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Guest Occupation: Retired Fire Lieutenant Paramedic and Board of Directors at the National Alliance on Mental Illness NH and CEO Freedom Hill Consulting
Guest Biography:

Todd Donovan is a former Lieutenant/Paramedic (Retired) with the Derry, NH Fire Department and has been with the department for 20 years but has been a paramedic for 30 years. He lives in Chester, NH, with his wife, Nicole, of 31 years with four great children (empty-nesters now).
Freedom Hill Consulting, where Todd is the CEO, consults with emergency services organizations to manage and strategize their data and to achieve accreditation. Todd is also the President of the Board of Directors at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in New Hampshire.
He holds a bachelor’s in business and a master’s degree in Leadership from Granite State College.

Guest Category: Alternative Health, Medicine, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Technology
Guest Occupation: Chief Physical/Mental Organizing & Declutter Specialist
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Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Energy Healer, Psychic
Guest Biography:

Sarah is a profound and naturally gifted Energy Healer and Psychic. She passionately embodies and shares her own healing journey, offering support and guidance, holding the light for others on the path of self-healing.

Sarah has extensively studied esoteric teachings through numerous international mystery schools over the last 17 years. 

The last three years, Sarah dedicated her studies with Spiritual Acceleration and mentoring with Bonnie Serratore. This has had an exponential impact on her scope and capacity as a powerful and innovative energy healer.

Through her refined skills of high-frequency channeling and divine connection, she will track and clear frequencies and foreign interference which are keeping you stuck, limited or playing small.

With an innate ability to compassionately cut to the core of the issue, Sarah will help you clear the misconceptions, embrace the learning, and provide divine guidance as you navigate your way forward on your path to self-mastery and reclaiming your divine sovereignty.
As the Lead Accelerator with Spiritual Acceleration, Sarah is teaching Intuitive You & the Foundations courses in 2024. Intuitive You is a 6-week psychic development course which Sarah has redeveloped to include deep clearings in every class to breakthrough blocks and limitations to owning ones psychic and intuitive gifts.

The 10-month Foundations program is being offered in Australia for the first time ever with Sarah leading the way.

This transformative course will revolutionize the way you show up in a healing capacity with the depth and expansion it offers for personal healing and the tools and techniques Bonnie has created to achieve real breakthroughs on the quest for true liberation.  

Sarah lives on the Mornington Peninsula of Melbourne, Australia.

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Guest Category: Entertainment, Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Paranormal, Philosophy, Self Help, Spiritual, Access Consciousness, Psychic & Intuitive
Guest Occupation: Author
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In this memoir entitled The Sound of Her Voice, author and retired social worker, Mary Harper tells the story of how her parents, two strong, independent individuals overcome all challenges to live a full and successful life. She addresses topics about the challenges, struggles, and gifts of blind people as well as how those around them can help them cope and succeed. A beautiful memoir so poignant that it reads like fiction!

The Sound of Her Voice: My Blind Parents’ Story is the inspiring chronicle of a remarkable couple (both blind since childhood) who — against all odds — lived full and productive lives. Mario became the first blind graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and was later elected Judge of two different county courts in Muncie, Indiana. 

Jane, who was fiercely independent from a young age, ran the household and raised four sighted children without outside assistance. Capable and confident from the start, Mario and Jane Pieroni lived abundant and gracious lives, overcoming the constant challenges they faced.

A beautiful memoir so poignant that it reads like fiction, this inspirational first-hand account is told by their youngest child, Mary Pieroni Harper, a retired social worker. “I grew up in a loving household with parents who were patient and kind,” she tells us. “Our family looked like other families who were at Sunday Mass or on television (my main frame of reference as a child). Yet Mom and Dad’s eyes didn’t light up when they saw me or darken when I did something wrong. They had no idea what I looked like.”
Using extensive archival material — including recorded audio and video interviews, and family photos — Harper offers up a tale both historical and future-facing, helping us understand how the world unfolded for generations past and what is possible for generations to come. With clarity and emotional vulnerability, Harper takes us on an odyssey that extends more than a century.

