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Guest Occupation: Actor, Writer, Books, Film, Children's Books, Speaker, Inspiration, Motivation, Love Advocate
Guest Biography:

Scott Stabile is a writer and actor, known for The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure and Dartss.  Scott's inspirational posts and videos have attracted a huge and devoted social media following. His previous works include Just Love, Iris, and the Li’l Pet Hospital series. A passionate speaker and love advocate, Scott runs daylong empowerment workshops nationally and internationally.  What happens when you fully commit yourself to love? Endless good, insists Scott Stabile, who found that out by overcoming plenty of bad. His parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years before he summoned the courage to walk away. In his book Big Love, his insightful and refreshingly honest collection of personal essays, Scott relates these profound experiences as well as everyday struggles and triumphs in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny. Whether silencing shame, rebounding after failure, or moving forward despite fears, Scott shares hard-won insights that consistently return readers to love, both of themselves and others. 

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Author, Speaker, Columnist
Guest Biography:

Throughout his lifetime, Dennis Merritt Jones has been on a quest to inspire and lift people to a higher expression of life. His personal vision is to guide people to their purpose, knowing that when one fully awakens to who they are and why they are on the planet, they begin to naturally share their gift with humankind and, in the process, create an enriching life for themselves and the world around them.

Guest Category: Physics & Metaphysics, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: Organizer and Advocate for Travel Safety
Guest Biography:

Sheryl and Allen Hill have turned  grief into a mission.  They are founders of the only nonprofit working on travel and tourism consumer protections.  They lost their 16 year old son Tyler...but they want to help others be better prepared to bring their loved ones home.

Guest Category: Business, Education, Health & Lifestyle, History, Kids & Family, Travel & Leisure
Guest Occupation: USA Tour Guide Specialist
Guest Biography:

Paula Reynolds is the founder of the American Tour Guide Association. She is a Certified Travel Industry Specialist and a leader in hospitality when it comes to tourism.  Paula is passionate about travel and decided to make it her career. She started on the west coast and migrated to the east coast and now serves all 50 states. Paula has traveled to 38 countries and still counting. One of the qualities Paula brings to the industry is custom itineraries based on American themes. American Tour Guide Association won 2017 Best Tour Services in the USA by Lux Hospitality and is nominated for 2018 

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Travel & Leisure
Guest Occupation: weknownotwhatwedo.net
Guest Biography:

Mitch Russo: If you sell or license software, marketing automation, coaching or training programs or have any kind of "transformational" process, Mitch can show you how he creates multi-million-dollar divisions for his clients. His #1 Amazon Best Seller: The Invisible Organization, blueprints the entire process of going Virtual and the benefits of having a virtual company. His expertise ranges from creating virtual organizations and coaching networks to building, growing, running, selling and buying technology companies for the last 3 decades. He was the CEO and President of Business Breakthroughs with Tony Robbins.

Gaylynn Baker is an award-winning writer/director of 25 years. Recently she released her third documentary: We Know Not What We Do, which gained international attention with world-wide distribution by Silicon Beach.  Gaylynn was a keynote speaker for World Film and International Film Festival in Jakarta, and is the writer of the original screenplay Gifts of Gratitude and her second book, We Know Not What We Do, is a companion book to the documentary film. Her other documentaries won awards: THE TRAIL OF PAINTED PONIES, narrated by Ali MacGraw, also shown on PBS, and WHEN BUFFALO ROAM, narrated by Peter Coyote.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Technology, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Director African American Programs Senator John Heinz History Center
Guest Biography:

Samuel has over 25 years experience in museum and historical society institutions. He has served as manuscript curator for some of the most important historical resources in African American history. An award winning curator, writer, editor, lecturer, and researcher Samuel has numerous publications in peer review journals, encyclopedias, books, magazines, newspapers, and has written or edited three books, "Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era (editor);" "Through the Lens of Allen E. Cole: A Photographic History of African Americans in Cleveland, Ohio (co-author)," and "The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience (editor)". 

Samuel serves as the Immediate Past President of the Association of African American Museums and has been a member since 1992. He has also served on the executive council of Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH); and former vice president of the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society of Pittsburgh.

