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Kevin J. Hackett, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer Chief Writer
Theresa Jackson, M.S., M.Ed.
Mary Dalto, B.S.
Chief Design Officer
Kathleen Hackett B.A.
Al Giraldi, B.S.
Helaine Zinaman, M.Ed.
Risa Okayama, B.A.
Kevin J. Hackett, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer / Chief Writer, inLightenment, Inc., is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.S. 1969, M.S. 1971) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D. 1980) with a doctorate in biology and a minor in science education. He has co-authored over 100 scientific publications, several in Science and Nature, and published the novel Sen, Secluded. Kevin is the recipient of the Derrick Edward Award from the International Organization of Mycoplasmology, Agricultural Research Service Supervisor of the Year, and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Science and Engineering. He is currently a Senior National Program Leader at the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
"I chose Drill-Bit BYTE to represent me because he likes to excavate for knowledge. The intellitokens on my BYTE represent my strengths and interests in science, literature, exercise, writing, and discussing and questioning with others."
Theresa Jackson, M.S., M.Ed., Vice President, inLightenment, Inc., is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, Mount Saint Mary's College, and Western Maryland College with majors in Jurisprudence, Elementary Education, and Curriculum and Instruction. She is an adjunct professor in education at several universities in Maryland and Pennsylvania and is currently employed as the Supervisor of Talented and Gifted Education in Prince George's County Schools in Maryland. Theresa is the recipient of the Maryland State Department of Education Chair's Group Award - Initiative for Maryand's Minority Students, the Time for Kids Excellence in Education Regional Award and is listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
"I chose Lyte BYTE to represent me because she has a double helping of imagination. The
intellitokens on my BYTE represent my strengths and interests in teaching, literacy, helping
others, and carpentry."
Mary Dalto, B.S., Chief Design Officer, inLightenment, Inc., graduated with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Maryland. She is an artist at heart, an organizer, a movie lover, and in a previous life, a Facilities Manager in the University of Maryland Libraries. Now new worlds have opened up to inspire and direct her creative juices. Mary dabbles in drawing and computer graphics, plans adventures, explores the wealth of treasures in the local museums, works at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, and screens documentaries for SILVERDOCS. She enjoys sampling a bit of everything; perhaps it's the Gemini in her.
"I chose Aqua BYTE to represent me because I would love to be as versatile as Aqua (water). She adapts to her surroundings and is essential for life and health. Aqua brings out emotional and spiritual feelings in me in whatever form she takes. The intellitokens on my BYTE represent my interests in nature, exploration and travel documented through my intrapersonal photo journal, gardening, exercise, and my artistic strengths especially in the area of my new passion - drawing and painting. Many of my strengths and interests combine several of my multiple intelligences.
Al Giraldi, B.S., University of Maryland, is a biologist, an Audubon Society-Certified Master Naturalist, writer, photographer, and beachcomber.
"I've been half-way around the world, from Maui to Port Sudan and seen all manner of wonders in between. I’ve seen the Northern Lights and the Southern Cross, swum in three oceans and have stood on top of Hadrian’s Wall and at the bottom of a volcanic steam vent on the Big Island. I’ve walked through the ruins of the Coliseum and through the ruins of a refugee camp. I have seen a supernova blaze in a far-off galaxy and welcomed my children into the world. I have watched storm petrels dabble on the ocean’s surface off Cape Hatteras and watched tropic birds play in the updrafts of the cliffs of Kilauea."
Helaine Zinaman, M.Ed., Consultant, inLightenment, Inc., is a graduate of American University (B.A. 1973) majoring in Elementary Education and the University of Maryland (M.Ed. 1979) with a major in Learning Disabilities and Gifted Education. She retired from Prince George’s County Public Schools after 32 years serving as a special and gifted education teacher, gifted education coordinator, specialist, and supervisor. Helaine is the recipient of a Senate of Maryland Official Citation from Senator Ulysses Currie, 2005, a Proclamation from Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson for accomplishments in gifted education, 2005. She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Who’s Who Among America’s Women.
“I chose Cu-Bit BYTE to represent me because I like measuring, comparing, and analyzing information and people. The intellitokens on my BYTE represent my strengths and interests in traveling, meeting people from various cultures all over the world, creativity, music and dance, designing jewelry, knitting, snorkeling, bicycling, and helping children and young adults.”
Risa Okayama, B.A., Writer, is a graduate of Sacred Heart
University Tokyo, Japan with a major in American Literature. She first came to Maryland as an internship Japanese teacher. Currently she is employed as an educational director, tour coordinator, and tour guide for Japanese travelers in Washington DC. She has published the essay, 100% Happy Life in Japan in 2006.
“I chose Jelli-BYTE to represent me because she floats in water and uses tentacles to capture what she wants. When I came to the
United States, I felt like I was floating, yet led by a bigger power. I was blessed to have a chance to meet people I love and pursue my
passions. The intellitokens on my BYTE represents my strengths and
interests in the cello, reading, writing, communicating with others, and my love for dance.”
Kathleen Hackett, B.A., Community Outreach, inLightenment Inc., is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a major in Special Education. She has over 35 years of teaching experience in the fields of education of gifted students, education of deaf students, and adult literacy. Kathleen is the recipient of The Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, the Maryland State Department of Education Chair’s Group Award – Initiative for Maryland Minority Students, and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
“I choose Mombo BYTE to represent me because she is happy being busy. The intellitokens on my BYTE represent my strengths and interests in language development, literacy, writing poetry, accounting, gardening, and traveling to meet new people and learning about the cultures of the world.”