About

Chapter Officers

President: Mike Cluff
The President is the chief executive officer of the Chapter and presides over meetings of the Chapter and the Executive Council. Each year, the President-Elect from the previous year assumes the office of President and serves a one-year term.

President-Elect: Tony Masalonis
President-Elect serves as an understudy to the President and assumes the role of President in the President’s absence. The President-Elect is elected each year and serves one year as President-Elect and the following year as President.

Membership Chair: Jenn Librizzi
The Membership Chair maintains the Chapter membership mailing list and is responsible for determining the eligibility of members.

Nominations & Elections Chair: Tanya Yuditsky
The Nominations & Elections Chair is responsible for conducting Chapter elections and determining eligibility of members to hold Chapter offices.

Activities Chair: Matt Dworsky
The Activities Chair organizes Chapter meetings, arranges with speakers to attend meetings, and organizes other Chapter activities.

Publications Chair: Kenneth Allendoerfer
The Publications Chair is responsible for creating and editing the Chapter newsletter and any other Chapter publications, including the Chapter website.

Treasurer: Jeremy Pinchak
The Treasurer keeps all financial records of the Chapter, distributes Chapter funds, and prepares the annual financial report.

Secretary: Rob Bastholm
The Secretary keeps the minutes of Chapter business meetings and Executive Council meetings. The Secretary is also the custodian of all Chapter records and is chief Parliamentarian.

History

The details surrounding the founding and early history of the HFES South Jersey Chapter are shrouded in mystery for those of us who came later.  We believe that the chapter was founded in 1992, which corresponds with the establishment of the Human Factors Laboratory at the FAA Technical Center. We also believe the first chapter president was Mark Smolensky.  If you know some early history of the chapter you’d like to share, please contact one of the Executive Council.

Since late 1996 or early 1997, the chapter has maintained a website in several locations and forms.  For your nostalgia and entertainment, here’s an article written in 1996 by then-president Joe Birt, and posted to the website by publications chair Kenneth Allendoerfer:

from the October 1996 issue of  The Interface
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
by Joe Birt

After the frantic 40th Annual HFES meeting in Philadelphia, we need to recap, take inventory, and get on with our work and our local Chapter activities.

Officially this year’s meeting was “hosted by the Delaware Valley Chapter in cooperation with The South Jersey Chapter.” As you can imagine, being a co-host chapter nowadays differs appreciably from the “good old days.” The meetings have become big business for the Society’s national headquarters. National has the major responsibility for the meeting (they hired a professional meeting organizer to do most of the work). Gone are the days when the local chapter took the responsibility and did most of the work. In fact, it is likely that in the not-so-distant future, HFES meetings will occur in cities with no local chapter at all! From a grass roots perspective, it is more difficult to insert local motivation, color, and ingenuity into a meeting. Many of us can remember the days when the local chapters did it all. It took loads of sweat and determination to pull it off…but in the end, it was worth it! At that time, the individual members played a major role in growing the profession. This relationship remains vital to the HFES and must not be forgotten.

There were several members of our chapter who participated in the meeting preparations this year. I am personally pleased and thankful for the excellent work that was done by our chapter members.

Paul Stringer served as the liaison between the host committee and National Technical Program Committee. He played a facilitating role with regard to the selection of the key note speaker, conference theme , and local and technical events. Paul put together an excellent “Human-centered technology – the key to the future” panel discussion. This pragmatic topic with long term professional implications is a first for the Society.

Parimal Kopardekar and Michael Snyder co-chaired the Student Volunteer Committee and acquired, arranged for, instructed, and guided 77 student volunteers from various universities. Beneath the wings of our co-chairs, these students helped with the smooth administration of the multifaceted annual meeting. My impression (from how the students greeted P.K. and Michael as “father figures”) is that the students had a rewarding time at the meeting. P.K. and Michael should also feel good about it. Special thanks to Dr. P.K. and Michael for representing us so well with the next generation of human factors professionals.

Tom Zurinskas and Ben Willems rescued us by editing the daily conference newsletter. Other volunteers vacated the job in its early stages. Tom took it over and, with Ben’s capable help as Senior Editor, on-scene reporter, Pagemaker expert, typesetter, etc. made it a great hit. This year’s newsletter took on new “Dimensions” (as it was appropriately titled) by providing the first-ever advertisements, a three-column professional publishing appearance, quotes from Poor Richard’s Almanac, graphics, and up-to-10 pages of information. It was filled with pithy pertinent particulars, all relevant to the profession and the annual meeting. Based upon the observation of people reading the paper and upon attendance at events solely announced in the paper, I would say it was successful in spreading the word and sparking interest in the profession. “Franklinly speaking” (pun intended), I think that this work set a precedence for quality, innovation, and workmanship for our newsletter annals. Thanks, Ben and Tom for a job exceptionally well done.

Others from the chapter helped with the meeting. Jamie Fischer and Mike McAnulty escorted tours to Three Mile Island and to the FAA Technical Center, respectively. John Wiley and Gary Gardner welcomed the touring group at the Technical Center. Arvind Ramakrishnan helped with workshop volunteers. Oh yes, Arvind got a lesson in American history when he met the real Ben Franklin. Ask him about it!

On behalf of all chapter members and the executive council, I wish to thank all those who helped pull off the 1996 Annual meeting for their contributions and professionalism. The effects upon our chapter finances are still being determined but hopefully we will be better able to meet our professional needs thanks to some income from the annual meeting.

Aside from meeting old and new colleagues at the annual meeting, many speakers at the meeting raised and discussed some very important issues. Society President Hal Hendrick addressed the economic effects and justification of our applied profession. Dr. William Howells, who is a lobbyist for the American Psychological Association, raised issues regarding how to promote the profession within the legislative branch. This year’s theme, mentioned above, raises important issues for the future of the profession. At the meeting of all Chapter Presidents, issues of chapter vitality and the rejuvenation of grassroots activities were raised. The national executive council is preparing an important strategic plan for the entire HFES. Attendees got a draft copy with their registration materials. I have a copy that you may borrow. As you can see, times are changing, and the HFES is trying to ensure and direct the future of the profession. As with any professional society, you can help and make a difference. The society and local chapter can best meet your professional needs through your involvement.

Now let us turn to the immediate and upcoming chapter activities. We are looking forward to an October dinner meeting with a talk on “What’s Cooking; Are You?” for a perspective on our radiant and microwave environments by Bill Belinger of the EPA. Bill is doing a stint with the Human Factors Laboratory at the FAA Technical Center. For details see the full announcement of the meeting in this issue. A second idea that is brewing is for an after work session in early December. The object of this session is to have more interaction among members and to learn more about “what’s up” within our midst. It should be fascinating to learn what is going on right next door! Expect conversations, presentations, and discussion with close professional relevance!

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