DEBRA KAPLAN BRINDIS
Curriculum and Project Coordination: Debra 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 high school classrooms for over fifteen years and has been part of Hibakusha Stories since the very beginning.
MICHAEL F. CASSANDRA
UN 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. Having left macro peacemaking at the United Nations, Michael now does micro peacemaking by mediating conflicts and training mediators at the New York Peace Institute, a leading alternative dispute resolution non-profit organization working in Brooklyn and Manhattan, known for its standard-setting mediator training programs.
Interpreter: Rachel, originally from Japan, is an independent interpreter, lifetime member of Veterans For Peace, volunteer staff member of Peace Boat US, an active member of the Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World and founder of the volunteer group “able.” Her language capacity has been utilized in numerous international events. She first encountered Hibakusha Stories in 2010 during the NPT Review Conference and has been involved with us as an interpreter ever since. On July 7, 2017, Rachel had an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime moment with the Hibakusha Stories family at the UN when the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations.
Interpreter: 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
is the oldest grandson of President Harry S. Truman. He is the son of author Margaret Truman and former New York Times Managing Editor E. Clifton Daniel Jr. Mr. Daniel is honorary chairman of the board of the Truman Library Institute, nonprofit partner of the Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, MO, board secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and chairman of the Los Alamos-Japan Institute Global Advisory Group. He is the author of Growing Up With My Grandfather: Memories of Harry S. Truman and Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943. He is currently portraying his grandfather in the one-man stage show, Give ‘Em Hell Harry, as well as writing and lecturing on the Truman presidency.
Blaise 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.
Representative: Jonathan is a co-founder and the current Executive Director of the New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF). Jonathan also co-founded and was Executive Director of Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT) from 1986–2004. In 2000 he compiled, produced and directed Hibakusha Outcry: Survivors Respond to their Nuclear Baptism, a compilation and staging of poetry written by and about survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. Jonathan also works as a Green Party and peace activist, participating in many campaigns, both issue and electoral, where he has worn many hats, including that of press representative.
is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, born to the Bird Clan. She farms organically on her grandmother’s allotment land in NE Oklahoma working with bees and medicinal plants. Pam has been a consultant to the nonprofit field for the past twenty-five years, providing services in organizational capacity, policy and programming. Significant activities include shutting down 25% of the worlds uranium supply at contaminated Sequoyah Fuels; team member in the creation, endowment and successful launch of a new Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, securing endowment funds resulting in a $13 million investment from the Ford Foundation and two tribes; and recently shutting down the construction of six mega poultry houses on Spring Creek in OK. She played an active role in the 1993 closure of the notoriously contaminated Kerr McGee plant, which processed 23% of the World’s uranium supply in Oklahoma. She continues her nuclear abolition work with the international Nuclear Truth Project. As a direct descendent of the Cherokee Beloved Woman, Nanyehi (One who goes about), Pam has visited 87 Indian reservations, 50 states and 9 countries, collecting and sharing stories with a camera in hand.
Consultant: 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.
Peace Boat Liaison: Emilie 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.