2012 New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Membersby dan_dassow | created - 01 Jul 2012 | updated - 04 Aug 2013 | Public
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 176 filmmakers, artists and executives to become members.
Sources: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Terrence Malick Get Academy Invites Published: June 29, 2012 @ 12:48 pm By Steve Pond
Academy Invites 176 to Membership Beverly Hills, CA (June 29, 2012) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Also see: New Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Members 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Board of Governors 2012–2013 2013–2014
1. Simon Baker
Actor | Margin Call
Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia's prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential (1997).
Actors: Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”
2. Sean Bean
Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theatre, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and ...
Actors: Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Actress | The Artist
Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film ...
Actors: Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
4. Tom Berenger
Actor | Platoon
Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf...
Actors: Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon”
Actor | The Hateful Eight
Demián Bichir Najera was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Maricruz Nájera (María de la Cruz Nájera Botello), an actress, and Alejandro Bichir (Alejandro Bichir Batres), a theatre director. His parents met in the theatre. He has two brothers who are also actors, Bruno Bichir and Odiseo Bichir. Demián...
Actors: Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che”
Actress | Zero Dark Thirty
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and ...
Actors: Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life”
Actor | Star Trek
An acting chameleon who can easily lose himself in the life of his film and television characters, Clifton Collins Jr. is a native Angeleno who grew up destined to become a part of the Latino entertainment industry. His great-grandparents on his mother's side were a Mexican trumpet player and ...
Actors: Clifton Collins, Jr. – “Star Trek,” “Traffic”
Actor | Breaking Bad
Bryan Lee Cranston was born on March 7, 1956 in Hollywood, California, to Audrey Peggy Sell, a radio actress, and Joe Cranston, an actor and former amateur boxer. His maternal grandparents were German, and his father was of Irish, German, and Austrian-Jewish ancestry. He was raised partly by his ...
Actors: Bryan Cranston – “Contagion,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Actor | The Artist
In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille (1999). This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end ...
Actors: Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist”
10. Richard E. Grant
Actor | Gosford Park
Richard E. Grant was born on May 5, 1957 in Mbabane, Hhohho, Swaziland as Richard Grant Esterhuysen. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Hudson Hawk (1991) and Withnail & I (1987). He has been married to Joan Washington since November 1, 1986. They have two children.
Actors: Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I”
11. Jonah Hill
Actor | 21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of Sharon Feldstein (nee Chalkin), a fashion designer and costume stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. His siblings are music manager Jordan Feldstein and actress Beanie Feldstein. He graduated from Crossroads ...
Actors: Jonah Hill – “Moneyball,” “Superbad”
12. Ken Howard
Actor | Michael Clayton
Ken Howard was elected the National President of The Screen Actors Guild on September 24, 2009. He has been a working member of SAG for over forty years. The Tony and two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, most recently received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie ...
Actors: Ken Howard – “J. Edgar,” “In Her Shoes”
13. Diego Luna
Actor | Rogue One
Diego Luna Alexander was born on December 29, 1979 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Alejandro Luna and Fiona Alexander, who worked as a costume designer. His father is Mexican and his mother was British, of Scottish and English descent. His mother died when Diego was only two, in a car accident. He soon ...
Actors: Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También”
14. Margo Martindale
Actress | August: Osage County
Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Margaret (Pruitt) and William Everett Martindale, a lumber company owner and dog handler. She is the youngest of three children, and the only daughter. Margo attended Lon Marris College, and later transferred to University of ...
Actors: Margo Martindale – “Secretariat,” “Million Dollar Baby”
15. Melissa McCarthy
Actress | The Heat
Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and was raised on her family's corn and soybean farm. She began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her ...
Actors: Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan”
Actor | Dallas Buyers Club
American actor and producer Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is ...
Actors: Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill”
17. Janet McTeer
Actress | Albert Nobbs
Janet McTeer was born on August 5, 1961 in Newcastle, England, UK to parents Jean and Allan McTeer. She was raised in York from the age of 6. She attended Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, where there was not much opportunity for drama. She became interested in acting at age 16, when she saw "...
Actors: Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs,” “Tumbleweeds”
Actress | Law & Order
A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law &...
Actors: S. Epatha Merkerson – “Mother and Child,” “Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
19. Sam Rockwell
Actor | Moon
Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...
Actors: Sam Rockwell – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Moon”
20. Andy Serkis
Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes
English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...
