Founded in 1977 as MGDA, AIGA Minnesota is the first place to turn for inspiration, professional development, and excellence in design in Minnesota. Our mission is to advance design as a professional craft, strategic tool, and vital cultural force. Our members include designers, strategists, students, educators, writers, photographers, illustrators, printers, prepress, and paper manufacturing/distribution. We offer education and events that promote excellence in design and opportunities for students and professionals to network.

Meet Our Board Members

A member of AIGA since 1999, Katrin served on many committees and in a variety of roles for the Minnesota chapter since 2002, including chairing the Luncheon Lectures series from 2003–2010 and volunteering on the Design Show committee since 2010. In 2007, she joined AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the Associate Director, Luncheons and, in 2011, was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Most recently, Katrin served as AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President for two years, including overseeing the Programming Council. Prior to that, she served as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Operations for five years overseeing and improving systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s numerous and diverse programming needs and co-chaired the 2014 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

An award-winning art director/designer with extensive experience in brand development, Katrin currently works in-house for Best Buy’s Brand Design team. Katrin is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design, and also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany. A strong creative leader with analytical skills, her background in design and business coupled with experience working and living in the U.S. and Europe permits a unique global perspective.

An active member of the design community for over 10 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Like something eye-catching in the toy store window, a career in graphic design was born from the curiosity of a passerby. Matt Ludvigson found himself on the outside looking in at a compelling industry without a clue of where to start. Through the dedication of countless teachers and mentors, Matt fanned his sparks of curiosity into wildfire.

Fast forward to the present, and Matt is still feeding the fire.

Matt is a graphic designer working with Capsule in Minneapolis. Throughout his four year professional career, he has worked in a handful of shops in the Minnesota and Wisconsin area. Matt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and awarded a BFA degree. Despite his best efforts to find out, Matt still has no idea what a “Blugold” is.

Matt’s volunteering experience stems back nearly the entirety of his life. Punctuated by the obtainment of the Eagle Scout award, Matt has strong experience with leadership in volunteer positions. Matt believes in helping others to achieve their goals and being an instrument of advancement in the field of design.

Above all, Matt believes in saying what you need to say and then getting off the stage.

Frank attended the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He has an inactive license as a Certified Public Accountant and is a Certified Internal Auditor. He has 40 years of experience in auditing, accounting and financial management with Carlson Companies, Travelers’ Insurance (formerly The St. Paul Companies), Spartan Nash (formerly Nash-Finch), and three local tribal casinos (Mystic Lake, Treasure Island Resort & Casino and St. Croix Casinos). Most recently, Frank is semi-retired and has been consulting for regional business.

Frank’s interests include woodworking, fishing, hunting, home repair (more of a necessity) and supporting the Minnesota Zoo, the local MDA, Junior Achievement, and other nonprofits. In the past, he has served as the treasurer for a local church and has served on the board and audit committee for a nonprofit providing low or no interest loans and grants to low income individuals in the Twin Cities.

For as long as she can remember Heather has been a lover of color and pattern and a skilled problem solver. Design brought these two passions together and there has been no looking back.

 Currently in-house at a local nonprofit, Opportunity Partners, Heather spends her days designing print and digital materials to support the mission of advancing the quality of life for adults with disabilities.

Heather holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where she was encouraged to join AIGA as a student. 

In her free time, Heather is out enjoying all the wonderful places in the Twin Cities with her family, friends and dogs, Paisley and Guthrie.

With strong design thinking and creative execution, Amanda has been a graphic designer and effective visual communicator for the past 15 years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Design Communication in 2001. Since graduating she has worked at such companies as SUPERVALU, USP Structural Connectors, and Syncada from Visa. Currently she is an in-house designer at Thrivent Financial.

She sees the big picture and understands that her designs have to do more than look visually appealing; they have to convey the brand, communicate a message, and help achieve the desired goals. Passionate about the brands and designs that she works on, she is always looking for a new, creative, and innovative way to express an idea or message.

Amanda has become increasingly active in AIGA Minnesota over the past few years as a member of the In-House Designers Committee, for which she served as the Committee Chair for a year and a half, and now as the Director of Career Practice.

