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New York - July, 2001

User Group University draws MUG leaders from around the globe. We are proud to present the Class of July 2001

These are the faces and backgrounds on those who set the trends, both in the Macintosh community and in their non-Macintosh endeavors.

Albert Axelrod
Princeton Macintosh Users Group

Al Axelrod joined the Princeton Macintosh Users Group following retirement from New Jersey State government service with the Department of Corrections. He has been a member of PMUG's Executive Committee for the past several years serving as a Community Representative. Al participated in an initiative sponsored by the United States Information Agency and staffed by local area MUG volunteers to provide internet access to refugees from Kosovo housed at Fort Dix for several months in 1999. For the last three years he has been responsible for the PMUG booth at the Trenton Computer Festival. He organizes a computer group for a local organization of retired men and is active in a SeniorNet program where he assists both with teaching and computer maintenance.

Fred Balin
Palo Alto Macintosh Users Group

Fred was recently elected President of SMUG. A middle school teacher in New York in the late '70s, his world underwent a major shift after the Parents Association donated a Commodore Pet (4K RAM,built-in cassette tape storage) for his classroom. Fascinated by the device, he promptly entered a graduate program in Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College. Years later he was able to leverage that knowledge and experience as a curriculum developer to come to Silicon Valley and work for an educational software company. That was followed by a dream-come-true, a two-year stint in the Education division at The Mother Ship. For the past three and half years, Fred has been a SMUG member and technology consultant. In his professional work, he exclusively supports creative professionals that use Macintosh systems.

Brian Bantz
Minnesota Apple Computer User Group

Brian is a ten year veteran of the Miniapples User Group, as President, Ambassador, Marketing, and most recently, leader of the "Meet Your Mac SIG". In 1997 Brian hosted 40 User Group leaders at NAUGSAW in St. Paul. He volunteers by helping new Mac users set up their emailing and computer skills, to develop their confidence and to launch their new Macintosh interests. Brian is a retired Surgical Sales Representative, having moved their from pharmaceutical sales and, earlier, a mortician. Brian's hobbies include the computer, Digital and Video Photography, cycling, skiing, the theater, and travel. He recently returned from Mexico, Scotland, and Spain.

Jan Barken
Gold Coast Macintosh Users Group

A nine-year Macintosh user, Jan has been involved with computers for 30 years, since the days of IBM Typewriter terminals and paper tape boot loaders. Retired after more than 26 years with the Coast Guard and Air Force, Jan is currently an Application Analyst with McKesson HBOC, working in the MIS department at Miami Children's Hospital. A member of both the Upper Keys Macintosh User Group and Gold Coast Mac, Jan has served for a number of years as a Director of Gold Coast Mac, and he was recently elected to the 2001/2002 Board of Directors and will serve as one of the two Vice Presidents. He's especially interested in digital photography and graphic design.

William Barr
Macintosh Association of Central New Jersey

Bill Barr is the current Program Director for MACNJ. He's only been a member for about 1-1/2 years but has been a Macintosh enthusiast since '95 when he bought his first Performa 550 after seeing a bumper sticker pronouncing “Windows 95 = Macintosh '89.” Bill is a Chemical Engineer and works as a Manufacturers Representative selling mixers and process equipment to the chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries. His Macs (notice the plural now) are central to operating his business helping him be productive "on the road" as well as in the office. "My association with MACNJ has been terrific. The folks there are a great help and are a really enthusiastic bunch. They've help take computing from the category of something that's simply necessary to a real joy.", he says.

Chris Bastian
New York Macintosh Alliance

Chris Bastian is the President of the Metropolitan New York Macintosh Alliance (MetroMac), a new community for Mac users in New York City. In past years, he has served as an Officer of NYMUG, Washington Apple Pi and the Big Apple Users Group. In the real world, he does transportation planning and end-user computer support for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Ken Bereski II
Boston College Macintosh Users Group

Ken is the Co-founder and President of the Macintosh Users Group of Boston College. He is currently entering his third term as President. A senior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Computer Science, Ken is also the Apple Campus Rep at BC. Outside of the User Group, Ken works at the Boston College Student Help Desk, providing support for both the Mac and Wintel platforms. In his spare time, Ken is an avid fan of BC Athletics and has been known to travel with the team whenever possible.

P.A.M. Borys
MacWoburn User Group

P.A.M. (Pamela Ann Marie) Borys is an Associate Editor and Moderator of the New Users, Palm and Hardware forums. The principal consultant of Step by Step Training in Woburn, MA and an Apple Solutions Expert, P.A.M. is also Founding Director of the MacWoburn User Group. She distributes recycled Macs to neighboring communities and South Africa with the Computers for Africa program. P.A.M. also contributed the AppleWorks chapter to Ilene's iMacs Fast and Easy and has co-authored several books with Barrie Sosinsky on America Online, ClarisWorks, Windows95, Office97, and a beginner's guide to Lotus 1-2-3. P.A.M. enjoys riding and training her quarter horse, Bard, and spending time with her son and daughter, and husband who are all Mac enthusiasts.

Sharon Brash
Maryland Apple Corps

Bernie Burgette
Professional Macintosh User Group

A Macintosh user since1984, Bernie was a ProMUG co-founder in 1990. He has served as editor of their monthly publication, MacVIEWS, since that time, and has received several User Group Academy awards for publication excellence. He has also served terms as ProMUG Membership Chairman, DOM Chairman, Event Coordinator and Secretary. During the day, he is a Raytheon Product Development Engineering Manager in Fort Wayne, IN with 39 years of service. An avid runner since 1983, Bernie has completed over 300 road races and nine marathons, including New York City in 1989. A regular attendee at the MacWorld-Boston Expos in the 90’s, Bernie hopes that 2001 is the first of many trips to the Javits Center.

Phillip W. Byrd
Atlanta Macintosh Users Group

Richard A. Calicura
Diablo Valley Macintosh User Group

Rick retired after 32 years in Criminal Justice in 1991 with10 years at the Los Angeles County Probation Department and 22 years with the Contra Costa County Probation Department and is Past President of the Contra Costa County Peace Officer's Association. His interest in computers began in 1980 with a Timex Sinclair. His Macintosh career began with a used Mac 512k, and continued into starting a consulting business which he still runs.His user group positions have included Secretary, Vice President, Board Member and four terms as President. He is currently the Apple Ambassador for DVMUG.

Bruce Cameron
Macintosh Users East

Bruce has been President of MaUsE and Apple Ambassador for more years than he cares to count and a UG Rep & Director of the Consortium of Canadian User Groups since its inception in 1994. Since using his first Mac, a Plus with a 50 MHz '030 card in it, he decided that they were better than the mainframes, minis and DOS based desktops that he was used to using. Maybe that's why he now has 8 operating Macs in the house with his wife, two teen-aged daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs, one mouse and an indefinite number of tropical fish. In his spare(?) time he collects and reads science fiction & fantasy and tinkers with his Mac-based home automation system.

