Madeline Pinsky Walker
Regional Gathering Chair
A Mensa member since 1975 and a Life member, I jumped in as Gifted Youth Coordinator when I got my son into Mensa. I have served as Coastal Area Rep and Special Events Coordinator. My involvement in RGs has included running a Kids Track on RG Sunday, finding speakers, co-chairing 2010-2014 with Desiree Elliott and in 2015 with Jay Friedlander. Desiree and Jay are still key players in making the RG come together. I applaud the hard work and dedication of all the committee members who have created a very amazing RG for your enjoyment.
Michael joined Mensa in 2003 and became active in GLAAM shortly afterwards. He recently became the Regional Vice Chair for Mensa Region 9, and will host a discussion of Mensa activities during this RG. He hosted the ELAC Gaming and Party for years and continues his involvement as the ELAC Secretary. He started hosting dining events on a regular basis with an emphasis on Asian cuisine and fine dining. He has previously organized Games at the RG and presented a variety of tasting programs, including a Fromage Cheese Tasting this year.
After hearing about Mensa from my aunt and meeting some GLAAM members through the Nova Toastmasters, my first major Mensa event was the 2004 GLAAM RG in Culver City. It literally changed my life. I became active in GLAAM activities over the next few months and by May was on the Board of Directors. By June, I was Chairing the 2005 RG Committee and have been actively involved in the RG for the last fourteen years, serving as Chair, Co-Chair, Hospitality Chair, Registrar, and Speakers Chair over the years … often at the same time!
Mensa has given me so much, especially a wonderful husband, a most beloved nephew, and some of the best friends I have ever had. Continuing to be active in the chapter allows me to give back to this wonderful organization and some of the truly unique and exceptional people I have met here. I will be at the Registration Table most of the RG this year — so feel free to stop by and talk to me about GLAAM or Mensa in general!
Jonathan has been a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Mensa continuously since 1996, and has operated the Answers to Everything SIG during most of that time. He served as chapter Secretary for nine years, Executive Vice-Chair for six years, ELAC Area Representative for nine years, Calendar Editor for five years, host of the monthly ELAC gaming event for seven years, SIG Coordinator for two years, chapter Chairman for two brief stints, and Chair of the Finance Committee for a year. He also held a couple of offices at the national level of Mensa, and in 2016 received a national Certificate of Appreciation for his contributions. Much of his previous work with the RG Committee (apart from set-up and clean-up and running spot errands during the event) has involved coordinating Games and Tournaments. This is his 4th time serving as RG Treasurer, he is now in his second tenure as the general Treasurer of the chapter, and he also heads up the Awards and Bylaws Committees, in all of which roles he is actively soliciting successors.
I joined Mensa over 20 years ago. I’ve been on the Board, RG committees, and was editor of Lament for a while. While on the Board, I cooked for the parties, and even arranged for a party at the Carousel Building on the Santa Monica Pier. In 1996, I won the international art contest held in connection with Mensa’s 50th birthday. My drawing was on Mensa magazine covers all over the world!
Speaker Shepherd Coordinator
Vickey Kalambakal is our L.A. Mentary editor, and hosts the monthly South Bay Salon on 4th Sundays. As one of the lucky Mensans who actually lives in San Pedro, she's delighted that the RG is in her own back yard.
Games, Tournaments, and Entertainment
Jay was born in a manger but was kidnapped and subsequently raised by a pack of wolves, from whom he acquired his love of board games. He has a BA in Radio-TV/Film from California State University, Long Beach and has spent most of his career in technical sales and sales management. He is also currently available for the right lucrative offer. His hobbies include basketball and horseracing. He currently serves as GLAAM's Ombudsman.
Nik ki Smith
Pub Crawl and Van Tours
Nikki Smith lives in Los Angeles. She enjoys traveling with her family and weekends with friends.
Courtney lives in Pasadena, Ca. She has two children, affectionately known as The Girlie and The Boyo. She is also an unashamed Harry Potter nerd.
Sandra grew up in the San Fernando Valley in a family of storytellers, so her favorite school activity was Show and Tell. After amassing an eclectic assortment of academic degrees, (BA in Sociology, MA in Library Science, California State Secondary Teaching Credential) she made a career in Civil Service (ornamented by another degree, an MBA). After she retired, she took up travel, enhancing a life-long interest in myths and folklore by visiting sites she only knew from books.
If you see this chooch, run. And notify law enforcement.
Thierrion Kagan has been a member of Mensa since 2012. You can see him perform standup comedy in clubs around Los Angeles.
Andrea came to the United States from England in January 1960 and made her way back to Mensa in December 2012. She joined the GLAAM Board of Directors as a Delegate in May 2013. Andrea felt so welcome at the 2013 RG and encourages the Mensans she knows to attend the RG.
Douglas was born in Vancouver B.C. Canada, came to the states when he was young, and has been here ever since. At the RG, he's the go-to guy to get things done: A/V set-up, driver for pub crawls and van tours, dash to the store for supplies, carry, clean, fix and schlep wherever and whenever needed. His first wife was a Mensan (that bond didn't last), and his second wife is also a Mensan (that bond has lasted 32 years so far, and shows no signs of weakening). If you catch him in the rare moments he is not running to help somebody, be sure to say hi. Note: his hug dot is always green.
Billie is a new face in GLAAM, having recently moved to LA from Ann Arbor, Michigan with her Mensan husband Ben. A web developer by trade, she spends a lot of time online, in bubble tea shops and escape rooms. She currently serves as the Second Vice Chair for American Mensa. Have ideas on how to improve the member experience? Drop her a note!