Headlined Guests

Sheila Thelan
Guest Occupation: President at Vestibular Training Services & provider of Figure Skating Spin Training Tools & Seminars Worldwide
Guest Biography:

Sheila Thelen has been a coach at the Figure Skating Club of Bloomington in Minnesota for the past 32 years. However, teaching skating is just part of her busy life dedicated to improving skaters’ training.

Thelen created several products skaters use on and off ice to help their skating techniques. She also hosts numerous seminars and is part of an online coaching staff.

“I’m thrilled to have met Trevor Laak, the founder of iCoachSkating.com, before he founded it,” Thelen said.

After meeting at Grassroots to Champions seminars, Thelen joined his company as a consultant and helps with their online marketing.

“iCoachSkating is truly a revolution in how coaches all over can improve their knowledge and improve their skaters,” Thelen said. “Every problem a coach has ever had, Trevor has a video to fix that problem. It’s fun to see skaters and coaches learning new techniques and skills on iCoachSkating, and it’s fantastic that skaters and coaches can join the website.”

iCoach, however, is just the beginning. She’s also a very successful entrepreneur, creating several products skaters use to improve various elements.

“My first big product I created was the ‘Jump Ease Skating Harness,’” Thelen said. “I learned a lot about business and how to make a company fun.”

Her second product, Champion Cords, taught her to embrace something new at the time: a business website.

“I really learned how to create a website, and to work with patents (USA Patent:  7,214,171), skate shops, seminars, packaging, staff and manufacturing,” Thelen said. “Champion Cords are fantastic for teaching a skater to feel alignment position, muscle memory awareness and technique.”

Thelen since added the Champion Skating Harness and Champion Electric Spinner.

“Both of these products help the skater learn vestibular balance and air position,” Thelen said. “Truly how you train modern day rotation. It’s actually fun to see people installing this gear in their homes. They are also great for seminars. We haul in a harness, install it and train coaches how to use it.”

Her Champion Developmental Seminars keep this busy coach traveling to clubs with many top coaches.

“Each seminar can be custom designed to feature a guest coach,” Thelen said. “We bring in tons of gear and help the coaches develop skaters at all levels. We are absolutely honored to have an amazing staff of coaches to help.”

Thelen even created a fun jewelry piece with her Champion Achievement Charm bracelet. The charms include all the jumps and spins, a perfect and fun way for skaters to keep track of their progression.

“As your skater progresses through the sport, add a charm to the bracelet,” Thelen said.

Thelen will host a booth featuring all her products at the upcoming May PSA and CFSA conferences in Chicago and Moncton NB, Canada. A two day seminar with World Coach Ravi Walia is scheduled for June at the Bloomington FSC.

Her skating harness and electric spinner also recently became part of physical therapy research and development work with autistic children, something Thelen is extremely proud of.

“This work is so important to me,” Thelen said. “Improving children’s, skaters and families’ lives.”

 

Education:     Bachelor of Arts, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.  (1991 Graduate)    Double Major:  Communications/Marketing and Anthropology *Research Emphasis:  Public Speaking/Osteology (Human Bone Research).  *Senior Residential Advisor.  *Twin Cities Business Women’s Scholarship Recipient.  *Speaker at Hamline 1990 & 1991 Leadership Conference. *Academic Policies Committee and Sub-Committee. * Self PAID 100% of Education. * Dean’s List.

 

Experience:    Owner/Designer/President of Vestibular Training Services LLC (2019-Present) *Applying Figure Skating Harness training – to helping physical therapists in the fields of:  Autism & Post Concussion/TBI.  Patent Pending.  We are going to change the world.

 

Owner/Designer/President of Champion Cords/Seminars/Harnesses/Spinners (2012-Present) *Providing seminar for coaches worldwide alongside World & Olympic Coaches.  Specializing in figure skating technology, harnesses & developing all levels of figure skaters.  *Creating leadership in coaching and mentoring.  Number one in figure skating harnesses & coaches training.  *Known worldwide for coaching excellence.  Research and development for multiple skating training tools

 

Grassroots To Champion Seminars (2008-2016) Executive Director. *Coordinate 19 National/World/Olympic Coaches in 30+ National and Internationals seminars per year.   Coordinate all:  schedules, travel, hotel, ground, product, pre and post seminar.   *Marketing.  *Negotiate contracts with 10 Corporate Sponsors & National Organizations.  *Manage week long International Seminar Dorms/Food/40+Coaches/100+ skaters from around the world. *Dartfish Specialist  *Recruited by World & Olympic Coach – Audrey Weisiger.  *Number 1 in Figure Skating Seminars in North America.   *Sales increased 348%, since position was created.  Agent/Representative for 8 Olympic/World Coaches.  Created a 501c3 for Young Artists Showcase.

 

Sheila Thelen, Inc., (2003-Present)   Owner-President.  *Inventor and design engineer of athletic training aids *National & International Guest Speaker.  *Product Design. *Contract Negotiations.   *Patent Writing.   *Patent Number:  7,214,171.  *Created all product marketing and information.  *Product is used by World & Olympic Skaters and Coaches.  *Endorsed by the Professional Skaters Association International.  *Presenter at Fall Regional & International Seminars.  *Presenter ON ICE: at PSA International Conference, Canada Figure Skating National Conference, ISI International Conference, England/UK NISA Conference, Iceland FSA.   *Endorsed by National/World/Olympic Skaters and Coaches.  *Monthly article in PSA Magazine.   *Featured Specialist on:   iCoachSkating.com  *Named TOP FIVE Coaches by iCoachSkating.