Mike Campbell
Waterloo Region Macintosh Users’ Group

Charlie Carlon
Gold Coast Macintosh Users Group

One of the original members of GCMac, Charlie has been a member since 1986, has served as Director and Treasurer, and is the current President. A frequent SIG chairman and lecturer, Charlie first served as a MUG officer of Miami Apple Users Group in the early 80’s. Charlie’s professional Macintosh experience includes: Macintosh Consultant, Apple Solution Expert, Owner Operator of SOFTCITY, Miami, Fl 1985-1990, an Apple VAR. When his Mac is shut down, Charlie is a Captain for Delta Airlines, with 24 years experience. Having flown over 20,000 hours in B727, L1011, B737,MD-88 ,B757’s, Charlie currently flies B767’s. Charlie also finds time to work with Endangered Primates at the Center For Orangutan and Chimpanzee Conservation where he serves on the Board of Directors as Vice-President.

Virginia Chilcote
Bay Area Mac Users Group

Virginia has been a member of BAM since 1985, and has held almost every office in the group. Currently, she is the newsletter editor for about 3 years and leads a Senior SIG and a Beginner SIG. "Anyone who knows me knows that I'll talk about the Mac anytime, anyplace. I was a columnist for the now defunct MacAttitude Magazine." Virginia and her husband own a packaging company and sell packaging equipment and supplies and do package design on their Macs. In her spare time she loves combining their Nikon 990 with the Mac for both professional and personal results.

Dave Chilcote
Bay Area Mac Users Group

Jackie Christopher
Quad Cities Macintosh Users Group

Jackie has been a leader for Macintosh Users Groups for over 10 years. She has held every office including President for two years when the MUG was established, Newsletter Editor, Vice President, Apple Ambassador, Program Chair and is currently Apple Ambassador. Jackie is a Division Manager for Deere & Company (John Deere) in Moline, IL. Her current assignment is Customer Engagement Manager for the Enterprise Support Solutions Center at Deere. Past managerial assignments include Application Development Manager for the SAP implementation project, Project Manager for e-commerce, and Project Manager for Internet Applications.

Moe Comeau
Main Line Macintosh Users Group

Moe joined MLMUG in Wayne, PA, having been an avid Commodore 64 user, but he won a Macintosh SE, GE's grand prize in a United Way campaign. He served as Vice President for about eight years, before qualifying for the presidency. He took over the MLMUG website in September 2000. He avidly attends all Macworld Expos held on the East Coast, as well as all Trenton Computer Festivals. Moe is an Electrical Engineer with Lockheed Martin, formerly GE Aerospace, in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Though forced to use a Gateway "Cow" at work, he delights in Mac evangelism at every opportunity. His presidential term ends December 2001.

Rex Covington
Houston Area Apple Users Group

Rex is a ten-year member of his group, past President and currently is the Vice-President over programming. He has served as a Fire Fighter/Paramedic for the city of Arlington Texas, and was in fire protection design using Auto CAD for ten years. Currently, Rex is operating his own business doing FileMaker Pro Database and Mac Support.

Douglas Cox
Fresno Macintosh Users Group

Doug plays Mac guy to hundreds of people in Fresno CA. He is President of Fresno Mac Users Group, CompUSA "Genius", and owner of He joined the club right after getting his beige G3 233 (woohoo), and was VP within a month! He has been a Mac user for 10 years (he was very young). He is also an Apple Product Professional and Apple Solution Expert. In his spare time he's a photographer and caterer.

Peter Crispin
Waterloo Region Macintosh Users’ Group

Richard Crispin
Waterloo Region Macintosh Users’ Group

Richard has been President of WatRMUG for almost every term since 1986. The group is a community group and attracts people from as far as 40 miles away. He has been on the Board of Consortium of Canadian User Groups since 1994, and President since 1997. CCUG is an expanding federation of Mac Groups currently based in Southern Ontario. Richard is also in the Macintosh Technical User Group (MacTUG) at the University of Waterloo where he is a geek and a member of the Southern Ontario Filemaker Association (SOFA). He also serves on Apple's User Group Advisory Board. During the day, he is a computer consultant for the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo.

Sam Crutsinger

Sam has been a Macintosh user for over a decade. He is currently a Freelance Technology Consultant in Dallas, TX. GoMUG was started as a spin off from The Mac Show with membership comprised of fans who meet weekly in IRC and chat the rest of the week via email mailing lists. The MUG is completely online and funded by voluntary contributions from people who have been helped along the way.

Kyle D'Addario
The Mac Observer

Kyle first started using a Macintosh in 1991, and quickly fell in love with the platform. Kyle was one of the original members of the Webintosh Web site, and now hold the Assistant Editor position at The Mac Observer. Kyle started using OS X on a full-time basis with the release of the Public Beta in late summer of 2000. As his bio states in the weekly Hot Cocoa column at The Mac Observer, which he co-authors, "...he has logged as much time on OS X as humanly possible." Kyle as studied Computer-Mediated Communication at both the Masters and Ph.D. level, and has taught classes on that topic at both Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Alfred E. Darby III
Bay Area Mac Users Group

Al bought his first Macintosh in 1988, a "portable" SE, and has enjoyed the platform ever since. He owns a collection of Macs which includes his earliest model to the latest dual processor G4.

Prior to moving to Florida in March 2001 and joining Bay Area MUG in Largo/Clearwater, Al was President of Lewiston/Auburn MUG (LAMUG) in Auburn, Maine. He also served this large and active group as Technical Advisor for two years and as Membership Director for one year. He is a two-year member of the Association of Macintosh Trainers and is also a member of the Apple Developer's Connection. Al is currently employed as a Unix System Administrator for IBM in Largo, Florida.

As a regular attendee and volunteer for Macworld Expos over the years, he continues to enjoy the community atmosphere that all Macintosh users share.

Mike Dargis
Kalamazoo Macintosh User Group

Jeff Davis
Houston Area Apple User Group

Jeff has served as President of HAAUG since 1998. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Programs and Vice President of Facilities. He is also co-sysop of the group's BBS, HAAUG Heaven and helps maintain Jeff has worked teaching SIGs, main meeting presentations for his group and others, working in the library and on various committees. Jeff is an Apple Certified Service Technician and is also A+ Certified in Core Technologies & MS DOS/Windows. Professionally, Jeff works for the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center as the Supervisor of the Desktop Support Group, maintaining computers for over 12,000 users, of which about 3,000 are Macs, mostly G4's. Before becoming a computer professional, Jeff was a professional photographer for 18 years, working with Macintosh computers and digital imaging the last several years. "I love what I do. If it weren't for User Groups I would not have this great job and get to attend Macworld."

David L. Davis
Macintosh Association of Central New Jersey

David started his Macintosh love affair when he bought a used Mac SE in 1991. He quickly found MACNJ as a place where he could learn all the basic Mac concepts and resources. It wasn't long before his involvement with the club became a dramatic one. He has been president of MACNJ since 1993. Having been a self-employed ceramic designer-craftsman since 1971, David tries to be as self-reliant as possible yet network with others and share knowledge. This great group of people makes sharing lots of fun! When David is not on his Mac, he is busy creating ceramic sculptures and fountains, and enjoying all sorts of music. He sails when time permits and enjoy gardening/landscape design. David lives in beautiful Hunterdon County in west/central New Jersey with his wife of 30 years, Pede, and their two cats, Molly and Gus. As his Mac knowledge has grown, David has become a minor Dr. Macintosh to local folks in need. He produces his own advertising literature and catalog and has assembled systems, solved technical problems and tutored in Adobe Photoshop.

