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 - Lance Rougeux
Lance Rougeux, a native of Altoona, PA, started his career as a teacher at Julia de Burgos Bilingual Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia. Lance has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and was recently highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching.
Prior to joining Discovery Education, Lance was an Executive Policy Specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) Bureau of Educational Technology. While at PDE, Lance spearheaded many statewide initiatives including Keystones, a program recognized as a success story in the U.S. Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan, and eSPARC, a research endeavor called the "gold" standard of scientifically-based research by eSchool News.
Lance has presented at numerous state and national conferences and holds master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Technology in Education from Villanova University and Harvard University, respectively. Lance currently serves as Vice President of Learning Communities and Instructional Implementation at Discovery Education.
Gordon Felt lost his brother Edward, a passenger on United Flight 93, on September 11th. Ed was a highly accomplished computer engineer who loved to solve problems and was married with 2 young children.
Gordon became involved with the Families of Flight 93 organization in December 2002 when the President signed legislation to create a national memorial near Shanksville, to be operated by the National Park Service (NPS). The Flight 93 National Memorial is being developed by a partnership that includes family members, community groups, national leaders and federal agencies. When visitors began arriving at the field near Shanksville to see the “sacred ground” where the plane went down, members of the local community began staffing the site so they could tell visitors the story of what happened. Gordon believes that people visiting the memorial will be inspired by the landscape setting and the design to remember that even in our darkest days, we can move forward with hope. The preamble of the memorial’s mission statement is “A common field one day. A field of honor forever.”
Joy Knepp is a longtime art educator at Shanksville-Stonycreek, teaching visual arts to students in grades 1-12. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. and a B.S. in art education. Joy heard and saw the effects of the crash of Flight 93 from her classroom at the school on September 11, 2001. After the crash, working with an artist-in-residence from Pittsburgh, Joy guided the entire student body (475 students, Pre-K through Grade 12), faculty, staff and administration through a thoughtful examination of the events of September 11 and the community's response following the crash of Flight 93.
What repeatedly emerged from these conversations and the students' creativity were images of hands - hands reaching out to help. The result of this time devoted to creative reflection is a unique metal sculpture bearing the handprints of every student and educator in the school district. In May 2002, the sculpture was unveiled in a student-designed memorial garden just outside the main entrance of the high school. Today, the garden and sculpture continue to provide a place of quiet reflection for the school, community and the countless visitors who find their way to Shanksville and Flight 93 National Memorial.
Jeff Reinbold is the Site Manager at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In his 20 years with the National Park Service,he has led planning and partnership projects around the country: protecting historic sites and Civil War battlefields, developing new ways for national parks to work with their neighboring communities, and exploring ways to make national parks relevant to new audiences.
Jeff came to the Flight 93 National Memorial in early-2003 and oversaw the international design competition. The competition marked the first time an entire national park of this size, was designed through a competition.
Jeff holds a degree in Geography from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two young sons.
Pamela Tokar-Ickes has been a member of the Somerset County Board of Commissioners since taking office in 2000 and currently serves as Board Chair.
When Flight 93 crashed on September 11, 2001 in Stonycreek Township, she had been in office for a little more than a year and a half. With county government responsible for coordination of response and recovery efforts, the Board of Commissioners worked in direct support to the Somerset County Coroner and the Somerset County Emergency Management Agency. Tokar-Ickes assisted in the development of federal legislation leading to the creation of the Flight 93 National Memorial, appointed the members of the Flight 93 Task Force and served as a member of the Flight 93 Federal Advisory Commission.
She is a board member of the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including Allegany College of Maryland’s Somerset County Campus Foundation, the Southern Tier Education Council, the Somerset County Federated Library System, the Somerset County Library, the Somerset County Board of Family Services and Somerset County Drug-Free Communities Coalition.
An active member of the County Commissioner’s Association of Pennsylvania, Tokar-Ickes chairs the statewide Human Services Committee and sits as a member the CCAP Academy for Excellence Advisory Board.
A 1979 graduate of Somerset Area High School, Tokar-Ickes attended the University of Pittsburgh. Active in her community, she is a board member and past Chief Volunteer Officer of the nationally affiliated Boys and Girls Club of Somerset County, Inc. and serves on the board of the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.