Join our featured guests who will be gathering for a Twitter chat event following the virtual screening of Broken Places for our members on Thursday, March 21st. Note: Find more details about the film and the registration process at the end of this post.
Daniella Rin Hover
- After overcoming difficulties throughout her life journey, Daniella has kept striving. She navigated teenage parenthood, achieved legal immigration status and citizenship and actively takes part in advocating for changes in the foster care system, sharing her story as an advocate for Foster Care Reform. The “Aging Out” documentary chronicled the process of "aging out" of the foster care system of five participants. The documentary highlighted challenges of the youth including continuing education, family reunification, immigration, financial literacy, drug and alcohol abuse and moving from one system to another (foster care to military, public assistance, justice). Of the three featured film participants, Daniella is the sole survivor and dedicates her continued advocacy efforts to David Griffin and Risa Bejarano.
- Her life is full of contributions to home, extended family, the community, and nation.Daily, she facilitates Wellness Workshops in her employment with WW and recently began independently consulting to share these facilitation and public speaking skills. Additionally, she volunteers in the environmental justice movement, with the NYC Medical Reserve Corps as a Volunteer Leader and OEM CERT Emergency Preparedness programs for New York City communities.
- Daniella lives and works in metro New York City and attends Hunter College. Legally separated, she is co-parenting two teenagers; Elijah, 17, who is attending college in Indiana and Skye, 14, a high school freshman at a prestigious specialized high school in New York City.
- Stevens is the founder and publisher of ACEs Connection, which includes the social network ACEsConnection.com and ACEsTooHigh.com, a news site for the general public
- Stevens, a journalist for more than 40 years, focuses on health, science and technology. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic.
- Stevens began reporting about the ACE Study and related research in 2005. She and the ACEs Connection team published the Growing Resilient Communities 2.0 in 2017, which she describes as “a guide to growing resilient communities.” This and other tools are available on the 30,000+ member social networking site ACEsConnection.com, to help accelerate the global ACEs science movement and to help communities solve their most intractable problems.
Lynn Kincaid Waymer
- Impact Producer & Community Engagement Producer of Broken Places
- Lynn Waymer directs development and execution of communications, community engagement and social impact strategies. Formerly Director of Distribution for HBO, she’s worked on creating localized and national partnerships, community screening events and digital social impact and outreach campaigns for KPJR Films including: The Big Picture: Re-thinking Dyslexia; Paper Tigers and Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope and several independent films including BROKEN PLACES; Black Women In Medicine and HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution. She has also consulted with The Yale Center for Creativity & Dyslexia in the Yale University School of Medicine.
- Lynn has created high-profile impactful campaigns with KPJR’s Films fueling a movement to understand and prevent toxic stress, ACEs and dyslexia while offering tools to provide evidence- based treatment and build resiliency. The films have broken viewership records, tested new models for documentary film distribution, built global awareness while impacting local, state and federal policy, systems and attitudes. BROKEN PLACES is positioned to continue to educate and build awareness on toxic stress using high quality documentary film to illustrate how trauma shaped the lives of neglected children and the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of adversity.
- The Center for Youth Wellness is part of a national effort to revolutionize pediatric medicine and transform the way society responds to kids exposed to significant adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.
- We heal children’s brains and bodies by piloting treatments for toxic stress and sharing our findings nationally.
- We prevent toxic stress by raising awareness among those who can make a difference: from parents and pediatricians to policy makers.
- CYW was founded by pediatrician and Nadine Burke Harris, MD, who was recently named Surgeon General for the State of California.
- Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN), currently in her 18th year as a New Jersey school nurse in the Camden City School District.
- Cogan is the Education Chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association.
- Cogan is proud to be a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow and Program Mentor.
- Cogan has been recognized in her home state of New Jersey and nationally for her community-based initiative called “The Community Café: A Conversation That Matters.”
- Robin writes a weekly blog called The Relentless School Nurse, accessible on her website: https:// relentlessschoolnurse.com/.