 

Professional Figure Skating Coach.   City Facilities, MN (1987-Present) Self Employed.  *Teaching beginners through senior competition levels.  *Head Professional.   *Senior Synchronized Skating Line.   *Consultant – Israeli Figure Skating Association.  *Teaching ages: 2-30.  *Master Rated Coach by the Professional Skaters Association International. *Strong USFSA/ISI Coaching Experience.  *Specialty in Dartfish Computer Software (for computer jump analysis).  Consultant to coaches & skating schools.

 

                        St. Croix Valley Recreation Center.  Stillwater, MN (1998-2008) Skating Director.   *Manage and oversee MAJOR Skating School & Entire Figure Skating Program. *Manage all private lessons.   *Supervise all self employed skating coaches.   *Hosted ISI & PSA Fall Regional Seminars.   *Payroll.   *Database.  *Assign Skaters to Coaches. *Director of Winter Exhibitions.   *Director of Spring Ice Shows.  *Advertising Manager.  *Silent Auction Manager.  *Created registration program enabling 500+ in person registrations in 1 ½ hours. *Manage arena staff.  *Power Skating Coach with Junior Gold Teams & High School players.   *Coach multiple high profile clients & The Herb Brooks Foundation.

 

                        Jump Ease, Inc.  Lino Lakes, MN  (1997-2004)  Owner/President.  *Inventor and design engineer of multi-use harness systems.  *National Guest Speaker and Trainer.  *Coordinated staff & engineering department.  *Contract negotiations including the New Boston Gardens/Boston Bruins & the Gaylord Entertainment Center (Nashville Predators).  *Endorsed by the Professional Skaters Association International.  *Managing Partner.

 

                                        Arad Archaeological Center, Arad, ISRAEL   In conjunction with the Israeli Antiquities Authority.  (July 1991-1992)  *Director of Recruiting.  *Site Supervisor.  *Lecture Series.  *Create all marketing materials.  *United States Group Coordinator.  *Only American on Staff.   *Semi Bilingual.  *Primary Archaeological site:  Tel Keroith.  *Trained guide:  Masada.  *Burial Excavations Manager:  Tel Arad.

 

                                        Paisley Park Recording Studios.  Chanhassen, MN (Spring 1990-Spring 1991) Internship.  *Assistant to Mr. Dressel, Head of Studio.  *Assist in daily management of a major recording studio and stage.  *Handle records on past clients and assisted with new clients.  *Studio Assistant.  *Tours.  *First Intern ever at Paisley Park.

 

Awards:          *Top 1,000 Employees in the State of Minnesota, by the Quality Council of Minnesota (1993).  *1998 Who’s Who of International Entrepreneurs.    *2008 & 2010 Top FIVE Coaches by iCoachSkating.com   *2010 United States Figure Skating Association – Sports Science Award Nominee

 

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Guest Occupation: a mentor and business strategist for visionary solopreneurs.
Guest Biography:

Want to get out of your own way and stop being the best kept secret? My guest is Michael Neeley who is a mentor and business strategist for visionary solopreneurs. He is a former professional actor and medieval knight, an author and speaker, and he hosts the podcasts - Consciously Speaking, Buy This – Not That, Something to Wine About, and The PodQuest Show. As the founder of The Authority Academy, Michael trains and supports heart-centered entrepreneurs in professional speaking, virtual summits, getting published, and designing and hosting their own podcast to massively grow their business and expand their audience. Michael is also a mindset master with a gift for helping people to get out of their own way.  

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Technology
Guest Occupation: Drummer/Producer
Guest Biography:

G   R   E   G

E   R   R   I   C   O

LEGENDARY ORIGINAL DRUMMER 

with

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE

INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

CLASS OF 1993

 

If you’ve listened to radio, danced at a club, or played a recording during the past 50 years, you’ve enjoyed the rhythms of legendary drummer Greg Errico. As a founding member of the influential Rock & Funk group Sly & the Family Stone. Errico’s innovative drum performances & use of the hi hat and bass drum on recordings like Dance to the Music, I Want To Take You Higher, Everyday People, Thank You Falettin Me’, Hot Fun In The Summertime and Stand, among many others, helped bring about fusion of Rock, Funk and Jazz. For this accomplishment alone Greg would have deserved his 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… and the R&B Foundation “Pioneer Award” given to the group at the Apollo Theater in 2001. In the more than 40 years since Sly & the Family Stone broke up, Errico’s performances have been sampled well over 1000 times by various Artists & Bands. He continues playing and recording on some of rock and roll’s most historic LP’s and tours.
Playing has always been my number one interest, Errico states, “but writing and producing are also important. A complete musician has abilities and experiences in all areas. You explore your instrument… from writing and producing, one area strengthens another.” Greg’s writing contributions brought him #1 position on world pop charts in 2014 for the song “Timber”, which was also honored at the 32nd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards for being among the most performed
ASCAP pop songs of 2014!

Other than raising a family in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg stay’s active performing the music of Sly & The Family Stone w/various artists and is involved with Unity Music Foundation for which he has produced several recordings featuring many world class Jazz Artists such as the Count Basie Orchestra.

“fresh spices improve the cooking”

Purchase

The Very Best of Sly & The Family Stone

and

There's A Riot Goin' On (RED VINYL)

Colored Vinyl

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For more information about Greg Errico

Visit

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https://www.allmusic.com/artist/greg-errico-mn0000158758/credits

www.slystonemusic.com

 

Sly and The Family Stone

Discography

1967: A Whole New Thing

1968: Dance to the Music

1968: Life

1969: Stand!

