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|DOLL NEWS Editors
Denise Buese’s introduction to antique dolls occurred in 1975, when her grandmother presented her with a well-loved A.M. 390, and that was all it took to be hooked. When Denise stopped playing with dolls at the age of 12, she began sewing clothes for her sister’s Barbies, which is really still playing.
Denise has been a member of Verdugo Hills Doll Club since 1992, holding the position of treasurer for two terms, and more recently, has joined the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group. After earning a BSN in nursing, she worked in NICU and OR before stopping to raise a family of two boys, one of whom is now in college and the other in high school. Happily, she is now freer to indulge her love of sewing for dolls, and is honing her skills at pattern making. Denise’s collection is comprised of mostly French bébés and poupées, but she is interested in learning about other types. In her spare time, Denise enjoys studying the Tudor age and it’s fascinating characters, and when she isn’t sewing, you can usually find her entrenched in a good book.Associate Editor
Laurie McGill has collected antique dolls since childhood. She has been a member of UFDC since 1978 and served as its Region 3 Director for three years — 2005-2008. On a local level, Laurie is a member of the Dallas Doll Club, serving as its President — 2002-2006.
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 several articles for UFDC Souvenir Journals. She has created special exhibits for the United Federation of Doll Clubs’ annual conventions and for R. John Wright’s annual convention.
Laurie 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.
Having loved playing with dolls throughout childhood, Cindy Kronman became a collector after graduating from college. Her interest in nearly all-things Victorian, in particular women’s clothing and accoutrements, led her to focus her antique doll collecting on French fashion dolls and their accessories. Cindy has also continued to add to her childhood holdings of vintage Barbie and family dolls and clothes, and enjoys playing with a couple of modern fashion dolls, most notably Gene Marshall. She has been a UFDC member at large for over twenty years. Cindy is employed as a writer/editor for a federal organization.
Janet Hollingsworth brings experience to her position. Past DOLL NEWS Editor-in-Chief for the years 1997-98, she is the author of UFDC’s first Club Presidents Manual, Club Presidents Seminar and the Apprentice Judges Manual and Program. Janet has created, presented and published a number of articles and patterns concerning authentic nineteenth-century doll costuming, and acted as editor of the Doll Costumer’s Guild publication. Janet is a member and past president of Verdugo Hills Doll Club, and a founding member of the Heirloom Doll Costumers. In 1998, she received the UFDC Award of Excellence for DOLL NEWS.
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 is the Salesroom Chair for the upcoming Region 2N Conference in 2012.
Lori Santamaura is a recently retired educator of 35 years, named to Who’s Who in America’s Teachers. Her credo, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence” (Abigail Adams), fueled not only her profession but her doll avocation. She joined UFDC in 1997 and held the office of Secretary in California Doll Collectors of Orange County. She revived the Traveling Doll & Book Exhibit for Region 2-S and took it on the road. Lori is also an active member of the Carmel Doll and Toy Study Group. She has attended numerous UFDC conventions and conferences, volunteering as a Monitor in the Antique Competitive Exhibit and serving as a Judge, and feels privileged to have completed the Apprentice Judge Program under the direction of the late Maurine Popp. She contributed two essays for the 57th National UFDC Convention 2006 Souvenir Journal, “Tell Me a Story.” Lori proudly served from 2009 — 2011 with Editors Michael Canadas and David Robinson as the Associate Editor of DOLL NEWS. A study of dolls led her to collect early Wooden and Papier-mâché examples; she found a niche in early French Fashions and specialty Bébés as well. The fruits of Lori’s labors of love for the dolls, researching and delving into their past, have been shared in Antique Doll Collector magazine, with husband Sal contributing the photography.
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 and currently devotes his time to his store in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Swell Doll Shop, where he deals in vintage and modern dolls and teaches workshops on doll costuming. In 2008, Bradley was the recipient of UFDC Award of Excellence for the Display of Dolls.
In Our Memories Coordinator
A retired New York City schoolteacher who enjoys history and research, Loretta Nardone was not only named 1993 Teacher of the Year representing Staten Island, NY – she also received two NYC educational grants for work with dolls in the classroom and was honored to present her work at an educational conference held at the UN. Loretta has contributed much to the world of dolls and collecting through countless programs and articles she has written for various publications, plus she created the Dolls Around the World Seminar Kit and Study Set. A member of National Doll & Toy Collectors Club (30 + years in UFDC) Loretta also served the organization as Regional Director for Region 14. In addition, she was the former UFDC Educational Coordinator for two terms. For her ongoing work, Loretta was honored in 1994 with the UFDC Award of Excellence for Educational & Philanthropic Endeavors through Dolls.