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.
Christopher Allred graduated from The University of North Texas with a BA in Advertising in 2018. Currently he works at a high end packaging company. As Director of Production for Big Box Little Box he leads all aspects of production, and client management for all of their top tier clients. Having worked on aspects of design, production, client management and business development, Chris has developed a unique advantage in the creative space. When he’s not working he enjoys photography and getting outdoors exploring nature.
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.
Design for Good Chair
As a passionate representative of Design Management, Marcela has specialized in the application of design thinking to the resolution of management challenges. She has been invited to share her knowledge of design management with audiences internationally. She holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration and an MFA. Marcela pursued a career managing national and international design campaigns for companies like Capital One, Bankers Insurance Group, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers, Creative Tampa Bay, and La Alianza of Hispano-American Organizations. She is a recipient of the James Rosenquist Scholarship. Currently teaches Graphic Design at Texas Woman’s University.
UX Roundtable Event Chair
Shane is married with two children, two cats, a dog and a fish. He served in the United States Navy before graduating from the University of North Texas over 20 years ago. After UNT he got a Masters from Texas A&M Commerce with a focus on digital. Shane currently works remote as a UX Creative Director for State Farm. His focus at State Farm is innovation and emerging technologies. When he is not working or running his kids around to sporting events, practice or to a friends house he enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering and doing home renovations. Shane continues to grow in UX by attending UX conferences, studying Design Thinking methodologies, speaking conferences and volunteering for AIGA.
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.