Dani Allen is the photographer and creator behind Real Beauty: Uncovered, she focuses on capturing life and exploring the beauty of what is 'real'. In a world where the touched-up and altered images of women in the media have stirred much discussion, she photographs people barefaced, real and honest. She has been awarded the Atlantic Heath Healing Arts Artist of the Month 2016; is a Certified Hypnosis Coach as well as a Life Coach. Her Real Beauty: Uncovered Photographs have empowered hundreds and have made a life-changing impact on all those who have been part of the experience. Dani also is the co-host voice for the Just Be You RBU Radio live every Monday on WPIR.
I've been working on RBU I feel like all my life. Trying desperately to fit in. I was born in the USA, but when I was barely 8 months old my mom took me back to her home city in Chile. I have so many fond memories of being there, learning all the corners of Valparaiso. Eating fresh bread every morning and evening. Having the freedom to be who ever I wanted to be. I can't really remember how my parents told me that I was about to embark on a journey that will forever change my life. All I remember was getting a horribly painful shot and holding on to my Mickey Mouse really tight. I landed in a strange place with all strange noises and people who spoke very different than what I was use to. Needless to say, the day that I stepped into this world was the day that I became shy. I knew that I was different and I knew that it was going to be a long hard journey to find the “me” that I left in Chile.
I started RBU after many years of learning who I am. Most importantly accepting who I am fully! I hope that you can embark on the journey with me and allow for all those folds of life to unfold into lessons of self-discovery.
Dr. Esmilda Abreu-Hornbostel
Esmilda Abreu, Ph.D., received her master's degree in Psychology, her doctorate in Organization and Management, and focuses her research on leadership, corporate culture, and mentoring. Dr. Abreu received the Governor Whitman’s Pride Award for working with diverse populations, developed the first hospital credentialing program for complementary medicine in the country, served as Co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee on the Presidential Commission of Affirmative Action and Diversity at Montclair State University, and established Bias Education Response Team at Pratt Institute. She teaches at Pratt Institute and at Montclair State University as core faculty in the MBA program of the School of Business. Dr. Abreu is the President of the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, is a Board Member of the Mental Health Clinic of Passaic, serves on the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey Steering Committee, and is a founding member of North Jersey GLSEN. She established the Women’s Leadership Committee for the North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce and served as Co-President of the New Jersey Consortium of Women and Gender Studies. Dr. Abreu has trained a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations including the Linda and Rudy Slucker Center, ACE-Network, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Athena Collaborative Group, American Conference of Diversity, and Latino Psychological Association. Formerly, she served as Director of Equity and Diversity at Montclair State University and the Executive Director of Women’s Rights Information Center in Englewood, NJ. Dr. Abreu is now Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Title IX Coordinator, chairs Student Affairs Research and Assessment Team, serves on Professional Development Committee, and leads Center for Equity and Inclusion at Pratt Institute.
Madeline Thompson MA, LCADC, LPC, a co-creator is a well-renowned counselor who inspires others in her own language. She shows ways to grow yourself from within by honoring the stages and ages that make up life. Her philosophy states: "Life is a school that reveals us, so we may know and grow ourselves as authentically as possible." Madeline has helped nurture families for 20+ years and has a strong commitment to helping relationships foster the best in each other. Madeline has been invited to speak all around the tri-state area and facilitates woman's circles to inspire compassion and authentic communication. She is also the co-host voice for the Just Be You RBU Radio live every Monday on WPIR. Madeline has a certification in Kundalini Yoga and has been practicing for 20 years as well as a Certified Hypnosis Therapist.