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Marisa Green
President

Marisa is an art director and designer with over 15 years of experience. As an independent designer she collaborates with local and global companies on diverse projects from brand solutions to illustrations—doing business as Studio Danae. Marisa works primarily at Nike managing and designing internal program brands in Global Product and Merchandising Operations. Outside of her full-time and freelance work, Marisa creates fine art suspended cut paper installations based on geometry, pattern and spiritual connection. In her spare time, Marisa can be found hiking, gardening, collaborating on design/build projects with her husband and enjoying every second of being a new mother. Marisa has been an AIGA Portland board member since 2011.

Follow Marisa’s creative projects on Instagram.

Mike Biewer
Vice President

Mike is a digital producer, editor and designer working with the Portland business and government communities on a wide variety of print and digital media. Mike is often the strategic and creative voice behind an organization’s print and video content. He LOVES working in teams and collaborative environments, which is why AIGA has been a great opportunity to grow and network. Having been to Japan, Thailand, India, Jamaica and Iceland, Mike enjoys adventures in any form. Locally, you can find him in North Portland doing home DIY projects, hiking, enjoying a fantastic game with the Portland Winterhawks or dwelling at his favorite watering hole, Migration Brewing Co.

Check out some videos produced by Mike or some of his print work on his Behance profile.

Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
Secretary

Corinna is the Creative Director at Metal Toad, a technology consultancy in downtown Portland. As the company’s design visionary, she leads the internal design team in their mission to unite clear communication with elegant, strategic design. With a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and ten years as a designer, she crafts meaningful experiences while managing the full spectrum of the design process. From concept sketches to print pieces to responsive websites, her work reveals a passion for learning, adaptability and a high degree of empathy and optimism. When not designing, you can find Corinna exploring the Oregon coast and local farmer’s markets, running, doing yoga, curling up with a great book, sculpting or cooking for an impromptu dinner party.

Follow Corinna on Instagram.

Josh Barrett
Treasurer

Josh Barrett is a lawyer in Portland, Oregon specializing in advising creative professionals of all stripes. After nearly 15 years in a downtown law firm, Josh struck out on his own to form CreateLegal, where he works to make legal matters painless and understandable. Out of the office, Josh is an avid supporter of the Portland Timbers and proud member of its supporter group, the Timbers Army. In addition to singing and chanting in the North End, Josh helped establish and advises the 107 Independent Supporters Trust,the nonprofit financial engine behind the Timbers Army. Josh also helped found and serves as a board member for Operation PitchInvasion, a local 501©(3) that repairs and revitalizes soccer fields. Josh joined the AIGA Portland board in 2012 as Treasurer.

Kim Gaube
Programming Director

A native Portlander, Kim is a marketer and designer with over a decade of experience, mostly in the B2B arena. She is currently managing the marketing and design efforts for the Valuation & Advisory service line of Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate firm. With event experience ranging from intimate dinner parties to full-scale conferences, Kim is excited to bring her expertise to AIGA’s programming efforts. When not working, you can find her wandering around Multnomah Village or playing Legos with her son.

Twitter: @kimgaube
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimgaube
kimgaube.com

Brad Smith
Programming Director

Brad Smith is the executive director of WebVisions, a nationally recognized conference that has explored the future of web design, technology and business strategy since 2001. He founded the DevGroup NW, an association for multimedia and Internet professionals, was president of the Oregon Media Production Association from 1998-2000, is a former board member for the Portland Advertising Foundation and is a current board member for Oregon Creative Industries. Brad is also the president and founder of Hot Pepper Studios, an award winning design firm based in Portland, Oregon.

Monica Mo
Programming Director

Monica is a graphic designer and a fresh face in the Pacific Northwest, having moved to Portland in 2014 from New York. She is a graduate of the BFA Communications Design program at Syracuse University—where she secretly spent time behind the suit as the mascot, Otto the Orange. Monica is a rapid idea generator and a critical thinker, and she has a passion for crafting experiences that leave lasting impressions. She brings these characteristics into her role as Programming Co-Director on the AIGA Portland Board of Directors. In her free time, Monica keeps busy with personal projects, which vary from DIY crafting to honing her guitar skills and GoPro-ing adventures.

