Sonny Busa is a retired diplomat with the US Dept of State who attained the rank of Consul General. His diplomatic career included challenging assignments in seven Embassies on different continents. He entered the diplomatic corps after service as an US Army infantry officer upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He served in a variety of command and staff positions in combat units that took advantage of his parachutist and ranger qualifications. Sonny eventually returned to West Point where he was a Visiting Professor of International Relations and the Director of Latin American Studies. He currently lectures in the area on international and military affairs in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of the Philippine American Foundation for Charities and is the metro Washington DC coordinator for the FilVet project.
Max Cacas is a veteran broadcast and online journalist based in the Washington, D.C. area. He has worked as a reporter, and a producer for national news organizations such as National Public Radio, CBS Radio News, ABC Radio, and the Associated Press. Over a nearly four decade career, Max has also worked for numerous local radio stations in DC, MD, VA, and PA, including WTOP-FM, WFED-AM, and WASH-FM. Max is former host and producer of a radio program/podcast for AFCEA International, an industry trade association in Virginia. He also produced and hosted a video interview series for the association. He is also a former radio producer for the Newseum/Freedom Forum in Washington. Max has served as an adjunct instructor in radio news program production at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park, and is an alumnus of the university.
Noel "Sonny" Izon is a documentary filmmaker and resides in Maryland. He has won many national awards for his work, which include some 100 nationally televised programs done mainly for PBS and also for National Geographic Television. His most famous work is An Untold Triumph, which tells the story of Filipino-American soldiers during World War II. The film won the audience award at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2002.
Jeanine Nault is a digital imaging specialist at the National Anthropological Archives of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, where she manages the digitization of the NAA’s endangered indigenous language materials, as well as historic photographs and various other archival collections. She won a National Musem of Natural History 2014 Collections Achievement Award for her work on the digitization and broadened online access of the John P. Harrington collection. Jeanine holds undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and English Literature from the University of Michigan, and a graduate degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University, focusing on Collections Management and Anthropology.
Mitch Ocampo was born and raised in the Philippines. He emigrated to the US in 1974. He is an engineer by profession having studied at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) for his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree and holds a Master of Science in Enginering degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He retired from the federal government in 2012 after 31 years of service, performing acquisition management in a technically oriented organization. He is now busy enjoying his retirement.
Dr. Ricardo Punzalan is an assistant professor at the UMD iSchool, where he teaches courses on archives and digital curation. He holds a PhD in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information. In addition to an MLIS from the University of the Philippines, he completed two certificates of graduate studies at Michigan, one in science, technology, and society (STS) and another in museum studies. Prior to his doctoral studies, he served in faculty of the University of the Philippines (Diliman) School of Library and Information Studies.
Gina Rappaport is the archivist for historical photograph collections at the National Anthropological Archives (NAA), and manages all aspects of the acquisition, arrangement, description, and preservation of the NAA's photographic collections. In addition to photographs, she has experience with a wide variety of personal and organizational records containing paper, audio, moving image, cartographic, and other material (including large, disorganized, poorly preserved collections of family archives!).
Antonio "Tony" Taguba is a retired major general in the United States Army. He was the second American citizen of Philippine birth to be promoted to general officer rank in the Army. He is the Chairman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project. He is best known for authoring the 2004 Taguba Report, an internal U.S. Army report on abuse of detainees held at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
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