Welcome AFCI Members!

NAMTA and AFCI are becoming one association! This has been a long time coming, and we are so excited! We want to do everything we can to make you feel welcome and answer all your questions. 

• AFCI Member Town Hall Recording

On June 30th, AFCI held a Town Hall with Namta for its members to bring some light on the merger and answer your questions.

You can watch the recording here -  https://vimeo.com/569603085

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Who We Are

Namta®, The International Art Materials Association. has been a  leader and unifying force in the support, sustainability and advocacy of art and the art/creative materials industry for 71 years and still going strong - see a little
Namta History.

Meet the Staff

Leah Siffringer, CAE, Executive Director
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With eight years at Namta, Leah took over the position of Executive Director in January 2020, three months before the pandemic. In her first 18 months as Executive Director, she implemented virtual Namta Connect and worked with AFCI on Namta's first virtual trade show, and now leading the AFCI merger. She is a Purdue graduate, lives in Winston Salem, NC with her husband Tom, and has a married daughter and a son in Texas, and a daughter in her last year at University of Arkansas. Leah is well-liked and respected by her staff at Namta.

Rick Munisteri, Director of Meetings
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Rick has been with NAMTA for 20 years, planning trade show details - setting up registration - booth placement on the floor - social events - meetings - and more! Since the pandemic he has been organizing and hosting virtual Namta Connect sessions about member product demos, education, and member happy hours. Originally from NJ and PA, Rick has live in Charlotte, NC area for the past 30 years. He has a beautiful dog named Sam, and loves cooking like a chef and globetrotting. He is always available to help members and staff.

Susan Cohen
Financial Administrator

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Sue has been with Namta for 23 years, as the Finance and HR person. She is everyone's favorite - super nice, a great listener, loves to have a good time - what's not to like!
Sue has two grown daughters, one in Washington DC and one in Indianapolis. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband Norman. She is originally from CT and NJ. Sue likes travel, museums, and being with friends. 

Savannah Davis
Communications and Marketing Manager

Savannah has been with Namta for almost 2 years and brings a fresh new perspective to the association. She enjoys getting to know members, and has become knowledgeable about all facets of the association. Because of the pandemic, Savannah still has not been to an in-person Namta trade show and is really looking forward to Orlando 2022. She lives in the Charlotte, NC area with her husband Jacob. Savannah enjoys travel, family, her friends and her job. She is our favorite Millennial!

Karen Brown, Administrative Assistant

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Karen started at Namta in 2002 and has remained with NAMTA longer than any other job she's had - because she likes the interaction with members and the ever-changing variety of responsibilities she's had over two decades. She lives in the Charlotte, NC area with her friend Joe, and has 2 daughters and 7 grandkids. Her favorite hobby is letting her imagination run wild and then implementing the thought.



Namta and AFCI  'co-located' for the 2021 Virtual Show and together we did a great job!

In 2022 we will be together in Orlando!

More info....


Virtual Education, Social Sessions, Product Demos, and more......
Namta Connect