- Merz is the founder of the ACEs Resilience in Wake County Initiative.
- Merz is the Executive Director of Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) which she led for five years.
- Merz used the film Resilience as an organizing tool to build a community movement of 100+ organizations, with more than 50 people from 42 organizations actively participating in 4 working groups. As a result over 6,300 people in the County have seen the film Resilience through at least 70 screenings, with 50+ organizations showing the film to their boards and staffs. Merz worked in partnership with community organizations, municipalities, County government, and the business community, first bringing the film and information to the Wake County Manager, and then to the CEO and senior leadership of the YMCA of the Triangle. The initiative has received local press andnational recognition.
- Merz’s background is in politics and government, policy, and coalition-building.
ACEs Connection Staff
- ACEs Connection is a social network of 30,000 members. The ACEs Connection network creates a safe place and a trusted source where members share information, explore resources and access tools that help them work together to create resilient families, systems and communities.
- About 140 cities, counties, states and regional ACEs initiatives, as well as several nations, have community sites on ACEs Connection, with another 150 in development. ACEs Connection’s seven community facilitators support these communities as they grow and launch their ACEs initiatives (ACEs = adverse childhood experiences). They provide guidance and tools to gather local data, as well as help communities make connections with other similar initiatives. ACEs Connection’s goal is to help communities educate their citizens about ACEs science, engage them in the local ACEs movement, activate all organizations in a community to implement trauma-informed and resilience-building practices based on ACEs science, and celebrate progress by telling stories and sharing accomplishments. Instead of continuing to support systems that traumatize already traumatized people, this approach will help heal and develop resilience in people, organizations, systems and communities.
- Details about the ACEs Connection team and work can be found here.
- Manaugh is Director of Communications & Program Support at the Potts Family Foundation which has become a statewide leader in networking communities within the State of Oklahoma to become trauma-informed resilience builders.
- Manaugh serves as the Community Manager for Raising Resilient Oklahomans on ACEsConnection.
- The quote included below Manaugh’s signature line, by Anne Lamott, is as follows: "Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up."
- For more information, please visit www.fb.me/ok25by25, www.acesconnection.com/raising-resilient-oklahomans and the Potts Family Foundation site.
Twitter Chat Details:
Date: March 21st
Time: Our chat will take place from 8-9 pm EST/ 5-6 p.m. PST.
Handles: Please join the virtual conversation by sharing your thoughts or questions about the film using the twitter handle @BrokenPlacesDoc
Hashtags: Be sure to include the #Broken Places Film and #ACEsScience hashtags— to receive real-time responses from the panel of early childhood and ACEs experts listed above.
We welcome you to participate in this chat following the viewing. We need your voice and perspective! This Twitter conversation will help build critical momentum around ACEs awareness, and trauma-informed and resilience-building practices. We’ll also tweet about how documentaries such as Broken Places have been especially useful in our work in gathering, starting and growing communities.
More about the virtual screening, registration, and related resources:
- ACEs Connection members can register for this free online screening by going tothis link before noon EST on Wednesday, March 20th.
- You’ll also find a screening guide for Broken Places here, as well as suggested discussion questions here.
- A link to the guide for using documentaries to start and grow communities is also available via ACEs Connection.
- To learn more about the movie, go here or read the review of Broken Places by Laurie Udesky.
A Note about the director of Broken Places. Roger Weisberg is the writer, producer, and director of the documentary, Broken Places. Weisberg joined public television station WNET as a staff Producer in 1976. Since 1982 when he founded an independent production company, Public Policy Productions, Weisberg has written, produced, and directed 32 documentaries.
Weisberg’s documentaries have won over 150 awards including Peabody, Emmy, and duPont-Columbia awards. He received an Academy Award nomination in 2001 for Sound and Fury and in 2003 for Why Can’t We Be a Family Again? For more information about Weisberg’s previous productions, go here.