New Advisory Council members from USA, Ireland, and Mexico


LAMP Advisory Council members (l-r): Héctor García Chávez, Fiachra Keogh, and Noor Chehabeddine

The Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) is proud to profile three more members of its international Advisory Council. They include a university professor from the United States, an international educator from Ireland, and an international student from Mexico. Their addition means LAMP now has Advisory Council members throughout North America, and even in Europe and Asia.

Dr. Héctor García Chávez is Director of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program at Loyola University in Chicago, a Loyola Sujack Master Teacher, and was recently awarded The Ignatius Loyola Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is helping LAMP with strategies for using the book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico in Latin American Studies. He is also Director of the Undergraduate Spanish Program at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses on Spanish language, Latin American-Iberian Literatures, Queer Theory for the Spanish Major, Loyola’s Interdisciplinary Honours Program, and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. He is a Programing Associate and Advisory Council Member of Lit&Luz Festivals (, which take place in México City and Chicago with funding awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also, he has invited celebrated Mexican writers Jorge Volpi, Margo Glantz, Ignacio Solares, Eloy Urroz, and Georgina García Gutiérrez to Loyola in collaboration with the Chicago Mexican Consulate and the UNAM-Chicago Campus where he is a Visiting Scholar.

Fiachra Keogh is a National University of Galway history graduate working with the Education and Training Board, Ireland (ETBI). He is experienced in cross border peace building projects including the facilitation of cross community dialogue groups, advocating on behalf of new and disadvantaged communities in Ireland, teaching history in high school in Mexico, and facilitating the integration of Congolese refugees into Irish society. His most recent project involved bringing a group of marginalized youth to work with the Enough Project on a campaign to promote peace and justice in Africa. The project entitled “The Human Cost of Electronics” was awarded the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Community Development Award at the Mansion House in Dublin in May 2018.

Noor Chehabeddine is an international student at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara (ASFG), which uses the book Abraham Lincoln and Mexico in its US History and Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) classes. While taking the APUSH class, she volunteered in early 2018 to help with LAMP social media efforts. Here’s what she says: “Being a high schooler in the APUSH course, I get to constantly benefit from LAMP. I aid with the spreading of the positive relation between Mexico and the United States through the running of the Pinterest and YouTube pages promoting Dr. Hogan’s book. It is a privilege to have access to the information in Abraham Lincoln and Mexico, and I therefore use these media accounts to spread it as much as possible.” We’re happy to have Noor’s student perspective and involvement.

Here’s the list of current Advisory Council members:

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