Kimberly Arias
Kimberly is a Video & Motion Graphics Producer at the Pew Research Center, disseminating the Center's findings through animation, video, data visualization and interviews. When she's not playing with keyframes and expressions in After Effects, she enjoys traveling, listening to techno and hangin' with her pup, Zelda.
Chris Montwill
Vice President
Chris is the Design Director at Threespot who believes good design can do great things. He has worked on a broad range of clients and projects from digital products to large rebranding assignments to national campaigns. He came to DC via Chicago, and like any good Midwesterner, enjoys a good drink, great food, and honest company (not necessarily in that order).
Dara Adams
Chapter Administrator
Dara has been the AIGA DC Chapter Administrator for 20 years. She is also a social work graduate student and works in the field of mental health. She continues to provide support to the dynamic, ever-changing board of volunteers with AIGA DC. Her favorite party conversations involve power rangers, baked goods, and military personnel/dog reunion videos.
Claire Blaustein
Communications Director
Claire is a content designer, working across content strategy, information architecture, graphic design, writing, and editing. In her more than a decade in DC she's worked for NPR, Washington National Opera, the Textile Museum, the IRS, and HHS. Currently she is a senior information architect and content strategist for Sapient, working at the National Cancer Institute. Outside of work she plays fiddle in the bluegrass band By & By, and pets her cats Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Melanie Charlton
Mentoring Chair
Mel is a Partner at Brllnt, who leads from the belief that collaborative design has the power to solve even the biggest challenges. With the goal of connecting with DC’s design community through creative problem solving, Mel also co-founded Unleaded, a monthly design sprint MeetUp. She occasionally unplugs through kayaking, swimming, and being a dog mom to CinnaShiba.
TJ Cichecki
Marketing Chair
TJ is a co-founder at Workhorse, a full-service design studio specializing in no-nonsense, high-quality strategy, design & development for brands—online & off. He’s also an all-around happy person.
Liz Rose Chmela
DC Design Week Chair
Liz Rose is the Founder and Creative Director of Made by We, a collaboration-focused design agency. Originally from Louisiana, she made her way here after pit stops in several other states, Norway, the UK & Venezuela. It took awhile, but she now calls DC home. Always up for exploring the DMV (usually accompanied by @heyjasperdog), you can also find her hiking, screen printing and probably looking for a good Tempranillo.
Mary Corley
Volunteer Chair
Mary Corley is a graphic designer and creative strategist. Originally from Oklahoma City, she made the move to Washington, DC in Spring 2014 with a brief stint on Capitol Hill. With over four years experience in campaign politics, she is always working on a variety of meaningful projects. In her spare time, she attends concerts, cooks healthy food, visits art museums, travels, and watches documentaries.
Sharon Duke
Professional Development Chair
Sharon is a Senior Graphic Designer at the International Monetary Fund. She has worked on a wide variety of projects including websites, branding, motion graphics, and integrated campaigns for leading global consumer brands, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. In her spare time she can be found taking pictures of her three pets: two cats and bunny (who are basically her children).
Nick Fabiani
Digital Content Chair
Nick is the design associate at Democracy Fund, where he creates engaging reports, data visualization, infographics, and presentations to help advance the organization's mission to make democracy work better. His free time is spent learning fun facts about his home state (Connecticut) and creating new transit maps for systems real and imagined.
Laura Guzman
Design Continuum Fund Chair
Laura is a freelance graphic designer with experience in higher education. From helping market Maryland's top universities at The Universities at Shady Grove to helping build digital products at Language Arts Press, she's had the opportunity to learn about the intersection of education, design, and technology. As a freelance designer, she enjoys bringing her knowledge to different fields.
Dian Holton
Strategic Initiatives Director
Dian is a deputy art director at AARP Media and freelance stylist of retail window installation. Her background includes publishing (print/digital), integrated marketing, branding, and styling. She currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Director. Additionally she is part of AIGA national’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Guidance committee. Gets distracted by shiny things and believes you can never have enough striped shirts. Never.
Chanel James
Women Lead
Chanel is a self-driven, design butterfly who loves learning new things and taking risks. She is an in-house graphic designer at EAB, where she uses strategic design solutions for tough problems. In her spare time she can be found making it pretty and trying to get her hair into the perfect 'fro.
Eric Johnsen
Communications Coordinator & Secretary
A native of Maryland, Eric is your friendly neighborhood pixel pusher. As a Digital Experience Designer for the University of Maryland, he designs/animates graphics for UMD's core websites, campus screens, and social media outlets, along with coding responsive emails. Outside of work, he's an avid moviegoer, comic-book collector, coffee addict and baseball romantic.
