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The distinguished faculty of the
User Group Leadership Conference, Boston 2004

Gary Adcock
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group

When not jumping out of airplanes, scuba diving with sharks, hanging out with rock bands or blowing glass, Gary Adcock is alive and well in the digital world.

Gary, a Chicago-based digital artist and technology trainer, began his career as a commercial photographer. His artistic eye led him to a stint as an interactive designer, then a director and editor. The world of computer technology had him hooked early on and ever since, he has been paving the way and breaking the bounds of creative artistry. The numerous awards next to the keypunch cards on his shelf attest to his teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. Now, Gary spends his time creating digital magic in print and on screen for clients such as Adobe, Apple, CNN, Leo Burnett, NASA, NBA Entertainment, Pepsi, Sony, Sears, Taco Bell and Target. Gary is the founder and president of the Chicago Final Cut Pro User Group, a founding member of the FCPUG Network, and Apple Regional Liaison for all Final Cut Pro user groups.

Maria Arguello
Main Line Macintosh Users Group

Maria O. Arguello is a native-born Nicaraguan, American naturalized citizen who is serving her first term as president and vendor liaison of the Main Line Macintosh Users Group (MLMUG). She also served for several years as member-at-large and as special events coordinator. She is an active member of several MUGs such as the Macintosh User Group of Southern New Jersey (MUGSNJ), Princeton Macintosh User Group (PMUG) where she serves as a board member, South Jersey Apple User Group (SJAUG), and the Macintosh Business Users Society (MacBUS) where she served as secretary for a year, and Macs@PACS. She is a member of the Apple Consultants Network and is the Apple Regional Liaison for online user groups. Maria enjoys learning about the diversity of the user group community and loves to attend conferences for the Mac to represent her home group, MLMUG.

Pat Fauquet
Washington Apple Pi

Pat Fauquet is serving in her second term as president of the Washington Apple Pi Macintosh User Group in the Washington, D. C. metro area. She also serves as their tutorial coordinator. When not at the Pi, she does Macintosh consulting and training for small companies, individuals and schools. She specializes in working with senior citizens and helping people move to OS X in addition to her work in digital photography and video. Her license plate reads Mac Mom 5. The "5" represents her five children, and these days, the number of grandchildren she loves to talk about, not the number of older Macs in the back of her car on the way to the Pi Reclamation Project.

Sarah Friedlander
Rochester Institute of Technology Macintosh User Group (MacRIT)

A Long Island native, Sarah is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in New Media Publishing. Currently, Sarah is an Apple Campus Representative at R.I.T. and an active user group member. She has served two terms as vice president for MacRIT, R.I.T.'s Macintosh User Group. When not sitting at her computer, organizing MUG events, or talking about Apple, Sarah enjoys playing flute/piccolo in concert band, eating sushi, and hanging out with friends.

Chuck Joiner
Hershey Apple Core

Chuck is active advocate of the Macintosh User Group community. He has served as the chairman of the Apple User Group Advisory Board since its creation in January, 2000, and is the president of his local group, the Hershey Apple Core of Hershey, PA. Chuck is the editor-in-chief of The MUG Center, the resource site for Macintosh User Groups, and produces and hosts "The User Group Report," an Internet radio show that focuses on Macintosh User Group personalities, news and information. Outside his user group activities, Chuck is vice president of Operations for the Insurance Alliance of Central PA.

Chuck La Tournous

Chuck La Tournous is the publisher of RandomMaccess, a popular Mac-oriented news and opinion site. He has made numerous User Group Lounge appearances and has delivered several Macworld conference sessions including a stint as judge in the MacBrainiac Challenge. Chuck has been using and writing about Macs since the late Jurassic period, and specializes in "insourcing" graphics and advertising departments for companies both large and small. He is the former newsletter editor and webmaster for the New Jersey MUG site, and is a member of the Macworld All-Star Band, where he and Chris Breen share Elvis impersonator duties.

Lesa Snider
Cowtown Macintosh User Group

Lesa is the owner of Flying Fingers, a Fort Worth, Texas, creative new media firm specializing in web development, usability and search engine optimization. She is also a consultant for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, travels with the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour and is a certified Palm OS trainer for Supra. Lesa1s publishing credits include technical editor of "Mac OS X Conversion Kit" by Scott Kelby (Peachpit Press, 2003) and contributions to Mac Design Magazine. She is a member of the Apple User Group Advisory Board and a three-time User Group University instructor. Lesa has held various leadership positions in the Cowtown Macintosh Users Group and is currently serving as president.
Terry White

Terry is a technologist at heart: he loves computers and all things tech. He has been with Adobe for eight years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe's Creative Professional product line. In his current position as technical resources manager for North America, Terry leads a team of applications engineers who focus on professional publishing, web authoring, and digital video. He has been active in the industry for over eighteen years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Michigan's largest Macintosh users group. He is coauthor of "InDesign CS Killer Tips"(New Riders, 2004) and is a columnist for Mac Design Magazine.

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