1970: Greatest Hits [It includes hit singles unreleased on any album: Everybody Is A Star, Hot Fun In The Summertime, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)]

1971: There's a Riot Goin' On

1973: Fresh

1974: Small Talk

1975: High on You (credited only to "Sly Stone")

1976: Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back

1979: Back on the Right Track

1982: Ain't but the One Way

2009: The Woodstock Experience (Live compilation)

2011: I'm Back! Family & Friends (credited only to "Sly Stone")

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, History, Music, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Anne Anderson
Guest Occupation: Chair of the League of Women Voters-DC Committee for Full Rights for DC Citizens
Guest Biography:

Anne Anderson is the chair of the League of Women Voters-DC Committee for Full Rights for DC Citizens. Anne has lived in DC since 1964 – the first year that DC citizens were allowed to vote for president. She has been working on DC statehood issues since 1971 when the current idea to keep a smaller federal district and make the rest of DC a state was born. 

Most recently, Anne has been traveling around the country talking with fellow Leaguers in the 50 states, educating them about DC statehood – thanks to help from the League of Women Voters Education Fund and the DC Democracy grants. Professionally, she has a psychotherapy practice as a clinical social worker in association with the Washington Therapy Guild. 

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Society and Culture, Variety
Cliff Beach
Guest Occupation: Singer songwriter and keyboardist
Guest Biography:

CLIFF BEACH

Funk music artist Cliff Beach has been performing live for more than 16 years in Los Angeles. The Berklee-trained singer/songwriter/keyboardist and DC native has created a style of music he coins as “Nu-funk”, a hybrid of soul, traditional R&B, funk and neo-soul which he performs regularly throughout Southern California.

In 2013, Cliff released the highly anticipated “Who the Funk is Cliff Beach?” EP, independently, which was nominated for three LA Music Awards including “Record of the Year” and one Hollywood Music in Media award. Cliff also received national press in a featured live review in Music Connection Magazine in Nov. 2013 and was a featured performer at TEDx Napa Valley in March 2014.

Cliff’s last album entitled “The Gospel According to Cliff Beach,” which was nominated for an Independent Music Award (Funk/Fusion Jam Album); winner of 2 Global Music Awards. Cliff is a voting Member of NARAS, a Songwriter and Publisher with BMI and an award-winning member of Toastmasters International.

His latest single “Confident” has won the John Lennon songwriting contest grand prize for R&B and a Global Music Award. It was featured in Relix Magazine September Cd sampler and is currently on the Spotify All Funked Up and Funk Drive playlists with over 200k streams and counting. Cliff also has a monthly residency at Harvelle’s in Santa Monica, CA.

Booking by Definitive Talents worldwide. Distribution by California Soul Music. Endorsed by TC Helicon and Nord Keyboards.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Guest Occupation: Author, Modern Meditation and Qi Gong Master
Guest Biography:

BLAKE BAUER

Blake D. Bauer is the author of the international bestselling book You Were Not Born To Suffer.

He has helped thousands of people around the world who could not find lasting solutions from conventional medicine, psychiatry, or religion. His pioneering work centers on learning how to love yourself practically and unconditionally as the key to healing yourself, fulfilling your life’s purpose, unlocking your capacity to love, and realizing your full potential personally and professionally.

Blake’s formal education includes traditional Chinese medicine, five-element Chinese medicine, nutritional medicine, herbal healing, psychology, past life regression therapy-hypnosis, and various other forms of alternative medicine. After years of training with spiritual teachers, healers, and masters from all over the world, Blake also teaches various forms of mindfulness, meditation, qi gong, qi gong energy medicine, and dao yin (a health and longevity yoga). Today he is considered by many to be a modern meditation and qi gong master.

Based on both his personal experience overcoming deep suffering, addiction, and adversity, as well as his professional success with thousands of people worldwide, he shares what he’s found to be the most effective approaches to mental, emotional, and physical health.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Energy Healing, Fitness & Exercise, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Meditation
Kurt A Krueger
Guest Occupation: Senior Olympic swim championship, Teacher, Peak Performance Trailer, founder of the Institute of Sports Psychology and Speaker
Guest Biography:

KURT A, KRUEGER

A native of Los Angeles, Kurt A. Krueger lives what he teaches and teaches what he lives.  He has won 16 medals in four Senior Olympic swim championships.  Mr. Krueger has taught Peak Performance Practices (PPP) around the world for elite athletes/coaches, performing artists, business people, and others.  His goal is to have everyone physically and mentally fit throughout the 21st Century.  He has been interviewed on Radio/TV and for the print media on four continents. 

Mr. Krueger was an All-American swimmer at Los Angeles Valley College and is a member of their Hall of Fame for Water Polo, and he also coached numerous world-record holders for San Fernando Valley swim schools; he was a member of Glendale College and Cal St. Uni. – Los Angeles faculties of Psychology and/or Physical Education.  He has also coached soccer, football, basketball, and Track & Field. He is an internationally published author, photographer, lecturer and corporate consultant.

Mr. Krueger’s interest in Peak Performance Practices developed when he met a Master of these sciences in 1974.  His integrative learning was tested three years later when he was a passenger on a JAL plane hijacked by the Japanese Red Army terrorists.  Mr. Krueger used a PPP concentration technique he’d been practicing and found his mind relaxed and focused at the height of the crisis – the first coach passenger to speak with hijackers and ultimately the first off the plane.

