Rashelle Palmer, President
Rashelle Palmer is a designer happily working and residing in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a BFA degree in Graphic Design. She has worked in small studio settings as a multidisciplinary designer and illustrator as well as larger corporations as a branding and print specialist; including Make and Co, PopKitchen, and Hasbro, Inc.
Rashelle is passionate about big picture concepts, with revered details. Her perfect day includes yoga, live music, craft beer, and a moody Instagram post. For renewed inspiration, she attends an annual design retreat, “Camp Make Effect”, in the serene woods of Michigan. She enjoys offsetting her screen time with outdoor activities and hands on creativity.
Jay Biethan, Co-President
Hailing from Oregon, Jay Biethan is now a Providence based designer specializing in educational branding and print campaigns. Jay is a RISD alumni working at PopKitchen with a passion for purpose driven minimalist work and thoughtfully crafted logos. He also has several side projects including a wine vineyard in Italy, and BadGay.
In his spare time you might find him driving to the beach in his jeep singing Beyoncé, sipping a drink and sharing laughs at the Eddy, or inventing new brands and buying their URLs.
As our communications chair, Jay is always willing to listen and help the members of our community. So feel free to reach out to him directly via email or any of our social media accounts.
Charice Lim, Secretary
Charice Lim is a Rhode Islander and interactive designer for NAIL, a creative advertising agency in Providence, Rhode Island. In the past, she has held design positions for a small, creative web shop in Pawtucket and a Cambridge tech startup, whose software is used by creative departments for TV & movie productions.
She received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design, and extensive studies in Chemistry, from Rhode Island College. As a student, she was an Art Department Junior/Senior Talent award winner and nominated for a student leadership award. Currently, Charice continues to further knowledge by attending web design workshops & conferences.
In her free time, you can find Charice moving weight at her olympic lifting class, taking photos of everything she eats and spending too much money at a cult-ish yoga clothing store.
She has been an AIGA member since 2011.
Sandy Connor, Education Chair
Sandy Connor spent more than a dozen years working in advertising, first as a production artist at Duffy & Shanley (yes she can still spec type and cut a rubylithe) before becoming an art director at Wooding and Housley. She owned and operated her own design studio in Providence’s Jewelry District for the next dozen years.
Her clients include both national and regional corporate clients and she is especially passionate about working with several local, nonprofit organizations. Sandy is currently working with United Way of Rhode Island as a creative project manager for strategic marketing and communications.
Professional recognition and awards include Advertising Club of Boston Hatch Awards, Women’s Ad Club of Rhode Island Supershow, Print Magazine Regional Design Awards, Archive Magazine, Providence Graphic Arts Association, National Association of Philanthropy, and Higher Education Marketing Report.
Sandy earned a B.F.A. in studio art with a concentration in sculpture from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.A. in Holistic Leadership from Salve Regina University.
Grace Bevilacqua, VP of Events
Grace Bevilacqua studied Anthropology and Urban Design at the University of North Carolina. After working in marketing and client relations for a year, she felt creatively unsatisfied and decided to revisit an interest in Graphic Design that had developed years earlier. She is currently enrolled full-time in the Graphic Design Certificate Program at RISD and most recently completed a design internship at the Samsung Accelerator office in New York.
She is interested in the ways that quality design of all types affects the way people interact with their world.
Grace lives in East Providence and has been an AIGA member since 2013.
Kathryn Dziurzynski, VP of Volunteers
Kathryn Dziurzynski is a full time designer at SVM Public Relations and Marketing Communications, located in Providence, RI.
She received her B.S. in Business Administration and Arts in both Marketing and Graphic Design at Stonehill College.
In her free time she enjoys taking her to dog to Colt State Park beaches, watching TopGear (only the BBC TopGear…), crushing her brothers in Age of Empires and League of Legends, and giving back to the community by volunteering for the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County.
Ally Thatcher, Social Media Chair
Ally Thatcher is an independent designer and illustrator working throughout Providence and Boston. She has a BFA in visual communication design with a concentration in sculpture from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. She has specialized in branding and packaging for several companies such as, TOMY, Popkitchen Co., Hasbro Inc., and A.T. Cross Pens.
Ally has a passion for making bold and crazy ideas look cool. She values risk-taking and believes in the phrase, “It’s so crazy that it just might work.” She treats design as a practice and enjoys exploring new techniques and skill in visual communication. During her free time, Ally is cracking jokes on snapchat, eating french fries, and binge watching her favorite tv shows.
Jay Davani, Director of Marketing
Jay is the owner + creative director of M I N T, a consulting firm that focuses on branding for entrepreneurs + small businesses.
Her journey started in Tehran, Iran where she was born—then raised in the bluegrass of Lexington, KY—studied in the heat of Atlanta, GA at Emory University + is currently residing the renaissance city of Providence, RI. Jay has worked full-time in the event + design industries for the past thirteen years.
From concept to execution, she gives her clients the best with experienced creative direction, brand development + implementation, as well as a high a level of dedication + attention on every project, no matter the size. Her portfolio includes both national + international clients in the hotel, travel, sports/fitness, real estate, transportation, healthcare, beauty, + apparel industries.
Her certifications in digital strategy, graphic design and extensive experience with event logistics gives her a deep understanding of art, media, and design which makes her perspective both creative + unique.
When Jay isn’t in the office handling production at the Rhode Island School of Design, you can spot her antiquing + taking photographs around the world.