President: Edna Rask Erickson
- West Information Publishing Group
- Ph# (612) 687-5309
- Fx# (612) 687-7355
- Edna Rask Erickson, Instructional Designer, designs interactive training
products in the Multimedia Department at West Information Publishing Group.
Edna's background is education and training. Her doctoral studies in Education
Leadership deal with change in the educational enterprise. When she needed
to learn about multimedia four years ago, Edna started the Novice SIG.
Since then she has served on the local and international executive boards
and as 1996 President of IICS-MINNESOTA.
Edna also plays ensemble French horn. In a musical score, as in an interactive
script, the writer brings together the various elements in harmony. The
IICS Web Site, she says, will bring together the IICS world-wide ensemble.
Co-Vice President: Brent Brotine
- Brent Brotine Communications
- Ph# (847) 869-7733
- Fx# (630) 782-9716
- Brent Brotine is President of the IICS Chicago chapter, and has been
actively involved with chapter affairs since 1992. He is currently President
of Brent Brotine Communications, providing freelance direct response and
interactive copywriting to agencies and advertisers. Brent has used his
extensive advertising background to promote the Chicago chapter, develop
alliances with other organizations, and increase local visibility. He judged
the 1995 Summit Awards, and now serves on the IICS Summit Awards Board.
His future interests for IICS include developing a strong national identity,
creating new marketing programs, and delivering meaningful support at the
national level for local chapters.
Co-Vice President: Krishna
- Visual Symphony, Inc.
- Ph# (412) 826-3938
- Fx# (412) 826-3215
- Krishna Pendyala is a multimedia designer and producer with a broad
experience in the development of informational, promotional and training
materials. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of the NSF sponsored
Informedia project at Carnegie Mellon University. His responsibilities
include the management of the production of the digital video library database
and to assess relevant new technologies. He is also the founder and president
of Visual Symphony, Inc., which specializes in developing networked interactive
multimedia solutions to enhance human performance. Krishna started the
Pittsburgh chapter of the IICS in 1992 and served as its president for
2 years. He serves as an UNESCO consultant to India to help them set up
the multimedia infrastructure and train their staff to document their cultural
resources. He is on the board of directors of the Multimedia Foundry established
to promote Pittsburgh as a center for digital multimedia.
- Ph# (212) 343-4222
- I think we are all at a very exciting turning point in the new media
industry. It would be a privilege for me to be elected as your secretary.
- Recently, I have been involved in producing a radio broadcast of The
World on the web. The World is an hour long international news radio show
co-produced by BBC, WGBH, and PRI. I was also the graphic artist for CD-ROMs
such as Dracula, Fun with Architecture, Museum of Natural History and Children's
Songbook. I have done freelance work with T3 Media, and Simon & Schuster
- I finished a masters in film from the Sorbonne, in France, and studied
mass communication at Boston University. I am an officer of Toastmasters
International, a public speaking and leadership club, and a volunteer with
Mother Teresas Missionaries of Charity at a shelter for the sick and dying.
- I joined IICS almost a year ago, and have volunteered at a couple of
conferences. I would like to be involved in making sure that our members
can share ideas and obtain the timely information that is so vital to us
in this industry.
Treasurer: Bill Heid
- Synnoetics, Inc.
- Ph# (412) 366-9590
- Bill Heid is currently president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the IICS,
after serving on the board in various positions since the chapter's inception
in 1992. Bill founded Synnoetics, Inc. ("man and machine - the whole
is greater than the sum of the parts") in 1989 to pursue the creation
of interactive multimedia, particularly DOS demo diskettes for software
companies. The company has since expanded to the Windows environment and
CD-ROM's, utilizing Macromedia Director to author the content. Bill was
first introduced to computers at the US Naval Academy while studying nuclear
physics, and completed his formal education with a master's degree in computer
science from the Pennsylvania State University.
Electronic Communications Director: Jay L. Gondelman
- Visionautics, Inc.
- Jay Gondelman has been a member of IICS since
1991. Jay served as chapter Vice President (and newsletter editor) for
three years. While editor of the Chicago newsletter, Jay designed and launched
the first known IICS Web site, republishing the newsletter each month and
receiving a 3-star rating from Magellan.
From 1993-94, Jay also edited the monthly IICS International newsletter,
the IICS Reporter. Now into his third term as IICS EComm Director, Jay
spearheaded the Electronic Communications area resulting in the creation
this Web site.
Jay is president and co-founder of Visionautics, Inc., an interactive
marketing communications firm. He has spent his entire career as a content
developer for electronic media. He is an active member of the Chicago Association
of Direct Marketing and the International Interactive Communications Society
Past President: James Griffith
Jim Griffith is a pioneer in interactive media technology. As President/CEO
of Media Learning Systems, Pasadena, for twenty years, he produced more
than a hundred film, video and interactive multimedia programs receiving
sixteen awards of excellence from major industry awards programs.
His previous experience includes fifteen years as an actor, writer,
producer and director in the Hollywood film and television industry with
credits on many network shows including writing credits for Dr. Kildare,
Peyton Place, The Fugitive and Mission Impossible. He is a founder and
past president of the IICS Los Angeles Chapter and a founding director
of the Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA).
IICS Managing Director: Debra
Debra Palm has worked alongside ten different IICS boards and has seen
the organization go through many changes. Since graduating from college
in Communications from California State University, Fullerton she has held
various positions at Stanford University Instructional Television, United
Way Productions, and has freelanced for the FBI, Videodisc Publishing and
ByVideo. Her varied background has resulted from traveling around the country
due to having a husband in the interactive multimedia business -- Ms. Palm
definitely understands the ups and downs of the interactive industry.
She is now settled in Beaverton, Oregon with her husband and three children,
all of whom have also formed an attachment to the IICS. Ms. Palm is dedicated
to working with the IICS Executive Board and over 34 chapter boards in
advancing the IICS. Her work at the IICS is definitely a team effort of
dedicated hours put in by herself, her staff, and the network of volunteers
throughout the world.
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