Core team of volunteers
Images & Voices of Hope’s core team of volunteers have been involved with the organization for many years. They help the organization in a variety of ways and are especially instrumental in planning ivoh’s annual media summit.
Veteran investigative journalist Roberta Baskin recently set out on a surprising new career path. She joined the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit with Case Western Reserve University to search out and showcase radical innovations in businesses across the globe. The partnership with the UN Global Compact’s five hundred business schools will create nominations for The Flourish Prizes. During her distinguished broadcast journalism career, Roberta routinely made news targeting corporate misconduct. Roberta has won more than 75 journalism awards including prestigious Peabodys, duPont Columbia Awards, and multiple Emmy Awards. As a result of her investigations, she’s made beer healthier, exposed sweatshops in the shoe and soccer industries, uncovered pediatric dental abuses, and succeeded in banning dangerous products. Baskin has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Integrity, the senior Washington correspondent for “NOW with Bill Moyers,” senior investigative producer for the ABC News magazine “20/20,” chief investigative correspondent for the CBS News magazine “48 Hours,” and contributed special reports to the “CBS Evening News.” Her proudest achievements are the wrongs she righted, especially transforming the way companies do business. Most recently Roberta revolutionized communications at the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Roberta has actively served on numerous boards of directors, including the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Journalism and Women Symposium, the Center for Public Integrity, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Committee, the International Communications Forum-America, and Images & Voices of Hope. She was honored with a year-long Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and named an Ethics Fellow at the Poynter Institute. Roberta also taught a graduate school course on investigative reporting at Georgetown University, and has been a guest lecturer internationally from Baku to Budapest to Borneo. She’s an avid scuba diver and likes to Baskin’ the sun whenever she can!
Wendy is a strategic partnerships professional, executive producer, and advocate, excelling in identifying and fostering synergies, building and managing productive relationships. She has over 27 years’ experience developing and leveraging partnerships, including funding, primarily in media and non-profit sectors. Current projects include directing strategic partnerships for a new PBS veterans initiative developed by Sebastian Junger and Karl Marlantes, produced by Twin Cities Public TV. She is also in final stage development of a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.
As Senior Development Advisor for Discovery Learning Alliance, she helped expand their Learning Center initiative in Africa, and co-executive produced Inside Story, a pan-African, feature film-based initiative in the fight against HIV/AIDS. She has forged alliances between Fortune 500 companies and award-winning PBS programs such as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, and Charlie Rose, as well as IMAX films, such as Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France.
Her work – whether in media, arts, public or private sectors – is anchored in a longstanding belief in and passion for the generative and transformative power of storytelling, community engagement and dialogue. She is a dedicated advocate for sustainable development, veterans’ and women’s issues and positive social change, especially through media, the arts and dialogue.
Wendy serves on the Core Team of ivoh and on the Advisory Board of Ocean Research Conservation Association. She holds a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry from Weatherhead School of Management; B.S in English Education and Writing from Ohio State University, and studied for M.F.A in Theatre Directing at Ohio State University.
After a 30 year career working at the intersection of marketing, advertising, design and media, Randi founded The Innovagency, a collaborative network of thought and business leaders, scientists, designers and media makers working together to create large scale systems change. The predominant focus of the network is to proliferate 21st century leadership theory & praxis to those working in complex human systems and multi-stakeholder engagement projects. Prior to The Innovagency, Randi was affiliated with Bruce Mau Design as the U.S. Director of New Business Development and the Epic Decade, a Design Thinking Consultancy as Director of Strategic Partnerships. As Director of Development for the Carbon Underground, Randi will engage diverse stakeholder groups to fund clinical trials, build an impact investment fund and develop a crowd-sourced collective action community engagement platform.
Lois Fiore is a journalist by osmosis. For 35 years she worked at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, absorbing as much as possible. For the first 20 of those years she was assistant to curators James C. Thomson, Jr., Howard Simons, and Bill Kovach. Among her responsibilities was organizing weekly seminars, where influential academics, writers, journalists, artists, and generally interesting or funny or smart people met with the Nieman Fellows for intimate and informal conversation. For 15 years she was assistant editor of Nieman Reports — working at various times on all aspects of the magazine — for five years with editor Robert Phelps and 10 with editor Melissa Ludtke. Fiore took early retirement from the foundation in 2009. Along with her work at the foundation, Lois has been a painter for more than 30 years, living in a loft/studio at the Brickbottom Artist Building in Somerville, Mass. She’s curated (and had work in) shows in the building’s gallery, participates in the annual open studios and in group shows, and has had solo exhibitions. Lois began her career wanting to be a music critic and remains intensely interested in contemporary music.
