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Arizona Region (USA)

California Region (USA)

Image of APH Northern California Julie Blade
Northern California
Chapter Coordinator
Julie Blade is a relative newcomer to APH and to the Regional Coordinator’s role. She began her company Lifetime Chronicles – Capturing Life’s Special Memories in the fall of 2010 and was fortunate to be immediately awarded a project. Her first book was recently published and has been well received. Julie’s professional hats have included social worker, Head Start and elementary school teacher, trainer and team manager with Bank of America and Citibank, and 20+ years as an independent instructional designer working with large corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She believes her past ultimately led her to becoming a personal historian, which she believes is the most important and most gratifying work she has ever done. In addition to interviewing clients and ghostwriting their autobiographies, Julie facilitates small groups who write their own life stories through the Guided Autobiography process. Julie has three grown children and four grand children. Her interests, in addition to writing and family, are singing, gardening, and hiking.
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Image of APH Southern California Rachael Rifkin
Southern California
Chapter Coordinator
Rachael Rifkin works in print and has been a member of APH since 2009. She started out as a journalist and began calling herself a memoirist in late 2008 because she didn't yet know the term personal historian. She loves people's stories and is very happy to have found work that she is passionate about. Rachael is a lifelong Southern Californian, minus brief stays in Northern California, New York, and the Netherlands. She's quite partial to reading, knitting, juggling, playing with her dogs, and laughing with her husband. Much to her great disappointment, and despite fervent practice, she cannot whistle. She's also short. Furthermore, she's not especially good at writing short biographical sketches about herself, and would rather not discuss how long this took her to write.
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Eastern Canada Region (Canada)

Image of APH Eastern Canada Eloise Lewis
Eastern Canada
Regional Coordinator
One day, in 2007, Eloise Lewis was trying to think of a new career path. After more than 25 years in public relations and communications, she wanted to find something that would allow her to use her writing and interpersonal skills, as well as preserve the independence she had grown accustomed to in running her own business (and maybe continue to sneak in a few tennis games). Meanwhile, when she realized that her mother, who was in her nineties, was the last one standing of her generation, Eloise decided to record her mom’s life and make it into a book. Then she had what she thought was a brilliant, unique idea which was to do this for other people as well. Thus was her new business, LifeTales, born. Brilliant, maybe - but unique, no. She soon discovered the Association of Personal Historians, composed of like-minded souls who shared the same passion for preserving life stories. Since joining APH, she has completed several books for clients in the Toronto area and is excited to be witnessing the growth of the field of personal history in Canada and around the world.
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Great Lakes Region (USA)

Image of APH Indiana & Kentucky Carolyn Parrott
Indiana & Kentucky
Chapter Coordinator
Carolyn Parrott founded Kept Memory in 2011, but the idea for the business was born several years earlier when she wrote stories from her life and put them in hardbound books as gifts to two of her granddaughters. Soon thereafter friends and family began to request her help to create family history, tribute, and special occasion books. She has completed several personal history projects for members of the Greatest Generation. Before becoming a personal historian, Carolyn worked in the career management field where she honed her skills of interviewing, writing, facilitating, and project management. These skills, her love of helping people tell their stories, and her lifelong hobbies of photography and creating things of artistic beauty combine in personal history to make work feel like play. In addition to her chosen work, she gets great joy from being known among her grandchildren as the go-to person for amazing costumes, creative party decorations, and homemade biscuits. Carolyn is excited about taking on the role of Indiana Chapter Coordinator. According to Carolyn, the Great Lakes Regional Coordinators welcomed her right away when she joined APH, and that made an immediate difference with opportunities for colleagues and ongoing learning.
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Image of APH Michigan Deb Moore
Michigan
Chapter Coordinator
Deb Moore, a lifelong Grand Rapidian, started her business The Stories of Your Life in 2003 to help individuals, families, and businesses preserve their history in book form. As a personal historian, Deb has helped dozens of local residents preserve their life stories, written two church histories, a centennial history of a school district, and a company history for a local business. Deb was a member of the S.O.U.L. of Philanthropy team, a group of local personal historians who recorded the stories and reflections of top Grand Rapids philanthropists for the 2008 documentary film, “The Gift of All--a Community of Givers.” Deb has made presentations on memoir writing at local libraries, retirement homes, senior centers and Calvin College’s Youth Writing Festival. She served as APH's Regions Director from 2009-2010. The field of personal history combines Deb's love of local and family history, genealogy, reading, writing, conversation, photographs, and scrapbooking.
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Image of APH Ohio Carolyn Parrott
Ohio
Chapter Coordinator
Carolyn Parrott founded Kept Memory in 2011, but the idea for the business was born several years earlier when she wrote stories from her life and put them in hardbound books as gifts to two of her granddaughters. Soon thereafter friends and family began to request her help to create family history, tribute, and special occasion books. She has completed several personal history projects for members of the Greatest Generation. Before becoming a personal historian, Carolyn worked in the career management field where she honed her skills of interviewing, writing, facilitating, and project management. These skills, her love of helping people tell their stories, and her lifelong hobbies of photography and creating things of artistic beauty combine in personal history to make work feel like play. In addition to her chosen work, she gets great joy from being known among her grandchildren as the go-to person for amazing costumes, creative party decorations, and homemade biscuits. Carolyn is excited about taking on the role of Indiana Chapter Coordinator. According to Carolyn, the Great Lakes Regional Coordinators welcomed her right away when she joined APH, and that made an immediate difference with opportunities for colleagues and ongoing learning.
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Hawaii Region (USA)

