Staff

Gerardo Contreras

Gerardo Contreras Administrative Assistant & Graphic Designer
Gerardo is an artist who grew up drawing, painting, and indulging his appetite for creativity. He decided to focus his career in visual communications. With an Associates of Applied Science in Graphic Design and Multimedia from Westwood College of Technology, Gerardo has been able to cultivate his artistic skills in a more professional and digital setting. He also attended audio/video and digital multimedia classes at Harold Washington College. To stay relevant, Gerardo is self-taught in modern software and trends.

Gerardo is driven by his love of learning and the need to prevail in graphic design and multimedia. He is always looking for new ways to visually communicate the "big idea". He finds inspiration in magazines, books, art shows, cultural events, and by simply paying attention to his surroundings.

His passion for creativity and visual appeal is expressed in many other forms. He dabbled in video, photography, print, repurposing things, installation art, and customizing things to his liking. Every chance Gerardo gets at being creative, he exerts his skills to do the best he can.

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Interests:
Motorcycles, movies, comedy, learning, laughing, traveling, history, meeting people, technology, museums, and of course art.

David G. Ellis

Davide G. Ellis Administrative Assistant
David is an intellectually curious researcher and published writer. His broad interests include law, education, public policy, and theatre. David graduated cum laude from DePaul University with degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies. The year he graduated, David was elected to be the student commencement speaker at DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences graduation ceremony.

While at DePaul, he founded its only competitive debate program, the DePaul Debate Society, which continues to thrive today and compete against teams from schools all over the country, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Chicago.

Since graduation he has served as a Speech & Debate Teacher in the Chicago area for Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Urban Debate League.

David plans to pursue a career in law and will begin law school in the autumn of 2016.

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Interests:
Theatre, Film, Cycling, Boxing, Yoga, Public Debate, Art, City-Planning, Architecture, Law, History, Netflix and AMC’s Better Call Saul.