Billy Tooma, Assistant Professor of English at Essex County College, founded Icon Independent Films in 2006 and began making documentaries in 2009. He attended William Paterson University, earning a BA and MA in English, before earning his Doctor of Letters degree, in Literary Studies, at Drew University. Tooma holds leadership positions within the Community College Humanities Association, the New Jersey College English Association, and the Biographers International Organization. He lives with his wife Maggie in northeastern New Jersey, where he was born and raised.