We are grateful to be made up of some of the most talented artists working in the industry today. Click on the links below to learn more about our current members.
Ray Alma, Director at St. Mary’s Hospital
Elana Amity, Director at Mount Sinai Hospital
Jane Archer, Director at Bellevue Hospital
John Jay Cabuay
Peter de Séve, Board Member
Rami Efal, former Board Member, former Event Director
Lisa LaBracio, Director at New Alternatives for Children
Franz Palomares, Director at Gilda’s Club NYC
Elizabeth Winter, Founder, Executive Director, Board Member
Frank M. Hansen
Michael Daedalus Kenny
Jeanette Moreno King
Bill Schwab (Pen Pals Program volunteer)
Joseph Scott, IWF West Coast Director
Enormous thanks to our retired members who’ve moved on or away:
T. Brian Kelly
Former Directors and Board Members:
Former Event Director: St. Mary’s Hospital
Ray Alma, the “Papa Smurf” and “Donald Duck” of the Ink Well has retired his long-time role as our Event Director at St. Mary’s. We are forever indebted to him and his dedication to the children we serve. We are very happy to get to continue working with Ray as a regular Ink Well volunteer as he continues his day jobs on Our Cartoon President among other great endeavors. Ray’s work has appeared in Mad magazine, DC Comics, and shows for Nicktoons and Showtime. He’s a member of the National Cartoonist Society and a recipient of the NCS Reuben Award for “Best In Magazine Illustration.” Ray also teaches Gesture Drawing for animators at the School of Visual Arts and has drawn for the USO at hospitals in Washington DC, Germany, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Former Event Director: New Alternatives for Children
We are grateful to our former Director at New Alternatives for Children, Nathan Schreiber. Nathan now lives in Chicago and runs Science Ninjas, which teaches kids about science using comics, animation and games. He invented card game, Valence, to help teach kids about chemistry and illustrated #1 New York Times Bestseller Health Care Reform. He’s made cartoons for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and FEMA, in addition to completing two artists’ residencies in France.
We’d also like to recognize former board member, Rami Efal, for his dedication and leadership. From 2007-2010, Rami was Director of Events at NY Methodist Hospital and coordinator of all other locations’ events. And after a lot of scribbling in notebooks under a tree with Elizabeth Winter, he is also co-creator of our logo. Thank you for your constant friendship, Rami! We love you.
It is with a very heavy heart that we say farewell to our dear friend, Nina Frenkel. Nina volunteered regularly with us since 2009. In the summer of 2016, she lost her own hard-fought battle with cancer. Nina was the epitome of grace and giving. She focused completely on each child she drew with at our events, comforting and empathizing with them on a very personal level. We love you and will always miss you, Nina.
We were honored to have legendary comic book artist, Stan Goldberg, as an Ink Well member. His brilliant work on Archie, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and many other characters will continue to inspire young artists for all time to come. Thank you, Stan, for sharing your light and laughter and talent with our kids and for being a dear friend to us all.