2016 NTENny Award Winners
Past Award Winners
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Have collaborated with every social changemaker in Philly: Seth Horwitz
Seth Horwitz has been involved in social networking for over 30 years. As a reference librarian at a small public library in the early ’80s he created a “learning network” in which library patrons offered to learn, teach or share something (anything), and then had their interests interfiled in the card catalog (remember those?). Around the same time, he also published “Other Networks,” a newsletter about… well, mostly pre-digital social networks.
Today, he works on knowledge management and information architecture with the American Friends Service Committee, an international NGO working on peace and social justice issues. He was also a founding organizer of Philly NetSquared, which has been holding monthly Net Tuesday gatherings for Philadelphia nonprofits and activists since 2008.
Ken Montenegro is a Los Angeles native and has been a nonprofit technologist for over 17 years. He has been fortunate enough to work with the Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Maternal & Child Health Access, Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. He is currently the Information Technology Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles. When not doing nonprofit technology, Ken can often be found working with community-based groups resisting state violence on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild or bumming around book and record stores with his teenage son. Follow Ken on Twitter: @kmontenegro
Regina Walton is the Marketing Manager for Pole to Win International. She started her social media management career in 2006 while she was living in Seoul, Korea. She launched her own blog under the pen name “ExpatJane.” That soon led to being one of the top ten expat-blogs in Korea and led to a regular column writing for The Korea Herald, a number of freelance assignments, and being a guest contributor to other blogs. Regina returned to the USA in 2009 and moved to New York City. She started her own social media business in a down economy and proved quite successful at it. Her aim was to help small business establish, maintain, and execute their social media, as well as help them focus on their overall content and community strategy. As they say, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.Regina moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 as she’s really a California girl at heart. Once she was back in the Bay Area, she joined SFTech4Good as an organizer. The group focuses on how technology is being leveraged for social impact projects. The group has doubled in size since then and events are frequent and are always ranked highly. She’s also built out a venue and sponsor list that helps SFTech4Good have the best events possible.
Organize your event, re-design your website, and remember the Circuit Rider days: Birgit Pauli-Haack
Birgit Pauli-Haack, co-founder of Relevanza, Inc., brings over 18 years of web development and web community expertise to the company. With her other company, Pauli Systems, LC, also headquartered in Naples, Florida she has been providing interactive, user-friendly, web-based business applications and server administration services to an array of corporate, nonprofit and private clients, both international and domestic since 2002.
In addition to leading her companies, Birgit is an active member of the web community and provides pro bono technology products and services to local nonprofit organizations. She has been technology leader with the Naples Free-Net since 1998 and is the immediate Past President. She organized its NFN4Good nonprofit support and education program in 2010, teaching WordPress, CiviCRM, and other open-source software. Birgit is also coordinator of WordPress Meetup SWFL and the nonprofit NFN4Good TechClub, supported by NTEN Community as well as TechSoup Global’s Netsquared. Birgit is a Netsquared Regional Ambassador 2015.
Text, talk, act to help you out: Rebecca Reyes
Rebecca is addicted to learning about new technology and digital strategies. She got her start building websites 15 years ago after teaching herself HTML, and has been involved in the digital communications world ever since.
She has experience building and managing websites, leveraging social media, developing online outreach strategies, and creating online trainings. She is currently the Communications Manager at Everyday Democracy, using technology and tools to connect people, build relationships, and make everyone’s life easier. Previously, she has worked with New England Public Radio, Verité, and Emerson Process Management.
She is also an entrepreneur, photographer, dancer, and traveler.
Don scrubs and a stethoscope for social media surgery: Eli van der Giessen
Eli van der Giessen strives to be a connector: the interstitial tissue that holds the muscle of a community together. He’s been a volunteer manager, an event organizer, and a digital campaigner. Basically he’ll take any gig that allows him to enable a group of passionate people to create things they love.
Currently Eli is the NetSquared Community Manager supporting a global volunteer network of 50 monthly meetups for the nonprofit technology sector. Together they hold over 450 events per year.
