The UTC Team

Staff:

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Lili Lopez

Marketing and Web Specialist, Certified Singing Tree Mural Facilitator, Collaborative Art Facilitator

Lili is in charge of UTC’s website, social media, and marketing. She generates imagery, posts, and videos to raise awareness of Unity Through Creativity’s programs. She has also co-facilitated over 35 murals in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Edward Schuldt

Director of Operations

Edward has 37 years experience in non-profit administration and organizational development, including fundraising, finances, regulatory compliance, public relations and marketing, personnel development, staff administration and coordination, conflict resolution, and board development. He has been connected to Unity Through Creativity from its inception.

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Laurie Marshall

Executive/Artistic Director

For 35 years, author, speaker and artist Laurie has empowered youth and adults through creative collaboration. She practices Peace-Building through Art, inspired by Nature and founded The Singing Tree Project.

Board:

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Laurie Marshall

Founder, President of Board of Directors

For 35 years, author, speaker and artist Laurie has empowered youth and adults through creative collaboration. She practices Peace-Building through Art, inspired by Nature and founded The Singing Tree Project.

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Jenna Dickerson

Vice President, Board of Directors

Jenna has been an educator for over 30 years and a librarian for the past 12. She is a creative educator who uses story, dance, puppetry and song to bring positive values to life.

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Aidil Oscariz

Aidil Oscariz is the founder and president of Advance Justice Consulting, which develops strategies and programming to support social justice organizations. Her services include policy and legal assistance and strategizing as well as community engagement and coalition-building.

Facilitators:

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Kanizius Nsabimana

Certified Singing Tree Mural Facilitator

Kanizius Nsabimana is a social entrepreneur who has lived at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, with his wife and three children, since 1996. While at Kyangwali, Kanizius co-founded and worked at Y outh Challenge-4-Change, Uganda (YC4C, Uganda), a social enterprise that empowers youth to build and sustain businesses and create jobs.

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Emmanuel “Emma” Kavuma

Certified Singing Tree Mural Facilitator

Emmanuel “Emma” Kavuma is a self-taught artist born in Masaka, Uganda.

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Gabi Lipska

Certified Singing Tree Mural Facilitator

Gabi is a human working from the heart with the intention of connecting people to themselves, each other and all life. She is a purpose-driven educator and community weaver with passion for bringing harmony

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Bobbie Rae Jones

Certified Singing Tree Mural Facilitator

Bobbie Rae Jones believes arts is an essential aspect to solving our social problems.  A credentialed visual arts educator with over twenty years of experience instructing groups of all ages in a variety of modalities.

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Katia Petersen

Master Facilitator

President of Petersen Argo Inc. a Transformational Education company, Katia  brings decades of experience as a psychotherapist, educator, story teller and author.

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Leslie Rein

Certified Singing Tree Mural Facilitator

Making collaborative murals as a Singing Tree Project facilitator aligns perfectly with Leslie's passion for art and creativity. This artistic and peace-building process serves her desire to bring people together and heal common heartbreaks.

Consultants:

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Bennett Smith

Events Liaison

With over 5 years of events experience and knowledge, Bennett is a jill-of-all-trades when it comes to events.

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Wanda Whitaker

Master Facilitator

Wanda Whitaker is a visionary artist, hypnotherapist, information facilitator and conscious leadership coach residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Tanya Vlach

Interdisciplinary Consultant

Tanya Vlach is an Interdisciplinary Artist weaving her arts background into communications and strategy with special projects and non Profits. https://colibrita.com