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About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to help others celebrate their family in an exquisite way and keep the history of their roots alive.

Our mission is about.

  • passing on values, stories and family history
  • sharing photos and the voices behind the photos
  • recording the humor, the joy, the challenges and all the stages along the way that make us who we are today
  • feeling the warmth of staying connected with each other
  • preserving our heritage and passing it on to each new generation

Our good friend, Bruce Erickson, beautifully describes the importance of our stories in a poem he wrote, called "Our Stories as Gifts of Peace to the World". Read this inspiring poem...

> Letter from Founder (35KB PDF)
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Mary was elected to serve a two-year term as Regional Chair of the Association of Personal Historians (APH) at the association’s annual conference.  APH is an international organization of business professionals who assist people in preserving their life stories and memories.

Both Mary and Bob are proud members of the Association of Personal Historians. We actively network with a broad range of biographers, historians and legacy writers in the US and Canada.

 

Profiles

Mary Breakstone, Founder and CEO

mary@ourlivingtree.com

With over 30 years experience in Information Technology, Mary has been everything from programmer to system and database architect to Director of Information Systems.

Mary has held executive positions at major banks, corporations and consulting companies. She is adept at using structured design methodologies across diverse industries - financial services, manufacturing, call center and recruiting to hone in on the essence of the business and develop practical and enhanced solutions to improve the way things are done.

Mary starts just about everything she does with a 'mind map'. In fact, her 'brain child' - the Interactive Family Tree CD - evolved from mind maps. Her first model was developed as a 'labor of love' for her 10 siblings and 40+ nieces and nephews and dedicated to her parents. And that led to starting her own company, Our Living Tree.

She is a creative thinker, good listener, has a strong sense of intuition and a passion for using graphic oriented visual thinking tools to develop ideas.

Mary has two married children and lives with her husband and business partner, Bob, in Manhattan, NY.

Bob Breakstone, Founder and President

bob@ourlivingtree.com

With over 20 years experience in network film and television, Bob has done work for "The Dick Cavett Show", "In Concert" and "20/20".

He was Production Executive for "Good Morning America", "Loving", "Ryan's Hope" and "Kids are People Too" and produced and managed many Awards Shows and Special Events.

Bob has consulting experience in start-up ventures and founded the not-for-profit arts foundation "Video in the Park", which showcased films in outdoor venues like Prospect Park and Battery Park.

Bob is an accomplished problem solver, who often gets to the answer first and then sorts out the nitty-gritty details later.

He holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University as well as an MA in Radio, TV and Film from the University of Michigan. His BA was earned at Brooklyn College.

Bob loves Mary and his newly extended family.

Contact us so we can help you create the most meaningful gift you can give to someone you love.

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