The Love Story Creatives
Active Members

Founder & Executive Producer

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Mingjie Zhai

Founder & Producer

Board of Advisors

Leadership Board

Chairman: Mingjie Zhai

Vice Chairman: Christina Banks

Board Secretary: Wade Chao

Chief Financial Officer: Marie Manvel

 

 

Kevin Kerslake: Filmmaker and Photographer, known for his latest work filming and producing “As I Am: The Life and Times of Am.”  Kevin will bring insight and expertise in artist royalties, production infrastructure, and documentary filmmaking.

Pilar Stella: Co-founder and Managing Partner at Alchemus Capital. Pilar will bring insight and expertise in business plan and pitch.

Sam Zaribian: Co-Founder of Live Portrait and the Business Development, and one of the first visionary entrepreneurs in applying augmented reality technology for The Love Story Journal. Sam will bring insight and expertise in Augmented Reality applications in conjunction with our stories.

Pete Kronowitt: Business development at Playing for Change and former business development at Intel. Pete will bring insight and experience to business development.

Petra Hand: International Global Strategist and Consultant and Corporate Social Responsibility. Petra will bring insight and experience to corporate social responsibility, helping us discover sustainability in our movement, and broker relationships with other organizations.

Ruby Guillen: Ruby has over 16 years of experience as a Child Abuse Investigator, covering over 6,000 severe and fatal child abuse cases and now continues the work through building technologies as founder of Humanistic Technologies, a tech company that enhances the efficiency of law enforcement, social workers, and all dedicated personnel to ensure child safety through designing apps that work for agencies that work at the frontlines of social change. She is currently an Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect at ICAN, a Full Stack Developer, and a leader in the National Women’s Political Caucus, American Public Health Association, National Association of Social Work, State of California. She will bring insight to integrating the journaling platform in other non-profit associations, specializing in women and children in underserved communities.Jean

Jean-Luc Charles: 20+ years of helping leaders achieve outstanding outcomes. Proven success designing, implementing and executing talent development strategies and programs in the area of senior leadership development, talent review, coaching, succession planning and performance management. An experienced facilitator, coach and talent developer. Master of Education (Ed.M) from Harvard University with focus on Leadership Development, Adult and E-Learning. Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Duke University with focus on ethics. AB from Amherst College in English and Black Studies. Jean-Luc will help the organization build a strong board through board-sourcing.

Associate Producers

Dani Silva

Associate Producer

You don’t have to see the entire staircase in order to take the first step. … ????In the grand scheme of things it will all make sense. #stepback#walkinfaith #synchronicity

Madison Richeson

Documentary Director

The work she’s created thus far has dealt with identity, healthcare, environmental issues, and an array of general event and documentary coverage.

Aysia Nealey

Associate Producer

The Love Story gives healing and light to those who truly need it. It provides an open environment for people to grow and love.

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Monica Dziak

Associate Producer & Multimedia Storyteller

“The Love Story means being vulnerable and opening up about your pain so that in turn, someone else who is struggling may be inspired by your light and ability to let go. It is a story of compassion, strength, bravery and utmost love–love for the self, love for others, love for humankind.” -Monica

Sherman Wellons

Associate Producer and Multimedia Storyteller

“When you dedicate your mind and spirit to a cause which inflicts happiness on the human emotional state.”

Wade Chao

Board Secretary Associate Producer

“Falling with no fear. It is two people on different journeys, and reaching the same destination. It’s the person that keeps you awake, because life is better than dreams.”-Wade Chao

Illustrators & Graphic Design

Lorna Alkana

Illustrator

Lorna Alkana mixes language and line drawings into interactive installations, digital art, paintings, and poetry.  Her art explores themes of perception and expectation through surreal portraits and saturated skylines.  Community, found-story, asymmetry, identity, and memory influence her work. Lorna developed a love for genre bending collaboration while studying Creative Writing in high school at the…

Floriane Verhnes

Currently in third year of License information and communication based in Annecy, Floriane has always been passionate about drawing and it is discovered a strong interest for the movement, it is in the framework of these studies that she could experience the animation whether with her first year project or during her internship of second…

Justin Oefelein

Graphics Designer

To me, The Love Story is about confronting your emotions and moving forward a happier and better person. Love and loss is not win or lose, but yin and yang.

