Creativity Crew

Shawn Gray

Freelance Graphic Designer

Shawn Gray has been a freelance designer for 5 years and a Cleveland State alum with a B.A. in Graphic Design. He specializes in front-end web development and brand/identity design and has worked for the past 5 years with clients locally, nationally, and internationally. He strives to be self-sustaining by growing strong and long-lasting client relationships, being versatile enough to fulfill a wide breadth of projects, and continuously improving networking strategies.

Jennah Lear

Owner and Chief Creative
Blue Loui Studio

Jennah Lear is a Cleveland State University graduate with a business background from The Kauffman Foundation and is the Owner and Chief Creative of Blue Loui Studio (

As a Branding Designer, she works with business owners and entrepreneurs to co-create impactful branding that tells their story, attracts soul-aligned clients, AND increases their bottom line. Jennah is fiercely devoted to empowering women and promoting confidence in all aspects of life and business. She knows it starts with believing in yourself; when you do that, magical things start to happen.

Dan Maxymiv

Graphic Designer – Darice, Inc.
Owner – Silver & Green Jewelry

Rachel Pankiw

Marketing Communications Manager
Speedeon Data

Rachel is a marketing communications professional with expertise in branding, media relations, content marketing, and marketing strategy. She is a proud CSU alum where she received her MBA in Marketing along with a graduate certificate in Marketing Analytics in 2016. She’s worked in a variety of account management roles at different agencies and marketing vendors with a focus on retail and consumer brands.  She currently works as a Marketing Communications Manager at Speedeon Data, a databased marketing firm in Cleveland, where she’s responsible for driving the implementation of all marketing content. She’s also hosting the 14th annual JemCon in Cleveland in August 2018 so if you’re a fan of the 80s be sure to talk to her. This is her third year helping with StartUp Vikes.

Christine Rinto Mapus

Communications Design Specialist
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Chris is the Communications Design Specialist at the Monte Ahuja College of Business. In this role, she is responsible for “making things look good”: developing and designing marketing collateral and assets to support the College. She also has extensive experience designing comprehensive print and digital collateral for large organizations such as University Hospitals and startups such as Forest City Brewery. She is responsible for the StartUp Vikes “look and feel” and extends her talent to assisting event participants with logo design. She has a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Heather Schlosser

Manager, Marketing & Communications
Monte Ahuja College of Business
Cleveland State University

Heather is the Marketing Communications Manager at the Monte Ahuja College of Business. She is responsible for internal and external communication on behalf of the college including six academic departments, six centers and two advising units. She collaborates with University Marketing, Admissions, Advancement, Alumni Affairs and Web Operations on university-wide initiatives in addition to planning, managing and executing promotional efforts for College of Business programs, events and other initiatives. She has over 20+ years of experience in marketing communications strategy, advertising management, media planning and buying, public relations, social media, copy writing and digital marketing. Most of all, she enjoys working with students at Startup Vikes (of course!) and in her role as advisor for Cleveland State’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.