President | President Elect | Immediate Past President | Secretary | Treasurer
Chair | Vice Chair | Past Chair, Ex-Officio | Governors
Wendy Hiller Gee | President
280 Utah Avenue, Suite 150
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Wendy holds an M.A. in Medical Illustration from the University of Texas Southwestern Graduate School and a B.A. in Fine Art from San Jose State University. Her career began as a medical illustrator at Biomed Arts Associates working with Laurel Schaubert. Wendy co-owned a freelance business before joining Krames StayWell, where for the last 17 years she has been happily producing content for patient education. Currently, she is Director of Medical Illustration and Design, providing creative direction and managing a brilliant staff of medical illustrators and designers. Wendy is a Certified Medical Illustrator, a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and was the 2008-2009 Chair of the AMI Board of Governors. She was the recipient of the 2010 AMI Outstanding Service Award for her work in sourcing and ultimately hiring our management firm, AMR. Wendy has served in many capacities in the AMI, including Meeting Chair for the 2013 Salt Lake City meeting – but she values her for many years on the Scholarship committee and in the Mentor Program because she finds a deep well of inspiration in the talent and accomplishments of the AMI’s newer members. She is honored to serve as President.
Carolyn Holmes | President Elect
155 Marion Dr
Athens, GA 30606
Carolyn R. Holmes is a Certified Medical Illustrator with a M.S. in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia and a B.A. in Biology from Providence College. For 26 years she has focused on creating medical illustrations to support testimony and educate juries in medical malpractice and medical personal injury litigation. Carolyn has been sole proprietor of her own medical legal illustration firm for fifteen years.
Carolyn has been volunteering in the AMI since 1990, serving on numerous committees and at regional and national meetings. She is a Fellow of the AMI, and is currently active on the Continuing Professional Education committee. Carolyn served as Secretary to the Board of Governors, was Program Chair of the 1999 AMI annual meeting, and has been a regular salon exhibitor and judge. She is past-Chair of the Continuing Ed committee, and also past-Chair of the Membership committee. She is an adjunct professor at Augusta University (the Georgia program) Department of Medical Illustration. Carolyn deeply appreciates the honor and opportunity to serve the AMI as President-elect.
Mark Schornak | Immediate Past President
Barrow Neurological Institute
Neuroscience Publications Dept.
350 West Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Mark Schornak is a certified medical illustrator and the Manager of Neuroscience Publications at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He has co-authored papers on interactive and stereoscopic teaching media. His illustrations and animations have received AMI Salon Awards, including Member’s Choice. Previously Mark was the Art Director for the Arizona Heart Institute and worked for Visuals for Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. He holds an MS in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia and a BA in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill. He studied art at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Mark is the Chair of the Artists Rights Committee and is active on the Membership Committee. He received the Outstanding Service Award for efforts to educate the membership on copyright issues. He helped host the 50th Annual AMI Meeting in Phoenix in 1995 and prepared multimedia presentations for the celebration of event. He has helped judge and hang artwork for AMI Salons. He has presented neuroanatomy and copyrights at annual meetings.
Mark has served, including as President on the Board of the Vesalius Trust, a foundation that provides student scholarships and supports continuing education in the field.
Outside the AMI, Mark enjoys cycling, backpacking, rock climbing, and coaching high school robotics. He has been married for over 25 years to Deborah Ravin, the talented medical and botanical illustrator, and plein air painter.
Emily Shaw | Secretary
2214 Ken Oak Rd
Baltimore, MD 21209
Emily has almost a decade of experience in the field of clinical simulation, developing virtual reality simulators for Laerdal DC, conducting sim technical training as the Mid-Atlantic Simulation Specialist for Laerdal Medical, proctoring the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery exam for SAGES, managing the Clinical Simulation Center – Baltimore for SiTEL, supervising all sim technology as Senior Simulation Technologist for MedStar, developing sim curriculum with SMEs as Outreach Coordinator for Simulation Training at MedStar Health, providing simulation consultation for Simugreat, and conducting robotic surgery simulator sales as the NE Territory Manager for Mimic Technologies.