Sirine Cherif

Illustrator

“I believe that the ultimate love story is letting go of our darkness, embracing ourselves as we are and filling our hearts with love for life. Once we do, the impact will be so powerful it will not only affect us but everything around us.”

Jessie Alter
Jessie Alter

Illustrator

“The ultimate love story is something electric, all-consuming, intangible, mind-blowing. It is the magic connection that forms in the seemingly empty air between two bodies. Happening in an instant or over years of cultivating friendship; it has the ability to heal old wounds, fill voids we never knew were there and open our minds-eye to…

Event Producers

Eli Vargas

Filmmaker's Collective Organizer

My own personal way of dealing with the heartbreak of broken promises and relational traumas, is to promote authenticity in every action and interaction that I take in life. I believe you must embody that which you hope to receive and see in the world and that the world will become a better place once we begin to do things that make us genuinely happy. For me that is to stand as a humanitarian, inspiring and advocating for others to be able to purse their passions and discover an authentic sense of self. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I take time to write short stories, poetry and play my ukulele.  

Megan Dooley

Event Producer "The Butterfly Effect"

She leaves on her epic journey August of 2017. She plans to continue to use her Spoken Word piece and artistic endeavors to be the voice for those who can’t speak up and to continue to empower those around her who have gone through similar pains and traumas.

Adélie Buclier

Social Cause Publicist

I’m just a kid with hope. I firmly believe that what’s more important than just having a job is having a mission. The Love Story is a chance for everyone involved in it. Finding inspiration in pain means growing up.

Sydney Anderson

Socal Cause Publicist

What does the love story mean to you? In my darkest hours, on my loneliest nights, art and creativity helped me find peace. Self-expression blossoms our inner anguish into something larger than hatred, and allows us to find a place in our heart to forgive ourselves and others for what has happened to us in…

Social Cause Marketer and Sales

Social Cause Marketing and Sales

Your beings are in sync, your mind is lost, you lose track of the world and everything goes black. Bliss.

Grant Writers

Sarah Zhang

Grant Writer

My name is Sarah Zhang and I am currently a junior attending Wellesley College majoring in English and minoring in Economics. I was born and live near the Boston area, and you never really get used to the cold. I am passionate about reading and writing creatively and I am also part of the Odyssey…

Ninasophia Stowe

Ninasophia  is currently a full-time college student studying English and Creative Writing at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is an Assistant Editor for her school newspaper and an active member in the Creative Writing Club on campus. She enjoys writing different genres including fiction short stories, poetry, and journaling. She also enjoys spending time…

Brand Hactivist

Technology

Sharath Raja

Product designer

I am passionate about psychology. With my inherent fascination for human behavior and my desire to conquer complex challenges, I strive to create enjoyable digital products that address the users’ needs and aspirations. My purpose is to understand myself and to be empathetic towards others. As well as to create opportunities for myself and those…

Brian Mikol

Project Manager

A hands-on Product Manager, I’m an adherent of the Jobsian technology-liberal arts intersection philosophy, data-driven decision-making, and UX simplicity. I enjoy opportunities leveraging my experience to drive positive change.  

Louis Smith

Product Manager

Eslam Tawakol

UX Designer

Purpose I believe we’re all in this life for a purpose which is to leave the world better than we found it, and add value to those around us. Help yourself first and then give a hand to others. To me, changing one person’s life is equal to changing the world! Passion Passionate about becoming…

Shobha Gunupuru

Full Stack Developer

I am Shobha. I worked as a full stack developer in India. I always wanted to help people in some or other way.I do volunteer at salt lake community college helping the  refugee students with the web development. I like volunteer work .I really liked the purpose of love story And want to help with…

Paddy K

UI/UX Designer

About Me:
HI I am Padma a UI/UX designer with graphic design background passionate to create visually catching interfaces based on user experience. I like to create eye catching and functional interfaces by driving user attention and solving their problems. 

