OUR BOARD |
Bob Balaban is an award-winning actor-producer-writer-director.
He currently serves on the boards of The Exoneration Initiative and Guild Hall in East Hampton, and was honorary Chairman of the board of the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2014. He previously served on the board of the Museum of the Moving Image.
He produced and directed (off-Broadway, national tour, Court TV movie) The Exonerated, a docudrama about the lives of six innocent men and women who served up to twenty-two years on death row.
Allison Flom studies mass incarceration and healing through performing arts at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She has recently participated in Lyrics On Lockdown, facilitating arts workshops for students at Rikers Island, and NYU’s Prison Education Initiative, exploring access to education in the context of the criminal justice system and beyond.
Allison has written, directed, designed and performed two one-woman plays about the social and political construction of mental illness in America and the faults of our systems. Through her father’s work with The Innocence Project, Drug Policy Alliance and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Allison has been inspired by the fight for justice and intends to join these movements however possible in the future.
Bill Bartmann is founder and CEO of CFS2 Inc., a debt collection agency that does not use litigation as a collection methodology but instead deploys a strategy of outreach to consumers to help them find or upgrade jobs, to act as an advocate of the consumer to deal with their other creditors and to help the consumer find needed social services.
Mr. Bartmann has an extraordinary track record of personal accomplishment. He is the recipient of the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement. He was recognized by the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History for the innovative use of technology to the betterment of mankind. His company’s business model was the subject of a Harvard Business School Case Study. His companies have received awards for business ethics, consumer friendliness and for creating healthy workplace environments for his employees. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his consumer advocacy initiatives. Princeton University has just recently initiated a study of his strategies for working with consumers.
Mr. Bartmann earned his Juris Doctor from Drake University.
Eva Haller is a social, educational, and environmental activist and philanthropist in the United States and across the globe.
She works actively along with her husband, Yoel, to promote peace and social policies that effectively deal with today’s global challenges. She is a trustee of the University of California at Santa Barbara Foundation, the Rubin Museum of Asian Art, and Creative Visions Foundation. Eva serves as board of Free the Children USA, an organization dedicated to education and empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty. Her extensive board work has also included Sing for Hope, the Jane Goodall Institute, Women for Women International, Children’s Radio Foundation, Video Volunteers, and A Blade of Grass.
Eva is a recipient of the Mandela Award for Humanitarian Achievement, the Inaugural Mentoring Award at Forbes Women’s Summit, and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Nations Population Fund. Recently, she became a Visiting Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University and was awarded the 2014 Magnusson Fellowship at Glasgow University.
Yoel Haller, M.D.
Dr. Yoel Haller, Founder and President of the Obstetrics and Gynecologic Associates of San Francisco, served as the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood, San Francisco-Alameda Counties. He was also a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University of California, San Francisco Medical School.
He has served on multiple boards, including Friends of Hospice in San Francisco, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera Association, and UCSB Chancellor’s Council. He shares with his wife, Eva, her dedication for social innovation and activism. Together they have traveled throughout the world, with Free the Children and other non-profit groups, in an effort to empower others.
Recently, both Eva and Yoel received Honorary Doctorates at Glasgow University.
For the past 25 years, Tucker Robbins’ passion has been bringing the spirit and craft from traditional artisans to contemporary life.
By combining ancient techniques and iconic forms, he creates furniture that is both modern and timeless. He has created thriving artisan workshops in Guatemala, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Cameroon, working with sustainably harvested or reclaimed materials.
Through his support of indigenous cultures and traditional handcraft he has formed partnerships with tribal chiefs, Arabian sheikhs, and village artisans around the world. The result is a collection of furniture with a spirit and life of its own.
Martin Garbus is one of the country’s top trial lawyers, as well as an author and sought-after speaker. Time magazine called him “legendary” and “one of the greatest trial lawyers in the country.” The Guardian, declared him “one of the world’s finest trial lawyers.”
An expert at every level of civil and criminal trial, and litigation, he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in leading First Amendment cases, and his cases have established precedents there and in other courts throughout the country.
A case he filed, Goldberg v. Kelly, that resulted in a favorable 5-4 Supreme Court opinion was described by Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan as “arguably the most important due process case of the 20th Century.”
Garbus and his legal achievements have been recognized by many national publications and with listings in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Best Lawyers in America. An international observer in foreign elections, he was also selected by President Jimmy Carter to observe and report on the elections in Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Sister Helen Prejean joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957 (now known as the Congregation of St. Joseph) and received a B.A. in English and Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans in 1962. In 1973, she earned an M.A. in Religious Education from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Canada.
