THE PROTECTORS OF THE WOOD CREW
John KixMiller is the author of the Protectors of the Wood Adventure Novel Series, a six volume saga about a group of misfit teenagers destined to wave the world from climate change. Books 1,2 & 3, Phoebe Comes Home, Phoebe Breaks Through, and The Ghost Girl have been completed so far. He is at work on Book 4, Abby & Wendy, and performs regularly as a part of the Protectors of The Wood Band, a musical group that presents songs and readings from the novel series.
John KixMiller worked for thirty years for the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, serving in a variety of positions at the Beacon Program at PS 503/506, including Beacon Director and Neighborhood Center Director. Over the past five years he developed a gardening program for children as a part of the after school program. He is a graduate of Princeton University, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and Farm School NYC. He is the author of A Schoolyard in Brooklyn (The New School, Institure for Urban Affairs), and coauthor with Helene Onserud of "A Community Center Model for Current Urban Needs" (included in Group Work Practice in a Troubled Society).
A songwriter, acoustic guitarist, harmonica and woodwind player, John lends his instrumental skills and voice narrative to The Protectors of The Wood Bands', SPOKEN WORD...UNPLUGGED!
He is married, the father of two children, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
John's favorite quote is, "Remember The Kids." -Babe Ruth
Carlos Uribe was raised in Queens, New York. He was molded by his impacting, loving parents who instilled a since of pride, morality, artistic expression and political purpose as he began working at age 15 in Manhattan. He grew professionally under the apprenticeship of print shop owner/close family friend whom he refers to as uncle Joe. This is where this young art enthusiast was exposed to and subsequently became interested in print making and graphic art. His work experience there was enriched being surrounded by seasoned artists, musicians and writers, most of whom had liberal perspectives and convictions as they frequented the Uribe home. Hence, the psychedelic turbulent late '60s through the dark avant garde late '80s, were Carlos' favorite eras. This time-span was when art activism, expression and purpose was a sign of the times and paramount in many underground circles. Uribe, who once lived and worked in California and explored theatre, circus performance and even art of fencing, remained on the west coast and moved to scenic New Mexico. He later relocated back to his native New York where he continues to hone in on his art precision and detail while fortifying seeds of brilliant art, be it sketches, paintings, graphics or screen prints.
With advanced college degrees earned in recent years, Mr. Uribe has administered life changing art programs and has taught in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where his presence is noteworthy and appreciated by the community where he now lives and serves.
Carlos' favorite quote is "An artist cannot live by praise alone."
Lawrence Tate is an illustrator artist and graphic designer in Brooklyn, New York. His eye-catching artwork has appeared in various galleries, young-adult books, and restaurants in New York City and overseas.
Tate is currently working on a cyberpunk graphic novel and an eco-fiction web-series which includes illustrations, graphic design, storyboarding, and motion graphics. Lawrence Tate attended the Art Institute of New York and has a degree in Multimedia Design. When he is not in front of his computer and drawing desk, Lawrence enjoys watching anime and syfy films.
Lawrence's favorite quote is, "Do or do not there is no try." -Yoda
Gideon Chase is a writer and storyboard-artist for Regular Show, a painter/illustrator, and an amateur game-designer.
Edward Guzman was born and raised in the heart of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where he still resides. His ambition is to explore an array of professional opportunities in the recording and music industry. Edward became keenly aware of this vision at age 14 as he prepared to attend Brooklyn High School of the Arts. It was there where he co-founded the rock group Three Random Words. Known for his soothing and rock-out vocals and prolific songwriting, as in one of DREAMS WE DREAM’s favorite, “I Don’t Wanna Know” (Save Me Sum). He also plays George and Jeremy in the Protectors of the Wood podcast.
Tamara Kachelmeier is an audio engineer, composer, sound designer, film mixer, poet, pianist, vocalist, social media manager, and producer. She plays Phoebe in the Protectors of the Wood podcast. She is an environmentalist who is fascinated by bio acoustics and is in the process of creating music with plants. Tamara has an MFA degree from Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and has attended other various schools including Berklee College of Music, Full Sail University, Academy of Art University, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and McNally Smith College of Music.