Actors: Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
21. Octavia Spencer
Actress | Hidden Figures
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, ...
Actors: Octavia Spencer – “The Help,” “The Soloist”
22. Lili Taylor
Actress | American Crime
Lili Taylor is a well-known and successful American actress. She acts in film, TV and stage. She was born in Glencoe, Illinois, to Marie (Lecour) and George Park Taylor, an artist and hardware store operator. Lili graduated from New Trier High School in 1985. Then, she attended the Theatre School ...
Actors: Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity”
23. Nia Vardalos
Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Nia Vardalos was born on September 24, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada as Antonia Eugenia Vardalos. She is an actress and writer, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Life (2003) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016). She was previously married to Ian Gomez.
Actors: Nia Vardalos – “For a Good Time, Call…,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
24. Kerry Washington
Actress | Django Unchained
Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Django Unchained (2012), Scandal (2012) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They ...
Actors: Kerry Washington – “Django Unchained,” “Ray”
25. Michelle Yeoh
Actress | Wo hu cang long
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...
Actors: Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
26. Laurence Bennett
Production_designer | The Artist
Designers: Laurence Bennett – “The Artist,” “Crash”
27. David Brisbin
Production_designer | Race
Designers: David Brisbin – “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” “Dead Presidents”
28. Scott Chambliss
Production_designer | Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Designers: Scott Chambliss – “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Mission: Impossible III”
29. Wendy Chuck
Costume_designer | About Schmidt
Designers: Wendy Chuck – “The Descendants,” “Sideways”
30. Maria Djurkovic
Production_designer | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Designers: Maria Djurkovic – “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “The Hours”
Costume_designer | The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Designers: Sanja Milkovic Hays – “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Mission to Mars”
32. Mayes C. Rubeo
Costume_designer | Apocalypto
Mayes C. Rubeo is a costume Designer known for her work on Apocalypto (2006), Avatar (2009), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Warcraft: The Beginning (2016), World War Z (2013) and John Carter (2012). She was born in Mexico City and went on to train in Fashion and Costume at the Los Angeles Trade-Tech ...
Designers: Mayes Rubeo – “Avatar,” “Apocalypto”
Designers: Anne Seibel – “Midnight in Paris,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
34. Sharon Seymour
Production_designer | The Town
Designers: Sharon Seymour – “The Ides of March,” “Friday Night Lights”
35. Sammy Sheldon
Costume_designer | Ant-Man
Designers: Sammy Sheldon – “X-Men: First Class,” “V for Vendetta”
36. Florian Ballhaus
Cinematographer | Allegiant
Cinematographers: Florian Ballhaus – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” “The Devil Wears Prada”
Cinematographers: Oliver Bokelberg – “Win Win,” “The Station Agent”
38. Anna Foerster
Director | Underworld: Blood Wars
Cinematographers: Anna J. Foerster – “Anonymous”
39. Larry Fong
Cinematographer | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Cinematographers: Larry Fong – “Super 8,” “300”
40. Alwin H. Küchler
Cinematographer | Sunshine
Alwin H. Küchler was born in 1965 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is known for his work on Sunshine (2007), Divergent (2014) and R.I.P.D. (2013). He has been married to Ngozi Onwurah since November 28, 1998.
Cinematographers: Alwin Kuchler – “Hanna,” “Proof”
41. Toyomichi Kurita
Cinematographer | Sukiyaki Western Django
Cinematographers: Toyomichi Kurita – “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Waiting to Exhale”
42. George Mooradian
Camera_department | Escape from New York
Cinematographers: George Mooradian – “Crazy as Hell,” “Nemesis”
Cinematographer | The Artist
Cinematographers: Guillaume Schiffman – “The Artist,” “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
44. Terry Stacey
Cinematographer | The Angel
Cinematographers: Terry Stacey – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Friends with Money”
45. Joseph Cedar
Director | Hearat Shulayim
Directors: Joseph Cedar – “Footnote (Hearat Shulayim),” “Beaufort”
Producer | Deux jours, une nuit
After studying drama in the arts institute, Jean Pierre Dardenne and his brother Luc made some videos about the rough life in blue-collar small towns in the Wallonie. After their meeting with filmmaker Armad Gatti and cinematographer Ned Burgess, they decided to enter in the movie business.
In 1978 ...
