Aman Berhe –This Month’s Featured Reader

Jun 30, 2019 by

Amanuel “Aman” Berhe is the founder and president of African Missions Empowering Network, (AMEN), a faith-based-Community organization dedicated to advancing  health, education, empowerment and solidarity among Eritrean refugees.

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Rebecca Paida

Jun 1, 2019 by

Rebecca Paida, MPH, CHES is Senior Program Manager at Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) in San Diego where she provides a wide range of services, including supervision, needs assessment, dialog with the community and with decision makers, and direct service.

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Lisette Gold

Apr 30, 2019 by

Dr. Gold will receive the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles President’s Award for the Service Unit at the upcoming Annual Girl Scouts Volunteer Ceremony on April 13th for her work to make Santa Monica Girl Scouts exceptional.

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Soula SAAD

Feb 28, 2019 by

Soula SAAD is a writer, producer, and director whose images and music transcend borders. Since 2010 Soula has been developing a series of films on the feminine voice of the planet.

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Yasmin Kadir

Jan 31, 2019 by

Yasmin Kadir is the executive assistant and Program Coordinator for Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), where she has coordinated and implemented national and local programs.  Yasmin is also a 2018-2019 NewGround Change-maker Fellow.

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Stefania Magidson

Dec 31, 2018 by

Stefania Magidson is the founder and president of Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora. Romanian-born, she has lived in the United States since 1983.

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Joanne Manzella

Nov 30, 2018 by

Joanne Manzella is a web developer, photographer, and graphic designer and a lifelong resident of Santa Monica, CA.  Because of her...

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Wen Chen

Oct 31, 2018 by

Dr. Wen Chen is an activist for Chinese culture and human rights.  She was born in China during the Great Cultural Revolution and eventually won a national prize at a science competition when she was 16. She came to the U.S. for graduate school and received a doctorate degree in Biology

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Stephanie LaMotta

Sep 30, 2018 by

Stephanie LaMotta is the founder of Death Row Dogs Rescue. In addition to dogs, Stephanie has rescued cats, fish, birds, pigs, horses, goats, sheep, and chickens.  Over the past 31 years, she has rescued about 3000 animals.

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Monalisa Okojie

Aug 31, 2018 by

Monalisa Okojie is the founder and president of Upward African Woman (UAW) to help eliminate  the poverty, illiteracy, and hopelessness confronting women and children in Africa and within our own city of Los Angeles.

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Jackie Behling

Jul 31, 2018 by

Jackie Behling is the founder and executive director of Global One Development Center.   She had become aware of the problem of...

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Sheila Laffey

Jun 30, 2018 by

Sheila Laffey, Ph.D. is an award-winning producer/director of documentaries and short dramatic films and Adjunct Professor of Film...

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Cameron Gharabiklou

Jun 1, 2018 by

Cameron Gharabikiou is the co-founder of Justice Law Group and current candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California.  Cameron and...

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Carol Rosenstein

Apr 30, 2018 by

Carol Rosenstein is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of MusicMendsMinds, Inc. Carol and her husband, Irwin, founded...

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Lila Silvern

Mar 31, 2018 by

Lila Silvern, pictured with her sons Drew and Eric, is the founder of the Drew Silvern affiliate, a non-profit chapter of Scholarship...

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Juliet Béynon

Feb 28, 2018 by

Juliet Béynon serves as project director for K9 connection, a nonprofit program that re-shapes the lives of teens in at-risk...

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Jay Grossman, DDS

Jan 31, 2018 by

Jay S, Grossman, DDS is the Founder and CEO of Homeless Not Toothless, a 501C(3) non profit program providing free dental care to the...

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Ameeta Nanji

Dec 31, 2017 by

Ameeta is an artist living and working in Venice, CA.  Born to Indian parents in Nairobi, Kenya, she studied art in London. She has...

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Jack Nordhaus

Nov 30, 2017 by

Jack Nordhaus, PhD has been a volunteer with Perfect Pet Rescue (www.perfectpetrescue.com), a West Los Angeles-based dog adoption...

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Janine Jordan

Oct 31, 2017 by

Janine Jordan is the founder of Green Wave, a non-profit in Costa Rica.  In her own words: My name is Janine Jordan. I am an artivist...

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Aziza Hasan

Sep 30, 2017 by

Aziza Hasan, M.A. is Executive Director of NewGround: Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Aziza has been part of the NewGround team...

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Mary Wright

Aug 31, 2017 by

Mary Wright’s ethereal art has always been inspired by nature. Mary is guided by the interrelation between the four elements – air,...

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Ronda Spinak

Jul 31, 2017 by

Ronda Spinak, pictured on the left with Salma Hayek and JWT’s PR consultant, Maureen Rubin, is producer and artistic director of...

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Susan Dillon

Jun 30, 2017 by

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1994. I then thought my life was over, but it has carried on quite happily. After...

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Mollie Hogan

Apr 30, 2017 by

Mollie Hogan is the founder and president of Nature of Wildworks.  She started out as a professional singer, but switched careers...

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David Sonnenschein

Mar 31, 2017 by

David Sonnenschein’s passions of art, science and communication guide the mission of his company iQsonics. A neuroscientist,...

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Sandra Beckwith

Feb 28, 2017 by

Sandra Beckwith is the author of two ebook series teaching civility and ethics to kids:  Master Keys for Kids and A Manner for All...

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Mary Ann Webster

Jan 31, 2017 by

Mary Ann Webster is a veteran Sierra Club member and environmental activist who has served over 20 years as Chair for the Santa...

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Sita Lozoff

Jan 1, 2017 by

Sita Lozoff is the co-director of the Human Kindness Foundation (HKF), a project she founded with her late husband Bo Lozoff more...

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Nina Smart

Nov 30, 2016 by

Dr. Nina Smart was born in communist Romania and spent her teenage years in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Following her own harrowing...

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Ping Ho

Oct 31, 2016 by

Ping Ho MA, MPH, is the Founding Director of UCLArts and Healing. As a lifelong student of the arts, with master’s degrees in...

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Danielle Levy

Sep 30, 2016 by

Danielle Levy’s life goal is to contribute toward the creation of unity among all people.  To do this, she uses a framework of higher...

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Bea Ammidown

Sep 1, 2016 by

Bea Ammidown was born in New York, educated in Paris and Switzerland, and has had careers as an editor for Life Magazine and Harper’s...

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Shane Johnson

Jul 29, 2016 by

Shane Johnson is 15 years old.  For the last three years he has been working with an organization that finds adoptive homes for dogs,...

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Annie Goeke

Jun 29, 2016 by

Anne de la Bouillerie (known as Annie Goeke) has been a noted leader in the Greens and Peace movement worldwide for over a decade...

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Dorothy Reik

Jun 1, 2016 by

Dorothy Reik is founder and President of Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains, and owner of a daily listserve which is...

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Lee Gale Gruen

May 19, 2016 by

Having developed her own second career after she retired, Lee Gale Gruen has become an expert on helping seniors find fulfillment in...

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Roya Adjory

May 19, 2016 by

Our first featured reader is Roya Adjory. I met her when I finished chemotherapy and was desperately looking for a hair salon free...

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