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Charles Benjamin Hawley

Charles Benjamin Hawley, a Civil War Reenactor with Company B, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment since 1991, Mr. Hawley has spoken to schools, government agencies, and numerous civic organizations throughout the country about Blacks in the Civil War. Mr. Hawley’s great-great-grandfather, Orrin B. Hawley, was a member of the 29th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Colored). Mr. Hawley is on the board of The United States Colored Troops Living History Association (USCTLHA), The United States Colored Troops Institute, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, The Robert Smalls...

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Thomas Daccord

Thomas Daccord, Co-Director of EdTech, is an educational technology specialist and author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and The Best of History Web Sites. A veteran “laptop teacher” who instructed in a wireless laptop environment for seven years, Mr. Daccord has been featured in the Boston Globe (“Making Tech Connect,” December 29, 2003) for his contributions to teaching with technology. He has worked with schools, districts, and colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia and presents on educational...

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Robert E. Willett

Robert E. Willett is the Field Director of the Westchester-Putnam Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He began his career with the Boy Scouts in 1978 and has worked in the following areas: Rochester NY, Boston MA, Greenwich CT and Westchester County NY. He has a B.S. in History from the State University of New York at Brockport and attended the University of Missouri, concentrating in youth agency administration. Mr. Willett is an Eagle Scout elected to the Order of the Arrow and has earned the God and Country award. He is an active leader at the Second Congregational Church in...

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Christopher Tate

Director of Technology

Christopher Tate

Christopher Tate, is the Associate Minister at Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT. He has a degree in drama with honors from Stanford University, and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. He has a work background in Interactive Instructional Design and has invented patented education applications for delivery over the Internet. In his current position, Chris has extensive experience working with young people in grades 6-12. Chris serves on the executive committee of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy, as well as on the board of directors for the Summer Theatre of New Canaan.

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Gerald L. Mayfield

Gerald L. Mayfield worked for over 40 years in the telecommunications industry in investing, managing, developing businesses, marketing and consulting. He served as a Venture Partner with Accel Partners where he advised and developed venture funded companies. He served on the Board of Directors of several companies with nominating, compensation and special committees. He directed telecommunications consulting projects for several dozen large international organizations. He also advised state (Connecticut) and foreign governments (British Government and National Health Services) on...

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Reba Beeson

Vice President

Reba Beeson

Reba Beeson, Vice-President, has over 20 years’ experience in the practice of both law and investment banking. She has advised a broad range of businesses, arts and other nonprofit organizations. At Pitney Bowes, where she served as Senior Tax Counsel and Director of Structured Finance, its investment team garnered the Deal of the Year Award from International Finance Review for an innovative cross-border leasing transaction. Ms. Beeson received an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law and a J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor...

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Professor James McPherson

Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize- Winning author of Battlecry of Freedom

Dr. McPherson was born in North Dakota and grew up in Minnesota, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1958. He received his Ph.D. in history with highest honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1963. From 1962 to 2004 he taught at Princeton University, where he now holds the title of George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus. He is the author of some 15 books and the editor of another ten, mostly on the era of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. His books have won several major prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in history...

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Nancy Newcomer Vick

Secretary

Nancy Newcomer Vick

Nancy Newcomer Vick, Secretary, has been active in the fields of Marketing and Strategic Planning for many years. A former Senior Vice President of Ammirati & Puris Advertising, New York, Nancy worked on industry analysis, strategy development and competitive positioning. She helped acquire and manage accounts, winning a Gold EFFIE award for excellence in marketing positioning. Nancy was educated at Cornell University and received her MBA from IMD, Lausanne. She published several international cases in Marketing and Strategic Planning with the International Case Clearing House (ICCH) at...

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Harold Holzer

Chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation

Harold Holzer is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, Mr. Holzer serves as chairman of The Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, successor organization to the United States Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC), to which he was appointed by President Clinton in 2000, and co-chaired from 2001–2010. President Bush, in turn, awarded him the National Humanities Medal in 2008. Mr. Holzer has authored, co-authored, and edited 36 books. The Library...

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Walter Smedley, III

Treasurer

Walter Smedley, III, Treasurer, has over 35 years of experience in banking lending. He is the Managing Director of The Private Banking Group at Bryn Mawr Trust and was president of the Philadelphia Private Banking Office of First Valley Bank and the Western Philadelphia Suburbs Private Banking Office of Fidelity Bank. A graduate of The Haverford School and Princeton University, he has an MBA from the Wharton School. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). He served on the Financial and Investment Services Council of the Pennsylvania Bankers’...

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