Morgan Barnard – Morgan Barnard is a digital artist and designer working in the areas of public art, interactive media, immersive installations and live cinema. He creates environments that combine interactivity, data-visualisation and experimental digital techniques. His work has been displayed in galleries and installed in urban environments across the US and internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Canada. With an extensive background in media production and an understanding of current directions in digital art, Morgan brings a unique approach to telling stories, collaborating and creating experiences for audiences. His work explores future trajectories of digital media by incorporating spatial design, interactivity, audience participation and dynamic media. In 1996 Morgan received a BFA in Film/Video/Performance from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. In 2005, Morgan received a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Kevin Burns – Kevin Burns joined EPMA’s curatorial department in 2017. Since, he has organized multiple exhibitions from EPMA’s permanent collection including West Texas: Waypoint and Home and served as curator for Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, as well as the Transborder Biennial and related convening. Kevin also works to advance EPMA’s public and scholarly programs through the organization of Art Talks, lectures, and symposia. Kevin received a master’s degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Holly Packard Cobb – Holly is the Executive Director of the Tom Lea Institute. During her tenure as Director of Education, she has developed seven Tom Lea curricula which are embedded in the Social Studies and English Language Arts programs in seven school districts serving 25,000 students. She is the director/producer of several award winning videos and was the producer and host of Decision Point television show on KSCE. While living in California she was a Divisional Vice President for a corporation and had her own consulting firm specializing in organizational development. She has an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Tomas Cuevas – holds a Ph.D. in management sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He did his post-doctoral studies at the Universidad de Girona, Spain. Dr. Cuevas is a research instructor in the Tourism with interests in cultural heritage, tourism development, and management of cross-border and urban/rural tourism.
Daniel Delahaye –
Mimi Reisel Gladstein – Co-author of the new book The Women of Smeltertown, is the author of six books and co-editor of two. She was president of the John Steinbeck Society of America and has been recipient of both the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award for teaching and the Burkhardt Award for Steinbeck scholarship. Her scholarly articles, covering subjects as diverse as the Harry Potter series and bilingual wordplay in Hemingway and Steinbeck, have been translated and published in both Mexico and Japan. At the University of Texas at El Paso she served as associate dean of liberal arts; chair of the English Department; chair of Theatre, Dance, and Film; and was the first director of the Women’s Studies Program. In 2011 she was named to the El Paso Historical Society Hall of Honor and to the El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame.
Charles Grow – Deputy Director, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Dr. Thomas Hatfield – Director of the Military History Institute in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. A former military intelligence officer, his most recent scholarship is Rudder: From Leader to Leader, a biography of James Earl Rudder (2011, Texas A&M Press).
John Hamilton – Former 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 other historical publications.
Arnulfo Hernandez, Jr. Esq. – Born in Guadalupe Victoria, Chihuahua, Mexico on January 15, 1948, of U.S.-soil born United States citizens. He came with his parents to El Paso in 1959. The family settled in South El Paso, known as Segundo Barrio. He attended the now-closed Alamo Elementary School and where he was All-District basketball player in 1966. Arnulfo earned his B.A. degree from California State University and his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. Following admission to the California State Bar, Arnulfo served a brief stint as a Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County, California, and later became a lawyer at the California Department of Veterans Affairs in Sacramento, where he eventually served as its Chief Counsel. Arnulfo retired from state service in 2005. Since then, Arnulfo has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California as a retired annuitant, was in private practice for a short period of time and is now retired from the practice of law. He remains involved in Bowie Alumni Association activities, Bowie High School and Ambrosio Guillen in El Paso, Texas. He is an active member of his community in Sacramento and belongs to several community organizations and verteran organizations, including the American G.I. Forum.
Eric Kappus Ph.D., is a professor at Southwest University at El Paso. He is also a research paleontologist for New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a research associate professor at UTEP, and an education consultant. Holding a Ph.D. and a master’s Degree in geological sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso, Dr. Kappus researches trace fossil, sense of place, and environmental education. He discovered the only dinosaur footprints in the El Paso/Juarez region, as well as the oldest trace fossils in El Paso. Dr. Kappus is also a five-time graduate from Tom Brown’s Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School and is an expert in ethnobotany and aboriginal skills.
Adair Margo – President of the Tom Lea Institute and former Chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, she earned her B.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University, studied Italian and the Renaissance with Syracuse University in Florence, Italy; earned an M.A. in Art History from New Mexico State University. She owned Adair Margo Gallery in El Paso for 25 years and authored. “Tom Lea, An Oral History” (1995, Texas Western Press).
Claudia Rivers –
Dr. Sarah Martin – Attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. After graduation she served in the Peace Corps for two years, working as a community services specialist. She was awarded a Health Professions Scholarship by the US Army to attend Tulane School of Medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, she was commissioned as a captain, and started her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center shortly after our country went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon completion of her fellowship training she was transferred to Ft. Knox where she served as the Chief of Behavioral Health for four years. During her time at Ft. Knox, she was deployed to Camp Bucca Iraq, a detainee facility. Her last duty station was in Texas at Ft. Bliss, where she was the Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry. After completing her military obligation she worked at Ft. Bliss for two years as a civilian as the Chief of Child and Family Behavioral Health Service. She is currently the Psychiatry Residency Director and the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Texas Tech, El Paso.
Dr. John McManus,
Jose Mario Sanchez – José Mario is a business owner and entrepreneur in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and El Paso. He was promoter and coordinator of binational (Mexico-U.S.) economic and cooperation development efforts such as World Trade Center El Paso/Juárez, Border 2012, and the El Paso Opera Company. With degrees from UTEP, and the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez, he worked for almost 20 years in government positions such as Director of Economic Development for the state of Chihuahua and Deputy Manager of Border Environment Commission. José Mario is married with four children, and is a historian, opera singer, cultural promoter and bullfighting aficionado.
Dr. Alan Tyroch – M.D., is professor and founding chair of surgery at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine/Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. He is chief of surgery and trauma medical director at University Medical Center of El Paso. He is a fifth-generation native Texan. Dr. Tyroch earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He completed a surgery internship at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), a general surgery residency at the Phoenix Integrated Surgery Residency Program (Arizona) and a trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno Campus.
Dr. James O. Welsch, Assistant Conductor,