Wrangle words, presentations, and committee members together: Lauren Girardin
Lauren Girardin uses her creative chutzpah to help nonprofits and foundations engage their communities and share their stories. Recently, she’s worked with California Family Health Council and TeenSource, GovLoop, Points of Light, TechSoup Global and NGOsource, YTH, and others.
Lauren is determined to help organizations experiment bravely in their social media, blogging, content marketing, and other digital and traditional communications. No noob, Lauren’s first professional social media experience was running Arianna Huffington’s plucky Friendster profile during the 2003 California gubernatorial campaign.
When she’s not giving trainings or writing something pithy, she pitches in on the NTC Steering Committee, helps moderate the Nonprofit subreddit, and tweets at @girardinl.
Get people to cross the Brooklyn Bridge for a Tech Club event: James Porter
James is the Associate Director, External Relations for the END Fund, a philanthropic initiative focused on controlling and eliminating the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). He coordinates the END Fund’s communications efforts including digital and traditional media outlets. Previously, James was the Email Manager for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he collaborated on integrated fundraising and engagement campaigns. He has also worked for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and FilmAid International, leading communications and marketing efforts.
James holds a BA from Loyola University Maryland and a MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. As a co-organizer for 501 Tech NYC and a member of the steering committee for #15NTC, James is passionate about the power of technology for social change, and has found a welcoming and enriching home in the NTEN community.
Explain Google Analytics and get you excited about data: Yesenia Sotelo
Yesenia Sotelo loves nonprofits and digital, and is happiest snuggled right in between the two. For over 13 years, she has helped nonprofits use digital tools for fundraising, communications, advocacy and operations.
Yesenia is the founder of SmartCause Digital where she builds websites and runs online campaigns.
Follow Yesenia on Twitter: @silverbell
Be the first person to answer your question: Issac Shalev
Isaac Shalev is the president of Sage70, Inc. a consulting company dedicated to helping non-profit organizations grow by leveraging technology effectively. Over the last 12 years, Isaac has worked at the intersection of technology, nonprofit management and strategic planning.
In the past, Isaac has served as Chief Operating Officer at the Birthright Israel Foundation, CTO at Kveller.com, founder of Pledgewell.com, a text-to-pledge solution for nonprofits, and senior investment adviser at an angel IT investment firm. Isaac lives in Stamford, CT with his wife and three children, and when he’s not helping nonprofits with their technology strategy, he designs and publishes board games.
Make a resource roundup and follow your blog: Emily Weinberg
Emily Weinberg is co-organizer of NTEN’s Nonprofit Digital Communications Community of Practice and a member of NTEN’s Research Committee. Her blog, The Nonprofit Blog Exchange, is a resource for nonprofits where she writes monthly roundups linking to nonprofit blog articles. It has been recognized as one of the top 150 nonprofit blogs in the world.
Emily lives in the DC area and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University.
Follow Emily on Twitter: @np_blogexchange
Be a thoughtful friend and teacher: Michael DeLong
Michael was an active member of the NTEN community, NTC speaker, colleague, friend, and an all-around great person to know. He worked for many years at the intersection of nonprofit communications, community, and content.In addition to his work in the nonprofit technology arena, he was actively involved with numberous local arts organizations, including Emerging Arts Professionals, Intersection for the Arts.
Michael left us all too early and suddenly in 2014, but he is remembered fondly by those who had the privilege to know and work with him.
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Have all 1.05 million Rhode Islanders show up for Tech Club: Kathleen Malin
Kathleen Malin is vice president for Technology & Operations Management at Rhode Island Foundation in Providence. She is responsible for all aspects of technology at the Foundation.
She has also worked as a network administrator and technology director at a number of public and private schools in New York and Rhode Island. Kathleen has also been involved with teaching technology for 20 years.
Kathleen presents frequently on nonprofit technology, online tools, and social media. Kathleen also works with nonprofits and businesses doing technology assessments and helping them develop social media and web strategies.
