Board of Directors

TESS CACCIATORE – Chairman and Founder, Executive Director – has over twenty-five years experience as a multi-media Producer in entertainment and education. As a writer, creative director, producer, videographer, photographer and journalist, Ms Cacciatore has traveled the world to capture the human spirit on film.

Through this experience Ms. Cacciatore developed a powerful and passionate vision to reach out to the youth of the world through the application of interactive communication technologies enabled through the development of the Internet.  She founded the World Trust Foundation in 1994 and since that time has worked with youth around the world from America, Europe, Africa, and India.  In 2003, Ms. Cacciatore received the coveted award, MEDAL d’ EXCELLENCE, in the area of edu-tainment, for her extensive work and commitment to connecting the world through communication, media and technology.  Ms. Cacciatore is directing the creation of the World Trust Network, a broadband interactive communication network providing multiple communication solutions including the worldwide deliver of classroom curriculum, edu-tainment programming as well as the broadcasting of seminars, conferences, concerts and live events.  The World Trust Foundation  provides mentorship to young leaders of the world, while Global Women’s Empowerment Network provides transformational programming to live a life beyond abuse.

Liora Mendeloff is President and Founder of Woman Speakers Association (WSA), THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide in order to fulfill their mission. As the first-ever global community for women speakers, WSA provides a platform for women to get seen, booked and paid AND be part of a growing network reaching women in 120 countries on 6 continents. Whatever her “stage”…be it the classroom, a boardroom, the floor of the U.N., Liora is dedicated to empowering women to authentically express themselves, build a thriving, prosperous business and cause serious transformation in the lives of their clients, companies, communities and the world.

With 20+ years experience behind the scenes in the speaking industry, Liora is keenly aware of its evolution. Her belief that “collaboration is the new currency”, is at the core of WSA and her work as a Business Collaboration Strategist. Having adopted this view early in her career as COO for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Foundation, it remained at the heart of her career path as a joint venture broker, virtual book tour promoter and booking agent for prominent women thought leaders, best-selling authors and conscious entrepreneurs. A passionate mapmaker and maverick at heart, Liora is bound and determined to shake up the status quo and break new ground for how women grow their business, their bottom line and broadcast their message to the world. Liora serves on the Boards of Global Women’s Empowerment Network, Women’s National Book Association LA, World Trust Foundation and the Advisory Boards of California Women’s Conference and Trusted Team. She is also a Founding Member of Association of Transformational Leaders.

 Jamie Natelson joined the Avalon team in 2007 and has over 15 years of industry experience as consultant and client. In her previous position as Deputy Director of Marketing and Membership at EMILY’s List, Jamie managed all membership and candidate mail, phone, and Web fundraising, as well as all member communications. Jamie’s other nonprofit leadership positions include serving as Director of Development for the University of Judaism and Project Angel Food.

On the consulting side, Jamie developed her fundraising skills at the direct marketing agency Malchow Adams & Hussey (now Adams Hussey & Associates), where she worked with clients to integrate telemarketing into their fundraising programs and managed their phone campaigns.

At Avalon, Jamie has managed a diverse set of client accounts, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the League of Women Voters of the United States, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG),and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Jamie is forward looking in her strategic outlook and excels at going beyond immediate campaign performance to address critical factors like long-term member value, retention, and return on investment that ensure the health and development of her client programs. Her strengths also include combining creative innovations with data strategies to produce fundraising campaigns that get results.

Jamie serves on the board of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington as Vice President. She also serves as a a board member for Children of Uganda, a nonprofit working to provide education, food, clothing and shelter for AIDS-related orphans in Uganda.

Jamie is an avid yoga practitioner, loves a long hike, is a proud pop-culture nerd, and is always glad to recommend a good restaurant.

 Tom Alexander  is an accomplished Marketing and Media Executive specializing in brand and content marketing, business development and entrepreneurism. Tom is recognized for strategic innovation, break-through creative ideas, and leading organizational vision and change.  He has held executive level positions with Comcast, Turner Broadcasting, Frankel & Co. (now Arc Worldwide) and most recently helped launch multiple start-up companies and cause marketing initiatives.  Tom currently resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and three children.

