For five years prior to founding the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, actress Chase                                                              Masterson mentored at Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention program                                                  worldwide. “In-the- trenches,” Chase worked extensively with former members of the                                                world’s most notorious gangs and most dangerous types of bullying, oppression and                                                victimization.

                                             “Troubled adults’ stories are often rooted in childhood bullying; as they grow, their                                                    propensity for retaliation and aggression also grows, leading to devastation. However, I have seen transformation in even the most oppressed victims and hardened offenders. We can transform the lives of both victims and bullies in childhood, before the crippling effects of cruelty take root.”

Chase serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Association for her work in the intersection of entertainment and systemic change. Previous nonprofit positions include Hollywood Bowl Director of Corporate Marketing and Director of Corporate Membership for the International House of Blues Foundation.



                                             Carrie Goldman is the author of Harper Collins’ Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher,                                                  and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear, winner of the National                                                            Parenting Publication Award and Mom’s Choice Award.

                                             Goldman has garnered acclaim for her work on bullying and social conflict, appearing                                              on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, NYTimes, ABC Radio, HuffPost Live, and others. She gives                                                        keynote addresses to companies, universities, and schools about bullying prevention,                                              intervention, and reconciliation; digital citizenship; the academic effects of gender inequality; restorative justice and resolving social conflict.

In Bullied, Goldman brings together leading authorities with accounts of peer victimization to present proven strategies and tools for teaching children how to speak up and carry themselves with confidence; call each other out on cruelty; resolve conflict; and cope with teasing, taunting, physical abuse, and cyberbullying.

Goldman received her B.S. from Northwestern and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management. She serves as Treasurer of Pop Culture Hero Coalition.



Along with Chase Masterson and Carrie Goldman, the Coalition Board of Directors includes:


Joanne Tawfilis is a UNESCO Commissioner and a retired United Nations Diplomatic level Executive who has held several distinguished posts in her award winning career. Joanne is the Founding Executive Director of The Art Miles Mural Project (MURAMID), Miles of Music, MUSAIC and Art Miles Shoes of Hope. Mrs. Tawfilis was the Director of the Women of Srebrenica Project from 1996-98 and a key organizer for theVital Voices Women in Democracy Conference.. 

Mrs. Tawfilis has been awarded with numerous national and international awards, including the International Committee of Artists for Peace Award, Earth Society Foundation Earth Trustee Award, Bob Marley Peace Award, and is one of 80 women to be chosen for a  leadership program by The White House Project and "O" Oprah Magazine. Mrs. Tawfilis was recently honored at USC by the My Hero Project with a film tribute as “Peacemaker of the Year.”


Angelo Alcid is a California attorney whose practice primarily consists of advising video game developers and other tech startups in intellectual property and business law issues. He has a B.S. in engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law. Aside from his work with tech startups and nonprofit organizations, Angelo has also had experience working with the legal departments of companies such as Google, Yahoo!, and Bandai Namco Entertainment America. Angelo has spoken about legal issues affecting the video game industry at events such as PAX and TwitchCon. An avid fan of video games and general pop culture, Angelo occasionally writes about geeky legal issues at the Journal of Geek Law, and has been featured on the popular law blog Law and the Multiverse.



Growing up in East Germany (former GDR), Bettina’s early adulthood was shaped by Cold War Era politics and living life behind the Iron Curtain. These personal experiences resulted in her strong sense of community and the understanding of the importance of collective memory, cultural conflict and peace. Bettina has and continues to be active in many community organizations that envision and champion an understanding of global citizenship and social justice.

As the Executive Director of the United Nations Association in San Diego, Ms Hausmann provides operational and strategic leadership to all of the organization’s activities while acting as a liaison to its board of the directors and external stakeholders.

Over the past sixteen years, Bettina has been a frequent delegate to United Nations’ high-level plenary meetings and panels worldwide, among others U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Rio+20 Conference that gave birth to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She is a innovative, inspiring and energetic leader emphasizing inclusive community practices and effective youth engagement.

Ms Hausmann studied International Management in Germany and earned university degrees in Political Science & International Relations from the United States. Throughout her thirty-two year career, Bettina has held corporate positions in various industries within Europe and the United States of America including Management Consulting, Renewable Energies, Manufacturing, Biotech, Defense Industry and non-for profit sector. She is a representative to the UN Economic & Social Council, and a founding member and officer of Global San Diego, while serving as Vice President, Resource Development for UNA USA Southern California Division. 


