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  • Leah Schenkel is a Volunteer Coordinator for AmeriCorp VISTA.  You can reach her at


  • Gavin Smith entered Wake Forest University in the early 1990s but left early to build a successful career in broadcast media.  He returned in 2009 to complete his B.A. in history.  Since graduating in December 2010, he has launched a venture with other partners that combines social and traditional media to meet the marketing needs of the pharmaceutical industry.  He will enter the MBA program at William & Mary Mason School of Business in fall 2011 where he will focus on International Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.



  • Timothy Williams received his Ph.D. in United States History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2010.  He is currently revising his dissertation, entitled “Intellectual Manhood:  Becoming Men of the Republic at a Southern University, 1795-1861,” into a book.  In 2011, he accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies.


  • Pollyanna Rheereceived her M.A. from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.  She is working on her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture at Columbia University.  Her work focuses on the relationship between the social sciences, media, and architecture in Trans-Atlantic contexts during the early to mid-twentieth century.



  • Arthur Ralston taught  for five years at Grimsley High School in Greensboro before moving to NYC.  He has been teaching at Hastings High School in Hastings-on-the-Hudson, NY, for the past eight years.  He earned a Masters in History at Norwich University.  His thesis, entitled “The Second Casualty of War:  The Campaign Against Dissent in New York City during World War I,”  has been added to the permanent collection at the New York Historical Society.


  • Allen Bevins is Senior Vice President and Director of Global Arts and Heritage Programs at Bank of America, where he oversees their extensive collection of historical artifacts including paintings, presidential bank records, and money. Read more about his work here.


  • Richard Bidlack is Professor of History at Washington and Lee University.  His book, coauthored with Russian historian Nikita Lomagin, entitled The Leningrad Blockade, 1941-1944: A New Documentary History from the Soviet Archives was published in 2012 by Yale University Press as part of the Annals of Communism series.  Professor Bidlack first developed a deep interest in Russian history in the summer of 1976, when he took part in a study tour of the Soviet Union with Professors Anne and Lowell Tillett.  The excellent liberal arts education he received at Wake Forest University, exemplified by the close interaction between faculty and students, continues to shape how he approaches his work as a professor of history at Washington and lee University.


  • Jim Funderburk graduated from law school in 1972 and has been a practicing attorney in Gastonia, NC, since then.  He has backpacked across several countries in east Africa, climbed Mt. Everest (although not to the top), paddled a dugout canoe down hundreds of miles of the Amazon, hunted around the world with bow and arrow, scuba dived around the world including the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, flown his Cessna 206 through Canada and Alaska, rode his horses through the Rocky Mountains in summers, and backpacked for months at a time throughout the U.S.