Judges

Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III
Pastor of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York
President, the State University of New York College at Old Westbury

The Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, is Pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, and President of the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury. His sincere commitment to enhancing the kingdom of God on earth is evidenced in a loyal attention to the daily activities and services of the congregation, as well as the pervasive impact of the church on community development initiatives: homelessness, senior citizen and youth empowerment, cultural awareness and ecumenical outreach.

Under Dr. Butts’ leadership, The Abyssinian Baptist Church is committed
to the expansion and maintenance of the Christian mission. Reverend Butts was one of the founders, and is the current Chairman of Abyssinian Development Corporation, a comprehensive, community-based not for profit organization, responsible for over $600 million in housing and commercial development in Harlem. He was also instrumental in establishing the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change – a public, state-of-the-art, intermediate and high school in Harlem, and he is the visionary behind Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, which opened in September 2005.

Dr. Butts is a native New Yorker. He spent a few years in the South, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He returned to New York and earned a Master of Divinity Degree in Church History from Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Church and Public Policy from Drew University. Further, the Reverend was conferred with honorary degrees from Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; The City College of New York, New York; Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama; Claflin College of Orangeburg, South Carolina; Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana; Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Reverend Butts was an Urban Affairs instructor, and served as Adjunct Professor in the African Studies Department at City College, New York. He also taught Black Church History at Fordham University, and continues to give lectures and speeches to colleges, universities and various organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition to his professional and religious avocations, Dr. Butts is Chairman of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), as well as a founding member of the organization’s Board of Commissioners. He is also a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), as well as a Board member of New Visions for Public Schools, and American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee.

Previously the Reverend served as President of Africare, an organization dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life in rural Africa, as well as President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York; and he was formerly Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of United Way of New York City, and Chairman of the Board of the Harlem Branch YMCA.

Dr. Butts has spearheaded numerous boycotts against institutions that practice racist policies and employment discrimination. He led a nationally acclaimed and most effective campaign to eliminate negative billboard advertising in Central Harlem and New York City communities, and was joined in this effort by religious leaders and prominent officials in other areas of the country, who carried out similar campaigns with equal success. He was also at the vanguard of exposing rap music that includes violent and negative lyrics targeted at women. Rev. Butts’ boycott efforts have helped to sensitize this nation to the evils of exploitive advertising, and he continues on a mission to uplift the ethical standards of the human community.

Reverend Butts is the recipient of numerous commendations and honors, including the Man of the Year Award from Morehouse College Alumni Association; The Morehouse College Candle Award; The William M. Moss Distinguished Brotherhood Award; and The Louise Fisher Morris Humanitarian Award. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, The Prince Hall Masons (having received the 33rd final degree in Masonry), and was recognized as a Living Treasure by the New York City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Dr. Butts is consistently invited to preach in distinguished pulpits throughout New York, as well as nationally and internationally. He has traveled to Africa, China, Cuba, Europe, the Middle East, the Netherlands, South America and throughout the Caribbean Islands.

Reverend Butts is married and has three children and six grandchildren

Wade Davis
Former NFL player
Executive Director, You Can Play Project

Wade Davis is a nationally recognized speaker, activist, writer and educator. Davis is a former NFL football player who played for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Seattle Seahawks, as well as two different teams within the NFL Europe league. Wade is the newly named Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination and homophobia in sports. He’s the co-founder of the You Belong Initiative, a Youth Sports and Leadership camp targeting LGBTQ and straight allied youth. He’s the former assistant director of academic enrichment and work readiness for the Hetrick Martin Institute, where he taught at-promise LGBT youth how to define success for themselves. Wade was also an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama during the 2012 election and is currently a visiting professor at Rutgers University.

