Headlined Guests

Hector Rodriguez
Guest Occupation: President of Rodriguez Communications, Veterans for DC Statehood-New Columbia
Guest Biography:

Hector Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Lorain, Ohio.  In 1968 he arrived in Washington DC after completion of service as a Viet Nam Era Captain in the United States Army Strategic Communications Command.

He was appointed as Program Development Specialist and was assigned to a White House cabinet level agency under former Vice President Hubert Humphrey’s office. He worked with the Federal departments and national and community organizations in developing initiatives to reverse poverty and increase participation in federal programs.

In 1970 Mr. Rodriguez served as a special consultant to the US Commissioner of Education where he coordinated programs advancing education opportunities for children in low income municipal school systems.   

In 1972 he engaged our nations’ urban crisis at the National Urban Coalition. As Deputy Vice President for Cities Operations, Mr. Rodriguez worked with community, government and industry leaders on solutions for our riot torn urban centers. He assisted in organizing and managing 60 urban coalitions in our nation’s cities. He received the “Outstanding Service Award” NUC’s highest recognition for his service and contributions to our cities.

Mr. Rodriguez authored and presented the original proposal to the DC City Council, establishing what is now the DC Office of Latino Affairs which continues to generate millions of dollars in services to thousands of needy residents in the District of Columbia.

In 1991 in response to disturbances in the Mt. Pleasant /Columbia Heights neighborhoods Mr. Rodriguez launched the Las Americas Avenue Development Corporation and created a Tri-Neighborhood international tourism model advancing small business incubators, economic development and job creation. He also created a plan for the DC International Enterprise Zone.

Mr. Rodriguez was appointed to a cabinet post in 1998. As Director, DC Office of International Affairs he conducted protocol with embassies and high ranking officials in behalf of the Mayor and the District of Columbia. He also developed programs to position the District for international trade, commerce and investment. Among his accomplishments was a trade agreement he authored between DC and the Republic of Panama Chambers advancing trade and  commerce .

By nature Hector Rodriguez is a creative, solutions- driven institution builder. His professional and private life has been dedicated to public service, political participation and community economic development.

Selected civic activities and achievements:

Twice presented testimony before the US Senate- DC Full Vote/Latino participation.US government;Multiple testimonies before the DC Council- housing, economic development, education, international;Vice Chair, Committee to Support the DC Home Rule Charter-1974;Candidate, DC Council-1979,1980, 2002;Member, George Washington University Center for Small Business Advancement;Guest /Delegate White House-Summit of the Americas, Miami 1994;PresidentClinton; International Committee-US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;VIP Escort Officer ,US Defense Department;Grand Marshall, DC Latin American Festival.

Selected Awards:

White House Communications Award- for providing support to the President of the US; George Washington Honor Medal-from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge; Latino Community Achievement Award- as author DC Office of Latino Affairs; Exceptional Service Citation-from the US Secretary of Transportation; Distinguished Community Service Award-New Human Foundation.

Mr. Rodriguez has a Bachelor of Arts from Kent State University where he majored in Communications and Political Science. He has proven leadership abilities with expertise in government operations, program formulation, economic development and international affairs.

Currently he is President of Rodriguez Communications, a consulting firm he founded in 2003 with the goal of connecting strategic markets and expanding business networks.

Guest Category: Business, History, Kids & Family, News, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
David Maulsby
Guest Occupation: Executive Director, PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope
Guest Biography:

David Maulsby, Executive Director of PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope in Houston, Texas, has 27 years of ministry experience, most of those as a pastor.  David was the first member of the Foundation staff to meet and mentor veterans.  David also began the first support groups for our veterans, and later he also led a family support group.  Instrumental in the creation of Camp Hope, he now leads in development and financial support of the work of the Foundation.

The PTSD Foundation of America’s Mission is to combat Post Traumatic Stress and to bring healing to our military community (Active duty, Reserves and National Guard, veterans, and their families) through pastoral counseling, and peer mentoring, both on an individual basis, and in group settings.

It also raises awareness of the increasing needs of the military community through public events, media outlets, social media, service organizations, and churches.

It networks government agencies, service organizations, churches and private sector businesses into a united “Corps of Compassion,” to bring their combined resources together to meet the needs of the military community on a personal and individual and family level.  Our brave men and women in uniform understand duty, honor, and sacrifice.  Many have returned home with both the visible scars, and the unseen wounds of war.

