WHO
WE ARE

The Panacea team is a diverse group of people from different backgrounds and who hold different religious, political, and philosophical views. A group that might not usually be seen together. 

What brings us all together is the common thread of qualities that are so fundamental to all humans. And that the essence of being human is to see the human in others.

TEAM MEMBERS.

Daniel O'Connor

Founder

Daniel started Panacea when he saw that there so much wrong with our modern media system and the narratives that are promoted.  He saw a lack of positive narratives around themes of dialogue, empathy, forgiveness and better human interaction.  Panacea shares inspiring stories around these narratives, with a recent focus around the city of Baltimore.

Kenneth Blum

Director of Development

Kenneth has been assisting non-profits, think-tanks, and private businesses for the last 15 years. The common thread in every project is that they are all driven to have positive impact in the world. Kenneth lives in Israel with his wife and 6 children.

J Scott Vinson

Production/Development

A Columbia Graduate student in Clinical Psychology, J Scott contributes to many parts of the project including filming.

BALTIMORE COMMUNITY LEADERS.

Darryl Green

Founder of Deep Forgiveness, a non-for profit organization in Baltimore. He’s an author, coach and speaker who has transformed the lives of many on domestic and international platforms with his message of healing, reconciliation and Deep Forgiveness. 

Dante Barksdale

Dante "Tater" Barksdale is an outreach coordinator for Safe Streets, a city-wide health initiative aimed at reducing gun violence in high-risk neighborhoods.

 

Author of "Growing up Barksdale"

Alice Oaks

President of SAVE, a non-for profit organization in Baltimore, Alice Oaks lost 2 sons to the streets of Baltimore -- Larry and Irving.  Alice fights to reduce violence in Baltimore and currently works for the State's Attorney's office.  More on her story here.  

Daphne Alston

Co-Founder of MOMS (Mothers of Murdered Sons & Daughters), a non-for profit organization in Baltimore. Daphne is a mother of 3.  In 2008 her son Tariq was killed.  Ever since, she has fought to reduce violence in the city of Baltimore.

Melvin Russell

Long-time Police Officer, he brings stakeholders together to work toward the common goal of peace and prosperity for Baltimore City.  Russell is the former Chief of the Community Partnership Division. He created the non-profit “Transformation Team” (TTT), a grassroots organization of community shareholders.  Video

Loretta Blackledge

Loretta's a member of SAVE, a non-for profit organization in Baltimore. Loretta is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 6.  In 2006, her son "Smook" was killed in Baltimore.  Today she works to reduce violence in the city and emphasizes the need for more love and forgiveness in the city. More on Loretta here. 

Wayne Brewton

Wayne spent more than 38 years in Maryland prisons before his release in 2017. Creator of Project Emancipation, he promotes victim closure and ending violence in the communities of Baltimore.  He helped create a Victim Awareness Program which became widely adopted in Maryland prisons. Video

Denise Reid

Denise is a member of MOMS, a non-for profit organization in Baltimore. Denise is a true leader in the city of Baltimore who is very active across the city spreading positive energy, love and forgiveness everywhere.  Her son Tavon was killed in 2009.  More on Denise can be found here

PRODUCTION PARTERS.

Baltimore-based Production Company

Through media arts education, Wide Angle Youth Media cultivates and amplifies the voices of Baltimore youth to engage audiences across generational, cultural, and social divides. Their programs inspire creativity and instill confidence in young people, empowering them with skills to navigate school, career, and life. 

Wide Angle Productions (WAP) is Wide Angle's social enterprise and workforce program. WAP provides intensive, paid, year-long training to interns in Video Production and Design, who create dynamic media that highlights stories of civic engagement for regional corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations.

**Please note: Wide Angle Youth Media is a future partner of Baltimore Humanized. Previous productions we not produced by them. 

Detravius Bethea

Legal Advisor

Detravius is the founder and current CEO of The Bethea Law Firm LLC. Mr. Bethea worked on prisoner rights issues at the DC Public Defender Service. He was instrumental in community re-entry initiatives and was awarded the Champions of Liberty Award for Outstanding Advocacy.

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