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The Chapter Presidents direct the state or regional chapters of the AHA Society. Learn more below about each of the AHA Society's Chapter Presidents and reach out to contact them with questions or comments.

If you would like to nominate a candidate from other regions or states that would like to help with the mission of the AHA Society, please contact us

The AHA Society Chapter Presidents

In order of 'ratification':

New England - Mariana Oller
Florida - Tom Richarme
Virginia
  -  Marti Londal
Alaska - Sukie Berberich
Global - Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio
South America - Sergio Villavicencio
Utah - Darren Rollins
California - Pooja Nair
New Jersey - Jennifer Norato
Connecticut - Damien Cregeau 
Hawaii - Ken Baum
Texas - Bo Joseph
Georgia - Carine Cerny
Pennsylvania - Joseph Kelly 

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 New England Chapter: Mariana Oller

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Mariana is Associate Curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA. As part of her responsibilities, she provides course-integrated instruction to visiting classes, teaching the value of using primary sources in research as well as lecturing on various aspects of the history of the book. Prior to her current position, Mariana worked as Curatorial Assistant in the Rare Books Department at the Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Mariana holds a B.A. degree in History from Rhode Island College, an A.M. degree in History from Harvard University, and an M.S. degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons. She is devoted to the study of American history, most particularly the Revolutionary War Era, the early Republic, and the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton. In addition to her responsibilities as Chair of the Board and New England Chapter President of the AHA Society, Mariana is an active member of the American Antiquarian Society, the Society of Printers, the Ticknor Society, and the American Printing History Association.

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Florida Chapter: Tom Richarme

Tom is a Graduate of Troy State College with a BS in Science and a Minor in History. He’s also a former Commissioned Officer in the U S Naval Reserve. He spent 35 years in various positions within the Employee Benefits Field with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia, and later BCBS of Florida. In 1987, he became an independent Benefits Consultant to large employers in both the public and private sectors in Florida. Tom is currently retired.

“Since retirement, my love of American History has been rekindled, especially the period from the French and Indian Wars through the administration of Andrew Jackson. In the last 5 years, I have read well in excess of 100 books on the subject. I independently came to the conclusion that the Founding Fathers most critical to the success of the Revolution were Washington and Hamilton. The more I researched, the more astounded I became that Alexander Hamilton has essentially been forgotten by the general American public. I came to know “HamiltonRand” by chance (or was it fate) and immediately recognized his knowledge and unique enthusiasm for all things Hamilton. I intend to use all my energies helping THE AHA SOCIETY ‘…to right a 200 year old wrong.’ ”

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Virginia Chapter: Marti Londal

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Marti graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a minor in American history. She made a career in advertising and sports marketing with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (Jr. Hockey Team) before moving to the DC area and transitioning to a stay at home mom.

Marti was raised to appreciate history and loves seeing how the past has influenced the present. She recognizes Hamilton for all he did to shape our country and loves finding examples of how his ideas are still alive and relevant today. Marti is excited to join forces with the AHA Society to further spread her enthusiasm for Hamilton and history!

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Alaska Chapter: Sukie Berberich

Sukie majored in Political Science at Principia College, but was not truly inspired by historical study until she began homeschooling her children. Although her children are still young, together they get swept up in the wonderful trials, tribulations, journeys, and triumphs of those who have come before. Enthusiasm for and excitement about history builds every time she picks up a new biography at the library.

Before starting her family, she worked as a Sales Manager for AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union. During her tenure, she was honored with the Star Performer Award from International Banking Technologies for her innovation in the field and unprecedented sales in retail banking. Although originally hailing from Upstate New York, Sukie has lived in Alaska for over 20 years. 

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Global Chapter: Nicole Scholet de Villavicencio

fenceNicole graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Political Science and Economics, as well as minors in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American studies. Her passions include traveling, cross-cultural communication, languages, history, and teaching. She has traveled to all 50 states and 44 countries around the world. 

Nicole is also the Vice-President of the AHA Society and responsible for many of the society's initiatives, including the websites, social media, newsletters, and event planning. 

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South America Chapter: Sergio Villavicencio

SERGIO 2Originally from Peru, Sergio has lived and traveled all over the world and is fluent in five languages. After managing a hotel in Brazil, he has started his own catering business. Besides travel, his passions include music composition and cooking.

Sergio is the Media Manager for the AHA Society, responsible for producing videos and other promotional materials for media campaigns. He is also heading the "Hamilton Goes Viral" initiative to rapidly spread awareness of Hamilton on the internet through the use of memes and cartoons. 

