Gabor Por, MLIS
Gabor has a multidisciplinary background, including web technology, information sciences, service industry, social sciences and visual media. He is fluently bilingual (English and Hungarian), and also familiar with French, German, Russian and Hebrew.
Gabor earned his first degree, a BA in Economics, from the Budapest Business School. Then he attended University of California Santa Barbara where he received, with highest honors, a dual degree in Sociology and Religious Studies. Next, he studied at the University of Washington’s Information School. He finished the three year program in a record 18 months, while working full time, and graduated with his Master of Library and Information Sciencein 2008.
Gabor created his first website in 1994. Since then he has designed and implemented dozens of websites to the great satisfaction of all of his clients and supervisors. He attained the MLIS degree to satisfy his interest in information and library sciences. Before that he worked for one of the top indexing and abstracting firms. After graduate school he became the director of a small private institutional library. During his studies he set up the integrated library system of a local student union and cataloged all the books of the organization. He also found time to volunteer to help catalog the library of a private school. One of his hobbies, the driving force behind Sefarim.net, is collecting, cataloging and making available all books published in English about Kabbalah. His latest addition to his skills is video editing, practiced for several years and recently studied at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Anya has a passion for helping small business and non-profits succeed. She has many industry-honed skills to offer, and packages it all with artful, effective personal communication and problem-solving abilities. Everywhere she has worked she has been praised for her capacity to organize and clarify complex and challenging projects and execute them in a way that leaves a legacy of functionality and usability for those who need to manage them in the future.
Before, during and after completing her degree at University of California in Santa Barbara, Anya has worked with small businesses and non-profits. With experience inretail and wholesale management, accounts payable and receivable, data-base coordination for the non-profit and more, Anya has a unique insight into what it takes to make micro-enterprise work for us rather than letting it work us! Anya had the fortune to work for and study at Santa Barbara’s Women’s Economic Ventures and Small Business Loans, honing not only her administrative skills but also completing their renowned Self-Employment Training course. In Seattle Anya got to experience the joy and intensity of a different kind of non-profit work, adoption and child advocacy. There she made attractive print materials and photo albums that were used to secure financial assistance for hundreds of children in need and that helped make matches between adopting parents and children with special needs. She was also assistant to the editor and communication director who taught her much of what she knows about enhancing the power of language through her editorial skills!
Anya feels strongly that community businesses, small and growing, need to be strong in order for the larger economy and society to be strong. Just like it takes a village to raise a family, helping that village grow, prosper and stay a village is of the utmost importance. In addition to her lofty ideals, she enjoys gardening, crafting, teaching the flute and being a mama.
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