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne – “The Kid with a Bike (Le gamin au vélo),” “The Child (L’enfant)”
47. Luc Dardenne
Producer | Deux jours, une nuit
Directors: Luc Dardenne – “Lorna’s Silence (Le silence de Lorna),” “The Son (Le fils)”
Director | Monsieur Lazhar
After studying Canadian politics and international relations, Philippe Falardeau was chosen in 1993 as a contestant for the popular TV series La course destination monde (1988) (a contest were the participants tour the world making short films). There, he shot 20 films and ended up winning the race...
Directors: Philippe Falardeau – “Monsieur Lazhar,” “It’s Not Me, I Swear! (C’est pas moi, je le jure!)”
49. Asghar Farhadi
Writer | Darbareye Elly
Asghar Farhadi was born in 1972 in Iran. He became interested in cinema in his teenage years and started his filmmaking education by joining the Youth Cinema Society of Esfahan in 1986 where he made 8mm and 16mm short films. He received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran's School of...
Directors: Asghar Farhadi* – “A Separation (Jodaieye Nadar az Simin),” “About Elly (Darbareye Elly) (also invited to the Writers Branch)
50. Rodrigo García
Writer | Nine Lives
Directors: Rodrigo Garcia – “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child”
Writer | The Artist
Michel Hazanavicius was born and raised in Paris, France. His grandparents were originally from Lithuania, but relocated to France in the 1920s. Hazanavicius attended art school, and moved on to work as a director for commercials and television projects. In 1999, he wrote and directed his first ...
Directors: Michel Hazanavicius* – “Les infidèles (The Players),” “The Artist” (also invited to the Writers Branch)
52. Kasi Lemmons
Actress | The Silence of the Lambs
Kasi Lemmons was born on February 24, 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Karen Lemmons. She is an actress and director, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Candyman (1992) and Eve's Bayou (1997). She has been married to Vondie Curtis-Hall since 1995. They have two children.
Directors: Kasi Lemmons – “Talk to Me,” “Eve’s Bayou”
53. Terrence Malick
Writer | Days of Heaven
Terrence Malick was born in Ottawa, Illinois. His family subsequently lived in Oklahoma and he went to school in Austin, Texas. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy in 1965.
A member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, he attended Magdalen ...
Directors: Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life,” “The Thin Red Line”
Director | The Drop
Directors: Michaël R. Roskam – “Bullhead (Rundskop)”
55. Kar-Wai Wong
Writer | Yi dai zong shi
Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong ...
Directors: Wong Kar Wai – “My Blueberry Nights,” “In the Mood for Love”
56. John Battsek
Producer | How I Live Now
Documentary: John Battsek – “The Tillman Story,” “One Day in September”
57. Amy Berg
Producer | Deliver Us from Evil
Documentary: Amy Berg – “Bhutto,” “Deliver Us from Evil”
58. Simon Chinn
Producer | Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary: Simon Chinn – “Project Nim,” “Man on Wire”
59. Marshall Curry
Director | Street Fight
Marshall Curry is known for his work on Street Fight (2005), If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) and Racing Dreams (2009). He is married to Elizabeth Martin.
Documentary: Marshall Curry – “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” “Street Fight”
Documentary: Johanna Demetrakas – “Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche,” “Bus Riders Union”
61. Daniel Junge
Producer | Being Evel
Documentary: Daniel Junge – “Saving Face,” “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
62. Mary Lampson
Editor | American Playhouse
Documentary: Mary Lampson – “Kimjongilia,” “Harlan County, USA”
Producer | ACORN and the Firestorm
Documentary: Sam Pollard – “Gerrymandering,” “4 Little Girls”
Documentary: Glenn Silber – “El Salvador: Another Vietnam,” “The War at Home”
65. Lucy Walker
Director | The Crash Reel
Documentary: Lucy Walker – “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom,” “Waste Land”
66. Jim Amos
A noted personality in film distribution and sales, Jim Amos served Sony Pictures for nearly 30 years. He began as a trainee in the studio's Boston branch, and company executives quickly took note of his talent. A year after joining the studio, Jim Amos relocated to San Francisco where he became a ...
Executives: James Amos
67. Michael Bostick
Producer | Dragonfly
As a producer and executive, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Michael Bostick has worked on films that have grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide during his career in the entertainment business. After serving as CEO of Walden Media, Partner/Producer at Shady Acres Entertainment, and President...
