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Founder & CEO
Wandjell Bellari is no stranger to the work of advocating for citizens who are incarcerated and for children impacted by parental incarceration. Her personal story began at 8 years old when both of her parents were in prison at the same time. Because of this Wandjell's greatest desire is to reach the 5.4 million children impacted by parental incarceration in the United States.
In 2015 at the age of 19, she lobbied the FCC in Washington, D.C. to reduce the rates of phone calls from prisons - and the FCC made this change by capping phone rates from federal correctional facilities at $0.21/minute. After that success, she took her advocacy work back to Illinois & petitioned the Illinois General Assembly to reduce the rates of phone calls from prisons. In 2016, House Bill 6200 was passed, reducing the phone call rates from prisons to less than $0.07/minute making Illinois one of the states with the lowest rates in the U.S.
On July 4th, 2020, Wandjell launched The Freedom Child Foundation. The Freedom Child Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides resources and support to adolescents in the United States between the ages of 5 to 17 who have one or both parents in prison. Two pillars of TFCF's focus include providing resources for children to stay in touch with their incarcerated parents and providing therapy to children with incarcerated parents to learn to cope with that traumatic experience.
Wandjell is entirely motivated to break the cycle of incarceration in families like hers. She advocates for women, loves family, and does freelance modeling. She enjoys attending church events and exploring Houston's emerging culture with her husband Marty.
Marty Bellari also known as Marty B. is the oldest of seven siblings. As an older brother, he has the natural tendency to protect younger children. As he grew older he pursued a career as an Independent Gospel Artist receiving a number of awards and accolades for his musical abilities. He used his talents to give back to the youth in his community through vocal coaching and helping troubled youth fine-tune their talents. He has consistently shown up in his community as an advocate for peace and for creating a better space for youth. His passion over the years for helping children in crisis has brought him full circle to being an essential partner in the foundation as Co-Founder of The Freedom Child Foundation.
Chairman of The Board
Scott Lazerson is a global media strategist & brand accelerator. Having served as Executive Director of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, Scott understands how to effectively navigate the worlds of celebrity, media, and public relations.
Scott has successfully placed clients in various media outlets including Forbes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Harper's Bazaar, PEOPLE Magazine, Fox News, Bloomberg, and a myriad others. Mr. Lazerson has also secured speaking opportunities for his clients at the Milken Institute Global Conference, WSJ's D. Live, The Wall Street Journal: Future of Everything, United Nation General Assembly SDG Media Zone, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium--to name just a few.
Scott has produced two podcasts, Kelly's Reality based on conversations with celebrities about mental health & The MultiGreen Podcast about attainable housing.
Scott was also named the Special Economic Advisor to His Excellency President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. of Palau in 2017 and served in that position until January 2021.