Officers and Board of Directors:
Nora Filos – President, Executive Committee Member – Term: January 1, 2018
Nora enlisted in the Navy September 1986. She is a graduate of Photo “A” and Motion Picture “C” Schools in Pensacola, Florida. Her first duty station was Fleet Imaging Command Atlantic, Detachment Sigonella. Following 2 1/2 years in Sigonella, she received orders to a variety of assignments to include the USS Frank Cable (AS-40), Defense Information Systems Agency at the Pentagon and Fleet Imaging Command Atlantic, Combat Camera. She was commissioned in April 2000 during her tour at ComCam. Her first Photo Officer assignment was to the Fighter Squadron 102 Diamondbacks as TARPS Officer. The Tomcat squadron deployed with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Battlegroup in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, one week after the September 11th attacks. Following deployment, Nora reported for duty aboard the USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) as Division Officer. Finally, attached to Fleet Public Affairs Center, Atlantic she retired in July 2008. Using her GI Bill benefits, Nora earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Visual Communications and Graphic Design. She is now living the dream in New Orleans with her husband, Rob Madsen and son, (dog) Carson.
W.R. (Sammy) Solt – 1st VP
Sammy is a Charter Member of the NANP and has been actively involved in the roundup/conventions since 1984. Sammy enlisted in late 1961 with his first duty station being NAS Quonset Point where he worked in the Crash Crew as a firefighter. From there to the USS FDR (CVA-42) where he went to work in the Photo Lab. Sammy trained at NATTU Pensacola and completed PH “A”, “B” and “C”(MOPIC) schools throughout the course of his career. Other duty stations as a Naval Photographer included HU-2/HC-2 at NAS Lakehurst, RVAH-3, RVAH-11 (USS Forrestal (CVA-59), USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)), CRAW-1, FAPL Sanford, FAPL Albany, NADC Warminster and finally retiring from the USS America (CVA-66). Sammy worked in the transportation industry for many years as a general manager in the Orlando, Pensacola, San Diego, and Norfolk areas before retiring in 2011.
Wes Gibson – 2nd VP & Webmaster
Wes served as a Photographer’s Mate for 20 years after attending The Naval Schools of Photography in 1980 and retired as a Chief Photographer’s Mate in 2000. His duty stations include: USS INEPENDENCE (CV-62); Instructor Duty at the schoolhouse (1983-89); Quality Control Student at RIT; USS ACADIA (AD-42) during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; SUB Base, Bangor, WA; USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71); and Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera. He then worked as a service manager for 15 years at a business technology company before retiring from there in 2015. Wes is involved in the developing “59 Veterans Project” that helps returning service men and women start exciting careers in the video production field. Wes recently sold his home and is taking up a life as a full time traveler in his 5th wheel while documenting his excursions around North America.
Samuel Trice – Treasurer/Secretary
Mr. Samuel Trice. Samuel graduated from The Naval Schools of Photography in 1958 and served 10 years and was discharged as First Class Photographer’s Mate. His tours included: Naval Special Weapons Facility at Kirtland, NM, MCB-5, and NAS Brunswick, ME. After his Naval Service, he attended college under the GI Bill and earned his MBA in Taxation. He is a semi-retired CPA living in Los Angeles and his hobbies include salmon fishing in Alaska and sampling his favorite beers in Germany.
