Board of Directors
President: David Russo
As an engineer, David has been a product manager and project leader creating better standards of living for people around the world. David created a partnership between Siemans and Engineers without Borders to create a health clinic for an underserved population in Peru. David served WFOHD in Uganda, bringing water irrigation technology, water filters and his favorite sport, soccer, to the Nserester School Complex, serving over 100 orphans. Today, the Nserester Soccer training program produced a national winning team from former street children, thanks to David’s initiative. David graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and NYU Stern Business School with a Masters in Business Administration.
Vice President: Nicki Alpin
Discovered at 6 years old to model, Nicki eventually went into acting as a young adult. After entering into the fashion industry for 10 years and later raising a family, she continues with acting. Nicki has appeared on TV in “Gossip Girl” with Blake Lively, 30 Rock with Alec Baldwin, “Boardwalk Empire” with Steve Buscemi, “Person of Interest” with Michael Emerson, and in movies such as “The Dictator”, “Sophomore” and “Lucky Numbers.” She has also continues to model and perform in commercials. Nicki graduated from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). She also studied with Warren Robinson, Tony Greco and Gene Frankel. Along with serving LiTPEACE, Nicki volunteers with Northern Westchester Hospital. She has always been a big supporter of children and supports efforts towards creating a world. of peace. “I’m all for giving ‘children a right start’. I lost my mother when I was 12 years old, so I know what it feels like to be missing something fundamental in life. I was fortunate to have the right support when I needed it and now hope to give back to other children in need.” Nicki’s strategy to life is to “shower people with kindness.”
Treasurer: Suna Senman
Suna Senman, LMSW is a life transformation facilitator. She blogs on topic for The Huffington Post; she has been a featured expert in media including CBS and Fox; she has published articles in media including Natural Health andBeliefnet; she is the author of two books – Being: A Process and Peace: Discovering Life’s Harmony through Relationships; and her writing has included interviews with supermodel Tyra Banks and NY Times best-selling author and meditation expert Sharon Salzberg.
Suna has a masters in clinical social work and a social work license from New York State; she has a masters in religious education; and she is certified as an eating disorders counselor and true identity mentor. She specializes in wellness counseling, childhood development, peace education, and diversity training. Through her work, Suna helps people expand their sense of self, release their illusion of separation, develop nurturing partnerships, and consciously design a harmonious life path.
Suna began her professional career as an elite gymnastics coach – through which she taught the importance of developing a strong core and inner compass. With her guidance, Suna’s students were able to stay grounded and focused, even as they somersaulted through the air. As she transitioned into a career as a clinical social worker and mental health counselor, Suna continued emphasizing the importance of the inner core and compass — to help her clients stay true to themselves and remain peaceful, no matter what turbulence they might encounter in their lives.
With her diverse and eclectic background, as well as her experience creating and recreating her identity throughout her life, Suna offers an expansive point of reference, a deep well of compassion, and a high capacity for intensity: She was raised in a Turkish-Swedish household, has lived around the world, and speaks several languages
Secretary: Cecilia Mejia
Board Member: Darren Foster
Board Member: Vivianne Friedberg
Vivianne has worked as an artist full-time since 2006 and currently resides in Sweden. She had worked as an international Marketing Professional for many years. After a broken neck bone and a very dangerous and complicated surgery, she survived and was not able to work in the regular job market anymore, but her gift of painting gave her her sense back in life. She has had several exhibitions around Europe, televised interviews and newspaper reports in Germany.
Vivianne started to paint at the age of two and developed her own style of painting by the age of 15. Since then, Vivianne has worked as a Curator and opened several exhibitions of artists. She has received international recognition for her art, having received invitations to Bienalle Exhibitions in Florence, London and Switzerland.
In addition to being a board member at LiTPEACE, some of Vivianne’s positions and honors include:
- Participated in Who is Who in the fine Arts Book of a Leipzig Art Institute 2011/2012
- Study of “Detail Work, Act Drawing, Aquarell Painting” in the Wiesbaden Art School in 2006-2008.
- Permanent Self Study of Portrait Techniques and Shading, Building Constructions.
- Marbling of benches in an Old Castle in Bad Neustadt, which is owned by the Sister of Karl-Theodor zu Guttemberg.
- Executive Leader of the Art Club Bad Neustadt 2008-2010.
- Report about her work in 2009 on German television
- Founder & CEO – Societe for Art, Theater and Culture Ek. För.
- Backstage Care at Lasses Kvarteer
- Artist, Writer, Performer, Illustrator
Along with painting, Vivianne loves to travel, develop new styles and designs, write and dance. She now goes through life with a different view and continues to develop her personality throughout her life experiences.
