Headlined Guests

Jeremy Gilien
Guest Occupation: Musical Director, Opera Composer
Guest Biography:

JEREMY GILIEN

Jeremy Gilien was a founding faculty member of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and served as musical director of the music theater program until 2006, when he became director of music for the department of dance. He is the composer of three operas: The Magician, The Happy Prince, and Calcutta Rose (about Mother Teresa).

His Symphonice Suite from The Happy Prince was the winner of the 1997 Valley Symphony Composition Competition and received its premier under the baton of maestro Robert Chauls. His latest work for the stage is an operatic/political/circus farce entitled Civicus Dutius, which was premiered by the Cal State L.A.department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

He has been nominated for a Lester Horton Award for outstanding achievement in music for dance for his work with the choreographer Rudy Perez. Mr. Gilien has been director of music at Lynwood United Methodist Church, and currently serves as director of music of Downey United Methodist Church. He also serves on the music staff of University SDA church. He is currently staff accompanist at the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute of the Colburn School, the Colburn Dance Academy, and has played summer intensive training programs for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Joffrey Ballet, and Cecchetti U.S.A..

Mr Gilien received an MA degree in composition from California State University, Los Angeles, where he studied composition with Byong- Kon Kim and served as a repetiteur for the opera workshop.

 

MUSICAL ENSEMBLE:

ALAN BUSTEED – 1st Violin

ROBERT MATSUDA – 2nd Violin

TOM MCEVILLEY – Viola

MAKSIM VELICHKIN – Cello

CATHERINE MARSH – Flute

CATHERINE DEL RUSSO – Oboe

Soloist – FILIPPO VOLTAGGIO – Bass/Baritone

JEREMY GILIEN – on Keyboard/Piano

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
Dr. Todd Frisch
Guest Occupation: Teacher, speaker and author WTF
Guest Biography:

DR. TODD FRISCH

Dr. Todd Frisch is a teacher, speaker and author WTF? Why the Face: A Practical Guide to Understanding Health & Personality Through Facial Diagnosis. He is also the founder and technical advisor of the nationally-acclaimed health transformation program SHAPE ReClaimed.

After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1981, Dr. Todd has never stopped seeking education. He spent endless hours studying the manifestation of illness and took every opportunity to learn something that might help a patient. No book was too technical (or too expensive), no seminar was too far away, no class was too peculiar.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher

Dr. Todd’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge led him to receive 2500 hours of post-graduate training in traditional Chinese medicine, 750 hours in nutrition and 80 hours in iridology. He served as president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture and the Council of Chiropractic Acupuncture and currently teaches for the Missouri state license renewal program and at annual SHAPE ReClaimed symposiums.

Dr. Todd has always practiced out-of-the-box techniques in diagnosis and treatment, all with a simple yet determined focus of helping sick people get well. His specialties include restorative medicine, nutrition, homeopathy, kinesiology, acupuncture, iridology, traditional Chinese medicine and facial diagnosis.

In his private practice, each challenge or difficult patient case ignited a desire to be like his childhood hero, Sherlock Holmes, and see what no one else saw. He obsessed over finding that missing puzzle piece and getting to the underlying cause of what’s not right in each patient. While he may have been seen as a quack by his medical contemporaries, Dr. Todd saw amazing successes and even miracles using an individualized and restorative approach to medicine. Today, these methods are becoming more widely accepted because patients demand and deserve better care.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine, Philosophy, Science, Self Help, Technology
Deedee O’Malley
Guest Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Guest Biography:

DEEDEE O’MALLEY

With a catalog of over a thousand songs, a dynamic history of hundreds of live performances and industry-wide raves from Sheryl Crow, Rock God Billy Sheehan and Nancy Cartwright (aka the voice of Bart Simpson), it might seem hard to pinpoint a single moment that captures the deep emotional impact that singer, songwriter and all around musical Renaissance woman Deedee O’Malley has on her audience.

Deedee O’Malley is the author of the autobiographical musical book “THE LEMONADE MAKER” featuring 21 stories and songs on the art of turning obstacles into opportunities.

Deedee O’Malley co-composed and starred in the hit musical, “WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP” which had its world premiere in the very prestigious “Theatre Under The Stars” in Houston and just showcased at The Rave Theater Festival in New York City with rave reviews!! Deedee was the first star of Waiting For Johnny Depp, which landed her “Best Performer” at the Valley Theatre Awards in Los Angeles.

This powerful prolific songwriter has won The #1 Indie Cd of the year award for her album “Simple” from Music Connection Magazine, The Star 98.7 Lilith Fare Contest hosted by American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest as well as Los Angeles Music Award’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year. O’Malley’s songs can be heard in Beautiful People, The Young and the Restless, Strong Medicine, Joan of Arcadia, Party of Five and Live Life and Win to name a few. As a performer singing her original music she has opened for Chris Cagel, Al Stewart, The Bus Boys, Glen Campbell and Stephen Bishop. She has performed with LeAnn Rhimes, Willy Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Jermaine Jackson and many others.

