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The Executive Committee

Being organized democratically, biannual elections are held in TNS (every even year) where the members can elect the Regent, Ombudsman and the four Members-at-Large. This elected team constitutes the Executive Committee (the ExCom). The positions of Editor, Membership Officer and Financial Officer are appointive positions. The appointing is done by the ExCom usually after the election.

Regent

In the language of the Constitution, the Regent is TNS’ equivalent to a chairman. The Regent is the only Executive Committee member who is entitled to speak for the society.

From 2010–2018 Thorsten Heitzmann has been the Editor of TNS and has taken on the office of Regent in 2020, being re-elected in 2022.

Thorsten lives near Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Thorsten Heitzmann

Regent
Thorsten Heitzmann

Editor

The Editor is, unsurprisingly, responsible for the timely production and enjoyable content of the society’s journal Vidya.

Heather Preston is serving as Vidya editor. She was editor of Vidya back in the 20th century, and designed TNS's first website in the Late Cretaceous (circa 1996) of the Internet. She optimistically thinks that in 2022 it will be easier than in days past to cajole some Vidya material from the members who enjoy posting in any forum among the TNS social-media options. If you would like to be immortalized in Vidya's pages in word, puzzle, or art, please email today!

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Editor Heather Preston

Editor
Heather Preston

Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is the independent contact person for members and prospective members who want to have irregularities in the conduct of the society examined.

Sam is a Life Member of the Triple Nine Society, is a long-time expat, and is happy to have participated in several TNS gatherings.

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Sam Waltz

Ombudsman
Sam Waltz

Membership Officer

The Membership Officer is taking care of the membership applications, has the finger on the pulse of the membership and is generally concerned with getting more people to join.

The Membership Officer answers inquiries from potential new members; assesses Applicants' submitted documents for qualification purposes and qualifies applicants who meet TNS standards; leads TNS's promotional efforts to attract new members, regain lapsed members and retain current members; actively participates in Executive Committee (ExCom) decision making as a member of TNS's leadership team.

Our current Membership Officer is Dave Stubbs, formerly member of the ExCom in the office of MAL.

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Dave Stubbs

Membership Officer
Dave Stubbs

Financial Officer

The Financial Officer is responsible for handling TNS funds, including member dues; ensuring compliance with laws relating to TNS finances; preparing budgets; and giving an annual report of financial activity to the Society.

Douglas Robinson has been the Vice-President of Information Technology for a mid-sized credit union for over a decade, with previous IT management experience in the healthcare software and gaming industries. A member since 2015, Douglas originally hails from Connecticut but currently lives just outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife.

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Financial Officer Douglas Robinson

Financial Officer
Douglas Robinson

Members-at-Large

Also known as MAL, the position of Member-at-Large is the only one to occur more than once in the ExCom – thus the numbering in the email addresses. But there is no ranking, all MALs listed below have equal rights and generally serve to represent the membership in ExCom decisions.

Member-at-Large Dr. David Shaun Rogers

Dr. David Shaun Rogers is a Lead Systems Architect at a US national bank and a faculty member at the American Military University. David holds advanced degrees in Computer Science, Business, Finance, and Accounting, and he pursues ongoing studies in Economics and Psychology. He is a combat veteran and served in the US Army for seven years. Since joining the TNS in 2005, David has become increasingly involved in the organization and became the psychometrician in 2021. He joined the ExCom in 2022 as Member at Large. David lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States with his wife and two children.

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Member-at-Large David Rogers

Member-at-Large
David Rogers

Member-at-Large Tom Chantler

Tom Chantler is a self-employed IT consultant from the UK who has been creating computer software since the late 1970s, before he started school. Tom’s main areas of interest are security, performance tuning and helping others to learn. Since joining TNS in 2013 he has made a number of very interesting new friends and this has led to his increased involvement in the society. In 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022 he was elected as a Member-at-Large and subsequently appointed Information Officer. Tom lives just outside London with his wife and three children.

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Member-at-Large Tom Chantler

Member-at-Large
Tom Chantler

Member-at-Large David Martosko

David Martosko lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. with his opera-singing wife and their two children. He was trained as a symphony conductor in his 20s, but chose journalism as a profession. David founded the (London) Daily Mail's U.S. political bureau and spent a decade as a White House correspondent, reporting on presidencies and campaigns from 15 foreign countries and 38 U.S. states. He has won an Emmy Award for his TV correspondent work and an Edward R. Murrow Award for writing. David a "makerspace addict" who once turned down an offer to be the White House press secretary, and he's writing a book about the magic and madness of living with a neuroatypical brain — and the lessons it has taught him.

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Member-at-Large David Martosko

Member-at-Large
David Martosko

Member-at-Large Kathryn Holopainen

Kathryn Holopainen has been a TNS member since 2018, and is still surprised that she qualified. Although officially resident in British Columbia, Canada, she has been domiciled in Barbados since September 2020 as her “Caribbean Covid Plan.”
Kathryn has been a teacher, fisher, geologist, ambulance attendant, (plus many more) and is currently considering herself retired. On discovering she qualified for TNS, her mission has been to meet as many TNS members as possible, which has involved egg, ggg, vgg and visiting people in 7 different countries (so far) as she travelled.

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Member-at-Large
Kathryn Holopainen

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