YANY Team

YANY Team 2017-07-18T20:10:12+00:00

Youth Arts New York Team

DEBRA KAPLAN BRINDIS

BRINDIS-TEAM-PHOTO2-150pxCurriculum and Project Coordination: Deborah has a BS in Education and MA in Behavioral Psychology from Columbia University. She worked for the NYC Dept. of Education for 25 years as an educator and educational evaluator. Most recently she served as the 10th grade learning specialist at East Side Community High School where she collaborated closely with the 10th grade Humanities teacher around topics concerning World War II and the dropping of the atomic bombs. Ms. Brindis has worked with Dr. Kathleen Sullivan in bringing peace education into the high school classroom for over fifteen years and has been part of Hibakusha Stories for the past seven years.

MICHAEL F. CASSANDRA

CASSANDRA-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxUN Liaison: Michael is the retired Chief of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Information and Outreach Branch. He was instrumental in revitalizing disarmament education at the UN and supervised the development of the UN Cyberschoolbus disarmament and non-proliferation education site.

MARIE COCHRANE

COCHRANE-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxInterpreter: Marie was born in a Japanese-American household and raised in a completely bilingual environment. She has a profound desire to do positive work that will endure for generations to come. Her background as a television and radio personality, as a musician and artist in both the US and Japan and as a freelance translator and editor have come to be invaluable assets in the interpreting of the Hibakusha Stories message.

CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL

DANIEL-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxHibakusha Stories Fellow: Clifton is the oldest grandson of 33rd US President Harry S. Truman and his wife, Bess. He is the son of the late author, Margaret Truman, and her husband, former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel Jr. Mr. Daniel is a former journalist and public relations executive and honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, the nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO. He is the author of Growing Up With Grandpa: Memories of Harry S. Truman (1995, Birch Lane Press) and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943 (2011, Truman State University Press). He has recently appeared on the Moth: True Stories Told Live and is currently at work on a memoir, a children’s book and a screenplay, all about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

BLAISE DUPUY

DUPUY-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxBlaise is a freelance recording engineer and producer. He has worked with diverse artists over his 30-year career, including Diamanda Galas, Wu Tang Clan and Philip Glass. Blaise worked as technical coordinator for the Hibakusha Stories concert event “With Love to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, A Concert For Disarmament” at the NY Society for Ethical Culture in 2015. He and his comrade in love, Kathleen Sullivan, currently host The Parlor Series, a monthly Sunday jazz concert at his family home in Chelsea.

TOM FUHS

FUHS-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxTom is an artist who documents journeys, experiences, thoughts, dreams, nightmares, beauty and discontents. His work ranges from metaphoric travel snapshots to fragmented self images and downloaded assemblages. He is interested in poetic beauty and explorations of the boundaries of the self. The internal structure of his photographs plays with the external architecture of their installation. The photos build a history of a world where language does not always belong. One moment is simple beauty, the next is that which we prefer not see. He lives between Pauling, NY, and Berlin, Germany, and is focused on permaculture and sustainable living.

KEITH GEMEREK

GEMEREK-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxKeith spent ten years as co-founder and teacher at the CAUSE Alternative School in Buffalo, NY, which became the model for citywide efforts at desegregating the school system in the 1970s with interest-based magnet schools. His involvement with photography began with two significant photo-history research projects in Buffalo. In 1981 he moved to NYC to become a commercial photographer, but 10 years later he realized his passion was for photo-documentary work. This work has largely been focused on modern music composers, community building and LGBT performance art on stage, in the street and in the studio. He was recently recognized for his efforts at saving 135 years of institutional archives at the YWCA of Brooklyn, preserving an important history of women in Brooklyn. Presently the restoration of his 1892 brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, takes up much of his time as does his efforts in community gardening with his neighbors.

JANIS LEWIN

LEWIN-TEAM-PHOTO2-150pxPhotography: Janis is a photographer in New York City, working for non-profits as well as publications. Now emphasizing her small-group workshops in Cuba and Peru, she creates customized workshops with participants’ interests in mind. Presently she has been teaching and working with communities in New York City, teaching private and individual classes and workshops on photography, Photoshop and photographic history. She has been widely exhibited and published, especially her decade-long work in Cuba. She has been photographing the work of the students of Youth Arts New York founder Robert Croonquist for over 20 years and teaches photography to cancer survivors at The Creative Center. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Aperture and Random House and is collected by museums and private collectors. At the moment she is working on a project on Latin America immigration to Queens, New York, continuing to expand her portfolio.

ANDREA LOWENKOPF

LOWENKOPF-TEAM-PHOTO2-150pxConsultant: Andrea has been a School Improvement and Literacy consultant since 1994, working throughout the United States and in Gabon, Liberia and Nepal. Her diverse experience has included improving education for incarcerated youth, assisting Liberian government agencies in their attempt to make education available to all, and helping administrators and teachers of high income students change the focus of education from competing in the free market to participation in civic life. She has worked with schools and school districts in adopting, adapting and/or creating curricula that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Andrea has taught middle school, high school and graduate school in areas that include English as a Second Language, Teacher Education and writing. She was Lead Regional Instructional Specialist for NYC Region Nine (that encompassed two hundred schools from Chinatown to the South Bronx); Coordinator of Literacy Staff Development for District Two; and a consultant and member of the Teachers College Writing Project.

EMILIE McGLONE

MCGLONE-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxEmilie is originally from Southern California. She moved to Japan in 2002, where she had the opportunity to begin working with the International NGO Peace Boat. Currently she serves as the Director of Peace Boat US in New York City and continues to create educational programs both onboard the ship and in the various countries that Peace Boat visits. Since she began working for Peace Boat, Emilie has shared her passion to support the Hibakusha Project which strives for nuclear abolition through educational programs by bringing the voices of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to people around the world. Emilie now serves as a liaison between Peace Boat, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and Hibakusha Stories. For more information, please visit Peaceboat.