A lifelong artist and emerging designer, Amy has been a member of AIGA since 2012, which is when she attended her first Portfolio 1-on-1 event as a college student. Since receiving her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2013, she has worked as a graphic designer for Bōbiam, a retail merchandise company, the Minnesota Orchestra, a Grammy-Award winning orchestra, and is currently a designer at Sigma Beauty, an international cult cosmetic brand headquartered in Minnesota. Recognizing the need to be an active participant in the design community, Amy was nominated to serve as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Communications. In this position, she maintains all chapter communications, and serves various working committees in order to best accomplish their individual goals.

In her free time, she enjoys sharpening her culinary skills, playing music, getting creative in the art studio, sweating it out at the gym, and exploring new places. She is also a big proponent of the Oxford comma and drinking a glass of red wine daily.

Susan Seeley Roe has worked as an art director and graphic designer for the past 15 years. She recently moved back to Minneapolis, Minnesota from Tucson, Arizona where she was the Vice President of Tucson for AIGA Arizona. She also served on the board of directors of the Tucson Advertising Federation. Before founding Smart Pop Creative in 2012, Susan worked for Bolchalk Frey Marketing, Canyon Ranch and Gordley Group. She received her BFA in Graphic Design in 2001 from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

After being away from Minneapolis for the past 11 years, Susan is looking forward to connecting and getting involved with the AIGA Minnesota design community. In her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, yoga, running, hiking and rediscovering Minneapolis with her husband and son, Thad and Sean Roe.

Terresa Hardaway is a professor, community empowered, visual communications designer, fashion designer and naptural hair enthusiast. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. In 2009, Terresa was selected to be a part of the apparel and graphic design department at MTC Marketing, Inc. in Dallas, Texas where she lead the women’s and children’s sportswear categories and designed promotional materials for licensed product on behalf of NFL, NHL, and NCAA for over five years. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Design with a concentration in Design Research and a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Texas in 2015. Terresa’s thesis Project Naptural is about natural hair and its effects on the identity of Black women and the ways design might assist in informing the Black community about affordances that naptural hair allows. She ended her candidacy at UNT with an informational graphic poster exhibition and a prototype of a mobile application that will catalog the allowances that Black women have with their naptural hair.

Currently, Terresa helps to positively affect the lives of young men and women interested in design and design/marketing as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her design research interests include; Black natural hair, empowering marginalized communities, socially conscience design, racism in graphic design, police brutality and rewriting denigrating social narratives. She includes these interests in her classroom by assigning projects that allow students to explore their interests and use their uniques voices as designers to affect positive change in communities unlike their own. She continues her own research on these topics by working individually, with a number of academics across the country, presenting at conferences and by connecting with surrounding organizations that represent people of color to use design as a means of opportunity and access for communities that might not otherwise have one.

Pete Rivard is a thirty-five year industry veteran and graphics production professional. For the past seventeen years he has been Principal Instructor- Pre-Media and Packaging Design in the Design and Graphics program at Dunwoody College of Technology. Prior to that he was International Paper’s Technical Support and Training Specialist for the Upper Midwest.

Rivard also has thirteen years experience in prepress production and management roles in Texas, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Management and holds industry certifications in digital press operation, prepress and flexography.

Rivard is an accomplished 5-string banjoist and plays in an Americana band with his daughter Carrie, an awesome musician herself.

Michelle is an independent graphic designer and frontend developer in Minneapolis. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Visual Communications, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. As her work progressed, she also branched into front-end development and user experience design to round our her skillset. This combination of disciplines led her to adopt a strategy-based approach to design, focused on solving tangible problems and achieving real goals based on how people think.

She loves the open source community, and when she is not working on projects she speaks/volunteers/organizes at events and workshops around the country. Her passions are communication and empowerment, and she believes in the power of "Why?"

Amanda was introduced to AIGA in 2012 through the Minnesota chapter’s mixer, Cocktails with Creatives, and has been involved ever since. She has served on the Portfolio 1-on-1 committee for the past two years and this years’ Design Show committee. Currently, she is assisting in the planning of the 2014 AIGA Minnesota’s Volunteers Party. Being a part of the design community, especially this local chapter, has been a stellar part of her life and she looks forward to making a positive difference.

During the work week, Amanda is a committed in-house Creative Advisor at Gradient Financial Group in the Twin Cities, primarily performing account management, while also building responsive websites for clients. She’s a lucky lady to be on a team of 15 creatives, from designers to developers to videographers.

