Our Team

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MICHAEL ROSSATO-BENNETT

(Executive DirectorMichael Rossato-Bennett is the Writer, Director, and Producer of ALIVE INSIDE – winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary – and Founder/ Director of The Alive Inside Foundation - www.AliveInside.org   An Architect of Change, he works to heal our disconnections. He believes we are living in a time where great human change is possible. His films aspire to help us navigate the changes we must make together to be Alive Inside together. In addition to ALIVE INSIDE, Rossato-Bennett is in mid-production on "Alive Inside 2," "Being Here” “Movement of Freedom” and several other documentaries.  At the Alive Inside Space in New York City, he produces new tech designed to increase human connection and reduce loneliness.

Here is Michael's TED Talk, explaining the journey of making, "Alive Inside."

STYLIANOS MAKRIDIS

(Strategy and Development Director) Stylianos is a business designer, entrepreneur and executive who combines a diverse industry experience in Europe, United States, S. America, Australia. He has held senior roles in Innovation Strategy, Product Management, Business Design, and Marketing, in diverse industries including Financial Services, Retail Banking, Retail commerce, Broadcast Media, Automotive, Healthcare.
As an executive in Fortune500 companies, he has built new ventures for Citi, Shell, Goodyear, etc. As an entrepreneur, he has founded and managed startups in niche investments, healthcare, education, food, etc.
He combines superior lateral thinking with an acute commercial acumen and creative skills honed in solving complex challenges at the crossroads of people, technology, design, and business. 
When he is not working on a complex business challenge you will find him in the mazes of modern megacities or in the remote villages of India building his impromptu photo narratives.

Stylianos is also a Producer and Writer on 'Alive Inside 2'  Contact: stylianos@polygonview.com

BOB GALLAGHER

(Development Director) Bob is the founder/managing member of Integrated Marketing Group. As an entrepreneur, Bob has multi-industry experience in entertainment promotions, asset recovery, and marketing services. Bob and his team are committed to making a positive impact on seniors in isolation due to being shut-in, especially those diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease. His mission is to continually search for opportunities to improve senior’s lives through Alive Inside’s offerings, and with a plan that is altruistic and scalable. 

FRAN PANNELLA

Fran Pannella has worked for over 20 years in geriatric nursing, eldercare, advocacy and dementia education. She is passionate about the idea that there can still be Joy in Life after a diagnosis of dementia and is dedicated to finding and sharing positive ways to reduce stigma and support those living with dementia. She manages an Alive Inside inspired, Inter-generational program Connection Thru Music that she created at Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and is a Community Liaison for a Senior Living Residence. She is a past Associate Director at Alzheimer's Association Greater NJ Chapter.

Fran is dedicated to spreading the mission of the Alive Inside Foundation and is currently working with other NJ non-profits and youth groups to share the power of music and connection to as many in need as possible and to help others start their own Alive Inside inspired programs. She is a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, ASFA – Senior Personal Trainer & LTC Fitness Leader and Brain Fitness Facilitator and a recipient of the Memory Bridge graduate. She developed and offers Movement~Music~Memories exercise and enrichment programs to individuals with dementia.

 

BERNADETTE GONZALEZ ORTA

(Higher Education Director) Bernadette González Orta is a Certified Clinical Psychologist, Private Psychotherapist, and Psychoanalyst. She teaches Psychology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.  She plays piano and comes from a musical family (her grandfather was an orchestra conductor, writer, and composer).  

She has written and presented on music’s link to psychology: “Psychology Foundation of Music,” “Between Music and Psychoanalysis”, “The power of Music: Intimidation vs Intimacy”.  She is the force behind the “Inspired by ALIVE INSIDE“ international expansion and universities. Presently, she is working with UIA psychology students and staff on a large scale pilot program improving elder‘s quality of life and changing young people’s paradigm in regard to old age and human connections. She is a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), the Psychoanalytic Federation of Latin America (FEPAL), and the Freudian Psychoanalytic Society in México City (SFCM).

 

CHARLES "CHIP" STALEY

(Alive Inside Facilitators DirectorCharles "Chip" Staley directs the Wind Symphony at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and is the Founder and President of ARTSpeaks, a non-profit arts advocacy organization.  Staley teaches graduate coursework at the VanderCook College of Music and co-directs the Birch Creek Adult Band Camp. Staley conducts the Wind Symphony at the Merit School of Music in Chicago and facilitates the "Alive Inside" Outreach program in Naperville. Staley serves as an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and teaches graduate classes for VanderCook College of Music.

 

 

WAYNE MESKER

(Director of Creative Advocacy) Wayne, a life-long musician & music lover, is the C.E.O. and Founder of Worldstock Entertainment, a spiritually guided, socially conscious, philanthropically focused company based in Cleveland, Ohio. Wayne’s continuous search for caring / concerned & like-minded friends from all walks of life has resulted in a continually expanding global network resulting in amazing projects & connections. Wayne founded the Rock Against Dementia and became one of the lead producers for WRAD (World Rocks against Dementia) after seeing 'Alive Inside' at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March of 2014.

 

AMANDA THURLOW

(Director of Social Media and Volunteer Outreach) Amanda is based in Canada where she is working diligently on spreading the word. Amanda became a licensed Holistic Practitioner 15 years ago and segued her way into elder care, working with senior citizens in a retirement home setting. Her passion is working with our elder community and is a compassionate advocate for their care.  On a personal level, music has been the cornerstone of her life.  Several years ago she attended the Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto, Ontario where she took their Arts Management Program. Becoming a part of the Alive Inside Foundation, seemed natural to her, as she has a deep desire to improve the quality of life of our beloved and sometimes vulnerable members of our community.

 

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