Donna DeGennaro, PhD Founder/Executive Director/Board Chair
Donna obtained her PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for creating socially just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. During this time, she developed an innovative pedagogical model that simultaneously addresses the digital divide, culturally responsive learning, and social justice education. Donna recently founded Unlocking Silent Histories (USH), a non-profit organization that aims to amplify the voices and identities of indigenous youth. USH utilized this pedagogy model that emerges from the local context. She was motivated to start USH after being perpetually inspired by the ways that the pedagogical model not only unleashes youth voice & agency, but also opens spaces for young people to envision and create their own futures. Her commitment to indigenous populations began in Guatemala, where she witnessed USH participants capturing their languages and cultures. Donna has learned conversational Spanish from our USH students.


Janelle Babington
Janelle is the founder and CEO of One Red Lion, an online social platform where people can easily find a current list of hundreds of thousands of nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to their passions that they don’t know exist. In her past life Janelle has Planned and presided over 100 plus board meetings. Janelle has a passion for animal welfare and is an active donor and philanthropist.


Jennifer Baker, JD             
Jennifer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. She subsequently obtained her JD from OU, where she served as an Articles Editor for the American Indian Law Review and received a Certificate in American Indian Law. Jennifer spent three years working at DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc., nonprofit legal services corporation that operates on and around the Navajo Nation, before moving to the Denver area to enter private practice. Jennifer’s legal practice focuses on representing Indigenous Nations and individuals in areas including sovereignty, tribal governance, contracts, and environmental issues.



Heather Lascano             
Heather has gathered 19+ years of professional experience in a variety of areas (ranging from entrepreneurial to corporate) in fields of biochemical research and development, patent and business law, advocacy in education, and consulting.  She continues to consult in business program and project management, both locally and internationally. A common thread in all of her work has been in upholding individual access to information and education – which is what led her to support USH and their mission.



Mark McMullen             
Mark has twenty years consulting experience with skills in cyber security, system development life cycle, and training & curriculum development, with Booz Allen Hamilton and CAP Gemini/Sogeti, delivering to clients such as US Treasury, IRS, VA, HUD, Mellon Bank, and American Red Cross. He also worked at United Way of America of over eight years as Director of Membership and various positions in their IT and Research Departments. He is an award winning screenwriter/producer and is a partner in film production company, Matching Sweaters Productions. He's been a professional member and youth mentor with the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, and founder and co-chair of the Native American Forum at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's passionate about tribal culture and all things indigenous.



Ingrid Sub Cuc              
Ingrid is Kaqchikel and Q’eqchi’ Maya from Sololá, Guatemala. She grew up in Sololá and moved to the US at age 12. Ingrid went on to pursue her passion for Indigenous rights and medicine in the US graduating with a B.S. in Biology from Whitworth University in Washington State. Ingrid has returned to Guatemala various times throughout her years spent abroad, working as an intern and volunteering for health organizations in Guatemala. She has also participated and worked for various institutions in the U.S. Ingrid currently works for Cultural Survival, an Indigenous Rights organization, based in Boston with a sister organization in Guatemala. She is the program assistant for the Community Radio Project that works to legalize community media access for indigenous communities all over Guatemala. She speaks English, Spanish and proficient Kaqchikel.



Rachel Bodkin-Fox       
Rachel is a passionate and experienced advocate for community engagement in all sectors - public, private, nonprofit, and for-benefit.  Rachel is currently the Director of the Building a Better Wilmington Campaign, where she has spent nearly two years producing and marketing films about the great work of the many nonprofits in Southeastern North Carolina.  Prior to returning to graduate school, Rachel served as the Congressional District Leader for the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty organization co-founded by Bono from U2, where she led the charge on requesting funding for programs benefiting the world's poorest across the globe.  As a board member emeritus of the ONE Moms Advisory Council, Rachel participated in the 2011  ONE Mom's trip to Kenya and was showcased on ABC World News as "Persons of the Week".  Rachel has served on numerous other nonprofit boards in the past and been guest speaker at the NC USNC for UN Women Annual Luncheon, UNA-USABreakfast, multiple Rotary chapter meetings and UNCW School of Social Work, School of International Affairs, and School of Anthropology.  With her reach and passion for building strong communities, Rachel will be dedicated to developing mission-driven content and initiatives to expand the reach of Unlocking Silent Histories around the world. 


Chico Colvard              

Chico Colvard is an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he offers film related courses. He also founded and curates the UMB Film Series. Colvard is also a filmmaker. His award-winning film, FAMILY AFFAIR, premiered in competition at Sundance (2010) and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her cable channel OWN. The film has since screened at festivals and cable channels around the world, Including PBS – America ReFramed, RTÉ TV/Ireland, Stern TV/Germany, Denmark, Israel and New Zealand. Colvard is a former filmmaker-in-residence at WGBH Boston, a Flaherty Fellow, Firelight Media Producing Fellow and Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. He has received support from ITVS, HBO, FORD Foundation, LEF Moving Image Fund, Vital Projects Fund, and Impact Partners. He is a frequent panelist, moderator and juror at film festivals. He also is often invited to guest-lecture at colleges and universities. His new feature doc in progress, BLACK MEMORABILIA, is a love story about racist memorabilia – a personal portraiture piece that moves beyond absolute objections and perverse attractions to those who reproduce, consume and reclaim the objects.


Rick Duque, PhD              
Dr. Duque's research focuses on the global diffusion of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) like Internet, mobile phones and digital video technologies across developing regions of the world. He has published widely on the adoption and use of new ICTs in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America and how these technologies are shaping knowledge work, social networks, identity, research praxis and pedagogy.


JK Presnal              
JK (Jim) Presnal is the Founder and Former President of Community Film Studio Santa Barbara (CFSSB), the world's first non-profit, all-volunteer, community-centric motion picture studio. He has also been a Senior Instructor, UCLA Extension's "Making the Short Fiction Film", a Program Administrator, UCLA Extension Film, Television and Multimedia program, and a Program Administrator, Maine Media Workshops+College (formerly: International Film and Television Workshops). His film accomplishments include being the Producer/Executive Producer of CFSSB's award-winning feature film "The Bet.", Producer, Chinese American co-venture feature film "Beyond the Golden Gate", the Line Producer, feature film "Crazed Cop", the Segment Producer, feature film "Texas Comedy Massacre" and the Producer-Director, "Independence." The official film of the Texas Sesquicentennial.



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