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Guest Occupation: visionary entrepreneur, community leader, founder of two groundbreaking publications
Guest Biography:

Susan Y Jones, founder of two groundbreaking publications - Impact Detroit Magazine and Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine.… 

Terri Stephenson, Editor-in Chief of Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine.
March 8, 2024

Susan Y Jones is a visionary entrepreneur, community leader, and the founder of two groundbreaking publications - Impact Detroit Magazine and Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine. Her mission is to change the narrative about urban communities and inspire people to see the potential and beauty in cities like Detroit and Atlanta. Jones is passionate about the revitalization and growth of Detroit. Through her work with Impact Detroit Magazine, she aims to inspire and uplift the community by sharing stories of progress and hope.

Jones started Impact Detroit Magazine in 2010, intending to change the negative perception that many people have of Detroit. Instead, she wanted to showcase the positive aspects of the city, including its vibrant culture, rich history, and resilient people. The magazine covers various topics, including local businesses, events, entertainment, and community initiatives. Jones believes that by highlighting these positive stories, she can shift the narrative about Detroit and encourage more people to invest in the city's future.

In addition to running Impact Detroit Magazine, Jones is involved in various community organizations and initiatives. She leads by example and has many volunteer services to her credit. For instance, in support of The "Covenant House" in Detroit, Susan fundraised and slept outside in 18-degree weather to bring awareness to homeless children. The "Convent House" was featured on FOX 2 News. In 2014, during the Obama administration, Susan was one of 60 people around the country invited by the White House Business Council and Business Forward for a briefing at the White House to discuss strengthening the economic competitiveness of America's small businesses. She took this opportunity to advise senior White House and administration officials on how federal policy affects small businesses and home markets. "Careers Mastered" honored Susan and awarded her a Leadership in Action Award. Susan is in the Class of 2016; a class photo hangs in the Michigan State Capital.

Various organizations and publications have recognized Jones's work with Impact Detroit Magazine. In 2018, she was named one of the Detroit News' "Michiganians of the Year" for her efforts to promote positive news and stories in Detroit. In addition, she was featured and honored as a V.I.P. Member in 2020 by P.O.W.E.R. (Professional Organization of Women of Excellence Recognized) for outstanding contributions and achievements in the publishing field. These women exemplify tenacity. They realize that to reach their goals, they must never give up and continue to strive to become influential in their profession.

Susan Jones positively impacts the city she loves through her work with Impact Detroit Magazine. Her dedication to highlighting Detroit's positive stories and achievements inspires others to invest in the city's future and work towards a brighter tomorrow.

Jones grew up in Memphis, TN, and Moved to Detroit in 2005 when she remarried her ex-husband. The success of Impact Detroit Magazine inspired Jones to expand her vision to Atlanta. She launched Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine in 2019. She gained a partner Terri Stephenson in 2020 to showcase the city's thriving fashion and beauty scene and to celebrate the diverse communities that make Atlanta such a unique and vibrant city.

Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine has quickly become popular in Atlanta.

In addition to her work with magazines, her impact goes beyond just publishing. She is also the founder of Impact Awareness Leading Youth to Entrepreneurship (I.A.L.Y.E.), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people in urban communities develop the skills and resources needed to become successful entrepreneurs. Jones is also an active community leader and advocates for social justice. She also works with local schools and non-profit organizations to promote educational opportunities and social equity in urban communities.

Jones's impact on her community and the publishing industry is immeasurable. Through her publications, she is showcasing the beauty and potential of urban communities and inspiring others to invest in these vibrant cities. Her commitment to social justice and community building is truly inspiring, and she is a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Terri Stephenson (Editor In Chief)

Mrs. Terri Robinson- Stephenson, Editor-in Chief of Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine. Terri Joined the Detroit Franchise in 2015 as a Senior Writer and was later promoted to Managing Editor for the Atlanta Franchise in 2017. Most recently promoted to Editor-in Chief 2018. Terri brings over 30 years of Marketing, Sales, Finance, Collections, Training and Product development experience, specializing in enabling startup and established companies to increase revenue. A Highly accomplished professional with high business-savvy and excellent problem-solving skills, demonstrating the ability to provide leadership to an organization with focus on Revenue, Product and Brand longevity.

