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Meet the Management Team

Jerry Abern (ah'-bern) Jerry Abern
Founder of Stamporama

Jerry, born in 1932, began collecting stamps during WWII with a collection inherited from an uncle. Like many of us do, he dropped stamps until he got hooked again while introducing them to his 9 year old daughter in 1972. Collecting didn't "take" with the daughter, but Jerry was heavily involved in stamps until his death on February 5, 2003.

A teacher and Guidance Counsellor for 28 years, Jerry was retired and spent a great deal of time in volunteer work. He started Stamporama when he got a new computer in 1996 and "looked up who was interested in stamps and started Stamporama with 6 members in January 1996".

Jerry said, at one time, "Although we are still growing, I think of Stamporama as a family of stamp collectors. I feel that every member means a lot to me and I will always be grateful that I started this great club!"

We will miss Jerry's influence and dedication to Stamporama, but we are committed to carrying on his tradition.

The Management Team
David Teisler
New York, NY USA
Stamporama President

David's primary interests are in US postal history and military postal history. He also collects the postal history of Cleveland and postcard souvenir folders (you know, those 20 postcards of Yellowstone or Niagara Falls in a little folder). He collects Christmas seals and related (Boy's Town, Wildlife Conservation) material and is the editor of Seal News, the journal of the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society.

Dan Cohen
Bayside, NY USA

Dan is interested in all United states stamps, but particularly the early 19th century.

Jan-Simon Hoogschagen
Den Oever, Netherlands

Jan-Simon has been collecting stamps since childhood, but it wasn't until the advent of the World Wide Web that he found new interest in his collection, when it turned out that there were sites where you could get in touch with collectors all over the world, to trade stamps with or for some smalltalk. Sites like Stamporama. The collection has really grown since then and after completing the obvious countries like Canada, Western Europe etc. except for the really expensive and the most recent ones, the focus is now on countries many people seem to disdain, like Chile, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Nepal and most recently Egypt. These countries are so much more interesting than those that everybody collects, but then again… there is no disputing about taste.

Besides stamps Jan-Simon spends a lot of time on other pastimes, most importantly a study and reenactment of the early Middle Ages, which takes him back some 1000 years at many weekends in summer. He also likes music a lot, tries to go to concerts whenever he can and writes for a music magazine.

Michael Generali
Round Rock, Texas USA
Stamporama Auctioneer

Michael began collecting stamps in 1962, and is also an avid model railroader. He started as a world wide collector, and has never changed how he collects. He has been a member of the American Philatelic Society for over 30 years, and is a life member of the Texas Philatelic Association. He is a long-time member of the New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association, and the National Model Railroad Association. Michael is also a published author having written two books, several articles and many other documents.

Kelly Fleming
Guelph, ON, Canada
Editor of the Rambler

An Academic in the fields of History, Religion, Law and Languages; a published author with a passion for Stamp Collecting. Her philatelic interests include: Russian Empire, USSR, Occupations and Territories; all Eras of German Postal Issues, including Occupations and Colonies; Canada, including Provinces and Revenues; Belgian Railway Issues; Queen Victoria Issues, British Royalty and Pre-1900 Worldwide Issues. She finds old Philatelic Journals and Books to be fascinating and spends her "free time" (limited though it may be) in reading and translating these Journals and Books. She is a strong advocate for teaching others about Service Dogs, Canine Addison's Disease and Breast Cancer Awareness.

Tim Auld
Hastings, MN USA (originally from Sydney, Australia)
Stamporama Webmaster and Membership Secretary

Tim's primary collecting interest started out being Australia, but has expanded to include many of the British Commonwealth countries including New Zealand, Falkland Islands, Guernsey, Jersey, Cape of Good Hope and Southern Rhodesia. Tim has recently become very interested in collecting Minnesota cancelations and postal history in general. As well as stamp collecting, Tim is a complete and utter geek (just ask his daughter), and loves to tinker with computers and supporting the Stamporama web site. Tim is also Stamporama's APS representative.