We are educators, storytellers, and digital media experts. Stewards of History. Do-Gooders on a Mission.
Project Director, Courtroom 600
President and Executive Director,
Descendants Media Group NFP, Inc.
Laurie is an award-winning creative director, producer, and entrepreneur who has driven measurable growth for Fortune 1000 companies across a spectrum of industries. She leads BluFish Team, a virtual unagency of thinkers, designers and content creators specializing in executive and brand communications.
Over the past three years, Laurie has supported Navistar Inc. as a creative agency to multiple departments.
In 2021, she received the Navistar Supplier Diversity Excellence Award for branding their corporate purpose and DEI initiatives, producing story-based videos, writing and designing C-suite presentations, annual Sustainability reports, and Navistar’s corporate website.
For her work with other clients, she holds two Business Marketing Association Gold Tower Awards for video and a Bronze Tower Award for corporate identity design.
A partial client list includes UCB, BCG, GE Transportation, Tenneco, Norfolk Southern, ExxonMobil, AstraZeneca, FedEx, Caterpillar, and SAP.
After inheriting her father’s hidden WWII memorabilia from working at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, Laurie discovered a need for education about
this unexposed slice of history. The Courtroom 600 project was born out of Laurie’s frustration in researching the trials through available online
resources—and hundreds of books.
In 2016 she founded Descendants Media Group NFP to preserve the legacy of Nuremberg and teach its lessons to future generations a new way.
Now, in partnership with educators, historians, and digital media experts, she is actively bringing the Courtroom 600 project to life.
Education Advisor, Courtroom 600
David Fript taught history at the Latin School of Chicago from 1985 until he retired in 2018. He holds a Masters in Teaching from the University of Chicago and is a Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Throughout his career, he taught various courses in European, Middle Eastern, and American history to middle and high school students. Dave believes in student-focused classrooms, discussion-based curricula, and project-based learning. He is especially enthusiastic about simulations and role plays as remarkably powerful means to those ends.
The class he taught on Nazi Germany, which is a nationally recognized class at Latin, ended with a simulation of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Alumni still regard that simulation and his Middle East Simulation as life-changing experiences.
Consequently, he is the co-Founder of Reactlearning, a computer application company that makes it easier for educators to use simulations and role play games more effectively.
In addition to his teaching career, he is a professional actor, and is the education advisor to the Courtroom 600 Project. David is creating curriculum for the Four indictments Modules.
Award-winning writer and producer creating powerful storylines that connect with audiences and motivate them to make a change or get involved.
Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose work has been seen widely on PBS, Discovery Channel, IFC, TLC and in film festivals around the world.
Animation director who combines storytelling with technically accurate, immersive and visually engaging 3D environments for gaming, video, and brand/product simulations.
Technical advisor with a passion for building software, collaborating in teams with diverse skill sets, and helping customers leverage technology.
Life-long history buff and public relations/integrated marketing pro, fascinated with elevating non-fiction historical storytelling into modern tech.
Relationship builder developing initiatives that inspire meaningful connection through personal engagement and community programming.
Ph.D., J.D., FRHistS
Department of Military History,
US Army Command and
General Staff College
Courtroom 600 Project
Dr. Mark Hull is a full professor at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, where he teaches international criminal and military law, and history. He earned his doctorate from University College Cork in Ireland, and Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law.
Prior to teaching at CGSC, Dr. Hull worked as a criminal prosecutor and served as a military intelligence officer to the U.S. Army in Iraq from 2006-7.
His books include Irish Secrets: German Espionage in Wartime Ireland and Masquerade: Treason, Holocaust Denial, and an Irish Imposter (University of Oklahoma Press 2017).
He is the author of numerous articles and reviews on topics ranging from prosecuting war crimes to military intelligence.
Dr. Hull is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Distinguished Fellow at the Consortium for the Research and Study of the Holocaust and the Law, and a Fellow with the National Institute of Military Justice.
A frequent speaker at national and international venues, Dr. Hull focuses on war crimes prosecution, international law, and the relationship between the law of war and military operations.
He is currently working on a Doctorate of Law with Friedrich-Alexander-Universität in Erlangen-Nürnberg.