Terri studied Business and Entertainment Law at California State University and a Graduate of American Intercontinental University (AIU) holding degrees in those areas. She is known as being a highly reliable self-starter with strong work ethics, goal orientated, customer focused, self-motivated and energetic. Excelling in helping others become successful and being their best self.

In 2017 Susan Jones, founder of Impact Atlanta, Detroit, & Memphis Magazines, partnered with Terri R. Stephenson, our New Editor in Chief for Impact Atlanta Fashion and Beauty Magazine; we are excited to introduce you, our readers, to the Atlanta, Georgia market which is now the New Entertainment Capital of the World. The south has made a significant impact on the entertainment and fashion industry.

Our Atlanta issues primarily focus on the fashion and entertainment industry, keeping you abreast of the new up-and-coming fashion designers, styles, and trends. In addition, we keep you enlightened on what's hot and what's not! All while making our presence's known.

We've had the opportunity to interview significant entertainers making groundbreaking strides that have placed the city of Atlanta on the map.

Guest Category: Arts, Beauty, Fashion, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Society and Culture, TV & Film
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Ellie Pickering, is a Board certified, licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner including acupuncture and Chinese herbs; is Board certified in Chinese Reproductive Medicine, and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1987.

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Frank Goss III, an entrepreneur, executive producer of the Bronzeville Neighborhood Jazz Festival, award-winning documentary director, and former international banker discusses evolving expressions of your Infinite Potential, refusing to give up even in the face of adversity and failure, redefining your failures to fuel your success, and the importance of relationship management to access opportunities and achieve personal and financial success. Also, discover how you are always successful!

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Portia Carney, MBA, manager for a major financial institution, entrepreneur, and veteran appears on the reoccuring segment, Unapologetically Real for a down-to-earth, candid, fun conversation about discovering who you are, the importance of identity, taking responsibility for creating your experiences, how childhood shapes experiences and relationships, relationships as a mirror of you, and the courage to be YOU, to be REAL and to fuflill your purpose!

Guest Occupation: Fire Chief of Pasco County, Florida
Guest Biography:

Chief Perez is the Fire Chief of Pasco County Florida, and a Pasco County citizen himself. Chief Perez began his firefighting career journey as a firefighter for Pasco County Fire Rescue over 26 years ago. He eventually transferred over to Tampa Fire Rescue, where he served in field operations, as well as Chief of Operations and Chief of Personnel. When the opportunity to return back home to the Pasco County family arose, Chief Perez jumped at the opportunity to serve his home community and was ultimately appointed by the Board of County Commissioners as Pasco County Fire Chief during the July 11, 2023 Board Meeting, with an official start of July 31, 2023.

In addition to his passion for fire and emergency response operations, he is also driven in servant leadership and motivating and inspiring others to reach their full potential and to continuously grow. He mentors, teaches, speaks at conferences, and regularly engages in community and charitable events alongside his wife and children. He has a strong faith and very family orientated values and his priority is always providing the best resources and support for the men and women on the front lines, while increasing their protection and quality of life to the fullest. 

Guest Category: Local, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Religion, Inspirational
Guest Occupation: Independent political candidate for public office seven times: Ward 5 - Councilmember (2012)
Guest Biography:

John C. Cheeks matched all the Powerball numbers and won $340 million, but when he went to cash in the ticket, he was denied. Cheeks was told that there was a clerical error and that the numbers posted were incorrect. John is now suing Powerball for $340 million.

