OUR TEAM

 

JULIA DECKER

FOUNDER

Julia has 13 years of experience in the Los Angeles entertainment industry ranging from acting to writing to producing. She event produced the world premiere of Elevate’s online digital platform Play It Forward featuring the film May I Be Frank. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where Julia had the honor of playing Honey in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Julia is also a partner at CoActive Content, an organization that creates communal experiences that connect individuals with their inner activist and offers them opportunities for socially responsible action. She has served as CoActive’s Director of Community Programming and Outreach for the play The King of the Desert, a story exploring the way our cultural identity often informs our personal view of ourselves. She is also coordinating A Change is Gonna Come, a film designed to educate, inspire civic action, and draw support towards the establishment of a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence. Julia is a Bhakti Yoga trained teacher teaching at Bhakti Yoga Shala in Santa Monica. Julia has also served as a volunteer for Ocean Park Community Center’s Daybreak, a program that supports homeless women suffering from long-term debilitating mental illness. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds a BS in Communications and a BA in Theater.

 

ERIN HUDSON

EVENT PRODUCER

A native Californian, Erin has enjoyed careers in both the entertainment and hospitality industries. Erin began her career in entertainment working for Renita Casting in Los Angeles. She has worked in television as a coordinating producer on the pilot Late Night Toons for Spike TV. Live television projects include the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy awards and the Grammy Nominations 2008 program. Transitioning into film, Erin joined the MR Features team co-producing festival favorites Remember the Eyes and Innocence Remains. Along with Mark Myers of Citizen Skull Productions, Erin produced the short film Surrogate for director/writer Sean Eisele. During her years in the hospitality industry, Erin involved herself in community outreach. While holding the position of General Manager at NOLA restaurant in Palo Alto California, Erin established a relationship with the nonprofit organization Families in Transition of East Palo Alto. Along with NOLA catering food for weekly support meetings, Erin rallied the downtown Palo Alto restaurant community to donate food for the Families in Transition annual Christmas celebration. Furthermore, NOLA closed every Mother’s Day to host a brunch free of cost to the families. Erin has also served as a volunteer for the Special Olympics.

 

STACEY MARTINO

PROGRAMMING ADVISOR

Stacey Martino, a Khalsa Way Prenatal and Bhakti Yoga trained teacher who has her MFA from The New School for Social Research in New York, teaches Parenting as a Practice, a workshop based on sensory awareness for parents and children. She is also currently in the last stages of creating the curriculum for Whole World Child, a project based “playshop” focusing on supporting the whole child and Whole World Family, a center that supports the holistic commitments and explorations of local families. Stacey has been teaching relaxation techniques and sensory work to actors, artists, children, the homeless, trauma survivors, and others on a journey towards wholeness for the past 20 years. She began her teaching career teaching theater in Montessori Preschools and went on to teach adults privately and in workshops in the US and Europe.  Stacey is the founder of CoActive Content, a company that uses art to co-create conscious communities. She serves on the board of i-Act  which seeks to empower individuals to take personal responsibility to act on behalf of those affected by genocide, mass atrocities, and crimes against humanity. Stacey’s passions for community outreach, art and spiritual practice are present in  both her work as a teacher and her creative endeavors. As a wife and mother of two home birthed daughters, Stacey has found her most profound practice within her own home.

 

HEATHER MENDOZA

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Heather is an artist, actor, and community events producer with a deep passion for connecting and activating communities through art, entertainment and the gift of giving. Heather is the Director of Community Programming and Outreach for CoActive Content, a company that uses arts and education to create a world that works for everyone. She is also the founder and community organizer responsible for the Echo Park PDA (Public Displays of Art) Art Walk which has run successfully since 2010. Throughout her childhood, Heather excelled in art and has a talent for crafting one of a kind gifts, which led her to create Art Needs Freedom, an art, fashion, and accessory label set out to inspire people to acknowledge and appreciate one another. Heather has been working with children as a mentor for the past three years with Young Storytellers Foundation, an organization committed to inspire children to discover the power of their own voice. She is also a mentor at 826LA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Heather has also studied relaxation and sensory work for many years. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over a decade.