Christopher Douris
Loyal Ontario Group Intereseted in Computers

A Macintosh user since 1989, Christopher has been a member of LOGIC, Canada's oldest Apple User Group, since 1992 and a board member since 1994. A newspaper reporter by trade, he has been involved in graphic design and recently changed career paths to take over responsibility for his company's website and Macintosh maintenance. He is a past editor of LOGIC's newsletter, Maple Orchard, and currently maintains the club's website.

Brian Duck
Ford Macintosh Users Group

Brian's been a Mac 'fanatic' since about 1987. He was quite enchanted by the 'new' computer from Apple and decided to attend a user group meeting. He thought, "if it's anything like the excitement I felt at the AppleFest, it would be worth going." He attended his first SD-MUG (San Diego Macintosh User Group) meeting then, and didn't miss one, without kicking & screaming, until he left Southern California in 1992.

Since leaving California, Brian has spent 7 years working at Ford. During that time, he became involved with MacTechnics and the Ford Macintosh User Group (FordMUG).He started working on the newsletter of the Ford Apple Club, as it was a group of Apple II users ;-) The membership expanded from 50 to 350 in a span of a couple of years.

Brian was asked to provide leadership as the President, and the group made the transition to the Ford Macintosh User Group. They had a BBS on the Ford email system and later their own website. They also started an Internet SIG, which spun off as the Ford Quantum Netsurfers (Internet User Group), whose size made the changes in the MUG look tiny.Brian is currently the webmaster for both groups & product review coordinator for FordMUG.

Daniel East
Bucks & Montgomery Counties Macintosh User Group

After "growing up with Apple," either via school pilot programs, home use or APPLE User Groups, Daniel East has continued to make Macs a part of his daily life since the age of 14. Today, serving as both Director of The Bucks & Montgomery Counties' Macintosh Users Group (Bux-Mont MUG) and President of The Tri-State MUG team, his presentations, events and MUG management programs are "fun-based" promoting growth, cost effective management, teamwork and good times between members and member MUGs. He has presented programs and been on various discussion group boards for previous MacWorld Expos. In addition, East is the list manager for "1AppleFreeTech" which provides free tech support to Mac users online. Dan is President of a music promotion, production and marketing firm for recording artists, products and concert tours which uses Apple products and Macs exclusively for all aspects of their business.

Cyndy Engle
Pennsylvania Apples Microcomputer User Group

Mark Engle
Pennsylvania Apples Microcomputer User Group

Judy Epstein
Clan Macintosh

Judy has been involved with Macintosh user groups since 1984. She is a founding member of Clan Macintosh and The Finders, and she has also been a member of three other user groups. She was Vice President of The NorthWest of Us from 1991-1994. Currently, she is still an active member of both Clan Macintosh (as editor) and The NorthWest of Us. Loving computers, and seeing their potential, Judy developed courses and taught continuing education computer classes for adults from 1981-1998. Courses included general Macintosh classes as well as a variety of applications including word processing, desktop publishing, and financial management. Judy is president of a successful Macintosh consulting and training business, and recently bought a computerized sewing machine and hopes to use all that clip art she has collected to embroider designs on various projects.

Bob Esposito
Frederick AppleCore

Jennifer Esposito
Frederick AppleCore

Lorin Evans
Washington Apple Pi

Lorin Evans is an Apple User Group Advisory Board Member and president of Washington Apple Pi, Washington, DC since 1994. Lorin has been involved in Apple user groups since 1992. His first Apple computer was an Apple II+. Lorin’s professional background is in congressional/executive legislative affairs.

Pat Faldetta
Worcester Computer Society

Pat has been actively involved with WCS for over ten years starting as a member when she got her first Macintosh for her 40th birthday. She continues to be a Mac enthusiast, but is also very comfortable in the Windows environment. WCS merged two local user groups several years ago to form a multi-platform group. During this time Pat has served in numerous executive positions on the Board, as well as Webmaster, Newsletter Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, Novice Group Leader, Membership and Auction Coordinator. Pat coordinated auctions for six years for WCS raising over $20,000 to help fund the group’s activities. Her most recent position as President is by far the most challenging. Pat works for a major biotechnology company as an intranet web administrator. In her spare time, Pat has three grandchildren she enjoys spending time with.

Pat Fauquet
Washington Apple Pi

Pat is the Director of WAP, as well as Tutorial Coordinator and a writer for the WAP Journal. She has been a member of WAP for 12 years, a board member for 4 years, and is a past President of Northern Virginia Educators Mac User Group. Other accomplishments include being a member of the Apple Distinguished Schools Team at Gunston School in Lorton VA; Technology Teacher of the Year at the Virginia Society for Technology in Education; member of-and conference presenter at -the Virginia Society for Technology in Education; and Maryland Instructional Computing Committee. Pat is an independent computer consultant and tutorial instructor. Her special interest areas are multimedia, video, web page production and senior citizen computer education.

Gerry Felipe

Mayer Fistal
New Jersey Macintosh Users Group

Mayer bought his first Mac system (IICI, Portrait Monitor and Personal LaserWriter NT, which is still his printer) after three of his EDS compatriots received the original PowerBook at their 1990 Advanced System Engineering Course and said buy the MAC for ease of use. Mayer has been a member for 10 years and served as President and Chief Doer of Things for about the last 5 years. He also serves as Chief Investigator of the New Jersey User Group Coalition which consists of the seven New Jersey user groups. This year he is VP/Ambassador of NJMUG and continues to handle publicity as he does for several other organizations. Prior to his so called retirement, Mayer's most notable experiences included working for Western Union as well as companies or projects highlighted in The History of the Internet including UNIVAC, BBN (builder of the ARPAnet, forerunner of the Internet) and the LEM (Lunar Excursion Module).

Sandy Foderick
VMug (AOL Keyword: vmug)

Sandy is a founding officer and current president of AOL's original user group, board member at the User Group Network and former Chancellor of AOL's User Group Learning Center. She has met and worked with user groups across the United States and is president of Virtual Mac and speaker chair for Mini'App'Les' main meetings. When not busy with user groups, Sandy is an adjunct Professor of Philosophy and a mom of four.

Deborah Foss
Connecticut Macintosh Connection

Deborah became a Mac user 9 years ago, starting with a Mac SE. She immediately joined the Connecticut MacIntosh Connection, where where she now serves as a Board Member and Disk Librarian. Currently she owns a 20th Anniversary Mac (G3), iBook, iMac, G4, a "phat" G3 Powerbook, and a Lombard G3 Powerbook, along with a few more Macs she is responsible for at work. Her professional background includes being an Immunology Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center, a Masters in Marriage in Family therapy, and doing part-time work with disturbed adolescents. She also gardens, enjoys her two blind greyhounds and 14 cats, and even has time to spend with her husband of 14 years ( twice the 7 year itch?). In her spare time she is renewing her EMT license.

