Profiles of three more Advisory Council members

Photos (l-r): Author Michael Hogan with Liam O’Hara, Janet Layton Arribas, Christena Wiseman

The Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) is proud to profile three more members of our international Advisory Council. The full list follows the three profiles.

Liam O’Hara, Guadalajara, Mexico, is the Head of the Social Studies Department at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara (ASFG). He teaches US History, AP Economics, Macroeconomics, and Model United Nations. He is the founder of GUAMUN, the Guadalajara-based Model UN Annual Conference that brings together students from all over Mexico each year. He was one of the earliest pre-publication readers of the manuscript for Abraham Lincoln and Mexico and was instrumental in adding the published book to the APUSH curriculum at his school. In addition to his teaching workload, he is working with author/ historian Michael Hogan, retired APUSH teacher at ASFG, to connect with other APUSH teachers in international schools in Mexico. The overall outreach to international schools is coordinated by Janet Heinze, retired Director General of the ASFG, who is now an international education consultant and a member of the LAMP Advisory Council.

Janet Layton Arribas is a teacher in the Pasadena, California, area and is advising LAMP on ways to reach out to educators in the USA and supply them with LAMP’s supplemental reading material. She is especially interested in raising student awareness of the profound connection between the United States and Mexico, has taught Spanish and Latin in Los Angeles area private schools for over 30 years, and currently teaches at Crestview Preparatory School in La Cañada, California. During her career, she has developed an elementary school Spanish curriculum that includes teaching Spanish language within a historical context. As a historian her work has been published in Perspectives: A Journal of Historical Inquiry and she is a Michael Kimmel Scholarship recipient. She earned a M.A. in History from California State University at Los Angeles, and graduated Cum Laude from Occidental College with a B.A. in Spanish Literature.

Christena Wiseman, Reno, Nevada, is a retired educator at Reno High School who divides her time between Nevada and Mexico. She is helping LAMP develop strategies for outreach to Advanced Placement programs in USA high schools. She received her AP training at Stanford University, her Master’s in Education from the University of Nevada-Reno, and her Bachelor’s degree from California State University in Chico. In Reno, she was the Foreign Language Department Chair, member of seven professional associations, served on the textbook selection committee twice, and served as advisor for the French Club and International Club for over 20 years. In addition, she sat on the first “Jury” for the first DELF ((Diplôme d’études en langue française) in the USA. Outside the classroom, she served for four years as a member of the student assistance program called “Helping Hands,” focused on children at risk.

LAMP relies on Advisory Council members for suggestions and strategies about outreach activities, both to the education community and the public. The Advisory Council includes people of several professions, backgrounds, and ages. Here’s the current list of members:

  1. Janet Layton Arribas, teacher, Pasadena CA area
  2. Ronald Barnett, Ph.D. historian and former professor, Jocotopec, MX
  3. Shaun Arron Cassidy, social media marketing, San Diego CA
  4. Clever Chavez Marin, historian and Mexican military expert, Zapopan, MX
  5. Noor Chehabeddine, Advanced Placement US History (APUSH) student, American School Foundation of Guadalajara (ASFG), Guadalajara, MX
  6. Sylvia N. Contreras, businesswoman, history activist, and LAMP PR representative, Long Beach, CA
  7. Robert DiYanni, Ph.D. Professor, and instructional consultant, Center for the Advancement of Teaching at NYU, New York City
  8. Heribert von Feilitzsch, historian, author, and business executive, Washington DC area
  9. Héctor García Chávez, Director, Latin American-Latinx Studies, Loyola University, Chicago IL
  10. Patricia Gonzalez, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA
  11. Carlos Gonzalez-Magallon, retired Mexican foreign service official, Ajijic, MX
  12. Rocìo Guenther, freelance journalist, San Antonio, TX
  13. Jorge Haynes, retired California State University administrator, Austin, TX
  14. Janet Heinze, international education consultant, Guadalajara, MX
  15. Javier Hernández, photojournalist and reporter, Chihuahua, MX
  16. Cindy A. Medina Gallardo, history activist, genealogist, and LAMP senior PR representative, Austin, TX
  17. Carlos Alberto Méndez Villa, Ministry of Culture, Chihuahua, MX
  18. Luciana Mendez, computer sciences student at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  19. Liam O’Hara, high school Social Studies Department Head, ASFG, Guadalajara, MX
  20. Stacy Lynn Ohrt-Billingslea, Theatre Director, ASFG, Guadalajara, MX
  21. Brenda Prado, APUSH student, ASFG, Guadalajara, MX
  22. Mark Sconce, author and retired businessman, Camarillo, CA
  23. Jason Silverman, Ph.D. retired university history professor, Rock Hill, SC
  24. Richard Stafford, retired journalist, Washington DC area
  25. Philip Stover, historian and retired deputy superintendent of San Diego Unified School System, Chihuahua, MX
  26. Isaias Torres, APUSH teacher, ASFG, Guadalajara, MX
  27. Christena Wiseman, retired high school educator, Reno NV
  28. David Wogahn, digital publishing executive, Carlsbad CA

If you know someone who might be interested in joining the group, just send an email to Thanks!