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Due to the sensitivities involved in this discussion of events surrounding 9/11, this program is intended for high school age students and older. This discussion contains commentary and opinions that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Discovery Education, Inc.

Moderator - Scott Kinney

A respected industry leader and spokesperson on a wide variety of education issues, Scott Kinney oversees Discovery Education’s global Professional Development business, overseeing the company's efforts to support educators worldwide. In addition, Kinney plays a critical role in shaping global policy surrounding educational technology, and in providing educators with the skills needed to integrate the latest educational technologies into classroom instruction to improve student achievement. Kinney led the development of the company's first online masters degree program in educational technology with Wilkes University.

A powerful voice in support of educational technology, Kinney testified before Congress in 2009 on the future of learning, and has spoken at numerous industry events around the world. In addition to professional development, Kinney also oversees the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), an international community of more than 150,000 educators dedicated to supporting student achievement through the use of digital media and educational technology.

Prior to joining Discovery Education in 2005, Kinney spent 15 years in public education, beginning his career as a Technology Specialist at the Central Columbia School District in Pennsylvania. Kinney later served as District Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Sharpsville Area School District in Pennsylvania. He then went on to become Director of Educational Technologies at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania.

Kinney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Information Science, having graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.


Abby Raphael

Abby Raphael joined the School Board on January 1, 2008, after working for many years as a parent activist and community leader. Ms. Raphael has served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Council on Instruction, Member of the Budget Advisory Council and the Food Services Advisory Committee, President of the Arlington Science Focus School PTA, and representative to the County Council of PTAs. She also has been an officer of the Bellevue Forest Citizens’ Association and the Arlington County Bar Association, and was the President of the Board of Directors of Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County, Inc.

As a member of the School Board, Abby has served as the liaison to the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families; the Student Advisory Board; and the Washington Area Boards of Education, and has been a member of the County’s Strategic Issue Team on Youth Binge Drinking.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arlington YMCA.

A former Arlington Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Abby earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. She and her husband, Stuart, have two daughters.

Katherine Dillaber

Katherine Dillaber recently retired after over 33 years as a Department of Army civilian.  Prior to retiring, she served as a senior analyst on the U.S. Army Staff.  She was a lead analyst in the Plans and Resources Division for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, where she focused on gender issues for military personnel.  She conducted a wide range of program and policy analysis related to the female component of the U.S. Army personnel force.  Additionally, she served as the senior analyst responsible for monthly reports and updates to the Individuals Account (students, trainees, et cetera).  

Kathy graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts and Certification for Secondary Education.  She continued her education with graduate studies and professional training through JMU, Virginia Tech, and numerous leadership and operations research courses through the federal government.  
Kathy was at work in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Her organization had just moved into the newly renovated section of the building.  Her younger sister, Patricia Mickley was also at work in the Pentagon on September 11th. Kathy was able to escape, but her sister Patty was a victim of the attack.  Kathy also lost 24 of her co-workers in the attack.  

Several months later, Kathy’s organization moved back to the Pentagon, and she learned about the Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF) and the PMF’s mission to develop a memorial to honor the victims of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  She began to attend the meetings and became an active participant.  Through her ties with the theatre, Kathy held several fundraisers for PMF, raising over $20,000.  

Kathy continues to work on fundraisers and other events that honor the memories of all the victims of September 11, 2001 and provide education and insight for future generations so that they will understand the events and impact of the attacks.  Kathy also works with survivors of the September 11th attack at the Pentagon, keeping them updated on current issues and events related to memorial observances.

Jim Laychak

Jim laychak lost his brother Dave at the Pentagon on September 11th. Dave was a civilian working as a budget analyst for the Department of the Army. He had only recently moved from a Department of Defense office in Arizona into an office in the Pentagon located where the plane hit the building. He was 40 years old and married, with 2 young children.

After his brother was killed, Jim attended some of the briefing sessions held for families by General Van Alstyne. While listening to the discussions at these meetings, Jim realized the importance of creating a memorial to remember what happened at the Pentagon on September 11th and he wrote suggestions about this to Pentagon staff. A few weeks later, he was invited to be one of the family members who would help in the process of building a memorial. At first he was on the committee to select the design from 1,100 entries that were submitted from around the world. Since Jim had a background in business, he took a leading role to seek funding to build the memorial. In May 2003, he became President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. The memorial opened on September 11, 2008. It sits adjacent to the rebuilt section of the Pentagon that collapsed on 9/11. The Memorial is open 24 hours a day. The committee hoped that visitors will talk about those who died and the events of that day. The family statement expressed the desire for “a memorial that would make people think, but not tell them what to think.”

James Schwartz

James Schwartz is the Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia. Chief Schwartz has been with Arlington Fire for 27 years and was appointed Chief in June 2004. Prior to his appointment he served in a variety of fire department positions including Assistant Chief for Operations, responsible for all response-related activities, including fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue response, incident management and operational training. 

The Arlington County Fire Department consists of 320 personnel that provide fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue response to an urban community of 219,000 residents in an area of 26 square miles. The department was the lead agency for the response to the September 11 attack at the Pentagon.  Chief Schwartz was the Incident Commander for the Pentagon incident.  He chairs the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Committee on Terrorism and Homeland Security and is also a member of the Interagency Board on Equipment Standardization and serves on the Advisory Council for the Interagency Threat Assessment Coordinating Group at the National Counter Terrorism Center.  In 2009 Schwartz was appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to the Homeland Security Quadrennial Review Advisory Committee.

Chief Schwartz is a life-member of Leadership Arlington an organization that develops and connects leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors of Arlington.  Chief Schwartz graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and is a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.  Fire Chief James Schwartz became Arlington’s Fire Chief on June 28, 2004.