Jennifer Ford
Jen is a Senior Graphic Designer at the University of Florida for UF Online Marketing & Communications and the founding President of AIGA Gainesville. She is also an adjunct lecturer in the UF College of Journalism and Communications Web Design and Online Communication master’s program.

Jen is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication’s Web Design and Online Communication master’s program. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree, Jen graduated from the Idaho State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication specializing in Visual Communication and Graphic Design.

Jen spent several years designing for various publications and clients in Pocatello, Idaho before moving to Gainesville. Working as a page designer for the New York Times Company at their Gainesville Editing Center, she primarily designed pages for more than 30 clients who printed The New York Times International Weekly. After three years with NYT Company, she joined the University of Florida Career Resource Center’s marketing department as a designer until transitioning to UF Online in 2016. At UF Online, she manages the social media accounts and design/branding projects for the Marketing & Communications department.
Jim Harrison
Vice President
Jim is a Senior Creative Director at the University of Florida and an award-winning communicator, graphic designer and visual artist. He currently leads creative strategy at The Agency, an integrated communications firm within the College of Journalism and Communications. From 2010-2016 he was instrumental in guiding strategic creative efforts for the UF brand within the department of UF Communications, as well as across campus for other units. He is also an adjunct instructor of upper-division Graphic Design at the UF College of the Arts, and has taught design thinking for UF’s Innovation Academy.

A designer and creative director in Gainesville since the early 90s, Jim founded the design studio MetaVisual, specializing in branding and visual communication, and is perhaps best known for the Gainesville Fruit Company — a series of graphic prints featuring local landmarks, executed in the vintage style of classic fruit crate labels. His graphic work, featured in multiple solo gallery exhibitions, has won numerous Gold and Best in Show ADDY awards, and is in the collection of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. He is also a past recipient of a prestigious SAPPI Paper “Ideas That Matter” grant.
Gaby Hernandez
Education Director
Gaby is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida. Her work specializes in Social Design, Design Research, Community Engagement, and Diversity in Design. Her multidisciplinary and multinational design work has been featured at multiple national and international conferences and exhibitions, including in the UK at the Design Research Society Biannual Conference in 2016. Her professional design service is active and wide, specifically with the AIGA, which includes her membership in national committees such as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Design Educators Community. Until last month, Gaby worked also as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Houston-Downtown, where she directed the Graphic Design Research Initiative— a collaborative design studio project working with regional, national, and international clients in the fields of Biology, minority education, and public arts. Her previous AIGA chapter experience includes participation in the AIGA Houston Board of Directors, where she held the Director of Engagement and Education position for two years.
Jessica Speckman
Programming Director
Hi! I am Jessica Speckman, I am currently a graphic designer at Frankel Media Group. I am also the Programming Director for our AIGA Gainesville chapter. As the Programming Director my goal is to help provide events that will promote creative thinking throughout our community, as well as offer opportunities for our members to network and give back. I aim to showcase local creatives, as well as creatives from all over the world, with workshops, speaker engagements and presentations. Our chapter started off strong with bringing in Aaron Draplin and since then I have been working to provide our members with events such as, Drinks and Design, Coffee with Creatives and the Sequential Artist workshop. In the coming months AIGA GNV will be providing you with more workshops, speakers and volunteer opportunities. I am always looking for more events and am open to any ideas or suggestions that our members have. So keep the great ideas coming.
OPEN-Finance Director
Finance Director
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Heather Bjorn
Strategic Initiatives Chair
Heather is the Strategic Initiatives Chair on the programming team. She is responsible for identifying and sharing relevant social design and in-house design initiatives with the local design community. Through her focus on events & projects that are cause-driven, we hope to raise awareness of the social impact of design, challenges & opportunities faced by in-house designers, as well as encourage diversity in all areas of design.
Patricia Vernon
Membership Director
Andres Lazo
Development Director
Caroline Staniski
Student Outreach Chair
Caroline is a graduate student at UF in Entrepreneurship. She serves as our Student Outreach Chair, connecting students with the chapter and design community. She believes that everyone should get to see the beauty in local design and everyone deserves a lifelong design mentor. Hand lettering is her biggest form of inspiration.
Edith Williams
Professional Development Chair
Edith serves on our programming team and is responsible for identifying and sharing relevant opportunities for our members to engage in professional development initiatives with the local community. Through the design and implementation of events and projects that are development driven, this chair focuses on providing education and value for our members to grow and further their development and careers.
OPEN-Interactive/Web Chair
Interactive/Web Chair
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OPEN-Communications Director
Communications Director
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Shawna Mansfield
Portfolio Review Chair
Shawna is a graphic designer who happens to also be a professor of graphic design at Santa Fe College. She is also the point person for the annual Portfolio Review Event.