Board of trustees
Judy Rodgers is the founder of Images and Voices of Hope. For over 20 years she worked in media companies, translating the ideas of authors and thought leaders to film. Since 1997 she has worked as an independent consultant, emphasizing the power of dialogue to support social innovation and individual, community-wide and system-wide change. In 2003 she became the founding director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University. Since 2006 she has lived in a retreat center in the Catskill Mountains of New York where she thinks and writes about the inner dimension of life and the way our awareness affects our vision and our actions in the world.
Grace Aneiza Ali is the Founder and Editorial Director of the award-winning OF NOTE magazine, which features global artists using the arts as catalysts for activism and social change.
She has served as Editor and Digital Curator for several of the magazine’s art and social justice issues, including: The Burqa, The Imprisoned, The Immigrant, and The Girls Issue. In 2014, OF NOTE received the Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) Journalism Award for “Media Project Committed to Constructive Change.”
She is a faculty member in the Department Art and Public Policy at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. And, she also teaches in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York (CUNY) where she was the recipient of its Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2014.
She is a Fulbright Scholar and a World Economic Forum “Global Shaper” and was a speaker at the Forum’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Her essays on contemporary art and photography have been published in Nueva Luz Journal, Small Axe Journal, among others. In addition, she co-launched and served as the inaugural Host of the “Visually Speaking” public program series at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, which examined the state of photojournalism through the lens of contemporary photographers and image-makers. In 2014, she received the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship for her contribution to the emerging scholarship on art history and photography in Guyana.
She was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Her portfolio includes several multi-media projects on the artistic and cultural production of Guyana and its diaspora. Having grown up in a culture of illiteracy among women and girls, she partners with global organizations to support Girls’ Education initiatives, especially in developing countries. Her global work in Art & Activism has included projects in Guyana, India, Ethiopia, Canada, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. She currently lives in New York City and Washington, DC.
Veteran investigative journalist Roberta Baskin recently set out on a surprising new career path. She joined the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit with Case Western Reserve University to search out and showcase radical innovations in businesses across the globe. The partnership with the UN Global Compact’s five hundred business schools will create nominations for The Flourish Prizes. During her distinguished broadcast journalism career, Roberta routinely made news targeting corporate misconduct. Roberta has won more than 75 journalism awards including prestigious Peabodys, duPont Columbia Awards, and multiple Emmy Awards. As a result of her investigations, she’s made beer healthier, exposed sweatshops in the shoe and soccer industries, uncovered pediatric dental abuses, and succeeded in banning dangerous products. Baskin has served as the executive director of the Center for Public Integrity, the senior Washington correspondent for “NOW with Bill Moyers,” senior investigative producer for the ABC News magazine “20/20,” chief investigative correspondent for the CBS News magazine “48 Hours,” and contributed special reports to the “CBS Evening News.” Her proudest achievements are the wrongs she righted, especially transforming the way companies do business. Most recently Roberta revolutionized communications at the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Roberta has actively served on numerous boards of directors, including the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Journalism and Women Symposium, the Center for Public Integrity, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Committee, the International Communications Forum-America, and Images & Voices of Hope. She was honored with a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and named an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute. Roberta also taught a graduate school course on investigative reporting at Georgetown University, and has been a guest lecturer internationally from Baku to Budapest to Borneo. She’s an avid scuba diver and likes to Baskin’ the sun whenever she can!
