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 is also a Senior Design Lecturer. Loryn joined the board in 2013 as Director of Volunteers, then served in 2014 & 2015 as Director of Membership & Engagement, overseeing community growth and founding new committees to better serve DFW designers. Having served as Vice President in 2016 & 2017, Loryn is now in her 4th year of service as board President, and is dedicated to expanding community involvement with an eye towards empowering AIGA DFW to execute the many incredible ideas we receive from our members.
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. Before that she was in the Digital Design department at Fossil for a little over fifteen years, where she went 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 the Diversity Committee for four years before joining the Executive Board as Secretary in 2022.
Director of Membership & Community Engagement
Courtney Barrow is a graphic designer and brand manager that specializes in non-profit work. She has served as the Director of Communications for the second largest Episcopal church in the country for 2.5 years, and as the Director of Graphics + Production and Lead Designer for over a decade. She has branded and overseen the design, media, and communications for an international conference featuring the Archbishop of Canterbury, and has branded a teen drop-in center, as well as a community center for at-risk youth. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and caring for her many animals, including a backyard flock of over 20 chickens. Courtney served as AIGA DFW's Director of Education for two years before joining the Executive Board as the Director of Membership in 2022.
Claudia A. De La Garza
A born and bred Latina from Dallas, Claudia leads an intentionally creative life by surrounding herself with talented creatives and seeking work that will grow 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 she leads a team of creatives. Her hybrid background has enabled her to build an international award-winning team. Claudia holds a BBA in Management from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
UX Events Chair
Serra is a UX/UI Designer with a background in Psychology. Her background in behavioral health counseling and therapy contributes to a deep understanding of human behavior, which is reflected in her user-centric design approach. She possesses skills in Figma, Prototyping, and Interaction Design, all aimed at delivering an exceptional user experience. Currently serving as the UX Events Chair at AIGA Design, Serra also does projects for various companies in web3, fintech and holds positions as a freelance UX/UI designer at Contra, Lead UX Designer at Peace-keepers.io
, and a UX Design Intern at Careerist. She is currently taking a Graphic Design specialization course at the California Institute of the Arts, and continues to enhance her design expertise by doing her masters in User Experience.
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 transforming her skills into 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 the board as the Mentorship Chair in 2023. She is passionate about learning and new challenges, and wants to serve her community in a way that propagates growth and success across her industry. Through AIGA DFW, she hopes to reach like-minded people and help them find the resources they need to accomplish their goals.Miranda Mabery
Brett Yanoski graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2012. With over 13 years of experience as a designer and developer, he has worked with clients in a wide range of industries including entertainment, healthcare and small business. He is currently a Senior Front-End Developer for Schaefer Advertising in Fort Worth. At Schaefer, he works with brands crafting websites, apps and other digital experiences that work to make life better. Brett served on the AIGA DFW Board of Directors for 5 years before joining our advisory board at the end of 2022, and continues to work towards growing the design community throughout North Texas.
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.