Executives: Michael Bostick
70. David Glasser
Producer | Wind River
Executives: David C. Glasser
Executives: Frederick Huntsberry
73. Jon Jashni
Producer | Kong: Skull Island
Jon Jashni is a media investor and content producer who operates through his company Raintree Ventures. Prior to founding Raintree, Jashni was President and Chief Creative Officer of Legendary Entertainment where, as an aspect of his duties, he oversaw the development and production of content such...
Executives: Jon Jashni
74. Michael Marshall
Executives: Michael Marshall
Executives: Gregory Silverman
77. Nigel Sinclair
Producer | The Way Back
Executives: Nigel Sinclair
78. Kirk Baxter
Editor | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Kirk Baxter was born in 1972 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is an editor and producer, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Social Network (2010) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
Film Editors: Kirk Baxter – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”
79. Nicolas De Toth
Editor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Film Editors: Nicolas De Toth – “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “The Sum of All Fears”
80. Scott Hill
Editorial_department | Dragonfly
Graduated from Placer High School in Auburn, California.
Film Editors: Scott Hill – “Zookeeper,” “Bruce Almighty”
81. Dan Lebental
Editor | Iron Man
Film Editors: Dan Lebental – “Iron Man 2,” “Elf”
82. Glen Scantlebury
Editor | Dracula
Film Editors: Glen Scantlebury – “Transformers,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
83. Mark Coulier
Make_up_department | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Mark Coulier – “The Iron Lady,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
84. Linda D. Flowers
Make_up_department | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Linda Flowers – “The Hunger Games,” “The Social Network”
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Toni G – “Salt,” “Monster”
86. Amanda Knight
Make_up_department | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Amanda Knight – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Mission: Impossible”
87. Tami Lane
Make_up_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Tami Lane was born on June 16, 1974 in Peoria, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists: Tami Lane – “Superman Returns” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”
88. Wendy Aylsworth
Members-at-Large: Wendy Aylsworth
89. Kyle Cooper
Kyle Cooper has produced and directed hundreds of main title and visual effects sequences across a wide spectrum of film and broadcast mediums. Cooper received his MFA from Yale School of Art, where he studied independently with renowned American modernist Paul Rand. In his third year at Yale, ...
Members-at-Large: Kyle Cooper
90. Patrick Crowley
Producer | The Bourne Ultimatum
Members-at-Large: Patrick Crowley
91. Bud Davis
Stunts | Star Trek: Generations
Bud Davis was born on December 23, 1936 in the USA as George H. Davis. He is known for his work on Star Trek: Generations (1994), Contact (1997) and Manhunter (1986). He was previously married to Charlene Roberson.
Members-at-Large: Bud Davis
Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road
Christopher DeFaria was born on May 20, 1959 in Alameda County, California, USA as Christopher Joseph DeFaria. He is a producer and production manager, known for Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Watchmen (2009) and Gravity (2013). He has been married to Alexandra Yates Knox since April 28, 1992. They ...
Members-at-Large: Chris deFaria
94. John Kilkenny
Visual_effects | I, Robot
John Kilkenny is a President at Twentieth Century Fox, heading the studio's visual effects department. His division budgets, produces and oversees all the visual effects on feature films made by the studio's production units, TCF, Fox 2000 Pictures and Fox Searchlight Pictures. Mr. Kilkenny oversaw...
Members-at-Large: John Kilkenny
95. Heidi Levitt
Casting_director | The Artist
As a graduate of Barnard College and the AFI Producers Program, Heidi has cast such successful films as JFK (1991), Nixon (1995), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nurse Betty (2000), The Rock (1996), The Joy Luck Club (1993), Smoke (1995) and Benny & Joon (1993).
In addition to casting Lakeview ...
Members-at-Large: Heidi Levitt
Members-at-Large: Kerry Lyn McKissick
98. Michael Tadross
Production_manager | Sherlock Holmes
Michael Tadross, has played a pivotal role as a leading figure in the film industry for the last thirty years. He has most recently produced Ocean's 8, the Warner Bros. film starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna. Other Warner Bros. films Tadross has produced include ...
Members-at-Large: Michael Tadross
99. Mary Vernieu
Casting_director | Looper
Members-at-Large: Mary Vernieu