MODA Board of Directors
- Rhiannon Adams, Vice President, Sales - Americas, Interface
- Shawn Alshut, RA, ASID, RID Architect, Interior Designer & Founding Principal studio A2 architecture + interiors
- Alex Arnold, Vice President, Private Wealth Management, SunTrust Bank
- Alan Beychok, President, Remarkably Well, Inc.
- Meredith Courts, Copeland Architectural Systems
- Teresa Edmisten, Innovation and Betterment, tvsdesign
- William Fogler, Owner & Principal, WM Events
- Liz Gillespie, Vice President of Marketing, North American Properties
- Ken Gwinner, AIA, Principal, Greenline LLC
- Doug Henderson, Co-Owner, Switch Modern
- DeAnna Kansas, Intown Specialist,
- Henry Kim, Senior Global Director | North America, The Coca-Cola Company
- Jeff Kirsh, Vice President & Senior Managing Counsel, The Coca-Cola Company
- Bruce McEvoy, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins+Will
- Melanie Millner, Founding Principal, The Design Atelier
- Kara Moody, Family & Cosmetic Dentist, Bragg Dentistry
- Amy Nelson, Owner, Style Design, LLC
- Harold Reid, Jackson Spalding
- Brian Rice, Senior Director, Design & Packaging Innovation, Georgia Pacific
- Hank Richardson, Director of Design, Portfolio Center
- Linda Schear, General Counsel, Gregory Greenfield & Assc. Ltd. (Chairman of the Board)
- Clay Stafford, Director of Architectural Solutions, Corporate Environments
- Jeff Stratton, Owner, Structor Group
- Adrian White, Advisory, National Pursuit Team, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Grants Coordinator: Emmalee Hackshaw
Laura Flusche, Ph.D., Executive Director
Laura has been a member of the MODA staff since 2010. Prior to joining MODA, Laura lived in Rome, Italy for fifteen years, where she was assistant academic dean of an American academic program; taught art history, archaeology, mythology, and ancient history to undergraduates; and excavated on the east slope of the Palatine Hill, near the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine.
In 2016, Laura received the Business Design and Arts Leadership Distinguished Alumni Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a master’s degree in Arts Administration. She also holds a Ph.D. in Ancient Roman and Etruscan Art and Archaeology and an M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art. When asked about the transition from archaeology to design, she fiercely maintains that design is archaeology backwards.
Aimee Chan-Lindquist, Director of Development
Recently moving to Atlanta from Brooklyn, Aimee has worked in a variety of capacities in the art world for over 15 years. She served as the Director of Development at Art in General and PR and Marketing Director at Exit Art (NY). Prior to her non profit work, she served the Associate Director at the Front Room Gallery (NY), and Director of the Christopher Grimes Gallery (CA).
Treating development as a holistic practice, Aimee combines her marketing, PR, and development experience at MODA by leading museum fundraising and development initiatives. Collaborating with the board, staff and the vast array of MODA supporters, Aimee works to implement creative strategies to raise funds and garner support for MODA's innovative exhibitions and programming. Outside of the museum you'll find Aimee running around trying to snuggle her two amazing sons or collaborating on a project with her awesome artist husband.
Maria Cramer, Curator of Connectivity
Maria joined the MODA team in April of 2016 with a curiously offbeat spirit and the desire to produce game-changing communications for a twenty-first century arts organization. With expertise in brand strategy and positioning, brand voice and messaging, digital storytelling, and integrated marketing communications; Maria's role is an interdisciplinary one as she serves as MODA’s marketing and social media arm.
Prior to MODA, Maria worked in performing arts venues and marketing agencies across the Southeast. An Athens, GA native, Maria holds a BFA in Journalism with an Advertising emphasis, minor in Cultural Anthropology, and a Music Business Certificate from the University of Georgia’s Grady College and Terry College of Business, where she graduated with honors. Outside the museum, you’ll find Maria at a show with her husband and friends, brewing Greek coffee, or generally eating pizza.
Nia Mosby, Development & Membership Associate
Nia strengthened her longstanding passion for art and history while studying Arts Management and Art History at Converse College. She joined the MODA team in May of 2015 to pursue an interest in non-profit development that was activated during several internships in diverse art and non profit organizations around Atlanta.
