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6 Days Dominican Holistic Yoga Wellness Retreat

Villa Serena

July 24 – 28, 2019

About Villa Serena

Villa Serena offers companies, institutions, private practices and other organizations the opportunity to attend a retreat, or host their own retreats and workshops. Villa Serena can provide you with your own event manager who could handle all the details for you.

The hotel and its surroundings provide an ideal backdrop for a change of pace and a change of heart.

Numerous companies, organizations, and health and wellness leaders, promote team building, group collaboration, and co-worker bonding which contributes to improved employee and client communication, understanding, wholeness and wellness.

 

Retreats offer an opportunity to relax and take care of yourself in areas which are often neglected in the everyday hectic paces in life. Recharging ourselves improves our performance at work and in our daily lives and facilitates improvement, growth and transformation in our business practices.

We can provide retreat leaders for yoga, meditation and wellness practices, as well as for communication and team building workshops. Or you may bring in your own workshop coaches, leaders and experts.

For special packages and group rates

For special packages and group rates

Contact our Event Manager in the United States to plan your next Workshop or Retreat

Email: braveheartworkshops@gmail.com

To View The Villa Serena Property Visit: www.villaserena.com/en

Villa Serena Owners

Bill Dennis

Bill leads our team by offering workshops in stress management and practice building as well as facilitating of our groups. He is passionate about supporting clinicians, leading our retreat program and workshops at our retreat center, Villa Serena. He also thrives on leading our team and in creating success for health and wellness providers.

Bill originally founded Practice Success as an effort to introduce integrative coaching and consulting to clinicians. He believed that the time had come to ‘reinvent’ the health industry by creating networks of likeminded, forward-thinking individuals – starting in greater DC and NYC. As they began to work together, these interdisciplinary, collaborative groups
began to expand the perspectives of its members. This offshoot project eventually evolved into a thriving program, now known as Metro Collaborative. It has attracted various health professionals looking for new techniques to expand their businesses and connect with other innovators.

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Natasha Despotovic

Natasha has a strong career of her own outside of Metro Collaborative, being involved in various international political projects. She is the executive director for the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development and runs the Global Film Festival, which focuses on important cinema that highlights political and social issues ongoing around the world.

For Metro Collaborative, Natasha runs our Retreat program. She runs these workshops at her hotel, Villa Serena, in the Dominican Republic. While there, she uses her expansive training in Yoga and meditation to personally coach you on how to better integrate a manageable lifestyle outside of your business, so that you can better thrive in each area of your life. Her commitment to teaching these practices, along with homeopathy, delights those in need of learning practical healing arts.

Villa Serena Retreats Reflect, Relax, Renew – A Healing Retreat for Wellness Professionals:Physicians, Dentists,Therapists, Teachers and Healers

Led and facilitated by Bill Dennis, M.Ed and Natasha Despotovic, C.C.H

Support yourself with practical tools and completely decompress.

Work on yourself and/or your work with an experience of community, nature and physical connection.

Take time to let go of old patterns of reacting to stress and digital stuff

Meditate, walk, write, contemplate, move; be still

Share, or not

Be in Nature Generate, rest, relax, renew and see differently

Focus on you, all of you

Dare to lead, effectively and strategically

Envision a fresh Model

Interdisciplinary approaches

Work/Life balance as a natural & continuous state

Complementary and strategic partnerships

Enjoy Water Yoga, meditation and kayaking

Therapists and those in the helping professions can be very prone to ‘compassion fatigue’ because they are trained in the use of empathy and compassion and focus on other’s needs first. It is essential to take time and take care of yourself, more than once a year.

Double occupancy $1,035 US
Single occupancy $1,450 US

Spouses/partners/family welcome.

Includes

  • Luxury accommodation at the beautiful Villa Serena
  • Beautiful ocean view rooms with balcony
  • Tropical & freshly prepared meals
  • Raja Yoga, Water Yoga, Meditation
  • Avocado, ginger and chocolate special massages (1 massage per person)
  • Secluded beach hike
  • Qigong

Excludes

  • Airline and Ground Transportation
  • All Drinks

More information: Please email braveheartworkshops@gmail.com

Weather in July

July is one of the hottest times to visit Samana, a popular seaside resort town in the sun-soaked Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic. During this month, temperatures of up to 31°C are the norm in the afternoon, while the evenings cool down to a pleasant average low temperature of 23°C. Those two temperatures are the highest of the entire year—similar to those in August. The overall day temperature averages 27°C this time of year.

Average Sea Temperature
Cloud Cover
Rainfall

Swimming is a popular activity-year round. Now, the sea temperature is 28°C warm, a very comfortable temperature for dips in the blue Caribbean waters.

Although the percentage of cloud cover jumps dramatically in July compared with June—from 62% at the end of June to 72% in the beginning of July, a ten-point increase in only a few days—this doesn’t seem to affect the amount of sunshine in the resort. July has 9 hours of sunshine per day on average, which is as sunny as it ever gets in this area. This increase in cloud cover and yet constantly high sunshine can be explained by the fact that rainfall (cloudiness) is heavy, but very short-natured.

The most common rainfall type in July is thunderstorms, which happen on 46% of the 12 days with precipitation. Other possible types are light rain and moderate rain, respectively recorded on 28% and 22% of those days. Heavy rain happens on merely 5% of the wet days. The total amount of rainfall is 77mm, which makes July the sixth wettest month of the year after the four following months and April. The chance of experiencing any type of rainfall ranges between 55% in the beginning of the month and 48% at the end of the month.

Temperature 81° F

High Temperature 88° F

Low Temperature 73° F

Sea Temperatures 82°

Sunshine Hours 9 Hrs

Rainfall 77 Mm

Rainfall Days 12 Days

Tourist Attractions

Things to Do in Samana

ATV Adventure

With 9 hours of sunshine per day, April is month that is ideal for sunbathing and swimming. If, however, you want some more action during your holiday, there are plenty of options to choose from. For example, consider going on an ATV adventure. These 4.5-hour trips are a great deal of fun and include pick-up from any hotel in Samana, Las Galeras and Las Terrenas, your own quad bike rental, a visit to renowned Playa Rincon, and stops to swim in rivers.

Boca el Diablo

Boca el Diablo, literally Mouth of the Devil in English, is one of the most popular sites to visit in Samana. This natural attraction is made up of a large blowhole set in stone, which sprays out a mixture of air and water at tremendous speeds due to the underlying wave action. This spot also offers fantastic sea views, so don’t forget to take your camera.

Carnival

February happens to be when Carnival takes place all over the Dominican Republic. This is without question the most colourful and liveliest event of the year. This wonderful event lasts several days and features parades, dancing and music—all according to authentic Caribbean tradition. Consider heading to one of the larger cities in the country for this spectacle, such as Santo Domingo. Another option is the small town of San Pedro de Macoris, where the renowned Guloya dancers are a sight to see—they have been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

El Limon Waterfall

Combine a horse riding excursion and a trip to the spectacular El Limon Waterfall with Rancho Santi. On this trip you will be paired up with a horse and begin your journey to the falls under the guidance of one or two experienced English-speaking guides. After you have visited the waterfall, you will be treated to a traditional Dominican meal on your way back to the ranch.

Escape Tours Samana

A fun activity is sport fishing or deep sea fishing. While this can be done throughout the entire year, this month is especially great for fishing for a variety of fish—sea bream, wahoo, barracuda, white marlin and sailfish in particular. December is also one of the best months to go deep sea fishing. Visit Escape Tours Samana to arrange a fishing trip on the waters surrounding the Samana Peninsula.

Escapada Samana

In case you rather stay firmly on land, you can visit the wonderful Lulu Waterfall, which, because of the 104mm of rainfall in November, is quite spectacular this time of year. You can get there on your own or with a tour company. Escapada Samana organises guided trips to the Lulu Waterfall and beautiful Playa El Valle.

