Kalona Owens

Marketing Manager

Chicago, IL, USA
I am a senior designer with a passion for paper and glass fusing. I love when design is thoughtful, customized and unique.

Work Experience

The National Council Of State Boards Of Nursing (NCSBN)

Marketing Manager

October 2016 - Chicago, Illinois, United States

The National Council Of State Boards Of Nursing (NCSBN)

Graphic Design Associate

-Manages design, style direction and graphic production of corporate marketing and communications materials utilizing a variety of media, both print and digital.

-Facilitates production planning and project management as liaison with agencies/vendors. Responsible for print buying, which includes identifying customer needs, communicating with vendors, and coordinating the delivery of goods and services.

-Manages and maintains organizational branding of marketing materials. Provides
editing/proofreading and design/layout of collateral materials from concept to completion; this includes creation of web/social media images and NCSBN materials.

-Manages intake and support of internal design and marketing requests.

-Responsible for the coordination and execution of trade show exhibiting
October 2013 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

The National Council Of State Boards Of Nursing (NCSBN)

Senior Marketing Specialist

- Responsible for organizational branding, strategic marketing and communications efforts by design and creation of print collateral for both internal and external clients

- Project manages production of corporate marketing collateral in addition to editing/proofreading, design/layout and style direction from concept to completion utilizing a variety of media

- Manages production and design of event/meeting materials and provides staff support at NCSBN events

- Other duties include: print buying; liaison with agencies/vendors; member relations; corporate document archiving; and trade-show exhibiting

February 2008 - Chicago, Illinois, United States

Ka'ena Point Designs

Owner/Principal Designer

Ka'ena Point Designs is my freelance design entity encompassing graphic design and glass work.
February 2013 - Chicago, Illinois, United States

Quebecor World Premedia

Freelance Graphic Designer/Production Artist

-Provided production design and layout of several catalog projects.
August 2007 - November 2007 Schaumburg, Illinois, United States

Keoiki Designs


Keoiki Designs was a freelance design company specializing in print collateral, brand identity and 
customized graphic design work.
April 2006 - June 2007 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (HVCB)

Membership Sales Coordinator

- Responsible for sales and retention of business membership programs, provided customer service relations and administrative work for Membership Department; Led in new sales of memberships for 1st and 2nd quarter of 2007

- Coordinated, collaborated and provided support in implementing new Bureau-wide database systems

- Managed marketing content for members on HVCB websites

- Other duties included: facilitated and executed data and financial queries, email blasts, lead-generation service and surveys; exhibiting at Island Chapter meetings
April 2006 - June 2007 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States


Lead Graphic Designer

- Managed Graphic Design Department and project management of internal and external print jobs

- Responsible for all conceptual design/layout of printed collateral produced by Reskyu for internal use and 
external clientele

- Other duties included: sales, print quoting and customer service relations; prepress experience with HP Indigo Press
April 2005 - April 2006 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

BFS, Inc. Dba Ben Franklin Crafts Hawaii

Graphic Designer/Advertising Assistant

- Responsible for all layout and design of advertising and marketing materials for Ben Franklin Craft stores state-wide

- Managed visual support graphics for The Joy of Crafting television show

- Created package designs and advertising collateral for The Mountain Idea and The Claycompany.com
November 2003 - April 2005 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

The Snite Museum Of Art

Marketing & Public Relations Assistant, Student Intern

- Wrote press releases and provided administrative support for department

- Managed production and design of museum event materials; print coordination
May 2002 - August 2002 South Bend, Indiana, United States


University Of Notre Dame

Bachelor of Fine Arts

BFA concentrating in Graphic Design and Photography

Graduated Cum Laude
August 1999 - May 2003 South Bend, Indiana, United States

Loyola University

Project Management Certificate Program

Project Management Certificate Program with Loyola University, Quinlan Business School
December 2012 - December 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States


Great Lakes Graphics Association

2014 Best of Category, Category: Other Special Finishing Techniques, For: 2013 NCSBN Awards Program, On Behalf of: Yorke Printe Shoppe


Great Lakes Graphics Association

2014 Award of Excellence, Category: Soft Cover Books, For: NCSBN 35 Year Anniversary Book, On Behalf of: Yorke Printe Shoppe


Great Lakes Graphics Association

2013 Award of Excellence, Category: Foil Stamping and Embossing/Debossing, For: 2013 NCSBN Awards Program, On Behalf of: Yorke Printe Shoppe


Great Lakes Graphics Association

2013 Award of Excellence, Category: Programs (4 or more colors), For: 2013 NCSBN Awards Program, On Behalf of: Yorke Printe Shoppe


Chicago Glass Collective

Founding Member


Notre Dame Alumni Club Of Chicago



American Institute Of Graphic Arts (AIGA)


American Marketing Association (AMA)


Hawaii Women's Business Center (HWBC)

Marketing Committee Member


Grief Scholarship Recipient

Grief Scholarship Recipient



Adobe Photoshop, Attention To Detail, Brand Design, Brand Identity, Corporate Design, Illustrator, InDesign, Logo Design, Logotype Design, Mac Platform, Marketing Design, Photography, PowerPoint, Windows Platform, Adobe Creative Suite 5, Association, Branding & Corporate Identity, Exhibiting, Exhibition Design, Glass, In-house, Microsoft Office, Non-profit, Prepress,

Additional Information

Hobbies include: traveling, scrapbooking, glass fusing, photography and yoga.