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Faculty & Research Consultant Profiles in Brief
In addition to teaching and participation in HRI academic symposia, faculty members also serve as consultants and research faculty on various research projects affiliated with the institute. Although headquartered in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, HRI's global and collaborative approach to research has affiliated the Institute with operations, research activities, and faculty in various locations. The following is a listing of Hannaian Research Institute faculty profiles.

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Ingrid Bachelor B.A., M.A., C.P.A.

Ingrid Bachelor graduated from York University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Accounting. She received her Master of Accounting in 1996 from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale. She served in the capacity of the controller for twelve years in a prominent law firm in Ft. Lauderdale. Ingrid is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the State of Florida. She is currently the owner and president of Bachelor & Associates, Inc. an accounting firm in Coral Springs, Florida. Bachelor & Associates has a specialty in entertainment and sports accounting and represents several NFL and NBA players among its clientele. She can be reached at (954) 752- 2758, Fax (954) 752-4183, 10235 W. Sample Rd., Suite 205, Coral Springs FL 33065.

Helen Bartlett-Hanna, B.A. Honors, M.A., CCC-SLP, J.D.

Helen Bartlett-Hanna serves as President of The Hannaian Research Institute, with additional responsibilities as Director of Academic Affairs, & Education Productivity Research. She has graduate training in Law , Speech Pathology, and Education. Her professional education and experiences began in Canada where she earned an Honors Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Windsor. She then received training in Speech Pathology at the University of Memphis, obtaining a Master's degree, and national and state certifications as a Speech & Language Pathologist. She also holds certifications as a Teacher, from the University of Memphis. She later received a Doctorate in Jurisprudence at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She has practiced Speech Pathology in the Memphis/Shelby County School System, and the Palm Beach and Martin County School Systems. She has a special interest in early childhood speech & language development & research, and in furthering the processes that afford children legal & educational access to proper care within school systems. She can be reached at hbh@hannaian.com.

Carolyn Bell, B.S., M.S., M.S.PH 

Ms. Bell received her undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College, a masters degree in Biological Sciences from Purdue University, and a masters degree in Environmental Sciences from The School of Public Health at Harvard University. She is C.E.O. of the Bell Connection, a health and environmental research and consulting firm. In addition, she is an author and a health and environmental consultant providing such services to various government and private agencies, institutions, and organizations. She is a frequent presenter on environmental and toxic issues around the country, and is widely known for her unique expertise in this area. She has researched and defined unique and groundbreaking analysis and opinions on the environmental impact and concerns of recent technologies in the health delivery, and environmental fields.

Clifford Black, B.S.

Clifford Black is an author and private educator in West Tennessee and the Mid-South specializing in private and self instruction education systems. He has been described as having the extraordinary ability to bring forth the talents of both the very young and the older student. His unique approach to teaching and learning has brought him recognition as one of the Mid-South's finest reading and cognitive teachers. He is frequently described as "a master facilitator of self education", and a great motivational speaker. He brings years of experience in disciplines as diverse as Epistemology, Etymology and Ontology to this science. He has bridged the gap between education and the information superhighway. He is also a media personality, bringing his special brand of thought provoking dialogue to his Mid-South audience. His unique teaching methodology has produced some of the Mid-South's leading young intellectuals and top rated students. Old and young alike have been the beneficiaries of his unique instruction techniques. His education productivity tools and strategies are currently being utilized as the basis for the development of a new self instruction system focused on innovative cognition.

Michael J. Brennen, B.S., M.S.

Michael J. Brennen is a senior water chemist and scientist with the City of Boca Raton, Florida, supervising the operation and associated training facility for the largest membrane softening reverse osmosis water plant of its type in the world at the time of its opening. He received his training in Chemistry and in Agriculture from the University of Texas at El Paso, Pennsylvania State University, and Florida Atlantic University. He received his training in Theology at The Episcopal Diocesan School for Christian Education - Ft. Lauderdale, About Learning - Chicago Illinois, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. The Reverend Michael J. Brennen is an ordained Methodist Minister and Senior Pastor of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Miami Florida. He is a prominent community activist championing social causes and assisting the needy in the South Florida area. He has also been a member of the Faculty of Palm Beach State College for more than a decade.

Sir Arlington G. Butler, B.A., LL.B.

