John is the Co-President for the Cincinnati Chapter of AIGA. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications Design from The Ohio State University. After graduation he moved to Cincinnati and became an active member of the thriving design community. When he is not pushing pixels, John enjoys traveling and taking photographs.
Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ruzanna’s journey as a designer started with a love for typography and the emotional power of great design. Now she leads AIGA Cincinnati as Co-President. With a BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she moved to Cincinnati to continue her quest of using technology and visual design to create meaningful and positive experiences. Her professional experience ranges from branding and packaging to advertising campaign concepts to digital product strategy. Ruzanna is also a proud kitty mom to little Anakin and BB-8.
Nicola brings his love for design, technology, organization, and community to the AIGA Cincinnati Board. As Co-VP and Tech Director, Nicola supports the board to ensure the team is set up for success and handles many of the back-end responsibilities to keep things running smoothly. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. Spending most of his career as an in-house designer, his passion is to design experiences that utilize technology to simplify and enhance people’s lives. He now works with Kroger Technology and Digital as a UX designer. When he isn’t working you will find him camping, fishing, or enjoying nature with his wife, Danielle, and his HUGE german shepherd, Thor.
Ashton is a UI and Digital Designer for PatientPoint where she designs intuitive patient education visuals for doctor’s offices. As Co-VP and EMERGE Director for AIGA Cincinnati, she supports both the executive team and the entire board while organizing programming for students and young designers starting their careers. Over the years Ashton has developed a continuous curiosity for UX and brand identity, and she truly believes that design can change the world. When Ashton isn’t working, you can find her hammocking, doing yoga, or going to local tech meetups.
Social Media Director
Having experience working both in-house and in an agency setting, Arianne has designed for a variety of verticals ranging anywhere from education to finance. She specializes in branding, editorial design, identity systems, and digital design. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from Miami University and continues to feed her passion for learning through abundant curiosity. Her ultimate goal is aging into a badass ninety-year-old woman, complete with life experiences and crazy stories to share. So far, she’s fallen down the stairs on three continents, but she’s hoping to hit all seven.
Jason returns for his second tour of duty with AIGA Cincinnati. He joins us as Finance Director to help the board keep our checkbook balanced. Jason earned his Master’s degree in Marketing & Innovation from UC and previously earned his BFA in Visual Communication from Art Academy of Cincinnati. He started his career as a photographer and now works with P&G as Senior UX Design Consultant.
A professional focused in both written and visual communication, Michelle Roth has worked in advertising, marketing, product development, contemporary art and higher education. She holds a journalism degree from Ohio University and a BFA in design from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Michelle is a graphic designer for Macy’s, but when she’s not working she enjoys traveling, visiting museums (especially if there’s a fashion exhibit!), walking her retired racing greyhound and collecting cool stuff from the last century.
Social Engagement Director
Katy brings her love for design, photography, and uniting the creative community to the AIGA Cincinnati Board. As the Social Engagement Director, Katy plans month happy hours, workshops, and other social gatherings to bring the creative community together for learning and drinks. Katy graduated from Art Academy of Cincinnati with a BFA in Visual Communication. In her spare time you can find her in her home studio with her cats, drawing and listening to podcasts.
Matt is currently a UX/UI designer at Alchemy. He graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from the University of Dayton in 2014 and has called Cincinnati home ever since. He’s usually working on one design related project or another, but if not, try looking in the candle section of Bed Bath & Beyond or his friend’s wood shop.
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Jess brings her design skills to the team with AIGA Cincinnati. An extreme sports fanatic and a talented designer we are excited to have Jess on board to contribute to the Cincinnati creative community.
Ashley’s passion for art, design, and fashion outgrew here small home town in Alberta, Canada. Her journey led to Cincinnati where she earned her Associate’s degree in Graphic Design from Cincinnati State. She joins AIGA Cincinnati to keep her design skills sharp and contribute to the creative community. In her spare time you can find Ashley in her photography studio making human bodies into works of art with makeup and body painting.
Brooke graduated from Ball State University where she earned her BFA in Visual Communications. After graduation, she moved to Cincinnati to work as an in-house designer for Western & Southern Financial Group where she develops strategic, creative solutions for her clients. In her free time, Brooke enjoys traveling with her husband, playing with her spunky 1-year old corgi, and staying active through cycling.
Special thanks to all of our board members (past and present), without their hard work and countless volunteer hours AIGA Cincinnati wouldn’t be possible!