Daniela lives and breathes the word “intention” in every facet of her life.
The oldest child by five years, Daniela became self-sufficient and mature from a young age. She could usually be found in her backyard, either on the swing set, in a tree, or digging up frogs. She played piano, percussion, and soccer throughout middle and high school, though, given her incredibly mellow disposition, she “struggled with the whole aggression piece.” Daniela found an outlet for her gentle, loving spirit in high school, when she began volunteering for outreach organizations in inner-city Akron and Cleveland. Whether she was assigned to a mundane task, or something more directly people-oriented, Daniela found fulfillment contributing in whatever way she could. “I loved the opportunity to break out of my comfort zone, to just jump into it and learn how to love and help people the best I could. To see the joy of those who have so much less than we did was incredible.”
Her passion for nonprofit work is a testament to the intentionality with which Daniela treats the humans surrounding her. She’s interested in developing an authentic understanding of others, and is willing to not only ask the questions -- but truly listen to the answers -- that spark deep, thoughtful connection. Daniela is a believer in the true goodness of the human spirit, and seeks to share in that through intimate, heartfelt relationships. She’s never felt like she needed to be surrounded by a huge group of friends to be happy -- from a very young age, Daniela has been satiated having one or two full, intimate friendships, centered on love and understanding. Such is the thoughtful, generous, and compassionate sort of approach Daniela takes in many aspects of her life.
Daniela has always loved crafts and being artsy, but she never thought it’d play a serious role in her life until she was encouraged by her graphic design teacher senior year of high school to consider it as a career path. Though unsure at first, Daniela quickly came to enjoy the challenge of her first few classes in the Visual Communication Design program at Kent State University, and determined early in that the world of design and creativity was something she was truly passionate about. She loves incorporating design and craftiness in her personal life, too. Her wedding venue, in fact, will be decorated with a smattering of handmade, Daniela originals: watercolor invitations, hand-lettered welcome signs, personally crafted wedding gifts.
Daniela has recently graduated from Kent State's Visual Communication Design program. Her interests in web design, motion graphics, letterpress, watercolors, and painting. As for her long-term dreams, Daniela would love to own her own shop someday, where she can sell both her design work and handmade things. She resides in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband Nathan and daughter Maizie.