Programs Info

We have scheduled almost 30 On-Site Breakout Sessions for the two-day Expo.  Conference Rooms 1 & 2 (seats 300), the World Map Room (seats 60), and the Green Room (seats 40) will be the venues for the presentations.  We encourage you to link to the current schedule and review the presenter bios below. Attendance at the Breakout Sessions will be on a First-Come, First-Served Basis.

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Click Here for Current Schedule for Breakout Sessions


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  Terry Acton (USAF Retired)
  Veteran Services Officer for Sarasota County

  Enlisted United States Air Force November 1970, retired January 1994. Served in South Vietnam, Desert Storm
  and many other worldwide and stateside assignments. Attended Floriada State University and University of South
  Florida earning dual degrees in Psychology and Interdiciplinary Social Sciences. Graduate work at Florida State
  University and the University of South FLorida in Social Work. 1995-1998 employed by the State of Florida,
  Department of Labor as an Unemployment Claims Examiner/Employment Counselor, 1998-2001 as a Disabled
  Veterans counselor assisting Disabeled Veterans readjust to the civilian workforce and 2001-2002 as a Veterans

  Employment Counselor finding suitable employment for unemployed, or underemployed Veterans. 2002 - 
  Present, Sarasota County  Health & Human Services, Veterans Services as a Veterans Service Officer assisting
  Veterans and eligble spouse obtain U.S. Department of Veterans Affiar's benefits including healthcare, compensation,
  education, pension and burial benefits.  For more info go to
Veteran Services (Sarasota County).

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  Sue Ellen Addicott
  Owner - Senior Moves
  Co-Host - Senior Savvy Radio Program

  A graduate of The College of William and Mary, Sue Ellen Addicott has enjoyed a diverse range of
  positions requiring her skills in organization and management. For more than a decade, she was
  Director of Conferences with Educom, a Washington, DC-based non-profit consortium of colleges and
  universities concerned with the use of information technology in teaching and learning. In 1998, Sue
  Ellen and her husband Jerry moved to Sarasota, and she embarked on a short-lived “retirement.” In
  2007, she was inspired to create “Senior Moves,” providing emotional support and logistical
  assistance for seniors and their families at the time of a move. Sue Ellen is co-host of the weekly
  radio program, “Senior Savvy,” heard every Saturday at noon on WTMY AM 1280. She is a member
  of the Board of ITNSarasota, where she serves as co-chair of the Financial Development Committee,
  and is a former member of the Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging. Sue Ellen has a
  passionate interest in quality of life issues for seniors and their families, and is a frequent presenter
  on the topics of downsizing and moving for seniors. For more info go to

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  Sharon Anderson BSN
  Owner - Home Instead Senior Care

  Sharon Anderson is a long time resident of Sarasota and has been an advocate for health care for
  over 30 years.  Sharon and Chrystal Pruitt RN are the owners of Home Instead Senior Care a non
  skilled private duty Home Health agency in Sarasota County. Sharon has worked at both Doctors
  hospital and Sarasota Memorial hospital as an RN in many specialty areas and brings her expertise
  and knowledge to the community in health care. Sharon strives to educate the community in the
  understanding of home health benefits and differences in the agencies that are available to the
  public. Another area she will discuss is the communication between seniors and their adult children
  and the challenges they both face when selecting home health care. Maintaining independence and
  dignity for seniors wherever they may call home is a priority for Home Instead Senior Care.
  For more
  info go to






































 Suzanne Atwell
 Sarasota City Commissioner (At-Large)

Suzanne Atwell was elected to an At-Large seat on the Sarasota City Commission in March of
2009. Before becoming active in the political scene, Suzanne was a Licensed Mental Health
Counselor in private practice with over 15 years experience in providing individual, group, and family

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Human Development from George Washington
University and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Marymount University.
Before moving to Sarasota, she was Director of Development for the American Association of
Community Colleges in Washington, DC. where she became an advocate for non-traditional higher
education.  She began her clinical career in Sarasota at Coastal Behavioral Healthcare as an
outpatient clinician.  She was employed at Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) for 3 years
as a social worker specializing in individual and family therapy.  While at JFCS, Suzanne provided
services to community, governmental, and judicial agencies regarding the needs of the at-risk and
underserved population of all ages.

She is an active volunteer in the community. Suzanne has been a member of the City of Sarasota
Human Relations Board (an outgrowth of the City’s anti-discrimination ordinance) since 2003 and
has presided as chair twice. Suzanne also served as Board Secretary to the Sarasota County Civic
League; member of the Coastal Islands Group; the Bird Key Improvement Association (BKIA); 

representative to the Coalition of City Neighborhood Associations; past Board member and Volunteer
of the Year at the Family Law Connection, and past member of the Sarasota County Advisory
Commission on the Status of Women. She is also a member of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance and
Tiger Bay Club, and the Art Center of Sarasota.

She feels that her educational, her professional and volunteer investment in this community has
helped her to make policy decisions for the greater good for the City of Sarasota.

Suzanne is married to Robert Atwell, President Emeritus of the American Council on Education and a
higher education consultant. She has two sons, Justin, an Army Major stationed at Eglin Air Force
Base, FL, and Josh, an environmental engineer in Charlotte, NC. 
For more information about the
City of Sarasota go to The City of Sarasota Government.

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Joseph Barbetta 
Sarasota County Commissioner

An Attorney, admitted to the NY and Florida Bar, and also admitted to practice before the US
Supreme Court. Former member and Chair of the Sarasota County Planning Commission for 14 1/2
years. Also a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, Urban Land Institute, Sarasota
County Civic League, Sarasota Tiger Bay Club, Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, National
Trust for Historic Preservation, Florida Planning and Zoning Association, Sierra Club, Nature
Conservancy, Friends of the Myakka River, Republicans for Environmental Protection, League of
Women Voters, a Board member of Rebuild Sarasota, a division of Habitat for Humanity, also a
founding Board member of the Sarasota Area Sports Authority, active in SCOPE (Sarasota County
Openly Plans for Excellence) and other various civic organizations in the Sarasota County area.

Born in upstate New York in 1946; graduated from LaSalle Military Institute, Troy, NY; received a
Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University, Bronx, NY; and received a Doctor of
Jurisprudence (JD) degree from Union University-Albany Law School, in Albany, NY. Practiced law in
Clifton Park, NY for approximately 13 years, engaging in real estate development, planning, zoning,
and land use.

Moved to Sarasota in 1983; is married and resides in the City of Sarasota with his wife, Mary, and
son, Sean. Their daughter, Mary Lynn, and grandson reside in Atlanta.  For more information go
to Sarasota County Government.
















  Kathy Black, Ph.D.
  Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar

  Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences
  University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee

  Kathy Black is an Associate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of
  South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee.  Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from the University at Albany
  in New York in 2000 and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of
  Southern California in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of
  California at Los Angeles in 1990. In 2004, Dr. Black was selected as a Hartford Geriatric Social
  Work Faculty Scholar.  Dr. Black also obtained a nursing license in 1979 from the Ulster County
  Board of Cooperative Educational Services, New York.  Dr. Black has over 30 years of experience
  in the capacity of geriatric case manager, medical social worker, and geriatric nurse in acute and
  long term care, hospital, nursing home, and community-based settings.  Dr. Black has conducted
  nearly 70 presentations on the topic of aging and mental health at local, state, and national
  venues over the past twenty years.  In addition, Dr. Black has been the Principal Investigator
  of nearly a dozen grants totaling nearly $700,000 and has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed
  publications including: Educational Gerontology, Clinical Gerontologist, Journal of Social Science
  Research, Geriatric Nursing, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Women & Aging, Death
  Studies, and the  American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
  Go to
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for more info about the Institute for Public
  Policy and Leadership.



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  Colleen Blumenthal, MAI
  HealthTrust, LLC

  Colleen H. Blumenthal, MAI, has been appraising and consulting for going concern properties
  for nearly 20 years, specializing in seniors housing and healthcare since 1992. In addition to
  her duties as the managing partner of HealthTrust, LLC, she has served as the task force lead
  on the American Seniors Housing Association’s State of Seniors Housing for the last six years,
  coordinated research and written reports on a number of studies with the American Seniors
  Housing Association, the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Association
  of Homes and Services for the Aging, and has authored several seminars on valuation and
  assessment of seniors housing and healthcare properties.

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  Teresa Bowman
  Associate Attorney
  Boyer & Jackson, P.A.
  Elder Care Law Firm

  Teresa K. Bowman is an associate attorney with the firm of Boyer & Jackson, P.A. and practices in the
  areas of Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Probate, and Special Needs

  Ms. Bowman is a member of NAELA, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Sarasota County
  Bar Association, The Manatee County Bar Association, the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  Section of the Florida Bar, and a member of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar. She is active in
  FAWLS, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and serves s a member of the Board of Directors
  and acts as Treasurer of the local chapter.

  Ms. Bowman attended The Florida State University in Tallahassee where she received a Bachelor of
  Science degree in Education. For the next 15 years she was a teacher in the Florida and Georgia
  public schools. In 2005 Ms. Bowman received her Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson College of Law
  with a concentration in Elder Law. While at Stetson Ms. Bowman served as an editor for the Journal
  of International Aging, Law & Policy, and competed as a member of the Stetson Advocacy
  Board where she was a 2005 finalist in the National Arbitration Competition. During her time with
  Stetson she also served as a Teaching Fellow in the legal writing department, was a member of the
  Elder Law Society and served as President of Equal Justice Works, a campus organization dedicated
  to raising awareness of equal equality under the law. At graduation Ms. Bowman was the recipient
  of the Matthew Bender Elder Law Book Award and was one of two students in her graduation
  class to be inducted into the Order of Barristers for Excellence in Advocacy.

  Ms. Bowman enjoys speaking to local groups regarding long term care planning, preparing for
  incapacity, and care-giver issues. She is a Florida native and has lived in the local area since 2003.

  Go to for more info.

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   Linda Carson
  Anchor & Reporter
  ABC 7 News Team

  Linda Carson joined ABC 7 in 1995 as Weekend Anchor and General Assignment Reporter. She also
  covers local entertainment news on "Event of the Week" every Wednesday and "Suncoast Scene"
  on Thursdays.

  Linda started her TV career in 1964 as a "TV Weather Girl" at Channel 11 in Atlanta. She was told
  it would be a short career because a woman wouldn't be accepted on television after she was 30. 
  Linda went on to become one of the first female TV reporters and one of the first prime time female
  anchors in the country and is still reporting and anchoring the news at age 71 here at ABC 7 in

  While covering the Suncoast, Linda's job has put her at the forefront of news. She was in the
  elementary classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School on Sept. 11th when the terrorist
  attacks occurred, and walked with President George Bush to the media center at the school
  where he addressed the Nation and discussed the attack. She continued to follow the story
  when the next day when the world discovered the terrorists had actually taken their flying
  lessons in our area.

  Linda received the Associated Press Award for her death row interview of Serial Killer Danny Rolling.
  Linda also witnessed Rolling's execution and reported live from Starke prison when he was put to
  death for the murders. As a reporter in Atlanta in the 60s, Linda was assigned to cover the Civil
  Rights Movement, focusing on Coretta Scott King, and spent much time with the couple before
  Dr. King's death, and with Mrs. King afterwards.

  She married Bud Carson, who was the Head Coach at Georgia Tech at the time.  When Bud went
  to the Steelers as Defensive Coordinator, Linda became Assistant Sports Director at KDKA-TV. 
  When he joined the L.A. Rams, Linda went to work at KTTV as nightly Weathercaster and Reporter. 
  From there, she worked at WMAR-TV in Baltimore as Weathercaster and Reporter, at WDAF-TV
  in Kansas City as Anchor and Consumer Reporter, at WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT as a Consumer
  Reporter, and at WKYC-TV in Cleveland as Medical and Consumer Reporter. In Philadelphia she
  worked at Fox 29 as Weathercaster and Co-Anchor of "Eagles Game Day Live" a Pre- Game show
  for the Eagles.

  Linda serves on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and formerly on the Board
  of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association. She's also a volunteer for Tidwell Hospice. She is the
  Director of the "Bud Carson Scholarship Fund", a scholarship given to an outstanding defensive
  football player on the Suncoast every year. Linda is a member of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron,
  and served as Secretary of the "Luffing Lassies" a group of highly competitive female pram sailors.
  For more info go to

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  Robert J. Carter
  President and CEO
  Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
  Senior Friendship Centers Foundation, Inc.

  Bob Carter is President and CEO of Senior Friendship Centers, Inc. and Senior Friendship Centers
  Foundation.  He has served with this innovative non-profit organization since 1987, which provides
  a wide range of elder services at over 30 sites throughout six counties of Southwest Florida.

  Bob has more than 30 years of management and administrative experience including three years as
  a U.S. Army Officer.  He  holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa, a Master’s degree
  in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston and has completed graduate coursework
  in Gerontology at the University of South Florida.

  A strong advocate for older adults, Bob has served in volunteer leadership roles at both local and
  statewide levels.  He is currently President of Florida Council on Aging (FCOA), served as President
  of the Florida Association of Aging Services Providers (FASP), and Chairman of the Sarasota County
  Senior Advisory Council, President of the Glasser/Shoenbaum Human Services Center of Sarasota,
  and President of the Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN).

  For more info go to


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  Jeff Cordes, CPIM
  Digital Safety Net, LLC

  Jeff Cordes is the co-owner, along with his wife, Anita, of Digital Safety Net, a company that
  provides home and small business inventory services.
  The Cordes family moved from Michigan to Bradenton in 1998.  Jeff has more than 30 years
  experience in various manufacturing environments holding positions in Supply Chain Management,
  with an emphasis in Inventory Management.  Digital Safety Net, was formed to provide essential,
  comprehensive and professional inventory services for residential and small business clients.

  Jeff is a member of NAHIP, The National Association of Home Inventory Professionals, The Manatee
  Chamber of Commerce, with an application currently under review for membership in the Chambers
  Better Business Council, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, the Manatee County Independent
  Insurance Agents Association, as an affiliate member, and, APICS- The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter.
  Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University,
  Big Rapids, Michigan, a Master of Management Degree, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  and in 2001 earned his CPIM certification becoming certified in Production and Inventory Management
  through APICS, The Association for Operations Management.

  Jeff and Anita have a son, Jared who lives in Clearwater and a Daughter, Alaina who is in her Senior
  year at Flagler College in St Augustine.

  For more information, visit their website at

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  Tom Davie
Senior Motivational Speaker - First Step of Sarasota

 Tom Davie is a long term resident of Sarasota (1982), originally from West Virginia, a U.S. 
 Army Veteran, and has had a successful 30 year career in Sales, Training, and Motivation.  
 Tom got "off the road" from the training circuit in 2002, after remarrying, and gaining a new
 spouse that wanted to see him more often than on weekends.  He is the Community
 Outreach Public Speaker for First Step of Sarasota. Tom's programs are made possible
 through Get Connected, a federally-funded grant for seniors.  Tom typically presents his
 programs at area Retirement Communities, Hospital Groups, Senior Friendship Centers, and
 churches. Tom's folksy, down home personal speaking style puts people at ease
 immediately, and allows the audience to learn in a fun, interesting, and emotionally
 comfortable setting.  His personal trademark states - "If you want things to be different...
YOU have to do things ... DIFFERENTLY ! "  For more information about First Step Sarasota
go to







  Donna Dunio
  Executive Director
Dignified Transportation for Seniors

  Donna most recently served as Senior Director Resource Development for the American Red Cross
  Southwest Florida Chapter. Before her time with Red Cross, Dunio was Senior Vice President for Nelson
  Publishing in Nokomis, FL after a move from northeastern Pennsylvania where she served as the
  Executive Director for the United Churches of Northeastern Pennsylvania, one of the largest interfaith
  organizations in the northeast. She also has provided executive coaching, corporate training, and
  human resources and development consulting for her company, Leadership Solutions in Pennsylvania.

  Dunio has advanced certifications in many leadership disciplines and has served on numerous boards
  and committees; most recently serving on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  Southwest Florida Chapter. The winner of over fifty community services awards, Dunio now lives in
  Sarasota with her husband Phil.
  For more information go to



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  Tim Dutton
  Executive Director of SCOPE

  SCOPE is a Community engagement initiative aimed at expanding the participation in dialogue
  about community and increasing a sense of personal ownership  of the outcomes and future,
  creating forums for public involvement.

  SCOPE's mission is to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. SCOPE provides
  opportunities where all citizens' voices are welcomed and heard. SCOPE brings together residents,
  business owners, government officials and organizations to listen, learn, and discuss issues that
  impact the quality of life in Sarasota County.

SCOPE is launching the Institute for the Ages, a national institute that will bring the latest research
  and brightest minds together to develop products and solutions to help communities respond well to
  an increasingly older population.

  Some of Tim's previous assignments include: Executive Director - Human Services Planning
  Association, Sarasota, Florida; Vice President - Grant Foundation, Sarasota, Florida; Administrator -
  Grant Foundation/Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haiti; President - Shelby Memorial Hospital,
  Shelby, Ohio; and Executive Director - Health Planning and Development Council, Wooster, Ohio.

  For more information about SCOPE, go to


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  Dr. Allesa English
  Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital

  Allesa Jackson English, MD, has joined the team of behavioral health specialists at Serenity Place
  at Doctors Hospital, a voluntary inpatient behavioral health program dedicated to seniors. Dr. English
  comes to Sarasota after serving as Assistant Professor and Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  Director at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
  Dr. English graduated a Doctor of Pharmacy from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a
  Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her Psychiatry
  Residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
  Dr. English joins a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals dedicated to serving the behavioral
  health needs of seniors in the Sarasota and surrounding areas. “I am pleased that Doctors Hospital
  has made the care of these unique individuals a priority,” says Dr. English. “The focus is on caring for
  our patients in a warm and welcoming environment. It is important for those we care for to be as
  comfortable as possible as we work together to improve their quality of life.”

  Born in Tallahassee, Dr. English says she is happy to be back in Florida. She is joined by her family;
  husband Donald, a post doctoral fellow in psychology working with students at New College of Florida,
  and their two sons, three year old Donald and one year old Jackson.

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  Peter Fanning
  President of the Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA)
  Board Member of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA)

  Dr. Fanning has been engaged in improving communication among consumers and providers of
  educational services and medical services for most of his 30-year career as an educational and
  healthcare administrator by developing strategies to build partnerships. As the Executive Director of
  Special Education Service for the State of Colorado, he encouraged, promoted and provided parents
  of children with disabilities the opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with the educators and related
  services personnel responsible for their children.

  Later, as Executive Vice President of Clinical, Educational and Community Services at the Kennedy
  Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and as CEO and President of the Marcus
  Institute for Development and Learning at Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Fanning again
  promoted, encouraged and provided the opportunity for parents and patients to be integrally involved
  as participating members of the healthcare team when considering diagnostic and treatment options.
  He became an early and strong proponent for all persons receiving healthcare services to be actively
  involved in making decisions as equal partners with those professional healthcare providers who were
  treating or about to treat them as patients. Through easily established strategies such as ready
  access to one’s medical record, healthcare quality can be improved, medical mistakes reduced,
  unnecessary treatments avoided and costs reduced.  Building partnerships with healthcare providers
  and empowering patients to be knowledgable consumers through information sharing results in
  patients taking responsibility for their own well being.

  By assuring that patients have simple but strategic information in a timely manner, Dr. Fanning shows
  patients how they can become partners with their healthcare providers and shows them how to be a
  wise consumer of the services that they are purchasing. He believes his advocacy for both provider
  and patient is the most practical way to improve the standing of healthcare for each individual in the
  United States.

  For more info about the DSCA go to













  Andrea Feldmar
  Program Director
  Cancer Support Community

  Andrea has recently assumed the position of Program Director for the Cancer Support Community
  (formerly The Wellness Community), a nonprofit organization that offers hope, education and support
  to people affected by cancer. CSC serves the region from its new facility in Lakewood Ranch. She has
  recently moved from Chicago where she has been active in many areas of the oncology field since

  Andrea served as Director of Patient Services doing crisis counseling for the Leukemia Research
  Foundation for 10 years. She was subsequently instrumental in developing innovative programs to
  address specific unmet needs for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Additionally she
  served on the Board of Directors for the National Marrow Donor Program for six years and was also a
  committee co-chair for the Consumer Advocacy Committee for the Center for International Blood and
  Marrow Transplant Research.

  Most recently, Andrea had a private counseling practice focusing on patients dealing with life
  threatening and life altering medical conditions. Andrea holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana
  University, a graduate degree from Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a licensed clinical
  professional counselor.

  For more info about the Cancer Support Community go to

















  Dr. Dan Fouts
  International Author & Lecturer

  Dr. Dan Fouts completed his undergraduate training at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio followed
  by professional training at National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He holds two degrees,
  Doctor of Chiropractic and Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. His professional career has included
  clinical practice and extensive post graduate education in orthopedics, radiology and nutrition.

  Dr. Fouts' ongoing interest in nutrition, especially in the emerging field of glycobiology and
  glyconutritional technologies, prompted him to extensively study the medical and scientific literature in
  these areas. Dr. Fouts' ability to make complex information exciting and easy to understand, as well
  as his passion in presenting that information, has made him a sought-after speaker, having lectured in
  eight countries and more than 240 cities.

  Dr. Fouts has also authored and co-authored five continuing medical education courses and five
  certification courses in nutritional technologies. He has taught those courses to health care
  professionals in over forty seminars as a faculty member of Proevity Continuing Education Group.

  Dr Fouts retired from his chiropractic practice in 1999 to pursue his desire to work full-time educating
  both health care professionals and the general public about some of the latest advances in nutritional
  technologies that provide additional options for improved health, wellness and quality of life.

  As CEO and President of Destiny Health International, LLC. Dr. Fouts shares valuable and potentially
  life-changing nutrition information about dietary supplements with thousands of people both in the
  U.S. and abroad through the use of online courses, webinars, e-newsletters, self-paced home study
  courses and live seminars.


  For more info go to




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  Dr. Joseph A. Gaeta Jr., D.D.S.
  Celebrity Smiles, Mobile Denture Care, PAAID, and Siesta Smiles

  Dr. Gaeta has an outstanding reputation for professionalism and superior clinical skills. He is trained
  in all aspects of general dentistry and each year takes numerous hours of post-graduate education. 
  He is one of the few dentists that can not only place dental implants but restore them.  His passion
  for changing peoples’ lives through dentistry allows him to serve as the “architect” of a dental
  treatment plan by collaborating with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals.

  “Before I became a dentist, I had observed my grandparents in their twilight years and specifically
  the impact of failing teeth. In each case, the quality of life had been diminished. Failing dental health
  affected their self image; it limited their diet and the basic ability to chew. Also, there was a constant
  complaint of discomfort. In the case of my crabby grandma, her upper denture mysteriously disappeared
  from the nursing home. And it was difficult for my parents to find a dentist to help her.  As a result,
  I became very motivated to become a dentist because I felt that I could make a difference in changing
  peoples' lives for the better!”

  Through a combination of state-of-the art technology, sensible treatment plans and genuine devotion to
  the unique needs of each patient, Dr. Gaeta preserves healthy teeth and gums, alleviates oral discomfort
  and improves the appearance of smiles on a daily basis. He has applied his unique blend of artistic and
  technical skills to produce durable and aesthetic results in thousands of patients.  

  Go to for more info.







  Nick Gladding – Environmental Attorney for Adams and Reese LLP and a Commissioner  
  on the Florida Energy & Climate Commission

  In addition to membership in numerous legal organizations and associations, Nick is a member of the
  Board of Directors for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, as well as Chair of the
  Government Issues Council and founding member and former Chair of the Green Business Leadership
  Committee for the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves as Chair and
  member of the Board of Directors for The Florida House Foundation of Sarasota, Inc.; founding
  member, member of Board of Directors, and Chair of Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence
  (SCOPE); member of the Government Relations and Research Committee of the Mote Marine
  Laboratory Advisory Council; member of the steering committee of the Florida Energy Systems
  Consortium; and Chair of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program Citizen Advisory Committee. For more
  info go to Florida Energy & Climate Commission Bio (pdf)








  Paul Greene
  Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration

  Paul oversees public information activities for Social Security in Southwest Florida.  He gives
  numerous speeches and presentations and appears frequently on radio and TV.

  For 13 years, Paul provided a weekly Social Security update on SNN TV.  He writes a weekly Social
  Security column for the Palm Beach Post.  He started with Social Security in Orlando in 1973 and has
  lived in Sarasota since 1975. 
Paul is married to musician Cynthia Roberts-Greene.  They have two
  children, ages 21 and 18 and three cats.

  He holds a BA and MA in history from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

  For more info go to Social Security Administration.

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  Waine P. Hicks
  W. P. Hicks Builders

  Waine P. Hicks, a rural Virginia native brings his craftsmanship to the Florida lifestyle. Having been a
  resident of Sarasota over the past twenty years has given him the opportunity to apply his knowledge
  of construction to the Gulf Coast Waine is a graduate of Frostburg State University with his Masters in
  Business from Purdue. He holds a State of Florida Class A General Contractors License, Class A roofing
  license, State Certified Home Inspector, State Certified Insurance License and is a licensed captain
  competing in the Southern Kingfish Association. He resides in Sarasota with his lovely wife, Sharon.

  For more info go to



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  Pastor Bill Hild
  Senior Pastor
  First Sarasota Church, The Downtown Baptist Church

  Pastor Bill Hild has been the lead pastor of FirstSarasota, the Downtown Baptist Church, for the past
  Fourteen years, presiding over a time of significant growth, health and development for this
  ongregation of three thousand members. A self described military "brat," Bill grew up traveling to
  many parts of the United States, as well as a three year experience in Okinawa, Japan.

  A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bill's educational background began at Carson-Newman College
  where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and later at Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary
  in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he received his Master's of Divinity. Additional studies have
  been undertaken at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.  Bill has also served as Lead Pastor of the
  Ball Camp Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee and the First Baptist Church of Dade City, Florida.

  Bill has developed a serious interest in Middle Eastern Archaeology participating in archaeological
  excavations at Tel Migne (Old Testament Ekron), Kursi (New Testament Gergesa) and Bethsaida,
  the ancestral home to three of Jesus' disciples John, Philip & Andrew. He has traveled and studied
  throughout the Middle East extensively including Israel, Egypt, and Jordan. He is an adjunct instructor
  for the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies.

  For more info go to






  Dr. Andrew Keegan

  Roskamp Institute


  Dr. Keegan is a Board Certified Neurologist and has an interest in neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s
  disease and Multiple Sclerosis.  He is the principal investigator on multiple clinical trials and
  collaborates with the scientists at Roskamp to better understand the mechanisms behind these
  diseases in an effort to develop new therapies.  

  For more info about the Roskamp Institute go to



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  Brian Kimbrell, M.D., F.A.C.S.
  Trauma Medical Director
  Blake Medical Center

  Dr. Kimbrell joined Blake in September of 2010 as the Trauma Medical Director for the emerging
  trauma program there. He is a Board Certified Trauma Surgeon/Surgical Intensivist. He has worked
  in multiple Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers over the past 8 years and brings a wealth
  of knowledge to our community. His most recent was at St. John's Regional Medical Center in
  Oxnard, California where he served as the Trauma Medical Director and Surgical Critical Care

  For more information visit


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  Kelly Kirschner
  Mayor of the City of Sarasota
  Commissioner - District Three

  Kelly is a life-long Sarasotan. He has served the Sarasota community as President of the Alta Vista  
  Neighborhood Association as well as having been an active member of the Coalition of City
  Neighborhood Associations. Believing strongly in public service, Kelly has worked for the White House
  Office of Public Liaison; served as a Peace Corps Volunteer; and led a USAID community conservation
  project in rural Guatemala.  Locally, he has worked as Product Manager for Bio-Pro Research and is
currently the Senior Vice President of The Media Maquiladora. Kelly's education includes: B. S. Foreign
  Service, Georgetown University (Washington, DC); M. A. Latin American Studies, Georgetown University
  (Washington, DC).
Kelly lives with his wife, Tracy, son, Bodhi, and daughter, Selby in District 3.
  Go to The City of Sarasota Government for more info.









  Nicci Kobritz R.N., N.P.
  Owner and President of Youthful Aging Home Health

  Nicci Kobritz, RN. and Nurse Practitioner who founded and owns Youthful Aging Home Health, has
  more than three decades of experience in developing and managing health care service.  She has
  served clients in Sarasota County for more than 15 years. Youthful Aging is Sarasota’s only boutique
  home health care practice. Limiting the number of clients served enables professionals to  provide a
  more personalized level of care while focusing on memory and mobility supporting greater
  independence.  In Maine, Nicci founded the Expanded Child Health services, a rural pediatric clinic for
  low income families.  The American Academy of Pediatrics selected it as a national model.  Nicci
  served in Maine Gov. John R. McKernan’s cabinet directing and regulating services in the health care
  industry for low income families. 

  Active in community affairs: recognized as a role model for young women when honored in 2001 with
  the “She Knows Where She’s Going” award by Girls’s Inc.  Youthful Aging Home Health selected by
  the Gulf Coast Business Review in 2010 as one of the top fastest growing companies in Southwest
  Florida.  Nicci writes periodically for the Home Health Care management & Practice, an industry
  journal.  For more info go to










  Judith Lambert
  Marketing Director

  Asolo Repertory Theatre

  Judith Lambert currently serves as the Marketing Director for Asolo Repertory Theatre, a professional
  regional theatre located in Sarasota, Florida. Her career includes more than 22 years of professional
  marketing experience in theatre and the performing arts. Prior to her position at Asolo Rep, she served
  as Marketing Director for the Division of Performing Arts at the University of Iowa, overseeing all marketing
  and publications for the Department of Theatre Arts, the Department of Dance and the School of Music,
  producing more than 40 major performances annually in four theatres. She also served as Marketing Director
  and Group Sales Coordinator for The Old Creamery Theatre Company, Iowa’s oldest Equity theatre. As a
  professional dancer, choreographer and actress, Ms. Lambert has performed extensively in the Midwest
  and New York City and is the co-founder of the Iowa-based dance-theatre company Travelers. A newcomer
  to Sarasota, Judith moved to the area with her husband Roger in July, 2010.

  For more info go to


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  Troy Larkin
  Community Liaison
  Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc.

  Troy is the Community Liaison for Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. In addition to fostering
  and developing community relations he also sits on Green Councils for the Greater Sarasota Chamber
  of Commerce and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

  Troy has a background in new construction, sales, marketing, and TV broadcasting where he has
  served as a News and Sports anchor and reporter, hosted local television shows and was the
  spokesperson for the Florida House. He is very active in the community working with non-profits
  including church groups, youth athletics, prison ministries, and senior citizen programs. He also will
  emcee the Susan G. Komen Lunch for the Cure.

  For more information on Tri County Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. visit











  Linda McCollum

  Pre-Arrangement Manager

  Toale Brothers Funeral Homes Crematory & Pre-Arrangement Center

  As the Pre-Arrangement Manager for Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory, Linda McCollum
  brings with her over fourteen years as a liturgical planner for funeral masses and 20 years of assisting
  people transition in life through real estate sales.

  After the loss of both of her parents at an early age and several years of teaching CCD for Epiphany
  Cathedral, Linda has been called to assist families in planning the last funeral mass for their loved ones
  and follow up with those who are left behind. After 14 years serving the cathedral as a liturgical
  planner for funeral masses, she was appointed and currently serves as the trainer and coordinator for
  all liturgical planners for funeral masses at Epiphany Cathedral. This is a passion she brings to her work
  as a pre-arrangement manager for the three locations of Toale Brothers Funeral Home and Crematory.
  She is also an active member of Sarasota Sertoma for the speech and hearing impaired as well as a
  fellow Toastmaster at Tidewell Hospice Toastmasters Club.

  For more info about Toale Brothers go to

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  Robert Miller, CPA, CFF, CFP, PFS
  CPA Associates

  Robert Miller is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in accounting.
  Upon completion of a national examination the Florida State Board of Accountancy
  awarded Bob the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1978. He has
  practiced public accounting for approximately thirty years in the areas of taxation,
  accounting, business and individual planning and litigation support. Bob’s experience
  has been with international, regional and local firms.

  Bob completed a series of six courses in individual financial planning sponsored by the
  College of Financial Planning, Denver, Colorado. Upon completion of examinations
  administered by the International Board of Standards and Practices of Certified Financial
  Planners, Robert was awarded the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants began recognizing qualified
  CPAs as specialists in the area of financial planning in 1988. This designation has now
  become the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS). CPAs could attend a series of courses
  and sit for examination to obtain the PFS designation. Under certain conditions a CPA
  could “challenge” the examination without completion of the required courses. Bob
  challenged the examination in 1989 and was awarded the designation.
  In February 2000, Bob was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a family
  mediator. He has also served on the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the
  Twelve Judicial Circuit as a public member.

  In 2008 the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants began recognizing
  qualified CPAs as Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). Previous experience and
  education qualified Bob and he was among the first CPAs to be granted the credentials.
  While continuing his career in public accounting, Bob was encouraged by a former
  professor to teach evening classes at Manatee Community College in entry level
  accounting and taxation. This experience became the basis for numerous public speaking
  engagements for his firm, estate planning councils, brokerage houses and others. Bob
  also has taught continuing education classes for the Florida Institute of CPAs and was
  awarded the FICPA’s Outstanding Seminar Leader Award for two years. He continues to
  teach for several other State Societies of CPAs through Surgent McCoy CPE, LLC a
  national provider of continuing education for professionals. 

  For more info about CPA Associates go to


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  Stephen M. Queior, CCE
  President/CEO, The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

  Steve Queior is President/CEO of the 1,600 member employer Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce,
  the largest and oldest business organization based in Sarasota County. Prior to this position, Steve
  was the Chief Executive of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber.

  Steve grew up in upstate New York, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University, taught at
  the high school level, and coached wrestling at the collegiate level before getting into Chamber work.

  His educational and professional development includes completing a Master’s Degree in Business
  Administration and a Master’s in Public Affairs at Indiana University. Steve also graduated from the
  Institute of Organizational Management and the Academy for Organizational Leadership.

  Since his 2003 arrival in the greater Sarasota area, Steve has been tapped to serve on the Suncoast
  Workforce Development Board, the Workforce Housing Coalition, is Vice Chair of the Community Alliance,
  and serves as Chair of the Community Housing Trust.  He is a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) and
  has won the Florida Chamber Professional of the Year Award. 

  For more info go to




  Dr. Geraldo A. Ramos
  Bradenton Cardiology Center

Dr. Ramos is a fellowship-trained Cardiologist with special interest in the prevention,
  early diagnosis and treatment of Cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Ramos attended
dical school in Brazil at Santa Catarina Federal University and later moved to Miami
  for his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Miami/Jackson
  Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ramos? practice involves invasive and noninvasive diagnostic
  procedures including Cardiac Catheterization, Nuclear Cardiology and and Cardiovascular
  CT Angiography.

  For more info go to



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   Dr. Miguel Rivera
  Psychiatrist, Memory Care Speaker, Medical Director of Retirement Communities

  Dr. Rivera is Medical Director of Mental Health and Well-Being at 9 assisted living and long term care
  facilities in Sarasota, FL.  For the last 7 years he has been dedicated full time to the care of
  residents  in these unique settings where the patient population ranges from the early twenties
  to the early one hundreds.

  Dr. Rivera has initiated the use of “Calming Rooms” in several of his facilities, where modalities like
  music, aromatherapy, color, and massage are used to improve mood and anxiety symptoms and to
  reduce agitation, resulting in less prescription drug use.  Dr. Rivera offers lectures and workshops
  regarding medication awareness, in particular medications that can affect memory, cognition, and
  behavior.  He also shares on the importance of lifestyle choices and how these affect the way that
  we think, feel, behave, and remember.

  Dr. Rivera is a native of Puerto Rico, where he lived until moving to the US in 1985.  In 1997 he
  graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, and in 2001 graduated from
  Psychiatric Residency Training at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

  Last year Dr. Rivera spoke at over 50 venues including Symphony of Yoga – An International Yoga
  and Health Conference, held in Dallas, Texas, and delivered a sold out keynote address at the
  Sarasota Annual Caregiver Forum sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association and Sarasota Memorial
  Hospital.  In March 2010 Dr. Rivera was the keynote speaker at the Alzheimer’s Association “Meeting
  of the Minds” Caregiver Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He also was a featured presenter at
  the 2010 Florida Health Care Association Conference held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in July. 

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  Steve Roskamp
  Partner in Roskamp and Patterson Management Company

Roskamp and Patterson is a provider of Independent Retirement Living in Sarasota County
  including Sarasota Bay Club in Sarasota and Jacaranda Trace in Venice.  

  Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Stetson University and has been developing and
  managing senior living centers for over 25 years.  Beginning in the 1980’s as a partner of Freedom
  Group, Steve served many roles in the successful design, construction, marketing and managing of
  senior living centers nationally. This success continued through a merger with American Retirement
  Corporation in 1998 when he served as Director of Development, and in 2000 with Roskamp
  Management Company as partner and managing member. 

  In 2004, he became a partner of Roskamp and Patterson Management Company to focus on senior
  living communities in Sarasota.  Steve and his wife Carolyn h
ave two children.   He is actively involved
  in the community, having served on the board of Manatee County Habit for Humanity and currently
  serving as Secretary of the North Trail Redevelopment Partnership, as well Chair of the City of
  Sarasota Scenic Highway.  He is also active in his church and local youth soccer.   

