Meet our devoted and passionate ETV leadership team!
DR. SHARON ELEFANT, DHA
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.
CO-FOUNDER | PRESIDENT
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.
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
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.
ADVOCACY | COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT DIR
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. Since then, he’s become a growing force in the entertainment industry as an actor, writer and Producer. 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.
CO-FOUNDER | VICE PRESIDENT
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Pastor Thom Washington has been active in church and serving the community for over 4 decades. As his family served in church, Thom became enamored with the music that the church offered. This exposure released a flood gate of musical genius that allowed Thom to eventually become a recording artist. In 2007 he was installed as Youth Pastor for CCC of Los Angeles. His anointing continued to expand, operating in the youth arena as well as the general congregation. Pastor Thom and Vince Allen created the non-profit mentoring program, ETV, in 2014. He is committed to the church and the community, which encourages our youth to become the future leaders of the world.
COREY EMANUEL, Ph.D.(c)
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT & MEDIA
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.
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.
DIRECTOR OF MENTOR RELATIONS
Chuli decided to move to Los Angeles at the end of 2011. Immediately after moving to LA, he was busy working for music producers and pursuing a career in acting. After a few years, although he was doing well, something was missing. Chuli went back to his roots and joined the mentor ship program Engage the Vision. This decision was the best decision he had made since deciding to move to LA. Chuli had given himself the opportunity to help others once more. ETV has allowed him to share his love and experience to guide the young kings on a path to success. Last year, Chuli was awarded with the Mentor of the year award