Teacher's suicide leaves a lot of questions
December 6, 2013
Hosted by Gabriella van Rij
Teacher's suicide leaves a lot of questions for the school board and for the poor parents left behind. Mary Eve Thorson is a Martyr While many teachers suffer by the hands of administrators, Mary's sacrifice has set the tone for initial, although scarce awareness. Mary was bullied because she wouldn't comply with the unmoral ethics demanded by her superiors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ_CtyUoRLo
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Our society has dropped the ball on Human Kindness. Why? We have replaced technology and obtaining whatever we desire instantly delivered to our doorstep, without thought or consequence to our environment or ourselves.
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Won't you join me on my journey to pick up the ball of human kindness and to spread the notion that when we put "our fears" aside, no one will ever be treated without common courtesy? When fearful, we turn into something terrible, all because of the fear we feel.
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Gabriella van Rij
Born in Pakistan in the 60’s, adopted three years later by an affluent Dutch family, Gabriella knows firsthand what it is like not to fit in. Gabriella has learned how to adapt and how fear of one another brings distrust and disaccord to relationships. This has translated into two topics we only know too well: bullying and racism. Bullying is an epidemic worldwide. Gabriella will use her voice to help eradicate and try to save one child at a time.
She has travelled extensively around the world learning two of the most valuable lessons in life: losing fear finding self, and It’s OK not to belong. It’s OK to have one leg in the East and one in the West and to belong to neither.
She is now the author of With All my Might, which is her inaugural offering as International Activist and Advocate. With All My Might is a retrospective on her life and three major dates as told to a Dutch journalist set against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. The three dates used by Gabriella as a foundation for her compelling story are those of her multicultural adoption into a Dutch family, the birth of her only daughter, and the death of her adopted mother. These dates are used to weave together a story addressing the universal issues of family, intolerance, bullying, racism, not belonging, and ultimately acceptance.
Personal Quote: “I dare to live, dare to love, dare to give, dare to be, passionate with all of me” - G.N.A. van Rij
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The author of the bestselling How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time and The Author Training Manual (Writer’s Digest Books, March 2014), Amir transforms people from all walks of life into authors. She is a nonfiction book editor and proposal consultant as well as an author and book coach, blog and blog-to-book coach, and results coach with more than 35 years of experience in the publishing field. She also is the founder of Write Nonfiction in November, aka National Nonfiction Writing Month. She writes four blogs, including Write Nonfiction NOW!, How to Blog a Book andAs the Spirit Moves Me. A popular speaker, Amir has spoken at the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Writer’s Digest Conference, the San Miguel Writer’s Conference, the Central Coast Writer’s Conference, the Book Expo America’s uPublishU conference, the Writing on the Sound Conference, the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference, and many others. Amir holds a BA in magazine journalism with a concentration in psychology, has edited or written for more than 45 publications producing hundreds of articles and had her work published in five anthologies. She has self-published twelve short books, including the popular workbook How to Evaluate Your Book for Success and 10 Days and 10 Ways to Return to Your Best Self. Most recently she had an essay published in Spiritual Pregnancyby Shawn A. Tassone, MD, and Kathryn M. Landherr, MD (Lewellyn). Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/ninaamir Facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationToCreation and www.facebook.com/ninaamir LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Nina/Amir Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ninaamir Google+: https://plus.google.com/107098776847894040162 To buy her books, go to www.booksbyninaamir.com View Guest page
Buried Memories: Katie Beers’ Story is a never-before-told true story of survival, memory and recovery. Katie Beers was a profoundly neglected and abused child even before she was kidnapped on Long Island in 1992. Abducted by a “family friend,” she was held captive in an underground cell for 17 days and sexually abused. With smarts and strength, she slipped the bonds of captivity and began a new life. Katie, now a married working mother, has revealed her inspiring story of torment and recovery to the TV reporter who, as part of the original media frenzy covering the case, sought the ending to one of the most compelling sagas in New York criminal history. View Guest page
Lisa Ford Berry
B.R.A.V.E.(Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone™) Society was founded from heartache and a desire to see it never happen again. We are a Sacramento based non-profit 501 (c) 3 grass roots corporation that is dedicated to creating peer abuse awareness that demands accountability while calling for action; in order to help empower children with the resiliency necessary to become confident and caring adults. Lisa Ford Berry lost her youngest son Michael Joseph Berry on his 17th birthday due to a peer abuse driven bullycide in response relentless hate-biased cyberbullying. Lisa’s passion is teaching parents how to maneuver through the bureaucracy of the educational system, along with giving children a voice of power. She founded B.R.A.V.E (Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone) Society to put an end to the peer abuse plaguing society and stealing young lives. View Guest page
James I. Bond
James I. Bond The Father-Daughter Project www.TheFatherDaughterProject.com Explore my new book THE SECRET LIFE OF FATHERS at: www.TheSecretLifeOfFathers.com jbond@TheFatherDaughterProject.com Our Mission: To Help Improve the Relationships between Fathers and Daughters View Guest page
Claudio V. Cerullo, Ph.D.
