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Don Anderson has served the sporting fraternity in Jamaica and the Caribbean for over thirty years in various administrative and management positions. He served as the President of the Jamaica Men’s Field Hockey Association between 1979 and 1983, was elected the 2 Vice President of the Jamaica Olympic Association in 1981, a position he held until he was elected the 1 Vice President of the JOA in 1997, serving until 2013 in that capacity. He has held managerial positions for Jamaica at the last seven Olympic Games from Seoul in 1988 through to London in 2012, serving as the Chef de Mission for the Jamaica team to the last five Olympic Games. In this capacity he worked with Usain Bolt in the Athens, Beijing and London Games and several other top athletes.
He is currently the Chairman of the Government’s Institute of Sports, appointed by the Prime Minister, a member of the National Council on Sports, chaired by the Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Government’s Capacity Building and Infrastructure Committee charged with the responsibility of spearheading the establishment of the National Sports Museum of Jamaica. Ground for this museum is expected to be broken soon.
Patrick Sullivan is the chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. He works with the NSTA board of directors to set the long-term strategy for tourism and deliver sustainable growth for the industry.
Patrick has been General Manager and President for both start-up and large organizations, including Indigo.ca, Toronto.com and Workopolis.com. He has also worked for Procter and Gamble, McCain Food Ltd., Moosehead Breweries Ltd., and Upper Canada Brewing Company, specializing in marketing and digital marketing.
Patrick enjoys running and has participated in a number of marathons. In October of 2011, he completed a 250 km run across the Sahara Desert, helping to raise over $100,000 for the National Advertising Benevolent Association. Accepting a tourism industry challenge, he recently participated in the 2013 Blue Nose Marathon.
Sgt. Craig Marshall Smith is a 18th year veteran of Canada's national police force the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is a descendant of both Black Loyalists who came to Nova Scotia from the USA in 1784 and Black Refugees of the War of 1812.
Craig is also an author and historian on African Canadian achievements and the journey of Black men and women who serve in the RCMP.
Professional golfer and educator Renee Powell is one of only six rican American women to ever play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. She is the first woman of color to be elected to membership in the PGA of America.
She is the daughter of the late William Powell, the only African-American to design, build, own, and operate a golf course in the United States. Mr. Powell was inducted posthumously March 12, 2013, into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Jamie Leno Zimron Sensei- (Master Instructor) is the creator of KiAi Golf and The KiAi Way Inc. and is a pioneer in providing holistic trainings for peak performance on all the playing fields of life: business, family, health, spirituality, the arts, sports – and of course the golf course. Jamie is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional, 5th Degree Aikido Black Belt, Somatic Psychologist, Mind-Body Fitness Trainer, Corporate Speaker, and international Citizen’s Diplomat. She was a state and national junior golf champion, and as a senior player has won a number of pro titles and gold medals (in the Maccabiah Games, international Jewish Olympics).
Cleo Hearn-was the first African American to win calf roping event at Major Rodeo –– 1970 Denver National Western, and he was Rodeo participant at all major stock shows through out the United States and for
37 consecutive years a rodeo participant at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
Cleo retired after 33 year career at Ford Motor Company and currently he is a Rodeo Advisor Manager for Gold Buckle Network
He is a member of the following organizations: Rodeo Producer, Cowboys of Color Rodeo Tour, Texas Black Rodeo PRCA Member –– Calf Roper, Member PRCA since 1959, John F. Kennedy Presidential Honor Guard, Boy Scouts of America, Long Star High School Rodeo Association, Southwest Colored Cowboys Association, Established American Black Cowboy Association in 1971,United States Calf Roping Association, Cowboys Calf Roper Association, Old Timers Rodeo Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cowboys of Color Museum Hall of Fame, Tennessee Walking Horse Association.
Paul Cobb grew up in West Oakland and attended Howard University and spent time in the southern Civil Rights Movement, then returned to the Bay Area and was a founding member of the Donald Warden's Afro-American Association (Maulana Ron Karenga was the Los Angeles representative), the organization that gave birth to the Black Panthers (Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, et al) and the west coast Black Arts Movement (Marvin X). Paul established OCCUR, a social activist organization that fought for jobs on state highway projects. Paul went to jail protesting the non-hiring of Blacks. He also went to jail demanding the Oakland Public Schools hire a black superintendent, which it eventually did, Marcus Foster (assassinated by the SLA) and later hired Dr. Ruth Love. Paul worked at the Oakland Post, Oakland Tribune and served on the School Board. He eventually bought the Oakland Post and eventually hired Chauncey Bailey as editor.
Dr.Mary Ann Jones has over twenty years of knowledge and experience as a clinician and administrator in senior management positions. She became interested in healthcare management and advocacy through her work in the San Francisco Department of Public Health AIDS Office in the late 1980’s. From there she would go on to work as a research assistant at the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco on the first AZT study with pregnant women; the Family Addiction Center for Education and Treatment with pregnant women addicted to crack and heroin; and, the Bayview Hunter’s Point Alice Griffith Crack Cocaine Program.