Kevin Becker is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior partner with ORI Consulting a global crisis consulting firm. For nearly 30 years he has specialized in the areas of psychological trauma and crisis. He served as Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry and with Marsh Crisis Consulting, where he worked with Ambassador Paul Bremer advising governments, and public and private organizations on how best to prepare for and respond to the human impacts of crisis. He served for 10 years as Director of The Trauma Center in Boston, an internationally renowned research and treatment facility specializing in psychological trauma and one of the first member agencies of the NCTSN. He has worked extensively with governments, organizations, and communities following major tragedies such as 9/11; the 2004 Tsunami; Hurricane Katrina, the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, the Amish school shooting, the Sandy Hook/Newtown shootings, and the Boston Marathon bombings. He established and served as Program Director for the (AEAP) federally funded Resiliency Center for the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings. He has assisted communities large and small, in preparing for and responding to a wide variety of tragedies ranging from high impact crimes to natural disasters. He was a founder and director of the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy, which trains multi-disciplinary crime victim service providers, and he serves as the Director of Training & Technical Assistance to the national network of victim assistance academies (SVAAs) for the Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime. He was founding chairperson of the Massachusetts Disaster Response Network for the Mass. Psychological Association. He is a member of the United Nations Task Force on Defining Transformation within the 2030 Development Agenda. And serves as a Board member for the media organization Images & Voices of Hope, dedicated to helping media makers tell stories in restorative narrative fashion. He consults nationally and internationally on a regular basis, has produced an award-winning documentary entitled PTSD: Beyond Survival, authored globally-distributed manuals on caring for children and adults following disaster and tragedy, and is a frequent speaker and trainer on issues of psychological trauma and crisis.
His preferred methods of self-care are running and glassblowing.
Nicole Smith Dahmen is an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. Her research focuses on ethics and technology in visual communication with an emphasis on photojournalism in the digital age. She also has a special interest in journalism that covers the story beyond the immediacy of the news, such as restorative narrative reporting. She has spoken about restorative narrative to professional organizations, including Poynter, NPPA, and MediaShift. Dahmen has more than 20 published or forthcoming peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 40 presented conference papers with top paper awards at both AEJMC and ICA. Her research is published in such diverse and leading journals as Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, American Behavioral Scientist, Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, and Visual Communication. She is on the editorial boards of Newspaper Research Journal and Visual Communication Quarterly. Her Ph.D. is from the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ann DeMarle is an associate dean at Champlain College directing its Emergent Media Center, Masters of Fine Arts in Emergent Media, and MS in Emergent Media in Shanghai, China. Founder of the Game Development and the Multimedia undergraduate degrees, and upon the receipt of the Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair, she launched the EMC with a mission to bring Champlain students’ media and technology expertise to businesses and non-profits looking to explore and create new solutions. Key projects include UN sponsored BREAKAWAY—a game to address violence against women, two RWJ funded games for Cystic Fibrosis patients, and an IBM Project in virtual world space.
Paula Ellis, a former Knight Foundation officer, senior publishing executive and journalist, has long been a leader in journalism innovation and community engagement. She has decades- long experience in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. As vice president for strategic initiatives at Knight Foundation, Ellis shaped the “informed and engaged” strategy; shifted the evaluation focus and launched a series of initiatives that would become signature efforts. She managed more than $500 million in grants when she retired last year. Ellis began her career as a journalist at several metropolitan newspapers. In 1980, she joined Knight Ridder Inc. where she worked for 26 years rising through the ranks as an editor, publisher and vice president/operations of the Fortune 500 firm she helped sell in 2006. Known for innovation and collaboration, Ellis often was tapped to lead key strategic efforts. A respected national journalist, she also delivered operational excellence. The Sun News in Myrtle Beach was Knight-Ridder’s top performing news organization for five of the seven years she led it. Ellis, president of Paula Ellis and Associates, is a trustee of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics; and board member of Grassroots Grantmakers and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism (University of Maryland) board of visitors. Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree in government and politics at the University of Maryland, where she was editor of the nation’s best student daily. She graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in journalism and has been an adjunct faculty member at several universities.
John Esterle is the Executive Director and a Trustee of The Whitman Institute, an independent foundation based in San Francisco he has been with since 1988. John serves on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and LeaderSpring, is a member of Active Voice’s Advisory Committee, and co-chairs Northern California Grantmaker’s Organizational Effectiveness and Professional Development Committee. Through 2001-2002, John was the PTA president of Rooftop Alternative K-8 Elementary School in San Francisco. Prior to joining TWI, John directed Crime and the News Media, a pilot project that featured a series of dialogues between Bay Area journalists and proponents of alternatives to incarceration. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Hutchins School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Sonoma State University and his M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
Jon Funabiki is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where he also serves as executive director of two centers, Renaissance Journalism, which incubates new journalism projects, and the Dilena Takeyama Center, which focuses on the study of Japan and Japanese culture. Prior to joining the university, he was with the Ford Foundation, where he was deputy director of the Media, Arts & Culture (MAC) Unit and was responsible for the Foundation’s multimillion-dollar grantmaking strategies on news media issues. Funabiki was founding director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism.
