Diversity Fellowship applications will be reviewed by the

AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council

The AMI Diversity Fellowship Advisory Council is composed of medical illustrators, esteemed members of the medical community, and representatives of affiliated organizations. In addition to the non-voting Chair, the council consists of ten voting members: five professional members of the AMI and five additional members of the medical community. Fellows will be selected based on the qualitative and quantitative criteria assigned to score the quality of the portfolio submitted, two professional and/or personal references, and responses to particular questions addressed in a personal statement.

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Advisory Council Chair

Jill K. Gregory, MFA, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Immediate Past President, Association of Medical Illustrators
Associate Director of Instructional Technology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY, United States
Jill K. Gregory, MFA, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Jill Gregory has been a practicing medical illustrator since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has spent her entire career in academic medical centers in New York City. She started out as a staff medical illustrator at Beth Israel Medical Center and is currently the Associate Director of Instructional Technology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

In this position, she creates visual materials for academic purposes: journal articles, textbook chapters, and in-classroom and online education. She also teaches classes and workshops in effective data visualization for medical and graduate students. She is especially interested in the intersection of medical illustration and instructional design and believes that while the medical education field knows about and depends on imagery to teach, there is a vast opportunity for medical illustrators to go beyond image-making into influencing how content is taught.

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Advisory Council Vice Chair

Carolyn R. Holmes, MS, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Certified Medical Illustrator
Holmes Medical Illustration Studio
Athens, GA, United States
Carolyn R. Holmes, MS, CMI, F.A.M.I.

Carolyn R. Holmes obtained a M.S. in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia in 1990 and completed an internship at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been a Certified Medical Illustrator for 30 years. Since 2001, Carolyn has been Sole Proprietor of Holmes Medical Illustration, a firm focusing on the creation of medical demonstrative evidence for use in litigation.

In 2008 Carolyn was made a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators. In 2017-2018 Carolyn was honored to serve as President of the Association of Medical Illustrators. She is an adjunct professor at the Augusta University (Medical College of Georgia), Department of Medical Illustration. Carolyn continues to be active in the AMI, serving on several committees, and enjoys mentoring new medical illustrators.

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Council Member

Joy D. Calloway, MHSA, MBA

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
National Medical Association
Silver Spring, MD, United States
Joy Calloway's Website

Joy D. Calloway, MBA, MHSA, is a transformational healthcare executive with 30 years of health care and nonprofit experience, and a unique skillset and successful record of serving as a turnaround/stabilization expert at organizations in distress or transition. Currently serving as the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the National Medical Association (NMA), Calloway served as the Interim President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (2020-2022), joining at a time of great financial, organizational, and cultural crisis to stabilize the enterprise and set it on a path to stability. Prior to that, she held the role of Interim Executive Director at the National Association of Health Services Executives as it was transitioning to a new governance model.

Calloway is a sought-after consultant and speaker and speaks to international audiences on topics ranging from mental health and emotional intelligence to nonprofit board development and operational planning.

Calloway is proud mom to Vashti, a special education teacher in Virginia, and makes time to enjoy travelling, live music, movies, theater, reading and shopping. She is currently preparing for a vocal performance in New York and writing a self-help memoir, “One Crisis from Crazy: Finding Myself without Losing My Mind.”

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Council Member

Annie Campbell, MS

Now Medical Studios
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Now Medical Studios

Annie Campbell is the co-founder of Now Medical Studios—a multidisciplinary studio based in Scotland with global clients like Gore, Under Armour, and Scientific American. Her experiences as art director, project manager and multimedia artist for various clients across the U.S. and Europe have provided her with a broad range of skills and expertise that she instills in her talented team.

Annie firmly believes in lifelong learning and sharing. One of her passions is sharing the business of medical illustration with younger artists embarking on the field. As part of this endeavor, she and her business partner Emily Holden founded their learning channel Learn Medical Art to bring the world of medical illustration to a wider audience.

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Council Member

Jennifer Hollis, MS

Biomedical Designer
Hollis Visualizations, LLC
Brownsburg, IN, United States

Jennifer Hollis is an experienced medical illustrator and designer. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Visualization in 2016. In 2017 she founded Hollis Visualizations, LLC where she has created illustrations for medical researchers, patient education materials with a nonprofit organizations, and process schematics for biotech companies.

Jennifer is also a designer for a pharmaceutical company where she specializes in creating promotional material for various brands through print and digital marketing.

As a professional member of the AMI, she was instrumental in standing up and co-chairing (2016-2017) the Diversity Task Force and served as a founding member of the Diversity Committee serving as chair (2017-2020) marking the AMI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Council Member

Francois I. Luks, MD, Ph.D.

J. Murray Beardsley Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology
Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief
Hasbro Children's Hospital, Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Providence, RI, United States

François Luks is Professor of surgery at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. As a medical student, he drew a daily comic strip for several newspapers and later started to illustrate some of his own research publications, then those of colleagues. While not an illustrator by trade, he is passionate about the power and responsibility of visual communication in promoting humanism, compassion and empathy in medicine. He currently teaches medical illustration and medical comics for undergraduate students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. His recently published book, MedSpeak Illuminated: The art and practice of medical illustration, explores the different facets of visual communication in medicine and science.

