BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Message from our Founder, Elizabeth Winter:
“I was born with a rare cancer that took a long time to diagnose and treat. I remember during that time how comforting it was when someone came by to keep me company, especially when we did something creative together. It took my mind off of what I was going through and helped me express what I was feeling too.
I am grateful that my cancer was cured and that I got to go on to a career where I’ve worked with some of the greatest artists in the world. Together we have created The Ink Well Foundation with the hope of bringing laughter, creativity and encouragement to children braving illness and hardship today.”
Elizabeth has worked on Beavis & Butthead, The Head, Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys, and The Venture Bros.
Peter de Séve
Peter is the artist behind numerous New Yorker magazine covers, the characters of the movie, Ice Age, and he’s 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 The Little Prince feature.
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 TV show.
Heather is a Director/Producer of documentary films through her company Toots Crackin Productions. Her films have been broadcast internationally and won major awards, notably Sundance, Berlin and Edinburgh. She has earned grants or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY 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, 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 a recipient of the NCS Reuben Award for “Best In Magazine Illustration.” He 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, 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 Art Academy for at-risk children. She also had a one-woman show in Port Authority’s and Garment District’s Artists in PublicSpaces.
Jane Archer, Director: Bellevue Hospital
Jane is an illustrator and graphic designer. Her work includes illustrations for The Bap Handbook and Clinton Kelly’s Freakin Fabulous, Jumping Through Hoops: Songs of Bravery and Courage, 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 currently teaches at an after-school arts and design program at the Brooklyn Design Lab.
Lisa LaBracio, Director: New Alternatives for Children
Lisa is an animator and educator. She began her animation career in 2003, working with the Oscar-nominated director and animator, Bill Plympton. The short film she produced in 2009, “Backwards”, screened at over 50 festivals worldwide and was awarded “Best First Film” at Zagreb Animafest & “Best in Show” at the ASIFA-East Festival, among others. As an educator, Lisa has taught animation workshops in several countries to populations in homeless shelters, refugee camps, as well as traditional classroom settings. Currently, she works as an animation director for TED-Ed, the educational initiative of TED Conferences.
Franz Palomares, 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, Ink Well West Coast Director
Joseph is a Director, Story Artist and Animator who’s just moved from Walt Disney to DreamWorks. 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 also teaches 3rd Graders the fundamentals of drawing and animating at Mark Keppell Elementary in Glendale, CA.