Sarah Rutherford
President
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.
Anne Berry
Student Development Chair
Anne H. Berry is an assistant professor of graphic design at Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 most recent 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.
Stephanie Boyle
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.
Brett Combs
Project Manager
Brett is a visual communication and user-experience designer originally from Alliance, Ohio. He received his MFA in design from California College of the Arts; his BA in Philosophy from San Francisco State University and is currently studying user-experience design in the Masters UXD program at Kent State University. He previously taught Visual Communication at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and practiced print and digital design at Shutterfly, SG Cowen, HomeGain, and CMG Design. When logged off he can be found cutting and pasting mixed media collage, mountain biking the Cuyahoga Valley or enjoying dimly lit live music.
Brittany Feda
Director of Communications
Brittany Feda is a marketing professional whose work focuses on leveraging digital marketing and technology for business growth. Her passion for understanding people and what truly drives their decision making paired with her love of relationship development, problem solving, and leading others has guided her career. Earning her Bachelor of Science in Communication and Media Studies from Ohio University, Brittany is an alumna of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Association Honors Fraternity, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant. She also holds various certifications including HubSpot’s Inbound certification and Inbound Marketing certification.
Jenika Gonzales
Women Lead Initiative Co-Chair
Jenika Gonzales is a Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator at Bar 25 LLC Restaurant Group (Market Garden Brewery, Nano Brew, Bier Markt & Bar Cento). She is responsible for of all of the restaurants’ brand identity, packaging, content creation, marketing campaigns, as well as maintaining their social media and websites. In 2008, She attended the Cleveland Institute of Art for their Foundation year and later received her Associate of Arts Degree at Cuyahoga Community College. She enjoys Cleveland’s food scene and cooking Filipino food, as well as learning different types of cuisines to share with friends and family.
Alexander Griffin
Designer
Alexander Griffin is a graphic designer at Bialosky Cleveland. A 2018 graduate of Kent State University’s Visual Communication Design program, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a minor in Architectural Studies, which spurred his interest in the bridges between graphic and architectural design communities. An avid cyclist and outdoorsman, he can be found out exploring the city on two wheels, or in Cuyahoga on two feet when not working on typeface design or his digital modeling skills.
Inju Heo
Creative Director
Inju Heo is a Creative Content Strategist at United Way of Greater Cleveland and Principal at YBYIdesign. 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 also taught graphic design courses at American University and wrote two graphic design books. Her work has been published in–and received awards from–several major graphic design publications, such as Graphis Design Annual, and art festivals. She holds a B.A. in Graphic Design, a MFA in Computer Art, and a MFA in Visual Communication Design, from School of Visual Art in New York and Ewha Womans University.
Brittany Knisely
Web Chair
Brittany is a Digital Developer at Wyse Advertising in downtown Cleveland, where her duties range from designing and developing websites for clients like Cleveland Clinic and Parker Hannifin, to producing social media content and planning. Along side her 9-5, Brittany is a freelance web and graphic designer, working on projects for Cleveland-based businesses and entrepreneurs. Brittany graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Art in Popular Culture, and then studied web design and interactive media at Tri-C, where she completed an Associate of Applied Business in Visual Communication and Design. In her free time, she’s a crafter, book-hoarder, Cavs fan, and cat lady. She’s always excited to do more, make more, and learn more, and is excited to contribute to the Cleveland chapter of AIGA.
Pamela Lewis
Membership Chair
Pamela Lewis is a designer who ran the graphics/word processing department for a top accounting firm with over 300 internal clients. Since then she has branded businesses, produced graphics, developed content, and created one-of- a-kind event experiences for adults and children under the name PoshWork. With a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Organizational Psychology and an additional Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications she has gone on to obtain coaching certifications for Life, Business, and Marketing. Through Pillar Coaching she has recently coached a client in establishing a professional business presence in design while increasing profits, coached a musical director from Cleveland to Broadway, and coached a former dancer turned realtor from 3 million a year to 10 million through her Coaching Creative’s program. She draws inspiration for life from the happiness of children, music, books, and believes the best way to spend an evening is enjoying the company of friends with a fine craft cocktail.
Nikki Machado
Community Meeting Chair
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.
Alyssa Rose Miller
Design Life Balance Chair
Alyssa is a recent graduate of the Graphic Design program at Cleveland State University, where she was very active in the program and spent a year as Vice President of their AIGA student group. She was a design intern for LAND studio, which opened her mind to how design impacts a community. Now, she works for Guide Studio and serves as Design Life Balance Event Series Chair for AIGA Cleveland. She is passionate about people, creating community and connecting with others wherever she can. To maintain Design/Life balance in her own life, Alyssa enjoys exploring all of the art Cleveland has to offer, spending time with her cat, and traveling the world.
Shelby Muter
Women Lead Initiative Co-Chair
Shelby Muter is a Graphic Designer and Associate Art Director at Progressive Insurance’s in-house marketing agency, 96Octane. She received her MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University in 2016 and continues to teach as an adjunct instructor. Shelby has also worked professionally at the American Greetings and Abercrombie & Fitch corporate headquarters. When she isn’t working or teaching she loves spending time outdoors and being with her friends and family.
Chelsea Robinson
Twitter Manager
Chelsea Robinson is a video coordinator and graphic designer with Kent Displays. She is from Cleveland and received MA degree from the school of Visual Communication Design from Kent State University. Through her passion for design, Chelsea started her own freelance business that help people boost their brands throughout the city of Cleveland. In her free time, Chelsea is all about spending time with her family and friends, binge watching her favorite tv shows, and spending quality time with her rabbit Snow!
Michael Rogers
Director of In-House
Michael Rogers is the 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. Outside of the office Michael enjoys hiking, cycling, and teaching is 1-year old daughter proper color theory.
Jennifer Vokoun
Director of Special Projects
Jennifer Vokoun is an Assistant 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.
Ashley Volney
Photographer
Ashley Volney is a Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant at Vantage Agora. She works on range of projects including social media marketing, motion graphics, photography and website design. Ashley received her BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University in 2016. There, she designed for BGSU’s ArtsX Event and participated in the Sit&Tell Project for an AIGA Toledo. After college, she took on the role as the Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator for Mobile Meals of Toledo. Ashley found her way back home to Cleveland in 2017 where continues to keep her mind open with multiple creative interests like portrait photography and the art of soapmaking.
Ryan Walker
Writer
Ryan Walker is a graphic designer and front end developer who has been involved with AIGA for several years as a member of the community outreach committee. He specializes in book design, print design, web development and user experience design. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from Cleveland State University in 2014. His other interests include illustration, 3D modeling and experimenting with new web development technologies.
Carly White
Email Chair
Carly White is a Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate at ThenDesign Architecture and 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.
Jordan Wong
Director of Community Outreach
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 specializes in illustrative work and is inspired by empowering narratives, tongue-in-cheek humor, and imaginative quirkiness.