A former reporter and editor with The San Diego Union, he is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Funabiki was awarded the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, the Jefferson Fellowship at the East-West Center of Honolulu, a National Endowment for the Humanities Professional Summer Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and was a visiting scholar at the Center on Politics and Public Service at UC Berkeley. Funabiki has served on the boards of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
John Mattison, MD practiced clinical medicine in many specialties (internal medicine, critical care, trauma medicine, hyperbaric medicine, primary care, and preventive medicine) prior to becoming the Chief Health Information Officer and Assistant Medical Director at Kaiser Permanente’s largest region, SCAL. He led the largest electronic health record initiative in the US, and founded the international XML standard for healthcare interoperability. He is an active contributor to global research initiatives in both genomics and most recently, neuroscience. He chairs the eHealth Workgroup of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH), co-leads the national KP virtual care workgroup with oversight of telemedicine, virtual care and remote monitoring, and is a member of the National KP Precision Medicine Advisory Board. He consults, keynotes, and gives workshops globally on numerous topics in healthcare, IT, and health policy and mentors scores of digital health startups. He was a founding board member of the Kaiser Permanente Innovation Board. He has published numerous papers, book chapters (on numerous exponential technologies, innovation, and health policy) and is co-editor of the most current textbook on Health IT. His work has resulted in various national awards and has been cited in WSJ, Forbes, and elsewhere. He is an active innovator in genomics, AI, big data analytics, IOT, blockchain, bioinformatics, mobile healthcare, regulatory policy, telemedicine, privacy, ethics in precision medicine, and is involved in several global not-for-profit initiatives for health and internet access. He is a board member of numerous not-for-profit boards dedicated to improving health, wellness, and resilience of diverse communities, especially for early childhood. He is passionate about using modern technology to restore ancient wisdom and creating a ‘behavioral symphony for wellness’. He is faculty at Singularity University and lectures frequently at numerous universities globally, and is a consultant to the X-Prize. Numerous keynote addresses are available on youtube. Twitter handle: @johnemattison
Dan Norton is a founding partner and CCO at Filament Games. He specializes in the design process and documentation for developing games with specific learning objectives. He has designed games about a uniquely broad range of topics, ranging from marine turtle ecology to legal argumentation. Norton sees Filament as an opportunity to merge his life-long love of games with his incessant quest to learn about new and interesting things. In addition to his work at Filament, Norton is a founding member of the Games, Learning and Society Research Group at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Meredith Porte is an independent media producer and host living in South Florida. Producing television programs for WLRN Public Television in South Florida has been her profession and passion for over 35 years. She recently produced and hosted the popular arts show ArtStreet for WLRN, which for 11 years took viewers to theaters, museums, galleries and other cultural venues with stories of all types of artists and the creative process.
Meredith fell in love with broadcasting the moment she first set foot inside a television studio. Her first work at WLRN was a nightly live television program entitled Something on 17 which allowed her to interview numerous local and national personalities. During that time, she interviewed many people including Tennessee Williams, Luciano Pavarotti, Madeline Albright and Sophia Loren.
Her other WLRN productions have been about helping the community in a number of different ways. On the Emmy nominated series Enlighten Up South Florida, she has shown the public how they could bring more balance and wellness into their lives through yoga, positive thinking , healthy eating and more. She also produced the documentary Memories of the Night: A Study of the Holocaust introduced by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Weisel. This program focused on educating students and teachers from multi-cultural backgrounds about the Holocaust. It also received a Louis Wolfson award for documentary productions. She also produced the national Public Television special Making Your Dreams Come True which was hosted by Jack Canfield, creator of the legendary Chicken Soup for the Soul series. And most recently, Meredith produced the documentary Nature’s Helping Hands: Everglades National Park which paid tribute to the park’s unsung heroes.