PTSD Veteran Line:  (877) 717-PTSD (7873)
Office:  (832) 912-4429

Camp Hope

9724 Derrington Rd

Houston, Texas, 77064

Donations and Mail

PTSD Foundation of America

P.O. Box 690748

Houston, Texas, 77269

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Military, News, Psychology, Religion, Self Help, Society and Culture, Spiritual
Joshua Dunn
Guest Occupation: Spiritual Coach, Meditation Expert
Guest Biography:
Joshua Dunn has a background in meditation and spiritual understanding. He grew up going to ashrams. His full name is Joshua Merlyn Livingston Dunn.

My spiritual name is Mukunda. I believe there is a real magic to science and I welcome you to the experience. 

He has worked in theater in New York City and went to acting school as well. He has always studied people and wanted to learn from them. He started in golf business 11 years ago but has played golf all of his life. 

He was on the high school team. Back then, he loved the feeling the golf game gave him. Playing against himself and the environment. As people we are always playing and golf teaches us new ideas all the time.

Remember "Think Breathe Act " can a good process for any thing especially golf. 

You can think what ever you want but you must remember to breathe and then you act and it will come out well.

Guest Category: Fitness & Exercise, Kids & Family, Psychology, Personal Development, Motivational, Spiritual, Access Consciousness, Meditation, Sports & Recreation
Renée Gordon
Guest Occupation: In-demand speaker, Ordained Minister, Relationship & Love Coach
Guest Biography:

Dr. Renée Michelle Gordon is passionate about helping people find the love in their lives. She is an in-demand speaker, an ordained minister, a relationship & love coach, the author of the book Finding Your Love at Last: 5 Simple Steps to Attracting Your Soulmate Within 90 Days, and is currently working on her follow-up book that’s just for couples: Finding Your Love at Last: Duets—How Couples Can Make Beautiful Life Music Together. Dr. Renée has helped well over 500 couples find their love at last and is ready to help you do the same. Dr. Renée believes every couple’s relationship “problem” is nothing more than an opportunity in disguise. Dr. Renée is a regular on the hit Dr. Phil-produced television show, The Doctors, and is planning her own lifestyle/relationship TV show.

Guest Category: Courses & Training, Kids & Family, Love & Relationships, Relationship Counseling
Brandonn Mixon
Guest Occupation: Co-Founder and Director of Facilities of the Veterans Community Project
Guest Biography:

Brandonn Mixon

Co-Founder and Director of Facilities of the Veterans Community Project.

Brandonn Mixon spent four years in the United States Army as a Helicopter Crew Chief and Mechanic with the 82nd Airborne Division. During his time with the 82nd he deployed to Afghanistan in September of 2011 and participated in Operation Enduring Freedom. During these deployments Brandonn’s unit provided assault support and casualty evacuation.

Brandonn was medically retired from the Army in 2013. He moved back home to Lee's Summit, Missouri and started a business that assisted Veterans in receiving low-cost/free heating and cooling services. Brandonn worked as the CEO of Airborne Mechanical until leaving the business to co-found Veterans Community Project.

The Veterans Community Project (VCP) is on a mission to eliminate veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Focusing first in the Greater-Kansas City area, VCP aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States. VCP has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide.

VCP is a 501(c)(3) Missouri nonprofit corporation founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community. VCP is team of connectors, feelers and doers on a mission to help our kin, our kind. We move with swift, bold action, always motivated to serve with compassion.

Veterans Community Project

8900 Troost Ave.
Kansas City, MO. 64131
(816) 599-6503

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Military, News, Self Help, Society and Culture
Carlos Santana with wife Cindy Blackman Santana
Guest Occupation: Musician
Guest Biography:

C I N D Y  B L A C K M A N  S A N T A N A




CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. 

SANTANA has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the '80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including the critically acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010). In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known asAnother Lifetime—she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Al B. Sure, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, Buster Williams, and Angela Bofill. Cindy was part of the Tony Williams Lifetime Tribute Band called Spectrum Road with Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, and John Medeski. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 & 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz's band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing “Bitches Brew,” a tribute to Miles Davis' seminal album staged at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest. 

More recently, Cindy has become the regular touring drummer for Santana. Having met several years earlier at a festival in Europe while she was touring with Kravitz, Cindy first played with Santana in spring 2010, when drummer Dennis Chambers had a previous commitment. “They have a great band vibe. It's nice to play with people who have grown together, built a sound together, and stayed together,” she says. “When that happens, you can create so many different levels of communication. That's what they've done, and I love reacting with it and being a part of it.”

Electricity onstage generated chemistry offstage— Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana proposed to Cindy during a July 2010 concert, and they married in December. Looking ahead, they will collaborate artistically as well, on projects that will no doubt reflect their shared passion for improvisation, and belief in the transcendent nature of music. Cindy was an integral part of the new Santana/Isley Brothers release Power of Peace, featuring the song “I Remember,” which she wrote and sings. “To me,” she says, “music is completely spiritual, it's the way you connect with your higher self, with the universe. It's also a way to share light with millions of people. They don’t need to speak your language, have your beliefs, or be in the same place you are. The music speaks, it channels good energy, and makes a difference in people's lives. Carlos and I are both conscious of doing that.”

In 2016, Cindy connected with her fellow drummer and world-class producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN, and together the two have been working on new material ever since. CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers and recording artists of this or any generation.

The past few months have been a blur for CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA, who is currently touring and performing with her husband Carlos Santana, is featured as a vocalist, drummer, and songwriter on “Power of Peace,” the new Santana/Isley Brothers collaboration, and has been busy touring with her own band and recording tracks in the studio with the legendary producer NARADA MICHAEL WALDEN. Together through Walden's Tarpan Records label recently released the new single “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” featuring Carlos Santana on all digital platforms. 

You can purchase the “FUN, PARTY, SPLASH” single on amazon.com and iTunes

Guest Category: Arts, Music
Laura Rubinstein
Guest Occupation: Certified Hypnotherapist & Marketing Strategist
Guest Biography:

Laura Rubinstein is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Master Leadership Coach, Bestselling Author, and award winning Social Media and Marketing Strategist. She is the creator the Savvy Social Media Success course, and founder of Social Buzz Club. During the past 20+ years, Laura has optimized brand marketing strategies for over 1,000 businesses.

She is the author of the bestselling book Social Media Myths Busted, Transform Your Body in the Mental Gym and the Feminine Power Cards (endorsed by John Gray, PhD of Mars Venus). These wisdom cards offer practical tools that allow people to make profound shifts in their relationships and professional life. Laura’s writings are featured in a variety of publications including the Amazon bestselling books Women Living Consciously and Journey to Joy, as well as on genConnect.com, YourTango.com and her popular https://www.transformtoday.com/ blog.

Guest Category: Marketing, Love & Relationships
Guest Occupation: Film producer and director; media executive
Guest Biography:

Greg Lovett is a professional media executive with over 30 years experience in production and management.

He began his career in the U.S. as a Director of the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans) live television broadcasts.  After relocating to Holland he set up his own television production company and produced for both Dutch and international broadcasters.

Later, he was a founding member of Europe’s first Pay Per View platform, spearheaded the launch of Holland’s first broadband Internet service, and managed a start-up that specialized in interactive television and personalized programming.

He most recently produced and directed the award-winning documentary “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die” which tells the story of American soldiers poisoned by open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The film is being released in October 2017.


Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Military, News, Politics & Government, Science, Self Help, Society and Culture
Ego spiritualism
Guest Occupation: Metaphysician, certified Reiki master, healer, color/sound practitioner, spiritual medium, psychologist.
Guest Biography:

Rev. Dr. Linda is a metaphysician, certified Reiki master teacher, spiritual healer, color/sound practitioner and spiritual medium. Dr. Nickolas is a licensed psychologist, social worker & certified school psychologist who has worked in clinical, university, public school and private practice settings as a therapist, diagnostician, educator and consultant for 30 years. They have written a trilogy of excellent books.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Religion, Self Help, Society and Culture, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: Founder and CEO of Your Tango
Guest Biography:

Andrea is the founder and CEO of YourTango, the leading media company dedicated to love and relationships. YourTango’s mission is to help women love better and connect more meaningfully, engendering greater happiness, more confidence, and a deeper sense of belonging within the community we serve. YourTango has built a powerful platform where a community of readers, writers, brands, thought leaders, and the world’s leading relationship and mental health experts connect and engage where it matters most: the heart.

