These community leaders work hard to bring inspirational programming, networking, and career growth opportunities to our chapter and the creative community at large.

Katie-Marie Rutherford, President
David Speidel, Treasurer
Eli Scheer, Secretary
Jonathan Mikulak, Education Chair
Bianca Lima, Membership Chair
Michelle Hobbs, Communications Chair
Carolyn Crowley, Programming Chair
Colin Bright, Design for Good Chair
Dave Gibson, Board Member At Large

Attending board meetings is an excellent way to meet new people and get the behind-the-scenes view of chapter activities and planning. The next opportunity to get formally involved in the board will be spring 2020. However, you can attend ANY board meeting, which is held the second Tuesday of each month. Need more info? Contact the chapter president.

Katie-Marie Rutherford, President
Chief Creative @ Ruthless & Wellington
Katie has spent the past decade transforming strategic discoveries into award-winning, impactful creative solutions that drive brands forward. In her role as Cofounder and Creative Chief at Ruthless & Wellington, Katie uses her relentless curiosity and passion for design as a means of creating connection and unity. Katie finds immense joy in helping businesses and organizations be more human—helping them align their values and purpose with what really matters to the people they exist to serve and bringing that articulation to life through enriching and delightful brand experiences. In her search for greater meaning and connection to her craft, Katie joined the AIGA community in 2014. Over the past five years, she has served on the board as the Membership Director and Vice President of Vermont’s chapter. In her current role as incoming President, Katie looks to help bridge the global practice of professional design to Vermont’s creative community through opportunities that advocate, elevate, and educate. Katie holds a BFA in Communication Design & Technology from Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. 

David Speidel, Treasurer
Partner, Place Creative Company
Equal parts artist and businessman, Dave has an unyielding curiosity about the nature of things from cars and human behavior to how things are made and what makes them different. He launched his career at agencies in Philadelphia and Boston with clients ranging from Hershey Foods to MIT. In 1984 he co-founded Brick House Creative Co. and produced distinctive work for clients like Anichini, IBM, and Rossignol Ski Co. during his firm’s 15 year run. After selling Brick House in 1999 he joined Jager DiPaola Kemp Design where he helped lead branding projects for International Paper’s Coated and SC Division, and Course Technology of Thomson Learning. David graduated with a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He continued his professional development at Mass Art and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Eli Scheer, Secretary
Creative Design Manager, SunCommon
Eli Scheer is designer and design thinker, traveler, musician, mover and shaker, having spent the past decade both freelancing and working through the video game, advertising, and renewable energy industries. Eli is constantly working to integrate a love for the hand-made with a love of type, technology, and future focused skills and ideas. Eli joined the AIGA Vermont board in 2018 and holds a BA in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College, as well as a certificate in Type Design from the Cooper Union. 

Jonathan Mikulak, Education Chair
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design, Champlain College
Jonathan Mikulak is an educator and practicing artist. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design and maintains an independent design consultancy. An award-winning graphic designer, Jonathan started his career in publication design at interior design magazine Shelter, as well as contributing to Modern Luxury’s CS, Men’s Book Chicago, and Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago. He later worked as a design consultant for Chicago-based agencies and in-house design teams including IA Collaborative, Remedy, Pressley Jacobs Design, University of Chicago, Lienhart Design, VSA Partners, and Vosges Haut-Chocolat. In 2011, Jonathan moved from Chicago to Vermont, where he accepted the position of Senior Designer for the Champlain College Marketing Department. Jonathan became a member of the adjunct faculty at Champlain in the Graphic Design & Digital Media program in 2014, and was hired as a full-time Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design in 2019. Currently, Jonathan serves as Education Chair on the Board of Directors for the AIGA Vermont chapter. Jonathan received his MFA in Emergent Media from Champlain College in 2016 and his BFA in Visual Communication from the Illinois Institute of Art: Chicago in 2007. 

