Executive Committee

The Executive Committee are those grassroots leaders tasked with direction and impetus. These create the vibrant organization you see here.

Contact each of these individuals at the button below, selecting “Executive Committee.”

DonDon Chinnici

Local Secretary

The Local Secretary (LocSec) is Mensa’s version of President. Don comes to the position after longtime local membership, having become more active in recent months. He notes that this wonderful organization is filled with people who all have strong ideas what would make a vibrant organization, and desires to see all of these come to a cohesive implementation.

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J A Tony OReilly 

Deputy Local Secretary

Tony takes over the reins of Deputy Local Secretary. Deputy LocSec performs all the duties in the absence of the LocSec.

Carol Cancilla

Treasurer

The Mensa local Treasurer (often a nonprofessional) carries the important duty of maintaining the bookkeeping, record keeping, financial reporting and budgeting. Carol and her rescue cat live in Venice, and in her “spare time” she works as a bridge tender.

Nicola Erdsack

At Large

Nicola is from Germany and is an international postdoctoral scientist at Mote Marine, studying thermoregulation of manatees. She also has 9 years of IT experience

Barbara Ceo

At Large

Barbara has been in our group for many years. In the past, she has served as Scholarship Chair; and in real life works as a Speech Therapist, an occupation which keeps her quite busy.

Thomas Thomas

Region 10 Vice Chairman

Regional Vice Chairmen act as liaison between Local Groups in their respective regions and the Board. They also carry out the policies and programs formulated by the Board for their regions.

Program Coordinators

The various Program Coordinators are those members who have taken on an essential specific area focus.

Contact each of these individuals at the button below, selecting “Area Coordinators”.

Ken LeBlanc

Charlotte County Area

The Charlotte County Coordinator helps members in that immediate area get more from their membership by providing them with more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with other Mensans.

Linda Mason

Culture Quest

CultureQuest® promotes and tests cultural literacy from film to politics, music, literature, history, etc. Every spring, teams from across the US and Canada gather in their neighborhoods and for 90 minutes to compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights.

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DeSoto County Area

The DeSoto County Coordinator helps members in that immediate area get more from their membership by providing them with more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with other Mensans.

Karen Shoemaker

Gen X/Y

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Thomas Carrero, Jr.

Gifted Youth

Mensa is not an adults-only organization. Highly intelligent children need friendship and support, and yet meeting intellectual peers is more challenging for children due to limited contacts and mobility. Tom is the proud father of 2 boys who are also members of Mensa’s gifted youth and he is pretty sure his little girl will be the fourth member of the family to join when she is old enough.  (His wife and dog are both pretty smart, too!)

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Manatee County Area

The Manatee County Coordinator helps members in that immediate area get more from their membership by providing them with more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with other Mensans.

Linda Hathaway

Membership

The Local Membership Officer’s role in the health of the group is vital: this individual is on the front line in meeting, greeting and involving new members.

David Tschanz

Ombudsman

When potential conflicts between members arise, the local Ombudsman (some groups use the term Mediator) can become the most important officer in the entire organization. David Tschanz has been a member of Mensa since 1994.  He has advanced degrees in history and epidemiology and is currently the Coordinator of the Military History SIG.  Born in Connecticut, he spend 23 years working in Saudi Arabia where he worked for the medical department of the world’s largest oil company before moving in speechwriting and public relations work there. He currently lives in Venice.

Nancy Heinrich

Program

The diverse nature of Mensa offers a special challenge to develop a variety of interesting programs and opportunities for interaction between members. We strive for both variety and quality, yet we are very much aware that routine events draw people in for the long term.

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Publicity

Good local publicity is beneficial in many aspects. It increases pride of membership to your local members and also increases membership inquiries from potential members.

Edgar Coudal

Publications

The Publications Officer acts as a manager or publisher in addition to  the Newsletter Editor, who pulls together the newsletter proper, which is essential for local membership growth. In this task, Edgar is the creative genius behind The 4M. And overseer of (read, other person to send your complaints to re:) the website.

Linda Hathaway

Scholarship

The Scholarship Program is a popular volunteer activity for Mensans. Foundation scholarships, especially if coupled with additional local scholarships, can create much publicity and good will for the Local Group.

Pat Rogers

S.I.G.H.T.

The S.I.G.H.T. acronym stands for “Service of Information, Guidance and Hospitality to Travelers” and is a world-wide Mensa program which makes it easier for Mensa members to enjoy the company and hospitality of other Mensans across the United States and throughout more than 40 other countries. It commonly hosts travelers for luncheon, dinner, an evening visiting, or to share local sights and landmarks. Any local members willing to host, please contact Pat.

Nancy Heinrich

Testing

One of the most important elements of American Mensa is the Proctor system and our Proctors perform a valuable service on behalf of Mensa. Our Proctor Network consists of several hundred proctors who administer the supervised tests to qualify prospects for Mensa membership. Each month, many prospective Mensans are given proctored tests by one of these approved administrators who, quite often, are the first Mensa contact these prospects may make.

Don Chinnici

Webmaster

Don is the creator of much of what you find at this URL. He is most directly responsible for the punctuation and spelling errors you see. In a different life, he’d have done bobsledding.