kamillah-aklaff Kamillah Aklaff teaches Spanish in the New York City public schools, and English at the Colombo-Americano Institute in Cali, Colombia. She produced student films at Downtown Community Television and volunteers in programs that mainstream disadvantaged youth. Camille has a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and an MA in Bilingual Special Education from City University of New York.

trae-bodge Trae Bodge is a consumer-spending expert and Senior Editor for The Real Deal by RetailMeNot, an online magazine of RetailMeNot, the most widely used digital marketplace in the US. As a lifestyle writer, Ms. Bodge shares her expertise on topics ranging from personal finance to gift guides, travel, beauty, and budget-saving tips. Her articles are syndicated in print and online media nationwide. Prior to RetailMeNot, Ms. Bodge was a co-founder of cult cosmetic brand Three Customer Color Specialists. She has been featured in Elle, Redbook, InStyle and Essence, and on CNN, the Today show, NBC’s New York Live, CBS On the Couch, numerous network affiliates, and national radio.

luz-marina-bueno Seed Artists co-founder Luz Marina Bueno is a mental-health counselor with more than twenty years of experience in family counseling. She conjoins psychotherapy with a holistic approach to cultural adaptation, and helps children adjust to American society and its educational system.

veronica-nunn Jazz singer-songwriter, podcaster and community activist Veronica Nunn, hailed as “A Genuine Jazz Diva” by the Bravo Channel, has three well-received releases under her own name. The latest, The Art of Michael Franks, explores her 22-years’ work with him as featured vocalist. Ms. Nunn came up under the great tenorman and bandleader George Walker, a.k.a. Big Nick Nicholas, famously a mentor to John Coltrane, and has performed with Doc Cheatham, Eddie Durham, Eddie Harris, Red Norvo, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, and Astrud & João Gilberto, among many others. Among her many international performances, she sang in the opening ceremony and concert at the International 2009 Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia and is Artist in Residence at Institut Musik Daya Indonesia. In 2008, Ms. Nunn recorded an episode of Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. In addition to hosting, writing and producing the podcast Tales From the Jazz Side, Ms. Nunn is co-founder of Dead Horse Records and CEO of Full Gallop Entertainment, Inc.

michael-schreiber Michael Schreiber is Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer of Credit.com, where he manages content for the site and directs communications and media strategy. He previously worked as a journalist and editor, producing documentaries for The New York Times, Frontline, and ABC News, among others, and is co-recipient of two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Broadcast News Awards and two Emmy Awards. Mr. Schreiber also served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, of which he is a graduate.