Founder & President, Creative Director
From the beginning, Mike has always been an idea man and a legendary over-thinker. After initially going to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue Biochemistry en route to medical school, he soon realized that he didn't like scrubs and was far more talented behind a camera and in front of a computer. Starting a couple businesses in college gave him some experience before forming his current company, Unscene Media Group (UMG), a multimedia hub for graphic/web design, photography and videography projects. Selfless originally began as the philanthropic blog arm of UMG to spread the word of more creative ways to give. Now its own entity, Mike hopes to use his proficiencies in digital story-telling and leadership to bring philanthropy from a Sunday school-like obligation and FB status pat-on-the-back to something we can do more organically within our lives.
Hi, my name is Mike and I'm pretty sure I was an accident. As a result my nuclear family and I all get mistaken for siblings, which is pretty cool...except for when I look older than my parents and they hand me the check at dinner. My first coloring adventure was an anatomy book and although I'm sure my family probably had different intentions for that, I find myself immersed in visual arts on a daily basis for work and play. Although my first love was always music, I think once I started to speak loud enough for anyone to hear me, I transitioned into making less (literal) noise with my art and did everything on paper and digitally. I'm sure my parents thank me. For fun, you can find me immersed in cars, shopping, biking the dangerous suburban streets, trying to pair up mismatched socks or holding a camera in my hand. I think it's stuck there. I also own a giant copy of the book Corduroy. And yes, it's just as cool as it sounds.
If you could be an animal: Emu. They are everything I've always wanted to be: outgoing, fast as hell and have amazing dance skills. YouTube it. You won't regret it.
PhilARThropy Director, Graphic Design
Type enthusiast. Avid doodler. Entreprenista in the making. Creative Owner of Appleavocado. 1/4 of Selfless.
Striving to discover creative, altruistic ways to create meaningful, visual art in the philanthropic realm, Elisha wholeheartedly believes artists - both visual and performing - were given the gift of imagination to make an impact on somebody's life. She has learned how the best way to find yourself is by losing yourself in doing what you love and for herself, it is through art.
Not only is she the one woman art and design team behind Appleavocado, Elisha is currently on a quest to carry out a Selfless endeavor called "PhilARThropy," a passion project advocating the concept of active philanthropy in the art realm. Check out her portfolio here.
True story: Growing up, Elisha used to think her name was spelled out with an ampersand.
Health Initiative Coordinator
No Day but Today. It's a pretty simple philosophy widely known from the musical RENT. After losing his father to a heart attack and stroke, this has been the mantra Joey has lived. The usual school and work have always been important in his life, but being exposed to music and performing arts opened his eyes to things that cannot be found in any book. Believing in yourself and your abilities is something Joey pushes in life. So after being overweight for over 25 years, he decided to truly be the message and began his journey to weight loss. Since 2008 he has lost 50lbs and completed two marathons. The journey and struggle continue everyday. He may occasionally lose to some Oreos but Joey knows that to truly inspire people, you must be able to fall and get back up even stronger.
Being the shoulder to cry on or the ear to listen has always been the role that I have been blessed with in my life. Not only do I have the opportunity to bring comfort to someone in that moment but I am able to connect to them on a deeper level. I must have a trusting face. I love learning about people and what motivates them to do the things they do. Often times this drive comes from this honest, deeper level. If I am able to help them out, I believe that maybe they will help out someone in their life just as I helped them. If this was the norm, can you imagine the kind of community that could be built? One based on trust and support. It can be a much more compassionate world.
Favorite Animal: Easily, penguins. Have you seen these guys? They walk around, and when they don't feel like walking, they jump in the water or just slide around on their bellies. And they are ALWAYS suited up!
Chicagoland Partnership Liaison
Growing up in the city all his life, Chris has been exposed to many people from different walks of life. As a child growing up, he attended a school in the vastly diverse Northwest side of the city. As his youth progressed to his formidable teenage years, he opted to attend Loyola Academy. In his four years at the Academy, he took Loyola's motto, "Women and men for others, leaders in service," to heart and promised himself to always life his life according to these teachings. Following high school, Chris attended Loyola University Chicago and immersed himself into many different organizations on campus where he became a leader in the community. Like Loyola Academy, Loyola University prepared Chris to live a life of service and commitment to his fellow man. It was in college he learned to network and use that vast network he amassed to collaborate on an array of events from shows to philanthropic endeavors. His truest talent is the capability of bringing people together. Chris hopes to use this talent with aspirations of inspiring the masses to be actively selfless.
"What's good?" Chances are if you've ever greeted me in one way or the other I have said this to you. It's my way of saying 'what's up' and reminding you there is always something good to be happy about. I've been blessed to experience a lot in my 30ish years of life in this world and hold my experiences as the best lessons I have learned. I'm lucky to have a wonderful family and awesome friends that support me in all that I do even if it's the craziest thing they've ever heard. I've turned my social life into an active network of potential awesomeness. It's my personal life goal to take in as much culture as humanly possible and to travel the world in hopes to be the crazy uncle my friend's and family's kids want to hear stories from. I spend almost no time at home and live in my car more than anywhere else. Friends joke that my job is my hobby and everything else I do is my career. If I don't already know you, there is a good chance we'll be friends very soon or at the very least, you will run into me somewhere. I've been dubbed the most random person anyone knows...which from what I guess, means I'm everywhere. I love traveling, watching movies, reading, watching concerts, eating & drinking delicious...everything, fashion, watching/playing sports, and riding my bike. I guess I love just about everything. I'm a man of many hats...literally. Oh, and I love sitting on benches in parks. When I'm old, I'll be that guy. Come say hi.
One invention I would love to invent: Teleportation
30 seconds of fame: The Debut (movie)
What began as a casual hobby for Murad, soon blossomed into a true craft. But like all of us involved with Selfless, we were looking for a way to give back using the gifts we were bestowed. After meeting Mike at a Believe International Benefit, Murad became invested in what Unscene Media Group was pursuing. Soon, he discovered that Mike had begun applying his creative efforts towards philanthropy through Selfless and Murad was keen on getting involved to do the same.
Fast forwarding through the years, he has truly honed in on his photography style and his involvement with Selfless has finally come to fruition as this organization has grown. Murad's contributions are a testament to what we built Selfless to be - a giving, social community that it is rooted in people giving back and leading by example.
After losing her mom to colon cancer in August of 2012, Briana decided to channel her grief to make a difference in the lives of others affected by cancer. Briana founded Still Easier Than Chemo, a non-profit organization, and set off to run 12 half marathons in 12 months to fund-race in support of research at VCU Massey Cancer Center.
She firmly believes in the transformative power of putting miles (and calluses) on your feet and realizing the hidden strength within ourselves. Her journey is both a message of hope and a call to action. We are all capable of achieving extraordinary things – even in desperate times – and together, anything is possible.