Loryn O’Donnell is a Brand Strategist with 15 years of international experience in both agency and consultant work. In addition to directing her own design business and leading the AIGA DFW board, she is the Design Area Coordinator for UTA, where she teaches as a Senior Design Lecturer. Loryn joined the board in 2013 as Director of Volunteers, then served as Director of Membership & Engagement, overseeing community growth and founding new committees to better serve DFW designers. Having served as Vice President 2016 - 2018, Loryn is now in her 5th year of service as Board President. She is dedicated to expanding community involvement with an eye towards empowering AIGA DFW to execute the many incredible ideas we receive from our members.
Brett Yanoski has over 15 years of experience as a designer and developer. He is currently the Associate Director of Digital Experience at Schaefer Advertising in Fort Worth. At Schaefer, he works with brands crafting websites, apps and other digital experiences in a variety of industries in Texas and beyond. Brett has served on the board of AIGA DFW for over 5 years continuing to help grow the design community in North Texas. Outside of design, Brett is an avid gamer and founded and co-hosts The Inner Gamer podcast. They have been producing podcasts and online video content since 2015.
Secretary & Interim Director of Membership
Linda is a Creative Director at Corgan MediaLab, where she conceptualizes and directs a wide variety of project types such as renderings, motion graphics, videos, animations, and immersive experiences such as VR and AR. Prior to her current position, she worked in the Digital Design department at Fossil for a little over fifteen years after obtaining a BFA in Communication Design from the University of North Texas. Linda began volunteering with AIGA DFW in 2017, and served as the Director of Diversity & Inclusion for four years before joining the Executive Board of Directors as Secretary in 2022.
Claudia A. De La Garza
Interim Treasurer & Communications Chair
A born and bred Latina from Dallas, Claudia leads an intentionally creative life by surrounding herself with talented creatives and seeking work that grows her skillset in this ever-evolving industry. Claudia is a multidisciplinary designer working as a Creative Director with over 14 years of professional experience in graphic design, photography, web/interactive, brand development, and project management. She is currently the Creative Director at Holt Lunsford Commercial, where her hybrid background has enabled her to build and lead an international award-winning team of designers. Claudia holds a BBA in Management from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Professional Development Chair
Miranda is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer, with expertise across a broad spectrum of practices, softwares, and skills. With a background in fine arts and scientific study, Miranda has spent the last eight years honing skills in the digital realm, giving her a unique approach that combines craftsman-like creation and methodical reasoning. She has been a member of AIGA since graduating from Texas A&M in 2018, and joined our volunteer team as the Professional Development Chair in 2023. She is passionate about learning, new challenges, and serving her community in a way that propagates growth and success across her industry. Through AIGA DFW, she hopes to reach like-minded people and connect them to the resources they need to accomplish their goals.
Jenna is an award-winning designer with 14 years of experience across a wide range of industries. She aims to advocate for and advise other designers who are a “team of 1” and often find themselves wearing 10 hats. She’s held various roles and responsibilities, including UX, UI, product management, graphic design, marketing, presentations, print production, and more. Born in Texas, but raised in Japan and South Korea, Jenna is passionate about inclusive design and exploring all the digital possibilities to improve the lives of others through design and storytelling. She is currently the Director of User Experience for Falkon Technologies and leads clients through the product design and UX process to create joyful user experiences for custom software and app projects. You might consider her the Hermione Granger of UX: a blend of intellect, intelligence, compassion, and a little magic.
Social Media Chair
Ana Ponce is a first-generation Salvadoran that graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a multi-media designer that has worked with a range of digital software, fabrication, illustration, and motion graphics. She formerly led her own student group before graduating in 2022, AIGA UTA. Her role included directing the setup of studio tours, workshops, speaker events, and she provided an online platform of resources and community for remote students during the COVID pandemic. Ana has continued volunteering in motion graphics services for AIGA until officially joining as a Board Explorer in 2023. Her work earned a Graphis New Talent Award in Motion Graphics (2023). She currently freelances and provides design services to Catchafire, an online volunteer platform for nonprofits.
Gus Granger is a native of Minnesota, husband, father of three, and Principal Consultant at Gus Granger Design. His 20+ year career in graphic design and brand strategy has earned him recognition by a number of publications and organizations including Adobe, AIGA, Brand New, Communication Arts, DSVC, Graphis and Print Magazine. Gus is a past president of AIGA DFW and former Chair of the National Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force for AIGA.
Willie Baronet was the owner / creative director of GroupBaronet from 1992-2006. His work has been featured in CA, Graphis, AIGA, NY Art Directors, The One Show, Print, Annual Report Trends, The Type Directors Club among others. In 2013 Willie received the AIGA Fellow award. He is a public speaker (including TEDxSMU) and judge of many creative competitions (including the prestigious Communication Arts Annual). He also co-directed Signs of Humanity, a documentary about his long term activist art project WE ARE ALL HOMELESS. Willie is currently the Stan Richards Professor of Creative Advertising at SMU's Temerlin Advertising Institute.
Dawn Davidson leads an award-winning creative team as the President and Creative Director of Alpha Business Images LLC, the largest African American woman-owned and -led advertising agency in Texas (and one of the largest in the US). Dawn is a powerhouse strategist, communicator, and relationship builder and recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award. Dawn has also been a speaker, mentor and advocate for the arts, community organizations, and creative industry for decades. In addition to supporting the AIGA DFW chapter in various ways over the years, she is currently serving a two-year term on the AIGA National Board of Directors.