In the District of Columbia, Cheeks has been an independent political candidate for public office seven times: Ward 5 - Councilmember (2012), Chairman of the DC Council (2014 and 2016), At-Large Councilmember (2018), Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives (2020 and 2022) and Chairman of the DC Council (2022).

Cheeks is the Founder and National Executive Director of the United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance, Inc. John serves on the Special Committee for Public Policy on U.S. Slavery Compensation. He is the

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Noel Paine, long time runner, Race walker podcaster
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Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Guest Occupation: Foundation Founder & Director
Guest Biography:

Patrick Erlandson was born and grew up in Los Angeles the 2nd of 7 children. He has been married to his wife Machiko since 1982 and has 2 adult daughters. He has travelled to Cambodia, Paraguay, Zambia, Israel, Korea, Thailand as well as Canada and Mexico in various capacities of service.

In 2010 while working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Los Angeles, USAforUNHCR, Patrick first learned of human trafficking in organs from field agents working in Africa. In 2012 he began leading the prevention subcommittee of the Long Beach Human Trafficking Task Force. He is a speaker, and activist, and organized a number of events such as two Youth Exploitation Safety Symposiums for the city of Long Beach. He founded Father-Con which has held 4 conferences. In 2018 he founded the See It End It Film & Arts Festival and in 2020 added a Global Platform for international online participation. He led a demonstration against human trafficking every month for over 4 years in Long Beach as Men Standing Against Trafficking, MSAT.  Focusing on prevention, he has presented multiple workshops on the link between human trafficking and pornography and concentrates on the two areas of vulnerability and entitlement that contribute to both the supply and demand sides of human exploitation. He is a board member of Artists 4 Change and works in partnership with the YWCA which came aboard as the financial non-profit partner of See it. End it. Film & Arts Festival and Father-Con.  In 2023 he was asked to present at both the plenary session and side event at the 32nd Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria.  He highlighted the urgent need to invest in fathers and to recognize that present fathers prevent greater poverty, criminal behavior and deterioration of education.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: President of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Guest Biography:

The Rev. Dr. William Carl III is president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA.

In addition to serving as the Seminary's fifth president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III is a professor of homiletics. Before coming to the Seminary, Carl served as pastor of the 1,700-member First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, for 22 years.

Carl graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's in religion and philosophy. He earned his master's of divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where he was a Patterson Fellow in New Testament Greek. In 1977, he received his doctorate of philosophy in rhetoric and communication from the University of Pittsburgh where he also worked as an instructor. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1973.

Carl's previous teaching experience includes associate professor of homiletics and worship and instructor of New Testament Greek at Union Theological Seminary (Va.). Thirty years ago, he was an instructor at Pittsburgh Seminary and more recently served as an adjunct professor at Austin Theological Seminary.

He has lectured at Oxford, Princeton, Boston University, the Moscow Theological Academy, the Kerala United Theological Seminary in India, the Beijing Theological Seminary in China, and dozens of other divinity schools and conferences both here and abroad. Carl has published six books, including his newest one The Lord's Prayer For Today (WJK, 2006) and more than 50 scholarly articles and reviews.

Guest Category: Literature, Education, Entertainment, History, Military, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Spiritual Teacher, Ceremonial Leader, Integrative Wellness Expert, and Leadership Consultant
Guest Biography:

Jonathan H. Ellerby, Ph.D., has worked as a spiritual teacher, ceremonial leader, integrative wellness expert, and leadership consultant for more than 25 years. With a doctoral degree in comparative religion, training as a counselor and chaplain, ordination as an Interfaith Minister, and certification in a variety of intuitive and energy-based healing practices, Jonathan has dedicated his life to understanding transformative spiritual and the nature of consciousness. Author of several books, including Return to the Sacred, he lives on Vancouver Island, Canada.