Jim Foster
Macintosh Users East

Jim is a past-President and currently BBS Administrator and Meeting Coordinator for Macintosh Users East [MaUsE], a community Mac Users Group serving the Durham, Ontario, region of Canada. Jim has used Macs since 1985. He became a member of MaUsE in 1986 and has occupied a wide range of positions on its Executive since that time until today. At work, Jim is on an IT Team which provides application and hardware support to about 200 mobile Marketing employees of his firm who use Windows laptop PCs. This provides Jim with a unique perspective from which to view the two platforms-Macintosh and Windows-as well as to participate in the ever accelerating pace of changes on both platforms. Jim is a B-I-G motor racing fan. If he is missing from some Mac event, likely as not he is in the bar watching a live CART, F1, or NASCAR event!!

Brian Friedrich
Apples BC Computer Society

Brian’s first computer was an Apple ][ and, seven Macs later, he is more "evangelical" than ever. Brian recently joined Apples BC and is looking forward to becoming more involved with the group in the future. Brian holds a Certified General Accountant designation and sits on the Board of Directors of his local chapter. He also received a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Brian currently works in public practice for KPMG LLP in the Assurance practice and his keen interest in business has led him to explore the opportunities made possible by new technologies. He is currently pursuing additional coursework in eBusiness and internet programming. Outside of work, Brian enjoys the adventures of mountaineering and rock climbing, and has explored much of North America, Europe, and Africa.

Laura Friedrich
Apples BC Computer Society

Laura was introduced to the Mac platform in 1994 by the "cute computer consultant" who later became her husband and she has been a fan of Apple’s innovations ever since. Laura recently joined Apples BC and is looking forward to becoming more involved with the group in the future. Laura is soon to be designated as a Certified General Accountant and serves as a Director in her local chapter. In addition to her accounting studies, she received a Master of Science in Management Science from the University of British Columbia. Laura is currently working in public practice for KPMG LLP, focusing on the needs of owner-managed and emerging businesses. She is also pursuing courses in e-commerce and web design in order to take advantage of new opportunities in the business world. In her leisure time, Laura enjoys rock and alpine climbing and traveling.

Brian Fuller
LAnse Creuse Computer Leaders

Dave Game
Gold Coast MUG

A 17-year Macintosh user, Dave's first computer was one of the first Macs off the truck in Detroit, Michigan, and he's never looked back. A long time user group member and leader, Dave is currently serving as President, is past editor of the Gold Coast Mac newsletter and is the group's Webmaster. He uses the Macintosh extensively in his position as an Emmy-Award-Winning investigative producer for CBS in Miami, where he coordinates computer-assisted reporting efforts. Other notable achievements include presenting at the original User Group University at Macworld Expo 2000 New York, and again at the User Group University in January 2001. Dave also led roundtables at the Florida Association of Computer User Groups' Fall Leadership Conference in November 2000 and at the group's annual meeting in March 2001. He has been a frequent guest on the Miami-based technology radio program "Into Tomorrow." To fill in the odd moment, he owns a small business which designs web sites for other small businesses. His latest passion is digital video: creating projects which stretch the capabilities of iMovie, including projects broadcast on television newscasts.

William George
North Jersey Mac Apple User Group

Bill is currently the Secretary of his group, and has held positions as President, Program Director, and the BBS administrator. One of the many highlights of his User Group career was his time on the UG forum on AOL. He was known as "UGF BILL" and did much enjoyable work for the UG community. Bill started using Apple computers in college in 1982, where he wrote a basic program to calculate the withholding tax from a paycheck on an APPLE IIE, and he was was hooked. So hooked, in fact, that he changed his major to Information Systems... He is now the Circulation Information Systems for the Record (Hackensack,, NJ ) Newspaper. Everything he learned was from Apple Computers. User Groups were a large part of this knowledge. Over they years he has owned an Apple IIC, IIGS, Mac Classic, Mac TV, Performa 6200 and his current Apple Beige G3.

Amaya Gergoff
Caracas Macintosh Users Group

Amaya has been president of Caracas Macintosh User Group for over four years. She is a System Engineer and Webmaster at, a major Internet Service Provider in Venezuela. She also belongs to the Apple Regional Liaison Team for Central and South America. Amaya is working on the project,, which serves as a Macintosh User Group (MUG) center for Latin American and other Spanish-speaking countries. She also hosts a monthly user group chat, conducted in Spanish, on World Without Borders.

Gail Murphy Glore

Gail bought her first Mac to complete her senior thesis at Norwich University and, at the same time, joined her first Mac user group. As past President of MacChamp, she left the group and founded WiredWomen to create "...a place where women could ask their questions and problem solve in an atmosphere more suited to their needs." Gail is also a member of Apple's User Group Advisory Board as editor of the Newsletter and recently became the Northeast UGU content coordinator. In her day job, Gail is the registrar and database manager for "Hot Topics in Neonatology," an annual global conference of over 1500 neonatologists held in Washington DC every December. In her (spare?) time, Gail trains in Taiko drumming with the Burlington Taiko Club.

Martha Grady

Martha Grady has been a long-time Apple/Mac user since her first computer: an Apple IIe, purchased in grad school in 1983. What a life saver compared to the typewriter for doing papers! She's mostly self-taught, and depends on her user group leader and members to help with problems, and suggest new software applications, uses, and tricks of the trade. Martha has over 30 years' experience as a maternal-newborn nurse, in both clinical and teaching roles, and now works part-time as a continuing medical and nursing education consultant for a variety of agencies. In this role, she uses her Mac to do much of her work, and to keep in touch with her clients via email.

Jim Grieve
North East Ohio Apple Corps

Jim has been involved with Apple computers and UG's since the Apple II integer days (1979). He is currently president of the North East Ohio Apple Corps (NEOAC). Jim has worked in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation as a counselor and manager for 25 years, helping injured and disabled workers find alternate careers - often in sedentary, computer-related jobs. His passion is 3D artwork, and he can be found creating pictures with Bryce and Amapi in his free time, when he is not training or teaching martial arts.

Hal Gumbert
Macintosh Users Group of Orlando

Ardith Gumbert
Macintosh Users Group of Orlando

Lorca Hanns

David Harris
Washington Apple PI

Marble Hedger
Gravenstein Apple User Group

Michael Henigan
Atlanta Macintosh User Group

Mike has been a Mac user since the early days of the Mac Plus. He has recently been “Cubed” and is very happy with it. He has been a member of the Atlanta Macintosh Users Group (AMUG) for several years and currently serves as their Chairman. Mike attended his first MacWorld and UGU last year and is proud to serve as faculty of this Years University and as a MacWorld Guide. Michael has been a meeting/event planner for numerous years and manages a One Hour Photo Lab.

Paul Herring
Flint Apple Club

Paul H. Herring, Sr. has been the president of the Flint Apple Club for more than five years. Currently he is acting as Co-President with the club’s resident Guru Robert Meyers. Herring has done some wonderful things for the Club, including the production of an annual Television Broadcast titled "FAC TV" a Macworld highlights show along with some silly marketing tricks. The Flint Apple Club’s “anything goes” approach, has drawn members from a 60 mile range on his watch. Herring also produces several other television programs in Flint, Michigan including "Common Ground- a public affairs and community Information show, "BCTV- focusing on political empowerment for African Americans, and "Flint After Dark a local talent and music video program. Herring also produces several TV specials throughout the year. "I use only Macs to make my shows" says Herring. "A souped up 71OO for teleprompting, a 6500 for titling and graphics and my baby a Powerbook G3 for special effects, Premiere and Final Cut work." Herring also teaches Video Making to inner-city youth as a part of the Amastad Project. He works full time as a Recruiter/Coordinator for a youth program located in Flint and has a wife and two very Mac-ish children. Paul Jr., 6 years old has a 840av, and Marcus Esq.,age 5 years loves his 5500. Mr. Herring has a love for both travel and life! His favorite quote is: If you always do! What you have always done! You will always get! What you have always got! If you want something you have never had before! You have got to do something, you have never done before!