Claudio V. Cerullo, Ph.D. Founder & President, Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc. Out of growing concern for the issue of bullying both in the classroom and in the community, Claudio V. Cerullo, Ph.D. and a group of concerned educators, parents and friends established Teach Anti-Bullying (a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization) in late 2011. Serving children and families who have been, or are being affected by, bullying, Teach Anti-Bullying works to raise awareness and support, while encouraging the collaboration of all stakeholders – children, educators, parents, community leaders, law enforcement, and local, state and federal legislators – in the pro-active intervention against bullying as well as the prevention of bullying. According to recent research, more than 34 percent of U.S. students in classroom said they have been bullied during the course of the school term. One out of four of those are in regular education, while three out of four of those students are children with special needs. In addition, 60 percent of those students with disabilities are victimized. A growing problem is Cyber Bullying, with 43 percent of teens aged 10 through 18 years old reporting at least one instance of Cyber Bullying, while 77 percent of teens reported that the Cyber Bully was someone that they knew. Dr. Cerullo brings over 20 years of professional experience in education to Teach Anti-Bullying. He has been extremely active in addressing the great need for anti-bullying awareness, and prevention, nationwide, as a result of parents asking him to help students that are being impacted academically, socially and emotionally by this silent threat. Cerullo founded Teach Anti-Bullying with $10,000 of his own personal funds, in an effort to further help raise awareness about what bullying really is, and how it can be prevented. Prior to founding Teach Anti-Bullying, Dr. Cerullo began his career in education with six years of teaching in Social Science Education. His career has included positions as a school principal (kindergarten through eighth grade); Director of Early Childhood Education; Assistant Middle School Academic vice Principal; Assistant High School vice Principal and Director of Athletics; and Interim Secondary Charter School Principal. Dr. Cerullo served as West Chester University’s Coordinator of the Federal Grant GEAR UP Program in partnership with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and the School District of Philadelphia. While at the University of Delaware, Dr. Cerullo served as the Director of the Delaware Mentoring (DMC) Council, under a state grant in partnership with the Office of Governor and Delaware Department of Education. Internationally recognized as an expert on the subject of Anti-Bullying, Dr. Cerullo has provided many workshops on issues regarding Classroom Management, Student Behavior Modification, Character Education, and School Violence Prevention programs K-12. He is interviewed regularly by media outlets on the subject of Bullying and Anti-Bullying, and is a gifted public speaker on this topic of extreme interest to parents, educators and legislators. He has written numerous articles and books on the subject, and has lectured at many local, state, and regional education forums and conferences. Dr. Cerullo delivered the keynote address at the State of Louisiana’s first Anti-Bullying Conference in 2012. In 2005, Dr. Cerullo was invited to the White House as an as an expert panel member in the areas of School Violence Prevention. As an author, Dr. Cerullo has contributed to educational videos on Bullying, including “Bullying: Children with Special Needs” and “Teaching Anti-Bullying K-8” (both released on video in December 2011. His book for parents, “Teaching Anti-Bullying,” was released in December 2011 and earned special notice from Sears and Team Up to Stop Bullying on their 2012 list of recommended Bullying Solutions books. In May 2012, Dr. Cerullo’s second book on Anti-Bullying, “Stop Bullying Me,” was released to wide acclaim. He is also the author of four children’s books – “A Thankful Day” released in 2009, “Isabella Goes to Kindergarten” (2010), “Isabella’s Rainy Day with her Friends” (2011) and “Isabella Goes Back to School” (2011). This fall, Dr. Cerullo collaborated on “TAB 1.0,” a new Bullying computer application for school students, parents, and teachers to use in their classrooms. He will be publishing a book on Cyber Bullying later this year. In addition, earlier this year Dr. Cerullo co-authored with learning expert Pat Wyman,”Amazing Grades 101 Best Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster.” Cerullo’s chapter is entitled, “Bullying and How it Affects Academic Achievement.” In March 2013, his latest book, “My Name is David, I have Autism and I was Bullied” will be released. It focuses on children with hidden disabilities and bullying. An ardent advocate of developing safe school programs nationally. Dr. Cerullo continues to inspire many young students, parents, school, and state officials in communities across the country. He is also a champion for underrepresented youth and researches ways to eliminate the academic inequities in their respective classrooms. In 2009, Dr. Cerullo partnered with Dr. John A. Williams, former Dean of Graduate Studies at Cheyney University, to create a new Saturday Academic Academy based in Philadelphia for at-risk students so they could be better prepared for post-secondary education and not drop out of school. Dr. Cerullo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Education at Moravian College. He earned his Master’s degree in Professional Elementary and Secondary Education (with a concentration in Educational Administration) from East Stroudsburg University. Cerullo earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership and Administration from American University. He has continued his professional development, focusing on Education Leadership and Urban Education, at both West Chester University and Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Cerullo served on former Delaware’s Governor Ruth Ann Minner’s Drop Out Prevention Task Force in 2008. He provided leadership as a member of his local School Board of Education from 1998 to 2001 and was elected president of the board in his final year. While a faculty member at West Chester, Dr. Cerullo served on former University President Adler’s Special Interest Group from 2003 to 2006 and was recognized by Dr. Adler with the Star Staff Status in 2007 for his Urban School Improvement work with U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah (D) and Dr. Bill Cosby with the School District of Philadelphia. In 2005, Dr. Cerullo and West Chester University received the Outstanding Service Award in Urban Education from the School District of Philadelphia Board of Education. As Director of the Delaware Mentoring Council, Dr. Cerullo partnered with Mayor James Baker of the City of Wilmington in establishing a new mentoring proclamation, the Wilmington Mentoring Commission in 2009, to help promote youth mentoring and lower the high school dropout rate to all at-risk youth within the City of Wilmington. The participating school districts were: Red Clay, Christina, Colonial, and Brandywine. Dr. Cerullo is currently the Vice-President and President-Elect of the Glen-Riddle Rotary International Club, a member of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, an Associate Member of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologist, the Association for Elementary and Secondary School Principals and the Knights of Columbus (St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Glen. Mills, PA). Dr. Cerullo has appeared on Fox News, ABC, CBS and CNN discussing Bullying and Anti Violence Prevention. Additional information about Dr. Cerullo, and Teach Anti-Bullying, is available online at Dr. Claudio Cerullo View Guest page
Award-winning filmmaker, artist, and actor Bill Cornelius has been creating art since he was old enough to hold a crayon. Coming from a family of various musicians, artists, and performers, Cornelius has inherited a deep-rooted passion for the arts. While spending his childhood in Kentucky, Cornelius was inspired by the cartoons and films of the 1980s, most notably from director Steven Spielberg and renowned American animator Don Bluth. Armed with a VHS camera at age eight, Cornelius decided to try his hand at filmmaking. Since then, he has been involved in the creation of nearly 100 different independent productions taking on a number of different roles such as director, producer, writer, cinematographer, actor, and editor. His work, including the Emmy-nominated "Nashville Rises", has appeared on PBS, FOX, CMT, and GAC, as well as in a variety of festivals around the world. As an actor he has appeared in a variety of independent films as well as stage productions, covering a wide range from comedy, to drama, to voice acting. His unique and continually evolving drawing style has also earned him a number of awards and recognition over the years. In 2005, Cornelius graduated from the Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. Shortly after graduating, he founded the independent production company Lavorsia Pictures Entertainment named after his acclaimed short film "Lavorsia". Over the years Cornelius has become a strong advocate against school bullying and has commenced production on the candid documentary "Hear Me Now" in order to raise awareness and give hope to students dealing with bullying. In the meantime, Cornelius continues to be involved in various productions be it as a director, writer, cinematographer, actor, or all of the above. He hopes to use the storytelling power of film and art to entertain and inspire audiences across the globe. View Guest page
Joe Cowley, President/CEO, Center for Alcohol & Drug Services, Inc Joe was named the CENTER’s President/ CEO in May of 2009. Before being appointed President/ CEO, Joe served in many capacities within the organization since 1986. He is certified as a Family Development Specialist through the University of Iowa, Substance Abuse Counselor for State of Iowa, Graduated 9/03 Iowa Health Leadership Institute, National Board of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Doctoral Addictions Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor, Nationally Certified Addictions Prevention Specialist, and Certified Domestic Violence Counselor IV. He was appointed as the Substance Abuse representative to the Children’s Justice Summit Statewide Council by Iowa Chief Supreme Court Justice, Judge Brent Appel. He’s also served several terms on the Iowa Child Death Review Team and the Iowa Domestic Violence Death Review Team. View Guest page
Alison Kisch Dedrick
Alison has been a teacher for more than 30 years, and has taught all levels, and various subject and disabilities. View Guest page
Thomas Gagliano is a highly motivated successful entrepreneur with a proven track record in small business ventures. While working in the garment industry for the past 25 years, he carved out a leadership position for Quick Bias Binding Inc., a service company in Brooklyn. During that time, Tom also has been a high profile leader in addiction and self-help therapy. He has helped develop unique methods and procedures which have helped numerous institutions and individuals in the greater New York area. Having been featured as a key note speaker at a number of meetings and conferences in New Jersey, Tom has become a regular on the speaking circuit. He added to his business ventures by entering into the real estate market in 2000. He purchased and developed Chazz Realty and also owns T.S. Binding, LLC, a consulting firm. Tom is a graduate of Seton Hall University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Tom also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and is now a Life Coach and Author. Along his path to a better life, Thomas has had opportunities to share his experiences and insights with people from all walks of life. It wasn’t long before he began coaching or sponsoring many of them. The Problem Was Me contains his life story and the story of other men and women who have found a better life using the techniques within the book. They realized they are not evil people who deserve to be punished but rather discouraged people who need help. Some would share Tom’s healing methods with their therapists, many of whom would ask to meet him. His intention in writing this book is to bring those same methods to a broader base. This book will bring hope to anyone – addict or not – who is paralyzed by their wounded past. It will also shed light for family and friends who do not understand how their loved ones can reject happiness and help whenever it is offered. Finally this book will provide some with a blueprint, a blueprint to give their children the loving and healthy messages often denied them. Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheProblemWasMe LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasgagliano Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ThomasGagliano YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/TheProblemWasMe View Guest page
Ramon Guillen, Jr., Esq.
