Brenda graduated from Bridgewater State University with a B.S. in Geography. She is a certified Earth/Space Science teacher and is currently teaching in Fort Myers, Florida. She earned her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017. Brenda serves several community programs. She is an adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America and she also serves as the marketing chair on the Learning of Life Talent Show Committee. She currently serves as the Board Chairman for Good Counsel, a nonprofit dedicated to providing affordable access to legal advocacy for social entrepreneurs and new and emerging non-profits.
John Campanario is Vice President/Digital Media for A Wonder Media Company, the nation’s largest African-American owned network, which produces broadcast and digital content including White House correspondent April Ryan, Country radio legend Steve Kelly, Hip-Hop icon Chubb Rock, and Hot 97 and Talk Stoop host Nessa.
John was formerly the Content Director of WWRL 1600, “New York’s Progressive Talk” and launched Equality Pride Radio, the only LGBTQ themed programming lineup on New York commercial Radio. He anchored the lineup hosting the weekly Out & About program as well as the weekend New York Voices speaking to NYC’s political, labor, charitable, and cultural communities.
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, John also served as Alumni Chapter President for New York City, and volunteer work for the Ali Forney Center a Heritage of Pride.
Gloria Thakuria has 10+ years working in philanthropy, combining the business and scientific operations of grantmaking organizations. She is currently an Associate Director of Research Programs at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) where she guides the business operations behind the development of preclinical tools and models for Parkinson’s disease research by working closely with the internal scientists at MJFF and engaging external academic groups, contract research organizations, and pharma/biotech companies. Prior to joining MJFF, Gloria managed and led the scientific research program and grantmaking operations of Emerald Foundation, Inc., strategically supporting innovative research initiatives and collaborations. After working in various research laboratory settings early in her career – including Columbia University, Pfizer, and Massachusetts General Hospital – she decided to leave the lab bench for the philanthropic/non-profit sector and has never looked back. Gloria holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Boston University.