We travel through time during her parents’ childhoods and watch them mature and fall in love during their education at the Indiana School for the Blind. And Harper gives us powerful glimpses of her own life — then and now — as one of four children who could see her parents but whose parents only knew her by touch and sound.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Entrepreneur, Author, Core Life Coach, and Professional Speaker
Guest Biography:

Valessa L. Taylor is a highly accomplished and influential leader. She possesses a strong and dynamic presence, which allows her to make a significant impact in her field. Her extensive military experience and diverse background have equipped her with a unique set of skills and perspectives, making her a force to be reckoned with. 

Valessa is known for her ability to inspire and motivate others, and she consistently demonstrates a strong sense of determination and resilience. Her leadership style is characterized by her unwavering commitment to excellence and her relentless pursuit of success. Valessa is a true powerhouse in her industry, and her contributions have made a lasting impact on those around her.

Valessa  L. Taylor is not only a highly accomplished and influential leader, but she is also a c suite executive and the CEO of Go Core Mind Body Soul LLC and Corelicious LLC. In these roles, she oversees the strategic direction and operations of both companies, ensuring their continued growth and success. Valessa’s leadership and expertise have been instrumental in driving innovation and delivering exceptional results for her organizations. Her ability to effectively manage teams and navigate complex business challenges has earned her a reputation as a highly respected executive in her industry.


Guest Category: Business, Military, Local News, World News
Guest Occupation: Author
Guest Biography:

My name is Theo, but that nickname started in the 6th grade. My full name is derived from my grandmothers, Thelma + Elizabeth = Thelizabeth.

After 30 years, I moved back to my hometown in Whitney, Texas. In this photo, I am standing in front of the hospital where I was born 50 years ago to two of the most beautiful people I will ever know.

I’m just a farmgirl that loves to write. Most of all, I love sharing the story of a farmer, his wife, and their life. It’s beautiful. It’s broken. It’s complete. It’s a sweet life with a most tragic end. They lived in extraordinary ways and died in extraordinary ways. But just because some stories don’t have happy endings doesn’t mean the characters don’t live happily ever after.

I write so people can feel what I feel, see what I see, and love what I loved.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Love & Relationships, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Battalion Chief at Raleigh Fire Department
Guest Biography:

Dena Ali is a battalion chief in the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department with 15 years of service. She has a master’s in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Biology & Chemistry, Self Help, Inspirational, Motivational
Guest Occupation: Medicare Social Security Author & Consultant.
Guest Biography:

Toni King is an author, columnist and radio and TV personality, and has spent more than 27 years as a top sales leader in the Medicare and health insurance fields. She has also conducted “Confused about Medicare “ workshops throughout Texas and the southeastern United States. In 2009, Toni was holding a Medicare workshop in Greenville, Mississippi, when a member of the audience asked a question about his not needing Medicare Part B. Toni met with the gentleman after the workshop and it didn’t take her long to find out that he had received wrong information from his local Social Security office. It took a couple of days to get this overwhelming problem straightened out and get him his Medicare Part B. When it was all finished, her role as an insurance agent had changed to that of advocate for people on Medicare. It was then that she took the Medicare and You handbook and put it into “people terms” so the average person could understand Medicare.

Whether Toni is consulting with a client in the office or giving a “Confused about Medicare” workshop to hundreds of people, she emphasizes her mottos: “Medicare is NOT Cookie-Cutter” and “What You Don’t Know WILL Hurt You!” Not understanding the rules and guidelines of Medicare can cause you to make costly mistakes that will last a lifetime. Whether you are helping your parents understand Medicare or choosing a plan for yourself,  let Toni show you how to navigate your way through what has become the Medicare maze!

Guest Category: Kids & Family, Medicine, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Consultant specializing in political campaigns, advocacy and small business development.
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Patrick is a consultant specializing in political campaigns, advocacy and small business development. He previously served as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Republican Committee, America’s only fully urban state GOP organization. The first Republican ever elected to the DC State Board of Education, Patrick represented Washington, DC’s, most racially diverse ward for a full four year term.

