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Assistant Advertising Manager
Contributing Editor/Junior Collectors
In Our Memories Coordinator
UFDC Corporate Office
|DOLL NEWS EDITOR - Laurie McGill
Laurie McGill has collected dolls since childhood. She became a member of UFDC in 1978 and served as Regional 3 Director (2005-2008). On a local level, Laurie is a member of the Dallas Doll Club, serving as its President (2002-2006 and 2012-Present). Since 2003 she has held the position of Editor of New England-based Doll Collectors of America’s bi-monthly DCA Bulletin.
The 2008 recipient of the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ Award of Excellence for Educational Endeavors, Laurie has researched and written articles for Doll News magazine, Doll Castle News and The Sea Fairy. She has authored articles for the Tell Me a Story convention souvenir journal (2006) and the Stellar d’ Arts convention souvenir journal (2008). In 2013 Laurie served as editor for Washington, D.C.’s A Capital Affair convention souvenir journal.
She has coordinated individual special exhibits for several of UFDC’s annual conventions: Tell Me a Story – Dallas (2006); Music, Music, Music – Detroit (2007); With Grace and Favour – Atlanta (2009) and My Favorite Things – Chicago (2010), and she has created Opening Programs for two of UFDC’s annual conventions: Reflections on Fashion – Philadelphia (2005) and Les Celebrations des Poupeés – Anaheim (2011), as well as programs for several of R. John Wright’s meal events during national conventions - Love One Another – Raggedy Ann (2004), Strike Up the Band – Brownies (2007).
Laurie began volunteering during her second UFDC convention in 1985 where she served as a monitor in the Modern Competitive Exhibit and Special Exhibit rooms; then she served as a clerk for many years in the Antique Competitive Exhibits. She has presented Dynamic Doll Dialogs, seminars and programs at both regional and national UFDC conventions. She researched, wrote and produced a DVD entitled “The Dixie Doll” — a biographical program on mid-20th century New Orleans’ author Frances Parkinson Keyes and her doll collection. This program was the ReAL Services Audio Visual first place winner in 2004.
Since 2006 Laurie has worked for the Dallas Museum of Art where she assists the Associate Director of Collections and Exhibitions. Her husband, Stan, is a retired high school choir teacher and is currently authoring a series of sight-reading books.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR – Ann M. Leis
Ann M. Leis grew up in Fulton, New York and has loved dolls most of her life. As a child, her best Christmas ever was receiving the Barbie Dream house. She is a member of the 1st Houston Doll Club and is an avid collector of both antique and modern dolls.
Over the years, Ann has volunteered for a variety of school and civic organizations. She was president for both high school Band and Choir Booster Clubs and held numerous roles within each group. Presently, Ann enjoys volunteering at her consignment shop that helps children’s charities.
Ann holds a B.S.N in Nursing from Arizona State University and has worked as a surgical, school and recovery room nurse. She does a lot of traveling to help her family and likes to cook, quilt and read. Ann enjoys Jazzercise, Yoga, Swimming and Tennis and has even learned to like football. Ann has three awesome kids pursuing goals in Marketing, Musical Theater and Engineering and has a wonderful husband who goes along with all of her crazy ideas. Ann passionately enjoys writing the new artist articles for Doll News and is looking forward to her tenure as Associate Editor.
COPY EDITOR – Theresa May
Theresa May is just retiring as Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief at the University of Texas Press, her career home for the last 36 years, where she has personally shepherded more than a thousand books to publication. She is a member of Central Texas Art Doll Sculptors (CTADS) and Art League Houston, Vice President of Texas Association of Original Doll Artists (TAODA), and First Vice President of the Original Doll Artist Council of America (ODACA). She has been a miniaturist, teddy bear artist, and poster/paper doll artist. For fifteen years she was costume designer for KidsActing (a private theatre school) and for several other Austin-area high schools and professional theater groups. She has costumed both musicals and plays, as well as the original musicals, Bugs!, Goldie, Cyberella, The Emperor’s New Shows, and Waking Sleeping Beauty, which she co-wrote She was nominated three times by the Austin Circle of Theaters for outstanding costume design (Bugs!, Goldie, and Comedy of Errors), twice as a member of the team for best production in theater for youth, and in 2003 as co-author of Waking Sleeping Beauty, which won awards both for Best Play for Youth and for Best Original Score. She has published poetry and, more recently, short personal essays and memoir pieces. Following her retirement from costuming, she returned to figurative art. Her work has been featured in Doll Crafter and Costuming. She has bears in collections all over the world and dolls in private collections in Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and California.
ADVERTISING MANAGER – Dorothy Drake
Dorothy’s love of dolls began with her McGuire Sister and Lennon Sister paper dolls as a child. What a joy it was to create make-believe worlds for them! Leaving her doll friends behind, Dorothy began her 30 year career in the automotive industry. In the early 1990′s, Dorothy rediscovered her love of dolls at a local doll shop and was amazed at the scope, complexity and appeal of the doll world. Dorothy joined a local doll club soon after that discovery. Over the years, her horizons expanded from collector to exhibitor to show producer. In 2000, too young to fully retire, but wanting to do something totally different (and less aggressive), she considered pursuing her re-discovered love of dolls as a profession rather than simply an avocation. Starting with the production responsibilities for the local doll club show, she developed a circuit that now encompasses doll & teddy bear events throughout the West. Dorothy is a member of the Independent Spirits Doll Club, Carson Doll Club, and is a UFDC Corporate member. She has served as UFDC Regional Director from 2006-2009 and banquet chair for the Region 2N conference in 2009. Dorothy is currently a member of the UFDC Fundraising Committee and was the Salesroom Chair for the Region 2N Conference in 2012.
