Volume 13

Francisco Gali

Francisco Gali has never waited for opportunity to knock. Instead, he has aggressively pursued new challenges throughout his life and career. At age 13, he left...

Scott Goss

IEven when he wound up in the hospital after a moped accident, sixteen-year-old Scott Goss wasn’t ready to admit he was in a downward spiral. It was only a coup...

Noe Landini

Noe Landini’s father crossed the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of times as a waiter with the Italian Line, working aboard ships that transported extravagantly-dressed...

Jack Maier

IIn 1989, when Jack Maier landed at Drexel Burnham Lambert, a major investment banking firm on Wall Street, he thought he had found his dream job. But a year la...

Michael May

Blinded by a chemical explosion and lying in an ICU with 300 stitches in his three-year-old body, Michael May’s future looked dark— figuratively and literally. ...

Michael N. Mercurio

Michael Mercurio obtained a master’s degree in international affairs because he wanted to impact the world around him and help calm the chaos on the internation...

Clyde Northrop

Sitting in their small apartment across from his mother and stepfather, thirteen-year-old Clyde Northrop knew his life was about to change—though he couldn’t ha...

Dawn Peters

Standing at the base of a telegraph pole that seemed to be a hundred feet tall, Dawn Peters saw more than the very top rising high above her, and the trapeze to...

Sherri Renée Romm

Sherri Renée Romm has always had a passion for art. To this day, she spends four mornings a week in her studio, paintbrush in hand as she careens over the canva...

Lee Self

Before 2000, Lee Self was a VP with Bell Atlantic, now Verizon. Her workload was intense, and her schedule was exhausting; she was constantly hopping between Ne...

Mark J. Silverman

When Mark Silverman arrived in DC on September 1, 1989, he was a 130-pound vagabond battling addiction and homelessness. He had driven across the country with n...

James L. Speros

“As long as I’m the Governor, you'll never play in Memorial Stadium," said William Donald Schaeffer, respectfully yet firmly. Most people would have left it at ...