Andrew Stern


Andy Stern is an Associate Professor of Neurology at The University of Rochester but now devotes himself fully to raising awareness about the environment through activities of The Lost Bird Project. Andy is a Zen Buddhist practitioner and author of numerous essays on a range of topics including the environment, memory and the nature of knowing, mostly from a Zen perspective. An art lover and amateur sculptor, he is married to Todd McGrain’s sister Melissa.

Todd McGrain


Todd McGrain has been a sculptor for over 25 years. During this time he has received a number of grants and awards including the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. McGrain has permanent sculpture installations at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York; St. Paul Sculpture Park, St. Paul, Minnesota; Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, Okeechobee, Florida; Brand Park, Elmira, New York; Grange Audubon Center, Columbus Ohio; Kohler Art Center, Kohler, Wisconsin; Museum Civico Zoologia, Rome Italy. For the past ten years, McGrain has been directing his strengths as a sculptor toward the Lost Bird Project. He is the artist-in-residence in the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. 

Fola Akinola


Multi-disciplinary senior designer. Fola has contributed his skills as a cg generalist, visual designer and effects editor to broadcast graphics packages, journalism interactives and documentary films. He has a passion for constructing inspired, creative solutions to complex problems and whole-heartedly believes that art can be used to make intricate concepts accessible, engaging and fun.

Natalie Ruiz Tofano


Natalie Ruiz Tofano is an independent documentary film Producer currently based in Oakland, CA. They are currently working as Impact Producer for the feature-length documentary Elephant Path / Njaia Njoku, and have worked as an Associate Producer on numerous documentary projects that have aired on PBS, CCTV, CuriosityStream and History Channel. They most recently worked as an Associate Producer for the curated documentary series America ReFramed on the WORLD Channel. Natalie has also filmed and directed short documentaries of their own centered around LGBTQ+ stories and issues, including Giving Voice and The Edges of Healthcare. They graduated from School of Visual Arts with a MFA in Social Documentary Film.