Holly Morris’ career, focused on global women’s empowerment, cross-cultural relationships and storytelling, equips her with the skills to lead the organization through these unprecedented times and beyond. Morris shares the stories of women changemakers on the international stage, from her award-winning documentaries, to the TED Talks stage, to writing Adventure Divas: Searching the Globe for a New Kind of Heroine, which was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. As a documentary director, Morris is best known for Exposure, about an extraordinary expedition of women from Arab and Western countries and their journey to the North Pole; and The Babushkas of Chernobyl, about the resilient elderly women living in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. Morris is the co-founder of Powderkeg Writers Space in New York City, and the former Editorial Director of the book publishing company, Seal Press.
Lama has spent her life and career working with young people, both with her own five children and as a teacher for more than 20 years. Lama believed her role as a teacher went beyond the curriculum. She encouraged her students to always express themselves safely and freely and broached tough discussion topics like politics, culture, and social issues. She lives in Hebron, Palestine, and brings years of activism experience building bridges between Palestinian, Israeli, and American communities.
Ameera was born in Jenin, Palestine during the first Intifada and grew up in the shadow of the second Intifada. Having never known peace, she joined Tomorrow’s Women in 2005 and as a Senior Young Leader, was able to share her pain and life story while learning about neighbors she had never met. She continued to practice her communication and listening skills through alumnae workshops and became a facilitator-in-training in 2018. She is also a certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator. She is inspired to work for peace, freedom, and human rights, all of which she believes cannot be achieved with violence or hate. “As women, we can make the change. I will continue this work until peace is realized or until the day that I die.” Ameera is the mother of three children and is committed to raising them to accept and respect others no matter their religion or culture.
Itaf holds an M.A. in political science from Haifa University. She managed the office of Daburia’s mayor for 26 years and served as a consultant on women’s affairs. She is a licensed facilitator in Marshall Rosenberg’s nonviolent communication method and a member of the steering committee of the NGO Circles of Listening, where she is a facilitator. Itaf also facilitates women empowerment and body and soul workshops.
Cheryl Bell has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in New Mexico as a development professional, grant writer, volunteer coordinator, and nonprofit manager. She has worked for Esperanza Shelter, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, The Santa Fe Community Foundation, and New Mexico Wildlife Center. She is a passionate advocate for environmental and social justice issues and her volunteer work includes serving as wildlife chair of the Pajarito Group of the local Sierra Club and as a member of the Zero Waste Los Alamos Team. Cheryl holds a BA from the University of California–Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of California–Davis.
Communications Director and Camp Director
The common thread throughout Alana’s career is her passion for meeting interesting people and the honor of sharing their stories. She brings journalism, writing, and branding experience to her role as TW’s Communication’s Director and Camp Director. Alana first came to Santa Fe in 2010 as a news reporter for KOAT-TV. Previously, she worked as a news reporter, videographer, and anchor in South Bend, Indiana and Watertown, New York, where her work earned numerous local and national awards. Alana studied political science and dove into journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Alana and her family volunteer with Kitchen Angels, delivering food to homebound community members. She and her husband strive to raise their two young daughters to have the same courage and confidence as the young leaders of TW, to use their voices for good and fight for justice, always.
Adi Inbar’s global travels gave her the formative opportunity to meet diverse people, learn their unique stories, and realize the commonalities shared by all humans. With a background in East-Asian studies, Adi has led women tour groups to Japan and tours for Japanese visitors to Israel. A mother of two, Adi lives in Mitzpe Hila, Israel in the Galilee, a region home to both Jews and Arabs.
Noa holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational sociology. For 10 years she has worked in the nonprofit sector, particularly with Jewish and Arab women, to promote societal change. She specializes in leading groups dealing with conflict, using personal narrative to find common ground. She is a project manager, training developer, and certified facilitator of listening councils. An Israeli Jew who lives in the western Galilee, she is the mother of four, a photographer and painter.
For the past 35 years, Yonit has specialized in women’s empowerment, community development and leadership, and mentoring young trainers. She has taught a course for women managers of social change organizations, helped women establish businesses, and facilitated reconciliation groups with Arab and Jewish youth at the Peace School in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, Israel.
Peace Ambassador Coordinator
Julie Anne Shapiro is a community builder and peacemaker at heart. From a young age she has participated in and led a diverse range of community service/artistically oriented groups including Students Teaching Equals Positive Sexuality (Publicity Chair), Citizens of the World Club (President), Camp Seneca Lake (Drama Specialist) and JDC Entwine at Camp Szarvas (Arts Specialist) where she has received group facilitation, event planning, leadership, creative conflict transformation and authentic, non violent communication skills. Julie is also a performing and teaching artist. Currently she is working to receive her Vocal Sound Healing certification with Dr. Gwendolyn McClure and is a student of the Jewish Storytellers Guild with Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. Julie received her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Communication from SUNY Fredonia in 2019. As an artist, Julie intends to pair her artistic expression with social awakening and activism- locally and internationally.