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Utah Chapter President: Darren Rollins

Darren RollinsDarren was first introduced to Alexander Hamilton through Joseph Ellis’ book American Sphinx, about Thomas Jefferson. By a strange twist of fate the next book he read after that was Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography from 2004. Chernow’s biography convinced him that there was a Founding Father who had been all but forgotten and who was likely one of – if not the most – influential founder, with the exception of Washington.

He then came upon Stephen Knott’s book Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth and came to agree with the author that there has been aconspiracy of sorts – and yes, one for which there is real and substantial evidence – that Southerners and others of various motivations have been aggrandizing Jefferson for 200 years and slandering Hamilton. Thus motivated to fix this egregious crime of history he proceeded to collect and study 15 Hamilton biographies as well as several dozen other books on U.S. revolutionary/founding history and finally created the website www.RESTORE HAMILTON.com. Darren is a fierce and slightly obsessive defender of Hamilton and takes pride and gratification in correcting nonsensical attacks against him – and has been known to relish the opportunity to frame Jefferson in the correct historical light that Jefferson apologists have successfully covered up for most of the last 200 years.

When not engaged in Hamiltonian studies and efforts, Darren and his wife Annie enjoy being parents to four children. Darren served an LDS mission to Austria 26 years ago and continues to serve ecclesiastically in the LDS church. He has raised his children as good Hamiltonians, two of which have been known to boo their classmates when reports about Thomas Jefferson have been given in class – though Darren did not condone that. Darren also enjoys giving away copies of Chernow’s Hamilton biography and has given away 25 copies to acquaintances, friends and family over the last two years – thus helping to spread the word. He also enjoys a multitude of hobbies and interests including running, politics, photography, travel, languages, Scouting, gardening and learning. Darren holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA.

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California Chapter President: Pooja Nair

pooja nairPooja Nair is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Foley & Lardner, LLP. Pooja holds a B.A. with double majors in political science and history and a minor in English literature from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Pooja recently started It's Hamiltime! (www.itshamiltime.com), a blog dedicated to preserving the legacy of America's most underappreciated, influential, and handsome Founding Father. In addition to her interest in Hamilton, Pooja enjoys extreme sports (especially skydiving and rapelling), studying Chinese, and traveling.

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New Jersey Chapter President: Jennifer Norato

Jennifer NoratoJennifer graduated from Montclair State University with a Masters in History and Bachelors of Arts in History from Ramapo College. History has always been her passion and now she shares that passion as a middle school history teacher. Jennifer's ancestors spent many generations in Paterson, NJ and this has fueled her passion for the Great Falls that also inspired Hamilton!

When Jennifer isn't in the classroom, inspiring the next generation of Hamiltonians, she's with her pets. Her daily involvement in animal rescue goes along with rescuing Hamilton's reputation. She is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Union 1861-1865.

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Connecticut Chapter: Damien Cregeau

Damien CregeauDamien Cregeau was first intrigued by Alexander Hamilton while walking past Trinity Churchyard as a child, wondering which famous person was buried up behind that fence on Rector Street.

Damien is an independent historian and educational consultant in Summit, NJ and Wethersfield, CT. Since 2007 he has given lectures throughout the northeast on various subjects pertaining to the colonial and federal eras of American history. He earned his B.A. in History from Hillsdale College, which included a semester abroad at Oxford University, and his M.A. in European History from Colorado State University. Damien taught history at a day school in Kentucky and a boarding school in New York for several years, teaching 9th and 10th grade world history as well as A.P. Art History.

Damien serves his community of Wethersfield as a member of the town’s historic district commission as well as educational outreach coordinator for the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot in New York. Damien is a member of Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of the Cincinnati, the latter of which Alexander Hamilton served as the second president after George Washington.

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Hawaii Chapter: Ken Baum

Ken Baum, Hawaii Chapter President of the AHA SocietyDr. Ken Baum is a passionate Hamiltonian, full time practicing Ophthalmic Surgeon, and husband and father of three grown and two young children. His formal education was obtained at the University of Michigan, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin at Madison Hospitals and Clinics.

His interest in Alexander Hamilton came through a rather circuitous course of events. Having had an unexpectedly powerful experience at a talk given by the Dalai Lama in 1994 entitled Compassion and the Causes of Happiness, Ken began studying the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and formally took vows of refuge, becoming a Buddhist, in 1995. Two years later one of his associates, Dr. Steve Miller invited him to join him on the first Medical Mission to Western Tibet with the Seva Foundation of Berkeley, CA, to bring blindness curing cataract surgery to the nomads of Tibet, and to train Tibetan doctors to perform the surgery. Through his experiences over the next seven years volunteering in Tibet, Nepal and Cambodia Ken became interested in the study of Economics in order to better understand how to design incentives for individuals, systems and various types of governments to make the systems more effective. This blossomed into a love of Economics, which led to studies of the Foundations of Capitalism in Western Philosophy and History up through the founding of the early American Republic.