Dr. Jonathan Ellerby stands out as an extraordinary spiritual growth and consciousness expert offering a rare background including advanced academic degrees and research, decades of practical leadership and applied experience, in settings as diverse as hospitals, rural communities, Fortune 500 boardrooms, international settings, and premier retreat and resort facilities, along with 40 years of personal direct experience. As a seasoned spiritual teacher, chaplain, interfaith minister, holistic healer, and ceremonial leader, there are few topics in the world of consciousness, culture, religion, and spirituality that he cannot address with clarity, insight and an inspiring

The Seven Gateways to Spiritual Experience

In the common confusion about spirituality, religion and personal growth, most people get lost in debates about practices and philosophies, forgetting that it is in fact deeply compelling personal experiences that fuel the spiritual journey. From modern psychedelic seekers, to the founders of ancient traditions and our world’s religions, spiritual experience is the force behind it all. Dr. Jonathan has created an absolutely unique, inside out, guide to spiritual experience that helps readers to know what the experiences are like, to understand better what they mean, and to see the connections between spiritual experience and a better life – a better world.

In this guide, Jonathan Ellerby helps you recognize the common ways people encounter the Sacred—God, the Divine, non-ordinary consciousness, and the spiritual world—so you can identify when you are having a spiritual experience and embrace it as an opportunity for spiritual growth, healing, and resilience. Filled with richly written true stories and experiences he has had around the world.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Alternative Health, Fitness & Exercise, Medicine, Philosophy, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Visual and Recording Artist, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Public Speaker,
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TONY MOSS is a visual and recording artist, producer, singer and songwriter, public speaker, founding member of the group, “Bird Tribe”, and creative director at I.AM.LIFE MUSIC, where his focus is music as medicine.

Born from a musical family of R&B & Gospel singers (The Stovall Sisters), raised and immersed in California’s psychedelic/spiritual cultures, and inspired by over 25 years experience working with plant medicines, Tony blends elements of science & mysticism with multiple genres to create the “mystic soulful” music for which he is best known.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Education, Entertainment, Games & Hobbies, Music, Society and Culture, Pop Culture
Guest Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director
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Actor Douglas Vermeeren lighting up the indie circuit in 2023.

This year has been an eventful year for filmmaker/actor Douglas Vermeeren who stars in a number of independent feature films throughout North America.

Currently, on the Film Festival circuit, the compelling horror anthology feature Tenants recently premiered at the LA Film Festival, winning Best Horror Anthology. It isn’t the first win for the feature, which also took home the coveted Best Picture award at the LA Crime & Horror Festival.

Directed by Buz Wallick, Sean Messer, and Johnathan Louis Lewis for Exit 19 Productions and Wallick Productions, Tenants takes viewers on a unique horror anthology in an apartment building with bizarre situations that provoke several unusual supernatural suspense stories. Filmed in Los Angeles, Douglas has the role of Leonard, the manager of this strange apartment building - a position that has put him in dangerous situations that end in tragedy.

Of the film, Douglas said: "Tenants is a film that brings to mind many of the great horror anthologies from the past like Stephen King's Cat's Eye, Twilight Zone: the Movie, and Creepshow. However, Tenants takes a very unique approach in how the stories are all interconnected. That's something that hasn't been done before in this way for an anthology.”

Elsewhere in the indie world, Douglas plays Billy Lachance, the villain in the Canadian feature film Jack Knife, now in post-production. After Billy’s brother is accidentally killed and his drugs are stolen, he embarks on a determined path of revenge.

Filmed in and around Toronto, Jack Knife is a co-production with Adam Jack’s Eat Your Eggs Production and Jason Lumpish & Erica Sherwood’s Jarico films. Multiple award-winning filmmaker Adam Jack (The Lurker, An All-American Fairytale) wrote the screenplay and directed the film. Erica Sherwood (Fight! A Kind of Wonderful Thing) and Douglas star alongside first time teen actors Tivon Charles and Payton Mills.

In Jack Knife, a fun afternoon of fishing turns frightening when a young black brother and sister are attacked in the woods by a drifter. While fighting him off, the brother accidentally kills their would-be molester with a jackknife. The film deals with many of the current race issues in our world and an incredible case of mistaken identity.

