Meet the Reviewers – 2018 APA|DC Portfolio Review

Michael Wichita, Director of Photography, AARP Media

Michael has been with AARP since 2005, and now manages the photo department for AARP’s two publications and. Wichita previously worked as a professional photographer, his work for AARP has been recognized by SPD, AP amongst others. Wichita is a frequent speaker and portfolio reviewer at industry events. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jill Foley, Contract Photo Editor, National Geographic Books

Jill Foley is an independent photo editor in the Washington DC metro area. Currently, she edits for National Geographic in their Books division. She has edited pictures for AARP, Discovery Communications, Smithsonian Magazine, and Education Week. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Masters in Photojournalism program, an alum of the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, and an active member of Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW).

Tina Caye, Senior Creative Director, Capital One

Take care of the people and let the people take care of the work. That, combined with my firm belief that success in life is directly correlated to your ability and willingness to have uncomfortable conversations and lean into discomfort have led my 10+ year career beyond my years at SCAD. In that time, I’ve been working with creative clients and building teams both big and small – from green energy startups, to healthcare tech, government consulting, and now finance. Currently, as a Sr. Creative Director at Capital One, I am building brand moments that capture the human experience and building a team that feels like family. All the while, delivering on ambitious business goals and implementing new processes and best practices that allow for effective and efficient creative.

Cory Lawrence, Photo Editor and Producer, Freelance

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Ambica Prakash, Principal and Creative Director, Eighty2degrees

Ambica Prakash leads the creative team at Eighty2degrees, bringing more than 15 years of design experience in the academic and professional worlds. For Ambica, design is about communication, not decoration. Through continual dialogue with clients, she ensures the message is intentional, purposeful, and impactful, all through a creative design lens. Some of her clients include the United Nations Foundation, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Georgetown University, National Geographic, as well as a few DC government agencies.

Prior to establishing Eighty2degrees, Ambica was a professor of graphic design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and American University. She holds three degrees in design, including an MFA. Ambica was the Education Director and Social Design Chair of the DC chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) in Washington, DC. She is committed to collaboration between creatives and clients to more regularly implement socially-responsible design practices. 

Ambica also enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in Rock Creek Park, and experimenting with and sharing culinary delights in her kitchen with friends and family.

Jamin Hoyle, Creative & Art Director, Freelance

Jamin is a full-time freelance creative & art director based in Washington DC. A graduate of VCU Brandcenter, Jamin has worked for clients large and small in some of DC’s best creative advertising shops. His work has been recognized in Communication Arts, Lürzer’s Archive, the Art Director’s Club Annual, Graphis, Print Magazine, and the New York Times. The first children’s book that he illustrated was published in November 2017.

Richard Bloom, Group Creative Director, Huge 

Richard Bloom is a creative director with more than a decade of interactive experience ranging from building large-scale site builds and cross-platform apps to social media and integrated advertising campaigns.

His passion is to work with clients to craft their brand story and help make it come alive in the digital space.

Jeff Kibler, Senior Art Director, Imagination 

Jeff Kibler has been in the graphic arts field for 45 years. After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1975, he first worked for an advertising agency that primarily did ads for furniture manufacturers, then for Johnson & Simpson Graphic Designers, a design studio that created annual reports; magazines for fortune 500 companies; and collateral material for museums, colleges and universities. 24 years ago he answered an ad in The New York Times for an art director position at The Magazine Group. Jeff got the job, and he has been in Washington, D.C., ever since. He currently works for Imagination, a Chicago-based content marketing agency, in their D.C. office. In his spare time he likes to paint portraits and do life drawing.

Chris Just, Executive Creative Director, Marriner Marketing

As VP, Executive Creative Director at Marriner Marketing in Columbia, MD the past four years, it’s my responsibility to foster an environment of results-driven creative excellence for our clients. As a fully integrated agency, we pride ourselves in connecting the heart of the consumer with the heart of the brand. Specializing in food, beverage and hospitality, our client roster is full of well-known brands like Campbell’s, Butterball, Nestlé Professional, Cholula Hot Sauce and Maryland Tourism to name just a few—in both the B2B and consumer space.

A graduate of VCU in Richmond, VA., I started my career at WORK, Inc. in Richmond, VA. From there I went to Adworks in D.C., Fitzgerald+Co (IPG) in Atlanta, GA., Hill Holiday/Erwin-Penland in Greenville, SC. and Peter A. Mayer Advertising in New Orleans, LA. As a result, client experience is diverse – ranging from travel/tourism, banking, healthcare and telecom to CPG, non-profits, B2B, and retail. The work has been recognized by CA, Effies, Graphis, Obies, Archive and more.

