Dear SEMA County Coordinators:
My name is Denise Wells and I would like to be your SEMA County Coordinator representative. You should know a little about me before you vote if there is choice for this position, so here goes.
Currently, in the SEMA Region, I am the county coordinator for Hudson and Bergen, New Jersey, Hancock County, Mississippi; and Broward County, Florida; as well as Co-CC for Miami-Dade, Florida. I am also manage numerous message boards and mail lists.
In the past, I have served on the Election Committee, the By-Laws Committee, and also threw my name into the hat for the Representative at Large position with the USGenWeb Advisory Board, as well as worked with the USGenWeb Newsletter.
I began my volunteer service with the USGenWeb Newsletter in December 2005 as Assistant Editor. With the resignation of Sharon Rhodes as Editor, I was then chosen by our staff and approved unanimously by the Advisory Board to serve as Editor of the Newsletter in April 2006. I served our Project Newsletter as the longest running Managing Editor, bringing together some amazing volunteers to produce the most consistently published time period for the Newsletter. It was a labor of love for me during my entire tenure in that position.
In my real personal life I am a 56 year old single Mom with two children, a beautiful black Labrador retriever and two aquatic turtles. I currently live in Boca Raton, FL, having moved almost 7 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana. My move to Florida was my own gift to myself for my 50th birthday present.
The majority of my work life has been in the legal field, working as a contract paralegal since 1987, as well as holding a real estate license in Indiana and now in Florida. A close friend of mine and I are in the process of bringing a new business to fruition and are excited about making a difference with that company inside of businesses around the world. Take a look at it to see some of the things we are committed to: CTP, LLC. Since moving to Boca Raton, besides working in the area of law, I have been working for a rock musician and entertainer. It has been a fun and exciting time working with Dion (remember the songs "Runaround Sue," "Donna the Prima Dona," and many others); but my passion has always been genealogy. No matter what else changes in my life, genealogy is always present since my discovery of this exciting hobby.
While living in Indiana, I was a member of the Genealogical Society of Marion County, participating as the Education Director for some time and working on several cemetery reading publications. When I moved to Florida, I was the key person to begin the conversation and mail list for creating and bringing to fruition the Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and then filled the position of Vice President the first year of the Chapter's existence.
My commitment to learning more about my Italian family led me to participate in the WorldGenWeb and I began creating a web site for the little village where my Italian family originated, Senerchia. In that endeavor I created a mail list for anyone researching their ancestors from this small village in the Province of Campania and that mail list now has 140+ members from all over the world locating information and helping each other. Each of them has several family members from this village. Many have made trips to the village of Senerchia, Italy now, several have met and travelled together, and many more are making connections with second and third cousins. One family is now travelling from Texas to Chicago to meet family they haven't seen nor knew of prior to joining the mail list.
If you choose to allow me to serve as your SEMA Region County Coordinator Representative, I will endeavor to work to:
1. Listen to your needs, wants and concerns and be open to different points of view;
2. Keep you informed of any and all information that is not confidential;
3. Do my utmost to communicate with you and respond to your email in a reasonable period of time;
4. Work to foster and improve relationships with all coordinators;
5. Communicate with you in an open and honest manner;
6. To review all facts of an issue with an unbiased opinion;
7. Assist you in any manner within my means or control as your county representative;
8. Continue to enhance and participate in the growth and success of USGenWeb and all of its projects, with a special emphasis on counties in the SEMA Region;
9. Operate in a courteous and professional manner; and most of all...
10. Stand up for, defend and fight tooth and nail to protect your rights as a volunteer coordinator for USGenWeb.
If you have questions you would like to ask me, please feel free to contact me using the link below. If you wish to have your question posted, along with my response, just let me know and I will place those here as well. If you prefer that they remain confidential, just let me know that also. I promise to understand and honour any confidentiality request.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you.