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Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) Elects New Executive Board

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Jeanette Moreno King
Jeanette Moreno King / image via Animation Guild

The Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) has announced the results of the 2022 Animation Guild Officers and Executive Board election with three of five Animation Guild Officers winning re-election,
including Business Representative Steve Kaplan, President Jeanette Moreno King, and Recording Secretary Paula Spence.

“It is an incredible honor to be reelected as TAG’s Business Representative. The election results show
the membership stands behind the work that we have put into growing the footprint, and therefore
the strength, of the Local. I welcome the new Executive Board members in their leadership positions,
and I look forward to working with them towards continuing the work of organizing the animation
industry,” said Kaplan.

Steve Kaplan
Steve Kaplan / image via Animation Guild

President Jeanette Moreno King added, “We accomplished much during the last three years—organizing production staff, expanding to a national union, big gains in our last contract negotiations, and all during a pandemic and social and political unrest. The fact that I get to keep representing this amazing community for another three-year term with an Executive Board that is 75% women is a career high. I am looking forward to continuing the fight for respect for all animation workers.”

The following Guild members were elected as officers, all ran unopposed: President Jeanette Moreno
King; Vice President Teri Hendrich Cusumano; Business Representative Steve Kaplan; Recording
Secretary Paula Spence; and Sergeant-at-Arms Danny Ducker.

The following 11 Guild members were elected to the Executive Board, in order of vote count:

Carrie Liao, Story Artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Ashley Long, Supervising Director
Roger Oda, Visual Development Artist at DreamWorks Television
Mairghread Scott, Animation Writer/Executive Producer
Candice Stephenson, Lead Look Development Artist at Nickelodeon
Alex Quintas, Storyboard Artist at Titmouse
Madison Bateman, Co-Producer/Head Writer at Disney Television
Brandon Jarratt, General Technical Director at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Justin Weber, Animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Erica Smith, Background Painter at Disney Television
Marissa Bernstel, Storyboard Artist at Bento Box Animation

The following three candidates received the most votes and are therefore appointed as Trustees:
Carrie Liao
Ashley Long
Roger Oda

Officers and Executive Board members will be sworn into office on December 6, 2022, when their
three-year term will officially begin.

The ballot count was overseen by the AAA on November 12, 2022, and the results were certified on
November 12, 2022.

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