About Us

Who We Are

Our Mission: Hallah Edutainment's mission is to create engaging learning environments by developing innovative curricula for under-served youth 14 to 21 year of age that engages them in their education, improves the academic performance, and equips graduates with the skills necessary to successfully continue their education or find employment.

Our Vision: Our vision is to become a model program used by middle and high schools, camps and non-profit youth services organizations to inspire youth to actively participate in learning. We use the Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and the culture of Hip-Hop to engage students' in reading, writing and public speaking. Experiential learning through project based instruction gives students the opportunity to apply new skills and to express their feelings, interests and points of view while achieving a sense of accomplishment.

 

Hallah Edutainment offers a complementary curriculum of project-based intensive learning labs that inspire middle and high school students to actively participate in their education / learning. Our learning partners include educators, industry, and field professionals who mentor students through our on and off site programs. Students who participate in our programs learn to build a network of engaged community professionals while enhancing their academic, social, and critical thinking skills. 

 

Hallah Edutainment, LLC's goal is improving student achievement through our three R's of education: Recognition, Responsibility, and Results. Recognize the root causes of academic challenges. Responsible design of creative, engaging curricula. Results, achieved through project based, experiential learning curricula. Two decades of data collection from the U.S. Department of Education and organizations like the United Way, NEA, and the NAA confirm the report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, "Students show increased engagement, investment and ownership in their educational process when the pedagogy has relevance to them culturally." H.E. excels at making learning exciting and using that excitement as the catalyst for not only student achievement but invigoration for educators.

 

                     

Executive Team

Hashim Allah - Chief Operating Officer - A poet, live- performer, broadcast specialist, father and advocate for the urban youth. Hashim grew up in the music industry in which his family had successful careers and businesses. He received a formal education in sociology and engineering. Hallah Edutainment partners with a caring team of educators, social workers, entertainers and professional journalists to provide quality and effective programs that change lives.

Meg Thompson Villarreal - Chief of Administrative Services - Meg has had a 50 year career in public broadcasting at the local, state, regional, national and international levels.  She worked at both PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for over 20 years in children’s and educational programming, and later, in international programming.  She started her own company, US Independents, Inc, that worked with television documentary producers world-wide to help them acquire funding and broadcast outlets for finished programs.  She has consulted with the government of the former Yugoslavia and educational television offices in Brazil, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, and Japan.

Upon retiring, she returned to Maine and has continued her involvement with Maine Public Television and Radio where she services on the Community Advisory Board and with her alma mater, the University of Maine in Orono.  Upon graduation from UMaine, she attended graduate school at the University of Southern California and Boston University.

Daniel J Samela - Chief Financial Officer - Daniel brings his experience to Hallah Edutainment as Senior financial and accounting executive with strong and progressive managerial experience with emphasis in operations, planning, finance, acquisitions, accounting controls, financial and management reporting and IS. 

​​former COO of Hypres Inc., Elmsford, NY & Magellan Petroleum Corporation, Portland, ME

Damon Holman - Director of Environmental/Outdoor programing - Co Director - Audio/Music production: A business owner, musician and educator.  Damon earned a Bachelor of Jazz and Contemporary Music with a concentration in Music Production and Engineering at the University of Maine, Augusta. He has been working as a performing musician and music teacher for over a decade. He is the President of Holman Enterprises, Inc, a management and development company. A ninth generation Mainer, he lives in Maine where he is an avid outdoorsman, multi-sport athlete, a Maine Guide and a board member of Amistad Arts Collective.

Vic Steffens - Head Consultant of Audio Science Curriculum, Advisory Board - A veteran of forty years in professional music, Steffens signed his first record deal at age 16 as drummer in Connecticut’s The Wrong Black Bag. After years of participating in touring bands as drummer and sometimes keyboardist, Steffens left the touring life to produce music and engineer music at Paul Leka’s Connecticut recordings.  Steffens then open his own facility as a partner in Horizon Music Group, originally located in Ace Frehley of Kiss’ former house in Wilton, CT, where he hosted sessions for producer Mike Chapman and engineered a string of recordings for funk icon Sly Stone.  Steffens later moved Horizon to its current location in West Haven, where it has been a lynchpin of the Connecticut recording scene for 27 years.  During this time Steffens has recorded many well known releases, including projects of The Saturday Night Live Band’s Christine Ohlman’s - The Deep End ft. Ian Hunter, Levon Helm, Marshal Crenshaw and Dion DiMucci, Harry Connick Jr’s  “Love Wins”, R&B newcomer Arika Kane, and releases from Seth Adam, Marc Douglas Berardo, and literally hundreds of others in almost every genre. New England Music Awards voted Steffens 2016 Producer Of The Year” for his work on Artist of the Year Frank Viele’s album, 'Fall Your Way', voted 'Album Of The Year'. And the “Alternative Album Of the Year” award for Me Like Many’s album - 'In The Moment', from The International Music and Entertainment Association​​. Steffens currently heads Horizon Music Group, which is comprised of Horizon Recording Studios two rooms and HMG Recordings, distributed by SelectoHits.

 

Educational Staff

Nick Neutronz - Ableton Instructor - Nick Low-beer, co-creator of Grammy winning record "Cinderella man", by Eminem, is a Dj, composer, MPC Head, who uses drum machines, Synthesizers and an upright piano to create music which appeals to his mostly hip hop sense of music. It is largely electronic, influenced heavily by trance, but at times also by Rock, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, classical, and at times jazz.

 

Evan Flynn - Student DJ Instructor EDM/Dance - 19 year old DJ and producer in both the electronic dance scene and the hip hop scene, who's quickly established himself as a local heavyweight, under the pseudonym Teratoid. He plays everything from your after-hours nightclub techno and house music, high energy bass heavy dubstep and trap, soulful and crisp future garage and downtempo, and is preparing to launch a side project under a new name (in hopes that it will kick off) producing trip hop, broken beat and boom bap old school hip hop. He's been spinning since the age of 13, started to play house parties (and still does) and then earned his first gig at the legendary Toad's Place at the age of 16. and a few weeks after that, scored a gig at the at the time brand new club Afterlife which has sadly closed. He often tags up with other local DJs in hopes of bringing newer talent to the spotlight. In the electronic music scene he's opened up for and/or shared stages with the likes of Vaski, J. Rabbit, Zeds Dead, Buku, Paper Diamond, Branchez, DJ Green Lantern, DJ Eco, Donald Glaude, Mantis, Nerd Rage, and Reid Speed. In the hip hop scene he's played with Soul Khan, Jarv, A.F.R.O, and R.A The Rugged Man, not to mention hosting numerous hip hop/rap shows at The Space in Hamden, CT and being associated with multiple hip hop acts across the state. He's also opened up for semi electronic/band fusions like Exmag (a collaboration between multiple musicians, one of them being the guitarist for Gramatik), Branx, and The Stepkids of Stones Throw Records. He's collaborated with multiple local promoters to put together weekly parties that happen every Thursday in downtown New Haven, and has helped coordinate electronic music weekly's that sadly came to an end at Toads, and has since been moved out to Waterbury and Danbury. The possibilities are endless for this young buck.