Chapter Advisory Council

About the Council

The AIGA Chapter Advisory Council connects local board members with the AIGA Board, its staff, and the national design community. Beginning in 2020, AIGA Chapter Advisory Council members are elected by their respective regions and serve staggered two-year terms.

CAC Chair

Lori is the owner of Design5sixty4, is a design and brand strategist living in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a Navy Veteran, small business owner, professional UI/UX design, photographer and President Emeritus of AIGA New Mexico. AIGA has always been a part of Lori’s design career, as a constant support to her career and in turn supporting others develop their passions. Pursuing her love for design, Lori is excited to support chapters across the nation, previously supporting Region 7 on the Chapter Advisory Council for AIGA, currently outgoing Chapter Advisory Council Chair.

Lori Patton O'Hara
CAC East

Vanessa Ulrich is a marketing and public relations professional who works at a full-service agency in Baltimore, where she wears many hats including art direction and meeting facilitation. She served on the AIGA Baltimore board for five years, first as visibility director and vice president, and then as president. She is currently president emeritus on the chapter’s Advisory Board. Vanessa earned her M.A. in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and enjoys writing, styling, and being in front of and behind the camera for her fashion blog, The Primpy Sheep. She lives in Baltimore city with her husband and russell terrier, Otis.

Vanessa Ulrich

Savannah is the President Emeritus of AIGA Hampton Roads and finds great inspiration in our creative community. 

Recent honors include; 2016 AAM Museum Publication Competition - 2nd Place, 2016 GDUSA In-House Design Award (5), 2015 GDUSA In-House Design Award (5), 2015 American Advertising Award (2), 2014 American Advertising Award - Silver Addy & Judges Choice, 2014 Hermes Creative Award - Honorable Mention,  2014 GDUSA In-House Design Award.

Savannah Kaylor
CAC Midwest

Timothy Hykes aka Tim Hykes is a User Experience designer and Illustrator working in Saint Louis, Missouri. Currently, working at World Wide Technology in the application services as a UX Consultant. Tim has had the pleasure of seeing his work featured on FastCompany, Adobe, Nationally with AIGA, Invision App, and socially with Behance and many other sites and publications. Timothy is nationally known for his side projects which includes the 28 Days of Black Designers Project, the Design + Diversity conference, and podcast, and on YouTube on the Tim Hykes channel.

Tim Hykes

Brendan is a multidisciplinary creative with 15 years experience in visual design, photography and strategy. He has served on the Board of Directors of AIGA Chicago and as Chapter President of AIGA Seattle. Now based in Seattle, he leads creative and strategic efforts for clients in a multitude of industries at Lost In Print. Brendan is an Eagle Scout, a wannabe sommelier and he’s looking for the next story to tell.

Brendan Shanley
CAC South

Kyle is an interaction designer and partner at Extra Small Design in Phoenix Arizona. He is past President of AIGA Arizona where he has served in a number of roles over the past 6 years, and remains on the Advisory Board. He is also adjunct faculty in The Design School at ASU where he teaches interaction design and front-end web development in the Visual Communication Design program. Kyle holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture and a graduate degree in Interaction Design from Arizona State University. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, and border collie. When he's not working, teaching, or drinking espresso, he's usually adventuring with his family in the mountains of Northern Arizona.

Kyle Larkin
CAC West

Paul is a graphic designer and copywriter at UCLA. He develops and executes communication strategies for Residential Life and Student Affairs, and he also teaches and mentors student designers on campus. As Membership Director of AIGA Los Angeles, Paul co-created the Membership Toolkit and Chapter Orientation Handbook that now serve as foundational onboarding tools for all chapters nationwide. He enjoys karaoke bars, ballet class, and Disneyland churros, but not all at once.

Paul Mendoza

Erin Hamilton is a designer and brand consultant based in Anchorage, Alaska. Her award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm, EHD, focuses on strategic brand design for clients in a variety of markets including healthcare, travel and tourism, restaurants, and retail. She is president emeritus and a founding member of the AIGA Alaska chapter, and was honored to serve on AIGA’s national Women Lead steering committee. She has been a panel participant and workshop leader at AIGA’s national leadership retreat, and is a frequent reviewer and guest presenter for the University of Alaska's graphic design program. She was recently featured in Graphic Design USA as a 2019 Designer to Watch, and currently sits on the board of the Alaska Design Forum.

Erin Hamilton

2020 Council Nominations

OpenWater submissions begin on Wednesday August 19 and close on Friday, September 18 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Submissions will be reviewed by a Nominating Committee consisting of:

  • Current CAC Representatives who are not seeking election to other posts;

  • the outgoing Chapter Advisory Council Chair;

  • and the current Presidents’ Council Chair.

Candidates who make it past the review stage will be deemed eligible to appear on the ballot.

Voting begins on Monday September 28, 2020 and ends on Monday October 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Voting results will be announced on Tuesday October 13, 2020.  and The selected incoming CAC representatives and Chair will begin their terms on Wednesday October 21, 2020.

