Amanda Oakes   Membership Co-Chair   Hey, I’m Amanda! I’m a lover of corgis, coffee and all things true crime. I work as a designer for American Family Insurance, and take on freelance projects in my spare time. I joined the Design Madison board in late 2017 to meet other creatives and get involved with the local design community. I’m constantly impressed by the talented speakers we get to showcase, and I’m excited for what’s to come!

Amanda Oakes
Membership Co-Chair

Hey, I’m Amanda! I’m a lover of corgis, coffee and all things true crime. I work as a designer for American Family Insurance, and take on freelance projects in my spare time. I joined the Design Madison board in late 2017 to meet other creatives and get involved with the local design community. I’m constantly impressed by the talented speakers we get to showcase, and I’m excited for what’s to come!

  Dan Merfeld   President   Hello, my name is Dan Merfeld, I'm the founder of a website and app development company here in Madison called TheoryThree Interactive. I joined the Design Madison board waaaaaaaaay back in 2004, and I've been president since 2006. I'm passionate about making Design Madison a more purposeful organization that supports and serves the design community.

Dan Merfeld
President

Hello, my name is Dan Merfeld, I'm the founder of a website and app development company here in Madison called TheoryThree Interactive. I joined the Design Madison board waaaaaaaaay back in 2004, and I've been president since 2006. I'm passionate about making Design Madison a more purposeful organization that supports and serves the design community.

  Danielle Lawry   Vice President   Hi, I’m Danielle Lawry! I work for University Marketing at the UW. I joined the board three years ago to meet people when I was new to Madison. I love the high caliber, down-to-earth speakers we are able to bring to Madison, and the dedicated volunteer board that makes it all happen. I think Madison has a very talented design community and this organization serves as a great and unique resource. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Danielle Lawry
Vice President

Hi, I’m Danielle Lawry! I work for University Marketing at the UW. I joined the board three years ago to meet people when I was new to Madison. I love the high caliber, down-to-earth speakers we are able to bring to Madison, and the dedicated volunteer board that makes it all happen. I think Madison has a very talented design community and this organization serves as a great and unique resource. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

  Jared Kist   Membership Co-Chair   Hello, I'm Jared. I work as a graphic designer for Food Fight Restaurant Group. I'm also an avid rock climber and gourmet with an aptitude for cooking. I joined Design Madison in 2017 to seek out other designers and become part of a larger community in my city!

Jared Kist
Membership Co-Chair

Hello, I'm Jared. I work as a graphic designer for Food Fight Restaurant Group. I'm also an avid rock climber and gourmet with an aptitude for cooking. I joined Design Madison in 2017 to seek out other designers and become part of a larger community in my city!

  Katie Lundgren-Smith   Marketing Chair   Hi, I'm Katie. I am a graphic designer for the Wisconsin Athletic Department. I joined the Design Madison board in 2018 to more closely connect with other creative talents in the Madison community. I am always seeking new sources of inspiration, and love learning about the creative processes of our speakers. When I’m not designing, you can find me doing all kinds of Madison things – listening to live music, trying new restaurants and cheering on the Badgers.

Katie Lundgren-Smith
Marketing Chair

Hi, I'm Katie. I am a graphic designer for the Wisconsin Athletic Department. I joined the Design Madison board in 2018 to more closely connect with other creative talents in the Madison community. I am always seeking new sources of inspiration, and love learning about the creative processes of our speakers. When I’m not designing, you can find me doing all kinds of Madison things – listening to live music, trying new restaurants and cheering on the Badgers.

  Laura Burke   Board Member   Hi, I'm Laura. I recently started up my own company and I'm really excited about what the future holds! I joined the Design Madison board because I wanted to help make sure the organization would continue to thrive. I know the group to be a smart, friendly bunch. I always look forward to the speaker’s ideas and imagination. There are many times I felt like, “MORE people should have heard this talk!” And not necessarily from a designers standpoint, they often include topics outside the design purview that can be inspirational to anyone. In addition to a love of art/design and making things, a hobby of mine is collecting and tending succulents and plants.

