Featured readers

We recognize that many of our readers are already doing exciting things to benefit the world, and we want to honor them.  Some of their projects have opportunities for involvement, so take a look.

Jackie Behling–This Month’s Featured Reader

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Jackie Behling–This Month’s Featured Reader

Jackie Behling is the founder and executive director of Global One Development Center.   She had become aware of the problem of mental illness through people she knew in her personal life, and was looking for a way to help.  She decided to provide housing for people with special needs, people who were homeless and who may also be suffering from mental illness as a contributing factor. Jackie started applying for grants, and received funding through HUD, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development.  However, one of the conditions of...

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Sheila Laffey

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Sheila Laffey

Sheila Laffey, Ph.D. is an award-winning producer/director of documentaries and short dramatic films and Adjunct Professor of Film Studies at Santa Monica College. Laffey has been teaching at Santa Monica College for nearly 20 years; one of her courses is Green Screen: Films on the Environment and Transformation. She also teaches a film appreciation course at SMC’s Emeritus College. She has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from N.Y.U. and was Program Coordinator for the National Audubon Society in Hawaii. A chapter about her work appears...

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Cameron Gharabiklou

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Cameron Gharabiklou

Cameron Gharabikiou is the co-founder of Justice Law Group and current candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California.  Cameron and his partner founded Justice Law Group in San Diego fifteen years ago to represent employees and individuals who have suffered from sexual harassment/assault, wage theft, negligence causing injuries, discrimination (race/gender/age/pregnancy), to name just a few areas. Cameron saw early in his career that the individual rarely received justice when fighting the large corporations or insurance companies. He wanted...

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Carol Rosenstein

Posted by on Apr 30, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Carol Rosenstein

Carol Rosenstein is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of MusicMendsMinds, Inc. Carol and her husband, Irwin, founded MusicMendsMinds, Inc. after their own success story with music and social support. Irwin, who practiced real estate law, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and early dementia in 2006. The Rosensteins felt their lives slipping away while dealing with the adversities of Parkinson’s Disease and early dementia. Hope and life came back into their home after Irwin’s passion for music was reignited from playing the piano...

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Lila Silvern

Posted by on Mar 31, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Lila Silvern

Lila Silvern, pictured with her sons Drew and Eric, is the founder of the Drew Silvern affiliate, a non-profit chapter of Scholarship America, Dollars for Scholars.  When Lila retired in 2002 from the Los Angeles Unified School District, she was honored with a gift and a request that it be used for a scholarship to honor her son, Drew, who died of brain cancer in 1997.  Because of her work as the Director of an educational program for children of migrant workers and her son’s work as an education journalist, she wanted to grant the awards to...

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Juliet Béynon

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Juliet Béynon

Juliet Béynon serves as project director for K9 connection, a nonprofit program that re-shapes the lives of teens in at-risk situations and guarantees the placement of shelter dogs in permanent, loving homes.  “Finding a job where I can help two groups I’ve always been passionate  about, has been a dream come true.” “With approximately 11,821 dogs killed in LA City Animal Shelters last year, and thousands of young offenders serving time in juvenile correctional facilities,  the proactive approach we offer through year around k9 connection...

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Jay Grossman, DDS

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Jay Grossman, DDS

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 homeless and under-served.  He has received wide recognition for his service, including awards from The Los Angeles Times, First Lady Michelle Obama, The U.S. Navy, United States Senators, California State Senators, and Los Angeles Mayors and City Council Members. Dr. Grossman has a practice specializing in Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Brentwood, CA.  He is Clinical Assistant Professor at both UCLA...

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Ameeta Nanji

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Featured reader | 3 comments

Ameeta Nanji

Ameeta is an artist living and working in Venice, CA.  Born to Indian parents in Nairobi, Kenya, she studied art in London. She has exhibited her work in London, Los Angeles, and Venice.  Ameeta worked in set decoration on the film Mississippi Masala, and she is co-author of three art books. Last year,  Ameeta traveled to Greece to volunteer with Dirty Girls of Lesvos to help refugees by washing and recycling clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags.  Here is what she says about her experience: Ninety-nine  or probably 100% of us can trace our...

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Jack Nordhaus

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Jack Nordhaus

Jack Nordhaus, PhD has been a volunteer with Perfect Pet Rescue (www.perfectpetrescue.com), a West Los Angeles-based dog adoption service for nearly 20 years. He and his wife began their involvement with the program after walking dogs at the PPR boarding facility in Culver City. Today, Dr. Nordhaus spends Saturdays at the PPR mobile adoption location in Santa Monica — on the corner of 15th and Montana.  He and his fellow volunteers set up pens for the dogs with toys and water bowls, sit with, walk, and cuddle them, present them to...

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Janine Jordan

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Janine Jordan

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 (art + activist), and I have a business degree from USDD that has come into use in starting and running my own non-profit, Green Wave. Although I always had an affinity for Nature, somehow I got unconsciously tangled in and confused by the world of materialism from my teens till my mid-twenties.  In 2006, on my first trip to Costa Rica, I would reawaken to the splendor of Nature and choose to dedicate my life...

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