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The Society Volunteer Team

All staff members are volunteers, contributing their time to managing and improving the Society's services. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Chris Hennes, Director of Operations.


Dave Scantland ("Dave the Cook", dscantland@egullet.org) After careers in music, hospitality, printing, and publishing, Dave finally arrived at the destination of so many others plagued with vague creativity: marketing. First as a technical writer and illustrator, and later as an international marketing manager, Dave traveled much of Europe and the US, padding his expense account (and his waistline) with efficiency and cunning his employers wished he would have applied to his job. Today, Dave writes, draws, and cooks in the Atlanta suburbs. His family and friends, when describing his pursuit of domestic culinary perfection, dance around the word "depraved" with the agility and suspicion of a sprinter on a Paris sidewalk. Executive Director.

Chris Hennes (chennes@egullet.org) teaches technology classes at the Norman, OK public library. When not working he spends much of his free time in the kitchen, and is especially interested in culinary Modernism and charcuterie. Director of Operations.


Pamela Reiss ("Pam R") resides in Winnipeg, MB where she grew up in her parents' company, learning all she could about kosher catering. After attending the University of Minnesota, Pam returned home to work in the family business, Desserts Plus. She quickly combined her interest in devising recipes with her love of writing to create Soup - A Kosher Collection -- her first kosher cookbook. Pam continues to work with the family - catering, creating new recipes, and stocking her specialty kosher food store which supplies kosher ingredients to customers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Pam has been published in the Jerusalem Post, Los Angeles Jewish Journal, Canadian Living Magazine and other publications. She is slowly (very slowly) working on a new cookbook. Manager, eG Forums.

Michaela Scioscia ("Mjx") was born in Manhattan, grew up in Florence, and has continued to move from one side of the Atlantic to the other ever since. She was raised a vegetarian, but lapsed, and has been interested in food since her early childhood efforts to make carob drink more palatable. Shortly thereafter she moved into actual cooking, starting with making scrambled eggs for her parents for two weeks straight, trying to get it 'just right'. She is a NYS LMT, has a BA in biology, an MSc in adult learning, and a CELTA certificate, and is currently a copyeditor. She frequently travels around the EU and US, eating things.

Kristin Wagner ("torakris") was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, with seven siblings and parents of Italian and German descent. Her first taste of Japanese food wasn't until the age of 18 when she made her first Japanese friend at college. Six years later she had degrees in East Asian studies as well as archaeology/Anthropology with a minor in Japanese language. In 1995, she married and moved to Yokohama with her Japanese husband and her love for the foods of Japan grew. Even though her three children keep her busy she finds time to explore new foods (and old favorites) as well as teaching a variety of cuisines (in Japanese) in her cooking classes. She is also the food links editor of the Tokyo Food Page. Manager, Membership.

Janet A. Zimmerman ("JAZ") writes about food and teaches cooking classes in Atlanta. She attended graduate school in philosophy at the University of California at Irvine, where two years of attempting to teach metaphysics to freshman made the corporate world seem very attractive. After a dozen years working in corporate communications and marketing, during which her abiding interest in food and cooking increased, she decided to combine her epistolary and culinary skills in a new food writing career. She is currently working on a guidebook to developing the palate. Her teaching specialties are appetizers and cocktails, which are much easier to teach (and taste better) than metaphysics. Manager.


David Ross lives in Spokane, but works a one-hour plane ride away in Seattle. When he's not tending to his day job -- or commuting -- he writes about food, reviews restaurants and--corns his own beef, malts chocolate ice cream, and fancies white truffles from Alba.
Nancy Smith ("Smithy") grew up among the citrus groves of central California, and worked summer jobs such as tomato grader in a packing plant and short-order cook at the local drive-in.  Spurred by these early exposures, she got her degrees in Physics, and made her living in dual career tracks of engineering and flight instructing in northern Minnesota.  Her love of cooking developed directly from a love of food, reading and (at the intersection) cookbooks; when she isn't off playing music or otherwise avoiding work she can generally be found in the kitchen making use of every available speck of counter space, or at the computer trying to write about it.
Chris Taylor is from Melbourne, Australia. As a primary school teacher it is his professional responsibility to drink. He also eats on occasion.

Leslie Craven ("lesliec") lives in the world's southernmost capital city where, along with contributing significantly to the cashflow of certain food emporia and one particular bar, he distils his own alcohol (gin a specialty) and is a stalwart of the local steampunk group.  He has no family history of interest in food and cocktails, so blames the milkman.

Revised October 2015

eG Member Relations Team


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