Sir Arlington's distinguished private career as an educator and Barrister at Law, led into an equally distinguished public career in politics and government service. He served for years as the president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee and as a member of several official international Olympic initiatives. His extraordinary experience and insight in global business, politics, and government has produced some interesting opinions about many of the new issues in the fields of International Investments and Foreign Trade. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to the United States, Sir Arlington was a Member of Parliament in both modern Governments of the Bahamas during the past 35 years. His career as a statesman included posts as Government Minister of several strategic ministries, and included historic service as the last speaker of Parliament in the colonial era, and the first speaker in an independent Bahamas. Sir Arlington who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996 completed his term as ambassador to the United States in early 2000.

Keith B. Campbell, B.S., D.V.M.

Dr Keith Campbell is a graduate of Tuskegee University and the first Bahamian Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Campbell is president of the Bahamas Agriculture and Producers Association, and is the author of several agri-business initiatives including the recent "Blueprint for the development of a Bahamian agricultural middle class and a vertically integrated textile light manufacturing industry." He has pioneered several innovations in the Bahamian agricultural industry.

Keith G. Cooper, B.S.

Keith Cooper is 29-year veteran of the hospitality industry and an avid scuba diver, nature enthusiast, and sport fisherman. Raised, educated and initially established in his professional career in Florida, Mr. Cooper also served in the U.S. Army as an enlisted soldier and the U.S Air Force Reserve. Mr. Cooper is the former sales and marketing director at UNEXSO where he coordinated two first ever dive group events to Grand Bahama in 2009 – The International Legends of Diving and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers Summit. He has held key management positions at several leading luxury properties in the Bahamas and Orlando, Florida handling the corporate, group and leisure market segments for the Adams’ Mark Hotel and Sheraton World Resort & Spa. Mr. Cooper’s hotel experience also includes director of resort sales at Old Bahama Bay, general manager at the Fortune Place Resort in Kissimmee, Florida, sales manager at the Historic Gulfstream Hotel, and analysis and training manager at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He founded Island Hoppers Bahamas, creating the original “island hopping” vacation packages for the islands of the Bahamas. He was a Cacique Award (Bahamas) finalist in 2005. As an expert in the hospitality industry he has lectured and presented on numerous topics concerning the industry and its effects on community economic development.

Mr. Cooper is an avid protector of the environment, and supporter of the entrepreneurial development of his community. He has worked with residents of West End, Grand Bahama and U.S. based organizations to provide educational outreach programs for the community and school age children. In 2004 Mr. Cooper started the West End Youth Entrepreneur Leadership Program. which focuses on the personal development of youth as they mature through adolescence. Mr. Cooper along with his wife Linda and community volunteers assist the Royal Bahamas Police Force in managing the Neighborhood Policing Initiative. The program conducts educational programs which encourages children to consider careers in the marine sciences, nature and fishing guides, scuba diving instructors and aquaculture. Now in its fourth year, the Coopers also founded the West End Eco-Fishing Camp Association (WEEFCA) to establish a formal organization dedicated to teaching children about their role as caretakers of the earth and living seas. Mr. Cooper serves on the board of directors of the West End Boating Association and is an active member of the West Grand Bahama Tourism Committee created by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to promote tourism related business programs within the local settlements. He is a graduate of Northwood University (Florida) with a B.S. degree in Business Management.

Steve Deveaux, B.S.

Steve Deveaux is a financial planner, a NASD registered representative, licensed insurance consultant, and Former Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Minority Business Internationally (C.A.M.B.I.), a non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing minority economic development by promoting the success of minority owned businesses in the international trade arena. He holds degrees in finance and business administration and has had significant experience as a business entrepreneur in the area of agro-economics and large-scale commercial agriculture. He can be reached at: (305) 621-6286

Joe C. Greer, B.S., D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Greer is a practicing Dental Surgeon and the Founder and C.E.O. of the Good Health Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Greer has held teaching and preceptor appointments at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. The Good Health Institute (GHI) is a full service preventive health care and rehabilitation center in response to the industry's need to curtail costs yet maintain and improve health services. GHI is positioned to improve the quality of life for its patient-clients by providing both the facilities and the programs for which optimal health can be attained and maintained. GHI is a corporation committed to developing and maintaining healthy patient-clients. Our commitment is achieved through a dual mission of providing a comprehensive health promotion facility that consists of the major disciplines in healthcare delivery; and aided by a computer-assisted health-tracking program, PreImp. In addition to its team of doctors and service practitioners, The Good Health Institute serves as the information services gatekeeper for its Prelmp Medical Plan. Developed with the assistance of Price-Waterhouse Coopers (Atlanta Office), PreImp is a computerized health maintenance evaluation tool that tracks the health outcome of individuals.

