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William Henry Kellar, Ph.D. After a long career as an educator in which he taught Texas History, U.S. History, and Public History courses in HISD, Houston Community College System, North Harris Montgomery Community College System, and the University of Houston, Dr. Kellar retired from the UH Center for Public History in 2008. He continues to serve on the boards of several local historical organizations. He has been engaged in historical consulting since 1995.

Elisabeth O’Kane is an independent historian and freelance editor. She received a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Houston in 1993. Aside from adjunct teaching (both at the University of Houston and at Florida International University in Miami, where she now lives), Dr. O'Kane has worked as an editor and consultant on several historical projects, and is the coauthor with William H. Kellar of Service Corporation International: The Creation of the Modern Death Care Industry (1999). More recently, Dr. O'Kane served as Managing Editor of Enterprise & Society: The International Journal of Business History. She currently works as the Grant Coordinator for Florida International University's Teaching American History Masters Degree Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Heather Green Wooten earned a Ph.D. in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is the author of numerous publications concerning United States, Texas, and medical history including The Polio Years in Texas: Battling a Terrifying Unknown. In addition to her experience teaching at Galveston College and the University of Houston—Clear Lake, Dr. Wooten held the position of local historian for the City of League City for several years. She is active in many historical organizations, holding offices in the Galveston Historical Foundation and the Galveston County Historical Commission.

Kimberly A. Youngblood, Ph.D., earned a Doctoral Degree in Environmental History at the University of Houston. She has gained extensive knowledge in archival procedures, techniques and historical research while working as an Archivist at two distinguished Texas Medical Center archives. Kimberly has worked as Managing Editor at the Houston History magazine, formerly The Houston Review of History and Culture. She is the co-author of The Welch Foundation: The Legacy of Robert Alonzo Welch, and has published articles in Energy Metropolis: An Environmental History of Houston and the Gulf Coast.

Timothy Kirwin, earned a M.A. in Public History and a law degree from the University of Houston. He has experience as an Assistant Curator and Exhibits Coordinator for the Houston Fire Museum and as an Archivist for Baylor College of Medicine. He currently works in municipal government.

Leslie K. Richards, M.A. Leslie K. Richards earned both her BA and MLA from the University of St. Thomas. She has conducted research for the NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project and currently volunteers her spare time at the Harris County Archives working on a variety of projects.


Kristin H. Norton, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in Biomedical Science in 1997 with focus on the cardiovascular effects of aging, exercise, and spaceflight. After completing a post-doc at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Norton broadened her interests and began to write for clients including NASA, the NFL, the American College of Sports Medicine and various pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Today, Dr. Norton develops strategy, performs research, and writes both scientific and marketing copy for clients around the world. She has a particular interest in medical technology, especially that which is not only good for the health of patients but also for the health of medical practices struggling to keep afloat in today's economy.

Monica Sanchez, has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston. She has worked on various research projects within the health care field.


Suzanne Mascola, has over 20 years experience as a transcriber with extensive experience in oral history interviews for various professional historians and clients including the University of Houston and the Baylor College of Medicine. She also specializes in medical transcription and editing.

IT Consultant:

Miguel Lopez, BBA, is a Director of Information Technology at Houston based marketing agency, Advent. Mr. Lopez provides his technical expertise in publishing web content and designing marketing materials to potential clients.

Graphic Designer:

Susan Zarate is a graphic designer living in Houston Texas. She has more than fifteen years of graphic design and commercial printing experience. Her work includes magazines, catalogs, pocket folders, brochures, annual reports, postcards and more. She also can provide digital photography services, and print or multimedia presentations. Over the years, her clients have included Houston History and Texas Gun Collectors magazines, and a variety of corporate and municipal clients.