Nava R. Silton, Ph.D., a Developmental Psychologist, received her B.S. from Cornell University in 2002 and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2009. Silton has worked at Nickelodeon, Sesame Street Workshop, Mediakidz and has consulted for Netflix and The Autism Seaver Center. She appears regularly on Fox 5 News as a Psychological Correspondent, as well as on Good Day New York and NBC. Nava is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Marymount Manhattan College. She has written over three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles, over twenty chapters, book reviews and encyclopedia entries and has edited five full textbooks. Her first two books discuss innovative technologies for individuals with autism and other disabilities, her third delves into creativity, her fourth into family dynamics and romantic relationships and her most recent text explores the constructs of happiness, gratitude, kindness, empathy and well-being.
Silton created the The Realabilities Educational Comic Book Series (www.realabilities.com), which offers 11 comics and two instructional manuals to teachers world-wide. It has now been translated into Hebrew and Spanish and is currently being translated into Chinese, as well. Due to the popularity of the Realabilities Series in the schools, Silton created Addy & Uno, The First Family Musical about Disabilities, Bullying and Kindness. Most recently, Addy & Uno was optioned for an Off-Broadway run on Theatre Row and is currently on an open-ended run throughout the year (www.addyanduno.com). Realabilities and Addy & Uno intend to fill a significant void in children's media and literature so that individuals with disabilities can see themselves represented positively on-screen, and typical children and adults can become increasingly knowledgeable, sensitive and interested in their peers with disabilities. Moreover, the comic series and show seek to promote the important values of kindness, friendship, empathy and gratitude.
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Jordan Geary, a creative producer, director, show creator, writer, and on-air personality, Jordan Geary has worked on several notable and award-winning children’s productions, including 3rd & Bird for Playhouse Disney, Wonderpets for Nickelodeon, Thumbwrestling Federation for Cartoon Network, and Kappa Mikey for Nicktoons. Jordan is currently President of the Children’s Media Association.
Ashley Fenwick- Naditch, is an Emmy Award-winning children’s media executive specialized in content development and strategy. She is currently the Managing Director of Children’s Media Consultants LLC, and has formerly held leadership posts at Sesame Workshop. Ashley was named on Digital Media Wire’s list of “25 Digital Entertainment Executives to Watch.”
Michael Scanlon began his career in children’s media in 2005. Over the last decade, he’s worked as a designer on a number of film, television, app, and publishing projects for clients such as Disney, Nickelodeon, FOX and CBeebies. He loves nothing more than to create fantastical worlds and the whimsical characters that inhabit them.
Christopher Gomez is a cartoonist/Illustrator who specializes in mainstream comics geared towards youth and young adults. With training in both computer technology and fine arts, he possesses ability in both traditional and digital mediums. He graduated with a degree in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts and is our primary Comic Book Illustrator. His personal website is chrisgomezart.com and his webcomic: cambioncomic.tumblr.com.
Business Development & Branding:
Avery Toland, honed her Finance, E-commerce and Marketing skills in the international luxury goods industry abroad working in the Central Buying Office at Lane Crawford. Then came back to the United States in February 2013, to work for Chrome Hearts LLC, where she supported company President with Operational Management in New York and globally. Conducting extensive consumer trends and product research leading to the development of new product lines. Currently, she is on the graduate path of studying Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Through the years, the following students have contributed and continue to contribute invaluably to the research success of Realabilities:
Senada Arucevic, Alicia Ferris, Kristina Keyser, Carol Wagner, Avery Toland, Michael Corning, Michael Rojas, Danielle Schlough, Jennifer Santamaria, Rebecca Ruchlin, Rachel Hout, Vanessa Norkus, and Emily Hotez.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”