Principal & Graphic Recorder
Before co-founding ImageThink , Nora 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 Nora is not wielding markers, Nora is behind her camera, exhibiting her photography and dreaming new visions for ImageThink.
Principal & Graphic Recorder
Heather Willems has over eight years experience as a graphic recorder and graphic facilitator. Prior to co-founding ImageThink, Heather applied her experience as an educator to supporting strategy workshops for Capgemini Consulting. She received a Masters of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University and her artwork has been exhibited in New York City and throughout the United States. When she’s not turning ideas into pictures, Heather can be found in her Brooklyn studio making art or walking Zaso, her pit-lab pup, in Prospect Park.
Manager of Finance and Operations
Clients know that Maria keeps things humming in our Brooklyn Studio. Maria brings her depth of experience in finance, logistical planning and creative savvy to the ImageThink team. Maria has a diverse background, including an M.A. in medieval manuscripts. Before joining the ImageThink team, Maria worked in the interior design industry in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two wonderful kids.
Allen received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa and now he’s an expert in communicating. He cut his teeth managing projects in the event marketing industry in Maine and New York before joining ImageThink, where he helps clients bring a unique and vivid dimension to their work thanks to the magic of ImageThink’s gifted artists. Though not an artist himself, Allen submitted a drawing of Tippy the Turtle when he was 9 years old to a correspondence art school advertised in the back of a comic book. He’s still waiting to hear back.
Maricia du Plessis
Our team relies on Maricia’s energy, creativity and logistical prowess. Hailing from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, she studied law and worked abroad in Ireland. From our office in Brooklyn, Maricia works hard to ensure that everything from materials to artists arrive at the session location smoothly. In her spare time, she loves knitting, making body butter, and baking inventive recipes. She is always sampling something new and delicious.
Originally from Tianjin, China, Yao Xiao now calls New York home. Her enthusiasm for capturing innovative ideas and creating large-scale drawings for an audience makes her an integral part of the ImageThink team. Yao’s design discipline and digital illustration talent means that our clients get top notch infographic. In her spare time, Yao builds her own line of fantastical paintings and merchandise in her Bushwick studio.
James Lake is a lifetime New Yorker. His long standing experience in illustration, design and performance meant natural talent as a graphic recorder! Outside the office, James illustrates stories on his site, SilentJames.com, and also acts in immersive plays for Speakeasy Dollhouse.
In addition to our home team in New York, ImageThink is also an extended network of talented and experienced graphic recorders located around the country.