Lead Staff Attorney Organization: B.E.S.T stands for: Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking View Guest page
CURRICULUM VITAE Andrew Hall 1040 E. El Alameda Palm Springs, CA 92262 (714) 234-0084 EDUCATION / CREDENTIALS Juris Doctor Western State University, College of Law, May 1994 Master of Human Resources / Organization Development University of San Francisco, May 1990 Bachelor of Science, Organizational Behavior University of San Francisco, 1987 F.B.I. National Academy Class #204, Spring 2001 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Attorney at Law California State Bar #174772 (1994 – Present) Organizational Development Consultant Assessment, Review and Reform Interim Director of Public Safety City of Hemet, California (June 2011 to April, 2012) Litigation Consultant & Expert Witness (October, 2010 – Present) Chief of Staff California State Senator Lou Correa’s Office (January, 2010 to October, 2010) Chief of Police City of Westminster, California (October, 2002 to January, 2010) Full Service Retirement July, 2009 Continuing contractual employment until January 31, 2010. Interim City Manager (March 31, 2006 to April 1, 2007) Police Officer – Police Captain City of Westminster, California (September 1980 to October, 2002) CAREER HIGHLIGHTS ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Employed by the City of Hemet in June, 2011, under a temporary contract, as Interim Public Safety Director in order to initiate operation of municipal police and fire services under a single department and oversee public safety services through September 13, 2012. Current contract with the State of California to assist in organizational development of the Department of Developmental Services, Office of Protective Services. Current contract with the Orange County Health Care Agency to develop regional police partnerships with mental health clinicians. Worked with Joe Brann, of Joe Brann and Associates, to assess a community college police department and make reform recommendations. http://www.psg.us/team/teambios/joebrannbio.html POLICE CHIEF The Westminster Police Department was recognized with a “Community Policing Award” in 2008, from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, for innovating a police/mental health services partnership. The Westminster Police Department was recognized, along with partner organizations, with a “Community Policing Award” in 2008, from the Orange County Human Relations Commission, for establishing the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. Managed the City’s contract with the Orange County Fire Authority. 1) Completed negotiations to retain continued service from the OCFA. 2) Oversaw emergency transport providers and conducted an RFP process, bidder conferences contract award process. Conducted a needs assessment, oversaw design and broke ground on a new police facility of 92,000 square feet, replacing the previous facility of 30,000 square feet. Managed major incidents, including civil unrest, flooding, and large-scale demonstrations (1999). INTERIM CITY MANAGER Duties included providing leadership, administrative direction and support to all City operating departments; implementation of City Council policy and ensuring effective municipal service delivery to a demographically diverse community. Management of general fund budget of $37 million. Management of special revenue, capital projects, redevelopment and enterprise fund budgets in excess of $50 million. Settled salary contracts with Police and City Hall employees. Oversaw a comprehensive review of administrative positions (citywide) and established preliminary contract terms with Municipal Employees Association. Received the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award in 2006 for Effective Intergovernmental Relations. Resumed full time duties as Police Chief following one year of service as Interim City Manager after recruitment and hiring of a professional City Manager. SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS 2010 Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Secret Service. 2010 Recognized for career service by California Governor, State Senator, State Assembly, Department of Mental Health Services, County of Orange, Westminster School District, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and Victim Advocacy Groups 2009 Nominee: Fifteenth Annual Mental Health Thomas F. Riley Community Service Award. 2008 First Annual Cultural Diversity Award of Recognition by St. Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center. 2008 National Alliance on Mental Illness “Bridge Builder” Award (Police Department). 2008 Human Relations Commission Community Policing Award (Police Department). 2008 Certificate of Congressional Recognition, Leadership Award, from Congressman Ed Royce. 2008 Leadership Award, Federal Executive Board of Greater Los Angeles. 2007 Award of Distinction presented by the Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor’s Association. 2007 Westminster Citizen of the Year for 2006. 2007 Resolution of Commendation by the Westminster City Council for serving in dual role as Police Chief and Interim City Manager. 2005 Appointment to Mental Health Services Act Planning Committee for the County of Orange (2005 to present). 2004 Appointed to the Orange County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council by the Orange County Board of Supervisors (2004 to retirement). 2004 Alumni Pillar of Achievement Award presented by Golden West College Foundation. 2004 Ambassador of Peace Award presented by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County. 2003 Award of Recognition presented by Westminster Council PTA. 2002 Appointed by Attorney General Bill Lockyer (2002 to 2006) to the California Council on Mentally Ill Offenders. 2001 Certificate of Recognition presented by St. Anselm’s Cross-Cultural Community Center. 2000 Certificate of Recognition presented by California Assemblyman Ken Maddox. 1999 Certificate of Recognition presented by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. 1998 Award of Recognition presented by the National Crime Prevention Council. 1997 Award of Recognition presented by the Orange County Refugee Forum. 1997 Liberty Bell Award presented by the Orange County Bar Association. 1995 Westminster Police Officer's Association Supervisor of the Year. 1995 Award of Appreciation by the Women's Transitional Living Center (Shelter). 1995 Community Service Award by the Vietnamese Community of Orange County, Inc. 1995 Community Service Award by Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP). 1995 Resolution of Commendation by the Westminster City Council. 1994 Westminster Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award. 1994 Westminster Police Officer's Association Supervisor of the Year. 1993 Western State University, College of Law, Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Award. 1993 Orange County Human Relations Commission Human Rights Award. 1992 Resolution of Commendation by the Westminster City Council. 1991 Westminster Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award. 