Andrea is making her debut as an author through her first book, Radical Acceptance, The Secret to Happy, Lasting Love, was published in May, 2017 by the Atria Division of Simon & Schuster.

Andrea has been featured frequently in the media, including multiple appearances on The Today Show, The Early Show, Better TV, CNN, E!, Fox News, ABC, and radio stations across the U.S., as well as in national publications such as USA Today, The Huffington Post, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Business Week. Andrea is a frequent panelist and guest speaker on industry panels including Internet Week and SXSW, as well as for classes and events at Harvard University, Columbia University, Fordham University, The Wharton School and NYU Stern School of Business.

A graduate of Tulane University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering), Andrea earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where she was the managing editor of The Bottom Line, the school’s student newspaper. Prior to launching YourTango, Andrea achieved a rewarding career in finance and consulting, including positions with Goldman Sachs, ICF Consulting and Enron’s international finance team—which gave her the opportunity to live in Mumbai, India, for three years.

Andrea serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Theatre Workshop. She has been awarded a black belt in Shotokan karate by the Japan Karate Association (JKA) and is a licensed private pilot. Andrea and her husband live with their two little boys in New York City.

Guest Category: Love & Relationships, Inspirational, Motivational, Pop Culture
Alexia Mae is a Vegan advocate, nutrition specialist, and animal rights activist.
Guest Occupation: Vegan advocate, nutrition specialist, and animal rights activist.
Guest Biography:

Alexia Mae is a Vegan advocate, nutrition specialist, and animal rights activist.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Health & Lifestyle, Pets and Animals, Philosophy, Self Help, Society and Culture, Spiritual
Guest Biography:

Barbara Lima is a multi-disciplinary artist from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, who has danced and taught professionally for the past fourteen years. Barbara has studied various movement mediums and uses dance to give form to sound waves and images.   ​

Both Barbara and Jocelyn believe that there are healing messages and potent grids for transformation, which can be activated through the tool of authentic embodiment. Their work with movement seeks to nurture and ground the innate energetic intelligence in every human. 

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Spiritual
Guest Biography:

Jocelyn Edelstein has been studying the Mayan calendar for the past twenty years and gives Mayan readings in Portland. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose mediums include dance, writing and filmmaking. She teaches dances classes for adults and children at Polaris Contemporary Dance Center.

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Entertainment, Spiritual
George Antone
Guest Occupation: Expert on Personal Financial Strategies
Guest Biography:

George Antone, the author of 3 best-selling books on investing and finance, is an award-winning educator, investor, and an entrepreneur. He is also the creator of the world’s largest network of private money lenders. George’s approach and methods have made him a popular keynote speaker around the country.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Self Help, Society and Culture
The Nomadic Boys
Guest Occupation: Professional Travelers
Guest Biography:

Travel as a Way of Life

Stefan and Sebastien are a gay couple travelling the world. Nomadic Boys is their blog and one of the biggest names in the gay travel world, with over 75k monthly visitors to our blog and a further 200k followers on our social media. We have been together for over 8 years and recently got engaged in Colombia, where we have been based for the past few months. Stefan used to be a lawyer and Sebastien an IT consultant for the finance industry. We left our lives and jobs in London in 2014 for a big 2 years trip around Asia and have been travelling in Latin America over the past year.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Self Help, Society and Culture, Travel & Leisure
Neta C. Crawford
Guest Occupation: Professor, Boston University & Co-Director of Costs of War Project
Guest Biography:

Professor Neta C. Crawford of Boston University is the author of Accountability for Killing: Moral Responsibility for Collateral Damage in America's Post-9/11 Wars (Oxford University Press, 2013). Crawford is also the author of two books, Soviet Military Aircraft (1987) and Argument and Change in World Politics (2002), named Best Book in International History and Politics by the American Political Science Association. She has written more than two dozen peer reviewed articles on issues of war and peace. Crawford has served on the governing Board of the Academic Council of the United Nations System, and on the Governing Council of the American Political Science Association. She is also a Co-Director of the Costs of War Project of Brown University.

Areas of Interest: International relations theory, normative theory, foreign policy decision making, sanctions, peace movements, discourse ethics, post-conflict peacebuilding, research design, utopian science fiction, and emotion.