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Council Member

Allison Nesbitt, Ph.D.

Vice-President, Black in Anatomy
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
University of Missouri School of Medicine

Columbia, MO, United States
Black In Anatomy
Research interests include: anatomy education, functional morphology, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Allison Nesbitt, Ph.D. is a medical educator, anatomist, and biological anthropologist. She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. She teaches dissection-based clinical anatomy to medical and physical therapy students and facilitates case-based learning for medical students. Dr. Nesbitt has been honored as an outstanding medical educator with two awards for teaching excellence. Her research focuses on anatomy education in the health professions and evolutionary and developmental changes of the human skull. She earned a M.S. in Anthropology with a concentration in Forensic and Biological Anthropology from Mercyhurst University and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. Dr. Nesbitt is a founding member and Vice-President of Black in Anatomy, a non-profit organization dedicated to amplifying and supporting Black contributions to the anatomical sciences. She is committed to increasing the representation of historically excluded individuals in medicine, science, and biomedical visualization.

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Council Member

Derek Ng, MScBMC, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Biomedical Communications/Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Mississauga, ON, Canada
Univ. of Toronto: Visual and Interactive Media for Undergraduate Life Sciences

Derek is an Associate Professor in the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto.

His research is concerned with the design and application of visualizations in augmenting and supporting knowledge discovery and communication in molecular biology. More specifically, his research program aims to identify and address the scientific visualization needs of three communities: those that generate (e.g., molecular biologists), communicate (e.g., scientific illustrators, educators), and consume (e.g., lay public, learners) scientific knowledge and insight at the molecular level. He has contributed peer-reviewed publications to venues including the Journal of Chemical Education, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, Journal of Biocommunication, Biochemistry, and Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. He has also given invited workshops/lectures on molecular visualization for the Association of Medical Illustrators and the Biophysical Society, as well as served as a scientific visualization consultant for Red Nucleus and Bridgeable.

Derek teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on web-based health and science communication, interactive media design and development, and biomolecular visualization. Several student illustrations produced from his molecular visualization course have received Awards of Merit & Excellence in the didactic/instructional still media (molecular, biological, and life sciences) category in the salon at the AMI Annual Meetings.

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Council Member

Alfredo Portales, MA, C.M.I.

Certified Medical Illustrator
Burning Heart Studios

McKinney, TX, United States

Alfredo Portales was born and raised in Texas. He combined his artistic talent and interest in the sciences into the perfect career for him, Medical Illustration. He attended Baylor University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later attended UT Southwestern and received a Master of Arts degree. He has been a medical illustrator for over 25 years and has gained vast experience and knowledge by working at the Mayo Clinic, UT Southwestern and MediVisuals, Inc.

Throughout his career, he has created medical illustrations mostly for medical books, medical journals, medical exhibits, and websites. His focus is on 2D illustration ranging from color, line, tone, surgical, educational, editorial and medical legal.

Alfredo enjoys spending time with his wife, children and granddaughter. He also enjoys running, fishing, playing tennis and pickleball.

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Council Member

JaBaris D. Swain, MD, MPH

Medical Executive Health Systems Integration
US Medical Affairs, Cardiovascular & Metabolism
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC of Johnson & Johnson

Titusville, NJ, United States

Dr. JaBaris Swain is a Medical Executive at Johnson & Johnson, visiting us from Philadelphia, PA—USA. Dr. Swain's journey began at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in July 2020. Initially a clinical lead physician, he now serves as Medical Executive for Health Systems Integration, aligning strategy for cardiovascular medical affairs with the quintuple aim.

Beyond pharmaceuticals, Dr. Swain is a cardiothoracic transplant surgeon-scientist and global health scholar. His humanitarian work in Rwanda and Haiti enhances healthcare access through cardiac surgery and education.

Academically, he holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, an MPH from Harvard, and completed surgical training and a fellowship in cardiopulmonary transplantation at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. His research focuses on gene therapy for heart failure.

Currently pursuing an Executive MBA at Wharton, Dr. Swain mentors at Pearlman School of Medicine and directs the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity, advancing health equity and reducing disparities in Philadelphia.

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Council Member

Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL, United States
Kecia M. Thomas, Ph.D.

    Special interest and research interests include:
  • Diversity resistance in organizations
  • Career Experiences of High Potential Women of Color (e.g. Pet to Threat)
  • How good intentions and well-meaning behaviors derail inclusion

Kecia M. Thomas currently serves as the Dean of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and is a professor emeritus of (Industrial-Organizational) Psychology at the University of Georgia. Her research and applied engagements focus on the areas of strategic recruitment for diversity; career experiences of women of color; diversity resistance.

She is an elected-Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race, and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She has served as a subject matter expert for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, the Carnegie Institute for Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in addition to serving as an invited speaker for organizations such as Amazon, PepsiCo, Capital One and numerous universities. She writes regularly on the intersection of I-O Psychology, Diversity Science, and Leadership for non-academic audiences as a Regular Contributor to Forbes Online.

Finally, Dr. Thomas serves as a Trustee for her undergraduate alma mater, Bucknell University, where she earned a BA in Psychology and Spanish. Her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology were earned at the Pennsylvania State University.