The WellBeing Foundation team members are an eclectic bunch of animal activists, artists, community developers and world travelers. What we all have in common is the passion and ability to make the world a better place for everyone.
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[tabtext] Alisa Abdullaeva[/tabtext]
[tabtext] Ann Bassarab [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Patrick Beugnon [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Bharat Bhatia [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Jonathan Embrose [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Beth Hawkins [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Sorina Cleopatra-Iliescu [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Vi Pham [/tabtext]
[tabtext] Jola Zarzycka [/tabtext]
Alisa Abdullaeva is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counselor running her private practice in Dunwoody, Ga. Alisa has helped over 2,400 people transforming their lives and their careers through her therapy. Besides her private practice Alisa has a special passion for helping people and wildlife in Africa. She traveled to Kenya in 2012 to meet the Maasai tribe in Esupetai, where the Wellbeing foundation installed the first water well. While she was in Kenya, she visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, where she forever fell in love with elephants.
Chief Inspiration Officer
Ann has lived in Africa for nearly 20 years, teaching the Zulu Language at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and working and living in the Maasai Community near Narok in Kenya. Her interests are in community development, conservation of the environment and in ethnographic art and design.
Mr. Beugnon serves as Vice President of Solar LED Innovations, which develops and markets solar-powered electronic devices.
Previously, Patrick served as an Investment Associate at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company. Patrick attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance and Real Estate.
Patrick is fluent in French, English, and Italian and is conversational in Spanish. He lends a wealth of financial, technological and international experience and seeks to leverage these value talents because he understands the Massai are suffering, because he cares and because he can do something about it.
Bharat Bhatia cares deeply about animals, whether it be supporting organizations that protect endangered species, or even consuming a mostly vegan diet to reduce suffering to animals for food. He works in the jewelry business and is an agent for his store’s merchant services credit card processing company. His passion is fitness, as he is a marathon-runner and also a martial artists studying Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at J3 Fitness & Academy. Just as with running, Bharat plans to also compete in amateur martial arts.
Jonathan is Art Director at Specialty Tile Products. He loves to solve problems, and to be of service. Jonathan’s role on the team is IT support and manager of creative assets.
Beth traveled to Kenya in 2012 with The Well Being Foundation where she felt a connection with the animals she saw during the safaris. Since that trip she has been taking animal communication courses and practicing communicating with friends’ and acquaintances’ pets.
A portion of the last day of the Kenya trip was spent at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust where Beth adopted an elephant. Through this connection she became aware of the poaching problems in Africa and is committed to helping achieve a harmonious coexistence between humans and all animals.
Co-Founder/Youth Club Director
Ms. Iliescu graduated with a BS in Engineering from Transylvania University, Romania. She furthered her studies in Psychology and finished with a MS in Psychology in VA.
Currently she works as a teacher at North Cobb High School in Georgia. She cherishes her full time job as a mother of two boys. Between “lines” and roles, Ms. Iliescu promotes the mission of The Wellbeing Foundation. Her other passions include painting, writing and publishing poetry. She is an incurable optimist, finding beauty in everything. To you, Sorina would say, “Beauty is within your reach. It is worth finding!”
Vi is a Georgia State University graduate with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science: International Affairs and Economics. She was born and raised in Connecticut and has lived in Atlanta for nearly a decade. Her professional life began before she started her undergraduate studies and it has touched the banking, financial services, and software sectors.
While in university, Vi developed an interest in the conditions in which people of developing countries live and the possible ways to improve their quality of life through economic development policies, freer trade with the developed world, transfer of knowledge, and the spirit of innovation. In the vein of technological progress, she is preparing for coding bootcamp (Spring 2015) and envisions using her skills someday in an organization also passionate about bettering people in less fortunate circumstances.
She hopes to make small steps in changing the status quo now with the Wellbeing Foundation and sees the great benefits in seeking harmony between indigenous peoples looking for ways to earn a living and conserving wildlife that could become extinct without the help of the very people who endanger them.
In her free time, she loves to experiment in the kitchen through cooking and baking, visit awesome eating establishments, alternate between delicious cappuccinos and bubble teas, read books and graphic novels and check them off on Goodreads, travel, participate in Fitbit challenges, hike in the Blue Ridge mountains, play cool board games (like Ticket to Ride Europe and Tokaido), take photos, and always question “why?” and “why not?”.
Jola is from Poland and came to the U.S. in 2004. She always wanted to help animals around the world, but she knew it would be very difficult to do it on her own. When she found out about the WellBeing Foundation from her boss, Patrick, Jola immediately knew she wanted to be a part of it. Jola is finishing her Accounting degree at GSU, but decided to add another major to her resume which is Actuarial Science. She works as an Operations Manager at a property management company, and she likes it because it keeps her busy….and she definitely does not like to be bored! Jola likes musicals, playing table tennis, darts, and board games. What makes her happy? Seeing genuine people helping each other only to see their happiness!