Guest Category: Arts, Education, History, Society and Culture, Travel & Leisure
Guest Occupation: Author, Education reformer, four-term councilmember, perennial mayoral candidate, Republican, now Independent
Guest Biography:

Carol Schwartz’s devotion to the District of Columbia began in 1966, when she came here to teach special education. Carol was first elected to the Board of Education in 1974, where she served until 1982. Subsequently, she was elected four times (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004) to an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, leaving in 2009. Carol, a former Republican and now Independent, ran for Mayor several times (1986, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2014), twice against Marion Barry. As a Republican, she garnered as much as 42 percent of the vote in a city where Democrats have accounted for nearly 80% of the electorate.

On the Board of Education, Carol was elected Vice President a then unprecedented three times and was a champion for educational reform to increase test scores and for the creation of Banneker Academic High School. On the D.C. Council, her many accomplishments included lowering taxes, creating the Department of the Environment, and spearheading sick and safe leave for workers, making D.C. the second jurisdiction in the country to do so. Carol also strengthened D.C.’s Whistleblower Protection Law to become the toughest in the country, and was known for her strong oversight which greatly improved city services. She also unearthed and stopped numerous government “sweetheart deals,” earning her the title of “Best Friend of the D.C. Taxpayer” from Washington City Paper.

Carol has also shown her commitment to public service by contributing her time, her energy, and her voice to a wide array of community causes. Her volunteer work has included serving on the Boards of the Metropolitan Police Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs for 25 years (where she became its first woman President), the Whitman-Walker Clinic (where she was elected Vice Chair) for 17 years, the Hattie M. Strong Foundation for 20 years, and the Community Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center for three decades. In addition, she is currently on the Board of the Humane Rescue Alliance, the National Council of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Advisory Board of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

For her work on behalf of the District, Carol has received the National Capitol Area Leadership Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the Whitney M. Young Award for Community Service from the Greater Washington Urban League, the Three Decades of Leadership Award from the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, among many others, and has recently been inducted into the D.C. Hall of Fame. In early 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed her to the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.

Born January 20, 1944, in Greenville, Mississippi, Carol spent her childhood in Midland, Texas, where she attended public schools, worked in the family store, and helped care for her brother and only sibling Johnny, an individual with intellectual disabilities, who passed away in 2004. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1965 with a degree in elementary and special education. She has three adult children, all of whom are proud graduates of the D.C. Public Schools.

On October 26, 2017, Carol released her autobiography entitled 'Quite a Life!: From Defeat to Defeat … and Back' which is available at caroldc.com, amazon.com and at these local bookstores: Politics and Prose, Busboys and Poets, Upshur Books, Capitol Hills Books, Bridge Street Books, East City Bookstore, Walls of Books, and the Howard University Barnes and Noble.

Guest Category: Business, History, Kids & Family, News, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Guest Occupation: Lisa Nichols, 6 time best-selling author and world-renowned speaker, and the Motivating the Masses team for three transformational, power-packed days. Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Teacher
Guest Biography:

LISA NICHOLS is one of the world’s most-requested motivational speakers, as well as media personality and corporate CEO whose global platform has reached and served nearly 30 million people. From a struggling single mom on public assistance to a millionaire entrepreneur, Lisa’s courage and determination has inspired fans worldwide and helped countless audiences break through, to discover their own untapped talents and infinite potential.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Motivating the Masses, Inc. – one of the country’s only publicly traded personal and business development training companies – Lisa has helped develop workshops and programs that have transformed the lives of men and women, and altered the trajectory of businesses throughout the country and across the world.

Lisa is also a best-selling author of six books, and her 7th book ABUNDANCE NOW, published by HarperCollins. In ABUNDANCE NOW, Lisa continues her journey with her fans, providing a clear and practical blueprint for personal success, drawn directly from the life experiences of its beloved author. ABUNDANCE NOW is the follow-up to Lisa’s New York Times bestseller, NO MATTER WHAT.

Lisa’s extraordinary story of transforming her own life from public assistance for her family to leading a multi-million dollar enterprise is the inspiration behind her bold mission to teach others that it is possible to do the same. Today, fans worldwide revere Lisa for her mastery of teaching people how to accomplishing unfathomable goals and tap their limitless potential.

A noted media personality who has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, the Steve Harvey Show, and Extra – just to name a few, is also celebrated for the impact she has on the lives of teens. Through Lisa’s non-profit foundation Motivating the Teen Spirit, she has touched the lives of 211,650 teens, prevented over 3,800 teen suicides, supported 2,500 dropouts in returning to school, and has helped thousands reunite with families.

Among the prestigious awards and honors bestowed upon Lisa for her extensive work are the Humanitarian Award from the country of South Africa, The Ambassador Award, and the LEGO Foundation‘s Heart of Learning Award. The City of Henderson, Nevada named November 20th as Motivating the Teen Spirit Day; and the City of Houston, Texas named May 9th as Lisa Nichols Day for her dedication to service, philanthropy and healing.

