Alison Teal Blehert-Koehn
I wear many hats … well … many bikinis.
Growing up around homeschooled by my explorer parents, the world was my classroom and I learned through experiential education in the areas of photography, adventure, survival, and story telling and developed a true love for learning.
I graduated from University of Southern California Film School and with a camera under one arm and a surfboard under the other, saddled up my camel and set off on my own adventures hoping to make an inspirational film series that would introduce views to the amazing people I grew up with.
At first, I filmed everything myself, and then I realized that tribal peoples really liked talking to me and showing me their secrets and as my global family expanded, it was difficult to film and be present to listen to them at the same time – I came to the conclusion that in order to really dive into the lives of these characters and impart their wisdom and humor to the audience, I had to be IN my own films…and thus Alison’s Adventures was born with the volunteer support of the beyond-talented individuals listed below.
cinematographer / photographer / web
From Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Sarah is incessantly glued to camera viewfinders, dafins, and the sea. For the past few years, she has been undertaking various water-related photo and video assignments around Hawai’i and the rest of the world.
In 2012, Alison packed Sarah away in her already overloaded suitcase to bring her along to shoot photo and video content for her latest films in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawai’i, and the Grand Canyon. Sarah enjoys hiding behind the camera, long swims underwater at sunset, cooking, and drinking copious amounts of tea.
You can check out more of her photography work here: http://hisarahlee.com
cinematographer / co-director / co-editor
Tamara creates and manages film and advertising productions for global brands seeking a social, storytelling aspect to expressing branded content. She has won multiple awards in advertising competitions, including MOFILM for Dirt Rocks for Unilever and All about the Journey for Chevrolet.
In 2010 alone Tamara made 20 films on locations across the Americas, Europe and Asia for Unilever’s “Dirt Is Good” campaign. She made a feature documentary for Lowe and Partners Advertising Agency; and on behalf of Coca-Cola Company’s “5by20” initiative, Tamara was sent to film inspirational stories about women entrepreneurs in Kenya, Brazil, South Africa, the Philippines, India, Brazil and Indonesia.
In between traveling she has continued to make short films for brands including Jameson, AT&T, Chevrolet, 7Up, CAST, Lego and Torani as well as non-profits including Seven Bar and Akshaya Patra foundations.
She’s known Alison since graduating with a degree in film production from the University of Southern California, and starting in 2009 with their first shoot in Peru, Tamara has joined Alison on adventures filming in Indonesia, Peru, Hawaii and Israel. Today, Tamara is based in London and Los Angeles, though is often found at far ends of the globe.
Ron Friedman is a writer/producer and has written more than 700 hours for prime time, top ten television in all genres, has written numerous movies for television and feature films, both live and animated, and created the G.I. Joe Television Series and toy action figure and the original Transformers movie and brand.
He is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, SAG, AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of numerous Emmy and Writers Guild nominations. Ron wrote many of the classic television shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, Charlie’s Angels, All In The Family, Bewitched, The Odd Couple, The Danny Kaye Show and The Bill Cosby Show.
Ron met Alison’s while teaching a screen writing course at USC film school and saw the bright future of Alison’s Adventures and since then has been an incredible mentor for Alison and worked with together on co-writing her book and feature screenplay based on her life that they plan to launch when the time is right!
brand advisor · content strategist · producer
Janetti is a communications and content strategist; a technologist through practice, producer by profession, writer by training, traveler with experience, and curiosity-seeker by nature.
She is a sounding board for Alison and the team, and aspires to inspire in all of her projects.
Joslyn has worked with Alison’s Adventures since its inception, assisting as needed in legal,business and investment matters. She is a partner with the law firm of Wood Nichols, LLC based in Carbondale, Colorado, specializing in transactional work for private investors, non-profits and large and small businesses. Joslyn is licensed to practice law in both Hawaii and Colorado.
A graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Joslyn has lived and practiced law in Hawaii and Texas. She now lives in Aspen, Colorado with her husband and four children adopted from around the world.
designer · motion graphics
Emy is currently traveling through South and Central America and working as a freelance motion graphic designer along the way. After working in the television industry in Australia for 7 years, she decided that she didn’t want to be confined to an inside office anymore. So, she quit her job, packed up her camera, laptop and surfboard and bought a one way ticket to Argentina.
As she continues on her own travels, she is responsible for creating the motion graphics of Alison’s Adventures, along with contributing to the overall branding and design.
supervising sound editor
Victoria Rose Sampson is a writer/director and film and sound editor. She has been a renowned Feature Film Sound Editor since 1973. With over 166 titles of sound work, some of her credits include the Kevin James feature Here Comes The Boom,Sex and the City I and II (feature films), The Fighter, Scream 4, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Old Dogs, Wild Hogs, Hot Tub Time Machine, as well as Speed, Frailty, Donnie Darko, For the Boys, The Rose, The River, On Golden Pond, Ordinary People, New York, and Return of the Jedi.
Inspired by her mother, her approach to sound is always through story. Victoria is a graduate of the AFI’s acclaimed Directing Workshop for Women, and frequently guest lectures about sound aesthetics and the value of sound’s contribution to storytelling at schools including AFI, UCLA and USC. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Alliance of Women Directors, and is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
photographer · papa
For over 30 years David has been a professional adventure photographer and travel guide, regularly leading Andean explorations and telemark ski, surf, kayak, mountain bike, canoe, and rafting expeditions across North, South, and Central America, Asia, Indonesia, and the South Pacific. His images have been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Outside, Wilderness Travel, and Yoga Journal and in advertisements for such name brand products as Patagonia, NorthFace, Eagle Creek, Lowepro, and Teva.
A certified cross‐country ski and water safety instructor, and wilderness emergency medical technician, he has instructed for Outward Bound Schools in the United States and Canada for many years, created experiential/team building and correctional programs for corporate groups and juvenile offenders, and operated his own cross‐ country ski school in Aspen, Colorado.
His training in extreme survival and technical skills, first aid, and fluency in local languages and dialects, has enabled him to guide travel and adventure groups into and out of remote and inaccessible regions safely. A pioneer in green living, he designed and built his home, Hale Kai (ocean house) on the Big Island of Hawaii. This beautiful, solar powered “off the grid” family residence is accompanied by his recycled, vegetable oil fueled F350 truck, which he calls his “surf mobile.”
More information about David can be found at http://www.yogaadventure.com.
yoga teacher · mommy
Deborah holds degrees in sociology, Eastern religions and dance therapy from University of California Long Beach, and is a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Spirituality in Healing Program, which introduces medical students to yoga as a viable healing modality.
Deborah has studied with the most prominent yogis, shamans, healers and naturalists the world over including her first teacher, Indra Devi, who is credited as the “mother of yoga” in the western world. Deborah subsequently studied with world famous yoga masters B.K.S. Iyengar, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Aadil Palkhivala, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
For more than 30 years, she has merged her love of yoga, adventure, and exploration to found and lead Yoga Adventure, one of the world’s leading yoga retreats.
Today, Deborah offers Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training Seminars annually at her family’s home, Hale Kai, which affords a full spectrum of natural beauty, and the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, full lifestyle. This will be offered “virtually” to children and families the world over via the “Alison’s Adventures” website. Deborah has been featured on ESPN Television, in photos, and articles in Yoga Journal, Women in Sports and Fitness, Outside Magazine, Fit Yoga, as well as in Athleta, Prana, and Patagonia catalogs.
More information about Deborah can be found at http://www.yogaadventure.com.