Joe Long is the Curator of Education for the gloriously archaically-named “South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum”. He holds an M.A. in History from Georgia College and State University, and has been published numerous times including in Civil War Historian magazine, the South Carolina Historical Association journal, the magazine of the Naval Airship Association, and the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. He has appeared on the television shows “History Detectives” and “Mysteries at the Museum”, as well as ETV’s “Carolina Stories”. Joe is a veteran of the Army National Guard, and a volunteer with the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps; he enjoys obsolete literature, politics, theology and weapons. He rejoices in a happy marriage, five children and a distinct shortage of spare time. Nevertheless his current projects include a biography of South Carolina General Maxcy Gregg and a juvenile book on South Carolina’s war horses.
Kaela Harmon is the Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.She graduated from Ridge View High School in 2001 and from Washington and Lee University in 2005 with a degree is Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications. Kaela began her career as a web producer for WISTV but soon moved into full-time work in PR and part-time work as a talk-radio host. During her time in radio, Kaela has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul. Prior to joining the airport staff, Kaela was the Advancement Coordinator for the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. In that role she was not just the only African-American to have a leadership position in the organization but also the youngest. Kaela serves as the Service Chair for the Washington and Lee Alumni Association. Recently, Kaela has been recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Columbia Region Business Report and the Southeastern Business Magazine.
John Adams Hodge is a Professional Geologist (P.G.), environmental
attorney, and pilot. He is also an experienced amateur astronomer. He
was selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of
environmental law, and he is currently the principal of Hodge &
Associates, LLC, an environmental and aviation law and consulting firm in
Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from Duke University, the
University of South Carolina, and Birkbeck College of the University of
London and holds a BS Degree in Geology, an MS in Marine Science/
Geology, a Certificate in Planetary Geology, and a JD Degree. Mr. Hodge
is an Adjunct Professor in the Environment and Sustainability Program at
the University of South Carolina. He formerly taught a graduate level class
in Environmental Regulations. He was selected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion
Laboratory to serve as a volunteer speaker in the Solar System
Ambassador Program, and he is a frequent lecturer and presenter on
topics in planetary science. Mr. Hodge is a partner is a private
astronomical observatory and spends many nights imaging, observing,
and collecting astronomical data. He is a Fellow in the Explorers Club and
serves on the Legal Committee and Student Grants Committee, and he is
a former Chapter Chair. He received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest
civilian award in South Carolina, for his role in recovering a WWII vintage
B-25 bomber in 2005 from a depth of 150 feet that ditched in Lake Murray
in 1943. This endeavor was featured on the History Channel’s Mega
Movers series. Mr. Hodge is also an experienced pilot with over 17,000
flight hours, and holds numerous FAA Certificates including an Airline
Transport Pilot Certificate with type ratings on the Boeing 737, 757, 767,
and Airbus A-320 and A-330 aircraft, Flight Instructor, Flight Engineer
certificates, and seaplane and glider ratings. He has practiced law for
almost 30 years and has represented clients before state and federal
agencies, administrative, trial, and appellate courts. He left a large law firm
to start Hodge & Associates in 2011.
Doug Wedell is a Professor of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of California at Los Angeles, specializing in understanding how judgments and choices are influenced by the decision making context. He trained as a Post Doctoral Fellow specializing in quantitative methods in psychology at the University of Illinois before coming to South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in 1989. Dr. Wedell is currently the Interim Chair of the Psychology Department and the Director of a National Science Foundation Program: Summer Research Experience in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Along with his career in academics, Dr. Wedell has studied the nonviolent Japanese self defense art, Aikido, since 1977 and holds a seventh degree rank as Shihan or master teacher. He teaches Aikido at the University and in the Columbia Community.
Nathaniel Long III is a ten year veteran of the environmental analysis industry. His professional expertise include the fields of organic extraction, radiochemical separation and analysis, and health physics. He currently leads a team of gas flow proportional counting data analysts. Nathaniel is a 2002 graduate of Clemson University. You can reach him at email@example.com.
In the classical field, Dr. Butterfield has performed concertos and given masterclasses and recitals as a soloist in many concert halls and universities throughout the United States. He is a member of Dez Cordas, an unusual combination of classical guitar and double bass. The busy schedule of Dez Cordas includes presenting more than 20 recitals and masterclasses a year. The duo’s first recording, Dances, Songs, Inventions, was released by Centaur Records in February 2010. Butterfield has been invited twice to perform recitals as a guest artist at the semiannual International Society of Bassists convention and has given presentations at the American String Teachers Association and the Violin Society of America national conferences.