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Volunteers Who Kick Ass: Shanna McNear & Ally Feldman

By ADCD | Apr 27, 2012 | 1

Meet Shanna McNear and Ally Feldman, co-chair’s for this year’s Paper Fashion Show. Best way to sum them up? A quote by Maya Angelou, “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

Here is a little about the two of them.

Shanna was born in the booming metropolis of Sterling, CO. Due to the fact that her high school literally only had ceramics and photography (which she signed up for and dropped later to take P.E. for the hell of it), she had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. She finally decided to move to Fort Collins and attend Colorado State University, to major in Journalism with a minor in Web Design. Dead wrong on both counts. She disliked writing AND coding. But it did lead her to meet some people that put her in the right direction and 4 years later she graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design.

After graduation, she moved to Denver on a whim and a prayer that she would get a few freelance gigs. Luckily that prayer turned into a reality. For the next year, she bust her ass freelancing at multiple agencies, taking on random projects and volunteering for the Art Directors Club of Denver. She also had about 15-20 interviews, which all ended up telling her, “sorry, but no cigar.” As discouraging as it was for her, she wouldn’t change it for the world, because she wouldn’t be at the job she loves now.

Shanna is currently an Associate Art Director at The Integer Group, working on Regions for MillerCoors. She loves small dogs, Roseanne (circa 90s), window shopping and anything mustache related. She dislikes her inability to not blush when embarrassed, gluten and when people pop their knuckles. See Shanna’s work at: www.goodforyoushanna.com.

Ally was born and raised right here in Denver, CO. Always artistic as a kid, she headed off to try Southern California and costume design on for size in college. Lacking the patience to sew for hours, she landed on graphic design and printmaking and was hooked immediately. Turns out there’s not enough snow in SoCal for a native Coloradoan, so after graduating she headed back to our fair city and has been working in the local advertising and design world since.

Ally is currently an Art Director at The Integer Group where she cures the world of mediocre medical marketing on a daily basis, and spends her free time running, reading design blogs, and noodling around on her letterpress.

If you would like to get involved with running ADCD and meet lots of fun creatives, email us at info@adcd.com to attend a board meeting. ADCD is ran by an all-volunteer board consisting of 15+ members. Board members and volunteers to the board help organize and plan all our events.

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