Board of Directors

Marilyn Mosley Gordanier, speaker, author, Founder /Executive Director of Laurel Springs School, has more than thirty-five years’ experience in the field of online learning. Since its founding in 1991, Laurel Springs Distance Learning Program has become the premier provider of personalized education for over 85,000 students in grades K through 12 Under her directorship, Laurel Springs High School received the United Nations Global 500 Award and the President’s Youth Environmental Award. Ms. Mosley Gordanier was nominated for a Nobel Earth Prize and received the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning, from the United States Distance Learning Association. Ms. Mosley-Gordanier was invited to join the Clinton Global STEM Working Group, and is a member of the board of the Captain Planet Foundations, and USA COR. Ms. Mosley-Gordanier designed the first online environmental curricula, Kids4earth and Leaders4earth, for which Laurel Springs was awarded the Global 500 Award, and Outstanding Service to Environmental Education from the North American Association of Environmental Education

Zari was born in Kabul in 1982. When civil war erupted across Afghanistan, she and her family escaped to Pakistan, and it was there that Zarghuna attended a journalism course organized by the BBC. Then in 2001 her family sought asylum in the UK, and she started working for the BBC World Service Pashtu Section. She joined the team on the groundbreaking program Afghan Woman’s Hour as producer and presenter in 2004. Zarghuna works on current affairs programs for the BBC Afghan Service, served as the writer for the Afghan portion of Girl Rising. She recently wrote and filmed the BBC documentary, The War Wives of Afghanistan She lives in London.

Barbara Pyle is an executive producer, filmmaker, photographer, media innovator and environmental activist. She spent twenty years as CNN’s Environmental Editor, responsible for all environmental programming across all Turner Broadcasting networks.

Her environmental knowledge and media savvy propelled her to become the first corporate executive in the world to have ‘environment’ in their title, becoming the corporate Vice President of Environmental Policy. In her time at TBS, Barbara produced and directed more than sixty documentary films and is the recipient of hundreds of industry and personal awards.

In 1989, Barbara and Ted Turner co-created the animated action adventure series Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Broadcast in over 100 countries to popular and critical acclaim Captain Planet still maintains a dedicated international fan base.

Barbara has traveled the world documenting real-life solutions in support of the United Nations Global Summits and Conferences. In 1997, she became the only non-scientist to be awarded the prestigious United Nations Sasakawa Prize for her lifelong global contribution to the protection of the environment.

With this award money, she created the Barbara Pyle Foundation. Its mission is “to use media in all its forms to make the world a better place and empower people to protect the planet.” It has a special focus on the six hundred thousand-strong global Planeteer Movement comprised of young adults who grew up watching Captain Planet, taking the message of environmental balance and sustainability into their hearts, lives and actions.

As an acclaimed fine-arts photographer, Barbara’s assignments range from Rolex, TIME and NBC, to nautical photography at the America’s Cup as well as music photography – her most famous subject being Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during their Born to Run tour in 1975.

A passionate sailor now living in St. Lucia, she has recently returned to her former life as a marine photographer, shooting while winning yacht races around the world.

Ramaa Devi Mosley is an American commercial, music video and feature and documentary film director based in Los Angeles. She is also an activist, known for raising national awareness of the victims of the Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping in Nigeria by using social media to raise awareness. Mosley is credited with raising national and international awareness about the Nigerian school girls. In an interview Mosley conducted with CNN on May 7, 2014 to discuss the abduction of the Nigerian girls, Mosley raised national consciousness on the issue of the Nigerian kidnappings.[1] In a short pre-recorded interview with ABC News, Mosley also had the chance to raise awareness about the kidnappings, and how social media has helped to galvanize a movement for justice.

Cassandra Potier Watkins is a French American research engineer in cognitive science at the Neurospin Lab in Saclay, France. The main focus of her research is studying the underlying cognitive mechanisms that influence intuitions and formal learning in primary school children, with a particular focus on early math and reading.

She began her interest in working with youth when as a teenager she joined the board of the G500 Environmental Forum as youth director. Her role in helping to organize relations between the group and its youth laureates, while also mobilizing local youth environmental awareness, provided the launchpad for her commitment to education as a powerful tool for change. The underlying theme today in her research.

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