Returning to America, Mr. Krueger taught history and government at an inner-city ghetto school — Crenshaw High in Los Angeles.  His mental control was again tested there when threatened twice by students carrying either a drawn knife or gun.  He peacefully settled the incidents by verbally demanding the weapons.  His clarity and ease in an intense situation once again amazed Mr. Krueger and others.  Fellow teachers recognized his ability to cope with crisis situations and requested that he instruct them in Stress Management techniques.  This ultimately led to a series of highly successful presentations in Southern California climaxing with programs at the United Nations in New York City, and Oxford Medical School (UK).

Concurrently, Mr. Krueger also began training athletes for Peak Performance.  It developed into a ‘systems’ program to strengthen a person’s body, mind and spirit.  The use of these techniques had enabled him to win numerous medals in the Senior Olympics.  Examples of some high school students improvements after just three months use of Peak Performance Practices: Greg Denby, a high jumper with a personal best of 6’6″, leapt 7’1″; Macarthur Osbourn went from a 2:01 880 yard runner to a 1:54; Anita Sood, of India, set eight National swimming records, and Bejoy Jain, in 14 days, set a National Junior Record then swam the English Channel faster than any other Asian.

Mr. Krueger founded the Institute of Sports Psychology in 1982 in Bombay and ultimately developed into an organization with four more offices in: London, Melbourne, Tokyo and Los Angeles.  The following year he founded Success Systems International to develop programs and practices specific to companies and performing artist needs. Mr. Krueger has trained the Claremont Professional Football Club, W. Australia, which took second in the Grand Final that year. He has trained professionals and athletes of SIX different countries National teams. He has been asked to and did present programs for the United States Military Academy, Young Presidents Organization, IBM and other major corporations. 

Mr. Krueger has presented at major international conferences such as, a keynote speech, Stress Management in Sports and Business at the World Congress on Sports Psychology in Copenhagen; Fitness for the 21st Century at the Olympic Scientific Congress in Seoul; and Technology with a Heart workshop at the International Conference on Technology and Education, Brussels; and Strengthening Character at the Conference of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance in San Diego.  He has been published nearly 50 times internationally in magazines and journals. Also, he is a National Board Certified Teacher in ‘secondary’ Physical Education and is a trained Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts. Mr. Krueger had been serving on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Physical Education Advisory Board from 2000-2014. His book, Winning Ways for Living became a bestseller in its first 3 weeks on Amazon in 2016! See what it will do for you! 

In his spare time, Mr. Krueger has designed a Culturally Transformative annual event to be implemented called, The World Fest, and Character Education/Inclusion (if interested in this send him a note and you will receive several sources and ideas to implement. One of which reduced violence in a large Refugee Camp over 90% within two (2) years!

Guest Category: Education, Games & Hobbies, Health & Lifestyle, Fitness & Exercise, Nutrition, Kids & Family, Psychology, Self Help, Sports & Recreation
Darla Fox
Guest Occupation: Singer Songwriter
Guest Biography:

DARLA FOX

Darla Fox is a singer songwriter based in the Inland Empire in Southern California. As a child, Darla’s family owned a music studio, so she grew up surrounded by instruments, harmonizing, and performing.

At the age of five, Darla began performing in musical theatre, where she honed her performing craft and developed an interest in other artistic areas such as songwriting. She then found her true passion in writing music and performing her originals with her guitar.

Her songwriting style is best described as a blend between pop, folk, and modern country music. Darla is passionate about writing music with strong hooks and captivating lyrics that tell her story in a way that is relatable to every listener.

When people listen to Darla’s music, she hopes to create a space for them to feel understood and at peace. She is now a full-time musician who performs all over Southern California and is currently working to release her first EP in early 2020!

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
The Sway
Guest Occupation: Pop Rock Band
Guest Biography:

THE SWAY

Pulling nostalgia from 90’s and 2k pop rock with stabbing synths, driving guitars, and a littering of contemporary dance hooks, beat-down Los Angeles band The Sway brings you music not meant to be played quietly on iPhone speakers but blasted from your car.

Showcasing double-edged singer Freddy Hale with a sleek yet coarse utterance in your audible focus, Collin Keller’s versatile and dynamic lead guitars, Alex Pitta’s aggressive bass lines and Cadu Costa’s hard hitting drums, the band smashes you over the head with high energy grooves and well-dressed lyrics transforming contemporary pop from its polished, perfected, paradisiac state to a gritty, flaw welcoming, human experience.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Gunnar K. Thelander
Guest Occupation: Certified Life and Wellness Coach, Speaker, with a Doctorate in Exercise and Sports Science and Organizational Leadership
Guest Biography:

GUNNAR K. THELANDER, Ed. D

Get an Ergonomic Boost in Your Life and Work…

Gunnar K. Thelander, who earned his Master’s and Doctorate in Exercise & Sports Science and Organizational Leadership, is a dynamic Speaker and Coach helping others to live healthier lives that are “ergonomically-fit” for their lifestyles. Whether you are trying to improve your game at work, home, or while traveling, this book is perfect for you.

Gunnar is also a Certified Life & Wellness Coach through The Professional Coach Academy and A.C.E. and has already helped many reach desired fitness goals quickly and effectively. The practical insights he shares in this book are easy yet effective for total transformation in body, mind and spirit. He has been a school teacher and sports coach for over ten years before becoming a professional speaker and personal coach for thousands of individuals just like you. Nominated “Best Up and Coming Speaker” by Star Marketing Summit in 2019, Gunnar delivers entertaining talks that will keep you laughing and taking notes. Gunnar is also a Rotarian and loves sharing ideas to give back to the community.

