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

Vice President

Up With Paper, Mason, OH

Dean Rodenbough

Treasurer

Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Carlos LLanso

Immediate Past President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton MA

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

Chris Hupp

Executive Committee Member

Lovepop, Boston, MA

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

Peter Doherty

Executive Director

Greeting Card Association / Bostrom Corporation, Washington, DC

Board of Directors

Kathy Alpert

Director

PostMark Press, Inc., Watertown, MA

Justine Birmingham

Director

Fixture Resource Group, Cincinnati, OH

Nicky Burton

Executive Committee Member

Calypso Cards, Inc., Providence, RI

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

Susan January

Executive Committee Member

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Ron Kanfi

Director

NobleWorks Cards, Hoboken, NJ

Andrea Liss

Director

Hannah Handmade Cards, Evanston, IL

Carlos LLansó

Immediate Past President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton, MA

Tom Otto

Director

Exclusive Bordering Company, Elburn, IL

Dean Rodenbough

Treasurer

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

John Smyth

Executive Committee Member
A Smyth Co., Haddonfield NJ

Brenda Turner

Director

DaySpring Cards, Siloam Springs, AR

George White

Vice President

Up With Paper, Mason, OH

Lawrence Yeh

Director

Paper Pop Cards, New York, NY

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.

David Wilke

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

Dave Phipps

Chair

Avanti Press, Detroit, MI

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.

Susan January

Chair

Leanin’ Tree, Boulder, CO

Dave Phipps

Co-Chair

Avanti Press, Detroit, MI

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.

Fern Gimbelman

Chair

Designer Greetings, Edison, NJ

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.

Carlos LLansó

Immediate Past President

Legacy Publishing Group, Clinton, MA

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