We are proud to acknowledge and thank our Advisory Board for their creativity, guidance and support.

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Honorary Chair, Ed Begley, Jr. Actor, Environmental Activist

Ed Begley, Jr. is not only a consummate actor, his commitment to the environment is almost unmatched. This is the man who is known for taking a bus to and from daily television shoots as he played in a variety of highly successful TV series. He was among the first to purchase fuel efficient vehicles, driving a Prius hybrid and now a solar powered car. And he has been known to be late for a variety of his extracurricular gigs supporting environmental causes because he was either walking or riding his bicycle to keep polluting emissions down. He's known as almost fanatical about recycling, reducing waste to the barest minimums; those people seeking juicy bits of personal information about this man would have a hard time finding it going through his trash. In 2003, Ed Begley, Jr. wrote, directed and produced the play "Cesar & Ruben," which was based on the life of Cesar Chavez. The Valley Theater League recognized his work on the play and bestowed two awards on Ed for directing and producing. He was also honored with at the 2003 Nosotros, Margo & Eddie Albert Golden Eagle Award. To celebrate Ed Begley's activism and support of Cesar Chavez, he received the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation Award. Ed's portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich in the hit show St. Elsewhere earned him six Emmy nominations. Ed Begley has also been nominated for an American Comedy Award and a Golden Globe.

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GERALD FRIED, FILM COMPOSER, MUSICIAN AND SCREENWRITER. Mr. Friedís credits include an EMMY AWARD for the score of ROOTS, film scores including PATTON, TOO LATE THE HERO, THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE, five films of Stanley KUBRICK, concerti for Oboe and Orchestra, a new baroque and blue grass work, ROCK OF ANGELS and other original works combining orchestra and chorus. He played as principal oboist for the Dallas Symphony, taught film scoring at UCLA, and currently performs with the Los Alamos Orchestra and chamber ensembles in and near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 

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JOHN CRAWFORD, PUPPETEER, ENGINEER, DESIGNER, TEACHER. Mr. Crawford created featured characters, real time product animation, motion capture in various media. Film examples: THE FLINTSTONES, FREAKED, MUPPET 3-D; live shows: RADIO CITY EASTER SHOW, LE PUPPET DE PARIS, STATUE OF LIBERTY CENTENNIAL. Commercials: CUTTERS (WINNER, CANNES FILM FESTIVAL), KEEBLER, CARLíS JR., LIFE SAVERS, DODGE, HALLMARK, etc. As a designer, he created character, animatronics, special effects, hydraulic and pneumatic devices for JIM HENSON PRODUCTIONS, DIGITAL DOMAIN, AMBLIN ENTERTAINMENT, DISNEY, KROFFT PRODUCTIONS, etc. Teaching experience: design, puppetry, mask making, technical theater, scenic art, television production, arts management: California State University, Chico, UCLA, NYU.
 

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MAXWELL YERGER, SCIENCE TEACHER READING SPECIALIST, TRAINER. Mr. Yerger teaches at New York Cityís Wagner School and is former Southeast Regional District Trainer/Supervisor, EVELYN WOOD READING DYNAMICS. Mr. Yerger served as PRESIDENT OF THE TEACHERS UNION, NEW YORK CITY.
 

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BRIDGET WOLF, PSYCHOTHERAPIST, WRITER. in Los Angeles. Ms. Wolf leads spiritual quests in addition to conducting private therapy for families and individuals.
 

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FRANK RINALDI, PLAYWRIGHT, formerly Chief Counsel for a division of The Bank of New York. Mr. Rinaldi studied at Harvard University, where he received his undergraduate and Law degrees.
 

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BETH ANN CARR, PRODUCER. Ms. Carr produces and co-writes programs and educational materials for television. Her credits include THE MISTER ROGERS SHOW, a series on aging starring HUGH DOWNS, and other consulting/production for PBS. She is co-creator of nationally distributed education programs for teachers.
 

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ROLINDA BAKER, DIRECTOR, THE CALIFORNIA NUTRITION NETWORK. Ms. Baker received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University, and has been active in education for 20+ years.
 

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WANDA WALLACE, Founder and President, The Wanda Wallace Foundation. Ms. Wallace is a SPECIALIST IN ART, and has conducted and developed a number of programs to teach a variety of visual art forms to children and members of other age groups in the Los Angeles area as well as in different regions of the U.S. She recently created the first annual Black History Month Cultural Festival for the City of Inglewood, CA., bringing together members of the government, business, arts and public to celebrate the achievements of the community.
 

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KARYN GISS, Karyn Giss Photography and Georgie Petunia Designs. Ms. Giss specializes in CHILDRENíS AND ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY, is a DEDICATED ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTER, and independent artist.
 

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