Amanda loves the outdoors, people, and having lots of fun! During her time away from work, she takes full advantage of being active during all seasons. Her favorite activities include 4-wheeling, boating, bike riding, snowmobiling, and is always up for connecting over a good cup of coffee for great conversation.

Jenny has been a member of AIGA Minnesota since 2000, volunteering on the Design Camp® committee for several years, and serving as co-chair in 2010. She then served on AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the director of affinity programming. In this role, she led the affinity groups, which included emerging designers, in-house designers, solopreneurs, sustainable design, veteran designers and UX. From 2012-14, Jenny served as president, overseeing the chapter’s 75 yearly events and initiatives, providing members with a wide variety of opportunities to learn, be inspired, and make new connections.

Jenny’s design career has been focused on the education and healthcare fields. She has extensive experience with in-house creative teams, currently as a designer and project manager with Smiths Medical.

Kolean Pitner is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a master’s degree in communication design. She has over 30 years of experience in graphic design, art direction, and corporate communications with design firms in New York and Minneapolis. She taught History of Graphic Design and History of Illustration at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul from 1986-2013.

Her interest in design history motivated her to co-author the book Peter Seitz: Designing a Life in 2007. She co-curated the exhibits bRANDs: The Early Years, Branding by Paul Rand, 1941–1955 in 2011 and The Lustigs: A Cover Story in 2012 at the CVA Gallery. The Lustigs exhibit traveled to the AIGA Gallery in New York in 2013. She was also selected to be in the Women in Minnesota Design exhibit at the CVA Gallery in 2011.

Kolean is a long time AIGA member. She served on the Minnesota chapter’s board as Education Director, organized the Insights Lecture Series, and sat on various committees during the 1980s. In 2008, she became a board member again as Co-Director of Education and Programming Director for the Insights Lectures Series.

Prior to the 2008 election, she also coordinated the AIGA’s Get Out the Vote poster exhibitions in the Twin Cities. In January 2009, she helped coordinate AIGA Minnesota’s Art Buddies fund-raiser and mural painting project, which featured the Los Angeles street artist Chase. In 2010, she coordinated a mentor program called Create! Don’t Hate with design students in the Twin Cities and art students at Washburn High School.

Eric has been a member of AIGA Minnesota since 2012, making regular appearances at swanky downtown establishments and rubbing elbows with fancy designers. He has had lunch with visionaries, gained insights at the Walker, and reviewed portfolios 1-on-1.

Since 1998, he has worked at small design studios, large ad agencies and in-house, with just the right amount of freelance work sprinkled over it all. He is currently the Art Director for a statewide nonprofit organization.

His professional development continued at Minnesota Center for Book Arts where he studied letterpress printing, at Aesthetic Apparatus Schoolhaus where he examined creative process and at Concordia University where he pursued post baccalaureate studies in graphic design.

Originally from Wisconsin, Kelly fell in love with the state of Minnesota and stayed after graduation from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a BS in Graphic Design. She has worked as an in-house designer for all of her design career.

In her spare time, Kelly likes to cook, go to nerdy conventions, and read sci-fi novels.

Kelly O’Donnell is a graphic designer and photographer from Saint Paul, MN. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from St. Cloud State University with a minor in Spanish in the spring of 2014. Since 2014 Kelly has been involved in the planning of AIGA events for the Emerging Designers committee and helped create the Fresh Squeezed series. She chaired the committee before receiving her position as the Associate Director of Career stages.

Kelly has a passion for reaching out and connecting with others, especially within AIGA. She currently works at Saga Marketing where she primarily works with Polaris related print and digital projects. In addition, freelance projects within the Twin Cities community often fill her time.

When Kelly is not at the computer she is enjoying nature’s beauty. She is an avid yoga practicer and is in the process of completing her 235hr Yoga Teacher Training & Intensives at Devanadi. In the winter you can find her snowboarding or spending some intense kitty bonding time with her two cats. Kelly also finds that gardening and cooking are two relaxing hobbies of hers.

Chris Corum is a designer, illustrator, and art director with experience in many facets of the creative industry, working as a freelance designer, an art director in ad agencies, and an interactive designer in-house. He is a graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta with a BFA in graphic design.

After more than ten years in-house at Cartoon Network, Chris relocated to Minneapolis in 2015. He currently works as an art director and designer at BBDO MPLS. His work includes print, television, web, and mobile for global brands from Ford and McDonalds to Adult Swim and Disney, including some big Minnesota brands like 3M and Spam.