International Region (International)

Lower Southeast Region (USA)

Mid-Atlantic Region (USA)

Image of APH Long Island Deborah Perham
Long Island
Chapter Coordinator
Deborah Tomasetti Perham is a professional historian, connecting generations and preserving family memories through written memoirs, audio slideshows, and video biographies. In the 1950s Deborah’s maternal grandmother lost all her personal photographs in a basement flood. There was nothing but left but stories to tell. And there were countless stories. This led Deborah to become her family’s self-appointed historian. Memorializing events is in part 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 courtroom and into the living room, establishing “A Lifetime Legacy.” 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 serving as Coordinator of the Long Island chapter of the Association of Personal Historians. “Don’t let your family history be a mystery.”
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Image of APH Metro Washington, DC Karla Haworth
Metro Washington, DC
Chapter Coordinator
Karla Haworth has been working as a journalist, writer, editor, and project manager for nearly 20 years. After moving away from full-time writing and reporting in 2002, she discovered what she had loved best about journalism: the deep sense of connection and satisfaction in listening to and recording her subjects' stories. Karla longed to tell those amazing stories full-time, and was delighted to find so many APH members were doing just that! She joined APH in 2011, and has attended the annual conferences in Las Vegas and St. Louis. She launched her business, Periwinkle Muse Personal Histories, in Annandale, VA, in 2012.
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Image of APH New York City Martie McNabb
New York City
Chapter Coordinator
Martie McNabb, the daughter of an Air Force pilot, was born on an Army base in Okinawa. For the last 20 years she has lived in the Prospect Heights area of New York City, where she loves the people and the energy of the place. She received a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science at the University of Massachusetts and a master’s in multicultural studies and curriculum development. Before becoming a personal historian, she worked as a high school biology teacher and an ASL/English interpreter. Martie led a Meet-up Group of personal historians in New York City prior to assuming the role of an APH chapter coordinator. She’s currently working to integrate the two groups. When she’s not working on client personal history projects through her business Memories Out of the Box, Marty enjoys county-western and Latin dancing and is involved with Tree Task Force, an organization dedicated to the caring of NYC street trees.
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Image of APH Philadelphia Marianne Waller
Philadelphia
Chapter Coordinator
Marianne Waller attended the 2003 APH Conference in Denver and decided to say goodbye to a 25-year career as a pharmaceutical copy writer/creative director. She considers interviewing people and writing their stories the best work in the world and wishes she had discovered the concept of personal history 20 years earlier. Marianne moved to the East Coast from Indiana in 1984. For twelve years, she enjoyed living in Center City Philadelphia, conveniently located halfway between Washington, D.C., and Northern New Jersey, where her daughters live. She feels honored to have worked with many Holocaust survivors, helping them record the stories behind their tragedies and triumphs. In the spring of 2011 she completed a trilingual, multicultural project about a grandmother who was born and raised in Rajasthan, India, and spent her adult life in Japan. In 2009, Marianne and an enthusiastic group of Philadelphia-area personal historians planned and hosted the Valley Forge APH Conference. As the current Conference Director, her goal is to help provide a forum for advancing personal history and important educational opportunities for member development.
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Image of APH Pittsburgh Ford Fuller
Pittsburgh
Chapter Coordinator
Ford Fuller began his marketing and communications consulting business after two decades in marketing communications with Westinghouse Electric and companies in the computer software, steel mill equipment, and direct mail services industries. Over the years, he's drafted and edited marketing and sales brochures, direct mail pieces, newsletters, advertisements, multimedia presentations, working with graphic designers, ad agencies, and direct mail houses. Following the untimely death of his mother, he began to nurture the idea of using his editing, writing and project management skills to help others preserve the stories of their lives for the benefit of loved ones. He joined APH and decided to put his talents to work as a life story writer. Ford earned a B.A. in political science from Duke University, with an unofficial minor in music appreciation. He devoted many hours to choral singing with the Duke University Chapel Choir and Chorus. He's continued his devotion to choral singing as an enthusiastic tenor now in his 18th year with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and, lately, as a budding barbershopper with the North Hills Harmony Line Chorus.
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Image of APH Upstate New York Eileen Kent
Upstate New York
Chapter Coordinator
Eileen Kent is owner/director of Stories of a Lifetime in Utica, NY. She began her business in October 2005 and has been a member of APH since 2006, attending the Portland conference that year. Eileen has dual master's degrees in education and counseling and worked as a counselor for 20 years in her company, the Women's Consultation Center. She has also been a teacher, mediator, and program director/newsletter editor for ElderLife Inc., a senior center in Utica. She loves creating DVDs of her clients' stories, but also enjoys thinking "outside the box" and developing a variety of other interesting projects, including documenting the refurbishing of a 747 plan for its new owner in Russia. Since joining APH, Eileen has supported the organization by creating the Used Equipment Sale (located on the Forum), and serving on the Nominations Committee, Scholarship Committee, and the Conference Audio Recording Committee.
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Image of APH Upstate New York Taylor Whitney
Upstate New York
Chapter Coordinator
Taylor Whitney (APH member since 1998) has over 25 years combined experience in film preservation and photographic preservation. She is president and founder of Preserving the Past, LLC, established in 1997 in Los Angeles, CA. Her client base includes business, corporate, fine art, personal and institutional. Services include converting film, video, audio and photographs to digital, organizing digital assets and original elements, re-housing, creating searchable databases, and cold storage. Another well-regarded aspect to Preserving The Past is working with clients to document the stories behind the images. Prior to launching her business, Taylor worked in post-production and film preservation in Hollywood for major motion picture studios for several years before expanding her knowledge base to include photographic preservation by earning her Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in Toronto in collaboration with George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Preserving The Past, LLC is headquartered in Rochester with offices in Los Angeles and clients worldwide.
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Midwest Region (USA)