Laura Burke
Board Member

Hi, I'm Laura. I recently started up my own company and I'm really excited about what the future holds! I joined the Design Madison board because I wanted to help make sure the organization would continue to thrive. I know the group to be a smart, friendly bunch. I always look forward to the speaker’s ideas and imagination. There are many times I felt like, “MORE people should have heard this talk!” And not necessarily from a designers standpoint, they often include topics outside the design purview that can be inspirational to anyone. In addition to a love of art/design and making things, a hobby of mine is collecting and tending succulents and plants.

  Leah Kavallaril   Secretary   Hi, I'm Leah Kavallaris, our current board Secretary. I joined the Design Madison board in the 2015/16 season as a way to connect with other designers and so started out as a Membership co-chair. I most like how Design Madison adds depth to our local design scene by bringing in some of our design heroes which expands our community of designers and at the same time makes it seem more close-knit and accessible. I especially love design and thinkers that cross disciplines. Currently, I work as a graphic designer at Huston Design here in Madison, an occasional freelancer, and I am an aspiring textile designer with a love for cooking and the outdoors.

Leah Kavallaril
Secretary

Hi, I'm Leah Kavallaris, our current board Secretary. I joined the Design Madison board in the 2015/16 season as a way to connect with other designers and so started out as a Membership co-chair. I most like how Design Madison adds depth to our local design scene by bringing in some of our design heroes which expands our community of designers and at the same time makes it seem more close-knit and accessible. I especially love design and thinkers that cross disciplines. Currently, I work as a graphic designer at Huston Design here in Madison, an occasional freelancer, and I am an aspiring textile designer with a love for cooking and the outdoors.

  Max Neal   Social Media Chair   Hi, my name is Max Neal and I am a professional Technical Writer for Cummins Emission Solutions in Stoughton, WI; an amateur drummer (formerly in a band called Haliwel and now in a new unnamed project); and I am an aspiring Graphic Designer. I joined Design Madison in 2016 to keep my graphic design brain alive. I hope I can help connect more people to Design Madison through our social media sites, and inspire myself and others through Design Madison speakers and events.

Max Neal
Social Media Chair

Hi, my name is Max Neal and I am a professional Technical Writer for Cummins Emission Solutions in Stoughton, WI; an amateur drummer (formerly in a band called Haliwel and now in a new unnamed project); and I am an aspiring Graphic Designer. I joined Design Madison in 2016 to keep my graphic design brain alive. I hope I can help connect more people to Design Madison through our social media sites, and inspire myself and others through Design Madison speakers and events.

  Mic Funk   Treasurer   Hi, I'm Mic. I'm a User Experience Designer for Verve Industrial. I've been on the Design Madison board for about 10 years in various positions. Currently I make sure we always have enough money to put on our great events. In my free time I enjoy fly fishing and spending time with my dog, Winnie.

Mic Funk
Treasurer

Hi, I'm Mic. I'm a User Experience Designer for Verve Industrial. I've been on the Design Madison board for about 10 years in various positions. Currently I make sure we always have enough money to put on our great events. In my free time I enjoy fly fishing and spending time with my dog, Winnie.

  Philip Ashby   Education Chair   Hi, I'm Phillip. I work for Wisconsin Public Television as an art and animation director and set designer. I joined the Design Madison board early in 2018 because I'm passionate about all flavors of design and committed to reaching out to designers in the Madison area.

Philip Ashby
Education Chair

Hi, I'm Phillip. I work for Wisconsin Public Television as an art and animation director and set designer. I joined the Design Madison board early in 2018 because I'm passionate about all flavors of design and committed to reaching out to designers in the Madison area.

  Shanna House-Flynn   Programming Chair   Hey there, I'm Shanna. I'm the manager of digital and creative marketing at Quartz and I'm responsible for finding and booking speakers as the Programming Chair of Design Madison. I joined the board about 3 years ago to get more involved in the Madison design community. I love being able to expose Madison's creatives to new and emerging designers and trends beyond Wisconsin and I value input from our members to make sure that we're bringing in the people they want to hear from.

Shanna House-Flynn
Programming Chair

Hey there, I'm Shanna. I'm the manager of digital and creative marketing at Quartz and I'm responsible for finding and booking speakers as the Programming Chair of Design Madison. I joined the board about 3 years ago to get more involved in the Madison design community. I love being able to expose Madison's creatives to new and emerging designers and trends beyond Wisconsin and I value input from our members to make sure that we're bringing in the people they want to hear from.

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