Her clinical experience includes volunteer work as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic for a local fire department, she serves as an American Heart Association instructor, and she finished top of her class in the EMT-Paramedic training program at CCBC. Medical Illustration Background: Emily holds a BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and a MA in Medical Illustration from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. In 2003 at Hopkins, she was awarded a Vesalius Trust Alan W. Cole scholarship for her thesis project on trypanosome KDNA replication. She has been the sole proprietor of Illustrating Medicine for a decade with clients such as National Institutes of Health, Johnson & Johnson, and Lippincott Williams, & Wilkins. Emily’s medical illustration portfolio can be viewed at http://www.illustrating-medicine.com .
Scott Weldon | Treasurer
3818 Appalachian Trail
Kingwood, TX 77345
Scott Weldon is a board certified medical illustrator and has been the Supervisor of Medical Illustration in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas since 2001. Beyond his specialty in cardiothoracic surgical illustration, he works with a diverse medical and scientific freelance clientele utilizing a variety of media and also enjoys creating sporting/wildlife art. Over his term on the Board, he hopes to strengthen existing and establish new relationships with other members of the AMI and the association’s strategic partners. He also looks forward to becoming engaged with an even broader cross section of the membership and learning from the diverse employment arrangements and fields of interest. As Treasurer, he is interested to learn what makes the association tick from a financial standpoint, and how that may be improved to further the Strategic Plan and solidify the association’s fiscal future.
Scott received his BFA in Graphic Design from Lamar University and his MA in Biomedical Communications from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. As an AMI member since 1999, he has won multiple awards and served in various capacities within the AMI, including: Member and then Chair of the Salon Hanging Committee, Co-Chair of an AMI Regional Event for the BodyWorlds exhibit, Co-Chair of the AMI Ethics Committee, Salon Judge, and as a Vice-Chair of the Program Committee for the Salt Lake City meeting.
Lydia Gregg | Chair of the Board
Lydia Gregg is an Assistant Professor and Certified Medical Illustrator in The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Division of Interventional Neuroradiology with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. She and her husband, Fabian de Kok-Mercado, also own and operate ProAtlantal Studio, a medical illustration business. Lydia received her Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine after studying biology, scientific illustration, and figurative sculpture at the University of Michigan.
Volunteering within the AMI has been a priority throughout Lydia’s career. She has been Co-Editor in Chief, Editor in Chief, and a Column Editor for the AMI newsletter, and has been a member of multiple additional committees and task forces. She has judged the salon, presented multiple papers and organized sessions at annual meetings, co-authored a Bylaws Amendment, and was inducted as a Fellow of the AMI in 2013. Lydia is honored to serve on the AMI Board of Governors and hopes to assist our many talented leaders in keeping this association strong and adaptive to change.
Kevin Millar | Vice Chair of the Board
Kevin Millar is the Vice President of Production at INVIVO Communications Inc., a Toronto-based interactive medical agency that specializes in custom solutions for healthcare professionals, patients and sales teams. During the past 14 years at INVIVO, Kevin has been involved in the development and direction of multiple animations, patient videos, interactive modules, medical games and mobile applications.
Kevin graduated with a Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto in 1999. He decided to continue his work at the university by becoming the primary medical illustrator and animator for the development of a comprehensive interactive program on functional neuroanatomy. Kevin became a professional member of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) in 2002, and gained Certification as a Medical Illustrator in 2007. He has remained active within the AMI through his participation at all but one AMI meeting in the last 8 years, his presentations, and by acting as the co-chair for the most recent annual meeting in Toronto.
David Cheney | Past Chair, Ex-Officio
David Cheney is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator and full-time Medical Illustrator at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he resides with his wife and five children. He received his BA in Biological & Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University in 2005 and his MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2007. David has enjoyed active participation in AMI, including presenting at Techniques Showcases, helping judge the Salon, serving in the AMI Mentor Program as both a mentor and current committee Chair, and helping organize the AMI|2014 meeting in Rochester this Summer. David takes great pride in being a Medical Illustrator and a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and he is honored to be serving on the Board! He looks forward to his term on the Board as an opportunity to learn from and work alongside talented and experienced colleagues to promote and advocate our unique profession! Outside of medical illustration, his interests include sports, sculpting, music, and playing with his kids!