Image of APH Chicago Monica Lee
Chicago
Chapter Coordinator
Monica Lee, coordinator for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Personal Historians, is a storyteller at heart. A resident of Hampshire, Ill., and a member of APH since 2012, she helps people organize and enjoy a lifetime of photos and tell their stories in meaningful, beautiful ways in her business, Clickago Storywerks. She was at various times a newspaper reporter, a headline writer, an executive with a worldwide scrapbooking company, communications director with a food company dedicated to bringing families around the dinner table and a membership representative for the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, of which she is also a member. She has also written a memoir, “The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal.
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Image of APH Des Moines Sherry Borzo
Des Moines
Chapter Coordinator
Sherry Borzo is a professional interviewer with a honed talent that encourages others to remember and share stories of their life experiences. She has a genuine curiosity and interest in others and believes in the power of sharing stories, however small, to teach, heal and connect people. Sherry founded Storied Gifts in 2007 to help others document their memories so they can be shared and treasured for the future. In addition to her work as a personal historian, Sherry hosts the award-winning podcast "Entrepreneur People Real Stories," and co-hosts with her husband "The Delicious Story." She founded dsmBuzz, a grassroots organization that promotes the value of buying locally owned. Sherry and her mother, Sheryl Van Weelden, co-authored the book Under the Tea Leaves. Sherry's personal history business was profiled in July 2011 in the Des Moines Register.
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Image of APH Wisconsin Sue Hessel
Wisconsin
Chapter Coordinator
Sue Hessel has come back to a slogan from her youth "Think global. Act locally." since she agreed to become APH’s Regions Director as well as the co-cordinator for Wisconsin. 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.
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Image of APH Wisconsin Patty Tomaszewski
Wisconsin
Chapter Coordinator
Patty Tomaszewski is a freelance writer, animal lover, gardener and proud grandmother. Patty has a master's degree in social work from the University of Hawaii, and a healthy obsession with history, genealogy and family histories. Born to a newly widowed mother, she grew up fascinated with exploring her own family's history and the stories that defined their past. She now is committed to preserving the treasured memories of others. Patty lives with her husband, Al, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
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Northeast Region (USA)

