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 /exhibits technician, certified personal trainer, and independent filmmaker before moving to Denver, Colorado where he now works at Linx LLLP as a MultiMedia Project Manager. Previous film projects include a documentary about globalization in China, programs about immigrant refugee churches, and a short film about homophobic violence.