Tamara's favorite quote is, "Imagination Rules the World" - Anonymous Fortune Cookie
Joseph Vitaliano Jr. is an actor / voice-actor with a passion for creativity, story-telling, drama and humor. A native New Yorker and CUNY graduate (Brooklyn & Hunter College), he’s always loved playing characters and entertaining people with voices and accents. In addition to working with the Protectors of the Wood / Pancake Studios team, he is also a graphic designer, artist ( illustrator, cartoonist, sculptor ) and cosplayer.
Gabriela Baez is an electric bassist and audio engineer from Brooklyn, New York. She is completing her first year as a Sonic Arts MFA student at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn college where she studies audio engineering and sound art. Gabriela is excited to be embarking on a new path in her audio career by voicing one of the main characters in the Protectors of The Wood book series, Abby. She is passionate about making positive changes in her community by being a teaching artist in the music tech nonprofit Sonic Arts For All and joining the effort to fight climate change with the Protectors of The Wood team.
Olivia Rosane is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for environmental and social justice. She recently earned a Master's in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London for which she designed a project imaging sustainable communities surviving in post-climate change London. In addition to working with the Protectors of the Wood team, she is also a freelance reporter for EcoWatch.
Cynthia Dunston is an aspiring documentarian who is graduating from City College’s Film BFA program in May of 2019. Her focus behind the camera is driven by her passion to use cinematography as a pathway for storytelling. Her hope is to one day work for National Geographic as underwater cameraperson.
With Protectors Of The Wood, Cynthia shoots and edits our patreon videos and helps come up with ideas for new content to help the world change the way we treat our environment.
Maritza Pabon is a Graduate of Long Island University with a Masters in Human Resource Management - currently a Manager in a Marketing Engineering firm. She has been a Board Member/Secretary and part of the Worship Team of Brooklyn Hope–Free Methodist Church since 2012. She taught Sunday School to youth from the surrounding neighborhood for over ten years.
She is fluent in Spanish and English being of Puerto Rican descent. She has been part of an NGO in which she translated from the podium alongside Keynote Speakers during International Conferences in Nicaragua, and Mexico and weekly meetings in Brooklyn, New York.
When pursuing an acting interest, she was cast as an Extra on a Woody Allen movie – Radio Days.
Fortuitously, she was looking to make a break into Voiceovers when she was approached by POTW to participate as Dr. Bear, and later, the voice of Glenda.
She counts herself blessed to participate on such a fun, collaborative, and creative effort towards looking for a solution for the current global climate change problems facing us in this world. She belongs to the Sierra Club, and is a fan of Olivia Rosane having recorded a recitation of her poem - “Footprints”.
Producer, Arranger, and lead singer of The Protectors of The Wood Band, Tom E. Morgan was discovered by R&B/Blues legend, Johnnie Taylor at age 11. His experience spans from Dallas, New York, Amsterdam, Lucerne, Geneva, Zurich, Germany to Jamaica. He has shared the stage and studio with the likes of Roberta Flack, Meli'sa Morgan, Lenny Kravitz, Bon Jovi, Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand), Sabrina Starke, and D'Influence.
A native son of Dallas, Tom E. (pr. Tommie) was heavily influenced by Ray Charles, The Temptations, The Spinners, Sam & Dave, Ronnie Dyson, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Prince, and his favorite, Aretha Franklin. He is a graduate of Arts Magnet School of Performing Arts at Booker T. Washington in Dallas, preceding Erykah Badu, Norah Jones and Roy Hargrove. He later attended Cedar Valley College as a Vocal Jazz Performance major. There, he received master classes from legends like Sara Vaughn and Jazz drummer, Max Roach. He later met and took pointers from his idol, Al Jarreau. Tom E. then expanded his training as a singer/actor/dancer for The Dallas Theater Center, as well as, The Dallas Black Repertory Theater.
After years of modeling for major designers like Ralph Lauren and singing at NYC venues like The China Club, Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Nells and Fat Tuesdays, as well as, appearing on Coca Cola and Carolina Rice jingles, Tom E. Morgan's self-produced debut album is TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT. He is now enjoying the positive feedback and industry rumbles of The Protectors of The Wood Band's latest album, DREAMS WE DREAM.
Jonathan Vergara produced, mixed, and mastered both of the Protectors of the Wood albums. He is an audio engineer, music producer, audio mixer and mastered residing in Brooklyn, New York. You can find him working on hit records at Pancake Recording Studios in Brooklyn, New York.