A-SonGlo Foundation

SHE took a leap of FAITH
and grew wings on the way down.

J. Pauly

Creative Selection Committee

Don’t let these little girl images fool you! We are highly experienced artists in film, visual art and literature. We are a community of global women who are dedicated to social justice and committed to visionary women whose creative work and stories will shape the ideas of a new generation. Together, we encourage and support the ARTIST to go deep, however challenging, to focus and complete her creative work in the majestic landscape of McCall, Idaho.

Sonya is the founder of A-SonGlo Foundation; activist, filmmaker, writer and poet. Founder and former Director of a woman’s organization dedicated to the advancement of women and their families in rural, Idaho. Sonya’s films give a voice to change-making women and their life experiences, creating an archive of their stories, so that they are not forgotten, as they leave significant legacies through activism, education and legislation. The cornerstone of Sonya’s work is built on the cultural experiences and enriching stories that inspire her films, as she crisscrosses throughout Idaho’s historical landscape; as a story-gatherer and storyteller. “You cannot create a legacy for yourself – until you create one for someone else.”

Alejandra was born and raised in Santiago, Chile. Earned degrees in Educational Leadership and Educational Psychology - Boston, MA; Engineering and Social Communications in Chile, in film and radio. She has over 15 years in education and is proficient in social media and providing technical expertise to community leaders and non-profits; training and workshops in multiculturalism. Executive Director of a non-profit to address and promote community development, cultural-awareness and the integration of mutual respect through art, culture and service to communities. Her mantra “get curious, not furious.”

Amanda is a poet, theater-performer, semi-musician and an activist who has the battle scars, like so many of her sisters who sit on this council. A mother of two young children, is a pro on how to squeeze quality-time to capture the Bohemian artist within her; journaling and writing out her short stories. She has two decades of working in social justice; women/children's rights, environmental and human rights and economic development. Her first passionate crusade was to take a stand for Farmworker's civil and human rights; this call to action would forever impact and shape her life, thinking and commitment to social justice. A business owner and advocate for women’s economic development. Amanda is inspired by, and champions women artists and encourages their artistic free-flowing thinking and well-being.

Anna is a dreamer, singer, scholar, outdoors-woman and a reluctant director of chaos. In the 1980's she was co-founder of “The Beltane Papers;” a Journal of Women's Spirituality. She served as an Executive Director of an International Job Creation program for International Artisans; promoting their countries culture by their hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, hand-made and painted journals and, table clothes and music. Anna has met some of the most inspiring artists from all walks of life; eagerly promoting their artistic talents and entrepreneurial spirit, by placing their unique and distinctive hand-crafted items to be sold in stores, throughout Idaho and the country. Anna is committed to support Women Artists and their creative impact and dreams.

Barbara was born to be a teacher. She taught junior high and devoted her life in guiding and inspiring teachers, principals and parents to move forward, on how best to support schools to encourage and sustain the next generation of “out of the box thinkers." Her passion for social justice served her well in the inner-city schools of Los Angeles, primarily with LatinX students and their families. “The students gave me strength and often guided and inspired me.” She is passionate about the powerful good we can do together and participate in the needed-change that is taking place, NOW. “I want to participate in the creation of a landscape that is a safe haven for everyone, especially women and children.”

Camille is an International Public Speaker that works specifically to encourage changing cultural biases in artificial intelligence, and a Product Engineer. Camille has been active in social and racial justice issues, throughout her life. Her skills and talents in social media platforms have supported and assisted good organizations to get their messages across the country and world. She is also a visibility strategist for women in business and startups. And has worked on projects with NASA, NVIDIA, and University Innovation Fellows. Camille is dedicated to the advancement of women, who are creative innovators utilizing their artistic skills for the betterment of community, as a whole.

Diane is a social worker, mental health therapist and social justice activist. She is a strong voice for marginalized populations to have access and receive physical and mental health care both in Idaho and nationally. Diane is bi-lingual in English and Spanish. She runs her own business, ‘Daring in Idaho’ providing mental-health counseling; a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, training and modality based on the research and work of Dr. Brené Brown. Diane is adjunct professor and mentors’ young social workers in becoming socially mindful of what is happening around them and in their communities; working toward the advancement of social and racial justice.

Irma is an Idaho-girl, born in Caldwell. A daughter of migrant farmworkers, she was taught the value of education, working hard and serving community. She received a degree in Accounting. Irma has dedicated her life towards the advancement of farmworker's civil and human rights. She has led projects worth millions that would benefit farmworkers and their families in education, housing and medical benefits. Her passion and commitment to the Latino community led her to running the largest Latino based organization in Idaho as their CEO. Irma sits on national boards and plays a key-role in the advancement of women and children throughout Idaho.

Jeanie has a degree in Adult/Organizational Learning and Leadership. She has dedicated her time and energy towards the advancement of marginalized and under-represented communities. She is currently working for an organization that supports refugees to obtain an education and prepare them for a successful future. Jeanie sits on an International Cultural Diplomacy Board, designed to heighten awareness of professional and cultural exchange programs for current and emerging leaders, specialists, and scholars from around the globe. She values community connections and strives to create a more inclusive environment through art, dance and outdoor activities.

Lani is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer (which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books). As a former teacher, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. She is a published Sci-Fi fiction writer of three books on Aztec and Mayan mythology. A California-native whose parents live in Mexico; Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. You can often find this proud-nerd in a library doing research for her next book!

Luz was born in Mexico City; the ancestral-birthplace of the Aztecs and the Bohemian world-famous Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Luz obtained her MFA, and received formal training at the Bellas Artes and the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; studied and obtained degrees in Portland, Oregon and Boise, Idaho. Her canvas and short films are a reflection of her life experiences of her Mexican culture, art and its passionate people; and the spiritual-healers she has encountered. She has facilitated workshops on healing through art with refugees and immigrants traumatized by war. Her paintings are a reflection of the many captivating artists, filmmakers, and spirited-women she has met in Idaho.

Mercedes is a proud mother of two children who keep her balanced; an activist, feminist, immigrant and the daughter of former-farmworkers. Mercedes passion is the safety of women and their families; a dedicated grassroots organizer. She has worked with state agencies and organizations across Idaho focusing on the health and welfare of women and children. She has facilitated trainings and workshops for community leaders and organizations throughout Idaho, on domestic violence, gender-equality and racial justice. She is a collector and lover of thought-provoking books for her spirit and soul. Mercedes is on a lifelong journey to reclaim her ancestral lineage, healing the wounds created by colonization and artificial borders; shattering barriers with the words “¡Si, Se Puede!”

Millie was born in Guatemala (homeland of the Mayas). Millie found her place and voice in activism by the strong women in her family who mentored and nurtured her through storytelling, and the rich foods of her ancestors. She has participated and facilitated in workshops/trainings on economic development for women-owned businesses and racial justice in rural Idaho. Millie has been a community organizer for over 15 years and has been successful implementing social services and educational programs for the Latino community. A former Executive Director of three organizations that focused on racial justice and the empowerment of women and their families. She has 8 years experience working in behavioral and mental health and has her own private practice.

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