Amanda Huffman is a military spouse who served in the Air Force for six years as a civil engineer, including a deployment to Afghanistan. She and her husband served together until their first son was born. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her two sons. In 2019, she published her first book, Women of the Military. Her podcast, also titled Women of the Military, has more than 170 episodes. Her new book, A Girl’s Guide to Military Service, will be released in September.
Jamie Brown is a photographic storyteller, humanitarian, adventurer, and U.S. Army Gulf War veteran. He has spent his life traveling and chasing stories through hundreds of places in dozens of countries on six continents. Understanding cultures, people, values, and motivators, and helping bring stories to life drives him. After all, though we may only live in the moment briefly, the story lasts lifetimes.
James Donzella is a freelance writer of on-air comedy programming materials, as well as producing audio materials for radio show prep services. He’s worked as an actor and voice-over artist, and has written several short film projects, including a documentary, The Sustainable West. His first novel, The Dead Don’t Pay, a noir detective story, is targeted for release in 2023, and his short stories have appeared in War-Stories.com and Every Day Fiction. His noir short story, “The Lady With Emerald Green Eyes,” is scheduled for publication in the Hard Boiled and Loaded With Sin anthology in December 2022. Donzella served one tour in 1971 with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Michael is an investigative reporter for The War Horse covering military and veterans’ healthcare, the future of warfare, and human rights. He came to The War Horse after eight years as a news director, editor, and investigative reporter at NPR-affiliate radio stations in Colorado. Before that, he was a local TV news producer and newspaper reporter. His work has also appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Michael studied political science and international relations at the University of Colorado (Master's) and Metropolitan State University of Denver. In his two decades as a journalist, he has earned three dozen honors, several for national investigations, including a Columbia-duPont Silver Baton (shared with NPR’s Investigative Unit), two Edward R. Murrow awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award (as an editor). In his spare time, Michael plays an aggressive electric guitar that sounds like a muscle car. Paradoxically, he wears Lyra and rides a road bike. Michael de Yoanna can be reached at Michael@TheWarHorse.org.
Ivan F. Ingraham is a speaker, storyteller, and veteran. He served for 24 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a special operations officer.
Joseph Simboli, 1925-2021, enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17, and then served in World War II with the 89th Infantry Division. He attended and taught at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and then established, with his wife Gerry, their art studio, Simboli Design. He also enjoyed running and racing sports cars.
Briana Céspedes is a young, ambitious, and passionate Cuban-Mexican-American airman who is proud of her ancestry, family, and values. She has worked as a broadcast journalist in the military for the past four years in videography, photojournalism, and radio. Her goal is to continue in journalism even after the military to support freedom and democracy.