The Oregon MacPioneers pioneers (staff)
The Oregon MacPioneers User Group (Omug) is a registered Apple Users Group,
and offers support, advice and resources to all Oregon community MUGs who wish to participate. Omug is an all-volunteers-run user group. The Omug board consists of these officers from Omug’s membership:
Omug President, Vice-President, Apple Ambassador, Web Specialist, Publication Editor, YDKM Event Coordinator, Technology Specialist, Video Specialist, Staff Photographer, Curmudgeon, and Research Assistant.
Below are a few of our leaders, officers:
Steve: Founder & President
Omug’s founder and president. Steve has been a dedicated and active Apple Users Group leader for over 3 decades. He’s been a MUG webmaster, Editor and magazine creator, writer of all things Apple, and reviews writer before creating the statewide Omug in 1999 (and continues most of those roles today). Steve specializes in web & print design, speech technology, communications, ergonomics and photography. Steve served the first 2 terms of Apple’s worldwide User Group Program as UG Liaison (serving 6 states in the NW), taught digital photography online to educators around the globe in Apple’s Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), and has been an Apple Products Professional and Apple Consultant for many years. He created what is believed to be the first statewide MUG event “MUGshot ’88” in Oregon, which was the inspiration for creating the nationally recognized “You Don’t Know Mac!” statewide annual Users Group celebration and trivia event years later. His first Mac? The original Macintosh (128k). Steve is blessed to be a father (of a Mac-loving son) and to live in God’s Country, the beautiful and Great Northwest.
Robin: Web Specialist
Robin is a professional web designer/web specialist and photographer. He loves to take his camera equipment on hikes into the beautiful outdoors of the Great Northwest or when he is shredding the powder on the mountains during winter. Robin has been using Apple technology since childhood; his current power tools include two MacBook Pros and iPad and iPhone. Robin has been a MUG member for more than 15 years.
Mark: Video Specialist
Mark is OMUG’s video specialist. Mark’s tools include a custom 2017 iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone, in addition to his professional video/camera and production equipment. Mark and his wife, Laura, have 3 sons (all 3 sons enjoy shooting professional quality video, too). Mark and Laura are life-long swimmers (and instructors). Daniel, their oldest son, uses a high-def camera and underwater housing to shoot while scuba diving, and also swam 4 years for the University of Hawai’i. Nathan graduated from Chapman University with a degree in cinematography and has also evolved into a top-notch wedding photographer. Joshua, the youngest, is a recent graduate of Oregon State University. Before launching his own business, Mark was an Aquatics evangelist and director for over 36 years (5 at Pepperdine, 28 at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis, Oregon and 3 at Seoul Foreign School in Seoul, South Korea).
Charles: (Technology) Curmudgeon
Charles is Omug’s official (lovable) Curmudgeon and Technology Specialist, often providing a major hand in our statewide YDKM Event Day. He and his wife, Janet, are Apple specialists who have been for many years — and also continue to be — active leaders in the Portland Macintosh Users Group (PMUG), Oregon’s largest community Apple Users Group in Oregon’s largest city. Charles has been an Apple Users Group member and leader since the late 1980s, and is one of the central figures in establishing PMUG’s famous 3-day weekend for MUG members, MacCamp (held in the beautiful state park, Silver Falls Park), a tradition held twice a year since 1985.