A staunch advocate for parental choice in education, he was the Board’s sole representative to the National Association of State Boards of Education’s Government Affairs Committee where he helped shape national education policy. Long active in politics, Patrick ran for DC Council and served as an Alternate Delegate (2008) and Delegate (2012) at two Republican National Conventions. With over two decades of campaign experience, Patrick has worked and volunteered on dozens of campaigns at the local, state, Congressional and Presidential levels. Earlier in his career Patrick worked on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator; at the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a contractor; and later lobbied both the Legislative and Executive branches of the Federal government on behalf of technology, education and energy clients.

Patrick currently serves on the Washington Latin Public Charter School Board of Governors which is among DC’s highest performing schools. Before earning an entrepreneurship-focused MBA from Babson College, Patrick graduated from Marist College with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science. He is past President of the Marist College Alumni Executive Board and past Board of Trustees alumni representative. Patrick and his wife live in the Randle Highlands neighborhood of Washington, DC with their two young sons.

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Variety
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A former award-winning sports reporter and communications coordinator for the Houston Texans, who also happens to be the niece of country superstar, Dierks Bentley. Brooke Bentley is familiar with the toxicity of sports culture. In her timely debut novel Sideline Confidential (summer 2023), Brooke explores the challenges and discrimination women face in the male-dominated world of professional sports. I hope you’ll consider Brooke for interview this fall. She can discuss her own experiences facing sexual harassment while working in sports and with the NFL -- from being forced to ride a separate bus to not being allowed to interview players in the locker room to having a consensual relationship with a high-profile figure weaponized against her. I'm sure you can imagine that Brooke is comfortable in the broadcast arena.


From former sports anchor and award-winning sports journalist Brooke Bentley comes Sideline Confidential – a behind-the-scenes peek at the obstacles and double standards facing women in the male-dominated space of sports journalism. 

When young sports journalist Blake Kirk lands her dream gig – working as a reporter for her hometown’s pro football team – she anticipates many of the challenges that accompany the gig – long hours in the office and on the field, many days of travel, immense pressure to succeed as a woman in sports journalism. What she doesn’t expect are the double standards and old-school entitlement that trip her up at every turn. From day one, Blake faces off with her boss who does everything in his power to make her job difficult—from forcing her to ride a separate bus to the games; to blocking her from interviewing players in the locker room; to pushing her to “network” with colleagues at a strip club. As suggestive notes appear on her desk and a consensual celebrity hookup is weaponized against her, Blake’s dream devolves into a nightmare, and she is forced to choose between her dignity and her career.


Brooke Bentley is a former television anchor and award-winning sports reporter. After graduating with a master’s in journalism from the University of Southern California, she spent two years working for the Houston Texans as a media personality and over a decade working in sports journalism. Brooke now devotes her time to championing local nonprofits, including Homemade Hope, where she served as the development director. She and her husband live in Houston and are raising two young boys. 

Sideline Confidential is Brooke’s debut novel, where she shares her firsthand knowledge of the challenges women professionals face in the male-dominated world of professional sports.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Philosophy, Psychology, Travel & Leisure, TV & Film, Variety
Guest Biography:

Dr.Mawusi Arnett is a physician-entrepreneur with a background in health disparities research and Board-certifications in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine. Dr. Arnett earned a BA from Princeton University, a MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completing her residency training at Northwestern Family Medicine, she served the region as a Northwestern Medicine Hospitalist during the first phases of the pandemic. Dr. Arnett is the Founder/CEO of

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology, Mental Health, Science, Self Help
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Dr. Bridgette Arnett is an MD/PhD with more than 20 years of experience and Board-certifications in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine. She earned her B.A. in Neurobiology and Physiology from Northwestern University, a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of IL at Chicago, and her M.D. from the University of IL College of Medicine. Dr. Arnett completed her residency and fellowship training in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology with an emphasis in Epilepsy at Rush University. She is also the Clinical Advisor of, a text message-based wellness learning community for Black women looking to shift habits, cut disease risks, and boost wellbeing.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology, Mental Health, Science, Self Help
Guest Occupation: CEO Women and Wisdom Media, Author, Executive Coach, Radio Show Host
Guest Biography:

