We were fortunate to have an amazing group of people attending the 2o15
Foray. Not only did we have Steve Trudell and Denis Benjamin as presenters,
but also a number of folks who have served as past NMMS Foray
Mycologists, who are the movers and shakers of their own local
organizations, and who have energetically served the North American
Mycological Association through the years.
We were excited to have Denis Join us as a presenter and Foray participant. Denis was featured speaker at the 2o14 NAMA Foray, and below is his profile published for that event.
Denis grew up in South Africa, emigrating to the Pacific Northwest in 1970. He practiced pediatric pathology at the children's hospitals in Seattle and Fort Worth. He became an amateur mycologist soon after his arrival in the USA. He is a Research Associate at the Botanic Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. He was a consultant to the regional poison control center, a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Puget Sound Mycological Society and a past Chairman of the Toxicology Committee of the North American Mycological Association. He is a frequent speaker at mushrooms clubs and societies. Denis is author of Mushrooms: Poisons and Panaceas and published a collection of mushroom foraging essays, Musings of a Mushroom Hunter: A Natural History of Foraging. He is now in the process of becoming a watercolorist.~~~~~~~
Carlene (Skeffington) Cliver
Carlene is the 2oo7 recipient of the NAMA President's Outstanding Service Award. To quote from the the award page on NAMA's website:
Carlene has served in numerous capacities for NAMA for over 20 years, including Treasurer, Regional Trustee, and Executive Committee. She has been a member of Dyeing & Paper Making Committee, Education Committee, Foray Committee, Mycophagy Committee and curator of NAMA's education programs including all slide and tape programs. She has always volunteered to help in every aspect of NAMA whether through leadership roles right down to cleaning mushrooms for the mycophagy sessions. Carlene's willingness to serve is truly the stuff which has made NAMA the successful organization that it is.~~~~~~~
Jay and his wife Marcia joined us following their participation at
the Telluride Mushroom
Patricia & David Lewis
Pat & David Lewis have been the backbone of the Gulf States Mycological Society and
have kept that organization vibrant and organized innumerable forays
through the years. The Lewises are also long-time members of NMMS and
have been active supporters of NAMA. That support has included
organizing and hosting three NAMA Annual Forays.
Clark has been a steadfast supporter of NMMS, participating several
times as a Foray Mycologist. Clark is a Professor of Biology and Curator
of Fungi at the University of Central Oklahoma. The Gulf States
Mycological Society enjoys his participation as their Scientific
Advisor, and Clark's long-time commitment to NAMA includes his serving
as Chief Mycologist for the at that organization's 2o13 Foray in
David Rust & Debbie Viess
David Rust is another recipient (2oo9) of the NAMA President's
Outstanding Service Award. At the time of our 2o15 Foray, David
was the President of NAMA. He and Debbie Viess are
also co-founders of the Bay Area Mycological
Society, based in Oakland, California.
Steve has actively supported NMMS since its earliest days and
participated as Foray Mycologist more times than most of us can
remember. He has been a strong and active supporter of NAMA as well.
Steve served as Chief Mycologist at last year's NAMA Foray, and was
awarded with the Award for
Contributions to Amateur Mycology. Steve was also received NAMA's
Fellowship Award in 2ooo (in honor of Chuck Barrows).