Karen Bucher is a Certified Medical Illustrator and the Senior Medical Illustrator for the weekly peer-reviewed publication Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the specialty publications of The JAMA Network. Karen is also a faculty member in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Visualization (BVIS) graduate program and owns her own business, Bucher Illustration. She earned her BA in studio art from Indiana University and graduated from John Hopkins University’s Art as Applied to Medicine graduate program.
She is a Fellow of the AMI and has been a member or chair of numerous AMI committees including Council on Graduate Education, PR Committee, Meeting Planning Committee, and Awards Committee. She has mentored new professional members, presented at multiple meetings, contributed to the AMI’s social media plan, helped to develop the AMI's strategic goals, and even performed twice at AMI annual meetings in the AMI band. Her volunteer activities within the AMI have been extremely rewarding, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the membership as a Governor.
Marc Dryer, BA, MSc, MScBMC is a Senior Lecturer in the Biomedical Communications Masters (MScBMC) program at the University of Toronto where his teaching and research is in the area of 3D biomedical visualization and animation. In addition, he is cross-appointed to the Forensic Science faculty, the Institute for Management and Innovation, and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. Marc holds an MSc in Paleoanthropology and an MScBMC in Biomedical Communications, both from the University of Toronto. Marc was the program chair for the 2012 AMI conference in Toronto and has presented his research at many past meetings.
Deborah (Deb) Haines has worked in various areas of medical illustration from human medicine, medical legal, scientific graphics to veterinary medicine. She graduated with a BA in Art (Goshen College, 1980) and worked at South Bend Memorial Hospital in the Cultural Arts program using the Arts for therapeutic purpose (1980-83). She continued courses in applied sciences and art at IUPUI and Butler University while working at IUPUI School of Medicine Medical Illustration Department under Gosling (1984-88). Along with her peers Deb began developing her skills under Hodges, Burke and Lee and graduated from the University of Michigan’s Medical and Biological Illustration Program (MFA, 1990). Since then she has worked with attorneys, medical doctors, forensic specialists and veterinarians in both private companies and academic settings. Working at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for the past twenty years alongside veterinarians and researchers she uses her expertise to create visuals and test new technologies to teach veterinary medicine and the disseminate new research. Deb’s goal is by practicing the art of medical illustration her visuals will assist others in understanding the practice of medicine.
My past volunteer activities with the AMI have been fantastic experiences and now I am excited to be serving on the board. In serving this role, I find myself especially interested in new member retention and volunteerism, in growth through increased internationalisation, in strengthening continuing education opportunities, in validating our work through empirical research and in fostering an innovative approach to business skill development. As for my background, I am a certified medical illustrator and currently working at Karolinska Institutet (KI), in Sweden, on research and communication projects related to e-learning for health professionals, within the Department for Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME). I hold master’s degrees in global health from Karolinska Institutet and medical illustration from Georgia Regents University. In Stockholm, I have been active in the innovation and entrepreneur community focusing on e-health innovation for the elderly. From 2008 to 2012, I was a producer for 3D medical animations at XVIVO Scientific Animation, where I helped develop animations, interactive programs, presentations, and static images for pharmaceuticals, medical device companies, and the general public. Through my service, I hope to become a better ambassador for our profession and capable of speaking on the breadth of value and expertise medical illustrators offer.
I’ve enjoyed membership in the AMI since 2002 when I was BMC student at the University of Toronto. The sense of community and support I felt at those first AMI meetings helped confirm the choice I’d made to enter this unique line of work. In the years since, I’ve seen the Association and the profession evolve, adapting to changes in the industries in which we work and to technologies we use. As co-founder and President of AXS Studio, I get to experience the creative, technical and business challenges of biomedical communications up close on a daily basis. I joined the Board of Governors to add my voice and experience to help the AMI adapt to changing conditions, meet its challenges and continually improve its service to members. I’m proud to be an AMI member and to serve on the Board.