Meet The Board
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Term ends: June 2021
Previously active in the AIGA community as a graduate student, Valerie rejoined AIGA as a way to reconnect with the Baltimore design community and find ways to use design for social good. As Programming Chair, Programming Director, Vice President, and now as President, Valerie’s goal is to engage the creative community in meaningful discussions, provide a network of support and education for designers and bring about positive social change through design.
An artist and former counselor in the Dominican Republic, Valerie earned an MA in publications design from the University of Baltimore. Currently, she is the owner of VLA Designs, a creative studio specializing in branding, publications and marketing collateral for schools, small businesses and nonprofits that focus on social and creative services, youth training and education and products with a social mission.
Find her on Instagram at @vla_designs.
Term ends: December 2019
As Communications Director, Frances plans and oversees AIGA Baltimore communications across social media, email, and web. She is excited to utilize her position to help bring people together and meet local creatives, learning how AIGA can help them succeed.
Frances has deep Maryland roots and was born and raised in the Baltimore area, with only a 3-year hiatus at Messiah College in Pennsylvania where she earned her BA in Digital Media—Arts & Design. She now lives in the city and works as an in-house designer and marketing coordinator, applying her design and strategy skills to social media, email, and other marketing initiatives.
Connect with her on Instagram at @francesmiller76.
Karole is the Founder and Creative Director of Karole Kessler Design, a design studio committed to unified brand identity. Over the course of her career she has partnered with brand marketing consultancies and in-house creatives to execute the brand experience through unified brand identity.
She finds that she is happiest when creating; so, when she’s not creating clever things for clients, you can find her learning a new skill or searching for the latest creative food joint.
Board Operations Chair
Davia Lilly is well known for her ability to align business goals with creative strategy. She has successfully led the development of award-winning branding and marketing strategies for a variety of clients. Her experience spans a wide range of industries—technology, healthcare, retail, consumer products, professional services, and comprehensive e-commerce solutions. She has applied her training in the areas of corporate identity and branding for notable clients in a variety of verticals.
Davia serves on the board of the Parents Association of Friends School of Baltimore and is an active member of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack & Jill, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.
She is a graduate of Hood College and holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Visual Communications. Her Master’s degree (M.S.) is in Business with a Marketing concentration.
As Programming Chair, Monique helps to craft events that add value to AIGA Baltimore members. It’s her goal to engage the design community with events that are meaningful and to be an advocate for designers finding their way. For her, it’s important that we engage in creative problem solving that tells a compelling story about experiences.
Her background includes publishing (both digital and print), marketing, and branding. When she’s not creating events at AIGA you can find her learning about new design processes, eating an unhealthy amount of bread and traveling the world. Her goal is to be a part of something that creates lasting change in her community.
Digital Programming Chair
As Digital Programming Chair of AIGA Baltimore, Allison’s focus is on finding new ways to engage with people in the community through online content. She is excited about bringing some fun and exciting ideas to life and meeting people in the community.
Allison is a native of Baltimore and studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. By day she is a Senior Digital Media Designer at T.Rowe Price, working collaboratively with a team of UX Designers, Content Strategists and Developers. Outside of work you can find her in her kayak, hiking the trails, or perusing for antiques.
Vaibhav gave up his dreams of being a musician to major in business and pursue a ‘safe’ but unfulfilling corporate career. Many years later he reconnected with his inner creative voice, fell in love with design, and found a new home at AIGA.
As a previous outsider to the design community, Vaibhav hopes to expand the reach and impact of AIGA to attract new voices and perspectives. He believes that design thinking and creative problem solving are empowering skills, that will be increasingly essential as technology continues to change the world.
Vaibhav grew up in New Jersey but has called Baltimore home since 2013. He loves cats, cooking and is still kind of afraid of the dark.
Krystal is the Visual Designer at a local supply chain & automation company, Barcoding, Inc. Throughout her career at Barcoding thus far, she has assisted with the launch of a re-branding, developed social media & email campaigns, created Barcoding’s first brand guide website, designed a comprehensive presentation template, and much more. She is also known as an award-winning graphic designer with 1 GDUSA award, 2 Indigo Design awards, and 2 Baltimore ADDY’s!
She is a graduate of Stevenson University holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Visual Communication Design. While attending Stevenson, she served as Vice President & Communications Chair for the AIGA Stevenson student chapter. Krystal is also a board member for the Litho Club of Baltimore and an active member of the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore.
Krystal is always eager to take on a new design challenge, and her ultimate goal is to inspire people about design. In her non-design life, she loves to explore nature and find new adventures.
Jaquetta’s enthusiasm for our design community, whether attending AIGA events, volunteering or sharing tweets, eventually led to her position as Visibility Committee member.
A University of Maryland, Baltimore County alumna with a BA in Graphic Design, Jaquetta is well known for her active sharing of design and technology trends with her network of followers on Twitter as @quetta_hill.
Co-President Emeritus ’13–’15
Co-President Emeritus ’13–’15