OUR CREATIVE TEAM

The Medical Arts staff is made up of experienced designers and illustrators dedicated to delivering quality work, providing best-in-class customer service while effectively communicating the NIH mission.

  • Tammie Edwards
    Tammie EdwardsBranch Chief

    Tammie’s strategic and enthusiastic leadership of Medical Arts has transformed the organization through the years while maintaining focus on our mission: to deliver excellent, insightful creative work for our NIH customers. A leader with true team credentials (she’s a former captain and star of Virginia Tech women’s basketball) Tammie inspires her staff to uphold core values of customer focus, excellence, integrity and collaboration by leading through example. In addition to leading Medical Arts Tammie is also Acting Director of the Division of Scientific Equipment and Instrumentation Services (DSEIS) within the Office of Research Services (ORS). Tammie never loses her hands-on familiarity with MAB work, staff, or customers so don’t hesitate to contact her: she’s a leader who listens.

  • Martha Blalock
    Martha BlalockCreative Director

    Martha directs our creative studio with conceptual insight and a fine artist’s eye. Armed with a dual-major B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Fine Art from the Corcoran in Washington, DC plus an M.F.A. in Product Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, Martha brings a classically-trained, cosmopolitan perspective to creative work. She began her creative career with Medical Arts first as an illustrator and designer. Now, as Creative Director, Martha wears many hats – from business development and new project estimating to art direction and team management. If you’re considering Medical Arts for the first time, or have a complex project to discuss, Martha should be your first point of contact.

  • Alan Hoofring
    Alan HoofringLead Medical Illustrator

    Alan is too humble to say what his work truly is: impressive. As our lead medical illustrator Alan has quietly and steadily contributed to NIH’s published research portfolio for well over a decade, illustrating figures and covers for NIH investigators that have appeared in journals such as Nature, Cell, JACS, JBC, and more. No academic slouch, Alan has undergraduate degrees in Fine Art and Mathematics/Physics, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins. He uses his entire cerebrum to visualize biomedical concepts and interpret data, whether creating anatomical or technical illustrations, working in traditional media or contemporary 3D software, or more. Alan’s in high demand but always interested in visualizing new research so contact him if you have a project in mind.

  • Bonnie Hamalainen
    Bonnie HamalainenArt Director

    Bonnie is Medical Arts’ Art Director and lead design project manager. A native Mainer, Bonnie earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. An educator at heart she previously taught art and design at the high school and college levels. Bonnie isn’t intimidated by project challenges and she’s open to exploration and collaboration. While she has expertise in all of Medical Arts’ design areas Bonnie specializes in publication design, integrated brand design systems, and developing long-term creative relationships with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. Like Martha, Bonnie authors design proposals so don’t hesitate to contact her directly with a project inquiry.

  • India Taylor
    India TaylorProduction Lead

    India efficiently – and fearlessly – leads our Production Team. A self-described workhorse she manages production on everything from scientific poster sessions to booklet digital printing, framing orders, awards ceremony materials, and anything else that comes across her desk. India does this all with a smile and a work ethic that has earned her a loyal customer following. India is also a skilled designer armed with Associates’ and Bachelors’ Degrees from the School of Art & Design in Takoma Park and Marymount University in Arlington, VA. If you’ve read the “NIH Record” you’ve seen India’s talented design work firsthand. Separately, India plays the piano and is a workout fiend so rest assured you’re in the capable hands of a Renaissance Woman when working with her.

  • Ann Benjamin
    Ann BenjaminProgram Assistant

    Ann has been a dedicated Medical Arts staff member for a mighty long time. Thank goodness, because she keeps our ducks in a row! Not one to let a duckling wander off-course Ann keeps us and our contractors on the right path. Her organizational and filing skills are critical to our office which handles thousands of job orders annually. Ann wears a few hats in our Front Office, serving both as a Customer Service Representative and a Program Assistant who liaisons with contractors and purchasing specialists. Ann’s knowledge of Medical Arts operations runs deep and is likely rivalled only by that of her Front Office colleague Gil.

  • Erina He
    Erina HeMedical Illustrator

    Erina joined our Medical Illustration group in 2016, immediately bringing her talents and an international perspective to the team. A bit of a globe-trotter Erina cites California as a home base but has lived in four countries. She has a B.S. in Neuroscience and Physiology from the University of California San Diego and an M.S. in Biomedical Communications from the University of Toronto. She has been busy at Medical Arts from the start, not only developing artwork for researchers but also contributing her editorial illustration and design skills to the Design team. (A last tidbit: Erina is admired by her Medical Arts colleagues for her effervescence and envied for her youth.)

