Board of Directors;
President - Executive Director: Kathleen Agena
Kathleen Agena has served with several United Nations agencies and international and national foundations both here and abroad including the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Environment Program, UNICEF, the International Council for Educational Development, the Council for Economic Priorities, the American Society of Urban Planning Officials, and the Center for Urban Policy Research. She has written articles and editorials for the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Sun-Times, Albany Times Union, Hearst Newspaper Corporation, New York Times Wire Service, and scholarly publications. For several years, she was an editor of Partisan Review, an influential intellectual and literary magazine. She has a long-standing involvement with the arts and national and international cultural exchanges, with a special interest in improving the lives of children.
Dr. Larry Brendtro is President of the Resilience Academy and Circle of Courage Institute and the author of numerous books on the education and treatment of troubled and traumatized youth. He has taught at the University of Illinois, Ohio State University and Augustana College. Dr. Brendtro is editor of the journal “Reclaiming Children and Youth.” He serves on the coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention and trains professional psychologists and sociologists who counsel youth worldwide.
Reverend James Knox:
Reverend James Knox is a graduate of New Brunswick Bible Institute in Victoria, New Brunswick and holds a degree in theology from Covington Theological Seminary. He is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Lebanon Springs, New York and organizes and coordinates all the services of the church, including two worship services on Sunday, a Wednesday night Prayer Meeting, the Sunday School Program, and with the aid of his wife Amy, directs Vacation Bible School for children in the church and community. He and his wife have been blessed with seven wonderful children. Their eldest daughter, Robin, was a student ambassador with People to People and in the summer of 2011 visited six different countries as a representative of the United States.
Naomi Lazard co-founded the Hamptons’ International Film Festival in East Hampton, New York. She wrote a stage play entitled “The Elephant and the Dove” (awarded first prize at the Moondance Film Festival for stage plays) and a screen play, “The White Raven” (a finalist in the Moondance Film Festival). She has been awarded two fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poetry has been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Chicago Review, Paris Review, and the American Scholar as well as in three books of collected poems —Ordinances, The Cry of the Peacocks, and The Moonlit Upper Deckerina. She is the author of the childrens’ book “What Amanda Saw.” Her translations of “The True Subject, Selected Poems by Faiz Ahmed Faiz,” was published by Princeton University Press. As a result of her translations, Ms. Lazard was sent to India and Pakistan as part of the cultural exchange program of the United States Information Agency.