A robust design community led by a volunteer group of directors, chairs, committees, advisors, & volunteers.

 

The Executive Board

 

Our Board of Directors is an all volunteer team voted in by the chapter membership. These hard-working leaders manage the chapter’s business affairs, set the goals and vision for the upcoming year, and lead an even larger team of Chairs and Committees who all work together to build a better design community.

 

John Drake - President

John Drake

President

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John opened his agency J Drake Graphic Design in 2013 as a way to provide custom graphic and web design solutions for Richmond companies looking to set themselves apart from their competition. “We know that each business is unique and we try to convey that sense of individuality in our work. We strive to create a solution that will work to solve whatever problem our client is facing.” As the Creative Director John is responsible for integrating the visual components of a client’s brand and managing their corporate identities. He enjoys creating logos and designing visual solutions to graphic and website problems that clients’ can’t even see or didn’t know existed. He has a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Old Dominion University.

 

Traci Naff 

Traci Naff

Vice-President of Operations

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Vice-President of Finance

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Rebekah Simmonds

Vice-President of Connecting Design

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I specialize in digital marketing materials, social media graphics and strategy, content creation, print marketing materials, real estate marketing, web design mockups, branding, and logo design. To see a full list of the services I offer, check them out here. I am passionate about the power of design in business to not only engage current and potential customers, but to grow and develop brands.

 

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Vice-President of Impacting Design

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Vice-President of Advancing Design

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The Board of Directors

 

 

Janelle Churchwell - Director of Communications

Janelle Churchwell

Director of Communications

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Director of Outreach

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Jeremy Chapline Director of Programminf

Jeremy Chapline

Director of Programming

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Bonnie Sampson Director Design For Good

Bonnie Sampson

Director Design For Good

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I’ve spent more than a dozen years focused on design experimentation working in leadership roles including architect, professor, UX leader, entrepreneur, and mentor. I’ve learned that real progress is achieved when people – partners, customers, stakeholders – can express their creative ideas in an open setting without fear of judgment. My role as a design leader is to turn those conversations into meaningful paths forward – turning questions into the right answers for consumers, customers and partners alike. https://www.avebstudios.com

 

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Director of Partnership

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Andrew Davies Director of Education

Andrew Davies

Director of Education

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Director of Mentorship

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Advisory Board

 

Garreth Blackwell - President Emeritus

Garreth Blackwell

President Emeritus

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Past Presidents

 

John Drake: 2017-Present

Garreth C. Blackwell: 2015-2017

John Hoar: 2013-2015

David McIntosh: 2011-2013

Tyler Darden: 2009–2011

Kim Spencer: 2007–2009

Edith Ridderhof: 2005–2007

Kristen Farmer, Caryn Persinger: 2004–2005

Melissa Rosen: 2003–2004

Jason Burton: 2000–2003

Donald McCants, Jr.: 1998–2000

Frank Gilliam: 1996–1998

Craig Caldwell: 1993–1996

William Flynn: 1990–1993