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.
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.
Director of Education
Jon Novak is a designer, art director and educator. Jon serves the Providence creative community by empowering and equipping our youth to be bold, courageous, and creative leaders. He believes that adolescents are the most powerful people on the planet and works with students to identify their passion, and to realize their dreams as a viable career by connecting them with the professional community.
Sarah Robertson is a playful, pragmatic graphic designer and educator originally from Louisville, Kentucky. By day she designs branded play experiences for one of the world’s largest toy companies, Hasbro. She believes in representing kids in a way that is thoughtful, empowering and inclusive – and thinks that meaningful design isn’t just for grown-ups.
Sarah received a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College Art; where she mostly focused on socially-oriented and community-based projects. You can also find a common thread of storytelling in most of her work.
In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, tending to her (growing) collection of succulents and befriending as many pups as possible.