Edward Skender, born in 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He is a member of the Slovenian Genealogical Society and vice president of the Gottscheer Heritage and Genealogy Association. Col. Skender is a retired army officer and is currently employed as acquisition editor for a book publisher in the U.S.