Our Los Angeles Board of Directors is made up of dedicated, hard-working individuals committed to fulfilling the Green Wish: keeping green organizations funded to improve communities at the local level.
Raphael Sbarge is an actor, writer, teacher and producer but most importantly a father to two small children, who inspired him to do something, however small, to make a difference to the world they will inherit.
As an actor he began at the age of four on Sesame Street, but grew up back stage in costume shops or in rehearsal rooms with parents also in the business. He has extensive Broadway, off Broadway and region theater credits, but is known for work in films like “Risky Business,” “My Science Project,” “Independence Day,” “Pearl Harbor,” over 30 in all. On television he has appeared on many, many shows including 3 seasons of “The Guardian,” TV movies such as “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” among others.
Raphael is extremely gratified to be introducing the Green Wish™ program along with so many other extraordinary people.
Victoria has been an investment advisor and analyst since January 2006. She is currently Vice-President of McDaniel Knutson Financial Partners in Lawrence, Kansas. She and her husband, Luke Bogner, have always had a desire to make the community a better place, and Green Wish was the perfect opportunity to turn that desire into action. In June 2012, with the support of Green Wish in Los Angeles, Victoria founded Green Wish Kansas, the first local chapter outside of LA. She also aids with the expansion of Green Wish around the nation.
For the past 10 years, Patti has been a business analyst for Express Scripts, a company committed to sustainable business practices. She also served in the military for 13 years. While in high school, she started her “bucket list” with her desire to visit the Galapagos Islands. The attraction was to see a part of the world through Charles Darwin’s eyes and to protect the islands from destruction. These and other pivotal moments in her life occurred before the tender age of 16. Her connection to the planet is deep rooted.
When she learned of Green Wish, she knew it was a perfect fit. It made the most sense. It appeals to her desire to educate people on environmental issues, work with organizations to develop and implement solutions to those issues and to leave a more sustainable environment for future generations. With a finite amount of time to devote to community involvement, focusing her efforts with Green Wish will benefit multiple organizations.
As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself.
In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. One such person in California is Ed Begley, Jr.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He serves on the boards of The Coalition for Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute, and the advisory board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, among many others, He work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
He currently lives near Los Angeles in a self-sufficient home powered by solar energy. He has his own website at www.edbegley.com.
Since the age of five, Scott Harris has been fascinated with the idea of being an inventive builder. He spent his childhood building Rube Golderberg-like contraptions searching for ways to generate electricity, and using his divining rod searching for better sources of water for his family.
Scott went on to work side by side building and helping to create projects for some of the world’s most influential designers such as Barbara Barry, Kerry Joyce and William Hefner, helping creating extraordinary estates for clients such as, Kevin Kostner to Kevin James to the Sultan of Brunei, Microsoft’s Paul Allen and many more.
He and his unique approach to building have been featured in numerous media outlets such as CBS TV, KTLA, HGTV, Evox Television, and magazines such as Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, LUXE, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Los Angeles Times, Metropolitan Home, Oprah, Going Organic and Traditional Home. Some of his commercial projects have been the Savoy Hotel in London, LA’s AOC restaurant and San Francisco’s Saint Francis Hotel.
Scott Harris co-founded Building Construction Group, a construction firm which relentlessly seeks to remain at the forefront of technological advancements and sustainable living, earning them a place as one of Los Angeles' most respected and premier construction firms.
And as life continues to change, Scott Harris' life journey remains the same: To change and improve our environment, through research and example, one project at a time!
You may know her from her multiple EMMY nominated and SAG Award winning portrayal of ADA Sylvia Costas Sipowitz in the ground breaking NYPD Blue or as a stay-at-home prostitute in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, as Issy’s tender, but ditzy Mom on GREY'S ANATOMY (for which she earned her 4th EMMY nod) or a murderous realtor on MONK or a sociopathic serial killer on LAW AND ORDER:SVU, coming to terms with her long lost daughter on RIZZOLI & ISLES, speaking out for protection of endangered polar bears for the World Wildlife Fund or beating up Larry David on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.
Film work includes the upcoming SOLACE with Sir Anthony Hopkins, the indie hit MIDDLE OF NOWHERE for Ava DuVernay (Best Director at Sundance Film Fest 2012; two GOTHAM AWARD and four SPIRIT nominations). Sharon commitment to social issue films is reprezented by three films GRACE about addiction recovery, UNA VIDA about Alzheimer’s and THINSPO about eating disorders.
