Meet the Panelists

A Birthday Party Screening & Panel Discussion

October 6th, 2022 | 5:30 PM | Union College Reamer Campus Center Auditorium

Veronica Keitt, MPA/IG is the founder of The People’s Film Festival (TPFF) which is a 3-Day annual film festival designed to showcase the best in independent films from around the world. It was founded in 2012, with the goal to establish TPFF as “The Voice of ‘The People”—essentially the place to tell your story your way and have a true impact on that audience.  TPFF is an initiative of The People’s Media, Music & Arts Foundation Inc. (TPMMAF)— a non-profit organization whose objective is to promote awareness of independent film, media, music, and art across the globe while encouraging those—particularly in the Harlem New York area, to develop a greater appreciation and understanding for cultural diversity in film.   

Veronica has a background in law enforcement in which she earned her Bachelors and Masters degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  However, her background in media spans over 25 years as an independent Television Director, Producer, and Editor.  She is also a filmmaker which she has directed, written, and produced  several cutting-edge documentaries

Dr. Steady Moono was appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees as the 7th president of SUNY Schenectady County Community College in May 2015.  He took office in July 2015 with more than 20 years as a leader in higher education.  Before coming to SUNY Schenectady, he served as Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of the West Campus at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Prior, Dr. Moono was the Vice President for Student Affairs at Montgomery County Community College for six years and Dean of Student Affairs for one year. Dr. Moono began his community college career as a faculty member at Pinebrook Junior College and has held adjunct faculty appointments at Temple University, Immaculata University, and Montgomery County Community College. Additionally, Dr. Moono’s career also includes positions as the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Director of Adult & Multicultural Student Services at Bucks County Community College, and was an experienced senior administrator at a Pennsylvania Private Academy.

Dr. Moono knows firsthand the challenges he experienced as a young lost African boy struggling to make it work at a U.S. college.  The two mentors that Dr. Moono found helped him feel at home. This experience helped shaped his educational philosophies which led to his nationally recognized mentoring program for minority students at Montgomery County Community College and now at SUNY Schenectady. His work to establish the Minority Male Mentoring Program has been widely recognized and has been a recipient of many prestigious awards. Yaffe-Smith Civil Rights Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Education and was named “Outstanding First Year Student Advocate” by the National Resource Center. He was awarded the 2011 Innovation of the Year Award at Montgomery County Community College.  In 2017, he was recognized and honored by the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission for outstanding service and contribution to the cause of Human Rights in Schenectady County, NY.  In 2018, he received the MWAPE AWARD, established in 2010 by Ruth and James Mwape, of New Jersey and is a non-profit initiative by providing a platform to recognize those individuals who, without the benefit of visibility or influence, made a difference through their creativity, energy and sheer tenacity; and the Human Rights Commission Award in recognition for his mentoring work.  In 2020, he was awarded the Educator of the Year by the Zambian Association Network of the United States.  In  2021, he received the Distinguished Educator Award  from ZLA and AZA Associations, Shifting Mindsets.

Dr. Moono’s role in community engagement and service to the community at the local, regional, and national levels is noteworthy.  Locally, he serves on the WHMT Board, Schenectady County MLK Coalition, Schenectady County Human Rights Commission, Schenectady City Police Reform Commission, and the Schenectady Foundation Appointing Authority.

Dr. Moono has earned a B.A. in Education from Messiah College, an M.A. in Counseling and Theology from the Biblical Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English from Arcadia University and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Immaculata University.

Dr. Moono and his wife Kelly, have a son, Micah, and a daughter, Naomi.  He and his wife are deeply involved in a non-profit project in Zambia.

Sarah Caterina, LCSW-R graduated with her Masters in Social Work from New York University in 1999. She is attending the PhD Program in Social Work at the University of Albany. She has dedicated her life to working in the field with children and families for over 20 years. She oversees counseling and violence prevention programs at YWCA NorthEastern NY, located in Schenectady, NY. She has a teenage daughter and a son, who both inspire her to create a better world for them.

In 2019, Sarah received the Heart of Her Award for her dedication to Help Save The Next Girl, an organization that focuses on raising awareness around predatory behavior and empowering girls to trust their instincts and stick up for each other. She has had a hand in starting over 100 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, Sarah and her teenage daughter started chapters at Union College and the Boys and Girls Club.

Sarah Caterina is extremely passionate about the work she does in the world, and has worked to raise awareness and support survivors of human trafficking domestically and abroad. She has extensive experience volunteering in developing countries including Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. In 2017, she and her family volunteered with “Believe in Girls, Empowering Girls in Africa” and brought supplies to make reusable and sustainable maxi pads so that girls could attend school when they were menstruating without feeling ashamed of their body’s natural processes.

 “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

– Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Anzala B. Alozie is a social impact strategist and changemaker.  Her work centers a social justice framework and systemic change.  She is a recognized leader on women and girls’ empowerment, leadership development, anti-violence against women, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Anzala’s expertise includes organizational development and management, strategic planning, systemic change, strategic partnerships, and transformational leadership.  Anzala is the executive director of the national Women of Color Network, Inc., an organization dedicated to ending violence against all women by amplifying the voices & needs of women of color survivors of intimate partner violence. The organization also centers supporting women of color advocates & leaders by providing career and leadership opportunities.

Anzala’s prior experience includes serving as executive director with the Capital District YMCA, vice president of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and has worked with prominent social change organizations such as the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Empire Justice Center serving immigrant survivors with VAWA  petitions.  Anzala presents leadership development & empowerment workshops across the nation. Anzala is a trainer consultant with the McLean Group and DEI faculty member for the New York State School Board Association.  She is a board member of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, member of the New York State Education Department’s Working Group on Girls of Color, serves on the KeyBank Advisory Council and a member of Chief. Anzala B. Alozie is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America. Anzala is a graduate of Albany Law School of Union University and Purchase College.