Vivian Melde works for Ecology and Environment, Inc., as an environmental consultant, specializing in public involvement, planning, and emergency management. She is a member of the Superfund Technical Assistance and Response Team (START) as a contractor for the US Environmental Protection Agency. START assists the EPA in emergency responses to oil and hazardous materials incidents.
As a life-long dance and theater performer, Vivian has been a featured artist at Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse in Anchorage since its doors opened with Thy Country's Good, in which she played Black Caesar. In February 2015, she directed Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, which brought together a multi-ethnic cast of seven talented women between the ages of 18 and 32. In April 2015, she was one of the creators of We Came to Stay: Anchorage Untold Stories, a project celebrating the lives of immigrants who arrived in Anchorage during her centennial years, www.anchorageuntoldstories.com. In 2013 she played Maryamma, an Indian spirit guide from the netherworld, in Miss Witherspoon. In 2012, Vivian played Athena in Helen. Some of her notable roles include Sarah, the Egyptian Muslim mother in The Perfect Prayer, the 103-year old Sadie Delany in Having Our Say: The Delany Sister's First 100 Years, and Sister Hubert, a tap-dancing nun in Nunsense. Vivian also traveled to Russia with a UAA cast of A Piece of My Heart. In 1986, Vivian performed in Lausanne, Switzerland when the Anchorage delegation vied for the 1992 Winter Olympics. She has written and performed in a one-woman show called Horse Tales, which was a 30-Something commission at Out North. She debuted as a director at Cyrano's production of Ntozake Shange’s play, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow ain't enuf. In 2010 at Out North, Vivian directed a premier staged reading of The Black Cockerel, by Nigerian playwright, Ademola Bello. Vivian’s choreography has been featured in Emotional Creature, Nunsense, Big River, and for 10 years, she choreographed Enchanted World, a holiday family show of robotic human dolls from all over the world.
Growing up in rural Cameroon, Denis learned about gorillas from his father who hunted primates and other wildlife as a source of protein and income for his family. His father narrated stories about his encounters with primates – stories which were often imbued with superstition, power, totemic relationships, and empathy. Denis owes his interest in the study and conservation of gorillas to these early experiences.
Given this background, As Director of Great Ape Field Research at The Gorilla Foundation, Denis seeks to develop and sustain strategic conservation education and research partnerships with indigenous people groups and organizations working in gorilla habitat countries.
He has received many awards for his groundbreaking work with the people and gorillas of Cameroon, including TGF’s Wildlife Protector Award in 2009-10.
17+ years of diversified , multi-national and high profile work experience, a proven innovator, the originator of Arabic, Urdu and Persian language capabilities to the internet. He is a winner of 39 international awards. In 2012, Masood won the distinguished MIT Enterprise Forum BAP Award and is an Alumnus of MIT.
Raised in a family of mechanical engineers, he brings a combination of expertise in mechanical, electrical and software engineering. His product/user experience, design and problem solving abilities are really valuable to SoloInsight.
He has won 39 international awards and SoloInsight Inc, his company, is a Chicago based biometrics technology company that specializes in access control, workforce management, compliance enforcement along with several other cloud based smart solutions.
Over the past 25 years Robin has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. To her great delight, Robin’s books are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – they are traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same. Over the past ten years Robin has been invited to speak at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe and Australia. Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live in Hawai’i where she continues to write and speak.