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Ray Baker- Has appeared in over thirty major motion pictures and hundreds of hours of television since filming his favorite role opposite Sally Fields in “Places in the Heart” in Waxahachie, Texas. Ray now makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, playwright Colleen Dodson-Baker, and their two cats.




J.P. Bryan- Honorary Board Member of the Tom Lea Institute and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Torch Energy Advisors. He was chairman of the boards for the Institute of Texan Cultures, and served as president for both the Texas Historical Foundation and Texas State Historical Association.




Camilla Carr- A novelist, screenwriter, playwright and actress. Her play, All About Bette: An Interlude with Bette Davis, was optioned by four-time Tony Award-winning producer Michael A. Jenkins who will open it in New York in 2017.



Dr. Tomas Cuevas- A professor who promotes cross-border tourism and cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico, he received his Ph.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico and has been a research instructor in the Tourism Program at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez since 1988.




Frontera Bugalu- A musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez in El Paso, Texas in 2011. The band made its name by performing an energetic fusion of border folk and cumbia music. They have opened for group like Calle 13 and Inspector and just released their second album, Alma de Jaguar.




Brendan Greeley- A retired Marine Corps aviator who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1961, he wrote for Aviation Week & Space Technology, and was editor and writer for the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines. In 2007 he edited The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea’s World War II



Adair Margo- President of the Tom Lea Institute and former Chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, she earned her B.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University, studied Italian and the Renaissance with Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.



Dr. Melissa Renn- An art historian and curator who co-authored American Paintings at Harvard Volume 1: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born Before 1826 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014) with Theodore Stebbins. Recently she wrote the chapter on “Fine Arts Under Fire: LIFE Magazine and the Display of Architectural Destruction.



Jose Mario Sanchez Soledad- Born in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico in 1966, he studied at Lydia Patterson Institute before earning a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. Since 2008 he has been researching the history of Juarez.


Morgana Shaw- Beginning her career as a dancer in Dallas, Texas, Morgana moved quickly into acting roles. Her breakthrough performance came in the television movie, "A Promise to Carolyn", playing the younger version of award-winning actress, Shirley Knight.




Dr. Melissa Warak-
A teacher of modern and contemporary art at the University of Texas at El Paso, she earned her Ph.D from UT Austin in 2014, receiving prestigious fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty Research Institute, and the Pittsburgh Foundation to support her research. Her next project is on The Hill of James Magee in Cornudas, Texas.






Zayra Estrada - A fashion designer who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and graduated from the fashion technology program at El Paso Community College, her Tom Lea-inspired designs have been presented to the Colonial Dames of Texas and featured annually in El Paso during Tom Lea Month.




Elisa Garrido - TheTom Lea Institute’s digital librarian since 2013.  After researching Lea’s 1938 Federal Courthouse mural in UTEP’s Special Collections, she developed “Experience the Pass of the North Mural Tours,” which she guides every last Thursday of the month.




Ken Gorski - A member of the American Institute of Architects, Ken helped bring a four-year B.S. in Architecture to El Paso in a joint partnership with Texas Tech’s College of Architecture.  He serves on El Paso’s Architectural Design Review and Public Arts Committees, and is an associate professor at El Paso Community College.




Brendan Greeley - A retired Marine Corps aviator who graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1961, he wrote for Aviation Week & Space Technology, and was editor and writer for the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines.  In 2007 he edited The Two Thousand Yard Stare: Tom Lea’s World War II (2008, Texas A&M University Press), winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Award.  He is currently working on a book about the use of the horse in the American West.




John A. Hamilton - Director of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Museum. He previously served as the Air Defense Artillery Command Historian from September 2004 until May 2009. He was an Infantry officer from 1971 until his retirement from active duty in 1994 as a lieutenant colonel. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Texas A&M University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. He has published the book Blazing Skies, Air Defense Artillery on Fort Bliss,Texas, 1940-2009,as well as articles in other historical publications.



 


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