Deedee O’Malley travels all over the world, including Nashville’s Music City several times a year, to teach her Songwriting Bootcamp. It is estimated that she has taught and inspired over 3000 people on the art of songwriting. Her book “10 EASY STEPS TO WRITING A SONG” is the only interactive manual in the world where you actually write three songs before finishing reading it!!!

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Entertainment, Music
ROBIN DONATELLI
Guest Occupation: Court Reporter, granddaughter, daughter, former wife, mother, friend, and enemy of addiction
Guest Biography:

ROBIN DONATELLI

I am the granddaughter, daughter, former wife, mother, friend, and enemy of addiction.

I am a quiet observer, angry judge, inept healer, panicked mother, hurt daughter, betrayed lover.

Ignorant of its cause, I lived day by day somewhere in the teetering imbalance of blame and forgiveness, paradise and hell, great joy and great distress, until, with much work, desire, and gratitude, I don’t.

“I’ll Meet You in the Music” is the reconstruction of the story I lived, the way I lived it, the way I came through it.

It is my victory dance, my olive branch, my process I have chosen to share with you in the hope that it supports you in your personal journey, no matter who in your life may be addicted and no matter to what.

There is a way of living, surviving and possibly even thriving, you just might not know how yet, or might not see it, but if I can do it, I believe you can too.

In fact, learn how I found forgiveness for all the addicts in my life, and how I am better for it.

I’m a new woman. I am now a happily married wife, Mother and GrandMother of Five. I have been a court reporter for 33 years.

I golf, I garden, I swim, I write, and not that I am sharing my story, I strive to inspire anyone who can dare to dream beyond their current circumstances to a life better than you could imagine in.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology, Self Help
Dr Doug Richie
Guest Occupation: Nationally known Sports Podiatrist, President Richie Technologies, creator of Richie Foot, Ankle Brace & former President of Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine
Guest Biography:

Douglas Richie D.P.M. received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco in 1980.He completed a residency in foot and ankle surgery at Western Medical Center in Orange County.

Dr. Richie is certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Currently, Dr. Richie is an Associate Clinical Professor of Biomechanics at the California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt College. He also is a Clinical Associate Professor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Richie served as Section Editor (Sports Medicine) of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery for eight years and is a Past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Dr. Richie is a two time winner of the American Podiatric Medical Association Research Award. He owns 5 U.S. Patents on footwear and brace designs.

Dr. Richie’s research interests have focused on injury prevention and orthotic intervention in athletic patients. His recent publications have focused on the pathomechanics of the adult acquired flatfoot deformity.

In 1996 Dr Richie developed and launched the Richie Brace line of custom and pre-fabricted ankle foot orthoses which are now distributed in seven countries. See: https://www.richiebrace.com/

Dr. Richie is currently in private practice in Seal Beach, California. He can be contacted at: drichiejr@aol.com

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Rachelle Valdez
Guest Occupation: Owner of Club 90, General Manager, PR & Marketing Director, Hotel Business
Guest Biography:

Rachelle Valdez, owner of Club 90 is originally from SoCal but moved to Utah in 1978. Has years in the Hotel Business as General Manager. And as PR & Marketing Director for American Income Life. 

Rachelle has always had a love for live music, being a singer/performer in multiple bands throughout her life. 

Club 90 is Sandy’s largest and most well-known Club!

Club 90 is the ONLY place featuring FOUR LIVE MUSIC events per week.

Club 90 is all about the best in food & drink at unbeatable prices, serving Lunch & Dinner Daily and Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday.

Club 90 has so much happening and so much more to offer.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Food, Business, Marketing, Entertainment, Society and Culture, Pop Culture, Variety
Nand Harjani
Guest Occupation: Personal and business readings, energy balancing, energy adjustments, and public talks
Guest Biography:
Nand is the founder of Creative Life Sciences. He is known for his highly accurate and effective personal and business readings, energy balancing, energy adjustments, and public talks. In those capacities, he has assisted individuals, as well as corporations, to gain clarity, release old and destructive patterns, and has guided them in their life paths towards a more powerful, self-actualizing, and inspired existence. He has appeared on television, radio, and has been interviewed for magazine and newspaper articles globally. As an Energy Master and Expert-Level Intuitive, and in his heartfelt capacity as a teacher, Nand developed Creative Life Sciences' highly effective training program.
 

About Us

As Energy Masters, we guide and train individuals to lead lives that have more effective connections with the understanding, balancing, and utilization of Universal energies, intelligences, and truths.