Just as your office should be ergonomically designed, so should your body and wellness practices. Your body needs a boost too in what you eat and physical activity. Many of us never “have time” to take care of our own minds and body, but it’s an absolute MUST! Gunnar has designed talks, workshops and a coaching practice centered on just one thing: YOU! Gunnar creates customized programs that are ergonomically-fit for your lifestyle. Let him perform an Ergonomic Assessment of your workplace. Gunnar is certified in OSHA and Humanscale to make it a safe and ergo-friendly environment that can maximize human performance.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Fitness & Exercise, Nutrition, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Science, Self Help, Motivational, Sports & Recreation
Camilla Sacre-Dallerup
Guest Occupation: Author, life coach and mindful living expert
Guest Biography:

CAMILLA SACRE DALLERUP

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is an author, life coach and mindful living expert. She is an NLP master practitioner coach, certified hypnotherapist and a popular meditation teacher at the trendy Unplug Meditation studio in Los Angeles.

Before she started her life coaching and motivational speaking business in the UK ten years ago, she spent over 25 years as a successful competitive athlete in the world of ballroom dancing. Camilla was part of the original cast of Strictly Come Dancing (the UK’s equivalent to Dancing With the Stars in the US). After winning the trophy in 2008, she left to focus on her wellbeing business.

Throughout her years of competing and working in the media, one thing became very apparent to her: when the body and mind are in harmony, you are connected and can be the best version of yourself, enabling you to deal with everyday situations from a more conscious place.

Camilla is a popular motivational speaker and her first self- help/memoir was published in January 2015. Entitled Strictly Inspirational in the UK and the US, it is based on the premise: “how I learnt to dream, act, believe to succeed”.

Camilla has founded her own life coaching, hypnosis and meditation practice – ZENME – in Hollywood, where she is the coach to many celebrities, producers and entrepreneurs and where her mission is to inspire the world to meditate and take time for self-care daily.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Self Help, Spiritual, Meditation
Danielle Crook
Guest Occupation: Actress, choral singer and conductor, private voice teacher, and vocal soloist
Guest Biography:

DANIELLE CROOK

Danielle is a multi-disciplinary performing artist with diverse professional qualifications.  She acts on-camera in TV, film and commercial productions; and on-stage in musicals, plays and operas. She is also a choral singer and conductor, private voice teacher, and vocal soloist.  

Currently based in Los Angeles, Danielle was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. Danielle graduated cum laude from UCLA with a BA and highest honors from the musicology department. She then pursued a masters degree from San Jose State University in Voice Performance, where she was privileged to study with mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas. Danielle was the vocal winner of the 2010 Concerto Competition at San Jose State and the national anthem soloist at commencement.

Film/TV

Danielle co-starred in two episodes of the Hulu original series Chance starring Hugh Laurie, and has appeared on networks such as The Food Network, the Travel Channel, The Fine Living Network, and MTV, as well as in independently produced films and music videos. See IMDB and Resume PDF for additional credits.

Theatre

Favorite theatrical roles include Morticia in The Addams Family Musical, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Jeffrey Hatcher), Maria Reiner in The Sound of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and Aeneas (a trouser role, with a beard!) in the Bay Area premiere of La Didone, a baroque opera. Danielle has a special interest in premiering new works, and has been involved in five seasons of the annual short play festival “8 Tens at 8” in Santa Cruz, CA, as well as two world premiere operas and a world premiere musical.

Vocal

A classically trained soprano of Norwegian heritage, Danielle has specialized in art song from Nordic countries and she sings in Norwegian, Icelandic, Danish, Finnish, and Swedish. She also enjoys performing standard lyric soprano repertoire in English, German, French, and Italian, as well as less-commonly performed pieces in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Russian. She has received recognition for her art song work by the National Association of Teachers of Singing-Bay Area, and a grant from the Scandinavian Cultural Center of Santa Cruz for her work in Scandinavian song.

She has been a soloist with the San Jose Wind Symphony, Monterey’s Del Monte Brass Band, and San Jose State’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. She is available for live performances and special events.

Choral

Danielle has sung in or directed a choir nearly every year of her life since the age of eight. As a choral and ensemble singer, Danielle has performed at Davies Hall in San Francisco; Disney Hall, Royce Hall, and the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles; San Jose City National Civic and St. Joseph’s Basilica in San Jose; and the Santa Cruz Civic and Kuumbwa Jazz in Santa Cruz. She has worked with diverse ensembles such as Areté Singers, Awaken A Capella, Superdevoiche (a Bulgarian women’s choir), and as a choral member and soloist with the UCLA Chorale and Chamber choir, and the SJSU Concert Choir. She served as the choir director at the Congregational Church of Soquel for many years, and has worked with other church, public school and after-school ensembles as a director and voice teacher.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Cory Pesaturo
Guest Occupation: Accordion player
Guest Biography:

CORY PESATURO

Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) is on the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries on multiple fronts of what is possible with the accordion. The only person to ever win the trio of World Championships on Acoustic, Digital & Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. In 2017, Pesaturo became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which Cory played for over 32 hours. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music. He has given 2 TED Talk’s and 2 Google Talk’s about this, which are currently the only TED or Google talks in the world about the accordion. Pesaturo is also developing his own electric accordion, and already has made the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys.  

Pesaturo’s extensive resumé includes appearances at the White House for President and Mrs. Clinton on 4 different occasions, starting at age 12, and 8 other appearances for the Clintons since 2000, along with 14 letters from the first family. On one of those occasions, he became the youngest person to ever perform at a State Dinner, performing with the Marine Strolling Strings for the President of Hungary. Some TV appearances include the Late Show with David Letterman, performing with Johnny Depp, and nationally televised programs in New Zealand, Canada, Italy, Tunisia, France, and Finland. On an NYC broadcast, CNBC/FOX host Maria Bartiromo once said “No one is currently doing more for the Accordion than Cory”. He has judged accordion competitions in the US, Canada, and Europe, in addition to other music competitions, and currently gives masterclasses at various universities throughout the US and Europe on Accordion and Improvisation.  

For his Classical side which is lesser known, a win in a concerto competition at 16 years old gave Pesaturo the rare opportunity to perform with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist, where he became the youngest accordionist to ever solo with a symphony orchestra in the US back in 2003. Concerning his Jazz side, Cory recorded two CD’s with saxophone legend George Garzone and his known band “The Fringe” at age 19, and has become friends with Jazz and Music Legends Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis. His performances at all 3 of his World Championships were played on accordions that were not his, and were generally 90% improvised; both aspects are unheard of in the accordion world.  

The instruments most famous legend in the US, Dick Contino, said when Cory was only 15, “Of all the accordionists I’ve seen over the years, Cory is the one to pass the torch to, the only one who has all the tools to bring the accordion back to its former glory.” Guido Deiro’s son, the “Father of Piano Accordion”, has stated “I’ve worried greatly about the future of the accordion since my father died, but not anymore since seeing and hearing Cory.”  

Pesaturo is also heavily involved and respected with the weather and motor sports worlds as well. He composed the Official list of records set by the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and also wrote the lists for the 2007 and 2008 Seasons as well. Moreover, he has put out reports on Winter Seasons for the US which have been featured on Accuweather.com, HurricaneCirty.com, and others. Cory is known for his FreeSledding work, including his own sledding mountain called “CN Mountain”. He has written sports blogs for sites like Bleacher Report, and has collaborated with members of the Red Sox and the Drop Kick Murphy’s on the “Fenway 100″ album released in 2012. His music has been played on Formula 1 broadcasts on NB

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Sparrow Heatley
Guest Occupation: Event Organizer, massage therapist and yoga instructor who works with top athletes and people fighting cancer
Guest Biography:

SPARROW R. HEATLEY

Sparrow Heatley is one of two founders of the nonprofit organization From The Heart Tribe. Sparrow has been organizing events and bringing people together to help the environment in Los Angeles for over 11 years.

In 2009, Sparrow helped organize, along with Sean Jennings and Tim Morris, one of the greatest community events in West Los Angeles—“100 Gardens for Gratitude” where over 800 volunteers installed 100 edible gardens in one weekend across Los Angeles at homeless shelters and boys & girls clubs.  This team-building event transformed lawns into drought-tolerant native species or edible landscapes that improved both the environment and water supply.

In 2010, Sparrow helped Topanga Canyon Earth Day Festival creator Stephanie Lallouz organize an annual weekend event featuring live music and vegan food, and highlighted environmental conservation, community, and healing for over 10 thousand attendees. Sparrow continued to help organize this festival until its finale year in 2013. 

Beach cleanups started in 2011 when Sparrow lived in The Bahamas. She soon realized that Paradise Island wasn’t a paradise after all; its beaches around the tourist centers were covered in plastic trash.  To save life in the ocean and restore beauty to its beaches, Sparrow organized her first “Pick Up for Paradise” beach cleanup ridding the pink sands of Nassau from plastic straws and cigarette butts. After leaving the Bahamas for Los Angeles, she continued the effort and carried on the “paradise” name in hopes that people would consider their world a paradise even if it wasn’t an island.  

In 2019, From The Heart Tribe (FTHT) was officially designated as a 501c3. FTHT became the perfect platform to support and inspire leaders to organize environmental, community, or animal welfare events. 

As an ocean advocate, Sparrow organizes scientific data collection through her beach cleanups in order to advance environmental legislation in California, which contributed to the banning of plastic bags and plastic straws.  As a public speaker, she raises awareness about current environmental issues affecting Los Angeles as she did for Proposition 67 in 2016 and the “Clean Water Act” Measure W in 2018.

Sparrow’s passion and strength is helping people understand that some lifestyle choices are destroying the oceans. She strives to create solutions for our planet through her environmental events. To that extent, she goes beyond the ocean and teams up with organizations like TreePeople (a California 501c3 for mountain and park restoration) encouraging volunteers to take action.

Outside her environmental work, Sparrow is a massage therapist and yoga instructor who works with top athletes and people fighting cancer.  She holds degrees in business and management, and studied permaculture design.  Sparrow is continuing her education for green initiatives and renewable energy. During her spare time she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and pottery.

Guest Category: Business, Earth & Space, Plant & Animals, Health & Lifestyle, Politics & Government, Society and Culture, Technology
Samuel J and The Light Band
Guest Occupation: Innovative singer song writer, producer and conservationist
Guest Biography:

SAMUEL J and THE LIGHT BAND

Samuel J, is an innovative singer song writer, producer and conservationist from Cornwall (south UK).

His unique soul touching voice, gracious melodies and deeply moving lyrics are in-captivating hearts around the world.

There is an old wisdom that runs through this music, that speaks to people on a core level, reminding of us of who we truly are beyond our constricting beliefs and stories. Many people identify with Samuel’s incredible love and respect of all people and the importance of nature, a thread which shines through in his music. Samuels empowering songs are part of the beautiful movement happening around the planet, that is guiding us back to our true home – back into the light –

Samuel’s hard work with his unique music and soulful performances has led him to opportunities with his music in Asia, Brazil, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe … sharing the stage with the likes of Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter, Zero 7, Alice Russell, Jurassic 5 and an array of the leading musicians in Brazil……

He has performed main stage at many world renowned festivals, LIB, Shambhala, Lolapalooza, World Surf Tour (Brazil/California), Arise, One Love, Glastonbury, Secret Garden, Big Chill, Wanderlust, Bali Spirit Festival and many more ….

Some of his career highlights include, being selected to perform for his holiness the Dalai Lama (as part of the Dalai Lamas 70th birthday celebration) and performing at the Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

The most exciting chapter is just starting with the recent release of his life’s best works the much awaited album, Into The Light.

See other sections for Samuel’s work as a Youth Empowerment coach and Internationally recognized Ambassador of Ocean Conservation.

”Pure goose bumps when you hear him live.” – Scratch Radio

“This album is a slice of heaven. Some of the most captivating soul nourishing music I’ve heard in my life time. It has literally taken my breath away”… – Music Radar

”Some of the most heart warming beautiful compositions I have heard from this era, and with it the birth of a much needed bright star.” Limiha

“A Ground breaking new Album from a rising star’” – Dave StClair BBC

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More than just a musician ….

Samuel works tirelessly to support underprivileged youth where he tours. Where he often invites local children to perform and be Young Elders.

He admirably built a school from the proceeds of one of his albums he self organized, recorded, and produced in Brasil.

His award winning, ‘Brasil Live Project, Album, which features many recordings with some of Brazils greatest talents and the funds from the project go towards helping underprivileged children across Brazil. He is planning to do this in Africa 2019 then India 2020.

Samuel has been raising funds and awareness for Sea Shepherd and Ocean Care for a number of years and works continuously at schools and through his music to amplify the positive impact of their work. Samuel has taken part in expeditions with both organizations, visiting remote regions of the world and reporting from the areas most effected by exploitation.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Sara Niemietz and WG Snuffy Walden
Guest Occupation: Sara is a Sonic Storyteller, Singer, Actress and Composer, and Snuffy is a Composer and Guitar Virtuoso
Guest Biography:

SARA NIEMIETZ and W.G. SNUFFY WALDEN

Sara Niemietz is a sonic storyteller. Influenced by the heart of jazz and the soul of blues, she writes songs with a modern edge.  Composer and guitar-virtuoso, W.G. Snuffy Walden, paints musical landscapes over which Sara’s powerful vocals take flight.  At their shows, the duo plays original music and reinterpreted classics with a full band for a night full of energy and music!

Today, Sara’s credits included U.S. and international concert tours (over thirty countries with Postmodern Jukebox, and she and Snuffy have just returned from their third European Tour), starring roles on Chicago and Broadway stages, YouTube videos seen more than 26 million times, appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and the Ellen Show. She recently guest starred on The Arrangement, and her original music has been heard on Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar. Sara’s most recent album Get Right is a collaboration with Emmy-award winning composer W.G. Snuffy Walden.

W.G. Snuffy Walden has woven the musical fabric of countless beloved shows including Friday Night Lights, The Wonder Years, thirtysomething, Nashville, My So-Called Life, and the West Wing for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Title Theme. Along the way, there have been 13 Emmy nominations, 33 BMI awards, and the Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award. Outside of scoring, Snuffy has played with such artists as Chaka Khan, Eric Burdon, and Donna Summer.

Together, Sara and Snuffy create shows filled with warmth, truth, and tunes you’ll leave humming!

https://www.saraniemietz.com/

http://www.snuffywalden.com/

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Phil and Pam Lawson
Guest Occupation: Authors and Founders of Spherit
Guest Biography:

PHIL and PAM LAWSON

About Being Spherical

Being Spherical; Reshaping Our Lives and Our World for the 21st Century, is “an attractively bound and illustrated modern philosophical treatise,” according to the editorial reviewer, Dr. John Maling, PhD., with “practical tools” for thoughtful individuals who are “concerned with our world, and its long-term direction and our long-term survival as a civilization and race.”  

Authors Phil Lawson and Rob Lindstrom more simply defined it as “a guided tour of an emerging worldview.” 

What started out with a question: Why doesn’t the world work the way we were told it does? Turned into a realization that we, as a species are not adapting well to the realities of our times.

While Being Spherical provides the core foundation for a new way to see, think and act, in this dawning era of interconnectivity and interdependency, Phil believes people also need a way to model and apply this in real-life without having to study the sciences behind it. That’s what he’s doing now; what he and Pam are both doing now. Their boutique R&D company, Spherit, has developed a technology that demonstrates to people that it is possible, and easy, to make better decisions, in real-time, when you update your personal operating system from mechanistic to holistic.

More than 40,000 people in different ages and demographics have experienced this humane technology, in many fields and uses, including the health industry, workforce, education, employment readiness, food security, and interpersonal relations, used by U.S. military personnel.

To be spherical, you must see, think, and act spherical, say Phil and Pam.

More About Phil and Pam Lawson

When Pam and Phil met at the age of six, in the lobby of a church in Denver, both of their families were in crisis.

Pam’s mother had recently died from complications of multiple sclerosis, and Phil’s little sister had been diagnosed with leukemia and was enduring the treatments to recover.

They were in survival mode back then, experiencing constant, disruptive change. A new step-family for Pam; a cross-country move for Phil. Both of them switching houses and schools, repeatedly, in the midst of leaving friends and losing track of each other.

But Pam and Phil had a bond that was unforgettable. And Phil tracked Pam down the winter of 1968, when she was 13, when his family returned to Colorado for the holidays.