Douglas states,” This was a very special film to work on. It was very strong in its portrayal of the racial challenges, stereotypes and misunderstandings that so often happen in our society today."

In the feature Fresh Meat, a group of influencers break into an abandoned prison and release an evil that has intentionally been locked away far from the public and now no one will be safe. Douglas plays Sherriff Bellamy in the film, who is dedicated to keeping the influencers out of the prison and when that fails, he must decide how to contain the evil which has escaped. Produced by Pageman Productions and directed by Daniel Turres the film is currently in post-production. Other actors include Mika Amonsen (Thanksgiving, Impulse, Reacher, Designated Survivor), Jorja Cadence (Priscilla, Reacher, Rabbit Hole, Sex/Life), and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life, Under the Banner of Heaven, Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities).

“Fresh Meat was a very bloody project. It is a project that definitely lives up to the name. What you see on the label is definitely a reflection of what you experience in the project. Fresh Meat is destined to become one of the classics in horror slasher films right up there with Friday the 13th, Halloween and others,” says Douglas.

Also in post-production, Black Creek is a feature directed by Shannon Lanier for the production team of CRRC Productions and the Marlowe-Pugnette Co. Inc. filmed in Tuscan, Arizona. A sheriff's sister seeks revenge against the terrifying leader of a group of outlaws after discovering he brutally murdered her brother, his wife, and other family members in a gritty southwestern town.

Douglas plays Hank Winslow, a slimy corrupt businessman in the town of Black Creek and the right-hand man of the sadistic villain, Damien Sinclair (Richard Norton), who runs the gambling and bare-knuckle-brawling ring of Black Creek. Hank Winslow has a very special and unique position in this martial arts film. He runs the fighting ring and plays a central part in antagonizing the fights.

Martial arts legend Cynthia Rothrock (The Martial Arts Kid, In Search of the Last Action Heroes, Diary of a Lunatic) who has been featured in over 70 films is joined by many legends of the martial arts film world including Don "The Dragon" Wilson (Batman Forever, Ring of Fire), Benny Urquidez (Con Air, Grosse Point Blank, The Contract, 1408), R. Marcus Taylor, (Straight Outta Compton, Baby Driver, Luke Cage) and Keith Cooke (Mortal Kombat, Alita: Battle Angel) in the film.

Not one to slow down, Douglas is in talks with international filmmakers for a number of new feature films in pre-production alongside some very recognizable names - so stay tuned for what’s next for this talented filmmaker.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Society and Culture, TV & Film, Variety
Guest Biography:

Cherice N. Carter aka Divorce Coach CC, the Founder and CEO of Coaching the Masses, Inc. is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach®, Life Coach, and author of "Love Notes: Affirmations, Essays, Inspirational Notes, Poems, and Quotes Inspired for Healing," is set to be released March 10, 2024.

As a divorce coach, Cherice helps her clients find clarity, healing, and a renewed sense of self as they navigate the challenging process of divorce; then embrace their new chapter with confidence and resilience.

“Love Notes” is an inspiring compilation is a treasure trove of wisdom and healing, offering readers a collection of powerful words and reflections to uplift and inspire. "Love Notes" will be available for purchase at all major retailers, allowing readers from all walks of life to access its transformative message. 

