DaniMation Entertainment Leadership
Meet our Executive Team
Dani Bowman founded her company, DaniMation Entertainment LLC, at age 11. She has worked professionally in the animation industry since 14. Dani uses her passions of Public Speaking, Animation, Illustration, Fine and Visual Arts, and Teaching Animation to demonstrate to others on the autism spectrum that anything is possible.
Since age 15, Dani has led summer animation camps around the country, initially with Joey Travolta's Inclusion Films, and then expanding out on her own to teach to over 1000 teens and young adults with autism and other disabilities. Dani not only teaches animation, but also works with her students as a role model and mentor, encouraging them to follow their dreams.
Dani is also a national speaker, speaking about "Autism and Employment" nationally since age 19, keynoting events such as OCALICON (by Ohio Center For Autism and Low Incidence) in Columbus OH, the Oklahoma Statewide Autism Conference in Norman OK by Oklahoma Autism Network, Temple Grandin and Friends in Los Angeles by Autism Works Now, and the Alaska Autism Resource Center Speaker Series by the Alaska Autism Resource Center (AARC), among others.
Dani also premiered 8 award-wining animated short films at San Diego Comic-Con each year for the past 7 years. Her shorts feature the voices of Joe Mantegna, Tom Kenny (The voice of SpongeBob SquarePants), June Foray, Debi Derryberry, and Stella Ritter, among others.
Dani graduated Woodbury University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) in Animation in 2018–where she earned her WISE scholarship in Civic Engagement and Leadership, earned her Entrepreneurship Award, and took both her junior and senior thesis shorts to Comic-Con. Dani is currently working on getting a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Organizational Strategy and Leadership at Woodbury.
Patrick helped Dani Bowman launch her company DaniMation Entertainment in 2009 and provides strategic direction, executive leadership, technical and administrative expertise to the company.
He is also one of the founders of Direct Scripts, a pharmacy company. Patrick began serving as Vice President Operations and IT of Direct Scripts LLC In January of 2014 . At Direct Scripts, Patrick leverages over 25 years of expertise in retail supply chain, operations and information technology delivering innovative solutions for procurement, forecasting, operations and demand management.
Patrick was previously at Boston Retail Partners Supply Chain Services Practice and, before that, led the consulting division of SDI Industries, where he worked to expand the company from a single US office to eleven country operations and a successful IPO in 2007. Additionally, Patrick holds two utility patents for the application RFID in material handling systems.
DaniMation United Kingdom
The UK Branch
Joe Westlake has been involved in the autism community now for over 8 years. In 2011, he co-founded Positively Autistic, which is a community interest organisation in Devon, UK.
Joe completed his bachelor’s degree in Education, specialising in primary and SEND and based a lot of his studies around autism and inclusion. Joe has mainly spent time teaching in primary education since completing his degree and spends the remainder of his time working in the autism community, as well as traveling, walking and photography.
Joe has a keen interest in animation and has taught previously to students in a summer camp in a school he once attended. Joe hopes that he can change the perception of inclusion and the power it has through such amazing initiatives like DaniMation Entertainment.
Andrew Pearson is joining the venture with Joe Westlake to establish DaniMation UK. Andrew has been learning all he can from Joe about autism.
Andrew is passionate about animals and making a difference to help improve lives of animals. Andrew is also very interested in the animation industry and the process of creating animations and being able to make a difference, develop his knowledge into autism, and help others along the way.