Hilda Pang Fu
Founder & President
Entrepreneurial in nature, Hilda doesn’t know anything about laying bricks, yet excels at building both non-profit and for-profit ventures. Global thinker, Social Entrepreneur, Communicator, Librarian, Advocate for gender equity, Hilda speaks three languages and is a porcelain painter. Hilda started Luminari because she believes each of us is a citizen of the world, and we all can use a bit of mind-broadening.
Joyce grew up in Pittsburgh and currently lives in New York, where she is a mom, photographer and an attorney. She travels the world, working to expand the reach of Major League Baseball. She thinks having experiences outside of one’s comfort zone is important to personal growth and that everyone could learn a thing or two about diplomacy.
Gordon is an established marketing change-agent who currently works as marketing innovations manager for a leader in the worldwide medical technology market. He is a Communicator, Analyst, Planner, Product Launcher, International Businessman, Youth Advocate, and Surfer.
Ilene Hurwitz Schwartz
Director of Operations
As Luminari’s Director of Operations, Ilene Schwartz has a new title but she’s been part of our team from the inception, serving as an advisor and board member. Ilene’s background is in marketing and development, where she used her skills to advocate on behalf of a number of meaningful causes, including women’s health and energy. She and her husband, a Chinese expert and attorney, have a grown son. Ilene’s idea of a perfect day is knitting while the sun is up, and seeing a stage play or musical at night.
The People of Luminari
Harold is President and Creative Director at Behar-Fingal, an agency that delivers innovative, integrated marketing solutions to nonprofits, municipalities and small businesses. He is an award-winning marketing professional, problem solver and idea generator, he enjoys traveling, experiencing live music, and is a lover of the arts.
Leslie is the Owner of Active Eating Advice: be fit, fed and fearless. She works with individual clients, Carnegie Mellon University athletics, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She strives to help her clients, viewers and readers cultivate a love for food, appreciate what fueling well does for the body, and communicate the message of being a foodie instead of a feudie.
Roberta L. Brody
Roberta Lando Brody spent most of her career building messages for her clients. As owner of Advantage Communications, she specialized in advertising, marketing and public relations.
That experience helped her launch two retail businesses, which she subsequently sold, and led her to a two-year stint as Editor-in-Chief of a local lifestyle magazine. Although she is recently retired, she still does occasional consulting work.
Nathan loves to learn and teach about the globe and its people. He leads the social studies department at Chartiers Valley Middle School, where he teaches Global Perspectives, Civics, and Early American History. His background is in historic preservation, archaeology, curriculum design and global studies and cultures—passions he has brought to the “I Want to be an Ambassador!” camp as its director and assistant director.
Susan Brozek-Scott (Camp Director) has a rich background of experience working with young people and the community. For much of her career, Susan was a reporter and producer for television stations in Pittsburgh and other cities. Eventually she landed at Pittsburgh’s WPXI-TV. In 2008, Susan began “Afterschool Buddy, Inc.,” a children’s multimedia programming and production corporation.
Lani has the soul of an artist. As co-founder of Gemini Theater, she brings music and stories to audiences both young and old, including teens in Luminari’s “I Want to be an Ambassador!” camp. She’s an actress, singer, composer-lyricist, visual artist, and a proud mom. She loves Native America, and loves living in her 1820 log cabin home.
Rebecca loves reaching across cultural divides to build common ground. She is Program Manager at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy and founded the American-Islamic Friendship Project. She was named an Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, based on her work as a conflict resolution specialist. She’s also a published author.
Gina is Owner of Arania Productions. She is the Co-Author of two non-fiction books and Teaches broadcast journalism at Point Park University. And is an Emmy award-winning television Producer, Writer, Family Advocate and Media Consultant.
Bonnie Chan is an advertising innovator, who has spent 35 years connecting people with ideas. She believes minds will be broadened by great experiences. That same passion for inspiration is what brought her to Luminari.
Beth is a writer and producer who uses her skills in television, newspapers, magazines, web content and teaching. She has won Emmy awards for her work at WQED-TV, has written a popular column for the Washington “Observer-Reporter” for 18 years, and is on the adjunct faculty at Robert Morris University. Beth has a son and a daughter. She’s an avid yoga devotee and cyclist and reader. Beth types like lighting but reads slowly. And she loves a really good sentence.
Annamaria Fato is a lover and student of travel and culture. She lives in Zurich, Switzerland and works as a communications and marketing manager. Zurich is just the latest stop on her world travels; she’s circled the globe, becoming fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and German along the way.
DeAnne has traveled the world, finding it at once impossibly large and surprisingly small. DeAnne has spent her career in media, and now serves as executive director and general manager at KBTC Public Television in Tacoma, Washington. Having raised two of her own children, she is inspired by the energy of young people. She was plenty inspired while serving as chaperone for our ambassadors’ trip to Washington, D.C. in 2016.
Gina DeMarco Oliphant
Gina Oliphant loves languages. As ESL coordinator for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, she works as an ambassador for students who are learning English as a Second Language. She is a lifelong learner, a mom and an entrepreneur.
Lazar M. Palnick
Lazar is a Pittsburgh attorney who specializes in government relations and economic development. He helps his clients navigate government regulations. He is also an expert on election law, and consults with countless national and local political candidates and their campaigns. He also brings his expertise to a bevy of causes important to him.
Lisa Silberg, Camp Delicious! Co-Director, is a dedicated health coach and talented personal chef offering specialized food services in the Greater Pittsburgh area. She is passionate about cooking and sharing her knowledge to help others develop lifelong, healthy habits. Lisa holds a Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a culinary degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she received the President’s Award for excellence. She is also a member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
Kyle loves history, and has spent his career studying and teaching it. He teaches both history and philosophy at Shady Side Academy, and still finds time to coach the basketball and golf teams. During his summer breaks, Kyle has been an active part of Luminari’s “I Want to be an Ambassador Camp”, serving both as a participant and as camp director.
Jennifer Ernisse Stancil
Jen is gifted in the art of creating experiences. She is CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa, Florida. She has a specialty in understanding girls’ motivations and engagement in STEM career fields, and has discussed the topic internationally. And is a MacArthur Digital Media Award Winner, a scientist, wife and mother.
Rick Tony serves as the Director of Studies at Solebury School, an independent day/boarding school in eastern PA. But his true passions include food, travel, and playing games—all of which require the skills of civility and diplomacy. He loves sharing his ideas with campers as a guest presenter during the Ambassador summer camp.
Joe Wos is a cartoonist, storyteller, writer and pop culture historian. His popular feature MazeToons is distributed to newspapers worldwide by Creators Syndicate. His creative energy takes him all over the community, as a speaker, performer, educator and visual literacy advocate. He brings his talents to Luminari camps each summer. www.mazetoons.com
Pilar is Graphic Designer and Owner of PilarDesigns. As a Designer, Writer, and Editor, she broadens the knowledge base of business and non-profit organizations to community members and the media. She is a Creator, Visual Communicator, Creative Problem Solver, and Community Advocate.