Bianca Lima, Membership Chair
Relationship Banker at Mascoma Bank, Designer
Bianca Lima’s curiosity for Design began at an early age, where airports, supermarkets, small mum and pap shops were her accessible cultural references for everyday products and experiences. She started her Design career through internships at Circo de Bakuza and Bruce Mau Design and developed her Permalance and Freelance practice in the Visual Design industry collaborating with clients, studios and agencies such as Interbrand, Future Laboratory, David Byrne, Natura and Ecofuturo.She is interested in the materiality of Visual Design as a vehicle to create inclusive, accessible and beautiful dialogues between things, culture and nature. Disciplinary approaches of Design and its role in the environment are current concepts she explores through graphic design and client work. Bianca has been part of AIGA Vermont since 2016 and is delighted to be working on collaborative projects with the local and national team. Bianca Lima holds a BFA in Design from Concordia University.

Michelle Hobbs, Communications Chair
Senior Designer, ICF
Michelle Hobbs is an experienced design leader with a passion for complex problems, sustainable innovation and community-building. She is currently a senior user experience designer in the Innovation Team at ICF, a global consulting firm. She works with design thinking facilitators and strategists to bring the power of visual design to help leaders identify their toughest challenges and illustrate a vision for a better future state. She concepts across multiple touchpoints and media, developing digital and physical prototypes that solve for the user and business strategy. Formerly she worked as a Creative Director at VEIC, taught design at the University of Vermont, and ran Bleu Sky Creative, a Burlington-based design studio. She has been involved with AIGA Vermont in various capacities since its inception in 2009 and helped plan and run Vermont’s first Design Week. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Carolyn Crowley, Programming Chair
Design & Brand Manager @ ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
Carolyn Crowley is currently the Design & Brand Manager at ECHO, where she leads design initiatives to strategically align the museum with its new mission of being an inclusive and interactive science museum. Her work has spanned across branding internationally-acclaimed children’s museums and cultural centers to designing interactive exhibits and environments for the Smithsonian. Over her 20+ year design career as an in-house design leader and independent consultant, she has received recognition from AIGA, SEGD, How Design, and the New England Museum Association Design Awards. Carolyn has a passion for experimenting with new technologies, materials, and designing for accessibility in both the 3D and digital environments. In addition to AIGA Vermont, Carolyn volunteers as a member of the Vermont Autism Task Force. She has been an AIGA member since 1996 and served on the AIGA Vermont board since 2014.

Colin Bright, Design for Good Chair
Signage and Graphics Designer, The McBride Company
Colin Bright is a multi-disciplinary designer with the McBride Company of Manchester Center, working from his home illustration studio in Northfield, VT. Colin’s portfolio includes nationally distributed packages and brands for some of the most iconic beers and spirits in the market like Magic Hat Brewing Company, Seagram’s Escapes, and Barr Hill Gin, product design for Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer cannabis brand, and experiential installation art for the Boston Calling music festival. Permanent, location based projects include full wall chalkboard maps at Great Wolf Lodge, painted pub signs, 70’ boat wraps, custom tiki patterns for Margaritaville fabrics, event promotions for regional and national events and numerous other murals, graphics, logos and artworks for restaurants, resorts, attractions and retail destinations worldwide. Colin has been an AIGA member since 2016, and served on the board since 2018. In addition to his work with AIGA, Colin maintains a seat on the Vermont Art Council’s Creative Network Steering Team representing the design community in state level discussions.

Dave Gibson, Board Member At Large
Principal, Propeller Media Works
Dave started the web development, digital marketing, and accessibility shop, Propeller, in 1997. Since then he has worked with hundreds of brands, and has focused on working with select travel and tourism properties across the country. Dave’s expertise is in creative direction, digital marketing strategy, and web accessibility – and his easy laugh, makes him fun to work with. He and his team focus their skill and experience connecting the guest with the brand to achieve maximum yield using targeted online marketing and fine-crafted websites that tell visual stories that resonate.