Joseph Maldonado is an anti-racist community organizer and educator. Joseph has been a member of the faculty at John Jay College for six years, where he has the opportunity to be an accountable/liberated gatekeeper through organizing, developing leadership and working with students as they gain a sense of their power. Joseph received training, supervision and mentorship by CONNECT, an NYC gender violence prevention organization, and he continues his work as an anti-violence educator with CONNECT and A CALL TO MEN. He specializes in moving men and boys from bystanders to allies, and eventually activist-organizers. Joseph is also an anti-racist organizer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. He received a master’s degree in social work from New York University’s School of Social Work. He is SIFI certified and has supervised many social work students over the years.
Melody Brown has more 25 years of experience in the fields of human resources, customer care and corporate social responsibility for Verizon Communications, a Fortune 50 telecommunications company. During that time, Brown worked on numerous mergers and acquisitions, managed multi-million dollar programmatic budgets, and spearheaded award-winning corporate responsibility initiatives. She currently serves as the director of human resources for NPower. Melody ran her own consulting firm, providing strategic analysis and programmatic execution for the Soledad O’Brian & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation. Brown is invested in her community, currently serving on the board of the YWCA of Union County, NJ, formerly on the board of trustees for the Morris County Urban League, and the advisory board of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in organizational leadership. She is married to Dr. Charles Brown, and has three children and one grandchild.
Peter Buffett has an acclaimed career that spans more than 30 years as a professional musician, composer, philanthropist and author. He began his career as the musical mind behind many of the early MTV bumpers of the '80s, and the climactic crescendo in the memorable "Fire Dance" scene in 1990's Oscar winning film Dances with Wolves. Buffett has received critical acclaim for his Native American-inspired music, most notably composing the full score for 500 Nations – the eight-hour Emmy Award-winning CBS miniseries produced by Kevin Costner, and the musical production Spirit: The Seventh Fire – a Native American-inspired show incorporating live native dancing, powwow singing and Imax-scale visuals, which premiered on the National Mall as part of the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
From 1987 to present, Buffett has released 16 records, and has been signed to such labels as Narada, Epic and Hollywood Records. He owns two independent labels, BisonHead and BeSide Records. Most of his releases had been instrumental recordings until 2006 when Buffett began experimenting with vocals and a more eclectic pop/rock sound. His latest work combines elements of soft and progressive rock in the vein of Simon & Garfunkel and Beck. Buffett has collaborated with Grammy-nominated recording artist Akon as well as Grammy-winning artist Angelique Kidjo on human rights inspired songs, one of which debuted at a special event at the UN General Assembly. He is also the only man to have performed at Eve Ensler's 10th Anniversary V-Day celebration in New Orleans. Buffett's latest venture is his inspiring book, Life Is What You Make It. The title, now available in paperback, has been translated in over 15 languages and has sold nearly half a million books worldwide. Personal and revealing, instructive and intuitive, Life Is What You Make It is about following passions over conventions, transcending your circumstances or status, taking up the reins of your destiny, and living life to its fullest.
Anthony Campanelli is a Partner in the New York Forensic practice of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP and has extensive experience providing advisory services to companies, law firms, and not-for-profit entities on a wide range of matters, including forensic accounting and fraud investigations, accounting-related securities litigation matters, business disputes, and corruption investigations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the States of New York and New Jersey and has earned the credentials of Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Anthony also serves as the office leader of Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory Services practices in New York and New Jersey.
Prior to joining the Board of A CALL TO MEN, Anthony served as the Treasurer & Steering Committee Member, New York Metro Chapter of the Network of Executive Women (NEW) and was a founding member of the Young Executive Committee of the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce. Anthony is an avid football fan, enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and being an active member in his community.
Jay Canell is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at J.P. Morgan Securities, a wealth management division of J.P. Morgan. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Managing Director and Chairman's Council member at Morgan Stanley. Jay is experienced in all equity investments with areas of focus which include portfolio analysis, structured products and mutual fund diversification. Additionally, Jay provides credit access to The Canell Group clients through lending, mortgages, HELOCs and other credit line strategies. He coordinates and manages our referral relationships with various trusted advisors, such as attorneys, sports agents, entertainment industry executives and CPAs.
Jay resides in Scarsdale with his wife Sari and their two children, Hayley and Dylan. He is currently a founding Board Member of S.C.O.P.E., a nonprofit organization that sends less fortunate children to summer camp. He is also a member of Board Member the Investment Committee of the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Additionally, Jay serves on the Board of A CALL TO MEN, The Riley Sandler Foundation, The Pediatric Cancer Foundation, The Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis Organization and is a member of the Board of Governors as well as the current Membership Chairman of Willow Ridge Country Club.
As an associate at Duane Morris, LLP, Ralph Carter represents companies and individuals in complex commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as in regulatory matters before various governmental agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Ralph served as the Electronic Discovery Manager in the legal department of a global financial services institution, in which role he developed expertise in managing electronic discovery in connection with complex legal and regulatory matters and internal investigations.
He is a 2014 cum laude graduate of St. John’s University School of Law, where he was a Ronald H. Brown Scholar and Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Ralph is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Litigation Project Management in Collective and Class Actions.
As senior vice president of human resources for Verizon Communications, Alan leads the HR Centers of Excellence that encompass the overall employee experience for over 150,000 global employees at a DOW 30 company that generated nearly $132 billion in revenue in 2015.
He has leadership responsibility for setting the strategies and policies that fuel Verizon’s performance and values-based culture. His specific areas of responsibility include the Office of Ethics and Business Conduct, HR Information Technology, Employee Relations, EEO and AA, Workplace Solutions, Environmental Health & Safety, Employee Opinion Surveys, HR Communications, and Verizon’s Health and Wellness centers.
Prior to his current role, Alan was senior vice president of HR operations for Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless company in the United States. Previously, he served as Verizon’s corporate vice president of total rewards.
Over his 27-year career at Verizon, Alan has held leadership positions across a number of HR functions, including Compensation and Benefits, HR Systems, Safety and Environment, Workforce Performance, HR Strategy and Planning, and Staffing, and Leadership Development. In addition to roles in HR, he has also held positions in Information Technology and Sales Operations, Training and Support.
Alan applies his vast business experience and leadership skills to benefit the community, serving as a member of the Advisory Board of A CALL TO MEN, a violence prevention organization, and Harvest of Hope, Family Services Network. He also serves as a board member of World at Work, a non-profit association for HR professionals and organizations that focuses on compensation, benefits, work-life effectiveness and the future of work.
Chelsey Goodan is the founder of The Activist Cartel, a network of men and women dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Every month, she focuses the nationwide group on a political, educational, or philanthropic topic around women’s equality and provides ways to take action.
Additionally, Chelsey is a screenwriter in Hollywood, answering the plea for movies with courageous, female-driven stories. Embracing many facets of the entertainment industry, she has worked on films films ranging from Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain to Judd Apatow’s Superbad. All of her experiences in film have motivated her to lead the charge in increasing women’s representation. Moreover, she often focuses her written articles on how women’s progress intersects with men, whether that's turning the infamous former pick-up artist Neil Strauss, author of The Game, into a feminist, interviewing A CALL TO MEN's Tony Porter for Lenny Letter, or igniting conversation through humor in her article, “Can I Be the Dad?”
All of her life, Chelsey has been mentoring kids, volunteering for equality-based causes, and organizing fundraising events. She graduated from New York University, married Music Producer Charles Goodan, and currently resides in Los Angeles.