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National Officers & Staff

President – Liz DiFiore

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Liz is a freelance illustrator specializing in children’s picture book illustration, though she also creates middle grade illustration, video and board games, and other commissions. Liz’s favorite stories to work on are personal and emotionally impacting, displaying kids and/or adults dealing with big emotions (like anxiety or empathy) and interpersonal relationships (like kids and their parents, family members, or friends).

Since 2018, Liz has been a member of the Graphic Artists Guild serving in the roles of NE Regional Rep 2019-2021, NE Associate Rep 2018, SMAC Chair 2020-2021, SMAC 2019-2020, Advocacy 2018-2021, Membership Benefits 2020-2021.

Liz is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active streamer on Twitch with a growing community of fellow creatives. She hopes the live creation of her art is as delighting as the finished product. Visit her Twitch page at lizziebydesign for her current stream schedule.

Treasurer & ICoD Delegate – Yanique DaCosta

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Yanique DaCosta is a formally trained Graphic Designer and Fine Artist who owns a graphic design agency headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL. DaCosta’s agency leverages data-driven graphic design and digital marketing strategies to get amplified product and marketing results. Her 12+ years of Brand Development and Advertising experience has translated to the evolution of member-centric initiatives with the Graphic Artists Guild since 2016. Some of these initiatives include but are not limited to Guild Chat, Guild Chat LIVE, and Monthly Member Spotlights.

Yanique has served the Graphic Artists Guild in the roles of Southern Regional Representative 2016-2019, At-Large Representative 2019-2021 and ICoD Delegate 2018-Present.

DaCosta was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and came to the United States to pursue her education. She received an Associate Degree in Graphic Design, a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Media Design. To work with DaCosta’s Agency, visit

Secretary – Jacqueline McCarthy

Jacqueline McCarthy is the founder and principal partner of Vivitiv, specializing in marketing and community outreach for public entities and non-profit organizations. She has over 30 years experience in design, advertising and marketing. Her work has won numerous awards and has appeared in multiple design publications including an 8 page feature article on Vivitiv in Step Inside Design Magazine.

Jacqueline attended the School of Visual Arts in New York where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. She taught a Professional Practices course as an adjunct Graphic Design instructor at Cornish College for the Arts in Seattle. She has served as the National Education Chair of the Graphic Artists Guild and was active in the Seattle Guild Chapter as well as the Seattle AIGA Chapter.

Immediate Past President – Lara Kisielewska

Guild National President Lara KisielewskaLara founded Optimum Design & Consulting in 1992 after completing a BS Degree in Graphic Communications Management and Technology and working toward a Masters in Magazine Publication Management from New York University (NYU).

Since 1992, Lara has been an active member of the New York Chapters of both the Graphic Artists Guild and the National Association of Woman Business Owners. She was Chapter President of each organization in the early 2000’s, and has been on the National Board of the Guild since 1998, most recently as President from 2016-2021.

Lara held a seat on the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for five years and teaches a hands-on workshop called How to Start a Graphic Design Business for a variety of local colleges and organizations. She has also spoken at NYU on the challenges of keeping a business alive in troubled times and is a frequent guest lecturer at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

Advocacy Liaison – Rebecca Blake

Rebecca works, sleeps, eats, and lives as Design Director at Optimum Design & Consulting, a small designer firm in mid-town Manhattan. There she oversees the creation of a wide range of print and Web projects, including marketing materials, logos and corporate ID, website interfaces, and publications. In between cajoling demanding clients and consuming a steady stream of coffee, she volunteers as the Guild’s Advocacy Liasion.

Having graduated from college with a degree completely unrelated to the visual arts, Rebecca transitioned to a design career by attending the Continuing Education Department at the School of Visual Arts. Her first act upon changing careers was to join the Graphic Artists Guild, where she met a community of supportive and sensible mentors and colleagues. She became active on the local level, serving in various positions on the New York Chapter board, including Chapter President, before moving up to the National Board.

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Communications Chair – Todd LeMieux

Todd is a graphic designer and design educator. A Graphic Artists Guild member for over 12 years, he has served on the National Board’s Executive Committee as well as the Advocacy, Communications, and Education Committees. Todd is also a member of AIGA, and is the Education Director for the AIGA-CT chapter.

Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design from Westfield State University and has worked in graphic design and marketing since 1989. He is currently the Art Director at Westfield, after teaching various graphic design classes at the University for over a decade.

Todd is truly passionate about graphic design, wholly believing in the power of design to communicate and shape brands and in its ability to inform and educate the masses. He has won numerous local, regional, and national awards for his innovative and inspiring design work, as well as having his designs published in several books in the course of his career.

Development Chair – Darcy Witham

Darcy owns DW Graphic Arts, a graphic design and services studio in southwestern Connecticut. She has welded her creative trade in the visual communications realm for many a year, creating solutions that satisfy the needs of her clients digitally and in print.

