Core Bios for Seeing Peace
Judy Auda: Event Manager
For the past 25 years Ms. Auda has been producing cause-related events. Her large scale art events have focused on bringing people together to empower them. She is committed to social justice, tolerance, enabling and education. Her commitments have been manifested in events such as "Kite Lift, San Francisco" in which people from all over the Bay Area filled the skies of San Francisco with kites flying from the hilltops and "A Pacific Ha" which generated laughter for one consecutive minute from the Canadian to the Pacific borders along the west coast of the United States. Ms. Auda has produced events, fundraisers, conferences and has done political organizing for the University of California, San Francisco, (125th Anniversary Celebration) the San Francisco Zoo, Fort Mason Foundation, the Thoreau Center for Sustainability and many small non-profit agencies.
Stephen Hartnett, Ph.D: Editorial Writer
For the past decade Dr. Hartnett has worked as a musician, poet and professor while teaching college in prisons in India and California. He is currently a Professor in media studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana campus. he has been a volunteer instructor at San Quentin Prison in California and has published his writings in American Studies, Argumentation and Advocacy, Boundary 2, Criticism, Cultural Critique, Cultural Studies, Dark Night Field Notes, In These Times, The Journal of Communication, The Journal of Applied Communication, Nuvo, LIP, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Prospero, and others. As a musician, Dr. Hartnett received the Eli Lilly Artist award in 1994 and grants from the Puffin Foundation and The Share It Now Foundation.
Jeff Jones: Development Director
Consultant Jeff Jones has assisted approximately 40 Bay Area non-profit arts organization to develop three year strategic plans and implemented successful fundraising strategies for over 200 groups over the past 20 years. Since 1980 he has authored over 3000 successful grant proposals for clients such as the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Women's Philharmonic, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Galeria de la Raza, Chinese Cultural Productions and numerous others.
Richard Kamler: Artist/Director
Artist, educator, curator, activist Richard Kamler has been creating innovative issue-driven art for the past 30 years. His work is an on-going interaction with the notion of art as an agent for social change and cultural transformation. He has received numerous awards for this work, among them a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Award and a major artist Fellowship from George Sorosâ Open Society Institute. His pubic installations, sound pieces, actions, events, drawings, sculptures and environments have been exhibited in museums, galleries and public spaces throughout the world. His work has been seen in such places as the East Jerusalem Cultural Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gallery Bischoff in Cologne, Germany, in San Francisco Bay, on Alcatraz Island, on the grounds of the San Francisco County Jail, at the McMullen Museum in Boston and in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Texas. Kamler is currently an Assistant Professor in the Fine & Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco.
Mike Moser: Publicity/Design
Mike Moser has spent 20 years in advertising. He was Art director and associate creative director at Chiat/Day (voted Ad Agency of the Decade in the 1980's) on such accounts as Apple, Intel, California Cooler, and Reebok. In the second half of his career he was a partner and creative director at Goldberg Moser O'Neill working on Dell Computers, Cisco Systems, and Kia Motors. He has won over 300 national and international advertising awards, including two Cannes Lion, five Clios, and nine New York One Show Pencils. He was twice voted San Francisco Art Director of the Year. For the last three years, he has donated his time and talent to creating logos, brochures, signage, and brand roadmaps for small businesses, schools, non-profits and community events. He is currently writing a book on "branding" for Harvard Business School Publishing.
Robin Sohnen: Producer
Ms. Sohnen is a veteran theater artist and marketing and production specialist who has produced events for, among others, Baxter Health, the City of Los Angeles Marathon, Sega, Coca-Cola, Sony, First Interstate Bank, Reebok, Nike, Fox Television, Key Bank Financial and the Missing Children's Foundation. For the past fourteen years Sohnen has worked with youth through the Soka Gakkai International, a UNESCO affiliated non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting peace, culture, and education. Sohnen is the founder and Executive Director of Each One Reach One, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth empowerment through interactive theater in jails and detention centers.