Ambassador Sandra
Fuentes-Berain
Consul General
of Mexico in New York

Sandra Fuentes-Berain has been appointed as Consul General of Mexico in New York.
As a career diplomat, she ascended all the ranks of the Foreign Service until she was appointed Ambassador in 1988 when she served as Consul General in Hong Kong. She has served as Mexico’s Head of Mission to the European Union and Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Canada, France and The Netherlands; as well as Consul General in Milan, where she headed the Office for the Promotion of Businesses between Mexico and the European Union.

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she was Director General for Europe, Director General for Asia/Pacific and Adviser to the Minister. During her prominent career she has actively promoted relations with NGO’s, with media and business sectors. She participated in the negotiations of both NAFTA and the Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

In the Netherlands she succeeded in adding Mexico to the International Criminal Court and she chaired The Hague working group. During her tenure in Brussels she obtained the recognition of Mexico as Strategic Partner of the EU, a distinction accorded only to nine countries in the world.

She has collaborated in numerous publications: “Towards the Consolidation of a Strategic Relation: Mexico and Canada” (1997); “The Strategic Relation between the European Union and Latin America” (2008); “Screams and Whispers II: 39 Women’s Untimely Experiences” (2009), to mention only a few.

Ambassador Fuentes-Berain has been decorated by governments and foreign institutions. She has received: Knight Grand Cross of the Order Orange-Nassau (May 2007); Grand Officer of Merit, Italian Republic (December 2005); Commander of the National Order of the Légion d’Honneur, France (March 2001); Commander of the Order of Civilian Merit, Spain (May 1983) Commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic; Spain (June 1983); Commander of the Order of the Polar Star, Sweden (October 1980); Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Deutschland (Grand-Cross with Star) (May 1980), Member of the Royal Victorian Order (April 1973). In 2007 she was appointed Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe.

She was born in Mexico City and studied law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
As an acknowledgement of her remarkable career as a member of the Mexican Foreign Service, the President of Mexico granted Ambassador Sandra Fuentes-Berain in 2012 the lifetime rank of Ambassador Emeritus.

Eliot Kang,
Founder of Asian American agency, Kang & Lee
CEO of INMOST Partners LLC.

Eliot is founder and CEO of Inmost Partners LLC which manages public and private equity investments. Prior to returning to New York in January of 2007, Eliot Kang was the President & CEO of Korea’s first marketing communication group – GIIR, a publicly traded holding company. Eliot Kang’s advertising career spans over the last two decades from U.S. to Asia. He is the founder of Kang & Lee Advertising, the Americas’ leading multicultural marketing consulting and communications agency specializing in Asian-American market. Kang & Lee Advertising is a member of Young & Rubicam and a WPP Group company.

Among his numerous accolades, he is a recipient of the 2002 Diversity Achievement Award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF). He has been inducted into the 2000 AAF Hall of Achievement and has previously been selected by Crain’s NY Business as one of “Most Influential Minority ”. Eliot has also been honored by the Asian Business League of Southern California as Entrepreneur of the Year for his achievements and contributions to the Asian American business community, and commended for his professional achievements with The Asian Businessman’s Award by former New York City Mayor in 1995.

Eliot actively participates in various trade organizations and non-profit organizations. He is a founding member and former president of the 3AF (Asian American Advertising Federation). He serves on College of Human Ecology Dean’s Advisory Council at Cornell University and as a member of Advisory Board of NetKal at USC. He is also the founder of Lumoon Vision, a non-profit providing prescription eye glasses to children in developing countries.

Eliot studied at Cornell University where he majored in Social Psychology and worked as a staff of Ithaca Youth Bureau. Eliot Kang was born in South Korea and moved to the United States at the age of 11. He grew up in New York City and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters.

Bob Kumaki
Author, “Many Cultures One Market: A Guide to Understanding Opportunities in The Asian Pacific Market”
Managing Principal of The Ronin Group

Bob is the Managing Principal of the Ronin Group, a marketing and management consulting firm.