Meredith has also been actively involved in many global projects dedicated to helping to bring peace and harmony to the world including the Million Minutes to Peace International Initiative which received the Peace Award from the United Nations and Global Cooperation for a Better World. She has also been active with Images and Voices of Hope since its inception 18 years ago. She has been on the national core team and has also been the South Florida coordinator, where she has helped to organize numerous conversations at many distinguished venues including The Miami Herald, WLRN Studios, and the Miami City Ballet headquarters.
Michael Skoler is President of Louisville Public Media, which runs three news and music public radio stations, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, websites, events and collaborations with public radio stations throughout Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. Michael was vice president of Interactive Media for Public Radio International for six years, where he oversaw PRI’s online and social strategy and its technology platform.
Michael was an award-winning science and foreign correspondent for NPR, best known for his coverage of the genocide in Rwanda. He was an early pioneer in crowdsourcing and founded the Public Insight Network of 250,000 citizen sources now used by 60+ newsrooms. He is also a serial collaborator, having created the Public Radio Collaboration that brought networks and hundreds of stations together for shared coverage from 2002-2005. He partnered with the Center for Public Integrity in 2012 to fund and lead the first State Integrity Investigation that ranked every state on its risk of government corruption. And he worked with the Wilson Center in DC to launch the online federal budget game BudgetHero which was played by millions of people.
In 1999, he earned an MBA at the University of Virginia as a Frank Batten Media Fellow and joined McKinsey and Company as a consultant serving media and technology companies. He has taught and lectured on journalism in the U.S., Europe and Africa and was a Nieman Fellow in 1992-93.
An award-winning multi-media journalist, John Yearwood is executive board chairman of the Austria-based International Press Institute and former World Editor of the Miami Herald. The World Desk has won numerous awards under his leadership, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards and the Arthur Ross Award for best coverage of Latin America. Yearwood’s coordination of The Herald’s Haiti earthquake coverage contributed to the newspaper being named a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News.
Yearwood is a regular guest on national and international radio and television news programs, including National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, BBC and China Central Television.
A highly gifted public speaker, Yearwood has been sought out by many global organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Toronto Global Forum, the Atlantic Dialogues, the Palm Beach Strategic Forum, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and G8 Youth Leaders. He is involved with a number of international organizations and causes, including serving as a key organizer of the United Nations Global Youth Leadership Summit series, former co-chair and founder of the World Affairs Committee of Unity Journalists and a founder of the Africa Diaspora and Renaissance Network. He served for three years on the Inter American Press Association’s Impunity Committee and helped lead an effort among U.S. media companies and organizations that raised more than $60,000 for Haitian journalists after the 2010 earthquake. He also was instrumental in organizing a South Florida group that helped to save the Haitian modern dance company, Ayikodans, after the earthquake.
For his work leading The Miami Herald’s national/international news coverage, Yearwood and his team have won several national and international awards, including recognition from Columbia University, the Overseas Press Club, the American Academy of Diplomacy and the King of Spain.
Before joining The Miami Herald, Yearwood was National/International Editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. Before the Star-Telegram, he spent two years in the Caribbean as founding publisher/editor of Ibis, a general lifestyle magazine.
Prior to Ibis, he spent 10 years at The Dallas Morning News, where he reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Yearwood also was a correspondent for the Associated Press in Connecticut and Oklahoma, a national correspondent for Focus magazine and the News/Public Affairs Director for WHUS Radio in Connecticut.
Yearwood has served on the executive boards of the National Association of Black Journalists and the former Unity Journalists of Color. He co-chaired NABJ’s World Affairs Task Force for four years, helping to send dozens of journalists on overseas assignments. He also is an organizer of the International Press Institute’s Foreign Editors Circle, a group of the most respected foreign editors in the U.S. and Canada.
Yearwood was named one of the 40 most influential African-Americans under 40 in South Florida and one of the 100 most successful Caribbean-Americans in South Florida. He is recipient of a Miami-Dade County Pillar Award, ICABA Community Builder Award, the Haitian Women of Miami Leadership Award and the COSMOS 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.