Sarah Spalding

Sarah Spalding
DDR Corp.

Sarah currently works as a graphic designer for DDR Corp where she contributes to the company’s corporate branding and consumer facing marketing efforts. With a BFA in visual communications from the American InterContinental University in London, Sarah is intrigued by anatomical drawings from the renaissance period and is currently obsessed with gold foil embossing. When she’s not binge watching Parks and Rec on Netflix, she indulges her foodie alter ego, sampling new restaurants around town.

Nick Hafner

Nick Hafner
Vice President
Type Twenty Seven

Nick is a Graphic Designer and Letterpress Printer at Type Twenty Seven, a small design and letterpress studio in downtown Cleveland. Since joining Type Twenty Seven, Nick has worked on a variety of projects and held leadership roles with clients such as the Cleveland International Film Festival, Yoko Ono, and Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens. His work has been recognized in local and international competitions such as AIGA 730, and HOW International Design Awards.

Prior to joining Type Twenty Seven, Nick received his BFA in Graphic Design from The Myer’s School of Art, at The University of Akron. During his education there, he was chosen to be a member of Design x Nine, an award winning in-house student run design studio.

Taylor Palumbo

Taylor Palumbo

Working as a graphic designer, Taylor is given the opportunity to work in all different areas of design. Taylor graduated from Bowling Green State University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design well equipped to take on any design challenges that may arise. Being able to learn, grow, and experience new things with AIGA and the design community of Cleveland, Taylor is excited to see what she can become as a designer. When Taylor is not hard at work, she enjoys black and white photography, exploring her new neighborhood of Lakewood, and spending time with family and friends.

Board Of Directors

Jennifer Vokoun
Communications Director
Walsh University

Jennifer Vokoun is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Walsh University in North Canton. She previously taught part-time at Kent State University and served as the Internship Coordinator for the Visual Communication Design department. Jennifer earned her BFA in Illustration from Columbus College of Art and Design and her MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University. She has over 20 years experience working in graphic design in the Cleveland area. Jennifer maintains a freelance business focused on creative work for area non-profits, with clients including Shaker Schools Foundation, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (formerly Young Audiences), and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Sarah Ruthorford

Sarah Rutherford
Education Director
Cleveland State University

Sarah Rutherford is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Cleveland State University. She is a 2012 graduate of the Master of Fine Arts in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University.

A Missouri native, Sarah earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman State University. She worked professionally as a designer for Paper Source and the National Parks Conservation Association, where her work was recognized by HOW Magazine.

Nikki Machado

Nikki Machado
Interactive Director

Nikki Machado is a senior graphic designer at the print and design company, Hotcards. Here she creates brand identities, magazine layouts, ecommerce websites, and multimedia marketing campaigns. After attending the University of South Carolina, she graduated from Cleveland State University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Nikki is looking forward to her role on the board and eager to meet new people in the Cleveland design community.

Jordan Wong

Jordan Wong
Community Outreach Chair
WONGFACE Design & Illustration

Jordan is a graphic designer, illustrator and artist working under the name WONGFACE. He is originally from Pittsburgh and studied at California University of Pennsylvania, receiving two bachelors degrees in Graphic Design and Marketing. As a member of AIGA Pittsburgh Jordan served on the chapter’s programming committee before relocating to Cleveland in the Spring of 2015. From art exhibitions, design contracts and teaching in Pittsburgh, to his work designing the sixth Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, Jordan now works independently out of his studio in Ohio City. He specializes in illustrative work and is inspired by empowering narratives, humor and quirkiness.

Kassey Sikora

Kassey Sikora
Blog Chair
Aughtonburgh, MRI Software

Kassey is a user experience designer working in software development. She also runs a design and creative consulting business, Aughtonburgh, that helps small businesses and individuals in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

As a native Clevelander, Kassey enjoys the vibrant cultural events and communities around the city and loves to contribute to making Cleveland a more beautiful place through design. She co-founded the non-profit Northeast Ohio Women in Tech and enjoys collecting records on the weekends.


Interested in getting more involved on your local board? AIGA Cleveland has several open positions listed here.


Advisory Committee:
Jenn Visocky O’Grady
Professor + Art Department Chair
Cleveland State University

Dan Collins
Owner / Designer
Daniel Collins Design, LLC

Randy Johnson

Lee Zelenak


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