Kathryn Pasternak’s career in filmmaking began in NYC, shortly after graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Fine Arts. After working in Los Angeles and then settling in the DC area, some 20 years later, she’s the recipient of two National Emmy Awards for “Best Science and Nature Film” and nominee for two more, including most recently in 2010, for her role Executive Producing the film “Swamp Troop,” for the National Geographic Channel. Prior to forging out again as a freelance filmmaker, Kathryn worked in a variety of roles at National Geographic Television for over 16 years, including managing development of the National Geographic Specials, and traveling around the world in search of compelling co-productions for the company’s “Explorer” Television series. Her final role on staff was Senior Producer of wildlife films in Nat Geo’s Natural History Unit, but Kathryn continues to work regularly for National Geographic Channels as a freelancer. In 2009, Kathryn Pasternak launched her own production company, PASTERNAK MEDIA LLC. In her new venture, she is executive producing, producing and writing a variety of media – from high end blue chip television programming and feature docs, to broadband vlogs and conservation advocacy films. PASTERNAK MEDIA’S clients include Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channels, Smithsonian Networks, and many international production companies.
Currently working as a consultant, advising DC-based nonprofits on budget and policy projects, Susie Cambria has more than 15 years of experience in DC children’s policy and budget issues with the DC Action for Children. Notably, Susie successfully lobbied for and helped implement the District’s children’s budget, lobbying for the requirement to create a citywide child abuse and neglect prevention plan. She also convened a large group to support a tobacco settlement plan that addressed the causes and results of tobacco use. Now involved with Quis Custodiet, Susie calls upon these experiences to help inform her ideas of security and help generate a meaningful conversation on the topic.
A former teacher at Stanford University’s Center on Conflict and Negotiation and Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a D.C. think tank, Lorelei founded and led “Security for a New Century,” a bipartisan study group that continues today–supporting cutting-edge knowledge on foreign policy and defense issues for Congressional Members and staff in both the House and Senate. As a member of the Afghanistan Congressional Communications Hub team, Susie works with professionals working in US national security, global communications, and international development, in a research and development capacity helping to craft policy in Congress. Lorelei is an expert on civil-military relations and completed the Air Command and Staff College program of the U.S. Air Force.
Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts – 9/11 Arts Project
Curated by the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts, an organization providing an integrated approach to healing for the sick aiming to enhance health and well-being through both medicine and art, the 9/11 project is a collaboration of artists, social activists, non-profits, and interfaith groups in the Washington metropolitan area that explores individual, community and global healing 10 years after 9/11. Like the goals of the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts, the 9/11 Arts Project aims to create opportunities for unity and healing through the transformative power of the arts.