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RODNEY SAULSBERRY is one of the premier voice-over talents in the country. He has announced promos for Dancing With The Stars, The Charlie Brown Christmas Special, the Grammy Awards, and the Coutry Music Awards. He's done voice-overs for numerous national commercials, and for hit animated shows. On screen, he's been in such shows as Monk, Law & Order, and The Bold and the Beautiful for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. He's also a singer and author of several books about the voice-over business. More at his website. (8/20/17 John Semper Jr.)
GEORGE SAUNDERS is considered one of the great living masters of the short story, and a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow. He discusses his new book, Tenth of December, and what it’s like to be called the rightful heir to Vonnegut and Twain. More on his website. (4/20/13 & 1/4/14, Tim Carpenter)
FRIEDEMANN SCHAUB, MD, PhD, is a physician specializing in cardiology and a molecular biologist who has helped thousands of people to overcome fear and anxiety with his breakthrough and empowerment program that combines his medical expertise with NLP, Time Line Therapy™, clinical hypnotherapy, meditation, and more. He is the author of THE FEAR & ANXIETY SOLUTION: A Breakthrough Process for Healing and Empowerment with Your Subconscious Mind (Sounds True) More here. (3/30/13, Dr. Connie Corley)
DR. DERENDA SCHUBERT is a psychologist with professional experience including counseling children and families as well as creating and managing programs in the realms of foster care, mental health and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the Bridge Meadows team she was the Chief Operating Officer of Trillium Family ervices and a Board Member of Bridge Meadows in Oregon. (6/5/15 ET Online, Alicia Sedwick)
DEVORAH SERVI‘s tenure as ChaiVillageLA’s Director began in March, 2016. She previously served in the synagogue world as the Member Engagement Director at Kehillat Israel, Western Regional Director of the Reconstructionist Jewish Federation and Director of Gemilut Hasadim (Acts of Lovingkindness) at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore. Devorah also earned a California teaching credential while a DeLeT Day School Teacher Leader Fellow at Hebrew Union College. Devorah traveled to India as a 2014-2015 American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow to learn about grassroots efforts to end early marriage and violence against women, girls and LGBTs. Her work with ChaiVillageLA is dedicated to the blessed memory of her mother. (8/7/16 Dr. Connie Corley)
EVELYN SEUBERT is the co-founder and President of the International Youth Media Summit, and co-founder and Executive Director of the Teen International Media Exchange at Cleveland Charter High School. Tim Carpenter talks to Evelyn Seubert about uniting a fierce band of global youth to conquer the world’s most urgent issues. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-young-warriors (1/18/14, Tim Carpenter)
Actor GEORGE SEGAL's most acclaimed roles are in films such as Ship of Fools, King Rat, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Where's Poppa?, The Hot Rock, Blume in Love,and A Touch of Class. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and has won two Golden Globe Awards, includingBest Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in A Touch of Class. On television, he is best known for his roles as Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and as Albert "Pops" Solomon on The Goldbergs (2013–present). Segal is also an accomplished banjo player, fronting The Beverly Hills Unlisted Jazz Band. (3/27/16 John Semper/Stephen Farber)
KITA SHANTIRIS, also known as Dr. Kita S. Curry, is an American poet and psychologist. Published in the U.S., Ireland, and England, her award-winning poetry has appeared in Ambit, Crannóg, The Fish Anthology, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review and other journals. In her other life, psychologist Dr. Kita S. Curry is CEO of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a non-profit in Los Angeles. For that work she has been honored for erasing stigma and bringing mental health services to communities of color. Kita Shantiris discusses her first full-length poetry collection, What Snakes Want, and the art of making poetry of the mind. Learn more here. (Tim Carpenter 7/31/16)
E.J. SIMON was the CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services (a division of GM) and the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company in NY. He is a consultant to many leading private equity firms and has held senior level positions at prominent financial services companies. Tim Carpenter talks to E.J. Simon about his first novel, Death Never Sleeps, and the art of putting away the three-piece suit and picking up the pen. Visit his website for more information. (9/21/13, Tim Carpenter)
GURU SINGH is a celebrated third-generation yogi, master spiritual teacher, author, and musician. He teaches conscious living through the tools of Humanology, Kundalini yoga, meditation, and sacred sound. His new book, Buried Treasures: The Journey from Where You Are to Who You Are, is the confluence of two great spiritual rivers that led to the fulfilling of Guru Singh's destiny — a near-death experience and the vision quests in an indigenous village in Mexico. Learn more at his website. (4/4/15, Dr. Connie Corley)
American Theatre Hall of Fame member LOIS SMITH is a Drama Desk award winner "Trip to Bountiful" and two-time Tony Award nominee ("Grapes of Wrath" and "Buried Child"). Ms. Smith has been working in Theatre, Film and Television for 60 years, from iconic films like "East of Eden" with James Dean, to TV's "True Blood." (10/16/14 Alicia Sedwick)
Director SCOTT ALAN SMITH has been on The Road Theatre's artistic board since 1998. His directing credits at The Road include Lady (4 Ovation nominations and 2 LA Weekly awards). He is also a Theatre, Film and TV actor and professor in the Theatre Arts Department at Pepperdine Universiyt. (10/16/14, Alicia Sedwick).
Recorded live: writers Dennis Danziger, Nailah Jumoke, and Richard Valenzuela shared very personal stories of Turning Points in their lives at a Spark Off Rose/EngAGE storytelling event in Pacific Palisades. Musical guests were David Garfield & the Cats. Producers of the live show were Alicia Sedwick, Jessica Tuck, Giulia Good Stefani, Janet S. Blake, Dave Connaughton, and Karin Gutman. Alicia Sedwick produced the radio show and Deborah Pardes edited. Many thanks to the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for making the live show possible. More info at Spark Off Rose. (8/31/13)
J. DANIEL STEFFEY is the former Senior Vice President, Development, of Guardian Real Estate Services. He played a key role in the company’s business development, including leading the company’s initiatives to improve social equity and to increase workforce and supply chain diversity. He was responsible for the acquisition and preservation of over 2,100 units of affordable housing. In over four decades of experience in housing and community development work in Oregon, he has recorded accomplishments in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Learn more here. (6/5/15 ET Online, Alicia Sedwick)
FRENCH STEWART the actor best known for his role on TV’s "Third Rock From The Sun," stars as Buster Keaton in "Stoneface" at Pasadena Playhouse in a special one-night-only staged reading on 5/4/13 at 8 p.m. (5/4/13, Tim Carpenter)
The late novelist ROBERT STONE fully lived the Sixties. He spent time with the writer Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, and was briefly a Vietnam War correspondent. Throughout his career, his literary work was often acknowledged with awards, including the National Book Award in 1975 for “Dog Soldiers.” He also was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1981 for “A Flag for Sunrise,” and in 1997 for a collection of stories entitled “Bear and His Daughter.” In 2007 he wrote a memoir about his counter-culture years entitled, Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties. Read his detailed obituary here. (Two Parts, 8/23 and 8/30, Tim Carpenter)
BRIAN SWARTZ is a versatile musician: trumpeter, composer, arranger and producer. His music also has a wide range, from jump swing to funky soul to heartfelt jazz. His band, The Gnu Sextet, began in 2005 as the house band at the weekly jam session at the Club 1160 in Hollywood, CA. In 2008, the band recorded a live DVD at Wave Street Studios in Monterey, CA. Swartz’s composition “Down with Downs” was selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the Jazz Category in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Session 1. Learn more at www.BrianSwartz.com. (1/25/14, Bobbee Zeno)
JILL SYKES was born and raised in Los Angeles. She was trained at Otis Art Institute in L.A. and at the Academy of Art/Lone Mountain College in San Francisco. She has worked as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator in the fields of Film and Business Advertising, Animation, and Educational Media, as well as designing and implementing countless corporate logos. Over time her work became focused on painting, and in the late 1990's she enrolled at the Santa Monica School of Design, Art & Architecture. She describes her work as explorations of color, shape, movement, and mood. Learn more here. (1/10/16, 7/3/16 Cynthia Friedlob)