Lisa lives, plays and works in the greater San Diego, California area and on stages around the world, working alongside her world-class team committed to Motivating the Masses.

Guest Category: Business, Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, TV & Film
Guest Occupation: Co-founder and spokesman, "The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten"
Guest Biography:

I am Mike Partain, a co-founder and public spokesman for an organization called "The Few, The Proud, the Forgotten."  From 1953 until 1987, the base water supply for Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was highly contaminated with industrial chemicals. For the past decade I have served as a community representative to the estimated one million Sailors, Marines and their families potentially affected by the Camp Lejeune contamination. I have testified twice in Congress and I am recognized as an expert on those issues.  I was invited as a special guest to the White House in 2012, for the signing of the Janey Ensminger Act into law. Much of our fight for justice was chronicled in the award winning documentary "Semper Fi: Always Faithful."

Guest Category: Medicine, Military, News, Politics & Government, Science, Self Help, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: writer/author/environmentalist
Guest Biography:

Pax of Wildly Women by VC Bestor

Predators balance Mother Nature. So Farraga takes time off from menopause to run a charity - Fanged Wilds and Women Program - to inspire others around the world to protect the most dangerous animals in natural habitats.

Very few ladies end up being eaten.

They are, however, targeted by extremists to whom one word is an unspeakable obscenity: Eco-feminism. Many can't even pronounce the word. What can the ladies possibly do to defend themselves?

Besides patrolling holistically herded livestock at the margins of wilderness, the micro-finance recipients also market apparel that - theoretically - repels animal attacks. For instance, F.W.W.P. uniforms are garish, since bright colors can indicate toxic unpalatability. Celebrities espouse the style as a trendy statement.

Fashion models, snobs and the hoi-polloi head toward climate collapse. F.W.W.P. anti-poaching squads stand up to opponents - even environmentalists, and fanatics of every stripe - and ultimately Save the World.

All proceeds go to Fanged Wilds and Women Program (501c3 NonProfit)- THANKS!

Who Are We? We are YOU - everyone who is ready to use the wilderness within

to protect nature.

That's us.

Ladies have unique qualities to channel.

Love of animals can be the engine for us to save our own habitat.

Instead of killing predators, we grow personally by identifying with tigers, bears... and... yes, even cougars.

Our imaginations can affirm the danger in the world's jungles and forests. Our choices can turn deserts back into grasslands... and suburban backyards into the Wild West.

Enliven our planet & ourselves! 

Click on photo above to read V.C.'s BLOG!

Science alone won't save nature,

and neither will Faith.

However, saving nature makes each one of us fully

human.

 

Like FANGED WILDS on Facebook!

Fanged Wilds and Women Program is a 501c3 Tax-Exempt Non-Profit Organization.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, News, Politics & Government, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Writer, poet, sculptor and a deep thinker
Guest Biography:

GAIL MICHAEL

Gail Michael is a writer, poet, sculptor and a deep thinker. For the past 4 decades, she has been on an eternal search to understand the meaning of her life and to heal her deep childhood wounds. She finally realized that every being and situation that comes before us has a message and this is where the healing begins.

Her career in corporate America spanned 20 years when she realized she had to resign and follow a dream to the Island of Capri to write a novel. So she did. Once on this enchanting island in the Mediterranean and alone with her thoughts, old memories, fears and anxiety bubbled up. She had to address them to forgive her innocence and release them. Only then was she able to step off the island and travel throughout Italy and Greece. Her internal growth and clarity and this picturesque backdrop created the character Roxanna and the story in her latest book, Unveiling Rosanna. Roxanna’s story is loosely based on Gail’s experiences and adventures.

From 1983 to 2003, Gail’s poetry was published by the International Library of Poetry, Noble House and the Amherst Society. In 2002, her first nonfiction book was published, I Am a Thousand Winds That Blow, the Healing Power of a Remarkable Death, the story of her mother’s battle with cancer.  In 2005, she was invited to co-author in the Giving Gratitude Series, Wake Up – Live the Life You Love with Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Greg Scott Reid and others.

The Passions of Roxanna was released in 2008 after Gail’s time in Italy but she eventually pulled it from her publisher to rewrite it and change the story from the place where she is today. “We can only write from what we know,” she says. “I could never have written this revised story before because I had not healed all those parts of me that needed attention.”