As TW’s Development Director, Ghida brings nearly two decades of experience in fundraising, focusing on grassroots, community-based organizations across all sectors, including the arts and early childhood education. Born and raised in Lebanon during the height of the civil war, Ghida is also a dedicated peace-builder and is thrilled to be investing in the enormous promise young women bring to the movement. Currently residing in Taos, Ghida holds a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.
Tony is an educator who taught and administered in public and private schools in Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado. He founded two schools in Santa Fe, New Mexico and led two schools internationally, The International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile and the American School of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland. He believes Nelson Mandela, when Mr. Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world,” and brings that ethos to his work. He was born in Argentina of Polish refugees, lives in Santa Fe with his wife Diane, and has two children and two grandchildren.
Shaza was born in the Middle East to a diplomatic family and has lived in nine countries. An avid supporter of peace making, social justice, and interfaith dialogue she has worked and volunteered with a variety of organizations. After earning a degree in English Literature, she studied journalism and parapsychology. She is also fluent in Arabic and French. She has two adult children and resides with her husband in Houston.
Sam M. Hocking
Sam is the owner of a computer firm that outsources accounting services. He formerly worked for International Paper Company and IBM. He served for five years on the Dallas United Way budget committee and was treasurer of the Dallas Shakespeare Festival.
Sue was a psychotherapist and psychodramatist in private practice for 35 years, specializing in adult care, group therapy, and helping people heal childhood trauma. She has been a major volunteer and passionate advocate for Tomorrow’s Women since 2007, providing emotional support to staff, Young Leaders and campers. She retired from her camp duties and became a Board member in 2018. Sue has two adult children and five nearly-adult grandchildren, one of whom participated in a Girls’ Circle with Tomorrow’s Women campers in 2016.
Andrew Berman is a well respected entertainment industry veteran with over thirty five years of experience in global sales, marketing, and acquisition of entertainment content to all media worldwide. Berman currently works independently as a Global Content Consultant. He currently serves as a Board member with Connecting to Cure and is Chairman of the main Board of Directors for Los Angeles Jewish Health which is one of the largest senior care facilities in North America. Berman also serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at Stephen Wise Temple and is Co-Chair of the Mental Heroes annual fundraising gala event on behalf of Didi Hirsch Mental Services. He is also involved and serves as a cancer Mentor with the St. John’s Hospital Cancer Mentorship named on behalf of Berman’s parents and family. Berman is also a licensed California Real Estate agent. Berman resides in Tarzana, California and is married with two daughters.
Pamela Blackwell is the Policy and Communications Director for the New Mexico Hospital Association where she leads key communications and advocacy work collaborating with others to develop evidence-based policy solutions to improve healthcare access at state and federal levels. Previously, as Senior Policy Director for nonpartisan, nonprofit New Mexico First, she conducted independent research, facilitated bringing diverse groups to consensus, and lobbied on healthcare, education, journalism and ethics in government issues affecting New Mexico. Pamela also served as legislative staff in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Congressional Representatives. She earned her B.A. in journalism at Colorado State University and her J.D. at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA. A seventh generation New Mexican, she resides in Albuquerque with her husband and three children and enjoys swimming, hiking, travel and cooking for family and friends.
Michael has an extensive career working with nonprofit organizations and served in executive leadership positions with local organizations. He spent 10 years each as co-director of the Plaza Resolana Study and Conference Center and then COO of the NM Community Foundation. He also spent ten years as CFOO of the Seven Hills School, an independent school in California. He holds undergraduate degrees in business and finance and earned his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1982. As a practicing attorney, he currently serves as principal of the Non Profit Mediation and Consulting LLC, and also serves as of counsel to a California law firm that focuses on non-profit organization clients. Michael lives in Santa Fe with his spouse of 40+ years, Kathleen Jiménez, and hiking/fishing dogs Charlie and Blu.
Shani helped create and now runs the New Mexico Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team within the state Economic Development Department. She connects minority-owned small business owners and entrepreneurs to services, resources, and financing programs. The agency expands access to underserved community business leaders by helping them navigate the systems within the government. Shani graduated from the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management. Music has always been a focal point of Shani’s life. She attended New Mexico School for the Arts as a saxophone player and now sings in the band, Just Velvet, performing pop, soul, and R&B covers. Shani lives in Albuquerque, where she was raised. As a Black and Jewish woman, Shani says her identity and minority experience offer her unique perspectives that align with the TW mission. “I believe that trauma-informed, heart-centered leadership is critical to making lasting systems change and allowing space for healing, even in our most rigid societal structures and narratives.” Shani enjoys creative writing and traveling, and recently got her scuba diving certification.