Ricki Stevenson has served as creative thinker, lead guide and CEO of Black Paris Tours since its inception in 1998. Stevenson, a native of Oakland, California, is a former New York and Bay Area TV/Radio news anchor/reporter and talk show host. Ricki holds the distinction of having worked as a United Nations radio correspondent and as one of the first Black international travel reporters. She holds a master's degree in education and history from Stanford University, with an emphasis on African and African American history. Stevenson says her dream of living in Paris began when her Mother, a former dancer, took her to see Josephine Baker perform when she was three years old. Over the years, her dream was fueled by interviews with some of the famous who fled racism in the US to live or spend time in Paris: Ray Charles, Earth Kitt, artist Lois Mailou Jones and choreographer, Geoffrey Holder. The idea for Black Paris Tours grew out of that dream and her six years work as an international travel reporter.
Beverly Cox site manager for the Black Loyalist Heritage Society was living in Shelburne and raising her first daughter. One day, some community members approached her about the importance of Birchtown and keeping their history alive. Thus began an over-20-year relationship with the BLHS. Cox has many roles as Site Manager. She runs the site, hires summer staff and interpretive guides, makes sure the location is in impeccable shape, and ensures that visitors thoroughly enjoy their experience. Cox is also involved in fundraising for the interpretive centre and is the centre’s project manager. Of all of her roles, she loves the ones that let her interact with people the most. “I really enjoy meeting new people … So that’s my favourite part – giving our tour and partnering with other organizations to highlight our African Nova Scotian history.”
Dr.George Stewart is an Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who has worked with traumatized foster youth for 30+ years. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Medical School, he initially completed his training in Family Medicine at the University of Washington and at UCSF. He then worked as a Family Physician for several years in an impoverished barrio near San Jose, California. He returned to complete his training in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UC Davis.
Working with Seneca Family of Agencies, a large non-profit providing a variety of mental health services to youth and their families, in various treatment settings in Northern California, he was able to observe repeatedly the overuse of medications with traumatized youth who had behavior problems. He spent much more time tapering youth off of medications than he did prescribing them.
He is extremely pleased that the Mercury News' Series on "Medicating Our Youth" is attracting a lot of attention to a long-neglected population.
D'Anthony was born in 1995 in Oakland, California and is a foster home youth and will share with us his experiences in foster care. He likes making beats and his favorite producer is DJ Mustard. D'Anthony says he "enjoys breathing and waking up every day and thinking God he's alive."
Guests: Investigative Reporter Karen de SA, and Dr. George Stewart Psychiatrist.
For the past four months, the Bay Area News Group has been documenting the alarming use of psychiatric medications in California's foster care system -- and the impact on thousands of vulnerable kids who suffer the consequences.
Here, in Part 5 of our investigative series "Drugging Our Kids," we present a documentary video that gives voice to many of these young people, who say they were silenced during their youth by the powerful drugs.
From Los Angeles to the Bay Area to Humboldt County, reporter Karen de Sá and photographer Dai Sugano interviewed more than 175 people, including dozens of current and former foster youth who were frequently moved and heavily medicated by a system that struggled to manage their complicated childhoods.
Now, there's a growing call for change among former foster youth, psychiatrists, public health nurses and youth advocates. The stories of lost childhoods and remarkable resilience provide compelling lessons on how California can better address their trauma and stop "Drugging Our Kids."
Maisha Hazzard, Ph.D. is an innovative educator, behavior change communication specialist, speech writer, and media consultant. She holds advanced degrees in Communication (Ph.D.); Transpersonal Psychology (Ph.D.); Behavioral Science (M.A.); and Counseling (M.S.C.). Further studies have included International Studies, Telecommunications, Comparative Literature, Cross Cultural Education, Information Science, Neuroscience, and Metaphysics at various universities and institutes in the United States and West Africa. She spent more than 25 years as a university professor and international consultant and more than 25 simultaneous years writing, directing, performing, and producing in performing arts and media arts programs on five continents.Maisha Hazzard is an award-winning radio producer who has trained writers, producers, and media consultants from more than 30 countries. She has taught and/or performed in Canada, France, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and South Africa. Dr. Hazzard has served as a consultant to elected officials in the United States and heads of state in countries in the Caribbean and Southern Africa. She has lectured and taught at Ohio University, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), University of Toledo, University of Guyana, University of the West Indies (Mona), Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, California State University at Northridge, and Philander Smith College (Little Rock, AR). She has conducted training programs for Voice of America, USAID, South African Parliament, BUSH Radio-South Africa, and World Health Organization.
Currently, Maisha Hazzard conducts workshops in school districts and spiritual communities on the brain/heart and learning, power of our subconscious mind, emotional intelligence and emotional healing, strategic intuition, ecumenical cooperation and spiritual activism