Image of APH Massachusetts Marjorie Turner Hollman
Massachusetts
Chapter Coordinator
Marjorie Turner Hollman is a long-time resident of Bellingham, MA. She grew up in Florida and comes from a long line of Southern storytellers. Her interviewing techniques, storytelling and writing skills bring out those sometimes hidden qualities in people, places and organizations, and makes them shine. She uses these skills with individuals and organizations to help chronicle their personal and organizational histories. A newcomer to APH, she has produced one personal history book, nearly finished her second, and is looking forward to her next project. She also conducts memoir writing and storytelling workshops in the southern New England area.
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Image of APH New Hampshire Tracy Messer
New Hampshire
Chapter Coordinator
Tracy W. Messer, APR, was destined to become a personal historian. Born and raised in the Washington, DC area, he has spent every summer at the 18th century New Hampshire farmhouse where his family has lived for six generations. He inherited his appreciation for storytelling and historical research listening to exchanges of Yankee wit and wisdom on the front porch and by investigating the treasure-trove of memorabilia from cellar to attic. After graduating from Dickinson College with a double-major in Psychology and Spanish, Tracy earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Colgate University. He spent the next decade serving as company historian for PC Connection, Inc. where he developed his interest in multimedia technology. During the past fifteen years, Tracy has worked as an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional helping children and adults with disabilities to share their own life stories. Tracy has held leadership positions with a number of state and local historical societies and is producing a documentary about the 1941 forest fire that burned more than 24,000 acres in southwestern New Hampshire. He joined APH in 2013 and volunteered to serve as the New Hampshire chapter coordinator after attending the national conference in Bethesda, MD. Tracy welcomes this new opportunity to introduce APH to individuals, families and organizations throughout the Granite State and beyond. He lives in Peterborough, with his wife and their teenaged son and daughter.
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Northwest Region (USA)

Image of APH Northwest Teru Lundsten
Northwest
Region Coordinator
Teru Lundsten lives in Anacortes, Washington, after living in Seattle for 35 years. As a journalist, she wrote many short profiles and developed a tremendous curiosity about all kinds people. That curiosity led to writing personal history books. She joined APH in late 2009 and attended her first conference in Victoria, BC, in 2010. Besides writing personal histories, Teru also continues to write profiles for a local website and teaches memoir writing at two venues in town. Whether people are writers or non-writers, Teru believes that everyone's life story is unique and should be preserved for future generations. She believes the process is as valuable as the product, empowering the narrator and leading to a variety of physical and psychological benefits. Teru gives public presentations on the topic.
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Image of APH Portland-Oregon Emily Garcia
Portland-Oregon
Chapter Coordinator
Emily García is a visual storyteller with a background in book design, book arts, and writing. She delights in working with individuals and families to preserve their stories, and welcomes collaborations with other personal historians. Her company, Cathemeral Press, specializes in creating exquisitely crafted and visually stunning personal history books. Emily joined APH in 2010 and launched Cathemeral Press later that year. Since then, she has been an active member of the Portland APH chapter, serving as the chapter's liaison to "big APH" and creating a simple chapter web page. She looks forward to continued involvement with and service to Portland's vibrant and enthusiastic community of personal historians.
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Image of APH Portland-Oregon AuraLee Loveland
Portland-Oregon
Chapter Coordinator
Aura Lee Loveland, M.S.W., has helped clients publish their life stories for over 20 years. The personal history spark began with her own grandparents, helping three of them create printed legacies that generations continue to enjoy. Working with clients from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest, she promises her clients she will provide “as much or as little” service as needed to help them complete their project. Aura Lee was a featured monthly columnist for the Canby Herald, writing “Stories of a Lifetime,” featuring long-time community members. Recently, she added genealogical research to her services. She is currently a partner with Time Preserved, Inc., a company offering personal and family history services and genealogical research. She also presents community seminars on the worth of personal and family histories.
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Oceania Region (Oceania)

