Meet the Team
Greg and Julie Cook, Founders of the Cook Center for Human Connection
Greg and Julie Cook founded the Cook Center for Human Connection in 2020 and have provided a significant portion of the financing of the My Life is Worth Living animated series. They have designated suicide prevention as one of the pillars of giving for their family foundation. This was spurred by the recognition of the need for more mental health resources and from personal experiences. Greg worked with the family of an eleven-year-old boy who died by suicide. Julie lost a favorite uncle to suicide. These experiences marked them both very deeply. The Cooks believe deeply that this series will reach young people in ways that nothing else can and hope to save lives by broadcasting these powerful stories that model human connection.
The Cook Center for Human Connection is a Utah-based non-profit dedicated to eradicating suicide and advocating for mental health and wellness. The My Life is Worth Living series is one of many of the mental health initiatives that the Cook Center is supporting. Learn more and get involved at cookcenter.org.
Terry Thoren, Ceo of Wonder Media
Scientific advisory board
Dr. James Mazza, PhD
Dr. Melissa Lopez-Larson, PhD
Dr. Russell J. Osguthorpe, MD
Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall, PhD
Lead production team
Anne Brown, Executive Producer
Jonas Brandão, Co-Executive Producer
Gabe Alvarado, Co-Executive Producer
Amanda Carson, Creative Director and Series Producer
Mark Baldo, Supervising Director
Jordan Gibler, Head writer
Michelle Cahn, Associate Producer
Edino Israel, Art Director and Character Designer
For the last 19 years, Edino has worked in pre-production, storyboard, concept art, and character design. Most notably, Edino worked with Cartoon Network and Disney, and on such projects as the Luke Luke Movie and Metegol the Movie by Oscar Award Winner Juan Jose Campanella (2010), as well as other original animated projects created by him and sold to Disney, Nat Geo Kids, and Anima Estudios. Recently he participated in Are You Okay? the animated short film project of the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation produced in collaboration with Wonder Media and the Joshua Center at the University of Washington. Edino loves to create visual storytelling with a meaningful message.
Alexander Taylor, Composer
Alexander Taylor is a music composer living and working in Los Angeles. Having worked with Wonder Media for nearly a decade, he is a seasoned music composer in the world of children’s animation and during the past five years has excelled at creating beautiful musical scores for Wonder Media’s animated stories targeted to teens. Also known for his works in horror, Alexander’s versatility is matched only by his passion for the craft of film music.
Zoë Prescott, Backgrounds and Prop Designer
Zoë Prescott is an artist from Rhode Island. She studied animation at Emerson College in Boston, and now lives in California with her partner and two cats, Button and Cotton. Zoë has worked on several projects at Wonder Media as a story board artist, prop designer, and background designer. She is thrilled to be involved in projects she feels so passionate about. She also creates comics and illustrations on her own, focusing on small fantasy scenes or conversations with friends. In her free time, Zoë enjoys video games, embroidery, and listening to horror stories, as well as telling her cats they are soft.
Adam Campbell, Storyboard Supervisor
Adam, the son of a Lebanese immigrant, grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from CSUN in 2014 with a degree in Art and Design. From an early age he showed interest in drawing and sculpting. While studying journalism in college, Adam decided to make a switch and finish his undergraduate with a degree in art. He figured “why not get paid to draw things?” and now he does. As a storyboard artist, Adam has boarded over a dozen episodes of the Fight Child Abuse animated series as well as the Rocket Rules for Safety series. Most recently Adam has worked on the short film Are You Okay? and the suicide prevention series My Life is Worth Living. Adam loves being a part of a strong team of talented and hard-working people. He believes in collective power and the ability of a team to achieve any goal.
Alex Trugman, Sound Designer
Alex Trugman is a sound designer and composer from Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and has since worked on a variety of projects, most recently as a composer on the musical short film Paillette (Dir. Gabi Goyette), for which he won Best Score at the Vancouver International Film Awards and Paris Film Festival. He has enjoyed working with the team at Wonder Media on a project with such an important message for today’s youth and those struggling with their mental health.
James Keller, Editor
James Keller went to Emerson College for Film Production. For the past eight years James has worked as a CGI puppet animator, an editor, a motion graphics artist and at times as a voice actor on an impressive slate of animated projects for Wonder Media including episodes for the Global Institute for Habits of Mind, the Hero in You Foundation, Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Foundation, and the Cook Center for Human Connection. When he’s not at Wonder Media, James enjoys writing, gardening, and spending time with his friends. He enjoys deep conversation and exploring the power of imagination. He believes in the power of mindfulness and mental health awareness.
Jesse Weiss, Editor
Jesse is an editor, motion designer, cinematographer, and photographer. He has worked in television for three years. Jesse graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Cinema Production, and a Global Business minor. He grew up in Colorado, but a lot of his childhood was spent in France. Jesse speaks fluent Spanish and some French. He loves traveling, cinema, drawing, painting, and anything outside.