Lara Jeanneret, owner of Lara J Designs
2020 Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Awards Nominee

Lara Jeanneret

creative director, graphic designer

Lara has been a graphic designer since 2001, and opened Lara J Designs in early 2008. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a concentration in Graphic Design. During her time at KSU she had the opportunity to visit both Oaxaca, Mexico and Amsterdam, Netherlands with fellow art students to further her study of art. She has a wide range of artistic background from drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, etc. Lara loves helping her clients promote the businesses they are passionate about and watching them grow and thrive.

Lara J is on the Board of Trustees for Advocates for Children and Board of Directors for Art in Bartow. She is a current member of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Promotions Committee and former board member of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival planning committee. She is also an active member of the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce. Lara is very passionate about helping local Cartersville & Bartow County non-profits like Advocates for Children, The Bookmobile, Art in Bartow, Etowah Valley Humane Society, Etowah Valley Historical Society, Summer Hill Foundation, Art in Bartow, Red Door Food Pantry, Bartow Literacy Council, Community Church Shop, Tranquility House, Hickory Log Personal Care Home, Cartersville Schools and many more. Lara J Designs is a proud donor to all of these local non-profits and many more. 

Lara is has received a multitude of awards for her work in the community.

  • August 2020 Nominated for the 2020 Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Award
  • June 2020 Frontline Heroes Award for her assistance to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • February 2020 Hometown Hero award presented by Modern Woodman Financial at the Cartersville Downtown annual meeting
  • May 2019 Cartersville High School Work-Based Learning Junior Mentor of the Year award
  • December 2018 Small Businessperson of the Year as nominated by her peers on Alignable
  • February 2015 Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Chairman’s Award
  • 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019 Nominated for Small Business of the Year for the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce

Lara lives in Cartersville, Georgia with her husband, Matt, and her two sweet boys, Evan and Colin. Her family loves their cat Sarah and darling Yorkshire Terrier, Charlie. She loves spending her weekends on the lake with her friends and family. Lara also enjoys visiting Cartersville’s many wonderful local museums and enjoying family vacations to Jekyll Island off the Georgia coast.

Steven Cline, graphic designer

Steven Cline

graphic designer, illustrator

Steven has been working at Lara J Designs since January 2012. He studied Art and Film at Georgia State University. Steven finds inspiration in many eras and styles of graphic design and fine art. Steven is also an avid film & literature buff and works with collage.

Steven & Lara are siblings, and grew up in an artistic & technologically savvy household. Their mother is an Art Teacher and their father is a Computer Programmer. Steven lives in Atlanta with his wonderful wife and talented co-worker Casi Cline and their two cats Leia and Remy.

Casi Cline, graphic designer

Casi Cline

graphic designer, illustrator

Casi has been working at Lara J Designs since July 2012. Casi has always felt a keen interest in art and design. She has many other interests such as literature, and mathematics. Casi loves collaborating with her talented husband, Steven Cline, and the Lara J Designs team to deliver the best possible design solutions for our clients.

In addition to working as a graphic designer at Lara J Designs, Casi uses her creative impulses to conceive personal works. Though her works are largely dependent on intricate pen and ink patterning, she also integrates her love of literature into her works by collaging old book pages and other vintage typographical design elements. You can view her personal portfolio on her website, www.ephemeralityart.com. Casi & Steven live in Atlanta with their two precious purr-babies Leia and Remy.

David Armstrong, project manager

David Armstrong

project manager

David is one of the newest members of the Lara J Designs team, joining us in February 2019. He is studying at Dalton State College’s Wright School of Business, with undergraduate studies also at Kennesaw State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. He has over seventeen years of experience in marketing, management, sales, and customer relations. He brings a unique perspective of taking the customer’s daily life and needs and finding unique solutions.

David has been a family friend since 2007. He enjoys reading, writing, listening to true crime podcasts and is also a fan of vintage films. Apart from his free time hobbies, he has plans of visiting every continent and melding different business practices and cultures. He also helps maintain a memorial scholarship fund for his late wife, Tabytha, who graduated from Troy University with a nursing degree. Her scholarship fund looks to help assist other potential nurses who don’t always have the full means to get into a world class nursing program, yet still persevere and struggle to make that dream a reality, just as it was for Tabytha.

Ethan Jordan, graphic designer

Ethan Jordan

graphic design intern
Ethan Jordan began interning at Lara J Designs in the summer of 2018 as a part of the Work Based Learning program at Cartersville High School. Since graduating from high school in 2020, he now lives with his family in Dallas, Georgia and attends Kennesaw State University.

Besides working in graphic design, Ethan plays several instruments, including oboe and alto saxophone. He also enjoys working on illustrations, drinking coffee, looking for new recipes to cook, and tending to his plants. He is so excited to be part of the Lara J Designs team as he pursues a degree in Business Marketing!

Jenny Brewer

illustrator

Jenny has been drawing as long as she can remember, gathering her inspiration from fashion, food, nature, and cartoons. She enjoys creating both realistic and stylized illustrations, working in both traditional and digital mediums. No matter what she draws, her illustrations are always clean and fun to look at.

Jenny graduated in 2013 from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Animation and Illustration. She began her career developing illustrations and 3D artwork for educational software and has illustrated three children’s books. In her free time, Jenny enjoys traveling with her friends and family and hanging out with her three dachshunds Ellie, Chloe, and Finley. She also enjoys discovering new foods and hunting for delicious Korean bakeries around Atlanta.

Hannah Surrett

Social Media Manager

Hannah joined the Lara J Designs team in June of 2020 as the social media manager. Hannah earned her BBA in Marketing and Communication Studies from the University of Georgia in 2017. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Hannah worked as the Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for the Downtown Development Authority, where she managed Downtown Cartersville’s social media accounts. Hannah loves to use social media as a tool to establish a consistent and reliable digital footprint for businesses. She enjoys the challenge of figuring out what digital strategies work best for organizations to appeal to their target audience.

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys running, listening to podcasts, volunteering, and spending time with her friends and family. Most days, you can find Hannah obsessively loving on her dog, Cowie, and doing work at local coffee shops. She will complete her master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Manchester in December 2020 and plans to move back to the United States to pursue a career in policy and digital communications.

Christine Colborne

copywriter/content developer

Christine has worked with Lara J Designs since 2014. She began her career as a business journalist and then moved into the corporate communications world, working for companies such as BDO-Siedman, AT&T and NCR. She also co-founded an Atlanta-based PR, corporate comms and technical writing firm and developed and delivered sales and technical training to a variety of clients. In between, she taught English at a math/science charter school.

She has written advertising and marketing copy, web content, blogs, op-eds, social media posts and virtually every kind of communication for B2B and B2C clients in industries ranging from healthcare to technology, from packaged goods to financial services. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism (ABJ) degree from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism. When she isn’t on deadline, she supports animal rescue and military veterans programs, and loves hanging out with her husband, her own crazy rescue dog, Lovie, and her pal Whitey (shown with her in the photo).

Charlie, Lara J Designs office mascot

Charlie Jeanneret

office dog, mascot

Here at Lara J Designs, we just LOVE our little office dog, Charlie. His mommy, Lara, brings him to work with her most every day and he enjoys sleeping in her lap, on the couch, and in his dog bed. He also likes to greet visitors as they enter the Lara J Designs office. Charlie has been a member of the Jeanneret and Lara J Designs family since May 2013 when Lara adopted him from Etowah Valley Humane Society. Charlie gave her one of his famous “pick me up” looks and she was toast. He may be a little spoiled, but he sure is sweet! 

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