About DIG Leadership

Contact Info

Doris Wells-Papanek
DIG Chair, 2019-2021

Cell: 847-772-9959

Cindy Todd
DIG Interim Chair-Elect, 2020

Cell: 616-822-0045

Rande Blank
DIG Past-Chair, 2017-2019

Cell: 215-530-8085

Previous DIG Chairs

Dr. Janis Norman, 2014-2017

Dr. Robin Vande Zande, 2006-2014

Dr. Martin Rayala2002-2006 

DIG Chair 2019-2021  |  Doris Wells-Papanek

It is with a deep appreciation for all that I have learned from Past-Chair, Rande Blank. Our vision is to transform DIG into a learning organization – to support and share art and design teaching and learning best practices. 
Over the past two years, we have published DIG News; created the Dr. Martin Rayala Recognition Grant Award to support exemplary design thinking projects and design-based learning challenges; and transformed our annual meetings into learning opportunities by way of compelling keynote speakers for all to benefit. Next, we will dive deep into the design learning needs of preservice students; mentorship will become a primary focus. We welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions!

Doris has over twenty years of practice as a user experience designer in Silicon Valley, plus nearly 20 more as the founder and Director of the Design Learning Network (DLN). The purpose of DLN is to empower young learners of all ages, as well as educators and practitioners; to become confident and creative problem-solvers, act as purposeful makers, take ownership of their learning, and make mindful choices. Wells-Papanek holds a bachelor’s of product and environmental design from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a master’s in curriculum and instruction with a focus on action research from National Louis University.

DIG Interim Chair-Elect 2020  |  Cindy Todd

It is with great excitement that I join this team of accomplished design educators as we cultivate our passion for design, share the impact it has on learning, and pass the joy of innovation onto the next generation.
Dr. Cindy Todd is the Art Education Program Chair at Kendall College of Art & Design of FSU in Grand Rapids, MI. She is a co-creator and key designer of the Grand Rapids Public Museum School, a design thinking/ place-based secondary school that is a proud recipient of a $10,000,000 XQ Super School grant. Cindy has been a co-facilitator NAEA’s SummerStudio: Design Thinking for the past 4 years. Before becoming a professor, she taught K-12 art for over 14 years, teaching at all levels, elementary, middle and high school. She was named the NAEA’s 2019 Art Educator of the Year and has served as Michigan’s Art Education Association President and the NAEA Western Region Vice President. She helped Michigan’s State Board of Education revise their art education standards and presents keynote addresses to conferences across the country.

DIG Past-Chair 2017-2019  |  Rande Blank

As I reflect on the last two years as DIG Chair, I feel humbled to have been embraced by the DIG community and the opportunities I have been afforded. 
I have had the privilege to participate with DIG members while facilitating several Design Thinking Summer Studios, delivering the DIG Webinar, co-creating the DIG Grant Awards, introducing free student membership, leading DIG meetings and round table discussions, and co-planning pre-conference workshops. Our design thinking and learning community is made up of generous, thoughtful, and empathetic design-minded individuals who I am proud to say are my friends, colleagues, and peers. I am leaving you in good hands with Chair, Doris Wells-Papanek, and Interium Chair-Elect, Cindy Todd. I, along with past chairs, look forward to supporting our new Chairs and Chair-Elects for many years to come.