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What's Next: Exploring Your Future in Design

  • Sacramento City College, Art Court Theatre, Performing Arts Bldg. 3835 Freeport Boulevard Sacramento, CA, 95822 United States (map)

A panel that is geared towards high school students and anyone considering a path in design. Hear from faculty at Sacramento City College, Sierra College, Sacramento State and more!

Find out more about our speakers!


John Forrest, Sacramento State

John P. Forrest, Jr. is a Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Department of Design at Sacramento State. His teaching career spans 18 years and three institutions. In addition to his 15 years at Sacramento State Professor Forrest taught as a full-time lecturer at Cuyahoga Community College and as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University both in Ohio. Along with his teaching an administrative responsibility at Sacramento State Professor Forrest continues to his professional practice as a partner in Interval Press, and principal designer at Forrest McClain. Professor Forrest is a graduate of Kent State University's School of Visual Communication Design.

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Marcy Wacker, Sierra College

Marcy is a veteran designer, educator and design cheerleader. She has spent more than 20 years creating visual experiences that engage and delight. Since 2008, she’s taught courses in graphic design and professional practice to more than 700 eager students at UC Davis, Sacramento City College and Sierra College. Never without a side project, her newest adventure is coaching creatives to find purpose and meaning in their work.

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Christopher Terrazas, Director of Creative Services, 3fold Communications

Christopher Terrazas is the director of creative services for 3fold, leading the creative team in developing audience-focused concepts and campaigns that not only look good, but achieve results. He brings more than 15 years of experience to our clients’ projects, including combining strategic marketing plans, identifying audiences, crafting targeted messages, selecting appropriate media under tight deadlines, and assessing success.

He was fortunate to work at prominent shops in the Los Angeles area, such as J. Walter Thompson, DavisElen Adertising, Omelet, E! Entertainment and in the entertainment industry at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGA Entertainment, makers of Bratz Dolls. At these places, he was able to develop his skills in Production, Account Management and Creative.

Chris has overseen recent creative projects for clients including SouthEast Alaska Regional Healthcare Consortium; Western Placer Waste Management Authority; City of Roseville Environmental Utilities and Electric; Electrify America; Gig Car Share; City of Stockton; Carson Valley Medical Center; Los Rios Community College District; and Southwestern Community College District.


Don Button, Sacramento City College

Don Button is a professor and department chair for the Graphic Communication / Design & Digital Media department at Sacramento City College. He began teaching at SCC in 2000 and has been a professional graphic designer and art director for over 30 years. The majority of Don’s professional experience is in publication design, having served in various senior design positions with the Chico, Sacramento and Reno News & Review weeklies for over 20 years. His work has been featured in Print and How magazines, and earned over two dozen individual and group awards. He has also served as senior designer for the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom since it’s opening in 2011. 


Craig Martinez, American River College

Craig Martinez has been an award winning graphic designer and art director for over 25 years. He was partner in a small Sacramento, CA design firm from 1990 until 2003. In 2003 Craig split off from this successful partnership to start his own studio. This move allowed him to focus more of his energies towards art direction, message development and illustration.

In 2010 Craig made the life changing decision to teach graphic design at American River a College, and simultaneously peruse fine art as his second career. His work has been featured in Print Magazine and in Logo Lounge 4:International Identities by Leading Designers.

He also shows his sculptures in various galleries throughout Northern California as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico and Palm Springs California. Craig is a graduate of University of California at Davis.

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Marielle Endalino, Founder of Davis Girls Who Code Chapter and htm.elle

Marielle Ednalino is an alumna from the University of California, Davis where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Design. Invigorated by female empowerment through technology, Marielle is the founder of the Davis Girls Who Code Chapter, as well as, the non-profit organization, htm.elle. Her work is rooted in tech, creativity, and empathy. She continues to disrupt the tech sphere and solve real world problems by finding imaginative solutions for complex problems and moving ideas from good to great.


Our Moderator


Lauren Kelly Sheridan, Design & Development Technologist

Lauren operates at the intersection of design + technology, bringing together creativity and technical excellence. A true geek, Lauren has designed, built, and deployed web-based products for over 20 years. Since graduating from UC Davis, where she studied Design and Managerial Economics, Lauren has worked on projects for Shutterstock, Gensler, Wells Fargo, HP, Intel, McAfee, Maxim Integrated, Intersil, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, the University of Technology in Sydney, and Stanford University.

In her free time, Lauren created Surveyor, an iPhone-based application designed to streamline the process of auditing physical spaces in environments such as hospitals, health-care campuses, retail stores, and universities. The app is tied to EAMS (Environmental Asset Management System) - a custom, cloud-based management system that she developed.

Lauren currently serves as the Development Director of Design Week Sacramento. She also served as the San Francisco Chapter Chair of SEGD and on the board of AIGA SF as the Programming Co-Chair.

Please note! This event will take place in the Art Court Theatre, Performing Arts Bldg. Print out this campus map to help you find your way!


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