CEO at Women’s Health Specialist of St. Louis. Teresa is passionate about women’s health issues and speaks on the topics at a national and international level. She interviews monthly on a local television program, lectures resident physicians, consults companies, and works internationally to help solve myriad challenges in the field of women’s health. The predominant themes of health and wellbeing both physically and mentally in “A Paper Tiger Burns” fuels her enthusiasm for the project and the mission of the organization.
A Professor of the Department of Ophthalmology and Division of Biostatistics at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. As a 3rd generation Japanese-American, Mae grew up in an internment camp in Oregon. She supports Empowerment Arts as a guardian for a nephew who has suffered deeply from bullying.
An elementary and middle school teacher for forty years, with the last thirty at the Ladue School District in St. Louis. He currently teaches English as a Second Language to students in Kindergarten through eighth grade and is the district’s ESL program coordinator. Lou is also well-traveled, having spent considerable time in Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, Africa, and Central and South America.
Gavin Culbertson – Founder and Board President
Writer/Producer/Director/Cinematographer of the organization’s first feature film, “A Paper Tiger Burns”. Gavin achieved a B.A. in Film Production from Webster University, a St. Louis, Missouri based liberal arts university, that included a semester in Shanghai, China. In St. Louis he worked as a talent agent, IMAX projectionist, certified personal trainer, and independent filmmaker before moving to Denver, Colorado where he now works at Denver Botanic Gardens as the IT and AV Administrator. Previous film projects include a documentary about globalization in China, programs about immigrant refugee churches, and a short film about homophobic violence. He is originally from Tennessee where both of his parents are Methodist ministers, and he considers this upbringing an important influence on his passion for telling stories with a purpose. He is openly gay, married, and adamant about human rights issues.