Next Generation Leadership Alumni Network
Cohort 5, 2002
Karen Bohlke is Cofounder and Development Director for the Institute for Community Leadership (ICL) in Kent, Washington, an educational consulting non-governmental organization focused on nonviolence principles and the transformation of public education. ICL conducts literacy-based nonviolence workshops in schools, tribal entities and community organizations, with an emphasis on assisting young people to confront racism, sexism, meanness and meaninglessness in school and society. Karen recently coordinated a statewide campaign successfully securing statewide legislation for nonviolence programming in urban and rural communities of Washington State.
Since 1982, Karen has worked with diverse artists, musicians and writers from throughout the Americas in various expressions of internationalism, directly participating in bringing more than 350 Central and South American artists, writers, and musicians to the Western United States, and sending some 42 delegations of North American youth, elected officials, artists, teachers, and theologians to Nicaragua and Mexico.
Karen was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Biology and Education.
Miguel Bustos joined the Marguerite Casey Foundation in November 2002. As a member of the program team his responsibilities include researching and evaluating potential grantees, working with Native American organizations, and analyzing and educating grantees on pubic policy that affects children, youth and families. Prior to joining MCF, Mr. Bustos was Executive Director of the California Latino Civil Rights Network.
Previously he served as Director of Community Affairs for Northern California for the Gore/Lieberman Presidential Campaign. He has also served in the United States Office of Vice President as Policy Advisor to Mrs. Gore. He advised Mrs. Gore on issues relating to health, education and community development. In addition, he served as one of the Vice President Gore's key advisors and liaisons to the Latino, Native American and Gay and Lesbian Communities. In 1995, Mr. Bustos served as one of four youth advisors to President Clinton on Youth and HIV/AIDS, where he co-wrote a policy report entitled "Youth and HIV/AIDS: An American Agenda," that investigated concerns relating to the physical and mental health issues of adolescents regarding HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Bustos holds a B.A. from Holy Names College in Oakland, CA, and a M.A. in Political Science from The American University, Washington, D.C.
Liz Canner is an award-winning media artist and independent filmmaker who has created multiple video art installations and six documentaries. She uses cutting-edge technologies to explore often-neglected social issues. Her most recent project, "Symphony of a City," a public cyber documentary, focused on community building and the housing crisis. Her documentary, "Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and The IMF," was an important organizing and educational tool for the movement to create sustainable globalization.
Her work has been broadcast on television both domestically on various PBS stations and Free Speech TV, and internationally in 9 countries. Most importantly, her documentaries are used as an organizing and educational tool by unions, grassroots groups, student organizations, and religious institutions.
Liz grew up on the banks of a river in a small rural town in Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor's degree at Brown University. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, biking and culture jamming.
Arrington is the Founder and Director of No Ordinary Time, an organization that works primarily with young activists, artists and faith-based leaders to integrate faith, spirituality and reflective practice into social justice work. No Ordinary Time is learning to create and support communities of resistance, learning and practice for social change. This is done through leadership development, workshops, trainings and organizing, and urban retreats. No Ordinary Time is based in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Since 1991, Arrington has worked as a campus community organizer within the National Community service field for Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) to help build campus community partnerships and community service programs on colleges and in communities nationwide. In 1994, Arrington moved to Boston to work on the local level in helping to establish Project Leadership Education Employment Opportunities (LEEO), an organization aimed at youth and community development, through channeling the leadership skills of gang-affiliated young men. She is particularly interested in the intersection between the internal work of reflection and healing and the external work of following purpose and building power for change.
Arrington was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She holds a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a candidate for priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She now lives in Roslindale, MA with her partner.
Tariq Cheema cofounded Doctors Worldwide, an international organization which provides medical relief to the victims of natural and man-made disasters, and represents NIAAT, a global anti-tobacco coalition of nonprofit organizations, at World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this position, he was Associate Director of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, the largest Muslim physician organization in the North American region. He serves as Vice President at the National Association for Exchange of Health Resources. Most of his experience has been in the planning and management of healthcare programs focused on human development, disaster and hunger relief.
Tariq was born and raised in Pakistan and moved to the United States in 1992. He received his M.D. from University of Istanbul and has completed his graduate studies in philanthropy & the nonprofit sector at Loyola University Chicago.
Cynthia Choi is currently the Development and Communications Director for the Center for the Pacific-Asian Family (CPAF) dedicated to addressing the root causes of family violence and violence against women.
Most recently, Cynthia was awarded a Community Leaders Fellowship through The California Wellness Foundation Violence Prevention Initiative. Her focus will be to foster the leadership development of Asian girls and young women. Additionally, Cynthia was a 1999 Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute Fellow. The Fellowship offers leadership training designed to nurture the development of participants as ethical and caring leaders.
Cynthia is a second generation Korean American and a native of California, and has a B.A. in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Cynthia has worked in the not-for-profit field (from grassroots to the philanthropic sector) in both Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area for over 15 years. She has had a long-standing commitment to a range of issues including women's and girls' health, environmental justice, race and interethnic relations and violence prevention.
Joseph W. Daniels, Jr., is the Senior Pastor of the Emory United Methodist Church, a 350-member multiethnic congregation in Northwest Washington, D.C., where he has served for the past ten years. During Joseph's leadership at Emory, the church has been awarded the "Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdiction Award" for effective urban ministry representing the United Methodist Church and has been selected as one of the 25 initiative churches in the "Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century" effort of the United Methodist Church. For the past five years, he has served as a delegate in mission service to churches in Zimbabwe and South Africa, providing training for pastors and laity in the area of congregational and community development. Joseph's commitment to a spirit of "peace on earth" includes not only the city of Washington, D.C. and the U.S., but also the world.
Joseph holds a doctor of ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the Howard University School of Divinity, and has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in the areas of public communication, psychology, and journalism and public affairs from the American University in Washington, D.C.
Joseph and his wife Madelyn have two children. He enjoys basketball, bicycling, golf, weightlifting, collecting art, and the beach.
Keith Harper is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF). Among other cases, Keith represents 500,000 individual Indians in a multibillion-dollar suit against the United States for the government's failure to properly manage these individual Indians' trust funds. Along with his duties at NARF, Keith has served as Appellate Court Judge for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation since January 2001 and teaches "Federal Indian Law" at Catholic University, Columbus School of Law and American University,Washington College of Law. Before working at NARF, Keith became an Associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell and then served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Keith is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and received a B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). National CAPACD is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to meeting the housing and community development needs of the Asian Pacific American community. They focus on four key community development areas: affordable housing development, economic development - including workforce and business development, community empowerment and cultural preservation, and neighborhood revitalization.
Prior to joining National CAPACD, Lisa was the Community Liaison for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She played a central role in organizing two Town Hall meetings, where hundreds of community-based organizations and individuals testified before the President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs about the critical issues facing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the country and in the Pacific Islands. These testimonies culminated in a document entitled "Access to Access and Partnerships In the 21st Century - Interim Report to the President and the Nation."
She is a fourth generation Japanese American from California, and is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Raj Jayadev is the coordinator and co-founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug -- a project of Pacific News Service. De-Bug is an organizing and media collective of young workers on the lower-wage end of Silicon Valley. He is frequently asked to speak at colleges and conferences on labor issues and community organizing. He was honored by the UTNE Reader as one of "Thirty Visionaries Under Thirty," to be published September 2002.
Raj writes frequently for the Pacific News Service national wire regarding labor issues, Silicon Valley, and the Indian American experience.
Raj is a first generation South Asian Indian American raised in San Jose, California. He received his bachelor's degree from UCLA.
Robert Kallen founded RSK Strategies, LLC, which provides expertise and capital to small and growing companies specializing in the food and education sectors. At one time, he was Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for Bake-Line Products, Inc. (a private-label cookie manufacturing company with national distribution and annual sales of over $100 million). Bob was also a Staff Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. and at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest.
Bob has taught for over 18 years and is currently an adjunct professor of law and economics at DePaul University and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Additionally, Bob worked on the 1992 Clinton/Gore transition team for economics.
He received a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Illinois, and a M.A. in economics and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Bob is married to Anita M. Rowe, and they have two children, Elyse and Jeffrey.
Jackie Kaplan has been a fundraiser in Chicago's philanthropic and political communities for the past decade. She has worked in development at the Chicago Foundation for Women, the National Center on Poverty Law and as the finance director for Jan Schakowsky's successful bid for United States Congress.
Currently, Jackie serves as a fundraising consultant and coach for grassroots not-for-profit organizations - working with them on expanding support from individuals and, as a result, expanding organizations' capacity. In addition, Jackie helps organizations to develop strategies for long-term growth and sustainability. Clients have included: the Crossroads Fund, Catalyst, Inspiration Café, Equality Illinois, the Partnership to End Homelessness and Project Kesher.
Jackie received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She received the "Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award" by the Women's Funding Network. In addition, she recently served as a fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2001/02. Jackie lives in Chicago with her partner, Ann Perkins.
Sonya Lopez is Program Faculty for a multi-disciplinary mental health center. She provides training and consults on a variety of issues in reference to child abuse and neglect prevention, infant mental health, child behavior, early childhood development, family systems, and other staff development needs. She is also a member of the faculty at Southwest Texas State University, is an Early Childhood Intervention State Trainer and a Nurturing Program Certified National Trainer/ Consultant with Family Development Resources, Inc.
She has coordinated and facilitated Nurturing Programs for a number of school districts, such as Even Start, Head Start, and Early Head Start Programs, as well as Early Childhood Intervention and many other social service programs. She has experience in mental health, group work, child protective services, and violence prevention education programs. She has training in a number of parent education curricula and consults with a number of agencies to assist them in establishing a program/curriculum that best meets their community and client needs.
She received her master's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in Clinical Social Work and a certification in counseling families and children exposed to violence.
Sean Maloney is the Chief Operating Officer of Kiodex, Inc., a technology and services company that provides Web-based risk management solutions. He is responsible for overseeing Kiodex's operations, including the company's technology development efforts; its legal and regulatory strategies; and its quality assurance, administration and human resource issues.
Prior to joining Kiodex, Sean was at the White House during the Clinton Administration, where he was the youngest person ever to serve as Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary - one of the most senior and sensitive White House positions, involving direct, daily access to the President. As Staff Secretary, he was responsible for managing the decision-making process in the West Wing. He held exclusive authority to execute decisions on the President's behalf, oversaw a staff of over 100 employees, and was the Oval Office gatekeeper of all material going to and from the President, including all national security information, domestic policy briefing and decision memos, appointments, executive orders, and legislation.
Previously, Sean practiced law at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, where he specialized in corporate litigation and criminal/institutional investigations. He also worked as a volunteer social worker in rural Peru for a year. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Dianthe Dawn Martinez is Executive Director of the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, which is one of New Jersey's twenty-one anti-poverty agencies. Her work focuses on serving essential services to the poor and underprivileged. Dawn has a fifteen-year history working in the field of social services and enjoys helping others. She is frequently praised for her community activism, and has been recognized by various entities including New Jersey Network Women, Suburban Essex YWCA and received the African American Heritage Parade Committee (AAHPC) Pyramid Award.
Dawn also currently serves as Board Chair for the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). BAEO is a national organization that concentrates on increasing educational options for low-income black and minority children. Further, Dawn serves as Technical advisor to AAHPC, New Jersey's largest African American Parade and Festival.
Dawn was born and raised in Newark, NJ, and as a teenage mom she persevered in spite of many challenges. She currently resides in West Orange, New Jersey with her two children Aaron and Lavanna.
Gepsie M. Metellus is Cofounder and Executive Director of Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center, a not-for-profit social service organization that serves the Haitian community of South Florida. Gepsie has vast experience in education and public administration from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami-Dade County Government where she most recently served as Director of Public Affairs for a County Commissioner. She has authored and coauthored several books on the Haitian community in South Florida.
Gepsie is a Haitian-American, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She received a B.A. in romance languages from Queens College, City University of New York, and an M.A. in modern language education from Florida International University. One of her future goals is to complete her Ph.D.
Hilary Morgan is the Creator and Director of Homeward Bound, a transitional housing program for chronic homeless street alcoholics. One of its kind in the nation, Homeward Bound's approach combines client choice and self-advocacy with unprecedented long-term success. Hilary also created several successful collaborations that resulted in new programs for the community. She received two Best Practices Awards for innovation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Hilary began her career as a musician on the streets of New York City. After eight years as a professional musician and two years on Wall Street, Hilary traveled and lived in Asia, Europe and Australia. Her 16-year commitment to working with indigent populations includes work with Indochinese Refugees in the Philippines, the mentally ill in Hawaii and the homeless in Alaska. She currently serves on the Alaska State Council of the Arts and is Chair of the Housing and Neighborhood Development Commission for the city of Anchorage.
Hilary was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She leads an active life mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, backcountry skiing, snow machining and. scuba diving. Her first CD, Follow Your Dreams, was released in 1999 and features her award winning song, Come What May.
David Muhammad is Program Director of the Mentoring Center, directing two youth development programs: The Positive Minds Group, a weekly program servicing highly at-risk youth ages 14-25; and the African American Males Transition Program, a 21-week course with youth incarcerated in the California Youth Authority. After studying journalism at Howard University, David returned to San Francisco and began writing for Pacific News Service (PNS) in San Francisco. He also began directing the Alameda County writing workshops for the Beat Within, a weekly newsletter of writings and drawings of incarcerated youth published by PNS.
David earned a B.A. in journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a teacher, journalist, mentor, and community leader, he is a husband and father.
Peter O'Driscoll created the Agribusiness Accountability Initiative (AAI), an international effort by the Center of Concern and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference to promote a more sustainable, equitable and safe agriculture system. Peter works with activists and experts around the world to coordinate their efforts to address the environmental, social and public policy consequences of current agribusiness structure, organizing events to enhance AAI as an emerging network for food industry reform.
Peter worked for seven years in El Salvador on rural development and refugee relief projects, and was Latin America Director for Ashoka, an international association of social entrepreneurs. He also taught and counseled at-risk adolescents for four years in New York City.
Peter received a B.A. in European History and Literature from Harvard College, and a master's degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. An avid runner and folk guitarist, Peter lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife and two young daughters.
Dr. Randal D. Pinkett is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Building Community Technology (BCT) Partners, an information technology services firm that specializes in strategic technology consulting, web and database development, networking and systems integration.
A nationally recognized expert in the strategic use of technology, community technology, and educational technology, he is a graduate of the renowned MIT Media Laboratory. His doctoral dissertation investigated strategies to bridge the "digital divide" - the gap between those who benefit from new technologies and those who do not - by examining the role of technology for the purpose of community building in low- to moderate-income communities.
A Rhodes Scholar, Randal holds five degrees: a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University; a master of science in computer science from Oxford University, England; a master of business administration from MIT; a master of science in Electrical Engineering from MIT; and a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Laboratory. Randal currently resides in Somerset, New Jersey, where he attends First Baptist Church.
Sofía recently cofounded Chica Luna Productions and is currently working with Middle Passage Filmworks to produce a series of short films. She is a published essayist, is rewriting a novel and finishing a screenplay. Through her creative writing, Sofía aspires to write accessible stories that break silences and challenge long-standing beliefs. As a stand-up comedienne, Sofía uses humor to raise the impact of race, gender and class on topics that many consider apolitical -- from entertainment to sport. She also teaches youth Screenwriting for Personal Growth and Social Change and Comedy with a Conscience at the Y's Writer's Voice.
Sofía began her career as a policy analyst and advocate and worked for various organizations. She has trained citizen activists in public interest lobbying, coalition-building, strategic planning and grassroots fundraising, run two alternative-to-incarceration and substance abuse treatment programs, and demystified the city's budget and budget-making process.
Sofía was born in the Bronx where she still resides. She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in history-sociology. At Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, Sofía earned her master's degree in public policy and public administration.
John Rodriguez is Cofounder and Chairman of the Latino Advocacy Coalition, a Latino-based systems advocacy organization. The Coalition is dedicated to capacity building amongst Latinos within sectors such as faith, education, government and business. Its mission is to harness social, intellectual and financial capital to influence and contribute to both decision making and policy making within social sectors.
John was formerly a consultant with The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group (KJCG) in Troy, New York, where his work focused on strategic culture change that leveraged diversity through inclusion. Prior to joining KJCG, John held executive level positions within the marketing communications and advertising industries where he used the principles of leadership participation to design niche and multicultural communication and marketing programs for some of the world's leading brands.
John also served as Campaign Manager for the first Latina elected to the Rochester City Council and has been instrumental in getting Latinos elected to City Court, City School Board, and the Monroe County Legislature. He is a Founder and past President of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association and current chairman of the Latino Advocacy Coalition of Western New York.
A certified Achieve Global/Zenger Miller trainer, John holds a bachelor’s degree in photographic advertising from Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in communications from the State University of New York College at Brockport. He lives in Rochester, New York with his life partner and spouse Nydia Padilla Rodriguez and has a daughter, Melony.
Gail Small is Founder and Director of a nonprofit organization, Native Action, based in Lame Deer, Montana. Gail previously served as an elected member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council and continues to serve as an advisor to her Tribe in the area of natural resources and environmental law. Gail recently completed a federal appointment to the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council and continues to be active in national and international indigenous policy issues.
Gail is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe of Montana, and her Cheyenne name is "Head Chief Woman." She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and from the University of Montana. She is married with four children and resides on the family ranch along Lame Deer Creek.
As president & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, Bill Stanczykiewicz communicates with youth workers throughout the state, learning of their needs and helping them develop the highest quality youth development programs in their communities. He also works closely with Indiana's state and national legislators, providing them with data and information that aids in formulation of public policy on children's issues.
Bill has served in various governmental capacities including holding a cabinet position in the administration of Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and serving as a policy advisor in the Washington, D.C., Office of U.S. Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. Bill served the Senator's chairmanship of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families and the Senator's activities on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. Bill tracked legislation, wrote senate floor speeches and assisted in coordinating Congressional hearings.
Bill spent 15 years in public policy and media. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and received a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Bill resides in Indianapolis with his wife and three children.
- Karen Bohlke
- Miguel Bustos
- Liz Canner
- Arrington Chambliss
- Tariq H. Cheema, M.D.
- Cynthia Choi
- Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.
- Keith Harper
- Lisa Hasegawa
- Raj Jayadev
- Robert S. Kallen
- Jackie Kaplan
- Sonya Lopez
- Sean Maloney
- Dianthe D. Martinez
- Gepsie M. Metellus
- Hilary Anne Morgan
- David Muhammad
- Peter O'Driscoll
- Dr. Randal D. Pinkett
- Sof�a Quintero
- John Rodriguez
- Gail Small
- Bill Stanczykiewicz