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Board of Directors

Andrew R. Brenits,  President

Andy recently relocated to Phoenix Arizona with his Family to build and lead the Creative Services team within the Corporate Communication group at Arizona Public Service. His team of designers, video producers, and photographers create APS’s internal and external marketing and communications collateral.

Andy’s career began working for small studios in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, before moving to in-house positions at Banana Republic, Gap, the National Football League, and KPMG. He managed his own successful design consultancy for 10 years before returning to the ranks of in-house creatives.

In addition to his BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts, Andy holds a Masters Degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute where he also taught the subject in the graduate Communications Design program at Pratt Institute for 8 years. He was most recently a panelist at the HOW in-house managers conference, and has lead roundtables on career paths, metrics, and proving value for in-house teams.

Robin N. Colangelo, Vice President
Director, Partnerships and Sponsorships

Robin leads a global in-house creative team for White & Case, where she manages the global brand and oversees print and web design produced in the firm’s New York City and Manila offices.

In her current role, Robin has been managing an award winning team of designers, production specialists and proofreaders for the past 6 years.  Her team of creative professionals design and produce the firm’s global marketing collateral, branding, identity, annual reports and event materials.

Cindy Salant
Director, Events

Cindy is the New York Metro Region Business Development Manager for Mohawk Fine Papers, where she spends most of her time consulting with design firms, ad agencies, print production managers, corporate end users and printers on all aspects of paper selection and procurement. Her vast knowledge and experience in the printing process has positioned her as a “go to” person for expert advice on paper and production as it relates to paper choices.

Jeph Blanchard
Director, Brand and Design 

Jeph is currently the Creative Marketing Manager for J.B. Hunt, one of the largest logistics and transportation companies in the U.S. Prior to moving to this role, Jeph spent a decade as the Creative Services and Brand Manager for Ferrellgas, one of the largest domestic propane retailers as well as the parent company of Blue Rhino, Uniflame and Mr. Bar-B-Q.

For nearly 20 years, Jeph’s career has seen him in design and creative direction roles in a variety of industries such as Finance, Publishing, Professional Cycling, Energy Utilities, Software, Healthcare, and Apparel. This wide variety of experience coupled with Undergraduate degrees in both Design and Graphic Arts and a Master’s in Graphics Management have made Jeph an individual that bridges the gaps between the creative, manufacturing, and technical areas.

Kim Conder
Director, Online Content

Kim Conder is the Director of Creative Services for the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau, the accredited destination marketing organization for Durham, NC. Kim and her in-house design team are responsible for the creative direction and production of the Bureau’s award-winning marketing collateral and web materials, as well as managing the continued deployment of the overarching brand for Durham, NC. Kim holds a B.A. in Journalism with a concentration in Visual Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kim Kiser
Director, Communications

After 17 years in New York, Kim relocated to Austin, Texas to join Dimensional Fund Advisors as Vice President, Creative Director, where she oversees the editorial, design, interactive and presentations teams. For most of the past decade, Kim served as Vice President, Global Creative Director for Morgan Stanley, where she managed the brand and oversaw print, Web and animation design produced in the firm’s New York, London and Tokyo studios. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Kim worked on the agency side as an art director for the arts, biotech, finance and publishing industries. With a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Kim started her career as a copywriter, writing television, radio and print ads. She earned a Master’s degree in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, where she later taught Psychology of Visual Perception in the Graduate Communications Design department for eight years.

Ed Roberts
Director, Marketing

Ed attended the College of Design at North Carolina State University and began his career as an assistant art director at American Scientist magazine, designing information graphics for some of the world’s leading scientists. In 2000, he worked as an art director in a high-tech business-to-business advertising agency; his clients included CREE and Tyco among others.

After working in advertising agencies developing identity systems, promotional advertising, environmental graphics, websites, packaging and publication design, Ed became an in-house design manager at a government agency in 2004. Today his talented, award-winning team of creative and strategic superheroes markets an organization that manages billions of dollars in electric generation assets and serves over 500,000 consumers.

Ed’s mission as an in-house design manager is to support, educate and motivate his team to create beyond their perceived talents. He is an editorial council member and contributor to HOW magazine’s InHOWse Design Blog and has spoken nationally about measuring the success of in-house communication projects. Follow Ed (@InHouseObs) on Twitter for more insights.

Shani Sandy
Director, Digital

Shani began her design career as a Creative Intern at Young & Rubicam with aspirations of becoming an Art Director. Not quite ready to abandon her passion for painting and her curiosity of other disciplines, she left NYC for Boston to pursue a BFA in Studio Art & Computer Art and a BA in Art History at Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She worked as an Art Instructor and as a Graphic & Web Designer for Publishing, Music, and Non-Profit clients until returning to her hometown of New York City.

Nine years later, Shani is the Creative Director at the once start-up Capital IQ, now known as S&P Capital IQ, a part of the McGraw-Hill Companies. She serves as the leader and mentor of the Design team focusing on communication design, branding, and interaction design. She has had the unique experience of actively growing and transforming the company’s identity and being part of many first-ever initiatives.