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 a dual bachelors degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. As a member of AIGA Pittsburgh, Jordan served on the chapter’s programming committee before relocating to Cleveland. Since then, he has started his own business, shown artwork throughout the city, worked on CAC SfAPT (Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Support for Artists Planning Team), and assumed the role of design partner at the art organization SPACES. Jordan draws inspiration from his experiences as an Asian American, tongue-in-cheek humor, and imaginative quirkiness.
Design Life Balance Co-Chair
Maria Ahmad is a Cleveland-based graphic designer working towards a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design in May 2020 from Cleveland State University. Maria is passionate about designing for non-profit organizations and the health care sector. She wants to use design as a tool to give back to communities and empower people to realize their full potential and abilities.
Design Life Balance Co-Chair
Erini Anthopoulos has over 5 years of recruiting experience in the Creative and Marketing industry. She is a motivated creative match maker, connecting freelancers to project and full-time opportunities in the Northeast Ohio region. As Division Director of The Creative Group, a division of Robert Half, she enjoys working with industry leaders and connecting the right talent to each opportunity. By understanding skillsets in addition to backgrounds, culture and motivators, she has successfully placed over 700+ candidates in area. Erini relocated to Cleveland from Iowa in 2010 where she transferred and graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Public Relations.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Co-Chair
Anne H. Berry is an assistant professor of graphic design at Cleveland State University, and the former Student Development Chair for AIGA Cleveland. She received her MFA degree from the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. In addition to teaching, Berry works as a freelance designer. Her projects include a permanent exhibit for the Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend, Indiana, and logo identities for the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Research and Center for Social Concerns. She is a cofounder of LightBox, a studio in downtown Goshen, Indiana, and serves as the chief creative officer for the online peer feedback educational platform Round3. She is currently researching topics focused on ethnic/racial diversity in design education, design for social impact and diversity issues within the design profession.
VP of Finance
Stephanie is a graphic designer for the Western Reserve Historical Society, where she has been managing the brand identity for WRHS’s 150th anniversary year and created the brand identity for the new permanent exhibit, Cleveland Starts Here®. Stephanie is also an assistant regional manager for ZG Properties, LLC. Stephanie earned her Bachelors of Art in Graphic Design from Cleveland State University and her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Drexel University. During the warmer months, you can normally find Stephanie photographing cycling races at the Cleveland Velodrome or cheering on friends at criterium or cyclocross races.
Ralph J. Davila, APR, is an award-winning, nationally published, strategic communicator and leader with more than 18 years of experience at agencies, Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University’s acclaimed Journalism and Mass Communication school in Public Relations and Marketing. He also holds his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America.
Student Development Chair
Christina received a BA in graphic communication from Notre Dame College of Ohio and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has worked at a variety of places and her responsibilities have grown over the years from graphic designer to art director. Christina currently owns her freelance business, Creative Fuel providing branding and graphic design services to client nationally. It is her ultimate goal to teach graphic design so she is very excited to hold the position as the student development chair for the AIGA. Her two children, Oliver and Taylor keep her very busy and in her spare time you will see her outdoors playing sports with them or at the CrossFit Gym coaching or taking a class.
Jamie DePasquale is a creative based in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a BA in Graphic Designs in 2020. She loves cats, drawing, designing, creating, improving user experience and accessibility, making people smile, collaborating, making friends, being a great host, and having a good time overall. In her free time, you can usually find Jamie at home crafting a tiny house or painting watercolor pet portraits.
Social Media Chair
Carlisa is a freelance writer for hire. She creates captivating writing content for blogs and big brands, whose too busy to do it themselves. You can learn more about her on her own blog carlisacreates.com
. When she isn't busy, you can find her doing yoga in her backyard with her four kids.
Jeff Haynes is a Senior Producer at WVIZ/PBS ideastream, where he oversees on-air promotion and design. He is a graduate of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Kent State University. His previous work includes in-house design and production at Young & Rubicam, CBS, The World Series Of Poker, and Time-Warner. He has successfully launched multiple digital series that have led to generous funding, national distribution, and 4 Emmys.
Inju Heo is a Principal at HIJcreative and Digital Designer at Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Prior to moving to Cleveland, she lived in Washington D.C. area working for House of Representatives-Office of the Clerk, Surface2 Design, and Miravo Communications as a creative director, digital media developer, and communication specialist. She taught design courses at American University and published graphic design books. She received several awards from national and international design competitions including Gold Addy Award (AAF District 5), and her work has been featured in major graphic design publications such as Graphis Annual and Communication Arts. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design, MFA in Computer Art, and MFA in Visual Communication Design from School of Visual Art in New York and Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea.