Sahithya Balachandran

UX Designer

Passion: My passion has always been helping people and making their lives easier! I have always loved the psychology of the way people think and do things. Luckily, I have been able to turn my passion into my profession! Purpose: I really hope to create products that help people and make a difference to people’s…

Past Contributors

Emma Estrada

Adventure Journalist Editor

Equipped with a name that translates to “worldly” and “universal,” Emma is no stranger to traveling and meeting people from all over the globe. Whenever she can defy the constant limitations of her university schedule and her puny wallet, she makes an effort to go beyond the Berkeley bubble to nearby Oakland or San Francisco…

Ninasophia Stowe

Ninasophia  is currently a full-time college student studying English and Creative Writing at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. She is an Assistant Editor for her school newspaper and an active member in the Creative Writing Club on campus. She enjoys writing different genres including fiction short stories, poetry, and journaling. She also enjoys spending time…

Alex Jacobs

Brand Strategist

WHAT THE LOVE STORY IS TO ME: The Love Story is about embracing our authentic selves.  It revolves around a network of talented artists from all walks of life. Each with their unique story in tow and able to connect to a unique individual.  TLS, is an excellent resource for anyone who is ready to…

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Jeffery Annon

Video Production: "The Life Healer" Journalist: "Holding Grief"

“Emotional tragedy is one of the hardest experiences to survive but it is possible, so there is hope.”

David Pingree

Contributing writer "Irreverent Warriors"

The Love Story is a shelter from the storm, an inspirational quote, a friendly stranger, a cup of coffee, warm pajama bottoms, a cold beer. The Love Story is—

Craig Baker

Contributing Writer "The Art of Light"

The ultimate definition is love that transcends our reflections of each other.

Athena and Alysta Lim

Contributing Writers and Interviewers: "Weapons of Mass Construction" and "The Affirmation"

“When we learn to love someone as much as we love ourselves.”

Ivy Joeva

Interviewer "Redamancy"

The ultimate love story is one of pure, unconditional, egoless love, as deep and stable as it is passionate.  A love that is as rooted in spirit as it is in flesh, a true meeting of the minds which expresses through shared empathy, mutual generosity, and unshakeable support.  This love expands the couple as individuals,…

Michael Olivier

Contributing Writer "The Future's Past"

“Love Story (n): Thought by some to be reserved solely for fiction, this is something that occurs when two people have chemistry and compatibility and are willing to take the relationship as far as it will go, and solve problems through understanding, empathy, and communication. See also: myth, legend, fairy tale, unicorn.”

Jacqueline Keller

Contributing Writer & Interviewer "In the Fire"

The Love Story means to me being able to open your heart even when its been broken, cracked into a million little pieces and held together by the tears cried every night.  Creating the possibility of love by speaking words of love then stepping into a space of LOVE and in that moment BEcoming Love.

Jennie Nguyen

Contributing Writer & Interviewer "The New Narrative"

  “When you meet someone who’s almost exactly the opposite from you. But even though day and night, you both want to learn about each other. You stop caring about how different you are and accept the way they are. Then life feels beautiful. Of course, you fight and bicker and make petty remarks. You…

Elin Eckdahl

Contributing Writer and Interviewer "I Keep on Falling"

“The ultimate love story is the one I have with myself. With every experience and relationship that I go through, I learn something about myself and I come closer to finding my own unique path to happiness.”

Benjamin Villanueva

Contributing Writer "Redamancy"

“I’ve been to Hollywood I’ve been to Redwood I crossed the ocean for a heart of gold” -Neil Young  

Nancy Yeang

Contributing Writer "Wolf Cry" "Healing" "Music Therapy" Contributing Writer and Interviewer "In the Moment"

[aesop_video width=”85″ align=”center” src=”vimeo” id=”164534822″ loop=”on” autoplay=”on” controls=”on” viewstart=”on” viewend=”on”] “The ultimate love story is the one you have with life itself. It’s an accumulation of the mass and density of yesterday, the abyss of tomorrow and the strength to stand today to face it all.”

Ricky Watson

Contributing Writer "The One Who Got Away"

“The ultimate love story is one that touches on all aspects of emotion and the human element, from pain to perserverance, loss to gain, love, passion, sex, joy, etc. The ultimate love story consist of every experience a couple could share, as it makes that story rich.”

