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28 GREG BENENATI has worked as a commercial photographer, photojournalist, photo retoucher and graphic artist. He has a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He and his wife moved to Arkansas in 2004. KATHERINE BENENATI is the Public Outreach and Assistance Division Chief at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. She worked as a journalist for more than a decade. Before moving to Arkansas, she worked in newspapers in California and Maryland. She and her husband Greg live outside Little Rock with their dog. JEANNE BERNICK is editor of Top Producer magazine, a national agribusiness publication for commercial farm operations and has written for Farm Journal Media publications for more than 15 years. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Jeanne has won numerous awards from the National Association of Agricultural Journalists and the American Agricultural Editors' Association (AAEA), including being named Master Writer by AAEA. In 2013 she won an American Business Media Neal Award for her profile writing. Jeanne resides in Eastern Iowa with her husband and three daughters and enjoys trail riding and amateur showing on her horse, a former sprint- track Thoroughbred. DAVID S. DAWSON is a 20 year veteran of the entertainment industry with expertise in all aspects of video and sound production and theatrical/concert lighting. David also has extensive experience in web, mobile app and graphic design. He is a three time Pacific/Southwest Regional Emmy Nominee and his work has been featured in numerous film festivals and has won several awards for excellence in production. For much of the past decade he has run a successful multi-media and mobile/web development company in San Diego, CA. David's production company, intelleXual entertainment (, is currently producing a dramatic short film that David is both co-writer and director on. He is also the founder/host of the The IntelleXual Podcast. He also has a new feature length movie he associate produced available on VOD and another going to the Cannes Film Market in May in France. DEB DUNSFORD has more than 20 years' experience in public relations, media writing and account service. Some of her clients have included Monsanto, BASF Ag Chem., Asgrow Seed, Sea Ray Boats, Azimut Yachts, Armstrong Energy Service, Union Planters Bank (now Regions Bank), and She has worked for an international top-10 public relations firm and a regional top- 20 integrated communications agency. Deb has written for publications ranging from Modern Bride magazine to the Raleigh, North Carolina, "News and Observer." Her training duties have included media and presentation training for clients, crisis management for Kansas State University's Cooperative Extension Service and more than 14 years as a university instructor teaching media writing, technical writing, oral communication, study skills, and English composition. Her undergraduate degree is in Agricultural Journalism from Kansas State and her Masters and Ph.D. are in English from Texas A&M. In her free time she enjoys golf, knitting and fishing. MARIE GARAFANO grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in Florida. She received her BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art. (now The University of the Arts), where she taught for many years. She was a successful illustrator and has illustrated several books, including Ginger Goes on a Diet for Houghton Mifflin, a story about a foster child and her cat. She has taught watercolor and children's book illustration for several years. She has participated in many juried shows; The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Works on Paper, and Small Oils and Woodmere Art Museum, among others. She won the Edith Emerson prize for portrait at Woodmere in 2003. Since moving to Florida, she has participated in several shows and recently gained Signature status in The Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society, and has won several awards. Her work may be seen at The Artist Guild Gallery in Anna Maria Island. Her work is owned by many private collectors. VANESSA GREGORY teaches writing and reporting at the University of Mississippi, where she's an assistant professor of journalism. She's also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Harper's, Men's Journal, The New York Times, and Food & Wine, among others. She contributes most frequently to Charleston's Garden & Gun, where she writes features about culture, food, and art. She holds a master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi. NAT HEARD, a two-time Emmy Award winner, is a Director of Photography on Video and Film Productions. He is the sole proprietor of NE Productions of Boston Massachusetts Portsmouth and teaches video production at the high school level.. With more than 20 years of experience in video production, Nat's clientele include the American Red Cross, Harley Davidson, P.B.S., U.S. Navy, Avaya as well as coverage of corporate, sporting, music, news, commercials, documentary and political events. ALYSON HOGE has worked for the Arkansas Democrat- Gazette since 1979, and currently oversees the wire and copy desks. She has been horse crazy since birth and has had horses off and on since age 15. Her herd includes a rescued paint gelding and a mustang gelding adopted from the Bureau of Land Management. She and her husband David Hoge live near Little Rock and have a son, Michael. DAVID HOGE is a former newspaper photographer with a bachelor's degree in fine arts photography from Louisiana Tech University. David works for a printing company in Little Rock but continues taking photos on the side. He has been published in several magazines and has had exhibits of his work at several galleries and museums across Arkansas. He is married to Alyson Hoge and has a son, Michael. JANE HOUIN is a communication consultant and writer located in Ohio's idyllic Amish Country. Prior to pursuing a ca reer as a freelance communicator, she served as the public relations coordinator for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center— the research arm of Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She has also worked in college admissions on communication pieces, as a radio commentator, as a publications editor, and as a college instructor in various communications and literature courses. Jane 2015 JUDGES

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