Ashok Sinha is the founder of The Cartwheel Initiative. He is an award-winning photographer based in New York City and was featured in American Society of Media Photographers’ Best of 2012. His work has taken him to more than 30 countries on various assignments with images appearing in the likes of National Geographic, Financial Times and commercial campaigns for American Express, Hyatt and others. His images have also exhibited at various fine art galleries in the US and abroad. Portfolio: www.ashoksinha.com
Parveen Dassenaike is a seasoned professional in the travel and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka with deep ties within the private sector as well as relief organizations. She is currently serves as Managing Director at United Ventures (Sri Lanka). A past president of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR), Parveen has served two terms on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka and is currently on the Board of the Neo Synthesis Research Center.
Composer/director Billy Fox is founder of the Kitsune Ensemble, an improvising chamber group inspired by rare facets of Japanese culture, and Blackbirds & Bullets, a sextet blending jazz improvisation with musical elements from around the world. Billy has two albums on Portugal’s Clean Feed Records, and has received awards from the American Composers Forum, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Deborah Feingold began her photography career 35 years ago when she became immersed in the jazz culture of the late 70’s in New York City. Beginning in 1979 and for five years, Deborah worked as the first staff photographer for Musician magazine. She has continued shooting musicians and pop culture icons for the last 30 years. Deborah has also created over 100 memorable portraits for book covers among them, “The Audacity Of Hope” by Barack Obama. Her work has been syndicated worldwide and is included in numerous music anthologies as well as private collections.
Caroline Carty is an artist, social worker and mother. She earned a BFA in Art with an emphasis in acrylic paint and pencil from Tarleton State University. She has exhibited her work with other artists in various settings and produced several pieces on commission for private collectors. Caroline worked for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth as a youth advisor before moving to New York in 2006 to work in the private sector.
Stefanie Dworkin is a New York City based Video Editor, Filmmaker, Photographer, and Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Instructor. She’s also an Adjunct Asst. Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and teaches Final Cut Pro at the Manhattan Edit Workshop, Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy and privately to filmmaking and photography professionals.
Carin O’Connell is the founder of Fox In A Box Creative – an international event company based in NYC. She holds a B.A in Theatre Arts, B.S. in Business Management, and a M.F.A. in Text and Performance Studies from The Royal Academy of Drama and King’s College University of London. Carin has had the privilege to work at many Fortune 500 Companies such as Discovery Communications, The Walt Disney Company, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. where she managed global corporate events in the Client Services Department. Portfolio: www.foxinaboxcreative.com
Karen Ng dedicates her time to meaningful projects that make a difference in people’s lives. She founded the LANtern (Lupus Asian Network) program at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the nation’s only psychosocial support program serving the Asian American community. For over 10 years, she has volunteered for non-profit children’s organizations, including the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, as a founding member of the Action Council, and APEX, as a tutor and mentor for underserved youth. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Geoff Green is a photographer based in Manhattan’s West Village and thrives on the energy and creativity of New York City. Geoff’s documentary style of work has led to a robust career and earned recognition from Photo District News, La Lettre de la Photographie, Positive Focus and the Art Directors Club.
Sean Murray is a Manhattan-based art director for over 10 years. He began his formal training in Ringling College of Art and Design’s illustration program. Sean’s versatility as an artist and designer has given him a diverse portfolio in the publishing, fashion and film industries. His passion for branding has him currently freelancing in the NYC advertising agency circuit.
Kathryn Humphries is a photographer, educator, and conservationist. She currently teaches at the Art School at the Educational Alliance, PS3, and the JCC Manhattan. She holds a BFA from The School of Visual Arts where she received the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement and was the BFA Commencement Speaker in 2010.
Rachel Yahes has passion for using the creative arts as a healing modality. As a registered, board certified and NYS licensed art therapist, her clinical experience has included pediatrics, geriatrics, substance abuse, mental illness, individuals with terminal illness and military Veterans. Rachel is currently supervisor of recreation and creative arts therapy at a Veterans hospital in NYC.
Lara Kisielewska is a serial entrepreneur. She founded a graphic design firm in 1992, a technology marketing firm in 2005, and two trade magazines. Lara has been an active 20-year member of both the NY Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild and the NYC Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, including being president and winning volunteer of the year honors from both organizations.