Curry GlassellHigh on her list of priorities Curry Glassell has made giving a voice to the voiceless the center of her philanthropic work. Curry’s civic involvement ranges from supporting organizations focused on promoting self- expression through art to those who work at the grassroots level in providing education, human services and equal opportunity to people most in need. Outside of her community work Curry’s entrepreneurial endeavors include building and supporting several start-up companies. A native New Yorker, Ms. Glassell graduated from the legendary Parsons /The New School for Social Research in New York City. Curry is a devoted mother to her two sons, Nathan and Sam, and lives in Houston, Texas.
John X. CareyTwenty-four year old Los Angeles based director of documentaries and commercials. Grew up on a ranch to parents who were writers. Attended Art Center College of Design on a full scholarship. Accomplishments include: 2012 AICP award, 2012 CLIO shortlist, 2011 GOLD Art Directors Club cube, 2011 Cannes Young Director Award, 2011 OnVidi $10,000 first place award. View work at www.johnxcarey.com, follow, and friend.
Diana EspitiaDiana is the managing partner of a Houston-based consulting firm that focuses on enabling clients to optimize their value. Ms. Espitia supports and advances the philanthropic and business agendas of a diverse clientele. With fifteen years of experience in fund raising, marketing and public relations she works closely with startups, established organizations and individuals. Diana’s portfolio includes Shell Oil Company; CITGO Petroleum; Newcoast Entertainment, the MLK Memorial Foundation; John Hofmeister, author of “Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider”, and the not-for profit, Citizens for Affordable Energy. Prior to opening her firm Diana worked for the American Red Cross and the Association for the Advancement for Mexican-Americans (AAMA). Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Diana graduated from the University of Houston.
Dr. Luis Velez, MD, PhDLuis Fernando Vélez is a Colombian born scholar and community activist, living in Houston, Texas. He trained as a medical doctor at Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia, and received Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. For 17 years he has worked as a cancer prevention scientist at three of the four cancer centers in Texas accredited by the National Cancer Institute. His fields of expertise include chronic disease prevention and control, behavioral sciences, health communication, community based program design and evaluation, and policy advocacy. He has been actively involved in grassroots initiatives advocating for smoke-free workplace legislation, cancer prevention, human rights, environmental protection, and the solution of inequities affecting minority groups.
EricTwenty-one-year-old Eric is a member of the Harvard College’s class of 2013. His family immigrated to the United States in 1994 and has lived in San Antonio, Texas ever since. Due to his status as an undocumented immigrant, Eric is an ardent advocate for the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform. His focus is on the education of undocumented youth. He is one of the founders of UNDER, an organization that seeks to guide undocumented students in the college application process.
EddyUniversity of Texas Alum Eddy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Teaching. He migrated to the United States at the age of 14. The twenty-four-year-old hopes to become a doctor one day. Eddy spends most days preparing himself to apply to attend medical school. Among his interests are languages, the arts, and playing tennis.
LeticiaLeticia has been living in the United States since she was two-years-old. A recent magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston, the twenty-four-year-old holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design. A fan of architecture pioneer Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, Leticia is counting the days to when she is able to apply the skills and knowledge she acquired during the past five years.
Out of respect for the stage in which Leticia finds herself in the "coming out" process as an undocumented student, her character is played by actress Jessica Rodriguez.