Image of APH Oceania Christine Norton
Oceania
Region Coordinator
Christine Norton has a background in education, management recruitment and has owned several businesses overseas and in New Zealand. She has also mentored many organisations (through Business Mentors NZ) over an eight year period. She has been a professional personal historian for six years and has recently launched Norton Company Histories which specialises in career and company histories. In addition to other projects she is currently working on several exciting personal/career histories within the thoroughbred horse breeders industry with some of the country's most internationally successful stud farms.
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Image of APH Oceania Annie Payne
Oceania
Region Coordinator
Annie Payne, an Australian personal historian, founded History from the Heart, in 2006 when she joined APH. She first commenced interviewing people about their life stories in 1988 as a Bicentennial project and hasn’t stopped following her passion. Annie attended the 2008 and 2010 conferences, reaffirming her personal history work and strengthening friendships. As a personal historian, 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. Annie spreads the personal history word in Australia and New Zealand via frequent radio interviews, community newspapers, and articles in Inside History, Australia’s new family history magazine.
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Rocky Mountain Region (USA)

Image of APH Colorado Cherie Orwig
Colorado
Chapter Coordinator
Cherie Orwig initiated Journeys and Memories, her personal history business, in 2008, to record and preserve family histories and develop legacy letters for loved ones. Her passion is long-standing, as she was raised in "small town USA" with family who regularly shared stories. Cherie currently facilitates a class in memoir writing at the University of Denver's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), is an active volunteer with the Colorado chapter of the Veterans History Project, a program of the U.S. National Archives, has completed training from the Center for Digital Storytelling and is working with the University of Colorado's Dignity Therapy initiative, a component of its palliative care program, on documenting patient stories. Cherie's career, first in social work, then in leading healthcare marketing and communications in Ohio and Colorado, has provided her with a toolkit of interpersonal communications and project management skills that are vital to documenting cherished family stories.
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Image of APH Utah Paulette Stevens
Utah
Chapter Coordinator
Paulette F. Stevens, a native of Salt Lake City, graduated in 1969 from the University of Utah in English and history. She raised seven children, taught at a private boarding school and established the Children’s Museum of Utah. In 2003, after working as a journalist, she became a personal historian and has published over 40 books. Paulette served as the 2008 APH Conference Program Chairman. Since then, she has spearheaded an awareness of personal history in the community through teamwork with other APH members. In March 2012, she established the new Life Story Library Foundation.
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South Midwest Region (USA)

Image of APH St. Louis Area Peggy Greenwood
St. Louis Area
Peggy Thomson Greenwood has been working in the field of family heritage for more than 25 years, empowered by the belief that every person has a life legacy to record and every descendant has a right and a need for a heritage. Her early career was in the academic world where she taught American History at the high school and college level. Greenwood accepted a position with an international corporation establishing and directing a department of training. What began as an investigation into a family mystery blossomed into a cottage industry she called Vagabond Information Services (VIS), a whimsical reference to our predecessors tendency to be travelers. Under the VIS umbrella, she has assisted more than 200 clients worldwide providing genealogy research and has produced nearly 20 memoirs. Greenwood has published more than 25 articles on diverse topics and received an Editor’s Choice Award in 2005. One particularly knotty genealogical problem led to pioneering research into the plight of orphans in St. Louis, Missouri in the 19th century. The work is referenced in the American Guidebook of Genealogy, by Ancestry.com, the St. Louis Genealogical Society and other reference guides. Peggy holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in sociology.
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Southwest Region (USA)