Through this study, he discovered that Alexander Hamilton was not only a hero during our nation’s founding era, but also the singular driving force in the process of creating a new Constitution, as well as one of the two most seminal philosophers responsible for the formulation of our new form of republic. It was Hamilton’s vision and foundations that have allowed our nation to flourish and endure. Hamilton was personally a great and courageous man, but most importantly, it is his ideas that must be preserved for all of humanity's benefit. This is what excites him to support the AHA Society’s efforts and be a member of this team of remarkable individuals.

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Texas Chapter: Bo Joseph

Bo JosephBo Joseph is a senior staff attorney and department manager for the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP). Prior to joining TMLIRP in 2012, he was a trial lawyer in private practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts across Texas. Bo received his undergraduate degree in political science/economics from Texas Lutheran University and a law degree from St. Mary’s University. He recently completed the Institute for Managerial Leadership Certificate Program from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Bo initially fell in love with the American Revolutionary Era through countless history discussions with his dad as a child. Through personal studies, he continues to gain an ever-growing appreciation for the Founding Fathers, specifically for Alexander Hamilton. Bo finds inspiration in Hamilton’s tireless work ethic, sense of purpose, and continuous pursuit of personal betterment. Bo believes Hamilton’s keen ability to not only formulate ideas, but also put those ideas into action, is a lesson well served in any generation. He is excited to participate in an organization dedicated to the awareness of Alexander Hamilton and his many contributions to this great nation. He feels that sharing Hamilton’s life story provides an encouraging example of overcoming adversity and a powerful reminder that anyone, from anywhere, can change the world. Bo hopes to spread this message in Texas and increase awareness of Hamilton’s many accomplishments, particularly to disadvantaged children, for whom Hamilton’s life lessons are especially important.

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Georgia Chapter: Carine Cerny

Carine CernyCarine is a freshman attending the University of Georgia. She is double majoring in Music Performance and Music Education. In her free time, she gives lessons to younger French horn students, manages a horn choir, participates in community service and marches with the Redcoat marching band. She spent most of her high school career mentoring younger students through music and developing her love for history through AP classes. She hopes to spread her love for history and our founding fathers like Hamilton on the UGA campus and the state of Georgia.

Lin-Manuel Miranda first introduced Carine to Alexander Hamilton through his musical “Hamilton”. As a music lover she was automatically transported into the past with this modern music and yearned to learn more about this self-made man. In the winter of 2015, she was fortunate enough to travel to New York and experience a "Hamiltonian pilgrimage." She saw the musical and also visited Hamilton’s home “The Grange”, visited the notorious dueling grounds of Weehawken where he met his untimely death, and visited his gravesite at Trinity Church.

The characteristic that Carine admires most about Alexander Hamilton is his determination to succeed. If one of his ideas did not work, he would just keep moving and trying things until he found a solution. For Carine, Hamilton is the perfect example of the American Dream; he came from nothing and made himself something through hard work and determination.

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Pennsylvania Chapter: Joseph Kelly

Joseph KellyJoseph Kelly was born and raised in the historic Bordentown, NJ, and later attended Villanova University and majored in Economics and Statistics. He earned his MBA in Finance and subsequently owned and operated a small business for 27 years. For the past 11 years, he has been employed as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER helping clients achieve their goals for their investing and retirement planning needs. He was also honored to be chosen to represent the CFP Board of Washington DC as an Ambassador with the mission of spreading the importance of working with a certified advisor who upholds the strict ethics guideline of a CFP.

Joseph Kelly discovered Alexander Hamilton as a college freshman in his initial finance course. As he delved more into Hamilton's remarkable life story and many accomplishments, he realized how under-appreciated Hamilton's legacy as a Founding Father had been. Kelly says its fortunate that he found Hamilton and his writings as a young man, as he has always tried to apply the "fruit of labor and thought" throughout his career, inspired by the Hamilton quote: 

" Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are please to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought." --- Alexander Hamilton

He also raised his three children on Hamiltonian ethics and principles, with the family's credo WWHD (What Would Hamilton Do!); all three children are all currently employed in the Finance field, with two working on Wall Street a stone's throw from where Alexander Hamilton worked and lived.

Joseph Kelly now lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania and his hobbies include chess, golf, and continuing his ongoing education of the Founding Fathers, more specifically Alexander Hamilton. He looks forward to meeting more of fellow Hamiltonians and sharing knowledge.

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