Dr. Joanne Marien
Senior Strategy Advisor
Author / Coordinator
Author / Advisor
Amy Eldon Turteltaub
Dr. Joanne Marien
Senior Strategy Advisor
For the past decade, Dr. Joanne Marien has led way in promoting human rights education in public schools. Drawing upon her rich background as a teacher, curriculum leader, principal and Superintendent of Schools in suburban New York, Dr. Marien is known for her groundbreaking, district wide efforts to center global awareness and social action as the focal points of the curriculum throughout the grades. She has since expanded her influence through her role as Director of Educational Programs for the Creative Visions Foundation, where she is leading the development of Rock Your World. Dr. Marien also consults with the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights' Speak Truth to Power curriculum. She spearheaded efforts to create Become a Defender, a partnership effort between Speak Truth to Power and Rock Your World.
Dr. Marien holds three advanced degrees, including a doctorate from Columbia University. She has taught numerous professional and graduate level courses ranging from curriculum design to organizational innovation and change. Currently, she is a clinical professor in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Manhattanville College, New York.
Author / Coordinator
Tricia is a middle level educator with two decades of experience working in public schools in New York. Her commitment to social action and peace education was nurtured while working in a school district that pioneered a district-wide human rights education initiative. With colleagues, Tricia developed a comprehensive social action classroom curriculum for their 8th graders which served as the inspiration and the basis for Rock Your World. She continues to serve as Rock Your World’s chief program advisor.
Tricia’s work with Rock Your World has grown over the years, allowing her to collaborate with various organizations and work with fascinating people. Most recently, her love of music and passion for human rights education converged while creating the songwriting lessons for Rock Your World, which have since become a part of Speak Up Sing Out, a contest co-sponsored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and The Grammy Museum.
Tricia earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Purchase College and a master’s degree in English from Lehman College. She has led multiple professional development courses and has presented at national conferences. She currently teaches eighth grade English in Somers, NY—each year inspiring a new group of students to become global citizens and 'Rock their World'
Jess Burnquist earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Time.com, NPR.org, and various online and print journals. She is a recipient of the Joan Frazier Memorial Award for the Arts at ASU and has been honored with a Sylvan Silver Apple Award. She teaches high school English, Creative Writing and AP Literature in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Jess is a Program Coordinator for Rock Your World. Her poetry chapbook You May Feel Your Way Past Me is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in the spring of 2017.
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Carolyn is a middle level educator with two decades of experience working in public schools from New York to Hawaii. Her commitment to social action and peace education was nurtured while working in a school district that pioneered a district-wide human rights education initiative. With colleagues, Carolyn developed a comprehensive social action classroom curriculum for their 8th graders which served as the inspiration and the basis for Rock Your World. She continues to serve as a Rock Your World program advisor.
Carolyn earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Special Education from Marist College and a master’s degree in Curriculum and instruction from George Mason University. She has led multiple professional development courses and has presented at national conferences. Carolyn continues to teach eighth grade English in Somers, NY— each year inspiring a new group of students to become global citizens and 'Rock their World'. When she is not teaching, she is likely hiking, coloring, or hanging out with her husband and twin boys.
Pat Chandler is the CEO of Creative Visions and brings more than 25 years of business, marketing and media management experience and expertise to the organization. She comes to Creative Visions from Points of Light where she served on the executive team for eight years holding positions as SVP of Marketing and Corporate Partnerships, Chief External Affairs Officer and Senior Advisor to the CEO. Points of Light is the largest volunteer management organization in the world and has a mission is to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.Prior to her tenure with Points of Light, she was Chief Operating Officer of SWI Consulting, Inc., a company that specialized in managing and activating the philanthropy and social influence of athletes and entertainers. Chandler was President of The Home Depot Foundation and head of Community Affairs for The Home Depot for five years. In these roles, she managed and designed the company’s corporate social responsibility, civic engagement and philanthropy programs.She served as President and CEO of Chandler Communications, a full service marketing and public relations firm headquartered in Seattle, for nearly 10 years and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Washington, Bastyr University and Seattle Community College’s Center for Business Development where she taught marketing and public relations courses. Early in her career she also worked in the media as a television producer and print journalist and was managing editor of the True Citizen, a weekly newspaper in Tacoma, Washington. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and holds degrees in Political Science and Urban Planning.
Raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and educated at Wellesley College, Kathy Eldon has worked as a teacher, journalist, author, film and television producer in England, Africa and the United States. She and her daughter Amy Eldon Turteltaub are co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation, a global organization that supports “creative activists” who their creative talents to change the world around them. Creative Visions Foundation was inspired by the life of Kathy’s son, Dan Eldon — artist, adventurer and activist — killed in 1993 while on assignment for Reuters News Agency in Somalia. CVF has assisted more than 100 artists, filmmakers, playwrights, leaders of social movements on five continents who use media and the arts as vehicles of social change.
Kathy is also the founder of Creative Visions Productions, which produces socially conscious films, including “Dying to tell the Story”, a TBS special about about front line correspondents hosted by Amy; “Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, a CNN film profiling the Children’s Peace Movement in Colombia, and “Global Tribe,” a cutting edge PBS series hosted by Amy featuring grass-roots creative activists. Together with Julia Roberts, Kathy is the Executive Producer of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special for the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) about the power of mothers to transform the world. Included in the show are Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Christiane Amanpour and three less famous, not no less incredible mothers. Currently in development is “Prized Women,” a series with the Nobel Women’s Initiative about the seven living Nobel Peace Prize winners, and “State of Grace, Dying in America.”Creative Visions Productions is producing “Journey,” a feature film about Dan, directed by Bronwen Hughes (“Harriet the Spy,” “Forces of Nature,” “Stander.”)
Kathy is the author of 17 books, including “Angel Catcher,” “Soul Catcher,” and “Love Catcher” (Chronicle), a series of popular self-guided journals written with her daughter Amy Eldon that help people negotiate loss and grief, find their purpose and introduce more love in their lives. Kathy edited the acclaimed collection of Dan’s journals, “Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon” (Chronicle), and has also written a variety of popular cookbooks, eating out guides and children’s social history books. Harper One will publish her memoir in Spring 2012.
Kathy has been profiled in a number of books, including Arianna Huffington’s “On Becoming Fearless,” “Those Who Dare: Real People, Real Courage” and “Fearless Women.” Kathy was named one of MSN’s “10 Amazing Women You Have Never Heard Of,” together with Nobel Peace Prize winners Wangari Mathai and Jodi Williams. Some of her other awards include the Euro-American Women’s Council’s Artemis Goddess Award, the Way Taya Foundation’s Award and the “Young Audiences New York Children’s Award” for her work with young creative activists. Kathy was also named a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow.
Kathy hosts “Caught in the Act”, a Huffington Post video blog that features dynamic creative activists- and has herself been featured on countless television and radio programs globally, including several appearances on Oprah and a segment featuredon Oprah’s “Producer’s Favorites.” Kathy, a popular motivational speaker, has served on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation and is currently on the board of Video Volunteers and CALL2ACTION. She lives in Malibu next to the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism, a vibrant hub for individuals who want to help change their bit of the world.
Amy Eldon Turteltaub
Amy was born in England and grew up in Nairobi where she attended the International School of Kenya. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Communications, she moved to Los Angeles where she began her career in media with the Emmy-nominated documentary, Dying to Tell the Story, which she brought to TBS. She was the associate producer and presenter of the film that wove the story of her brother, photographer Dan Eldon, who was killed while working as a photojournalist with Reuters News Agency in Somalia in1993, together with those of other journalists working in conflict zones around the world. The 90-minute film was nominated for an Emmy and was short-listed for an Academy Award.
Amy also co-produced an acclaimed CNN documentary, Soldiers of Peace, a Children’s Crusade, for CNN. In 2003, she was the host and co-creator of Global Tribe, a PBS series about “change-makers,” —ordinary people finding solutions to the challenges they face. In 2011, together with Julia Roberts, Amy exec-produced Extraordinary Women, a 90-minute special for OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) which featured Julia Roberts, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Christiane Amanpour and three other exceptional women. Aired on Mother’s Day, the film illustrated the power of mothers to change the world around them
Amy, the recipient of the Young Alumnae Award from Boston University and the Young Audiences of New York Award, has written four books, all published by Chronicle Books: Soul Catcher: A Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are; Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance, Love Catcher: A Journal to Invite Love into Your Life, and Angel Catcher for Kids.
Amy is co-founder and co-chair of Creative Visions Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to supporting creative activists who use media and the arts to create awareness of critical issues and catalyze positive change. Located in the Dan Eldon Center for Creative Activism in Malibu, the foundation has overseen more than 100 projects and productions on five continents that have touched more than 100 million people.
Amy is married to director Jon Turteltaub and is the mother of two sons, Jack and Daniel.
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