Tom has served as a Board Member/Committee Chairman for Outward Bound Atlanta and advisor to UNICEF, ARTSNOW, and US Paralympics.

 Jacob Foko Prince of the Baleng in West regional part of Cameroon, Africa,  is an award-winning photojournalist, experienced photographer and passionate humanitarian. He spent fourteen years as a staff photographer and reporter for Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) as well as the magazines Libre Afrique, Africa Express, Africa International and Jeune Afrique Economie. His most celebrated project, “Cameroon’s 100 Faces of Poverty” in 2002, earned him an invitation from the U.S. Ambassador to Cameroon to speak about the challenges of being a photojournalist in an unfriendly political environment.

He is a visual and multimedia producer and documentary filmmaker graduated from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Journalism and a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He served as keynote speaker at both graduations and simultaneously received an “Outstanding Achievement Award” and an “Advance Achievement Award.” In addition, he was presented the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) “GREAT Award for Excellence, Achievement and Talent” on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Jacob has established a non-profit organization and a production company called Global Humanitarian Photojournalists, Inc. (GHPJ) in 2007, and Blue World Productions (Blue World) in 2011. The aim is to document and spread awareness of worldwide poverty and human rights abuses, as well as to present the stories of people and organizations making a difference to abused and at-risk populations.

Brenda Brown Many of BBE’s (Brenda Brown Entertainment, LLC) clients refer to Brenda as Queen B, the Queen of Social Marketing and Promotion. Brenda is one of those unique individuals that lights up a room the moment she enters and almost every professional she comes in contact with wants to associate with her outgoing personality and BBE. With that ability Brenda has surrounded herself with some of the best professionals and names in the industry as well as an endless list of many friends and associates that she can call on anytime for immediate assistance and guidance. She has been in the music industry for over 20 years, as well as worked in outside sales from owning 5 car dealerships in California, to a Mortgage company in Las Vegas. She has personally managed several artists, is on a consulting retainer with many others and is always giving her vast array of marketing savvy and ideas to those that are serious about going to the next level. Brenda works tirelessly practically round the clock, lives to be of service to others and treats everyone like they are her only client.

Brenda served on the Board of Directors for the Genard Aids Foundations and has spoken publicly throughout Northern California Bay Area High Schools on teen pregnancy and battered women. She has personally dealt with both and she knows first hand about empowering herself. She happily passes this knowledge on to other women. She has been a member of Alanon for 20 years, as well as an Alateen Sponsor. Throughout her teen years she held fundraisers for the City of Hope.

 Samuel Martinson is the country director for Ghana, Africa. He has been instrumental in obtaining youth from his area to participate in the Young Leaders Network video contest. Samuel and his partner Ruba Captain, local artisan and teacher have appeared on National TV to promote World Trust Foundation, as well as developed curriculum for essays to be written. Ghana will be one of our first locations to build a Young Leaders Global Center to provide an art/technology center to allow for kids to have access to our virtual classroom and the internet.

 Cindy Garay has been civically engaged since the young age of 4, when she and her father protested the closure of a mom and pop shop to a well-known grocery store chain.  Cindy’s desire to live in a just and equal world extended into her young adulthood – she participated in a 12-hour sit-in protest for the Iraq War. She then attended UCLA, where she majored in Political Science and Global Studies. She has worked extensively in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her goal is to positively impact the world!

 

INTERNATIONAL BOARD

Nicola FureyDirector Earth Focus Magazine  – Geneva, Switzerland – Europe

Irene Millar – Director Eco Leadership Training – Singapore – Asia

Samuel Martinson – Director Youth Mentorship – Africa

Kris Ankem - Director Youth Mentorship - India

Rae JemesenTranslation Educator  – Medan, Indonesia

Stuart JemesenSports, Medicine and Health Expert – Coffs Harbour, Australia

Hiroshi KatoLondon, England

Jeunesse Park(Food and Trees for Africa) Africa

Gail WatsonPresident – Extra Contact  Vancouver, Canada  www.extracontact.com