The National Cartoonists Society has suffered a great loss this week. As the temperature drops and winter looms on the horizon, we’ve felt a deeper chill, one that cuts to our very souls. Our Management Executive, Latisha Moore has lost her valiant battle with cancer.
Most organizations have that one person who works tirelessly behind the scenes, often unsung and unnoticed, who gets things done and makes the people she works for look great. For the NCS, that was Latisha. She began working with us several years ago as an employee of our previous management company, but when that firm folded she established her own company. We already knew how wonderful she was and naturally hired her to keep on getting things done and making us look great.
For most of us, Latisha was the first person we met when arriving at the registration table for the annual Reuben Awards weekend. Hers was the beautiful, smiling face that welcomed us as she or one of her assistants handed us our goodie bags, T-shirts, and badges. She answered any questions we had and made us feel at home and comfortable. If anything went awry with the hotel, she handled it. If we needed transportation to an off-site event, she arranged it. She ordered the awards and made sure they were shipped to the hotel on time, and all accounted for. While we were attending seminars, catching up with old friends, sightseeing, and partying, she was working hard to make sure that every one of a thousand details came off brilliantly.
And throughout the rest of each year, Latisha worked with the presidents of both the NCS and the NCS Foundation, chapter chairs, and board members, to facilitate every administrative need imaginable. Because of her vast knowledge of the inner workings of the NCS she was an invaluable resource for the leadership at every level.
Latisha has been described as “the heart and soul of the NCS,” “the glue that holds us together,” and “the oil that keeps the machinery running.” And she was all of those things, but the thing that made Latisha really special was that she cared about the NCS. Managing the organization wasn’t just a job to her, and the evidence of that is how she continued to work to the best of her ability in the midst of her devastating illness and hospitalizations. She even attempted to travel to Jersey City to perform her duties at the Reuben Awards earlier this year, until she finally had to face the fact that her body just wouldn’t allow it.
We’ll hire another management company, and hopefully they’ll provide every service we need, but Latisha raised the bar of our expectations. That’s a fancy way of saying she spoiled us, and it’s very hard to imagine that we’ll ever have a management executive as wonderful as she was.
As we mourn her passing and begin to feel the cold void of her absence from our lives, we also celebrate her vibrant life and applaud the brave battle that she fought with her usual grace and cheer. Latisha, we will always love and miss you, and you will always be a cherished part of the NCS.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11am, December 16th
at 4455 28th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Latisha’s daughter, Chasidity, is assembling a slideshow and would appreciate
any photos or messages to be sent to her via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you would like to mail a personal note, please use 3707 Conroy Rd. #1721, Orlando FL 32839
NCS membership is open to all creative professionals who earn a substantial part of their income working in the fields of cartooning, illustration, animation and graphic storytelling. We are an organization of esteemed peers and we welcome new members!