Deb Brindis, MA, Curriculum and Instruction, has a BS in Education and MA in Behavioral Psychology from Columbia University. She has worked for the NYC Dept. of Education for 25 years as an educator and educational evaluator. Most recently she served as the 10th grade learning specialist at East Side Community High School where she collaborated closely with the 10th grade Humanities teacher around topics concerning World War II and the dropping of the atomic bombs. Ms. Brindis has worked with Dr. Kathleen Sullivan in bringing peace education into the high school classroom for over fifteen years and has been part of Hibakusha Stories for the past four years.
Blaise Dupuy is a freelance recording engineer/producer who also manages the family guest house Dupuy’s Landing in Chelsea. He has worked with diverse artists over his 30 year career, including Diamanda Galas, Wu Tang Clan and Philip Glass. The Dupuy’s Landing Guest House was started by his father Ernest in 1990 and has been a home away from home for many of the Hibakusha Stories participants during their visits to NY. The Landing has also hosted the bi-annual fundraiser for Hibakusha Stories. Blaise and his comrade in love Kathleen Sullivan have also hosted The Parlor Series, a monthly Sunday jazz concert at Dupuy’s Landing.
Michael F. Cassandra, UN Liaison, is the retired Chief of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs Information and Outreach Branch. He was instrumental in revitalizing disarmament education at the UN and supervised the development of the UN Cyberschoolbus disarmament and non-proliferation education site.
Marie Cochrane, Interpreter, was born in a Japanese-American household and raised in completely bilingual environment. Having always had the deep desire to do something for the new generations to come, her background as a television/radio personality and musician/artist in Japan as well as a freelance translator-editor have come to be invaluable assets in the interpreting of the Hibakusha Stories message. She is also a member of the Pikadon Project, an NPO supporting the message of nuclear non-proliferation through artistic expression.
Jonathan Fluck is press representative for Hibakusha Stories. He is a co-founder and the current Executive Director of the New York Peace Film Festival (NYPFF). Jonahtan also co-founded and was Executive Director of Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT) from 1986–2004. In 2000 he compiled, produced and directed Hibakusha Outcry: Survivors Respond to their Nuclear Baptism, a compilation and staging of poetry written by and about survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. Jonathan also works as a Green Party and peace activist, participating in many campaigns, both issue and electoral, where he has worn many hats, including that of press representative.
Maki Fujita, MA, was born and raised in Japan where she later taught music in junior high schools for several years. After obtaining her BA at SUNY Fredonia in Arts Administration, she recently completed her MA at NYU in Performing Arts Administration, focusing on marketing and development for the Arts.
Andrea Lowenkopf, Curriculum, has been a School Improvement and Literacy consultant since 1994, working in the United States, Gabon, Liberia and Nepal. She has taught ESL and Gifted and Special Education in middle school, high school and graduate school in both high income and impoverished neighborhoods. She was Lead Regional Instructional Specialist for Region Nine (which encompassed two hundred schools from Chinatown to the South Bronx); Coordinator of Literacy Staff Development for District Two; and was a consultant and member of the Teachers College Writing Project. Her expertise with the Common Core State Standards and with adapting, adopting or creating CCSS aligned curriculum as well as facilitating the creation of rigorous Performance Tasks, has made her invaluable during this time of transition. She has worked with Charlotte Danielson’s rubrics since they were published in 1996. Her deep understanding of the framework has made her an important resource for teachers and administrators.
