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Two more staff departures at the American Philatelic Society

Mar 24, 2015, 6 AM


The American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, Pa., is about to be short another two staff members.

Gretchen Moody, the APS director of education, will be leaving the staff to move with her husband to another state. She joined the APS staff in 2007.

Bonny Farmer, a member of the APS editorial staff, is already gone. Farmer had been an associate editor for the society’s monthly journal, American Philatelist, since 1998, and held the same position on Philatelic Literature Review, the quarterly journal of the American Philatelic Research Library, since 2001.

These departures come following the retirement of longtime APS editor Barbara Boal on Dec. 31, 2014, and the resignation of manager of shows Dana Guyer, who left at the end of February to accept the position of executive director for the American Stamp Dealers Association.

Former Linn’s senior editor Jay Bigalke was appointed to the editorial position vacated by Boal. The society is still in the process of hiring a new show manager.

Ken Martin, the APS executive director, told Linn’s that to fill the new editorial opening, the society is looking for someone with a broad skill set and flexibility, including familiarity with social media and publication layout.

Moody gave notice in early March and is expecting to work until April 17, according to Martin.

Moody’s husband is a newspaper sports editor, and has accepted a position with a Virginia paper, Martin said.

Moody’s profile on the APS website notes that she worked in a charter school and in Christian education before she started with the APS.

Her responsibilities as education director have included coordinating various teaching and collector support programs, including All-Star Stamp Clubs for young collectors, Young Stamp Collectors of America, local programs to support youth collecting, plus education programs such as Stamp Collecting 101 at stamp shows, the APS summer seminar courses, “On the Road” courses, and more.

Farmer’s APS profile, recently removed from the website, said that she previously worked in editorial positions for Materials Research Bulletin, History of Photography, Journal of Nutrition Education, and at community newspapers in New York and Pennsylvania.

The society has created a job posting for the editorial position, which appears on the APS website.

Martin said he expects the job posting for the education department position will be online very soon as well.

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