An accomplished stage actress, Sharon stared last December in the acclaimed Noel Coward cabaret Love, Noel, also in his final play A Song at Twilight, in the premiere of Poor Behavior at the Mark Taper Forum. NY audiences have seen her in Zorba, Cabaret, Fiddler, Love, Loss And What I Wore and as Velma in CHICAGO.
Sharon previously chaired the Women In Film Foundation where she incubated and managed corporate partnerships with Netflix and the Scholl Foundation and is still active on the Advisory Board. She serves on the Board of Directors of Heal the Bay and the Screen Actors Guilds’ Foundation. She lives in Los Angeles and Idyllwild, California is married to physician Dr. Thomas Apostle. She is a member of First Congregational Church.
Born in the Spanish Canary Islands, Fayna Sanchez relocated to the rural part of Ohio during her youth. But, Fayna’s birth spot forever left her with a fervent love for the environment and the earth. Her formative years were spent being raised by her forever eco-conscience parents being taught lessons in conservation and living green before they even knew that was a "thing".
Collecting her BFA from Ohio University, she moved to New York City and found her love of production and acting. In 2010, she said goodbye to the electrifying east coast and said hello to the sun and sand of Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, Fayna has decided to pull together her life’s work relying on a deep level of financial understanding and equal artistry and has since, created and produced numerous projects, with some of them proudly recognized with Emmy awards.
Fayna's artistic sensibilities and obsession with organization and the environment made for a perfect fit as the Treasurer of Green Wish LA.
Born in Taiwan, Julia immigrated with her family to the inner-city of LA as a 3rd grader, without knowing how to speak a word of English, let alone having even a clue what the alphabets were. In a matter of months, however, she not only became fluent enough in English to help run her family liquor store, she was also able to add Spanish and later down the road, French, under her linguistic belt, next to her native tongue of Mandarin Chinese. It was this kind of innate adaptability and resourcefulness, as well as her love of connecting with people and the environment that shaped her diverse career in the media and showbiz as a multilingual reporter, producer, actor, and spokesperson over a span of 20 plus years.
With her gift of creating strong and meaningful relationships within the public and private sectors, Julia is regularly called on worldwide to serve as a multilingual presenter and product specialist for Fortune 500 corporations including GM-Cadillac, Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson. On screen, Julia has been in various national commercials, and enjoyed performing alongside Hollywood notables, including Clint Eastwood, Courtney Cox, Hilary Swank, Ray Liotta and Sean Penn in blockbusters such as “Gran Torino”, “Conviction”, “Scream 4”, and many others.
Beyond her work, Julia is passionate about bringing home the love of life and the environment in a way that speaks to the heart of many diverse communities. Having lived in metropolises like LA, Phoenix, Detroit, San Francisco, Brussels, and Taipei, and visited 330 some cities in 19 countries, Julia has a keen understanding of global issues and concerns at the local level. She is the founder of a developing health and wellness web-TV show, 'Body-Mind-Spirit Living', wherein helping people create and live their very own eco-conscious and spiritual lifestyle is one of the main focus. She’s proud to support the environment and sustainable living by serving on the LA Green Wish board.
Growing up in a small town in rural Ohio, Libby developed a love for nature, art, performance, and a deep awareness of the importance of community. She spent her youth fostering this call to activism. Whether it was being a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, Key Club, 4H, or curating neighborhood art shows, she grew to understand the impact and necessity of giving back.
Receiving her BFA in performance from Ohio University, Libby moved to New York to begin pursuing her career in acting. She has performed for regional theaters and worked in voice overs. She has produced a number of productions and independent films. She has been seen in national commercials and TV shows such as, All My Children. In New York, Libby also worked her way around the very exciting food, wine, and craft cocktail scene, gaining a keen appreciation and knowledge of hospitality and event planning.
Two years ago, Libby made the inevitable move from NYC to Los Angeles to continue her career as an actress and creator. She has once again reconnected with nature and community. She has found LA to be not only creatively vibrant and exciting, but a place where people want to make a difference. She is so proud to be a board member of Green Wish and to be surrounded by incredible individuals, who are passionate about the environment and giving back to this beautiful community.
