About ImageThink

OUR STORY

ImageThink was founded in 2009 by passionate pioneers and friends, Nora Herting and Heather Willems. What started as a means of subsidizing our art-making then flourished as we applied our experience as fine artists, educators and facilitators to found New York City’s first graphic facilitation firm.

Today, ImageThink is a team of 12 based in Brooklyn and San Francisco who share an excitement for igniting ideas by bringing the creative process to business. Featured in TED Talks, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and on the Today Show, we have visualized the biggest ideas of some of the world’s most influential companies to visually drive discussions, create lasting records of free-flowing ideas, and provide actionable documents to continue the conversation long after the event.

The Team

Contact us, for workshop facilitation, strategic planning, or marquee conferences. Our staff has the experience to make your event memorable!

Heather WillemsPrincipal and Co-Founder

Heather Willems, co-founder of ImageThink, has a passion for making connections. Whether she is developing client relationships, leading workshops, or speaking about visual thinking, she loves supporting people’s personal and professional growth. She’s has been graphic facilitating for over a decade, and her lifelong practice of journaling and drawing out ideas was demonstrated in her work on the Today Show. Heather holds an MFA in fine art photography from the Ohio State University, and her fine art work has been featured in the New York Times and in galleries throughout the country. Heather lives with her husband Liam, and their dog Zaso in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently serves as a board member for EO Brooklyn.

Nora HertingPrincipal and Co-Founder

Before co-founding ImageThink, Nora Herting was a graphic recorder and a visiting professor at Denison University. At ImageThink, Nora enjoys collaborating with clients to facilitate strategy and visual mapping sessions. One of her proudest moments as a graphic recorder was learning that Google CEO Larry Page hung her visual summary over his desk. When she is not wielding markers, Nora is behind her camera, exhibiting her photography and dreaming new visions for ImageThink.

Maria DelgadoManager of Finance and Operations

Maria Delgado brings her depth of experience in finance, logistical planning, and creative savvy to the ImageThink team. She has a diverse background, including a B.A. in Cinematography/Photography and an M.A. in Medieval Manuscripts, and she’s passionate about film noir and a wide variety of music genres. Before joining the ImageThink team, Maria worked in the interior design industry in New York and had the opportunity to live in Switzerland for over two years. She lives with her husband and two great kids in Florida.

Maricia DuPlessisProject Manager

Our team relies on Maricia’s energy, creativity and logistical prowess to ensure projects are completed from start to finish with efficiency and pizzazz. She works hard to ensure that everything from materials to artists arrive at session locations smoothly. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, she studied law there before spending time working abroad in Ireland. In her spare time, she loves knitting, making body butter, and baking. When she is not coordinating logistics for ImageThink, she is coordinating her family calendar.

Chyna CanadaOffice Manager

Chyna Canada keeps things in order at ImageThink HQ and ensures the office is running smoothly every day. She is an aspiring literary artist with hopes of publishing her own book of short stories and poetry, and is currently pursuing her Associates degree in writing in literature. Outside of the office, Chyna loves spending time with friends and family, and exploring new ways to stay active.

Derrick DentGraphic Recorder

Derrick Dent, in addition to graphic recording for ImageThink, is a freelance editorial illustrator and comic artist based in Brooklyn. He attended and taught at Memphis College of Art as a drawing and sequential narrative instructor, and is a prolific location sketcher in his second home, NYC. He is also a bicycling enthusiast and a big fan of coffee.

Aaron MayperGraphic Recorder

Aaron's lifelong love of graphic novels and drawing led him to the world of graphic recording, where he helps turn abstract content into concrete visuals. A California native, he moved to New York to study drawing and etching at Sarah Lawrence College and in Florence, Italy before moving to Brooklyn.

Greta HayesGraphic Recorder

Greta Hayes brings a background in art, architecture, and music to the ImageThink team, and these visual and performance skills allow her to think quickly and creatively on her feet as a graphic recorder. Her architectural illustrations awarded her two grant-funded stays in Europe to travel and draw. Greta received her B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, and has been a lifelong artist and musician, playing the cello since the age of 4 and performing in the US, UK, and France. She lives with her violinist sister Audrey in Brooklyn, NY.

James LakeGraphic Recorder

James Lake, a lifetime New Yorker, brings his long-standing experience in illustration, design, and performance together as a naturally talented graphic recorder for the ImageThink team. Outside the office, James illustrates stories on under his nom de plume Silent James, watches MMA and WWE, and makes silent films. He relocated to San Francisco in 2015 to open ImageThink’s West Coast office and lives there with his partner Esther and their dog Oscar.

Ona RygelisGraphic Recorder

Ona Rygelis, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has a fine arts background which brought her to ImageThink as a graphic recorder. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University. While not traveling with the team, Ona loves to paint, ride her bike, practice yoga with her family, and play piano with her twin sister Emilija.

