By Maddie Knostman
My name is Maddie Knostman, and I am the newest member of the team here at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! I am a graphic designer, artist and visual communicator by trade, but I hope to bring much more than just strong designs to my new role as the staff graphic designer for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
I grew up in Dublin, Ohio and attended K-12 at Dublin City Schools. While I was in high school I was very passionate about creating art and volunteering with my local youth group, and I was involved in a handful of clubs and sports teams. After graduating from Dublin Jerome High School in 2016, I went down to Ohio University to pursue a degree in Visual Communication – Publication Design, in the Scripps College of Communication. Over four years of college, I was a managing editor of the yearbook, a designer for a student run magazine, the Vice President of Communications for the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi, a two-time participant in BOBCATHON (Ohio University’s dance marathon fundraiser for the house), and a Volunteer Ambassador for the School of Visual Communication. I graduated from Ohio University in May 2020, and shortly after I started as an Art Director at Great Lakes Publishing Company. I directed photoshoots, designed visitors guides and perfected many technical skills over the past two years, before coming on as the new Graphic Designer at RMHC of Central Ohio.
I have an immense passion for community service and helping others. I have been involved in a countless number of charity events, fundraisers and community outreach projects throughout my life. Something I’ve always been drawn towards is working to help those that are less fortunate. I am grateful for the life I have been given, and for that I feel it is my duty to give as much as I can to those in need. Receiving a job offer to join a team that works for such a heartwarming incredible mission truly still feels like a dream come true. Ronald McDonald House Charities have changed so many families lives, and it’s an honor to be a part of a team that makes such a large impact. My life goal is to make a difference in the world that is bigger than myself. In this role, I hope to use my passion for art and design, to help get the word out about our mission, and let others know how they too can get involved helping these families going through rough times. I’m so excited to join such a lovely team of individuals, and I’m looking forward to seeing what my future in this new role holds.