With almost 30 years of experience in numerous product categories for such clients as Procter & Gamble, Sears, Allstate Insurance, E.J. Brach, Adidas, Amoco Oil, the Tribune Companies, Comcast Networks and the Government of Canada. Bob has held management positions at some of the world’s largest marketing communications organizations including Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather and the Publicis Groupe, and has run the Ronin Group for over 10 years.

Recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Asian American marketing, he is the author of the landmark Many Cultures, One Market: A Guide to Understanding Opportunities in the Asian Pacific American Market, the first book of its kind, and adopted by universities and the private sector as the definitive book on the subject. Bob has served as a Founder, Officer, Director or Member of over a dozen nob-profit groups including the Asian American Institute, the Japan America Society, the Japanese American Service Committee, the Heiwa Terrace Housing Corporation, the Organization of Chinese Americans and Sister Cities International. In 2009, Bob was chosen by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of only 13 American delegates on a political/cultural/trade mission to Japan.

Bob has served as Adjunct Professor of Advertising in the Graduate Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as an Instructor in the University’s International Executive Development Program. A much sought-after lecturer, he has given presentations to the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Comcast Networks, Rainbow Programming, Media Financial Management Corp., A.C. Nielsen, the Consulate of Japan and numerous marketing conferences and schools.

Bob lives in Wilmette, IL with his wife and daughter.

Pepper Miller
Co-author, “What’s Black About It”
Author, “Black Still Matters in Marketing”
President of the Hunter-Miller Group

Pepper Miller founded The Hunter-Miller Group (HMG), a leading edge market research and strategic planning firm in 1995.   Since then, Pepper and her company have provided real vs. invented insights that have helped Fortune 500 companies effectively and positively connect with Black America.  Some of these companies include Allstate, AARP, BET, General Mills, Ford Motor Company, Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, and nonprofits — St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago History Museum.

By blending her insights, from the book that she co-authored with the late Herb Kemp What’s Black About It? (2006) and her newest book Black Still Matters in Marketing, (2012), her experiences and passion, Pepper is able to help audiences think differently about Black America, and how they should approach this consumer group professionally and personally.

In fact, Pepper invites audiences to dig deeper into the African-American market by talking about both simple ideas and taboo topics. Her honesty makes the conversation real and meaningful which is why she has been an invited guest speaker by many corporations including Procter and Gamble, General Mills, MillerCoors, Home Depot, Macy’s, — and universities that include The University of Chicago, Roosevelt DePaul and Columbia Universities in Chicago and Johnson and Wales University.

It’s this ability that earned Pepper the “Takes the Cake” Best Speaker award twice — in 2006 and 2012 at the prestigious and premier M2W – Marketing 2 Women Conference and the Target Market News’ MAAX Award for Research Executive of the Year in 2007.

Pepper finds time to encourage young professionals (Miller’s Cream) during monthly “chat and chews” in her home, and is the host of the weekly Urban Business Roundtable, a radio program providing insights and advice for African-American businesses.  It airs on WVON 1690AM in Chicago and nationwide via iHeartRadio.

She lives in Chicago with her husband Ronald, father John, and their Boston Terrier, Sammi.

 

Dave Montez
Acting President of GLAAD

Dave Montez serves as GLAAD’s Acting President. He most recently served as senior program officer at the Gill Foundation, one of the nation’s leading funders of LGBT advocacy efforts. He oversaw the foundation’s Latino Initiative, which is designed to build lasting alliances between LGBT people and Latinos. The projects and relationships established through his work have led to several national and state Latino organizations endorsing marriage equality and several LGBT organizations pushing for immigration reform. Through the Latino Initiative, Montez also oversaw a seminal project to establish a values connection with the Latino community on LGBT issues. The results of this project now serve as the basis for many public education campaigns focusing on Latinos. He also worked with the Director of Allies and Institutions with the goal of building broad support for LGBT equality. Previously, Montez managed a portfolio of grants to state-based LGBT organizations working to achieve policy change at the state and local level.

