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It is with great pride and with many, many thanks that we acknowledge the thousands of volunteer moderators worldwide. Each local group generally has two to six local moderators who, in turn, are helping over four million members to keep good stuff out of landfills and to develop stronger community ties.
Some 80 of these moderators volunteer further time to approve new groups for their state, province or country. In addition, there is a committed crew of some 20-30 moderators putting in countless hours for Group Outreach and Assistance, helping existing groups with day-to-day problems.
Another 2-3 volunteers take care of email@example.com questions, 4-5 lead the worldwide moderator group called the ModSquad, and there are 6-8 team leaders who do a great job in helping teams do their jobs. (There are also a few ad hoc committees set up to deal with issues at hand.) There are a few more volunteers who help administer the Web site and our extensive database.
Wow! Hats off to ALL these wonderful people!!
The founder & Executive Director is Deron Beal. Clocking in at 6'6", he heads up the Freecycle basketball team and is a sucker for black & white cats. He is blessed to be able to work with all these good people from his base at the Freecycle HQ -- which looks more like a guest bedroom to me, but so be it -- in Tucson, Arizona. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Helping Deron is Stephanie, the Hub Coordinator. She works with all the team Coordinators and team leaders of the various areas to keep things rollin' along. Stephanie enjoys dabbling in painting and altered arts, in what little spare time she has, heh heh. We hear she is quite crafty. She works to be mindful and present in each moment. She is dedicated to cats, kids, the environment, and collecting as many scraps of paper as she can to form images she likes to call art. (email@example.com)
The TM Team assists groups in using the mark correctly, works to educate the press about proper use of the mark, and pursues infringement. At the helm of this team is Charlotte. It is said that Charlotte is like a political campaign, short, sweet, to the point -- and extremely long winded. Oh, and since this is a gal who drives a 4X4 with a 3 inch lift and huge tires *and* is in the process of regaining her Federal Firearms License, we think she will easily stand on her own beliefs of being firm, reliable, efficient, effective and orderly. If you have any questions about the trademark or for help making your group trademark-compliant, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann is the Coordinator for the Moderator Resource Assistance team. She and her team helps keep the groups for moderators humming along smoothly. Ann brings to his role her business experience, her longevity and experience in TFN, and her love for sci-fi movies (which often zoom over the heads of many of her teammate's heads). If you see someone wandering around here wearing a ring and a pirate hat, that will be her...
The Group Outreach & Assistance (GOA) Team, Mentor Mod (MM) Team and Interim Mod (IMod) Team are all headed up by Nan, the Outreach Coordinator with the help of some wonderful Team Leaders. Nan takes the TFN blue ribbon for the amazing amount of canning she does. If it stays in one place more than 10 seconds, Nan will can it. She brings this same enthusiasm to all her TFN duties. (email@example.com)
Also in each American state, Canadian province, and country worldwide, there is a New Group Approver. The NGAs evaluate the need for, assist and approve new Freecycle groups. Jackie is the NGA Coordinator. Handling her TFN duties are a piece of cake since the experience with her children has helped her develop a get-to-the-point working mentality and much provided her with much experience on handling temper tantrums. She keeps the tech boys hopping because anytime she sees an error from the NGA POV, she lets them know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Back Office Team Coordinator is Amy. She brings with her the skills she utilizes in administrative nursing. Here, Any tends to various administrative duties that fall under this umbrella. Let's just hope her pups don't get ahold of this umbrella and do to it what was done to her set of headphones... (email@example.com)
And, finally there are Ash, Nigel, Richard, and Gordon, our Web Gurus.
Ash is responsible for the daily operation of our website. He lives in London and more than walks the walk; he's amongst a growing number of people following the Freegan lifestyle. When not coding, poking around in skips or playing with Linux, he'll often be found taking extended bicycle tours.
Richard spends a lot of his free time coding away on the next version of the Freecycle website. He also heads up a couple of testing and development teams here all doing his part at home, including that of being husband and dad. If you talk voice to him, you're likely to hear the new baby singing in the background.
Dedicating enormous amounts of time to maintaining the Freecycle FAQs, in addition to his other tech duties here at TFN is Gordon. Gordon hails from NZ and has a very interesting story to tell involving a box of glass bookmarks.