 

ERIC BELLMAN

LEAD CLINICAL ADVISOR

Eric is a psychotherapist, licensed as a clinical social worker for over 30 years. He has worked at “downtown” psych units and uptown hospitals. He was the first Chief of Social Work Staff and head intake officer with LPS certification at Woodview Calabasas Hospital. It was private sector work and the 1980’s that inspired him to combine public and private sector interfaces in Juvenile Justice Diversion, school violence prevention, and other treatment programs for abused women, drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome. For this work he received a Commendation and Award of Merit from LA County and Certificates of Tribute and Appreciation from the LA City Council and the Mayor, among others. He has also been a State Commissioner for the Licensure Exam, a mentor for the Clinical Society of Social Work in CA, and is ABE national board certified as well as a Fellow in pain management for AAPM. He currently continues to do psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy, as well as pro bono work counseling and consulting on PTSD and borderline personality disorder. His parents both served in WW2. His mother, a RN in the WACs, was his first helping service inspiration. Eric enjoys film, hiking, and gardening, and is blessed with a family that includes four grandchildren.

 

ERNEST TOLBERT, JR.

VETERAN COUNCIL MEMBER

Ernest Tolbert, Jr. is currently working with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs MIRECC Centers as a Peer Coach/Counselor. As a Peer Coach/Counselor he employs fundamental principles, methods, and theories of mental health counseling to teach and counsel Veteran mental health patients and empower them to take personal responsibility for their recovery. Ernest also works with Vet 2 Vet, an organization that addresses the spiritual, emotional, educational, vocational and transitional needs of Veterans. As a Peer Facilitator he teaches several classes, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mental Illness Anonymous (MIA), Recovery, and Addiction, HEP-C, Connectiveness, and other classes that empower Veterans. As an Air Force Veteran, Ernest is committed to supporting our Veterans as they achieve their goals and re-establish themselves into the mainstream of life. Ernest has more than 20 years of experience in government, private and corporate management. As a job developer for the Atlanta Urban League, Ernest identified and partnered with local employers to provide employment opportunities for job-seekers and taught potential employees a job preparation course. Ernest’s experience with the Atlanta Urban League led to the creation of the Four Elements of Being, a program designed to teach self-empowerment to youth, young adults and older adults, from 13 to 68, who have been incarcerated, homeless, substance abusers or in the foster care system. Since relocating to Los Angeles in 2009, Ernest has taught continuing education high school students participating in the Los Angeles Unified School District Sojourner Truth Home’s after-school program. He has also completed instructor training with Spirit Awakening Foundation’s “Writes of Passage – Unmasking Your Authentic Voice,” an award-winning writing program for teens and incarcerated youth. Ernest is presently developing a program to inspire boys and girls from 13 to 24 years old who have been incarcerated, on probation, or in the foster care system to understand and use spiritual principles in their lives so that they see life differently, make responsible decisions and choices, and as a result, create a new life experience for themselves. Ernest is a certified Department of Mental Health Peer Supervisor, a certified National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Resolution facilitator, a certified Anger Management facilitator/counselor, and a registered Big Brother.

 

DANIELA REY AND SARA GLASER

BRAND MANAGEMENT, GRAPHIC DESIGN

Daniela Rey- graphic designer and filmmaker has produced dozens of media projects for clients like the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), PBS, Meaningful Media, California Immigrant Policy Center and The State of California. Sara Glaser- media strategist, campaign organizer, and filmmaker keenly focuses on innovators and thought leaders from a variety of sectors who are redefining their careers as a vehicle for creative expression, financial freedom and societal transformation. Daniela and Sara founded Kind Media Foundation, a nonprofit media organization that produces high-end video, web, print and social media to assist & empower nonprofit organizations tackling key global and local social & environmental issues. Partnering with Serve The Warrior has allowed the KMF team to contribute to the tremendous work involved in the production of this event by providing services like clear and engaging identity and web design to help drive effective, long-term branding results. Daniela and Sara are grateful to have the opportunity to bring the power of media to connect people and enable inspiring ideas to be discovered, shared and supported.