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Horton Li completed his DDS from the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky where he also graduated with a BS degree. Haotian Li (his Chinese name) came to the United States from China in 2006. As a former student in China, Hoatian enjoyed being an amateur actor for Xi’an Television Broadcasting Company. Since coming to America, Hoatian has experienced many rewarding opportunities.
From 2006-2009, he was a student at Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Florida, where we was fondly known as “Horton.” He served as Assistant to the World Language Department and president of the Chinese Club.
Horton truly enjoys helping others learn Chinese. He was elected Secretary/Treasurer for Saint Edward’s Chapter of the National Honors Society, Historian for the Choir and received the Junior Class Character Award. He is a member of the International Thespian Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club and Model United Nations.
In 2008, Horton was bestowed the honor of being selected as a mentor for the Miracle Corners of the World Youth Leadership Retreat, hosted by New York University and held at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University
Formerly, Professor of Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Department of African and African American Studies
A professor, theologian, activist and prolific author, Dr. Cornel West has presented the facts of today’s world in terms and forums not only directed toward academia, but also to those of us in everyday life who actually live it. For years he has been unrivaled as a compelling speaker, dynamic philosopher and enlightening activist. Dr. West’s best-selling books, “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters” (only two in an amazing array), brought into the national spotlight his ongoing mission for racial equity and recognition of democracy as a spiritual force.
Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at the Union Theological Seminary, West is one of America’s most gifted, provocative and important public intellectuals. Dr. West has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award and has received more than 20 honorary degrees.
His work has been described as a “polemical weapon that attempts to transform linguistic, social, cultural and political tradition to increase the scope of individual development and democratic actions.” West’s writing, speaking and teaching weaves together the American traditions of the Baptist church, transcendentalism, socialism and pragmatism.
Jack Sim, Founder of World Toilet Organization (WTO), has been a successful businessman since age 24. Having achieved financial success in his 40s, Jack felt the need to change his direction in life and give back to humanity – he wanted to live his life according to the motto “Live a useful life”. Jack soon left his business and embarked on a journey that saw him being the voice for those who cannot speak out and fighting for the dignity, rights and health for the vulnerable and poor worldwide.
In 2004, Jack was awarded the Singapore Green Plan Award 2012 by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) for his contribution to Environment. In 2006, Jack was invited to launch The German Toilet Organisation in Berlin. He is also a founding member of American Restroom Association.
In 2007, Jack became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) comprised of over 130 organisations active in the sanitation sector. Jack is also an Ashoka Global Fellow and in 2008 was named Hero of the Environment by Time Magazine. Jack also sits in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and also the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.
He graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2013. He was shortlisted for the Sarphati Sanitation Award in November 2013.
Khalid Elachi is the Executive Director, MCW Global, Miracle Corners of the World, NYC and has worked with them since 2003, when he participated in his first Youth Leadership Retreat. Since then, he has coordinated, organized and led seven retreats. He also helped establish MCW’s Alumni Ventures Fund. In addition to managing MCW’s finances, Khalid provided strategic and organizational support to MCW’s Community Center and Oral Healthcare programs.
He has worked on a broad range of projects with MCW, including the Youth Leadership Retreat, the Alumni Ventures Fund and social marketing initiatives, and taken the lead in establishing the MCW community center in Rwanda. Khalid has traveled widely in Africa and the Middle East.
Khalid majored in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University. He graduated in 2008.
Dr. Terri Cornelison
Dr. Terri Cornelison
Dr. Cornelison received her bachelor of arts from Bryn Mawr College. She went on to receive her medical degree from Yale University and her Ph.D from George Washington University. She then completed her residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and her fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York.
Dr. Cornelison is now an Assistant Professor in Gynecologic Oncology in the Kelly Gynecologic Oncology Service and the Johns Hopkins Ovarian Cancer Center of Excellence. Her primary responsibilities are at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where she serves as the program director of the Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention. Her focus is on overseeing clinical trials dealing with the prevention or early detection of gynecologic malignancies.
Albertha Williams is a retired Child Care Counselor and Nurse’s Assistant. For more than 28 years, she served as a Senior Child Care Counselor for Louise Wise Services, providing foster care, adoption and post-adoption counseling. Subsequently, she was, for 10 years, a nurse’s assistant for Kateri Residence, a Welcome to Kateri Residence, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located on the Upper West Side of New York City.
Chanel Timmons is a freelance artist. For the past 20 years she has worked with corporate and individual clients. Her areas of expertise include interior design, portraits, murals and ceramics.
She also serves as a personal stylist for a select clientele.
Julie B. Mughal
Julie Mughal is currently the Assistant Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University. Julie received her B.A in political science from Syracuse University and her M. A. in international experience, Phi Beta Kappa. She has over 15 years of international experience. Prior to her position at Fairfield University she worked for seven years at Save the Children where she served as a Senior Manager in Development Communications. Prior to this, she served as the Asia Operations Manager for Save the Children, which included postings int he Connecticut-based Headquarters, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Julie also spent eight years a the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in the Africa region. She is the author of a number of migration-related articles as well as on the plight of widows in the developing world. Julie lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Jamal is a 1990 graduate of SUNY at Oswego with a BA in communications. He is a Writer/Director/Producer of several short films. Jamal is an Editor of a variety short film documentaries and narratives for news and entertainment broadcasting companies like BET, PBS and Spike-TV.
He is the editor of the film, The Savoy King: Chick Webb & The Music That Changed America. Although he has worked in the editorial field for the past 17 years, The Savoy King, is his first feature-length documentary.
Early in his career, El-Amin worked as an assistant editor, mainly in feature films. He has worked with such famed directors as Spike Lee and Woody Allen and his work and credits are listed at the Internet Movie Database.
Over the last five years, he has worked as an editor in the documentary arena including many different PBS broadcast shows, such as NOW on PBS and Bill Moyers: On Faith and Reason.
In addition, El-Amin served as an associate producer for Jonathan Demme’s television mini-series: Right to Return: New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward.
Pamela D. Ellis
Pamela D. Ellis
Pamela D. Ellis is a retired Corrections Officer. She served over 25 years on Rikers Island, the Bronx House of Detention and the Bronx Courthouse for the New York City Department of Corrections. She worked primarily with a population of male offenders, aged 16 and older.