Our Team


Katelynne Fulford


Katelynne Fulford is a sophomore Graphic Design major at CCC with a minor in Design Management. She’s in charge of overseeing and organizing the TEDx Conference on Columbia College Chicago’s campus. Aside from graphic design, she also works with photography and writing. She has a successful small freelance business of her own, and hopes to grow her work as an artist while attending CCC. On top of that, she has just a little obsession with paper cranes too. To view more of her work, you can check out her instagram @katoeee or visit her website www.katelynnemarie.com.


Gavin Diehl


Gavin Diehl is a Music Composition Major with a Minor in ASL. He is the Assistant to the Managing Directors for TedXCCC this year. He is looking forward to sharing the TedX brand at Columbia’s very own conference. He hopes to expand his knowledge of any and all types of music at Columbia to bring into his own work to share with the world.


Alexandra Yacko


Alexandra Yacko is a second year transfer student at CCC. She is currently studying Interior Architecture with a focus on green design. For TEDxCCC she is the Creative Director, helping with the conferences visual and graphic content. Outside of TED, Alexandra works for Crate&Barrel and is an active artist. She is an extremely outgoing individual with a passion for hiking, climbing, and painting. To get in touch with her, you can check out her instagram @alexyacko.


Gaby Szczepaniec


Gaby Szczepaniec is an Advertising major at Columbia College Chicago and she is the second co-director for marketing at TEDxCCC. She is a first-generation, queer woman who is in love with the creative process. She has many interests including: painting, drawing, photography, design, and writing. In her free time, she loves working with dogs—it seems like there is never enough time in the day to do it all. Follow her on Instagram (@ga8u5ia) to see what she does next.

Anna Lee Ackermann


Anna Lee Ackermann is going into her third year as an Interdisciplinary Documentary student at Columbia College Chicago. This semester she is serving as the Media Director for the TEDxCCC team and is incredibly excited to be a part of something that extends beyond her reach! In her free time, you can find her freelancing as a content creator, cooking, or hammocking with friends!


Erin Zahn


Erin Zahn is a sophomore in the Interior Architecture program at Columbia College Chicago. Throughout this process, she has been in charge of watching finances for the team, as well as helping with the development side. Beyond her work at school and TEDxCCC, you can find her enjoying her internship at Stantec, spending time by the lake with friends, or watching any Chicago sports game on TV.


David Arreola


David Arreola is a Sophomore at Columbia College Chicago working towards a major in Film-making.


Maddie Hayes


Maddie Hayes is a senior studying Advertising Art Direction with a minor in Marketing. She loves working with visual content and design which is why she is so excited to be joining the TEDx team this year as Creative Assistant. Maddie works in special events for the City of Elgin and is a Video Producer for Beauty Innovations Inc. She recently spent a semester working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. You can find her on Instagram @madelinehayes.


Anthony Karlsson


Anthony Karlsson is a Marketing Major at CCC with a minor in Entrepreneurship. For TEDxCCC, he is the head manager for all promotional content along with advertising the event to the public. Outside of TED, Anthony is also a Fitness and Recreation Leader for Columbia’s Plymouth Court gym. He is a very disciplined and driven individual with a passion for reading, working out, and philanthropy. His biggest goal post-graduation is becoming a Marketing Manager for Google in Los Angeles, California. To reach out to Anthony, follow him on Instagram where he is most active @anthony_karlsson.

Maddi Banno


Maddi is honored to be working with TEDx as the Media Assistant for the 2019-2020 school year. She’s originally from Boulder, Colorado and is starting her senior year as a Filmmaking Major with concentrations in producing/audio and a minor in voiceover. She also works as an orientation leader and RA for the school. In her free time, Maddi loves rock climbing, listening to podcasts, and keeping it real.


Esmeralda Rodriguez


Esmeralda Rodriguez is a Music Business: Live & Touring major at CCC with a minor in Management. For TEDxCCC she’s in charge of the production and coordinating for the sneak peak and conference event days. Aside from TEDx she is a member of Student Programming Board, she helps coordinate events with other SPB members and work the event days. She hopes to build on her experiences at CCC so she could put them towards her career as a tour manager.


Katy Pasquariello


Katy Pasquariello is a Comedy Writing and Performance major with a double minor in Cultural Studies and Education. She is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Katy is one of the Speaker Directors for the TEDxCCC conference and has given a TED Talk in 2015. Her biggest passions are spreading ideas and advocating for change.