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

George White

President

Up With Paper, Mason, OH

Carlos LLanso

Immediate Past President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton MA

Amy McAnarney

Vice President / Treasurer

Hallmark, Kansas City, MO 

Alan Friedman

Executive Committee Member

Great Arrow Graphics, Buffalo, NY

Steve Gimbelman

Executive Committee Member

Designer Greetings, Edison, NJ

Nicky Burton

Executive Committee Member

Calypso Cards, Inc., Providence, RI

Susan January

Executive Committee Member

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Dave Phipps

Executive Committee Member

Avanti Press, Detroit, MI

Kelly Ricker

Executive Committee Member
American Greetings, Cleveland, OH

John Smyth

Executive Committee Member
A Smyth Co., Haddonfield NJ

David Wilke

Executive Committee Member

Leader Paper Products, Milwaukee, WI

Nora Weiser

Executive Director

Greeting Card Association

Board of Directors

Gail Anderson

Director

Universal Presentation Concepts, Madison, WI

Glen Biely

Director

Biely & Shoaf, Seattle, WA

Nicky Burton

Executive Committee Member

Calypso Cards, Inc., Providence, RI

Sue Charlier

Director
J.S. McCarthy Printers, Augusta, ME

Alan Friedman

Executive Committee Member

Great Arrow Graphics, Buffalo, NY

Steve Gimbelman

Executive Committee Member

Designer Greetings, Edison, NJ

Alan Harnik 

Director

Notes & Queries, Baltimore, MD

Tim Hart

Director

NY Now, Emerald Expositions, White Plains, NY

Lindsay Henry

Director

Inklings Paperie, Detroit, MI

Susan January

Executive Committee Member

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Ron Kanfi

Director

NobleWorks Cards, Hoboken, NJ

Juliana Kissick

Director

Good JuJu Ink, Oakland, CA

Bob Kurland

Director

Blue Mountain Arts, Boulder, CO

Carlos LLansó

Immediate Past President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton, MA

Sue Lund

Director

The Occasions Group, Inc., North Mankato, MN

Amy McAnarney

Vice President / Treasurer

Hallmark, Kansas City, MO 

Kate Murray

Director

Quick Brown Fox Letterpress, Brooklyn, NY

Tom Otto

Director

Exclusive Bordering Company, Elburn, IL

Dave Phipps

Director

Avanti Press, Detroit, MI

Kelly Ricker

Executive Committee Member
American Greetings, Cleveland, OH

Mike Smith

Director
Crown Point Graphics, Indianapolis, IN

John Smyth

Executive Committee Member
A Smyth Co., Haddonfield NJ

Brenda Turner

Director

DaySpring Cards, Siloam Springs, AR

Victoria Venturi

Director

Paper Epiphanies, Portland, OR

Brian Virgona

Director

Stationery Trends and Gift Shop Magazine/Great American Media, Sparta, MI

George White

President

Up With Paper, Mason, OH

David Wilke

Executive Committee Member

Leader Paper Products, Milwaukee, WI

Rafe Wolf

Director

Quilling Card, Framingham, MA 

Nora Weiser

Executive Director

Greeting Card Association

Committee Chairs

The following volunteers serve the membership as part of the GCA’s committee structure.  GCA’s standing committees include: Postal Affairs, Workshop & Retreat, LOUIE Awards, Membership, Communications/PR and *Noted. 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 Nora Weiser, 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.).

David Wilke

Chair

Leader Paper Products, Milwaukee, WI

Communications and Public Relations Committee

The Communications and Public Relations Committee helps the Executive Committee in developing and/or implementing various communications, marketing, and/or public relations initiatives for the association overall.

Dave Phipps

Chair

Avanti Press, Detroit, MI

Workshop & Retreat Committee

The Workshop & Retreat 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.

Andy Meehan

Chair

Consultant to Designer Greetings & Madison Park Greetings

LOUIE Awards Committee

The LOUIE Awards Committee develops thematic branding and collateral, leads the GCA’s planning, logistics, and promotion efforts, recruits judges and paid/in-kind sponsors. It works with Associate members and coordinates with GCA staff on logistics and budget.

Fern Gimbelman

Chair

Designer Greetings, Edison, NJ

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee helps recruit and onboard new members and recommends individuals and companies for membership.   It also helps nurture new members and encourage their participation in various GCA events and activities 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. Past Presidents sit on this council.

Carlos LLansó

Immediate Past President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton, MA

Public Affairs Committee

This Committee manages the GCA’s postal strategy, which includes working with the GCA’s Vice President of Public 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.