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Our Team

Founders

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Marissa Ghavami

(she / they)
Founder

Marissa Ghavami is an Iranian-American, queer artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. …

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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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Peng Wang

(he / him)
Treasurer

Peng was born and grew up in China and came to the States for his …

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Navya Malapanagudi

(she / her)
Secretary

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

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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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Jenna Leung

(she / her)
VP of Arts Programming

Jenna is a production sound mixer and filmmaker. In 2014, after her film Folded Hope …

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Allison Lewis

(she / her / we)
VP of Social Media

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)
VP of Production

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

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Michelle Smoke

(she / her)
Board of Directors

Michelle is a Akwesasne Mohawk woman from the Territory of Akwesasne. Her Mohawk name is …

Staff

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Marissa Ghavami

(she / they)
Chief Executive Officer

Marissa Ghavami is an Iranian-American, queer artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. …

Additional Support Team Members

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Chiratidzo Sangarwe

(she / her)
Development and Programming Coordinator

Chiratidzo is a fundraiser and donor relations professional from Canada with over 5 years of …

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Ella Jane New

(she / her)
Producer

Ella is a writer, director & producer. After getting her MFA at University of London, …

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Laura Impellizzeri

(she / her)
Bookkeeper

Laura is an accountant with over 14 years of experience in public accounting. When she …

Volunteers

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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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Caitlyn Dweiri

(she / her)
Social Media Design Assistant

Caitlyn is a Graphic Designer. Since she was a child she’s always had an eye …

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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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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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Tiffany Watkins

(she/her)
Social Media Assistant

Tiffany Watkins is a recent graduate from St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BS in …

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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)
Orange Is The New Black

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

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Natalie Andrews

(she / her)
Songbird Studios

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

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Charles Baker

(he / him)
Breaking Bad

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

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Jordan Baker

(she / her)
The New Adventures of Old Christine

View Jordan Baker’s resume on IMDB

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Christina Bianco

(she / her)
2x Drama Desk Nom; Funny Girl

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

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Tonya Canady

(she / her)
I Know This Much Is True

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

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Mahalet Dejene

(she / her)
New Amsterdam

  Mahalet Dejene was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. She moved to Baltimore, MD when …

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Hollis Duggans

(she / her)
Tiktok: @HollisQueenss

Hollis Duggans is an equity stage manager in New York City, New Jersey area. She …

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Jeremy Fury

(he / him)
Jeremy and the Harlequins

Jeremy Fury aka Jeremy Lublin is the singer/ songwriter of Brooklyn based rock ‘n’ roll …

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Ava Geyer

(she / her)
Playwright

Ava Geyer is a playwright and screenwriter based in NY. She is a current member …

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Rodney Hicks

(he / they)
Come From Away (OBC)

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

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Crista Marie Jackson

(she / her)
The Greatest Showman

Crista Marie is an accomplished aerialist, actress, stunt woman and choreographer. She believes in using her …

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Kevin Kilner

(he / him)
Theatre World Award (Best Broadway Debut); Acapulco

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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Fran Kranz

(he / him)
The Cabin in the Woods

IMBD

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Dana Aliya Levinson

(they / she)
American Gods

Dana Aliya Levinson (they/she) is an actor, writer, and musician. Favorite acting credits, television: Toni Rykener in American Gods (Starz), …

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Andy Lucien

(he / him)
The Blacklist

Andy Lucien is an artist and advocate originally from New York City, New York. He …

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Taylor Miller

(he / him)
FBI

  Taylor was born into a film family. Born in Los Angeles, he grew up …

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Pooya Mohseni

(she / her)
Outfest Best Performance Award, See You Then

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)
Ramy

Laith Nakli is a Syrian actor/writer. He graduated from the prestigious William Esper Studio Professional …

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N’Kenge

(she / her)
Emmy Nom; Broadway’s Caroline, or Change

Heralded by the New York Times as “a classically trained diva that can stretch from …

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Andrew Pirozzi

(he / him)
Disney’s Frozen on Broadway (OBC)

Andrew Pirozzi became an Artist Advocate for Healing TREE after meeting Healing TREE Founder Marissa …

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Taylor A. Purdee

(he / him)
Killian & the Comeback Kids

Taylor is an a director, actor, and writer. He has appeared on popular series like Gotham and Marvel’s …

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David and Paul Rigano

(he / him ; he / him)
The Rigano Songbook

David and Paul Rigano (The Rigano Songbook) are thrilled to be Artist Advocates with Healing …

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Tyrone L Robinson

(he / him)
Disney’s Frozen on Broadway

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

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Ren Dara Santiago

(she / her)
TOW Foundation Fellow ’20; The Siblings Play

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)
Best New Director, AICP

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

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Lauren Sowa

(she / her)
The Plot Against America

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