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Office Location: Ankeny - Building 15, Room 8 or Adjunct Office
Office Hours: Before and after class or by appointment
Phone Number: (515) 229-4952
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BA – Commercial Art, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 1976

Numerous DMACC courses



Local community college with largest two-year programs in Iowa, offering more than 75 career programs.

Adjunct Instructor – Graphic Design and Career Academy: Orientation – Introduction to Visual Communications / Photo Editing – Photoshop / Desktop Publishing / Typography / Communications Design / Interactive Media / Continuing Education. Teaches a wide range of students including high school students about the visual communications field by providing experiences they will use to evaluate the profession and make decisions about careers in the field. Coordinates curriculum with department head, lead instructors and other adjuncts instructors. Creates and designs relevant class projects, grades student work, and tests students on course knowledge. Presently teaches both Career Academy and traditional courses at DMACC Ankeny campus. 

Experience teaching traditional, non-traditional and/or Visual Communications Career Academy and Continuing Education courses at DMACC including:
GRD 301 - Intro to Desktop Publishing GRD 403 - Communication Design I
GRD 463 - Photoshop GRD 470 - Interactive Media I
GRT 404 - Intro to Visual Communications Intro to Computers, both Mac and Windows OSX

CHILDREN & FAMILIES OF IOWA (CFI), Des Moines, IA, 2011 – Present

CFI is about restoring hope, building futures and changing lives for thousands of Iowans every year, making a difference for people who have nowhere else to turn. CFI program areas include: Domestic Violence Services, Mental Health Services, Teen Programs, Family Centered Services and Childcare Services.

Graphic Designer – Graphic Design Professional / Communications Coordinator / Grant Writer / Feature Impact Story Writer / Social Media and Website Administrator / Event Photographer. Enhanced CFI’s brand identity and awareness. Designed and produced materials for events, brochures, newsletters, social media, e-blasts, multi media presentations as well as specialty items. Updates web site and keep Facebook and Twitter current, provides event photography. Solicits donations from community chests as well as writing larger proposals as needed. Speak on behalf of CFI to audiences ranging from clubs to United Way presentations to graduate classes.

During staff transition, wrote two Iowa Department of Human Services request for proposals totaling $2,970,000.00 in revenue which were awarded to CFI.

Increased Community Chest donations to over $10,000 yearly. Always over goal.

Successfully acting as Communications Manager as well as Graphic Designer and Communications Coordinator during nine month transitional period.

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER - DES MOINES, Des Moines, IA, 1985 – 2004

A 917-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital with a network of health care facilities, family practice, and specialty clinics throughout Iowa.

Graphic Designer / Art Director / “Logo Cop”/ Photographer – Implemented, enforced, and maintained Mercy’s brand identity. Designed annual reports and prestige pieces for the Areas of Excellence, which include Heart, Cancer, Emergency, Trauma Services, Birthing, Pediatric Services, Medical Imaging, Critical Care, Neurology, Orthopedics, Behavioral Medicine, and more. Designed and produced newsletters, brochures, posters, and specialty items for various service lines. Created displays for local, national, and international conventions. Only designer assisting six account executives in design and promotion needs for their service lines. Acted as account executive for areas not included in service lines. Oversaw work of graphic design interns and free-lance artists. Acted as media contact on rotating basis.

As part of Mercy’s community outreach, designed and produced a fund-raising informational brochure and identity package for the Fort Des Moines Memorial Park and Education Center. The book was successfully used to procure federal funding, as well as corporate and private contributions.

Responsible for the implementation of “Mercy, Where the Experts Are.” campaign created by Storandt, Pann, Margolis in 1996. The tag line had a 98 percent consumer recall in 2004.

Organized, designed, and produced breast cancer awareness materials and displays. The first featured stories of several Mercy employees’ victories over breast cancer. The displays led to media coverage in the Des Moines Register and TV-13, which in turn led to an increase of mammograms for employees and the public. A second series of displays and educational material were aimed at minority groups who tend to have a higher incident of breast cancer, but are often reluctant to seek early detection and treatments. These efforts were funded by a grant from the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A poster presentation created with materials for this campaign was presented at the Foundations National Convention in 2004. 

Implemented four separate Logo / Identity packages and supporting materials.

Instrumental in motivating an increase in employee contributions to the “Spirit of Mercy” fundraising event for Mercy and community charities through eye-catching design of brochures, employee newsletter inserts, and posters. Contributions increased 13 percent and number of donors up 5 percent from previous year.

Candy Foster


5/17/2016 6:28 PM


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