The Team

BOARD MEMBERS
Lourdes Lee Vasquez
(President/Chair of Film Committee)
Bryan Vasquez (Vice President/Chair of Marketing Committee)
Paul Raia (Secretary/Chair of Cultural Events Committee)

Paul Raia was born in Brooklyn, NY and was raised on Long Island. He attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Mass Communications and Broadcasting. He served as Program Director for WODU radio and hosted a weekly radio program on the FM Adult Alternative station “The Coast” in 1993. He spent time as a jazz critic and journalist for the popular Flagpole Magazine in Athens, GA in 1995 before moving to the Southwest in 1997. He received his teaching degree from Arizona State University and spent the next several years teaching Elementary School in the Isaac School District. Paul currently works as a Retention Specialist for the Non-Profit Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, where he coaches and advises college students towards academic success. He also serves as a mentor in the Arizona Quest for Kids program, and event plans and fundraises for the SEEDS program, a Non-Profit that assists women in recovery from domestic violence and drug/alcohol abuse. In 2009, Paul completed the Center for Progressive Leadership’s Political Leaders Fellowship and began his work with Embracing Humanity. In his free time Paul likes to play guitar and sing at local coffeehouses with his band mates, DJ parties, shop at local record stores, watch documentaries, cook and eat spicy food, read books by his spiritual leader the Dalai Llama, and cheer the Suns, Knicks, Jets and Yankees. His wife Heather and son Julian (Ju-Ju) teach him not to take life too seriously and to dance like no one is watching. He would like to go deep sea diving and is learning to play the ukulele.

SHORT FILMS COMMITTEE
Andre Gordon (Chair)

FEATURE FILM COMMITTEE
Lourdes Lee Vasquez (Chair)

MARKETING COMMITTEE
Bryan Vasquez (Chair)

CULTURAL EVENTS COMMITTEE
Paul Raia (Chair)

FORUMS COMMITTEE
Robin Postel (Chair)

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Elisia Flores (Chair/Treasurer)

ADVISORY BOARD
Essen Otu
Tavy Long

 

 

 
 

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