Leila Pari

Contributing Writer & Interviewer "The Redemption"

“I believe the Ultimate Love Story begins with compassion. That’s how we uplift and inspire each other and through that grow in grace, understanding, kindness, and selflessness. That’s how we connect with humanity, challenge injustice, and strive for peace. Compassion is the birthplace of love and through that love we give life meaning.” [aesop_video width=”85″…

Sara McIntosh

Contributing Writer "Holding Grief"

The greatest love story in any life is that unexpected event that turns out to be your one true love that you cannot love without. It can happen to anyone at any time, and I know that for me it didn’t have to be romantic. As a very young woman I found out surprisingly that…

Cornelius Fortune

Contributing Writer "The Color of Breath"

“Love finds you wherever you are, sad, happy, or in-between universes. Your experience with loss often sets you on a highway to discovery without a roadmap or a working GPS. It’s all about the journey and The Love Story celebrates this.”

Nicole Scheurer

Contributing Writer and Interviewer "Wings"

“The Love Story is something that you onto tightly to keep from drifting away. Life seems that much more surreal, and you get that feeling in your stomach like the world has dropped out from beneath your feet. It is the blank page you haven’t written yet because you are too afraid to mess up…

Stephanie Mercado

Series "Let There Be Light" Editor

“The ultimate love story is tragic and triumphant, simultaneously and continually. It’s that type of comedy that pulls at the heart and manages a few tearful life lessons. It doesn’t make sense half the time (which is evident in my response hah!), but it’s worth every beautiful and twisted moment. Sometimes the best love story…

Jenna Roscoe

Associate Producer

I’m a 3rd year film student at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. I’m from Fairport, NY and I will be graduating in May 2018. My passion is filmmaking in every aspect, but I specifically love writing, directing and editing. I have made a short experimental documentary called The Astronaut and a short narrative…

Edgar Liquidano
Edgar Liquidano

"Behind SoulScape Journey" "Behind Vetality Corp."

“The Love Story is a story of your life–not falling but rising in love with yourself. It’s a story of your journey from the deepest lows to your most ascendant highs. It’s about how you got to find yourself and your path. As you are constantly evolving so is your story. The Love Story is…

A.J. Berger

"Behind All Your Heart"

The definition of a love story is finding yourself in all forms of life, and pursuing those that push you to become better and try harder everyday.

Cypress Bai

Contributing Video Editor "Imperfect"

“My ultimate definition of The Love Story is finding the right person at the right time. Because chemistry is the easiest thing, but timing is a bitch.”

Remi Huang

Contributing Video Editor "The Pact"

The past is a just a story we tell ourself.

Jeredon Conner

Contributing Director and Editor "I keep on Falling" ; Videographer of "The Future's in the Past," "Imperfect Case"

“My ultimate definition of The Love Story is to love and support unconditionally to the point of where you create comfort in the lives of others. There’s nothing better than to have peace of mind.”

Jesse Rivas

Contributing Director and Editor "The Affirmation"; Videographer "The Future's Past" Editor "The Light Within"

“Love is undefined, it’s random, and surprising. There is no set “definition” to what love is and what stories it can produce.”

Derrick Cleveland

Director and Editor "Wait a Minute"; Videographer "I Keep on Falling"

“Love is Unity”

Sharath Raja

Product designer

I am passionate about psychology. With my inherent fascination for human behavior and my desire to conquer complex challenges, I strive to create enjoyable digital products that address the users’ needs and aspirations. My purpose is to understand myself and to be empathetic towards others. As well as to create opportunities for myself and those…

Brian Mikol

Project Manager

A hands-on Product Manager, I’m an adherent of the Jobsian technology-liberal arts intersection philosophy, data-driven decision-making, and UX simplicity. I enjoy opportunities leveraging my experience to drive positive change.  