Her desire has always been to inspire and entertain others with her books, articles, poetry and sculptures.  Her life experiences have taught her loving kindness, compassion and empathy for others and finally herself. She is now enough.

No matter where she is in her day, Gail continues to pinch herself and asks, “How does it get any better than this?”

Guest Category: Arts, Entertainment, Kids & Family, Philosophy
Guest Occupation: Singer Songwriter
Guest Biography:

KATHERINE TERRIEN

Katherine Terrien is a Seattle, Washington, born and raised, singer/songwriter. From a young age she would be found singing at the top of her lungs to family members, but has since taken her boisterous personality to the stages and streets of L.A.. At age twenty-five, she plays around at local venues and hopes to bring her mellow, soulful music to the people of this world wherever that may lead. Keep up to date with her on her Instagram for upcoming shows and events and on Youtube for new videos!

Guest Category: Performing Arts, Music
Guest Occupation: Navy veteran
Guest Biography:

Lidia Caton was born in Trinidad and Tobago and later moved to the United States where she joined the U.S. Navy.  She became a U.S. citizen when she was on active duty.  She joined the Navy in 1979 and initially left active duty in 1981.  She then served a few years in the Navy reserves, and in 1988 she returned to active duty.  Between 1988 and 2006, she served on a number of ships, including the USS McKee (AS-41), the USS Dixon (AS-37), the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), and the USS George Washington (CV-73).  During her Navy career, she traveled the world on multiple deployments, with stops in many countries.  She retired from the Navy in 2006 as a Petty Officer First Class, SW/AW Mess Specialist/Culinary Specialist.  Since her retirement from the Navy, she has worked for Home Depot, Florida Youth Academy, General Dynamics and most recently for Veteran Choice. She also does volunteer work with the Veterans Court in Hillsborough County, Florida.   She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Everest University.  She is our guest on The Veterans News Hour to discuss several topics, including serving in the US Navy, the VA’s Veterans Choice program, and veterans’ treatment courts.

Guest Category: Military, News
Guest Occupation: Vice President and Director of Health Policy at AIDS United
Guest Biography:

William D. McColl, Esq., the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy for AIDS United, has been an advocate on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community, alcohol and other drug treatment and reform issues and criminal justice reform for more than 20 years. He works on implementation of health care reform, strengthening Medicaid, Medicare and the Ryan White CARE Act, implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, syringe service program issues and ending HIV-specific prosecutions, increased punishment, and government-sponsored discrimination against people with HIV.

Prior to joining AIDS United, McColl worked to shape national policies on syringe exchange, treatment instead of incarceration and drug policy reform as the national affairs director at Drug Policy Alliance. As director of government relations and later executive director of NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals, he worked on alcohol and substance abuse parity legislation and state level licensing issues. Earlier, McColl served in the U.S. Air Force as a Deputy Missile Combat Crew Member advancing to the rank of Captain in the U.S.A.F. Reserve. A native of Michigan, Bill earned his law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law where he wrote the first major law review article on drug courts. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University.

AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

Guest Category: Business, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Politics & Government, Self Help, Society and Culture, Variety
Guest Occupation: Best Selling Author, Journalist, Exec Director Kansas African American Museum
Guest Biography:

Mark McCormick, Executive Director The Kansas African American Museum

New York Times best-selling author with 20 years of journalism experience as a reporter, editor and columnist. He serves as a trustee at The University of Kansas School of journalism and has been a Professional in Residence at the University of Oklahoma.  His work is featured in the beat reporting chapter of the Journalism textbook, ''Writing and Reporting News, A Coaching Method."

Mark is also featured in 'Roots and Branches: Preserving the Legacy of Gordon Parks' a documentary about WSU's quest to acquire the collected works of the trail blazing photographer, writer, filmmaker and native Kansan.

In 2015, he co-authored ''African Americans of Wichita '' with Arcadia publishing and was voted onto the Association of African American Museums' board of directors as communications committee chair.

Mr. McCormick has been a member of the Alpha Nu Boule chapter of Sigma Pi Phi since 2004.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, History, News, Society and Culture
Guest Occupation: Author Photographer
Guest Biography:

A Free lance writer and photographer, David S. Perata spent much of his boyhood at rail yards an on passenger trains in San Francisco Bay area. During the 1980"s he worked as a porter on Amtrak's long-distance trains,where he met many bof the workers whose reminiscences inspired this oral history. 

