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. We are delighted to submit for your consideration and vote the following slate for the AIGA Minnesota board of directors. A nominating committee has recommended the following individuals for a 2-year term:

  • Carla Januska, President
  • Danilo Bojic, Director of Education
  • Theresa Shim, Director of Alliances

Ballots must be received no later than 5:00pm CST on Monday, August 9, 2021.

Carla Januska

Carla Januska is the founder and chief creative officer of Smart Hive. She is a creative strategist, director, and designer who uses UX, information design, brand & creative strategy, and brand design to tell better stories.  Carla is a firm believer in consistent, creative visualization across multiple channels to demand attention and respect, build brands, and increase communication. Her background and interests include data visualization, information design, UX/UI, creative ideation, brand strategy, creative leadership, design management, brand strategy, communications, and creative code.

Carla has been on the board of AIGA MN since 2018. She has served as Secretary and Vice President on the Executive Committee, co-chair of Solopreneurs, and participated in many of the chapter’s events, programs and committees. She believes that design is more important than ever to our world riddled with misinformation and competing agendas. She wants to work to make design accessible and inspiring to anyone interested in bringing the order, clarity, and beauty of design to solving communication, product and organizational problems.

Danilo Bojic

As a native Serbian, born and raised in Belgrade, Danilo has earned his BFA in Graphic Communications and BA in Art History from the University of Houston in 2009. In 2012 Danilo had successfully defended his thesis and holds an MFA Degree in Graphic Communications from the University of Houston.

Danilo engages the questions of enticing shifts in perception in design education and the influence of contemporary society and culture on our visual cognition in his research practice. His goal is to visually investigate the ability to communicate in different formats and create different levels of cognition through perception, acceleration, and construction of messages that raise consciousness, sensitivity, and conviction.

In his teaching practice, Danilo is committed to transforming the traditional design curriculum to expand the level of understanding of core and advance theoretical principles while utilizing historical and contemporary knowledge to enhance the learning experience. Danilo currently teaches design at Winona State University in Minnesota, USA.

Theresa Shim

Theresa is a Minneapolis-based Korean American professional and a freelance designer. She has much experience in the human services industry connecting marginalized communities to various resources including people and organizations. She believes in teamwork and bringing people together to achieve great results. Art and graphic design has always been part of her life, and as a starting designer, she wishes to be more connected to the creatives, while connecting the creatives to the larger community!

Consistent with AIGA Minnesota’s bylaws, the proposed slate is submitted to the voting membership for ratification. 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. The vote is either for or against the entire slate. Ballots must be received no later than 5:00pm CST on Monday, August 9, 2021.

Board members completing their service in 2021

We would like to thank the following individuals who have served, worked, and ideated all in your name for the past two (and sometimes even more) years on the AIGA Minnesota board of directors.

  • Heather Michael, President
  • Ashley Green, Director of Membership
  • Bert Lee, Director of Education
  • Michelle Schulp, Director of Technology

Board Members continuing their service

  • Carissa MacLennan, Secretary
  • Matt Lowe, Director of Communications
  • Julia Rancone, Director of Development
  • Jenni Lathrop, Associate Director of Registration
  • Jhoselin Dominguez, Associate Director of Communications
  • Alex Esse, Associate Director of Students

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Brent Larson
Brent Larson
Brent is an award winning Motion, 3D, and Graphic designer with 20 years of experience working in the architectural, manufacturing, legal, corporate, and film industries as a solopreneur, agency, and in-house designer. He has experience in illustration, graphic design, product design, 3D modeling & animation, motion graphics, video production, live & virtual event production, presentation design, art direction, and project management. He currently works as a corporate in-house Principal Motion and Graphic Designer in the MedTech industry.

Before becoming AIGA Minnesota President, Brent served as Vice President from 2022-2023 and Chair of the In-House Designers Committee from 2019 - 2023.

Brent volunteers as a mentor for emerging designers and is a member of the AIGA Minnesota Mind to Mind Mentorship Program Committee.

His interests include history, film, design, animation, illustration, 3D printing, model making, woodworking, golf, bowling, fishing, and restoring things.