Founder / Photographer
Matilde explores the capacity of photography to generate social change, activate affect, and empower storytelling. Her work focuses on issues of dignity and human rights around the world, illuminating the enduring strength of victims, survivors, people affected by trauma, and the state of endangered ecosystems. In her work, the body and the landscape become subjects of elaborate narratives, but she actively seeks to allow her subjects agency – a way to impact the story and reclaim truth.
Writer / Editor
Jessica is a freelance writer and editor from Toronto, Canada. She studied international relations and public relations and has worked with numerous nonprofits, including Students Offering Support, Halton Industry Education Council, and Kiva. Jessica is a regular contributor to several websites and works with small businesses and NGOs around the world to craft content for both online and offline platforms. When not working, she loves baking, traveling, and being active.
Fun fact: Jessica spent part of 2018 living in Mexico, from where she rescued her puppy, Tiegan.
Mim is a fifth generation artist, who is carrying on her family’s modest legacy through her dedication to acting, singing, writing music, and storytelling. In 2013, Mim became a fledgling-filmmaker further journeying into the world of film acting, screenwriting and film production. A year later, she established an ideation think tank, Frogcatcher Films, where she develops screenplays and collaborates with other production companies on their film projects.
Fun fact: Mim is a natural athlete (loves playing basketball and baseball), music & film nerd, naturalist, earth/space science geek, family-style cook, do-it-yourself-er, with a passion for world history, archaeology, and has been an amateur genealogist for over 20 years.
Writer and Human Trafficking Advicer
Margeaux Gray is an artist, humanitarian activist, and carrier of light. She also is a survivor of child abuse and sex trafficking. Today, Margeaux advocates against all forms of violence by empowering and mentoring at-risk youth and survivors of gender based violence, abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. Margeaux uses her talent as an artist to convey the light, resiliency, and value of individuals who are often overlooked in today’s society by empowering them to harness the power of their own creative voice. Ms. Gray is currently a MENTARI executive committee member. In the past she has served as a subject matter expert and consultant with Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), Victims of Crime (VOC), Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office on Trafficking in Persons (OFTP), and the National Survivor Network (NSN) to name a few. Margeaux has had her art and writing published in the AMA Journal of Ethics, CNN, Women’sHealth.gov, and the Louisville Courier Journal.
Peggy A Wrightsman Parolin
Peggy has been a writer for 25 years. She spent a portion of that time as director at Hallmark Greeting Cards. Peggy is currently living in San Diego, writing and consulting for public utilities. She has also taught high school, edited magazines and written for magazines, newspapers and all types of digital media. Additionally, she served as the executive director of a non-profit in Washington, D.C.
Fun Fact: Peggy's oldest son, Josh, worked in Uganda for three years with Invisible Children. While he was there, she visited him in Gulu and volunteered at some medical sites, as well as orphanages.
Editor and Event Facilitator
Erin is a content developer, facilitator, and business consultant. With a heart for humanity and animals alike, Erin also serves as an editor for non-profit organizations and is currently a consultant and board member for a local dog rescue organization. Erin believes we all have the capacity to make a positive impact on the world around us if we keep our hearts and eyes open for opportunities to serve.
Filmmaker and Film Editor
Roberto is a freelance filmmaker and film editor from Orlando, Florida. He has worked on news shows for Buddy Cruise, a non-profit charity which provides educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals with Down Syndrome. Currently, he is working alongside co-directors, Mim Paquin and Matilde Simas, on a short film documenting the impact limb loss has had on some of the children of Haiti and the limited access Haitian children have to the personal independence and freedom prostheses provide, as well as, spotlight one of Capture Humanity's partner organizations, Limb Kind Foundation, as they bring new hope to children through their volunteer efforts to make the dream of freedom a reality.
Fun fact: Roberto is a gifted prosthetist and has a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics from St. Petersburg College
Derek Lavoie is a freelance illustrator and owner of Derek Lavoie Art from New Bedford, MA. He studied Illustration at Mass College of Art in Boston. His love of nature and music inspires his creativity. Derek recently had the distinct opportunity to design the latest Olympic Luge Race Suit and has had his work published in Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Fun Fact: Derek is also a musician and nature-lover.
New York Photography Assistant
Patricia is interested in the power of photography for social good and how it can change perspectives about human trafficking.