The Hettema Group is thrilled to announce that THG Art Director and Illustrator Nina Rae Vaughn has been named a TEA Master by the Themed Entertainment Association.

Nina is one of only seven themed entertainment industry professionals welcomed into the inaugural class of the TEA Masters Program. The prestigious new program honors masters of their craft, whose work has made a significant and sustained contribution to the development of the global visitor attractions industry.










Since joining THG in 2013, Nina has been a key creative on ambitious projects for leading theme park and entertainment clients around the world, including DreamWorks, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom and others.   

Phil Hettema sang Nina’s praises upon hearing of her acceptance into the TEA Masters Program: “Nina Rae Vaughn would be on anyone’s dream team of creative designers. She’s amazingly talented, with an exceptional set of drawing skills and a delightful visual imagination.”









Nina began her career as a special effects designer for Disney during the development of EPCOT, and later joined WET Design, playing a key role in the creation of the Los Angeles Music Center Fountain and Fountain Place in Dallas. She returned to WDI, contributing to iconic rides and attractions such as Indiana Jones Adventure, Main Street U.S.A and Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. She also created many of the popular Disney park “fun maps.”









Phil notes that beyond her amazing talents and experience, Nina is “just a lovely individual. Always helpful, a willing teacher and thoughtful collaborator, it’s a genuine pleasure and our good fortune that she’s part of the team here at The Hettema Group.”

Congratulations, Nina, from all your friends and fans at The Hettema Group!