Vertamae Grosvernor, Ph.D.

Vertamae Smart Grosvenor (born 1938 in Hampton County, South Carolina) is a Culinary Anthopologist / Griot food writer and broadcaster, raised in the South Carolina low country. Grosvenor has been a long-time contributor to National Public Radio (NPR) and Public broadcasting in the United States. She has a long history of literary and broadcast accomplishments. Vertamae has appeared as an actress in several movies including "Beloved", "Daughters of the Dust", and "Personal Problems". She has also been the host of two television series, The Meaning of Food & Americas' Family Kitchen with Vertamae Grosvenor. She is a regular contributor to NPR's Cultural Desk. She is also the host of Seasonings, a series of holiday specials on food and culture. From 1988 to 1995 she was the host of NPR's documentary series Horizons. In 1990 she won a DuPont-Columbia Award for "AIDS and Black America: Breaking the Silence". In 1992 the National Association of Black Journalists issued her an award for her segment "South Africa and the African-American Experience". Grosvenor is the author of Vibration Cooking, also known as The Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. The cookbook, originally published in 1970, is an autobiographical culinary cookbook, and documents her accession from the dusty roads of South Carolina to the bright lights of Paris, Italy, and other European countries, and later, to the Black Arts Movement of New York City. Through her experiences, Vertamae uses the universal palate of adventure to introduce the reader to people, places, rituals, and international culinary delights. Vibration Cooking focuses on low country cooking and Geechee (or Gullah) cooking. The book emphasizes spontaneity in the kitchen. Grosvenor shows the reader how to cook by "vibration," rather than precisely measuring ingredients, and how to "make do" with ingredients on hand. She captures the essence of traditional African American techniques. Her book uses the hearty, simple, healthful, basic ingredients of low country cuisine, including shrimp, oysters, crab, fresh produce, rice, and sweet potatoes. The first edition is now a classic cookbook collectors' must have, and a new edition was recently commissioned to be released in 2011. In addition to Vibration Cooking, Grosvenor is the author of "Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap". She has been a contributing editor to Elan Magazine and Essence Magazine, and has written for Village Voice, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Harlington L. Hanna Jr., B.S., M.Ed., O.D., J.D.

Dr. Hanna holds professional degrees in Optometry, Law, and Educational Psychology. He is a former Professor of Pediatric and Neuro Optometry and has held both academic and administrative positions in the academic arena. He has practiced privately as an optometric eye physician, and conducted and published clinical research in several areas. He has presented widely both nationally and internationally on various medical and legal topics, and particularly in the area of neuro-ophthalmic disorders. As a lawyer he has practiced in the areas of Intellectual Property, Music & Entertainment, International Trade, and Corporate law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, and the Tennessee Bar. He is currently the C.E.O. of Hannaian U.S.A. Corp., an Intellectual Property Acquisitions Company, and Vice President for Research & Academic Affairs at the Hannaian Research Institute. He can be reached at: P.O. Box 588, Indiantown, FL 34956, Tel. (772) 985-9121, E-Mail hlaw@hannaian.com

Kristen A. Hanna, B.S., J.D.

Attorney Hanna holds professional degrees in Journalism and Law. She was a Platinum Scholar at the University of Florida and completed her Journalism training at the University's School of Journalism. She received her Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the Florida State University College of Law where she was a Ladd Scholar. She also received a Certificate of Concentration in International Law with Honors from The Florida State University College of Law, and completed a portion of her International Law and European Law training at Oxford University. She is a practicing member of the Florida Bar. She is the host of a new media show "The Kristen Hanna Show" scheduled to begin in the latter half of 2011.

Lauren A. Hanna, B.S., M.D.

Dr. Hanna holds degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Medicine. She received her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Florida as a National Achievement Scholar. She completed her Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Hanna is a Medical House Officer at the Zucker Hillside Hospital and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Health System, the largest integrated health system in New York State, and the second-largest, nonprofit, secular healthcare system in the United States. She is completing an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Residency in Psychiatry.

Samuel Heastie, B.A., M.A., Ed.D.