HAYATO NAKAO

NAKAO-TEAM-PHOTO2-150pxHayato joined the team in 2011 upon his return from Japan where he experienced the Tohoku Earthquake that led to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear accident. He shares his creative culinary skills for the Hibakusha Stories team in hopes of helping to heal the minds and souls of everyone involved in this journey towards enlightening future generations. His gift stems from a background in Japanese cuisine based on macrobiotic/organic/kosher principles. More recently he has gained expertise in the art of fermentation. In addition he is an artist, musician and composer (The Veldt, Apollo Heights, Neycha).

EIKO OTAKE

Eiko Otake is a movement-based multidisciplinary performing artist who collaborates with her husband Koma. Eiko & Koma were honored with double Guggenheim fellowships, and the first United States Artists Fellowship. They are the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and the Dance Magazine Award. Both Eiko and Koma individually received the inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. From 2014-2016 Eiko directed and performed a solo project A Body in Places accompanied by a photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima with photographer William Johnston which has toured Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Chile, Florida, Vermont and North Carolina and was featured with an exhibit of the Hiroshima Panels at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, under the co-sponsorship of Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories and the Maruki Gallery of Tokyo. Eiko earned an MA in atomic bomb literature and translated Kyoko Hayashi’s From Trinity to Trinity (Station Hill Press, 2009). She is the founding fellow of the Center for Creative Research (CCR) and a visiting artist in Dance and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University where she teaches courses on the Atomic Bomb and other environmental disasters.

NINA REZNICK, ESQ.

REZNICK-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxLegal Counsel: Nina is an attorney in the areas of entertainment— including theatre, publishing, media, television and film; and not-for-profit corporate law— including organizations involved in alternative medicine; environmental; artistic; human rights and Native American/indigenous peoples’ issues.

ROBERT SINK

SINK-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxWeb Design and Administration: Bob is a talented and inspired website designer who has brought all his skills to the fore and his ardent prayers for peace on behalf of Hibakusha Stories & YANY. He is an accomplished graphic designer of twenty-five+ years and a long-time filmmaker, providing content to more than a half-dozen YouTube channels, and several Vimeo channels.

ALICE SLATER

Educator: Alice is a New York City peace activist who became engaged in saving the world during the Vietnam War and is currently working to abolish nuclear weapons and make the end of war on the planet an idea whose time is come. As an advisor to the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation she serves as its UN representative and has been engaged in the stunning effort which just successfully negotiated a treaty to ban the bomb led by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). She serves on the Coordinating Committees of World Beyond War, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the People’s Climate Movement, NY. As a founder of the Abolition 2000 network for the elimination of nuclear weapons and with a commitment to phase out nuclear power and shift to clean, sustainable energy, she organized a successful effort that established the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). She worked in the successful campaign to shut down the Indian Point nuclear reactors in New York and is now engaged in figuring out how make the shut down and decommissioning happen safely and with a just transition for the workers and the community. She served as Secretary of Sustainability of the Green Shadow Cabinet and on the New York City Bar Association’s Energy Committee and Committee on International Affairs. She is the author of numerous articles and is frequently invited to comment on current events on radio and TV.

CAROLINA SOTO

Project Coordination: Carolina is a Holistic Health Counselor, Scenic Artist, Project Coordinator and Administrative Support Professional. She has owned and operated her own adventure tour Company, Dakini Tours, bringing trekkers to Nepal and Tibet. Carol is a committed Peace Activist who has found loving community in the team of volunteers of Hibakusha Stories. Carolina is a founding member and is currently working on growing the base of the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. The Council is currently serving as a listserve for anyone that has been involved in the carceral state, connecting women in need with service organizations.

SUSAN STRICKLER

STRICKLER-TEAM-PHOTO2-150pxDirector and Producer of A Vow From The Ruins: The Story of Setsuko Thurlow, has had a successful 22-year career as a director and producer for several network television soap operas. In addition to directing over 750 hour-long episodes for Daytime TV, she has won both a Daytime Emmy Award and a Director’s Guild of America Award. Recently, Susan has been working with Arc Media, Inc. creating online content for international clienteles. As a Quaker and a feminist, she has always been passionate about global issues of peace and justice so it was a natural fit to do this important film about Setsuko Thurlow’s life.

MIYAKO TAGUCHI

TAGUCHI-TEAM-PHOTO2-150pxDesign: Miyako is the founder of Miyako i Studio. As an accomplished designer, she has made major contributions to diverse creative projects for numerous Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. Her belief in the power of art and the individual drives her actions for a world of peace. Both her parents are survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki. She was appointed to be a Nagasaki Peace Correspondent by Mayor Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki City.

MITCHIE TAKEUCHI

TAKEUCHI-TEAM-PHOTO-150pxHibakusha Stories Fellow: Mitchie is president of Arc Media, Inc. and has been working with Japanese companies as a new business development/marketing consultant for the past twenty-five years. She is also a regular contributor to Japan’s Nikkei Sangyo Newspaper providing a business perspective from the U.S. Her grandfather, who was the president of the Red Cross Hospital in Hiroshima, and her mother both survived the dropping of the A-Bomb on August 6, 1945. As a teenager in Hiroshima, she volunteered to assist the American resident director Leona Row at the World Friendship Center, a peace community founded by Barbara Reynolds, the renowned Quaker peace activist. During that time, Mitchie was instrumental in working with Leona to publish and translate the anti-nuclear classic Unforgettable Fire: Drawings by Atomic Bomb Survivors, 1977. She is presently working with Susan Strickler and Jennifer Hahn on A Vow from the Ruins, a documentary on the life of Setsuko Thurlow.