New Staff, New Responsibilities, and a Farewell at UniForum

It's been an active month at UniForum, especially on the human resources side. Two new employees have joined UniForum in the Conferences and Seminars Department, one in Membership/Marketing; and positions for Executive Assistant/Human Resources Administrator, and Information Systems Manager are open.

Joining UniForum as Conference and Seminar Manager is Sandra Sadler. Sandra most recently was a marketing communications manager. Her duties at UniForum will involve her in educational program management and planning. Contact her at

Also within Conferences and Seminars as Conference and Seminar Coordinator is Robin Jappe. Robin came to UniForum from Unisys, where she was an event coordinator. Robin's activities will be primarily in the areas of logistical planning and speaker recruitment. She can be reached at

Karen Clapes, who has been with UniForum since 1992 in administration, has moved over to Conferences and Seminars as Training Administrator. Karen is responsible for event registration and on-site event coordinator. Karen's e-mail is

They all report to Deb Murray, who has recently been promoted from Director to Vice President, Professional Training and Development. Congratulations to Deb who has earned this promotion for her tireless and innovative work in establishing UniForum as a center for high quality education and training for information technology. Deb's e-mail is

Filling the position as Membership and Sponsorship Manager is Christina Burkhart. Christina was Director of Marketing and Communications at the American Society for Healthcare Materials Management, one of the largest chapters of the American Hospital Association, in Chicago, IL. Christina will lead the Association's efforts in membership development and retention; as well as for sponsorship growth and affiliate relations. Reach Christina with membership questions at

Christina reports to Richard Shippee, who was also recently promoted from Director of Publications to Vice President, Communications. Dick directs the association's outbound communications and publishing efforts including UniNews Online. You can reach him at

Many of you know Alan Fedder as a Member of UniForum's Board of Directors and as the executive director of one of our most active affiliates, the Washington Area UNIX Users Group. Alan's finishing his term on the Board and has agreed to consult for UniForum, working directly with both Deb Murray and Richard Shippee. He'll assist Deb with the growth and development of on-site training opportunities, and with Dick as UniForum's ambassador to its network of national and international affiliates. Alan can be reached at

Saying good-bye to UniForum will be Mechelle Gooch, who has worked diligently and with great success as Executive Administrator to the UniForum president, and for the past year as UniForum's Human Resources Administrator. Mechelle and her growing family are moving to the Sacramento area. She will be much missed and UniForum sends her every good wish.


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