In 2009 she helped organized NTEN’s 501 Tech Club Rhode Island to help create a support network for IT and communications professionals in the state. She is a member of the Family Service Rhode Island IS Committee, Rhode Island Public Radio Technology Task Force, and MicroEdge Client Advisory Council. She is also chair of the Tech Collective’s IT Managers Roundtable and was the recipient of a 2012 Tech Collective Tech10 Award. Kathleen holds a BA from Immaculata University, received a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from New England College, and is currently working on a MBA from NEC.
Fix all of your systems, make your conference call feel fun, and then go sing karaoke in German: Katie Fritz
Katie Fritz is a geek who makes complex systems work for real people. She transitioned to a full-time IT director role in 2011 after several years as public policy analyst and accidental techie at the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM). When she wasn’t getting laws passed to support affordable housing, Katie overhauled every system at CEDAM, from email to file storage to membership and event management. She built CEDAM’s latest website from scratch, integrating seven different program areas into a user-friendly, interconnected multi-site network. She also developed an extensive wiki to document internal processes and institutional knowledge.
In 2014, Katie left CEDAM to found her own consulting company (the creatively named Katie M Fritz, LLC), where she helps nonprofit clients implement better systems to support their missions. Katie is a big fan of NTEN’s mission and programs; you may have encountered her blowing up the NTEN member forums, singing German karaoke at last year’s Geek Games, or co-leading the IT Directors Community of Practice. The word on the street is, she’s open to job offers.
Recycle your Google AdWords strategy: Jeff Yin
Jeff Yin, Ph.D., is a former climate scientist who started managing online advertising campaigns in 2009. He was featured in a 2011 Forbes Magazine article as one of the first to earn a full-time living in the Trada online advertising marketplace. In 2012, he decided to put his online ad experience to work for good causes by founding Sustainable Clicks, his company that helps nonprofits to take advantage of Google Ad Grants.
In his previous career as a scientist, Jeff performed climate change research that was cited in the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report and generated wind resource datasets for the renewable energy industry. He enjoys traveling by train to keep his carbon footprint low, except when traveling to and from his native state of Hawai’i.
Build anything, design anything, fix anything, and explain it all to you: Ken Steeber
Ken is currently the MIS Specialist at The Gateway Family YMCA.
Over the past 8+ years, Ken has had his hands on just about everything that plugs into the wall. After starting as the sole Admin/trainer for the YMCA’s Member Database, he has moved on to tackling more diverse things and is involved in some way with anything that can be inferred as IT related. Now you can usually find him hiding behind an array of screens while he’s busy providing end-user support for almost everything. His expertise spans from graphic artist to Web designer, and network storage to Photographer. He’s also the one to find if someone has a car question. True to his office given nickname of “MacGyver,” if hardware breaks, he is usually found with a screwdriver, looking for the failed component.
Be your friend on every social media platform: Laura Norvig
Laura Norvig is the Digital Media Strategist at ETR, where she applies her thirteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector to the content, marketing, and social media strategy of this multi-faceted health education agency. Her prior experience included launching and managing online communities on niche topics for grantees of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University.
Show up: Richard Wollenberger
Richard Wollenberger has served as the IT Director for the Parents as Teachers national office since 2006.
An accomplished senior IT leader with a strong technical background Richard has 26 years in sales, technical support, network design, and managing staff, systems and facilities. Richard’s teams create and deliver enterprise strategies, standards, and policies and procedures to meet the needs of our staff and customers.
Prior to joining Parents as Teachers, Wollenberger worked as a consultant on projects with Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto, Collaborative Strategies, Inc, Shupp Advertising, World Aquarium and others. After almost 6 years at Forsythe Computers Wollenberger moved on to a position with W F Corroon (Buck Consultants) and Osborn & Barr Communications.
In addition to ongoing training in technology, Wollenberger is a Certified Information Technology Business Manager.
Start a movement on a Drupal platform: Ivan Boothe
Ivan Boothe is the creative director of Rootwork.org. He works as a freelance Drupal developer and online organizer, and is the online communications associate for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. A co-founder of the Genocide Intervention Network (now United to End Genocide), he worked as a community organizer in Philadelphia before relocating to Portland, Oregon, in 2012.
