Sandra is ERASE Child Trafficking’s Executive Director. Sandra has transitioned from her role as Director of Communications & Community Outreach. She currently leads several programs and is responsible for overall organization direction, advocacy and managing external relationships and collaborations. Sandra has more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry which is where her passion for helping others began.
Karena is ERASE’s Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Speaker. Karena’s passion to raise awareness about Human Trafficking has found her in high heels on the route of multiple half marathons as well as covered in heavy duty tow chains, walking barefoot or blindfolded. She shares these journeys through Livestreaming to shed light on this epidemic that is stealing the lives of women, men, and children. Karena utilizes Live-Streaming on various social media platforms to help educate parents, teens, and young adults about human trafficking.
Sergeant Marc Marty
Marc Marty is the Training & Personnel Sergeant with the Montebello Police Department in southern California. In Sergeant Marty’s 19 year career as a police officer, he has worked a variety of assignments. Currently, he is responsible for the recruitment and hiring of new employees wishing to join the ranks of the Montebello PD. Marc is also responsible for developing the department’s training subjects and programs.
Marc has been the driving force behind the development, implementation, and management of Montebello PD’s online presence. As the department’s social media manager and supervisor or the Community Relations Unit, he has experienced the positives and negatives of press relations, public relations, as well as internal relations, when it comes to the usage of social media in a law enforcement setting. Marc is the producer of the BOLO Podcast and co-owner of Law Enforcement Social, promoting social media usage in the law enforcement community. He speaks publicly to educators and parents on the importance of the internet and social media safety for children.
Ryan A. Bell
Ryan is a Media Specialist for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He uses new technologies to tell stories. From writing with robots to using neural networks to create art he helps redefine media. Ryan’s speaking engagements range from CES to VidCon to NATO, and topics range from VR screenwriting and app content creation to philanthropy and community.
As Founder of Summit.Live, the world’s largest conference centered around non-traditional media, he helps bridges entertainment and technology with the mentality of bringing the world together to innovate, connect and educate. Ryan has been recognized by The Presidential Office for his volunteer work with Special Olympics and youth mentoring programs. Ryan offers his innovative advice and assistance to help build public awareness of ERASE’s mission and goals.
Dipak M. Patel
Dipak is Co-Founder & CEO of Zeality, Inc. – A social engagement & media delivery platform for 360 and virtual reality content. Spanning three decades in Silicon Valley, he’s known for being an innovative and high-energy executive who empowers boundary-breaking companies and helps them become industry leaders. He was most recently chartered to lead a transformation of G-Technology, a leader in storage solutions for the Media and Entertainment Industry, by re-inventing fundamental operating and go-to market models as well as driving a culture of innovation and disruption.
Dipak is also the Founder & Managing Director of BIG Visioneering – an innovation consultancy which helps large multi-national technology companies chart new disruptive growth initiatives, Mentor at Wearable World – a media and innovation platform that connects businesses to the social fabric of the IoT and Wearable Things industry, and Advisor for DataRPM – a next-generation intelligence and analytics platform for big data solutions. “There are two distinct functions in Visioneering: Imagination and Invention. Before anyone can “invent” the future, they need to “imagine” it”. – Dipak M. Patel