Over the years AIGA Chattanooga has seen many amazing members step up to volunteer, and by doing so, to lead. Today we look forward to our chapter’s next phase with great hope, enthusiasm and support for the team being assembled to lead us now. Please join us in casting your affirmative vote to elect this slate and help us to move design forward in Chattanooga.
The new slate of chapter leadership nominees:
Taylor Kinser – President
Della Wheeler– Secretary
Danielle Wennerstrom – Director of Finance
Bethany Paden – Director of Membership
Gabrielle Blades – Director of Events & Programming
Adam Haskew – Director of Communications
Chris Lykins – Director of Education
Each member on the slate has demonstrated a level of dedication to enriching our local design community through their participation, volunteerism and by exhibiting leadership skills that align with the mission of AIGA and the goals of AIGA Chattanooga as the voice and bridge of our design community.
Read on for a brief introduction to each nominee, and please cast your vote.
Meet the Slate of Nominees
Designer and artist, Taylor Kinser, is a native of the Scenic City. Taylor graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. She has worked in advertising, freelance and currently resides in the in-house corporate world of design. She is a problem solver, communicator and an explorer. Taylor has been on the AIGA Chattanooga board for the past two years in the role of Vice President and Secretary and prior to that role served as Events Coordinator intern while in college. Her previous service and roles with AIGA has given her valuable experience that will serve her well in her new post.
Della Wheeler is a graphic designer born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She took a quick break from the scenic city to study Graphic Design at Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Interactive design. While at MTSU, she served as Event Coordinator and Vice President of the AIGA student chapter. She was also involved as a designer and art director of the student-run creative magazine, Collage. She currently works as the lead designer at ThreeTwelve Creative, an award-winning and quickly growing marketing agency in town. Aside from her full-time work at ThreeTwelve she loves to do volunteer design work for Crabtree Farms, American Heart Association, and Chattanooga Cares. Aside from being passionate about all aspects of design she is an impromptu dancer, yogi, avid music lover, and culinary queen. Her love for making bleeds over into all aspects of her life and she credits that love to her happiness and success. Visual communication is her passion and she loves sharing that love with others.
Director of Finance
Danielle Wennerstrom graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. After graduation she began working for a local Chattanooga branding agency, Cultural Sync, formerly known as Intown Media Solutions. After two years with the company it was time to depart and create her own opportunities. This was the moment Danielle founded AKEKOS, a small firm where she has developed a team of creative entrepreneurs assisting small businesses with Brand Development, Project Management, and Marketing Strategy. Bouncing from client to client or just to lunch you might find Danielle zipping through town on her motorcycle! Apart from her business and motos, she is also an avid supporter of the arts, yoga, and anything food & drink!
Bethany Paden In 2014, Beth graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BFA in Graphic Design and has interests in the philosophy of design thinking and community based projects. She is currently a freelance designer and has been an active volunteer in Chattanooga’s AIGA chapter over the last few years.
She lives in a small, color-coded home in Red Bank, TN with her two dogs, Darci May and Hueco, and her tree-climbing/ woodworking husband, Robert.
Favorite pass times to spark creativity consist of anything outdoors, baking sweet treats, as well as making silly faces with her two nieces and nephew.
Constantly being inspired by the people and sites in Chattanooga, Beth plans to pursue work that lends a hand in making her hometown a better place through effective / intentional design and bold ideas.
Adam Haskew wanted to be one thing when he grew up: the guy that rode on the back of the garbage truck.
Fast forward twenty some-odd years, however, and Haskew—as many people know him—is pretty content working with words instead of trash. Adam graduated with a degree in English literature, and he has worked as a copywriter and managing editor for True North Custom Media, in varying capacities for a handful of Chattanooga-based startups, and as a communications consultant for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. He currently works as a marketing copywriter for Skuid, a company specializing in cloud-based user experience.
Adam’s interests include, but are not limited to, rap music, reading, telling and laughing at dad jokes, and rocking chairs.
Events & Programming Director
Gabrielle Blades is a graduate of the graphic design program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and now owns a branding and print design business, Blades Creative. Prior to Blades Creative, Gabrielle worked with the City of Chattanooga on the Multimodal Transportation Center Study, began contracting with LAUNCH Chattanooga, and eventually became a full time freelance designer. Beginning with pen and paper, connecting with her clients, and getting it right are just a few things that bring her joy. Chattanooga’s AIGA Chapter has been a large part of her growth from student to business owner thanks to the events available and the opportunity to volunteer. When she’s not creating things Gabrielle is a wannabe ballerina, cat lover, and professional vacationer.
Chris Lykins is the owner/designer for Lost Art Stationery where he designs greeting cards and custom stationery. When he’s not designing cards that will make you giggle, he can be found teaching at Chattanooga State Community College where he is the newest member of the Graphic Design Faculty. Chris added his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to his growing collection of degrees in 2014. Chris is a strong advocate for commuting by bike and enjoys being involved in Chattanooga’s commitment to multi-modal transportation for all of its citizens and can regularly be seen looking dapper on a bike all around town. Chris has been a member of AIGA Chattanooga since 2011. He joined the board as Visibility and Outreach Director in 2014. In July 2015, Chris became the Events & Programming Director where his passion for students and designers new to the field of graphic design as well as how to connect the future of design to its present and past became a driving factor in his agenda for the Chattanooga chapter.
We Need You! A Call for committee chairs and volunteers
We are doubling the size of the Board and we’ll be looking to you, fellow members, to fill roles on committees and to help us shake things up and make things happen.
Give us a shout and let us know where your passion is leading you! Email email@example.com