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Hurriyet Aydin Ok - President and Director, area of interest: Technology Development

Hurriyet A. Ok, is the founder of VRT-U LLC, a technology venture focusing on Augmented and Virtual Reality solutions for the enterprise.

Hurriyet is a member of FPA since 2004, and producing awards-winning Turkish-American TV (TATV) shows since then. He is also a Board Member of Global Co Lab Network (GCLN), which is an NGO focused on empowering youth. Hurriyet and his TATV production team partnered with GCLN on their flagship project called Teens Dream, an annual international video contest on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Ok is a professorial lecturer in Computer Science and a research fellow at Cybersecurity and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) at the George Washington University.  He worked at the World Bank as a Senior Information Officer over 24 years until 2016. He held leadership roles and managerial positions in IT learning and professional development, identity and access management, technology infrastructure, and enterprise architecture.

Hurriyet was a software engineer at Alcatel-Rovsing in Copenhagen, Denmark, developing software for American Airlines Data Network between 1985 and 1987. 

Dr. Ok holds a D.Sc. Degree in Computer Science from the George Washington University, and M.S. and B.S. Degrees in Computer Science from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

Ruth Bennett - Director, area of interest: Member Development

I am honored to have been appointed to the Board in July of 2014 and then elected by the members in September 2015. I will do my best to be a productive Board member and serve the interests of FPA and our members. I want to contribute to keeping FPA in the top tier of public access stations in the country.

As Director of Membership Development on the Board, I want to hear your comments and suggestions. Here’s how to get in touch with me: Email - or Phone - 703-655-4959.

I retired recently, having worked almost 29 years as a Federal employee, first in a one-stop shop customer service office as a computer specialist and then as a computer trainer for a variety of software programs. Later in my career I became a program manager responsible for my Agency’s leadership programs and writing and presentation training.

I’ve been a member of FPA since 1991 and am an active producer of a monthly show On the Go with AAUW that a friend and I started in 1991. Besides FPA I’m active in the Alexandria Branch AAUW (American Association of University Women) where I’ve held a number of leadership positions, Daughters of the American Revolution where I served as Recording Secretary and now serve as Honor Flight Coordinator for the John Alexander Chapter, and the School of Living, a small non-profit land trust, where I serve as corresponding secretary.

I have a B.A. from Pasadena College and two M.A.s - one from the University of California at Riverside and one from George Washington University.

Gayle Yiotis - Secretary and Director, area of interest: Performance Management

Gayle Yiotis is a producer at FPA. Her talk show, Potluck: the anything and everything talk and entertainment TV show, is now in its 11th year.

Gayle is a retired archivist from the Smithsonian Institution and a former member of the Society of American Archivists (2003-2010) and Academy of Certified Archivists (2004-2010). Gayle can be found in Who's Who in America and Who's Who of American Women. Her vocation is historical research and writing.

She has a Master’s in anthropology (1992, George Washington University) and a Master’s in American history (2010, George Mason University). She has spent decades conducting in-depth genealogical, documentary, and historical research; and for years she conducted a research class in genealogy at the Vienna Community Center in Vienna, Virginia.

Her publications include:

Edward Palmer: The Man and His Family. Independently published, 2017.

“The Powhatan,” in Native Peoples of the World, Steven L. Danver, ed., Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, (November 2012).

“Henry L. Dawes” in Treaties with American Indians. Edited by Donald Fixico. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO, December 2007.

“William F. Cody ‘Buffalo Bill’” in Encyclopedia of American Indian History. Edited by Bruce Johansen and Barry Pritzker Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, August 2007.

A Research Guide to the Native American Collections in the National Anthropological Archives/Human Studies Film Archives. Privately published by the Smithsonian Institution Native American Repatriation Review Committee. Washington, DC: 2002.

A Project Team Member for Native Language Preservation: A Research Guide for Establishing Archives & Repositories (2004–2005)

Steve Mullen – Treasurer and Director, area of interest: Finance Operation Development

As a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Cost Analyst, Mr. Mullen serves the FPA Board of Directors as its Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Steve has a MS in Industrial Management and a BS in Accounting, and is a Senior Systems Analyst for Coleman Research Corporation. He served as an officer in the Air Force Officer for over 22 years, principally in financial management, program management, budget, cost analysis, and audit. Steve previously served on the Board of Directors for a Non-Profit in Illinois, with the last 3 Years as Chairman. His experience with FPA Channel 10 includes contributing to "Sports Scope" (starting in 1997), initially on audio and camera, then as Co-Host and Assistant Producer, Editor, and Occasional Director. He also worked on "Fantasy Football Review" as Director and Editor; "Non-Profit Network" as Editor; and assisted in numerous other Studio and Field Production Shoots at Channel 10 in earlier years. He has worked at radio and television stations in Colorado and Illinois with sportscaster play-by-play experience in football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey at both high school and college level. He also worked as sports director and sportscaster with Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).

Colin Davies - Director, area of interest: Member Development

I am delighted to have joined the Board in fall 2020, having been a radio producer for about 15 years.  I’m very happy to be working with Ruth Bennett on Membership Development.

 I was brought up in the UK, and my first job after graduating from Oxford University was with the BBC – I trained as a Studio Manager and Announcer (I could be heard on the BBC World Service saying, “This is London.”).  I worked overseas for many years – in Egypt, in Morocco, in Libya – and in each country I hosted a radio show.  I came to this country 35 years ago, and, before working at FCAC, I used to work at a small station on the MD/VA/WV border.  I love working at FCAC – the equipment is fantastic, the people are great, and producers are given plenty of autonomy.

I retired from my job managing international educational exchange programs, with a large staff and huge budgets, and I do hope that with my experience in management, training, and broadcasting I will be able to make a useful contribution to the fine and pioneering work being carried out by FCAC.

Peggy Fox - Director, area of interest: Promotional Development

Peggy Fox is the Northern Virginia Media and Community Relations Manager for Dominion Energy, a leader in sustainable energy. Peggy's background is in television journalism. She is a four-time Emmy winner who reported and anchored for WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. from 1995 until 2019.

As WUSA9'S Northern Virginia Bureau Chief, Peggy covered Virginia’s major news events over two decades. She won an Emmy in 2018 for her story on the first-of-its kind lymph node mapping procedure and received Emmys for breaking news, an investigation of lead paint on playgrounds and for a series on her brother-in-law who has a traumatic brain injury from a shot to the head while serving in Iraq. She’s most proud of her stories that give voice to the voiceless, help to correct wrongs, break down barriers and open minds.  Prior to working at WUSA, Peggy was an anchor-reporter in Miami, Florida; Charlotte, NC and in Bluefield and Charleston, West Virginia.

Peggy is a native and resident of Fairfax County and a Virginia Tech Hokie. She grew up in Springfield where she met her husband Tom Horan at West Springfield High School. They have two children in college at Virginia Tech and University of Georgia and are active in the McLean Community. Peggy also enjoys the outdoors, fitness, her pet dogs, and sharing information.