Emilie McGlone is originally from Southern California. She moved to Japan in 2002, where she had the opportunity to begin working with the International NGO Peace Boat. Currently she serves as the Director of Peace Boat US in New York City and continues to create educational programs both onboard the ship and in the various countries that Peace Boat visits. Since she began working for Peace Boat, Emilie has shared her passion to support the Hibakusha Project which strives for nuclear abolition through educational programs that bring the voices of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki around the world. Emilie now serves as a liaison between Peace Boat, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and Hibakusha Stories in New York. For more information, please visit Peaceboat
Kazuko Minamoto is currently Deputy Director of Education Programs of the Japan Society. She runs K-12 education programs including study tours to Japan for educators that includes a visit to Hiroshima to meet survivors. Kazuko has facilitated collaboration between Hibakusha Stories and Japan Society to bring survivors’ testimonies to New York area school groups. She’s been closely working with the family of Sadako Sasaki to donate Sadako paper cranes to the 9/11 Tribute Center in NYC and to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center in Hawaii. She is the author of Kiseki wa Tsubasa ni Notte (Miracles Flying on Wings), Kodansha. 2013.
Yuko Morikawa, interpreter, born in Gifu, Japan, has worked in a variety of industries using her intercultural communication skills. Besides doing crafty things at home, she enjoys traveling with her backpack and meeting people in different parts of the world. Her interests also include religious anthropology and she has studied extensively on the development of religions in Asia.
Hayato Nakao joined the team in 2011 upon his return from Japan where he experienced the Tohoku Earthquake that led to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear accident. He shares his creative culinary skills for the Hibakusha Stories team in hopes of helping to heal the minds and souls of everyone involved in this journey towards enlightening future generations. His gift stems from a background in Japanese cuisine based on macrobiotic/organic/kosher principles. In addition he is an artist, musician and composer (The Veldt, Apollo Heights, Neycha).
Taku Nishimae is the founder of ZENGO, Inc. A media partner for the UNDP’s Equator Initiative, ZENGO produces documentary films, television programs, and multi-media digital content. Since 1992 Taku has collaborated with renowned Japanese Artist Mr. Seitaro Kuroda and has become an integral part of the “War Tales” project as well as the Pikadon Project, an art initiative which has taken root in 15 cities worldwide. He is involved with projects to advocate sustainable development in indigenous communities around the world. His recent projects include the TBS music legends documentary series Song to Soul as well as documentaries with NHK on the global paradigm shift in economy and finance. The War Tales series won a 2004 Peabody Award and the Galaxy Award (Japanese Emmy) Grand Prix; the documentary John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards: Live in Berlin won Best New Director at the Lisbon International Film Festival, and was selected for 24 other international film festivals; the film Be Quiet, Sit Down and Listen was an Official Selection at the Native Americas International Film Festival and in the First People’s Film Festival. Taku’s film Fishing with John has been a cult documentary hit in the United States, Japan, Germany and in the United Kingdom.
Eiko Otake is a movement-based multidisciplinary performing artist who collaborates with her husband Koma. Eiko & Koma were honored with double Guggenheim fellowships, and the first United States Artists Fellowship. They are the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and the Dance Magazine Award. Both Eiko and Koma individually received the inaugural Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. From 2014-2016 Eiko directed and performed a solo project A Body in Places accompanied by a photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima with photographer William Johnston which has toured Philadelphia, Hong Kong, Chile, Florida, Vermont and North Carolina and was featured with an exhibit of the Hiroshima Panels at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, under the co-sponsorship of Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories and the Maruki Gallery of Tokyo. Eiko earned an MA in atomic bomb literature and translated Kyoko Hayashi’s From Trinity to Trinity (Station Hill Press, 2009). She is the founding fellow of the Center for Creative Research (CCR) and a visiting artist in Dance and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University where she teaches courses on the Atomic Bomb and other environmental disasters.
Nina Reznick, Legal Counsel, is an attorney in the areas of entertainment— including theatre, publishing, media, television and film; and not-for-profit corporate law— including organizations involved in alternative medicine; environmental; artistic; human rights and Native American/indigenous peoples’ issues.
Robert Sink, Web Design, is a talented and inspired web site designer who has brought all his skills to the fore, & ardent prayers for peace on behalf of Hibakusha Stories. He is an accomplished graphic designer of 30 years, and a long-time filmmaker as the producer and editor of The Rudi Movie DVD. He has completed some 50+ YouTube shorts in the last year alone. Mr. Sink is also the webmaster for Hibakusha Stories and Youth Arts, responsible for the makeover of both sites. He is the founder of Webworks that offers web site designand layout, graphic design, logos, print layout and design, and video production services.
