BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Message from our Founder, Elizabeth Winter:
“As a child, I had a rare cancer. It took a long time to diagnose and treat, and I remember vividly how much of a difference it made to just have someone to talk with or try to make me laugh during often frightening and isolating times. I am grateful today to remain cancer free. I’ve gone on to a career in animation and live action where I’ve gotten to meet some of the greatest artists in the world. Together we have created The Ink Well with the hope of bringing laughter, creativity and comfort to the brave kids facing illness today.”
Elizabeth has worked on shows such as “Beavis & Butthead,” “Rugrats,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” and “The Venture Brothers.”
Peter de Séve
Peter is perhaps best recognized for his many New Yorker magazine covers and his character designs for the blockbuster Ice Age franchise. He has also contributed to such films as Mulan, A Bug’s Life, Arthur Christmas and Finding Nemo. Most recently, he was the lead character designer on a feature based on the beloved classic, The Little Prince, due for release in 2015.
Peter is the recipient of the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, a Clio Award for a Nike television commercial and a Daytime Emmy Award for best character design in a daytime television show.
Heather is a director/producer of documentary films, through her company Toots Crackin Productions. Her films have been broadcast internationally, and won major film festival awards, notably Sundance, Berlin and Edinburgh. She has earned grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, JP Morgan Foundation, NY Foundation for the Arts, and the Peter J. Sharp Foundation, among others.
Ray Alma, Event Director: St. Mary’s Hospital
Ray is a cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator. His work has appeared in Mad magazine, DC Comics, NY Daily News, NY Newsday and shows for Nicktoons. He’s a member of the National Cartoonist Society and in 2010, he won the NCS Reuben Award for “Best In Magazine Illustration”. He has taught cartooning at Jamaica Arts Center, Queens College and Nassau Community College. He also draws for the USO at hospitals in Washington DC, Germany, Kuwait and Iraq.
Elana Amity, Event Director: Mount Sinai Hospital
Elana is a fine artist. She’s been an Editorial Illustrator for consumer and trade magazines and an illustration and painting teacher at La Guardia High School. She’s on the Board at the Society of Illustrators, co-chairs their Community Service Committee, and coordinates their Summer Illustration Art Academy for at-risk children. She also recently had a one-woman show in Port Authority’s Artists in Public Spaces.
Jane Archer, Event Director: Bellevue Hospital
Jane is a Brooklyn-based illustrator and graphic designer. Her work includes illustrations for “The Bap Handbook” and Clinton Kelly’s “Freakin Fabulous,” character design for sites like gurlthang.com and her own worldwide stationary line for Clarkson Potter/Random House called p.s. bella by jane archer. Jane is currently illustrating a CD for children called, “Jumping Through Hoops, Songs of Bravery and Courage” as well as teaching children at an afterschool arts and design program at the Brooklyn Design Lab.
Franz Palomares, Event Director: Gilda’s Club NYC
Franz is an animator and cartoon illustrator. He has worked on such projects as “Curious George,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Dr. Suess’ Sneetches,” “Dora the Explorer,” “X-Men” and more. His animated short, ‘Zombies Vs. Vampires’, won the audience award at the 2010 Miami International Film Festival. Currently he’s working with TED Conferences on their TED-Ed initiatives, bringing together great animators and great educators to create lessons worth spreading.
Joseph Scott, Director of Los Angeles Events
Joseph is a Director, Story Artist and animator. Based in Los Angeles, he works primarily on TV shows, including: Rugrats (for which we he won an Emmy for Directing), Wild Thornberry’s, As Told By Ginger, Futurama, Napoleon Dynamite, Murder Police, Penn Zero Part-time Hero. He currently works at Walt Disney Television Animation. For the past 10 years he has taught graduating 3rd Graders the fundamentals of drawing and animating at Mark Keppell Elementary in Glendale, CA. He Graduated from San Diego State as an Illustrator in 1994.