Dr. Amy Aidman

Dr. Aidman is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory University. Her areas of expertise include children, families and media, critical media literacy, and the history of U.S. television. She started at Emory in 2008, initially as a Senior Research Fellow at the Emory Center on Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL) where she conducted research on media, myth, and ritual in families with teens.

Before coming to Atlanta, Dr. Aidman was Associate Dean for Research at the University of Illinois’ College of Media, and taught at the Institute of Communications Research (ICR), where she also served as ICR Interim Director and Head of the program in Media Studies and taught at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.


Nadya Elena

Nadya is a floral and event designer in Atlanta.  A true artist and specializes in making one of a kind floral designs. She excels in artistic floral pieces. Rather than an instructor or a teacher, she is better introduced as someone who can ‘inspire you”. If you are looking to be inspired, you need to meet Nadya.

May she inspire you to explore that which is within you waiting to come forth that you too may enjoy celebrating life to the fullest through creative expression. | IG @Artistica_flowers

Jessica Caldas

Jessica Caldas is an Atlanta based artist, advocate, and activist. Her work deals with connecting personal and community narratives to larger themes and social issues. Caldas has participated in numerous emerging artist residencies, including the Atlanta Printmakers Studio in 2011, MINT Gallery’s Leap Year Program from 2012-2013, and WonderRoot’s 2013-2014 Walthall Fellowship. She is currently a 2018-2020 Creative Project Resident. Caldas was awarded The Center for Civic Innovations 2016 Creative Impact award, named Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL Artist for 2016 and 2015, received the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Award in Visual Arts for 2014, and was a finalist for the Forward Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award in 2014. She has shown work nationally, internationally, and throughout the city of Atlanta at various galleries and through several public art programs. Her work has been featured at Burnaway, ArtsAtl, Creative Loafing Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, Simply Buckhead, and more.

Caldas is currently pursuing her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Georgia State University and received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Georgia in 2012. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

Hanna-Rose Broom

Hannah-Rose Broom is a yoga teacher, actor, and artist. With over 1000+ hours of teaching experience, she holds an Ashtanga and Vinyasa certification, a Children's Yoga Certification, and a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy Certification. Hannah-Rose has spent the past 4 years leading the meditation technique she refers to as emotional body mapping in high schools and community workshops. While the meditation is provocative, she trusts in its process. The discoveries the mediation offers can alone help people tap into awareness of strength and resiliency as well as patterns of behavior that need releasing. Hannah-Rose’s belief is that a deeper understanding of self leads to a deeper understanding of others. Greater understanding of self and others leads to greater harmony. Greater harmony leads to more unity. | IG  @hannahrosebroom



Danielle Hall

Danielle Hall has created a movement for inner awareness and empowerment through sound experiences.  As a sound practitioner, wellness coach, and activist she is making waves in the conversation around mental health, shifting perspectives around empowerment, and leading a team of educated sound practitioners to elevate the sound healing industry.

Through her sound healing practice, Danielle has worked with adults and children transitioning through various traumas including PTSD, depression, sexual abuse, digestive issues, and physical pain, using specific sound tools and techniques to facilitate shifts in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body.      

Our mission at SoundEmbrace is to bring awareness, make accessible, and elevate the sound healing industry through technology, education platforms, job opportunities, and research in the field of sound healing as a non invasive, non pharmaceutical, complementary therapy for health and wellness, and empowerment.  We work with individuals, public group sessions, events, corporate wellness programs, therapy centers, and doctors to create job opportunities for Sound Healing Practitioners, as well as raise awareness of the power of sound as a non invasive therapy.  | IG: @SoundEmbraceHealth

Dr. Tanine Allison

Dr. Allison is an Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on film, digital media, and video games. Her writing explores transmedia genres, emerging media technologies, and the intersections between analog and digital media. In particular, she explores how the emergence of digital technology in the late twentieth century transformed the ways in which various media forms articulate a sense of realism and generate discourses of authenticity.


Ulester Douglas

In addition to his work as Associate Director of Men Stopping Violence, Ulester is a psychotherapist with extensive training and experience working with individuals, families and communities impacted by violence.  He obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and in 2014 completed a three-year venture as an adjunct professor at Emory University. Ulester was honored by Lifetime Television for Women and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in 2003, The Ford Motor Company in 2012, and the City of Atlanta in 2017, for his work to prevent violence against women. He has also received numerous awards including a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship in 1990, the National District Attorneys Association’s Stephen L. Von Riesen Lecturer of Merit Award in 2010, and the National Black Herstory Task Force’s Comrade Salute Award in 2004. He has been interviewed by local, national media including CNN, The New York Times, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, News One Now with Roland Martin, The Al Sharpton Show, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ulester has authored and co-authored articles and curricula on family violence and other human rights issues, including the article “Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women: The Men Stopping Violence Community-Accountability Model” (2008, Violence Against Women, Sage Publications).


