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Image of APH President Sarah White
President
Sarah White provides writing services for individuals, families, businesses, and communities from her home base in Madison, Wisconsin. She started First Person Productions to help people remember, write, and share the stories of their lives. Typical projects include books, interviews, workshops, and intergenerational programs. She joined APH and attended her first conference in 2002, and launched First Person Productions in 2006. She served on the board (2005-06 as marketing director, 2007-08 as Regions Director, and 2011 as Nominations Director). She has served as APH's President since 2012. Sarah brings to the office a commitment to look after the long-term interests of APH, guided by APH's strategic plan. 
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Image of APH Vice President Susan Terrill-Flint
Vice President
Susan Terrill-Flint is a multi-generational native of Colorado whose first ancestors came to the state from Canada via Chicago before Colorado achieved statehood. Her educational background includes a BA in literature and an MA in counseling. Her professional life has been spent in education (her teaching experience includes a university course in Indonesia) and human resources. She served eight years on her college’s Alumni Board of Directors, two of them as president. Her personal historian business is Legacy La Plata Memoirs. Susan resides in Bayfield, Colorado, with her husband, Bill. They have a blended “yours, mine, and ours” family with six children, 16 grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. She comes from a family of memoir writers, newspaper editors, and storytellers. 
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Image of APH Treasurer Solomon Kahn
Treasurer
Solomon Kahn is the founder of Memoir Place, a site to help people write their memoirs. He was inspired to pursue the personal history business after receiving a memoir from his great-grandfather. Memoir Place makes it easy for people to record their own personal history, or help record the personal history of loved ones. Before Memoir Place, Solomon worked in leadership positions in financial start-ups, doing everything from business development and strategic planning to investment research. Solomon has passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams as well as the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) exams. Before entering the personal history business, he had his series 7, 63, and 65 licenses through FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Solomon is a graduate of Columbia University. 
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Image of APH Secretary Deborah Perham
Secretary
Deborah Perham loves hearing family stories, and became her family’s self-appointed historian. In the 1950s, Deborah’s maternal grandmother lost all her personal belongings (including all photographs) in a basement flood. There was nothing but left but stories to tell. And there were countless stories. Memorializing events is in part of who Deborah is… Since the early ‘80s, she has owned a court reporting agency with offices in NYC and on Long Island. In 2012 she decided to move beyond the court reporting community, establishing “A Lifetime Legacy.” Deborah is now a full-time professional historian, assisting families and corporations recording their own events. A three-decade career in the court reporting community combined with the fact that she’s a sentimental gal makes for one enthusiastic personal historian. Deborah is proud to be assisting members of APH in their efforts and looks forward to many productive years together. 
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Image of APH At-Large Director Mary Beth Lagerborg
At-Large Director
Mary Beth Lagerborg teams with talented people to custom publish the stories of individuals, organizations, homes, or family businesses. She started her personal history business, Retelling: Creating Legacy Through Your Story in January 2011. Her previous experience includes serving as Director of Media and book brand manager for a non-profit, working with traditional publishers to create books from topic development/author identification through developmental editing and consultation on titles, cover design, and marketing. She understands “how a book becomes a book.” She loves to interview her clients, organize and write the story, and work with a creative team. Mary Beth joined APH in 2011as a first step in starting her personal history business, and attended conferences in 2011 and 2012. The wisdom and tools she’s received from APH events, resources, and listserv have been invaluable. As her business gains momentum, she recognizes it is time to volunteer and “give back.” She is honored and enthusiastic about being a member of the APH board. 
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Image of APH Communications Director Carol Kern
Communications Director
Carol Kern of Irving, Texas, knows first hand the appreciation and joy felt when discovering precious nuggets of family history - each nugget providing a glimpse into a loved one’s life and daily events. Carol’s interest in family history began as a young child after hearing a story of how her grandfather left home one day and never returned. Carol’s curiosity of what happened to her grandfather developed into a lifelong passion for genealogy and capturing family stories. In 2003, Carol’s passion for family history transitioned from that of family historian to that of professional historian. Carol founded Your Personal Historian, a family history business dedicated to enriching lives through the writing, sharing and preserving of family stories and life experiences. Carol joined APH in 2012 to meet others who share her passion for family and personal histories. As the Communications Director and past Texas Chapter Coordinator, Carol looks forward to continuing to assist other APH members and the community come together, sharing experiences, and learning from each other.  
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Image of APH Conference Director Kandy Davidson
Conference Director
Kandy Davidson has a passion for saving and preserving precious stories and memories of loved ones, old photos and other memorabilia. In 2011 she and her husband established LifeTime Memories, the same year they joined APH, as they saw the need for creating memories that will last a lifetime. Kandy also runs 1st Class Reunions, organizing high school class reunions that she and her husband started in 2003. Kandy has over 30 years' experience as an Inside Sales Rep and Events Coordinator for various software companies. Kandy is currently a Certified Legacy Advisor and is working towards her Legacy Rescue Planner Certification through I-ASK, International Assoc. of Story Keepers. Kandy has two married sons and 4 grandchildren. She and her husband, Byron, live in Loganville, GA. 
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Image of APH Documents Director Susan Luccini
Documents Director
Susan Luccini began her personal history business, SML Publishing, in 2005 and joined APH in 2006. Her professional background includes teaching in Ghana, Malaysia, Italy, and the United States. For five years, she was the principal of a Montessori school for children ranging in age from pre-school through eighth grade. Her interest in personal histories was piqued during her tenure there by a delightful project in which staff members wrote about their memories of being a child in winter. Susan had also worked for a number of years in educational publishing as a writer and editor. As a hobby, she had learned to set type and print on a hand press, which led to her on-going interest in fine-press books. When she retired from teaching, it seemed quite natural for her to combine her interest in people, their stories and memories, with her love of finely-made books. Susan has previously served as the coordinator of the APH NorCal region and, on the APH Board, as Membership Coordinator and Vice President. She currently lives in the Sierra Foothills in California with her husband. 