Randy Herzstein
Houston Area Apple Users Group

Don Hibbert
Apple PIE of South Eastern Michigan

Kelly Hilliard
Atlanta Macintosh User Group

Kelly Hilliard is one of those people who used a Mac when it only had 128K of memory! He has progressed from those early days to an iMac DV and being a very active member of the Macintosh Community. He has been serving as Treasurer of the Atlanta Macintosh Users Group for 2 years and attended the first User Group University in New York. Kelly is on staff at Georgia State University in the Computer Operations Department and has been there just as long as the Macintosh has been around!

Donald Howell
North Florida Macintosh Users Group

Trish Huffman
World Without Borders

Trish left her career in the medical field to stay at home with her ever-expanding family. As Special Events Coordinator,Games Producer,and recently-named MUG Producer at World Without Borders, she works closely with Cys Bronner, Founder/Community Director,to bring MUG events to the Apple Community Connection. She is a member of Triangle Macintosh User Group (TMUG) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Agnes D. Idyk
North Jersey Mac Apple User Group

Milo Ingalls
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachuetts User Group

Chuck Joiner
Hershey Apple Core

Chuck is involved in a wide variety of MUG activities. He has been President of his group, The Hershey Apple Core, since 1992, serves as Chairman of Apple's User Group Advisory Board, User Group Correspondent to "The Mac Show," co-host of 'The User Group Report" and Editor-In-Chief of The MUG Center. With a background in accounting and two professional insurance designations, Chuck is Vice President of Claims and Operations for The Insurance Alliance of Central PA.

Davian Kaplan
Case Western Reserve University Mac User Group

Len Kaufman
North Florida Macintosh Users Group

Len joined the North Florida Macintosh Users Group (NFMUG) August 1987, and became Editor of it’s “First Coast Mac” newsletter in January 1989. Additionally, he has been President of NFMUG since January 1990. Len was also instrumental in setting up the user group’s web site and has help design the many NFMUG flyers, membership pamphlets and forms. Len started on the Mac at its inception in January 1984, but had been active with computers starting in 1970, while serving both on active duty and civil Service with the U.S. Navy.

Chris Keller
San Gabriel Valley Macintosh User Group

Jane Kennedy
Worcester Computer Society

HOnza Koudelka
Klub pratel pocitacu Macintosh

President and founder of KPPM, HOnza has been a leader of KPPM since 1996 when this MUG was founded. In the just voted new council, HOnza now concentrates on transformation of KPPM to be a well-organized product-oriented organization. HOnza currently works as an IS Manager in Superstav, the manufacturer of EarthForce backhoe loaders. He also operates a software development
business as a co-founder of 24U s.r.o.

Heidi Kreiner-Ley
Loyal Ontario Group Intereseted in Computers

Heidi joined Loyal Ontario Group Interested in Computers (LOGIC) in Toronto, Canada, shortly after buying her first Macintosh. She joined the Board of Directors that same year and now serves as Meeting Coordinator and Treasurer. Heidi is the Apple Regional Liaison for Canada and mother to two children, now 17 and 13. In her working life, Heidi is a Real Estate Agent, Property Manager and Developer. She is also a spokesperson for a provincial educational group and a local environmental group.

Jerome Kurshan
Princeton Macintosh Users Group

Jerome Kurshan grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended the public schools there. He then received an AB degree with honors in Mathematics and Physics from Columbia College and was class Salutatorian. He has a Ph D in Physics from Cornell University. His wartime thesis involved Radar experiments and analysis and was initially classified for security reasons. He taught at both universities as an Assistant in Physics. After graduation he became a Member of the Technical Staff at RCA Laboratories in Princeton, NJ. During the next 12 years he conducted research on electron tubes and semicoductor devices and then moved on to various research management and administrative positions there. His first home computer was an Apple //e and he now has two Power Macs networked together. He is Treasurer of PMUG and has written several articles for its monthly publication, The Dialog.

Christine Labate
Graphic Artists Guild

Christine has actively served the New York Chapter of the Graphic Artist Guild as Vice President for the last three years. In addition to actively volunteering at most chapter events, she started the New Directions in New Media series and has been co-chair of the Pricing Game. She co-chairs the Graphic Design Exchange (a special interest group for graphic designers) and also serves as a rep to National. Christine is Associate Creative Director at Citibank, where she directs design of the web site For eight years prior to this she ran her own design studio, Designs for Growth. Her clients ranged from Fortune 1000 to local businesses. She graduated with honors from Manhattanville with a self designed major in Graphic Design and Marketing.

Alice Larson

Raymond Laue
Princeton Macintosh Users Group

John Linthicum

Evan M. London
Hastings-On-Hudson Macintosh Users Group

Evan M. London founded The Hastings-on-Hudson Macintosh User Group (HoHMUG) in June 1992 as an outgrowth of his personally integrating Macs in his fourth grade public school classroom. HoHMUG has members who hail from all over the NYC metropolitan area, 33 states at last count, and even some remote parts of the world. Evan has spoken at Macworlds in Boston, New York and San Francisco since 1993 on a wide range of subjects from HyperCard to CD-ROM Mastering. Evan now works as an independent Macintosh consultant in the NYC Metro area.

Jed Mark
Diablo Valley Mac Users Group

Jed has been President of DVMUG for 2 years. During this time the group has grown from 295 member to 580, thanks to the success of the the iMac. The highlight of their year is an all-day seminar "So you got a Mac...NOW what do you do?" Jed has been with DVMUG for 5 years and was a member of the Berkeley Macintosh User Group before that. Jed formed a mortgage company after a career in the Savings & Loan field and acquired a Lisa to help run the company. It was traded in very quickly for a series of original Apples, and his progression from there was natural. In the past 10 years Jed has moved from the mortgage business to an occupation of salmon fishing, golf, travel, grandfathering and DVMUG.

Randy Marshall
Charlotte Apple Computer Club

Randy is a communications designer which means he works with clients to find their pain, then creates solutions that incorporates new media/television to produce effective measurable results. As President for the Charlotte Apple Computer Club, Randy has been working with the new Board of Directors to implement a culture change that will establish long term success for the group. Like any culture change, the road can be rough, but as one of Randy's clients, the late Mr. Bill Lee CEO of Duke Energy always said, "No matter how hard, stay the course. Because if you have a sound plan, believe in yourself, your group, your mission - you will succeed." Randy believes.. and he asks that you join him in working to enable cooperation between MUGs to forward the cause of learning and empowerment for all people. Randy's hobbies include photography, stereoscopy, and music.