Ivan recently wrote the first chapter of “The Most Amazing Online Organizing Guide Ever,” published by Green Memes: http://greenmemesteam.tumblr.com/guide
Ivan is active in the NTEN and NetSquared communities, co-organizes PDXTech4Good (jointly sponsored by both groups) and the NTEN Drupal Community of Practice. He has presented at numerous NTCs; led community organizing workshops at the U.S. Social Forum, the New Organizing Institute and the Gandhi-King Conference; and facilitated trainings on nonviolent civil disobedience, anti-oppression and campaign strategy. He is a board member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, a semi-professional handbell musician, an enthusiastic member of a local food co-op, and intermittently on Twitter @rootwork.
Be on every committee and remind you when the next meeting is: Dahna Goldstein
Dahna Goldstein, Founder and CEO of PhilanTech, develops web-based applications for the nonprofit sector and has worked for venture philanthropies, including Ashoka and Blue Ridge Foundation New York. Dahna also produced interactive eLearning programs, including the award-winning “What Is a Leader?” program, for Harvard Business School Publishing and Global Education Network. Dahna holds a BA from Williams College, a Master of Education degree, with a concentration in technology, from Harvard University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. She serves on the board of JustGive.org and plays hockey as often as she can.
Remain an NTEN legend and inspiration: Bob Russell
Robert H. “Bob” Russell was a longtime NTEN community member who left us all too soon on August 23, 2013. Bob started off teaching science and biology to high school students in Australia, then college students in the US. He was the co-founder of Jet Photo Works and created websites for the grantees of The Pierce Family Foundation in Chicago as well as many nonprofit organizations in the Traverse City area. He and his wife Sally Van Vleck founded and were co-directors of the Neahtawanta Research and Education Center for 26 years. His mastery of computer technology is legendary and he co-founded Traverse Communication Company in 1993, the first Internet Service Provider in Traverse City, MI. Bob, you are missed and remembered by the NTEN Community.
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Bring a crowd to the party: Jim Nickerson
Jim started his communications career “running tapes” at CNN during the Gulf War, and has been “communicating” ever since. Jim is currently a Social Media consultant for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Prior to O&E, Jim spent three years as the Social Media manager for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the largest and first chorus of its kind. Jim built SFGMC’s program from scratch to fully robust social media platform, now modeled by other choruses around the world. Jim has also worked on projects as varied as implementing communications plans for the Arthur Andersen/Accenture merger, building a math homework website for The U.S. Department of Education, and driving an SFGMC/Stephen Schwartz music video to viral status on YouTube. His recent clients include SFGMC, The National AIDS Memorial Grove, The Jean Henry School of Art, and the indie movie, “Transgender Tuesdays”. Born in New York, he has lived in San Francisco for the last 12 years and sings with SFGMC.
Always answer the NTEN call: Marlina McKay
Marlina McKay is the Manager of IT of Park Pride. After earning a B.S. in psychology from Georgia State University, Marlina worked as a researcher at Emory University before joining Park Pride in 2005 as a data entry specialist. In her eight years with Park Pride, she has grown to become manager of IT, administering the Park Pride database with over 12,000 records, managing the website, and serving as technical support for the entire organization. Park Pride is an environmental and community focused non-profit that provides programs, services, funding, and leadership to engage communities in developing and improving parks and greenspaces.
Send you the idea you didn’t have yet: Cindy Leonard
Cindy Leonard is the Senior Manager, Technology Program, for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. Cindy has been helping nonprofits to leverage technology since 1999. She facilitates Bagels & Bytes meetings, organizes the Bayer Center’s annual TechNow conference, and writes the monthly e-newsletter TechNotes, all while spending most of her time consulting with and teaching technology-related classes to local nonprofits.
An experienced website designer, she adds website planning, design and assessment to the portfolio of services at the Bayer Center. She previously served as the information technology coordinator for PA CleanWays (now known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful), an environmental organization. She holds a B.S. in computer science, an M.B.A. and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design Technology, all from Seton Hill University.