Before joining the Gill Foundation, he was a research development officer at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he prepared grant proposals to state and national foundations and agencies. He also researched and reviewed funding opportunities and contracts for faculty members. Montez also worked for the Latino/a Research & Policy Center where he planned and implemented all center-sponsored events.

Montez speaks Spanish and holds a BA in journalism/public relations from Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was a gubernatorial appointee to a board which oversaw an average of $40 million in grant funding annually to arts, science, and cultural institutions in the Denver Metro Area. He was appointed by the Mayor of Denver to the civilian board overseeing the police and sheriff’s departments. He is also a graduate of Leadership Denver, where he helped raise money and resources to remodel a youth homeless shelter in Denver.

Cristina Saralegui
Journalist and Television Personality
Host of “Cristina Entre Amigos” on Cristina Radio/SiriusXM channel 153

CRISTINA SARALEGUI is a seasoned journalist who is recognized as one of the most influential role models for today’s Hispanic woman.  She is strong-willed, successful, savvy and committed to making a difference.  Time Magazine named her one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.” CRISTINA sees her #1 role in media and in life as a motivator for women and a champion of a healthy, gracious and self-empowered lifestyle.

In 1989, CRISTINA made her television debut as host and executive producer of “The Cristina Show on the Univision Network.  The program broke barriers and became a ratings hit.  For 21 years, Cristina and The Cristina Show entertained, uplifted, and educated the Hispanic community in the U.S. and throughout the world.  Cristina made it okay for Hispanics to openly discuss issues that had never been talked about on Spanish-language television; topics like sexual education for teens, AIDS awareness and education, as well as human rights issues facing the Hispanic community throughout the world.  In the process, The Cristina Show became a platform, a voice for millions of Hispanics who may not have otherwise been heard, earning 12 Emmys and making Cristina a household name.

In October of 2011, Cristina launched a new prime-time weekly television program Pa’lante con Cristina (Moving Forward with Cristina.) The program aired during the 2011- 2012 season on the Telemundo Network.

In January of 2012, she  launched “The Cristina Channel” a 24/7 radio network for Sirius XM. The channel (146) offers programming on a variety of subjects including news, entertainment, health, beauty, family and relationship guidance, travel, political issues and self-empowerment..  Her one hour radio show Cristina Entre Amigos (Cristina Between Friends) airs Monday thru Friday at 5P(EST).

The Cuban-born media mogul is the first Spanish-language television personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Additionally, she has received numerous awards such as the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television’s “Gracie Allen Tribute Award,” AmFAR’s “National Community Service Award,” The Simon Weisenthal Center’s 2004 “International Distinguished Achievement Award” as well as The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s “Arts Award” and the Imagen Foundation’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”  She is the first Latina to be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, where she joins such television legends as Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters and Johnny Carson.

CRISTINA has also participated in many prestigious events such as the Museum of Television and Radio’s William S. Paley TV Festival and The National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE) Women in Communications panel. CRISTINA and Elizabeth Taylor together addressed The United Nations on the subject of AIDS research and education, one of the many causes for which she passionately works.  She has been presented with proclamations and keys to cities around the world and is also listed in numerous biographical references including “Who’s Who in Professional and Executive Women” and “The Top 100 Hispanic Influential People in the U.S.”  CRISTINA’s life story was part of The Museum of Tolerance exhibit:  Finding Our Families/Finding Ourselves, an effort by the museum to highlight our human similarities, especially as it pertains to the multi-racial rainbow of American immigrants.

CASA CRISTINA, A LIFESTYLE BRAND

CRISTINA’s brand name recognition among Hispanics in the U.S. and Latin America is unparalleled and in high demand by leading corporations seeking to tap into the burgeoning Hispanic consumer market.  A 2004 poll conducted by Synovate U.S. Hispanic Market Report found the following perceptions about CRISTINA among Hispanic decision-makers between the ages of 25-54:  CRISTINA Overall Trust Score: 80%; CRISTINA provides styles and fashion to fit your lifestyle:  71%; CRISTINA is a role model (females): 70%; a new line of furniture by CRISTINA would appeal to you:  80%.