Grand Paradise Resort

Another fantastic thing to do this time of year, a time of plentiful sunshine and warm temperatures, is visiting the Kaio Natural Aquarium. Situated a few hundred metres from the Grand Paradise Resort, this open-air sea aquarium allows you to actually dive in and swim and snorkel among tropical fish.

H20 Diving & Watersports

As a winter sun holiday destination, Samana is ideal for anyone looking to head straight to the beach and work on their tan, which may well be one of your top activities during your holiday in Samana. However, for those who want to do more with their time here than simply lie out in the sun, the coast is still a great place to be, as there are plenty of water sports to be done, ranging from fishing and sailing to diving, snorkelling, surfing and jet skiing. In fact, Samana has some of the best conditions for water sports in the whole of the Dominican Republic. If you feel like doing some—any—kind of water sport, head over to H20 Diving & Watersports and they will take care of you.

Iguanario Los Tocones

A completely different attraction in Samana to visit in May is the Iguanario Los Tocones, Iguana Farm in English. This place protects the threatened rhinoceros iguanas, which are native to the island of Hispaniola. Interestingly enough, it’s not human development or aggressive predators that threaten the future of this species of lizard, but the fact that they are wanted by zoos from all over the world. The farm breeds these lizards and reintroduces them into nature.

This is a great place for a visit, interesting for both adults and children alike. It is located just west of Arroyo del Cabo and to the southwest of popular Las Galeras.

Moto Marina Tours

As the driest month of the year, February is arguably the best time of year to explore the underwater world around the Samana Peninsula as visibility is never better than now. There are several great snorkelling sites along the coast. Additionally, because Samana is still less crowded than other destinations in the Dominican Republic, you will be able to enjoy many peaceful hours in the subtropical water. It is recommended to book a snorkelling trip with a local tour operator, as they know the best spots. Check out Moto Marina Tours, for instance.

Phillippe Pollet

August is the third wettest month of the year, so if you’re seeking shelter during one of the afternoon downpours, consider heading into some of the local shops in Samana Town. You can find everything you could possibly need in the supermarket and pharmacy, but grocery shopping is probably not what you consider a fun activity. Instead, consider buying some of the exquisite wooden art made by Frenchman Phillippe Pollet, which is arguably the greatest souvenir you can buy in the area.

Rudy’s Rancho

A particularly great way to explore the local area and enjoy the 9 hours of daily sunshine and warm weather that characterise June is horse riding. With Rudy’s Rancho, you can choose to trek through the shady forest parts of the island or opt for a romantic ride on the beach at sunset. Rudy is very knowledgeable about the area and will be able to tell you about everything you see along the way. People who aren’t used to riding a horse may feel fairly sore the following day. To avoid that, consider getting a massage afterward!
This is a great place for a visit, interesting for both adults and children alike. It is located just west of Arroyo del Cabo and to the southwest of popular Las Galeras.

Samana Diving

Another fun, and hugely popular, water sport in Samana this time of year—March is one of the driest months of the year—is scuba diving. This area attracts divers who travel from all over the world for the fantastic diving opportunities. The Tower in Cabo Cabron is one of the most visited sites. This giant pinnacle formation rises up 165 feet and is encrusted in sponge and coral, making it the ideal home for lobsters and crabs. The best way to see it all is to drop to the very bottom and slowly swim your way back up to the top. If you want to get a PADI license or simply want to join a diving (or snorkelling) trip, pay a visit to Samana Diving.

Samana Zipline Tour

A Samana Zipline Tour is a must during your stay in Samana. In addition to flying through the jungle canopy above the Lulu Waterfall on zip lines, you can choose to go on a safari tour around the area, explore a local’s traditional home, swim at the wonderful Lulu Waterfall, or just take it easy at Playa El Valle. This is definitely a fun thing to do with friends or adventurous family members.

Santi Lemon Excursions

With 9 hours of sunshine per day on average and an average temperature of 27°C, July is a great time of year to be out and about. One of the latest activities in Samana is canyoning. This one is organised by Santi Limon Excursiones and takes place in and around the El Limon River. A canyoning trip involves jumping, wading, walking, swimming, sliding and climbing in the river and its waterfalls. You don’t need to be an experienced athlete to do this—the experienced guides make it suitable for pretty much everyone.This is a great place for a visit, interesting for both adults and children alike. It is located just west of Arroyo del Cabo and to the southwest of popular Las Galeras.

Surfing

Windsurfing, kite surfing and surfing are major sports in Samana (and the rest of the northeast coast of Hispaniola) and one of its beaches is in fact an international windsurfing location. So, if you ever wanted to try out one of these types of surfing, this is the place to do so! The best surfing conditions are between October and April. Great spots to catch a wave in Samana are La Bonita in Las Terrenas and Freddy is Dead in Samana.

Whale Samana

One fantastic activity to do while on holiday in January that people of all ages can enjoy is whale watching. Samana offers some of the best whale watching in all of the Dominican Republic. And January is the best time of the year to do it. There are several different tour operators—check out Whale Samana—that will take you out on the water to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales that arrive in the area in January and hang around until March.

Whale Museum of Samana

Whaling has played a huge role in the history of Samana and the Caribbean. They aren’t hunted anymore, though, and now, the whales are a major tourist attraction during the migration season from January through to March. Outside of that season, you can still learn a lot about these magnificent large mammals in the Whale Museum of Samana. Many exhibits showcase the migration of whales, the life of a whale and other fascinating facts—a major highlight is the 40-foot skeleton of a humpback whale.

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Trey Griggs

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Tracie Randolph

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Dr. Loren Michaels Harris strives to motivate, inspire, and uplift every person that crosses his path. Loren is the host of the daily interview talk show, Bathrobe Moments, and is featured on the e360TV Network, where Loren serves also as an Executive Producer. As a Mentor, Purpose Discovery Coach, Author, and TV Presenter, Loren has been heard on Larry King Live and NPR Radio, seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and FOX. Loren has been featured on the covers of SHIFT Magazine, the first openly gay service member and first African American Man to grace this magazines cover; Heart of Hollywood Magazine; The Global Achievers Magazine;Courageous Men Magazine and PEOPLE Magazine. He is the founder of The Power of We Symposium which celebrates underserved kids of color. Loren works with an elite group of coaching clients in honing their Divine Purpose and then taking that purpose into the world. Slam The Hammer Mastermind, The LMH Coaching Rockstars, and his Elevate Masterclass, are all paths where Loren utilizes his gifts through a paying it forward" mindset. Loren's motto is: 'You do the work, and I will provide the stages!' Loren recently wrapped up the filming the movie Heathen, a made for television movie which airs on the Peacock Network winter of 2022. Loren's Goalcast video can be viewed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHeQafrmpG8

Dr. JoWanda Rollins-Fells

Dr. JoWanda Rollins-Fells is a highly respected inspirational keynote speaker, ordained minister, and skilled consultant. She is affectionately known as Dr. Real Talk and her mission is to help people around the world through the framework of Reframing reality; Empowering vision; Activating faith; and Liberating legacy. She wears many professional hats as she leverages her experience and expertise across the fields of education, public speaking, and media production. Her journey of empowering others began in the hallways of k-12 public education as a noted and highly credentialed teacher and leader for 15 years. She ran for public office and began her term on the local School Board in 2014. In 2020, Dr. Rollins-Fells was elected to serve as the Eastern Region Chair representing 15 school boards in Virginia. This experience is evidence of her champion spirit and commitment to issues facing children, families, teachers, and communities. As an educational consultant, Dr. Rollins-Fells trains and empowers school divisions and social service agencies across the United States of America as they interface with at-promise populations. Her training topics include: A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges Out of Poverty, and Emotional Poverty. As an inspirational speaker, Dr. Rollins-Fells is a passionate presenter who builds the case for walking in Unencumbered Freedom through the R.E.A.L. framework previously mentioned. She is the award-winning author of “Stuck Is Not Your Story; Change is Possible” which was featured in New York Times Square and “Employee to Empire”, “Marketing and Branding”, and “Affirmations of a CEO on the Move”. She is the CEO of Spirit of Excellence LLC where she provides coaching and a full suite of marketing platforms to authors, speakers, coaches, and ministers who are serious about the work of empowering others and want to increase their reach and visibility. Spirit of Excellence Media, Power of One Ministries, Power of One Magazine, and Power of One Radio are all part of the suite of media solutions that Dr. Rollins-Fells leverages in support of her mission. She is a proud graduate of Hampton University and Capella University where she has been equipped with multiple degrees, including a Ph.D., that have provided her an understanding of people, processes, motivation, and transformation. Dr. Rollins-Fells is a wife, mother and minister who humbly thanks God for giving her the wisdom and strength for the legacy she is living and the legacy she is building to extend for generations.

