Greeting Card Association Leadership Team

The GCA Board of Directors has full control of the Association’s activities, affairs, property, and funds.  The Board appoints an Executive Committee from among its members, to act on the Board’s behalf, make policy decisions and bind the credit of the Association. The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Board.

The Board of Directors and Executive Committee hold meetings at least three times per year.

Executive Committee and Officers

Carlos LLansó

President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton, MA

Christy Kaprosy

Vice President

American Greetings, Cleveland, OH

George White

Treasurer

Up With Paper, Mason, OH

Susan January

Immediate Past President

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Jason Evans

Executive Committee Member

Birchcraft Studios by DFS, Rockland, MA

Alan Friedman

Executive Committee Member

Great Arrow Graphics, Buffalo, NY

Steve Gimbelman

Executive Committee Member

Designer Greetings, Edison, NJ

Dean Rodenbough

Executive Committee Member

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Phil St. Germain

Executive Committee Member

J.S. McCarthy Printers, Augusta, ME

Peter Doherty

Executive Director

Greeting Card Association / Bostrom Corporation, Washington, DC

Board of Directors

Kathy Alpert

Director

PostMark Press, Inc., Watertown, MA

Glen Biely

Director

Madison Park Group, Seattle, WA

Bill Birmingham

Director

Fixture Resource Group, Cincinnati, OH

Nicky Burton

Director

Calypso Cards, Inc., Providence, RI

Phil St. Germain

Executive Committee Member

J.S. McCarthy Printers, Augusta, ME

Sue Charlier

Director

J.S. McCarthy Printers, Augusta, ME

Maryanne Day

Director

C.R. Gibson, Nashville, TN

Jason Evans

Executive Committee Member

Birchcraft Studios by DFS, Rockland, MA

Doug Faust

Director

Masterpiece Studios/The Occasions Group, Inc., North Mankato, MN

Alan Friedman

Executive Committee Member

Great Arrow Graphics, Buffalo, NY

Steve Gimbelman

Executive Committee Member

Designer Greetings, Edison, NJ

Joel Gryniewski

Director

Old Tom Foolery & Modern Lore, Minneapolis, MN

Bob Harju

Director

Pumpernickel Press, Berryville, VA

Susan January

Immediate Past President

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Ron Kanfi

Director

NobleWorks Cards, Hoboken, NJ

Christy Kaprosy

Vice President

American Greetings, Cleveland, OH

Andrea Liss

Director

Hannah Handmade Cards, Evanston, IL

Carlos LLansó

President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton, MA

Emily McDowell

Director

Emily McDowell, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Tom Otto

Director

Exclusive Bordering Company, Elburn, IL

Dean Rodenbough

Executive Committee Member

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Rick Ruffner

Director

AVANTI Press, Inc., Detroit, MI

Patrice Sadd

Director

American Greetings Corporation/Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, Cleveland, OH

Marc Salkovitz

Director

Viabella, Wareham, MA

Amy Smyth

Director

Amy Smyth Made It, Washington, DC

Patti Stracher

Director

National Stationery Show® / Emerald Expositions, White Plains, NY

Brenda Turner

Director

DaySpring Cards, Siloam Springs, AR

George White

Treasurer

Up With Paper, Mason, OH

Peter Doherty

Executive Director

Greeting Card Association / Bostrom Corporation, Washington, DC

Committee Chairs

The following volunteers serve the membership as part of the GCA’s committee structure.  GCA’s standing committees include:  Postal Affairs,  Convention, LOUIE Awards,  Membership,  Communications/PR and  Nominations  From time to time, the President may establish other ad hoc committees and working groups to help the Association carry out its business.

Thinking of  being a volunteer? It’s a way to learn more about a specific area of GCA operations, build important business relationships, and give back to your industry. For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact Peter Doherty, Executive Director.

Associates Committee

The Associates Committee manages the Associates’ programs and  recommends strategies for deepening their participation in the GCA.  Associates include all non-publisher members (i.e., printers, paper companies, etc.

Phil St. Germain

Chair

J.S. McCarthy Printers, Augusta, ME

David Wilke

Co-Chair

Leader Paper Products, Milwaukee, WI

Communications and Public Relations Committee

The Communications and Public Relations Committee helps the Executive Committee in develop and/or implement  communications, marketing, and/or public relations initiatives

Joel Gryniewski

Chair

Old Tom Foolery & Modern Lore, Minneapolis, MN

Convention Committee

The Convention Committee develops program content and a theme and creates  designs for event branding and collateral.   It also helps  recruit sponsors and speakers and works with GCA staff on logistics and budget.

Glen Biely

Chair

Madison Park Group, Seattle, WA

Alana Campana

Co-Chair

American Greetings, Cleveland, OH

LOUIE Awards Committee

The LOUIE Awards Committee develops thematic branding and collateral for this special program, leads  the GCA’s planning, logistics, and promotion efforts and recruit judges, and paid/in-kind sponsors. It also works with Associate members on all aspects of production, and coordinates with GCA staff on logistics and budget.

Nicole Hite-Heleniak

Chair

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Monika Brandrup-Thomas

Strategic Chair

Up With Paper, New Haven, CT

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee helps recruit and onboard members and recommends individuals and companies for membership.   It also helps  nurture new members and encourage their participation in the GCA and works with GCA staff on  communications and other outreach.

Alan Friedman

Chair

Great Arrow Graphics, Buffalo, NY

Past President’s Council

The Council helps  maintain continuity in the Association’s activities, responds to emerging member needs and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee. It  also initiates and/or oversees any required Bylaws modifications.

Susan January

Immediate Past President

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Postal Affairs Committee

This Committee manages the GCA’s postal strategy, which includes working with the GCA’s Vice President of Postal Affairs,  maintaining relationships with the USPS, works with it  on marketing communications, and other initiatives. It  also advises on legislative matters and updates  members on emerging issues and/or action items.

Sarah Moe Meyers

Chair

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO