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Speakers from 2014
Eva A. Bowman
Skier, hiker, risk taker, happy entrepreneur, traveler. Founder of BOLD Growth, Inc. leadership coaching firm, and blogger at evabowman.com
Eva Bowman founded BOLD Growth, Inc., a Leadership Coaching firm, & blogs on self-leadership, fearlessness, and resilience at evabowman.com. Boeing, Raytheon, & The City of Hope endorse her leadership techniques as unique and immediately useful. Eva was Virginia Tech’s first Fulbright Scholar & attended graduate school in Germany. After a career in engineering and business development and after teaching for UCLA, Eva now coaches business owners and leaders. Eva is a skier, a horseback rider, risk taker, entrepreneur, and traveler. Her favorite trip was trekking to the mountains of Uganda to sit three feet from endangered mountain gorillas.
Eva BowmanBOLD Growth, Inc.
Harry DeLorme is Senior Curator of Education for Telfair Museums where he created and curates the annual PULSE Art and Technology Festival.
Harry DeLorme is a curator, educator and visual artist with over 25 years’ experience in museums. DeLorme holds BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Georgia, Athens. As Senior Curator of Education for Telfair Museums, he has developed lectures, film series, festivals, family programs, and an interactive family gallery. DeLorme has curated many exhibitions on topics ranging from self-taught art to videogames. He created and curates Telfair’s annual PULSE Art and Technology Festival, one of only a few festivals of its kind in the U.S. DeLorme also taught studio art on the university level and is active as a visual artist.
Harry DeLormeTelfair Museums
Mike English is a community bank exec and serves on the boards of three nonprofits. He is a former Marine and weekend blues guitarist.
Mike English is a native of Swainsboro, GA. He picked up the guitar at 15 and by age 18 was gigging with southern rock bands in south Georgia juke joints. After graduating from Georgia Southern in 1993 Mike moved to Atlanta and started a successful banking career. He came to Savannah in 2006 and joined Queensborough National Bank as market executive in 2007. He is on the boards of Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy, Ogeechee Riverkeeper and is past chair of the US Green Building Council Savannah. Married to Ashley for 15 years, he has two daughters. Still playing and writing music, Mike formed the Missionary Blues Band in 2013.
Mike EnglishQueensborough National Bank and Trust
Rae Abney is a 50 something grandmother, advertising salesperson and harmonica player extraordinaire.
Born in Macon GA, Rae Abney started playing music at a very early age and has never stopped. She is a 50 something mother of two and has 5 grandchildren. A multi-instrumentalist and fixture on the Macon area music scene, she has played with a number of blues and southern rock bands over the years. She made the move to Savannah in October 2013. Her harmonica playing wows the crowds when she regularly performs with the Missionary Blues Band and various other musicians in Savannah. Rae has worked as a graphic artist and has sold advertising for print, radio and TV and is presently employed as an advertising consultant for Morris Media.
Rachelle AbneyMorris Media
Renowned Jazz saxophonist Jody Espina is founder and president of JodyJazz Inc, the premier saxophone mouthpiece manufacturer in the world.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1983, Jody Espina, performed and taught music in Barcelona, Spain and then toured the United States with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra before settling in New York City in 1985. For the next twenty years, Espina pursued a successful career performing, recording and teaching music, including Broadway shows, recording movie sound tracks and as the head of the Jazz Department for The Hoff-Barthelson Music School. In 2000, Espina founded JodyJazz Inc. which has become one of the premier saxophone mouthpiece companies in the world with sales in excess of one million dollars.
Jody EspinaJodyJazz Inc.
Melanie Florencio is a computer lab instructor at Beaufort County Library. She's a SCAD grad, illustrator and adjunct for Beaufort colleges.
Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital media lab instructor, adjunct art professor, and comic illustrator. She studied Sequential Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design for her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Post graduation in 2011, she taught art and design at two Charleston colleges while freelancing comic book projects. Currently, Melanie enjoys sharing her artistic knowledge and talents with the Beaufort County, SC community through demonstrations, workshops, and lectures for the public library system as well as adjuncting art classes online for the local colleges.
Melanie FlorencioBeaufort County Library
Rex Gale, National Account Director at BlueCross BlueShield of SC, advises organizations on improving individual and organizational health.
Rex Gale, National Account Director of Sales with BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, advises organizations on improving individual and organizational health. A former Vice President Corporate HR and Managing Consultant, Rex has worked with many of the world’s most successful and admired companies to understand what drives human decisions related to health, wealth and performance, and designs programs that help people achieve optimum levels of health, wealth, and life. Rex is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national conferences, and graduated as the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipient from the University of South Carolina.
Rex GaleBlueCross BlueShield of SC
Originally from Indiana, Kolby Harrell is a youth advocate, teacher, writer, and Fellowship Community Organizer at Deep Center, Inc.
Originally from a small Indiana town, Kolby Harrell considers a 40-day, 7,500-mile road trip visiting the country’s National Parks one of his most impressive feats. He later landed in Savannah, where he volunteers to teach creative writing workshops and serves as Fellowship Community Organizer at Deep - a youth literacy nonprofit. He also teaches reading and writing enrichment programs at East Broad K-8 and subs in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. As a poet and spoken word artist, Kolby is active in Savannah’s literary community. He is a collector of vinyls, a lover of book swaps, and a graduate of Indiana University.
Kolby HarrellDeep Center, Inc.
Kevin uses urban design to make our lives more enjoyable and create wealth. His book Why I Walk is available in July.
For twenty years Kevin has worked as an urban designer, using the various skills of design, planning and zoning to create walkable communities. He’s worked for developers, cities and not-for-profits in 27 states to create environments that are sustainable and sociable. Since coming to Savannah in 2010 he’s written a book, Why I Walk (available in July) and started Share Savannah, a car sharing company. Kevin loves to talk about anything related to cities, design and planning and to speculate on the future. He also has a lot of fun playing bar trivia with his lovely wife, Jamie.
Kevin KlinkenbergK2 Urban Design
Taught Pediatric Nsg, at UVA, Emory & Armstrong; Founder, Hospice Savannah’s Storykeeping Program; part of “Organizational Story”
Dottie taught Pediatric Nursing at UVA, Emory and Armstrong. In 2001, she founded Hospice Savannah’s Storykeeping Program. Patients and loved ones praise the program. Georgia Medical Assoc awarded her their Innovator in Medicine in 2004. She has spoken at State and National Nursing/Hospice conferences and teaches classes on Gathering Life Stories. She is the Storyteller at Asbury Memorial UMC. Coastal Senior Mag. chose her as one of “The Heroes Among Us”. Dottie works part time at Hospice Savannah and is involved with the Organizational Story movement. “We have the gift of Storytelling and I want each of us to know its power."
Dottie KluttzHospice Savannah
Jaime McGrath is a teacher and gifted specialist at Gould Elementary School in Savannah, Georgia.
Jaime McGrath is a teacher and gifted specialist at Gould Elementary School in Savannah, Georgia. He is the author of poetry, plays, fiction, and, most recently, a handbook for new teachers titled Before You Teach. He is father to three brilliant children and a dachshund that has chewed up four pairs of shoes, nine dolls, and much of the living room carpet. He spoke at TEDxCC in 2012 on design projects in education, and in Napa, California last year on building moral character through project-based learning.
Jaime McGrathGould Elementary School
Camilla Meshiea Sheehan
Camilla Meshiea Sheehan is founder of CrossFit SAV, idefinemybeauty.org and writes for The South Magazine.
Camilla Meshiea Sheehan was born in London, England to a Libyan father and Nebraskan mother. After receiving her MFA in Photography from SAIC, she opened a photo studio in Brooklyn. On the side she studied Muay Thai, ultimately winning an amateur welterweight title in 2007. She moved to Savannah in 2008 and began working at a furniture company and CrossFit gym. In 2011 she opened CrossFit SAV. Camilla now writes a health blog for The South Magazine, is the creator of idefinemybeauty.org and is looking forward to launching MsFit Culture in 2015, an active wear line for strong, bodacious rebels.
Camilla SheehanCrossFit SAV
Ugochukwu Francis Okechukwu
Francis Okechukwu is an app developer, researcher and entrepreneur, and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University.
Francis Okechukwu is an app developer, researcher and entrepreneur. He is researching and creating medical robots controlled by mobile devices and writing a book about iOS development and engineering. He has numerous apps on the App Store and has co-founded two startups. Francis is originally from Nigeria, where he learned the values of persistence and ingenuity to overcome the seemingly impossible. He possesses a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan and is studying Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University. He hopes to continue his research, startups and innovations while one day pursuing a Ph.D.
Ugochukwu OkechukwuStudent at Georgia Southern University
Her life’s mission: make amazing things (stories, objects, music, movies, installations) that sneakily educate and overtly entertain you.
Robyn Richardson was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida and is happiest with her toes in the water--to date, they have splashed through many oceans, seas, and rivers around the world. A former high school english teacher and routine musical maven, she is certain that the best things in life are both entertaining and educational. Her life’s mission is to leverage design to create amazing things (stories, objects, music, movies, installations) that magically engage and overtly delight you. She loves playing connect the dots (the live version) and enjoys existential sleuthing. Ask her a question at firstname.lastname@example.org
Somara Theodore is a local T.V. meteorologist and a Penn State Graduate who has a passion for speaking on the beauty of cultural diversity.
Somara has always been passionate about the weather. Throughout college she conducted research funded by NASA, NOAA and participated in a field study in China. She has also interned with WUSA CBS 9 in Washington DC, WGCL CBS Atlanta, and The Weather Channel. She has recently graduated from Penn State University with a major in Meteorology and Minors in Energy Business and Finance as well as Mandarin Chinese. Outside of weather, she loves helping others any way she can. She also has a passion for spreading the beauty of culture and hopes by speaking on the topic of cultural diversity new bridges and connections will be made throughout mankind
Howell W. Woltz
Howell Woltz - Woltz Media Corporation: Author, speaker, film-maker bringing U.S. government back to The Constitution, one step at a time.
Howell Woltz is an author and public speaker, dedicated to returning U.S. judiciary and federal government to Constitution. Recent works include two books, Justice Denied: the United States v. the People (2013), an insider’s look at the endemic corruption in U.S. prosecutions today (Kirkus Indie reviewed), and The Way Back to America: a 10 step plan to restore the United States to constitutional government (2014). Woltz was also the subject of Justice Denied, an award-winning 2013 documentary, based on his first book. Education: University of Virginia (Economics), Wake Forest Exec. MBA Program, and Caledonia University-Scotland.
Howell W. WoltzWoltz Media Corporation
Goodman Law Firm, LLC
Hospice Savannah, Inc.
Joe Marchese Construction
J.T. Turner Construction
MBrace Media Consulting
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