Board Of Directors
Paula Corrado is a lifelong advocate and campaigner for the rights of women to be free of unjust laws, regulations and prejudices. She has a BS in Education/Mathematics from Arizona State University where she was honored as one of the top 100 students for scholarship, service and collegiate activities; and for being a strong voice for women’s rights while serving as an ASU Class Senator. Paula, along with other American Airline Flight Attendants won a class action suit before the U.S. Supreme Court on women’s right to work after marriage and motherhood. She is a strong community leader with a tireless record as an advocate for government integrity and respect for women who hold local government positions. She serves the Women’s Freedom Forum, Inc. Board as President.
Sister Louise Akers, Sisters of Charity, Devine Minister has been the Coordinator for the Office of Peace, Justice & Integrity of Creation in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has presented numerous workshops, courses and reflection days on justice related issues. Her past ministries include justice education & advocacy in formal classroom teaching on both the high school and university levels, parish coordinator in the Archdiocesan Social Action Office of Cincinnati, founder & coordinator of Cincinnati’s Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center, social concerns director of the Leadership Conference. She serves the Women’s Freedom Forum, Inc. Board as Vice President.
Mitra Saeedi Samani received her Bachelor’s degree in English Translation from Open University in Tehran in spite of the years-long interruption caused by her arrest by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards at age 18. Her “crime”: support of women’s and human rights after the 1979 Revolution. She was locked up in different prisons and torture chambers including notorious Evin Prison and Gohar Dasht Prison. She was tortured and also witnessed brutal tortures, rapes, and summary executions of tens of activist women. After her release, she was under the constant surveillance of Iranian security forces. Finally, she managed to get out of the country and settled in the United States in 1992, obtained political asylum and became a US citizen. Since her arrival to US, she has been actively involved in women’s rights activities. She lectures on the dangers of Islamic Fundamentalism, the threat it poses to the civilized world, and what is being done in Iran and around the world to give hope to and support for the women who continue to endure similar experiences as Mitra’s.
Zahra Amanpour’s career is dedicated to economic access and equality for women and minority groups. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Indiegrove, a co-working community in Jersey City, NJ. Before Indiegrove, she directed programs and centers that provide direct services to entrepreneurs and small businesses These included NYC Business Solutions and WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities), a non-profit organization focused on growing entrepreneurs in underserved communities to successfully operate and build businesses that develop economic power, provide jobs and improve communities. She has a MA in Social Psychology and MBA in International Business.