Rose recently founded Virtue Connection to promote the classical virtues as a path to happiness. For many years she lectured, taught, and wrote on the calligraphic arts, serving as editor of “Letter Arts Review” from 2001-2006. Her calligraphy has been widely exhibited in North America and in Europe and China, and is held in collections such as those of Harvard and Yale Universities, Queen Elizabeth II, President and Mrs. Clinton, and St. John Paul II. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, Fred.
Ronnie was a CNN correspondent for Latin America for many years and more recently was a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Bogota, Colombia, and the recipient of a grant from Transparency International to assist in a project with a Colombian organization of journalists that developed crowd-sourced maps that tracked crime and corruption. Ronnie also was associate director of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism at San Francisco State University. She has also published two mobile travel guides for travelers heading to western North Carolina and Bogota. Most recently, she has worked as freelance editor and writer and as a navigator assisting people to obtain health care through the Affordable Care Act in Florida. Currently she and a partner are developing an online news publication to serve north-central Florida in the area she now calls home. Ronnie began her career as a journalist in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is also working on a memoir and a collection of short stories based on her experiences in Latin America and her growing up years in Newark, N.J. She is excited to be part of ivoh’s volunteer team.
Veronica is an ivoh core team member who has participated in, or introduced ivoh to, a number of cities around the world, including St. Petersburg and Moscow, Belo Horizonte, Milan, Santiago, Quito, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Reykjavik. She is the coordinator of the Brahma Kumaris work in Florida.
Kathleen is a filmmaker and journalist who has produced and directed non-fiction films for national and international television for 25 years. Pearce’s documentary programs have focused on social, humanitarian, mental health and environmental issues. Her stories have been honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for Investigative Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, Emmy Awards for Community Service and the Scott Newman Drug Abuse Prevention Award among others. Kathleen is developing a documentary that examines the psychological effect of war on soldiers. She has served as a supervising producer and producer/director/writer for: Turner Broadcasting, ABC News, American Movie Classics, NBC, PBS, and Ted Koppel’s KCI among others. Kathleen also earned her Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) in order to provide therapy to those who suffer from trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She is currently counseling transplant patients and their families at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Transplant Institute in Washington, D.C. Kathleen has served on the core team of Images and Voices of Hope since 2006 and also volunteers to help veterans.
Meredith is a longtime television producer and host living in South Florida. Producing television programs for public television in South Florida has been her profession and passion for over 35 years. She recently produced and hosted the popular show “ArtStreet” for WLRN, which for 11 years took viewers to theaters, museums, galleries and other cultural venues with stories of all types of artists and the creative process. Her other WLRN productions have been about helping the community in a number of different ways. On the Emmy-nominated series Enlighten, she has shown the public how they could bring more balance and wellness into their lives through yoga, positive thinking, healthy eating and more. Meredith has been active with Images and Voices of Hope since its inception 14 years ago.
Erin Shaw Street
Erin is Lifestyle Editor at Birmingham, Alabama-based Big Communications, a full-service creative agency. In this role, she helps manage the agency’s content initiatives for a wide range of clients, including those in the travel, tourism, and food space. Street previously served as Deputy Editor at Southern Living, managing Travel and Culture and Integrated Content, developing digital and social media strategy for the brand. She founded Southern Living’s Daily South blog and helped lead the staff’s transition to digital fluency. As a writer and editor, she specialized in stories of the modern South, with an emphasis on regional revitalization, travel destinations, and the rise of the maker movement across a 17-state area. Prior to her leadership at the magazine, she worked as Director of Community Affairs at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, managing public relations, fundraising, and volunteer services. She began her career as a newspaper reporter, working at The Birmingham Post-Herald andSarasota Herald Tribune. A graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, she is the recipient of more than 20 writing awards, including the 2011 Gold Lowell Thomas Award for “What Stands In A Storm.” A native of Clearwater Florida, graduate of the University of South Carolina, and Birmingham resident, she is passionate about telling stories about the South. A proponent of grassroots media education, she’s a founding member of the Alabama Social Media Association. She has taught through the Creative Non-Fiction Foundation, and is passionate about journalism education, leadership, and stories of second chances. She writes at erinshawstreet.com (Twitter, Instagram @erinshawstreet).