About the Board

The Apple User Group Advisory Board is a diverse group of leaders chosen by Apple to provide feedback and to represent the user group community. UGAB members have also volunteered to organize and create extensive programs, events and resources that benefit the entire user group community.

Please share your input, ideas, questions, and concerns with the Board at ugab@me.com.

covington3Rex Covington is past president of the Houston Area Apple User Group and has been a member for more than 13 years. Many people know him from his previous position as Apple User Group Regional Liaison for the South Central United States or his FileMaker and Mac consultancy. In addition, he has served as a firefighter and paramedic in Houston. foderick2Sandy Foderick is a founding officer and president of AOL’s original user group and former Chancellor of AOL’s User Group Learning Center. She has met and worked with user groups across the United States and is a member of Mini’App’Les’ in Minnesota. Sandy is currently the editor of the Apple User Group Bulletin. When not busy with user groups, Sandy is the psychometric lead at her university and a mother of four.
huffmanTrish Huffman left her career in the medical field to stay at home with her ever-expanding family. As Special Events Coordinator and MUG Producer at World Without Borders, the largest Macintosh chat site on the web, she works to bring MUG events to the Apple Community Connection. Trish is a member of Triangle Macintosh User Group (TMUG) in Raleigh, North Carolina. ortizRick Ortiz is a long-time member of the Maui Apple User Society where he has served as president since 2000. Upon joining the group in 1997 he worked hard to help them build from 30 members to nearly 200. Rick owns a computer consulting business in Maui, Hawaii and is an Apple Certified Trainer and instructor at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus.
TomPiperTom Piper founded mid-Missouri’s appleJAC Apple Users Group in 1984 and has served in most officer positions since, having worked on newsletters, mail servers, educational sessions and web sites. In 1985 he also established the first Macs in state government agencies, and has continually supported expansion and integration efforts since then. Tom is UGAB’s Vendor Liaison and is a familiar face at Macworld Expo and UGU. He also manages MacQuest Consulting, his private consulting firm. poos2Lynn Poos became involved with Macs in the 1980s and is the Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus and a Life Member of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG) in Colorado Springs, CO. He retired in 1993 from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after thirty-four years of service. He was chairman of the Juvenile Community Review Board for Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District until 1998 when Governor Owens asked him to chair the Juvenile Parole Board for the State of Colorado. He served in this position until December 2004 when the Governor accepted his resignation. Now living in Southern California, he remains active with SMMUG.
DougSmithDoug Smith has held various positions in the Houston Area Apple Users Group (HAAUG.org) since the 1990’s. He loves talking and learning about all things Apple, from his Fat Mac to the iPhone, the iMac, an iOS update or the next Macworld trip. Doug has a BS in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Texas, lives along the gulf coast with his wife Traci, and enjoys live music, sailing, hunting and cooking. travisano05Elsa Travisano has been a guiding force for the Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY (MUG ONE) since 1985. She currently serves as president and webmaster and edits MUG ONE’s award-winning newsletter, Newsbreak. Elsa has more than thirty years experience as a Macintosh consultant, instructor and reviewer. She owns an Apple consulting firm, Elsa Travisano Consulting, and is a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Her husband, son and daughter are all avid Apple users.