Our Team

Alisa Farina Maynard
Founder & CEO

Executive Producer, LIVE CLIMATE; Director, Arcos Cielos Foundation; Producer/Presenter, Avanti Consortium ~ Concerts & Cultural Events.
Long an advocate for conservation and earth stewardship, a founding member of the team that co-created “Earth Day” 50 years ago, and global futurist, Alisa created Live Climate as an initiative to avert and transform the climate crisis into positive change for all our future. She produces music events and brings extraordinary talent together in performance and retreat projects, in concert with environmental consciousness. Alisa divides her time amongst the beauty of Sedona, AZ, the deep woods of Maine, and her extended family at the Muse in NYC, with her husband Elliott & their three mystical cats.

photo credit: Rene du Carufel

Dr. Elliott Maynard
Chief Visionary Officer

Global ecologist, aquaculture pioneer, marine biologist, world futurist, author (Transforming the Global Biosphere, Future Science Art, Brave New Mind), founder, Arcos Cielos Foundation and CVO of LIVE CLIMATE, Elliott brings his wisdom and direct personal expertise in coral reef preservation, aquaculture, and global resource management to bear in the development of new technologies for transforming Planet Earth. {Lectures and radio interviews at arcoscielos.com}.
Elliott is an artist, sculptor, violinist and renaissance man, living in Sedona, AZ & Weld, Maine with his wife Alisa and their three Abyssinian kitties.

photo credit: Michael Helms

Emily Neal

Virtual Associate for LIVE CLIMATE, Emily brings her skills as a writer, editor, educator, with marine biology/environmental sciences degrees to bear on our project. Living off-grid in Maine with her creative genius husband Willis and their three beautiful daughters, ages 2, 4 & 6, full-time motherhood is just one more feather in her mega-cap!

photo credit: Nikki Lanoue

Fredda Psaltis

Visionary artist, jewelry designer and Artistic Designer for LIVE CLIMATE, Fredda is renowned for her exquisite Healing Star jewelry line., and her extraordinary paintings. An angelic force majeur, she celebrates life and creates abundantly with her partner, glassblower Gordon Smith, from their mountaintop home in the AZ desert.

photo credit: Irene Sperber

Schandra Singh
Schandra Singh

Artist, educator, world traveler and long-walker, Schandra is our arbiter of good will and diplomacy, when she is not painting her extraordinary artworks in her studios in VT and Poughkeepsie, NY. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University, she is very effective in public relations, thinking way outside the box, and lending her immense grace to all aspects of LIVE CLIMATE, serving as virtual associate to the entire team.

photo credit: Marcelo Krasilcic

Greg Guma
Greg Guma

Journalist, editor, author, pundit, former director of Pacifica Radio Foundation,
Greg continues to write (Sanders and the People’s Republic, Spirits of Desire, Don of Time), contribute interviews on the politics of change, the peace movement and social justice. His platform for Building Ecological Security remains a core value of LIVE CLIMATE, as he continues his work for preservation and change.
Greg lives near Lake Champlain in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

photo credit: Eugene Michael Scribner

Steve Senk
Steve Senk

Steve Senk, Live Climate’s production coordinator, began his career in the music business over 25 years ago as National Sales Manager for Sony Signatures, moving from San Francisco to London to manage Sony’s sponsorship program for the 1998 World Cup in Paris. He secured North American licensing rights from Apple Corporation for The Beatles. Steve grew, nurtured and managed this program for Sony Signatures Network and ultimately Live Nation as Vice President of Licensing until 2012. In collaboration with The Beatles, Cirque du Soleil and the Mirage, Steve facilitated the launch of the merchandise for “Love”, The Beatles’ Cirque du Soleil show at the Mirage.
In 2014 Steve founded Second Octave Entertainment with partner Morty Wiggins, managing many artists including Grammy winner Eliane Elias. They produce shows exclusively at their 3,000-capacity solar-powered outdoor venue in Sonoma, CA under the Somo Concerts brand.
Sharon Jones, the Goo Goo Dolls, Toots & the Maytals, and Buddy Guy are some of the artists presented thus far.

photo credit: Bob Gruen

Ven. Tenzin Yignyen

Professor of Buddhist Art and Studies at Hobart William Smith College in Geneva, NY Tenzin works diligently in his travelling artistic residencies creating Tibetan Sand Mandalas as an expression of Tibetan culture and lessons in impermanence. He is known throughout NYC, Long Island, and all the world for his many beautiful creations, and has worked for decades producing sand mandala events as part of the many Earth Day celebrations & festivals produced with his friend, Alisa Maynard. Tenzin will create a sand mandala as part of the LIVE CLIMATE, NYC events April 22, 23 & 24 of 2020.

photo credit: Alisa Maynard

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