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Marketing Maven welcomes Melissa DeLeon

Marketing Maven Consulting, a brand management and design firm based in Great Bend, announces the addition of a new employee. Melissa DeLeon started with the company in early November as a design and digital media specialist.

“Our firm continues to grow as we serve more clients around the state of Kansas,” said Rachel Mawhirter, Marketing Maven’s founder and owner. “Melissa is immensely talented, and she will be a huge asset to our company and our clients. Her impressive portfolio, positive attitude, and great sense of humor made her the perfect fit for this position.”

DeLeon studied photography at Brigham Young University before moving to Kansas and finishing her Associate Degree in liberal arts at Butler Community College. In May of 2023, she graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Prior to joining the Marketing Maven team, she was a social media and product designer, along with a photographer and videographer for Pioneer Balloon Company.

“Growing up, I was always told that I should be an artist, but graphic design had never really come to mind until I was an Art Education major. I was told that I’d be a good fit for the design program,” she said. “It was a gut feeling that I ran with, and I fell in love with this career immediately.”

DeLeon’s primary responsibilities at Marketing Maven will center around graphic design for logos, print materials, advertising, packaging, and digital media assets. But she will also work on website and photography projects. Outside of work, DeLong enjoys figure skating, photography, and cleaning and organizing her home. She also stays active as a stepmom and a cat-mom to three cats. Melissa lives in Wichita with her husband David and stepson Nash. 

“Some of my best decisions in life have been based on a gut feeling. When I met with the Marketing Maven team, it came so naturally and I felt like it was a perfect fit,” said DeLeon. “I can already tell that I’m going to learn so much and have a ton of fun along the way!”

About Marketing Maven

Marketing Maven Consulting is an award-winning brand management and design firm based in Great Bend, with six team members in Great Bend, Hays, Manhattan, Wichita, and Kansas City. The firm specializes in brand management, where they serve as an outsourced marketing department for growing companies who want to impact their bottom line, their employees, and their communities. Marketing Maven also offers one-time projects for website design, video production, graphic design, and more. Learn more at or follow Marketing Maven on social media.