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Meet the H.A.S.A.N. Team


Executive Directors

Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz & Justin Fornal


Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz holds a BA in Africana Studies and History from The College of William & Mary and an MA and Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley, Randolph College, Roanoke College, University of Lynchburg, and the University of Virginia. Dr. Deetz, a historian and archaeologist, partnered with National Geographic to produce the documentary film Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner (National Geographic Channel), and wrote two cover stories for National Geographic’s History magazine. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine, which was named as one of the top ten books on food of 2017 by the Smithsonian Magazine.

Justin Fornal is an international explorer and award-winning writer. He has led expeditions around the globe and contributed his findings to publications such as National Geographic, the Explorers Journal, VICE, and Parts Unknown. Fornal currently hosts UNEXPLAINED & UNEXPLORED, a television series about ancient maps that airs on the Discovery and Science Channels. In 2016 he tracked down the lost skull of African American slave rebellion leader Nat Turner and repatriated it to the Turner descendants. The relic had been missing since 1831.


Project Director

Lex Musta


Researcher/Project Director

Antoinette Harrell


Senior Research Associate

Amy Connolly


Creative Director/Brand Strategist

Jawansa D. Hall


Director of Marketing

Michelline N. Hall


Cinematographer

Nikos Hawkins


Cinematographer

Raymond Pagnucco


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