Board

Barbara Valentino

Board PresidentBarbara Valentino started Evolving Communications, a multimedia production company, because she was inspired by the scientists and engineers she met and worked with during her tenure at the National Academy of Sciences [NAS] Television Office. She realized then that these ‘unsung heroes’ had compelling stories that needed to be told and shared. Barbara uses her extensive experience and background in video production, journalism, and science & technology policy to bring mem... Read more
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Bonnie Rich

TreasurerBonnie Rich’s passion is telling stories through video and she’s been a director, producer, and writer for almost 20 years. Her work ranges from personal narratives to corporate video, with stories that have heart as the common thread. Bonnie is creative director at B. Rich Media where she produces personal documentaries about family, heritage, and humor. Her 2018 film Life Is Rich premiered at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. She has produced documentary web series, as well as v... Read more
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Doug Yuan

Vice President and SecretaryDoug Yuan is the director of production and executive producer at the Newseum, where he oversees video projects for exhibits, marketing and live events. At the Newseum he has executive produced numerous award-winning documentary shorts, including the Newseum’s first documentary graphic novel, a retrospective of the Pulitzer Prizes, and a look at the intersection of rock music and politics. His career spans television, digital, museums and nonprofits.  Previously, ... Read more
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Jay Elvove

Immediate Past President Jay Elvove is retired from the University of Maryland where he was Client Relations Manager for the Division of Information Technology, spending nearly 37 years there in various capacities in support of academic, administrative, and research computing. Some of the major initiatives in which he played a key role include the design and development of an enterprise email system, the initial build-out and significant subsequent expansion of the university’s high-performa... Read more
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Erin Essenmacher

Erin Essenmacher is an award-winning writer, director and producer with more than 20 years of experience in writing, broadcast and non-broadcast production, content curation and content strategy. She is also the Chief Programming Officer of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She began her production career at Hedrick Smith Productions, where she was responsible for all phases of production and outreach on several prime-time specials for PBS, including Critical Condition, Jugglin... Read more
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Mark Friedman

Dr. Mark Friedman teaches Disability Studies at the City University of New York and research design to doctoral students at Rosalind-Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago. He has spent his career helping people with disabilities gain a voice and move out of large scale state institutions into community homes. He is the CEO of Blue Fire Consulting providing training and technical assistance to nonprofit and governmental agencies in twenty-two states and Kosovo and Ecuador. He ... Read more
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G.T. Keplinger

Board MemberG.T. Keplinger is an associate professor at Stevenson University in the Film & Moving Image Department where he has taught since 2006.  He also serves on the Faculty Council and is the chair of the University Technology Committee.  From 1999-2006, he taught at Towson University in the Electronic Media and Film Department. In his nearly 20 years of teaching, he has taught a wide variety of classes in all areas of film and video focusing mainly on editing, sound design and film ... Read more
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Dan Manatt

Board MemberDan Manatt is a historical documentary filmmaker and director of The Republic of Baseball: The Dominican Giants of the American Game (2006); Whiskey Cookers: The Amazing True Story of the Templeton Rye Bootleggers (2014); and The Fort: 177 Years of Crime & Punishment at the Iowa State Penitentiary (2017).  His latest project in development is The Midwest: How the Heartland Made America. Read more
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Laura Possessky

Board Member, Ex OfficioCapital Campaign ChairLaura Possessky is an attorney with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Prior to this, she was owner of Gura & Possessky, PLLC, a firm with a national practice in intellectual property, media, and entertainment law. For more than a decade, she counseled artists, nonprofits, associations and small businesses on intellectual property protection and on content transactions in publishing, television, film, media and the internet. She also adv... Read more
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Ex-Officio

Thanks to all the amazing individuals who have helped move Docs In Progress forward since its founding:  Fredric Abramson, Digital NutritionCasey Callister, Garden Thieves PicturesAnthony Cohen, Menare Foundation and Button Farm Living History CenterBarbara Corprew, U.S. Department of Justice (Retired)Tom Dziedzic, Tom Dziedzic VideoJay Elvove, University of Maryland (Retired)Simone Fary, Nerds Make MediaLeon Gerskovic, National Institute of Standards and TechnologyErica Ginsberg, Co-Found... Read more
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