Margarita Del Valle: is an author, filmmaker and environmentalist. She has created, produced and directed several projects that included TV series of documentaries for Claxon (Cisneros TV Group), aired throughout the Americas in Spanish and Portuguese and by Time Warner cable in the US. Ms. Del Valle has worked as journalist and free-lance writer for over 20 years. She is an alumnus of the Sundance Producers Conference. She was born in Colombia where she studied Philosophy & Letters at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. She completed her B.A in Liberal Arts at the University of California in Santa Barbara and her M.F.A. at the School of Film and Television at the University of California in Los Angeles. Her arts and education projects have been funded in the past by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council and Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. She is the proud mother of Axel Fernandez who is serving in the US Army.
David Kershner: a Sightline fellow, has conducted environmental research for regional and national not-for-profit organizations, including American Rivers and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. He contributed research for Tax Shift, Sightline’s 1998 book on greening Cascadia’s tax system, and more recently co-authored our 2007 report, Bulk Discounts for Polluters. After graduate studies at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, he co-founded a land conservancy on one of the San Juan Islands and spent nine years protecting farmland and natural areas there. When not doing research for Sightline, he is a consultant on documentary film and television projects.
Dr. Federico Subervi: recently retired as Full Professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, Ohio. Previously, he was Full Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media & Markets at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University-San Marcos. He earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his MA in Public Communication and BA in Social Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico.
Currently, Dr. Subervi is working on various research projects, among them writing the history of Latino focused outreach strategies of Democratic Party candidates during the 2008 and 2010 elections, and on the development of the 2012 presidential campaign communication efforts. He is also assessing how selected national newspapers typified academic institutions in news about the DREAM Act, and how English-language network TV news programs cover Latino and Latino issues, as well as stories about labor. Dr. Subervi serves as the Academic Officer on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Latino Public Radio Consortium.
Irma Villadiego, M.S.: graduated in Colombia with a B.A. in Psychology with specialization in Human Resources and Administration. She holds an M.A. in Foreign Languages and Literature from Southern Illinois University. She worked as bilingual family counselor at Catholic Social Services and was a Board member of the Jackson County Health Department in Illinois from 2005 to 2010 in Carbondale, IL. Ms. Villadiego has worked in suicide prevention, domestic violence and mental health issues in the Latino community. She worked as paraeducator with students with exceptionalities at the School District in Wamego, KS. Currently, she teaches Spanish at Topeka High School. Her youngest son Luis Bottia is serving in the US Air Forces in Scott Air Force Base and her eldest son is a bilingual elementary teacher in Illinois.