Company Profile

Not for Profit

The purpose of ‘the corporation’ shall be to advance the understanding, enterprise and sustainability of a culture of peace for all humanity, through various formats of education and dissemination of information media, including, yet not limited to, theatrical film, stage performances, television arts and programming and other information projects, as well as festivals, conferences, and conventions, all into the purpose of education toward the establishment and sustainability of a culture of peace and nonviolence.


Nick Angotti Executive Director

Nick Angotti is also the Executive Director and Cofounder of the Peace On Earth Film Festival, is a former professional actor of 25 years (Los Angeles / New York), yet he has worked on-camera and behind the scenes. As an Independent Producer at Chicago Access Network Television, since 1997, he continues to offer his own TV Show, Say Yes to Life; he also created, developed, and acted as Supervising Producer at CAN-TV the following shows:

  • Restorative Justice in Action, an 11 part series created for the City Wide Restorative Justice Committee and hosted by Judge Sophia H Hall, 2007-08.
  • In early 2009, a nine part mini-series: Season for Nonviolence – Chicago Youth, which highlighted the efforts of Chicago’s youth working on alternatives to violence for themselves and their community.

Through the Illinois Institute of Art and the students of the IIA computer classes, Nick has guided the creation of a web site to amplify the work of restorative justice around the world. He further has edited over 100 1 to 2 minute video clips from the Restorative Justice in Action CAN-TV production to be highlighted on this web site. Nick is a member of the City-Wide Restorative Justice Committee, since 2007.

Nick Angotti established Transcendence Global Media, NFP, to present the Peace on Earth Film Festival and other media ventures and educational programs that stimulate dialogue toward building a culture of peace and nonviolence for all humanity.


Board Members

Milissa Pacelli Board President

Writer, actor, director
Supervisor, Public Affairs Office, Office of the Chief Judge Circuit Court of Cook County

In March of 2009, the world premiere commercial production of The Quiet Man Tales, a play Pacelli co-wrote and co-produced opened at The Chicago Theatre Downstairs, to critical acclaim and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for New Adaptation-Play. She directed the first two public readings of The Quiet Man Tales at Theatre Building Chicago. Pacelli has written, produced and directed both play and video productions for legal education for children and adults at the Circuit Court of Cook County for over two decades. She served as the Artistic Director of The Fairy Trials Productions, a nationally recognized touring children’s theatre company that adapts fairy tales into courtroom dramas. Little Red Driving Hood, a driver’s education film, for which she served as Associate Producer and Second Unit Director, received an Honorable Mention at The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. She has co-written a play about domestic violence for the court, Everybody Doesn’t Know. She served as the Director of Operations for the 2008 POEFF. Acting credits include: Dancing at the Revolution for Thunder & Lightning Ensemble, Embedded at Prop Theater., Polling Place for Smock Alley Theater Co. and Kabuki Medea at Wisdom Bridge. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Timothy Hari Treasurer

A CPA for over twenty years, working in both public accounting and executive financial management roles within the legal services industry.


Gail Galivan Treasurer

Alternative Health Practitioner and Instructor

Gail Galivan is a healing arts professional and research consultant for hospitals, wellness centers and fitness centers in the field of Integrative Medicine. Raising five children quickly motivated her to find peace within, and she was inspired to develop the skills necessary to share her discoveries with others. Her previous careers involved management and bookkeeping in the fields of Law and Finance.


John D. Hancock Trustee

Director, screenwriter, producer, musician
Owner of FILMACRES Production Company in La Porte, IN

Oscar Nominated and an OBIE Award-winning theater director John Hancock has worked in the creative elements of Film, television and theatrical production, as a writer, producer and director.

His film credits include: “Bang the Drum Slowly” (Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty), “Weeds” (Nick Nolte), a unique character study of cons-on-the-boards, based on Rick Cluchey’s real-life experiences with the San Quentin Drama Group, co-writing with wife Dorothy Tristan, and the 2001 “Pracer”. John’s TV direction was throughout the 1980s and 1990’s, helming episodes of NBC’s “Hill Street Blues” and CBS’ “The Twilight Zone”, among others.

In 1998, he opened his own production company FILMACRES in LaPorte, IN. He has produced and directed the feature film “A Piece of Eden” in 1999 and directed the suspense thriller “Suspended Animation” in 2003.


Paul A. Kakuris Trustee

President, Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society

Paul Kakuris has been an environmental professional and a coastal consultant since 1974. He specializes in coastal environmental issues including coastal processes. Paul is the co-inventor of shore protection designs that simulate a coral reef action in the near-shore coastal environment and the inventor of military personnel protection devices. Paul Kakuris is the president of the Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society and the driving force behind Dunesland’s efforts to preserve and protect the Illinois shoreline and correct the asbestos and other contamination on the Lake Michigan shoreline and at Illinois Beach State Park. He has been a dedicated Illinois Dunesland Preservation Society volunteer for more than a decade.


Doreen Bartoni Trustee

Doreen Bartoni is a Professor of Cinema Art & Science at Columbia College Chicago, where she served as Founding Dean of the School of Media Arts (2001-2011). As an independent producer: most recently served as producer for John Hancock’s The Looking Glass (2015). Her films have been screened at national and international film festivals.


Joel Henning Trustee

Joel Henning, consultant and writer; Principal, Joel Henning & Associates, consults with law firms and corporate law departments throughout the world. Mr. Henning is a writer for the Wall Street Journal Leisure and Arts pages. He is currently at work on a play and a novel.


Advisory Board

Robert C. Koehler

Writer and former Editor at Tribune Media Services

Robert C. Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist, former editor at Tribune Media Services and a nationally syndicated writer. Mr. Koehler also writes his own weekly internet column Common Wonders, which also appears on our POEFF Blog.


Diane Grace Kelliher

Real-Estate Properties Management and Consultant, retired


Mary Jeanne Larrabee, Ph.D.

Director of the DePaul University Peace/Conflict Resolution/Social Justice Studies Program

Mary Jeanne Larrabee is the Director of the DePaul University Peace/Conflict Resolution/Social Justice Studies Program; she received her recognition as a Professor of Philosophy form the University of Toronto.

Professor Larrabee is the former director of the women’s studies program in the mid-1980s, and is the editor of An Ethic of Care. She has published numerous articles in phenomenology, Husserl studies, feminism, Asian philosophy and gender studies, and is currently researching theories of experience and the self within multiply cultural contexts. She has taught courses in feminist ethics, epistemology and peace studies; Husserl’s time theory, ideas, crisis and genetic phenomenology; theories of subjectivity; postmodernism; logic; and Asian philosophies (Hinduism and Buddhism).


Leonard Iaquinta

Academic Administrator, Writer, Consultant, Not-For-Profit Fundraiser.