Elyse Flynn
Elyse believes life is better spent collaborating. She has served on the AIGA West Michigan board as a Programming Chair and 2015 Leadership Retreat Chair before her current role as Secretary. Currently the majority of her time is spent working as the Associate Creative Director at Design Design, a Grand Rapids-based social expression company, and a studio member at Not Design. As a creative her favorite special skills include: traditional letterpress printing and hand-drawn typography.
Lee May
Vice President
Lee is the Creative Design Manager at USA Financial in Ada. He received a BFA in Design at the University of Michigan and graduated with an MAAE at the School of the Institute of Chicago. He’s been a member of the WM AIGA Diversity + Inclusions committee and was a member of the Grand Rapids Young Professional’s PR committee. Lee is passionate about design, education and the arts and hopes to integrate it within the Grand Rapids community. He also loves working on his cartoons and illustrations for his social media fans.
Chris Chiles
Chris is a user experience designer and developer. As a Design Engineer at OpenDigital, he helps to solve problems in technology through the synthesis of design and development. He also works to improve collaboration between these disciplines. Outside of the office, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin, and son, Bennett.
Sheri Nicholson
Sheri is a Senior In-house Creative Strategist at Advance 360 in Grand Rapids, MI. After earning her BFA in Graphic Design magna cum laude from Western Michigan University, she has spent over twenty years developing and refining her graphic design experience with diverse positions ranging from Environmental Graphic Designer to Project Manager to Vice President at Corbin Design. Sheri is excited to dive into serving AIGA West Michigan and stretch her left brain in this Treasurer role. As a transplant to Grand Rapids, she looks forward to advancing and supporting the design community, getting to know others who are passionate about design, and being a fiscally responsible steward. When not immersed in design and numbers, she loves outdoor adventures, electronic downtempo music, and her two fantastic felines.
Naomi Silas
Diversity & Inclusion Director
Naomi is all things creative. From writing, to singing to designing - she’s done it all and sometimes the creativity just overflows. During her 10 years of design experience, she had the opportunity to to work on some amazing brands, such as GE Healthcare and Coalesse. She is  excited to apply everything she’s learned to her independent design studio, Seventh Creative and client work. Naomi has served on the AIGA WM Diversity & Inclusion committee for almost two years, before stepping up to take the role of Director. Naomi is also one of four 2017 AIGA Design Conference Diversity and Inclusion Scholars. When not designing, she loves to help her son use design thinking to solve problems.
Vinicius Lima
Education Director
Vinicius was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to the United States in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in Brazil and an MFA Design from The University of Iowa. Since then, Vinicius has dedicated his career to Design education. He is now Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Foundations at Grand Valley State University, where he teaches courses in typography, logo design, print layouts, digital experiences, and branding. Prior to becoming Education Director, he served on the AIGA WM Programming Committee for two years. As a designer, his favorite skills include User Interface Design, Coding, and Publication layouts.
Lauren DePree
Programming Director
Lauren is a graphic designer and West Michigan native. While she spent 5 years on the other side of the lake getting her BFA in graphic design from DePaul University and starting her career, she came back as soon as she could. Her work has been focused on in-house design in a variety of fields, but primarily in the architecture and engineering industry. Outside of the office, she is freelancing as much as possible and refining her hand-lettering skills. Before taking over as programming director, Lauren was a programming committee member and the volunteer chair for AIGA WM. When not designing, you can find Lauren working on house projects, exploring West Michigan, or spending time outdoors.
Sara Klele
Membership Director
Sara is the founder and lead designer of Neapolitan & Co, an independent design firm located in Grand Rapids. As a solopreneur Sara got involved with the chapter for a sense of community and to open new doors in her career. Her experiences within the chapter have helped shape her current focus on strategy and communications design. She previously served the board as Design Week chair and programming director before taking on her current role as membership director. In her free time, Sara tries to see as many concerts as possible and explore the great outdoors.
Lydia Mejia
Student Representative
Lydia is in her senior year at Kendall College of Art and Design, working towards a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography. She is currently interning with Chaco on their Color Trend and Design team. She has been serving on KCAD AIGA’s board as Education Chair for two years, and been an AIGA member for three. Lydia is very excited about her new role as Student Representative, and can’t wait to see how she can impact this community. She is also an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast.
Ross Tanner
Communications Director
Ross is Studio Director at Studio Us, a multidisciplinary creative studio in Grand Rapids. Working with a highly collaborative small team of four, he strongly believes the right group of people can tackle just about anything. As a young designer running an even younger business he is passionate about giving back to AIGA, an organization that has done so much for him in return. Ross has previously served two years on the Communications Committee as a Lead Designer and many years prior as volunteer. As a creative Ross loves to get away from the computer to work with his hands, anything ranging from furniture making to metalsmithing; there is never not a backlog of projects he's eager to tackle.