Cindy is a co-founding member and vice-president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Presently, she also serves on the technology committee at UCP/CLASS, the advisory board of Musicians with a Mission and on NTEN’s editorial committee for the professional journal “Change.
Volunteer before you know you need help: Ash Shepherd
Ash Shepherd works in the areas of Strategy & Process with Minds on Design Lab. He brings with him 16+ years of experience working with and for nonprofits in the areas of online communications strategy and process management, social media engagement, youth program development and social work. Ash’s commitment to the nonprofit technology sector is apparent. He is on the editorial board for NTEN’s online publication, Change, and is a co-author of the recently published Social Media Road Map. He also co-managed the Portland, Oregon NetSquared/501 Tech Club for a number of years and continues to present at a wide range of public speaking engagements.
Have already created a script for that: Jason Samuels
Jason is the Director of Innovation and Technology at National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).
As a nonprofit technology manager with experience managing projects, budgets and vendor relations, he’s accomplished in software implementation, staff training, network administration, end user support, procedure and policy documentation. He takes pride in meeting business needs with the right technology, and at least one co-worker likes to joke that Jason squeezes nickels until the buffalos squeak.
Jason is currently planning activities for the new 501Tech Club Minneapolis group.
Connect with Jason on Twitter: @jasonsamuels
Herd cats, this is not his first rodeo: Ted Fickes
Ted Fickes founded Bright+3, a consulting shop focused on helping organizations build powerful relationships that increase advocacy might and financial support with creative communications and smart data. Bright+3 works with local, national, and international organizations. Previously, Ted led online communications programs at The Wilderness Society, ran fundraising programs, operated political organizing campaigns, and created one of the first nonprofit technology circuit rider programs.
Not believe he is an NTENny winner but offer to help present the awards: Jereme Bivins
Jereme is the digital strategy & emerging media manager at the Foundation Center, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing knowledge about philanthropy worldwide. Jereme focuses on the development and implementation of a national social strategy to communicate the work of the Center, its partners, and the sector. He is also a co-organizer of 501Tech NYC and a Huffington Post contributor.
Find him on Twitter: @jcbivins.
Tweet from a National Park: Missy Longshore
Missy has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1999. With experience in operations, strategic planning, leadership, and management at a variety of mission based organizations, she has enjoyed the continuous ability to contribute to social change.
Missy attended Smith College and obtained her MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University. She is a certified Salesforce Administrator and has been working with nonprofits and foundations on their Salesforce implementations since 2009.
She lives in the East Bay and enjoys hiking.
Live in the Cloud and help you get there: Tal Frankfurt
Tal Frankfurt, Founder and CEO of Cloud for Good, was chosen in 2010 to be one of the first Salesforce MVP Program members, an exclusive club representing the top 1% of the Salesforce community, and have maintained that status to date.
Prior to his involvement with Salesforce.com, Tal was the Director of Resource Development for an Israeli nonprofit organization that worked with at-risk immigrant youth. He was looking for tools to better manage his donors, participants, and volunteers. It was through this experience that Tal learned about Salesforce. The adoption of Salesforce into his everyday work was what sparked the inception of Cloud for Good, a Salesforce implementation partner working primarily with nonprofit and educational institutions to create and implement strategic solutions based on cloud technology.
Tal has been involved with Salesforce.com and The Salesforce.com Foundation for almost 8 years. He was the founder and leader of the Salesforce Nonprofit User Group in Israel and recently founded the first Salesforce Nonprofit User Group in Tennessee. Frankfurt is a Certified Salesforce.com Administrator and a Certified Salesforce.com Consultant.