Yvonne E.L. Silver - Confidence Catalyst and CEO of Women & Wisdom Media – for women entrepreneurs seeking to Flourish!. She's a sought-after Speaker, Bestselling Author and Coach/Mentor - an Expert in Confident Conversations, increased Sales Velocity and Leading to Empower for a purposeful, sustainable life, with more fun and family beach time.  Yvonne draws on 30-years of business success with 8 start-ups, and as an Evolutionary Business Council Member and Radio Show Host which has a combined reach of over 500 million. Yvonne is a Certified Executive Coach, and Mentorship Chair, who was recognized with a "Women of Inspiration" Award.

She shares her wisdom blending her Reiki Practitioner and spiritual practices with designations of Certified Executive Coach, Chartered Professional in Human Resources, and is also a BANK IOS 6-Intelligences Certified Coach/Trainer and Certified EQ-i Consultant. She has been featured on CNTV, In The Limelight TV, on Sustainable Success - Voice America, League of Giants TV, The Winners Circle Podcast, and on WINGS of Inspired Business. 

Growing up in England with a father who returned from World War 2 with PTSD, she watched him drain the dignity out of her Mum, until she became a fragile shell of the professional woman she once was - she lost her voice and her power. After suffering from his abuse too, she rose up to help women to stand up, be heard and use powerful language to succeed in life and business.           

As the mother of a special needs son, Yvonne supports women who struggle with balancing their success with having a joy-filled, family life of freedom, to leave a proud legacy. Her son is now 26 and while he has accomplished great things so far in life, Yvonne's resilience evolved while advocating for his rights and needs, to become an Artist with a Cause, paying for 5 Operation Smile surgeries with artwork sales.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Kids & Family, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: Retired Police Officer and Drug Recognition Expert and Master Resiliency Trainer
Guest Biography:

David Berez is a retired Police Officer and Drug Recognition Expert, having served more than 20 years with the East Windsor Police Department and a total of 33 years in Emergency Services. Mr. Berez is the President and Founder of Six4 Consultants, a Public Safety Consulting Firm. Mr. Berez is also a published author, featured columnist, guest speaker and panelist on a variety of Public Safety discussions. Mr. Berez is a Resiliency Program Officer and Master Master Resiliency Trainer. He is a facilitator for "Resilient Minds on the Front Lines," "The Power of our Story," and a consultant for NJ's State Resilience Program for LE. In 2022, Mr. Berez was named to the Law Enforcement Advisory Counsel for Citizens Behind the Badge. Mr. Berez is currently earning his Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Guest Category: News, Local, Psychology, Emotional Health and Freedom, Mental Health, Personal Development, Self Help, Inspirational, Motivational
Guest Occupation: Co-Founder of ‘Shift Happens’
Guest Biography:

From captivating audiences at the tender age of 9 in school plays to earning a music scholarship at the University of Florida, Andrea's journey through the arts has been nothing short of inspiring. As Andrea Lauren, she produced a mesmerizing album and embarked on tour adventures alongside iconic acts like Salt-N-Pepa, Freddie Jackson, and Crystal Waters. Her magnetic vocal prowess and deep audience connection eventually paved the way for a flourishing career in voice work and marketing.

However, in 2007, Andrea's life took a profound turn when she encountered Brian Weiss's transformative book, "Many Lives Many Masters." It triggered a seismic shift towards spirituality during a challenging period marked by her father's illness. Amid the stress and uncertainty of hospital waiting rooms and the disheartening news in the world, Andrea discovered her true calling – becoming a beacon of positivity, faith, and optimism.