JOSEPH A. ROSS
Teaching Assistant Professor, Peace, War, and Defense Curriculum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences, Lloyd International Honors College, Integrated Professional Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG)
Courtroom 600 Project
Over time, his interests have become more interdisciplinary, so Ross began developing courses on conspiracy theories and “fake news,” the debate between gun rights and gun regulations in America, the philosophical and moral justifications for going to war, and the development of international law and global justice.
He is most passionate about transitional justice, human rights, and the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial — and he is currently developing an immersive role-playing simulation of this historic event where students work as members of the press, prosecution, defense, or tribunal to achieve a set of objectives.
A firm believer in sharing knowledge with a broad audience, Ross has partnered with community organizations throughout the state to bring educational programming to North Carolinians, most recently serving as a Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council to present, “Judging Nazis: John Parker’s Nuremberg Journey.”
Ross studied history and philosophy at Western Carolina University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from UNC Greensboro. When he’s not working, he enjoys basketball, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Courtroom 600 Project
Judith Haran retired from her first career in psychiatry in 2019 and now devotes her time to writing fiction and working in archives.
Her current project is analyzing documents for the Nuremberg Project at Harvard Law School in preparation for their online launch.
In 2018 she published “The Nuremberg Trials Project at Harvard Law School: Making History Accessible to All,” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 5, Article 9.
Judith lives in rural Massachusetts with her husband and two cats. She is hoping to get her second novel published soon.
Courtroom 600 Project
For the past 15 years Dawn Miller has worked with Serials collections in the Harvard Library. More recently, she has become a contributor on the Nuremberg Trials Project hosted by the Harvard Law School. In this capacity, Dawn creates items for Nuremberg identities in Wikidata, including individuals involved in the trials and significant sites (Nuremberg Court Prison, civilian internment enclosures, and detention centers) associated with those individuals.
Dawn also worked extensively with Nuremberg Trial photographs held by the U.S. National Archives by importing digital images to Wikidata and creating metadata there for enhanced discovery and access.
Her research passions are the International Military Tribunal, the subsequent Nuremberg Trials and the breadth and monumentality of the labors undertaken by the Allied powers (from soldiers, intelligence officers, lawyers, prison guards, court translators, photographers, and file clerks) to document and deliver justice.
Dawn holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from Simmons University, Boston, and a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University. Her personal passions are family, autism advocacy, her 1946 Jeep Willys, and collecting World War II artifacts and ephemera.
DESCENDANTS MEDIA GROUP
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JOHN M. GEIRINGER
Partner, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Adjunct Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Co-Director, Center for National Security and Human Rights Law
John Geiringer is a nationally recognized banking attorney who advises financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters. He regularly provides focused training sessions to boards and management on a wide range of legal and risk management topics. Working at the forefront of banking law and regulation, John is a thought leader in the field, primarily through teaching, writing, and frequent media interviews.
As the Regulatory Section Leader of BFKN’s Financial Institutions Group, John advises a wide variety of financial institutions around the country about the full spectrum of legal, regulatory, and supervisory issues that they face. He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations, and enforcement actions, as well as on cybersecurity.
John devotes significant time to anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, and related national security issues. In this regard, he lectures and advises institutions around the country, engages with relevant organizations, and has published on the subject.
John also serves as a founding co-director of the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law (and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law) at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches classes on banking, national security, and the Holocaust.
MARY ELLEN DONOVAN FULLER
Director, South Carolina Humanities
Mary Ellen’s association with Courtroom 600 is a personal one. Her father, James B. Donovan, an Irish Catholic fresh from law school, was General Counsel for the newly formed Office of Strategic Services (OSS, precursor to the CIA) in Europe during World War II. Donovan, a commander in the Navy, was chosen to be associate prosecutor at the first trial at Nuremberg, the International Military Tribunal or IMT.
He was responsible for all visual evidence and made the presentation of two films to assure defendants of guilt since they were based on the Nazis own visual handiwork. George Stevens, John Ford and Bud Schulberg were integral in the creation of finished films presented by her father, who after the trial, became a pro bono lawyer for the U.S. Jewish survivors and reparations among other affiliations.
