2016-2017 Board

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Board/Staff Portrait:

Top Row, L-R: Linda Feltner (President), Britt Griswold (Past-Vice President), Diana Marques (Outreach Director), Ikumi Kayama (Vice-President), Marjorie Leggitt (Past-Treasurer), Sara Taliaferro (Education Director)

Bottom Row, L-R: Leslie Becker (Office Staff), Gail Guth (Outgoing-Outreach Director), Amelia Janes (Past- President)

Not present: VIrge Kask (Bookkeeper Staff), Daisy Chung (Secretary), Cheryl McCutchan (Recording Secretary), Karen Johnson (Treasurer)

Linda Feltner
Linda M. Feltner is an award-winning nature artist and educator. Linda has instructed for the University of Washington Scientific Illustration Certification Program, and currently teaches for the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. She holds a Master of Arts degree, and is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists. Her home in the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona provides awe-inspiring biodiversity right outside her studio window.

Amelia Janes (Past-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. Amelia is in her fourth year of Presidential duties as Past-President.

Karen Johnson (Treasurer)
Karen has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1989.  She has bachelors’ degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology, the study of insects. Karen has done the majority of her color work in watercolor, gouache, acrylic and pastel and her black and white work on scratchboard.  Her realistic depictions of flowers and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract.  She also utilizes the computer to make her paintings available in cards and calendars.

She has created illustrations for a variety of clients including: Iowa State University entomology and veterinary departments, Organic Gardening Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, the University of Illinois Extension Services, Plant Nanny, and Ball Horticultural Company.  Her artwork is included in private and corporate collections.

Currently, she teaches scratchboard, acrylic and insect illustration classes at the Morton Arboretum. Exploring polymer clay sculpture in the form of jewelry is her latest foray into depicting insects and plants in an educational and artistic way. She regularly blogs and participates in various social media as a way to share her love of art and nature with the public.

Ikumi Kayama (Vice-President)
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.

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.

Diana Marques (Outreach Director)
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Diana Marques was encouraged from a young age to travel and explore beyond boundaries. Throughout her career she has pursued a broad range of professional experiences, working as a scientific illustrator and animator, teaching at a university and exhibiting in an assortment of settings.

Through her doctoral studies, the recent adventure into digital media research has added to her knowledge in mobile technology production and user experience with mobile devices and augmented reality. She gets to combine technology with scientific illustration, animation and design.

Daisy Chung (Membership Secretary)
Daisy is a scientific illustrator originally from Taiwan and New Zealand. She currently works at National Geographic in Washington, DC as a Junior Graphics Editor, where she works on producing graphics, animations, maps, and art for National Geographic Magazine.

Cheryl McCutchan (Recording Secretary)
Cheryl's formal training is in science, and she holds an excessive number of degrees in biochemistry, environmental science, biology, and botany. She has taught a variety of college level courses, mostly in botany, and enjoys communing with the wildflowers of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. Cheryl currently illustrates, animates, writes about, and does research on a variety of sciency subjects. Her favorite activities are illustrating and animating because, throughout her scientific career, she has always visualized science in pictures.

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