Better Together: Stories about how our communities lift us up!

Montclair Film will present BETTER TOGETHER: A Special Evening of Storytelling sponsored by Partners for Health Foundation on Thursday, April 27, 2023. The event will feature stories about being lifted up and supported by your community when things in life don’t go as planned. This StorySlam will begin at 7:30 PM at Montclair Film’s headquarters, Cinema505, located at 505 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.

To register as a storyteller or to purchase general admission tickets, visit Storytellers should apply by April 17.

“Partners for Health’s vision of thriving communities ensuring health for all is greatly informed by the voices of the safety net organizations that we fund through our grants, and the residents they serve. We are thrilled to be working with Montclair Film on this StorySLAM, and look forward to learning more about our communities from the perspective of the storytellers,” said Pam Scott, Executive Director of Partners for Health Foundation.

“Our monthly StorySLAM’s have been wildly popular and this upcoming collaboration with Partners for Health will be a perfect addition to the season. Montclair Film’s success has been rooted in community partnerships, so this theme is especially meaningful to our organization,” stated Montclair Film’s Director of Production and Special Projects, Jennifer Cambras.


Partners for Health Foundation is pleased to welcome five new members to its Board of Trustees.

Vikram Gupta, MD is a board-certified family medicine physician with private practices in Clifton and Paterson; he is also board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Care.  He has attending privileges at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic. He is also a clinical instructor and Assistant Professor for Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. 

Dr. Gupta holds a Doctor of Medicine from Vinnica Medical University, Vinnica, Ukraine. He completed a Residency at Rutgers RWJ University Hospital, New Brunswick, and also holds a

Diploma in Healthcare Law from Seton Hall University. In his free time, he enjoys music, reading, and spending time with his family. He has been playing bass guitar for more than five years and is self-taught. He resides in Montville with his wife, Shibani, and their children.

David B. Harrison is a Partner of Spiro Harrison & Nelson, LLC, a Montclair-based law firm. He represents clients in both litigation and corporate matters in a broad range of industries including technology, healthcare, construction, and financial services. For the past five years he has also served as a Trustee of the YMCA of Montclair.

​Prior to joining Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC, Mr. Harrison was a partner in a premier boutique litigation firm, and served as a judicial intern for Chief Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and a legal intern for the Office of the Bronx District Attorney.  He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, and also holds a BA in Political Science from Syracuse University.  He lives in Montclair with his wife, Kathleen, and their children.

Ammar Idelbi has been with Johnson & Johnson’s Technology Quality & Compliance group since 2018. He currently holds the role of Lead, Metrics and Quality Operations. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day governance of the Technology Quality Management System. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Rutgers University. He lives in Clifton with his wife of 13 years, Hend.

Michael P. Mazza is a Managing Director and Wealth Advisor for NB Private Wealth; he joined the firm in 2003. He works closely with high-net worth individuals and families to develop and implement customized investment solutions. He previously worked as a Portfolio Specialist on a Neuberger Berman Portfolio Management Team. His focus was on marketing the portfolio, providing consistent portfolio analysis and maintaining existing relationships. Mr. Mazza also held a role in the firm’s Investment Strategy Group, where his emphasis was on asset allocation and portfolio analytics. He began his career in an analyst program at Lehman Brothers before moving to Neuberger Berman.  He holds a BS Degree from Syracuse University, and lives in Glen Ridge with his wife, Amanda, and their children.

Abdur R. Yasin, MPA is a 20-year veteran of the fire service for the West Orange Fire Department, which responds to 8,000 service calls each year. He was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2014. Mr. Yasin is also a member of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA), the largest firefighter union in New Jersey and serves as Vice President for Local #228. He is involved in public sector labor relations, and has served in a number of capacities, including executive, for the NJFMBA, at the federal, state and local levels.

Mr. Yasin earned a BA in History with honors from Rutgers-Newark in 2003. In 2014, he graduated from the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration with a Master of Public Administration Degree, and was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. He is currently a part-time lecturer and doctoral student at the Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration, studying and teaching courses on public sector labor relations and public management.

He serves on numerous local boards and commissions, and resides in his hometown of West Orange with his wife, Begonia, their children, and their pets.

Pictured clockwise from the top left are David Harrison, Michael Mazza, Vikram Gupta, MD, Abdur Yasin, MPA, and Ammar Idelbi