and she did an amazing job. As a team, we developed infographics, copy, and page elements. Marina’s marketing background also allowed her to help with copy and see the website from a marketer’s point of view. She was also forced to jump in at the last minute (without a single complaint) to manually build pages when a vendor suddenly pulled out of migrating the site and providing us a CMS…a week and a half before launch!

We can’t thank her enough for her positivity, knowledge, and hard work. I would highly recommend working with Marina.

Heather Gonio
Versium Analytics
Supervisor

The backend of our website is much easier to use now and we’ve had 300 new newsletter subscribers in less than a month!

The backend of our website is much easier to use now and we’ve had 300 new newsletter subscribers in less than a month! Marina was very professional and clearly cared about the project she was working on.

Zoe Lambert
Lazarus Naturals
Client

Marina was impressively organized, and she answered my myriad questions clearly and concisely with a calming presence.

I had the privilege to learn from Marina as an intern, as well as work with her at North Atlantic Books. Starting at NAB in marketing and publicity, she developed her skills in coding and eventually transitioned into becoming the in-house webmaster. With her wide range of skills, she gave me the tools to use NAB's website and several other platforms effectively. Marina was impressively organized, and she answered my myriad questions clearly and concisely with a calming presence. Consistently patient, she was essential in preparing me for my position, and she provided everything I would encounter at NAB, even with limited time. An absolute joy to work with, Marina is an invaluable addition to any team.

Katie Gezi
North Atlantic Books
Colleague

Marina is a stellar employee and a communications specialist of the highest degree.

Marina is a stellar employee and a communications specialist of the highest degree. Her digital marketing skills are unparalleled. Besides being incredibly cool, she melds with teams and enhances the spirit in the office. It was a joy working beside her.

Miranda Berger
Int'l Living Future Institute
Colleague

TL;DR

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From Loved Ones

How My Friends Describe Me

Here's what my friends had to say when I asked them how they see me:

Your greatest strength is your level of self-determination. When you set your mind to something, you do it!!

How would you describe me?

A kind-hearted woman who knows what she wants and how to get it! Also an amazing and self-motivated designer who built her career from the ground up ♡

What are my strengths?

I would say your greatest strength is your level of self-determination. When you set your mind to something, you do it!! Regardless of the circumstances or barriers that stand in your way, you find a way through them.

In addition to this, I have always admired your decision-making process. You think in-depth about the long-term effects and ethics behind products, such as where something comes from, the ethics behind how it’s made, its effect on the environment, the packaging used, etc. In thinking this through, you make well-informed decisions that hold up to your own set of moral and ethical values.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

Anything important! I appreciate your input most in professional and financial matters. If I have any work related or finance questions, you are absolutely my go-to. If you’re unsure about something, you generally have some great resources on it!

Friends since 2007
Marley Antolin-Muniz
Friends since 2007
Met in high school

You’re someone who doesn’t accept mediocrity in her life.

How would you describe me?

I would describe you as my friend who has always been a great inspiration and someone whom I’ve always looked up to. You’re someone who doesn’t accept mediocrity in her life or happiness. You are a great motivator and you don’t just give people advice, you actually live up to it! You are the definition of “the proof is in the pudding”!

What are my strengths?

Your strengths definitely are your giving nature, your work ethic, and your dedication to being a fantastic friend and confidante.

You always want to bring people out to Seattle or wherever you're living and give them the best experience possible and show them an awesome time, which you always do! You spark the travel bug in me and always give me confidence that I can do anything I set my mind to! And you don’t even realize how much I treasure that.

Oh and, wow, you have an amazing work ethic. You set your mind to something and you do it! You taught yourself coding and decided to change your whole career for the better and you’re waaay happier! That’s so amazing and such an inspiration!

What topics would you ask my advice about?

I would definitely ask you for advice about traveling and where to start if I were trying to get into a new career. You are the best at knowing where to take the first step with any kind of life direction or career move.

Aaand, most importantly, you never give me half-assed answers. Every time you suggest something you can tell it’s a well thought-out piece of advice. It’s never an unattainable suggestion and you really know what and who you’re taking to when giving said advice. That comes into play because of your giving nature you want the best for your friends and you give advice that aligns with that.

You are a super planner when it comes to traveling, you could legit make the best travel guides eeeever! You always make traveling sooo fun and adventurous and exciting and have us do things that I would never think to do! I can’t count how many times you have brought me somewhere and it fills me up with so many good feelings and joy when I look back at it. I cherish that so much and appreciate how much effort you put into it.

You are also a big inspiration because you always finish what you start. That to me is so rare and something I look up to. You might not think that’s a skill BUT TRUST it definitely is! That is something that’s always been hard for me so I would definitely come to you for advice about that.

Friends since 2009
Delight Dunn
Friends since 2009
Met through Marley

You not only work well with others, you bring out the best in them.

How would you describe me?

