AIGA Atlanta Board of Directors
Sam Eckersley, President
Sam Eckersley is a founding partner and creative director of RED Partners, an Atlanta-based design studio specializing in branded identities, campaigns, and events. One of his primary goals is to work with admirable people that in some way bring value to the world. That basic philosophy has led to years of building meaningful relationships that go well beyond client work. He is also the Associate Chair of Graphic Design at SCAD Atlanta, where he plays the roll of both teacher and department lead. Sam is working with AIGA to help support and unite Atlanta’s vast in-house design community through a series of small, medium, and large events.
Katie Bryl, Vice President
Katie Bryl, a SCAD Atlanta Alumni, graduated with her BFA in Graphic Design. She began volunteering with AIGA in 2015 as a way to stay connected with the creative community post-college. After serving on the Programming Committee for 4 years, with 2 of those as the Programming Chair, Katie stepped into the role of Vice President. As Vice President, Katie hopes to continue to foster her love of the Atlanta creative community, grow as a designer, and use her experience to support her fellow board members. When she’s not working to improve her AIGA Chapter, she can usually be found at Piedmont Park or on the Beltline with her dog Moose. If she’s not outside, she’s probably traveling and attempting to find the best donuts in whatever city she’s in – the more sprinkles the better!
Casey Lovegrove, Secretary
Casey is a driven and curious graphic designer with a passion for strategic branding and creative problem solving. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, she discovered an interest in graphic design her senior year of undergrad and moved to Atlanta to complete a two-year portfolio program at the Portfolio Center. Casey is the in-house designer at GreenPrint, an Atlanta-based environmental tech company that calculates and offsets companies’ environmental footprint while marketing custom sustainability programs for their clients. She is responsible for the visual direction and design execution of multiple sustainability programs and enjoys the challenge of presenting educational environmental messages in a compelling that that prompts action and engagement beyond simple awareness.
Dione Jensen, Treasurer
After a few years of practicing accounting as a CPA, Dio decided to change her career path and follow her passion for design. She feels this was the best decision she has ever made and is now happy providing her design and illustration services as Dio Jensen Design. Dio takes every opportunity she can to broaden her design horizons, like the SVA Masters Typography Workshop in Rome with Steven Heller, Lita Talarico, and Louise Fili. If you don’t find Dio at work or working on her personal design projects, you will find her strolling down the streets of Reynoldstown with her husband and adorable beagle-mix dog, or trying to find the next best gluten-free restaurant.
As Senior Vice President of Standard Press, Roberto’s main goal is to support clients in achieving success for their business’s growth. He accomplishes this by designing innovative marketing strategies that connect with an audience and attract action. As a multilingual industry executive, Roberto was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Atlanta, GA. He attended The Art Institute of Atlanta and Dekalb College, studying graphic design, advertising, and studio production management. With more than three decades of experience in the media industry, Roberto has worked with a variety of enterprises and national nonprofit organizations. Some notable clients include: General Mills, The Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, Sony Entertainment, and American Cancer Society. In his spare time, Roberto believes in giving back to the community and design industry through organizations like American Advertising Federation – DC Board, The Boy Scouts of America Board, and DC Chapter President of The National Black & Latino Council. You can connect with Roberto on Instagram at: @rgomezjr and Twitter at: @rgomezjr. You can view his work at: rgomezjr.me.
Kate Ray, Membership Chair
Kate is currently an Art Director at Brown Bag Marketing. She’s passionate about creating thoughtful and detailed designs and strives to push the boundary each time. Kate is supportive of the people around her and values a healthy and creative environment. Because of that, she is committed to making people in the Atlanta design community feel welcomed, connected and engaged. When not at work, Kate spends her time doing freelance photography and walking the beltline with her adorable Aussiedoodle, Hershel. Most likely with a King of Pops popsicle in her hand, gawking at the impressive murals around Atlanta.
Taylor Reed, Communications Co-Chair
Taylor Reed is an emerging designer who focuses on functional, accessible designs with lovely form — especially when it comes to identity design and digital design. After supporting AIGA ATL as a student and a committee member, her goal as Communications Co-Chair is to optimize social and email content to better serve our chapter’s design community. When she’s not reviewing scheduled social posts, or snapping (multiple) pics at creative events, she soaks up design inspiration from her surroundings — nature, architecture, workshops, and even sweets.
Pauline Pellicer, Communications Co-Chair
If you think of a designer as someone who creates pretty things that make the world a better place, then Pauline completely agrees with you. You see, Pauline has been creating pretty things for some time now and even though we’re not sure of her global impact, she is certainly having a positive effect as an Associate Creative Director at Brown Bag. Before Brown Bag, Pauline worked at Coastal Living Magazine, American Cancer Society, The Reynolds Group and id8 (formerly Sellier Design). A rare Atlanta native, Pauline likes exploring her city with her pup, Blue Ivy, but also traveling the world.
Joe Price, Programming Co-Chair
In 1996, Joe met a graphic designer for the first time. He thought that was the coolest job ever and decided he wanted to make a career of it. Today, Joe is an independent graphic designer specializing in identity systems and custom logo types. He’s worked at various design agencies both large and small. Throughout his career, Joe has always loved attending design events and meeting other people in the community, and he brings that passion to his role as the Programming Co-Chair Board Member for AIGA. For him, this role is an opportunity to bring together traditional and non-traditional design disciplines. His goal is to strengthen the design community through the sharing of ideas, best practices and inspiration.
