Citing time pressures, Rita Street, founder of Women in Animation, has resigned as president of the group. In her place, VP Jan Nagel has been named interim prexy, a position she will occupy until elections are held in June.
A statement released by the non-profit professional organization said Nagel “has worked hand-in-hand with Rita Street” since the WIA’s founding in 1994.
“As the interim president, I will work with everyone in Women in Animation to help nurture the organization through this transition,” Nagel said, adding that she intends to follow in Street’s footsteps by expanding “the role and scope of WIA in the animation industry.”
Nagel, who has been in animation for eight years, is director of business development at VirtualMagic Animation, a service producer of digital ink, paint and compositing for 2-D animation. She held similar positions at Calico Entertainment and Dream Quest Images. Before entering the animation industry, she worked in account management for major advertising agencies such as NW Ayer and McCann-Erickson.
Street’s resignation came in a letter to the exec committee and the board of directors, which were said to have reluctantly accepted it.
“WIA is still a very young non-profit and needs a great deal of attention that I can no longer give,” Street wrote. “I leave the organization in the hands of great leaders. I will keep watch over the exciting changes to come, and wish everyone involved my sincere gratitude. My tenure with WIA has been a wonderful experience.”
Street remains a member of the organization’s advisory committee.
Other new appointments include that of Libby Simon, a producer who was named interim veep, and Julie Van Hove as an interim board member. Hope Parker of Baer Animation and Jessie Nagel of Hype will retain their titles of treasurer and secretary, respectively.