Author, speaker, and daughter of the former Presidential Counsel and evangelical Christian leader, Charles "Chuck" Wendell Colson, Emily Colson will serve as the inaugural presenter of the Chuck Colson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Ethics, Media and Culture at our conference.
In her book Dancing with Max (2010), Emily and Chuck share the struggle and beauty of life with Max, Emily's now 23-year-old son with autism. The book has recently been awarded "Book of the Year" by the Autism Society. Emily speaks to churches and organizations nationwide, and has appeared on numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family, the Huckabee show, and Hallmark's Home & Family. Through her message, she has inspired many to persevere through their challenges and see the gifts. Emily has been a single mother for most of Max's life, with hard-fought lessons in faith, life, love and a whole lot of laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.
Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Editor, Naples Daily News
Under Garcia's leadership el Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language daily in Miami, Fla., has grown into a multiplatform news operation that includes online, print, television and radio partnerships and special publications. Garcia started his journalism career as a reporter at The Miami Herald in 1990, working his way up the ranks. In 2003, he became Metro Editor at the Herald. He was chosen to oversee el Nuevo Herald in 2009. Garcia is a graduate of Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Garcia was named editor of the Naples Daily News in October 21, 2013.
Research Professor of Communications, Professor of Media Studies and
Professor of Journalism Emeritus at University of Illinois-Urbana
In addition to his roles at University of Illinois, Christians has served as a visiting scholar in philosophical ethics at Princeton University, a research fellow in social ethics and visiting scholar at the University of Chicago, and a PEW fellow in ethics at Oxford University. His research interest are media ethics, philosophy of technology, and communication theory. Christians most recent publications are Ethics for Public Communication (with Mark Fackler and John Ferre) and Communication Theories in a Multicultural World (with Kaarle Nordenstreng). He is currently completing a book titled Moral Literacy and Global Justice: A New Theory of Communication Ethics.
Abel is an internationally known speaker on family values, public affairs, military affairs and moral leadership. He has authored The DNA of Leadership and Vector Corrector: Is Your Character on Autopilot? Both books focus on essential principles of leadership and characteristics that form our lives. During his 30-year Air Force career, Abel earned the Bronze Star for combat missions in Vietnam, served as senior staff of three 4-star Admirals and as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His career concluded with his assignment as Director of Public Affairs, United States Air Force. Abel retired as a Brigadier General. Since then, he has served on the senior staff of the US Olympic Committee, and in significant roles with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and later Campus Crusade Military Ministry.
Allman is responsible for all aspects of CBN News including day-to-day operations, editorial direction and growth. He manages employees working in offices located in Virginia Beach, Va., Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem. CBN news serves its audience 24/7 through CBNNews.com and various broadcast news programs seen on television outlets across the country. Prior to CBN, Allman worked in television newsrooms in Washington, Chicago, Cincinnati and Dallas.
Baucom's 31-year career in naval aviation included achieving over 4,000 hours and 900 carrier landings in Navy fighter aircraft. He was awarded the U.S. Navy League John Paul Jones award for inspirational leadership. In industry, Baucom led the Booz Allen Hamilton consulting team supporting federal interagency collaboration on information and data sharing post 9/11 and led the support to Naval commands in Hampton Roads. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the Commander Naval Air Forces for aircraft carrier readiness with General Dynamics Information Technology. .
Bonicelli's extensive career includes a presidential appointment (with Senate confirmation) as Assistant Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean and an appointment as Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He also served two terms as an official delegate to the United Nations General Assembly. He writes regularly for shadow.foreignpolicy.com, Civitate.org, and gives radio and television interviews on foreign policy and politics.
Brown specializes in the study and use of entertainment-education for social change, health communication, and media and social influence. He has conducted academic and professional research in more than 30 nations for the past 25 years. Brown has taught communication courses at the University of Southern California, the University of Hawaii and the University of the Nations. He also served as the dean of Regent's School of Communication & the Arts from 1992 to 2002. Brown is serving a five-year appointment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the Fulbright Scholar Program in Washington, D.C.
Mark Fackler (PhD, University of Illinois) is professor of communication at Calvin College. He teaches media ethics, law, and theory. Frequently a guest lecturer in East Africa, he publishes on democratization and African media. Among recent works are Media Ethics: Cases and Moral Reasoning (9th ed., Boston, MA: Pearson, Allyn and Bacon, 2012) and Ethics for Public Communication (Oxford, 2012). He is presently working with media scholar Robert Fortner on a two-volume collection titled International Handbook of Media and Mass Communication Theory.
As editor of The Virginia-Pilot since 2005, Finley is in charge of all newsroom operations. He firmly believes that The Pilot, and all its affiliated digital products, should be a watchdog for the community and a vehicle to honor and respect the accomplishments of the people of South Hampton Roads. During Finley's tenure, The Pilot has twice been named a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won the Virginia Press Association's Sweepstakes Award nine years in a row. He was also named NPPA Region 3 Photographer of the Year among numerous other awards, including awards in the Pictures of the Year competition. Finley has been avisiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute and has twice been a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in photojournalism.