CREATIVE LIFE SCIENCES

Creative Life Sciences (CLS) was founded on the great aspiration of bridging the worlds of:

  • Arts (Creative)
  • Intuitive (Life)
  • Scientific/Medical (Sciences)

With these three disciplines integrated, Creative Life Sciences, found it could serve individuals around the world during this time of initiation and soul ascent.

LIFE PURPOSE & MIND-BODY-SPIRIT CONNECTION

Creative Life Sciences, unique blend of multidisciplinary, expert-level techniques, and trainings provides the spiritual seeker – of any level and of any path – with a holistic approach to the awakening, acceleration, and expansion of their Life Purpose and of their Mind, Body, and Spirit connection.

INTENT & INTEGRITY

Two of the prime guiding principles of Creative Life Sciences, are intent and integrity. Creative Life Sciences teaches that these are integral and trustworthy guides through the sometimes unclear and poorly lit paths along life's journey. In keeping with these concepts, Creative Life Sciences teaches that when given a choice, always work towards maintaining clear, unbiased, and helpful intent, and think, say, and do what is most aligned with integrity.

Guest Category: Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Sound Healing, Yoga, Inspirational, Motivational, Meditation, Mystic & Seer, Psychic & Intuitive
Roger Pilon
Guest Occupation: Cato Institute's B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies
Guest Biography:

Roger Pilon holds the Cato Institute's B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, which he has held since it was established in 1998. He joined Cato as a senior fellow in October 1988 and, until 2019, has served as director of Cato's Center for Constitutional Studies, which he founded in 1989; vice president for legal affairs, which he was named in 1999; and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, which he founded in 2001.

Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration, at OPM,  State, and Justice, and was a national fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution. In 1989 the Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia University's School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of Distinction. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools across the country and abroad, and he testifies often before Congress.

His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesLegal TimesNational Law JournalHarvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyStanford Law and Policy Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes II, Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and other media.

Pilon holds a BA from Columbia University, an MA and a PhD from the University of Chicago, and a JD from the George Washington University School of Law. 

Guest Category: History, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Yolanda of Awareness Magazine
Guest Occupation: Publisher and Editor of Awareness Magazine
Guest Biography:

Awareness Magazine has been enlightening Southern California and the rest of the planet, truth-seekers and light-bearers for over 25 years with fascinating and informative articles and products all designed to bring higher vibrations to the Planet at this time, subjects include:  health, nutrition, spirituality and environment. Magazines are distributed free at special sites in Southern California - including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County, and San Diego, and satellite distribution in Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii. The publication also has members subscribed for online distribution and special announcements.

https://www.facebook.com/awarenessmagazine
https://twitter.com/awarenessinfo
On youtube  Search Awareness Magazine TV

Awareness Magazine TV schedule (public access):
Monday 6:00 p.m.Wednesday 10:30 p.m.
Thursday 6:30 a.m.

Channel 36 in West Hollywood on Spectrum and the rest of Los Angeles County channel 99 on AT&T U-verse.

Guest Category: Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Nutrition, Sound Healing, Yoga, Philosophy, Personal Development, Inspirational, Motivational
Siobhan Nicolaou
Guest Occupation: Spiritual Teacher, Medium for Spirit, Energy Transformation Specialist, Soul Reader and Holistic"Light"Coach
Guest Biography:

Siobhan Nicolaou, known as The Sword of Truth, is an Emissary of Truth who has been consciously evolving for 30 years.  Through  her extensive personal culturing, experience and transformation she has become a Leading Expert in the Field of Energy Transformation focusing on humans and  homes.

By utilizing guidance and tools from higher consciousness she helps her clients and students master the divided perspective within their minds and hearts which keep them from living the truth of who they are.
Her mission is to awaken and empower others with what she embodies as a sustainable path of wholeness and peace.
When Siobhan is not out in the field transforming homes and lives, she is teaching the consciousness of Wholeness through Readings, Classes and Meditation.

Siobhan's awakening came very swiftly in 1987 at the time of the Harmonic Convergence and set her on the path of intense awakening and healing. Within a year she was sharing her gifts with others. Regardless of what life has asked her to do, she has always maintained her work in the realm of Spirit. Siobhan has credentials as a hypnotherapist,  Holistic Life Coach and has been an Ordained Reverend for 25 years.

Her 30 + years of experience and continuing evolution make her a Leading Expert in  the field of Alchemical Transmutation,  and Self Healing. She offers unique insight  and tools for  the evolution of humans into consciousness. Her path is organic,  and her work evolves as she does, from the inside out. Her Spirit is always raising the bar which enables her to live Self  love and non resistance which are both essential to successfully transforming any"thing" in this dualistic realm into the truth of itself as consciousness.

Siobhan currently teaches a 6 month  Intensive teleclass in Energy Transformation, an ongoing Monthly Mentorship program and Monday Meditation Teleclass. Siobhan is available for Soul Readings 7 days a week and  gives Spirit Talks / Group Readings everywhere!
 
Website: siobhannicolaou.com
FBook https://www.facebook.com/SiobhanNicolaouTheSwordofTruth
Email sovereignmastery@gmail.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/siobhannicolaou
Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/siobhannicolaoutsot/

Guest Category: Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Philosophy, Mental Health, Personal Development, Medium & Channeling, Clairvoyant & Telepathic, Mystic & Seer, Psychic & Intuitive
Chaya-Sharon Heller
Guest Occupation: Ayurveda, Massage Therapy, Yoga Therapy Services, Education and Professional Trainings
Guest Biography:

Chaya is a gifted and radiant educator and program presenter, recognized for her holistic, personalized, therapeutic and transformative applications of Ayurveda, Massage and Yoga Therapy helping people find freedom, feel better and live purposefully with her vast amount of knowledge from her decades of training and experience as a holistic health educator and performing artist, that inform her practice, emerging with distinction as a teacher of substance.

She is the CEO, educator and practitioner of ChayaVeda ™ Integrative Healing Arts, Gainesville's pioneer and premier Ayurveda, Massage and Yoga Therapy educator and service provider, offering personalized and profound wellness services and experiences that inspire her clients to attain a vibrant and healthy life with education and wellness services that leverage their inner technology, unlocking healing and creative potential.

 

Chaya authored Yoga of Action: Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for People with MS and Similar Conditions, is featured in Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off The Mat and Yoga International Magazine. She is a national program facilitator, speaker and educator and passionate about her advocacy for women, girls and people with disabilities. She worked at the National MS Society, Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, Canyon Ranch, the University of Florida College of Health, and professional education department, as and Integrative Medicine Practitioner and wellness educator, as well as presenting at their Inspiring Women in Leadership Conference and her Global Online Wellness Challenge, Chaya has garnered prodigious testimonials for her life changing work. ChayaVeda.com

Interview Subject:

Leverage Your Inner Technology to Live From Your Strengths and Break the Bonds of Stress

Chaya’s Books

Title: Yoga Of Action; Holistic Lifestyle and Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis and Similar Conditions

Featured in: Kripalu Yoga; A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat, and Yoga International Magazine

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Alternative Health, Yoga, Philosophy, Hinduism, Inspirational, Motivational, Meditation
S Suzanne Grandon
Guest Occupation: teacher, speaker, consultant, spiritual architect, and leader
Guest Biography:

BIO

S Suzanne Grandon is an innovative visionary whose primary soul purpose is Birthing New Realities and Upliftment of Consciousness.  She is once again re-emerging to teach and guide humanity through these auspicious transitional times.

SSuzanne came into this world 70 years ago through the union of a scientific father and artistic mother, both of whom nurtured and challenged her to grow beyond all perceived limitations.

As a teacher, speaker, consultant, spiritual architect, and leader, who has lived and worked in 26 countries/cultures, SSuzanne humbly harnesses opportunities to seed and nurture the energies of new ideas whose times have come.  She does this through her personal work and by collaborating with other visionaries.

SSuzanne's colleagues have called her a member of Earth's electro-magnetic engineering team, an Earth wisdom-keeper, a true blue being of light and love, a midwife from the celestial realms, and a “shining one”.

Her gifts are many ~ her goal is “To Serve” ~ and her choice is to say “Yes” to a Bright Abundant Future for All!

 

Testimonials:

     I have known S Suzanne Grandon for approximately 32 years. Professionally and personally, we have worked very well together. Her knowledge, insight and abilities go far beyond anything I could express. S. Suzanne Grandon and Star Woman Crystals have collaborated on her facilitating international tours, educational seminars, wholesale transactions and many business consultations and interactions. She has always been professional, forthright, clear in all communications, highly intelligent and exceptional in knowing what to do at the right time and place.

     She is truly a phenomenal citizen of the world, understanding harmony, respect and compassion for all people, everywhere, are the keys to each of us walking forward.

       ~Shari Gackstatter, Co-owner of Star Woman Crystals, Tempe AZ

 

     I have known S. Suzanne Grandon for more than 16 years. During that time we have been professionally associated in numerous ways. These include, and are not limited to, counseling, consultation, leadership, and collaboration in the areas of international/multi-cultural education/training, international spiritual group tours, multi- cultural spiritual/healing ceremonies, international indigenous gatherings, project planning/development, business mentorship, investments, and independent living together.

     I have known SSuzanne to live her life in integrity. Her dedication, knowledge, and wisdom, have earned my respect along with that of many people of different ages from diverse backgrounds and ethnic origins, both in the United States and abroad. I look forward to continuing our professional relationship for many years to come.

