Honorary Chair, Ed Begley, Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST, WRITER. in Los Angeles. Ms. Wolf leads
spiritual quests in addition to conducting private therapy for families and
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.
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.
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.
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
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.