  For more information, please visit

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  Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg
  Author, Speaker, Motivator & Transitions Through Life Expert

  Nancy K Schlossberg spent most of her career as a professor of counseling psychology.  She taught
  at Howard University, Wayne State, and 26 years at the University of Maryland, College Park. 
  Nancy K. Schlossberg is the author of nine books. She is copresident of TransitionWorks, a
  consulting firm; professor emerita at the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park;
  and served as president of the National Career Development Association. She has been honored for
  her work by the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. A
  frequent guest on radio and TV, Dr. Schlossberg’s work was showcased on page one of USA Today,
  and quoted in the New York Times, the St. Petersburg Times, The Wall Street Journal, and
  Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer. She and her book, Retire Smart, Retire Happy, were the focus of a
  90-minute PBS special, “Retire Smart, Retire Happy.” Her new book, Revitalizing Retirement
develops more fully the importance of paying attention to one’s psychological portfolio. Her second
  edition of Overwhemed: Coping with Life’s Ups and Downs has been translated in Japanese and
  is used widely in training.  For more information go to











  Jim Shirley
  Executive Director
  Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

  Jim is a long-time Sarasota resident with extensive ties to the arts and cultural community.  Prior
  to joining the Arts Council, he served as Director of Development for PAL Sailor Circus.

  Jim holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Central Arkansas and has more than 30 years
  experience in sales, marketing and management. Prior to entering the non profit world, he owned
  and managed a highly successful executive search firm for over 20 years.
  The Sarasota County Arts Council is a member-powered arts and cultural alliance passionate about
  building appreciation, participation and support for arts and culture.  Founded in 1986 by a group of
  committed citizens, the council has administered over $10 million in grants to area artists and arts
  organizations.  The council enhances the connection between the community and regional arts and
  culture by strengthening cooperation among business, community and elected leaders, audiences
  and the public.  This is achieved through arts advocacy, education and arts appreciation events.

   For more info go to

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  John Simon - Developer of Pineapple Square Properties (Downtown Sarasota)

  Over 35 years of experience in every aspect of real estate development.  Initially was involved as a
  transportation planner and expert witness while employed at Barton Aschman Associates, a nationally
  recognized city planning and transportation planning firm.  Joined the Taubman Company in 1977, a
  REIT listed on the NY Stock Exchange, and was employed there for 27 years. The last 10 years was
  Senior Vice President and Managing Director in charge of all of the Company’s development activities. 

  In 2005 formed a real estate development and consulting company. In all, have participated in
  numerous development projects of every description, as small as a single suburban bank location to
  $300M+ mixed use projects. Worked in over 100 communities across the country and internationally.
  Have also participated in or directed election campaigns ranging from initiatives for referenda to city
  council, mayoral, and state wide campaigns.

  Provided strategic and project planning services to various organizations and entities.  Disneyworld
  Orlando, FL., Commerce Township, MI., and the Downtown Denver Partnership are a few examples.
  An equity partner and CEO of Pineapple Square Properties, LLC.   Pineapple Square Properties is
  developing a $200 million mixed use project in downtown Sarasota, FL which will include 150K square
  feet of retail, 1000 parking spaces in structure, 200 condominium residential units and 100k square
  feet of office.  The first of three phases of the project has opened with Brooks Brothers, Sur la Table,
  Hyde Park Steak House, and seven local retailers including a coffee and pastry shop, and an art
  gallery.  Eileen Fisher has recently signed a lease and will open in the fall of 2010 to be followed by
  three new tenants to be announced.

  For more info about Pineapple Square go to
Pineapple Square Deveopment.

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  Tom Tryon

  Opinion Editor, Member of Executive Team & Chairman of the Editorial Board
  Herald-Tribune Media Group

  Tom is responsible for the Herald-Tribune newspaper’s editorial and op-ed pages in print and

  Tryon joined the Herald-Tribune in 1981 as a police-beat reporter. He became the editorial
  page’s second-in-charge in 1990 and head of the department in 1998. He has won editorial-
  writing awards from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the New York Times Co. He
  was a New York Times Co. media fellow at Duke University in 1997.

  He is a Florida native. Tryon graduated from Palmetto High School, where he played on a state
  championship football team, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the
  University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

  He is a director of SCOPE, Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence, and was a founding
  member of both Youth Leadership Sarasota County and the Grassroots Leadership Initiative.

  Tryon and his wife, Yvonne, are the devoted grandparents of Aidan and Kaleb.

  For more info go to

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   Joy Weston
   Author, Photographer, TV Personality & Inspirational Speaker

  Joy Weston has been a nationally acclaimed celebrity photographer, recognized for her “moody
  black and white portraits.” The creator of Symmetry-Plus, an anti-aging organic herbal
  aromatherapy product line for the holistic community, as well as the executive producer and
  host for Catch the Joy, a cable TV show created to give positive solutions to negative
  problems for baby boomers ~ all before she began an Internationally published Best-Selling
  Author for How an Ordinary Woman Can Have an Extraordinary Life: The Formula for The Art of
  Living Well, now in 14 languages in 22 countries.                                                               

  Weston has gone on to publish How an Ordinary Guy Can Become an Extraordinary Man, and
  It’s Just a Game...It’s All in How You Play it: A Travelholics Search for Life’s Simple Secrets &
  The Dessert du Jour, plus recording The Mind Over Matter Challenge tm Audio Series. As the
  champion for The Circle of Community Partnership, her tireless efforts are spearheading an
  on-going creative collaboration between the non-profit organizations and citizen leader’s eager
  to share their time, talents and resources~ even when money is scarce.

  As a much sought-after Inspirational Speaker and popular Mental Fitness Coach, Joy’s work has
  taken her all over the world, sharing the secrets of how to use the power of your mind and
  access your inner wisdom to create the quality of life each of us wants and deserves.

  For more info go to