StaRGazing 2014 Committee

Madeline Pinsky Walker, Co-Chair and Speaker Chair Desiree Sagray, Co-Chair
Madeline Walker

I became a Mensa member in 1975 in NoCal, then became a lapsed member for many years. After moving to SoCal, I joined GLAAM in 2004 when my son, Case, qualified for Mensa. After buying him a Life membership (he agreed to no birthday or Chanukah presents for two years), I finally got a Life membership for myself. It's very nice not having to worry about dues from year to year.

I jumped in as Gifted Youth Coordinator and Coastal Area Rep. I also coordinate Special Events. When I see something I would enjoy (e.g. a theater performance), I make it a Special Event for anyone in GLAAM who wants to join me.

My involvement in the RG's has included adding a Kids Track on RG Sunday, finding speakers and venues, and chairing the 2009 Mini-RG. Starting in 2010, Desiree and I have been co-chairs of the RG. We work well together, and I hope that this teamwork shows in great results.

I applaud the hard work and dedication of all the committee members who have created a very amazing RG for your enjoyment. Ask for me at the Registration Desk at GLAAM's StaRGazing 2014 RG. I'll be around somewhere!

Desiree Sagray

After hearing about Mensa from my aunt and meeting some GLAAM members through the Nova Toastmasters, my first major Mensa event was the 2004 GLAAM RG in Culver City. It literally changed my life. I became active in GLAAM activities over the next few months and by May was on the Board of Directors. By June, I was Chairing the 2005 RG Committee and have been actively involved in the RG for the last ten years, serving as Chair, Co-Chair, Hospitality Chair, Registrar, and Speakers Chair over the years … often at the same time!

Mensa has given me so much, especially a most beloved nephew and some of the best friends I have ever had. Continuing to be active in the chapter and now serving on the National Board of Directors allows me to give back to this wonderful organization and some of the truly unique and exceptional people I have met here. I will be at the Registration Table or in Hospitality for most of the RG this year — so feel free to stop by and talk to me about GLAAM, Region 9, or Mensa in general!

Jana Bickel, Registrar
Jana Bickel


Jonathan Elliott, Treasurer and Awards Liaison
Jonathan Elliott

Jonathan has been a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Mensa continuously since 1996, and has operated the Answers to Everything SIG during most of that time. He served as chapter Secretary for eight years, Executive Vice-Chair for six years, Calendar Editor for five years, host of the monthly ELAC gaming event for seven years, SIG Coordinator for two years, chapter Treasurer for fifteen months, chapter Chairman for two brief stints, and Chair at different times of the Awards, Bylaws, and Finance Committees. He also held a couple of offices at the national level of Mensa. Most of his previous work with the RG Committee (apart from set-up and clean-up and running spot errands during the event) has involved coordinating Games and Tournaments, but he is helping out this time around as RG Treasurer for the second consecutive year.

Hilary Foster, Pub Crawl
Hilary Foster

I joined Mensa in 2008. The first couple of events that I attended were happy hours. After attending a New Member Reception and meeting some great people, I decided to become more involved. Since then, I have participated in the Axion SIG, and the picnics at Griffith Park. This will be my third year co-hosting the RG Pub Crawl; we always have an amazing time. Come join us for the Pub Crawl, and by the end of the night you will have some great new friends!! I have made some wonderful life-long friends in GLAAM.

Jay Friedlander, Game Tournaments
Jay Friedlander

Jay was born in a manger but was kidnapped and subsequently raised by a pack of wolves, from whom he acquired his love of board games. He has a BA in Radio-TV/Film from California State University, Long Beach and has spent most of his career in technical sales and sales management. He is also currently available for the right lucrative offer. His hobbies include basketball and horseracing. He currently serves as GLAAM's Ombudsman.

Joyce Hamilton, Speaker Shepherd
Joyce Hamilton

I've been a member of Mensa since 2000 and have a background in investment real estate (MBA Cornell, BA Smith College). A lot of my spare time is spent tracking wandering ancestors from the frontier to the colonies and back across the pond.

Danielle Hanne, Pub Crawl and Speaker Shepherd
Danielle Hanne

Danielle has been a member of the RG Committee since attending her first RG five years ago. She considers “Nerd Winter Camp” to be one of the best reasons to be a member of GLAAM. “We have an amazing committee who puts together the best event outside Nerd Summer Camp” (the Annual Gathering) she'll tell anyone who will listen. She wears many hats in the organization and as such ends up participating in Nerd Winter Camp in many different ways from Pub Crawl to Speaker Shepherd to Speaker to Hospitality Server to whatever. Feel free to say “hi” to her, but if she just waves as she's running past you don't take it personally — she's usually trying to be in at least three different places at once.