Chuck Doyle

Hello, My name is Chuck Doyle (aka Coffee Cup Chuck). I am the co-owner of Lumenus Technologies (a Lenexa, KS Based Electrical/Lighting Company), the founder of T.A.M.I.C (The American Mastermind Investment Club) and the host of "positive talks" podcast segment and Monday-Friday blog called "The First Cup KC." I have an associates degree in Business and Science marketing (Everest University), an ATM certificate at Toastmasters International (Professional Speech School), and am currently striving to be a motivational public and social media speaker. I enjoy bringing people together for the common good of humanity by ways of motivating and inspiring others. I love networking with people for the sole purpose of creating usable services and the continuation of self educating myself and others passed traditional schooling. I have 30 plus years in sales, more than 20 years of electrical servicing, and 5 plus years in management. I absolutely love people.

Charles Prizen

Charles Prinzen (aka Coach Chuck) grew up in Long Beach, California where he received his diploma from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1974. Coach Chuck is the Founder of ME.INC NOW Consulting (Me Expressing I Need Change Now). Some of his achievements include representing the state of California as the ambassador for the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), a keynote speaker for Los Angeles and Vacaville Unified School Districts in California, main stage Emcee at the Power of We Symposium in Atlanta Georgia and being a top 25 finalist in the inaugural season of the Next Impactor. Chuck is a published author in Foster Focus Magazine, “Coming Up in the Golden Age” and in the Next Global Impactor “Our Legacy”. He also writes several blogs that deal with child abuse, family dysfunctionality and PTSD as suffered at the hands of an abuser. As a campus supervisor, Coach Chuck saw a need for someone to be an advocate for youth, someone to help them see their own past clearly. In response, he started a public speaking and mentoring entity known as ME.INC.NOW. (Me Expressing I Need Change Now). It is his principal goal to help instill self-worth, self-esteem and self-respect in todays youth.

Charlette White

Charlette has been inspiring others for over a decade plus now. Known in the creative space as Charlette The Challenger, Challenging others to win in life has positioned her as a top Transformative Speaker in the Education arena. She has made it her life work to help others transition so that they can be a Real Life Changer in their communities. Today Charlette is a successful Business woman, an Author of 2 self-help books and a Mother of 3 young men.

Andrew Nam

During my second year of college, I decided to drop out of college to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship. I started my first business pursing my passion of the ‘fast and furious’, selling automotive parts out of my bedroom in my parents townhome. Fast forward 5 years, my business became a 5000 sq ft full service facility and was known to be the best in trade. At the turn of the century, my wife and I decided to turn a new leaf, sold our business and moved to another country to start a new life, where we started another automotive business, this time on wholesale rather than retail. Although the business was successful, I realize that my health is declining quickly. Partly due to my traumatic accident in my teens and partly due to the hard work and long days at the garage. In my early 30’s I started having problems doing simple daily tasks. It was difficult to even just get out of bed or to sit or stand for long periods of time, I had digestive issues and severe brain fog. I visited many medical specialists. I tried multiple prescription drugs and pain medicine. But all they did was help mask my symptoms. No one was addressing the root cause. By age 43, I decided that I wasn’t going to just accept the fact that my health was going to decline further. I knew I had to make a change. I decided I needed to take back charge of my health in my own hands. I studied functional nutrition under many functional doctors, scientist and specialists over the years and I became certified as a functional nutrition practitioner, personal trainer and a bio-hacker. Not only was I able to restore my own health, I am also helping others get back their health also. Over the last 9 years, I have been inspiring and teaching others how their body has the natural ability to heal themselves when it is given what it needs to thrive and survive. Everyone is a bio-individual and, given what their body needs, they can achieve optimal health. I want to inspire people that if I can recover my health, so can you. To stop using your age as an excuse. If you give your body what it needs, not only can you prevent chronic health conditions, you may even reverse chronic health conditions that you already have. Remember that age is just a number and should not determine how you look, move ,feel or act. At the age of 52, I feel younger and more energetic now then when I was in my 30’s. Love what you live, and live what you love.

Abdul Muhammad II

Abdul Muhammad II brings over 20 years of experience as a Brand Growth Strategist, Digital Marketer, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Mindfulness Facilitator. As MDM Ventures’ Founder and Chief Growth Officer, he specializes in business and personal growth. MDM's “People, Brand, and Tech” focuses on SMB’s dedicated to social impact within the health and wellness, travel and tourism, entertainment, and financial technology industries. Previously as Partner and Chief Digital Officer for rbb Communications and Director of Social Marketing for Zimmerman Advertising, Abdul directed client accounts for Apple Leisure Group, Brown & Brown Insurance, DHL Express, Facebook, White Castle, Pep Boys, Saks 5th Avenue, and Party City. His team continually produced nationally recognized, award-winning digital marketing campaigns. For nearly 30 years, Abdul has championed the Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, an organization that provides at-risk children with the tools they need to make a difference in Arts, Character, and Education (ACE); with new and expanded programs for community engagement including mental health and wellness, entrepreneurship and workforce development make up the 3-tiers of QLC’s mission. Over the last decade, Abdul intertwined his dedication to mindset, community, and consciousness into his daily lifestyle. As a certified “Breathwork Coach”, martial artist, and yogi, he delivers a unique Mind Development Mastery practice that provides a transformative lifestyle resource for those seeking personal and professional growth via mindfulness. He is a partner and Chief Growth Officer for RefreshMEN.co leading advocacy and the delivery of mental health and wellness services led by melanated people. Creatively integrating his passion for music and social activism, he co-founded ReadyMade Entertainment (RME), a tech company and lifestyle brand that leverages Blockchain technology as exclusive NFT accessed experiences. RME is committed to teaching youth about mindfulness, financial literacy, and building generational wealth as access to freedom. A portion of all they make go to the nonprofit, Quality Life Center, to educate the youth and reduce violence, and drug dealing.

