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Sandra Brennan

Sandra Brennan is a Digital Learning Developer for Fairfax County Public Schools. In this role she produces a range of products that include educational videos for classroom use, online digital platforms to support professional development, and media workshops for students and teachers.  Video segments and programs produced by Sandra have garnered multiple local Emmy nominations,Telly’s and Communicator Awards.


Sandy Cannon-Brown

Sandy Cannon-Brown, founder and president of VideoTakes, Inc., is an award-winning environmental filmmaker whose work has taken her to Central and South America, West Africa, the Northern Great Plains of Montana, and the Everglades. She was an associate director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at American University, honored as CEF’s first senior scholar in 2013 and named AU’s adjunct professor of the year in 2011.


Cheryl Lindeman, Ed.D.

Cheryl Lindeman is an assistant professor of Education at Randolph College. Her current research involves developing project/problem based learning experiences for children and exploring to what extent curiosity is linked to inquiry based learning.  As a founding faculty member at the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology (CVGS), she was able to combine her love of inquiry based teaching, design new courses,  infuse science research into meaningful high school laboratory activities and create field study experiences.


Dr. John Styrsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Styrsky is chair of the Biology Department at Lynchburg College. He is a  broadly trained ecologist with interests that range from behavioral ecology to life-history ecology to community ecology. He has worked extensively with both birds and insects.

The most recent focus of his work has been on mutualisms.

Current work in this area asks questions about the ecological consequences of mutualisms between invasive ants and honeydew-producing hemipterans, and the novel exploitation of a mutualism between Pseudomyrmex ants and their host plant Acaciaby orb-weaving spiders.


Dan Sonnett

Sonnett Media Group

Dan is an award-­winning digital media producer.  For a number of years Dan was Senior Video Producer and Science Communications Consultant for the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History with the Education and Outreach and Exhibits Department producing a science television show, creating museum exhibit media, training staff and students on video production techniques and storytelling approaches, and promoting programs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.


Robin Smith

Video Action Fund

Video/Action Founder and President Robin Smith is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with 30 years of experience. A graduate of Ohio University (BFA '72) and Boston University (MS '78), her first documentary was a story about her MIA father, a Marine Corps pilot shot down over Vietnam. CBS News bought rights to the film and she began her producing career first with Charles Kuralt on CBS Sunday Morning (1978-1985) and later with Roger Mudd and Connie Chung at NBC News on American Almanac and 1986 (1985-1987).


In 1990, Robin established Video/Action as a nonprofit production company to produce educational television and multimedia programs on issues affecting women and at-risk children.

An active member of Women in Film and Video, Robin served as president of the Washington, D.C. chapter and received its prestigious Woman of Vision award. She was named a 2003 Distinguished Alum in the School of Fine Arts at Ohio University and received the University’s Medal of Merit in 2006.


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