Kane covers the stories of the Tri-Cities of Virginia for The Progress-Index of Petersburg.
Mr. Kane joined the Virginia Pro Chapter of the Society Professional Journalists Board of Directors in 2008, stepping up to serve as chapter secretary the following year. He currently serves as chapter president and a member of the national Generation J Committee. He was selected as a 2011 Terry Harper Memorial Scholar for the Excellence in Journalism Conference this fall in New Orleans.
After growing up all over the globe as a Navy brat, Pat graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. He worked all four years at The Commonwealth Times, leading a team to a first place Mark of Excellence Award for breaking news in 2007. Kane started at the paper as a reporter and was promoted to a new position in 2008. Kane is also sole proprietor of Pat Kane Photography in Richmond, Virginia, where focuses on local and national sports events coverage.
Land's expertise is in international communication and media ethics. In addition, he consults on journalism training efforts that are sponsored by organizations with the U. S. Department of State. Land came to Regent from his position as founding dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, and the founding director of the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas (UNT). He is also co-founder of UNT's nationally acclaimed Mayborn Conference in Literary Nonfiction, which annually hosts top-tier writers. Land. who is fluent in French, holds workshops for journalists, editors and publishers in both English and French in Africa.
Bill McCarthy spent over 37 years in military and government service. His Navy career began flying the E-2C Hawkeye and included combat operations in Operation Desert Storm. He later served as the Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. As a flag officer, he served as Commander, Carrier Strike Group EIGHT with additional responsibility as Commander, Task Force FIFTY while conducting operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A U.S. Naval Test Pilot School graduate, his duties ashore included the Joint Staff and a variety of test and acquisition assignments culminating in command of the Navy's Operational Test and Evaluation Force. Following active service, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Deputy Assistant Secretary level as Deputy Director (OT&E), Net-centric and Space Systems/Missile Defense. In June 2013, he completed his career as a senior executive with the Navy here in Norfolk. He is an adjunct professor of public administration and procurement at the Old Dominion University.
Mooney is an investigative reporter and author who writes for several Washington, D.C.-based publications including: The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, BigGovernment.com and the Capital Research Center, among others. He also works as an investigative reporter for The Pelican Institute, a free-market think tank based in New Orleans, La. Mooney previously worked as a reporter with CNSNews.com where he broke several news stories concerning border security policies, drug cartel activity and potential acts of terrorism. Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., Mooney worked as a reporter for The Times of Trenton and Forbes Newspapers in New Jersey. He also held editorial positions with Dow Jones & Company and Bloomberg News in Princeton, N.J.
Pfeiffer specializes in Internet technologies and their integration into the field of journalism and strategic communication. He is also the owner and president of an Internet communication and Web development company, which serves national and international clients. Pfeiffer joined Regent in 1998 as the university's first webmaster. In 2003, he became the director of new media technologies for the School of Communication & the Arts and two years later a full-time faculty member. His research includes how post-modernism, Web 2.0 technologies and social media applications influence popular culture, education and also challenge ministries and churches. He is a popular seminar speaker on these topics.
Dr. Ionut C. Popescu is an Assistant Professor in the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. His research focuses on US foreign policy and national security strategy, security studies, and international relations. He earned a PhD in international relations from Duke University, where he also worked as the Duke American Grand Strategy Program Fellow. His dissertation examined the interplay of design and emergence in the making of American Grand Strategy in several strategic eras in US history. He graduated Summa cum Laude from Occidental College with a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs, and he worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. His articles appeared in Orbis, Armed Forces Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, and Contemporary Security Policy.
Stanley started her newspaper career in 1972 at the Hanover Herald-Progress, in Ashland, Va. Within six years she was promoted to advertising and public relations director. In 1984, Stanley joined the Virginia Press Association as advertising director and was promoted to her present position in 1988. Stanley also serves as the association's chief lobbyist in the Virginia General Assembly. The Society of Professional Journalists honored her with the 1994 George Mason award for her outstanding contributions to Virginia journalism. Also, Stanley was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2007 and honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly as an Influential Woman, 2012.
Wallis serves as adjunct professor of humanities and religion at Averett University and DeVry University. He has taught courses in sociology, comparative religion, cross-cultural studies, humanism, ethics and a variety of communication and marketing courses. Wallis was a television and media producer with more than 1,650 broadcast programs in English and Spanish, and he served as the managing editor of a national advocacy newspaper, The Christian American. He wrote and produced more than 150 broadcast news and feature packages and readers. His clients include: Marriott Hotels, Trader Publishing, U.S. Army ROTC, Dominion Pictures, Coastal Training Technologies, Hamilton Beach, CBN and The Family Channel.