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AdamSchwartzAdam Schwartz is a sound designer, producer, mixer, editor, and composer with more than fifteen years of professional experience. Adam has held almost every job in the audio and audio for video production industry including as a producer, sound designer, post production mixer, dialogue and music editor, composer, voice over and ADR recordist and editor, and production sound mixer on a wide variety of projects. Adam has worked on nationally televised shows and commercials including live television for clients including NBC Universal, PBS, Sprout, A&E, Bio and History Channel. He has also worked in all aspects of audio production for feature documentaries, and short films. Adam recently relocated to Baltimore where he teaches sound design and audio production as a Lecturer in Towson University’s Department of Electronic Media and Film. He has been producing the Silver Screen Radio podcast since its inception in 2016. Adam graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Audio Technology.

JeffreySmithJeffrey Smith is co-host of the “Two Geeks and a G.I.T. Classic Movie Reviews” podcast (www.twogeeksandagit.com). He has recorded over 90 episodes since the podcast premiered in June of 2016, covering older and newer classic films in nearly every genre. Additionally, each episode of the podcast is aired Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoon on Spirit of Resistance Radio (sorradio.org). Jeffrey is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University where he teaches Social Media, Podcasting & Web Design, Film Theory, and Film Criticism. He has an M.A. from CMU in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts, and a Ph.D. from Ohio University in Electronic Media Arts. Jeffrey has produced a half-hour documentary on gamer culture as well as hosting two other podcasts, being the Webmaster for NBS-AERho, and a member of its Board of Governors since 2012.

StevenSpringerSteven Springer has been a professional journalist and media executive for more than 40 years. The majority of his career —more than 23 years — was spent at CNN in various positions. During his tenure Springer was cited by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for CNN’s coverage of 9/11. In addition, he — along with many other CNN staff — was also the recipient of the Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He also served as Network Pool Producer for the US networks’ coverage of the 2004 Republican Convention in New York. Steven came to VOA in September 2008 as Managing Editor of Central News. He has served as the Editor, News Standards and Best Practices since September 2010. Springer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theater & Communications from Herbert H. Lehman College in New York.

TaraValesTara Vales is a senior communications professional with experience in government, political campaigns, news media, and public affairs. Currently, she works as Communications Director in the Office of Congressman Mike Quigley—a Chicago Democrat serving on the influential House Appropriations Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence—where she oversees the Member’s press and public relations efforts through crafting and implementation of long-term communications strategies and day-to-day media outreach. She has previously worked in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House Leadership, and at PBS.

NedWaugamanNed Waugaman is a '79 graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland and a '86 graduate of the University of Maryland, he is married to Janice, also a '79 graduate of SMC (who he met on the first day of freshman orientation); they live in Owings, MD. They have 2 daughters, Sara and Mary. Sara and her husband both graduated from SMC ('05) and have two children Declan and Conall. Mary graduated from James Madison University and the University of Baltimore's Law School; she is an Anne Arundel County states attorney.

Ned was with the Arbitron Company for 27 years starting shortly after graduating from SMC. Arbitron was an international media information & research firm, since acquired by Nielsen. He retired as the VP of Customer Service & Training responsible for among other things Arbitron's web based training initiatives and their community outreach programs.

Ned then transitioned to Bloomberg Government, a web based information start up begun by Bloomberg LP, the international financial and business information company created and owned by Michael Bloomberg. At BGOV Ned led their customer service, training and quality assurance efforts.

Ned is now with the Bureau of National Affairs, a division of Bloomberg, where he is the Chief of Staff for Customer & Sales Operations.

He has served on the executive board of the National Broadcasting Society, where in the pinnacle achievement of his career was awarded the prestigious Richard Uray award in 2009 for his contributions to the organization, the professional advisory council of Southeast Missouri State University and most recently, the alumni council of St. Mary's.

He is a frequent speaker throughout the country on the topics of customer service, leadership, goal setting and personal achievement. Ned is the author of "The ABC's of Life!" a motivational program that he first developed when his children were in elementary school and he has since shared internationally to 10's of thousands. For the past 10 years he had returned annually to St. Mary's to deliver the keynote address to the graduating seniors in their "Bookbag to Briefcase" program.

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