Follow Monica’s shenanigans on snapchat & instagram.

Joanna Papaleo
Promotions Director
Joanna has been a part of the Portland design community for the past six years on a diverse set of clients. She is currently a designer at R/GA.
When not working, volunteering or networking, you can find Joanna ice skating, crafting, listening to live music, hanging out with her dog Meatball or dancing to hip-hop.
David Baggs
Copywriting Chair, Content Committee

David is a strategic communications specialist and graphic designer born and raised in southeast Portland. He is passionate about his city, the local design community and collaboration. David is also Portland’s unofficial taco expert.

Chelsea Cartabiano
Design Chair, Promotions Committee

Chelsea is a freelance graphic designer and a recent transplant to the area. She earned her BFA in Advertising Art Direction from the Pratt Institute, and developed her career working as an in-house designer for People Magazine. Chelsea loves hiking, making pizza from scratch, cuddling cats, and contra dancing.

Hanna Chung
PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

With a background in medical anthropology/global health and pre-pharmacy, Hanna enjoys being informed and learning something new everyday. However, you can always either find her with a sketchbook or immersed in the current events of the art and design world, as they are her biggest passions.

Heathyr Davis
WOMEN IN DESIGN CHAIR, PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE

Heathyr Davis has over 12 years of creative experience in print and digital media with an emphasis on branding. Her experience ranges from working in-house for IT companies, non-profits, private sectors, to full-time freelancing for a wide range of clients. In her free time she enjoys attending soccer matches with her daughter, exploring the outdoors, and seeing live music.

Sarah Ferguson
Women Lead committee

Sarah Lane Ferguson has exhibited a dedication to design throughout her career. With experience in urban design, retail planning, and nonprofit and museum management in New York, Los Angeles and Portland – while continuing as a practicing graphic designer. She is committed to promoting the importance of design in our lives and does so volunteering for various organizations in Portland dedicated to the cause.

Eugenie Jolivett Fontana
Programming Director

Eugenie has enjoyed being in the creative world at every point in life. After receiving her BA in Theatre Arts from University of California, Irvine, she co-founded a forward thinking design studio. Her company worked with a wide range of industries, received awards from companies like Adobe® Systems and curated events and gallery exhibitions. Since living in the Pacific Northwest, working and managing Fontana Studios’ creative and business endeavours has been her focus. With more than 15 years experience in the creative industry, Eugenie is currently forwarding her knowledge with workshops through her business Gather & Garner. Eugenie spends free time exploring the west coast, watching documentaries, coloring books, summer pickling and living the PDX life.

Follow what Eugenie’s gathers on instagram!

Meagan Ghorashian
Education Committee

Recently a design student herself, Meagan enjoys learning about and supporting the aspirations of tomorrow’s designers. Years ago college produced degrees in French and International Business Management but Meagan now puts all her energy and enthusiasm into her rekindled love of design. When not creating for clients you can probably find her joyfully adding to her copious design-themed Pinterest boards.

Heather Golan
dMob Chair, Programming Committee

Heather is a freelance designer and illustrator residing in Portland, Oregon. She earned her BFA at Oregon State University and an associates in AAS in Integrated Media, graphic design. When not working you can usually find Heather spending time with her family, reading, or crafting.

Kyle Hinze
Membership Director

Kyle has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. He’s a UX/UI designer currently working in Portland for Parliament. After earning a degree in Digital Technology & Culture from WSU he entered right into the agency scene. He wants to keep designing rad stuff that inspires people. If you find him at a coffee shop he’ll probably talk about skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, video games, comic books or whatever else.

Twitter: @kylehinze
Instagram: @kylehinze
kylehinze.com

Darius Kuzmickas
Photography Chair, Promotions Committee

Founder of Real Color Media and Darius Kuzmickas Photography, has served as AIGA Portland’s Flickr Director for several years, and is often seen photographing our events.

Katie LaRosa
Dmob Chair, Programming Committee

Katie attended NC State College of Design, cut her teeth at a fast-paced agency in Raleigh, NC, and enjoyed working in-house at Portland State before starting her own business.

