Meet the Team
Lauren Helms is from Santa Cruz, CA and is a fourth year Graphic Communication (GrC) major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She chose to major in GrC because of her passion for graphic design, packaging design, and brand development. She is concentrating in Graphic Communication Management and minoring in Packaging as she hopes to work in a project management role within the packaging or printing industry. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach and hiking with friends. She also loves traveling internationally and is looking forward to going to South East Asia for the first time this coming summer. In her role as President, Lauren has learned valuable leadership, responsibility, and time management skills. Above all, she has learned what it means to be accountable to others and to have people relying on her actions. She is proud of her team’s accomplishments and how cohesively they were able to work together this past year to create their journal. She knows that their time in TAGA has helped prepare them for any future endeavours.
Nicole Cullop is a fourth year Graphic Communication major from Denver, Colorado. Since moving to California’s Central Coast to attend Cal Poly, she has taken advantage of the year round warm weather by staying outdoors, either hiking or going to the beach. Nicole chose to attend Cal Poly for its prestigious Graphic Communication program where she concentrates in Graphic Communication management. Nicole hopes to pursue a career in product management, sales or marketing. As Vice President of Cal Poly’s TAGA chapter, her role includes handling internal affairs, managing both funds and student coordinators, as well as overseeing the journal from ideation to output. Nicole is excited to debut the final journal at the 2019 conference after seeing the amount of effort put in this year.
Erica Taylor is a second year Graphic Communication major with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology. As the Research Coordinator for this year’s journal, she worked with professors and students within the Graphic Communication Department to gather student research papers. She is from just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been a member of Cal Poly TAGA for two years. Her hobbies outside of working on the TAGA journal include painting, exploring San Luis Obispo and the California coast, and flying her drone. Erica aspires to eventually work designing marketing or promotional materials for products. She especially enjoyed working with the other TAGA members, increasing her knowledge of the different equipment in Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, and take advantage of the ‘Learn by Doing’ motto.
Kayleigh Macdonald is from San Jose, California. She is a Graphic Communication Major with a concentration in Graphics for Packaging and is minoring in English. For fun, Kayleigh enjoys writing, singing, and spending time with friends and family. After graduating, Kayleigh hopes to pursue a career in file preparation and project management. On the TAGA Executive Board, Kayleigh served as the Production Project Manager and was responsible for scheduling all production runs as well as coordinated donation and outsourcing options with service and product vendors. Kayleigh’s favorite takeaway from being involved with TAGA was the opportunity to meet the club and executive board team as well as developing real-world experience in the print industry.
Hannah Nguyen is a third year at Cal Poly and is from Sacramento, California. She is majoring in Graphic Communication with a concentration in Design Reproduction Technology. When she is not busy working on projects for school, Hannah enjoys spending her free time with friends, enjoying the outdoors, and going to live music shows. As design coordinator, her responsibilities included leading a team through the ideation, creation, and refinement of the technical journal. Her favorite part of this project was being able to apply design principles to a very technical and educational project. In the future, Hannah hopes to pursue a career in graphic design or brand identity development. TAGA has given her the practical tools needed to take something from an idea to a finished product, something that will definitely assist her in her future professional endeavors.
Jessica is a 4th year Graphic Communication major, concentrating in Web and Digital Media and minoring in Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego, CA. Over the course of her time at Cal Poly, she has become passionate about web and mobile design. She hopes to pursue a career as a UX Designer after graduation. In Jessica’s free time she likes hiking, going to the beach, traveling, and photography. As a second year, Jessica was involved in TAGA as a digital team member. However, as the Digital Interaction Director, she has gained valuable leadership skills from working with this year’s digital team to create our TAGA website and videos. Jessica is appreciative of all she has learned through TAGA, and for the hard work from her teammates.
Ana Gonzalez is a third-year Graphic Communication student from Lompoc CA, and is concentrating in Graphic Communication Management. She loves learning about management and the printing technologies as she continues her education at California Polytechnic State University. In her free time, Ana enjoys reading articles about flexographic, offset, and packaging innovations emerging in today’s market, as she hopes to pursue a career in management for the printing and packaging industry. As Marketing Coordinator in TAGA, she leads a team responsible for fundraising and maintaining the club’s social media platforms. Ana’s favorite part of TAGA is being able to work in teams and seeing club members develop their skills, from design to leadership and decision making.