Loryn O'Donnell

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.

Brett Yanoski
Vice President
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 joined the board of AIGA DFW in 2018 and continues to work towards growing the design community throughout North Texas.
Christopher Allred
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 Joseph
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.
Courtney Barrow
Director of Membership
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
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 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.
Logan Hamilton Acton
The Deck Co-Chair
Logan Acton is an artist and designer passionate about collaboration and craft. Endlessly curious and an inveterate learner, Logan earned his MA in Aesthetic Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas and his MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Logan has taught in the rigorous Foundation program at the Kansas City Art Institute and served as co-director of plug, an art gallery and curatorial collective. He currently works as the Branding and Design Manager of 1909 DIGITAL, a digital marketing agency. When he isn’t drawing letters or reading design theory, Logan loves being with his two-year-old daughter, Alma, and enjoys craft coffee with his partner, Stefanie.
Jill Herzog
The Deck Co-Chair
Jill Herzog is a graphic designer, artist, and aspiring surface designer. She has two degrees, a Bachelors in Marketing from UT Austin and an Associates in Graphic Design from Collin College. She works at TrinityRail in a graphic design role as a Marketing Specialist. Jill is an award-winning graphic designer and a results-oriented marketing and branding leader with established business success. She has experience designing and developing creative campaigns in a variety of media – logos and branding, printed and digital collateral, social media marketing, and more. She enjoys drawing and painting, cooking, reading and movies.
Sam Lopez
Diversity Chair
Sam Lopez graduated with a B.A. in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2021. She currently works as a visual designer at a healthcare  technology startup and does freelance illustration on the side. Sam brings her enthusiasm and out-of-the-box thinking to all her projects, and has a passion for creating work that is inclusive to a wide range of people with different backgrounds and abilities. When she’s not working or volunteering with AIGA DFW, she’s most likely playing tabletop roleplaying games or sewing.
Nate Jones
Student MiniCon Chair
Nate Jones is an insatiably curious and passionate creative leader who believes most problems can be solved with great design. By combining research, craft, open collaboration, boundless creativity, and a little bit of grit and fun, we can all help solve real-world problems for real people. He’s worked within a wide gamut of creative practices and budgets: from art-directing and building digital experiences for global brands, to working with Fortune 500 companies, and producing, directing, and editing award-winning indie films, commercials, and television shows.
Cody Swanson
Board Explorer
Cody Swanson is a Digital Designer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He started learning brand design at 12 years old and graduated from UT Arlington with a BA in Visual Communication Design and a minor in Film/Video in 2021. In addition to brand design, he does motion graphics and automotive livery design. In his free time, he is usually in or around a car or racing simulator.
Gus Granger
Advisory Board
Gus Granger is a native of Minnesota, husband, father of three, and Chief Creative Officer of Cyxtera Technologies, a global data center and cybersecurity company. His 20+ year career in graphic design and brand strategy has earned him the 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 the Dallas Fort Worth chapter of the AIGA, and currently has a seat on the organization’s national diversity task force.
Willie Baronet
Advisory Board
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.
Sara Carpeaux Hinojosa
Advisory Board
Sara Carpeaux Hinojosa is a strategic leader and seasoned creative passionate about fashion, branding and bringing visual harmony to chaos. She believes on building teams from within based on collaboration, innovation and trust. She currently works at Mentor, a digital design agency based in Seattle. Her role is to bring the digital design, expertise and model to Dallas by opening the first satellite office.
Whitney Holden
Advisory Board
Whitney Holden, owner of Studio Holden, is an award winning designer, creative director, educator, artist, and entrepreneur. She currently lectures at the University of North Texas in the College of Visual Arts Communication Design program. She has created brands, designed publications, and won national awards for small local agencies as well as global entities such as Funimation and Mary Kay. She has served in creative leadership positions as the Design Studio Supervisor at Mary Kay, and most recently Creative Director at Dodd Creative Group. As an undergraduate student, Whitney co-founded the first AIGA Student Group in the area. Upon graduation, she transitioned to a board position in the DFW chapter and served in various roles over 6 years of service, including Secretary and Membership Director.