Katrina’s Dream – United States of America
Board of Directors
Rev. Robert T. Coolidge is a deacon in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal, Canada. He is a retired professor of Medieval History having taught at Concordia University and former archivist of The Monticello Association. Coolidge is the first deacon to serve a woman priest along side road following the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven, on July 29, 1974.
William R. MacKaye is an Episcopal layman long active in the affairs of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. He is a current member of the diocese’s finance committee. A former reporter and editor for the Washington Post and retired chief executive of an agency supporting theological education, MacKaye is a free-lance writer, editor, and consultant on nonprofit governance.
Bishop Musonda Trevor Selwyn Mwamba is a Botswana Anglican bishop. He was consecrated Bishop of Botswana on 6 February 2005. He tendered his resignation as Bishop of Botswana on 30 September 2012 – the day on which Botswana marks the anniversary of its independence from Britain. In March 2013 he rook up the post of Team Rector of Barking in the Church of England. On 9 November 2013 he was made assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Made a cameo appearance on the third episode of the HBO and BBC co-produced miniseries The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. He appears in the episode entitled “Poison” as himself thanking members of the business community of Gaborone for their donations to the fictional orphanage portrayed in the series. He is married to Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, a Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General from 2008 to 2014.
Helene de Boissiere Swanson co-founded Katrina’s Dream along with her late husband William Gaines Swanson and father-in-law the Rev. George Gaines Swanson and the Rev. Robert T. Coolidge in the days following her mother-in-law’s death. She took vows with and serves Bishop Musonda Selwyn Mwamba the Honorary Bishop of Chelmsford. She is the Parish Administrator at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in Silver Spring, Maryland. She dreams of world where believers and non-believers alike dialogue through “Love Co-exisitence” and come together utilizing the African way of “Ubunto” to address issues as the arise that affect humanity and planet.
The Call – Hosts & Facilitators
Sharon J. Hilll is the Principle of Public Eye Relations, a human relations and multi-media consulting service, located in Powder Springs, Georgia. An advocate and community leader serving with local and national organizations, Hill has facilitated program development, capacity building, organized for effective impact, and guided digital media imprinting, for effective global outreach. To read more Click Here
Tammy Simkins became an advocate for the ratification of the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) in 2012. That year she learned through her women and gender studies at Ohio University that the E.R.A. had not yet finished the ratification process. As an American, Tammy was outraged to discover that the E.R.A.’s absence from the Constitution means sex discrimination is not outlawed under national law. As a woman–a mother, a daughter, a sister, and friend–she was alarmed as to what the future might hold for a country when it fails to include in its bedrock documents this simple guarantee: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” Ever since Tammy learned the truth, she has remained committed, continuing to do all she can to see the E.R.A.’s ratification process completed. To read more Click Here
Melvin C. Belli is a second generation San Francisco lawyer whose father was the well-known international lawyer Melvin M. Belli. Belli has practiced law for over 30 years and has a wide range of experience that few others have. He has handled cases across the country involving a wide range of matters from minor auto collision cases to Mass Tort Actions involving drugs and defective medical devices. He has experience in dealing with everything from soft tissue injuries to the tragic loss of a loved one. He also has the advantage of having been trained by one of the best or some say the greatest lawyers of the 20th century. His father Melvin M. Belli was called the King of Torts for his ground breaking work in personal injury actions. Melvin C. Belli learned well and continues the legacy of fighting for his clients using the innovative and cutting edge techniques he learned from his father.
Longfei Zhang is the Tech Consultant and Social Media Director of Katrina’s Dream. Zhang is the CEO of Zentrope.net a digital marketing firm, who also specializes in the web and app development, with offices in New York City and Shanghai. He is currently working on his Ph.D in Computer Sciences. He has contributed to Emerging Applications for Cyber Transportation Systems a paper published by the University of Buffalo. He comes from a long line human rights activists. And works with Katrina’s Dream is in honor of his father a well known Chinese author who published more than 11 books
Katrina’s Dream – India
Helene Swanson is currently formalizing Katrina’s Dream- India. Over the next few months we will post here those working with us in India claiming her rightful place as a nation of great people. And a country that has been influcencial long before the Indus Valley days thousands of years ago. Katina’s Dream is i the early stages of developing a couple of programs under the Skill India and Make India schemes to empower women and close the “Digital Divide“.
In Memorial to those who shaped the philosophy of Katrina’s Dream…
William “Wugsy” Gaines Swanson who owned and operated the boat diving company, Got Zinc, and was co-founder of “Katrina’s Dream,” a nonprofit that supports equal rights, died May 3 of a heart attack. He was 49. Swanson was often seen outside of the West Gate of San Quentin State Prison holding monthly candlelight vigils in opposition to the death penalty in California. Read More and his Obituary.
Rev.Kathryn A. Piccard was a priest serving the Diocese of Massachusetts. She had a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue. She functioned as a resource and contact on disability issues, keeping track of the Church Pension Fund’s policies and the attainment of accessibility goals in the diocese. Piccard wrote a number of scholarly papers and books regarding on Feminist Theology, Gender Neutral Liturgical language, a number of resolutions for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Her Obituary