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Headlined Guests

Guest Occupation: Author
Guest Biography:
Amy Pollack 
Author of The Adventures of Jelly Bean and
The Further Adventures of Jelly Bean
 
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Ever since she was in fourth grade – back in 1960 – Amy Meislin Pollack was writing and telling stories about a character named Jelly Bean. She never stopped telling those stories, sharing them with her students over a teaching career that spanned 40+ years. She shared them with her three children when they were younger – and then with her seven grandchildren. Now her stories have been made available to everyone with the recent publishing of two coming-of-age books intended for middle-graders, The Adventures of Jelly Bean and The Further Adventures of Jelly Bean.

“My books touch upon topics of friendship, popularity, death, race, drugs, alcohol, feeling neglected, family issues, and the types of things many kids today are confronting as they look to find their way in an ever-changing world,” says Pollack.

The Adventures of Jelly Bean and The Further Adventures of Jelly Bean are the stories of a fourth-grader who faces challenges that just about all children her age can recognize.  Her parents don’t approve of her favorite friend in the whole world. She has trouble getting along with the brother who is closest in age to her.  The uncle she loves so much is about to marry the most awful woman she could ever imagine, and the girl who used to be her best friend has turned on her. Jelly Bean faces these and other stumbling blocks, including: the difficulties in achieving and maintaining popularity and how important having certain friends should be to her; difficulties inherent in relationships with various friends and family members; and learning how to make decisions on her own.  In these first two books of my middle-grade series, Jelly Bean comes to understand that much of life is trial and error, and that the only constant in life is that it is always changing

About The Adventures of Jelly Bean:

What if the start to your day was falling into the toilet, which caused you to miss your carpool, that in turn caused you to get to school late, that ultimately caused you to miss getting one of the decent parts in the upcoming Thanksgiving play? That is exactly what happens to fourth-grader Jelly. Bean on the day we first meet her. Things only go downhill from there and no one at home seems to have much time for her. Except Roger-Over, her beloved dog.

About The Further Adventures of Jelly Bean:

Jelly Bean in the continuation of her adventures as she seeks solutions to the challenges that confronted her in book 1. Michael, her oldest brother, has dropped out of school and joined the Marines, which usurps much of her parents' attention. Kylie, the new girl in school, faces a medical emergency. And Jelly Bean is still forbidden from going to her best friend's house.

She has to decide how to deal with these dilemmas and more. Along the way she learns about love, death, pain, relationships, the difference between right and wrong and the value of friendship. See the world through the eyes of this forthright fourth-grader as she discovers two truths about life - that it is always complicated, and always changing.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Commissioner in the field of policing
Guest Biography:

For more than 35 years, Commissioner Charles Ramsey has been an iconic innovator in the field of policing since the start of his decorated career. Commissioner Ramsey remained at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies, leading organizational change and advancing the law enforcement profession across three major city police departments Chicago, Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Throughout his tenure in law enforcement, Commissioner Ramsey has supported and facilitated evidence-based policing and experimental evaluations, resulting in positive change within the communities he served.
 

Commissioner Ramsey established a firm commitment to fighting crime and safeguarding people’s lives, all while committing to providing officers with the tools they need to develop professionally and remain safe while protecting their community. President Barack Obama recognized Commissioner Ramsey’s effectiveness and innovation in community policing, appointing him as the co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. This followed several high-profile incidents involving law enforcement’s use of force nationwide. Commissioner Ramsey continues to be an internationally recognized practitioner and educator in his field and is past president of both the Police Executive Research Forum and the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

 

 

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Financial Planner and Tax Expert, Business Owner
Guest Biography:

Gabrielle Rene is a Financial Planner and Tax Expert.   She is the proud owner of Grene Enterprises Tax & Financial Planning.   Gabrielle has been working with families and small business owners for over a decade. She has worked as a Bank Manager, a  Financal Advisor with Edward Jones, Mortgage Loan Officer and Mortgage Broker.  She currently holds  Life & Health insurance license. She is also an Enrolled Agent; Enrolled Agents (EAs) are "America's Tax Experts". EAs are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxation and also have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

Gabrielle has her Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Finance (BS), a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a Master in Taxation (MST).  She has also completed the education requirements to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board Exam.

Gabrielle loves to volunteer, travel and spend time entertaining with friends and family.

