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Who We Are
INFORM consists of:
Virginia Ramsey became President of INFORM in 2007. Under her leadership, a venerable research organization became a 21st century non-profit using new media to build environmental awareness in the general public. Virginia launched the new approach with INFORM’s signature series The Secret Life, now an award-winning brand with a global audience. Prior to INFORM, Virginia’s career featured innovative work in development and communications for non-profits in New York, Cambridge, Mass, and Houston, Tx devoted to hunger relief, low-income housing, healthcare, and education. She specializes in developing dynamic strategies for enhancing program impact and particularly enjoys making creative use of video, websites, social networks and events to message effectively to a variety of audiences.
Joey Lee works as a Marketing Consultant for Living Tree Community Foods. Previously, she served as the Recipe Editor and Partnerships Manager for The Monday Campaigns- a series of nonprofit public health initiatives that encourage the public to recommit to healthy behaviors as each week begins. Ms. Lee launched The Kids Cook Monday campaign by creating online communities, recipes and toolkits to encourage weekly family dinners. She also served a crucial role in the Meatless Monday movement as she recruited over 200 food bloggers for weekly recipe posts and 200 restaurants to serve weekly menus. Ms. Lee has edited over 1000 recipes and provided content to a variety of publications such as Prevention Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Daily Meal.
Loch Phillipps is the President of Off Ramp Films and works as a Field Producer and Editor for Hock Films, specializing in soccer documentaries for NBC Sports. He previously directed and produced the film series, Beyond the Glory, which aired on Fox. Mr. Phillipps served as the Director of Communication for UNICEF from 1989-1995, producing many short documentaries and PSA’s. Prior to UNICEF, he directed and produced the award-winning film series The Conceptual Foundations of Everyday Life.
Josh Riman does graphic design for INFORM. In 2011, Mr. Riman founded Great Believer: a marketing agency specializing in shaping memorable brands for nonprofits, start-ups and small businesses. Prior to founding Great Believer, Mr. Riman worked as a copywriter for 360i, the Taproot Foundation, mcgarrybowen, Irwin Slater and J. Walter Thompson. In his eight years in branding, Mr. Riman has shaped the online presence of major brands such as Macy’s, Nikon and Chips Ahoy.
Marina A. Belessis Casoria is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with a concentration in fund-raising for non-profit management. She is a former member of the Public Affairs team at Con Edison. Ms. Belessis Casoria has served on the Board of Directors of the Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and Hope Program Business Advisory Council. She has raised over 50 million dollars for numerous philanthropic missions, focusing on environmental sustainability, civic engagement and all things Brooklyn.
Chris Elam works as a Writer for Good Morning America. Prior to Good Morning America, Mr. Elam launched an educational film project, FixFood, with Oscar-nominated documentary director, Robert Kenner. He also directed the Meatless Monday Campaign as it grew in popularity to reach a 50% national awareness rate. Mr. Elam had a regular blog in The Huffington Post, interviewing thought leaders ranging from the NY Times’ Food Guru, Mark Bittman, to eco-friendly Nascar race car driver, Leilani Munter. While working as a copywriter at J Walter Thompson, he launched popular art e-magazine, ArtKrush, with his friend Mark Barry. Prior to founding ArtKush, Mr. Elam created and wrote a nightly music show for MTV entitled Alternative Nation.
Christian Ettinger is a Utilities Regulatory Analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission. He has also worked with the Educational Foundation of America to implement a diverse assortment of policies that range from scaling back military spending to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Mr. Ettinger lobbied Congress with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby to put a tax on carbon. He also researched and edited Oscar-nominated documentaries such as Murder Ball and The Weather Underground. Prior to working in film, Mr. Ettinger served as an Editor of ThePosition.com and Cups Magazine.
Jeannine Dominy is a professional writer with two decades of experience working for a wide variety of employers, including MGM, HBO and Focus Features.
Ms. Dominy’s first script to reach production, The Honest Courtesan, was adapted as Dangerous Beauty by Warner Brothers in 1998. The Honest Courtesan was selected for the ASCAP Disney Musical Workshop, The New York Stage and Film Summer Theatre Workshop and the American Musical Theatre Project.
Ms. Dominy recently completed her first novel, Clarity’s Enchantment, which tells the story of a young girl who believes her music can bring back her mother lost at sea. She has been recognized as a Nicholas Fellowship Finalist, participated in the Equinox Writer’s Lab and received Columbia University’s Laurel Screenwriting Award for her screenplay, God’s Mistress. Ms. Dominy has a fierce commitment to and passion for environmental and human rights issues.
Stephen Land is Director Emeritus of INFORM, having served as Director from 1994-2001 and as Chair from 1998-2001. In his professional life, Stephen Land is Head of the Tax Practice at Duval & Stachenfeld LLP. He is an officer of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, and has been published in The Tax Lawyer and Tax Law Review, among others. Mr. Land has been recognized as a leading tax practitioner by Chambers, Legal 500 and other legal directories. Prior to joining Duval & Stachenfeld, Mr. Land was the head of the U.S. tax practice at Linklaters. Before that, he practiced at Howard, Darby & Levin (now part of Covington & Burling) and Sullivan & Cromwell.