Our Team

Founders

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Marissa Ghavami

(she / they)
Founder and CEO

Marissa Ghavami is an artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. Marissa founded …

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Debbie Ghavami

(she / her)
Co-Founder

As a co-founder of Healing TREE and the mother to the Founder, whose experience with …

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Bruce Hardy, PH.D.

Co-founder

Dr. Bruce Hardy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, approved as a Marriage and …

Board of Directors

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MJ Kinman

(she / her)
President

MJ has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in the non-profit sector, Corporate America, and as a …

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Rick Woods

Treasurer
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Andrew Aebersold

(he / him)
VP of Marketing / Communications

Andrew brings over 25 years of professional experience in advertising and technology. Starting at the …

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JasmineSkyy Forcer

(she / her)
VP of Partnerships

A woman of diverse creative hats, JasmineSkyy Forcer, has over six years of community engagement …

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Jenna Leung

(she / her)
VP of Arts Programming

Jenna is a production sound mixer and filmmaker. She is also heavily involved in community …

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Allison Lewis

(she / her / we)
Board of Directors

A woman that has her hands in many different pots, Allison Lewis is a creative …

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Stephanie Mangan

(she / her)
VP of Clinical Programming

Stephanie has 10+ years of experience as a mental health therapist in the state of …

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Jessica Mastro

(she / her)
Board of Directors

Jessica Mastro is a story teller. She explores the human experience through a wide array …

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Lauren Sowa

(she / her)
VP of Production

Lauren Sowa is an independent filmmaker. In 2016, she co-founded Form & Pressure Films to …

Staff & Volunteers

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Marissa Ghavami

(she / they)
Founder and CEO

Marissa Ghavami is an artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. Marissa founded …

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Mediaura

Digital Agency

Founded in 2003, Mediaura has built a solid reputation in the community through our integrity, …

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Deborah Chai

(she / her)
Producer’s Assistant

Deborah Chai is a recent graduate from Queens, New York, having pursued a BA in …

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Lina Lansky

(she / her)
Production Committee

Lina Lansky is a passionate and self-taught filmmaker from NYC who works in all facets …

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Navya Malapanagudi

(she / her)
Executive Assistant

Navya Malapanagudi is an uprising senior at Monroe Township Highschool who aspires to be a …

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Maria Mayo

(she / her)
Producer’s Assistant

Maria’s passion in film began while working in the Entertainment Industry in California. She received …

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Ellie Trikeriotis

(she / her)
Approved Care Network Coordinator

Ellie is currently a junior at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, pursuing a …

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Sophia Trikeriotis

(she / her)
Administrative Assistant

She graduated in 2019 from Case Western Reserve University magna cum laude with a B.A. …

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Gabriela Wilson

(she / her)
Producer’s Assistant

Gabriela is currently a Junior at Fordham University in New York City, pursuing a double …

Board of Advisors

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Jessica Blank

(she / her)
Board of Advisors

Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director, speaker, and coach. With her husband Erik Jensen, …

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David Grand, Ph.D

Board of Advisors

David Grand, Ph.D is the founder and developer of groundbreaking brain-body based Brainspotting method. Through …

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Jamie Marich, PH.D.

(she / they)
Board of Advisors

Jamie Marich’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, …

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Shannon Moody

(she / her)
Board of Advisors

Shannon Moody joined Kentucky Youth Advocates in July 2013. In her role as a Policy …

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Carlos Hernandez Ocampo

(he / him)
Board of Advisors

A U.S. Navy veteran and licensed KY attorney. In law school, he excelled in Trial …

Artist Advocates

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Emily Althaus

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

Emily Althaus is a proud Louisville native, an alumni of duPont Manual High School / YPAS …

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Natalie Andrews

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

Natalie is a teaching artist, musician, actress, and producer and in recent years has become …

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Charles Baker

Artist Advocate

Charles Baker left his mark in Hollywood and the homes of fans across the world …

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Jordan Baker

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

View Jordan Baker’s resume on IMDB

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Christina Bianco

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

From stage to screen, Christina Bianco’s singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around …

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Tonya Canady

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

Tonya Canady is an actor, singer, writer, producer, voiceover artist, acting coach and caregiver. Tonya’s recent TV credits in …

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Rodney Hicks

(he / him)
Artist Advocate

Ford’s: KUDZU. Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys; RENT (Closing Cast, DVD); Jesus Christ Superstar; RENT (Original Cast …

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Kevin Kilner

(he / him)
Artist Advocate

Kevin has most recently appeared on television in The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Happyish, Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Castle, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains and …

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Pooya Mohseni

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

Pooya is an Iranian-American actor, writer, filmmaker & Transgender activist. She’s co-producer/star/writer of “Transit “, …

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Laith Nakli

(he / him)
Artist Advocate

View Laith Nakli’s resume on IMDB

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N’Kenge

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

N’Kenge’s an artist who’s destined to make a serious impact on several musical fronts. From …

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Tyrone L Robinson

(he / him)
Artist Advocate

Tyrone is a passionate artist who loves collaboration and utilizing the arts to lead social …

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Ren Dara Santiago

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

Ren Dara Santiago is a Fila-Rican playwright from Harlem. She is the TOW Foundation 2020 playwright-in-residence …

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Samantha Scaffidi

(she / her)
Artist Advocate

Samantha Scaffidi is a Manhattan based actress, independent film producer, and filmmaker. With a Bachelor’s …