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Executive Producer

Mia Doces is the vice president of innovation at Committee for Children, where she spends her time creating programs and products that help build children’s social and emotional competence. She has advised a number of organizations on how to do the same, such as Sesame Workshop, Cartoon Network, and the Born This Way Foundation. Working on The Imagine Neighborhood episodes is the highlight of every week. She hopes to meet a Fire Pirate some day.

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Creator and Host

Scotty Iseri is an award-winning producer and narrative designer. He spent 10 years as a media producer for Chicago Public Radio and the nationally syndicated programs HIV Talk Radio Project and Smart City Radio. As a fellow at the Center for Asian American Media, Scotty created the award-winning mobile app and video program, The Digits. He’s the inventor of the Paper Hat Game, and his favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is when listeners tell us how they were kind today.

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Director of Research

Sherri Widen is the Director of Research for Committee for Children. She received her BA in psychology and MA in developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia, and her PhD in developmental psychology from Boston College. Sherri studies the latest research in child development and social-emotional growth, and she makes sure each episode of The Imagine Neighborhood is research-informed and evidence-based. Sherri’s favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is the bike path with the super sweet jumps.

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Story Editor

Michal Richardson is a children’s media writer, podcast producer, and calligrapher based in New York City.  Michal helps each episode of The Imagine Neighborhood make sense and sound fabulous. She also builds puppets, creates costumes, and carries her dance shoes with her just in case. Michal aspires to one day perform a song on her ukulele from atop a unicycle. Her favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is the Fire Pirates' trusty schooner, The Bonny Turnip.



Project Manager

Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez (they/she) is a stage manager, director, and union leader based in Boston, where she has worked in almost every theatre in  50-mile radius from the city with a focus on the American Repertory Theater and Merrimack Repertory Theater. She is also an elected councilor for Actors Equity Association and serves as the Leader of the National Stage Managers Community for the union. Managing everything from musical theater to live conference events to wacky podcasts, Elizabeth enjoys bringing order to chaos through the joy of color-coded spreadsheets. Her favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is when all the writers get together to bounce ideas off each other - it’s the warmest, happiest room that’s ever been.

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Sound and Music Design

Lindsay Jones is an award-winning composer and sound designer. In theatre, he has been nominated for the Tony Awards of Best Score and Best Sound Design of a Play. Lindsay has created music and sound for over 500 productions in Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatres across the US and internationally. In film, he has scored over 35 projects, including HBO Films’ A Note Of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin, which won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary. In television and commercials, Lindsay created the score for Sony Pictures’ series Family Practice for Lifetime Television, as well as music for commercials for clients like Martha Stewart, Staples, Nike, Smarty Pants, and many others. He is very grateful to team up once again with Scotty Iseri, with whom he has collaborated with on projects in theatre, videogames and music.

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Melissa Victor, also known as Melly, is the creator and host of Stoopkid Stories podcast. While chasing her Broadway dream in NYC, in between gigs, she decided to take her training, creativity and her own experiences growing up, put them all together to create a storybook podcast that features Black characters. Her background in music and theatre has allowed her to create a fun and exciting world for young kids to listen to. “I want young kids who look like me to see and hear themselves in all forms of storytelling”. Melly is excited to bring her energy and creativity to The Imagine Neighborhood!

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Bilal Dardai is an award-winning playwright and performer based out of the Chicago area. He is an ensemble member of Lifeline Theatre, an alumnus ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists, and a staff writer on the acclaimed audio dramas Unwell: A Midwestern Gothic Mystery (HartLife) and Alba Salix, Royal Physician (Fable & Folly). Bilal has also created the audio series Spellcast as a New Adventure for the Zombies! Run fitness app. As a parent himself, Bilal is extremely grateful to the entire The Imagine Neighborhood team for giving him an opportunity to tell the sorts of stories that not only make children laugh themselves silly but also learn how to navigate the world and their own emotions.

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Marketing Comms & Content Manager

Jodi Kingsley is a hardened veteran of the Internet Wars, with a career spanning 20+ years and a client base ranging from Olympic athletes and Platinum-selling musicians to non-profits, start-ups, and businesses and arts organizations of all kinds. She’s also an avid napper, inveterate alliterator, and occasional actress. Her favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is any time Scotty sings. Her second favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is Macho Supreme falling down stairs.

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Talent Coordinator

Leslie Radin helps The Imagine Neighborhood set up recording sessions, and she helps Vac find special guests to interview for his show No Filter with Count Vacula. She is a stage manager at theatres around the Bay Area and runs a small business (Sweet Surprise Bay Area) which delivers homemade treats to make people smile. Leslie loves hiking, kayaking, reading, cooking, baseball, and all kinds of animals. Her favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is seeing the pictures listeners draw to show us how they were kind.

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Copy Editor

Kristyn Asseff is a copy editor and writer who works on everything from blogs, books, and research articles to the marketing copy of Fortune 100 companies. She thinks being able to fine-tune the newsletters and web pages for The Imagine Neighborhood is the coolest thing ever. Kristyn is based in Seattle, where she thinks rainy days are cozy and she still gets excited about mountains and ferries. Her favorite day in The Imagine Neighborhood was when Macho Supreme found a way to shut down the Toucan't, and she loves how brave and honest Doc Apoc is in sharing her feelings.

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Research Advisor
Senior Director, Education Programs at Common Sense Education

Kelly is Vice President of Education Programs at Common Sense Education. She has developed research-based, award-winning curricula in digital citizenship, media literacy, information literacy, and social-emotional learning. Kelly has worked with teams to build curricula, games, and education programs from the ground-up. She develops resources that help students, parents, and educators thrive in a world of media and technology, and that help schools create a positive culture around learning and technology. In her free time, she likes to look for sea glass on the beach and listen to music!

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Research Advisor
University of Pittsburgh Positive Racial Identity

Development in Early Education Program Director

Aisha White is a mother and grandmother born and raised in Pittsburgh where she grew up in public housing communities. She was educated at the University of Pittsburgh where she earned her bachelor's, master’s, and PhD. She has held positions at many early education programs including Family Communications, Inc. (now Fred Rogers Productions) where she is a consultant to the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood television show. She has coordinated arts and social activism efforts for more than 40 years. She is currently the director of the P.R.I.D.E. Program (positive racial identity development in early education), at the Office of Child Development.

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Research Advisor
Researcher: Facebook Youth Platforms

Jasmine Williams is a Developmental Psychologist with expertise in social emotional learning, bullying prevention, and educational equity. She received her BS in Psychology and Human Development from Virginia Tech, and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Jasmine helps out The Imagine Neighborhood with tough topics like racism and social justice. She is also a researcher in the tech industry where she helps create safe and fun online experiences for kids. Jasmine’s favorite part of The Imagine Neighborhood is all the cool, smart people that help make the neighborhood come alive.

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