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John T. Drew
executive director (founder)

Professor Drew is the Design Innovation Project director CSUF; the executive director of the Innovation Center for Design Excellence; a director of United Designs Alliance (UDA), an international organization; the past vice-chair of the Department of Art CSUF; a past graphic design graduate coordinator CSUF; and the current Graphic & Interactive Design Area coordinator CSUF. His university has recognized him on 13 occasions for his teaching, research, and writing. He is the coauthor of Color Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers (Rotovison 2005, Allworth Press 2012); Choosing Color for Logos & Packaging: Solutions for 2D & 3D Designs (Rotovision 2009); Color Management for Packaging: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers (Rotovision 2008); Color Management for Logos (Rotovision 2006); and Acuity Color Matching System (Rotovision 2005); and he is the coeditor and contributing author to Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology (CDSCAD- Virginia Commonwealth University Press). His books have been translated into 9 foreign languages. Professor Drew holds a U.S. patent for The Effect of Distance on Typographic Form, Color, and Motion, is a lifetime honorary member of the Korean Brand Association,  has served as a institutional representative for the National Association of Art Schools and Design (2012-2018), and is a current visiting accreditation reviewer for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Professor Drew has served as a Design Faculty Research Grant Reviewer for the National Steering Committee of the AIGA DEC (2013-2014). Professor Drew was a consultant for the Americans With Disabilities Act 1991 amendment on the topic of color, color contrast, and visual acuity. ICO-D, AIGA, SEGD, Ad Club, The Society for Technical Communication, and numerous publications and books have recognized Professor Drew’s
research and design. 


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Erich Kreidler
secretary, board member
Erich Kreidler is a seasoned leader with over 15 years of experience working in environments that require the execution of mission-critical initiatives. Currently serving as managing partner for KRE Consulting and industry professor at the University of Southern California (USC), Professor Kreidler brings cutting- edge, thoughtful leadership to the areas of project management and organizational management.
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At KRE, he leverages his ability to connect and relate to people of different generations, backgrounds, or responsibilities, both internally and working with its clients. Whether advising members of the C-suite or individual contributors, Erich takes a pragmatic approach that consists of extracting the knowledge, ideas, vision, and inspiration of his clients' organizations.
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At USC, he lectures in engineering project management and business engineering at the graduate level. The author of award-winning publications, Professor Kreidler was recognized by Orange County's Engineering Council with the Outstanding Educator Award. His publications include "Business Acumen as an Integral Part of Project Management," "The Art and Science of Managing a Crisis," and "The Do's and Don'ts of Offshore Software Outsourcing."

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Beverly DeMao
board member, and CFO

BA Barton College, English Cum Laude 1974
President/ CEO Partners Financial FCU, Richmond 1989-2014
Operations Office, Banco di Roma, SpA, Chicago, Illinois
Founding officer, Virginia Hospitals Federal Credit Union, Richmond, Virginia



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Michael Berger
board member

Michael Berger is a professor and founding program director for both the design and photography areas at California Baptist University. Since the school’s inception, Professor Berger’s programs have quadrupled in size, and students from these programs have garnered national attention. Professor Berger serves as design director at Harvest where he directs teams in the creative arts. He is principal at mbdx creative, a creative collective that serves a roster of clients in both nonprofit and business sectors. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Logo Lounge, and other design publications. He has traveled the world as an assignment photographer and worked in the design field for 27 years.



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John DeMao Jr., MPD, BED in Arch
board member
Recently retired as senior faculty in the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, John DeMao, Jr. was previously chair of graphic design, 2009-2012; interim director for the VCU da Vinci Center for Product Innovation and Development, 2009; VCUArts associate dean for VCUArts-Qatar, 2003 – 2008; and chair of communication arts and design, 1987-2003. As chair, he directed studies in graphic and interactive design, illustration, scientific and preparatory medical illustration, digital and kinetic media, and the graduate area of visual communications. The MFA Graphic Design program was ranked the number one public program and number four among all public and private institutions by US News and World Report during his tenure. He was involved in the development of the design curriculum for the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar from its inception in 1997 until 2008. He also initiated and coordinated the activities of the communication arts and design department’s Center for Design Studies, publishing ZED, A Journal of Design and the academic journal, Design Education in Progress. He also co-produced, with AIGA, the first issues of Loop: AIGA Journal of Interaction Design Education.
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In 1990 and 1991, he organized and coordinated the first two national conferences for graphic design educators addressing the integration of computer technology into the curriculum. He has lectured nationally and internationally, including a series of lectures at the Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina; as a participant at the 5th European League of Independent Art Schools Conference in Helsinki, Finland; and the ICOGRADA Education Network conference in Brighton, England. He is a coauthor of Working with Type: Exhibitions, with Robert Carter and Sandy Wheeler.
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He has a design background in information analysis/organization, publication planning/production, and design methodology. Working with local, regional, and national clients, his experience includes private sector, public, and academic projects in both design and administrative capacities. He was the southeast regional representative on the governing board of the Graphic Design Education Association, the first national organization for graphic design educators, and was one of the original seven steering committee members who founded the organization. Previously, he served on the board of directors of the AIGA Cross Cultural Design Group and was a founding member of the AIGA/Richmond Chapter. He currently serves on the advisory board for Full Sail University and is a visiting accreditation reviewer for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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Adolph Meave
board member
Adolph Meave has over 20 years’ experience, including strategic planning, business development, information technology, and entrepreneurship. He has held numerous leadership positions in a wide range of industries: consumer products, manufacturing, automotive, real estate, investment banking, and healthcare.
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Meave began his career as an engineer, developing manufacturing solutions for working 500 Office production in the multinational consumer goods division.  He later transitioned to production development, and led web design efforts in the early 1990’s.

 
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Timothy Patrick Redmond
Board Member

Redmond is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1993, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper in Alaska and later in North Carolina as a sergeant in the Special Forces (a.k.a. the Green Berets). 

 In 2001, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law and accepted a position as an assistant district attorney for the Brooklyn D.A.’s Office.  In 2002, he was called back to active duty and served in Afghanistan with the 3rd Special Forces Group, earning the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Army Commendation Medal. 

 In 2004, Tim received a commission in the Army JAG Corps. He is currently a major serving as a prosecutor with the Office of Military Commissions at the Pentagon and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 

 Redmond is a longtime patron of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Among his pro bono interests are assisting veterans to transition into civil society and providing legal aid to service members. 

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