Meet the Judges

Clay McAndrews
Graphic Designer

Clay McAndrews is creative. He lives and works in Jackson, Michigan with his wife, Leslie, and their dog, Winston. Clay is a graphic designer at Consumers Energy. His work for the company focuses on professional branding including, logos, identity, photography, events and design.

Clay is the Founder and Co-Director of the Bright Walls Mural Festival, which takes place in Jackson, Michigan. He likes painting murals, too, and has completed two large scale murals. When Clay isn’t planning or painting in Bright Walls, he volunteers on the marketing committees for the Jackson Community Foundation and the Jackson YMCA Capital Campaign. He is also active in Sigma Chi Fraternity as an alumni leadership facilitator.
 
He attended Central Michigan University, and received degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising. Clay’s work has been featured everywhere from publications to building signage.

Jacqueline Austin
Co-Owner, Placemaking Company
Real-estate Agent, Thinking Real Estate

Jacqueline Austin has an unique ability to take a small idea, whether it is her own or someone else’s, and make it a bigger than life reality. She has a passion for her hometown, Jackson, Michigan, and it shows in everything she does.  Jacqueline is co-owner and “CEO” (Chief Events Officer) of the Placemaking company, Think Jackson; Quality Manager and a real estate agent of Thinking Real Estate, a Michigan real estate brokerage; Quality Manager of Orange Door Properties, a property management company; Director of Professional Learning Network, a Michigan proprietary real estate school; and, completed a Masters of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College in 2016.  As the events director for Think Jackson, she has created and implemented Amazing Race Jackson, a semi-annual landlord conference, and The Orange Peacock Gallery with holiday art market ARTitude. Jacqueline spends her free time volunteering in the community as the Vice President for Jackson Young Professionals, Event Co-Director of the Bright Walls Mural Festival, and Chair of Jackson’s Downtown Development Authority

Rachel Veramay
Curator of Exhibits, Ella Sharp Museum

Rachel joined the Ella Sharp Museum staff in 2013. In her current role she oversees the coordination, design and development of all exhibitions. Rachel also serves on the Jackson Public Art Commission and has participated as an artist in a number of art shows throughout the community.

Sean Palmer
Staff Accountant at Lally Group, PC
President, Jackson Young Professionals
Bright Walls, Team Member

Sean was a credit analyst for County National Bank for three years and recently joined the Lally Group as an accountant last fall. Sean is a team member for Bright Walls Jackson and is now president of the Jackson Young Professionals.

Ashley Esselink
Bright Walls, Team Member
Ella Sharp Museum Board

Ashley Esselink, of Jackson, MI, is a proud member of the Bright Walls Team, the Ella Sharp Museum Board, an AYSO soccer coach—go Western!, and a volunteer with her therapy dog, Margot, at the hospital.

Graduating from Alma College, Ashley has Bachelor of Arts degrees in media studies and writing. For the past five years, Ashley has been an employee of Consumers Energy working first on their videography team and currently on the customer experience team. Her work can be found on the various media channels including radio, TV, YouTube, on banners, and in many other print and digital pieces.

In her spare time, you can find Ashley on the Falling Waters trail, gardening with her pal Leon the lizard, or using power tools to complete  a home improvement project, build gnome doors, make bird houses, etc. She is also an avid cyclist passionate about the DALMAC ride, their mission, and is one of their graphic designers—see her artwork on the 2018, ’19 and ’20 jerseys!