Yao XiaoDirector of Creative Services

Originally from Tianjin, China, Yao Xiao has worked with ImageThink since 2013. As the Director of Creative Services, she loves solving problems visually and creatively, and keeps our brand voice freshly in check, making sure information is presented clearly and delightfully to our clients. Yao studied fine art, social psychology, writing and poetry before she earned her BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, and has lived in many places across the US before calling New York her home. Yao loves traveling, and lives in Ridgewood with her cat, Happy.
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Heather WillemsPrincipal and Co-Founder

Heather Willems, co-founder of ImageThink, has a passion for making connections. Whether she is developing client relationships, leading workshops, or speaking about visual thinking, she loves supporting people’s personal and professional growth. She’s has been graphic facilitating for over a decade, and her lifelong practice of journaling and drawing out ideas was demonstrated in her work on the Today Show. Heather holds an MFA in fine art photography from the Ohio State University, and her fine art work has been featured in the New York Times and in galleries throughout the country. Heather lives with her husband Liam, and their dog Zaso in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently serves as a board member for EO Brooklyn.
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Nora HertingPrincipal and Co-Founder

Before co-founding ImageThink, Nora Herting was a graphic recorder and a visiting professor at Denison University. At ImageThink, Nora enjoys collaborating with clients to facilitate strategy and visual mapping sessions. One of her proudest moments as a graphic recorder was learning that Google CEO Larry Page hung her visual summary over his desk. When she is not wielding markers, Nora is behind her camera, exhibiting her photography and dreaming new visions for ImageThink.
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Maria DelgadoManager of Finance and Operations

Maria Delgado brings her depth of experience in finance, logistical planning, and creative savvy to the ImageThink team. She has a diverse background, including a B.A. in Cinematography/Photography and an M.A. in Medieval Manuscripts, and she’s passionate about film noir and a wide variety of music genres. Before joining the ImageThink team, Maria worked in the interior design industry in New York and had the opportunity to live in Switzerland for over two years. She lives with her husband and two great kids in Florida.
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Maricia DuPlessisProject Manager

Our team relies on Maricia’s energy, creativity and logistical prowess to ensure projects are completed from start to finish with efficiency and pizzazz. She works hard to ensure that everything from materials to artists arrive at session locations smoothly. A native of Cape Town, South Africa, she studied law there before spending time working abroad in Ireland. In her spare time, she loves knitting, making body butter, and baking. When she is not coordinating logistics for ImageThink, she is coordinating her family calendar.
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Chyna CanadaOffice Manager

Chyna Canada keeps things in order at ImageThink HQ and ensures the office is running smoothly every day. She is an aspiring literary artist with hopes of publishing her own book of short stories and poetry, and is currently pursuing her Associates degree in writing in literature. Outside of the office, Chyna loves spending time with friends and family, and exploring new ways to stay active.
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Derrick DentGraphic Recorder

Derrick Dent, in addition to graphic recording for ImageThink, is a freelance editorial illustrator and comic artist based in Brooklyn. He attended and taught at Memphis College of Art as a drawing and sequential narrative instructor, and is a prolific location sketcher in his second home, NYC. He is also a bicycling enthusiast and a big fan of coffee.
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Aaron MayperGraphic Recorder

Aaron's lifelong love of graphic novels and drawing led him to the world of graphic recording, where he helps turn abstract content into concrete visuals. A California native, he moved to New York to study drawing and etching at Sarah Lawrence College and in Florence, Italy before moving to Brooklyn.
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Greta HayesGraphic Recorder

Greta Hayes brings a background in art, architecture, and music to the ImageThink team, and these visual and performance skills allow her to think quickly and creatively on her feet as a graphic recorder. Her architectural illustrations awarded her two grant-funded stays in Europe to travel and draw. Greta received her B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University, and has been a lifelong artist and musician, playing the cello since the age of 4 and performing in the US, UK, and France. She lives with her violinist sister Audrey in Brooklyn, NY.
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James LakeGraphic Recorder

James Lake, a lifetime New Yorker, brings his long-standing experience in illustration, design, and performance together as a naturally talented graphic recorder for the ImageThink team. Outside the office, James illustrates stories on under his nom de plume Silent James, watches MMA and WWE, and makes silent films. He relocated to San Francisco in 2015 to open ImageThink’s West Coast office and lives there with his partner Esther and their dog Oscar.
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Ona RygelisGraphic Recorder

Ona Rygelis, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has a fine arts background which brought her to ImageThink as a graphic recorder. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art and Environmental Studies from Bucknell University. While not traveling with the team, Ona loves to paint, ride her bike, practice yoga with her family, and play piano with her twin sister Emilija.
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Yao XiaoDirector of Creative Services

Originally from Tianjin, China, Yao Xiao has worked with ImageThink since 2013. As the Director of Creative Services, she loves solving problems visually and creatively, and keeps our brand voice freshly in check, making sure information is presented clearly and delightfully to our clients. Yao studied fine art, social psychology, writing and poetry before she earned her BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts, and has lived in many places across the US before calling New York her home. Yao loves traveling, and lives in Ridgewood with her cat, Happy.

Interested in joining our team?

Email us at: joinus@imagethink.net