The DesignMil Team


Anthony Lauer

Anthony is an area designer and educator serving as DesignMil's Lead Organizer. He has been combining design and education as a freelancer, adjunct professor and cooperating teacher with regional businesses, schools and universities for most of his career. These experiences will help Anthony coordinate the DesignMil team and ensure a quality event for all involved this fall.

Laura Clark

Angela Ryan

Angela serves as a Co-Producer for DesignMil. Angela is a Senior at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a BFA in Design and Visual Communication. She currently works as a Graphic Designer for UW-Milwaukee’s Restaurant Operations. Angela joined the team to coordinate DesignMil to aid in providing a great opportunity for nonprofits, designers, developers, students, and Milwaukee alike.


Emily Adkins

Emily serves as a Co-Producer for DesignMil. Emily is a Senior at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a double major in Design Studies and Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies. She currently is a Creative Intern at Hoffman York. Emily joined the team to coordinate DesignMil, because it combines her two passions: design, and giving back to the community. After interning at United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Emily is excited to be working again to benefit Milwaukee non-profits and the community.


Cassie Bonner

Cassie joins DesignMil as the co-coordinator for nonprofit organizations and design professionals. She recently graduated from UW-Milwaukee and currently holds the position of Studio Manager at Northern Ground. Cassie is thrilled to be a part of the Design Mil team because she is passionate about people and eager to make a difference in the Milwaukee community.

Arthur Horvat

Steve Kodis

Steve is the Creative Director for DesignMil. He believes design is a tool that can make change better. Understand a problem from the inside out, create solutions that works from the outside in. Steve also believes designers have a responsibility to give back to the community by using their skills for the greater good.


Brad Fisher

Bradley joins DesignMil as the co-coordinator for nonprofit organizations and design professionals. Bradley works as Marketing Coordinator for Henricksen, supporting the office furniture dealership’s Wisconsin sales efforts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s Greater Milwaukee Chapter as both Vice President and Membership Co-Chair, leading organizational member recruitment efforts. Bradley is energized by the important work in Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector and is excited to connect organizations to this event.


Rodney Hahn

Rodney serves as Lead Designer for DesignMil. He's been a designer/art director over the past 14 years in the MKE community, from working with non-profits to the corporate side to being self employed. He has a passion for brand identity and building strong looking brands. Rodney is looking forward to connecting the design community to deserving non-profits and continue to elevate our MKE community.


Rita Dragotta

Rita is a web developer and designer in the Milwaukee area, who works primarily with HTML, CSS and responsive web. She enjoys working with both graphic and interface design, and the mechanics of the code behind them. Joining the DesignMil team as Web Developer, Rita looks forward to getting involved with local nonprofits and talented Milwaukee creatives.


Chris Trejo

Chris is a fourth year student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee studying Graphic Design and Printmaking. He has a passion for art, design, problem solving, and creativity. As student coordinator, Chris is excited to introduce new students to the Milwaukee design community and connect them with local non-profit organizations.


Donovan Green

Donovan is a senior in the Design & Visual Communication undergraduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Donovan’s current position as a graphic designer III student lead at UWM Union Marketing allows him to improve his design skills. He has worked on campaigns for both campus departments and student organizations, taking their concepts to create branding in the form of banners, posters, and flyers.


Mary Ellen Griffin

Mary Ellen joins the team to offer her experience of event planning and organization for the DesignMil event. She is currently completing her second degree and is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Design and Visual Communication where she provides multiple perspectives to problems with the support of a diverse academic background. Having the ability to manage a range of responsibilities, Mary Ellen seeks opportunities to help where she is needed and looks forward to the positive change that this event brings to Milwaukee.