1990 Western State University, College of Law: Law Enforcement Scholarship Award. ASSOCIATIONS California Peace Officers' Association California Police Chiefs Association- Associate Member Orange County Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association – Associate Member International Association of Chiefs of Police California Bar Association PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED ADDRESSES Police / Mental Health Partnerships and Community Policing (2008) Dinner speaker at annual awards ceremony sponsored by the Orange County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Progressive Solutions: Collaborating With Law Enforcement (2007) The 2nd Annual Behavioral Health Care Symposium, California Hospital Association, Riverside, CA. Homeland Security and Immigrant / Refugee Communities (2005) 7th National Conference on Preventing Crime, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C. Law Enforcement and Service To Victims (2005) Victims’ Rights Week Conference hosted by Community Services Programs (CSP), Anaheim, CA. Annual Address (2005) Orange County Peace Officer Memorial Services, Santa Ana, CA. Domestic Violence: Reducing the Impact on Children (2004) All Zones Training Conference hosted by the California Attorney General, Sacramento, CA. Law Enforcement’s Response to Human Trafficking (2004) Southern California Human Trafficking Conference, Costa Mesa, CA. Keynote Speaker (2004) Golden West Criminal Justice Training Center, Huntington Beach, CA. Commencement address to a graduating police academy class. Becoming a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate: Focus on the Children (2003) Annual Training. Joint Task Force on Domestic Violence. Fullerton, CA. Domestic Violence and the Effects on Children: Successful Community Collaboration (2003) Orange County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Orange, CA. Law Enforcement & Child Protection (2003) Orange County Probation Domestic Violence Conference, Newport Beach, CA. Community Policing in Immigrant & Refugee Communities (2002) Ninth Annual Refugee Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, San Diego, CA. Improved Child Protection By Improved Community Policing (2002) 14th Annual Conference of Prevent Child Abuse Orange County, Anaheim, CA. What Works? (2002) Tools for the Future Expo: Safe From the Start, Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, CA. Advanced Training in Domestic Violence for Healthcare Providers (2001) California Medical Training Center, Anaheim Memorial Hospital, Anaheim, CA. Child Protection & Community Policing (2001) 13th Annual Conference of Prevent Child Abuse Orange County, Anaheim, CA. Law Enforcement / Community Partnerships: Identification and Referral of At-Risk Youth (2000) Justice For Children, OJJDP National Conference, Washington D.C. Safe From the Start / Regional Forum / Central California (2000) Office of the California Attorney General, Sacramento, CA. Violence Prevention for Children (2000) Drug & Violence Prevention; A Community Policing Workshop for Law Enforcement, National Crime Prevention Council and the Arizona Crime Prevention Association, Phoenix, AZ. Where Is Your Loyalty? (2000) Fifth National Conference on Preventing Crime, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C. Technical Assistance Training (2000) Fargo Police Department, Fargo, North Dakota. Officer training funded by Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and the National Crime Prevention Council. Emerging Issues: Police and Refugee Community Relations (2000) Building Bridges: From Newcomer to Citizen, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota. Social Work and Law Enforcement in Diverse Communities: Preparing for a Generation of Change (2000) All School Day, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. America’s Most Wanted Survival School (2000) Los Angeles, California. Participated in the production and presentation of a special episode of America’s Most Wanted designed to provide viewers with skills on how to best survive a violent assault. Multi-disciplinary Team Approach to Domestic Violence (1999) 1999 Criminal Law Enforcement Conference, Department of the Attorney General, State of Texas, Austin, Texas. Crime Prevention from Immigrant’s Perspective (1999) Fourth National Conference on Preventing Crime, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C. Helping Children Exposed to Violence (1999) Fourth National Conference on Preventing Crime, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C. Violence Prevention for Children (1999) Drug & Violence Prevention; A Community Policing Workshop for Law Enforcement, National Crime Prevention Council and the Department of the Attorney General, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. Stereotypes: Myth or Reality (1999) Sixth Annual Refugee Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Minneapolis, MN. Emerging Issues: Police & Refugee Community Relations (1999) Sixth Annual Refugee Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Minneapolis, MN. Law Enforcement Response to Child Maltreatment (1999) National Institute of Justice, Strategic planning forum hosted by N.I.J. on the development of model policies and procedures for law enforcement officers in the prevention and intervention of child maltreatment. When A Friend Lives With Domestic Violence (1999) Twelfth National Youth Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Denver, Colorado. Working With Refugees to Make Your Community Safer (1999) Twelfth National Youth Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Denver, Colorado. Refugees and Immigrants as Resources (1998) Third National Conference on Preventing Crime, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C. Children Exposed to Violence (1998) Third National Conference on Preventing Crime, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington, D.C. Refugee and Community Partnerships for Crime Prevention (1998) Fifth Annual Refugee Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, St. Louis, Missouri. When A Friend Is A Victim Of Domestic Violence (1998) Eleventh National Youth Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Orlando, Florida. Breaking the Link Between Child Maltreatment and Juvenile Delinquency: America’s Opportunity (1997) Child Welfare League of America, Washington D.C. Domestic Violence & Teen Dating Violence (1997) Orange County Continuation Education Association. Dana Point, CA. Growing Up In Abusive Homes (1997) Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Crime Prevention Council. Des Moines, Iowa. Domestic Violence & Cultural Conditioning (1997) Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Crime Prevention Council. Des Moines, Iowa. Developing Cultural Competence to Engage New Americans (1997) Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Crime Prevention Council. Des Moines, Iowa Policing Immigrant & Refugee Communities (1997) National Weed & Seed Conference, National Institute of Justice, St. Louis, Missouri. Community Outreach Panel (1997) Temple Beth El, Aliso Viejo, CA. Panel discussion with representatives of Nicole Brown Simpson Foundation and victim service providers on innovative approaches to addressing domestic violence. Problem Oriented Policing Conference (1996) Police Executive Research Forum, San Diego, CA. Presentation on multidisciplinary approach to addressing gang violence suppression. National Weed & Seed Conference (1996) National Institute of Justice, Denver, CO. Presentation to police and community leaders on the establishment of successful policing programs in refugee communities. Refugee and Community Partnerships for Crime Prevention (1996) Fourth Annual Refugee Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington D.C. Linking Suppression, Prevention, Intervention and Treatment for a Safer California (1996) California Governor's Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Anaheim, CA. Diversity Training (1995-1996) Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Orange County Sheriff's Department Basic Academy. Technical Assistance Workshop (1995) Third Annual Refugee Crime Prevention Conference, National Crime Prevention Council, Washington D.C. Stop In Your Tracks: Alternatives To Violence (1995) Orange County Human Relations Council, Producer. A youth oriented violence prevention training video. Diversity: Crossing The Line (1994) Bright Productions. A series of videos designed to address the topic of cross cultural communication Gangs: Turning The Corner (1994) Office of the California Attorney General, Producer. Reaching Out: Police and the Gay & Lesbian Community (1993) Orange County Human Relations Council, Producer. PROFESSIONAL TRAINING 1830 Hours of Certified Training: 2010 California Legal Education (MCLE/State Bar of CA) Preparing for Taking and Defending Depositions: Essential Knowledge for the New Lawyer Procuring Preparing Presenting Expert Witnesses Constitutional Anatomy of an ICE Home Raid, Arrest, Detention and Removal Experts and Ethics: Ethically Maximizing the Use of Experts as Witnesses and Consultants How to Find, Research, Retain, and Cross-Examine Expert Witnesses 2009 California Legal Education (MCLE/State Bar of CA) Ethical Considerations in the Practice of California Criminal Law 2008 California Legal Education (MCLE/State Bar of CA) CEQA Essentials Primer on California Unfair Competition Law Ethics in Real Estate Transactions Subprime Real Estate Lending Property Foreclosure Special Issues Land Use Entitlement in a Nutshell Legal Issues Regarding Code Enforcement How to Analyze a Financial Statement Ten Common Ways Financial Statements are Manipulated Ethics in Criminal Prosecutions Retaining and Promoting Women Addressing Substance Abuse and Mental Health Problems 2008 Criminal Intelligence for Executives 2008 Emergency Management Institute ICS Training 2007 Preventing Sexual Harassment and Discrimination (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2007 Orange County Chiefs’ & Sheriff’s Association – Annual Workshop 2007 Public Sector Employment Law Conference (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2007 League of Cities: Mayor and Council Members Academy: Leadership Institute 2005 Orange County Chiefs’ & Sheriff’s Association – Annual Workshop 2005 Ethical Issues for Attorneys Conducting Workplace Investigations (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2005 Ethical Issues for Attorneys in Criminal Prosecution and Defense (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2005 Mental Illness and the Workplace (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2005 Government Code Tort Claims Act (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2005 Public Sector Employment Law Conference (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2004 Orange County Chief’s & Sheriff’s Association – Annual Workshop 2004 Chief Executive Seminar: National Center on Missing and Exploited Children 2003 Orange County Chief’s & Sheriff’s Association – Annual Workshop 2002 California Police Misconduct: Civil Rights Litigation (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2002 Race and the Police (MCLE/State Bar of CA) 2001 F.B.I. 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CDAA denotes California District Attorney’s Association. MCLE denotes Minimum Continuing Legal Education approved by the State Bar of California. View Guest page
Dennis Heinrich is not your typical writer. His writing reflects his service and experiences spanning several careers… as a fireman (24 years), in the combat military (30 years), the owner of several small businesses, and a 4-year stint as a PhD candidate in a large Midwestern research university. He is a uniquely different kind of cat. His writing concerns a culture or ethos of “we only do cool” that engenders exceptional performance exhibited as professionalism. Dennis is a retired Davenport Fire Department firefighter/instructor. He is also retired from the active and reserve combat military as a Chief Master Sergeant. He began his military career during the Vietnam War and retired after serving in Afghanistan in 2002 where he was Chief, Close Air Support Operations Center at Bagram Air Base. You could say he has bookend wars. While serving in the military, Dennis received numerous awards including the Bronze Star for leadership and actions during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His undergraduate education includes Black Hawk College (AAS, AA) and Western Illinois University (BS) where he majored in secondary education. Dennis possesses an Illinois Teaching Certificate with endorsements in: civics, political science, cultural geography, geology, physical geography, sociology, U.S. history, world history, general science, physical science, and social science. Dennis’ graduate and advanced graduate education is from the University of Iowa where he was a PhD Candidate studying and researching organizations, occupations, work, and social psychology. While at the University of Iowa, he was a teaching assistant/instructor for undergraduate students and was the lead research assistant on a two-year project studying governance in high-performance organizational systems. He withdrew from the PhD program in his fourth year to write this book. Dennis was the principal architect and originator of the “we only do cool” philosophy and culture that developed in his military unit in the early 1990s. It is a culture or ethos that engenders exceptional performance at the individual level and optimal performance at the group and organizational levels. His book, Professionalism 101: Optimal Performance Within the Work Organization, is the practitioner's definitive handbook of the unique organizational culture or ethos of "we only do cool." It is the who, what, when, where, and how of professionalism in organizations. To reach for, attain, and sustain exceptional performance at the individual level and optimal performance at the group and organizational levels, requires us to transcend our current concept of "work" and re-orient ourselves and advance a new model of work... "task" work (pivotal and necessary tasks) + "whole person" work (the unique qualities each individual brings to the table) + "professional" work (the 7 dimensions of professionalism) = "TALENT" work. "Professionalism 101" is that missing piece. Links: www.coolwerx.com http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dennis-heinrich/3/293/222 View Guest page
As an award-winning advertising copywriter, Bree Housley has mastered “the voice” of moms, kids, dads and dudes to sell products from Pepsi to mustache wax. Bree always knew she had a passion for entertaining others through the written word, so after graduating with an advertising degree from Iowa State University, she traded in her snowsuit for suntan lotion and attended the widely respected Miami Ad School in Florida. She learned to write snappy TV, print, radio and web ads. She also dabbled in stand-up comedy and realized her small-town childhood made people laugh. Bree spent her early years in advertising at Element79 and then moved on to the world-renowned shop, J. Walter Thompson. She forged out onto the open road of freelance writing in 2009. Along with her sister, Courtnee, Bree wrote a blog, titled Fifty2Resolutions. The blog documented their goal of accomplishing 52 resolutions in 52 weeks. Today, Bree lives in Chicago with her husband Eric. After a decade of crafting product-focused copy, she is thrilled to write in her own voice about a subject that means the world to her. View Guest page
Lisa Cypers Kamen
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA Founder, Harvesting Happiness Executive Director, Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ Lisa Cypers Kamen is a filmmaker, positive psychology coach, author, host of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio, professor and lecturer specializing in the field of sustainable happiness. She is widely recognized as an expert on the subject. Lisa’s acclaimed documentary film co-produced with her now fifteen year-old daughter, Kayla, “H-Factor…Where is your heart?” explores how people in varied circumstances find, generate and share happiness. In addition to her film on happiness, Lisa has also published a number of articles and books entitled, Got Happiness Now?, Are We Happy Yet?, Leadership: Helping Others to Succeed and Reintegration Strategies, about combat trauma and using positive psychology principles to create wellness in a post-war new normal. Lisa’s written work is featured on blogs for the Huffington Post, PositivelyPositive.com and InspireMeToday.com. In addition, she is the Happiness Expert for the Florida Department of Citrus/ Florida Orange Juice in its Take on the Day campaign. Harvesting Happiness for Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that delivers stigma-free integrated combat trauma recovery services to warriors and their loved ones. Modalities include scientifically proven strengths based Positive Psychology coaching and interdisciplinary tools such as film, yoga, meditation, art and creative writing designed to mindfully empower the client to achieve increased self-mastery, self-esteem and reclaim her/his life. HH4Heroes focuses on the balance of mind, body and emotion resulting in greater overall wellbeing and the transformation of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). HH4Heroes offers retreat workshops, one-on-one coaching, Battle Buddy programs, as well as our new R.E.B.O.O.T Online virtual community coaching classrooms designed to reach underserved areas. In addition, HH4Heroes deploys Return to Duty™ civilian and corporate training to help welcome a warrior home and into the community and workplace. Lisa is committed to teaching Happiness is an inside job™ and helping others end their needless suffering through intentionally cultivating greater joy. www.HH4Heroes.org www.HarvestingHappiness.com www.HarvestingHappinessTalkRadio.com Facebook: Harvesting Happiness Twitter: @LisaKamen View Guest page
