A team that understands you and the people you serve.
We aren’t film makers and media specialists that work with non-profits. We’re service professionals who know how to
leverage the power of digital media for more effective health communications.
Kenny Neal Shults - Principal
Kenny Neal Shults has over 20 years of experience working and consulting with service organizations across the country to develop sound, innovative, measurable, engaging, and respectful strategies for engaging with key, vulnerable populations.
Kenny specializes in organizational change that leads to better outcomes. He has extensive familiarity with public health and behavior-change program and curriculum development surrounding a variety of at-risk populations, including adolescents, men who have sex with men (MSM), intravenous drug users (IDU), homeless and runaway teens, and LGBTQ populations. Kenny has been a pioneer in the development of Internet and social media-based approaches and travels the U.S. lecturing and training on social marketing for public health, using new and social media to reach youth and MSM, and the impacts of new media on public and mental health and at-risk-population behavior.
In 1999, he developed some of the first program objectives and evaluation strategies for agencies using the Internet to reach clients in online venues, and later developed the first policies, procedures and protocols for agency use in minimizing liability and ensuring ethical service delivery.
Emily Picon, LMSW
is an experienced bilingual psychotherapist, who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults. She is an experienced clinical therapist specializing in working with children and families with a history of maltreatment, adults with chronic and severe mental illnesses, and providing evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions to individuals in need. Throughout her education and career Emily has focused on the social influences on community, organizational and group dynamics, and practical approaches to facilitating change.
Emily Hanlen has Masters degrees in Education and in Public Health. She spent a year living in Langa, South Africa evaluating the peer-education HIV prevention education model used in schools there. She was a public school teacher in East Harlem New York for four years, where she taught 6th and 8th grade English classes. Emily received her MPH in Global Health from NYU and now works in the field of sexual and reproductive health and education for high-risk adolescents. She is currently exploring the impact that non-clinical services have on risk-behaviors of teens in immigrant communities.
our film director
As a director and director of photography, Joe Leih’s short films have been broadcast on the SyFy Channel, Canal Plus (France and International), TV Tokyo, GAGA (Japan) as well as played at numerous film festivals worldwide. As a commercial director, Joe’s clients have included big brands such as Sony, Hanes, Amstel Light, Sierra Mist and many others.
Joe has won both a Bronze Lion and a Young Director’s Award from the Cannes International Advertising Festival and his spots have been recognized by the One Show and the AICP MoMA. His work has also been featured in 'Board's Magazine, Contagious Magazine, Adcritic, and BestAdsonTV.com. SHOOT Magazine, SourceECreative, and Shots Magazine have all singled out Joe as a filmmaker to watch.
Joe graduated from Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York with an MFA in Film. He lives in NYC with his wife and two incredibly blonde young daughters.
Digital Advertising Director - Ryan Shea
Since 2002, Ryan has worked in a variety of positions during his career in marketing. From political organizing, TV production and non-profit digital media, Ryan has gained a vast knowledge of marketing, branding, media production, social media strategies, and digital advertising. In 2009, Ryan began consulting for non-profits to provide digital and marketing expertise. Over the last eight years Ryan has brought a wealth of knowledge to help boost, create and deploy digital advertising campaigns and a marketing strategies for dozens of non-profits throughout the county.
Program & Informatics Associate - Nora Landis-Shack
Nora is a current Masters of Public Health student at Columbia University's Mailman School. Since 2013, she has worked in variety of roles building her skills in online communications, web editing, community outreach and engagement, writing, and marketing strategy. She is passionate about bringing together technology, informatics, and social good and is interested in the ways tech can support and expand campaigns for social change, particularly in the areas of mental health, social justice, and adolescent health.
Inernational Consultant - Kadhambari Sridhar
Kadhambari is a global health professional who has worked on a wide range of international projects, including consulting with the UN Refugee Agency, monitoring and evaluating USAID programs, advocating to reduce unsafe abortions in Indian, championing for reproductive rights for refugees in sub-Saharan Africa, and assisting with multiple private sector partnerships for public health. She is also the co-founder of NariNetwork, a digital media company highlighting stories and issues around women's empowerment in India. She's consulted for the UN Refugee Agency on resettlement of Sri Lankan refugees in Brazil. Kadhambari completed her Masters in Public Health and Bachelors in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in New York.
Branden would prefer to be behind a camera. I made him give me this picture.
Consultant - Imelda Walavalkar
Imelda specializes in strategic and management consulting for health and social service programs domestically and internationally. Most recently, she managed a CDC-funded grant providing training, technical assistance, and skills-building to community based organizations implementing effective HIV prevention interventions for at-risk populations. She also has extensive expertise in process and outcomes monitoring and evaluation, behavioral science, and intervention curricula development. Imelda holds Masters degrees in Public Health and International and Public Affairs from Columbia University as well as an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of California - Berkeley.
Consultant - Tori barnes
Since 2010, Tori has been working with human service agencies in Colorado to provide sexual health education programming for high-risk youth and training for youth serving professionals. She spent four years with the Denver Department of Human services working with the federal PREP grant to provide comprehensive sexual health education services to youth in residential settings. Following that, she joined the Colorado Department of Human Services as part of PREP, where she provided technical assistance and skills based training to health educators. Currently, Tori is consulting with community organizations and schools to provide classes, training, and resources focused on adolescent sexual health.
CONSULTANT - RUTHIE KOLB
Ruthie has a background in reproductive health and education across the lifespan. She has been a high school math teacher, a postpartum coach, a curriculum evaluation project manager, a trainer for teachers, and a sex educator. She combines her experiences in all these fields to lead non-judgmental and holistic conversations with youth about relationships, sexuality, identity, values, and goals so that young adults learn to make healthy decisions for themselves. With adults, she blends the theories of adult learning and behavioral health to prepare them to have more skillful and informed conversations with young people about values-laden and challenging topics. She is also provides workshops on organizational sustainability, applying trauma-informed theory to your practice, sexual violence prevention, LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, sexting, social action and community engagement, etc.
Our executive producer, writer, trainer and bossy pants.