Harnessing her personal experiences, Andrea crafted a unique happiness formula from within and began sharing her uplifting message on a humble homemade website. This endeavor swiftly gained traction, culminating in the creation of, a cherished haven for like-minded individuals seeking happiness. Andrea's journey took another leap forward as she studied under the esteemed Dr. Robert Holden, the visionary behind the Happiness Project and best-selling author of "Happiness Now! Shift Happens" and "Loveability."

After rigorous training, Andrea emerged as a Certified Happiness Coach and Certified Success Coach, further enhancing her skills with certifications in Hypnosis and Neurolinguistic Programming. Her insightful blogging garnered international recognition, securing her a spot among the top 10 of the Top 100 Self-Help Blogs alongside renowned platforms like Psychology Today and The Happiness Project. Andrea's contributions extend to esteemed publications such as MindBodyGreen, The Happy Starfish, Cafe Truth, and The Master Shift. Her voice has resonated across numerous radio outlets and popular podcasts, including Blog Talk Radio and Transformational Talk Radio, solidifying her status as the "Happiness Expert" on The Happy Hour at News Talk 1180 in Philadelphia. Moreover, she is a cherished regular contributor to CBS morning news.

Andrea's radiant spirit has graced the world-renowned Hippocrates Health Institute, where she conducted her transformative happiness workshop as an integral part of their Health Educator Program. Her journey is an awe-inspiring testament to the power of positivity and the profound impact one person can have in spreading joy and wellbeing.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Biography:

Corey Poirier is a multiple-time TEDx, and sought-after Keynote, Speaker. He has spoken on MoMonday’s and PMx stages, has shared the bill with everyone from John C. Maxwell to Deepak Chopra to Stephen MR Covey to General Hillier and has presented to hundreds of thousands of attendees since he began his speaking journey.

Host of the top rated ‘Conversations with PASSION’ Radio Show, For The Love Of Speaking Show, and the founder of The Speaking Program, he has been featured in multiple television specials, and he has been featured in/on CBS, CTV, NBC, ABC, and is one of the few leaders featured twice on the popular Entrepreneur on Fire show.

A columnist with Entrepreneur and Forbes, he has also interviewed over 4,000 of the world’s top leaders.

One of his most recent talks took him to New York City where he had the extreme pleasure of speaking to At-Risk Youth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Boys & Girls Club.

A father to his young son Sebastian, boyfriend to Shelley and a father to 3 fur-babies, Corey is also a practicing Yogi and Rock Recording of the Year Nominee.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Variety
Guest Occupation: Filmmaker, multiple best-selling author, screenwriter, Host of "The Real Tommy Unleashed"
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Besides being an independent film maker, Tommy Anderson is a multiple best-selling author and screenwriter. Tommy Anderson also enjoys his role as a motivational speaker and Host of "The Real Tommy Unleashed" on the IQ Podcast Network in San Diego and streamed over 10 stations. For example Tommy's show is heard on multiple streaming platforms, Itunes, iHeart, Spotify, Apple Play, and more. An accomplished screenwriter he has written and is a Producer on the award winning short film "Life After Oblivion,", based on his award-winning adapted screenplay. Tommy's first feature film screenplay PTSD-A soldiers Revenge is currently in production by Panther Trail Films - Hollywood. Tommy also received his first directing credit on the pilot series "The Tale of Richard Pic". Since then, Tommy has directed and produced several award winning short films. In addition, Tommy is also routinely cast as an actor in commercials, television, and film.

Tommy is a founding member of VetPics Film Productions in San Diego, California. This is an all-veteran independent film production company which produced "Life after Oblivion." Most recently Tommy was seen as the face of the national Spotify commercial as the man with the dancing dog. His best-selling novel Haboob Wind is now a screenplay, and recently won Best International Screen Writer by 8.5 Film Awards. and his new novel Two Million Steps was released in March of 2021 and went to Best Seller on Amazon in two weeks. Tommy has recently adapted this to a feature screenplay and in addition Tommy has written another feature screenplay called "The Flight of the Deborah K".

