Meet our 2022 nominees for the AIGA Cleveland Board!

Meet our 2022 nominees for the AIGA Cleveland Board!

AIGA Cleveland members may vote to support the current nominees via a link provided through email.

Anne H. Berry, Incoming President

Anne is a writer, designer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Cleveland State University, and the former Student Development Chair and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-chair for AIGA Cleveland. She received her MFA degree from the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. She has been featured inCommunication Arts magazine, Letterform Archive, Black, Brown + Latinx Design Educators: Conversations on Design and Race by Kelly Walters, and was interviewed for Maurice Cherry’s award-winning podcast Revision Path. She is also co-creator of the award-winning project Ongoing Matter: Democracy, Design, and the Mueller Report and managing editor of the forthcoming book The Black Experience in Design

Derek Wilson, Membership Director

Derek is a full-time graphic designer with his own LLC, Derek Does Design. He has had a passion for the creative arts for as long as he can remember, and has enjoyed helping build the design community with AIGA Cleveland’s COC (Community Outreach Committee). When Derek isn’t designing, he is usually working on his new house being a new home owner, hanging with friends, and with his boston terrier Oscar. Come the week of Christmas his pack of Boston Terriers will increase one, adding a new puppy to his family which he is excited about

Ashley Volney, Community Meeting, Co-Chair

Ashley Volney is a video editor and graphic designer for Sherwin-Williams. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University in 2016. Ashley has experience in the design industry within multiple types of companies including; in-house, full-agency, business technology and non-profit. While working full-time she is also a freelance graphic designer, photographer and artist. When she is not behind a computer or a camera, she enjoys dabbling in the art of soap making and creating cute characters out of polymer clay.

Austin J. Reitz, Community Meeting Co-Chair

Austin J. Reitz is a graphic designer, illustrator, and tabletop game designer. He graduated from Kent State University with a BFA in Visual Communication Design in 2019. During his time at KSU, he wrote his thesis, Realms of Màgia: Exploring Roleplaying Games as Interaction Design Systems, before starting his career in the in-house and freelance design worlds. Austin is looking forward to building and serving the Cleveland creative community as Community Meeting Co-chair.

Shawn Gray, Web Chair

Shawn Gray is an independent Web Designer and Developer with 10 years’ experience in the design game. Shortly after graduating from Cleveland State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, he set out as a freelancer to help budding entrepreneurs grow their businesses. His design skills and coding knowledge continued to grow with each successful project and satisfied client. He is always looking for a new, great challenge and plans on bringing a high level of dedication and expertise to Cleveland AIGA as the new Web Chair.

Olivia Vitou, Women Lead Co-Chair

Olivia Vitou currently works as a senior designer, art director for American Greetings within the in-house creative marketing agency. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Ohio University with a minor in Business Administration and Studio Art. Olivia has worn several hats within the creative marketing world, with experience in both agency and in-house design teams. She also serves as the design consultant for the Women’s Leadership Council Board at American Greetings. Olivia is passionate for infusing her fine art background into her life through freelance and as a hobby.

Emily Gorenc, Women Lead Co-Chair

Emily is a Cleveland-based designer, currently working as a Senior Digital Designer for Nestlé. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the University of Dayton in 2019, and has since had the privilege of designing for nonprofits, agencies, and Fortune 500 companies alike. In addition to her professional design experience, Emily is a proud Cleveland resident and spends much of her free time volunteering for local organizations. She also serves as the 2019 representative for Day10, a young alumni advisory board for the University of Dayton. As a designer and person, Emily firmly believes in the importance of community, and she is excited to more closely connect with the creative community in Cleveland through AIGA. 

Lauren Zawie, Student Development Co-chair

Lauren Zawie is a recent graduate of Cleveland State University with a dual degree in Graphic Design and Production Design. Since graduation, she has been exploring different avenues to use her knowledge gained from both degree programs. Some of her most recent professional opportunities have included: interning as a graphic designer for Adcom – a design and marketing agency in Cleveland, working in the Prop Department for the latest Netflix Production filmed here in Cleveland, and continually honing her craft as a multi-client freelancer. As Cleveland State’s former AIGA Student President, she is excited to get more involved with AIGA’s Cleveland Chapter.

Continuing Board Members

Jordan Wong, Outgoing President
Stephanie Boyle, VP of Finance
Michael Rogers, VP of Sponsorship
Carly White, Diversity and Inclusion Co-Chair
Jeff Haynes, Email Chair
Carlisa Galbreath, Social Media Chair
Christina Davis, Student Development Co-chair
Jennifer Vokoun, Design for Good Co-chair
Maria Ahmad, Design for Good Co-chair

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Published December 14, 2021