Image of APH New Mexico Tom Gilbert
New Mexico
Chapter Coordinator
Tom Gilbert is the founder and developer of Your-Life-Your-Story.com. After a 30-year career in radio broadcasting, Tom began to work in the personal history field in 2003. He joined APH that year and discovered there are many interesting and talented people working in the field of personal history. Tom believes his strengths are interviewing and writing, but he also loves to teach others. He completed his certification to teach school in May of 2011 and has utilized life story preservation themes in the classroom and in life story workshops. When he's not running his personal history business, Tom enjoys running (two marathons and a several half-marathons), and following the Boston Red Sox (a lifetime fan!). Tom has been married 27 years and has two children and two grandchildren. He's proud of his illustrious great-grandfather Fred Gilbert, an original member of the Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
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Image of APH Texas Martha Humphries
Texas
Chapter Coordinator
Martha Humphries is a personal historian who helps clients collect and preserve their life stories. Using her writing, editing and interviewing skills gained in more than 30 years as a journalist as well as a natural curiosity for details, she helps clients resurrect memories and details from the past that make family stories come alive. Martha is certified by the Birren Center for Autobiography and Life Review to teach guided autobiography. Guided Autobiography classes help participants write their life story two pages at a time. Through writing and sharing stories with the others, students gain a growing appreciation of their own lives and the lives of others while documenting their own life stories for their families. Martha firmly believes that every one has a story that needs to be shared and preserved for future generations.
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United Kingdom Region (UK)

Image of APH United Kingdom Mike Oke
United Kingdom
Region Coordinator
Michael Oke began his company Bound Biographies in 1991 and since then has assisted with over 150 private biographies, while his team of writing partners have completed another 150. Via a series of home meetings, Mike or one of his writing partners reviews the client's writing, teasing out more fascinating information along the way, before editing, proofreading, inserting photos, and printing and binding the finished product. His company also offers ghost-writing services. Mike's business concept has attracted eight writing partners (franchisees) from around Britain, and two in Sweden. Mike is the author of Write Your Life Story and Times of Our Lives, both sponsored by The Daily Telegraph. He lectures extensively, and his work has been featured on BBC television and radio. Mike, who is married and has two children, enjoys cricket and squash and is active in his local Baptist church. He joined APH in 2006 and has attended three conferences.
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Upper Southeast Region (USA)

Image of APH Tennessee Candace Cox
Tennessee
Chapter Coordinator
Candace Cox founded her business, Remembering Then, in 2012. While new to APH, she’s not new to a love of history, genealogy, and preserving stories. She has an academic background in history and has been involved in genealogical research for 40 years. After spending 35 years in the corporate world, she’s excited to be focusing full time on her passion for history and enjoys helping individuals, families, communities, and businesses preserve theirs. Candy speaks to community groups about the importance of preserving personal history, and she also teaches life writing workshops. She lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse with her husband and three opinionated cats-- Trouble, Elvis, and Rudy. The barn is home to a family of adoptable groundhogs, if anyone is interested.
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Image of APH Tennessee Pat West
Tennessee
Chapter Coordinator
Pat West is a personal historian, but prior to that she was a teacher and then a social worker for over 25 years, with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in human resource development. She developed and provided training in the social services field and wrote training and educational manuals/ curriculums. Most recently she was the director of a therapeutic foster care agency in Chattanooga. a Family Life Coach at Blue Monarch, a residential program for women, and a hospice volunteer. Early in her social work career, she learned how to interview people and complete assessments and individual and family histories. During her career she has written or edited hundreds of family stories. She also helped children and adolescents write life story books, a therapeutic way of helping them deal with their lives. Pat founded Tree of Life Memoirs in 2011 and “kicked it off” in 2012. Since then she has transcribed, edited, and published memoirs of people from her area and authored a narrated “photo memoir.” Pat lives in Sewanee, Tennessee, with two dogs, two cats, and her husband, not necessarily in that order of importance.
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Western Canada Region (Canada)

Image of APH West Canada Pattie Whitehouse
West Canada
Region Coordinator
Pattie Whitehouse, coordinator of APH’s West Canada Region and the Victoria, B.C., chapter, fell into personal history in 1992 when she took on a volunteer project helping an elderly gentleman record his memoirs for his family. Since then, Pattie has helped dozens of people save their lives in print so their children’s grandchildren will know their family and personal heritage. Pattie’s background includes an M.A. in psychology, volunteer experience as a counselor, a previous career as manager of a small retail business and a decade pursuing journalism as a sideline. She has served on APH bylaws, membership and strategic planning committees, but the high point of her involvement with the organization so far was her adventure as program chair of “Voices of the Elders,” the association conference held in Victoria in 2010. “It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life,” she says.
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Pattie is also the Victoria Chapter Coordinator