Valer Gergely has over thirty years of broadcasting experience at various US and European television networks.
He worked at Hungarian Public Television, MTV / News Department, Budapest, Hungary, producing news programs and innovative documentaries for the national network.
He freelanced for European Television affiliates as a video editor and cameraman. Edited feature television programs for RTL, ARD, ZDF, Pro7 and Vandaag. Several of his programs were shown to over 20 million viewers.
As a video journalist at the Voice of America, he produced complex video journalism projects. As a TV Executive Producer at VOA-TV he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of television production. Received various awards for outstanding programs.
Currently he is freelancing as an independent television producer, cameraman and editor.
Patricia McDougall is the Founder and Chief Executive Office of Patricia’s Professional Photos LLC located in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. She is renowned for providing services at iconic places and history-making events in Washington D.C. These include the White House, the US Congress, the State Department, International Organizations, Embassies, Academic institutions, and Faith-Based organizations.
Patricia McDougall also provides photography services to Corporate, government agencies, non-profit organizations, private, social businesses, cultural celebrations, anniversaries, weddings and more. She is also the Radio Host and Producer of Patricia McDougall “On The Scene” Celebrity Photographer which is aired every Sunday at 2:00pm (EST) on WLVS Radio. More importantly Patricia has an artistic eye and the ability to capture the magic of a fleeting moment in time.
Patricia McDougall was nominated for the Joe Mans Black Wall Street Award and was voted one of the Top Black Female Photographers in the Washington, DC area. Her work graces the cover of books, various magazines and she can be seen on National TV at the many events she covers.
Jane S. Pennewell of JP Image Consulting is a color expert and image consultant based in the Washington, D.C., area. Since Jane started her consultancy in 1987, she has conferred with clients worldwide. She was born in Maryland and left the corporate world twenty years ago to study image consulting and international fashion at American University in Washington, D.C. She also has studied and consulted in fashion and personal image in New York, France, Italy and Germany as well as the Middle East. Her corporate background includes working for a Fortune 500 company, which taught her how a person’s image can affect his or her career success. Many corporate executives, government officials, media personalities and other notables have sought her professional advice in developing a new image for greater confidence. She also has assisted younger men and women transitioning from a lifetime of casualness (and black clothes) to a more polished, sophisticated style.
Shawn Thompson entered Tulane’s architectural program in 1987,which steadily evolved into the study of Communication Arts with an emphasis in Design and my magna cum laude degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991.
After ten years in the corporate world, numerous citations and awards from the design community for creativity and graphic design excellence— and a strong desire to stand on my own— she opened SQUAW Design Communications. SQUAW Design has served clients in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond since 2001.
Violinist Rafael Javadov is the founder and Artistic Director of Ethno Musical Orchestra. He earned his musical education in violin and piano in Russia and Ukraine. His musical education started at the age of 5. At the age of 10 he entered a Special Tchaikovsky Music School under Moscow Conservatory. The Tchaikovsky school is considered to be one of the best music schools in the world.
In 1994, while chairing a First-section Violin position in the Dnepropetrovsk Symphony, Rafael’s excellent leadership abilities allowed him to become the conductor and arranger for Dnepropetrovsk Youth Violin Ensemble “Violino”. After his triumph performances through Russia, Ukraine and Europe in 1995, the Ensemble was offered a tour in the United States.
Since 1995, Mr. Javadov has been residing in the U.S.A. He performs as orchestra player with many of the USA Symphony Orchestras. He has also played numerous recitals as a soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles.
He is a member of the Helios string quartet and String Duo with Sergey Morozov. He performs arrangements of Russian folk themes and romances and the Mediterranean folk music, Gypsy, Jewish, American classics, and also classical music favorites.
Sydnee C. Winston is a professional writer and content producer. With seven years of experience developing educational content for both museums (The National Women’s History Museum) and public media (WETA), Ms. Winston’s career has been inspired by a deep passion and interest in history and cultural heritage. She believes in the power that they hold as tools to promote self-understanding and esteem as well as foster curiosity, respect and understanding between groups of people.
Her professional experience includes major event coordination, strategic marketing, content research, writing & editing, social media content curation, video production and exhibit development.
Ms. Winston is a graduate of Penn State University (2009) with a BA Journalism and Women’s Studies.
Deb Leopold, Social Media Consultant, runs DebsWeb and specializes in producing creative social media content that boosts business as well as educates–allowing her clients to stand out from the crowd. Her VIP clients include Du Plain Global Enterprises, J Street Group LLC, Protocol Partners, The Etiquette Advocate, All Eco Design Center, Academy Realty, The Ortho-K Center, the Pennsylvania State Society and many more. She is also involved in the launch of the Hollywood film “The Principle” featuring Actor/Director James Cromwell using social media as a fundraising platform. Deb holds a BSBA from Bucknell University. “My supreme challenge is keeping up with Ms. Jan Du Plain…DC’s PR Star!”