Kathleen Sullivan, Hibakusha Stories Program Director, has been engaged in the nuclear issue for over 25 years, and has worked internationally as an educator for disarmament. Formerly an education consultant to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, she developed the disarmament education web portal for the UN’s Cyberschoolbus website. In 2005, she produced her first film, a feature documentary about survivors from Nagasaki entitled The Last Atomic Bomb. Her current film The Ultimate Wish: Ending the Nuclear Age highlights the twin technologies of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. In the film Nagasaki survivors and Fukushima evacuees share their stories with young people, bringing the continued relevance of nuclear dangers to current and future generations.
Carolina Soto, Program Coordinator, is a Holistic Health Counselor, Scenic Artist, Project Coordinator and Administrative Support Professional. She has owned and operated her own adventure tour Company, Dakini Tours, bringing trekkers to Nepal and Tibet. Carol is a committed Peace Activist who has found loving community in the team of volunteers of Hibakusha Stories.
Miyako Taguchi, Design & Logo, is the founder of Miyako i Studio. As an accomplished graphic designer, she has made major contributions to diverse projects for numerous Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. Her belief in power of art and the individual drives her actions for a world of peace. Both her parents are survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.
Coleen Fitzgibbon is an experimental film artist who previously worked under the pseudonym “Colen Fitzgibbon” between the years 1973-1980. A student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Independent Study Program, she studied with Owen Land (aka “George Landow”), Stan Brakhage, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Jack Smith and Vito Acconci, and worked on film and sound projects for Dennis Oppenheim, Gordon Matta-Clark and Les Levine. She formed the collaborative X&Y with Robin Winters in 1976, The Offices of Fend, Fitzgibbon, Holzer, Nadin, Prince and Winters in 1979, and co-founded the New York based Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab) in 1977 through 1981, along with forty plus artists.
Tom Fuhs is an artist who takes himself indirectly as subject, documenting journeys, experiences, thoughts, dreams/nightmares beauty and discontents. His work ranges from a travel snapshot location expressing a metaphoric feeling to a fragmented self image to downloaded image assemblages. Images range in poetic beauty to an exploration of the boundaries of the self. The physicality of the internal structure of photographs is often played with external architecture of the installation location. The photos build a history of a world where language does not always belong. The work is sometimes about the imposition of structure by society or the grid of language or it is about the shapes within which we live, maintain or destroy. One moment is simple beauty the next is that which we prefer not see. Tom Fuhs Website
Kosako Horiwaki is a writer and director of East River Films, Inc. He is also the program director of Cinema Forum Fukushima. He was born in Japan. In his love for cinema and the American landscape, he has resided in NYC for years. “A story of will, like watering a tree each day. Listening, interacting, and being a part of Hibakusha Stories is inspiring. A wonderful opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often.”
Rieko Ishibashi is a magazine editor/writer of East River Films, Inc. and a member of Cinema Forum Fukushima. She has contributed articles to a number of Japanese news and cultural magazines. She helps with the videotaping and live streaming of Hibakusha stories. She received MA in Cinema Studies from NYU and is a MA candidate of Japanese pedagogy at Columbia University.
Janis Lewin, BA, UC Berkeley, is a photographer in New York City, working for non-profits as well as for publications. Now emphasizing her small-group workshops in Cuba, Italy, and Peru, she creates customized workshops with participants’ interests In mind. Presently she has been teaching and working with communities in New York City. Teaching private classes and workshops on photography, Photoshop and photographic history, she has been widely exhibited and published, especially her decade-long work in Cuba. She has been photographing the work of the students of Youth Arts New York founder Robert Croonquist for over 20 years and teaches photography to cancer survivors at The Creative Center. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Aperture, and Random House, and is collected by museums and private collectors. Currently working on a project on Latin America immigration to Queens, New York, Lewin continues to expand her portfolio.
