“Every artist was first an amateur”…Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spotlight on just a few of our Emerson Graduates

Dr. Nick Angotti is the Executive Director, Transcendence Global Media, NFP; Co-Founder-Exec Dir. of the Peace On Earth Film Festival. He’s also a veteran actor of 25 years, who has starred in over 50 television shows, appeared in a dozen feature films, and in over 300 commercials. As an independent producer at Chicago Access Network Television since 1997, Nick continues his own TV Show, Say Yes to Life. And as a member of the city-wide Restorative Justice Committee, Nick produced an 11 part series to show the work of Restorative Justice Practitioners. He also created and supervised production of a nine-part mini-series Season of Nonviolence – Chicago Youth. The website is:

Dr. Robert Hand is presently the Executive Director of Resources for Independence Central Valley, the Operations Director for the Center for Disability Innovation (a special institute of CSU Fresno), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Whitney Foundation. Bob is the founder of the Central Valley Coalition for Human Services, the Chair of the City of Fresno Disability Advisory Commission, and was appointed by the Governor to the State Rehabilitation Council.

Dr. John Minkler was a secondary classroom teacher for 26 years and an administrator at the Fresno County office of Education for 8 years. He is author of Active Citizenship, Empowering America’s Youth and co-author of Teacher Tools for Civic Education and Service-Learning, with Don Hill. He was Co-Chair of the Task Force for the Revitalization of Citizenship Education for the National Council for the Social Studies. John is now Executive Director of the Center for Multicultural Cooperation, with the California Voices Digital Stories Program. He is also a service-learning consultant with Youth Service California and with the National Center for Learning and Citizenship (Education Commission of the States).

Dr. Ruth M. Hobson has been a member of the New Thought Center, now the Joyful Living Church, since 1986.  She completed her course work there under Dr. Marilyn Hall.  She became a practitioner in 1991 and received her Ministerial Credential of Religious Science from Emerson Theological Institute. She has served as a practitioner, an associate minister, a member of the Board of Regents, Head of the Junior Church, and has served as the Dean of EmersonTheological Institute Satellite Campus while a member of the New THought Center of Creative Living. She is an active member in Toastmasters and has received the award as a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and a High Performance Leadership Award. She continues to be dedicated to her work as a minister, practitioner, and teacher of New Thought subjects that relate to Religious Science. She believes that everyone is God-expressing and connects with their divinity of highest good from the teachings of the Science of Mind Principles.

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