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 Web 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.

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Vice-President of Operations

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Vice-President of Finance

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Vice-President of Connecting Design

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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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Director of Programming

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Director Design For Good

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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: 2018-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