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.
Ashton is a Product Designer (UI Specialist) for Kroger Technology and Digital. As Co-VP for AIGA Cincinnati, she supports both the executive team and the entire board while organizing programming for the creative community and especially enjoys helping 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.
Nicola brings his love for design, technology, organization, and community to the AIGA Cincinnati Board. As Co-VP for AIGA Cincinnati, 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 Product Designer (UX specialist). When he isn’t working you will find him enjoying his young family and working on home renovation projects that never seem to end with his wife (Danielle), daughter (Clara), and his HUGE german shepherd (Thor).
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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.
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.
Street Croci is a designer and founder of Friends and Family, a multidisciplinary studio in Cincinnati. Except for a short stent in Savannah, Ga where Street completed a BFA in Graphic Design at SCAD, he has called Cincinnati his home. Design is a powerful tool that has a lot more to do with community than the way things look. As the communication chair, Street aims to help his fellow AIGA Cincinnati members build community by helping to spread the word through various communication channels.
Caleb Eckart is a senior digital product designer at Fifth Third Bank. bringing over five years of experience developing engaging digital and print designs for industry leaders and F500 clients. His design expertise includes visual strategy, layout development, branding, print & new media advertising. I enjoy collaborating with my design to conceptualize and execute marketing collateral and user-centered designs. In his free time you can find him hiking, biking, and on the grill.
Board explorers have the option to join the board for shorter engagements. These positions are designed to get your feet wet and learn about the board. It can help to get a better sense of the involvement required. Learn more about joining as a Board Explorer.
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!