Tomorrow’s Women is a family affair for Beth. She’s proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps on the board and her three grown daughters were all Peace Ambassadors during high school. Beth is a pediatric physical therapist, having graduated from Boston University and practicing for 35 years. She’s been a Tomorrow’s Women volunteer for many years and believes it’s an honor to give back to a mission in which she strongly believes. Beth loves to share her homemade baked goods with friends, spend time outdoors with her family and three dogs, travel, and read.
Rafiq brings a rich background of experience serving on several boards of organizations dedicated to empowering and connecting people in the Israel/Palestine region. Rafiq is a technology entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Network Management, Inc. (NetMGM), an IT management company based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Originally from Nablus, West Bank, Rafiq resides in Northern Virginia. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed postgraduate studies at both Harvard and George Mason Universities. When not working, Rafiq enjoys time with his family, playing his guitar, and taking in the beautiful parks and scenery in the region while hiking, biking, and kayaking.
Nico Pousette is a filmmaker who began her career working at Ridley Scott’s production company RSA FILMS on ads for Apple, Nike, and Johnny Walker amongst others. She is now working as a freelance photographer and director of music videos, branded content, and short films. As a creative producer she has worked on campaigns for Rihanna Savage Fenty, Coach, L’Oreal, Hugo Boss, and more. On her free time she loves to write, make music, surf and pursue her passion for philanthropy.
Ann Richter has worked as a credit analyst for 16 years and counting. She earned an MBA in Finance from Hawaii Pacific University. Ann has served as a board member and volunteer with several organizations including Family Strengths Network, Bradbury Science Museum Association, and CASA Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
Born and raised in Toronto to Palestinian parents, Zahra graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Western University in Canada and has spent the last decade of her professional career in the commercial genomics space, leading teams in support of expanding access to genetic information that can save lives. She loves being a cheerleader for women to realize their fullest potential, and, as an eternal optimist, believes that curiosity without judgment can be liberating for both the listener and the speaker. Zahra currently lives in Los Angeles and decompresses by practicing yoga, painting portraits, and going for long walks in the California sunshine.
Ellen has been a supporter of Tomorrow’s Women since its inception, and has been happily involved as a volunteer for about 10 years, making lunches for camp and helping at Salaam Shalom in its various iterations, Peace on the Patio, as well as helping out with various mailings. As Youth Director at Temple Beth Shalom since 1990, Ellen has recommended numerous teens for the Peace Ambassador program since it began. Ellen retired as Curator of Education at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2014 and currently teaches Art History and works as a tutor at Santa Fe Prep.
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Tamara Bates is a former financial advisor for UBS and Raymond James. She also spent much of her career in nonprofit fundraising and philanthropy, as VP of Strategy and Programs for Innovate+Educate, and as a Program Officer at the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Tamara founded the program, The Dots Between, at the start of COVID-19 to help artists diversify their revenue streams. This is a six-month fellowship on financial sustainability serving its first cohort of 19 artists across New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona. She holds a BA from the College of Santa Fe and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Child Development from Tufts University. She is an Arts Commissioner for the City of Santa Fe, and on the boards of Southwest Creations Collaborative and the National Advisory Council for Creative Capital.
Anna Knight was raised in Santa Fe and is currently a junior at Santa Fe Prep. Apart from loving the outdoors, camping, and playing sports, she is interested in politics and plans to study politics and law when she enrolls in college. A two-time Peace Ambassador, the program has changed her perception in many ways and she looks forward to learning more about herself and her community through continued participation in Tomorrow’s Women.
Natalie Longmire-Kulis is a current junior at Stanford University, majoring in International Relations and Human Rights. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been lucky enough to work as a summer and fall intern with Tomorrow’s Women. She is passionate about gender equity, dialogue-based conflict resolution, and collaborating with female leaders and change-makers across the world.
Sydney Pope is a rising senior at Williams College, majoring in Arabic Studies and Psychology. She has volunteered and interned with Tomorrow’s Women since 2018, and through her experiences working with the organization, is planning to pursue peace and mediation studies after graduating. On campus, she co-leads Students for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, is a member of the college’s step dance team, and loves video art and exploring outside.
Sandra Wechsler specializes in designing social impact strategies and working with campaigns and large organizations to advance meaningful change. Sandra received her B.A. in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Santa Fe with her husband, toddler and dog Omar, named after her favorite character in The Wire.