Gloria Daniel has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a dual major in Television Production and Public Relations from Marist College. With a start in TV as an intern for the Tempestt Bledsoe Show, Gloria found her stride at Bloomberg TV. Gloria started out in the Video Library and then moved to the Television Operations team. On the Ops team she learned audio, technical directing, and directing. After a round robin in different departments, Gloria landed in the Master Control Office where she handled a team who were responsible for coordinating shows elements for live television.
Gloria came to Scenarios USA as an intern through the Development office. Then she was hired as the Youth Coordinator for Scenarios USA 2012 Youth Conference. Gloria joined the staff as the office manager and now has taken on the role of Associate Director.
After 14 years of coordinating live television and 16 years of volunteer work at various organizations, there was a natural shift from coordinating live TV to managing an active office and diverse staff. Scenarios USA is a live office environment and years of live television was great practice for coming aboard the team.
Director of Development
Cecilia has worked in development for a number of years and has written grants for several nonprofit organizations, including NGOs affiliated with the UN. During her undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo she worked with community youth organizations and served as a mentor. Following college Cecilia worked in a law firm that specialized in nonprofit law, where she was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Affairs. Shortly after, she followed up her studies at the Columbia Business School Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. She’s worked with several grassroots organizations and NGOs affiliated with the United Nations, focusing on underrepresented communities, which led to her working on films with a strong social impact component. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Cecilia formally our Development & Special Events Associate is happy to be promoted to the head of the Development team at Scenarios USA and to have the opportunity to share her passions for film and philanthropy at Scenarios.
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Maura Minsky is the Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Scenarios USA, an educational non-profit organization based in Brooklyn, NY that uses writing and the arts to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in students across the country with a focus on marginalized communities. As a former film and television producer, Maura knows that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard and that young people need to be part of the conversation around issues that shape their lives. Scenarios USA is built on the belief that by valuing youth, listening to their opinions, and strengthening their critical thinking skills, we can promote healthy relationships and help lower the rate of HIV, STDs and pregnancy among teens.
Maura led Scenarios USA for a decade with Co-Founder Kristen Joiner. Together they launched the REAL DEAL curriculum and contest in four regions of the country resulting in 19 films written and directed in partnership between student writers and filmmakers such as Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), David Koepp (writer: Spiderman) and Tamara Jenkins (The Savages). The films are used with lesson plans in classrooms in all 50 states and have aired on Showtime, BET, MTV, Oxygen, IFC, ABC World News Tonight and The Today Show, among other outlets. Scenarios USA has won numerous awards, including the Porter Novelli Award for Excellence and Innovation in Social Marketing, The Council on Foundation Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, and The Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in Independent Filmmaking.
Maura was a Producer with ABC News for four years, the East Coast Director of Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation from 1995 – 1997, producer of a ten-part series on issues facing young people for HBO, in addition to teaching middle school in Los Angeles. Maura received her B.A. in English and Theatre from Kenyon College.
New York City Arts Education Coordinator
Mia Nacamulli holds a B.A. from Hampshire College with a focus in Film, Installation Art and Linguistics. She has worked as a teacher and program manager in Education and Film Arts with ages ranging from elementary schools to colleges, and has developed film and animation classes for students with special needs. Mia also has experience as a graphic designer, jewelry-maker, permaculture designer and French translator. When she is not traveling through unknown territories by rail and sail, she enjoys gallivanting through Brooklyn with her precocious toddler.
Interim Director of Education
Steph Lassiter was raised in Cleveland and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduation, she worked for City Year Inc. in Detroit, Michigan and Seattle, Washington, managing AmeriCorps members to serve under-served youth. Steph later combined her Executive Masters in Not-For-Profit Leadership and Masters in Education to help start up a Charter school in D.C. After many years of serving other communities, Steph returned to her home in Cleveland to provide education and an arts integrated curriculum for under-served youth, through Scenarios USA.
Director of Media Production and Distribution
Rob York, Director of Media Production and Distribution, is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, has worked as a Producer, Line Producer, Production Manager, and Assistant Director on more than 20 features, as well as industrials, commercials, and television shows.
He helped to co-ordinate the first Scenarios USA film in New York City in 1999 and joined the staff full time in 2008. Rob’s reason for joining the staff is simple, “Now I get to use my powers for good.”