You are a very considerate, trustworthy, and capable coworker and a talented designer. You not only work well with others, you bring out the best in them. Your ability to rationally and holistically problem-solve blends well with your compassionate approach, making you an incredible asset to team projects. And you DELIVER. Your hardworking attitude and grit in tough times is something we can always depend on, and your feedback is honest and thoughtful. You're appreciated by everyone lucky enough to work with you.

What are my strengths?

  • balanced, thoughtful approach to problem-solving
  • open & flexible in teams
  • hardworking
  • creative, but also very composed. Works well within structured environments as well as with free rein
  • kind, compassionate, emotionally intelligent

Where do I add value?

You have the ability to see around obstacles and turn them into opportunities. You add value by honing in on ways to approach problems that do more than solve them.

Friends since 2011, now coworkers
Terra Durio
Friends since 2011, now coworkers
Met in college

Commitment to your ideals, you don't make excuses for yourself and stick with something even if it's hard.

How would you describe me?

Generally as a person, I describe you as witchy to people that are about to meet you, lol. And professionally you are definitely a reliable go-getter who follows through. I was really impressed when you were like, I'm going to get into tech and coding, and then you did it!

What are my strengths?

All the above, plus that you are really straightforward and direct with your actions and words. It's easy to plan things with you because you aren't afraid to tell people what YOU want, which we need more of in this world. Another big one is commitment to your ideals, you don't make excuses for yourself and stick with something even if it's hard. Though you also know when to take a break, and that is very important too.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

Haha, I already have... Anything about New Orleans, Seattle, tech, veganism, zero-waste, sustainability (you got us into composting!)

Friends since 2014
Vita Rey
Friends since 2014
Met at a bike party

Diligent, super detail-oriented, passionate, disciplined, great at planning stuff, outgoing, conscientious.

How would you describe me?

Diligent, super detail-oriented, passionate, disciplined, great at planning stuff, outgoing, conscientious.

What are my strengths?

You are great at thinking in terms of systems. You envision the cause-and-effect of everything you do down to the molecular level, and document this thinking in a way that helps you get stuff done.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

I often ask you for career advice. I ask you to help me think through big life decisions because you help me think of real-world details that I might have missed.

Friends since 2015
Matt Stites
Friends since 2015
Met on a plane

A strength of yours is your drive! If you want something done, then it’s gonna GET DONE.

How would you describe me?

I’d describe you as an adventurous, hard working, and incredibly independent person. You’re also kind, and both intellectually and emotionally intelligent. Plus, fun and easy in conversation with unique and mystical interests.

What are my strengths?

A strength of yours is your drive! If you want something done, then it’s gonna GET DONE. Another strength is you’re self reliant/motivated. Other strengths are organization, decorating, and patience.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

When seeking guidance from you, I’d come to you for advice regarding friendships, partners, and really anything involving personal or even business relationships because you’re practical, professional, and emotionally intelligent. You’re very skilled in your career so I’d definitely come to you for a website. You also know a lot of traveling hacks. And a card reading!

Friends since 2016
Eliza Fitzgerald
Friends since 2016
Met through Marley

Deep and thoughtful, someone who skips over small talk—in the best way.

How would you describe me?

Deep and thoughtful, someone who skips over small talk—in the best way—and just dives into a real conversation. Very driven and hard-working. Sometimes works too hard. :)

What are my strengths?

Wonderful communication skills—not only the ability to handle hard conversations around conflict resolution or negotiating a raise, but also talking to people from different walks of life and creating a welcoming environment to learn from each other. Creative, diligent, thorough, great taste—when working on any type of project, thinking of a tattoo design, dressing up for a brand new roommate's themed birthday party, etc. Disciplined.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

Wow, so many things! It could be how to reduce my negative impact on the environment, or a favorite vegan meal to make for a crowd. I feel very comfortable being vulnerable with you and asking for help navigating challenges in my life, or talking through deep, inner thoughts that I'm embarrassed to let other people hear.

I'm also going to create a short list of fun things I would absolutely reach out to you for help with :D

  • Fixing up/decorating a house
  • Many things tech related, but specifically websites
  • Best vegan splurge meal in Seattle
  • Must-visit places, restaurants, etc. in SF, New Orleans, Amsterdam, and anywhere else
  • Meeting up while abroad
Friends since 2017
Katie Noble
Friends since 2017
Met via subletting

Approachable, kind, thoughtful, gets things done.

How would you describe me?

Approachable, kind, thoughtful, gets things done.

What are my strengths?

All of the above, plus thinking outside the box, being flexible, and approaching things through multiple viewpoints/lens, being inclusive.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

Thinking creatively, collaborating, for help generating and refining designs or design ideas.

Friends since 2018
Anna Wittow
Friends since 2018
Met as neighbors

A get-down-to-work, creative Swiss-army-knife wrapped in a thoughtful, confident, and kickass personality.

How would you describe me?

