Margo Stever, Project Director.
Ms. Stever is an award-winning poet and arts administrator. She has published several books of poetry, articles, and reviews. She founded The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, and she is the founding editor of the Slapering Hol Press, the center’s small press imprint.
Anna Reid Jhirad, Assistant Director and Writer.
Ms. Jhirad, President of Marigold Productions, is an award-winning writer who has designed and written documentaries and media exhibits for primetime television, educational markets, and museums
Jennifer Howe, Freelance Curator.
Jennifer Howe is an independent curator who lectures on decorative arts and serves as a consultant to museums and private collectors. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where she teaches courses in art history. From 1996 to 2002, Howe served as Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum. In addition, she was one of the lead curators for the Cincinnati Wing, the museum’s integrated galleries of Cincinnati painting, sculpture and decorative arts, which opened in 2003.
Mark Rohling, Exhibition Designer.
A graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati and native Cincinnatian, Mark Rohling is currently the exhibit designer and chief preparator at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. He has formerly worked as preparator and chief preparator at the Contemporary Art Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum.
Dylan Jhirad, Designer.
Award-winning graphic designer, Dylan Jhirad earned national awards from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and the American Institute of Architects. His clients have included EHDD Architecture, San Francisco; Anshen Dyer, London; the Computer History Museum, CA; and the San Diego Zoo Store.
Gary Ness, Project Historian.
Dr. Ness is the director emeritus of the Ohio Historical Society, adjunct professor of History at Ohio State University, and author of numerous articles such as “Proving Ground for a President: William H. Taft and the
Mary Alice Mairose, Project Historian.
Ms. Mairose, who has worked at the Ohio Historical Society and National Park Service, is currently curator for the Ohio Governor’s Residence in Columbus, Ohio.
Ira Wunder, Project Photography Restoration and Printing.
Mr. Wunder, President of I. Wunder Photographics (White Plains, New York), has been in the professional custom and exhibition photographic reproduction business for over twenty-five years. He is working on digital restoration and printing for the H. F. Woods 1905 photography exhibition. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Zill, Educational Outreach Coordinator.
Ms. Zill has extensive experience developing outreach materials for television and media projects, having served for more than a decade as Manager of the Educational Services and Outreach Department at WETA-TV, Washington, D.C.
Philip Sager, Digital Project Director and Website Designer.
Mr. Sager is a Digital Projects Developer for the Ohio Historical Society and developed the Ohio Memory website (www.ohiomemory.org). He is creating the project website.
James Stever, Project Creator and Assistant in Exhibition Design.
Mr. Stever is a Hampshire College graduate who generated the idea for the restoration of the H.F. Woods photographs. He recently completed his thesis on the U.S. expansionism in the Philippines. An assistant writer for the project, he will attend the 2007-08 Masters Program in History at Brown University.
John Reusing, President, Friends of the William Howard Taft Birthplace.
Mr. Reusing has served as director of development for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County since 2003. From 1998—2000, he served as president, chairman of the board, at Fidelity Financial of Ohio, president CEO of Fidelity Federal Savings Bank, and president, chairman of the board at Centennial Bank.
Justin Flamm, Authorizing Official.
Mr. Flamm, former President of the Friends of the William H. Taft Birthplace, is as Associate in the Labor and Employment Department at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ray Henderson, Project Liaison.
Mr. Henderson is Chief of Interpretation at the William H. Taft National Historic Site, will serve as a liaison with the exhibit design team to assist in setting up and administering the exhibit.
Jarett T. Levitsky, Project Bookkeeper.
Mr. Levitsky works at Johnson Investment Counsel in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the bookkeeper for the Friends of the William H. Taft Birthplace and for the
1905 Harry F. Woods photography exhibition and ancillary educational outreach projects.
Dave Wofford, Book Designer and Printer
Mr. Wofford has been doing design and letterpress work under the Horse
& Buggy Press (www.horseandbuggypress.com) name since 1996. He currently works out of the Bull City Arts Collaborative in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to his award-winning design of books and catalogs, Dave also works on posters, literary broadsides, letterhead and business cards, and all things ink on paper. Horse & Buggy Press has worked for and with a wide range of clients and artists including Allan Gurganus, Slapering Hol Press, Algonquin Books, Duke University Press, the Gallery of Art & Design at NC State, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, New York City photographers, and more.
Vanessa Sorensen, graphic designer, sculptor and author
She received her Master’s degree from N.C. State where she studied black bear ecology and then began working as an exhibit designer for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. She now lives in Cincinnati, OH and works as an independent graphic designer. Her work may be viewed at www.vanessasorensen.com.