Emily Barany has an insatiable need to solve problems, create efficient systems and empower people. In 2011, she launched VISIONALITY with a mission to help organizations dream big and a commitment to transform their dreams into reality. What’s Emily’s dream? She wants to be part of something BIG too – projects that are bigger than the people involved and causes that will change the world – leading Emily to co-found ThomasFireHelp.org, which connects help with need on a grassroots level for the recovery of the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide.
Emily has been named one of the top 40 under 40 Business Leaders by the Pacific Coast Business Times; received Mayor Garcetti’s 2016 Small Business Recognition Award; is the 2018 Alumni of the Year for the Ventura County Leadership Academy; was awarded the 2018 Innovator of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ventura County Chapter; and VISIONALITY was named the #1 best place to work by the Pacific Coast Business Times in 2018. Emily is also a Board Member for the California Lutheran University Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Originally from Colorado, Emily graduated from California Lutheran University with majors in Communications and German and a minor in Philosophy. Emily loves doing agility with her best friend Scooter and baking complicated desserts to share with the people she loves.
Instructed by: Adan de la Torre
Adan first experienced salsa dancing in 2007. In 2010, to relieve his issues with depression, he began taking lessons with Seaon Stylist, Bristol, who taught Adan based on musicality and timing. Jesse 'Chuy' Rodriguez encouraged Adan to teach and to form a dance group. This experience allowed Adan to begin performing at the Oxnard Salsa Festival Community Dance Showcase. Adan joined the Limon Y Sal restaurant family in 2017, which required a break from instructing. But he is thrilled to be a part of the Oxnard Salsa Festival once again this year – as a Dancing With Our Community Stars instructor!
Charity: Thomas Fire Help
Thomas Fire Help connects help with need on a grassroots level. We are an online platform where fire and mudslide survivors can quickly find what they need, from initial food and shelter to longer term needs like housing, goods, and services. We built a central hub for resources where survivors can find the help they need, and community members can offer the help they have to give – all in one location.
Learn more about Thomas Fire Help