OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors includes the following dedicated, hard-working individuals committed to fulfilling the Green Wish™; to keep local, green organizations funded so they can help save the planet.
Raphael Sbarge, Founder.
Raphael Sbarge is an actor, writer, teacher and producer but most importantly a father to two small children, who inspired him to do something, however small, to make a difference to the world they will inherit.
As an actor he began at the age of four on Sesame Street, but grew up back stage in costume shops or in rehersal rooms with parents also in the business. He has extensive Broadway, off Broadway and region theater credits, but is known for work in films like Risky Business, My Science Projet, Independence Day, Pearl Harbor, over 30 in all. On television he has appeared on many, many shows including 3 seasons of The Guaridan, TV movies such as Billionaire Boys Club, Introducing Dorthy Dandridge, A Street Car Named Desire, among others.
Raphael is extremely gratified to be introducing the Green Wish™ program along with so many other extraordinary people.
Ed Begley, Jr., Environmentalist and Eco-Obsessed Actor
When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of organizations including the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth. His work has earned awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Southern California Gas Company. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green series Living with Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his not so environmentalist wife Rachelle Carson. The series has currently just finished airing its 2nd season. His first book, Living Like Ed, hit the streets nationally in February 2008, and the second book, Ed Begley's Guide to Sustainable Living came out in August of 2009.
Sharon Lawrence, Environmentalist and Emmy-Award Winning Actress
You may know her from her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, or a sociopathic serial killer on LAW AND ORDER:SVU or speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating Larry David up on CURB YOUR ENTHUASISM.
Recently Sharon received her fourth Emmy nomination for her work on GREY’S ANATOMY. As seasoned stage actress, Sharon was recently nominated for an Ovation Award and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for her acclaimed performance as Vivian Leigh in Pasadena Playhouse’s Off Broadway hit Orson’s Shadow. Her last Broadway appearance was as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Film work includes LIES AND ALIBIES with Rebecca Romjin, LITTLE BLACK BOOK with Holly Hunter and GOSSIP with Kate Hudson.
Rachelle Carson-Begley, Environmentalist and Actress
Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most recognized names and faces in the environmental world of Hollywood. As the wife of uber-environmentalist, Ed Begley, Jr., Carson-Begley has opened her life up to millions of people as Co-Star of the highly successful reality series, LIVING WITH ED (now showing on Discovery’s Planet Green). Each episode of the show chronicles the everyday life of what it takes for this reasonably green conscious gal to live with her over the top, all or nothing, eco-obsessed husband! She constantly ponders, “Living green?.. Easy… but living with Ed?”
Darren Moore, Eco-Lifestyle Advocate
Darren Moore, Co-Host of the Alter Eco TV show on Discovery's Planet Green. AKA "Eco-Macguyver," Darren's a world traveler and resident of major regions of Europe, India, Asia and Asia Pacific where he was a student and practitioner of various health sciences and traditional lifestyles. He's an athlete, eco-lifestyle advocate, adventurer and a professional Architectural Designer / Founder of ECOVATIONS Lifestyle Inc, Consultancy and Design/Build Company.
Hillary Danner, Eco-Advocate and Eco-Entrepreneur
Hillary Danner enjoyed 15 years as a working actress in Los Angeles. After the birth of her second child, she decided to switch gears. Moving into a home - gushing with fruit trees - she started an organic line of homegrown and homemade jellies and preserves named Jenkins Jellies.
Influenced by her eco-friendly family, Hillary simultaneously launched EcoBooma, Inc,; custom bags made from 100% recycled products and organic cotton. Soon after, Hillary opened Studio Root66, a retail space that showcases one-of-a-kind homemeade items from local artistans. A percentage of the proceeds are all donated to Hillary Danner's beloved uncle's foundation, The Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund and to the Environmental Media Assoc.
Erica Forrette, Marketing + Social Media
Erica Forrette has worked in the online marketing industry since 1999 and has experience on the brand side, the vendor side, and the agency side. In her current role, she oversees online customer acquisition & retention efforts for Internships.com. Previously, she handled a variety of ad hocprojects as an online marketing consultant for lead generation & ecommerce web sites. Prior to her independent consultant role, Erica was Senior Manager, Online Acquisition for PacSun.com where she oversaw the team managing acquisition marketing and was the in-house consultant for PacSun.com's analytics program. Prior to PacSun, she was Director of Marketing for Adapt Technologies, an SEM management software firm (now WebVisible). Prior to Adapt, Erica was in an agency role at SiteLab International as the Online Marketing Director. Early in her career her
roles included managing site promotions for the digital music download site MP3.com and promotional tie-ins at MGM Studios.
Patie Maloney, Communications Director
Patie Maloney has a long and varied background working with some of the top businesses, celebrities, charities, publications, environmentalists, fashion designers, and retailers around the world. For the past 17 years she has served as Vice President of both the Environmental Media Association (EMA), a 501(c)3 founded by Norman Lear and Alan Horn, and the Donahue Group, a full service public relations, marketing and media company based in Beverly Hills, California.
Patie has devoted much of her time fostering cultural and environmental awareness for a varity of groups and non-profits including the Costume Council supporting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BP Solar Neighbors Program, CNN Headline News weeklong Earth Day segments with 1.7 billion media impressions, Los Angeles Unified School District and LADWP on “Cool Schools,” NRDC, Sundance Film Festival “Investing in Media that Matters” Conference, World Wildlife Foundation, and more.
Jenna DeAngeles, Marketing Communications
Jenna DeAngeles; graphic artist, marketing communications specialist and tree hugger, offers her skills to GreenWish after serving on many eco-projects and community service boards in Los Angeles. Her tenures include 12 years on the Brentwood Community Council, six years appointed by Mayor Riordan as V.P. of the Mulholland Design Review Board, 12 years as President of the Bel Air Knolls Homeowner's Association and recently elected as Co-Chair of the Land Use Committee for the Brentwood Community Council.
Jess Adkins, Ph.D., MIT
Jess Adkins received his B.S in Chemistry from Haverford College in 1990. He then worked for two years as a lab technician at UC Santa Barbara where he first experienced the world of Oceanography and Climate research. Jess graduated with a PhD from the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute joint program in Oceanography in 1998. He worked as a post-doc at Columbia University and the University of Minnesota until his arrival at Caltech in 2000. In the last ten years his group has worked to understand the history of the earth's climate through measurements of ocean sediments and their interstitial fluids, deep-sea corals, and stalagmites from the tropics. The Adkins group also explores the mechanisms of coral skeleton formation and the trace metal content of the ocean. Jess and his wife Tami Kitchen live in Altadena with their two children.
M. Kathryn Shafer, Business Development
Kathryn recently joined Nourmand Realtors as the Director of New Business. She along with her business partner, Jim Crane specializes on Investment, Development as well as Residential Real Estate sales. They establish the Shafer | Crane Real Estate Partnership; RealtyGroupLA.com in 2008.
Designer, writer and community activist, Sonja Rasula founded UNIQUE LA in order to bring together and support the creative community, encourage local shopping, and offer a large-scale event in which the mainstream could discover new artists, clothing designers, etc. Sonja is also the co-founder of the popular LA Street Food Fest. Before starting UNIQUE LA Sonja was an interior designer on HGTV and TLC’s ‘Trading Spaces’, and also starred as a Pop Culture Expert on the Canadian music television stations MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic.
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