Global Advisory Board
I came to New York City in 2001 and worked as a Marketing Director for a few years whilst re-inventing myself in the holistic field. In 2003, I graduated as a wellness educator in a holistic study; in 2005 I was accredited as a Certified Life Coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF). The ICF is committed to credibility and permanence of the Coaching Profession through establishing credentialing standards of coaches and training programs and providing a code of professional ethics. I was a Director of the ICF NYC-Chapter from 2005 to 2007. The International Coach Federation is the largest not-for-profit organization for coaches worldwide.
I founded my company, Dreams Into Actions, in 2005 in New York City serving others to live purposeful and fulfilling lives. I had discovered my purpose in life and felt a calling to support others in reaching their dreams and I believe that the key to living our dreams lies ‘within’ everyone. My coaching is based on self-knowledge, combined with our ability to envision and believe in our dreams with an overall commitment to be the best we can possibly be.
Nova Loraine Littlejohn
After receiving her Masters in Clinical Psychology as well as Certificates in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Nova attended F.I.T. in NYC and began her entrepreneurial journey as a fashion designer and consultant. She is currently the editor of Raine Magazine and CEO of Raine Creative Holdings that include Raine Magazine & Raine Creative Consulting.
Nova’s designs have been featured in Italian Vogue, Essence Magazine as well as been seen on the View, Oprah and Fox.
Raine Magazine can be found on select newsstands, www.rainemagazine.com, Barnes and Noble.com / The Nook App (2014) and Itunes / Google Play (Spring 2014).
Carla A. Woolf is a former CDA certified Preschool teacher turned independent researcher and is the principal author of Cognitivology® and Cognitively Correct® materials. Cognitivology’s leading theme and area of expertise is Intuitive Intelligence Development, in particular as it is relative to early cognitive development and intuitive language development during the first five years of life. Carla Woolf conducts workshops to help early educators and parents understand how language is the central tool for establishing the patterns of unlimited knowledge processing, and how language plays a key role in activating the full authentic potential of the human brain. Most specifically, Carla and associate Bryce Conway define how the preschool stage is the “foundation for everything in life”, and subsequently, how “everything” in life ought to be distinctly defined by the preschool stage of brain development.
Books authored by C.A. Woolf include:
- “Connecting the Dots – The Cognitively Correct® Way to Speak with Preschoolers”
- “THE DOTS CONNECTED – What Does Childhood Really Have to do with Adulthood, Plus, Intuition’s Role in Fulfilling the Total Development of the Human Brain and Unlimited Potential of the Human Mind” co-authored by Bryce Conway.
Both of these books are available in revised and updated Second Editions. Currently, Cognitivology’s third book is in the works – titled: “Collecting and Connecting the Dots ~ Human Brain Version 10.0 – Upgrading our 40,000 year-old Brains. A Collaborative Human Progress Project” [copyright July 2014, available from Cognitivology® publishing by September 2014]
- The founder of Connected Women, co-founder BRANDit, creator of the two EU Awarded Leadership & Personal Branding Programs Discover Your X-Factor and BRANDit.
- The founding & steering committee member of ATL Europe a globally recognised peer group for people doing Transformation work a Chapter of the TLC formed by Jack Canfield (Author of Chicken Soup for you Soul and Success Principles)
- The author of the upcoming book; BRANDING YOUR X-FACTOR – The Secret Sauce to Success for Speakers, Coaches & Consultants which will be published by Raymond Aaron a NY Times Best Selling Author.
- The vice-president for FKA, the Icelandic Associations of Women Business Leaders
Jennifer’s upbringing served as a foundation for her career and her current work as a mind, body, and spirit practitioner. Growing up the ninth of twelve children, the daughter of a minister and his wife, Jennifer witnessed her parents as inspirational role models in their service to the youth and elders of the community. They created sustainable programs ranging from a state-of-the-art community center in Queens, New York, to missionary work in West Africa.
Jennifer received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hunter College and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. She completed Advanced Clinical Social Work in Family Therapy at Hunter College School of Social Work. She has held leadership positions as an administrator in organizations serving children and families in need of mental health services.
Highlights of Jennifer’s professional career include serving as Director of the Youth Counseling League of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Division Director of Mental Health Services for the Educational Alliance, and Director of Collaborative Initiatives for Turnaround for Children. She was recently employed as an Adjunct Lecturer at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, in the position of field advisor for graduate students. She served for three years as First Vice-President of the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter.
Jennifer has been a trained family therapist and a leader in the field of social work for more than three decades. However, she has always found time to volunteer, and to serve and support others. She volunteered with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services Trauma Task Force at Pier 94, after the September 11th tragedy. She worked with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Mental Health Specialist after Hurricane Rita, and during the 10th anniversary of 9/11. She was a volunteer hospice worker at Beth Israel Hospital. She currently volunteers as a co-leader of a children’s bereavement group at Staten Island University Hospital Hospice. She has traveled on four missions to Israel, as a representative of the Educational Alliance, under the auspices of United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York.
Today, Jennifer is an independent practitioner. She maintains a private therapy practice in Staten Island, working with children and adults. She also provides individual sessions offering pranic healing and mindfulness meditative practices.