As MODA's development and membership associate, Nia manages museum member relations and assists with development initiatives. Outside of the museum, there's a good chance you'll find Nia on her porch enjoying some quality coloring time relaxing with one of her famous “adult” coloring books.
Brigid Drozda, Design Thinking & Innovation Educator
A native Atlantan, Brigid holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia with a focus on Economic Culture, Aesthetics, and the Luxury Debate. Brigid completed her Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and brings design experience from a prior career in horticulture.
Brigid joined MODA in 2015 as Design Thinking and Innovation Educator. She creates curricula and teaches classes infused with the design process blending design thinking, project based learning, and other forms of learner-driven, open-ended, experiential learning to build cultures of innovation and collaboration. Brigid's students combine sketching and drafting with STEAM tools to execute designs that demonstrate critical thinking and functionality. She continues to design in her own biodynamic gardens and loves to play gypsy jazz guitar.
Neil Miller, 3D-Printing Proficient & Educator
Neil began volunteering at MODA in 2013, eventually joined the part-time staff, and became a full-time staff member in 2014. He graduated from SCAD-Atlanta in 2011 with a BFA in interactive design and game development and a minor in sculpture.
Neil has been 3D-printing since 2005, and 3D-modeling since before high school. As MODA's 3D-Printing Proficient and Resident Black Knight, Neil plans and implements the curriculum for hands-on design programming, schedules and teaches 3D-modeling classes, oversees day-to-day operation and maintenance of MODA's 3D-printers, and occasionally slays other metaphorical monsters.
Jessica Lewis, Public Programming Designer
Jessica joined MODA as a Public Programming Designer in June 2017 after working professionally as a user experience designer in Atlanta and completing degrees in Digital Media from GA Tech and Literature from UNCA. With on-the-ground experience running projects, conducting action research, designing experiences, and facilitating design thinking workshops, Jessica brings a large participatory design toolset to MODA.
At the museum, she develops adult programming and workshops, and runs corporate design thinking workshops. Jessica dedicates herself to creating inclusive spaces where people from all walks of life can express their design voice. Outside the museum, you can find her collaborating on any number of queer sci-fi writing projects, creating interactive art, and play-testing her friends’ games.
Blair Banks, Education Coordinator
Blair serves as MODA's education coordinator, where she strives to combine her studies of race and ethnicity with design in order to create programming for children that is not only relevant to their experiences, but also presents them with ideas that originate beyond their backyards. Working alongside educators, Blair crafts unique field trip experiences that support and reinforce classroom learning through hands on activities, and tours of MODA's rotating exhibitions.
Seeking to empower students to think creatively and functionally, Blair also heads up MODA's Education Partnerships – a series of meaningful collaborative efforts between MODA and various schools and organizations that strive to incorporate design as a problem solving tool for addressing 21st century challenges.
Janelle Miniter, Exhibitions Manager
Janelle joined the MODA team in December of 2016 as exhibitions manager. Working alongside MODA's executive director, she supports the planning, scheduling, construction, and evaluation of MODA exhibits and helps set exhibit philosophy, goals, and guidelines.
Prior to joining MODA, she worked at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in multiple capacities gaining experience in the curatorial field, visitor services, collection handling, and exhibition install/deinstall. With a B.A. in Art History, History, and a Global Engagement Certificate with Distinction from Kennesaw State University, Janelle's research focused on the Russian Constructivist movement, a highly influential design movement dedicated to improving lives through functional artistic production. When she's not in the MODA galleries, you can find Janelle exploring art museums and traveling abroad.
Adriana Quispe, Design Educator
Adriana joined the MODA team in January of 2017 with a vision to incorporate design thinking into classrooms and is in constant pursuit of new ways we can better educate students using the design thinking process. After three years of working within Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport within the international terminals, Adriana found ways to host international groups from around the world. Her childhood years living in Peru gave her an eclectic view of design, she's also a native Spanish speaker.
In the museum, you can find Adriana innovating and managing one of three programs Design Club, a free explorative design program for kids, and helping to coordinate and plan for campMODA year-round with expertise in LEGO robotics, and supporting in MODA's outreach program. In her downtime, you can find Adriana on a road trip exploring diverse landscapes of the U.S. and trying new plant-based recipes.