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Image of APH Education Director Stephanie Nichols
Education Director
Stephanie Nichols discovered personal history in 2008 when the New York Times labeled it an “emerging field.” She had been searching for a new career path after 20 years in Unitarian Universalist parish ministry, and the idea of personal history resonated immediately. Within two months Stephanie had joined APH and started soaking up new information like a sponge. Now in 2013, her business is alive and well due in no small measure to the resources and contacts provided by APH. With gratitude for what she has learned so far, and because every answer generates at least two new questions, Stephanie is honored to serve in the role of education director. She is based in Winchester, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, David, and their beloved old golden retriever, Rocky. 
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Image of APH Marketing Director Debbie Marks
Marketing Director
Debbie Marks has 15 years experience in TV Broadcasting, including station manager for three community television stations, as well as over 10 years experience working for Canada’s largest insurance company in marketing communications. While working at Great-West Life/London Life Insurance Company, Debbie drove sales by leading one of the company's largest national branding ventures for the Group Retirement Services division. She was responsible for the rebranding of all marketing communications materials from print to online and delivered this significant, 18-month project on time and on budget. Debbie worked with graphic and web designers, video and print production as well as outside advertising agencies. More recently, Debbie launched her own personal history business, Marks in Time, in Ontario, Canada. Debbie is looking forward to using her significant marketing experience to help market not just APH but also the importance of preserving personal history. 
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Image of APH Membership Director Annie Payne
Membership Director
Annie Payne, an Australian personal historian lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Her business History from the Heart was founded in 2006, when she joined APH. Annie attended the 2008, 2010 and 2012 conferences, reaffirming her personal history work, forging bonds with members whose skills are different/complementary and strengthening friendships. She draws on the skills and knowledge in her kit bag from her professional experience in nursing, social work, membership, events and PR management, and tertiary education lecturer, to apply to her latest career. Annie spreads the personal history word in Australia and New Zealand via frequent radio interviews and articles in ‘Inside History,’ Australia’s new Family History magazine, and community newspapers. She understands the difficulties faced by overseas members of APH who can’t easily access many of the Association’s resources and benefits. As the first Membership Director from outside North America, Annie aims to encourage more member interaction, especially from/with international APH’ers.  
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Image of APH Nominations Director Jane Shafron
Nominations Director
Jane Shafron joined APH in 2007, the year she and her husband established Your Story Here LLC, a boutique documentary production company specializing in creating bespoke video biography and personal history documentaries. Jane's passion is to bring personal stories to life, insisting on the highest standards in all phases of the production process. She has studied oral history and voice acting and is a master video biographer. Before becoming a personal historian, Jane practiced as an attorney in Australia. Based in Orange County, California, and traveling across the US for her clients, Jane's projects have delighted hundreds of satisfied clients and their friends and families. Her touching documentary films have been featured in festivals in the United States and Canada, and have won numerous awards. 
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Image of APH Online Director Michelle Sullivan
Online Director
Michelle Sullivan lives in Quebec, Canada. She has been an APH member since 2013. Michelle is President of Michelle Sullivan Communications, a PR and social media company. She is also Associate Professor at the Université de Montréal teaching 'Introduction to Media Relations.' Her prior experience includes Manger, Social Media Partnerships at Rogers Communications and Director, Social Media and Digital Communications at Hill + Knowlton Strategies. Michelle has expertise in: social media, media relations, internal and external communications strategies, and event organization. Michelle studied history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 
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Image of APH Publicity Director Lynne Uyeda
Publicity Director
Lynne Choy Uyeda developed a passion for preserving personal and family histories on video in 1995. Prior to establishing her company, “Linking Lives & Legacies,” she owned and operated “Lynne Choy Uyeda & Associates,” a Los Angeles-based public relations and marketing communications firm with offices in San Francisco, California. In 1998, she was “lured” to public service by the U.S. Census Bureau as Media Director for the 2000 Census. Lynne was into her first retirement when she was recalled to active duty for 2010 Census – again serving as Media Director with a team of 7 Media Specialists for California and Hawaii. In May, 2012, Lynne was recently inducted into the Minority Business “Hall of Fame” as a pioneer advocate for the utilization of minority-owned businesses by major corporations and government agencies. Now, into her second retirement, Lynne looks forward to putting together an effective team in 2013 to promote the Mission and Objectives of the Association of Personal Historians.  
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Image of APH Regions Director Sue Hessel
Regions Director
Sue Hessel has come back to a slogan from her youth "Think global. Act locally." since she agreed to become APH’s Regions Director. APH is an international organization, which means we think globally. At the same time, we each live in a community, state and/or region where we take local actions,” she said. “We make a difference for families, individuals and organizations through the stories we preserve and share. Sue, who is from La Crosse, Wisconsin, calls her personal history business Lessons From Life because she believes that we all have stories, experiences and lessons to share with current and future generations. In writing dozens of history books for individuals, families, businesses, organizations and communities, Sue prides herself in doing research that fills in the history or what she calls the back story behind the events of individual lives. Sue, who also teaches life writing courses, believes the strength of personal history lies in connecting generations and helping young people appreciate the experiences of previous generations. At age 60 Sue began performing in theater, began oral storytelling and improvisational comedy. She also became a first-time grandmother and said “Every baby should be issued a personal historian at birth.”  
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