Social Engagement Chair
A graduate of the University of Dayton in 2012 with a BFA in Visual Communication Design, Kathryn has had the opportunity to work in packaging, branding, and advertising in Cincinnati, ranging from startups to larger firms. Her experience includes design strategy, logo design, outdoor boards, online advertising, in-store collateral, information design and infographics as well as brand standards and multi-page booklets. Kathryn is currently working as a content and social media strategist at an integrated digital agency called Oodle. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, stalking cute dogs, spending time in her OTR neighborhood, discovering new bars and restaurants, always in search of the perfect craft beer.
Design for Good Director + GUTS
Kristen is an Instructor of Communication Design at Miami University, where she also graduated from with a degree in graphic design and marketing. Her biggest goal is to create magic and awe through her design, removing people from the everyday world, if only for a moment. When she takes a break from design, she enjoys cooking with her husband, playing with her puppy, honing her hand-lettering skills, and enjoying a rye whiskey.
Finance Director + GUTS
Phil currently works as a graphic designer for GBBN Architects. He received his degree from Columbus College of Art & Design and moved to the Queen City in 2008. Solving problems through design is at the heart of his work and while not designing, Phil can be found illustrating and procrastinating.
Jessica is currently churning out responsive emails and upping her web design skills at a construction software company, but most of her experience is with print, identity, and package design. She worked her way through UC’s DAAP program slinging coffee and making sandwiches, and she believes strongly in creating compassionate and active communities in Cincinnati. Her dress game is pretty strong. Jessica’s hobbies include ballroom dancing, amateur astronomy, amateur paleontology and world travel with her wonderful husband, William. She also greatly enjoys telling inappropriate stories, but that is more of a compulsion.
Manfred is a graphic designer at RDG and freelances on the side. A native of Perú, he has called Cincinnati home for the last 15 years. Solving problems through thoughtful design is what keeps Manfred inspired. When he’s not designing, he can usually be found in his sanctuary, AKA the soccer field, lettering, or screen printing at home.
Originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ruzanna’s journey as a designer started with a love for typography and the emotional power of great design. 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.
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. When she’s not designing, she can often be found at local gallery openings, museum exhibitions and lectures. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, making art, walking her retired racing greyhound and collecting cool stuff from the last century.
Social Media Director
Ashton is a 2016 graduate from Miami University (Love & Honor!) with a BFA in graphic design and a minor in entrepreneurship. Over the years Ashton has developed a continuous curiosity for UX and brand identity, and loves to geek out about new design trends and software. She currently works as an in-house graphic & digital designer for a manufacturing company where she does print work and email marketing. When Ashton isn’t working at her day job you can find her hammocking, dancing (Swing, Bollywood, or just randomly around her apartment), doing yoga, going to Girl Develop It meetups, or selling fashionable eyewear at Sunglass Hut.
“Building communities through conversations and shared experiences”
Brayton moved to the greater Cincinnati area to develop a video and media program at a local church. It was here he discovered the need for community, and the power in “belonging” to something bigger than yourself. From there Brayton developed a passion and a skill for creating authentic, genuine connections through video, which eventually led to the formation of his company, Iron House Studios
. Much like his own life theme, Iron House exists to connect customers and brands through stories and shared experiences. His hobbies include dating his wife, adventuring with his 2 boys, and playing monopoly with friends.
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!