       ~ Susan Mountain Deer Griffin, Universal Shaman, Spirit World Tours, AZ

 

     It is always an honor and delight to collaborate with true blue beings of light and love like yourself. Please know how much I honor and support your work and our connection. The time has come and I am so glad that you stayed on the planet to help us.

     I continue to send you love and light and once again allow me to help you in any way.

       ~ Rev. Janice Hope Gorman, Founder and Director of Hope Interfaith Center, Mankato, MN

 

LINK:  

Pure Hope #9 - What Is The Experience Of Pure Consciousness - Guest S Suzanne Grandon

https://www.blogtalkradio.com/janicehopegorman/2013/11/27/pure-hope-9-what-is-the-experience-of-pure-consciousness

Additional free link to a previous interview show provides background information about what can be termed conscious dimensions to understand more fully the energies humanity is presently traversing.

Guest Category: Alternative Health, Energy Healing, Near Death Experiences, Physics & Metaphysics, Personal Development, Akashic Records, Medium & Channeling, Meditation, Mystic & Seer
Karen Sherbut
Guest Occupation: Founder, Marketer, Heart-based Entrepreneur
Guest Biography:

A less than ideal childhood ultimately prepared Karen Sherbut for the role of her life as a role model, mentor, and humanitarian. In this capacity she provides what she so desperately had once needed; ultimately improving the lives of many young women, their families, and loved ones. Karen’s dream of providing for homeless girls came to fruition in 1996, when alongside her husband John, founded Safe Haven Foundation of Canada. Volunteering at the helm of the Foundation, Karen’s steadfast commitment continues to shape a better and brighter future for all of us.

With 40 years of senior management and leadership experience, Karen has been extensively involved in the development and implementation of businesses at both grassroots and national levels. An engaging and innovative leader, Karen’s focus on results-oriented programs, financial accountability, public relations, and award-winning campaigns have provided an enviable advantage to the Foundation. Karen’s passion remains visible and reflective through the time she dedicates not only to the Foundation but to the many boards and advisory roles she has undertaken over the years.

In addition, for the past 22 years, Karen has been employed as the Vice President of Marketing at Britgary Properties. In recent years, Karen’s expertise has expanded to include operations and strategic planning of some of the Britgary’s newest endeavours

Karen has stood and fought her way through every challenge life threw at her; turning her adversity into a fire that would go on to change the world. It was this passion that drove Karen and her husband John to start the Safe Haven Foundation of Canada. She has empowered not just the 80+ girls that have gone through the program, but impacted countless others as an inspiration, mentor and beacon of light in what can be a very dark world.

This is more than a story of my survival. This is the story of a husband and wife, who stood side by side and took on the world to pave the way for at-risk youth to write their own success story.
Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Society and Culture
June Kittay
Guest Occupation: Fitness Expert, Entertainer, Author & Keynote Speaker
Guest Biography:
June is a Fitness Professional, Author, Writer, Entertainer & Keynote Speaker on Health and Wellness; as well as a highly sought after Active Aging Fitness Instructor, specializing in Beginning Line Dance, Yoga Stretch and Senior Fitness programs designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Her well known "Emerging thru Movement" program is just one of the custom courses she’s designed for company, event, and personal use created to motivate, educate, energize and entertain.

June created and co-instructed the Fitness Programs for Fitness Ambassador Martina Navratilova’s National AARP Conventions, and has appeared onstage and television with Jack LaLanne, Richard Simmons, Forbes Riley, and host of Daytime, Cindy Edwards. She teaches regularly for the YMCA, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as rotaries, clubs, businesses, churches, private and special events.

June was recently featured on WFLA News Channel 8 and awarded the title of "A Great Inspiration!", one of 3 finalists in both the 2016 and 2017 Salt & Pepper Awards given by the Senior Connection Center of Tampa, Florida, is a member of the International Council of Active Aging, Better Living for Seniors, the National Fitness Hall of Fame and won Ms. Florida Senior America 2012 Fan Favorite. June is an ambassador for Tampa Bay, a longtime member of Visit Tampa Bay, and a commercial actor/lifestyle model regularly appearing on television and health and wellness infomercials and commercials. June was a semi-finalist in the Bright Stars Network Senior Talent Show, awarded Toastmasters International Competent Communicator, a Healthy Heroes Nominee for Workplace Fitness, is a 10 year participant in the National Weight Control Registry, and was listed in Tampa Bay's Best Magazine for "People with Style!"
 
June’s book, “Tips by Kittay” was published in 2007.  Her wellness articles have appeared in health and fitness magazines and newspapers both locally and nationally. She is often heard on local and national health radio shows. Her message, professed since 2004, is simple,“Keep on Movin!”
 
With a Bachelor of Science in Education from 
State University of New York College at Buffalo and former elementary teacher, June continues her mission  to help educate, inspire and motivate everyone she meets,  encouraging all to live a healthy, active and engaged life.