Currently CEO of the YMCA of Boulder Valley, Chris first worked with YMCA as a Junior Counselor in 1982. In later serving as an officer with Chicago PD, Chris received several departmental commendations and spent time working undercover narcotics, gang crime and street patrol. In 1990, Chris began a full-time career with the YMCA as the Director of YMCA Camp Hi-Rock at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA.  


In 1997, he became a Group Vice President with the YMCA of Greater St. Louis overseeing the YMCA of the Ozarks and other operations.  In 2004, he moved to the YMCA of Greater Houston as a Group Executive and then as Vice President of Financial Development. During his 36-year Y career, Chris has contributed nationally with YMCA Aquatics programs and standards. He was also one of the founders of Camp Director University, now a national training for YMCA Camp Directors.  Chris was asked to participate in the national panel on background checks and testify in Washington on this subject due to his extensive work in creating an affordable, thorough and timely system for the YMCA. His work and lobbying efforts helped to create the Child Protection Act that was voted into law in 2017.


In addition, his law enforcement career and contacts have given him a unique insight into the issues around background checks and how to keep children safe from predators.  He worked on creating a national YMCA camping committee that began in 2016, as well as the new national YMCA ad campaign that was initiated in 2017, and most recently the nationwide membership task-force that came into existence in early 2018.  Chris is also an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Denver and is working on his PhD with Springfield College/Capella University. He expects to complete this program in 2018.  He has been married for 27 years to Susan Coker, also a Y career professional, and they have three children. 


Joe Balsarotti, President of the award-winning, Software To Go, has over 35 years of computer industry and entrepreneurial experience. In 2006, Joe was appointed to the Federal Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board for SBA Region VII and became it’s Chair in 2008 until his term ended in 2010, served three terms as Chair of the NFIB Missouri Leadership Council, and on it’s national Technology Panel. Joe serves on the Dealer Advisory Panel of the ASCII Group, an organization of about 1200 independent technology companies in North America.


In cooperation with the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF), Joe was instrumental in creating two Entrepreneurial Scholarships. Balsarotti and has served since 2003 as Missouri Scholarship Chair, receiving NFIB’s Chairman’s Award for his work on behalf of YEF.


Joe spent nine years hosting the popular ‘Computer Time’ radio show and continues to advise area media, the national computer industry trade press, as well as a frequent guest on local television and radio and has given hundreds of interviews ranging from NBC Nightly News to USA Today to Consumer Reports.


Bill Putnam, Jr., is the CEO of Universal Audio, a groundbreaking recording studio created by Bill Putnam, Sr., in the Golden Era, which Bill and his brother James re-founded in 1999 with two primary goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. Bill has a pursued a lifelong interest in technology in the arts and studied electrical engineering and music at Stanford.   



Bryan Bell is a Producer, Engineer and Technologist. As a founder of Synth-Bank Consulting, Bryan provides high quality and innovative solutions for some of the world’s most talented individuals and major corporations. A partial list of Bryan’s clientele includes Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Russell Investments, Apple, Domain Chandon, Boeing, and NBC.


Bryan is on the Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee at The Bridge School.



Gayle Karen Young is former Chief Culture and Talent Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation; she is currently a consultant and activist. She is also very much a geek that loves science fiction, which inspired a passion for technology and its leverage for societal change, and has worked with a number of technology organizations.


Ms. Young mentors for accelerator programs such as the Unreasonable Institute, Singularity University Labs, and other programs specializing in leadership team dynamics. She is keenly interested in the intersection of technology and human rights and supports futurist humanitarian causes.

We are grateful for the support of our all-volunteer team:



Rochelle Alcid currently also works as Operations Supervisor at Humble Bundle, having previously been Marketing Operations Specialist at Progressive Solutions and the President of the Japanese Cultural Exchange at Cal Poly. She is a graphic designer and worked in the printing industry for three years before moving into the video game industry. As an avid lover of video games and Asian pop culture, Rochelle spends her free time playing Final Fantasy XIV, watching the latest Japanese animation or live-action drama, or working on her next cosplay.



Raymond R. Litster brings motivation, dedication, and enthusiasm for developing and maintaining professional relationships in a variety of sectors. With meticulous organization, effective time management and efficient utilization of space, Raymond has extensive experience in event management and project coordination.

For the past 8+ years, Raymond has managed and produced several events including The City of Fort Worth’s Earth Party and the Chasing Leaks 5K. He coordinates events from start to finish, securing the sponsors, vendors and entertainment. He oversees the budget contracts and permits, as well as drafts speaking points/speeches for guest presenters. Raymond promotes events on social media outlets, generates press and ads, writes and runs radio spots and PSA’s, coordinates all design efforts and manages merchandise. He also coordinates staff and volunteers during events.

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