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Verona Fonte
Executive Director

Zamora

Ruben Barrenchea
Production Co-ordinator
Training Specialist

MadreMonteByGuadalupe Urbina

Voz Propia
Guadalupe Urbina
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Roberto Zamora
Peace as a Human Right

Children

Frederico
Schuar de Ecuador

Karl

Voz Propia production
with local children about their
cultural heritage

PeaceBond

Global PeaceForce
Peace Bond Image
designed by Verona Fonte

CONTACT

Verona Fonté, Ph.D., Executive Director
Iris Arts & Education Group, Berkeley, California

STAFF & SUPPORT

Verona Fonté, Ph.D., Creative Director

Riyaz Fazal , I.T. Consultant; Co-Ordinator for Fiscal Sponsor Programs - temporary

            Ruben Barrenechea, Production Co-ordinator/Training Specialist

Board of Directors

Verona Fonte, PhD, Executive Director;
Sally Hinds, MA;
Tom Bair, Gekko Productions,
Betsy Blakeslee, World Harmony Chorus

Board of Advisors

Jeanne Adams, Ansel Adams Galleries; Jan Camp, Founder Iris Arts;
Patricia Ellsberg, Educator; Evelyn Messinger, CitizensChannel.org; Jennifer Kuiper, Social Activist

 

About Verona

Verona Fonté, Executive Director of Iris Arts, has the digital media skills, the ability to mentor emerging digital artists, and the capacity to provide nonprofits with socially relevant projects with digital media products such as: websites, digital videos, DVD’s, graphic design products.
Verona Fonté, Ph.D. worked as a psychologist for over twenty years in academic, clinical and organizational settings. She was Academic Dean at the Saybrook Institute, had a private practice for over 20 years, worked with the beginnings of the managed care programs, organizational trauma teams and consulted with organizations.
In 1994, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Olympia Institute, Verona participated in a conference focusing on the impact of war trauma in Dagestan, a region of the the Soviet Union in the Caucasus. A Russian cinematographer that was filming this event, mentored her in her first efforts to film. While in Dagestan they met and filmed some of the major political players as this region approached their first democratic elections. One day the cinematographer told Verona his story about being hospitalized and medicated under the Soviet regime when he refused to go into the military. On hearing this story Verona decided she could no longer listen to people’s stories in confidentiality as a psychologist. Rather she wanted to be part of the group of people that helped get important narratives out into the world. The dynamics of diversity and the tension of potential violence in post Soviet, pre-democratic Dagestan (still a region of Russia) inspired her to make her first film “The Peaceful Warrior”.
Soon after this she decided to quite her work as a psychologist and become the Director of Iris Arts & Education Group, a nonprofit with a mission to produce and support socially relevant media, educational and artistic products. She continued her work with trauma and peace through producing of several shorts including , “We Must Not Forget the Children” for Balkans YouthLink 1997 about the crisis in Kosova; working on a trailer for a feature length film in Italy, “Children of War” with Kim Shelton about the tales of children from different regions of the form Yugoslavia; and “Quest for Justice”, about the Korean Comfort Women - 2001, among others.
Through Iris Arts she has made two films for the Ansel Adams Gallery, has begun working in innovative ways with paintings and animations producing shorts that are visually stunning, psychologically, politically or spiritually relevant.
In addition, through Iris Arts she has contributed to the efforts of other socially relevant projects by making websites for non profits organizations, consulting with organizations about their digital presence on the internet, and training youth leaders in developing the digital media skills needed so they can become the change makers and present their visions and stories to the world.
From 2007 Iris has worked in Costa Rica with the nonprofit, Voz Propria Foundation and Guadalupe Urbina, Director of Voz Propia Foundation, and providing digital media products that support Voz Propia developing a public platform which enables them to present: 1) their sustainable social programs with socially challenged children, 2) their ongoing work with the social programs in conjunction with the co-operative Long Mai Sonador in San Isidro, Costa Rica. Voz Propia has a history of starting local programs that have spread throughout Costa Rica and Central America.

Through work in Costa Rica, which is the only country in the world that has declared “peace as a human right”, Verona is using her network to help support this concept internationally.