Advisory Board.

Women’s Voices Now uses film to drive positive social change that advances women’s and girls’ rights globally.

2012
Paolo Patruno

Raheel Raza

Raheel Raza is President of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, founding member of The Muslim Reform Movement, Director of Forum for Learning, award winning journalist and author, public speaker, advocate for human rights, gender equality and dignity in diversity.

For over two decades she has been speaking and writing about issues that impact human rights. She addresses women’s rights, antisemitism, dangers of a radical Islamist ideology (especially on youth) and has been actively involved with interfaith dialogue to promote harmony and understanding. She was accredited with the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for five years. Raheel is recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to Canada; she has been awarded the Medal of Courage by Simon Wiesenthal Centre, received an award from EMET, Washington; City of Toronto’s Constance Hamilton award and Urban Hero award.

 

Ouafae Bouzekri

Dr. Ouafae Bouzekri has taught in the English Department of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of the University of Moulay Ismaïl in Meknes, Morocco, for 20 years. She is also a founder with a group of fellow university teachers of a master program entitled “Communication in Contexts”. She instructs in the post-graduate Gender Studies program at Moulay Ismail University. Ouafae is a member of the executive committee of a research group at her university focusing on women’s issues called TANIT. For many years, Ouafae has been a member of the Association for the Protection of the Moroccan Family, which offers literacy programs in Arabic and English, and cooking and sewing lessons to help women improve their social background and to become financially independent. Since 2017 she has served as president of  the Association, and has run workshops on domestic rape, awareness about reforms on gender/sexual based violence, and legal reforms related to women.

Ouafae has written several articles related to women and politics, and women and the body.

Clancey Cornell

Clancey is a mental health professional, memory worker, and advocate for the arts. Since 2015, she has collaborated with grassroots arts initiatives in the Skid Row neighborhood to increase access to arts and cultural spaces in the community. Clancey manages the archives of the Skid Row History Museum, a project of the Los Angeles Poverty Department. She views archiving as activist practice to narrate stories that would otherwise go unheard. 

As programs Manager for Women’s Voices Now between 2018-2020, Clancey contributed to WVN film collection development, community programs, and advocacy events. Currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work at the University of Southern California with a focus on Adult Mental Health and Wellness, Clancey remains connected to several community initiatives.

Roopashree Jeevaji

Roopashree Jeevaji is an actor/writer living in Los Angeles. Roopa was born in India and raised in Mumbai. At a young age,  she trained in Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance form and her interest in acting developed right after. As a teenager she became the face of ‘Bru Coffee’, India’s largest coffee brand. 
 
After moving to the United States to attend college, Roopa enrolled at the ‘Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute’ where she was awarded a scholarship. She has since appeared in numerous films such as Taco Shop (with Eric Roberts and Tyler Posey) and Planes to name a few. Her television credits include NBC’s Outsourced, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS and 9-1-1. In 2013, Roopa acted and produced the film In Search of America, Inshallah which has screened in over fifty film festivals all over the world. She also received the Best Actress Award at the California Women’s Film Festival for it. 
 
Roopa’s screenplay In The Face of Courage was selected (among thousands of submissions) as a semi-finalist in The Writers Lab – 2019, a program supported by Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. She is also the recipient of  the Founder’s Award at the Story Summit founded by David Paul Kirkpatrick. 

Steven Geddes

Steven Geddes, J.D.,  is a teacher, coach, and writer. A graduate of UC Berkeley and a Marshall Brennan Fellow at Rutgers School of Law, his focus on public service lead him, ultimately, to find his calling in education. Currently, he chairs the Science Department at Fillmore High School, a Title I school serving a diverse population in rural Fillmore, CA, and is a past recipient of their New Teacher of the Year award. His forthcoming children’s book, Hope of Humans, is scheduled for release in 2022. As an education specialist, Steven is honored to contribute to WVN’s mission amplifying the voices of women and femme-identifying youth.

Katchie Ananda

Katchie Ananda is an international yoga and dharma teacher who has been teaching full-time since 1991. She is certified in Integral, Jivamukti, Anusara, and Ashtanga yoga by Richard Freeman. A committed student of Vipassana Meditation, she has practiced with Jack Kornfield since 2001 and is authorized to teach. 

She often works with authors and activists and is dedicated to raising awareness about human and animal rights, and the environment. Her leadership in yoga and social change prompted Yoga Journal to name her one of five top yoga teachers making change in the world and she volunteered for many years at San Quentin Correctional Facility, teaching Yoga and Dharma to long-term inmates.

She has brought her humor and stories to conferences, festivals, and workshops all over the world and is loved by her students for her authenticity and wisdom. Katchie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Joshua and dog Naya. 

Alicia Matusheski

Alicia is Counsel at the international law firm Perkins Coie LLP.  Her clients include film and TV production companies, film festivals, recording artists, independent record labels, songwriters, video game companies, software companies & political campaigns. Alicia has significant knowledge in music licensing and clearance, recording artist representation, songwriter representation, music publishing and administration agreements, recording, producer and mixer agreements, composer agreements, film and television production and distribution agreements, endorsement and sponsorship agreements, and agent and management agreements. Her experience includes being a part of the legal teams for Fergie, CeeLo Green, Robin Thicke, and Lisa Loeb; managing thousands of music licenses and music acquisition agreements for a large international video game company; counsel to Hazmat Productions (e.g. various episodes for Discovery Network, including recent Adam Devine’s Secret Shark Lair and Monsters Under the Bridge). 

She is also counsel to and on the Board of Women In Music – a non-profit organization that supports women in the music industry.

Jessica Peres

Jessica recently joined the WNBA, Los Angeles Sparks team as Director, Marketing & Brand Strategy. With a well-rounded career in marketing, degree in journalism, and an eye for design, life’s journey presented her with an opportunity to do what she loves, while driving change and supporting our communities.

As a marketer, her work has been rooted in partnerships within sports, music, multicultural, small businesses, and nonprofits with an effort to drive engagement, business, and brand loyalty. She greatly values and recognizes the opportunity to be a role model for peers, mentees and employees alike, as well as remaining teachable as a humble and hungry student. It is her goal to inspire others to action, create and execute strategic initiatives and influence change. Additionally, she aims to create a collaborative, innovative and learning rich environment across all interactions. When Jessica is not creatively problem solving, you can find her at a ballroom/salsa dance studio, the beach, reading, writing or spending time with those near and dear.