Guest Occupation: globally renowned Transformational Teacher, Leader, Speaker, International Best-Selling Author, Creator of Diamond Feng Shui, Diamond Dowsing, Inner Diamond Meditation Programs
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My guest is often remembered for being featured in the global sensation The Secret, Marie Diamond has built an incredible worldwide following. She has taught more than one million students over the past 30 years and is a sought-after speaker in more than 30 countries. She is a personal, business, and spiritual mentor and consultant to a who’s who of celebrities in film, music, C-suites, global leadership, sports and even in royal palaces. Counted among her clients are Steven Spielberg, Jodie, Foster, Dan Aykroyd, Big Sean, Paula Abdul, Jason Bateman and luminaries Jack Canfield, the late Bob Proctor, Dr John Gray, Marianne Williamson, Rhonda Byrne and Vishen Lakhiani. Marie’s latest book is: Feng Shui Your Life: A Beginner’s Guide to Using Your Home to Attract the Life of Your Dream

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Technology
Guest Occupation: Spiritual Neo-soul Singer, Songwriter, and Producer
Guest Biography:

Moneá (Pronounced Mo-Nay), a spiritual Neo-soul singer, songwriter, and producer from Virginia, stormed her way onto the scene in late 2021, and has been raising intrigue ever since.

After dropping her highly anticipated debut EP “777,” featuring standout single “Universe”, Moneá is taking her fans on a spiritual journey inspiring self-love, unity and self-worth. Her releases are in conjunction with the moon cycle, which is something that Moneá dives deep into a

In just under a year into her career, Moneá has been put on an Apple music curated R&B playlist, sold out her first show, and traveled to Europe for her first international performance. This 21 year old artist, who also plays piano, is rising to a point where the whole world will know her name soon.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music, Philosophy, Society and Culture, Pop Culture
Guest Occupation: Colorado District-39 Representative
Guest Biography:

In 2019, I entered the political realm because I couldn't stand on the sidelines any longer. The detrimental policies of our Governor and Denver Mayor have trickled down, turning Douglas County into a haven for criminals and homeless encampments.

As a fiscally responsible, pro-life, Christian conservative, I champion the principles enshrined in our Constitution. I firmly believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. Limiting government to its proper role fosters stronger economies and empowers citizens.

My straightforward goals include:

- Transparency
- Integrity
- Genuine representation of my community
- Decisions rooted in the Constitution
- Advocacy for our county's interests at the state level

Family is the cornerstone of society and will always be my TOP PRIORITY.
I was born and raised in Nashville and lived there for 23 years until 1999, when I moved to Colorado to marry my incredible husband, Jay.


We have been married for 25 years and I am the proud mother to four beautiful and amazing boys who attend Douglas County public schools. We lost our only daughter to stillbirth in 2007.


We have called Douglas County our home for the last 20 years.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, News, Politics & Government, Local, National, Society and Culture, Theory & Conspiracy
Guest Occupation: Chief of Police
Guest Biography:

Pamela A. Smith has over 25 years of law enforcement experience and a decorated career having achieved numerous commendations and awards. While in the United States Park Police, Smith served in major city field offices across the United States including San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, rising through the ranks to become Chief of Police for the United States Park Police in 2021.

She began her career with the United States Park Police in 1998 as a patrol officer in the San Francisco Field Office and received numerous commendations for her proactive efforts with drug enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, and community engagement. As her experience grew, she was reassigned to the New York Field Office where she continued her remarkable work ethic and joined the Canine Unit as a Canine Handler in the Explosive Ordinance and Detection Unit. She transitioned to a Senior Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Law Enforcement Driver Training Program in Glynco, GA. She rose through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, deputy chief and was ultimately promoted to Chief of Police, becoming the first African-American female to serve as Chief in the agency’s 230-year-old history.

After a successful career in law enforcement with the US Park Police, Smith joined the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in May 2022 as the Chief Equity Officer, assigned to the Executive Office of the Chief of Police. She led the department's efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), made an immediate impact at the MPD and ensured that DEI issues remained a priority in the department. She developed an organizational channel for department-wide accountability by providing strategic advice to the Chief of Police, executive leadership, and senior management officials within the department. In addition to her DEI focus, she supervised the Directorates for Employee Well-Being and Support Unit and Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

She made a significant impact in a brief time span and in April 2023, was promoted to the Assistant Chief of Police, Homeland Security Bureau where she led the operational and administrative functions of the Special Operations Division, Joint Strategic & Tactical Analysis Command Center, and the Office of Intelligence. On July 17, 2023, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she selected Pamela A. Smith to serve as the next Chief of Police at the Metropolitan Police Department. Smith was  officially confirmed Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on November 7, 2023.

