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.
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.
John is the Co Vice 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. 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 specializes in design and brand management at ConstructConnect, a construction software company. He is responsible for maintaining brand standards and developing creative designs for several in-house brands. His passion lies in crafting holistic experiences by focusing design on people’s needs. Nicola graduated from the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. When he isn’t focused on design you will find him out in the woods camping, fishing, and enjoying nature.
Anna is a Creative Director at Cincinnati Children’s, where she manages creative execution and oversight of the Cincinnati Children’s visual brand. Originally from Chicago, she has worked on both in-house and agency creative teams designing print and digital creative for a variety of clients including P&G, Firestone, Miller and Disney. She holds a Communication degree from the University of Wisconsin and a BFA in Visual Design from the Illinois Institute of Art. When away from Creative Cloud, you can find her chasing around her two daughters, kickboxing or nursing an obsession with Dunkin Donuts coffee.
Gina currently works as an art director for the Cincinnati Children’s in-house creative team. With previous experience in package design, branding and advertising, she has worked with both large brands and small start-ups. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program with an appreciation for detail and a good night’s sleep. In her free time, she is passionately rooting on her alma matter (Go ‘Cats!) and bribing her boys with food (football bites, anyone?) in the hopes that they will join her.
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.
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.
Social Media Director
Ashton works at Cardinal Solutions as their first full-time in-house designer where she designs digital and print pieces for their 7 offices. She is a proud graduate of Miami University (Love & Honor!) where she received her BFA in graphic design. 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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!