Tom Kellogg received his BA in English from California State University, Fresno, and has taught English, including AP English Language, Expository Reading and Writing, Literature and Composition, for more than 18 years to 6th through 12th grade students as well as second Language learners. After serving in the US Navy, Tom returned to college and obtained his teaching credential. Tom taught in Los Angeles Unified and Fresno Unified School Districts before returning to Tulare Union, his alma mater, where he graduated in 1978. Tom was recognized nationally for his creativity and success in the classroom in 2006 when he was nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award. In addition to his work as a classroom teacher at Tulare Union, he has been a WASC committee team leader, class and club advisor, as well as a member of the school site council, technology committee and intervention team. Tom has also served as a Master Teacher for USC, CSU Fresno, Chapman and National Universities, Fresno Pacific University and BARD College. As a mentor teacher, Tom has been instrumental training teachers to design and align curriculum to state standards as well as guiding their careers toward student support services by being a true advocate for students. In addition to his rich professional life, Tom enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time his family. View Guest page
Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore
Dr. Kennedy-Moore is the co-author of two books for parents, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship, and author of an award-winning children's book, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister. She serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine and blogs about children's friendships on PsychologyToday.com. Links: www.EileenKennedyMoore.com www.psychologytoday.com/blog/Growing-Friendships View Guest page
Faisal Khattak is the world’s only anti-bullying communications advisor and a graduate from Baron Mastery Authentic Speakers Academy for Leadership. He is also Licensed Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a Certified Hypnotherapist, and the author of the upcoming book entitled “The Bully Mind”. As a victim of childhood bullying himself, Faisal wants to put a stop to bullying once and for all and help those kids who feel the same way he did as a child in Pakistan when he was bullied and molested at age five. He lost his confidence and voice. And he desperately wished he had someone to talk to. But there was no one to help and he continued to be bullied all through his school years. Faisal wants to be the voice for all those kids who are raped and teased every day. He feels strongly that no child has to feel helpless and alone. He learned the hard way how important it is to build bridges and repair any gaps or disconnects in communication between parents and their children and now he is actively helping families faced with bullying. Faisal lives with his wife and two young daughters in New Westminster, British Columbia. He previously lived in Oklahoma where he studied computer science and opened and operated several successful small businesses. View Guest page
Geof Kirby grew up in Florida, where he was bullied and picked on almost every year of school. At the age of 13 he moved to Tennessee, hoping for a fresh start in a place where no one knew who he was. However, things continued to get worse all the way to his Junior year of high school, when he decided that the only way to fix things was to take his own life. The attempt failed, but things continued to get worse. Struggling with depression and mental instability, self-harming began to take hold, ruling his life. It would be another two years of this struggle before he would finally find the freedom to move on and live in forgiveness. Five years out from finding freedom, he connected with Bill Cornelius, director of "Hear Me Now", and became involved with the project, hoping that in telling his story, others would find hope to stand up and continue fighting back against bullying and the damage it does. He currently lives in Franklin, TN with his wife and daughter. View Guest page
Bruce LeBlanc The most reverend doctor http://www.transformationalcatholicchurch.com View Guest page
Kylla Leeburg, a grassroots activist, co-founded Chapter 61 Ministries -- the originator of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) – with five other women in 2007. When TAT became its own 501c3 organization in 2011, Ms. Leeburg was named national social media coordinator. In that capacity, she handles Facebook, Twitter and YouTube activity for the organization, raises awareness about human trafficking at national trucking shows and abolitionist conferences, and participates in operational decision-making for TAT. In addition to her human trafficking work, she has authored a book called My Life Crazy about her missionary experiences working with gangs in El Salvador in the mid-1990s and, in 2011, was named district teacher of the year in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where she taught high school US history. She currently works for Broken Arrow Public Schools as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator. View Guest page
The record-setting place kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, Nick Lowery has dedicated his post NFL energies to charitable and public service, with a focus on youth. He served three Presidents (Reagan, Bush, Clinton) in this capacity, and is the only non-Indian founding director of the National Foundation for American Indian Education. In 1996 the Nick Lowery Foundation was founded to help disadvantaged youth by developing, promoting, and sponsoring programs and relationships that foster self-esteem, leadership qualities and skills and encourage youth to be positive assets to their communities. This year the Nick Lowery Foundation’s the Image 100 Faces Fundraising event has partnered with the top anti-bullying efforts in Arizona to inspire change and awareness. The event takes place on April 4th. Lowery has a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth and a MPA from Harvard University, the first pro athlete to graduate from there. In 2009, he was inducted into the Kansas City Chief’s Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his charity work. View Guest page
Brian Mengini is a father of two and professional photographer. Best known for his dance photography, Brian's work has been published internationally. Often, Mengini will create photo series with social commentary such as abuse (Break the Silence), cancer (empoweredME) fallen military (Angels of Freedom). He has also created series for the special needs communities - Portraits of a Disorder for those diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and his current series, A Fathers Love which celebrates those fathers who step up and champion for their children. Website: bmengini.com Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/brianmenginiphotography https://www.facebook.com/AFathersLuv View Guest page
Betsy Otter Thompson
Betsy's work has always gravitated toward the media. A Philadelphia native with a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for WFIL radio in Philadelphia, and from there went to radio stations WPEN and WFLN. After that, she became a commercial print model and acted in television commercials in Philadelphia and New York. From 1987 to 1999, she worked in Los Angeles at the motion picture and television company Castle Rock Entertainment as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. In August ‘99, she followed her boss to Warner Bros. and became his Executive Assistant, as he assumed the position of President and COO, and stayed until she retired in 2005. Betsy is now writing full time. View Guest page
