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.

Lisette Gold–This Month’s Featured Reader

Posted by on Apr 30, 2019 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Lisette Gold–This Month’s Featured Reader

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

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Soula SAAD

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

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019 in Featured reader | 0 comments

Yasmin Kadir

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

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

Stefania Magidson

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

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

Joanne Manzella

Joanne Manzella is a web developer, photographer, and graphic designer and a lifelong resident of Santa Monica, CA.  Because of her interest in history, she volunteers at the Santa Monica History Museum.  Twice a week, Joanne scans negatives for the Museum’s collection.  She is currently working on photos from the Santa Monica Outlook newspaper.  The Outlook was the primary newspaper covering the daily history of Santa Monica beginning in 1875 until it ceased publication in 1998. Some of the stories covered by the Outlook included the O.J....

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Wen Chen

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

Wen Chen

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

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

Stephanie LaMotta

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

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

Monalisa Okojie

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

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

Jackie Behling

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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