Guest Category: Business, Investing and Finance, Marketing, Management, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: MFCC, Professor, Ph.D.
Guest Biography:

Dr. Angela Bowers attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate work as a double major in psychology and communications. After a few years of work in the business world, she entered graduate school and received her Master’s in Clinical/Community psychology from California State University, Fullerton, CA.

After earning her Master’s she became licensed as an MFCC, (Marriage, Family, Child Counselor) in California. She also taught psychology classes at California State University, Fullerton while pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.

After earning her Ph.D. she and her husband moved to Scottsdale, AZ. She set up a private practice and has been working in the practice for over thirty years. While enjoying her work as a psychologist, Dr. Bowers, who believes in life-long learning, trained with the International Yoga Studies program and became a certified yoga teacher in the mid-1990’s. She also pursued post-graduate training in hypnosis with the world-renowned Milton Ericsson Foundation in beginning and advanced hypnosis. Dr. Bowers received beginning and advanced training in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and has completed a 200 hour training course in Ayurveda. She has also become certified in Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health.

Dr. Bowers has three children. She enjoys spending time with them and supporting their growth as she witnesses them emerge into becoming responsible, happy and thriving young adults. She enjoys sharing her life with her long-term partner and three adorable dogs.

Her hobbies include painting, photography, hiking, yoga, meditation, and most of all traveling. She appreciates traveling domestically and internationally as well. She has a strong interest in nutrition, reading, culinary delights and spontaneous adventures.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Kids & Family, Medicine, Psychology, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Firefighter, LEO, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, EMT, LCSW, Crisis Clinician
Guest Biography:

Pete Nichio, has worked 20 yrs in fire service, and served in the Marines and Army National Guard. Pete was diagnosed with PTSI in 2015 from multiple combat deployments and from everyday operations on emergency calls. Pete recently served as Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer for the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team’s first-ever benefit last October.

Pete Elste has been a Police Officer for 24 years. He started his career working with the NYPD 73rd Precinct in Brownsville Brooklyn, and was part of the Street Narcotics Unit and Community Conditions Unit. Pete is currently serving with the Danbury Police Department where he is a Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, and a member of the Emergency Services Unit and Peer Support Team.

Bonnie Rumilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of First Responders. Bonnie is also a 21-year Emergency Medical Technician, and retired Chief of her EMS agency.  Bonnie worked in Newtown treating Trauma directly after the Sandy Hook School Shootings and is an EMDR therapist. She is a Clinical Director of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, Inc.

Scott Alvord, LCSW is an experienced therapist and clinical supervisor. Scott works with the Crisis Intervention Teams for two local Police Departments as their Crisis Intervention Clinician.

 

Guest Category: Military, Local News, Local, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Inspirational
Guest Biography:

Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz is a riveting speaker, multi-award-winning best-selling author and filmmaker, consumer health activist, energy medicine expert, “electroceuticals" pioneer, and founding father of the exploding “528 industry” that leverages the “528 frequency” of therapeutic sound, light, and music empowering creative artistry and the natural healing arts and sciences. He has published more than two dozen books (including three American bestsellers), dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles, and seven (7) documentary films. His latest book sold through Amazon is titled “Spiritual Warfare, Salvation & Survival in the Age of Chaos"—subtitled, “AI, Frequency Weaponry and Transhumanism Threatening Extinction.”

Guest Occupation: Doctor of Physical Therapy & Pickleball Injury Prevention
Guest Biography:

About Dr. Josh Mackey, PT, DPT

With a background in sports like table tennis, badminton, and spikeball, it was easy for Josh to fall in love with the sport of pickleball.

After quickly starting to play the sport and competing against other players, he learned that many were struggling with pain and injury. Many of them had tried physical therapy, chiropractor, personal training, and other treatments in the past. Despite this, most were not getting the results they wanted.

This is where Dr. Josh began to search and look for a better solution. With his knowledge of the sport of pickleball and expertise as a doctor of physical therapy, he was able to bridge the gap between the two. He wanted to deliver a one-of-a-kind service designed specifically for pickleball players struggling with pain and injury.

Over the past year, Dr.Josh has been able to help hundreds of pickleball players all over the world. His goal is to help pickleball players bulletproof their bodies from injury so they can continue to compete against friends and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Guest Category: Games & Hobbies, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
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
Guest Biography:

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.

Guest Biography:

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!

Guest Biography:

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! 

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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,
Guest Biography:

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
Guest Biography:

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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.