I was born July 24th, 1948 in a small Southwestern Michigan town. I am a high school graduate and have an associate’s degree in an applied science. I am a disabled American veteran, retired government worker and published author. Both of my parents are deceased and I have one sister that’s living. What I am going to tell you are the life and death events in my life that led up to my passion for sharing how powerful the action of forgiveness is. At the age of five in 1954--I was at a summer swimming class at a public beach near the town where I lived. I decided to jump off the diving platform at the edge of the beach just like the big boys were doing. The problem was--I couldn’t swim. I immediately sank like a rock straight down into thirty feet of lake water off one side of the platform. I started swallowing water as I clawed my way back up to the surface but couldn’t reach the platforms ladder. At this time I was too weak to do anything and sank down into the water for the last time. As I sank I watched the surface of the water getting farther and farther away. I saw the last of the air in my lungs bubbling up above me. Everything went from light, to gray, to black silence. I closed my eyes for the last time. Since time stopped at that point I had no idea how long I was down there in the water. I want to interject here that I did talk with the lifeguard at my father’s funeral in 1985. After I thanked him for saving my life I asked him what I was like when he pulled me from the water. He said I wasn’t moving or breathing and that I had turned purple. What happened next to me in that thirty feet of water was definitely spiritual. I know people would probably argue with me on this one but no matter if you believe in him or not I know God met me down there. No, not angels or demons or spirit guides—but god in his spiritual form. I have never felt so much love and joy and peace as I did then in all the years I have been in this world. I didn’t want to leave his presence. But, I believe God had other plans for me and gave me back my life. All of a sudden I gasped, my eyes flew open and I started coughing up lake water. I had a migraine-like headache because of the lack of oxygen to my brain, and I was so weak I couldn’t get up from the face down position I was in. The life guard who obviously resuscitated me—carried me into shallow water and sat me down in it. A wise decision, otherwise I probably would have been terrified of it today. I immediately buried the trauma from that incident deep inside my mind. Later I found out that the city had closed that beach because someone else had drowned in the same spot I did—that person didn’t survive. Life went along somewhat normally until I was ten years old. I was riding to school one day in 1959 on my bike and was turning into the school’s driveway when I was hit by a 4200 pound car going fifty miles per hour in a twenty-five miles per hour school zone. After he had hit me the driver skid his car 110 feet beyond where he hit me. That’s how the police estimated how fast he was going. The impact threw me and what was left of my bike twenty to thirty feet across the school’s gravel driveway. My left shoe was torn off and my left pants leg was shredded and shoved up to my left hip. The skin on my left leg was torn and bloody and dirt and gravel ground into it. When I was hit all I remember was seeing a flash of chrome and that’s all until I came to all tangled up in what was left of my bike. I thought about it later and I guess my ten-year-old mind couldn’t comprehend what was going on because everything happened so fast. It must have been so traumatized (I did not hit my head on anything nor was it injured at that time) that it shut down and I became unconscious. That was a miracle in itself because if I hadn’t I could have frozen up and had all kinds of bone fractures. The police did not ticket the driver because according to him, I didn’t hand signal that I was going to turn. Between the ages of ten and eleven I was molested by a teenage boy. I immediately buried the trauma from that incident in my mind. Also, I didn’t dare tell my parents, especially my father. I knew—because of the strained relationship I had with him, he would have ostracized me in some way. Even my sister doesn’t know what happened to this day. Later after I graduated from high school in 1967—my draft number came up. Instead of being drafted into the army I enlisted in the air force and ended up in South East Asia on an air base. One day in 1968 I was assigned guard duty near the end of the runway at one of its entrances. A fully loaded air-to-air refueling plane took off with its nose landing gear on fire. At the end of the runway nearby to where I was, its left wing dipped and hit the concrete landing light supports. As a result all 94,000 gallons of jet fuel exploded in a huge fireball, instantly killing all but one of the crew members who died a few hours later. I was a little over a block away from the explosion. It was a miracle I lived through that one with all the pieces of plane flying around. Again I buried the trauma. On the same base a big fire came too close to the Charlie (guard tower) I was in. They ordered me to stay in the tower. I wanted to run—but I didn’t, I obeyed and stayed. All this time five-ton tractor trucks were pulling fully loaded trailers with bomb racks full of five hundred pound bombs quickly away from the area where the fire was—they didn’t have any air brakes connected up to the trailers because they had no time to hook them up. Some of the bomb racks almost tipped off the trailers they were on. I was also exposed to herbicides and got PTSD as a result of being stationed on this base resulting in more trauma. In 1969 I received a blunt force blow to the right side of my head by another serviceman—all over a mistaken identity on his part. As a result I suffered and still suffer from TBI or traumatic brain injury as a result of that one instance in time. In 1971 I left the air force and got a job at a printing plant. Later in 2001 I had two heart attacks back to back with blood pressures of 370/280. The ER doctor said it was a miracle that I didn’t blow out some blood vessels in my head. The hospital should have kept me after the first attack but they didn’t. They just sent me home with some kind of blood pressure medication. After the second one they did and discovered blockage in my heart. My family MD said they should have discovered the problem with the MRI they gave me in February of that same year (my heart attacks were in November) and apologized that they didn’t catch it in time. In Summary: I could have held a grudge against the lifeguard and not forgiven him even though he had saved my life, because of the time he took just to get to me out of the water. I could have had a grudge against the driver who hit me on my bike and not forgiven him. I could have not forgiven the teenage boy who molested me or the government for putting me in the situations I was in or the hospital and doctors for not being more responsible—or the serviceman who hit me over the head. But I eventually did. What all of these people and organizations did to me or didn’t do was wrong and hurtful in various ways. I had a right to be angry at them for what they did to me. What I didn’t have was the right to stay that way, because the anger and the stress from it would have eventually destroyed me. When I forgave them it broke the cycle of evil that held me prisoner in my own mind and started the healing process for me. A process that is ongoing because I have had to get professional help to work through the trauma. The hurtful memories will come and go and yes they will be as bothersome as walking with a pebble in my shoe—but that doesn’t bother me that much, because I am learning to walk regardless of the pebble. Because you see, the forgiveness was not so much for them as it was for me. View Guest page