June practices what she preaches; instilling in others the value of exercise. 

​"Our bodies were created for movement; we are a system of wheels within wheels, meant to rotate and revolve on a daily basis.”
 
June’s Philosophy of Life is simple:
Eat real food.  Go outside and play.  Hang around with the right people in the right places. Say your prayers. Get plenty of sleep.  “You can't fool Mother Nature!”

 June’s daily prayer:
“Lord Let Me Live Each Day Trying to Accomplish Something, Not Merely to Exist!”

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Mike Niklos
Guest Occupation: Head Strength & Performance Coach
Guest Biography:

Mike Niklos

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Northern Illinois University
3x All-American in Football / Illinois State Powerlifting Champion

Training Background: Mike was a Division 1 Strength Coach for 3 years with Robert Morris University and Northern Illinois University, where he oversaw and implemented workouts for the Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball, Soccer, Football, and Baseball teams. Mike was a part of the staff that helped trained Robert Morris’s basketball to get into the NCAA Tournament in 2010. Mike has also trained under multiple NFL Strength Coaches including former Cleveland Browns Strength Coach Tom Mylinski. Mike also assisted in training a Gold Medalist Olympian (Breianne McLaughlin – US Women’s Hockey) during his time before coming to Acceleration.

Professional: Mike ran a 4.38 for NFL scouts and was invited to the Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Camp in 2007. He also spent time with arena football’s Chicago Rush. In 2011, Mike won the State Championship in powerlifting.

College: Mike was a standout cornerback for the Robert Morris University football team. He finished his career as a 3 time Div 1 All-American. He also placed 2nd All-Time in the NCAA for pass defenses.

High School: Mike was a 4 sport athlete in high school, playing football, wrestling, track, and baseball. Mike earned All-State and All-American (Scout.com) awards his senior year of football and led his high school team twice to the State Championship.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Sports & Recreation, Variety
Dennis Diken
Guest Occupation: Drummer-Producer
Guest Biography:

D   E   N   N   I   S

D   I   K   E   N

DRUMMER /PRODUCER

with

T H E   S M I T H E R E E N S

SPECIAL GUEST on

INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS

with RAY SHASHO

 

Founded in New Jersey in 1980, The Smithereens have been creating electrifying, original rock’n’roll for 39 years. Jim Babjak (guitar,) Dennis Diken (drums,) and Mike Mesaros (bass) grew up together in Carteret and lead singer, the late Pat DiNizio, hailed from Scotch Plains. The band paid its dues in clubs all over the NYC tri-state area from Kenny’s Castaways in Greenwich Village to the Court Tavern and Stone Pony in NJ. As The Smithereens’ fame escalated, they were in heavy rotation on MTV and appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, and Saturday Night Live. They’ve since performed on stages coast to coast from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to the Meadowlands Arena in NJ to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, and internationally from Europe to Australia. Tour mates have included Tom Petty, Squeeze, The Pretenders, Lou Reed, and Ramones, among others.

​The Smithereens’ take no prisoners sound, reflecting their Garden State roots, has resonated with fans worldwide over the course of 17 albums and 2500+ live shows. Their most recent release, COVERS, features 22 of the bands favorite songs first recorded by other artists. They've also inspired generations of musicians, including Kurt Cobain, who counted The Smithereens as a major influence on Nirvana.

And with the 2017 passing of Pat DiNizio, the surviving members have decided to persevere and carry on their shared musical legacy. Using guest vocalists including Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms and Marshall Crenshaw, they continue to entertain and rock fans all over the U.S. and the world!  

 

Purchase the most recent album from The Smithereens entitled ‘Covers’ at amazon.com

C O V E R S 

BY THE SMITHEREENS

TRACK LISTING

 

  1. The Game of Love (Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders)
  2. The Slider (T. Rex)
  3. Ruler of My Heart (Irma Thomas)
  4. Wooly Bully (Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs)
  5. Let’s Talk About Us (Otis Blackwell)
  6. Girl Don’t Tell Me (Beach Boys)
  7. Up In Heaven (The Clash)
  8. Time Won’t Let Me (The Outsiders)
  9. Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday)
  10. Yer Blues (Beatles)
  11. One After 909 (Beatles)
  12. I Want to Tell You (Beatles)
  13. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
  14. Well Alright (Live) (Buddy Holly)
  15. Rosie Won’t You Please Come Home (The Kinks)
  16. World Keeps Going ‘Round (The Kinks)
  17. Downbound Train (Bruce Springsteen)
  18. The Seeker (The Who)
  19. Something Stupid (Frank and Nancy Sinatra)
  20. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop)
  21. The Stroll (The Diamonds)
  22. Shakin’ All Over (Johnny Kidd and the Pirates)

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

19 Sat Oct

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in Pawling NY

Daryl's House Club

26 Sat Oct

THE SMITHEREENS: A NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION AT THE STONE PONY