Michael Maskalans
Global Online Macintosh User Group

Rick Matteson
Long Island Macintosh Users Group

Rick bought his first Macintosh late in 1984 and joined LIMac shortly thereafter. He was appointed Program Coordinator in 1986, a position he's held since then with only a little time off to form and coordinate the Educator's SIG. Rick retired two years ago after a 31 year career as an industrial arts and computer teacher in high school and middle school. In addition to his activities with LIMac, he is currently dividing his time between his basement woodworking shop and a consulting business for teachers and beginning computer users.

Tracey "Lee" Maxwell

Lee Maxwell, a member since 1996 of MacWaves, the MUG serving Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey, holds one of the group's two "iTech" positions. He answers members' technical questions and moderates the "Mac FUNdamentals" special interest group where new Mac users can learn how their Macs work. Lee is a self-employed Macintosh consultant, troubleshooter, teacher, tutor and graphic designer based in Monmouth County, NJ. He has consulted with several companies on Mac graphics, technical issues and networking. He also taught Macintosh operation and graphics courses for a private computer school and a public vocational-technical school, and graphics courses for the U.S. Navy. His latest graphics project was to redesign the course brochure for a county school system. Lee, a Quaker, also volunteers for a local agency that rehabilitates old computers, including Macs, loads them with educational software and places them with families of physically challenged children.

Linda McNeil
Philadelphia Area Computer Society

Linda McNeil is the vice president and program chair of the Macintosh sig of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society. She has been involved with Apples since the IIe era right through to the ibook. Linda McNeil has always worked with books and media, as a library media specialist. Currently she is teaching for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Innovative assessment tools for teachers along with Children's and Young Adult Literature on the Internet. She is a professional artist, known for her Chester County landscapes, hand colored etchings, and serigraphs. Linda is also chairman of the Tri-State Young Adult Review Committee. This is an organization comprised of professional librarians from Southeast PA, NJ, DE. Their main thrust is to review materials available to schools and educational institutions. In summary, Linda is an artist, who found a medium she prefers, working with books & computers. She finds them exciting, challenging, and gratifying as they combine the various facets of her life.

William T. Medlow
Long Island Macintosh Users Group

Bill is the President of LIMac (Long Island Macintosh Users Group) and also serves as Chairman of the MultiMedia SIG. He is very proud of what the group has accomplished in view of the fact that LIMac, a 300+ member group, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization that has educated Macintosh users on Long Island for the past seventeen years.

Bill lives on Long Island with his wife and two children, one in college and one in law school, He takes advantage of Long Island's great opportunities for golf, fly fishing, sailing and is a member of the Kiwanis, where he serves as Golf Chairman. His totally electronic architectural office specializes in Visualization and Photo renderings, and includes his personal Mac running OS X and ArchCad, a carbonized CAD program.

Cathleen Merritt
Appleworks User Group

Ms. Merritt, who manages AWUG's daily operations, has published more than 350 articles in educational technology magazines and newsletters. She holds Masters degrees in Education and Educational Technology.

John Mitchell
San Leandro Macintosh User Group

Robert Meyers
Flint Apple Club

Michael Minamoto
Portland Macintosh Users Group

Chise Mishima
Kinki Macintosh Users Group

Chise, a professional graphic designer, is a design and web specialist for Gaijins, a multimedia and web solutions corporation based in Osaka, Japan. She received advanced training in graphic design while attending university in Canada. Currently Chise is an active member of the KMUG executive team and often gives popular presentations on design, DTP, and the development of winning websites.

Del Missier
SpartanburgMac User Group

Del is el Presidente y Evangelista of SMUG and has been a contributing officer for 14 years. He is a MacNut and has a PhD to prove it from University of MacAdemia. He is also an avid environmentalist and a flying afficianado. Del has a diverse background of Mac Projects and runs a studio from his home office called TheMacArena. It is a constant dance, and an actual arena for Mac Consulting, graphics, training, maintenance and repair.Unfortunately, since the Mac is so reliable and user-friendly, he is not very busy.Del also works for MarketSource promoting Apple products

Jacki Moore
Mac Users Group of Southern New Jersey

Jacki has used Apple Computers since 1984. She has served MUGSNJ as hospitality chair, secretary and president. Currently, she is MUGSNJ’s User Group Liaison and Apple Ambassador. Jacki is the User Group Alliance’s NJ rep and has helped with planning and co-hosting several MacDinners. She also serves as treasurer of the Tri-State MUG Team. Jax has been involved with Apple Demo days since the launch of the iMac. Jacki is most proud of her involvement with MUGs supporting the USIA's Kosovo Refugee Internet Assistance Initiative in 1998 and participating in the first MacBeginnings group last year. Jax holds a degree in Computer Graphic Art. She enjoys time with her husband of 27 years, 3 children (including a son in the Navy), her dog, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Pet De Kat Krewe, music festivals, Zydeco dancing and Cajun cooking!

Michael Murphy
Apple Insider Macintosh User Group

Mike is currently the Vice-President of the Apple Insider Macintosh User Group, a worldwide, online group. Mike has been an Apple user since the first grade, and has always been interested in computers and technology. A senior in High School this Fall, he hopes to study Computer Science or Film and Television production in college. Currently, Mike works at a one hour photo lab and is also very interested in digital photography.

James Oszucik
North Jersey Apple User Group

Mary Helen Oszucik
North Jersey Apple User Group

David Ottalini
Washington Apple PI

Dave Ottalini is the VP for Publicity of Washington Apple Pi. A long-time WAP member, Dave got his start in computers using the Apple /// and continues to answer questions about the SARA from users all over the world. He is currently working on an Apple /// CD for WAP. Dave owns a G-3 enhanced PowerMac 6400 and a number of other Macs much to the consternation of his wife. Dave is a Journalist by trade. For fun, he writes the Mac-half of a weekly PC-Mac Q& A column called "Doubleclick" in the local suburban Journal Newspapers. In real life, Dave is a Senior Producer for CNN's affiliate service.

John Pfaff

Sarah Pratt

Geri Pelok

Apple devotee since 1985 (and yes, it has been that long) and a member of Mactechnics, Ann Arbor, MI, for the last three years acting as the Director-at-Large (i.e. major gopher). Previous years in Vermont, found her functioning as the Vice-President (1996) and as editor/gopher (1996 – 1998) of the Northern Vermont Macintosh User Group based in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Currently, Geri is a part-time graduate student in the School of Information, University of Michigan, learning how to handle users, interfaces, and navigational systems for medical information/education. She is a full-time Research Assistant on the Visible Human Project creating the user interfaces and advanced architectures involved in bringing the human voxel database to a useful and usable form.

Winner of a 2001 Computerworld Smithsonian Laureate along with husband, Dr. Scott Pelok , and Prof. Thomas Gest (and thank you to Steve Jobs and Apple for the nomination!), she has worked on creating interactive multimedia now archived in the historical archives of the Smithsonian Institution. Lastly, Geri is the absolute, proud owner of a G3 powerbook that is the solid base for every piece of media constructed in her work and graduate courses. Despite long hours, and being dropped multiple times (thank you, Apple Engineering & Design crews!), it handles every application with grace and speed.

Scott Pelok

Dr. Pelok is currently the director of Instructional Computing at the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry. Scott and his wife, Geri Durka-Pelok, developed an interactive program, “Use of Digital Video as a supplemental tool in the education of health care students” that won the 2001 Smithsonian Computerworld award. Scott was also recognized with a 2000 Smithsonian Computerworld award for development of an online treatment planning program for dental students, created in conjunction with Drs. Fasbinder and Shotwell at the School of Dentistry. The Instructional Computing Unit (ICU) utilizes a series of Macintosh G4 for creating and editing educational video and developing programs.

