PRESIDENT
Malia Wisch

Malia is a Design Director at Wall-to-Wall Studios. After earning her BFA in Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, she worked as a designer in a studio in Washington, D.C. In 2002, she moved back home to Hawai‘i and has since worked as a freelance, in-house and studio designer. Malia served as secretary of the board for two terms before taking the helm.

Malia’s focus in her final year as president is to raise awareness for, and appreciation of, the design industry in our local community. Her goal is to educate potential partners and clients about the design process as well as the value of professional design expertise.

 


 

Matthew Honda

VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Honda

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and focused his studies in the field of graphic design. Currently, a Co-Founder at Middle Management, A Branding co., he has previously held the position of Creative and Innovations Director at a locally based new-media company.

As VP, Matthew hopes to assist in empowering design students and businesses with the tools necessary to apply great design.

 


 

BOARD MEMBER
Miha Banu

Miha was born and raised in Romania, where she was studying foreign languages and literature. Everything changed when she boarded a plane to California, where she was supposed to just spend the summer. A few years/jobs/addresses later, Miha realized she should pursue her interest in the graphic arts, so she enrolled at Kapiolani Community College and obtained her degree in New Media Arts, Interface Design.

By day Miha is a graphic designer at Clarence Lee Design; by night she’s probably eating pizza and browsing Pinterest. She is continuing in her second term on the AIGA Honolulu board.

 


BOARD MEMBER
Stevie-Lyn Kim

In life Stevie has found that even the most winding roads lead to just the right destination. From a degree in Asian Studies to stints in property management, urban planning, and blogging, she has gained enrichment through a variety of experiences that have led to her work today in the world of design. Stevie currently works as a Project Manager at Joyce Timpson & Associates, where she oversees the branding and marketing for some of Honolulu’s most exciting condominium developments. She supplements her full-time work with her passion as a life coach, helping career-minded individuals discover, design, and live more purposeful lives. With AIGA Honolulu, Stevie looks forward to helping strengthen our local design community, as well as raising design awareness among the community at large.

 


 

BOARD MEMBER
Lilian Cheng

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Hawai‘i, Lilian works as an Associate Art Director at Hawaii Business magazine and a graduate of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s BFA Graphic Design program. She can no longer walk into a department store without thinking about prop possibilities and spends too much time daydreaming about cats. With AIGA Honolulu, Lilian hopes to promote the value of design and to strengthen the local design industry.

 


 

BOARD MEMBER
Mark Guillermo

Born and raised in Hawaii, lover of all things internet, and hater of long-winded bios. Starting from lowly beginnings as an xacto-scarred intern, Mark found an early passion for working in a digital space. He has been a part of Hawaii’s design industry for the past ten years and is employed as Ikayzo’s creative director. With interests in both front-end development and visual design, Mark is a huge proponent in creating human-centered interactive experiences.


 

BOARD MEMBER
Alex Kawamoto

Core Group One

 

 

 


 

EDUCATION CHAIR
Scott Kawamura

Scott has nearly 21 years of experience in Graphic Design. He has worked for both small design firms and large advertising agencies in Honolulu and currently is the Creative Director of HONBLUE since 2015. Scott is also a Lecturer at Honolulu Community College in the Communication Arts program where he has been teaching various design courses since 2000. He has added teaching in the Creative Media Department at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu to his professional duties. He enjoys baseball, beer, and sneakers in his down time.


BOARD MEMBER
Dori Leong

After spending some time pursuing her business degree, Dori realized that that was not the path she wanted for herself. She set off to follow her passion and to discover what the graphic arts had in store for her. Just starting off on her quest in “Finding Dori,” Dori is wide-eyed, staring out into the vast and exciting world of design. She is currently a graphic designer at Design Asylum, and when not in the office, Dori loves being in the ocean, swimming with the wildlife. As a board member, Dori is eager to spread her excitement and to help promote a passion for good design to all.


BOARD MEMBER
Di Salas

Di is a nonprofit storyteller and brand manager with a passion for design. It all began with a blog, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and a point and shoot camera – tools that would help her easily transition from the news industry to the marketing realm. 

As the Marketing and Communications Manager for The Salvation Army Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, Di utilizes her diverse skills to tell authentic and powerful narratives to convey the impact the organization has on the local community. Seeing firsthand the impact of a great story and visuals across multiple channels, Di became motivated to fine-tune best practices on design, branding, messaging, and marketing. It is through AIGA that Di hopes to lend her skills and passion toward building a culture of design enthusiasts and encourage the sharing of ideas amongst professionals.  

Beyond the office, Di is either scoping out the latest ramen shop, watching Ted Talks, or planning her next international adventure.