High school student Maxwell Casper lives in Armonk New York with his sisters and his parents. He is a Civic Life Project alum and is now a sophomore at The Marvelwood School in Kent, Connecticut. Max decided signed up for the Civic Life Project because it sounded like a good way to get involved with his school. He hope the project would "look great on college applications" and he found it "interesting to make films about important community issues." Max is planning to be part of a summer program in the Dominican Republic helping the country develop good hygiene and better medical resources. He will also be visiting colleges as well as getting a job at one of the stores in his town
Susan Engel, Ph.D.
Susan Engel earned a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in 1980, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from CUNY Graduate Center in 1985. She is currently a senior lecturer in psychology and director of the Program in Teaching at Williams College. Engel has taught students from age 3 to adults. In addition to journal articles and book chapters, Engel has written three books, The Stories Children Tell: Making Sense of the Narratives of Childhood (W. H. Freeman, 1985), Context Is Everything: The Nature of Memory (W. H. Freeman, 1997) and most recently, Real Kids: Creating Meaning in Everyday Life (Harvard University Press, 2005). She is also the co-founder and educational adviser to an experimental school in eastern Long Island, the Hayground School, and writes a regular column on teaching, “Lessons,” for the New York Times. Engel’s research interests include the development of autobiographical memory, narrative processes in childhood, imagination and play in childhood and the development of curiosity. She lives with her husband and three sons in New Marlborough, Mass.
Jack was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater New Haven in June of 2006. He has been with New Haven United Way since 1997 and has over twenty years of experience working in a number of leadership positions in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He served as the CEO and Executive VP of United Ways in Everett, WA and San Francisco, CA where he focused the organizations on their leadership role in community. He directed a state association of Human Service Agencies in Massachusetts that developed standards for the contracting and purchase of service. He served as Executive Director of the Planning Council in Cambridge, MA initiating many city-wide projects in crime prevention and Haitian and Hispanic leadership development.
Jack holds a graduate degree in Corporate and Political Communication from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Ithaca College. He has participated in numerous training programs including Leadership and Mastery (Peter Senge), The Institute for Creative Development (Charles Johnston), The Institute on the Good Society (Robert Bellah), The IBM Executive Institute, The Covey Leadership Institute (Steven Covey) and the University of Connecticut Institute of Public Service. Jack lives in Cheshire with his wife and two sons.
Ruth serves as an Executive Director, Public Affairs and Marketing for Syracuse University. Prior to joining Syracuse, Ms. Kaplan served as a Deputy Director at the Museum of Modern Art for five years where she oversaw all marketing and communications activities for the Museum and its programs worldwide. Previously, Ms. Kaplan was a Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn Arts and Communications Counselors (RF A&CC); Vice President of Marketing and Communications ... for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Head of Public Relations for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kaplan serves as a Member of Advisory Board at MutualArt Services, Inc. Her numerous awards include the golden "AMIE" from the American Associations of Museums for "the most outstanding marketing program in the U.S.", and The New York Times Award for Ad Recognition (2006). She was also honored by PR Week for her leadership of MoMA's re-opening campaign. Ms. Kaplan holds a B.A. in English from Goucher College and an M.A. in English and Drama from the University of London.
Franni Lundy currently serves as Project Manager of the Employment Sustainability Initiative at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Prior to this, she was employed from 1988-2012 by The Conference Board most recently as a consultant in foundation relations, a department responsible for acquiring sources of external funding. Previously, she was Associate Director, Councils and managed 40 peer networking groups consisting of the senior executives in corporations who are responsible for finance, legal, communications, marketing and citizenship. When the Wharton School and The Conference Board formed a partnership in January 2010, Lundy took on the role of co-Program Director of the newly formed Wharton Fellows at the Conference Board.
Lundy came to The Conference Board from the University of Pennsylvania where she worked as Manager of Training in the Office of Human Resources and at the Wharton School as Assistant to the Chairperson of the Marketing Department. In 1987, she served as Project Director and Liaison with the Mayor’s office for Penn’s participation in the City of Philadelphia’s U.S. Constitution bicentennial activities. Lundy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the Pennsylvania State University as well as a Masters in Education in Counseling Psychology.
Jay Miles has worked in TV, video, film and commercial production for nearly 20 years, including shows for NBC, ABC, FOX, the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Versus and DirecTV. He has completed productions for businesses (The House of Blues, Cisco/Linksys), bands (Two Man Advantage, The Afro-Semitic Experience) and blogs (On Frozen Blog). He has taught media at the college and high school levels for the past several years and has contributed to such magazines/Websites as Film Threat and Moviemaker. His first book, Conquering YouTube, combines the professional and practical tips that he has used on major shoots and the approaches that he has used to help numerous beginners reach for the stars with their own successful projects. He is currently teaching video production, audio recording and TV news at East Haven High School, and has guided his students to several awards in state film and video competitions.
Jay Miles lives in New Haven, Connecticut
Bill began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter on the Marshall News Messenger. He earned his B.A. in journalism with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1956, and three years later received his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth, Texas. After serving as deputy director of the Peace Corps during the Kennedy Administration, he became the press secretary for former President Lyndon B. Johnson. As the first presidential spokesperson to make the transition to journalist, he has a unique perspective on the forces effecting news coverage. Moyers left the White House in 1967 to become publisher of Newsday, served as editor-in-chief of Bill Moyers' Journal an award-winning program on public television, from 1970-76, and then moved on to CBS. He has also served as president of The Florence and John Schumann Foundation, and was a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation for 12 years.
Bill has been recognized with many major awards, including over 30 Emmys; the Erik Barnouw Award from the Organization of American Historians; the George Foster Peabody Award for political reporting and international coverage; and the Gold Baton, the highest honor of the Alfred I. duPont/Columbia University Award. Five of the books based on his television series, among them the 1971work Listening to America have become bestsellers.