Puneet Kaur
Awards Chair
Puneet is a graphic designer at Abt Associates, enthusiastic about the endless possibilities of design. Her fascination with visual communication began in Houston, TX and since then, she’s dived into all things branding, space, and most recently video animation. On weekends when she’s focused on designing her life instead, you’ll probably find her cooking up a Pinterest-inspired recipe, listening to a soulful podcast, or out appreciating nature.
Leon Lawrence III
Design for Good Chair
Leon is design director at the National Association of Counties and oversees all branding and visual communications. He has worked for USA Today, Black Entertainment Television, and in Yosemite National Park. When he’s not directing pixels, he enjoys mountaintops and wild places, in addition to solving the world’s problems over good wine and good food.
Meghan Lazier
DotGovDesign Chair
Meghan Lazier is a digital product designer by day and a photographer and printmaker after hours. She's interested in civic innovation and design for inclusion. Before making DC her home base, Meghan lived and worked in Hong Kong, Kenya, Japan, and Afghanistan.
Erin McNally
Operations Director & Treasurer
Erin McNally is a Product Designer at Atlantic 57 where she brings to life digital solutions through data-driven insights. An avid reader and advocate of the arts, you can find her on one of her many yoga mats, running around the city, or spending time with her loved ones.
Lara Noel Key
Membership & Community Director
Lara is a creative marketing leader working to transform healthcare. She is a branding & data enthusiast, and an advocate for in-house creative teams. Lara likes to step away from the screen to hike, run marathons, read, and scuba dive.
Cass Olson
Programming Director
Cass is a senior graphic designer at a non-profit, where she works to oversee brand execution, print work, web graphics, publication design, and various in-house needs for the organization. Past design lives include on-site graphics director for an event/multimedia firm and in-house designer for a global PR firm (don’t tell anybody she knows Powerpoint). Cass dabbles in animation, lettering, and illustration, with the occasional knitting project thrown in for good measure.
Rebecca Perez
Salon Chair
Rebecca is a designer and soloprenuer of Studio Civico, a design consultancy for social impact. She believes passionately in the power of design to effect change. She is also a painter, a mom, and a native New Yorker who loves dark humor and cheery musicals.
David Ramos
Education Director
David Ramos is a designer, developer, and design educator based in Washington, DC. He teaches in the graphic design program at American University, offering classes that integrate culture, code, and form. His research and creative practice looks at using products of design — maps, images, interactive systems, and in-person events — to help us imagine landscapes past and future.
Jelena Schulz
Membership Chair, New Members & Roundtables
Trained as both an art & architectural historian, and a graphic designer, Jelena found her happy place in editorial design—as a creative director in building industry, she enjoys talking to editors, to arrange and construct, balance and convert raw content into a mesmerizing story. Past design life includes a Sr. Manager, Art Direction at the American Institute of Architects, where she handled AIA pages in Architect magazine, and a Senior Graphic Manager at the Phillips Collection museum. When she’s not designing, Jelena loves to cook for her friends, drink tea, and travel.
Catrell Thomas
Development Chair
Catrell is a Visual Designer and Writer working in the arts, nonprofit, healthcare, and government sectors. A DC Native and active member of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, Catrell brings more than 14 years of design knowledge and loves sharing her experiences with the world. With a passion for screen printing and collage art, Catrell is keen to push beyond limitations and create meaningful pieces that matter. Forever an avid outdoors(wo)man, you can find Catrell tending to her animals at home on her farm, hiking in the mountains, or kayaking the Patuxent.
Bic Vu
Slack Community Chair
Bic Vu is a data driven designer who create visualizations that transform numbers into interactive experiences. As Chair of the AIGA Diversity and Inclusion Slack community, she works to build an online community that fosters open conversations about equity and career pivots.
Raksa Yin
Raksa Yin is a digital product designer who is also obsessed with letterforms and the color red.
Rebecca Price
Social Media Chair
Rebecca is a graphic designer and illustrator currently working as Senior Digital Designer at Edelman. There, she helps clients reach their audiences through engaging social media content and thoughtful branding. Outside of work, you can catch her sipping a fancy cocktail, watching a horror flick, or walking her dog Ipa (yes, like the beer). As a recent transplant from Atlanta, Rebecca will never get used to the cold weather, but does love exploring the DMV and all the region has to offer.