Dr. Heastie is Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Leadership at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville North Carolina.  He often consults and draws on his academic preparation and his experiences to design, develop, and conduct training programs in customer care, management, leadership and education.  These custom-built workshops are well-suited for businesses, schools, community organizations, and churches.  To date, he has trained professionals and lay persons in the Bahamas and the United States in both private and public sectors.  Dr. Heastie manages a counseling center through his church which offers a professional service, free-of-charge, to affiliates and community members.  Because of his ability to speak to numerous issues and to motivate people, Dr. Heastie is often invited by companies and organizations to give motivational speeches and keynote addresses on a wide variety of topics.  He has trained and spoken nationally and internationally. A trained Psychologist, Dr. Heastie is a graduate of West Virginia University in Morgantown West Virginia.  He holds the doctorate degree in Educational Psychology, with additional training in Clinical, Counseling, and Human Services Psychology. He is one of the professors involved with the North Carolina State University System China Initiative and teaches Chinese University Students in the special program.

Felicia Hogan, B.A., J.D.

Judge Felicia Hogan serves as Special Referee within the Juvenile Courts of Memphis Tennessee. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar and before her appointment to the Juvenile Court was in the private practice of law in Memphis since 1986. She has current and/or former faculty & teaching appointments at the University of Memphis, University of Phoenix, and Southwest Technical College.

Roosevelt Jackson, B.S., M.D.

Dr. Jackson is an Ophthalmic Surgeon in private practice in South Florida. He was educated and trained at University of Colorado, Ohio State, and Columbia Universities. He has practiced ophthalmology in Ft Lauderdale for many years and has maintained a prominent role in the area while pursuing various other business and professional interests. Dr Jackson has developed special expertise in the certain leading edge computer technologies, particularly in relation to the activity of online securities trading.

Stephen A. Matthews, B.S., M.S.

Stephen A. Matthews is a Senior Operations Administrator with years of grants and contracts administration, staff development, training, budgeting, accounting and finance, program design, planning and implementation. He has in depth experience and knowledge of non-profit management and administration including economic development initiatives, program design and development coupled with contract compliance in culturally relevant community diversified programs. He has worked and interacted effectively with all levels of staff including senior management and board of directors and has had significant experience in Board and Staff Training in corporate and non-profit organizations. His past professional affiliations include: President – Meyerhoff Scholars Parent Association (U. of  Md. Baltimore County); Board Member, Accountants for the Public Interest (National), Washington, D.C.; Member, Organization of Caribbean Business-Persons, Washington, D.C.. President, Takoma Park Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc., Takoma Park, Maryland; Board Member, Coalition of Economic Development Organizations, Washington, D.C.; Treasurer, D.C. Youth Orchestra Programs; Treasurer, Barney Senior Citizen Center, Washington, D.C.; Member, D.C. Mayor's Task Force on self-sufficiency; Board Member, Arkansas Delta Housing Development Corp.; Advisory Council - Business and Secretarial Sciences, East Arkansas Community College, Forrest City, Arkansas; National Association of Black Social Workers, Arkansas; Governor's Task Force on Small Business, Arkansas; National Association of Purchasing Managers, Arkansas and Illinois Chapters; National Association of Accountants, Chicago, Illinois;  and, American Management Association, Chicago, Illinois.

He received a Bachelors degree in Human Services from the School of Human Services, Southern New Hampshire University, and a Masters degree in Community Economic Development from the  Graduate School of Business, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire. He completed additional studies at the District of Columbia Department of Human Services Advanced Training in Procurement Methods, Practices and Contracting Laws ‑ Washington, D.C., the Institute of Politics and Government ‑ Arkansas, the Office of Personnel Management ‑ Texas, and the Arkansas Training and Leadership Development Institute. He has lectured at several institutions including being a Guest Lecturer at Catholic University of America ‑ "Budgeting Techniques for Non‑profits", University of the District of Columbia ‑ "Land Use and Community Economic Development" and Neighborhoods USA ‑ "Strategies for Community Economic Development". He can be reached at 8403 Potomac Valley Court, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744,Phone: 301-567-4967; Mobile: 240-463-7717.

Estelle Mayhue-Greer, B.A., M.A.

Estelle Mayhue-Greer is currently President & C.E.O., Mid-South Food Bank, Memphis, Tennessee. She is an elected member of the Feeding America National Council (NAC), the representative body of Feeding America’s member food banks.  She previously served on the Feeding America National Council's County-Level Compliance Task Force, which helped determine national policies in how food banks calculate the amount of food they distribute to each county in their approved service area.  Before joining the Food Bank, Mayhue-Greer was a lecturer at Christian Brothers University while maintaining her own public relations and marketing firm.  Previous to that, she was an adjunct instructor at the University of Memphis. She was a partner in JEL Communications, and worked in marketing and public relations with the City of Memphis, Methodist Health Systems and the Regional Medical Center.  She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees in communication from the University of Memphis.