Courtney Leigh Heins, Registration Committee
Courtney Leigh Heins

Courtney Leigh Heins is a recent addition to Mensa as well as to the RG Committee. Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, she has resided in Los Angeles since graduating from Boston College with a degree in English and Theatre Arts. Courtney is a Staff Accountant for Psomas, a Civil Engineering firm in Downtown L.A., and moonlights as a singer/songwriter. She has performed at SXSW in Austin, The Bluebird Café in Nashville, the Anchorage Folk Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. If you're attending Sundance in January, join her at The Spur for some great music. She's looking forward to being a part of the 2014 RG and hopes to see everyone out on the town at the Pub Crawl.

Anna Kallenborn-Bolden, Social Media Coordinator
Anna Kallenborn-Bolden

Always having a knack for the west coast, Anna moved from Connecticut to California in 2012. She spends way too much time in front of a computer but when her eyes aren't glazed over, she's enjoying everything L.A. has to offer. She is also always down to play a set of tennis, try out a new restaurant (especially if Dim Sum is involved) or take on Runyon Canyon. Anna has been a member of Mensa since 2012. Keep your eyes and ears open for the RG ads as Anna will be doing the social media for this year's RG!

Vicki Lovett, Committee Member
Vicki Lovett

Vicki is a writer and editor dedicated to bringing love, joy, sexiness, and order from chaos to the world one word at a time. Her range of style and expression spans from poetry to policy and with the flick of her pen words dance at her fingertips. Vicki is relatively new to Mensa and is enjoying getting to know our unique community. She is Editor of L.A. Mentary, GLAAM's monthly newsletter.

Brian Madsen, Webmaster and Printed Programs
Brian Madsen

Brian has been GLAAM's Webmaster and Data Guru (and Calendar Editor, and a few other things) for the last several years. He is going to come back to this paragraph and finish writing it. Really. Truly. Someday soon.

Andrea Nolan, Committee Member
Andrea Nolan

Andrea came to the United States from England in January 1960 and made her way back to Mensa in December 2012. She joined the GLAAM Board of Directors as a Delegate in May 2013 and is excited about the 2014 RG. Andrea felt so welcome at the 2013 RG and encourages the Mensans she knows to attend the 2014 RG.

Carol Spearman, Hospitality Committee
Carol Spearman


Lee Stillman, Committee Member
Lee Stillman

After taking the test on a dare, Lee was firmly convinced of his brilliance (and his career as an underachiever) when he was admitted into Mensa in 2011. A single father of two teenage boys (with the rapidly graying hair that goes along with it), Lee spends what little free time he has writing songs and watching his fantasy football teams go down in flames. (Curse you, CJ Spiller!). He can occasionally be found lurking in the GenX forums. He first attended the RG in 2013, and has the embarrassing photo evidence to prove it.

Lee is a native Angeleno and has lived in the area for almost all of his life. Remarkably, the city still stands.

Doug Walker, Pub Crawl
Doug Walker

Douglas was born in Vancouver B.C. Canada, came to the states when he was young, and has been here ever since. At the RG, he's the go-to guy to get things done: set-up A/V, drive for both pub crawl and van tour, dash to the store for supplies, carry, clean, fix and schlep wherever and whenever it is needed. His first wife was a Mensan (that bond didn't last), and his second wife is also a Mensan (that bond has lasted 27 years so far, and shows no signs of weakening). If you catch him in the rare moments he is not running to help somebody, be sure to say hi. Note: his hug dot is always green.

Ed You, RG Site Researcher and Speaker Shepherd
Ed You

Ed You has been an avid member and promoter of Mensa since 1986-ish. He is proud to have brought Palabra and Palabra tournaments to many RG's and AG's, knowing Mensans would just love it. He has also run several originally written and comic Mensa Murder Mystery Games, as the overworked, but not incompetent, “Inspector You.” Since 2007, he's brought the group game Werewolves to the membership. He lives a happy “double-M” marriage with his wife and fellow lifetime member, Viki Kind. They share the joys of parenting their two cats, Lovey and Pixie.