Director – Art Jorgensen
Art Jorgensen, Enlisted 31 July 1958 as a non-designated Airman Apprentice. and started his Naval life at (ATU) 213 as a (plane washer). I trained at the Ops Photo Lab at night and was transferred to the Photo Lab. Advanced to PH3 November 1960. In 1960 at NS Adak, AK he qualified as an Air-crewman. after relisting attended B School and Advanced to PH2 November 1961. Stationed on USS Yosemite (AD-19), Newport, RI. and Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit Atlantic, Brunswick, ME, as a (SERE) instructor. Advanced to PH1 November 1966. Graduated from PHES (Electronics) School, Serial Frame Camera Intermediate Maintenance School, Panoramic Camera Intermediate Maintenance School and Miniature Component Repair School. Then assigned RVAH-11, deployed to multiple Med cruise and WestPac’s. In 1974 – NAMTD 1002 as an instructor, Photo Recon Line, Serial Frame Camera (SFC) Intermediate Maintenance and Panoramic Camera Intermediate Maintenance courses. In 1977 – USS Proteus (AS-19), Agana, where I advanced to PHC in 1978. In 1980 at ComSubGru II (SSEP), assigned to maintain and support specialized submarine photographic equipment, where I advanced to PHCS. In August of 1988 – Retired 30 years active service. Presently volunteering with the Hillsborough County FL, Sheriff’s Office, as a Volunteer Citizen Patrol Team Leader. We relieve deputies of non-law enforcement duties such as traffic direction, parking citations, and minor traffic crashes. As a team leader, I conduct field training of new VCPs after their classroom training.
Director – Marilyn Lynch
Marilyn Wilkerson-Lynch, Navy Photographers Mate First Class Petty Officer retired, enlisted into the Navy as a Seaman on October 30, 1977, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She reported to recruit-training, Orlando, Florida. Duty stations includes, Pearl Harbor Hawaii Boat Coxswain/ Harbor Patrol and tour guide and Boat captain on the USS Arizona Memorial, Naval Photographic Center, Washington DC, Naval Intelligence Support Center, Suitland, MD as Darkroom and Copy work technician, Naval Audiovisual Center/Naval Imaging Command Atlantic Washington DC, as a Black & White Printing Technician . She was sent to her hometown to become a recruiter in Philadelphia Pa. and later was sent to the Naval Media Center, Washington DC, USS Lawrence York Spear AS-36 Norfolk, VA and finally Combat Camera Group East Coast. She is presently working in Washington DC at the Metropolitan Police Department, as an Audio Visual Production Specialist Team Lead, providing essential training films and videotaping high-profile events throughout the city, serving a workforce of over 3,000 members of the department.
Director – Todd Pendleton
Todd Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1985. After graduating from the Naval Schools of Photography, he was assigned to the USS RANGER in the main photo lab and later to the CVIC lab. He completed EH-38 “C” school and returned back to the RANGER where he then served as the POIC of CVIC until his discharge in 1990 as a Photographer’s Mate Second Class. He was then employed as a photographer for a U.S. government contractor at the Visual Information Center at Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. He then worked at a commercial photo lab in Davenport, Iowa where he accomplished all specialized color and B&W processing/printing. Todd enlisted in the Naval Reserves in 1996 and served in two assignments before he transferred to the 182nd Airlift Wing of the Illinois National Guard. He then accepted a full-time position as a civilian Audiovisual Production Specialist, serving as the VI Manager. As a result of the Air Force’s merger of VI and PA, Todd became the Superintendent of Public Affairs and is serving in that role today. He resides with his wife, Michelle in Sparland, Illinois.
Tim Timmerman – Life Time Director
Tim, a native of Greenville, SC, enlisted in the Navy in 1952. He is a graduate of Navy Schools of Photography, “A” and Motion Picture “C” in Pensacola, FL; Army Motion Picture School at FT. Monmouth, NJ; Disney Studios Cinemascope Motion Picture Course and USC Cinema Program. Duty stations include Naval Photographic Center (1953-55, 1959-62), Staff Antarctic Support Forces (1955-1959), Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Group (1962-66, 1969-72), NAF El Centro and CHINFO Film Production Unit (1966-69). Retiring from active duty in 1972, Tim attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, majoring in education and after returning to the US in 1973 continued studies at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach and Norfolk State majoring in Mass Communications. Tim returned to the Navy in 1974 as a civilian Audiovisual Specialist and worked 21 years with the Chief of Naval Training at Dam Neck, VA., completing a total of 43 years of Naval Service in 1996. He currently resides with his wife, Judy, in Ellenton, FL.