She is a career graphic designer with a heavy emphasis on production. Every good design needs solid production to become fabulous.

As a member of the Graphic Artist Guild and volunteering as a regional associate representative, I keep relevant and involved with other creative minds and professionals. It’s all about community for me.

As Development Chair, I seek to expand that community and build relationships and support for the Guild and all the creative entities within.

At Large Director – Delanie West

headshot of board member Delanie WestDelanie West is a multi-disciplinary creative strategist and doer, driving consistent success in creating revenue, profit, and business growth.

Delanie formerly led Product Development and Design divisions at Wilton Brands and Faber-Castell / Creativity for Kids. She earned her Bachelors in Art in Graphic Design at Hampton University and is currently a candidate for an MBA at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, with a dual specialty in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In early 2022, Delanie was the presenting lecturer at Columbia University Business School in the areas of Product Development, Packing Design and Supply Chain and Operations.

Delanie is President of Black Creatives, the first digital community for Black creators and has been a member since 2011. She’s serves as Board Director and is founding chair of Women in Toys, Licensing and Entertainment Foundation’s, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Delanie has always used a creative problem-solving foundation in her approach to business and brand development, she’s super hands-on and works collaboratively with her clients and teams.

At Large Director – Open

Administrative Director – Paula Hinkle

Paula Hinkle has worked in the Graphic Arts field since receiving her degree from the University of Akron more than 30 years ago. Her experience has been in various capacities; as a production artist, a print shop supervisor/manager & designer, and as a business owner. She enjoys learning new things and makes it a priority.

Paula joined the Graphic Artists Guild in 2001, working as a volunteer for the At-Large Chapter before becoming a Regional Administrator for the Guild. She has served as assistant webinar coordinator since 2011. From 2003 – 2016, Paula  updated the chapter and regional websites & created weekly regional e-communications. She maintained the National web site from 2006-2016.

Paula began working as Administrative Director for the Graphic Artists Guild in January 2017.

Administrative Manager – Erin M. Harris

Erin M. Harris is the Administrative Manager for the Guild.

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Community Manager – Tamara Kelly

Tamara Kelly is the Community Manager for the Guild.

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Regional Representatives

New England Rep – Joe Kandra

Joe Kandra

I’ve been creating my whole life. Growing up with an art teacher/watercolor artist mother gave me a great head start on my art career.

I have been a graphic designer for over 35 years. For the majority of that time, I was an in-house designer for large high-tech corporations. I worked on everything from brand identity to booth displays, infographics to explainer videos, web design to animated annual reports. The past few years I have been transitioning to a freelance designer/illustrator/cartoonist and have found the Guild a great resource for all the information I didn’t know I needed to know to be an independent artist.

East Region Rep – Open

Midwest Region Rep – James Bratten

James Bratten started doing freelance design in 2006 while working toward his BFA in Graphic Design and  Illustration at Southeast Missouri State University. Upon graduating in 2008, he expanded his silent base to all corners of the US and relocated for a short while to Chicago before moving back to Missouri and settling in the Columbia area. Since graduation he has worked for clients in just about every corner of the design world imaginable, doing everything from children’s book illustration to concert poster design and screen printing. In addition to freelance, he has also worked as creative director for a sign shop and t-shirt printing company. He’s a new join to the Guild and is eager to help grow its presence in the Midwest.

Currently, James works as lead graphic designer for Bucket Media in Columbia, MO, as well as pursuing his freelance career as SkinnyD Creative Studio, where he specialized in print design and operates a screen printing studio out of his basement with the assistance of his wife of 10 years, his 8 year old son, 3 year old daughter, and a plethora of small animals. When not working on something creative, he enjoys tabletop roleplaying games, reading novels, and playing video games with his kids.

South Rep – Terrence Moline

Terrence Moline

Terrence Moline lives by design. He resides at the corner of marketing and art by utilizing his skills to create identities, communities, and communication.

With 25+ years of industry dedication, his illustration, strategy, and design have helped raise the profile of community causes and educational organizations.

Terrence is also the Founder and Head Listener at African American Graphic Designers (, the largest collective of AA/Blk designers who collaborate while growing as a family.

West Rep – James Stowe

James is a graphic designer and illustrator with a passion for community involvement and outreach. He founded James Stowe Illustration in 2012 after spending twenty years as an in-house illustrator, designer and creative director.

James graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 1998 as one of the first recipients of their Sequential Arts bachelor degree programs. Since then his work has been showcased in over a hundred publications, games, novels and comics. In 2008 he co-founded the CLAW Artists Guild, an organization that supports cartoonists and students seeking further arts education in the Pacific Northwest. James hosts a weekly social hour for creative professionals in his adoptive home in Tacoma, WA. He is currently also an active member of Tacoma’s Art Commission.

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