Star-Lite 2016 Committee
Madeline Pinsky Walker RG Chair
A Mensa member since 1975 and a Life member, I jumped in as Gifted Youth Coordinator when I got my son into Mensa in 2008. I have served on the GLAAM Board as Coastal Area Rep and Special Events Coordinator. My involvement in RGs started with adding a Kids Track on RG Sunday. I co-chaired 2010-2014 with Desiree Elliott, and last year with Jay Friedlander. Both of them have helped me tremendously to set-up the 2016 RG. I also applaud the hard work and dedication of all the committee members who have created a very amazing RG for your enjoyment.
Desiree Elliott Assistant Chair and RVC
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. I became active in GLAAM activities over the next few months and by May was on the Board of Directors. I was Chair of the 2005 RG Committee and have been actively involved in the RG for over 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. 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. Feel free to ask me about GLAAM, Region 9, or Mensa in general!
Jay Friedlander Assistant Chair and Marketing Chair
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.
Jana Bickel Program Chair
Jana Bickel has been a member of Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa for over 25 years. She has represented the San Fernando Valley on the Board, been RG Chairman, hosted parties and RG programs as well as co-led GLAAM's NOVA Toastmasters.
Jonathan Elliott Games Chair, Awards Chair, and Treasurer
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 Chairman for two brief stints, and Chair at different times of the Awards, Bylaws, and Finance Committees. He is now in his second tenure as Treasurer of the chapter. 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, and he also helped out as RG Treasurer for the 2013 and 2014 events.
Hilary Foster Pub Crawl
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.
Joyce Hamilton Committee Member
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
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.
Vickey Kalambakal Registrar
Vickey joined Mensa often, at least once in each of the last four decades, for a year at a time. As of 2015, though, she's maintained her membership for an unprecedented four consecutive years. She's also the coordinator of the South Bay Sunday Salon. Vickey went to UCLA for her BA, then to Arizona State for an MA in American History. Her books, published under the easier-to-pronounce name of Vickey Kall, include The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories, a collection of Baby Boomer holiday trivia.
Craig Lancaster Hospitality Co-Chair
Craig has been a member of Mensa for 24 years, serving in several positions. He appreciates all kinds of music, singing and dancing, and is willing to share his vast knowledge of these subjects with his Mensa friends.
Andrew Merenbach Webmaster
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Andrea Nolan Committee Member
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 this year's RG. Andrea felt so welcome at the 2013 RG and encourages the Mensans she knows to attend the RG.
Lee Stillman Hospitality Co-Chair
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.
Douglas Walker Assistant Everything
Douglas was born in Vancouver B.C. Canada and came to the states when he was young. At the RG, he's the go-to guy to get things done: set-up A/V, drive for pub crawl, dash to the store, carry, clean, fix and schlep whenever needed. He and Madeline just celebrated 30 years of marriage. 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.