Founded in 1977 as the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association (MGDA), AIGA Minnesota is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and 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. We encourage the exchange of ideas and information among professionals involved in design and other related fields.

From design fans to the profession’s leading practitioners, AIGA members come from all backgrounds, all fields, and all levels of experience. Our members include designers, strategists, students, educators, writers, photographers, illustrators, printers, prepress, and paper manufacturing/distribution. AIGA Minnesota offers a wide range of programming to serve the needs of our diverse membership. We offer education and events that promote excellence in design and opportunities for students and professionals to grow and to network.

Contact

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Mailing Address
AIGA Minnesota
International Market Square
275 Market Street, Suite C-21
Minneapolis, MN 55405 USA

Meet Our Board Members

Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
President

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.

Heather Brooks
Heather Brooks
Vice President

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 partner, family, friends and dogs, Paisley and Guthrie.

Frank Loth
Frank Loth
Treasurer

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.

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Amanda Sagstetter
Amanda Sagstetter
Director of Career Practice

With strong design thinking and creative execution, Amanda has been a graphic designer and effective visual communicator for the past 16 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, Syncada from Visa, and Thrivent Financial. Currently she is a graphic designer at 3M.

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.

Grant Hasbrouck
Grant Hasbrouck
Director of Communications

Graphic Designer, Communications Specialist, Photographer, Environmentalist.
Grant has been a member of AIGA since 2012 when the Student Design Organization of University of Minnesota Duluth was visited by AIGA members Chank Diesel and Ken Friberg.
He graduated from UMD with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2013, but has been designing graphics professionally since 2012 with a strong focus on brand-systems, and began his communications career with the MN DFL party in 2016.
He has worked for a variety of clients and employers, but his favorites are always causes and non-profits with goals and beliefs that resonate with his-own: Clean Energy, Environmentalism, Human Rights, and Social Justice.

Andy Vitale
Andy Vitale
Director of Design Impact

Andy Vitale is the Director of User Experience at Polaris Industries, a global powersports leader, where he is responsible for leading user experience design across Polaris’ innovative product lines. Andy is focused on translating human insights into actionable experiences that fuel the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Andy holds a Master’s Degree in User Experience Design and has experience having held multiple roles as a designer, entrepreneur, education department chair, and design leader. With a proven ability to lead change and process improvements, Andy has developed strategies and design solutions for diverse organizations ranging from startups to Fortune ranked companies. He is a relentless user experience evangelist, with a passion for cognitive thinking and humanizing technology, driven by a user-centered passion that takes a team, and its products, from good to great.

Aside from his primary role at Polaris, Andy serves as Director of Design Impact for AIGA Minnesota and is an adjunct professor for Kent State University’s User Experience Design graduate program. He is also a member of the UXPA Cleveland Senior Advisory Board and the Program Advisory Committee for the Graphic Design & Interactive Media Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Andy often writes about design and speaks at conferences and events.

Susan Seeley Roe
Susan Seeley Roe
Director of Development

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
Terresa Hardaway
Directory of Diversity and Inclusion

Terresa Hardaway is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Art & Design. She graduated with her BFA in Fashion Design and minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Texas in 2008. After completing her BFA, she worked as a graphic apparel designer for over six years at a sports agency before going back to UNT to complete her MFA in Design Research with a minor in Anthropology in 2015.

Terresa’s design research interests include; Project Naptural: Black natural hair and its effects on the self-identity of Black women, empowering marginalized and underrepresented communities, racism in graphic design, and rewriting denigrating social narratives. She currently serves on the executive board of the Duluth Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as the chair of the Young Adult Committee and recording secretary. She serves as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for AIGA Minnesota, currently leading the committee on a campaign about “privilege.” Terresa is also the co-founder and creative director of a design studio, Blackbird Revolt, which uses art and design to create conscious messaging and works with a number of organizations that are effecting social change.

Pete Rivard
Pete Rivard
Director of Education

Pete Rivard is a thirty-seven year industry veteran and graphics production professional. For the past eighteen 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 Schulp
Michelle Schulp
Director of Technology

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 Martin
Amanda Martin
Director of Membership

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 for two years on Portfolio 1-on-1 as well as Design Show committee. Currently, she serves on the board as Director of Membership and organizes Cocktails with Creatives. 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 and Sr. Web Designer 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 20+ creatives, from designers to developers to videographers to copywriters.

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 golfing, kayaking, camping, motorcycle trips and is always up for connecting over a good cup of coffee for great conversation.

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DIrector of Operations

The purpose of the Director of Operations is to assess AIGA Minnesota’s processes and policies and to guide the development of operational strategies that are in support of AIGA Minnesota’s mission, aligned with chapter goals, and in the best interest of its membership.

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Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw
Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw
Director of Legacy Programming

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.

Emily Weigel
Associate Director, Archives

Emily is a (book) designer living and working in Minnesota. She previously worked at Faceout Studio in Bend, Oregon as a book designer with many large publishing houses as well as small university presses and self-publishing authors. Emily discovered her love for book design while studying at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul which, sadly, is no longer open.

Prior to her (working) adventure in Oregon, Emily served as AIGA Minnesota's Associate Director of Archives as well as co-chaired Portfolio 1-on-1 for two years.

Randy Piechowski
Randy Piechowski
Associate Director, Development

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Associate Director, Programming Opportunities

The Associate Director supports the Chapter board in identifying internal and external programming partnership opportunities and leads efforts to develop these opportunities into events and programs that are in the Chapter’s best interest and of benefit to membership.

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Savina Proykova
Savina Proykova
Associate Director, Social Media Engagement

Kelly Stahn
Kelly Stahn
Associate Director, Content Management

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.

Jacqueline Quintanilla
Jacqueline Quintanilla
Associate Director, Student Affairs

Straightforward, strategic, and just a bit sassy, Jacqueline loves to work with the movers, the shakers, and the do-gooders to help them make their mark. As a front-end developer with a background in non-profits and education, she works to solve tough problems to build powerful brands, stronger communities, and a more equitable and sustainable world. Jacqueline is motivated to make stuff that matters. So, let’s get to work.

Matt Olin
Associate Director, Career Stages

Chris Corum
Chris Corum
Associate Director, Career Specialties

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.

Jenni Lathrop
Jenni Lathrop
Associate Director, Registration

With over 18 years as a graphic designer, brand manager and marketing team member, Jenni Lathrop has a wide range of graphic design experience ranging from print to digital. Her work includes websites, logos, event collateral, advertising and publications. She also has a background in writing and editing.

Jenni is currently an independent, Twin Cities-based graphic designer working collaboratively with nonprofits, small businesses and individuals. A member of the AIGA since 2014, Jenni has worked with the In House Designers and Solopreneurs Committees and served as AD of Registration since 2016.

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.

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Associate Director, Registration

The Associate Director supports the Chapter board and its initiatives and programming efforts by building online event registration systems, post-event surveys and mass emails to event registrants based on AIGA Minnesota’s programming needs. The Associate Directors works in close collaborations with the Chapter Programming directors and event committees.

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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

Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
President
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.