Scott’s interest in computers goes back to his undergraduate days when all programs were written and stored on cassette tapes. His first personal computer was an Apple //e. Right in the middle of writing his master thesis, the computer shut down. Armed with a VOM and an oscilloscope, he fixed the computer by replacing a 14-cent timing chip. That original Apple //e is stilling working today. Currently, he is fluent in HTML, XML, Javascript, Quicktime and a series of other web based languages and programs. His personal computer to day is a PowerBook G3- 500mHz with 256 megs of RAM and
a 20 GIG HD.

Merry Perry
Maryland Apple Corps

Merry has been involved with the Maryland Apple Corps since 1983, when she got her first Apple II+, mostly as Treasurer (current position). She did a lot of beta testing back then and attended Applefests regularly, even becoming a speaker while a Contributing Editor for the Apple IIGS Buyer's Guide. She was a census taker in 1980, then sold needlework for five years followed by 11 years of computer sales. She has been a volunteer at the users groups breakfasts at Macworld for the last few years, has been a MarketSource demonstrator and an Apple guide. Merry attended Wilson College and is presently working part-time as an administrative secretary at the Institute for Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She has a wonderful husband, three children (including a daughter who is getting married next year), and a granddaughter.

Bill Pierce
MacClique - East Tennessee Macintosh User Group

Bill Pierce joined MacClique - East Tennessee Macintosh User Group in 1996. He is currently the president of MacClique, but in the past he has served as webmaster, secretary, and vice president. Primarily an avocational computer user, Bill makes his living as a musician (violist) in the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra which he joined in 1983. He is currently the webmaster for Knoxville Musicians Association - Local 546 of the American Federation of Musicians.

Bill's interest in computers started when his father gave him an Apple IIGS computer after having upgraded to a Mac. His first Mac was a Performa 6116. Bill's favorite computer activity by far is the use of E-mail for communication, but he also enjoys writing for the web and technical support - troubleshooting computer problems for other Macintosh and Windows users. He is an unofficial computer consultant for Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (TVUUC) in Knoxville, Tennessee. He created TVUUC's first web site and currently manages the members' announcement and discussion E-mail list.

Jason T. Piper
appleJAC Macintosh Users Group

Jason is the webmaster for the appleJAC Macintosh Users Group which serves the Mid-Missouri area. He maintains the aJ webpage and also archives past digests for immediate download from the site. Jason will be a junior in high school and maintains a membership with a lan party group called JC-LAN, which is composed of high schoolers. He works with his father on in providing Macintosh support for the local community which has been quite successful in what he has done.

Thomas R. Piper
appleJAC Macintosh Users Group

Tom founded aJMUG in 1984, then served as its President for the first 8 years and the past 4 years. He initiated their monthly newsletter and meetings, electronic bulletin board and website, education SIG, public and parochial school support, and other efforts. As a trained architect and health planner, he also promotes inter-platform communications through his agency, his advocacy, his passion, his faith and other efforts to turn barriers into bridges.

His evangelism for the Mac was first expressed when he bought the first Mac in state government in February 1984, which was documented in 1986 when he posed for Apple's government brochure. He continues to invest much time and effort through MacQuest Consulting, which is a long-term professional commitment to helping others get the most out of their computers. He is a true Mac addict and Apple advocate.

Jaclyn Pitula
Stony Brook Macintosh Users Group

Bob Platt
Virginia Macintosh Users Group

Bob Platt has been active in Apple user groups since 1981. He is a founder of the Virginia Mac Users Group (VMUG) and serves as Secretary of the Northern Virginia Apple Users Group (NovApple). He wrote the "Apple Doctor" column for Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine, and coauthored books on programming Pascal and Modula-2. He has attended and organized presentations at several NAUGSAWs. In his other life,Bob is an attorney in Washington, DC and an avid runner. He has served as a Trustee of Cornell University and received the Road Runners Club of America Volunteer of the Year award.

Craig E. Polixa
North Jersey Mac Apple User Group

Craig has held the positions of Review Chairman, Vice President and President since joining his group about 3 years ago. " I hope to learn and utilize as much as I can to further move the user group in the future." Craig started out selling Apples at a local Comp USA for about 2 years. He became a Apple Certified Tech at the same store for another 2 years, then opened "The MacGuy" as a side business.
Operations in that business include troubleshooting and diagnose and repair of problems, consulting and training, installing and upgrades of peoples' machines in their homes or places of work. He is an Apple Power Rep in local retail stores where he trains the sales force on how to position and sell Apple products and technologies, upkeep of demo machines, and monitor stock flow through the store.

Lynn Poos
Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group

Lynn E. Poos is Secretary/Treasurer of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) in Colorado Springs, CO, the largest active MUG in the State of Colorado. He became involved with the Mac in the late 1980's, and has been a strong supporter since. In the spring of 2001, Lynn was appointed to the Regional Liaison Team as the Liaison for the South Central United States.

Lynn retired in 1993 after thirty-four years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and moved to Colorado to relax. He immediately became active in SMMUG, and was selected to be their corporate Secretary/Treasurer. Relaxation was an alien concept and he too soon found many others things to do. He was appointed by the City Council to serve on the Colorado Springs Liquor and Beer Licensing Board, where he served until term limited in June 2001. Concurrently, he was appointed by the County Commissioners to the Juvenile Community Review Board for the Fourth Judicial District, which he chaired until he was appointed, in 1998, by Governor Owens to chair the Juvenile Parole Board for the State of Colorado, a position he currently holds.

J. Keith Putnam
Huntsville Macintosh Users Group

Keith joined HMUG in 1996, and became Apple Ambassador when needed. He provides input to MacNews each month. Keith began AppleDemoDays when the iMac was released and has held positions as Retail Representative for Best Buy, Sears, and currently Circuit City. Keith achieved Apple Product Professional status in 2000. Professionally, Keith is a software analyst supporting the PATRIOT Missile program. Outside of HMUG activity, he sings in the Eugene Brasher Chorale and his church choir.

Abigail Quentrall-Thomas
Graphic Artist Guild

Deena Quilty
Connecticut Macintosh Connection

Deena Quilty is a consultant specializing in marketing communications for business. She produces and manages media of all types including promotional and technical literature, newsletters, catalogs, books, magazines, advertisements and Web sites. Deena also produces and delivers workshops, seminars, and training on various topics. Formerly a marketing manager with GE, she has been a Mac user since 1985, when a forward-thinking co-worker introduced one to the department. She is President of the Central Connecticut Women’s Forum, a women's business networking group, and a former member of Toastmasters International. Deena is immediate Past President of Connecticut Macintosh Connection (CMC) of Hartford, Connecticut, a user group with over 100 members. For CMC members and guests, she initiated the first annual bus trip to Macworld Expo for 2001. She is also a member of HUGE (Hartford User Group Exchange), another area user group.