Meaghan Cafferty, Programming Co-Chair
Meaghan is a Pennsylvania-native with a love for true crime, live music and all things design. She is founder of Soul&Story, a boutique branding studio for passionate businesses. Inspired by the spirit and vigor of Atlanta’s creative community, she joined AIGA to help plan events and bring people together. As AIGA Programming Co-chair she hopes to continue AIGA’s mission of amplifying the voice of design and creating the vision for a collective future.
Sherra Bell, Education Co-Chair
Sherra Bell is a career and business development consultant to creative professionals. She is on a mission to help her clients and audiences better align their passion and creativity with sustainable profitability by offering one-on-one coaching, training programs and mastermind groups that interpret business processes through a designer’s lens. A trained improviser and an accomplished Toastmaster, she also speaks and presents at various events and conferences. Long dedicated to the mission of AIGA, Sherra’s involvement began in 1989 as the founding Treasurer for Auburn Students of Graphic Arts, an early precursor to modern student groups. She has been a consistent leader since 2001, serving as Chapter President from 2005-2007 and two consecutive terms on the National Nominating Committee from 2007-2009. Sherra returns to the AIGA Atlanta Board as Education Co-Chair to oversee the Student Board she originally created in 2006.
Deborah Jones, Education Co-Chair
Deborah is a graphic designer and dog enthusiast from Atlanta. With a love for all things illustration, she has a strong background in traditional art and loves the greasy feeling of graphite on her fingertips. Her traditional art background was what would eventually lead her into the world of graphic design, in which she received her B.F.A with a minor in Marketing at Georgia State University. Deb loves laughing, sketching, concept creation, and believes great design begins on paper and not the screen.
Greg Corey, Business of Design Chair
Kicking off his career with The Home Depot and later starting his own business, Greg has spent nearly three decades working in the design space. As Founder and Principal of Porchlight, a creative agency specializing in branding and packaging design, Greg has spent the last 15 years building and crafting his brand, while doing the same for companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 100 brands. What started as freelance work out of his dining room turned into the agency Greg runs today and his passion for design is constantly reignited by the desire to turn brands into heroes. Greg’s mantra has always been, “there’s no substitute for hard work” and that is the driving force behind Porchlight and everything Greg touches. When he isn’t in the office, Greg is spending time with his Wife, Amber and two kids, Vivian and Oliver.
Mike Williams, In-House Chair
Mike is a brand designer, with a background both in-house and on the agency side. He has the privilege of building the value and identities of some of the world’s most iconic brands. Mike leads the brand practice at Goods & Services. Prior, he led the consumer brand design team at AT&T. He has a passion for examining how brands and society shape each other. He’s excited to lead the in-house committee and support Atlanta’s design community with programs and content that inspire in-house designers and help them be more valuable and effective.
Jake Burk, Mentorship Chair
Growing up a cowboy in rural Oklahoma, it wasn’t until college, that Jake discovered a deep and abiding love for visual design. As that passion developed, he received his first degree in 3D Animation and Video Editing and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Oklahoma State University before moving to Dallas, TX and working with clients like Bank of America, BestBuy, and Continental Airlines. After relocating to Atlanta in 2009, Jake took a short break to pursue a Master of Arts degree at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Today, as an Associate Creative Director at Nebo, Jake merges his laid-back mid-western attitude with the fast-paced world of interaction design to create award-winning experiences for such clients as NAPA Auto Parts, The Home Depot, The Coca-Cola Company, Club Car, and Georgia Aquarium. As a Mentorship Co-Chair, Jake looks back on his 15+ years in design with a sense of respect and admiration for the people he’s met along the way and an appreciation for the importance of developing young designers.
Deanna Clark, Diversity & Inclusion Chair
With a past career as an Art Historian in Museum Education, Deanna has worked in Public Programming at illustrious institutions such as The Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She decided to change careers and pursue her passion for the arts as a Creative. Now a Designer, Art Director and Illustrator, she’s worked with Ogilvy & Mather as well as freelances with various organizations in Atlanta. In her spare time, she’s usually writing songs, singing and playing her guitar, Azulita. She is passionate about Diversity in all aspects of the arts and looks forward to the influential impact it will bring to AIGA.
Dallas Duncan Franklin, President Emeritus
Dallas is passionate about organizing and empowering AIGA members to leverage our unique talent and resources to create a vision for Atlanta with Design at its center. As the Creative Director for Neenah Paper, Dallas loves the tactile immediacy of high-end print processes, obsesses over beautiful typography, and is an avid believer in strong, simple communication that informs as well as surprises. A native West Texan and Portfolio Center Grad, Dallas lives in Atlanta with her husband and four dogs. She enjoys canning, preserving, and pickling her signature “jammies”.
Hank Richardson, AIGA Ambassador & AIGA Fellow
Hank is the Design Coach at Portfolio Center. He is an AIGA Fellow and recipient of the New York Art Director’s Club 2010 Grandmaster Teacher’s Award. He is a Director of the Museum of Design Atlanta and has served on the AIGA National Board and board of The Society of Typographic Aficionados. He is the AIGA/Atlanta Education Co-Chair. As an educator, he brings strategic design-thinking into his teaching integrating design, business, and technology. Hank advises student leadership teams that translate design-led business development for start-up companies and products within a real-world context. Hank works with industry leaders from The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Tech School of Architecture, and the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech among others. He has contributed to such books as Design Wisdom, The Education of a Graphic Designer, Becoming a Graphic Designer, Design for Communications, The Education of a Typographer, Graphis, and Teaching Graphic Design. He travels widely, speaking at universities, and conducting workshops and seminars at conferences around the country. His students inhabit the most respected corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and entrepreneurial companies in the world — living testaments to his ability to nudge each student to a personal threshold where their best work is conceived.