Director of Community Outreach
Nikki Machado is a freelance graphic designer the former Community Meeting Chair and Interactive Director for AIGA Cleveland. She creates brand identities, magazine layouts, ecommerce websites, letterpress 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.
Women Lead Co-Chair
Crystal Madrilejos is Vice President of Creative Strategy at Tenlo, a Cleveland-based Pipeline Marketing agency. Crystal began her career in NYC designing publications after graduating from Parsons School of Design in 2003 with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. Since returning to Ohio, Crystal expanded her experience in both agency and in-house design and marketing teams for small start-ups, mid-size software development companies, and large retail brands. Crystal also designs CCO Magazine, the online publication for Content Marketing Institute. Her design philosophy is this: Relevant and meaningful creative ideas can’t happen in isolation. Design isn’t “just making things look pretty,” but rather an overall approach to communicating and a deep understanding of how all aspects of a project work together to solve really important problems.
Community Meeting Co-Chair
Rachel Raymond has been working at Onyx Creative, an architecture, engineering and design firm, for almost five years. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) in 2015 with a Bachelors in Interior Architecture. At Onyx, she serves as an in-house graphic designer and aids the design team with conceptual design, three-dimensional modeling and renderings. She currently manages Onyx’s social media efforts and serves as a writer for their blog. She has worked on several interior design projects including national retail prototypes such as Fabletics and Codeverse.
Alex Robinson is a graphic designer, illustrator and creative who has worked locally in Cleveland in both the in-house nonprofit and marketing agency settings. In 2015, he graduated from Bowling Green State University with his BFA and headed to Cleveland to begin his professional career. Alex is an avid storyteller, infusing his work unique and diverse narratives. He has created a wide variety of projects ranging from rebrandings, billboard campaigns, website designs, tradeshow graphics and so much more. Locally, Alex has worked on projects for many organizations including the Cleveland Animal Protective League, Centers for Dialysis Care and Ohio City Pizzeria. His work on creating a new visual identity for Ohio City Pizzeria along with their new website and other collateral allowed marketing agency Sweeney to win Best in Show at the 2019 Cleveland PRSA Rocks Awards. Alex is always looking for new opportunities to help others through design.
Michael Rogers is the former Director of In-House for AIGA Cleveland and Manager of Design at ERC where he contributes to the design, creative direction, and business development of ERC and its subsidiaries. Michael is also a member of the NorthCoast 99 committee where he helps oversee the production, delivery, and creative direction of their annual awards event. Prior to joining ERC, Michael was a Graphic Designer for BioMed Specialty Pharmacy in Cincinnati where he helped grow the organization from $1 million to $10 million annual and quadrupled BioMed’s geographic reach. In a freelance capacity, Michael has had the honor to work with some great brands including TEDxCincinnati, Ocean Accelerator, and Q Commons.
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.
Behind the Brand Chair
Vicki is an ambitious and versatile graphic designer and illustrator. She is a Cleveland native and a Cleveland State University design graduate. She currently applies her craft at TWIST Creative.
Design for Good Chair
Jennifer Vokoun is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Walsh University in North Canton. She also serves as the Director of the Food Design Institute at Walsh University, facilitating community engagement through design thinking on food systems issues. 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 25 years experience working in graphic design, for clients including The Cleveland Orchestra and the Akron Art Museum. In 2017, Jennifer was a Design Incubation Fellow, and also participated in the AIGA + IBM F.ACT Summit in NYC, focused on design thinking facilitation activation.
Community Meeting Co-Chair
Kyra Wells is a local graphic design professional and alumna of Cleveland State University. Kyra currently works at American Greetings as a Creative Marketing Designer. She is also the owner of Seven Pillars Design Co., where she helps women entrepreneurs grow their businesses through strategic branding design. Kyra has been working in the Cleveland creative community for over 5 years and has a passion for helping other designers grow by sharing knowledge and resources to build our creative community.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force Co-Chair
Carly White is a Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate at ThenDesign Architecture and the former Email Chair for AIGA Cleveland. She received her BA in Art and Communication at Lake Forest College. When Carly isn’t working on branding and content marketing, she enjoys drawing, learning about new places, and is currently studying Creative Placemaking. She is excited to join AIGA Cleveland as the Email Chair and is looking forward to meeting fellow creatives in the Cleveland area.