KEY PERSONNEL

 

Richard Falco, President & Creative Director. For the past thirty years Mr. Falco has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, and journalist. He has had assignments on four continents in over thirty-five countries and has worked for many major magazines, including: Time, Newsweek, Geo, Life Magazine, New York Times, US News & World Report, to name a few. There are two published books of Mr. Falco’s work: Medics: A Documentation of Paramedics in the Harlem Community and To Bear Witness/ September 11 and two eBooks: Hunger and Rice in Asia and Witchcraft: Ancient Traditions Alive in Salem.  He is the director of the films, Crossroads: Rural Health Care In America and Holding Back The Surge and is the executive producer of Josie: A Story About Williams Syndrome. Mr. Falco has twenty-five years of teaching experience.  He has taught and lectured at a number of universities and institutions; notably, The New School for Social Research, the State University of New York at Purchase College, New York Film Academy, and the School of Visual Arts.  He is presently Coordinator of Multimedia Journalism in the Masters in Communication Program at Sacred Heart University and the director of all of Vision Project’s educational programming.

Joe Alicastro, Producer. A thirty-year veteran producer for NBC News, Mr. Alicastro was a Special Events Producer for the network’s extensive political coverage from 2003 through 2007. Before that he served as NBC Rome Bureau Chief, traveling extensively around the globe covering breaking news, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War and the Liberation of Kuwait. He is the winner of three News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Mr. Alicastro is the Coordinator of News & Broadcasting in the Masters in Communication Program at Sacred Heart University.

Lisa Maxwell, Art Director.  The winner of three Effie Awards. Over the last 25 years, she has worked at many of New York's premier advertising agencies, such as Young and Rubicam, Backer & Spielvogel, McCann Erickson and Euro RSCG. Her clients include: General Foods, Oil of Olay, Helene Curtis, and Coca Cola to name a few. She continues consulting in advertising and has expanded her capabilities from conventional consumer print and television advertising to the web. Well versed in the usage of InDesign, Adobe's Photoshop, and other applications for web design; she brings a wealth of perspective and experience to her teaching. Ms. Maxwell is also a computer graphics instructor with the Center For The Arts at the State University of New York.

Les Stone. During the last two decades, Mr. Stone has chronicled the human cost of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Kosovo, Liberia, Cambodia, and Haiti, among other war zones. He is the winner of several World Press Photo Awards and Picture of the Year Awards. Mr. Stone has covered stories often ignored by the mainstream media. His work has appeared in the pages of National Geographic, Time, Life, Newsweek, Stern, Fortune and many others. He has been involved in a number of book projects: The Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Bedford Books), Haiti: Dangerous Crossroads (South End Press) and A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces (HarperCollins).

Krystian Bielatowicz specializes in photojournalism, portrait and travel photography. He  is published in many magazines throughout the world, most notably: Newsweek, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, and others. Bielatowicz has won numerous awards including: The Grand National Geographic Photographic Competition, The International Photography Competition, Newsreportage and others. He is the President of A-Pro-Positive, an organization that produces photo, multimedia and video projects. An educator.  He also teaches a series of photography workshops and photo-expeditions for The Nikon Academy.

Vision Project also relies on a cadre of experts who contribute on a freelance basis, as well as, a dedicated core of volunteers and students.