Cathey Armillas is known for giving her all in all she does. She stands as a living example that where you start in life doesn’t have to be your end. With rough beginnings, she learned at an early age that if you want something that is beyond your reach, you have to stand on your tippy toes and get it. Cathey applies her philosophy of Reciprocal Affinity, or more simply, “give love to get love” in both her life and career.
Author of the popular book, The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 ½ Ways to Get People to Love You, Cathey runs PURA (for Promotions Using Reciprocal Affinity), a highly successful marketing firm that practices what she preaches. She speaks all over the world, spreading her message to multinational corporations, advertising and media agencies, down to small groups and non-profit organizations. Oh, and she can throw a mean fast pitch too.
Bucky Fuller observed, “… society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking.” He also noted that dinosaurs were specialists with fairly grave consequences. Cecil Bothwell took that notion to heart as a builder, a writer, an editor and publisher, an alternative energy advocate, an organic gardener, a painter, a mechanic and a politician. He has initiated a Zero Energy District project in Asheville, installed solar panels on his roof to make his own home net-zero, and his other car is a canoe. He currently serves in his second term on Asheville’s City Council.
D.I. von Briesen
D.I. von Briesen has been a technologist-educator for over 20 years, and a college teacher for the last ten. He lives in Charlotte and along with his wife is raising five children to follow in his footsteps, combining service with technology, education, and working to understand our natural world. D.I. created the EcoBox, a self-contained living space made from a converted shipping container, founded the non-profit gDwell, and is active in Hackerspace Charlotte and working to get kids involved in STEM, in part thru partnerships with Discovery Place, Imaginon, and CPCC. He is a regular speaker on technology in education, and an active participant in the open courseware movement. In particular, D.I. is excited by the opportunities that web based tools offer for learning and teaching programming, and the much broader world of the open source maker movement.
Before joining ACAP (Adult Children of Aging Parents), Jane was a university professor, author, and public speaker for 25 years. Her research focused on workforce development for adults, especially those with disabilities. Jane is currently interested in the challenges faced by people with disabilities, and other adults as they age and seek work and home balance. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband and is now helping her mother prepare for a move from to North Carolina. In her free time, Jane enjoys exploring vegetarian cooking, reading, and spending time with a menagerie of companion animals.
The ACAP (Adult Children of Aging Parents) community began in 2010. Since launching it for the Hickory, North Carolina area in 2012, ACAPcommunity has grown tremendously and continues to receive accolades for its strong, meaningful programs.
Before stopping work in great part to spend more time with her mother, Frances spent 30+ years in college/university administration as well as church-related and nonprofit organizational leadership. Frances lives in Morganton, North Carolina, with her husband and enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband, step-children, spouses and grandchildren, in addition to her mother.
Tony Lee Glenn is a graphic designer, video producer, writer, photographer, documentarian, audio engineer, musician, artist, and outdoorsman who was raised in the Appalachian highlands of Mitchell County, but now resides in Valdese, NC. He is one of four primary designers on the corporate web development team for Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte. He has also functioned as primary internet designer, print designer, audiovisual producer, and feature/newswriter for Blue Ridge HealthCare in Morganton, NC, and Cleveland County HealthCare System, centered in Shelby, NC. Since 1993, Glenn has also worked as a successful free-lance graphics professional under the name Valley Graphic & Video Production. He has won numerous awards both regionally and nationally for writing, print graphics, photography, audio production and video production. He is an avid video blogger with multiple YouTube channels; you can check out his primary channel at www.youtube.com/user/tonyleeglenn.
As a relationship consultant, Adriel Rivera has spent years looking into the foundation of human interaction: the beginning. He has anonymously helped a multitude of individuals gain the confidence they need to move forward in their everyday lives through assessing their specific situations and aiding them in finding companionship. While learning, Adriel initially struggled with approaching individuals and gaining the confidence to speak to complete strangers. However through practice and patience he has learned how to level the playing field by finding differing techniques that are almost universally applicable when addressing anyone, and can be used in a platform such as flirting.
Bryan is a Partner at 2 Revolutions, an education design lab committed to designing and launching future of learning models.His portfolio includes some of the most groundbreaking and innovative educators in the country at the state, foundation, school district, and organization levels. A curiosity creator and architect of America's "digerati" movement in public education, Bryan revitalized and transformed the North Carolina Virtual School into a national model for e-learning serving over 50,000 students annually. As Chief Quality Officer, his school district was recognized as a Malcolm Baldrige National Award Winner and a national best practice staff development site by the American Productivity and Quality Council. Bryan has served on numerous national reform efforts including the National Digital Learning Council, the INACOL State Leadership Team, NC Education Cloud Team, and the State Virtual Leaders Alliance. He has been appointed by three separate Governors in North Carolina to the E-learning and School Technology Commissions. In addition to these accomplishments, Bryan has served at every level of k-12 education as an award winning teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent.
Liza is the Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Services in Hickory, NC and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She received her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in 1999 and began her private practice at that time. Liza’s expertise is in couples therapy, specifically, assisting couples to move beyond the barriers of their past and create futures together that may never before have seemed possible. “I consider it my personal mission to reduce the divorce rate in the United States... one couple at a time. But preventing divorce will only be successful if in place of unfulfilling or chronically dysfunctional marriages, couples develop truly thriving marriages and deeply fulfilling relationships.”
James Wilkes is husband to Shannon and father to Margaret, Galen, Sullivan, Israel, Lillian, Zion, Oliver, and Lillian. He occupies his time in a variety of ways including employment as a professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Appalachian State University, owner and worker on his family farm, Faith Mountain Farm, co-founder of Blowing Rock Software, LLC, and generally being curious about the world around him.
Magician, Mentalist and Psychological Entertainer, Ronn Winter has been using the art of deception, psychology, and influence to entertain CEOs, Executives, Managers, and Employees from companies, corporations, and resorts such as Google Data, Fifth Third Bank, Neiman Marcus, Duke Energy, UPS, MGM resorts, The Bellagio, and more for over a decade.
Developing an obsession in high school with finding out what makes us tick, and learning how to read people, Ronn Winter has devoted many years to learning the process of plucking thoughts from people's minds.