Board Members Are Elected by You

Several times a year, AIGA Minnesota welcomes new members to its board of directors to help shape the direction of the organization. A nominating committee has recommended the following individual for a 2-year term:

  • Andy Vitale for Director of Design Impact

Balloting for this election will remain open until 3:00pm CST on Monday, January 1, 2018.

Andy Vitale

Andy Vitale

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 is an adjunct professor for Kent State University’s User Experience Design graduate program and also serves as 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.

The proposed ballot is now submitted to the membership of the organization for ratification; all Supporting, Sustaining, Leader, and Trustee Level members of AIGA should vote online by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 1, 2018.

According to AIGA Minnesota’s bylaws, only supporting-, sustaining-, design leader-, and trustee-level members of AIGA Minnesota in good standing are entitled to vote in board member elections; contributor-level members and non-members are not entitled to vote.

Board members continuing their service

Katrin Loss, President
Matt Ludvigson, Vice President
Frank Loth, Treasurer
Heather Brooks, Secretary

Amanda Sagstetter, Director of Career Practice
Amy Schleichert, Director of Communications
Susan Seeley Roe, Director of Development
Terresa Hardaway, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Pete Rivard, Director of Education
Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw, Director of Legacy Programming
Amanda Martin, Director of Membership
Michelle Schulp, Director of Technology

Emily Weigel, Associate Director of Archives
Chris Corum, Associate Director, Career Specialties
Kelly Stahn, Associate Director, Content Management
Randy Piechowski, Associate Director of Development
Jenni Lathrop, Associate Director of Registration
Eric Widi, Associate Director, Social Media Engagement
Michelle York, Associate Director, Student Affairs

Contact Leadership

Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
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.