The CAC Chair will serve until June 30, 2021, and the Incoming CAC representatives will serve until June 30, 2022.

Voting Eligibility by Region

CAC East
All chapter leaders in the East region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election only. At least one CAC Representative in the East will be up for election in 2021.

CAC Midwest
All chapter leaders in the Midwest region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC Midwest representative election.

CAC South
All chapter leaders in the South region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC South representative election.

CAC West
All chapter leaders in the West region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC West representative election.

Council Responsibilities

When engaging with the AIGA Board and national staff, the Chapter Advisory Council:

Utilizes their prior experience as chapter leaders to advise current leaders on best practices in non-profit governance and strategic vision.

Nurtures cross-chapter connections throughout the national organization, with a primary focus on their respective regions.

Gathers chapter perspectives and feedback to share with the AIGA Board and staff.

Facilitates chapter development through remote check-ins, local site visits, and national training events.

When engaging with the AIGA Board and national staff, the Chapter Advisory Council:

Amplifies and recognizes outstanding offerings and results from chapters and their leaders.

Prioritizes AIGA Board and staff responses to chapter operations crises and violations of the AIGA Code of Conduct.

Gathers national perspectives and feedback to share with chapter leaders in their respective region.

Advocates for the local chapter perspective during AIGA Board Community Committee meetings.

Chapter Advisory Council representatives have the following qualifications:

Successful completion of one full term of board leadership, comprising at least two consecutive years of service.

Regions

East

Midwest

South

West

Asheville

Chicago

Atlanta

Alaska

Brand
Central

Cincinnati

Austin

Arizona

Central PA

Cleveland

Birmingham

Central Coast

Charlotte

Detroit

Dallas
Ft. Worth

Colorado

Connecticut

Indianapolis

Gainesville

El Paso

Baltimore

Iowa

Houston

Honolulu

Blue Ridge

Kansas City

Jacksonville

Idaho

Boston

Louisville

Knoxville

LA

DC

Minnesota

Memphis

Las Vegas

Hampton
Roads

Nebraska

Miami

New Mexico

Maine

NW.
Arkansas

Mobile

Orange County

NY

Oklahoma

Nashville

Portland

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

New Orleans

Reno Tahoe

Raleigh

South Dakota

Orlando

Salt Lake City

Rhode Island

St. Louis

San Antonio

San Diego

Richmond

Toledo

South Carolina

Seattle

Triad NC

West
Michigan

Tallahassee

SF

Upstate NY

Wichita

Tampa Bay

West Texas

Vermont

Wisconsin

 

 

East

Midwest

South

West

Asheville

Chicago

Atlanta

Alaska

Brand
Central

Cincinnati

Austin

Arizona

Central PA

Cleveland

Birmingham

Central Coast

Charlotte

Detroit

Dallas
Ft. Worth

Colorado

Connecticut

Indianapolis

Gainesville

El Paso

Baltimore

Iowa

Houston

Honolulu

Blue Ridge

Kansas City

Jacksonville

Idaho

Boston

Louisville

Knoxville

LA

DC

Minnesota

Memphis

Las Vegas

Hampton
Roads

Nebraska

Miami

New Mexico

Maine

NW.
Arkansas

Mobile

Orange County

NY

Oklahoma

Nashville

Portland

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

New Orleans

Reno Tahoe

Raleigh

South Dakota

Orlando

Salt Lake City

Rhode Island

St. Louis

San Antonio

San Diego

Richmond

Toledo

South Carolina

Seattle

Triad NC

West
Michigan

Tallahassee

SF

Upstate NY

Wichita

Tampa Bay

West Texas

Vermont

Wisconsin

 

 

Past Council Members

2019

Lauren Dougherty, AIGA Philadelphia
Dallas Franklin, AIGA Atlanta
Devon Hoernschmeyer, AIGA Orlando
Jess Moore, AIGA Colorado
Bri Piccari, AIGA Central Pennsylvania
Sarah Spalding, AIGA Cleveland

2018

Miranda Bouck, AIGA Nebraska
Sarah Burns-Miller, AIGA Upstate New York
Joe Schram, AIGA Raleigh
Jim Ward, AIGA Jacksonville

2017

Jennifer Marin Jericho, AIGA Baltimore
Doug Stucky, AIGA Wichita

2016

Kevin Brindley, AIGA Charlotte
Anthony Dihle, AIGA DC
Stacey Fatica, AIGA Baltimore
Nick Prestileo, AIGA Philadelphia

2015

Doug Cheever, AIGA Wisconsin
Seth Johnson, AIGA Minnesota
Karen Kurycki, AIGA Jacksonville
Erin Pitts, AIGA Austin
Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw, AIGA Minnesota

2014

Carolyn Colonna, AIGA Charlotte
Marvin Forte, AIGA Arizona