Rachelle Carson-Begley is one of the most recognized names and faces in the environmental world of Hollywood. As the wife of Uber-Environmentalist, Ed Begley, Jr., Carson-Begley opened her life to millions of people as Co-Star of the highly successful reality series Living with Ed, shown on HGTV and Discovery’s Planet Green. Now the Begley’s have embarked on a new and exciting project, the building of their new Platinum LEED-certified Dream home which has been chronicled on two web series, On Begley Street, directed by Raphael Sbarge for Evox Television and Our Green House on BiteSizeTV.
Carson-Begley started her career in New York City and Regional Theater. After spending two seasons at Williamstown Theater Festival under the direction of Nikos Psacharapoulos, she headed for Los Angeles to begin working in film and television. One of her first jobs was a recurring role on the night time soap, Falcon Crest. Carson-Begley has worked consistently for the last 27 years and most recently appeared with her husband, Ed Begley, Jr., in the movie, The Summerland Project, which is due out this year. Her other films include The Bling Ring directed by Sophia Coppola, The M Word, Pittsburgh and the cult classic But I’m a Cheerleader. Some of her work in television includes Boston Legal, NYPD Blue, The Handler, State of Grace, Happy Family and Eight Simple Rules.
Preston is an environmental lawyer who works primarily on brownfield redevelopment and revitalization projects, as well as renewable energy developments.
Inspired by his grandfather's dedication to preservation of nature (including his leadership on the Conservation Foundation and the Audubon Society), Preston has volunteered his time to support many environmental projects. He is a frequent speaker on far-ranging environmental topics.
Preston is currently a member of the Green Advisory Committee of the California League of Conservation Voters, which has published the Environmental Scorecard for over four decades, rating the performance of the California Legislature and Governor on key environmental legislation.
A Southern California native, Bryan has secured nearly $30 million in the last 8 years through philanthropic appeals to federal entities, private foundations, corporations, the State, County and local municipalities and individuals. With a love of writing and a deep-seated belief in charitable work, Bryan discovered his passion for helping the impoverished and disadvantaged men, women and children residing in South Los Angeles through his written “voice.” Bryan is raising awareness and money through his grant writing efforts, helping to support community-based programs which address disparities in healthcare delivery systems, health literacy, legal services, population health and welfare, and social justice needs.
Growing up in a family of outdoorsmen and women, Bryan learned to deeply respect and love California’s portion of the natural world from an early age. Bryan is a firm believer in environmental stewardship and mindful meditation, and is most happy when combines both.
Eddie was born and raised in East Los Angeles. He grew up in an urban landscape without much nature, but with time, he became more aware of the neighboring areas and grew to love the natural environments of Southern California.
He followed the advice of math, science and art teachers and became a student of Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he first started to learn how to blend science and art into environmental design. It was there that he first became interested in sustainable architecture & landscaping, passive solar design strategies and other initiatives before they were considered “green”.
Eddie has had the opportunity to help develop a multitude of projects including several residential, a few commercial and numerous retail projects, but only a handful have had the use for sustainable design. The public’s growing awareness of green building design has led to more and more clients requesting these services.
A personal quest for better design and client requests for cost savings have led to the use of more efficient and effective systems within newly developed environments. Eddie is currently engaged in planning and design for a global retailer moving the client’s project prototype toward a cleaner, more modern design as well as more efficient lighting and energy control systems. The result, thus far, has been an enhanced overall design and improved illumination that reduces consumption and saves energy. That savings leads to reduced heating & cooling demand which, in turn, reduces the energy load even further. He also endeavors to use similar systems on a smaller scale within single family homes.
This is just a starting point. Eddie’s wish is to incorporate passive solar design, thermal massing and thermodynamic principles in new projects, both public and private, wherever possible. Landscaping, specifically xeriscaping, has become one of his new interests. Being a native Angeleno, Eddie would like nothing more than to give back to the community that helped shape him in any way possible.
Charity Tran is a design and digital strategist who has worked in both the private and public sector. She is also a current doctoral student, studying technical communication and rhetoric. Ms. Tran advocates for the slow food movement and alternative forms of transit, especially increased access to and use of public transit. A life-long Angeleno, she supports a number of local nonprofits including CicLAVia and the SGVCC Earthworks Farm & Community Garden.