Jerry Rabinowitz
Avon Grove School District Macintosh User Group

Jerry is the Director of Technology for the Avon Grove School District in Chester County, Pennsylvania. An educator for more than 30 years. He has been a teacher, administrator, and the Delaware Department of Public Instruction Specialist for Computer Education and Training. He is currently responsible for all aspects of technology for the school district, where every classroom and office is networked. He supports the network of 21 servers, dozens of network switches, and almost 1500 computers (both Mac and PC) including over 200 wireless iBooks. Jerry has been involved with computers in education since the mid-70&Mac226;s, and has been a Mac user since he purchased his first in March of 1984. He has been a presenter on educational computing issues at national, regional, and local conferences. Jerry is currently a member of Macintosh Users of Delaware and president of the Avon Grove School District Macintosh Users Group.

Max Rechtman
Long Island Macintosh User Group

In 1984 while browsing in a computer store, Max saw the original 128K Mac. He loved it and bought it. Back in 1984 he owned every piece of Mac software that was available: MacWrite and MacPaint. Later that year, several friends and Max formed a User Group that today is known as LIMac, The Long Island Macintosh Users Group. LIMac is now the largest Mac group on Long Island. Max is currently the Treasurer and User Group Ambassador for LIMac. In his professional life he is a teacher of biology for the New York City Public School System. As an educator, he has found the Mac to be a valuable tool, and can’t imagine how there was ever a time that we got by without computers.

Sue Reid
Waterloo Region Macintosh Users’ Group

Sue is Treasurer of both WatRMUG, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and the Consortium of Canadian User Groups (CCUG), a group of UGs located mainly in southwestern Ontario. Sue has been using Macs since the early 80’s and has a small collection, as do most of us, dispersed among various family members. When not enjoying her iMac at home, Sue is the End-User Trainer at an engineering, environmental and IT services company based in Waterloo which has more than 30 branches throughout North America, where she carries out internal training on various software packages using one of the "other" platforms. Sue has two beautiful daughters, a rather manly black cat, and a great old house in the downtown area of the City.

Garr Reynolds
Apple User Group Program Manager

Garr is well known in the community as the past president of the Kinki MUG Group (KMUG) in Osaka Japan, a faculty member of two User Group Universities and as the User Group Regional Liaison to Asia. Now Garr has joined Apple as the new User Group Program Manager. His most recent position was with Sumitomo Electric where he was a communications specialist and trainer. He has an M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Hawaii and is an experienced speaker on issues such as leadership, cross-cultural management, and design and branding.

Smythe Richbourg
Triangle Macintosh Users' Group

Smythe has been hooked on Macs since buying a Mac Plus in 1987. After just a few years, he decided to make them his career and has been consulting either part time or full time ever since. Around the same time, he discovered user groups, and has been an active member of a local group since that time, no matter where he was living. In addition to authoring many articles and reviews, presenting on various subjects and hosting meetings, he has served as Shareware Librarian, Assistant BBS Sysop, Program Chairman, Co-President and President. "I can't imagine the Mac experience without user groups," he says. "If you can't share your excitement and the new things you're learning, it's just not as much fun." The Triangle Macintosh Users' Group serves the central North Carolina area known as Research Triangle Park, a multi-county area which includes Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. When not Mac-ing about town, Smythe is usually playing guitar or singing, either alone of with one of his daughters or with a local choir. Recently, he's taken up digital photography, playing the digital foil to his wife's film-based hobby.

Dani Roloson
Waterloo Region Macintosh Users’ Group

David Roemer
Apple Student Core @ Emory, Emory University

David Roemer is currently spending his second summer as an intern with Apple. David is a student at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is the founder and president of Emory University’s only student technology organization, the Apple Student Core. While at Emory, David has worked for three years as an Apple Campus Representative. David is a senior who is studying marketing and management (and Apple and golf).

Lorene Romero
North Coast Macintosh Users Group

Lorene has been the President of NCMUG for 3 years. She began 6 years ago as a new member who volunteered to help with a fundraising event. She serves on Apple's User Group Advisory Board as "Vendor Queen," working with vendors to improve relations and negotiate MUG discounts. It has become something she loves because everyone wins. In spite of an educational background in Clinical Psychology and12 years in the Mental Health field, she decided to work with computers.

Dan Sailers
Dallas Macintosh Users Group

Todd Salkowitz
The Macintosh Business Users Society

Benjamin Samuel
Drexel University DUsers

J. Schachter
Lincolnwood Apple Users Group

David Sheddan
Macintosh Users Group of Orlando

Jonas Skardis
Santa Fe Mac Users Group

Jonas has been a member of the Santa Fe Mac Users Group Executive Board for three years, one as Chairman, and serves as Meeting Coordinator and Cage-Meister. Jonas hosts numerous special interest groups on topics ranging from web design to digital video. As a member of Apple's User Group Advisory Board, Jonas is "list mom" to the Apple User Group Discussion List, and coordinator of the UGAB's monthly chats on WorldWithout Borders. He also owns and operates a successful Macintosh consulting business.

Mike Sloan
Macintosh Users Group of Boston College

Joan Smith-Brown
Mac User Group Of Southern New Jersey

Joan teaches graphic arts at Gloucester County College who enjoys poetry and painting in spite of her hectic schedule. She also runs trips for the college Humanities club which range from the opera in New York City to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Joan started her user group at her college when the focus was on Mac Pluses. The group remains focused on the local community and students. Joan has the only two Mac labs on campus. She finds to be both a productive and enjoyable tool for artists.

Pete Smith

Matt Sparby
Macintosh Users Group of Orlando

John Spates
Apples For Teachers

Cassie St. Clair

Doris Stewart
Apple of Southeastern Michigan

William Stewart
Apple of Southeastern Michigan

Tushar Thrivikraman
Apple User Group At Georgia Tech

Tushar is currently in his 4th year of Undergrad finishing the second half of a dual degree program between Emory University and Georgia Tech in Business and Electrical Engineering. At Emory,Tushar concentrated in Decision and Information Analysis, focusing on information technology. Tushar is currently the Apple Campus Representative heading up the Apple User Group at Georgia Tech.

Elizabeth Tonis
South Shore Macintosh Users Group

Elsa Travisano

Elsa has been a guiding force for MUG ONE (Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, New York) for 15 years. She currently serves as Vice President, Webmaster, and Editor of MUG ONE’s award-winning newsletter, Newsbreak. Previously she served two terms as President, and was Librarian for many years.

Elsa comes from a Mac family. Her father, Philip Thompson, was founding President of Princeton’s PMUG and both of her brothers are Mac professionals. Her husband Tom is an English professor, former MUG ONE President and writer with three published books written on a Mac. Her son Michael is studying visual arts media on the Mac, and her daughter Emily is a budding software reviewer who had to stand on a piano bench to see the audience when she first began giving MUG ONE presentations.

A "Mac of all trades," Elsa is a Macintosh consultant and instructor who has taught teacher workshops, classes for children and adults, and a college course in the Mac. She specializes in assistive technology for children with special needs.

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Warren Williams
AppleWorks User Group

Warren is the President of the AppleWorks Users Group, the largest user group in the world, and is a member of Apple's User Group Advisory Board. Professionally, Warren is a Professor Emeritus of Educational Technology at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Williams has written more than 500 articles published in psychological journals and technology magazines and newsletters.

Seth Zuckerman
StonyBrook Macintosh Users Group

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