The Stone Pony

27 Sun Oct

THE SMITHEREENS NJ HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Asbury Park Convention Hall

01 Fri Nov

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in Natick, MA

The Center For Arts In Natick

02 Sat Nov

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in East Greenwich, RI

The Greenwich Odeum

15 Fri Nov

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in Port Washington, NY

Jeanne Rimsky Theater

30 Sat Nov

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in Tarrytown, NY

Tarrytown Music Hall

 20 Fri Dec

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in Scituate, MA

River Club Music Hall

18 Sat Jan

THE SMITHEREENS w/ROBIN WILSON in New York City

Sony Hall

07 Sat Mar

THE SMITHEREENS w/MARSHALL CRENSHAW in West Long Branch, NJ

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Music, TV & Film
Astrology. Astro Feng Shui. AstroCartography
Guest Occupation: 30 year professional astrologer
Guest Biography:

Do you know how to set up your home or the best place in the world for you to love? My guest today is Simone Butler who is an expert astrological guide with more than 30 years of experience in helping people find their purpose and passion. She began her career as an L.A. fashion editor, and has since written for many platforms, including the Starscroll and Tarot.com. Simone’s books, Astro Feng Shui: Making Magic in Your Home and Life, and Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess, bring ancient secrets into modern living. You can read her blogs and learn about her weekly Patreon show, Simone Sez. Simone lives in San Diego with her cats, Max and Nora.

Guest Category: Arts, Earth & Space, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Paranormal, Physics & Metaphysics, Self Help, Spiritual, Travel & Leisure
Animalia
Guest Occupation: Puppeteer
Guest Biography:

Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets

Winner of puppetry's highest honor, the UNIMA Citation of Excellence, and recipient of three Jim Henson Foundation grants, Hobey Ford is known for excellence in puppetry performance and craft. 

Hobey's intricate shadow puppetry work and creation of the original rod puppets, the "Foamies", have earned him a place on stages across the world. Hobey's performances incorporate a variety of puppetry styles including Bunraku, rod, marionettes, "Foamies", and shadow puppetry. Hobey adapts folk tales from various cultures for many of his performances, always adding a special "Golden Rod" twist. He uses his own voice to create characters and sound effects, tell stories, and sing. 

Hobey utilizes his artistic study at The State University of New York at Purchase and the University of North Carolina at Asheville to design and construct all of his Golden Rod Puppets and the beautiful sets that surround them. Hobey also draws on his early experiences growing up in coastal Connecticut or living in a Nevada Native American community in writing the scripts for some of his performances such as "Whale Walker" and "Turtle Island Tales".  

Hobey is considered both an innovator in puppetry craft and a master storyteller. He has created both the "Foamies" and the clever hand puppet known as "Peepers". The "Foamies" are large animal puppets carved from blocks of foam. After studying each animal's characteristic movements, Hobey designs various control mechanisms to make the puppets themselves move in a life-like manner. The "Foamies" are presented using both stage and house performance space.

Hobey tours a variety of shows for educational performances and family concerts including: World Tales – puppetry techniques and stories from around the world; Animalia – the beautiful story of the animal world, ecology, metamorphosis, and animals who are endangered; Turtle Island Tales – Native American stories with moving scenery and exquisite shadow puppetry.

Hobey’s production Migration is a sequel to the popular Animalia. Migration is the story of Beatriz, a young girl who travels with her family from their home in Mexico to work the harvest in Maine. The story of Beatriz’ journey is juxtaposed with the stories of other animals that migrate: Monarch Butterflies, polar bears, the Godwit bird and the Sperm Whale.   These extremely realistic puppets are performed behind a thin circular theatrical scrim onto which is projected Hobey’s original artwork.  The puppets appear to be performing within the video projections on a hypnotic dance between the puppeteer, puppets and original artistic scenery.

Hobey’s latest production, Sea Song,  is about a city boy, addicted to video games is sent to at a remote beach house with his grandmother far from any internet.  There the boy discovers the wonder of sea turtles and nature.

In conjunction with The Kennedy Center's Partnership In Education program, Hobey provides teacher workshops in puppetry across the country: "Telling Folktales With Shadow Puppetry", “The Magic of Peepers Puppets: Exploring Writing Through Puppetry” and "From Larvae to Butterfly: Metamorphosis Through Puppetry".

Guest Category: Arts
Sheinina Raj
Guest Occupation: Contemporary Artist, Photographer, Multicultural exhibitionist
Guest Biography:

SHEININA RAJ

A prodigy Sheinina Raj was tabbed, unwittingly by her High School Art teacher to attend Canada’s prestigious Emily Carr University of Art + Design saving Sheinina from the brink of betraying her vocation to the leading edge of Contemporary Art making worldwide.

