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Guild National Board, staff, and volunteer 2017

A Meeting of (Like) Minds: Guild National Board Meeting in Atlanta

The Guild’s National Board – Executive Committee, Regional Representatives, and Administrators – returned to its tradition of holding an annual in-person meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity for a group of individuals who typically meet virtually to connect, brainstorm, and get caught up on Guild activities and initiatives in person. The meeting took place in Atlanta, Georgia, over two days, and was kicked off with a wonderful reception at B.142 Bar and Lounge, organized by Southern Regional Rep (and Atlanta resident) Yanique DaCosta.

Financial Secretary Diane Barton and Recording Secretary Bill Morse at Guild 2017 Board Meeting

Left: Even though Financial Secretary Diane Barton had to attend virtually, she still got her own name tag; Right: Recording Secretary Bill Morse snapped a photo to record an ambitious brainstorming.

From that high point, we hunkered down to two full days of work, with the entire board as well as long-time member and invited guest Ed Shems in attendance. In fact, our National Treasurer Diane Barton, unable to come to Atlanta, attended the entire Board Meeting via Skype, glued to her computer. (That’s dedication!) The first day was occupied with reports: on office administration, finances, advocacy, and ongoing initiatives. (Fortunately a LOT of coffee was served.) During the second day we got down to the exciting business: coming up with new projects and strategizing on existing initiatives.

A key takeaway from the meeting was the value our new board members bring to the board. Each has a unique perspective and input into the direction that the Guild should take, bringing fresh energy to the organization. More importantly, the newer board members increase our  diversity and cultural understanding – particularly on how to make our message relevant to a larger community of graphic artists.

At top of page – National Board, administrators, and Ed (left to right): Dawn Mitchell (At Large), Haydn Adams (Immediate Past President), Cindy Hardy (Central Administrator), Ryan McKay (Western Region Rep), Yanique DaCosta (Southern Region Rep), Bill Morse (Recording Secretary), Kim Bateman (Western Administrator), Lara Kisielewska (President), Rebecca Blake (Advocacy Liaison), Diane Barton (on laptop – Financial Secretary), Todd LeMieux (At Large), Paula Hinkle (National Administrator), Brandon Kovac (Eastern Region Rep), Simone Jemmot (Eastern Region Administrator), Nicole Fleming-Hamlin (Southern Region Administrator), Caroline Wirth (New England Administrator), and Ed Shems (guest).

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