ASSISTANT ADVERTISING MANAGER – Brenda Welker
Brenda Welker was Regional 9 Director 2006-2009. She is currently serving as Doll News Assistant Advertising Manager.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/ANTIQUE – Donelle Denery
Donelle Denery is a retired Army civilian director whose varied career included software development, environmental management, customer advocacy and organizational effectiveness. She comes from a family of professional artists and taught antique porcelain reproduction doll making part time for 17 years. Donelle completed her term as president of Doll Collectors of America in 2013, the oldest doll club in the United States and recently served two years as 2nd Vice President of Doll Study Club of Boston, one of UFDC’s largest clubs. At UFDC National, she has served two years as Chair of Clerks in the Antique Competitive Exhibit, one year as Chair of Monitors for the Antique Competitive Exhibit and will be the Chair of Judges for the Antique Competitive Exhibit starting in 2014. Over the years for national and regional conventions she has presented highlight tours, seminars and presentations, chaired and spoken for a luncheon, been a judge in the Antique Competitive Exhibit and assembled two special exhibits in one room in 2013 in Washington, DC (Lettie Lane and Friends and Edwardian Lady Dolls). Over the years, she has published many articles (as author and photographer) for Jones Publishing, Antique Doll Collector, Dolls News as well as the 2013 UFDC Souvenir Journal and created several DVDs about antique dolls. Her areas of specialty in antique dolls are all-bisque dolls, dolls by Kestner (including a special interest in Daisy, the 1911 Ladies’ Home Journal premium), dolls in original boxes, dolls with original wardrobes and Edwardian lady dolls.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/MODERN – Bradley Justice
Former Region 8 Director for UFDC, and Curator for the Doll and Miniature Museum of High Point, North Carolina, Bradley Justice has devoted most of his adult life to his hobby. Although a lover of antique French fashion dolls and cloth dolls from his home state of North Carolina, he has recently returned to his original passion, the Barbie doll. Bradley has curated three museum exhibits with Barbie as the subject, as well as written and provided many programs on the subject. A founding member of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Doll Club, Bradley is a member of three additional UFDC doll clubs. In 2008, Bradley was the recipient of UFDC Award of Excellence for the Display of Dolls.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/SUPPLEMENTS – AnneLise Wilhelmsen
AnneLise Wilhelmsen brings a lifelong love of sewing and years of professional pattern making experience to her position. Her passion for collecting antique textiles and her enjoyment of costuming history have led her to publish articles and patterns in several publications, including Doll News. AnneLise is a Member-at-Large of UFDC, and has won numerous awards for costuming both modern and antique dolls.
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR/JUNIOR COLLECTORS – Nicki Burley
Nicki Burley can hardly remember a time when she did not love dolls, writing, and sewing. She was blessed to grow up surrounded by books and hobbies; her parents enjoyed everything from photography and painting to sewing and flying, so whenever she wanted to learn something new, there were plenty of supplies on hand for experimenting. Weekly trips to the library and a dad who loved history fed her desire to discover as much as possible about the things that she loved, namely: dolls, costume history, and the nineteenth century. Her mother considers her a hopeless romantic to this day.
Her childhood dolls ranged from imposing Effanbee ladies, which sat untouched on a high shelf, to a large number of well-loved baby dolls and Barbies. Many of her dolls had lovely dresses, but they didn’t always get to wear them, because she liked the clothes so much that these were kept neatly folded in her dresser. By age 10, however, she decided to make her own dolls, using vintage pattern books from the library. She was always searching for the perfect doll, both beautiful and friendly, with an elaborate wardrobe and a myriad of accessories, so she experimented with her own patterns and kept a sketchbook of ideas all through college, when there wasn’t much time for dollmaking. Currently, she collects and sews for Bleuette, cloth dolls, Hitty, and Jill, but has dreams of a “someday” Huret, with a trunkful of antique dresses.
Nicki fits her sewing and writing moments between homeschooling her three youngest children (the eldest two are now in college) and teaching literature to high school homeschoolers through a local Christian university. She has a doll sewing business called Rose & Wren, a pen name she invented when writing unicorn stories and Victorian mysteries as a little girl. The business specializes in detailed historical clothing, and one of her favorite puzzles is creating a real garment from an antique illustration.
She joined UFDC just a few years ago in order to attend a nearby convention. Before that, she thought she was alone in the world of dolls—just herself and a hoard of Susan Sirkis’ Wish Books— so has been amazed to find herself surrounded by wonderful new friends who share her joy in always learning more about dolls. She is active in local doll clubs, but her daughters and her love of teaching have encouraged her to find ways to involve junior collectors at every turn. She wants to encourage young collectors to join in, liven up our world with their excitement over new discoveries, and stay for a lifetime!
IN OUR MEMORIES COORDINATOR – Dr. Barbara Stone
Barbara Stone, UFDC’s Secretary-Treasurer, is a retired engineer and government executive. A life-long doll collector, she is the current president of the Dollology Club of Washington D.C. and a member and past president of Maryland Doll Club and the Chesapeake Doll Club of Maryland. Barbara is a past Regional Director of UFDC Region 11.