Chief Smith is well known for her law enforcement commitment and advocacy, leadership, and her skillful passion to forge relationships within the agency and across the communities she serves. Throughout her distinguished career, she has earned numerous awards and recognitions from several organizations including the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), the Women in Federal law Enforcement Public Service Award, Northeast Region Equal Employment Opportunity Office Recognition of Outstanding Excellence; and the National Council of Negro Women Award for Working Together in Unity.

Smith is a member of several organizations including the Washington Metro Chapter, National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executive, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE). She’s also a sought-after speaker and panelist for many platforms focused on women in law enforcement, leadership, diversity and inclusion, and more.

It was her early years in foster care in Pine Bluff, AR that fueled her passion for helping and advocating for children. And as a minister today, she uses her platform to counsel and mentor youth and young adults to make a positive impact on their lives.

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy (Session 265).

Guest Category: Kids & Family, Military, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: actors
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Sean Patrick Flanery Casper Van Dien and Parmish Verma team up to star in the action-packed feature film “Ruthless Bastards” which just wrapped in Vancouver BC

Former partners in crime reunite for a final mission against a ruthless crime boss in a partnership that could be the death of them.

How did you make this 3 million feature in 3 weeks? That’s amazing!!

Production has wrapped for the action thriller feature film “Ruthless Bastards” starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Casper Van Dien, and Parish Verma. Producer Alex Bogomolov and Wai Sun Cheng announced the film was in production from October 17 and wrapped on November 10, 2023, in and around Vancouver BC. “Ruthless Bastards” was written by Varinder Jhattu. With a budget of $3 million USD, director Bruce Fontaine (Beyond Redemption) is creating an edge-of-your-seat, action-packed film showcasing his Hong Kong style action roots. Action Lab Productions, Pandapix Pictures, and Early Ignition Entertainment are producing the feature film. “Ruthless Bastards” is being distributed by Brian Sweet of APL Film.

Joining Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondocks Saints 1 &2, Born a Champion, Young Indiana Jones) and Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers 1 & 2, Tarzan & the Lost City, Sleepy Hollow) are Indian singer/actor Parmish Verma (Rocky Mental), Sydney Scotia (Frank and Penelope, Some Assembly Required, Reboot: The Guardian Code), Theresa Lee Lee Hung (You’re Hired, Psych) and Hasleen Kaur (CAT, Tu Jhooti Main Makkar, Mili Cat)

Former partners in crime, Nico (Van Dien) and Rick (Flanery) reunite for a final mission against a ruthless crime boss. Amidst infighting, corrupt police, and a hostage situation, they must set aside their hatred and work together to succeed. Two men each have $5 Million worth of reasons to put aside their hatred of one another. At the center of everything are Sunny Gill (Parish Verma) & the Sergeev brothers. As Nico & Rick are trying to uncover the deal that the unlikely partners are brewing, Rick’s old resentment towards Nico resurfaces, complicating their ability to work together.

It’s draws you in with the synopsis.

“Ruthless Bastards” was produced under the jurisdiction of ACTRA and had an interim agreement by SAG-AFTRA to shoot during the strike.

How was this accomplished?

Sean Patrick Flannery is represented by April Lim of GAA, Casper Van Dien is managed by Jeff Goldberg Management, and Sydney Scotia’s agent is Kendra Naka at The Characters.

