2022 Board of Directors

Matt Thayer

Matt Thayer
President
matt@maine.aiga.org

Matt is a designer and art director at WEX. Prior to that, he held a similar role at CVS Health. A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, he enjoys working in a wide range of media, including print, web, email and illustration. Matt prides himself in his ability to translate complex marketing goals and messages into clear, well-designed, persuasive communications that impact audiences and improve results.

Matt moved to the Portland area from Massachusetts a few years ago and loves living in Maine. When he’s not hard at work, you can often find him hammering down the road on his bike, hiking in the woods or playing fetch with his dog at the beach.

Rachel Guthrie

Rachel Guthrie
Treasurer, Outreach
rachel@maine.aiga.org

Rachel Guthrie is currently a Professor in Communications & New Media at Southern Maine Community College. She was born and raised in Texas where she spent the 50s and 60s learning more about ranching than shoveling snow. So when she moved to Maine, the four seasons inspired her creativity. Rachel earned her BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine, followed by a one-year exchange in London at Whitelands College. From there, her graduate studies began in France, where she earned a certificate of Higher Education in European studies, then pursued a career in graphic design.

Rachel had a successful career in the field, working for such companies as LL Bean, Cuddledown, Tom’s of Maine, UNUM and the Ohio Art Company. These experiences, along with the inspiration from a few amazing educators inspired a career change, and she earned her M.Ed. at Goddard College in 2003. Rachel taught first in elementary education, then at the middle level, and finally, after a two-year stint at the high school level, she was recruited by her mentor from Southern Maine Community College.

Rachel is a painter and also a registered yoga teacher.

Nicole Holmes

Nicole Holmes
Communications
nicole@maine.aiga.org

Nicole Holmes is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer based in Portland, Maine. She graduated with a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Maine College of Art in 2014. A combination of dynamic color and a playful spirit, her impactful, vibrant design style is seen across a diverse range of skillsets, including branding, graphic design, website design, and content marketing. With this flexibility, her career includes collaboration with a broad variety of clients in multiple industries.

Nicole is an avid learner with a love of experimentation, collecting design magazines, and dying her hair every color imaginable.

Katherine Palmatier

Katherine Palmatier
Secretary, Communications
katherine@maine.aiga.org

Katie works for a global animal health company where she develops graphic and written communications such as newsletters, study marketing materials, and intranet articles. She is also responsible for leadership support, technology implementation, and event planning.

Outside of work, she enjoys creating digital and hand-drawn illustrations. Katie is passionate about volunteerism and also serves as an editor at an environmental non-profit and assists the board of a veterinary research organization.

A native of Massachusetts, Katie obtained a business degree from Suffolk University in Boston. She spent time living in Sweden and Texas before making Portland her home seven years ago. Her hobbies include writing, reading, exploring (ideally on a bike), and spending as much time with her two cats as possible.

Stuart Rogers

Stuart Rogers
Outreach
stuart@maine.aiga.org

Stuart is a graphic designer, illustrator and co-founder of RED Partners, a studio specializing in campaigns for arts, culture and entertainment. Stuart has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Boston University. He also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts.

Stuart arrived in Maine in 2020 after living abroad for several years in Switzerland, Malaysia and Brazil. Traveling around the world, he gained a broad view of visual culture that serves as ongoing reference for his work. When not at work, he’s likely to be cooking elaborate meals with his family or surfing at Higgins beach.

Sabrina Volante

Sabrina Volante
Communications
sabrina@maine.aiga.org

Sabrina Volante is a graphic designer, illustrator, and artist with an affinity for gardening, wandering, and good food. In 2014 she graduated from Maine College of Art & Design with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor focus in video/film. Her designs reflect a passion and reverence for typography and color, which can be seen across a variety of mediums. Her agency and in-house experience have given her the tools to work on a wide range of projects such as web, packaging, print, and branding design.

Originally from inland Massachusetts, Sabrina spends as much time as she can along Maine’s rocky coast, taking inspiration from the diverse natural landscape. When not working, she can be found tending to her plants and her pets at home in Southern Maine.