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Todd Clevenger, Clevenger Design

Todd Clevenger, Clevenger Design: Serving as a designer, instructor, consultant and adjudicator, Todd Clevenger has been involved in the pageantry arts for more than thirty years. DCI, WGI, BOA and circuits across the country have seen finalist performances from groups with which Todd has worked. Well-versed in all facets of the activity, Todd is currently active in marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor percussion, and indoor winds.

A long list of respected programs have benefitted from the wealth of knowledge and student-centered approach that Todd brings to his teaching. Northmont High School in Ohio, Mililani H.S. (Hawaii), Las Vegas H.S. (Nevada), and Greenwood, Ben Davis, and Center Grove High Schools in Indiana are some of the programs Todd has enjoyed working with. For five years beginning in 2004, Todd was thrilled to be on the visual staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. In 2013 and 2014, Todd served as the visual caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado. Following this, in 2017 and 2018, he was the visual caption head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming.

Todd also served three years as the visual caption head for Indianapolis Independent (I2) Percussion Ensemble from Indianapolis, Indiana, a program which was an Independent World Class finalist two of those three years. In addition to teaching indoor percussion groups each winter, Todd is an active adjudicator and announcer, working for circuits nationally. His voice may be recognizable as WGI Percussion World Championships frequently find him behind the microphone serving as one of the voices of the Sport of the Arts.

Todd holds a baccalaureate degree in education (B.S., History and Civics concentration) from Indiana State University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Greenwood, Indiana where they are the proud parents of two feline children, Waldo and Nymphadora, and two happy fish, Foerdeche and Puddin’. A proud Hoosier by birth, Todd passionately follows his beloved state teams: the Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Indiana Pacers. He also enjoys reading, cooking, and participating in competitive team trivia.

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Ed Faunce

Ed Faunce has been an actor and performer since he was five years old and sang for his mother’s dinner guests, accompanied by her on piano. Starting with musical reviews in middle school, Ed progressed to theatre and radio in his teen years. Going into his sixth decade, Ed has continued to entertain and educate audiences in regional theatre, commercials, international film and television with his performance, writing and producing. Ed has been involved in educational media projects that have spanned the globe and in 2013 had one of his co-produced productions showcased by the prestigious Chicago Children’s International Film Festival.

A 2012 graduate of Ball State University’s Masters in Digital Storytelling Program, Ed is now working on feature film media projects, plus teaching performance analysis and public speaking at Indiana University. His projects include augmented reality entertainment media and creating unique stories for cinema adaptation. (Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Backstage, Website)

James Hill

James Hill was born the youngest of four children in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to a Christian minister. After starring at Paducah Tilghman H.S. (Paducah, Kentucky), a football scholarship led James to the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College, where he played defensive back for four years. He will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Tourism and Sports Management with an emphasis in Business Administration in May 2018. James currently co-hosts with Nathan Vance a podcast about football called “At the Moment.” He is responsible for marketing and social media management for the loveidemic.com. (Twitter)

Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson has the aspirations to be a world-renowned writer. Nate continues to challenge and improve himself. Nate enjoys to read, run, and ramble. Nate is somewhere in the world living the dream. He is the author of Above Average Stories,101 Haikus, and 91 Books to Change Your Life.  (Website, YouTube, Instagram)

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. And we report on how the health care system — hospitals, doctors, nurses, insurers, governments, consumers — works. KHN is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Menlo Park, Calif., that is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. Neither KHN nor the Kaiser Family Foundation is affiliated with the health insurance company Kaiser Permanente. (Twitter, Facebook)

Patrick Murphy is shy and retiring and not on social media. He is a meat-eater, writer, and parent (not in that order). He is also fun at parties.

Ojijaak is the pseudonym for a writer and photographer whose work can also be seen at Ojijaak.com.

Leonard Pigg

Leonard Pigg is an actor and has been participating in theater since he was a child. With a B.A. in Communications and Spanish Minor from Marian College, he put his quick wit to use as a member of Nietzsche’s Trailer Park sketch comedy group and performed at Theater on the Square. He has been in a few indie films including The Chrome Lady, Iceberg Theory, Mental Scars and Hungry Eyes.

For a time, he was on the poetry slam scene in Indianapolis and performed around the Midwest as a stand-up comedian. For four years, he hosted a podcast called “Pigg’s Pen” broadcast on Radio Free Kokomo from Indiana University. He is also a writer in his spare time and has written for WhatCulture.com and is the co-writer for The Six Emperors comic book for Sexy Beard Club Press.

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With a team of more than 50 dedicated reporters and editors, ProPublica covers a range of topics including government and politics, business, criminal justice, the environment, education, health care, immigration, and technology. We focus on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact. Among other positive changes, our reporting has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state and national levels.

Investigative journalism requires a great deal of time and resources, and many newsrooms can no longer afford to take on this kind of deep-dive reporting. As a nonprofit, ProPublica’s work is powered primarily through donations. The vast bulk of the money we spend goes directly into world-class, award-winning journalism. We are committed to uncovering the truth, no matter how long it takes or how much it costs, and we practice transparent financial reporting so donors know how their dollars are spent.

ProPublica was founded in 2007-2008 with the belief that investigative journalism is critical to our democracy. Our staff remains dedicated to carrying forward the important work of exposing corruption, informing the public about complex issues, and using the power of investigative journalism to spur reform. (Twitter, Facebook)

Michelle Railey is the editor, publisher, chief executive, and content developer for and a contributor to Amosmag.com. She is a ghostwriter, writer, designer, and social media manager when she is not working on Amos or at her day job at Dance Sophisticates. While she does have a secret and most mysterious past in the performing arts, currently she has insomnia, writer’s block, two cats, two fish, a passion for politics, history, and coffee; a BFA in the super-useful field of Art History and a really decent husband. Ms. Railey is a firm believer in footnotes, the Oxford comma, and uncertainty. (Twitter, Facebook)

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Spence Media Design

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Nathan C. Vance, with his wife, Kayla

Nathan C. Vance is the author of The Killer and Boyd Burgess and a writer for and co-founder of Loveidemic.com. Nathan is the son of a charismatic minister, who was practically raised in church. He also received a Catholic secondary school education. He graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2007. He has lived in upstate New York, rural western Kentucky, and suburban Detroit, and all of those experiences have led him to one central belief: the love of Jesus is the greatest power in the entire universe. His love heals diseases, restores wholeness, pays for our freedom, and is our salvation. He is currently working on his next book, Big Fat Lies, which is being co-written with his wife, Kayla. (Twitter, LinkedIn)

 

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