Who We Are

Denise Hamilton - Race Relay

Denise Hamilton

Denise has over 30 years experience as a writer and producer for television network specials and syndicated programs, as well as stage director. In the area of documentary and broadcast journalism, she was writer and field producer for four internationally-shot documentaries. Prior to moving to Los Angeles she was active in arts administration, serving as a program director at the New York Foundation for the Arts, director of Education Programs for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and a Commissioner with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wash. D.C. Presently she teaches documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles campus. Her multi-media theatre piece “Parallax: In Honor of Daisy Bates” is published in the anthology WOMEN HEROES: Six Short Plays, and produced by The Women’s Project of the American Place Theatre, New York City.

Over the past four years, within her capacity as a Project Director for RACE RELAY gatherings, she has conducted dozens of ongoing community engagement dialogues in Culver City through Common Peace Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence.

Colleen Passard - Race Relay

Colleen Passard

Colleen is a writer, mediator and coach. She has an MA in Humanistic Counseling Psychology and is certified in many areas of conflict resolution, circle processes and restorative justice. Colleen has facilitated empowerment workshops and conflict resolution trainings to a wide variety of audiences and organizations, from CEO’s to prison inmates.

As a motivational speaker, story-teller and Peacebuilder, Colleen is passionate about helping individuals, companies and communities lead with heart by accepting different and opposite aspects of themselves and each other.

Fred Sugerman - Race Relay

Fred Sugerman

A movement artist and educator, Fred is the founder/ director of Medicine Dance: An Integrative Movement Approach to Healing, which he has taught for the past 13 years, and offered through UCLArts and Healing. Following a motorcycle accident severely damaging his fibula and tibia, Fred began a commitment to a life-long, self-directed healing and learning process with masters of movement and dance, acting, mindfulness and meditation, and Native American teachings. Workshop facilitator and energy wrangler, his primary interest lays in the space between the healing and the performing arts, and his mission is to introduce people to better relationship with their bodies. Fred served as a consultant with the Mindful Movement Program for Breast Cancer Survivors funded by the California Research Program in collaboration with the City of Hope, and is a certified Dance Alive instructor.

Christo Pellani - Race Relay

Christo Pellani

Christo is recognized internationally as a performer, expressive therapist, master drummer and rhythm awareness drum circle facilitator, healing arts educator and practitioner. He is the creator of SOUNDFORMATION MUSIC™ specializing in quality expressive and healing arts services that facilitate human potential by creating experiences that blend principles of rhythm, sound, and movement therapies for personal expression, growth and well being. His unique interactive drumming / percussion curriculum “RHYTHMAGIC” ™ utilizes instructional exercises and games promoting team building, shared leadership and creative expression through experiential rhythm awareness. He has conducted seminars in Hawaii, Tahiti, Bali, Mexico, China, Brasil, Europe and North America

Christo is currently Creative Director for the “POSSIBLE DREAM PLAYERS”, a therapeutic musical theater troupe serving adults with developmental disabilities. He also serves at-risk and orphaned youth, disabled adults, and a variety of people as an expressive therapist, through many counseling and therapeutic recreation programs and non-profit organizations. Author of “LIVING ADVENTURES THROUGH SOUND”™ a unique interactive sound healing curriculum, he holds a residency as a certified Qi Gong and Sound and Vibration healing instructor for the Tama-Do Academy, California Academy for the Healing Arts and LIVE Yoga/ Wellness.

Redelia Shaw - Race Relay

Redelia Shaw

A Producer and Educator, Shaw leads the Media Production program at Santa Monica College. She co-produced the documentary Cocaine Prison, which screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Shaw is an industry second assistant director who has worked on Scandal, The Office, Queen Sugar and House of Lies.

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