Get to Know the Board of Directors
I look forward to being on the Green Valley Camera Club Board of Director again. I have been a member of the Club since 2005; been the Travelogue Coordinator since 2008; and served on the Board from 2010-2013. I occasionally teach iMovie and Storytelling for Photographers and monitor, and I very much enjoy learning about photography and movie making from the many talented people we have in the Club. In my previous life I taught Biology, Chemistry, and numerous related subject and was a secondary school principal.
I reside in the “North Country” (New York State’s northeastern region between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Seaway) about half the year when I’m not in Green Valley. I continue to be enchanted by the Northeast / Southwest dichotomy. It freshens my vision for more picture-taking than I know what to do with!
Our Club has provided us with wonderful opportunities to continue teaching and learning in retirement, particularly about photography and the local environment and culture. It also provides us the opportunity to belong and contribute to a great organization, and I thank you all for that.
Happy Trails, Holly Chorba
Vice President – Phil RockThank you for giving me the opportunity to run for the Board of the Camera Club. I have been a Green Valley winter resident for 8 years and a Camera Club member for 5 years. I spend my summers in South Haven, Michigan. I enjoyed a career in Information Technology, programming computers and developing mainframe systems, and also spent 23 years as a manager of software developers. I have contributed to the Camera Club by maintaining and improving the capabilities of the computers available to us for the last three years. This is an equipment-based hobby, and computers are vital to pursuing it. The digital imaging lab should remain up-to-date, be working properly, make available all the software the club teaches and supports, and provide a familiar and useful environment for all of our members.
Secretary – Stephen Herron
Treasurer – John Pilger Born in Loup City, NE, grade school Albuquerque, NM, graduated from Wheat Ridge High School, near Denver. BA in Accounting from Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado. Stationed 3 years in Puerto Rico with US Navy. While there, I took up photography as a hobby.Spent 34 years in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I volunteered in my HOA, Crime Stoppers, East Colorado Springs Rotary, Colorado Springs Board of Realtors, and my professional associations. Retired to Green Valley from Colorado Springs end of 2004, joined the Camera Club while it was at East Center. Volunteered as a Monitor for many years, last year became assistant treasurer to Mary Jane Nowak. I am looking forward to serving as your Treasurer.
He attended St. Lawrence University and graduated with a degree in Physics. His career was in Vacuum coating and Thin Film Technology. He retired from a major US glass coating operation as Process and Technology Manager.
His interest in Photography started by following his father, an amateur photographer, on photo shoots, and then assisting in the darkroom for developing and printing.
Bob joined the Camera Club last summer and participates in the Tuesday morning “Give it Your Best Shot” by submitting pictures to be reviewed. He is also currently taking one class and plans to take others as offered.
During his time in Maine, he was Chairman of the trustees at his Church, and volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Re- Store. He also volunteered as a docent on the Maine East- ern Railroad. Currently, he serves on the Technical Board of The Green Valley Water District, sings in his Church choir. He does woodworking, plays the organ, has yet to set up his model railroad.
I am a newly retired Postal employee who moved to Green Valley with my wife in 2012 from a small town called Muskego in great state of Wisconsin. I originally grew up in Milwaukee, but moved to the nearby suburbs of Franklin and Muskego after I married.
I have always been interested in photography and prior to moving to Green Valley, my wife and I created a small studio in our home where we created CustomPix by Jeff, LLC, where we primarily photographed portraits of High School seniors, children, and families. I am a self-taught photographer who learned technique, editing, and lighting by reading and the always popular, “trial and error”.
I am a firm believer in photo editing and the use of programs such as Photoshop, Photo Matix Pro, and MS Digital Imaging to enhance, create, or improve a photograph. Creating a dramatic landscape, a striking portrait, or a eye-catching collage from average photos is a fun challenge.
Recently, I have taken over as editor of the GV Camera Club Newsletter and enjoy the opportunity to be more involved in this great club.
My wife and I love to travel and have been to Europe twice, the Caribbean many times, and the French Polynesian Islands of the South Pacific. These trips have given me a lifetime of memories and thousands of photos. Some of these photos have found their way to winning contests. My photos have also been printed in Wisconsin Calendars and in a book to promote Wisconsin tourism published by Wisconsin Trails magazine. I won an Editors Choice award in International Cruise Magazine, an Honorable mention in Islands Magazine photo contest, took 1st Place in Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Crown & Anchor magazine’s photo contest, and had several photos in Discover Southern Arizona magazine. This year (2014), I had a photo chosen for the cover of Green Valley’s Community Directory.
The GVCC has been a great venue to hone and improve my techniques and meet fellow photographers. It is a pleasure to be part of such a great club.
Arizona Highways was responsible for my family moving from upstate New York to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1957. I graduated from Scottsdale High School and Arizona State University so I consider myself almost a native Arizonan. After living in two great cities on opposite coasts, San Francisco and Boston, I felt the urge to return to Arizona along with my husband, Dave. We moved to Green Valley in 1995.My mother was an artist, but it was my father who encouraged my interest in photography from a very early age. I got my first SLR in 1966 and when I retired from advertising and broadcasting, my brother gifted me with my first digital camera.I took photography classes on and off throughout the years, but it wasn’t until I joined the Green Valley Camera club about 10 years ago, that I saw great improvement in my images. Learning from those members so willing to share their knowledge led me to wanting to teach courses of my own. That’s where my real interest lies–teaching my weekly PS Elements workshop as well as participating in the 10-week course. I plan to add other classes and workshops to the roster available at the Camera Club.I have served on the Board of Directors in the past and look forward to contributing to the club in the future.
Professional Background: 38 years college administrator, retiring as college president
Served on numerous state, regional and national boards in various leadership roles, including president of a national community college organization.
Owned GVR property since 2001.
Served on GVR Board, including a year as president. Chaired the selection committee for hiring CEO Kent Blumenthal. Chaired the Pickleball Taskforce resulting in New courts at the East Center. Currently a member of Fiscal Affairs committee and a new Pickleball Taskforce to build a 24 court facility.
President of the GVR Foundation Board 2017-2019
Member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Green Valley. Served 6 years as a Council member as Venues Chair and one year as Council Chair. Successfully negotiated a 5 year lease of the PCC classrooms.