Guest Category: History, Military, News, Politics & Government, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Professor, Brown University & Co-Director, Costs of War Project
Guest Biography:

Professor Catherine Lutz is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She is also a co-director of the Costs of War Project at Brown University. She recently received a Guggenheim Foundation grant to write a book on how Americans across diverse communities understand war and its consequences. Lutz is the author of numerous books on the US military and its bases and personnel, including Breaking Ranks (with M. Gutmann, 2010), The Bases of Empire (ed., 2009), and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (2001), and a co-founder of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists.  She has also conducted research on UN peacekeeping in Haiti, South Sudan, Liberia, and Lebanon. Lutz is past president of the American Ethnological Society, the largest organization of cultural anthropologists in the US.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, History, Military, News, Politics & Government, Society and Culture
Ric Burns
Guest Occupation: Internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer
Guest Biography:

Ric Burns is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer, best known for his eight-part, seventeen and a half hour series, New York: A Documentary Film, which premiered nationally on PBS to wide public and critical acclaim when broadcast in November 1999, September 2001, and September 2003.

Burns has been writing, directing and producing historical documentaries for over 25 years, since his collaboration on the PBS series The Civil War, (1990), which he produced with his brother Ken and co-wrote with Geoffrey C. Ward.  Since founding Steeplechase Films in 1989, he has directed some of the most distinguished programs for PBS including Coney Island (1991), The Donner Party (1992), The Way West (1995), Ansel Adams (2002), Eugene O’Neill, Andy Warhol (2006), We Shall Remain: Tecumseh’s Vision (2009), Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World (2010), and Death and the Civil War (2012), a film based on the best-selling book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust.

His work has won numerous film and television awards including six Emmy Awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards,  two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards,  three Writer’s Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Writing;  the Eric Barnouw Award of the Organization of American Historians, and the D.W. Griffith Award of the National Board of Review.

2015 saw the release of three more films by Burns.  American Ballet Theatre: a history, which aired on PBS as a part of the American Masters series, celebrates the rich history and legacy of America’s national ballet company. Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History, a moving tribute to the history of disabled veterans, aired nationally on PBS in November in honor of Veteran’s Day.  And The Pilgrims broadcast as part of the acclaimed American Experience series, also in November of 2015.  The film brings to life the story of the men and women of the Mayflower: both the ardently evangelical English Protestants who led the mission, as well as the less fervently evangelical “Strangers” who went with them.

Burns was educated at Columbia University and Cambridge University. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

Guest Category: Arts, Education, Entertainment, History, Military, News, Society and Culture, TV & Film
Matzine Sanchez-Gutierrez
Guest Occupation: President Prospanica Indianapolis Chapter
Guest Biography:

Prospanica – The Association of Hispanic Professionals – is here to help you grow personally and professionally through:

  • Valuable employment opportunities for MBA students
  • Undergraduate assistance to pursue graduate education
  • Expanded business networks and guidance to advance your professional career

We have 46 professional and university chapters to support you, and we’ve created strong partnerships with prominent universities and Fortune 500 companies. Whether you’re looking for exciting job connections or a roadmap to graduate education, Prospanica will help you chart the path ahead.

Formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and founded in 1988, Prospanica’s nearly 30-year history emphasizes on educational and professional development programs to improve the Hispanic community as a whole.

Strategic Plan and Mission

Hispanics will contribute in the affluence of the U.S. in proportion to their share of the population, as they attain higher education and leadership positions in record numbers. The entire country will become even stronger as a result of greater participation from the Hispanic community. 

Prospanica's mission is to empower Hispanic business professionals to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential. The organization works to fulfill this mission to our members through three strategies:

  1. Provide access to higher education for Hispanics seeking professional advancement in business 
  2. Offer resources, information and a sense of community to business students and professionals to increase their development and advancement opportunities
  3. Propagate a culture of participation and leadership to advocate for the growth of Hispanic professionals in corporate America


The Prospanica vision is to be the leading catalyst for Hispanic professional achievement through diversity of thought, expert collaboration, and community engagement to create and develop Hispanic leaders.

Guest Category: Education, News, Self Help
Dr Deepak Chopra
Guest Occupation: Medical Doctor
Guest Biography:

Deepak Chopra (born October 22, 1946) is an American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement. Through his books and videos, he has become one of the best-known and wealthiest figures in alternative medicine. Chopra studied medicine in India before emigrating to the United States in 1970 where he completed residencies in internal medicine and endocrinology.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Society and Culture, Spiritual