Before moving to the Los Angeles area, Tommy lived in Madison Wisconsin and had a full career firefighter/medic with the Madison Fire Department and later retired from the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard. Tommy is a member of various organizations, including the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, Veterans in Media and Entertainment, the U.S. Press Association, and has served as a photojournalist for ABC7LA News along with being a member of the California American Legion Press Association.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Singer-Songwriter
Guest Biography:

Ellie Irwin is a neo-folk/country singer-songwriter known for her lyrical awareness & heartbreaking melodies. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ellie believes that her “Appalachian roots” seem to seep their way into her music through intimate feelings of warmth and nostalgia.

Currently based in Boston, MA, Ellie studies songwriting at Berklee College of Music. Continuing to find inspiration in timeless artists such as James Taylor & Carole King, Ellie hopes that her music holds the power to connect & bring together whoever may listen.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, History, Kids & Family, Music, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Entrepreneur, Educator, Civil Sector Leader, Founder of International Child Art Foundation
Guest Biography:

His experiences in the inner sanctums of academia (George Washington University), institutions (the World Bank), business (CEO, USA International), civil sector (founder, International Child Art Foundation), and government (by virtue of residing in DC since 1975), have contributed to Dr. Ishaq’s unique perspective and activism.

Dr. Ishaq has examined and judged more children’s artworks than anyone else. For him, child art is the most honest and purest form of human creative expression. He believes that our future depends on what children imagine to be possible and how they work together to make it happen.

He organizes the Arts Olympiad (a school art program that has grown over time into the world’s largest), produces the World Children’s Festival (held every four years since 1999 at The National Mall across the U.S. Capitol as the “Olympics” of children’s imagination), and publishes the ad-free ChildArt magazine for young readers’ creative and empathic development.

His research and writings have appeared in the Institutional Investor, IMF’s Finance & Development, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Arts&Activities, SchoolArts, UNESCO Observatory Journal, National PTA’s Our Children, The State Education Standard, The Lancet, Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation Journal, and Dynamische Psychiatrie. He co-authored a book on small-scale enterprises published by the Oxford University Press in 1987. His recent book, The Creativity Revolution, is available on Amazon. He is writing his third book to encapsulate his vital experiences.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Musician, Teacher, Flutist
Guest Biography:

As a professional musician performing as a flutist, pianist, and Celtic harpist, Catherine Thompson has performed over four decades with numerous ensembles (orchestras, ballet companies, radio, TV, and film) in the cities of New Orleans, New York, Boston, Detroit and in the greater Los Angeles area.

In addition to living her life as a musician, she is passionate about sharing the life-enhancing and healing aspects of music and art, as well as teaching the next generation of musicians. She has been very fortunate to have studied with some of the best musicians in the world at The Juilliard School, Loyola University’s College of Music (New Orleans, LA), and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.

Her earlier work as an accompanist at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA) was her first experience working with a vast array of urban youth and noticing how music and dance changed their lives for the better. Because of that experience, she was motivated to earn her master’s degree in Expressive Arts (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA) so she could work using the healing aspects of art modalities with various populations such as: veterans, hospice patients, disabled children, as well as people with addictions and psychological challenges which was an intense awakening to the power of the arts to transform lives.

Due to life-changing events in the mid 1990s, she moved into the demanding business management environment of the music manufacturing industry and artist promotion for 13 years in the cities of Detroit and Los Angeles. In 2004, she returned to teaching, performing, lecturing and providing workshops. She has witnessed how connecting people to the arts; no matter what their level of skill, has a deep impact that empowers them.

Currently, she brings her authentic experience as a musician and music business professional to the community, classroom, or any setting to help people connect to the power of beauty. In addition to playing Classical music and accompanying other musicians she enjoys improvising ceremonial, healing, and ambient music to assist people to be present in the moment, or support them in life transitions, and embrace the healing principles of beauty and arts in their lives.

Catherine is an active member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC), The American Federation of Musicians, The National Flute Association, as well as other music and spiritually affiliated organizations. She also is an instructor of music appreciation and art history classes at Pasadena City College’s Continuing Education Center (Pasadena, CA) for more than 15 years.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Education, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Music, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture