Eagle Vision Board Members:

Ruth Mendelson, Founder/President
Keena Keel, Treasurer
Ronn Smith, Director of Development
Sally Honda, Clerk
Jane Goodall PhD, Honorary

Ruth Mendelson, Founder/President

Eagle Vision Founder and President Ruth Mendelson is creator and director of the organization’s premier initiative, the WELL WISHES Project. This unique audio initiative is not only successfully establishing unprecedented lines of communication and resources between the world's youth, but is also saving lives and preventing murder.

A New York Times Critics' Pick, Ms. Mendelson has been writing award-winning scores for film, HBO, A&E, Discovery Channel, Disney, Animal Planet, The Learning Channel, PBS, CBS, and NBC (among others), as well as creating innovative multi-media “surround-scapes” for over 20 years. She was the first woman in the history of Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) to teach in the Film Scoring Department, which she enjoys part-time to this day. An active studio musician, Ruth has been featured playing a number of instruments in a wide variety of genres with artists in LA, New York Boston, Europe and India. She is also a guest lecturer, music director and author. She has performed at the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, as bassist for the One Human Family Gospel Choir, and is currently collaborating with renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall on a variety of youth empowerment and environmental projects.

Ms. Mendelson’s deepest commitment is to be of service and assist in bringing love, compassion and positive change to society via a wide range of creative projects and programs.

Keena Keel, Treasurer

Keena Keel has more than twenty-three years of progressive professional experience...Undergraduate A.B. from Brandeis University (cum Laude) and extensive professional training. Background encompasses expertise in administration, accounting, sales, public relations and personnel. Work history highlighted by regular and rapid promotion and recognition for superior performance. Her desire to study and understand all aspects of a business, have given her the ability to effectively manage more than one enterprise.

Experience includes: Treasurer of family owned business Strobardt Electric Company 1994-2000. Prepared the employee payroll, made bank deposits, provided the tax information given to the Corporation?s accountant for tax ?ling, and represented the Company at informational IRS audits. Managing her business paperwork as a sole proprietor, she decided to take and successfully complete hundreds of hours of classroom training on tax laws, due diligence, and tax preparation. She was subsequently hired by H&R Block for tax season 2009-2010 as a tax preparer.

Ronn Smith, Director of Development

Ronn Smith has been a professional fundraiser since 1988. He has worked for WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA), New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, MA), and Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI). At each institution he was responsible for raising restricted and/or unrestricted funds from foundations, corporations, U.S. Government agencies, and individuals. While at RISD, he also secured funding from international constituencies. Currently, Mr. Smith works as an independent fundraising consultant for cultural institutions and nonprofit organization, with a focus on strategic planning, program development, project management, proposal writing, and all aspects of the fundraising process.

Mr. Smith’s publishing credits include American Set Design: Interviews with Twelve Contemporary Set Designers, Nothing But the Truth: A Play, and over 150 feature articles on theatre, film, and television design. He is currently working on two books: a collection of short stories, essays, and poems, and a book about bicycling in Iceland, Iceland’s landscape, and the relationship between the landscape and contemporary Icelandic art.

Sally Honda, Clerk

Sally Honda is an accomplished pianist, having performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Her mentors and teachers have included Carole L. Bigler, Valery Lloyd Watts, Jane Kutscher-Reed, Christine Burczyk Allen, Kaestner Robertson, Randall Hodgkinson and Krasimira Jordan. Ms. Honda has studied extensively in the U.S. and abroad, with undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music as well as professional development and pedagogy studies that has taken her around the world. Being certified in many teaching methodologies, Ms. Honda continues to lecture and teach piano, theory and chamber music, in addition to her music administration pursuits. She has co-founded a music school in the Greater Boston area, and she continues to seek opportunities to bridge gaps of socio-economic inequalities in the arts world. She is pursuing the opportunity to develop a music summer institute, and she currently sits on the Board of Eagle Vision Initiatives, Inc.

Jane Goodall, PhD

Primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr. Jane Goodall is well-known for her 45-year study of chimpanzee social and family interactions in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, and for founding the Jane Goodall Institute and Roots&Shoots.