  • Ethan Tyler
    Ethan TylerMedical Illustrator

    Ethan’s medical illustration work is like that of the research community with whom he works: smart, innovative, boundary-pushing. His work has graced the covers of several journals including Science, Nature, and Cell and his figures have accompanied innumerable published articles. Ethan works in all illustration areas but is particularly adept in 3D and animation: one of his 3D animations on photoimmunotherapy was shown at the 2016 USA Science and Engineering Festival. Ethan has a B.A. in Biology from Concordia University Texas and an M.A. in Medical and Biological Illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

  • Frank Mullen
    Frank MullenProduction Specialist

    Frank is a gem in the Medical Arts crown and a central member of our Production Team. Frank began his visual communications career with the U.S. Navy in the mid-1960s as a photographer, graduating from the Naval School of Photography in 1964. He worked a variety of jobs in the photo industry before joining Medical Arts in 1990. His dedication since that time is unparalleled. He takes organizational and operational changes in stride, adapting to contribute and deliver wherever needed. Whether printing scientific posters and certificates, framing Aerial Prints and Year-of-Service awards, or keeping our materials closets amply stocked Frank does it all, and does it very well indeed.

  • Gilbert Jones
    Gilbert JonesQuality Assurance

    Gilbert, or Gil, suffers from favoritism – meaning he’s the favorite Medical Arts staff member of many NIH customers. And why not? He’s professional, calm, listens to jazz, and wears a tie every day (except on Fridays during football season when he dons his NY Giants duds). Gil oversees thousands of job orders annually, assuring quality delivery. He also keeps Medical Arts staff on task with their paperwork. Gil’s long affiliation with NIH and his impeccable memory for names and faces has endeared him to many at NIH, from scientific directors to administrative officers and more. Meet Gill, and you’ll likely join his unofficial Fan Club.

  • Jeffrey Everett
    Jeffrey EverettSenior Designer

    Jeffrey joined Medical Arts in September 2016, immediately improving our cool factor with his rock & roll credentials* (*he’s designed work for a lot of bands… seriously). He worked independently for years and still maintains his studio while bringing his award-winning design and illustration chops to the NIH. He’s skilled in all visual communication areas and particularly adept with illustrative portraiture and posters. He’s also experienced in digital media and user interface design. Jeffrey has an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from The School of Visual Arts in New York City, NY and his work has been published in numerous books and magazines. We think you’ll find – and agree – that NIH is fortunate to have a talent like Jeffrey on board.

  • Jessica Jackson
    Jessica JacksonSenior Designer

    Don’t let Jessica’s quiet personality fool you: her design work is anything but demure. Jessica, one of Medical Arts’ best graphic designers for posters and publications, has a bold, expressive artistic palette. Informed by a B.A. from UMBC and advanced certificate work in Graphic Design from the Portfolio Center, Jessica’s work is always conceptually grounded and beautifully crafted. Multi-talented, Jessica is skilled and experienced in all of MAB’s design areas – from brand identity, publications, and posters to large-format environmental graphics and exhibit design. In fact, prior to coming to NIH Medical Arts she worked for 7 years at one of Washington D.C.’s pre-eminent museum exhibit design firms. Let Jessica bring visual life to your message.

  • Julia Proctor
    Julia ProctorCustomer Service

    Visit the Medical Arts Front Office and you’ll be fortunate to meet Julia, one of our valued Customer Service Representatives. Julia’s friendly demeanor – in combination with her consummate professionalism – makes her a perfect fit for Medical Arts. Julia studied Telecommunications at Morgan State University before earning her Associates’ Degree in Digital Media Production from the Art Institute of Washington. A freelance photographer, film lover, and digital art enthusiast Julia brings a keen eye to Medical Arts’ customer projects. She’s also a good listener and problem solver. Pay us a visit and see for yourself!

  • Rayne Ann Wood
    Rayne Ann WoodSenior Designer

    One of Medical Arts’ most experienced designers, Rayne Ann specializes in exhibit, signage, and environmental graphic design. Her education and career started in Chicago – first studying at Northern Illinois University then working at a Michigan Avenue design firm. Rayne Ann came to NIH Medical Arts in the 1990s under the leadership of former MAB art director Linda Brown. Rayne Ann quickly carved a niche as a problem-solver for NIH spaces and places. Whether designing solutions for office entrances and interiors, signage, commemorative plaques, or exhibits Rayne Ann knows how to integrate graphic design and architecture. Lastly, rest assured that your project will be fabricated and installed successfully via Rayne Ann’s project management and procurement skills.

  • Tim Gallahan
    Tim GallahanProduction Designer

    Tim contributes his talents to both the Production and Design teams. Tim earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2013. After working at a public relations agency he joined Medical Arts in 2015, quickly establishing himself as a flexible, energetic and trusted team member. His proficiency with projects has been an asset from the start, whether designing large-format graphics for the NIH Library or producing posters for on-campus events. Tim’s “people skills” are also top-shelf, likely due to his global experience (he grew up in the area but has lived in Germany and Hong Kong). Tim is a self-proclaimed computer keyboard enthusiast. You’ve got to see this to believe it.