Mary Ellen is also on the Board of the South Carolina Humanities, a state-wide organization under the auspices of The National Endowment for the Arts. She came to the South as Director of Design for Springs Industries. Her forty years in the Home Furnishings industry concentrated on the arts and artists and wide travel for production. She won the HomeTex Award in her industry.
Fuller spearheaded the 2011 Humanities Festival in Sumter County and has curated several shows on sculpture, photography, and poetry. She is writing her first novel on the South and a screenplay on Cuba.
In her spare time, she has given seventy-five history speeches throughout South Carolina to clubs and schools about her father, who is portrayed by Tom Hanks in “Bridge of Spies”, a true historical movie about another chapter in her father’s life.
Mary Ellen believes raising the awareness of the mission of DMG provides the critical apex in community and national relevance and promotes the defining importance of far-reaching effects for years to come. Serving on the Board of Descendants Media Group was an exciting way to complete the circle of her father’s human rights work. DMG’s mission and its clarity combine well-needed history that is pertinent today for students, plus learning the embedded belief of knowing right from wrong.
Principal and Creative Director,
Pon Angara is Director of Barkada Circle®, a team of artists mentoring nonprofits on how to tell more compelling stories about their missions. Pon helps leaders use the narrative approach to problem solving for sparking conversations, building community, and launching initiatives that create impact. He has delivered keynotes and workshops on the power of storytelling at several association conferences and foundation seminars.
Barkada is a word in the Filipino language that means “best friends.” Pon’s experience helping purpose driven organizations hone their storytelling aligns well with the approach of Descendants Media Group, in educating youth and adults about how our history impacts what we can do today, to protect our future.
Barkada Circle® storytelling evolved from the branding and communication design services offered by Barkada Creative LLC. Prior to launching the company in 2005, Pon was Vice President and Creative Director for CMO Graphics, a communication design firm established in 1943. For seven years, he was responsible for the firm’s business development and served as the brand steward for CMO’s clients. Pon began his career in the healthcare industry in 1993 as a graphic designer for John O. Butler Company, a global manufacturer of dental products founded in 1923. Five years with Butler helped him realize the value of collaboration as a key ingredient for problem solving.
Pon holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design and a second BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Academia started him off with a unique understanding of how to merge principles of science, business and the arts to achieve innovation.
When he’s not working with stories, Pon searches for his next great foodie find! He’s always ready to take you to the best Filipino restaurants in Chicago.
ANNIE M. YUZZI
Corporate Event Marketing and Experiences,
Annie Yuzzi is a veteran experiential marketing leader with 25+ years of creating, developing, and executing high-impact experiences for Fortune 500 companies and startups in Silicon Valley. Her award-winning programs build brand awareness, accelerate and nurture pipelines, create customer loyalty and advocacy, and impact the bottom line.
As VP, of Corporate Event Marketing and Experiences at Sumo Logic, Annie has led her team to drive sales effectiveness while educating and influencing customers and prospects. Prior to Sumo Logic, Annie led teams at SAP, VMware and GE Digital. Under her leadership, she has won multiple Event Marketing Ex Awards, including the Ex Award for Best Virtual Event at VMware, Best Use of Technology at MobileIron, the coveted “Dream Team” award while at GE Digital and the “Super Sumo” award at Sumo Logic.
In her spare time, Annie is an active volunteer at her granddaughter’s elementary school, Marin Food Bank, International Justice Mission, and many fundraiser committees. She also enjoys camping, wine tasting, traveling, cooking and Hallmark movies.
“Laurie Pasler and the Descendants Media Group have gathered a remarkable collection of documents, photographs, and other evidence of the everyday life during the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal, the trial to mark the turn toward human rights and the judicial prosecution of war crimes.
To my knowledge, this is the first attempt to look beyond the central stage of the trial and convey the experience of individual troopers, officers, doctors, and judges.
This meticulous collection synthesizes objects with testimonies from behind the scenes to tell the quotidian story of life on the ground, offering an invaluable insight to researchers, educators, and the general public.”