Blue Butterfly Collaborative's Leaders
Charlotte Cole, EdD
Linda Hawkins Costigan
Patricia Préval
Carole Sassine
Suzanne Cole

Advisory Board
Advisory Board

Kim Adams
Kimberly Adams if founder and managing partner of Flying Bridges, a social enterprise dedicated to creating policies, platforms, and products that advance global socio-economic progress. Kimberly's entrepreneurial vision, coupled with a career that spans across government, business, non-profits, academia, and the United Nations, drives Flying Bridges' multi-sector and grassroots response to government and UN priorities.

Kimberly is a leading advisor in the partnership development space; her innovative approach is the subject of a published article by French Senator Chantal Jouanno. Kimberly has expertise in international models used to combat human trafficking due to her work at UNICEF and as a member of cross-sector think tanks in China, Western Europe, England, the Middle East, and the United States. Kimberly was a guest lecturer at Beijing University's School of Public Health teaching medical and Ph.D. students cross-sector approaches to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. Kimberly's research on government policy and fertility rates has been cited in several published articles; she presented her findings to the State Council for the People's Republic of China's National Health and Family Planning Commission as part of their policy development efforts.

Kimberly's educational credentials include a master of public health from Columbia University and a bachelor of science (business administration & finance), Northeastern University. Kimberly has lived as a working professional in Bolivia, the Republic of Georgia, China, France, and the United States.

Lisa Annunziata
With over 28 years of experience in the non-profit, educational arena, Lisa Annunziata has been responsible for the production and operational oversight of numerous multi-media Sesame Street co-productions around the world. Her passions lie in two distinct areas: 

  • Working with partners to develop and create innovative educational materials in the most entertaining way to produce material that is culturally appropriate and well received. She has worked with filmmakers and animators throughout the world (films that have aired in the U.S. and internationally).  Her credits include Executive Producer of Play With Me Sesame/Season 3 (26 x 30 minute episodes) 
  • Guiding partners toward operational effectiveness with regard to staffing, process, timelines, budgets, and deliverables.  She is an operational leader who easily forms trustworthy relationships.  She is approachable and a good communicator, a person who creates the bridge between corporate and creative.
Anna Genina
Anna Genina is an international relations and art consultant. Currently, Anna is a curator on two large projects at two Moscow museums: Late Fridays at the Pushkin (Pushkin Fine Arts Museum) and Ambassadors’ Evenings at Tsaritsyno Museum and Reserve. In addition to other curatorial positions, she was formerly head of arts for the British Council in Moscow.

Dr. Genina’s career has included wide ranging experience in the fields of education, art and television. Her work has included research on the musical and aesthetic education of preschool and school-age children for the Moscow State Children’s Musical Theater, writing and hosting a television program about music and art for teenagers, and serving as director for research and content for Ulitsa Sezam (the Russian adaptation of Sesame Street). Dr. Genina’s research has been published in Russia and internationally. She has a degree in Russian language and literature from Moscow Lenin State Pedagogical University.

Ed Greene

Ed Greene serves as vice president for partnerships and community development at the Hispanic Information Television Network (HITN) in New York (USA). Prior to his work at HITN, Ed worked as director of educational outreach for a US Department of Education Ready to Learn Transmedia project. He has been an instructional leadership coach for principals and PreK-2 teachers in Detroit Public Schools for Teacherscape. Ed was a senior adviser and consultant for Sesame Workshop. Over his forty-year career, Ed has worked directly with infants, toddlers, preschool children, adolescents, and families, as well as in a variety of roles and capacities in the education, philanthropic, private, and public sectors. He is a former board member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, and currently serves on the boards of McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and the Coalition for Quality Children's Media.

Ilana Kirsztajn
Ilana Kirsztajn is a public health professional who has significant expertise working internationally to develop health systems to combat HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics. Throughout her career she has worked with the Clinton Foundation to assist the Ministry of Health in Mozambique to develop a diagnostic system for infant HIV; managed large technical assistance projects while with USAID; served as advisor to the Minister of Health in Lesotho; and most recently focused on sustainability of health systems as a strategy and policy advisor at the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria, the largest financier of health systems in the world.
Bunny Lester
Bunny Lester has over 30 years of fundraising, program development, and project management experience, including a successful track record of securing seven- and eight-figure grants and developing successful sponsorship and outreach packages. As vice president for development at Sesame Workshop, she managed a seven-person team that raised and stewarded $25 million annually for domestic and international productions, securing funds from foundations, corporations, and federal agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Yolanda Platon (board chair)
As an education and research professional, Yolanda Platon brings over two decades of experience to the international development domain. Based in Lima, Peru, she has most recently worked as an evaluation specialist for Family Health International on an educational policy project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Peru.  Prior to that she worked in USAID Peru supporting the implementation of a reading project and a project to improve educational quality of rural schools.  Additionally, she has served as an educational content specialist for Sesame Workshop where she oversaw the educational activities and programmatic research associated with various Sesame Street co-productions including those in Latin America, Russia, and Spain.
Daphne C. Remy, MD, MPH
Daphne C. Remy is a faculty neonatology attending physician at the Boston Children’s Hospital and affiliated institutions in the Division of Neonatology.  She is the Associate Director for the Neonatal Simulation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her work includes developing educational activities related to neonatal resuscitation skills and medical team training strategies for residents, fellows, and community physicians and staff. She also serves as an instructor of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. In addition to clinical practice and simulation medicine, she is a participant in global health initiatives through the Human Resources for Health in the Republic of Rwanda.

Dr. Remy holds a medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her general pediatric residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital Systems and a neonatal fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also received a Master’s in Public Health with a Maternal-Child Health Concentration and inaugural Leadership Concentration at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. 

Cooper Wright
Cooper Wright is a children’s media consultant, writer and producer with over 25 years of experience.  She was Vice President of International Productions at Sesame Workshop where she oversaw the creation of ground-breaking local productions of Sesame Street around the world, most notably in South Africa, China and the Middle East and Pakistan.  As a consultant to the Workshop, she helped to reshape the US Sesame Street series which resulted in the creation of a new show format that increased ratings. In 2009, she was hired by the Workshop to develop the bible for a new animated series based on the classic Sesame characters.