Parker J. Palmer, Ph. D.
Parker J. Palmer is a writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He is the founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which oversees long-term retreat programs for people in the serving professions, including teachers, administrators, physicians, clergy, non-profit leaders and philanthropists.
Palmer holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as ten honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. He is the author of nine books, including several best-selling and award-winning titles: Healing the Heart of Democracy, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Active Life, To Know As We Are Known, The Company of Strangers, The Promise of Paradox, and The Heart of Higher Education. His latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, was chosen by Spirituality & Practice as one of the best books of 2011 on contemplation and social activism.
In 1998, the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators, named Dr. Palmer one of the thirty “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and one of the ten key “agenda-setters” of the past decade. Since 2002, the Accrediting Commission for Graduate Medical Education has given annual Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” and “Courage to Lead” Awards to directors of exemplary medical residency programs. In 2005, Living the Questions: Essays Inspired by the Work and Life of Parker J. Palmer, was published. In 2010, Palmer was given the William Rainey Harper Award whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel, Marshall McLuhan, and Paolo Freire. In 2011, the Utne Reader named him one of 25 Visionaries on its annual list of “People Who are Changing the World.” A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Dr. Palmer lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Terry Pearce is the Founder and President of Leadership Communication, a company that coaches high-profile corporate, political and community leaders. He was educated in Oregon in business and religious philosophy; then spent 17 years as a manager and executive with IBM. In the 80’s he was a co-founder of Partners, a Soviet-American trading company.
Terry is an Adjunct Professor at The Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, (retired 2008) and has served as a visiting faculty member at The London Business School for the MBA program and the Sloan Fellowship Programme. He is a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, studying Comparative Mythology and Depth Psychology, and in 2007, he hosted the Forum on Cross-Cultural Inspiration in San Francisco.
Terry authored “Leading Out Loud, Inspiring Change Through Authentic Communication”, which was honored by Executive Summaries as one of the best thirty business books of 1996. He also wrote “Clicks and Mortar….Passion-Driven Growth in an Internet-Driven World” with David Pottruck, former CEO of The Charles Schwab Corporation. It was on the best-seller lists of the New York Times, Business Week Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he is a former Fellow and Senior Vice President of Executive Communication for Charles Schwab & Co., and won both the “Golden Quill” award from the International Association of Business Communicators and the “Compass” award from the American Association of Public Relations.
Terry has served on the boards of the National Endowment for Financial Education (Chair, 2009), the Pottruck Family Foundation, A Network for Grateful Living and Up With People. He is currently a board member at Center Point and Pacific Graduate Institute. Terry is a founding director of The Partnership for a Drug-Free California and a former director of The Healthy Cities Project at the Institute for the Study of Social Change.
Frank is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, an Emmy-award winning journalist, and host and creator of Planet Forward, a ground-breaking web-to-television show seen on PBS. Sesno’s diverse career spans over 30 years of experience, including 21 years at CNN where Sesno served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington Bureau Chief. He is currently hosting a ten-part series for public television that explores news and communication in the digital age titled, “The Future of News with Frank Sesno,” at the Newseum in Washington D.C.As a journalist, Sesno has interviewed business and government leaders including U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan and former General Electric Co. CEO Jack Welch, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He covered stories ranging from the Iraq War, the disputed U.S. presidential election of 2000, and the historic series of superpower summits during the 1980s.Before joining CNN in 1984, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent at the White House and in London for the Associated Press. He has won several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Sesno holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College and serves on the Washington Advisory Board of the Posse Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School in McLean, VA, and on the Educational Advisory Board of CINE 2009.
Pamela is currently the Director of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she oversees programming in an arts complex that includes a theater, a cinema, two music halls, and a contemporary art gallery. She has also spearheaded the development of the University’s Green Street Arts Center, a 12,000 square foot community arts center established to serve as an anchor to revitalization efforts in Middletown’s North End. The Center opened in January of 2005.
Also in 2005, the Center for the Arts became a Hub Site for the National Dance Project in recognition for their ongoing commitment to the creation and presentation of new dance work, and one of three pilot institutions for the Center for Creative Research, an initiative designed to foster partnerships between established choreographers and universities. This led to long-term residencies with Ann Carlson, Liz Lerman and Eiko Otake of Eiko & Koma. Partnering with the University’s Environmental Studies program, she developed an eighteen-month campus-wide exploration of climate change through the arts entitled Feet to the Fire. In 2010 she was awarded the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming from the Association for Performing Arts Presenters.
Sarah Williams is the founder, and current President and CEO of Pro Bono Speaks, an interpretation and translation agency that partners daily with large international law firms, human rights organizations and health practitioners. The team of over 60 interpreters are daily working on sensitive cases, giving voices to asylum-seekers, survivors of torture, persecution, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking. Sarah Williams has herself collaborated on dozens of successful asylum bids from francophone Africa, and maintains close contact with many of those families today as they rebuild their lives here in the U.S.
Prior to launching Pro Bono Speaks, Sarah Williams was one of the first employees of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation where she focused on Foundation strategy and early initiatives, including the launch and production of Oscar short-listed documentary and Critics' Choice nominee, I.O.U.S.A. Prior to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Sarah Williams worked in research and operations at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Principle Foundation, and Bloomberg Financial Services, LLP.
Sarah Williams is a graduate of Yale University (M.A. in French Literature). It was at Yale that she began work on sensitive cases, finding herself drawn after-hours to the Law School to meet and listen to the stories of men and women from Haiti, Guinea, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Rwanda. Sarah Williams has also taught courses at Yale University, CUNY, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, and the Lycée Jules Ferry, in France.