Involved in AIGA for the last fifteen years in Atlanta, he now calls the Minnesota chapter home.

Kyle Wyatt has been working in the Graphic Design and Advertising industries since 2010 and has held a position on AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors since 2013. Through his independent design practice Wyatt Office of Design, and through work opportunities, Kyle has created work for such notable Minnesota enterprises as the Minnesota Twins, The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, 3M, Best Buy, Thrivent Financial, and Cooks of Crocus Hill. Kyle is also Professor of Interactive Design at Bethel University. He received his degree in Graphic Design from The University of Northwestern – Saint Paul.

A member of AIGA Minnesota since 2008, Kyle now occupies his role on the AIGA Minnesota board of directors to achieve one singular task: Help other creative professionals in the same way AIGA has helped him in his career thus far. Outside of work and volunteerism, you can find Kyle gardening, cooking, designing furniture, building belletristtoday.com with his wife Sophia, reading nonfiction, and enjoying Minnesota’s parks.

As a graphic designer for more than 15 years, Jenni Lathrop has experience in publication, advertising, collateral and event design. She has worked as the in-house graphic designer for several organizations where her wide-ranging projects have included two national magazines, several national conferences, brand management, art direction, social media and digital design. Jenni enjoys finding new ways to integrate technology into design and project management and has served as an Evernote brand ambassador for the last several years thanks to that enthusiasm. She has been a member of the AIGA Minnesota In-House Designers Committee for several years.

Jenni is currently the graphic designer for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. When she’s not enjoying time with her family, she spends time consuming too much pop culture, reading and knitting. Lots and lots of knitting.

Past Presidents

  • 2014-2016: Jenny Price, President
  • 2012-2014: Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw, President
  • 2010-2012: Seth Johnson, President
  • 2008-2010: Christina Jackson, President
  • 2006-2008: Jim Madson, President
  • 2004-2006: Amy Anderson, President
  • 2002-2004: Scott Geiger, President
  • 2000-2002: Joelle Sather (née Anderlik), President
  • 1998-2000: Doug Powell, President; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2014)
  • 1996-1998: Dan Woychick, President
  • 1994-1996: Grant Pound, President
  • 1992-1994: John DuFresne, President; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2012) 1
  • 1990-1991: Paul Wharton, President
  • 1988-1989: Jo Davison (née Strand), President; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2014)
  • 1986-1987: Carol Capistrant, President 2
  • 1985-1986: Mark Odegard, President, MGDA
  • 1984-1985: Bruce Rubin, President, MGDA
  • 1983-1984:  Heather Olson (née Soladay), President, 
MGDA; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2012) 3
  • 1982-1983: Robert “Bob” Fleming, President, MGDA
  • 1981-1982: Dale Johnston, President, MGDA
  • 1980-1981: Timothy “Tim” Larsen, President, MGDA; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2007)
  • 1979-1980: Patrick Redmond, Chairman > President, MGDA 4
  • 1978-1979: Peter Seitz, Chairman, MGDA; AIGA Minnesota [first] Fellow (2000)
  • 1977-1978: James “Jim” Johnson, Chairman, MGDA
  • 1976-1977: Timothy “Tim” Larsen, Founding Chairman, MGDA; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2007)

Notes:
1. 1992-1994 First time AIGA Minnesota President is two-year term
2. MGDA becomes AIGA Minnesota (AIGA Minnesota Chapter) in 1986
3. First female president
4. Although elected with the title “Chairman”, title was changed from “Chairman” to “President.”

Contact Leadership

A member of AIGA since 1999, Katrin served on many committees and in a variety of roles for the Minnesota chapter since 2002, including chairing the Luncheon Lectures series from 2003–2010 and volunteering on the Design Show committee since 2010. In 2007, she joined AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the Associate Director, Luncheons and, in 2011, was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Most recently, Katrin served as AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President for two years, including overseeing the Programming Council. Prior to that, she served as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Operations for five years overseeing and improving systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s numerous and diverse programming needs and co-chaired the 2014 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

An award-winning art director/designer with extensive experience in brand development, Katrin currently works in-house for Best Buy’s Brand Design team. Katrin is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design, and also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany. A strong creative leader with analytical skills, her background in design and business coupled with experience working and living in the U.S. and Europe permits a unique global perspective.

An active member of the design community for over 10 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.