Database Manager – Ralph Lewis
LCDR Ralph LEWIS USN(Ret): – Born Sept 1932, in Concordia Kansas, Graduating HS in 1951, Worked for the FBI in Washington, then returned home and Married Shirley my High School Sweet Heart. Joined the Navy in March 1953; Boot Camp in San Diego. After Airman ”P” and Photo “A” School, First Duty station was 18 months at NAS Whidbey Island Washington State, then transferred to the Photo Center in Washington D.C for a 3 year tour in Film editing; Then after PH”B” and Mopic “C” schools ordered to the Mediterranean for a tour with FASRON 201 in Malta. in ’59 They decommissioned the FASRON and moved us to the new Sigonella Naval Air Station in Sicily (where there was no Photo Lab planned). Got the permission & $25,000 to build one and spent 18 months before returning to CONUS in ’61 as an Instructor at Pensacola Photo Schools where I made Chief then left early in ’62 Selected for special 1 year USC Cinema course in LA; After graduation, received Commission as ENS (LDO Photo) and reported to USS Midway CVA-41 as Photo Officer, After 2 years during startup bombing in Vietnam, then to 2 yrs duty as OIC of Combat Camera Det. in Newport RI; Back to the Photo Center as Head of Editorial and Camera & Stage; Had tour in ’72-’74 as Staff Photo Officer for Operation Deep-freeze in New Zealand and Antarctica; Then back to Photo Center as Head of Photo R&D; My final tour was 3 years as CO of Atlantic Fleet AV Command and additional duty as Photo Officer for COMNAVAIRLANT and CINCLANTFLT in Norfolk retiring in June ’80. I now live in Bath Maine enjoying an additional career. For 18 years I was with an Apple Computer dealer in Portland Maine doing sales, service and support for Macintosh Computers. I then “Retired again” and continued the Mac service and support from my home in Bath. Still having fun. I have been a member of NANP since it was formed and have served as Secretary 3 times and now as Database format Manager and helping NANP where I can.
Greg McCreash – Convention Committee Co-Chairman & Merchandise Chairman
Greg Joined the Navy in 1986 and attended Photo School in Pensacola, FL. His first assignment was VF-194 and VF-154 in Miramar, CA. After TARPS he went to Fleet Imaging Center, Oceana, VA, where he ran the Norfolk Detachment at Naval Base Norfolk. Next he attended Naval Aircrew School and moved to Fleet Imaging Command, Combat Camera, Atlantic, deploying to Bosinia twice. Greg attended Syracuse Motion Media studies during 1998-99 and had a follow on tour aboard USS Eisenhower, CVN-69, as the OP LCPO. His final tour was at Fleet Combat Camera, Atlantic, where he was the Operations LCPO, Training LCPO and Video Department LCPO. He retired in 2006 and now is employed by General Dynamics Information Technology where he designs, builds and outfits Naval Media Departments onboard CVN, LHD, LHA and shore based imaging facilities.
Johnny Bivera – Communication Chairman
Johnny is a freelance photographer in the DC area who transitioned into the fleet reserve in October 2006. His naval career spanned two tours with Combat Camera Atlantic, White House Television, Fleet Intelligence Center Europe Atlantic and photographer to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark and Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen in the Pentagon. He is an active member of the National Press Photographers Association, American Society of Magazine Photographers, Editorial Photographers and a member of the Education Committee and Executive Board for the White House News Photographers Association.
Tony Casullo – Newsletter Chair
Tony retired from the Navy as a senior chief petty officer in September 2016 after 26 years of service. A native of Long Island, New York, he enlisted in the Navy as an Airman Recruit in 1990. Following Basic Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Ill., he attended Photographer’s Mate “A” school with follow on orders to Naval Aircrew Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. Upon completion of Aircrew School, he reported to his first duty station; Fleet Imaging Center Pacific – Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines as a still and aerial photographer. His assignments included tours at Patrol Squadron FOUR, Regional Visual Information Support Center Jacksonville, Combat Camera Atlantic, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. Southeast, Naval EOD Technology Division, and tours aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) and USS Eisenhower (CVN 69). Before retiring from the Navy, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor at Defense Media Activity from 2013-2016. In 2017, Tony returned to the Navy as a civilian public affairs specialist and currently works at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.
