Board of Directors

Margaret Bernstein, Interim Board President  

margaret-bernstein-boardofdirectorspage-bioMargaret Jean Bernstein is the founder and director of Azalea Blossom, Incorporated and the SAFE through the arts program. Initially, Ms. Bernstein established Azalea Blossom, Inc. as the non-profit 501c3 sister organization to her music publishing company, Growing Azalea Music in order to facilitate musical projects aimed at Social Awareness.  Ms. Bernstein is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, and flutist internationally known for her Socially Awakened Songs and Uplifting Instrumental compositions in addition to being a dually certified educator in New York State. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM, flute performance) and Arizona State University (MM, flute performance), Ms. Bernstein’s recording credits include  four solo albums released on her Growing Azalea Music record label in addition to appearance as a flutist on over two dozen recordings including one produced by the Who’s Pete Townsend. She is also the songwriter for all of the songs on the “Songs from SAFE through the arts” CD.  Her musical compositions have been distributed and licensed worldwide including appearances in the Chelsea Lately Show and on PBS. In addition, Ms. Bernstein is the author of two original socially relevant children’s musicals, “The Little Seed” and “The Trees’ Song for Peace” as well as songs for children and school choruses, which have been performed at public, private, and charter schools throughout the United States. Two decades of experience as a classroom music teacher in rural and urban communities in California and New York State coupled with close encounters with domestic violence led her to create the SAFE through the Arts program in 2007. A voting member of the Recording Academy, she is the mother of Julian Jacobs, a Sophomore at Oberlin College and the founder of the Youth Sahavas, an annual retreat for teenagers held in South Carolina. In addition to her work with Azalea Blossom, the SAFE through the arts program and the Bricks in the Wall project, Ms. Bernstein is the flutist with the Beguine Ensemble and is currently a co-writer on the recording project of Alexa Valentino, an upcoming singer-songwriter.

 

Natalie Adorno, Treasurer & Secretaryfullsizerender

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 about 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.

 

Steve Gladstone, Board MemberGladstone_Bio_Pic

Steven is a New York-based filmmaker who has worked over twenty years in the industry as an animation/motion control cameraman, gaffer, camera assistant, D.P., and Director. He spent a year and a half videotaping Holocaust Survivors for the “Survivors of the Shoah” project, and has a Masters degree in Communication Arts. When he isn’t working at B&H photo, he pursues personal filmmaking projects and spends his time with his two daughters. He is passionate about the mission of Azalea Blossom and the SAFE through the arts program and will be a strong addition to our team.