Board of Trustees

Perry H. Rod - Las Vegas, NV

Writer and public speaker; Professional Securities Investor and Fund Manager; B.A. from Georgetown University in Philosophy.

Sunita Bali-Williams - San Francisco, CA

Attorney at Perkins Cole LLP; J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School; B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from Occidental College.

Veronica Avila - Toluca Lake, CA

Certified translator working with local and federal law enforcement; licensed therapist and chiropractor’s assistant; B.A. from California State University Fullerton in Linguistics.

Hector Garcia - Los Angeles, CA

Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach; Master's degree and doctoral candidate at California State University, Long Beach; B.A. in psychology and sociology at The University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in mathematics from The University of California, Irvine.

Sade Olajide - Los Angeles, CA

Keller Graduate School of Management (Devry)--Release Management & QA. With over 13 years of experience in the field focusing on QA testing of web, mobile and client based server applications, Sade provides valuable insights to The Paradise Project's information technology initiatives.

Senior Fellows

Connie Cuellar - Macomb, Michigan

Connie Cuellar is an admin, editor and contributor for, and a Senior Fellow with the Paradise Project. A veteran journalist, Connie has published some 3,000 articles in a 20 year career, in such publications as The Heritage Newspapers, The Oakland Press, and The Huffington Post. She has served on several boards, including the World Pantheist Movement. She is a social media manager for nine online groups and pages, including her own local Michigan Scientific Pantheists, working to provide pantheists with avenues for gathering in groups. She has worked as a public relations director for a humanitarian organization through the University of Michigan. Later, she promoted her own Americana and science fiction conventions for several years, as well as managed two manufacturing facilities, raising bumble bees for distribution along with other beneficial insects for organic greenhouse growers throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. In addition, she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for several years. Her activities include writing, philosophy, bushcraft, crochet, conservation, and science advocacy. A loving wife, mother and social activist, Connie has raised two wonderful children, and is semi-retired, focusing on her passion for a better world.


Pete Chema - New York, NY

Legal Advisor, The Paradise Project; General Counsel at Euro Pacific Capital; J.D. from St. John's University School of Law; B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

Charles Beebe - Los Angeles, CA

Program Director, The Paradise Project; Lead Web Developer; Patented Inventor; B.A. from San Jose State University in Environmental Design and Development (Special Major); 4 year Undergraduate in Architecture at California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.