Dr. Thompson-Dobkin is a Board-certified neurologist. She has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh and on the clinical teaching staff at Washington University in St. Louis. While in academics, her work involved teaching medical students and residents, as well as conducting basic and clinical research. Her clinical work has taken her to the third world nations of Haiti and Tanzania. Currently, she is employed at Share Our Selves Medical Clinic, providing neurology care for the indigent / uninsured population of Orange County, California.
Apart from Dr. Thompson-Dobkin’s medical work, she has a keen interest in addressing quality of life issues for those living with chronic illness, poverty, and housing insecurity. She has more recently been working with students confronted by discrimination in their schools and communities because of race, gender identity, or socio-economic status. Art has become the platform to raise awareness of these socially challenging situations to foster understanding and acceptance.
Dr. Thompson-Dobkin serves on the Board of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen and Tutoring Program, the Cover Editor for Epilepsy & Behavior, and is a member of the Inclusion Council of Newport Harbor High School.
I am a wife, a mother and a professional with 20 years of experience in fundraising and development.
As a mother, I cherish every opportunity my children have to learn and grow through quality education and the many experiences at school and beyond their life in Southern California. Last year, we enjoyed the adventure of moving our family to Portugal to experience another country as you only can 24/7, 365 days a year. We learned new ways of doing things and understanding how different historical backgrounds inform and shape the current attitudes of our Portuguese friends and classmates. We immersed ourselves in the Portuguese language — not just to improve our communication skills, but to better understand cultural norms and expectations we now encounter daily.
My family and I are extremely fortunate and cherish the unique year we have undertaken. Yet, both at home and abroad, I have seen the disparity that exists as governments and NGOS seek to provide true quality of life for so many people. To overcome this disparity, I believe we each must stretch ourselves individually, to expand our own personal boundaries and perspectives, and to learn about and engage with communities around the world. I am convinced that by being truly active in this global movement we can achieve sustainable change, and true quality of life can become a reality for more of our fellows — regardless of the country or community they may call home.
I value my experiences with the Hidden Truths Project. When I volunteer with Hidden Truths Project, I’m helping my community – a community of global citizens and fellow humans. And, I’m becoming a more open-minded citizen with an ever-evolving international perspective in the process.
I believe passionately that when people come together across cultures to work side-by-side we build bridges of understanding that are powerful and essential to building a safe and healthy future for all people.
Diane is a practicing employment law attorney with the law firm Scott & Whitehead in Newport Beach, California. Diane has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for endangered children and volunteered many hours in school-related activities, including the High School Mock Trial program, as both an attorney coach and judge.
Diane’s involvement with the Kant Institute stems from her concern for providing educational opportunities for all segments of society and her interest in supporting local causes, such as the Hidden Truths Project.
Lance is a Managing Partner at Cornerstone Financial Advisers, a Tax and Consulting Firm dedicated to helping individuals and companies establish specific goals and then create financial plans to reach them. Prior to founding Cornerstone Financial Advisers, Lance held the positions of Regional Planning Specialist; Director of National Accounts; Officer, Product Development, and Regional Vice President at large national financial services and investment companies. Lance holds his FINRA Series 6, 66, 7 and 24 securities registrations, and is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®). Lance and his wife Melanie moved from Boston, MA to Orange County in 2006 and quickly adjusted to the new lifestyle. When not working with clients, Lance enjoys surfing, cycling, traveling, and spending time with Melanie and their dog Smitty.
Lance became involved with the Kant Institute in 2012 through 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy event and he has a deep-rooted passion for demystifying epilepsy and increasing the general public’s knowledge of the condition, all while trying to help raise funds for continued research.
Ashley is a mother of two children with a background in Healthcare Public Relations, Cause Marketing, and Nonprofit Fundraising and Special Events. She currently spends her time supporting her children’s elementary school as an active member of the Parent Faculty Organization, as well as a volunteer room mom within her children’s classes. In addition, she is a member of the Newport Beach National Charity League Juniors Chapter.
Ashley is from California and attended Boston University where she studied Public relations. She and her husband moved back to California in 2008. In her free time she enjoys snow and water skiing, traveling, playing tennis, and reading.
Ashley and her husband first attended 1:26 The Art of Epilepsy event in 2014 and she has enjoyed being a part of the event committee. She hopes to continue to support the growth of a unique and powerful event that gives those who often go unheard a voice. She also hopes to continue to educate our community about the importance of inclusion and support for people from all backgrounds and experiences.
Lisa Albert has more than 32 years of experience bringing art to children, adults and special education students in Australia, Los Angeles and Orange County. She owns and operates her own art studio in Costa Mesa and is contracted through the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa as an art educator. Lisa specializes in teaching Mindful Art to adults and adolescents suffering from substance abuse.
On top of her artistic endeavors, Lisa volunteers at the Friendship Circle of Newport Beach, where she teaches art to children / young adults with special needs. She also started a big buddy program with at risk teens and special education students through the Orange County Department of Education in Santa Ana, California.
Lisa has been happily married to her husband Fred for 32 years and is the proud mother to three children (Ryan, Daniel and Gabrielle). She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, where she attended New South Wales University and studied Fine Art and Art Education. She earned her Applied Behavior Analysis certificate through the Newport Mesa Unified School District.
Lisa has had the privilege of enriching the lives of thousands of students through art and believes that art connects people, promotes creative thinking and is the universal language that everyone can appreciate.
Adin Dobkin is a writer and journalist based in New York City. He is a recent graduate of Columbia University MFA creative nonfiction program. His reporting and essays have appeared in publications like New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Paris Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is currently completing his first book, Sprinting Through No Man’s Land for publication by Little A, to be released in 2021. He also teaches and edits other writers in New York City.
He has previously served in government affairs, analysis, and media relations roles within private firms, non-profit organizations, and for government officials. He currently serves as the president of the Military Writers Guild, an international network of service members, veterans, civilian analysts, and writers dedicated to heightening discourse through military and war writing. Adin has taken part in events and in interviews/panel discussions on building critical thinking capabilities in the military and defense communities as well as the use of online platforms by these groups. In communications roles, Adin has managed national tours, internationally-recognized policy campaigns, and global coalitions. He also has experience in hosting and producing audio programs and podcasts.