2020 Board of Directors

Samantha Haedrich

Samantha Haedrich
Co-President
samantha@maine.aiga.org

Samantha runs the independent design practice PATH, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design at Maine College of Art. In her role as President, Samantha advocates for design-based initiatives in the region and helps connect designers at all stages of their career. Since joining AIGA Maine in 2012, she has helped launch AIGA Maine’s annual Portfolio Day and Mentorship Program. Born and raised in New Jersey, she received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.

Matt Thayer

Matt Thayer
Co-President
matt@maine.aiga.org

Matt is a designer and art director in the marketing communications group 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.

Erin Covey-Smith

Erin Covey-Smith
Communications
erin@maine.aiga.org

Erin is a graphic designer and writer with a fine arts background. She believes in applying creative thinking to all realms to bring out unseen possibilities and potential solutions, with a specific focus on the nonprofit and sustainability sectors. She spent five years as a freelance designer and illustrator, mostly helping to brand emerging Maine businesses, before joining local media company The SunriseGuide as their communications and design specialist. The latest chapter in her design career is as part of the communications team at UPSTREAM, a national nonprofit focused on innovative solutions to plastic pollution.

Erin holds an MFA in Printmaking and Books Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. She loves running, cooking, and being outside whenever possible.

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.

Julie Mattei-Benn

Julie Mattei-Benn
Outreach
julie@maine.aiga.org

Julie is a Creative Director at L.L.Bean, which she joined in 2015 and brought her to Maine with her family. She previously lived and worked in N.Y.C, where her past experiences include J.Crew, The New York Times T Magazine and Chandelier Creative.

Born and raised in Paris, France, she received a BFA from École Intuit Lab in 2003 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2008.

India Menninghaus

India Menninghaus
Communications
india@maine.aiga.org

India is an independent, Portland-based designer. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with background in print design, she found her passion in the spreading of ideas through marketing and information design. With expertise in art direction, design strategy and UX, she has done work for a wide range of clients from big corporations to local start-ups.

When India’s not in front of her computer, she’s hiking mountains with her dog or traveling to places where she can practice her Spanish.

Tim Plumer

Tim Plumer
Outreach
tim@maine.aiga.org

Tim leads the Value Consulting organization for Adobe’s Digital Media toolset. During his 20-year tenure at Adobe, he has worked with almost every tool in the Creative Cloud toolset. He educates customers on the business value of using these tools to create exceptional customer experiences. In his current role, he helps customer understand the internal case that design-led thinking is more than the creation of excellent graphic elements and projects–it’s a way to drive goals in all aspects of doing business.

Tim has been in Maine all of his life, and as a UMaine grad, he loves to use his skills to help local Maine businesses be the best they can be. He is also a father, a husband, a dog owner, and an avid LEGO builder—especially the Star Wars kits.

Christine Puopolo

Christine Puopolo
Outreach
christine@maine.aiga.org

Christine is a multidisciplinary Graphic Designer at Covetrus and runs a freelance practice on the side. Her interest in consumer behavior and marketing has inspired her to apply a meaningful and strategic lens to her work. Some of her favorite projects focus on building larger audiences for clients with roots in social and environmental good.

Christine holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from Roger Williams University. Outside of design, you can usually find Christine on a mountain, at the beach, doing yoga or on a spin bike.

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.