Chiori Miyagawa is a NYC-based, U.S. playwright. Her plays have been produced at Off-Broadway theaters, renowned performance houses in NYC and regionally. A Resident Playwright at New Dramatists, she is a recipient of a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University and many other grants and fellowships. In May 2009, Chiori had the honor of having three survivors from Hiroshima attend her play I Have Been to Hiroshima Mon Amour at the Ohio Theatre in New York City. Two collections of her plays, Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays from Seagull Books and America Dreaming and Other Plays from NoPassport Press, are being published in 2011-12. She designed and manages the undergraduate playwriting program at Bard College under the chair, director JoAnne Akalaitis. Chiori Miyagawa Website
Jean Rohe is a multi-lingual singer, storyteller and composer, mixing aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “photojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle, and her refrestingly candid performance won her the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Jean Rohe Website
Sam Sadigursky, saxophonist, composer, and multi-reedist, has performed internationally with artists such as Brad Mehldau, Lucia Pulido, Folklore Urbano, and Darcy James Argue. He has released five critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, and appears on over thirty albums as a sideman, and has been featured on NPR and PBS, and has performed at BAM, Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, BMW Jazz Festival (Brazil), and Lincoln Center. Sam Sadigursky Website
Paule Saviano is a portrait photographer based in NY. He has accepted every kind of photography assignment from fashion to landscape until settling firmly into portrait photography. His most recent project, FROM ABOVE, features portraits of hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and fire bombing survivors from WW II. The project has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout Japan and Europe and was published as a book. This award winning book is available. Paule Pictures Website
Alison Sky lives in New York and is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Co-founder of SITE, Sculpture in the Environment (1969-1991), and author of the ON SITE series of books including Unbuilt America. Works produced with SITE are credited for expanding the range of possibilities for the integration of art, architecture and public space. She is founder of Alison Sky, LLC, creating site-specific, visually kinetic works that interact with contexts, environment and people. These include: Milagros Imigrando/Migrating Miracles for the GSA; River Sculpture for the Grove Hotel, Boise, ID; Indelible, public art for Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia, PA., and Vanishing View water feature for the City Hall Park, Miramar, FL. Alison Sky Website
Yasuyo Tanaka is an artist and educator living in New York City. As for humanitarian activities, in 2003 she taught workshops at Art School of the Krishnamurti Foundation in India. During the 2011 commemoration of Nakba Day her project “In search of the meaning of our lives” was held at Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. After the 3.11 Japan Earthquake, she got involved in the Manhattan Project, an “anti- nuclear / environmental protection group”. Yasuyo Tanaka Website
Yuko Tonohira is a graphic designer and co-founder of Todos Somos Japon. The group works to release communicative political dialogues among people of Japan and worldwide through its bilingual website “Japan-Fissures in Planetary Apparatus” (jfissures.org). The members and contributors include wide range of people who have been protesting against capilitalistic imperialism, including the nuclear regime. Since March 2011, TSJ has organized numerous rallies, events, and teach-ins in NY.
Ilusha Tsinadzne came to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight and wouldn’t return to Georgia until 2005, by which time he had already earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar. There he rediscovered his musical heritage, lost to him for so many years. It became a bridge between cultures and lands, between his family in Georgia and himself. His band’s recently released debut album, Deda Ena/Mother Tongue, brings mountain songs and village dances into conversation with the global city, featuring blazing fiddle solos, African and Brazilian percussion and jazz improvisation. His festival and TV performances in Georgia have won him a nation worth of fans. Ilusha hopes his project will further connect him to other members of the Georgian Diaspora through song and wishes to share this beautiful and little-known musical tradition with Americans through the eyes of an immigrant with one foot in New York City and the other in a little nation on the Black Sea. Ilusha Tsinadzne Website