2014-2015 Board

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Board Portrait

Front Row L-R: Ikumi Kayama (Secretary), Amelia Janes (President), Leslie Becker (Office Staff); Back Row L-R: Marjorie Leggitt (Treasurer), Britt Griswold (Vice-President), Sara Taliaferro (Education Secretary), Virge Kask (Accountant), Scott Rawlins (Past President), Gail Guth (Membership Secretary)

Amelia Janes (President)

Amelia studied art at the University of Wisconsin/Madison (MFA in 2D design). She co-authored and co-illustrated an award-winning atlas of history for Wisconsin. After serving for 6 years on the GNSI Board, she wrote Illustrating Earth Sciences, a chapter for the 2nd edition of the GNSI Handbook. She now lives and works in the western mountains of North Carolina producing maps, block diagrams, shaded relief and illustrations for history, geography and earth sciences.

Britt Griswold (Vice-President)

Britt is a multimedia graphics specialist working with the Space Sciences Group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He creates display graphics, web sites, multimedia presentations and science illustrations as the visual and outreach support for the Astrophysics Science Division. He has also worked for many years as a freelance science artist for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the USDA.

Britt has been a member of the Guild for 34 years and has served as GNSI membership secretary, board member of Science Insights Inc., and project manager for the Science Illustration Creative Source Directory and Science-Art.com. Britt is twice a recipient of the GNSI’s Distinguished Service Award. This Britt's 4th term as Vice president.

Ikumi Kayama (Secretary)

Ikumi is the principal medical and scientific illustrator of Studio Kayama specializing in illustration, animation, graphics and web design. She holds a Master of Art degree in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations, television shows, children's books, and websites.

Ikumi is also the recipient of many awards including Frank Netter, MD Memorial Scholarship from Johns Hopkins University SOM and from a variety of organizations including the GNSI, Illustrators Club, and AMI.

Marjorie Leggitt (Treasurer)

Marjorie discovered and became a member of the GNSI in 1979 while working at the Field Museum in Chicago drawing Australian land snails. In 1986 she became the full-time freelance illustrator. Her illustrations appear in many scientific trade books, professional journals and museum exhibits. Current projects include illustrations for Volume 13 of the Flora of North America (Magnoliophyta), a children’s natural history book on the Hubbard Experimental Forest in New Hampshire, a geology trade book on the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming, and seed packet art for Botanical Interests.

She has been an instructor in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at the Denver Botanic Gardens since 1990 and also teaches multi-day sketching and plein-air workshops. In 2003, Marjorie chaired the GNSI Annual Conference in Denver, then, crazy as it may be, volunteered to chair this year’s Boulder GNSI Conference. Marjorie is serving her seventh term as GNSI Treasurer.

Gail Guth (Membership Secretary)

Gail is a freelance natural science illustrator and graphic designer. Her clients include local firms, national publishers, and individual researchers. She also teaches workshops in drawing, sketching and watercolor landscapes. Her work combines traditional techniques with computer graphics, and ranges from small design projects to exhibit graphics, academic publications and book illustrations. Gail works from her home studio in Battle Creek, MI.

Gail has been a member of the GNSI since 1976. She currently serves as Communications Director and Membership Secretary, and was the GNSI President from 2008-2010. She has hosted GNSI Summer Workshops in 2007 and 2008, served on several annual conference committees, and has contributed to the previous newsletter, and to the website and Journal.

Sara Taliaferro (Education Director)

Sara Taliaferro is a natural science illustrator who runs her own business, Happy Beetle Studio, and who teaches scientific illustration at the University of Kansas through the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Her work is mainly computer-generated line and color, yet she also renders in pen and ink, carbon dust, watercolor, and acrylic. She currently specializes in entomological and paleontological subjects. Her work is primarily published in books and journal articles, yet she also exhibits and sells natural history fine art with conservation themes.

She obtained a B.S. of Education in Biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania and a Masters in Botany in the Genetics Program from the University of Kansas. Upon completion of her graduate work, she took a staff position with the Museum of Natural History and Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, working for over six years with Dr. James S. Ashe, a specialist on Aleocharine beetles, Family Staphilinidae, before launching her own business.

Sara has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1997. She currently serves on the GNSI Board as Education Secretary, a position she assumed in 2010. She also serves on the Nominating Committee and has been involved in the GNSI Oral History Project. In 2002, Sara coordinated the GNSI Annual Meeting and Conference, held in Lawrence, Kansas, and again in Bar Harbor, Maine in 2013. Sara was one of the founding members of the GNSI Great Plains Chapter, formed in 2006, and she has served as their Secretary since the group began. She is the 2012 recipient of the GNSI Distinguished Service Award.

Scott Rawlins (Past-President)

Scott graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. A former museum curator and museum educator, Scott has been a faculty member at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania for 20 years. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Art and Design where he teaches scientific illustration, drawing and design.

Scott was the GNSI Director of Education for a number of years and continued to serve on the education committee until 2012. He helped to coordinate traditional workshops at several annual meetings and implemented a summer workshop. Scott was Education Director for the American Society of Botanical Artists and eventually Board President. Scott’s free lance clients have included the National Museum of Natural History as well as a number of smaller museums and nature centers. He is currently a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

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