After 20 years in the industry, for me it’s simple – meet consumers where they will most benefit from the experience in ways that surprise and build brand loyalty.

Jen Smith, VP of Creative Strategy, MCI Group

Jen Smith guides the editorial and design teams at MCI USA to plan, launch, sustain and assess association communications—both in traditional print and emerging new media formats.

Combining award-winning creative talent and outstanding project management skills, Jen specializes in delivering results-based work on time and on budget. She knows that for communication to be effective, cutting-edge design and targeted content go hand in hand. Recognized and honored industry-wide, Jen’s team prides itself on delivering beyond clients’ expectations.

Jen holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and a Master’s Degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore. As part of her professional membership with Association Media & Publishing, Jen regularly serves on several committees. She is a sought-after speaker at industry events and an often-quoted expert in industry media.

Molly Roberts, Senior Photography Editor, National Geographic 

Molly Roberts is an award winning photography editor, consultant and photographer.

With 25 years in the magazine and book publishing world she has contributed to the look and content of award winning publications including The Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend and Smithsonian Magazine print and web.

Special Projects have included books such as “Picture This” by Tipper Gore; “Gods, Gold and Grandeur ” by Paul Henry Walker; and “The Outdoor America” series by National Geographic books. She has had the honor of  being a juror for prestigious contests; POYi, Best of Photojournalism , Social Documentary Network and the National Magazine Awards.

She has also participated in panels discussions and presentations about the current state of the photographic medium and the future of publishing at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting , The Corcoran, and Texas State University , PhotoNola and others.

Kevin Richards, Chief Creative Officer + Jason Free, Director of Creative Production, Subject Matter

Kevin Richards leads Subject Matter, an independent, 80-person Creative Advocacy firm located in Washington, D.C. He inspires teams to develop ideas built on substance and the art of persuasion — everything from traditional advertising and design to guerilla tactics and digital experiences. His true talent lies in crafting campaigns on a simple and memorable human truth. Kevin’s work engages audiences, generating results for clients and hardware for the agency. Ask what he’s proudest of and he’ll answer, “working with good people who push for great work.”

Jason conceives, shoots, edits and produces videos, 3D animation and motion graphics for the firm’s diverse clients. His work before joining Subject Matter included time on the road with the band U2, creating tour visuals for their 360 World Tour and co-editing their 2007 feature-length concert film, “U2 3D.” He’s also created marketing videos for Apple in Cupertino. Before working with Apple and U2, Jason worked with director Mark Pellington, helping produce the film The Mothman Prophecies as well as producing and editing music videos for Kings of Leon, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews. Jason got his start working in the feature film creative department at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank after graduating from The University of Southern California.

Xang Mimi Ho, Art Director, Under Armor

Xang Mimi Ho is a fashion photographer in Virginia area as well as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. Xang received her Bachelor of Fine Art from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, and her Master of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore, Maryland. Her artwork explores themes of identity and social issues. Ho is a 2005 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program First Place winner, and participated in the 2015 EYA retrospective exhibit Focus Forward at the Kennedy Center.  She is a practicing fashion photographer, and her photographs are included in two published book; “Portrait from The Pike”: A Celebration of Community and “Living Diversity”: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project. Currently she is freelance art director for Under Armour.

Gretchen Carswell, Creative Director, Van Metre Homes

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Jennifer Beeson-Gregory, Photo Editor – Features , The Washington Post

Jennifer Beeson Gregory is a Photo Editor for the feature sections at The Washington Post.  She has had a number of positions there, including at its Sunday Magazine and more recently on, and has just celebrated her 20th work anniversary.  She has an M.A. from the George Washington University and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.

Clark Fairfield, Art Director, Yes&

Clark brings to Yes& more than 30 years of experience in creative strategy, international marketing, and branding strategy for print, broadcast, events, and the web. As a Creative Director and Live Action Director in DC and Los Angeles, Clark has worked with clients such as Beverly Hills Tourism, Disney, Paramount Studios, Lifetime Television, MTV, Warner Brothers Studio, Town & Country, Rodeo Drive, HBO, Luxe Hotel, MTV, CBS, ABC, National Geographic, Sony Entertainment, Quincy Jones Entertainment, and Hollywood Business District. Clark is recognized for his award winning creative thinking and ability to work effortlessly under pressure.

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