Tam Lawrence

Tam Lawrence is a brilliant visionary for national and international brands. Originally from Milwaukee, Tam graduated from Marquette University with a double major in Psychology, and Communications. Aside from raising two remarkable children, she also managed a real estate investment company, a daycare center, and two upscale clothing boutiques while she was in college. Tam moved to Atlanta where she earned the respect of celebrities, professional athletes, and film producers. She launched Exposure Magazine as s side business in 2013. Today over 87,000 people subscribe to her magazine, a premium print and digital publication. Currently readers will find interest-based essays that expose readers to empirical evidence backed by research and factual data. Tam has also launched a minority-owned streaming app accessible to 168 million homes worldwide. The Exposure Network TV is on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Android TV. She also released an industry publication for professional speakers, Keynote Magazine in addition to the streaming television app. A vivacious woman who is changing the course of history. Tam is a remarkable mix of ambition, resilience, and activism. By embracing automation who has helped companies and brands drive more revenue and raise awareness while accessing more leads. Exposure TV Plus will be available in 2023 with a focus on generating guaranteed results for clients while increasing conversion rates of online sales. Tam is a survivor of human trafficking.
Bill leads our team by offering workshops in stress management and practice building as well as facilitating of our groups. He is passionate about supporting clinicians, leading our retreat program and workshops at our retreat center, Villa Serena. He also thrives on leading our team and in creating success for health and wellness providers. Bill originally founded Practice Success as an effort to introduce integrative coaching and consulting to clinicians. He believed that the time had come to ‘reinvent’ the health industry by creating networks of likeminded, forward-thinking individuals – starting in greater DC and NYC. As they began to work together, these interdisciplinary, collaborative groups began to expand the perspectives of its members. This offshoot project eventually evolved into a thriving program, now known as Metro Collaborative. It has attracted various health professionals looking for new techniques to expand their businesses and connect with other innovators. Observing the notable progress members were making within these forums, it quickly became clear that business acceleration groups were on the cutting edge for problem-solving, as well as professional solidarity and connectivity. Indeed, these groups provide ways for business owners, physicians, dentists and practitioners of all disciplines to learn, connect and collaborate to create cross-referral opportunities. The Path to Metro Collaborative Bill’s background is extensive and spans several decades. In New York City, he worked as a psychotherapist and stress management consultant, coaching executives, physicians, and dentists on maintaining work/life balance. He extended this practice into coaching physicians on improving their business models by focusing on integrative methods for success, such as ‘client-centered communication.’ Completing a degree in psychology and humanities at Carnegie Mellon University, Bill worked as a biofeedback therapist, meditation teacher and coordinator of services at The Combined Therapy Program of The Himalayan Institute. He then completed a Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Bill moved to Greenwich Village to open The Center for Holistic Medicine in 1978 with Rudolph Ballentine, MD, practicing psychotherapy and stress management consulting. After starting a family there, he began modernizing dental and medical offices throughout the North East through the introduction of technology. Over the last few decades, he has evolved his contribution to the healthcare community, always maintaining his focus on leadership, technology, and team building. In the intervening years, he served at the Seltzer Institute, Coaching Solutions, among others. He founded Coaching Solutions (2000-2009), a collaborative practice management firm that implemented transformation with a broad team-based approach to complex business issues. He has taught at The NJ AGD and has lectured at The Academy of General Dentistry, the Tufts and NYU Dental Schools, and numerous study clubs around the country. From participating at Shalom Mountain Retreats, serving as President of The Center for Conscious Living and the Team Management and Leadership Program at Landmark Education, he has learned to envision and generate transformation. Last year, he lectured on leadership at the Cleveland Dental Society. Bill and his wife live their passion by leading retreats, wellness programs, and workshops in Bethesda, MD and at their retreat facility, Villa Serena (Dominican Republic). He splits most of his time between New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland, and enjoys skiing, yoga, and spending quality time with his sons and stepsons. For information on workshops, leadership programs, & executive coaching, contact bill@metrocollaborative.com

Jenny Grisham

Loudmouth Prayer is a prayer organization called to educate, equip, and lead people in prayer. God has given Loudmouth Prayer an assignment to restore and rebuild cities through daily united prayer with as many people as possible. We all have a voice — a voice that God hears and answers. We need to join our voices in lifting up our city every day. Let’s rebuild our communities together. Keeping prayer simple and keeping it organized for you on a daily basis is our main goal with Loudmouth Prayer. We want to offer you many avenues of social media and other platforms where you can join us with a spirit-led daily prayer. 5 minutes a day is all it takes for you to do your part! We encourage you to join Loudmouth Prayer each and every day. Learn with us, get empowered and equipped with us, and we will reclaim Tulsa back into the fullness of God’s plan. We have 3 major focuses of prayer: 
  1. Pray for our leaders
  2. Pray for the laborers
  3. Pray for the latter rain
As we pray for these main prayer points, we will mix each prayer heavily with the precious and powerful Word of God. Nothing is more powerful than bringing God’s own Word back to Him in prayer.    

Kim Singletary

Kim Singletary is a businessperson, speaker, and part-time author who is married to Mike Singletary, an NFL Hall-of-Fame football player and former coach. They married in 1984 and have seven children and eleven grandchildren (and counting). She believes the rough terrain that brought them to 38 years of marriage plus 6 years of dating was a journey the Lord navigated for them to reach back to help those coming behind traverse. Kim considers herself to be the 'chief facilitator of Mike's dreams and visions, as their personalities and giftings are quite different. He is a big-picture visionary, and she is the supervisor responsible for all of them arriving anywhere in one piece and on time. Today, Mike and Kim have co-founded a non-profit called Changing Our Perspective, whose aim is to provide access in under-resourced areas to education enhancement, health and mental wellness, and quality food options in food deserts. Established as a visionary organization and pioneered by NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary and his wife Kim, “Changing Our Perspective's” primary goal is to help tackle the educational and healthcare disparities in our nation's most vulnerable communities with change in mind. Their resolute team are committed to helping create sustainable economic change. Its mission is to equip disadvantaged adolescents with resources and tools that can empower them to create and build a more vibrant and healthier future.

Dr. Michele L. Neil-Sherwood

Michele L. Neil-Sherwood, Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), has had a successful private practice since 2002. In her and Dr. Mark’s private practice at the Functional Medical Institute, she adopts a whole-person approach, which is outcome-based looking at everyone’s unique needs. Her aim is to obtain the highest level of function and maintain it through a multi-disciplinary collaborative approach. Dr. Michele has been certified and trained through Cenegenics, BioTE Medical, Metagenics, Helm’s Medical Institute, and AMMG and provides the following medical services: Age Management Medicine, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine, Acupuncture, First Line Therapy, Lifestyle Coaching, certified in the Kettlebell Functional Movement Systems, and provides soft tissue modalities of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. Dr. Michele understands the importance of nutrition, medical food & supplementation, exercise prescription, rest, stress management, hormone balance, and Functional Movement. Dr. Michele has an extensive fitness and athletic background: Martial Arts (brown belt- Judo, Black belt Tae-Kwon-Do), Strength Training/Bodybuilding (multiple state and national titles), Russian Kettlebell System (RKC Certified, CK-FMS Certified, Primal Move Certified) and Iyengar Yoga Methods.

Bernadette Smith

Bernadette Smith is an intelligent, grounded, and talented woman who believes in leading by example. When speaking at the State Capital in Michigan, she presented as a calming conservative of voice of reason, who leads and unites by example. She is a committed, productive, and a hardworking leader, that helps mend division. As a State Committee woman for the 2nd district in Michigan, Bernadette fulfilled everything she ran on and more, and is now doing the same as an Ethnic Vice Chair focusing on what unites the people in Michigan and rising above what divides them. She is working to help educated and liberate citizens from policies that have not helped them. She attracts people of every race, creed, color, and nationality. Bernadette stands on upholding the U.S. Constitution, she carries a Biblical and Moral view, and believes all people are created equal and she represents all cultures with her deep understanding of the issues that challenge us today. She carries a relational personality that draws you into truth and is a bridge builder. Bernadette is committed to visiting every county across the State of Michigan, and meeting with every community to bring a message of unity, hope, and healing. Bernadette is also a pastor whose passion is that everyone comes to know, intimately, the heartbeat of our Heavenly Father. She enjoys teaching and demonstrating to others how to Trust God and Rest amid every storm.

Joy Thayer

Joy Thayer fell in love with Jesus and entertainment when she was five years old in Maui Hawaii on a YWAM base my parents helped start. Joy met her husband, Matthew Thayer, in 2007 and we combined their love for family and visual storytelling. We started our own film company in 2009. Over the next 13 years, we built Speropictures into a multi-award-winning company—winning 14 Telly Awards, Best Director at AOF, & Best Documentary at the Catalina Film Festival, to name only a few. Speropictures has produced 1000’s corporate & commercial projects, and documentaries, and has been a part of theatrical release feature films such as I Can Only Imagine, Unplanned, Heaven Quest, & BBC Top Gear (a world-class television show). We have been recognized for our unique storytelling abilities and powerfully transformative content. Speropictures has worked on projects for BBC, Verizon, Cisco, HP, UC Davis Medical Center, CNN, and so many more. Our short film, Lemonade has over 8,000,000 views on YouTube.

Emily Peterson

Emily Peterson is known by many as one of the Mama Bears who helped spark the mama bear revolution after her daughter was abused by the mask mandates. Emily fought the system and won for her state with the help of many Iowans and champion legislators we became the first state to ban mask mandates as a law in schools. Her fight has just begun! She was selected as the Iowa liaison for Moms for America.  She helped found a grassroots organization with 8,000 and growing in Iowa fighting for freedom and the next generation. Emily is a woman of faith who believes that moms have been raised up for “Such a time as this”! It is time to rise in the Spirit of God and be fearless! It’s time to save our children from the agenda set upon us to destroy the hearts, minds, and souls of the next generation!

Stacy Whited

Stacy Whited and her husband David in January 2021 decided they would put their business of 25 years on the back burner and devote all their energy and resources to saving America! Stacy and David have always been entrepreneurs. They grew up in Kansas in farm country with very conservative values. At 23 years old they started a successful online product brokerage company that gave them the freedom and flexibility to travel. They experienced the coastal values which only gave them a deeper appreciation for the Flyover Values they had grown up with as “Normal”. Stacy, David, and their kids have made it their goal is to provide hope and actionable steps that EVERY American can begin applying today. Stacy and David are the Founders and the CEOs of Flyover Conservatives. Their motto is WAKE UP • SPEAK UP • SHOW UP. With over 25 years of experience organizing large groups of people to do simple tasks, they have made it their mission to inspire the American people to action. They know what is really needed in our county is to have 80 million people doing 1 thing every day to save their country!

Deborah Williams

Deborah Williams loves the body of Christ Jesus and is dedicated to helping us grow up to full stature and understanding our Authority in Him. Called to preach at the age of 9, filled with the Holy Ghost at 12, she loved Jesus throughout her life. However, after a bitter divorce she felt condemned by the Church and drifted into drugs and depression.  After 2 years of confusion, she ended up sitting down with her father’s shotgun, stock on the floor, toe on the trigger and the muzzle against her throat. But the Lord intervened. He said, “What if there is a heaven and there is a hell?” This thought arrested her. She took her toe off the trigger and answered Him with her first clear thought in weeks. “I’ve been too wicked. There is no way you could still love Me.” Instantly, the loud, commanding audible voice of God demanded, “Go get your Bible!” She thought, “I don’t know where my Bible is.” Immediately she had a vision of it on the spare bedroom closet shelf under some blankets. In amazement, she found her Bible exactly where she had “seen” it. Laying the shotgun aside, she sat down and opened the Bible. “Oh, great,” she thought when it fell open to Deuteronomy. “What could possibly be there?” She had never understood the Old Testament and had no use for it, so she reached out to turn the page. Before she could, the same loud, audible voice commanded, “READ! For the next 27 years she has operated as a Prophet of God with the title of an International Evangelist traveling the Nations, as General Church Evangelist in the US and as Senior Pastor in Oklahoma, because the denomination to which God called her only gave lip service to the Prophetic call. In 2010, she became a nurse, and went from ministering to thousands to one at a time. In 2016, Michael Jones entered her life. After many confirmations, they determined it was the will of God and they married in January 2018. For a while they traveled in an RV around the Midwest until God called her to retire from nursing in 2020. The Lord said, “Start a YouTube Channel,” and of course, the rest is history. Deborah holds an Associate Degree Nursing as an RN from Beaufort County Community College, Washington, NC, and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Lee University, Cleveland, TN. Michael is a US Army Veteran and holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Baylor University, Waco, TX.

Tania Joy Gibson

Tania Joy Gibson, the host of Beauty for Ashes was Miss Illinois in 1996 and competed at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. She was also Miss Illinois Teen and Miss America Teen at the age of 16. Tania graduated with a Bachelor of Business Finance and worked in corporate America for over 10 years. Recently God has directed her into ministry. She has been singing since she was 3 and has performed on numerous stages across the country as an actress/singer/performer. She has had many deep & rich encounters with the Lord and is an anointed prophetic worshipper. She has walked through the deep valley and has seen how the Lord takes the ashes of our lives and turns them into something beautiful. Her desire is to see the Lord use her story to encourage others to trust that God is “Always Good”.

Imaobong Smart

Imaobong Smart is a nurse a transformational speaker and is mental health certified with North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA). She has her degree in theology and is currently working towards her master’s degree She is an author of “STAY your life is precious” a book focused on helping people overcome suicidal thoughts. She is also a movie producer/director and is currently working on the production of her feature film STAY; adapted from the book “STAY; your life is precious”. Ima is the purpose strategist and house speaker at her Nonprofit, Purpose house foundation (TPH). TPH is focused on helping women and youth discover, develop, and deploy their purpose. TPH organizes suicide awareness events, annual conferences for women and summer youth conferences, skills acquisition for youth, and much more. She is married to Temi Smart and together they pastor Kingdom Life Ministry Global in Carrollton TX, and they have 2 children together.

Derral L. Reynolds

Derral L. Reynolds is a soldier for Christ. His evangelist organization “God’s Disciples” follows the mandates given to us in the bible. We serve others! As an international evangelist and the host of “The Truth Today”; Mr. Derral’s television show streamed weekly into 83 different countries and 236 million homes around the world, and he is not afraid to discuss the tough topics and bring forth the truth. Pretty simply if it’s not in the bible it’s not true. If we cannot be true to God, and stand for the truth, why would we expect Jesus to stand for us on Judgment Day? Preaching at rallies, on the streets, and at universities, Derral does not back down when BLM and Antifa attack – He stands his ground. He does more than talk, he walks the walk. Believing what we are told in the Bible about doing Works. The bible is our instruction for Life. Our roadmap to Eternity. In all the things Derral has a passion for, he promotes Christ and helps the Least of These. Every Christian needs to end being politically correct (PC). We need to be God Correct (GC). Are you with me? If God is for us, who can be against us!

Dr. Johannes J. Christian

Dr. Johannes J. Christian was the founding Pastor of The Adoration and Peace Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Christian is now Pastor Emeritus of Adoration and Peace Baptist Church and CEO of Face of Forgiveness LLC. The Rev. Dr. Johannes Christian who was severely injured in a rock-throwing incident by a troubled youth has developed a tenacity and passion to nullify bullying behaviors in our communities with the emphasis focused on the youth. Through Dr. Christian’s personal conviction to forgive, the anti-bullying program has gained much momentum and forgiveness is its central focus. On a dark Ohio interstate in the waning hours of July 9, 2001, Rev. Dr. Johannes Christian’s life changed forever. One moment he is checking his watch, counting the minutes until he arrives home. The next moment, the 50-year-old pastor is clinging to life after being struck in the face by a 7-pound rock thrown from an overpass by a troubled youth. The accident left him blinded, permanently disfigured, and in constant pain. Dr. Christian believes he has been blessed by being a blessing to others. Surviving the Rock throwing incident in 2001, gave him the desire to give back to others through humanitarian and spiritual initiatives. The mission fields have been a place he loves to share and express his love for God and humanity. Dr. Christian’s book, “The Face of Forgiveness” is a personal, honest, riveting account of one man’s struggle for survival. It is an inspirational story of physical and spiritual healing, and of faith and forgiveness, and of the power of the human spirit to transform tragedy into a mission to serve mankind as a witness of the power, mercy, and love of God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Shirley Luu

Shirley Luu is an Award-winning financial advisor, hands-on trainer, author, national speaker on financial literacy, and renowned wealth guru. Her 25 years of expertise in the financial services field sets her apart as one of the industry’s most notable connoisseurs. An Executive Field Chairman for First Financial Security, Shirley informs, educates, and empowers individuals and small and large business owners on lifetime income and retirement. “Shirley Luu & Associates, LLC.”, and her team of licensed professionals serve her clients’ specific financial security needs. Her personal journey, as a widowed mother of three, has allowed her to recognize the unique challenges that exist for women, front and center. She actively empowers women across the globe to “know their money” through various educational and enrichment programs, including the LiSA Initiative. Shirley appears on various TV programs such as local news networks; Channel 5 Fox WTTG, Channel 9 New WUSA, and Channel 7 WJLA. Shirley is in a TV pilot scheduled for the Summer of 2021 along with her w book launch. Amid Shirley’s profusion of recognitions, many of her awards and achievements highlight her support for countless nonprofit and philanthropic causes.

Karen Fox

Karen Fox has been called dynamite in a small package. Since 2009, Karen has been bringing her award-winning expertise in Sales, Marketing, and Leadership to now encompass the role of dynamic Speaker, Coach, and Digital Strategist. She has helped clients increase their income by up to 700%. Besides her years of experience running two companies, some of her certifications include NLP Practitioner, Domination Market Strategist, and John Maxwell’s speaker and trainer. She specializes in helping clients discover the power in developing their business strategies and how to market to the right audience with their unique message through her Extraordinary Success sales and marketing process. She helps her clients increase their influence, impact, and income. Karen Fox is better known as Karen THE Connector.

Definitely Holly

Definitely Holly was speaking to “audiences,” captivating the attention of those around her as early as three years old. As a child, Holly earned the nickname “Ms. Bossy Boots,” never afraid to voice her opinion. She is often referred to as a trailblazer, spitfire, and unapologetically outspoken. Originally from Missouri, Holly’s gypsy spirit relocated her to many locations throughout Tennessee for nearly 9 years. She currently resides in Missouri. Holly left the corporate world in early 2019 and using her skillset and background from her bachelor’s and master’s, she forged her own path and became an entrepreneur. She is the owner and founder of Definitely Holly — public speaker, Conservative Libertarian, Christian warrior, social media and digital marketing expert, shooter, and gun rights advocate. Many recognize Definitely Holly for her humorous Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez impersonations, strong convictions, and common sense. Holly has made appearances on NRATV, The Blaze, local news stations, numerous well-known Conservative podcasts and talk radio shows, and has even assisted in producing and acting in Spectrum commercials. Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and a master’s degree in Communications and Marketing from Lindenwood University. She has over 9 years of experience, and her specialties include social media, digital marketing, media production, writing/editing, promotions, branding, acting, on-camera and on-air talent.

Mistie Layne

Mistie Layne went from being a Texas beauty queen at the brink of becoming a surgeon to facing a forty-year prison sentence behind killing someone. Cocaine and domestic abuse robbed her of ten years of her life and led to a horrific rock bottom she courageously describes in her best-selling book, “What Goes Up.” Mistie teaches her 4 steps C.O. P. E. = HOPE method which walks you through steps to release TOXIC shame and guilt, allowing forgiveness and love to emerge as a key to true inner peace and joy. After hiding her dark ugly secrets for years, she now STEPS UP AND SPEAKS OUT with passion and transparency about how to overcome your worst to live your best. She founded the #BethatONE movement which encourages us to STEP UP AND SPEAK OUT to educate and bring awareness so we can JUDGE less and MENTOR more. Mistie transforms lives by helping release toxic beliefs through transparency to overcome any adversity with confidence and resilience. Her talk show, Dare 2 Share with Mistie Layne, provides a platform for TRANSPARENCY to evolve and freedom to emerge. She also hosts Write 2 Ignite Women’s Empowerment Retreats. Mistie practices Nuclear Medicine full-time serves as the VP on Chemobuddies 4 Life board and is a contributing journalist for several international magazines.

Teresa Snider

Teresa Snider’s passion is being a Global Mastermind Leader. It allows her to work with like-minded people with a good heart and soul. She collaborates on a variety of business ideas and helps groups as a whole solve current concerns or problems they are facing. Teresa worked for Interim Healthcare for four years. The company was adding home hospice to their already successful home health division and needed someone with compassion, knowledge, and a wide variety of contacts in the medical community. She has helped change the perception of home hospice and demonstrated to medical professionals, families, and patients the benefits of hospice for those in need. While she worked at Pfizer, she completed many levels of professional training, launched several new products, served as a guest trainer for new hires, mentored many new hires and college students completing an internship, etc. Thersa has won several sales awards, has been a team leader at a local and area level and initiated new ideas and concepts at sales meetings. Her goal is to look for opportunities in the ever-changing job market. Theresa is known amongst fellow sales representatives for her creativity.

Harriett L. Ford

Harriett L. Ford is a member of Faith Writers, a three-times first-place award-winning author in both regional and national fiction categories. She is a veteran reporter/journalist/humor columnist, a regional Stonecroft Ministries speaker, and a board member of Dr. Marla’s ministry in Branson, Missouri. Her sometimes humorous exploration of faith-based supernatural drama has been compared to best-selling authors, Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, both authors of biblically sound faith-based thrillers. As a journalist, she has interviewed persons whose ideologies are like those of certain fictional characters in the book. If you have family members who are hooked on Harry Potter, her supernatural adventures in the Kaytie Flame series have a message: There is a far greater Power than Witchcraft. Her meditations on the healing in God’s word are now in book form titled “FAITH SAYS WHAT GOD SAYS”. Each short medication is what the Holy Spirit downloaded to her during her husband’s battle with cancer. She lives in Saddlebrooke with her family and two dogs, both of which are Christians. She knows this because they obey Jesus and eat the crumbs under their master’s table.

Anita French-Kidd Stahl

Anita French-Kidd Stahl is an anointed Singer/Songwriter, Motivational Speaker, and Evangelist. Daughter of an ordained father and mother in Ministry, Anita is now following in the steps of her parents, singing, and ministering the Lord’s praises. As a multi-award-winning artist, her most recent accolades were the Silver Heart Award International Full Time Female Vocalist of the year 2016 and Female artist with International Country Gospel Music Association. Anita has just released her 4th CD and recently married William J. Stahl, also a minister of the gospel. Anita sings and ministers in Cowboy Churches, and many other churches, and does Women Ministries, Retreats, Camp meetings, and Cook-outs.

Shelby Carney

Shelby Carney is the owner and designer behind SHE WHO IS. She launched her brand in the Spring of 2019 with the goal to empower women through what they wear. Shelby has always wanted to design clothing, but it took her a long time and a lot of trial and error to realize how she wanted to use her talent for God. Through every trial and every downfall, God showed her along the way. The best outfit you can put on is one that makes you feel fantastic! s. When she graduated high school, she enrolled in the fashion design program at Missouri State University and was set on designing Bridal Gowns. Shelby did everything to work towards that goal. She interned for wedding gown designer, Hayley Paige, and did FOUR other internships in addition to that one. She knew that the wedding industry is where she wanted to be. But she was pursuing two degrees, and though she had completed her design degree, she still had a year left for her merchandising degree. So, what pulled Shelby away from what she fully believed she was meant to do? She had a spiritual experience and knew; she was supposed to use her talent for God. And now she has a full clothing brand, SHE WHO IS.

Dr. Felicity Joy Solomon

Felicity Joy Solomon, PhD, has been a Dream Strategist since 2012. This career found her after over 20 years as a stage and screen performer and director. As she coaches people, her passion is encouraging them to strengthen their strengths and, as soon as possible, outsource their weaknesses. She holds people accountable to their own values, not hers, which allows them to shine the way they were created to. She recently starred in her first movie, Reflections, a short film about the power of prayer. She has made her own dream of being a talk show host come true and now stars in 3 talk shows: “Simply Felicity”, about transformational Christianity; “The Dag Show”, where she trades wits with her “Odd Couple” style co-host Darren Dag, and the most successful, “Black. Conservative. Female.” If you are looking to sharpen your vision for your life, follow her Facebook page, Virtual Vision U.

