Alexa Greenwald is a young California-native living in Vienna, Austria and working in the field of women’s empowerment and counter violent extremism. A recent graduate of the University of Chicago, she is now program manager of the Women without Borders’ international Mothers Schools Against Extremism initiative, supporting the empowerment of women as an innovative strategy to reduce global violence. In this position, she works with mothers of children who have joined ISIS, seeking to understand their motivations for traveling to Syria. Alexa is also an editor of Southern Gothic. In this role she envisions a future working to better understand and advocate for the Celine Caldwell’s of the world: the young emerging minds of the next generations. Alexa wholeheartedly believes if we learn to nurture, respect and cultivate each young person’s individual talents, we will one day live in a world without oppression, violence, otherizing and fear.
Shaun Flynn is a clarinetist, collaborative pianist, and music teacher in the Chicago area. He is the principle clarinetist of the Chicago Composers Orchestra, one of the few ensembles in the United States performing music by living composers.
A strong advocate of music education, Shaun works with many students through private lessons, classes, auditions, and productions. He teaches for Piano Lessons In Your Home and is on the Music Faculty at Metropolis School of the Performing Arts.
Shaun earned his Masters Degree in Orchestral Studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts where he studied with John Yeh of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. At Susquehanna University he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.