LEADERSHIP TEAM

MEET OUR DEVOTED AND PASSIONATE ETV LEADERSHIP TEAM

VINCE ALLEN

FOUNDER  |  PRESIDENT

  • INSTAGRAM: VINCEALLEN

Vince loves avocados and is an Emmy nominated film, commercial, television and producer with multiple shows on air currently. He is the founder and president of Engage The Vision with the primary focus of bridging the gaps of equality for at-risk youth by bringing money and resources from the entertainment industry and beyond and investing them into our most in need inner-city communities. 

DR. SHARON ELEFANT

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

  • INSTAGRAM: DRSHARONELEFANT
Dr. Sharon Elefant is the Executive Director for Engage the Vision. Additionally, she consults with various nonprofits to develop their organizational structure and administrative infrastructure, strategic vision and implementation plans, fund and growth development, and relationship cultivation. She is also adjunct faculty for Central Michigan University and Florida International University. 

C.J. HAMMOND

MENTOR  |  DIRECTOR OF DONOR RELATIONS

  • INSTAGRAM: CJHAMMONDMUSIC
CJ Hammond has been a proud mentor, advocate and board member for ETV for the last 4 years. As the Director of Donor Relations, CJ is actively working  with the community, engaging  businesses to foster  sustainable relationships, and cultivating  donors to support the programs for the young Queens and Kings of ETV.

THOMAS CRICHTON

DIRECTOR OF SPONSORSHIP

Tom Crichton has spent the last 25+ years in corporate partnership, charitable fundraising and media production. Tom shares his experience by providing education and consulting for thousands of organizations and non-profits by teaching best practices in building and growing value-based partnerships.

LIANA DiMITRI

MEDIA MANAGER

  • INSTAGRAM: LIANADIMITRI

Liana has always lived by the idea of taking the road less traveled. She had no clue what an adventure it would be when she interned for Engage the Vision in Los Angeles during the Summer of 2019. Now back at college and preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s degrees in Film and Communications in May 2020, Liana has continued to assist ETV with social media and creative writing. She was so inspired by the love and dedication expressed by Co-Founder and President Vince Allen, Executive Director Dr. Sharon Elefant, and various mentors that she decided to continue working for ETV. The welcoming energy of ETV made Liana feel right at home in a new state. This organization helped Liana grow in confidence and skill of her creative abilities. Liana looks forward to rejoining the ETV team when she graduates.

STEVEN CAPLE, JR.

MENTOR  |  EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

  • INSTAGRAM: STEVENCAPLEJR

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Steven Caple, Jr. is a USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate and writer-director. He premiered his feature film, “The Land” at Sundance 2016 and later in theaters where proceeds were donated to ETV. He is now penning an Emmett Till show at HBO, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan. His directing credits include “Grown-sh,” Creed II and a Netflix docuseries.

IVANN ANDRÈS ACUNA

MENTOR  |  ADVOCATE

  • INSTAGRAM: LIFEOFIVANN

Ivann Andrès Acuña is an artist, mentor, and entrepreneur. He is a proud first-generation Mexican American who was born in Chicago, Illinois and resides in LA where he does acting for theater, film, and television. He is the operations manager for the “ Engage The Vision” mentorship program. A non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich and empower at-risk inner-city youths through weekly mentoring. Ivann has a Degree in Hospitality Management from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. He loves his family and enjoys sports, traveling, food, and working with children.

COTTRELL GUIDRY

MENTOR  |  ADVOCATE  |

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 

  • INSTAGRAM: COTRELLGUIDRY

Born in Long Beach CA, Cottrell was scouted to model at the age of 18 and soon after transitioned into taking theater in college. He quickly became what he likes to call a “Collaborator”, bringing other actor friends together, writing and producing content, like sketches, short films and other creative projects. He shares his talents, crafting each skill while able to juggle genres, from drama to comedy. His portrayal of the character “Brandon” in Grimshaw earned him a article in LA Confidential Magazine as “a young actor to watch out for.” And he recently guest starred on the television shows Powerless (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS). He’s currently working on the show American Soul (BET), slated to come out in January 2019.

DR. COREY EMANUEL, Ph.D.

MENTOR  |  DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & MEDIA

  • INSTAGRAM: COREYEMANUEL

Corey has been an educator for over 17 years. He began his career as an applied behavioral therapist and then transitioned into literacy outreach and materials sourcing for low-income schools across the United States. In 2011, he earned a Master of Arts from Columbia University Teachers College from the school of Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education. In 2012, he published his first children’s book entitled, Can I Be President, Too?  Since 2015, Corey has partnered with multiple educational companies as a consultant to deliver professional development to school districts across the United States who have adopted new digital based reading and science curriculums. Corey is a proud member of the non-profit organization, Engage the Vision, which serves at-risk youth through weekly mentoring. He is also an instructor at FYI-Films which teaches filmmaking to incarcerated teens. Corey holds a Ph.D. in Media Psychology and resides in Los Angeles, California.

KAMIL McFADDEN

MENTOR  |  SPECIAL AMBASSADOR

  • INSTAGRAM: KAMIL_MCFADDEN

At the age of six years old, Kamil started acting and by the age of eight he attended auditions for the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta’s theatrical season. Kamil has appeared in several movies such as Grown Ups 2 and has worked alongside Zendaya in the Disney show, KC Undercover.

CHRIS COTTON

MENTOR  |  MEDITATION FACILITATOR

  • INSTAGRAM: THECHRISCOTTON

Born and raised in Hyattsville, MD, Chris Cotton always had a keen awareness of discovery and adventure. Now 31, he’s taken his sense of discovery to Los Angeles, CA to find his calling in the creative & healing arts. As a photographer, graphic designer & director his portfolio developed in curating the best out of models and the fashion-oriented shows involved. At the end of 2015, he released his first publication, Receive this Moment: The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Now currently, he devotes his time as the Marketing Leader at OneChurchLA & is developing a meditative therapy called Vision Check-Ups to help facilitate the renewal of mind, body & spirit for those visionaries at heart. 

GREG KINSEY

MENTOR  |  ADVOCATE

  • INSTAGRAM: GKINSEY23

L.J. STEAD

MENTOR  |  ADVOCATE

  • INSTAGRAM: LJSTEAD

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