Meet The Team
Dr. Florence Alexander
Founder and OIFF Board of Directors Chair
Florence received her Ph. D. from the University of Maryland and is an award-winning Director for her two films – “Harry T. Moore” and “The Groveland Four.” She was a role model to all when she became the first African American woman to serve as a Florida Elector in 1985 and she holds numerous awards for her excellence in performing government contracts for agencies including the NASA Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Department of Defense. She was the youngest woman to receive the Federal Women's Award, and as a result was appointed as the National Program Director for the Woman’s Action Program in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Additionally, she is the author of 22 books and a recipient of 72 awards including the U.S. President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Ernst Young and Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year, Kennedy Space Center Small Business Prime Contract Award and the Panel Member Award of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Lastly, she is a Charter Member of the Senatorial Inner Circle, a VIP Alumnus of FAMU, and a Life Member of the National Urban League, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the NAACP.
Arline Woodbury, MD
Ambassador, Board Member, & Head Jurist
Dr. Arline Woodbury is the Orlando International Film Festival Lions Club Ambassador, Board Member and Head Jurist.
Dr. Arline is a health professional. Psychiatry is her specialty. She reflects the fact that as the first child of a mother who became a social worker in New York City, and a father who became a medical doctor specializing in internal medicine and nuclear medicine. Working as a psychiatrist, both as a clinician, a researcher, and as an administrator in mostly urban settings, exposed her to the financial, social, and political aspects of health care. Her work in neurology increased her interest in the potential for wellness from stem cell research. Immediately upon completing her residency training, She returned home to work in community clinics that were assigned to her as part of her paying back a scholarship she received for her medical school education through the United States Public Health Service.
Her passion for films and their stories is actually an extension of the passion to help people as they share confidential life stories. Dr. Arline Woodbury is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as was her mother.
Kujaatele (KOOGE) Kweli
Producer and Director of Digital Television Programming/Live Feeds/Marketing/Master of Ceremony for OIFF
Kujaatele (KOOGE) Kweli is the Producer/Director of digital promotion and educational materials for OIFF.
Kujaatele is widely known for his lectures, books, articles, interactive instructional materials design, and workshops that trained thousands of top executives and youth in self-empowerment skills development programs including The Empower Game. Mr. Kweli is more popularly known throughout the education, empowerment education, and media community as KOOGE. KOOGE is the Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) for KweliWorks, an empowerment training program for business and community leaders and small and medium-sized corporations.
KOOGE has raised over and managed over $50 million for public programs, private partnership, and ventures, including the World Bank, USAID, Oversea Private Investment Corporation, Departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, and Defense, the Booker T. Washington Foundation, The National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, The Ford Foundation, Princeton Research Center, Orlando Technical College Digital Media Arts Program, Rising Star Telecommunication, Inc and KweliWorks.
Additionally, he is The Dean and an Empowerment Speaker for KweliWorks.
Assistant Director of Marketing
Author Leonard Burg is OIFF Assistant Director of Marketing, author of “The Dis-Ease Is The Cure” book, and Dean of Faculty of Students at KweliWorks. Over the last 44 years, Author Leonard Burg has worked professionally as a Holistic Health Educator, Community Activist, and Higher Education Administrator. He is the founder and president of Innerspire Therapeutics, Inc. We help individuals and organizations unmask and breakthrough hidden inner obstacles that impede progress and success towards well-being and fulfillment, within the self, relationships, at work and in society.
His spiritual and holistic work has carried him from Harlem, NY – where he directed several community organizations - to Europe, Uganda East Africa, India, and South America, where he has organized and supported international initiatives.
Mea Allman, CPLC/HNLC-C
Director of Press Relations, International Cultural Ambassador
Coach Mea Allman, CPLC/HNC-C is the Director of Press Relations, International Cultural Ambassador, Special Promotions, Graphic Designer, PR & Marketing, and one of the host of the OIFF Film Festival.
Coach Mea is a the Founder/Editor-In-Chief of and online publication called Karibbean Under One Magazine (KUOMagazine), Host of G.L.O.W. 365 = Greater Level of Wellness 365 Monthly Virtual Show, and a faculty member of KweliWorks. She’s the Ambassador and Cultural Advocate of Official Women of Kulture, that brings awareness to the diverse cultures throughout State of Florida and worldwide. Coach Mea is a passionate Community Leader, Journalist, Media Correspondent, Web & Graphic Designer, Radio/TV Personality, PR & Marketing Consultant, and Photographer/Videographer.
Coach Mea is also Certified Professional Life/Health & Nutrition Coach, and Health Activist who encourages others to make, meet and exceed goals in both their personal & professional lives. She has used her success as a 21-year Breast Cancer Survivor to launch her Ribbons of Survivors 365, to honor men and women with various chronic illnesses/conditions, along with bringing awareness to inform the public of how to survive, strive and thrive to achieve your goals and live a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, she is a Empowerment Speaker for KweliWorks.
Katherine Maruri Love
Assistant Director of Press Relations
Katherine Maruri Love is the Assistant Director of Press Relations and Special Promotions and Mistress of Ceremony of OIFF.
Coach Katherine Maruri is a passionate, enlightened, inspirational empowerment educator and speaker. With a B.A. in psychology from Kean University in Union New Jersey and a master’s in Communication & Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Her areas of specialized expertise include business development, communications, leadership, and self-empowerment. She is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Host of Living The Life You Love TV Show. Additionally, she is Dean of KweliWorks 1) “Developing Your Self-Empowerment Skills Set”, “Triumph of the Human Spirit Against All Odds” and “Fit, Fashionable & Sexy” Clusters.