A get-down-to-work, creative Swiss-army-knife wrapped in a thoughtful, confident, and kickass personality.

What are my strengths?

Figuring out whatever needs figuring out, and learning about new and game-changing things even when it's uncomfortable.

What topics would you ask my advice about?

I'd come to you for Webflow specifically, marketing generally, and for advice on managing oneself as a creative professional.

Friends since 2019
Juan Valera
Friends since 2019
Met at work
From Past Adventures

What Fellow Travelers Have Said

Some references folks left on my profile during my CouchSurfing.com days:

Marina is the type of person who exemplifies the best of Couchsurfing.

Marina is the type of person who exemplifies the best of Couchsurfing. She is a vivacious and articulate young woman who is a pleasure to have in your home. You'll find her to be an interesting conversationalist, and delightful to be around.

Ian from Pennsylvania
Host in Miami
Jun 2014

A smart, beautiful girl with a big heart, she is adventurous, funny and simply amazing.

A smart, beautiful girl with a big heart. Marina came to Philadelphia for the Philly Tech Week events. She is adventurous, funny and simply amazing. We had such a fun time exploring an abandoned tunnel and just simply talking.

I wish you all the luck in the world in your journey Marina and can't wait to see you again! <3

Roaa from Egypt
Host in Philadelphia
May 2017

I think she impressed everybody here with her cool and sympathetic character, even a whole punk rock band.

I hosted Marina for only one night and I'm still a bit sad that she couldn't stay longer. She's a really easy going and interesting person, open-minded and easy to get along with and joke around. I think she impressed everybody here with her cool and sympathetic character, even a whole punk rock band. :D I really hope to see you again, Marina. Preferably in New Orleeeaaans!

Corinna from Germany
Host in Dresden
Aug 2013

Wonderful person! We had long late night tea conversations and even a tarot session :)

Wonderful person! We had long late night tea conversations and even a tarot session :) We felt so very welcome at her place—cozy as home.

Jovita from Lithuania
Guest in Amsterdam
Oct 2012

Marina can find a friend in anyone. We hit it off immediately and I had so much fun hosting her and Nicki.

Marina can find a friend in anyone and certainly knows how to have a good time! We hit it off immediately and I had so much fun hosting her and Nicki. Seriously Marina, come back to Atlanta whenever you want!

Max from Georgia
Host in Atlanta
Sep 2013

Marina is great company, always in a good mood, always talking, always has a funny story up her sleeve.

Marina is great company, always in a good mood, always talking, always has a funny story up her sleeve. Really enjoyed hosting her, she was very uncomplicated, and I did a lot of stuff with her and fellow CSers staying with me. She was very interested in spirituality and astrology stuff, and made a star constellation profile for me. Marina you're the best!

Kai from Germany
Host in Hamburg
Jan 2013

Full of energy, enthusiastic, positive, curious about life, interesting, wild, and wise.

She is a girl full of energy, enthusiastic, positive, curious about life, interesting, wild, and wise beyond her age. We met in Amsterdam and we asked her to take us to the most weird, underground place in the city, and so she did!! I went there to visit my best friend and some other old pals and I left with an awesome new one.

Marina from Spain
Met in Amsterdam

Such a warm, joyful and interesting person. It was great talking to her and sharing experiences and info about our different cultures. You would love meeting her, I am sure!

I hosted Marina for a night. Although the time together was short, I was really impressed with her personality. Such a warm, joyful and interesting person. It was great talking to her and sharing experiences and info about our different cultures. You would love meeting her, I am sure!

Catalina from Romania
Host in Bucharest
Aug 2013

If I had a house in New Orleans, I would probably still choose to sleep on their couch. Three thumbs up to Marina & Co.

This is a very good home full of very good people. I was welcomed into the house in the warmest way and left with new pals. If I had a house in New Orleans, I would probably still choose to sleep on their couch. Three thumbs up to Marina & Co.

Billie from Australia
Guest in New Orleans
Mar 2014

When Marina was here in Dublin she brought together a great group of local and international couch surfers and we all had a great time.

When Marina was here in Dublin she brought together a great group of local and international couch surfers and we all had a great time. Thanks for organizing everything and being awesome! Hope to see you again :)

Paul from New York
Met in Dublin
Feb 2013

She was so much fun, and we had a wicked time. I swear she is always laughing or smiling and it felt like we were mates straight away.

I chilled with Marina for a few days in Hamburg. She was so much fun, and we had a wicked time. I swear she is always laughing or smiling and it felt like we were mates straight away. She taught me loads about astrology and I found it really interesting. She writes beautiful poetry and I would definitely recommend taking some time to chill with her.

Willy from England
Met in Hamburg
Jan 2013
Case Studies

In-House Marketing Design Work

I've written case studies about the work I've done in my 9-to-5 roles. If you'd like to see any of my other work or discuss these projects in further detail, please get in touch.
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