During her three decades of entertaining and educating people, CRISTINA’s personal warmth and style have inspired millions of loyal followers who look to her for information on everything from relationship issues to celebrities, family life, home décor and entertaining.

In 2004, CRISTINA created the Casa CristinaÔ Collection, the first complete collection of home furnishings inspired by her personal style.  In November of 2006, CRISTINA was selected as one of The 50 Most Influential People in Home Furnishings Style and Design” by Home Furnishings News (HFN).

CRISTINA SARALEGUI ENTERPRISES, INC.

CRISTINA SARALEGUI is the granddaughter of Don Francisco Saralegui, a venerated Cuban magazine publisher who had already established several magazines in his native Cuba before the family was forced to immigrate to Miami, Florida in 1960, when CRISTINA was only 12 years old.  CRISTINA attended The University of Miami and began her media career as an intern at the Spanish-language magazine, Vanidades.  CRISTINA quickly moved up the ranks and soon became Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan en Español, sister publication to Hearst’s Cosmopolitan.  She held that position from 1979 to 1989 when she resigned to become Executive Producer and host of her own TV talk show, the internationally famous “The Cristina Show.”

Under the banner CRISTINA SARALEGUI ENTERPRISES, INC. (CSE), CRISTINA and her husband and manager Marcos Avila have built a media company, which is housed at the sprawling Blue Dolphin Studios.   It was inaugurated on May 6, 2001 and consists of state of the art television production facilities with three sound stages available to outside productions.
CRISTINA, THE ACTIVIST
Aside from her career as an EMMYâ award-winning talk show host and CEO of a media and licensing empire, CRISTINA devotes her time to a myriad of social causes.  She and her husband Marcos Avila founded the Arriba la Vida/Up with Life in 1996, a private foundation dedicated to AIDS awareness and education among Hispanics, as well as other AIDS related causes that touch the lives of Hispanics everywhere.

CRISTINA has received the Valor Award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in recognition of her pioneering efforts in educating her viewers on gay and lesbian issues as well as AIDS awareness and education; The ADCOLOR Award’s All-Star Honoree celebrating outstanding achievements by diverse professionals in advertising, marketing and media; as well as the Raúl Julía Award of Excellence by The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.

CRISTINA is on the Board of Directors of The Museum of Television & Radio and is a member of the National Council of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR).

Her husband, Marcos Avila, a former musician and founding member of the highly successful musical group, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, manages CRISTINA.  The couple, who has three children, resides in Miami.  You can follow Cristina on Twitter @CristinaOpina and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cristinasaralegui.

Anjula Acharia Bath
CEO
Desi Hits!

Continuing to shrink and globalize the world through pop culture, from Bollywood to Hollywood, Anjula has devoted her career to changing the landscape of pop culture through the worlds of music and entertainment. Listed as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 40 Women in Music in 2012, Anjula Acharia-Bath’s work with the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Lady Gaga, and Britney Spears has helped create a cultural shift in emerging markets around the world.

Acharia-Bath co-founded Desi Hits! in 2007. Desi Hits! is a multi-platform media company – comprised of a record label, a pop-culture content distributor, and a talent management division – that bridges “Bollywood and Hollywood” and vice versa.

Acharia-Bath is passionate about fusing pop culture with technology, and is an active investor in startups that leverage her two worlds. She advises entrepreneurs and entertainment executives alike on how to navigate these two worlds for which she was recognized by Vanity Fair’s coveted The Next Establishment List as “One to Watch”

Acharia-Bath is also the Founding Entertainment Chair of the PVBLIC Foundation, a non-profit organization that aggregates and donates un-used advertising space/dollars to non-profits. Newly founded PVBLIC plans to roll out a series of high impact projects that Acharia-Bath hopes will change the lives of many through her relationships in the music world and will disrupt the way artists get access to media for their philanthropic endeavors.

