As of June 2024
(Officer Bios are below the contact information)

Adel Kanaan, President

adeleliaskanaan at, 203-434-0207

Akthem Al-Manaseer, Vice President

almanaseer at, 408-924-3860

Will Kearney, Treasurer

wkearney at, 971-335-1828

Allan Smith, Secretary

allansmith53 at, 609-466-1116

Richard B. Rose, Journal Editor and Past President

zygomate at, 210-464-7122

Robert Stuchell, Founding Member and Past president

rstuchell at, 610-251-2244

Marisa Galitz, Webmaster

mmgalitz at

PRESIDENT : Adel Elias Kanaan
1500 Mill Hill Terrace, Southport, Conn. 06890
(203) 434-0207 adeleliaskanaan at

My education (BS and MS in Electrical Engineering) prepared me for work in international sales with GE and Hubbell, eventually starting my own company – Lumasense – designing and installing modern lighting design projects in the Mediterranean and Gulf Region. This allowed me to travel and live in Greece, Turkey, Dubai, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and my homeland, Lebanon. My main collecting focus is Lebanon, including military stamps & documents, along with Ottoman-era photography and Roman antiquities (I have an MA in History). Memberships include OPAL, APS, and the Lebanese Postmarks Club.

VICE-PRESIDENT : Akthem al-Manaseer
P. O. Box 731100, San Jose, CA 95173
(408) 569-4056 almanaseer at

Akthem Al-Manaseer is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at San José State University, California. He is an FIP accredited juror and a US National Accredited Philatelic and Literature juror. Affiliations include the Club de Monte-Carlo, past President of the Council of Northern California Philatelic Societies, and a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London. His collecting focus on the Middle East and is an expert on Iraq and Jordan philately, and has received several special awards and Large Gold/Gold medals for his exhibits on Iraq, Baghdad, Mosul, and Transjordan. Akthem has published books and monographs on various aspects of Iraq philately.

SECRETARY : Allan Smith
47 Stony Brook Road , Hopewell, NJ 08525
(609) 466-1116 allansmith53 at

I live near Princeton, New Jersey, having come here originally to do graduate work in philosophy. Instead of pursuing an academic career, I became a cabinetmaker and custom furniture builder. I have also worked as a freelance book reviewer and as a describer for a stamp company (The Excelsior Collection). I belong to the APS, CCNY, and the International Stamp Club of New York, where I’m a frequent presenter. My collecting interests center on Greece and Turkey and other regions that were once part of the Ottoman Empire, especially those in the Balkan area

TREASURER : Will Kearney
P.O. Box 241, Gladstone, OR 97027
(971) 335-1828 wkearney3 at

Will has been a philatelist since childhood with many interests. Besides ONEPS, he is a member of the Haiti Philatelic Society, the East Africa Study Circle, and the Orange Free State Study Circle.

18025 Woodhaven Pl, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80908

(210) 464-7122 zygomate at

I am a retired college history teacher and administrator, and my doctoral study was the medieval history of Palestine. I am Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London, a member of CCNY, AROS, and the former OPAL. My collecting interest cover all the Near East and Turkey, both postage and revenue stamps, and I’ve done a bit of exhibiting. Currently I am an expertizer of Ottoman and Near Eastern philatelics for the APS.

APS = American Philatelic Society
AROS = Arbeitsgemeinschaft Osmanisches Reich/Turkei
CCNY = Collectors Club of New York
FIP = Fédération Internationale de Philatélie
OPAL = Oriental Philatelic Association of London