She has been the Religious Education Director at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in New Orleans, the Formation Director for her religious community, and has taught junior and senior high school students. Sister Helen began her prison ministry in 1981 and dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. Upon Sonnier’s request, Sister Helen repeatedly visited him as his spiritual advisor. In doing so, her eyes were opened to the Louisiana execution process.
Sister Helen turned her experiences into a book, Dead Man Walking, that was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks. It was made into a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as a death row inmate. It was also the basis for a new opera, composed by Jake Heggie, libretto by Terrence McNally.
Today, Sister Helen educates the public about the death penalty by lecturing, organizing and writing. As the founder of “Survive,” a victim’s advocacy group in New Orleans, she continues to counsel not only inmates on death row, but the families of murder victims, as well. She has served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1985–1995, and has served as Chairperson of the Board from 1993–1995. She is also a member of Amnesty International and an honorary member of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation.
For three decades Peter Tunney has crisscrossed the globe—an artist with a message, affirming: GRATITUDE, DON’T PANIC, THE TIME IS ALWAYS NOW. These words are the basis of Peter Tunney’s artistic practice. He is a dedicated explorer of our cultural lexicon, culling disparate media for images and words to assemble the collages that allow these messages to take shape from negative space. His lived experience is a conduit to his work, providing meaningful translation that renders GRATITUDE not as a reductive slogan, but as a concept vital and urgent and largely missing from the cultural conversation.
To that end, Peter founded The GRATTITUDE PROJECT, which places billboards, murals, and signage featuring his messages in public spaces around the world as a beacon amongst the avalanche of negativity being communicated non-stop through the media.
An active board member of Artists for Peace & Justice, Peter is an ardent believer that art can act as a force for good in the service of social change and is a supporter of numerous philanthropic causes.
Max Jones is a journalist, consultant and college student.
In 2008, after seeing the Today Show’s “Year in Review” segment, he caught the journalism bug. Max was determined to learn more about journalism. He painted his bedroom walk-in closet green for a green-screen, bought a camera with his birthday money and recorded his first show with a friend from his elementary school. Eventually, the show started to focus on finding the positivity in its stories.
From 2009-2013, Max ran Felice News, an all-positive news outlet with reporters under 25. At Felice, he produced coverage at the G8 & G20 Summits in Toronto, on Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Canada, the 10th Anniversary of September 11th and at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
In 2009, Max organized vigils around the world to campaign for securing the release of journalists Laura Ling & Euna Lee. In 2011, after their release, he travelled to China, North Korea and South Korea to produce reports on the ongoing refugee crisis, following refugees on their journey to freedom and interviewing North Koreans in hiding.
Since Felice, Max has been working with non-profits, like the Sunny Center, to improve their strategy involving media and youth while attending University at Rollins College.
Max’s passion is amplifying the voices of others through media.
Kim Brizzolara is a documentary and feature film producer, and private investor; and serves as advisor to several non-profit organizations, and film content producers.
She is Executive Vice Chair of the Hampton's International Film Festival, where in 1999, she co-founded the juried signature program "Films of Conflict & Resolution", which she continues to oversee, and established an award for a film in that area. She also serves as on the boards of the Italian Academy Foundation, the We are Family Foundation, A Blade of Grass, Creative Visions, and the Women's Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
She started her career as a journalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and later worked with Kerry Kennedy at the Robert Kennedy Center for Human Rights, where she began to focus on the area of international conflict resolution. She then served as a grants maker for the Threshold Foundation, where she designated funds to nonprofit organizations that focused on prison reform, conflict resolution and national security issues; as acting director of the Coexistence Center at Baruch College School of Public Affairs, which focused on race relations, ethnic diversity, and equity in the academic environment and in the community. She worked in fund-raising and wrote position papers for various political campaigns.
Ms. Brizzolara has an MA in Journalism from Boston University and a BA from American University.
She is a member of the Harvard Club, the New York Athletic Club, and the Explorer's Club.
Amy Fly met Sunny and Peter at their university talk while Amy was studying abroad at Oxford University in 2013. The two inspired her to pursue a career in providing legal representation for those facing the death penalty and those convicted of crimes they did not commit.
Before joining the board, Amy spent the summer of 2016 in Ireland with Sunny and Peter as the Sunny Center’s first volunteer. Amy has also worked at various non-profits specializing in capital representation including the London-based charity Amicus – Assisting Lawyers for Justice on Death Row, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Arizona Capital Representation Project, and the trial division of the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans.
Amy currently studies at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she is a fellow in the Law and Public Service Program, and actively participates in the Virginia Innocence Project and the Virginia Law Prison Project. She is also involved in two pro bono projects -- a capital case in Nebraska, and a civil rights case in Virginia involving prison conditions.