Sydney Scotia recently wrapped a series lead role in the Crave series, PILLOW TALK. She is best known for her role as Geneva in the YTV/Netflix comedy, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED; for which she won two Joey Awards, and earned a Leo Award nomination for Best Comedic Actress during its three-season run. In May 2016, her short film I DARE YOU (producer/actor) screened at the Cannes Film Festival, earning her a fourth Joey Award nomination. Sydney then went on to star in the Netflix series, REBOOT: THE GUARDIAN CODE, based on the cult classic cartoon. Her other credits include The CW's CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, and Hallmark's, EAT DRINK & BE MARRIED. This year she will make her theatrical debut in FRANK & PENELOPE, in theaters June 3rd. Season two of PILLOW TALK to begin filming September 2022.

She pursues a career behind the camera as well with her feature length documentary, THIS HITS HOME winning audience choice at the Boston Film Festival. Her most recent short films DEAD END and JANE are to be released in 2022 after attending festivals. She recently won Best Female Director at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival.

As a dancer, she danced competitively for 8 years and in 2008, she performed in Hong Kong with Olympic gold medalist, Olga Korbut. She continues to write and release original music through AWAL distribution (Spotify, Apple Music).

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Society and Culture, TV & Film, Variety
Guest Occupation: The Coreprenuer® Speaker, Trauma Breakthrough Specialist, Healing and Forgivenes Advocate, Author, and Executive Podcaster
Guest Biography:
Valessa L. Taylor, a distinguished Trauma Breakthrough Specialist, Healing and Forgiveness Advocate, decorated Female Iraq War Veteran, and Coreprenuer® Speaker, leads the captivating Let’s Talk Corelicious: Leave Room For Dessert Podcast. As the visionary CEO and founder of Go Core Mind Body Soul LLC, and Corelicious LLC, Valessa pioneers holistic wellness, driving transformative change in mental, physical, and spiritual spheres. Her groundbreaking achievements include being the first African-American speaker at TEDx Coatzacoalcos on Juneteenth 2021, where she shared her empowering message of resilience and empowerment.
Valessa's multifaceted journey, enriched by her military service and advocacy for women's empowerment, is a testament to her unwavering commitment to inspire and uplift others. Recently featured in Womlead magazine for her exceptional leadership and contributions, Valéssa champions inclusivity and empowerment, fostering a diverse and inclusive space that celebrates the richness of humanity. In Episode 167 of the Females Founders podcast, Valessa Taylor: Pioneering Business Innovation with a Holistic Approach, she delves into her pioneering approach to business innovation, emphasizing the importance of holistic wellness in entrepreneurship and leadership. Through Let’s Talk Corelicious, Valessa invites listeners from all walks of life to embark on a transformative path of self-discovery and resilience, embodying the spirit of diversity and unity in the pursuit of personal growth and empowerment.

Guest Category: Business, News, Military, Local News, World News, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Inspirational
Guest Occupation: CA State Senatorial Candidate, Ph.D, Councilwoman
Guest Biography:

Elizabeth Wong Ahlers, Ph.D., is a mother of six, Councilwoman, businesswoman, and nature enthusiast with a passion for public service and a vision for the future that includes restoring personal liberties, safer communities, less government intervention, and restored parental rights.

In addition to serving as Councilwoman in Crescenta Valley, California, Elizabeth also has served on multiple international boards and committees including Bridge to Nations (humanitarian and educational work) as well as in local service capacities, such as chaplain for the Boy Scouts of America. Her extensive humanitarian work has taken her to Asia, India, and Bolivia working predominantly with children, women, and other underprivileged groups.

Elizabeth is certified and supports the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is even a licensed Ham Radio technician. Elizabeth is a local educator who has taught at UCLA, Los Angeles Valley College, and Glendale Community College. She graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale and earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, a Master’s Degree in Teaching English from UCLA, and a Doctorate Degree in Applied Theology.

She has served locally and internationally in areas of education and community wholeness as well as serving on local private school boards. Elizabeth is a fifth generation Californian, a mother to six beautiful children, and grandmother of three. When time has allowed, she has volunteered as a support group leader, youth leader, and a hospice Chaplain.

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