NLG Featured at 2021 CIES Conference


At the 65th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society, No Limit Generation Founder and CEO Samier Mansur, presented on the panel, Early childhood development in conflict and crisis contexts: Innovative approaches and emerging evidence from the field.

Informed by his experience in the Rohingya refugee camps, Mansur shared scalable strategies to support children’s mental health and well-being in emergencies.

NLG is Hiring a New CEO

Interested in joining a dynamic team of innovators, dreamers, and world-changers? Are you a leader who can take NLG’s mission to the next level? Experienced in mental health, education, ed-tech, or non-profits? This might be for you!

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Nikole Lim

Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator, and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling. Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story. In 2010, Nikole founded Freely in Hope, an organization that equips survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence in Kenya and Zambia. Nikole has been deeply transformed by the powerful, tenacious, and awe-inspiring examples of survivors. Their audacious dreams have informed her philosophy for a survivor-led approach to community transformation.

Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found buying African fabric on the streets of Lusaka. Her vision is to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence—believing that they will be the ones to bring us all into liberation. In it, her hope is that the world may be transformed by them—just as she has. 

Jon Freeman

As founder and President of Stonecrest Financial, Jon Freeman is a visionary who has successfully seeded and grown Stonecrest’s many divisions. He is an active real estate investor, cultivating a portfolio of significant properties in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationwide since 1986. Jon earned his BA in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and is a California licensed Real Estate Broker.

Jon is also dedicated to ‘hand up’ philanthropy by supporting social enterprise and women’s education initiatives that empower women to lift themselves out of poverty. Jon is active in supporting local and international organizations and causes that provide creative, intelligent and compassionate approaches to positive, sustainable social and environmental change. He serves on the board of American University of Nigeria Foundation. His is also involved with other nonprofit initiatives including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Fair Trade USA, GlobalEyes, the Akilah Institute for Women, and Ugandan orphanages that meet the survival needs of children abandoned due to extreme poverty.

Kory Honea

Kory L. Honea became the 31st Sheriff of Butte County in May 2014. During his law enforcement career Sheriff Honea has held assignments in corrections, patrol and investigations. In 2000, Sheriff Honea transferred to the District Attorney’s Office as an investigator. In 2008 he became the Chief Investigator and held that position until his return to the Sheriff’s Office as Undersheriff in 2010. Sheriff Honea holds a Juris Doctorate from the Taft School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Butte College.

Farshad Azad

Grandmaster Farshad Azad is a 9th Degree Black Belt, the Chair
of the Board of Directors of the North Valley Community
Foundation, as well as the owner of Azad’s Martial Arts Center in
Chico and Azad’s International Inc., an international investment
company. He is also currently on the Board of Directors of the
American Red Cross and Foundation Board at Butte College.
Grandmaster Azad teaches martial arts for children and adults of
all ages and abilities. He conducts talks and presentations
around the world on personal empowerment and growth,
business development and efficiency, the power of philanthropy
and public and private sector partnerships.
After earning his Master of Public Administration from Chico
State in 1990, he has been lecturing part time in the Department
of Kinesiology —teaching in the department longer than any
other faculty. He served on the University Advisory Board from
2006 to 2018 and received Chico State’s Distinguished Alumni
Service Award in 2015.

Scott Dinits

Scott Dinits works as the Human Resources Director for the Boys
& Girls Clubs of the North Valley and is also a Co-Director of the
Ability First Sports Camp. Scott provides training and support to
community based organizations, parent workshops, and
expanded learning programs for youth development practices,
Trauma Informed and Responsive Systems, and Community
Resiliency Practices.

Dr. Christina Bethell

Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public
Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as the
founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health
Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) within the Department of
Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.
She is passionate about enabling data-driven partnerships and
leveraging the new brain sciences, mindfulness and other mindbody methods to transform health and related services, with a
focus on addressing childhood trauma, promoting positive
health and advancing High Reliability Organizations.
She earned an MBA and an MPH from the University of
California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University
of Chicago.

Matt Reddam

Matt Reddam is the current School & Community Wellness
Advisor for County Office of Education and former
Policy & Practice Coordinator for Trauma Transformed. A
regional expert on child traumatic stress and trauma informed
systems, Matt is a clinician, advocate, trainer, and consultant
whose passion as a survivor drives the need to bring our systems
into a state of equity and compassion.

Dr. Devjani (Juni) Banerjee-Stevens

Dr. Devjani (Juni) Banerjee-Stevens is a licensed psychologist and
owner of Deer Park Counseling & Consulting. She is committed
to helping individuals, organizations, and communities heal from
trauma, one relationship at a time.

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