Merida Marston holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Studio Art (University of Mary Washington, 2009) and worked with the team as a research chemist for several years primarily focusing on projects involving food chemistry, cosmetics, and resin chemistry. Currently she works independently as an on-site product development consultant for local entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in taking cosmetic and food products to market (check out Sum Lab). Merida's background in design provides a unique value to companies that need branding and marketing services as well as formulation help. She continues to be HRC's go-to for design and marketing solutions as well as provides support for cosmetics projects.