Eva Penar is the director of marketing and communications and a member of the management committee at The Chicago Community Trust, where she is involved in day-to-day practices that support the vision for all Trust marketing and communications activities. She previously served as manager of public relations, increasing the Trust’s visibility and elevating the work of grant recipients and donors.Prior to joining the Trust, Penar was part of the launch team behind Time Out Chicago. As marketing manager/events, promotions and publicity, she developed partnerships that made the introduction to the Chicago market so successful. Penar also worked at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum for five years. During her tenure there, she worked on the “Gelman Collection: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and 20th Century Mexican Art” exhibition and supported an expansion that tripled the museum’s size. Her hard work was recognized at the Chicago Emmy ceremony in 2004, where a public-service announcement that she coordinated with Univision Channel 66 won an award. She has also worked as a communications associate for the Chicago Millennium Celebration, Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Chicago. Penar is fluent in Polish and Spanish. In 2009, Time Out Chicago recognized Penar as a “Super Connector” in its feature about Chicagoans who go above and beyond in networking. In 2012, Penar participated in the Young Atlanticist Summit during the NATO summit that took place in Chicago. She serves as a steering committee member for CommA, the professional association of communicators affiliated with the Council on Foundations.
Kelly is an entrepreneur and veteran of the mobile space. He’s been developing and marketing products and services in the wireless industry, from the first voice-activated dialing systems to today’s ad-inserted streaming video.He is currently CEO of TapFunder, a new mobile fundraising service, and teaches mobile media and strategy at the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Communications.Kelly has a very broad exposure to the entire wireless industry and a deep understanding of the mobile ecosystem. And yes, he has gone above and beyond as a webinar presenter for NTEN. Follow Kelly on Twitter: @kjmcivor.
- Most likely to moderate your conversation: Victoria Smith
Full List of NTENny Winners
- Seth Horwitz
- Ken Montenegro
- Regina Walton
- Birgit Pauli-Haack
- Rebecca Reyes
- Eli van der Giessen
- Lauren Girardin
- James Porter
- Yesenia Sotelo
- Issac Shalev
- Emily Weinberg
- Michael DeLong
- Ivan Boothe
- Katie Fritz
- Dahna Goldstein
- Kathleen Malin
- Laura Norvig
- Robert “Bob” H. Russell
- Kenneth Steeber III
- Richard Wollenberger
- Jeff Yin
- Jereme Bivins
- Ted Fickes
- Tal Frankfurt
- Cindy Leonard
- Missy Longshore
- Kelly McIvor
- Marlina McKay
- Jim Nickerson
- Eva Penar
- Jason Samuels
- Ash Shepherd
- Victoria Smith
- Debra Askanase
- Frank Barry
- Andrea Berry
- Dawn Crawford
- Julie Dennis
- Neil Giarratana
- Filiberto Gonzalez
- Gregory Heller
- Donny Shimamoto
- Carolyn Appleton
- Charlotta Beavers
- Keith Berner
- Barbara Buswell
- Lisa Colton
- Lauren-Glenn Davitian
- Martin Dooley
- Tracy Kronzak
- Carie Lewis
- Steve MacLaughlin
- Thomas Negron
- Mark Rovner
- Michael Silberman
- Michael Sola
- Farra Trompeter
- Kurt Voelker
- Gavin Clabaugh
- Ami Dar
- Judy Hallman
- Beth Kanter
- Lynn Labieniec
- Sheldon Mains
- Nancy Shoemaker
- Vince Stehle
- Michael Stein
- Deborah Strauss
- Lou August
- Melissa Barber
- Lindy Dreyer
- Maddie Grant
- Michaela Hackner
- Michael Hoffman
- David Krumlauf
- John Merritt
- David Neff
- Chad Norman
- Jordan Viator
- Rachel Weidinger
- Johanna Bates
- Rusty Burwell
- Peter Campbell
- Peter Deitz
- Deborah Elizabeth Finn
- Lori Freeman
- Mark Gillingham
- Sarah Golightly
- Mary Gross
- Judy Hallman
- Ben Hendricks
- Jeff Herron
- Steve Heye
- Heather Holdridge
- Doug Jacquier
- Beth Kanter
- John Kenyon
- Paul Lamb
- Eric Leland
- Charles Lenchner
- Sheldon Mains
- Michelle Murrain
- Adam Nicholson
- Justin Perkins
- Laura Quinn
- Norman Reiss
- Amy Sample Ward
- Seth Schneider
- Ruby Sinreich
- Judi Sohn
- Madeline Stanionis
- Michael Stein
- Dale Thompson
- Katrin Verclas
- Robert Weiner