With twenty years of experience Raj’s professional career began in Toronto when the Art Director of Access Music Magazine asked her to photograph the 1998 Canadian Hip Hop scene. A legacy of Photographic artwork that graced the walls of the McMichael’s Canadian Art Collection Gallery. Available nationwide the Everything Remains Raw hardcover book published by McMichael’s features a Prelude written by Sarah Stanners the Director of Curatorial & Collections who references Raj’s art as important to Canada as the Group of 7. For this exhibition the Toronto Now Magazine’s feature story headlined Raj’s photography as “Iconic” for Canada.

In 2001 Grey McGear Modern the Los Angeles based gallery that represented Raj’s artwork called with
news that her exhibition had sold out, followed by a request for her to move to LA and continue to develop her international reputation.

Since then Sheinina has reopened Chinatown Los Angeles with her photographic light paintings projected onto Cirque Du Soleil performers and the architecture that frames Chung King Road. Her vision for a virtual park in the courtyard of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum served as an environment that came to life and aired as NBC’s Today in LA cover story. As the A/V Producer of the Genii Awards Raj projected her visual artwork onto the Skirball Cultural Center Auditorium creating the backdrop for Jay Leno as he honored Betty White with the coveted Life Time Achievement Award.

Raj continues her passion for arts and culture with Intercultural, an immersive vision and sound art experience that features a quadrophonic collaboration by Nelly Furtado. The conceptually rigorous detailed portfolio explores diversity through a collection of self-portraiture featuring artist Sheinina Raj arrayed in the traditional finery of 24 nations. Respectfully a humanitarian call for Sheinina, she stands to enlighten cultural ideologies, initiate respect for diversity and unify humanity for a peaceful coexistence worldwide.

In 2016 Sheinina launched the touring exhibition at the Elaine Fleck Gallery in Toronto prior to New York in 2017. As the destination exhibition at the Miami Design Preservation League Art Deco Museum Raj was honored with an Intercultural Day Proclamation from the City of Miami Beach. With the gracious support from Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada to the United Arab Emirates Intercultural exhibited at World Art Dubai where Sheinina received the “Most Innovative Artist” Award.

The Prime Minister of Canada the Right Honorable Justin Trudeau stated Sheinina Raj’s Intercultural art exhibition as, “The Best”.

The British Council awarded Sheinina Raj as a Presenter for her Intercultural Poster shown at their 2018
Going Global Conference Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Having met with Ingrid Leary of the British Council NZ Raj was commissioned to join the “A” team as a Fijian Artist for the launch of the opening plans for the new National Gallery of Contemporary Arts Fiji. Sheinina’s visual art projection on the exterior of the architecture spoke of ancestry, present day and a peaceful vision for the future.

Artist Talks with Knight Foundation Director of Communications Anusha Alikhan and LA Weekly Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot have brought art to the forefront of dialogue discussing culture and identity, while encouraging a peaceful union in galleries and museums across America.

Unanimously Art Critics from, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Huffington Post, Argonaut News and Fiji Sun have given Sheinina Raj critical acclaim.

A decorated artist Raj is a recipient of the 2018 International Photography Awards celebrated at Carnegie Hall in New York City. As the Tokyo International Foto Awards Gold Award winner Sheinina’s awarded artwork exhibited at the Shibuya Cultural Center, Japan, Feb. 2019.

Intercultural will next exhibit at the Lois Lambert Gallery at Bergamot Station May 2020 followed by the UN Head- quarters in Geneva with Fiji as the Host Nation in June 2020.

Guest Category: Arts, Design, Beauty, Fashion, Visual Arts, Entertainment, History, Kids & Family, Society and Culture
Debra Delahunty
Guest Occupation: Native American Flutist
Guest Biography:

DEBRA DELAHUNTY

Debra was born in Huntington Beach,CA and was always drawn to the Native American way of life. 

In 2009, Debra met Peter Lovio (Yaqui), (who became a close friend and her mentor), at Redbirds Children of Many Colors Powwow. He took her by the hand and introduced her to a flute maker and told her, “This is your next Spiritual Journey.” At that time she didn’t understand what he meant until the following week when she was at an open mic and he told her she was going to play. After she played (never playing an instrument before) she understood what he meant as it came natural to her.

Debra has put out one CD, and seven (7) years later plays her flutes for meditations, weddings and Celebrations of Life. You can also hear her play every third (3rd) weekend of July at Redbirds Children of Many Colors Powwow Flute icrcle, held at Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA where her journey began, and in December in Simi Valley, CA at Redbirds Blanket, School Supply and Toy Drive for the children on the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD. 

Debra Delahunty is a big supporter of the Shadow Land Foundation, where her CDs can be purchased and the money will go to help the foundation provide wolf education for children of all ages. Inquire about the CDs and the wolves at their website.

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Entertainment, Music

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