Hugh J. Harmon, M.A.T, M. Lit. Ed., serves as the Founder and Senior Pastor of Love Fellowship Kingdom Restoration Tabernacle, Columbia, SC. Pastor Harmon wears a number of hats-a career educator, licensed school administrator serving currently as an Assistant Administrator in Richland School District One, parent, community and at-risk youth advocate and activist, publicist, publisher, author, motivational speaker,husband and a father of two. Pastor Harmon is a small business owner in the northeast community where he runs a short-run book publishing company. He’s a parent of a charming, engaging and intelligent 5th grader in Richland School District Two, and a rising 12th grader who attends a year-round school in Raleigh, NC. He is also the spouse of a fellow educator. He sits on a number of boards of directors—the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Corporate Coalition for Community Service, and Speak Up, Speak Now: Youth and Family Services Inc. among others. He is also a founding member and most recent Chairman of the Richland Two Black Parents Association-an advocacy group that works to address perceived inequities in access, assistance and exemplary educational choice for parents of students of color living in Northeast Richland County.
David Riley was born in Northfork, WV. In his senior year of high school, he was named player of the year for the state of West Virginia. That same year, his team won the state football championship in 1973, also won the state basketball state championship. David also made 1st team All-State in football and basketball. We owned the National record for consecutives state championships with 8 in a row and 10 out of 12. David received a football scholarship to West Virginia University where he was a 3 year letterman at WVU. In 1978 he was drafted to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. David played 3 years in the United States Football League for the Philadelphia/ Baltimore Stars. The team won 2 out of three championships. After his playing career he began coaching high school. He was the head coach for Cinnaminson and Rancoacas Valley, under his leadership Cinnaminson won the state championship in 91’, and was named Coach of the Year by the Burlington County Times in 90’ (also in Track and Field in 97’), Coach of the Year by the Courier Post in 90’, Coach of the Year by The Trenton Times in 93’, 95’. David was an NFL intern with the Detroit Lions 93’, New Orleans Saints 95’, Carolina Panthers 97’, and the Arizona Cardinals 99’
Born and raised in Orlando, FL, James T. DeShay (Jay) has spent most of his life conforming to the manly stereotypes. Serving as an instructor in the Orange County Public School System for 30 years, Jay shares that writing has always been a part of his life but ultimately came to full fruition about 8 years ago. Through the process of writing his first book(Thoughts, Love And Reflections), his ultimate goal was to prove to the world that men have the ability to share their deepest thoughts in a way that bring true beauty to love and romance.
Since its publication, the book has done that, being received into the literary world with critical acclaim. “This is exactly the response I am looking for. I’m not out to change the world or find fame and fortune; but rather to prove that the emotions of men can be deeper and more romantic than society depicts” he concludes.
Regina E. Williams is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. She is the only daughter born from the marriage of Freddie Mae Mayes Williams and Reginald E. Williams. Even though her parents were divorced when she was a toddler, they remained committed to raising her in a manner that assured that she was always in a stable, loving and nurturing environment. Little Regina spent her winters in Columbia with her mother and family and EVERY summer was spent in Chesapeake, Virginia with her paternal grandmother and family; thus, she claims both places as home. As time passed, Regina’s mom remarried and to this union one sister was born. Her dad also remarried and to this union two sisters were born. Regina has always endeavored to be someone her sisters could think of fondly.
Henry Washington.....I have read many books on Leadership, Critical differences, and Successful Change throughout my life. I have marched hundreds of Soldiers to war, written many articles on Safety as a Leader, spoken to large crowds on the Societies Path Forward when it comes to our youth today, I grew up going to church and Sunday School every Sunday but nothing made me feel more at peace than talking to my family and friends about my life and their thoughts of me. I felt nothing but love during every conversation. I have come a long way in both my professional and personal life. I have been told in every phase of my life by a person that didn't look like me that I would only be a jock and did not have the mindset to be successful or great.
Venita Coney is a native of Florida. Born in Archer, Florida she is now a resident of Gainesville, Florida. She is the HOST of In Times Like These Radio Show. She grew up in the church and her show is reflective of her Mother and her Christian up bringing. She is a songtress and consistently sings in church. She is a dedicated woman of GOD and finds her faith to be a priority.
She is an Administrative Assistant for the University of Florida for the last 30 years and considers herself a staunch Gator Fan.
Her baking skills will rival anyone in the world. People come from all over the Southeast to purchase her pound cake. Her favorite scripture is Phillipians 4-13. "I can do all things in Christ that strengthens me."
Gretchen Demps Simmons was born in Los Angeles, California, but is really a home grown Floridian, after her parents decided to move back home when she was age two to be close to family. She grew up mostly in Orlando, Florida, and spent time in both Catholic and public schools, where she was involved in band, school newspaper, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Mu Alpha Theta and Sigma Delta Chi. She received her degree in Communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and spent many years afterwards in the area, making friends and socializing, and becoming involved in the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs, Suncoast Black Communicators/Tampa Bay Association of Black Communicators, and the National Association of Black Journalists. Starting in clerical positions at local radio and television stations, she finally launched her media career, working as a radio News Producer and talk show host Board Operator, then becoming a radio Reporter/Anchor, a community newspaper Reporter, and a television Associate Producer and Health Segment Producer. She later moved on to become a TV News Producer in the Dayton, Ohio and Jacksonville, Florida markets.
Skyy Wonders, inspirational motivator, photographer, image catalyst, philanthropist, and proud mother. She is legally named Carla Daniel and was born August 2, 1970 in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and continued her education at Bauder College where she received her degree in Fashion Merchandising. After 40 years on this earth, Skyy was able to overcome the effects of her negative childhood environments, adult relationships, and domestic violence.
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