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KathleenKochKathleen Koch is a prize-winning journalist and author who for 18 years was a CNN Washington correspondent covering the White House, Pentagon and Capitol Hill as well as numerous disasters including 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. She currently writes op-eds for CNN.com, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report and other publications. Koch is an international speaker on disaster and resilience and founder and executive director of LeadersLink, the first nonprofit to harness and share elected officials’ disaster lessons learned to help communities better prevent, prepare for and recover from similar crises. She moderates high-level panels at events including the Halifax International Security Forum, the CEO Global Leaders Forum and the International Disaster Conference and Exposition.

Koch’s best-selling book, Rising from Katrina, which traces her Mississippi hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and her experiences covering it, was named Best Non-fiction in the Southeast Region in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. It also received an honorary mention for Book of the Year in the regional category from ForeWord Reviews.

Perhaps Koch’s most memorable work at CNN was her moving reports from the Mississippi Gulf Coast during and in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Her two documentaries on the recovery of Bay St. Louis – Saving My Town and The Town That Fought Back – received a New York Festivals gold medal. She also shared in the 2006 Peabody Award CNN received for its coverage of the hurricane.
Koch’s other awards include three silver and one bronze Telly for a 2010 Astrocast.TV report on the construction of Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert. In 2007, she won a New York Festivals gold medal and a bronze award for investigative reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists for a CNN report in which she uncovered the apparent murder of a young inmate by guards at a Mississippi jail.

Before joining CNN, Koch was a general assignment reporter covering Washington D.C., for multiple news organizations. She was also a consumer and medical reporter for the Group W Newsfeed Network and a weekend reporter at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Koch was an anchor and State Department correspondent for America Today, the U.S. Information Agency's two-hour daily international news broadcast to Europe. She began her television career as a reporter and weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Koch was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Dijon and was the 2014 winner of the Rotary Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for Zone 31. She currently serves on the University of Southern Mississippi Mass Communications and Journalism Advisory Board.

AllisonIzzoAllison Izzo is a character-centric writer and designer whose work draws inspiration primarily from story. She has had the opportunity to production design short films, web shows, and children's shows. Her experience includes working with animals, special effects make-up, underwater design, period pieces, and virtual reality.

NuNuJaparidzeNuNu Japaridze is an award-winning journalist currently working at Fox News Washington, D.C. bureau. NuNu produces stories for the top-rated nightly newscast “Special Report with Bret Baier.” NuNu served as a political producer for the network during the 2016 Presidential campaign. She was assigned to cover Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. She traveled across the United States to produce presidential primaries /caucuses, town halls, conventions and debates.

Prior to joining Fox News in 2015, NuNu spent 14 years at CNN, where she most recently served as a cross platform producer for CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN.com.

NuNu is from the country of Georgia. She moved to the United States at the age of 17 to pursue her career in journalism.

GaryLicoGary Lico started GARYLICO.TV in November, 2013, rebranding the company from LILOLME.TV The prime directive is the exclusive global distribution of FORENSIC FILES (aka MEDICAL DETECTIVES), a program developed with Medstar Television. It is the first and longest running true crime series in television. A 40-year programming veteran, Lico served as President and CEO of CABLEready, founded in 1992 as the first company to represent existing libraries and develop original ideas for cable TV. Lico brought to cable such hit franchises as INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO, FORENSIC FILES, MONSTER QUEST and dozens more.

Prior to 1992, he held executive and sales positions at Columbia Pictures Television (now Sony Pictures Entertainment), Katz Communications, TVS Television and SFM Entertainment. Lico also hosted and produced A NEW DAY, a morning talk-show in Milwaukee, WI.

Lico is a sought after speaker, mentor and board member: past Vice President, CINE Board of Directors; past president and current board member, NBS/AERho; past RealScreen Summit Advisory Board; benefactor and adjunct at Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he is also the Vice Chair of the School’s Advisory Board; benefactor to Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. A career-long member and contributor to NATPE, Mr. Lico spearheaded the NATPE Food Project for many years, is a past member of the NATPE Board of Directors and is a current trustee of the NATPE Educational Foundation.

Mr. Lico received his M.S. in TV/Radio/Film from Syracuse and his B.A.A. in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from CMU. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Annette Bergh.

KellyMackKelly Mack is a Public Affairs Specialist at the Administration for Community Living with U.S. Health & Human Services. She has more than 15 years’ communication experience. Previously, Kelly was a vice president with Environics Communications, an agency providing communications strategy and implementation for a variety of nonprofits, associations, and companies. She has worked on a variety of health issues, including aging and disability. Her work has included creating strategic communications plans, writing a variety of materials, media relations, managing digital platforms, and more.

Prior to Environics Communications, Kelly was a communications manager for the remodelers department at the National Association of Home Builders. Her work included promoting the Certified Aging in Place education designation for remodelers and the benefits for adapting homes for greater accessibility and easier independent living. Kelly also worked for the Child Welfare League of America and the Advocacy Institute earlier in her career.

Kelly earned a MA in Communications from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She is presently serving as Past President of Washington Women in Public Relations, a DC-area professional association for women communicators. In her spare time, Kelly contributes articles about living with rheumatoid arthritis for RheumatoidArthritis.net. You can find Kelly on Twitter @MsKellyM and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/mskellym/.

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