Samuel Perkins, B.S., J.D.

Samuel Perkins is the senior partner in the Law firm of Perkins & Associates in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of several professional legal societies, a member of the Tennessee bar and has practiced in the State of Tennessee since 1986. He has been involved in the teaching of trial lawyers in the art & science of trial techniques & strategies for over 20 years, and has had extensive experience in the area of criminal law. He has been a faculty member of the nationally acclaimed Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College founded by noted trial attorney Gerry Spence and dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals. He has been featured on television programs such as Court TV. He can be reached at (901) 522-8900.

Tommie M. Richardson, B.S., M.S., M.D.

Tommie M. Richardson, M.D., C.A.S. has over 20 years of experience in identifying, diagnosing and treating chemical dependence and psychiatric illness. Serving as Medical Director for both in and out patient facilities at Accelerated Recovery Centers, Dr. Richardson has organized and implemented Healthcare Delivery Systems that have enhanced the lives of thousands of citizens. He takes a holistic approach to delivering healthcare, through individual and family counseling; he treats addictive, psychiatric and medical disorders. Dr. Richardson has also implemented culturally diverse treatment programs. Dr. Richardson received his Doctor of Medicine from University of Tennessee Medical Units, winner of the Verstandig Award. His Medicine Internship was with City of Memphis Hospital and his Family Practice Residency with Howard University Hospital. He is certified with the American Board of Family Practice, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Healthcare Providers in Addiction Disorders and Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, Certified Addiction Counselor, Level 1. Dr. Richardson is a professional member of American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Providers in Addictive Diseases, American Medical Association, Atlanta Medical Society, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Georgia ASAM and Medical Association of Atlanta. Dr. Richardson served as Medical Director of the Memphis Health Center, and served on the Faculties of the Southern College of Optometry, and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He has held several important medical leadership positions in Tennessee and Georgia, and in sports medicine. For the past dozen years he has served as a special physician for the National Football Association (NFL) Players Association Program for Substance Abuse. He is also on the medical staff for the National Basketball Association's NBA/NBPA Player Assistance/Anti-Drug Program. He is currently involved with the development of the Sacred Body line of nutritional supplements specially designed to provide a more natural approach to the treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension and other systemic diseases.

Preston Shannon

Preston Shannon is a five time Grammy nominated artist. His hit song "Honky Tonk" is the first Blues song to hit the world dance market with a number one ranked dance "Shuffle Boogie Soul" (SBS). Shannon, billed as “The King of Beale Street” is the latest great guitarist and Blues singer to emerge from Beale Street and the historic Memphis, and Mississippi Delta music region. Beale Street, Memphis, and the Mississippi Delta became a mecca for Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll producing artists such as Elvis Presley, Al Green, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Albert King, Bobby Blue Bland, Isaac Hayes, David Porter, The Staple Singers, Steve Crocker, Booker T and the MGs, Memphis Slim, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, W.C. Handy, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, John Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters and many more top artists associated with Stax, Sam Phillips Sun Records, and Willie Mitchell Studio operations.

Blessed with a raspy Bobby Womack like voice and able guitar fingers, he was born in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Shannon's family moved to Memphis when he was eight. He cut his teeth with a local bar band called Amnesty, followed by other Memphis area bands while working days at a hardware company. But he became a full time musician when he scored a spot in Soul great Shirley Brown's band. It wasn't until 1991 that he put together his own band and began playing the clubs on Beale Street and other hot spots. In the early 1990s, he was discovered playing a blues club by producer Ron Levy who brought Shannon to Rounder Records. "Break The Ice" came in 1994 featuring the Memphis Horns and it made certain the live magic of Shannon's show carried over to the studio. Next Shannon was fitted with legendary Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell (Al Green, Otis Clay) and delivered one of the best Soul Blues records of the past 25 years. In fact it is ranked #8 on Blues Critic's "Greatest 100 Soul Blues & Southern Soul Albums 1980-2005". The record was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1999 came "All In Time", again with Mitchell, and further accolades were heaped upon this new artist as the next big thing. His brand new CD "Be With Me Tonight", has picked up right where his former Grammy nominated efforts left off.