First you must find COURAGE, then you must accept CHANGE, now you are ready to NETWORK, but always know OBSTACLES will come along during your JOURNEY TO SUCCESS. These aren’t just pretty words, but the mantra that Darrick Rizzo has learned to live by. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Darrick overcame obstacles at a young age: the sudden, senseless death of his sister and his heart-wrenching decision as a freshman in college to give his son up for Open Adoption. Now a successful businessman, father, mentor and community leader, Darrick pays it forward by speaking out and motivating others in such topics as Peer Pressure, Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling, Adoption, Networking, Anger Management and more. As the CEO of Rizzo Production Recruiting, Darrick has helped thousands of high school athletes get recruited. He is known across the country as a defensive specialist, a basketball trainer who teaches players the correct way to shut down opponents. SLAM Magazine calls him the "Koby Bryant stopper” for his #1 selling DVD with Nike Championship Productions. Darrick is also the CEO of PA Sports Live and the founder of D'EM UP Basketball. He is active in his church and a leader in his community, volunteering his time to coach and mentor youth. He also works as a Community Specialist for Drug, Alcohol and Gambling prevention services. In his dramatic new book, The Open Adoption: A Birth Father’s Story, Darrick tells a tale of hope, loss and faith when, at age eighteen, he gave up his son in an Open Adoption that turned out to be anything but open. Since then, Darrick has found inspiration in his son, along with perseverance and faith in God. The Open Adoption: A Birth Father’s Story, will be available soon with a forward by Michael Oher, NFL Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and featured in the film,The Blind Side. To book Darrick Rizzo for keynote speeches, lectures or workshops contact Elsa S. Jimenez at 570 322-3298. View Guest page
Registered nurse since 1976 Bachelors in Nursing 1980 university of Illinois Certificate in Nurse Midwifery 1997 Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing Masters in Nursing 1998 Case Western Reserve University Primary positions held in women's health either as staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, nurse supervisor, nursing 13 years as nurse midwife with birthing privileges at local hospitals. Recent leadership experience as surgical unit nurse manager Currently in a nursing faculty position at St Ambrose University. View Guest page
Cress’s passion is to assist people on their journey to wholeness. Cress began her training in Reiki in 1994 in Vancouver. She loved the experience and continued to study to become a Reiki Master in England in 1999, her home country. In 2002 she was introduced to Bodytalk and after a few sessions, her life long allergies and digestive issues had disappeared. She fell in love with it and became a Certified Bodytalk Practitioner in 2004 .She continued her studies and in 2008 became a Certified Bodytalk Access Instructor. She has since taught in a local wellness College and teaches classes around Canada. View Guest page
Carolyn Vanzlow Born August 23, 1949 Carolyn has been involved in healthcare all of her life. Having struggled with her own issues, an eating disorder, severe back pain and debilitation, and eventually heart disease, Carolyn has developed great passion for helping others overcome their challenges. One of her favorite sayings;' "You don't have to be your diagnosis". Carolyn is a Level 4 Chek Practitioner, Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor, and currently completing the Egoscue Program. Her specialties are pain control, exercise prescription, weight loss, and wellness. If you are stuck and in a rut, Carolyn Vanzlow can show you how to pull yourself up and out and become healthy, happy and fit. Carolyn Vanzlow www,carolynvanzlow.com CHEK Practitioner Level IV Holistic Lifestyle Coach Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor 702.354.8269 CHECK OUT MY ARTICLES www.vegasscenemagazine.com View Guest page
Teri Voyna RN, BSN
Teri Voyna RN, BSN is a registered nurse specializing in intensive care. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nursing at a local university. Teri and her wife, Kris, have been a couple since January of 2000 and were legally married in Iowa in 2009. Teri and Kris have spent the last year and a half trying to conceive thru advanced fertility methods (IVF, IUI). Teri will talk about the difficulties in conceiving, the emotions involved, the massive cost, and why they chose conception over adoption. View Guest page
Edel Walsh is in the business of love. After years of struggle in love relationships, Edel decided to learn how to do love well and help others to do it too. She became a Registered Professional Counsellor and Certified Coach in order to better help clients end the cycle of pain in their intimate relationships and start to enjoy the healing gifts of love done well. Edel took specialized training in relationship counselling so that she could work with both singles and couples, helping to stop the hurt in intimate relationships. Edel’s clients are committed to changing how they show up in love. They want to be: • Skilled at communicating their needs and wants • Accountable for their part in unhealthy relationship patterns • Emotionally available to love and be loved Her life’s vision is to educate the world on what love really is and how to do it well. You can find Edel at: www.LoveDoneWell.com www.Facebook.com/LoveDoneWell https://twitter.com/Love_Done_Well Skype @LoveDoneWell Email Edel at Edel@LoveDoneWell.com or call her at 604 628 8554 View Guest page
Julie Ziglar Norman
Julie Ziglar Norman shared the Get Motivated platform with her legendary father, motivational icon Zig Ziglar, for several years before becoming the dynamic, disarming and refreshingly transparent inspirational speaker and author she is today. She is comfortable speaking to a small group of 25 or a venue of 25,000. Her unique experience of being raised by the motivators’ motivator has given her a perspective on life and work that keeps her audiences laughing, crying and taking notes. Continuing her father’s Legacy of Encouragement is an honor and a privilege that Julie never expected or sought but her willingness to accept the challenge is inspiring audiences in America and abroad. Her vibrant style of delivery, her honest and transparent assessment of life, and her willingness to share intimate details of personal failures, as well as personal triumphs, has made her a popular crowd favorite. As her famous father once did, Julie has shared the platform with greats like General Colin Powell, Rudy Giuliani, President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Dr. Robert Schuller, Joe Montana, Lou Holtz, Steve Forbes, Sarah Palin, Goldie Hawn, Bill Cosby and many others. Julie served as her father’s editor for almost 20 years and is a winner of the coveted Guideposts Writers Workshop contest. Her background in sales, business management, and the service industry, as well as her experience as a wife, mother, step-parent and grandmother, enable her to relate well to just about everyone! Her book, published by Guideposts Books, Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope, is helping men and women get past their past and become the person God always intended for them to be. Julie lives in the sleepy little town of Alvord, Texas with her beloved husband of 29 years, Jim Norman. They have four children, twelve grandchildren, one great grandson, three rescued cats, four rescued dogs and two on purpose horses. Hobbies – Julie is an amateur Herpetologist and is proud to have been the first female non-academic President of the Texas Herpetological Society; the oldest and largest Herpetological Society in America. Her love of reptiles and amphibians was spawned in the swamp across the street from her childhood home in Columbia, S.C. Julie is also a life time horseback rider and bookaholic. View Guest page