Elisia set up the Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation in 2005 to help underprivileged children in the South Dade area. This is the cause her mother had devoted her life to before she passed in May, 2005, and Elisia was determined to continue her good work. At present Elisia is traveling between Homestead, where her home is, and Los Angeles, where she teaches film to High School children. She has also produced a number of films, one of which aired on national television in July, 2008. Her goal is to return to Homestead and work for the Foundation full time.
Alexandra Tengco is a freelance video editor, in addition to being Program Coordinator for the Foundation. She has been an integral part of the Summer Film Camp and after-school book club since their inception, as well as launching the foundation’s first #GivingTuesday initiative in 2016. A native of Los Angeles, CA, she received her BA from the University of Santa Barbara, California in Film and Media Studies. In addition to her own video editing business, she is also working as a teaching assistant for high school television production classes. Previously, Alexandra worked as a camera assistant on several projects and as an assistant editor for the global documentary, One Day on Earth. Prior to that, she shot and edited a documentary for the Los Angeles Regional Office of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Joshua James is a freelance photographer and business entrepreneur, still pursuing education to further his knowledge and skill as a photographer at Los Angeles Community College in Los Angeles, CA. Joshua’s passion for photography through education has led him to share his passion with kids by working with the Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation as Director Of Photography/Video. Joshua has been extremely supportive in running the media portion of the BSHF as well as documenting the movement through his lens. Joshua’s background of growing up in one the roughest parts of Los Angeles county, Compton, California, has solidified his urge to help bring change in the inner-cities.
His background in customer service has given him the expertise to work diligently with kids in preparing them for a bright future. The BSHF is proud to have such a unique candidate supporting the movement of education. Joshua has pledged his allegiance in helping all underprivileged kids succeed by honest encouragement and sincere attention given.
Robert D. Bassett Jr is multi-media artist, film and music producer, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Robert has a BA degree from Cal State Northridge in Cinema And Television and also AA in Audio Engineering and Midi production, as well as an AA in Cinema and Postproduction. He has shot and edited step shows, funerals, Jazz concerts and his own independent films. He now independently edits music videos and independent films. Robert Bassett Jr was born in the Bronx, NY and resided in the Baychester Housing Projects in New York. Robert’s way of escaping the realities of inner-city living (violence, crime, etc.) was by watching television and listening to music. Robert later joined the US Navy and by this time, he had developed a special gift of creating stories in rhymes from memory off the top of his head. He began writing lyrics on napkins, tissue paper, notebook paper and entertaining the troops with rhythmic poetry. Robert was further inspired to transfer these basic skills into the area of music development, equipment, and technology. Robert’s passion for educating kids involves mentoring & teaching the art of film/music. Robert’s dedication in helping the Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation has been tremendously accepted by the kids, most importantly, but more so, his dedication to provide an outlet for children looking to escape the realities he faced has given him a rewarding joy. We, at the Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation, are honored to engage with his positive spirit among the children and event planning.
Laticia Sawyer, a native of Los Angeles, California, mother of two sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter, is all too familiar with overwhelming necessity for more positive role models within urban communities. As a positive role model, her objective is to assist parents with trustworthy guidance in their absence, to provide a safe environment conducive to expressing creativity, to accommodate the development of ideas and to nurture innate talents, all with goal of shaping not only who they are currently but who they have the potential to become in the future.