Acharia-Bath has received global press, radio and television recognition for her achievements. She’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New York Times, VOGUE, BusinessWeek, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Variety, WWD, on BBC and NPR, and Fox. She speaks regularly at media conferences and was a guest speaker at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Music, Columbia University, Chicago Booth MBA School and also keynoted the Digital Music Forum in NYC. Anjula made it on to Vanity Fair’s prestigious “Next Establishment” List, BILLBOARD’s Top 40 Women in Music List and named as one of the ‘2010 Game Changers’ by The NY Enterprise Report. Most recently, Anjula was invited to participate in the FORBES 2013 Most Powerful Women summit in NYC.

Rabbi Dr. Marc A. Gellman, Ph.D.
Syndicated Columnist
Senior Rabbi Of Temple Beth Torah
Melville, Long Island

Rabbi Marc Gellman is the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, New York where he has served since 1981. He was the youngest rabbi ever ordained by Hebrew Union College and the only person to complete the six-year rabbinical program in two
years of residence.

Rabbi Gellman earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Northwestern University where he also served as the director of the B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation. While at Northwestern, he also completed doctoral course work in Buddhism and Judaism. He is the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees.

Rabbi Gellman has served on the faculties of Antioch College, Northwestern University, and Hebrew Union College, and has lectured at Princeton and Amherst College. He lectured on the ethics of assisted reproductive technologies during Grand Rounds of the Harvard Medical School. He has delivered many
invited lectures and was an invited participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has contributed academic papers to the Annual of the American Psychiatric Association, The Journal of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and other academic and opinion journals and was invited to contribute to the collection of essays on the State of Jewish Belief by Commentary Magazine.

Rabbi Gellman invented and developed the literary field of modern midrash for children when he served as Contributing Editor of Moment Magazine and he has published two collections of these modern bible stories for children: “Does God Have A Big Toe?” which was selected as one of the outstanding illustrated children’s books of the year by the New York Times, and other periodicals, and “God’s Mailbox.” Rabbi Gellman published ten books including, “Always Wear Clean Underwear (and other ways your parents tell you they love you) and “Someday You’ll Thank Me For This”.

Rabbi Gellman was president of The New York Board of Rabbis during the attack on New York in 2001 and delivered one of the keynote speeches at the Memorial Service in Yankee Stadium on September 23, 2001. He has also served as the Chairman of The Medical Ethics Committee of UJA-Federation, and has served on their board of trustees.

For years Rabbi Gellman and his best friend Monsignor Thomas Hartman have been the God Squad. They hosted a weekly interview program and served as religion correspondents for ABC’s “Good Morning America”. The lectured widely until Father Hartman was stricken with Parkinson’s disease. They co-authored several books together including, “Religion for Dummies” and “Where Does God Live?” which was awarded The Christopher Award. They also published, “Lost and Found: a child’s guide to overcoming grief and loss.” Their young adult book, “How Do You Spell God?” with an introduction by the Dalai Lama became an animated HBO special and was awarded The George Foster Peabody Award. The readers of Newsday voted Rabbi Gellman and Monsignor Hartman the most outstanding leaders and activists of the last century on Long Island. The movie, “Keeping the Faith” is loosely based on their friendship.

Rabbi Gellman presently wrote a weekly column for Newsweek Magazine, and presently writes a nationally syndicated spiritual advice column, “The God Squad”.

Rabbi Gellman is also a member of the Golf Writers of America and is on the ranking panel of Golf Digest Magazine. He is the recipient of the Winnie Palmer Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers of New York.

He is married to Betty Schulson of Chicago, and they have two children, Mara, and Max, and two grandchildren, Zeke and Daisy. They raise guide dogs for the blind.