About the Board of Directors
AIGA Maine’s Board of Directors upholds and supports the chapter’s and AIGA’s mission and goals. Board members are responsible for creating relevant programming and educational opportunities, building and supporting community, chapter governance, and acting as a bridge between local chapter members and the greater organization.
Board Membership is on a volunteer basis. Board Members are nominated by the membership or by existing Board members, approved by a committee of the Directors and ratified by the membership.
2017 Board of Directors
Arielle is a designer, illustrator and principal at Might & Main, an agile and energetic agency in downtown Portland, where her passion for excellent design finds an outlet in branding and strategy for a variety of local and national clients. She brings her business experience and a compulsive attention to detail to her role as President, and hopes to help expand conversations around the reach and importance of design.
Arielle has lived in Portland for nearly 15 years and in that time has crafted branding and communications for a plethora of well-known Maine businesses. While she works an awful lot, she occasionally enjoys getting out of town to explore Maine’s mountains and lakes.
Samantha is a designer and educator. Based in Portland, she works as an independent designer under the name PATH. Samantha is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design at Maine College of Art where she teaches courses in professional practice, independent publishing and visual identity systems. Since joining AIGA Maine in 2012, she has helped launch Maine’s annual Portfolio Day in partnership with MECA, and spearheaded AIGA Maine’s growing Mentorship Program. In her role as Co-President, Samantha advocates for design-based initiatives in the region and helps connect designers at all stages of their career. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jaime is a Senior Treasury Advisor at KeyBank. Since 2004 Jaime partners with businesses in Maine, NH, and Massachusetts to create customized working capital and deposit strategies. Focus on utilizing integrated technology solutions to create operational efficiencies and maximize time and resources. Jaime works in-line with Commercial Lending, Foreign Exchange, International Services, and Capital Markets.
Jaime has recently served as a PechaKucha Maine City Organizer and can be found on the weekends in the woods or roaming the state looking for antique rolling pins.
Kate is a designer, creative strategist, and Creative Director at Better Yet Studio. Her work has spanned the design landscape from corporate branding and communications, design thinking in the public sector, and self-initiated design-led startups. The common thread through all these projects is a passion for uncovering the emotional resonance of each audience and context, and bringing it to life in engaging, multi-channel experiences.
Kate is particularly interested in how design can be applied to improve the life of communities, and continuously explores the intersection of individuals, groups, and visual culture. Kate holds a BA from Columbia University, a BFA from California College of the Arts, and an MFA from Yale School of Art. Her work has been published in the New York Times and other publications, and honored with awards including the SEGD Medal and Public Service Award.
Jonathan is a designer and art director bred from the rugged, rocky coast of Maine. For a living, he is currently wielding his creative know-how as an art director at The VIA Agency. A creative generalist, Jonathan loves rolling up his sleeves, taking on any challenge, and figuring things out with his teammates. He is interested in how design thinking and design-based systems can disrupt the status quo for positive change. Jonathan holds a BFA from Maine College of Art. His energies at AIGA are focused on creating opportunities for collaboration in the Portland community.
Karan is founder of Cushman Creative, a branding and marketing firm dedicated to working with bioscience and other quality of life organizations. She believes strongly in the power of giving back and has served on the AIGA Maine board since its inception in 2005. Her desire to raise awareness has made a difference for international biotech corporations to grassroot non-profit organizations. Karan has more than 20 years in the business and received degrees from RIT in Design and Photography. A Floridian, Karan also lived in Atlanta and New York where AIGA communities thrived. As Design for Good Director, she’s focused on leading this national initiative in Maine through programs that use design for social change.
Brooke is the Product Design Lead at Certify, a leader in expense report management software. She guides, manages, and coordinates all aspects of user experience and interface design for the Certify products. She is also a freelance designer creating multi-page print layouts, compelling marketing pieces, and thoughtful data visualizations. She holds a BFA in Visual Communication from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art + Design. A landlocked Hoosier by birth, Brooke left Indianapolis in 2009 for the coast of Maine.
David is a founding employee at CashStar in Portland, Maine. He has served in several positions there, and has finally found his niche as the lead designer and web developer there, owner of the corporate branding and maintenance of the corporate website. David studied Graphic Design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
Chris is a Graphic Designer living in South Portland, Maine. He works for Puelle Design with a focus on everything from large environmental projects to logo design. When not in front of a computer, Chris is more than likely riding his bike and lost in the woods. Chris received his BFA in Graphic Design from Maine College of Art.
Education & Outreach
Karalyn is the Creative Director at Mainely SEO, a company that specializes in strategic website designs and internet marketing. She has over six years of experience in the design and marketing field. Karalyn graduated from Maine College of Art in 2008 with a BFA in New Media. She is passionate about web design, user experience design, WordPress, and AIGA. Karalyn has recently spoken about web design at multiple events including WordCamp Maine and WordCamp Boston.