They married young at 18, anxious to make a difference in the world the only way they knew how, as volunteer mission workers, traveling the dusty back roads of East Texas armed with ginormous convictions. Followed by three years in Alabama, and seven years in Mississippi, dedicated to a cause that spanned a decade in the Deep South, paying their own way as janitors, floor cleaners and trash haulers.

They were poor. Malnourished. Embedded. But as they moved through disadvantaged communities, ravaged by inhumane conditions, they had rare and extraordinary experiences that fed them priceless information— experiences, that transcended what they had imagined was their purpose there.

And then, at the age of 29, an unexpected turn of events launched them unprepared into the business world. At the very moment the marketplace was facing unprecedented changes from new and disruptive technologies, including Microsoft’s personal computer operating system.

As Microsoft released Windows in 1985 and reached 2,793 employees by the end of 1988, Phil was working his way up from the production department of a startup multimedia firm in Dallas to the president of that company, making it a beta test center for new technology applications. And Pam rose through the ranks of the same company from quality control, to the art department, to Creative Director. By 1988, Phil had grown the operation from a handful of people to a staff of nearly 40, covering round-the-clock shifts.

Phil and Pam were busting down barriers by then, and they kept going— living and working in Hollywood; traveling to other countries on business; rubbing shoulders with creatives and intellectuals. They even experienced a couple of historic natural disasters.

But as they moved through religion, business, and the arts; through deprivation and privilege; through convention and eccentricity, they began to detect common core characteristics in all human activities, no matter the box. They began to see patterns. And they wondered if the power of personal computing might one day expedite human behavior growth.

More importantly, they began to realize they had unconventional human skills. They could adapt, flex and respond to life’s challenges, in real-time, better than anyone else they knew. But they needed scientific proof to explain what they were experiencing before anyone would take them seriously.

So, they went in search of it, at the age of 44, dropping out of the business world and moving to a cabin in the Colorado Rockies to study, think and write.

They are part of a consilience of dynamic thinkers emerging from the limits and lessons of that era, who know if they are to live well, and meaningfully, in this dawning era of interconnection, it will require a dramatic transformation in the way we see, think and act.

More about Phil:

  • Besides being an author, inventor, patent-holder, and public speaker, Phil has worked for companies in the roles of COO, President, and EVP, (at a publicly traded internet company.)
  • In addition, Phil was a management consultant for seven years and traveled internationally on business, a portion of that time living and working in Hollywood.

Also, Phil has strategically designed 5 technology systems and worked with teams of programmers to deploy them:

  • The first online HMO member enrollment kiosk for HealthNet, a California HMO, working with ESRI on this project
  • One of the first web-based GIS sites for consumers (@InfoNow for Visa)
  • A fully integrated XML product to create Web sites & identical CD-ROMs for photographers (@StockImagery)
  • Digital Asset Media Management (HTML-based) (@D-Pics)
  • Spherical Modeling Tool. U.S. Patent approved 2008 (@Spherit)

In 2011 Phil began identifying ways the scripts and subroutines of the Spherit IP might help socialize AI (for use by bots or AI personal assistants) and by 2013 he was strategically designing ways it could work.

More about Pam:

When Phil and Pam lived and worked in Hollywood, Pam was a Photo-Illustrator. She did projects for the publishing, periodical and entertainment industries.

Additionally …

  • Pam has been a Creative Director at two different agencies (a multi-media firm and the image bank) influencing the message and direction of those companies.
  • Pam worked as a reporter for nine years giving voice to a string of mountain communities west of Denver, and received nearly two dozen journalism awards.
  • As the co-owner of Spherit, Pam has been responsible for defining the voice of the company (translating abstract R&D concepts and protocols into human- speak) and for product messaging for the user interface. This has included creating online interactive pages, presentations, and co-producing countless informational videos.
Guest Category: Arts, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Eric Bornstein
Guest Occupation: Artist
Guest Biography:

Award-winning mask maker Eric Bornstein of Behind The Mask Studio/Theatre specializes in custom made masks, corporate event planning, arts education, and mask theater programming. Eric has studied mask making with masters Agung Suardana in Bali, and Donato Sartori in Italy. He received his MLA in Fine Arts along with the Thomas Small prize from Harvard University. Behind The Mask was recently awarded the commission of 120 award statuettes for the prestigious Reggae Gold award event in Kingston, Jamaica. Previously, Eric was awarded a Fulbright award to revive and reinvigorate the art of giant puppet effigies in Jamaica 2017. He won the 2016 IRNE award for Best Puppetry Design for Company One’s Shockheaded Peter, and was part of the Liars & Believers team that won the Excellence in Production Design award at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2012 for his masks in Le Cabaret Grimm. Eric was recently featured on the PBS hit show, Pinkalicious and Peteriffic. He is currently the artist-in-residence at the First Church Boston UU.

 

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Self Help, Spiritual
James Oates
Guest Biography:

Born a man, ”LadyJames” trail blaze’s daily for the LGBT community by ”living life in my definition.” Having been bullied for his femininity, his goal is to help people going through the same who want to keep their birth gender parts. 

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Psychology, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Biography:

Born and raised in small-town Mansfield, Connecticut, Alexa Curtis knew she was different. She didn’t fit into the “normal social mold.” When she entered middle school, all the bullying she endured led her to needing an outlet to escape. In 2011, at just 12 years old, she started a fashion blog, A Life in the Fashion Lane. It became a platform for her to express her feelings around everything relating to teens, body image, and mental health.

Guest Category: Education, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Psychology, Self Help

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