Ms. Bonetti is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Film Festival, Inc (AFF). Born in Sierra Leone in 1956 and sent into exile in 1970, Mahen received her Graduate degree in communication from New York University. In 1993, concerned by the lack of understanding and appreciation of African culture, Ms. Bonetti, founded the AFF
Mr. Bob Roth is the vice president of the David Lynch Foundation. Mr. Roth is the author of Transcendental Meditation, which was translated into fifteen languages, and A Reason to Vote. Bob is also an educator and a leading proponent for consciousness based education.
Lisa Baum is the Director of the Children’s Miracle Network at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Every year Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide state of the art care, life saving research and preventative education for children nationwide.
Dr. Connie Shabbaz is a medical doctor. She also has an MBA and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Shabbaz and her husband ran a program entitled Books for Africa. They were involved in collecting thousands of books that were distributed throughout South Africa. She is currently involved in getting books to children in inner city Chicago. Maya Angelou recently interviewed Dr. Shabbaz on Oprah Winfrey’s satellite radio network, Oprah and Friends.
Professor of Education at New York University and leading authority on urban education in America.
Founder of non-profit working with Mayan Indians in Guatemala.