Presenters



Muin Afnani
Muin Afnani

Muin Afnani lives with his family in Northern California. He serves on the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.

Kim Aiello
Kim Aiello

Kim Aiello serves as an Auxiliary Board member for Protection for Central and Southern Arizona as well as the Period of Service Coordinator for the Four Corners Regional Training Institute. She formerly served as a member of the Regional Training Institute Board and is especially thankful for opportunities to contribute to community building efforts in her local area. As Period of Service Coordinator, Kim's areas of focus include strengthening the Youth Year of Service program in the Four Corners region and enhancing support for individuals offering full-time service to the training institute, including youth, coordinators and staff. Kim earned a dual degree in Religious Studies and Women's Studies at Arizona State University. Following her undergraduate career, she pioneered to South Korea from 1999-2001 and later served at the Baha'i National Center as the Fund Development Officer for the National Spiritual Assembly from 2003-2007. Perhaps most importantly, she is a mama of three remarkable children and looks forward to celebrating 19 years of marriage to her husband this coming summer.

Justin Baldoni
Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni is a director, producer, actor, author and the co-founder of Wayfarer Studios and the Wayfarer Foundation. Baldoni is known for creating purpose-driven media that impacts social change and leaves a lasting impression on audiences. In 2020, he directed and produced Clouds, which became Disney’s first-ever narrative acquisition for its global platform, Disney+. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2019 with Five Feet Apart. He also created and directed the CW’s documentary series, My Last Days, and played Rafael on the network’s award-winning show Jane the Virgin. Inspired by his personal journey, Baldoni created Man Enough, a conversation series that explores the messages of masculinity while reimagining what it means to be a man in the world today. This series led Baldoni to give a TED Talk which went viral. In response to the overwhelming request for more discussion on this topic, Justin penned his first book boldly and transparently uncovering his own journey. Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity, published by Harper Collins, is part of a three-book deal and available now wherever books are sold. In October of 2022, he will be releasing his second book on masculinity, Boys Will Be Human, for middle school and high school boys. As a complement to his books, Baldoni, along with his longtime collaborator Jamey Heath and prominent masculinity expert Liz Plank, launched The Man Enough Podcast where they engage in intimate, open conversations with high-profile guests. Armed with candor and compassion, each episode investigates how traditional structures and attitudes toward success and failure, body image, privilege, relationships, intimacy, and other issues hold back and often oppress and negatively affect men, women, and humanity as a whole. Recently, Baldoni’s Wayfarer Studios has financed and begun production on two feature film projects: The Senior and Empire Waist, as well as two documentaries: Racist Trees and Craig Hodges. Baldoni is next slated to direct Hold Back the Stars for Wayfarer Studios and 21 Laps in 2022.

Russell Ballew
Russell Ballew

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Gustavo Correa Lizcano
Gustavo Correa Lizcano

Gustavo Correa completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics at Universidad del Valle, Cali Colombia and earned his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. His curriculum vitae includes: Professor of mathematics at Universidad del Valle; co-founder of FUNDAEC in 1974 (serving as its director from 1988-2005); member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Colombia (1978-1988); member of the Continental Board of Counsellors (1988-2005); member of the International Teaching Centere (2005-2008); and member of the Universal House of Justice (2008-2018). His main responsibilities in the social action work include: co-authorship of some of the education materials used in the PSA program (Preparation for Social Action); design of the Tutorial Learning system (educational program implemented in 7 states in Colombia, and in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil and Honduras); and participation in several socio-economic research and action projects in Colombia.

Paul Hanley
Paul Hanley

Paul Hanley has published six books and more than 1,500 articles on the environment and agriculture. He is a recipient of a number of environmental and writing awards, including the Food System Vision 2050 Prize from the Rockefeller Foundation. He has been an active member of the Baha’i community since 1975, serving on institutions of the Faith throughout this period. He is currently pioneering on the island of Molokai.

Safaa Hansen
Safaa Hansen

Safaa Hansen is a software engineer from Tempe, Arizona. He has served on Local Spiritual Assemblies, the Training Institute, the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity and as a homefront pioneer. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Four Corners Regional Training Institute. He enjoys helping people think about how to apply the elements of the framework for action to their lives and waiting for opportunities to discuss the Lord of the Rings.

Juli Redson-Smith
Juli Redson-Smith

Juli Redson-Smith currently serves as Treasurer of the Regional Baha’i Council of the Four Corners States.  Ms. Redson-Smith was recently invited to attend the Centenary Celebration of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha in Haifa. She will be sharing her experience, her insights and inspiration from this special once in a dispensation event. She is also a singer, actress, performer and presenter. She lives in the Denver area and spends much of her time working shoulder to shoulder with others serving our Beloved Cause in this cluster.

Nader Saiedi
Nader Saiedi

Nader Saiedi teaches Baha’i studies at UCLA. He was born in Tehran, Iran. He holds a master's degree in economics from Pahlavi University in Shiraz and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. For over 25 years he was a professor of sociology at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2013, he became UCLA professor of Baha'i History and Religion in Iran. His main interests include Babi and Baha’i studies, social theory, Iranian studies, and peace studies. Among his published books are: The Birth of Social Theory (1993), Logos and Civilization (2000), and Gate of the Heart (2008).

Kim Wu
Kim Wu

Kim Wu is a community based equity advocate driven to transform local spaces through facilitating sensitive dialogues around racial justice, oppression, and inclusion. She is currently a doctoral student living in New Orleans engaged in inquiry around the influence of our social environments on adolescent mental health. Kim also facilitates racial equity dialogues for businesses, non-profits, and universities.