Who We Are
Stephanie Williams, Executive Producer and Creator
Stephanie Williams has lived and worked in Latino communities most of her life. She was born in New York City and was raised in Tucson, Arizona, one hour from the Mexican border. She served as a VISTA volunteer in California and later taught in South America. After moving to Virginia, Stephanie worked as the director of an educational program and coordinated bilingual education programs.
Since moving to Prince William County in 1989, Stephanie has dedicated herself to bridging the gap between Hispanic residents and community leaders, service providers, and local businesses. She has served as community liaison, court interpreter, Spanish translator, language instructor, public speaker, and community leader. She served on various Hispanic Task Force committees and chaired the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Citizens’ Advisory Committee. Stephanie was selected by Governor Warner to serve on his Task Force on Crime Prevention in Minority Communities. She also served as a foster parent to youth from El Salvador.
Stephanie has taught Spanish and cultural diversity to police officers, jail personnel, social service workers, hospital employees, and others. She has been a adjunct professor of both Spanish and English at various colleges and universities in Northern Virginia and Arizona. She holds a B.A. degree in Spanish with minor degrees in Sociology and Mexican-American Studies and two master degrees.
Stephanie has received many awards for her community leadership. In 2011 she was publicly recognized by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and the Manassas City Council on the tenth anniversary of Panorama Latino.
Suzanne Alvarez, Co-Host
Suzanne Álvarez was born in Long Island, New York. The daughter of a Foreign Service Officer, she was raised in Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, Colombia, the Philippines, Mexico and Italy. She holds a graduate degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her undergraduate degrees are in International Relations and Romance Languages. Ms. Álvarez’s career has included international marketing, business research, consulting, education, editing, writing, audio and video recording, Hispanic community outreach, interpreting and translating. In her words, “I’ve enjoyed co-hosting the Spanish language TV program Panorama Latino since 2012. It allows me to share the latest developments in the safety, health, education, legal, business and cultural arenas with Hispanic viewers.”
Francisco Vega, Jr., Co-Host
Francisco Vega is well known and respected throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. He founded one of the area’s first Hispanic owned advertising firms which received numerous awards. As an industry expert, Francisco has traveled throughout the U.S. and South America as a consultant for Hispanic market outreach. Francisco has served in leadership roles in numerous chambers of commerce and business groups. Francisco says, “I support Panorama Latino because it’s a medium that reaches the local Hispanic community and because it shares important information that can be shared among Hispanics to educate them and keep them aware of the different types of community help that’s readily available to them. As a Hispanic that has been in the US since late 1968, I’ve always wanted to help the Hispanic community in the assimilation process, that’s one of the main reasons why I started the Hispanic Yellow Pages of the Washington DC metro area.”
Allen Beverstock, Set Designer and Stage Manager
Allen Beverstock was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and earned a college degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a second one from George Mason University. Al moved to Prince William County in 1989 where he has been a volunteer as well as a foster parent. He retired from the US Army as a Lt. Colonel after eleven years of active duty and thirteen years in the Reserves. He continues to serve our country as an Army civilian doing military intelligence work. Al says, “While in the Army I learned the military’s principles of selfless service and taking care of people, and I am pleased and proud to be part of a local TV program that practices and lives the same values that I learned while serving my country.”
María Kennedy was born in Colombia where most of her family still lives. María lived and worked in Panama for many years before moving to the U.S. She studied at Northern Virginia Community College and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. María lives in Haymarket with her husband and two children. María says, “I work along with Panorama Latino because I realize how important the show is for the Latino community due to the information it offers and because it is the only TV show the Latino community of Prince William County has. It’s a pleasure for me to make any contribution I can.”
Liz Lockard, Comcast Studio Director
Elizabeth Lockard is a producer/director for Comcast Community Television, Channel 2 located in Manassas, Virginia. She has a B.S. degree in Communications Media from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been with Comcast for over seventeen years. She produces local origination programming (both in-studio and on-location) for the residents of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park.
Stefany Cando was born and raised in Cuenca, Ecuador and moved to the U.S. to attend college. Currently, she is a full time student majoring in computer science at Northern Virginia Community College. Stefany believes that the key to success is education, which includes being informed. This is the reason why she decided to join the Panorama Latino team. She knows the show helps the Hispanic community by educating and informing people about a variety of important topics. As a Latina, Stefany feels the need to give back to her community, and thinks that working with Panorama Latino TV show is the perfect opportunity.
Graciela (Gracie) Billingsley is currently pursuing an associates degree at Northern Virginia Community College and will transfer to a University with a major in Government. She believes service is the key to making a positive difference in her community and world. She feels strongly about service because her parents showed her this demonstration by adopting her, and her brother and sister as their own. Additionally she has served two terms as an AmeriCorps member working in a number of states in different national service initiatives. She understands that gaining information is vital to the success of herself and her community and as a Latino she desires to help through Panorama Latino Television Show.