The WBP leadership comes from a variety of backgrounds, but are all educators at heart. Each brings with them the passion and belief that individuals and groups benefit when they are educated and have the opportunity to develop their minds.
It is impossible to quantify what kind of influence individuals such as Katherine Johnson or Elizabeth Cady Stanton had on their contemporaries and those who followed. The influence of innumerable individuals transcends numerous barriers of professional and social discipline.
We work to bring graphic novels written, illustrated, and connected to the important parts of civic and historical learning and utilize this medium to teach about the kind of forward-thinking ideas that have helped to propel the United States forward and adapt to a changing world.
The Founder and Chair of WBP, Dr. Barbre has been an educator for over 20 years in public and higher education. With research and pedagogical experience in Social Studies and history, Dr. Barbre brings a considered eye to the nature of representations across history. He is keenly aware of modern tools of instruction and learning used in history and social studies learning. A deeper awareness of the underlying imbalance in many of the representation of women and minorities across the historical narrative motivates him with the desire to simply tell these stories.
Andrew is one of the founding board members of WBP. Andrew has a lifelong love of graphic arts and the culture it produces and inspires. With a career working to support student learning, Andrew understands the inherent possibilities of transformation when a person connects to a story or set of circumstances.
Dr. Parker is an experienced administrator in higher education. With experiences that begin in law enforcement and continue through the administration of student learning at the collegiate level, Dr. Parker believes in the value of history and role of inspiration through example.
Dorothy is a world languages teacher of high school Spanish in Indiana. As a professional educator, Dorothy understand the importance of encouraging students to adopt a more global perspective and engaging them in the process of critical learning. With an eye towards increasing the enjoyment of new experiences, she incorporates the power of narrative in her teaching. Multiculturalism and diversity are fundamentally embedded in her pedagogy and practice.
Alizabeth brings the perspective of corporate leadership with the experience of working with students and seeing the value of hard work. As a senior leader with the ANTEA Group, Alizabeth understands the unique challenges of the corporate environment and believes in the power of an educated being. With a profound appreciation of history, she is working to help bring individual stories to the fore so young readers can learn about and appreciate history's actors.
Dr. Carroll is a university professor and distinguished historian in the field of American history. Dr. Carroll’s love of history intersects with a deep belief in the authentic representations possible through graphic works. Dr. Carroll’s leadership and acumen in historiographical methods and archival resources provides a powerful focus for our publications and his own interest and talent in graphic arts adds greatly to our process.
A career educator with extensive experience in social studies and higher education, Dr. Watkins believes deeply in the power of equitable representations across history and culture. With a professional perspective grounded the study of history and extensive travel, her commitment to WBP comes from a lifetime of working and traveling across various boundaries, both national and cultural.