Louis Smith

Product Manager

Eslam Tawakol

UX Designer

Purpose I believe we’re all in this life for a purpose which is to leave the world better than we found it, and add value to those around us. Help yourself first and then give a hand to others. To me, changing one person’s life is equal to changing the world! Passion Passionate about becoming…

Shobha Gunupuru

Full Stack Developer

I am Shobha. I worked as a full stack developer in India. I always wanted to help people in some or other way.I do volunteer at salt lake community college helping the  refugee students with the web development. I like volunteer work .I really liked the purpose of love story And want to help with…

Paddy K

UI/UX Designer

About Me:
HI I am Padma a UI/UX designer with graphic design background passionate to create visually catching interfaces based on user experience. I like to create eye catching and functional interfaces by driving user attention and solving their problems. 

Sahithya Balachandran

UX Designer

Passion: My passion has always been helping people and making their lives easier! I have always loved the psychology of the way people think and do things. Luckily, I have been able to turn my passion into my profession! Purpose: I really hope to create products that help people and make a difference to people’s…

Matthew Flemm

Web Support

“It is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are. It does not matter that we will not reach our ultimate goal. The effort itself yields its own reward.”

David Baker

Legal Counsel

David’s passion for technology stems from an early age and lead him to receive a degree in Computer Science from Texas Wesleyan University and a Law Degree from Whittier Law School. David also has a passion for the arts, and dabbles in a variety of mediums including, poetry, film, and 3D design. His purpose for…

Eli Vargas

Filmmaker's Collective Organizer

My own personal way of dealing with the heartbreak of broken promises and relational traumas, is to promote authenticity in every action and interaction that I take in life. I believe you must embody that which you hope to receive and see in the world and that the world will become a better place once we begin to do things that make us genuinely happy. For me that is to stand as a humanitarian, inspiring and advocating for others to be able to purse their passions and discover an authentic sense of self. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I take time to write short stories, poetry and play my ukulele.  

Megan Dooley

Event Producer "The Butterfly Effect"

She leaves on her epic journey August of 2017. She plans to continue to use her Spoken Word piece and artistic endeavors to be the voice for those who can’t speak up and to continue to empower those around her who have gone through similar pains and traumas.

Sarah Zhang

Grant Writer

My name is Sarah Zhang and I am currently a junior attending Wellesley College majoring in English and minoring in Economics. I was born and live near the Boston area, and you never really get used to the cold. I am passionate about reading and writing creatively and I am also part of the Odyssey…

Adélie Buclier

Social Cause Publicist

I’m just a kid with hope. I firmly believe that what’s more important than just having a job is having a mission. The Love Story is a chance for everyone involved in it. Finding inspiration in pain means growing up.

Destiny Muse

Lead Event Producer

The Love Story is the silence when everything around you seems too loud. The freedom to feel honestly and to heal on your own terms. Hope. Resilience. Survival. Love.

Sirine Cherif

Illustrator

“I believe that the ultimate love story is letting go of our darkness, embracing ourselves as we are and filling our hearts with love for life. Once we do, the impact will be so powerful it will not only affect us but everything around us.”

Xiao Ming Tang

Illustrator

My ultimate definition of The Love Story is ”Letting go of your self-ego and accepting yourself as a whole, is  to begin a whole new chapter waiting to unfold through self-realisation.”

Hsiao Wen Chiu

Video Editor "Behind The Insight Ninja" "Behind the Preacher"

“It’s the ability to trust and the passion for life. It may tear our heart apart, but it could also stimulate our imagination toward life.”

Jeffery Annon

Video Production: "The Life Healer" Journalist: "Holding Grief"

“Emotional tragedy is one of the hardest experiences to survive but it is possible, so there is hope.”

Carlos Sanchez

Interviewer "Irreverent"

My ultimate definition of love has to be, when any person has the capacity to let go of all negative and malevolent thought. Making the soul heal and find true love within. With the new found love, not only will one be truly happy, but be happy even when the heart is breaking. It takes…

Madisyn Delgado

Production Assistant "The Future's in the Past" "The Color of Breath"

“…is more than a few sentences. It’s constant efforts that feel effortless because your significant other is worth it. It’s having the ability to feel loved without having to show affection, & knowing that someone makes you want to be a better person.

Carlos Quevedo

Photographer "Wolf Cry" Series 2 "The Healer Within"

Brant Brogan

Feature Photographer "The Light Within the Dream" and Series 1 "Let There be Light"

“A meeting place where we can come together to support each other in our shared need for love and wholeness.”