Britta is currently co-chair and treasurer of PHNN. Her love for Personal History began with her training as an Oral Historian. She has been helping both English-speaking as well as German-speaking clients to preserve their memories in form of biographies, photo memoir books and legacy letters. Beyond her personal history business NielsenMemoirs, Britta shares her passion for storytelling with several organizations and companies in the US and abroad, such as hospices and not-for-profit initiatives.
Ken has provided high definition, multi-camera videos for both families and businesses throughout New England, and beyond. His projects have included theatrical productions, community events, musical performances, and corporate marketing videos. Personal Legacy Videos, that preserve family histories and stories for future generations, are Ken's real passion.
Pam has a passion for “saving lives” for future generations. Trained as a systems therapist and oral historian, she is able to use her 30 years of experience and interviewing skills to give stories the nuance and context that make them come alive. Pam is also a Guided Autobiography instructor, and holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. With her partner, Rob Cooper, she has produced legacy videos and books for the past 18 years.
Leah Abrahams, a sociologist by training, has produced more than two dozen memoirs in book or video format for clients in the U.S. and abroad through her publishing company, Mixed Media Memoirs LLC. Leah has written books for her clients as a ghost writer and has also served as an editor. A number of books have won endorsements from notables such as Mother Teresa, His Highness the Dalai Lama, Pulitzer Prize-winners Joseph J. Ellis and Jack Miles, Emmy-winner videographer Ken Burns, Helen Gurley Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine; some have won national recognition and awards. Leah’s other great passion and talent are award-winning fine art and travel photographs, which she has exhibited in several one-woman shows. She currently serves as an advisor to the chairs.
Francie is a writer and editor with more than 30 years of work in publications strategic planning, writing, and management. She fell in love with personal history eleven years ago while editing a book about her father’s life. In 2009, after joining the Association of Personal Historians, thus finding a community of supportive, like-minded souls, she turned her longtime writing consultancy into a personal biography business, HistoryKeep. She is also an active book editor and proofreader. Along with Leah and Pam, she also currently serves as an advisor to the chairs.