Martha Lewis
Education Director

Martha Lewis worked for 14 years in advertising and design on the east coast, before moving to Portland. Starting out with a Bachelor in Environmental Design degree, she has since shifted her focus to academia: Martha began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in 2001 moved to the Middle East, where she was Assistant Professor at VCU’s satellite campus in Qatar, teaching in and serving as head of the Communication Design program. Since moving to the west coast in 2006, she has maintained a small design business while teaching communication design at PCC, Clark College, and PNCA. Now a full-time Associate Professor at PNCA, Martha is the Lead Faculty for Communication Design in the Design Arts Department.

Erin Lynch
Blog Contributor , Content Committee

Erin spends his days as 1/3 of the small design studio, Shop, teaches web design and user interface design at The Art Institute, Portland and works as the production manager for A List Apart magazine.

Anita Magaña
EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Anita Magaña moved to Portland from San Jose, California six years ago. She is a freelance print and digital designer and illustrator. She earned her BA in Film and Digital Media Production from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her AAS degree in Graphic Design from Portland Community College. In her spare time, you will find her enjoying the Pacific Northwest, camping with her dog, husband, and son, volunteering, and crafting her own wine and beer.

Matt Miller
Copywriting Chair, Promotions Committee

Matt came to Portland from Arkansas by way of New York. He loves that he gets to work with creators as an intellectual property lawyer. Beyond that, you can find Matt with his family or riding his bike as far as time allows.

Alicia Nagel
Blog Contributor, Content Committee

Founder of Alicia Nagel Creative, Alicia is committed to developing brand strategies that fuel smart and efficient communications on behalf of the client. Nine years in branding and 13 years in design have only grown her passion for what she does.

Maria Nocenti
Volunteer Director

Maria is a designer with midwestern roots. Making her way to Portland via Minneapolis, her passion for design stems from it’s ability to create joy and improve everyday experiences. She is currently a product designer, creating beautiful and easy to use interfaces for financial software. Outside of work, she enjoys being involved in the local design community and has been an active volunteer with AIGA since 2011.

marianocenti.com

 

Salvador Orara
Content Director

Salvador moved to Portland from Pasadena, California in 2015. His 12 years of experience spans between NYC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles; and includes branding, marketing materials, design and programming (back when rich internet applications were a thing). He is a Designer with object-oriented programming skills, is handy with a soldering iron and a micro-controller, and a WASC certified educator. Before moving to Portland, he was a Faculty of Interaction Design at ArtCenter College of Design for 3 years, and was the Founder and Director of Creative Technology and Design at The Rare Studio.

He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia; and a MFA in Media Design from ArtCenter College of Design. Salvador is currently a Lead Feature Owner at Jaguar Land Rover, Portland, OR. and enjoys rock climbing, occasionally playing guitar, making sound projects, or expanding his research in post-cognitive frameworks.

@salvadororara
salvadororara.com

Andy Portello
dMob dLux Director, Programming Committee

Andy Portello is a print and interactive brand designer with a focus in 3D retail environment and event marketing.

Peter Russo
Contributor, Content Committee

Peter is a UX designer and team lead. He started out studying printmaking, moved to freelance web design, and is currently researching the role of cognitive science in design and the process of building digital projects

Marilee Sweeney
Contributor, Content Committee

Marilee Sweeney is a brand strategist with a degree from Parsons School of Design in New York. She designs in the coffee and tea arena, and recently bent fate to move here, to the heart of Coffeedom. She currently designs retail & event experiences. She has a soft spot for non-profits, and loves to dig in as a volunteer. When she is not moving at warp speed, you may catch her sipping Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, or loading her surfboard for the coast.

 

Stephanie Ward
Women Lead committee

Originally from Memphis, TN, Stephanie first became involved with AIGA while living in Jacksonville, FL. After five years of serving on their board as Membership Director, she said farewell to palms and hello to pines with a cross-country drive to Portland. Stephanie is currently the Creative Director at a digital agency called Station Four, and when she is not designing, she is drawing comics or writing.

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