Haven Howard

Haven Howard started her musical career at the age of 4 and carried that through college where she met her husband, Ron. After they were married in 1970, they formed a duo, Ron & Haven, and music ministry became their work and passion. Life takes different turns and after moving to Branson, MO, Haven also became a consultant with Arbonne International where she helps others find better health. This company was the answer to my prayers for financial freedom and helping others. She is also the Area Director for SW Missouri for Concerned Women for America of Missouri. Haven and Ron have two adopted sons and she will share their adoption story of facing the pain of infertility and then the blessings of letting God write the story of their family.

Rosie Robinson

The Lord gave Stan and Rosie Robinson a vision to open a drug and alcohol center in 2007. While praying and meditating on God’s Word, the name for the center was revealed. The Brook name came from 1 Kings 17:4. Elijah was at the brook and the ravens fed him there. The Brook would be a place where people would find hope and love. Stan and Rosie were to teach those in need, that by the Word of God, their minds would be renewed, and their lives transformed (Romans 12:2). They opened The Brook on June 4, 2018, and now have 2 locations in Branson and Branson West to be able to help even more people in our community. Rosie’s heart is for those who are struggling with a substance use disorder, and trauma whether young or old, to be set free from their bondage and live a healthy life. Stan and Rosie have been married for 20 years and have 5 children. For all they have accomplished so far, they give the Lord the glory because if it wasn’t for Him, they could never have taken that leap of faith. Amen!

Christy Crenshaw

Christy Crenshaw is a Certified Health Coach, Certified WholyFit Instructor, Certified in Aromatherapy, and an Ordained Minister, specializing in rescuing the Body of Christ from a lifestyle of sickness and disease. Christy is the Founder of Kingdom Health Builder where she coaches fellow Christians to lose weight and restore a healthy body. The ultimate dream for this calling and vision from the Lord is to establish God’s Kingdom here on earth by empowering 10,000 Christians to choose to honor the LORD with their health and weight so they will have a greater ability to focus on building His Kingdom. She is a wife and mother of two teenage boys. The bible tells us that our bodies are the Temple of The Holy Spirit and to take care of them is our reasonable act of service unto The Lord. Christy has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years and has personally seen the devastating consequences that come for people of faith who do not take care of their bodies. She has also studied many aspects of natural health including, nutrition, herbalism, aromatherapy, and detoxification techniques along with faith healing. Christy is a product of what she has learned and now she teaches this to others. She has personally lost over 100 pounds and has kept if off for over 4 years while dramatically improving her health and fitness. She also has helped numerous clients to improve their health and lose weight as well.

Hillary Gooden

Hillary Gooden is an Author, Public Speaker, VibrantLife Health Coach, a Certified Lymphology Expert, and a Pastor. Hillary attended the International Academy of Lymphology. She empowers people, especially busy women leaders with strategies to reduce stress, anxiety, and inflammation. She uses tools & techniques to activate and maintain a healthy lymphatic system, and to transform their health and peace the way God intended, which is easy, natural, and drug-free. As a result, her clients experience increased energy, clarity of mind, better sleep, better health, boosted immunity and vitality. She is the author of You Got the Power! 7 Ways to Transform Your Health and Peace. Hillary became an ordained Pastor in 1999. In 2015 she founded Hillary Gooden LLC. Hillary absolutely believes “You Got the Power!” to Help Your Body Help You Live a More Vibrant Life! Hillary is the Podcast Host of The Vibrant Good Health Show and Let’s Get Acquainted! FaceBook show. She also Co-Hosts, News You Can Use with Lotus Riche’, another Facebook page.

Kasundra “Dr. K.” Brown

Kasundra “Dr. K.” Brown The Tilted Fedora Trainer is a highly sought-after preacher, teacher, and motivational speaker most known for clearly communicating timeless truths with practical applications for today’s world. Kasundra has spoken to thousands of people and helped them apply Biblical examples to their everyday life and has a 25-year track record of experience as an ordained non-denominational minister. Kasundra was dubbed Dr. K by an online prayer and study group with whom she met daily for 15 months. Dr. K is the founder of The Tilted Fedora Trainer, her motivational speaking brand based in Dallas. TX with clients such as Thryv, the Tobano Consulting Group, Grapevine Designs, Chai Together, LLC, The Positive Blueprints Podcast, and more. She has published her first book called, “Moving Beyond Betrayal-Help Getting Past What You May Never Get Over.” She also hosts a weekly online Bible Study called, “Connecting the Dots in Scripture to See the Image of God.” Dr. K believes the Bible is still the best motivational book ever written and is making the pivot to take Biblical truth to non-traditional places.

Dr. Marla Woodmansee

Dr. Marla Woodmansee is a Bible communicator, motivational speaker, author, radio talent, and TV host for a national, nondenominational Christian TV program on GEB network, which reaches 38 million households internationally. She teaches at conferences, universities, chapels, churches, and various other meetings. She has been ministering and teaching as an ordained minister for over 20 years. What sets Dr. Marla apart from others in ministry is that she combines experience with expertise! In her words, “I glean from many real-life experiences that seemed impossible to overcome, and yet, God turned them all around. This includes being conceived in an unplanned pregnancy, orphaned at birth, and after being in foster care for the first three months of my life, I was then adopted into a loving family and grew up with siblings from diverse ethnic backgrounds.” In 2005, God led Dr. Marla to help build a church and preach in a revival in Zimbabwe, Africa, where 389 people surrendered their lives to the Lord. She has also experienced God’s healing touch when He supernaturally healed her from a brain tumor. Since God has guided her successfully through each of these situations, and so many more, she often shares that nothing is impossible with Him.

Shelly Bays

Shelly Bays is a self-described “hippie chic” and entrepreneur who strives to live a life of significance. Starting her first business at age 24, she is a second-generation entrepreneur, internationally-certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team, and a certified Personality and Behavioral consultant. She is also certified as an Elite Life Coach and Diversity and Inclusion certified trainer with Empowered Living. With a passion for empowering people, Shelly’s mission is to inspire you to grow intentionally so that you can be successful.

Jessica Mauderer

Jessica Mauderer inspires and empowers people to live out their dreams. Helping them have time and financial freedom fuels my soul! She helps people transform their lives with solutions for weight loss, muscle building, energy, athletic performance and endurance, and healthy living. Her experience with public speaking, building presentations, mentoring, event planning, professional networking groups, non-profit board and staff, finance, banking, social media, and leadership skills bring additional value to my business professionally and philanthropically.

Dr. Lotus Riche'

Dr. Lotus is an experienced trainer specializing in creating dynamic change and igniting others to discover their own personal gifts so that they can be their best reach their highest potential. Her zone of genius is training entrepreneurs on the use of technology such as Zoom, Streamyard platforms & social media marketing so that they can thrive in their role as a successful entrepreneur in today’s world of technology. Dr. Lotus expertise in video creation allows entrepreneurs to exhibit professionalism and enhances the visibility of their brand.

Jeremy Nunes

Often referred to as “Comedy’s next great storyteller”, Jeremy’s unique show has been in demand for over 20 years. He has drawn rave review for his clever observations, unique storytelling style, and ability to improvise with his audience. Jeremy’s DryBar Comedy Special, “Neighborhood Sasq-Watch”, is currently one of the highest-rated episodes on the platform.  Audiences are treated to observations of rural life, working as a small-town mayor, tales of marriage, and raising kids.

Dr. Michael Freeland

Dr. Michael Freeland has come through various personal life experiences which have shaped him to become the Motivational International Speaker and author of FREE YOUR LAND-Developing your Mental-Real-of State. He has earned an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy in Humanities, his global initiative is to show others how to FREE YOUR LAND by assisting others to develop their Mental-Real-of-State. Facebook

Rob Lyons

Due to his rough upbringing and working in the inner city as a property manager Robert Lyons understands what it’s like to struggle. He has mastered his emotions and taken control of his headspace, now it’s time to share his message with the world to help as many people as possible to overcome their struggles.