Lee Giordano

Lee Giordano is a community organizer and violence prevention advocate interested in building and sustaining communities of men dedicated to using anti-oppression frameworks to end male violence against women. As the Director of Training at Men Stopping Violence, Lee designs, organizes, and conducts trainings, workshops, and webinars on oppression and violence against women.

Lee co-developed the programs, curriculum and trainings currently being produced by Men Stopping Violence including Because We Have Daughters, and the Mercury Online Multi-Media Training. He also co-authored MSV’s Men At Work Curriculum and the Men at Work training that coincides with that curriculum. Most recently, Lee facilitated the development of MSV’s Mobilizing Men to Prevent Violence Against Women training.

A graduate of Georgia State University with a BS in sociology and a minor in women’s studies, Lee received his MA in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Hope Hilton

Hope Hilton was born in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is a graduate of The Atlanta College of Art and earned her MFA at CUNY Hunter College where she studied public art and relational aesthetics. She’s an artist, educator, designer, and writer who works with communities and students of all ages to inspire and facilitate a sense of place, history, and agency.  | IG @field_work and @hopehilton


Men Stopping Violence

The mission of Men Stopping Violence is to organize men to end male violence against women and girls through innovative trainings, programs and advocacy. MSV believes that an analysis of the interconnection of oppressions is critical to ending violence against women and girls. This belief informs our practice of building accountability among men and with communities. The knowledge, tools and resources developed by MSV are key in engaging and mobilizing men as catalysts for change, and building collaborative relationships with anti-violence programs and other social justice organizations.

Stacy Rodriguez

Stacy Rodriguez is a social worker, holistic organizer and founder of florecer. She clears space for people to create and fully embody their time and space. She sets an intention for every space she organizes and brings her knowledge of human-development and healing to individuals seeking to live more intentional and whole lives.

Narinder Bazen

Narinder Bazen Khalsa has been practicing Kundalini Yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2010. She is a Death Midwife and the founder of Atlanta Death Midwifery. Narinder is also an artist with modalities spanning poetry, photography, drawing and performance. She has a fine arts degree for Performance Studies and has created several micro-theatre experiences in Atlanta since arriving in 2011.  IG @narinder.bazen.khalsa



Sam Gordon

Born in Chicago and traditionally raised on a steady diet of hot dogs, most of Sam’s youth was spent performing in local theater, usually in the role of someone’s evil stepmother. Sam has featured for comedians such as Michael Ian Black and Caleb Synan at venues all over the country. Sam now lives in Atlanta, where she teaches comedy writing with Highwire Comedy Co. and manages Windy Peach Comedy, a producer of comedic content and live shows.

Tra Kirkpatrick, C-IAYT, E-RYT500

Led to yoga over 20 years ago during a time of Divine Discontent in her own life, Tra has been sharing yoga’s powers of healing and wholeness with others for well over a decade. As a certified yoga therapist and life coach, Tra’s work integrates yoga with positive psychology and behavior science to help empower people to recognize and shift patterns that can lead to imbalance and dysfunction. Tra is a founding partner for the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies and trains yoga teachers and yoga therapists throughout the southeast. Tra has been a contributing writer to Elephant Journal, Yoga Therapy Today, Natural Awakenings and is a featured teacher on the international YogaMate website. As a lover of travel and exploration, Tra leads soul-full yoga adventures and experiences to amazing locations throughout the world (Greece, Iceland and Central America to name a few!). When not on the road teaching programs and leading retreats, Tra teaches weekly classes and sees private yoga therapy and Thai bodywork clients in Atlanta and Decatur, Georgia.

Greg Loughlin

Greg Loughlin is a facilitator and trainer with over 18 years’ experience engaging men to prevent male violence against women and children. Prior to joining MSV’s staff, Greg served as Executive Director of the Georgia Commission on Family Violence (GCFV). Greg has presented keynotes or workshops for the FaithTrust Institute, Emory University, the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, and the National District Attorneys Association. In addition, Greg has provided media commentary to the Atlanta Journal Constitution,, HLN, WSB-TV, Peachtree TV, WABE, WREK and WRFG. Greg has an MSW from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a BA from Guilford College. He lives in East Atlanta and serves on the vestry at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Ormewood Park.

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Dr. Michele Schreiber

Dr. Schreiber joined the Department of Film and Media Studies as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2008.  Her research areas include feminist film and media theory, cultural studies, film and television genres, and contemporary Hollywood and independent filmmakers.  She is particularly interested in how popular depictions of gender in the media reflect and inform broader socio-political and cultural trends and attitudes.

MudFire Studio

MudFire is not just another pottery school. We are an open playground for imaginative adults. We are inspired by people like you who know there’s more to life than meetings, budgets and deadlines. We love creatives who believe in making things by hand and don’t mind getting dirty. You need a place to get away from it all. Start an Etsy shop. Make your own dinnerware set. Even if you have never touched clay before you can find your path here.  | IG @mudfire |

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