Vivian Roston, President
President of the Board of Directors, Vivian Roston is currently a practicing physician in the New York metropolitan area who specializes in OB/ GYN. She chose to enter this field because of her interest in working with and improving the lives of women and children. Dr. Roston has a Bachelors of Arts in Natural Science and History of Science from Johns Hopkins University as well as a Medical Degree from the University of Rochester. In addition, she has also completed graduate work in Public Health at Columbia University with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health.
Ariana Williams, Vice President
Ariana Williams is the Digital Media Group Coordinator at CBS Television Distribution. She possesses a unique combination of creativity, as well as business savvy. She has cultivated relationships in film, television and digital media.
Born in Los Angeles, and raised in South LA, Inglewood and the Bay Area, Ariana came from humble beginnings. She excelled early on in her studies and was an exceptional speller. In 7th grade, she represented LA County in the California State Spelling Bee. Ms. Williams went on to become the first person in her family to graduate from college and the first woman in her family to serve in the military. A highly decorated combat veteran, she deployed to Afghanistan in 2010, during Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2014, Ariana raised over $150,000 for Veterans Mental Health & Employment Services, by speaking at the Mental Health Matters Gala, alongside former US Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy.
Ariana was selected to the 2015-16, Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Workshop, as an Emerging Writer Fellow. She tutors advanced math to children in grades K-12, in South LA.
Ms. Williams enjoys spending time with her 8-year old niece Chloe, reading books, enjoying the great outdoors, and traveling.
Natalie Adorno, Treasurer & Secretary
Natalie Adorno is currently the Assistant Director of Admissions at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. She truly appreciates helping student enroll in school and change their lives. She knows that higher education opens more doors for better opportunities.
When Natalie is not working, she enjoys experiencing NYC to its full potential. She loves to attend concerts, museums, and comedy shows. Once she has had enough of Manhattan, she also takes pleasure in keeping it low key in Astoria where she resides with her cat. She loves all the different restaurant’s and foods Astoria has to offer.
Natalie first came across Azalea Blossom during college in 2008. She was the Public Relations and Marketing Assistant Intern before she graduated that year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Public Relations. During her time as an intern, she helped coordinate the SAFE program and arranged the SAFE convention. She publicized Azalea Blossom on local websites and updated the official website.
She also promoted Margaret Bernstein’s album and music video “Bricks in the Wall.” She made and delivered press kits, booked concerts and interviews in NY. She also sent out press releases and public service announcements to advertise the album.
Natalie is now back with Azalea Blossom and holds the Treasurer position as one of the Board Members. She is enthused to be working with Azalea Blossom again. She is passionate about preventing domestic violence and knows that spreading awareness through education is the way. Natalie is excited for the future of the SAFE through the Arts program and cannot wait to see the impact it has on the future generation to help change the world.
Chelsea Cross graduated from Oberlin College in May 2015 with a major in Sociology and minor in Hispanic Studies with an additional educational concentration in early developmental learning and alternative pedagogy. She has been involved with Azalea Blossom, Incorporated since 2008 in several different capacities including social media outreach, contributing to the SAFE through the Arts program, and grant writing. In addition, Chelsea has volunteered with NINDE scholars program (tutoring Oberlin High School students after school), S.I.T.E.S. (teaching 2nd grade Spanish at Eastwood Elementary), and tutoring services at the Harrison Cultural Community Centre in Lorain, OH. Chelsea currently serves as a City Year Corps Member at Glenville High school, where she tutors tenth-grade Geometry and coordinates numerous after school programs. Over the next several years, Chelsea aspires to continue gaining leadership experience through service-related work and obtain a master’s degree in non-profit organization.