Art Giberson – Historian
PHC Art Giberson, a native of Bluefield, WV, retired from the Navy in May 1977 after 22 years of active service. He is a graduate of the Naval Schools of Photography, Navy Motion Picture School, and the Navy sponsored Photojournalism program at Syracuse University. After release from active military service he worked as managing editor of the Navy’s weekly Navy newspaper Gosport until 2003. Art has authored 10 books and continues to work as a freelance writer and photojournalist. During his Navy career, he served on two aircraft carriers: USS Lake Champlain and USS Oriskany; the submarine tender USS Orion, the destroyer USS Zellars and the Atlantic Fleet Combat Camera Group. Shore duty assignments included the Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut; Mine Defense Laboratory, Panama City Florida; and two tours of duty with the Naval Schools of Photography, NAS Pensacola. Art is married to the former Miss Stella Jean Pool of Bastian, VA.
Todd Beveridge – Historian
Todd Beveridge is the owner of Dragonfly Film & Video, a full service video production company in Charlotte NC. He has experience as a Producer, Director, and Cameraman on numerous feature films, video projects and sporting events. His clients range from Coca-Cola to the U.S. Navy. He is also a retired Navy photographer/ photographic officer (LDO) with active duty and reserve experience. His Navy duty stations include: (in chronological order) HQ, NAVDIST Washington, D.C./FLTAVCOMLANT (Combat Camera Group)/ Patrol Squadron 93/ FLTIMAGCOMPAC (Combat Camera Group)/ USACOM PSYOPS AV Unit, NAS Norfolk/ CHINFO Public Affairs Det. NAS Atlanta/ Fleet Combat Camera Atlantic. His schools include: Navy Photo “A” School-1982/ Navy Motion Picture “C” School-1985 /USMC Infantry School, Camp Lejeune-1985/ University of Southern California Cinema -1986-87/ Navy Aircrew School-1987/ Naval Officer-LDO Course-2000/ DINFOS Public Affairs Officer Course-2004
Regional Chapter Presidents
Keith Stevenson – District of Washington, Regional President & Member/Recruitment Chairman
Keith “The Bull” Stevenson has over 28 years of active-duty service in the United States Marine Corps. He has traveled extensively abroad and witnessed unique communities of South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His images, showcasing peacetime military life and culture, exercises and social exchange, and military life during combat operations, have supported historical documentation and strategic communication purposes.
Keith is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Military Photojournalism Program, Syracuse University class of 2000. He served for four years as a joint-service Intermediate Photojournalism Course instructor at the Defense Information School, Fort George G. Meade, Md. There he was selected for the Marine Corps Warrant Officer Program after 14 years as an enlisted combat photographer. He attended The Basic School, Training and Education Command, Quantico, Va., as a combat camera officer in 2004. In 2010 Keith was selected for the Marine Corps Limited Duty Officer Program. At the present, he serves as an active-duty LDO for combat camera in support of the nation’s interests.
“As a communications artist, I want to create content that is responsible and enduring. I strive to present the human experience in an audiovisual language that informs and hopefully leaves room for extended conversation. I want those who are introduced to my images to be a part of what’s happening, to ask questions and hopefully to look into the details of what I have presented.”
Mickey Strand – Pacific Southwest Regional President – San Diego
Mickey Strand is a Photographer & Educator living in San Diego, Ca. Mickey retired as a Chief Petty Officer Photographers Mate, and is enjoying his continuation in Photography after his 24 years of service. He works in his studio on a variety of personal and client projects as well as shooting and teaching with ACME educational, Maine Media Workshops, and Madeline Island School of the Arts.
Mickey’s current studio projects are Beyond the Cut, a portrait experience of Bikers and the Motorcycle Club community, and a portrait expo of World War 2 Veterans. These projects along with client work keep him pretty busy. Mickey hopes to get the San Diego chapter moving and meeting.