Dean Storer

Dean was labeled as having a reading and learning disability as well as a troublemaker and called outright, “Stupid”. At the time, he lived up to the labels well. He had a very tough time in school. Turning to drugs and alcohol early on destroyed his love for sports. He was in and out of fights and jail. Eventually, he chose to be successful and he never looked back. At the age of 24, he taught himself to read. Today he has a newfound love for humor and making others laugh. His passion is helping individuals and companies find and develop their true potential.

Erin Paige

Erin Paige believes everyone has a unique, Divinely-gifted voice to share with the world and anyone can become Authentic. Powerful. Creator. After years of silencing her true, authentic voice to live a life based on the perceptions and opinions of others. She has stepped into her fullness by releasing and becoming who she was brought to be – An Authentic. Powerful. Creator. Through A HeartFULL Connection, Erin speaks to guide audiences back to their heart so they can radiate their own unique gifts creating a ripple to shift and ignite the world.

Maude Miller

Maude Miller is a veteran, ex-wife, angel mom, and someone who believes your job does not define you. Maude will be passing along her thoughts and experiences with childhood cancer and child loss. She speaks about how watching a child go through cancer changed her outlook on life. It has made Maude view life through the eyes of a child and tries to live that way. She will also tell you how five minutes can change your outlook.

Anthony Russo

Anthony Russo is a leadership and performance-based motivational speaker that previously owned Identity Marketing, a Dallas-based experiential staffing agency that had over 2,000 active independent contractors and over 7 figures in revenue for several years. For the past 15 years, Anthony has been a professional host and emcee for major national events including NCAA championships, major concerts, and charitable events.

Shanna Collins

Shanna Collins also known as “The Infamous Poet” I’m on a wonderful journey of self-empowerment and empowering others. I’m a Kansas City native and I have always had a love for speaking in front of people, making my voice heard, and leaving a mind-blowing impact since childhood. I recently became a part of The Lions Speakers Academy led by speaker coach Allen Little where I will also receive my public speaking and life coaching certification as well. When I’m not speaking or writing poetry I’m working on writing my personal book titled “My Life, My heart, and My Love” currently in the conclusion phases as well as my poetry book titled  “From Pain to Power” geared towards encouraging people to go from victim to victorious I’m determined to inspire and be the change that I would love to see and in my world, that means living in VICTORY!

Terrance Leftridge

Terrance “The UnStopABLE Coach” Leftridge has had a desire to help people, empower people and entertain them his whole life. Terrance is at his best in front of an audience. His intent is to always leave people better off than before they met him. He utilizes his internet broadcast, “The Unstoppable Stories Show with Terrance Leftridge” as a platform to expose his guests to a larger audience and as a result, increase their circle of influence and generate leads.  

Cicone Prince

Cicone Prince is a highly sought-after International Motivational Speaker, Award-Winning Author, and Personal Development Strategist that helps people take an objective look at themselves. He is the CEO of CiconePrince.com where their slogan is “Making Motivation Personal by Introducing You to Yourself.” TM With an Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Mr. Prince has used his love of learning to continue educating himself. He then passes on those lessons via engaging stories and illustrations during his motivational speeches. He is also the host of the Annual Next Level Leadership Summit and the Chief Editor of Next Generation Speakers Magazine.

Jeff Marconette Jr.

Jeff Marconette Jr., “The Award-Winning International Make Every Second Count Speaker” is a transformational speaker, author, coach, youth mentor, and walking miracle. Jeff compels others to start living now, stop complaining and take nothing for granted! The power of Jeff’s incredible story of resilience is the ultimate embodiment of what it means to make the impossible possible. Jeff compels others to start living now, stop complaining and take nothing for granted! His fight and courage are admirable and his positive energy is contagious! Get ready to run out of the room with a different attitude about life!

Prynce Michael

Prynce Michael is one of the most vivacious speakers you will ever hear. He is the host of the new TV show “The Chat” airing fall of 2021, as well as the author of the book “No Time Like The Present” and corporate CEO of Prynce Michael Enterprises. From homeless, being on public assistance to entrepreneur, Prynce’s transparency and charismatic coaching have influenced audiences worldwide proving that we all have the potential to be great, but it is what we do with the potential that matters.

Toriano Porter

Toriano Porter is an opinion writer for The Kansas City Star Editorial Board. He started his journalism career at the North County Journal in suburban St. Louis and has worked at the Independence Examiner and the Lee’s Summit Journal. Along the way, he’s won statewide, regional, and national awards for his reporting. Toriano is also the author of The Pride of Park Avenue, James Cool, and The Five People You Meet in the Hood (Before You Get to Heaven).

Brenda Ring Wood

Bren has been an entrepreneur since high school. She has seen many fortunes and knows what the word loss means on so many different levels. She has overcome the pain of loss, incarceration, and cancer. Stepping up to be the person you want to be, changing your actions and thoughts, and encouraging others to do it with you. Let’s get started on changing your life!

Larry Reynolds

Brave Heart Workshops was founded by Larry in 2016. He believes in helping others discover their true authentic self, to live life more completely, and to identify and fulfill their life purpose. Larry received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Valparaiso University in Indiana in Business Administration and Management, and his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in Business Administration and Management. Larry has received professional designations from The Institutes CPCU Society – Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and Associate in Research & Planning (ARP), and The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research (CIC), Larry had been a volunteer at a large mega church serving on their insurance committee, leading Small Groups, and hosting international pastors from all over the world to help offset their travel costs at a local Global Leadership Summit. Larry has broad in-depth experience in management, marketing, and sales. He also has an impressive record of success as a Field Consultant, Division Manager and Sales Team Leader, a Sales Professional, and a Corporate Planning Director. Larry has conferred with major companies to increase sales, improve profitability, and strengthen customer service. Larry oversaw a Sales Staff, was Division Manager of the Year two years consecutively, and managed a $40 Million Book of Property & Casualty Insurance Business. He led a Sales Team that sold the largest direct account in company history. Larry brings much value to the Brave Heart Workshops with his Vision Setting, Leadership, and Management skills. These attributes help keep venue costs and expenses affordable for each retreat and workshop. His compassion and empathy make every attendee feel welcomed. His leadership skills keep the event flowing with ease. possible in your life.

Jill Reynolds

Using her background in Meeting and Event Planning, Jill creates amazing conferences weaving authentic up-close stories that connect Hope. Health. and Healing. Jill is known for her Podcast, “The Connection Show” where she helps leaders connect their life stories with who they are today. She is a #1 International Best-Selling Author in a collaborative book, “Fiercely Faithful” where she shares her story called “The Essence of Humility.” Jill shows an audience how to reconnect with what matters most in life so they can be set free from shame, embarrassment, and humiliation. At 28, Jill’s life was a train wreck. Addicted to Crack Cocaine, Alcohol, and down to 97 pounds, she lost her job in San Diego and moved back to Chicago after she had an encounter with God. She knew her life was hopeless; her health was a disaster, and she had no idea what to do next. Everything felt impossible. But she showed up week after week at church and prayed to God to help her and to give her the resiliency to recover. Jill believed that doing the hard work of digging into her story and connecting the dots of her traumatic childhood would bring her the Hope. Health and Healing she desired. The work and resiliency paid off. Today she is passionate about spreading Hope. Health. and Healing to everyone she meets. Never give up. Connect the dots in your stories and they will set you free.

Cat Sharp

Cat Sharp is a Jesus-loving, worship-singing movie geek who has never fully grown up. She loves coffee, all things bright and silly, and wonders why Christmas lights are not socially acceptable year-round. Cat is a Certified Life Coach with a personal weight loss of over 100 pounds. She is passionate about helping women who love Jesus break the diet cycle and find peace and health in their bodies with the Word of God. She believes that the principles of taking care of our physical bodies are beautiful, mini representations of the concepts of discipleship. She loves to zoom out with her clients to see the bigger picture of what glorifying God in our bodies truly means. Cat lives in southeast Missouri with her husband. Between the two, they have 3 adult daughters with their first grandbaby on the way. Cat serves at Memorial Baptist Church as Assistant Music Director, praise team member, and small group teacher.
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