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Nadine heimann, Executive Director

Nadine supports progressive education for our youth. She believes SEL has the potential to empower students from the inside out, helping to ignite a sense of purpose. She is dedicated to providing Social Emotional Learning opportunities for all youth to learn the skills and tools they need to achieve success and inner fulfillment.  She found her calling in humanitarian services when she taught theater to developmentally disabled adults at Mi-Star in Los Angeles in 2006. She served as CEO of HOW (Helping Others Worldwide) 501(C)3 from 2009-2011, creating and executing a Healing Art Programs for orphaned youth in Sierra Leone, Africa. In 2012, Nadine founded True Connection to empower youth through SEL, art and meditation with youth in Los Angeles, Compton and Watts. She is an artist, painter and actress. Catch her on Casual, Scorpion and The Young & Restless.


 
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tenley hardin, curriculum director

Tenley has a great passion for helping adolescents unlock and optimize their true potential. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her graduate degrees in teaching and English from Belmont University. Additionally, she is a certified IPEC life coach. She is currently in a master's program in psychology at Pepperdine University. With 14 years of educational experience as a high school AP English teacher, college instructor, and college counselor, Tenley currently runs her own education and life coaching company (Limitless Heart, LLC) and provides college counseling and life coaching to adolescents, families, and adults from around the world. Tenley recently published her book, Leap Before You Look: 7 Steps to Discover Who You Are, What You Want, and How to Change the World on Amazon. With over 13 years in education as a teacher, life coach, and college counselor, Tenley hopes to empower adolescents to listen to their intuition, become more emotionally intelligent, and live with greater passion and purpose.


 
 

armen ohannessian, marketing Director

With 20 years’ advertising agency experience, Aremen has worked on campaigns for top brands like Lexus, Disney, and ESPN and gladly donated design and marketing services to non-profits like City of Hope, Children’s Hospital and March of Dimes. He's committed to supporting youth in discovering their inner strength, compassion, and the power of positive thinking. Armen is also a filmmaker using his talents to empower youth through story-telling. Stay tuned for Ghosts of Anbar, the movie.


 
 

krisan Crow, Pilot Program manager

Krisan has over twenty years of experience as a Project Manager for a wide array of educational environments. As the Director of the TRIO college-access high school and adult programs, she focused on removing barriers to higher education. She served as a grant writer, editor and researcher for Colorado Mountain College and the University of Wyoming. Krisan is leading True Connection's HiEQ Pilot Program, and also volunteers for a meditation studio in Venice, CA called Ceremony Meditation. She is dedicated to connecting youth with opportunities to support their dreams, help them find their purpose and build self efficacy.


claudia morales, impact strategist

Claudia specializes in research strategy, training and coaching. She worked with the Economic & Workforce Development Department for the city of Los Angeles. She developed a plan for sustainability and expansion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the United Arab Emirates. She was Sr. Case Manager at the Youth Policy Institute, Program Manager for Community Educational Services in partnership with the City of San Francisco, and an Asset Coach for Youth & Family Enrichment Services in partnership with the County of San Mateo. She has her M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship, B.S. in Social Sciences, and minored in Spanish.


omar genao, graphic design

Omar Genao is a graphic designer, illustrator, and content creator.  Constructing creative design and branding for several international brands including; Palmolive, discovery kids, Nestle, and Colgate. Omar believes that emotions can be expressed through various arts.  Conveying himself through drawing, photography, and music has allowed him to communicate to other groups and individuals through his passion.  He has harnessed his passion for the arts to help navigate in his own life.  As an immigrant learning English was possible in part because of the fusion of art and language.  Since art has been instrumental in his life, he gives back by share it with others in the community.


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela