OUR TEAM

Meet our devoted and passionate ETV leadership team!

Leadership Team

VINCE ALLEN

President | Co-Founder

Born in Misowa, Japan, Vince Allen is a film, TV, and commercial content producer, as well as a community leader and co-founder of the non-profit organization, ETV. Vince is currently producing “Welcome Home,” a brand new TV series airing on The CW Network every Saturday and Sunday. In this program, his hosts provide fully-furnished, custom-designed homes to families transitioning out of homeless shelters. Vince is the founder of the full-service production company Invincible Group Productions and a proud member of the Producers Guild of America.

DR.SHARON ELEFANT

Executive Director

Living by the concept of Tikkun Olam, to repair the world, Dr. Sharon Elefant’s priority is to promote and enhance community health, social services and social justice in local, regional, and international communities. Dr. Elefant serves various nonprofit organizations to help them develop strategic plans for fund development, community engagement and private and governmental relationship development. As a consultant to the nonprofit community, Dr. Elefant’s passion is to serve our youth and provide them with educational opportunities through academics and athletics to help them succeed and grow.

LIANA DiMITRI

BOARD SECRETARY

Liana has always lived by the idea of taking the road less traveled. She had no clue what an adventure it would be when she interned for Engage the Vision in Los Angeles during the Summer of 2019. Now back at college and preparing to graduate with her bachelor’s degrees in Film and Communications in May 2020, Liana has continued to assist ETV with social media and creative writing. She was so inspired by the love and dedication expressed by Co-Founder and President Vince Allen, Executive Director Dr. Sharon Elefant, and various mentors that she decided to continue working for ETV. The welcoming energy of ETV made Liana feel right at home in a new state. This organization helped Liana grow in confidence and skill of her creative abilities. Liana looks forward to rejoining the ETV team when she graduates.

Our Leadership

STEVEN CAPLE, JR.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER | MENTOR

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Steven Caple, Jr. is a USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate and writer-director. He premiered his feature film, "The Land" at Sundance 2016 and later in theaters where proceeds were donated to ETV. He is now penning an Emmett Till show at HBO, produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan. His directing credits include "Grown-sh," Creed II and a Netflix docuseries.

IVANN ANDRÈS ACUNA

"ASK MASTER" | MENTOR

Ivann Andrès Acuña is an artist, mentor, and entrepreneur. He is a proud first-generation Mexican American who was born in Chicago, Illinois and resides in LA where he does acting for theater, film, and television. He is the operations manager for the “ Engage The Vision” mentorship program. A non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich and empower at-risk inner-city youths through weekly mentoring. Ivann has a Degree in Hospitality Management from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. He loves his family and enjoys sports, traveling, food, and working with children.

COTRELL GUIDRY

ADVOCACY | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIR. | MENTOR

Born in Long Beach CA, Cottrell was scouted to model at the age of 18 and soon after transitioned into taking theater in college. He quickly became what he likes to call a "Collaborator", bringing other actor friends together, writing and producing content, like sketches, short films and other creative projects. He shares his talents, crafting each skill while able to juggle genres, from drama to comedy. His portrayal of the character "Brandon" in Grimshaw earned him a article in LA Confidential Magazine as "a young actor to watch out for." And he recently guest starred on the television shows Powerless (NBC) and Criminal Minds (CBS). He's currently working on the show American Soul (BET), slated to come out in January 2019.

COREY EMANUEL, Ph.D.(c)

DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & MEDIA | MENTOR

Corey Emanuel is a Los Angeles based producer, thought influencer and scholar. In 2012, Corey published his first children’s book entitled, Can I Be President, Too?, paying homage to former US President, Barack Obama. With the success of his first book, Corey began speaking to at-risk youth across the country and decided to return to school and begin his PhD in Media Psychology, an emerging field that seeks ways to leverage media, technology, and a deep understanding of human behavior to aid in social issues. Corey is the creator and host of the digital series, Lend Me Your Lens, profiling creatives of color, and is a member of the Television Academy.

Kamil McFadden

SPECIAL AMBASSADOR | MENTOR

At the age of six years old, Kamil started acting and by the age of eight he attended auditions for the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta's theatrical season. Kamil has appeared in several movies such as Grown Ups 2 and has worked alongside Zendaya in the Disney show, KC Undercover.

CHRIS COTTON

MEDITATION FACILITATOR | MENTOR

Born and raised in Hyattsville, MD, Chris Cotton always had a keen awareness of discovery and adventure. Now 31, he’s taken his sense of discovery to Los Angeles, CA to find his calling in the creative & healing arts. As a photographer, graphic designer & director his portfolio developed in curating the best out of models and the fashion oriented shows involved. At the end of 2015, he released his first publication, Receive this Moment: The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Now currently, he devotes his time as the Marketing Leader at OneChurchLA & is developing a meditative therapy called Vision Check-Ups to help facilitate the renewal of mind, body & spirit for those visionaries at heart. 

C.J. HAMMOND

MENTOR

GREG KINSEY

ADVOCACY | MENTOR

L.J. STEAD

ADVOCACY | MENTOR

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Phone: 818-208-0566

Email: info@engagethevision.org