Guest Category: Arts, History, Religion
Guest Occupation: Prominent UFO Award Winning Crop Circle Filmmaker, Producer, Financier and
Guest Biography:

Patty Greer is a prominent producer, and UFO Crop Circle filmographer, who has won 8 awards including 5 EBEs at the International UFO Congress Convention.  She also won the "2017 People's Choice Award".  Her newest film, "Crop Circle Diaries", received 2 new EBE Awards at the 2017 International UFO Congress Convention Film Festival for:  Best UFO Feature Film 2017, and The People's Choice Award.

More significant is the science behind this film.  It went further than any other Crop Circle film in history.  Groundbreaking science is documented by Penny Kelly, who exposed the real story of William Levengood's Crop Circle discoveries, and the machine which was re-engineered in the lab to recreate Crop Circle Spinning technologies.

The spinning plasma produces Crop Circle seeds that consistently grow 30 to 400% more food and biofuel with up to 75% more nutrition per plant!  Additionally, the seeds inside Crop Circles became Super-Seeds that survived laboratory tests when conditions to grow are too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry.  By understanding the Crop Circle plasma technology, we have numerous solutions to grow plenty of food for the entire world, which could mark the end of starvation, lack of nutrition, and hunger.  This has vast implications for humanity!

You can find Patty's blog, films, and the "new science" on her website below:

https://cropcirclefilms.com
 

Guest Occupation: Former MD Medical Researcher Author Filmmaker
Guest Biography:

Who is the man behind the most highly controversial, intensely debated topics in modern medicine? In THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST, director Miranda Bailey brings us a character study of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a notorious 1998 paper in the UK medical Journal The Lancet, but who became the very public face of what has come to be known as “The Anti-Vax Movement.” An expat from Britain who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Wakefield allowed Bailey and her team to follow him and his family for five years beginning in 2011 as he fought a defamation battle in the courts against the British Medical Journal and journalist Brian Deer. The results of that case – and the self-reflection, pronouncements, and observations of Wakefield, his legal team, wife, and his children – create a complex and incisive look at one of our era’s most fear-provoking and continuously provocative figures. THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes no sides, instead letting Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Medicine
Guest Occupation: Author, Publisher, Minisiter
Guest Biography:

After a long, creative life as a combination wife, mother, musician, teacher, ordained deacon, and real estate entrepreneur, Dorothy May Mercer simply could not completely retire. And so, she took up a new career as author/publisher and president of Mercer Publications & Ministries, Inc.

In the seven years, since, she has written and published more than forty books of her own, and co-authored and published numerous others for her new author friends all over the world, whom she has mentored, advised and taught. Her books are available in digital, print and audible format, in English and Spainish editions. Links to all her books are available on Mercerpublications.com and Amazon.com.

During her time as a Deacon, she served as a Certified Director of Music, and as a Certified Director of Healing and Wholeness ministries, serving churches and leading healing seminars in churches across the United States. Many will remember her Christian healing mediation tapes which were sold in the United States and Canada.

Now retired from the ministry, she continues to support various causes and help others with her writing and publishing.

Dorothy's time is full, but she manages to squeeze in a few appearances in person and on radio talk shows, speaking about her book publishing and marketing, answering questions and teaching others how to do it. Her most recent appearances at the Villages in Florida brought out a standing room only crowd, to hear her speak about the growing world of indie-publishing and how to write and publish your own book.

If you just want to meet an amazing woman, you will enjoy spending time with Dorothy May Mercer.

Guest Category: Business, Entertainment, Religion, Christianity, Society and Culture, Travel & Leisure
Guest Occupation: Life Coach & Assistant Teacher
Guest Biography:

Debbie Chamberlain is a certified Life Coach & Assistant Teacher who works with families (Mom, Dad, and their children) to help them have the best relationship possible.

She believes that, with the right tools and encouragement, families can work together and have the best rapport to understand each other and grow as a strong family unit.

Although she is just starting her career as a Life Coach, she has already secured her first client and has seen growth in just two weeks. She also has worked as an Assistant Teacher with children in the past twelve years in a school atmosphere.

She has been active during her teaching at various schools via observing children, meeting them where they are, and helping them succeed. She has written preschool songs and has some of her photography work published in a magazine.

She holds a Certificate of Professional Coaching through Wainwright Global, Inc., Institute of Professional Coaching, an Associates in Early Childhood Education at Southwest Florida College, and a Certification of Early Childhood Montessori Education through Northwest Montessori Center.

Guest Category: Education, Kids & Family, Personal Development, Self Help, Motivational