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

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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.