Robert W. Taylor, B.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Robert W. Taylor is a Professor of Soil & Environmental Chemistry, and Dean of the School of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University. Dr. Taylor received his undergraduate degree from the Tuskegee Institute and his masters and doctorate degrees from Michigan State University.
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Ira Weisburd

Ira Weisburd is an award winning, internationally renowned choreographer. He has choreographed dances for recreational Folk and Line Dancers for more than 30 years. His unique background in all kinds of music from around the world has enabled him to create an amazingly wide variety of circle and line dances, many of which have become instant classics on the must do playlists of hundreds of professional dance instructors, dance groups and enthusiasts. His work has generated an impressive following throughout the U.S., ASIA, EUROPE, and ISRAEL. He made his mark on the world of Israeli folk dancing with BOI MALKA back in 1985. Since then he has co-choreographed dances with legendary choreographers from ISRAEL including Yoav Ashriel (Hassapico Sympatico), Gadi Bitton (Touch the Floor) and Eli Ronen (Hassapico Mozart). Ira was the first non-ISRAELI to be recognized as an Israeli Choreographer. His dance SHUJ SHUJ ZEMER took 6th place out of more than 200 dances in the RIKUD HASHANA (2005 Dance of the Year Competition). In 2006, his dance SONATA took 1st place in the same competition. His line dance CUMBIA SEMANA hit the top of the charts when it was first introduced and continues to be a favorite to this day. SEDUCED is another dance that hit the top of the charts and is still one of the most played, taught and danced line dances. He is especially well known for his Latin Style Line dances and some of his most popular ones are: LINDA EH, CHACHANELA, LOLA, CUMBIA AMORE, MALA, MOJO MAMBO, BALLANDO and more. He also won the prestigious "Dancer's Choice Award" for Dancer's Friend of the Year 2010 in Las Vegas. His dance "SBS Shuffle Boogie Soul" started a World Wide Dance Craze in late 2010 and continues to fuel a Worldwide SBS Flash Mob Tour. More than 35 countries participated in the "SBS Worldwide Flash Mob Project" viewed at http://www.hannaian.com/sbsvideos where more than 500 original videos were submitted of groups doing the dance in public venues all over the world. He enjoys a YouTube following of close to 1,000 subscribers: http://www.youtube.com/user/iraweisburd?feature=mhee and a Facebook following of several thousand friends: http://www.facebook.com/dancewithira. He has conducted dance and choreography workshops around the world, and on the heels of his historic "SBS Shuffle Boogie Soul" dance craze recently completed his latest Asian tour of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Betty Williams, B.A.

Mrs. Williams formerly an educator entered the profession of Opticianry in 1977 and has been the owner of successful optical practices in Louisiana and Nevada since then. She has been a part of several private business ventures and owned and operated other businesses including being one of the first women to own a patient transportation and facilitation company in the United States. During the past few years she has developed a business focus in the area of aggressive investments and trading in the public securities markets.

Celestine C. Williams, B.A. Spanish , M.A. Spanish, M.S. Education, Ed.D. Educational Leadership.  

Dr. Williams received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Fisk University in 1970 and a masters degree in Spanish from The University of Pittsburgh in 1974. She also received a Master of Science degree in Modern Educational Systems from Nova Southeastern University in 1980, and in 1991 she graduated from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida with an Ed.D.  in Educational Leadership. An educator for nearly 40 years, Dr. Williams held a variety of posts at The College of the Bahamas between 1975 and 1991 – Lecturer, Assistant Chairperson Humanities Division, Chairperson  Humanities Division, Acting Assistant Registrar.  While studying at the University of Miami, she was offered a position as Registrar of Florida Memorial College/University, a post she held for three years (1991-1993). Upon her return to The Bahamas in fall 1993, she was appointed Assistant Manager, The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI). A few years later, she was appointed Manager of BTVI (1993-2003). In 2003 she was appointed Academic Dean of The Bahamas Baptist Community College (BBCC).  She was appointed Acting President (2005), then President in 2008. She retired in July 2010. She can be reached at tinawill48@yahoo.com.

Grady Williams B.S., M.S., O.D.

Dr. Williams is a practicing optometric eye physician specializing in primary eye care & anterior segment disease with practices in Las Vegas, Nevada and in Louisiana. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. He was a founding member of the American College of Optometric Physicians. He has had significant experience in  Medical Laboratory Technologies, and in the area of real estate investments. He is the C.E.O. of Nevada Optical of Nevada, Nevada Optical Co., and founder of Iberia Optical, Louisiana. He is a former chairman of the Iberia Parish Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Williams has participated in several important clinical research studies and is the inventor of the OptiPod a clinical care examination module for several types of medical practices. Dr. Williams can be reached at: 2400 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89102, (702) 437-3937.





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