Armstrong Atlantic State University
Dave Lake has a PhD in physiology, is a licensed physical therapist and has lectured at Armstrong Atlantic State University on obesity and metabolic syndrome for a number of years. He recently became interested in local/sustainable agriculture, leading two panel discussions on the topic and presenting a lecture entitled “Is Our food Killing Us”. As the founding department head, and now a professor in Armstrong’s physical therapy program, Dave has presented more than 120 papers at national and international symposiums and has authored 15 peer-reviewed publications.
Board Certified Master Arborist and Municipal Specialist Chris CM Gerards has been involved in arboriculture for 30+ years. Chris was born in the Netherlands, moved to the United States in 1978 and arrived in Savannah two years ago. As the Senior Tree Maintenance Worker for the City of Savannah, Chris participates in the renovation of city squares, maintains trees in Forsyth Park, manages the City’s tree-planting program and has pruned 2,000+ Savannah trees in the process. The father of two wonderful sons, Roland and Alexander, Chris likes to sail and read.
Catherine Killingsworth is the executive director of Deep, a nonprofit that provides after-school creative writing workshops in Savannah area public schools (www.deepkids.com). She earned a degree in English from Yale University and has studied education and literature abroad on various fellowships. She is the author of The Cure for IDK, a book of writing lesson plans, and she blogs about writing and education at thatwritinglady.com.
One woman revolution Ja-Naé Duane is a social scientist, artist, and author. Her unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for the global community garnered Ja-Naé a nomination as one of New England’s Most Innovative Leaders of 2007. Currently a faculty member at Northeastern University and Clark University, Ja-Naé’s latest book, How to Create a Revolution, focuses on the ability to create impactful change through social influence.
Bob Clagett likes to make stuff... music, software, furniture, vintage scooters, you name it. He's a software engineer by day, but the rest of the time, he builds, fixes, hacks, explores, and plays with his four amazing little adventurers.
Amy Drew was born in Western New York and earned a BA in Music Education at Nazareth College of Rochester. Her career as a teacher began in 1998. Two years later, West Virginia became her home. Summers were spent guiding white water raft trips and waitressing. After teaching in public and private schools, Amy traded lesson plans for a backpack and hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. 2,200 miles later, she exchanged her backpack for a van and headed west. Eventually, Amy landed in Savannah where she owns a school of music.
tps Consulting LLC
Murray Wilson has consulted in the professional broadcast television industry for 25 years. Heavily involved in the industry’s transition from analog to digital, he has played an integral role in the operational development and deployment of some of the largest multi-channel digital broadcast facilities in the world. Born and educated in England, Murray has lived in the United States since 1979. He now lives in Savannah, is president of tps Consulting, and continues his life-long fascination in all things technical.
A musician for more than 20 years and a fan of exotic folk instruments, Marc Garnier discovered a new type of steel drum in 2009 called a handpan. Marc purchased his first in 2011 and an obsession quickly developed. As he learned that the highest quality handpans were difficult to purchase, Marc set out to build his own and in the process, founded Saraz Musical Instruments in 2012.
Mary Siceloff grew up on St. Helena Island, S.C. where her father ran Penn Center. After stints in Afghanistan and Atlanta, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in film and television production for way too long. She finally achieved escape velocity, moving into web development, marketing, and various and sundry offshoots of both. She moved back to the South in 2006 and currently handles business development for HunterMaclean. She has never been good at math.
The Opportunities Project
Tracy Brisson is the founder and CEO of The Opportunities Project, a national talent development, coaching, and recruitment consulting agency launched in 2010. Through speaking engagements, workshops, and coaching, Tracy has helped more than 1,000 individuals reach career happiness and helped organizations hire 500+ new employees. She is the author of Create Your Own Opportunities and Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter and her career advice regularly appears in media outlets such as Mashable and CBS Moneywatch. An alumna of Syracuse University, New York University, and Teach For America, Tracy now lives in Savannah.
A professional software developer by trade, Josh Nichols has written and contributed to a number of widely used open source projects. Originally from New Hampshire, Josh worked in Boston before finding himself in Savannah. Today Josh maintains an active role within the developer community, writing comprehensive blog posts, organizing regular meetups, and presenting at conferences. Content with the quality and pace of life in Savannah, Josh enjoys reading, slaying dragons, hackey sack, and making up words.
Paul Little, II
First African Baptist Church
As a community leader, Paul Little partners with organizations to improve the quality of life for others. He serves as youth minister at First African Baptist Church in Savannah and is an active member with numerous organizations including the Board of Education's Community Engagement Task Force, Memorial Health's Violence Intervention Program, and Dismas Charities' Community Relations Board. With a message that resonates with many, Paul speaks locally and nationally at public schools, on college campuses, and at churches of all denominations. He is married to his best friend and the love of his life, Natalie Little.
Congregation Mickve Isreal
Congregation Mickve Israel’s new rabbi, Robert Haas, came to Savannah in 2012 by way of Texas, Israel and Africa. He was born in McAllen, Texas, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and taught in Houston’s public schools. He then lived and studied in Israel, entered rabbinical school and was ordained in the first Reform Rabbinical Class on the West Coast. After serving as a rabbi in Dallas and Houston, Robert went to Africa in 2011 as a volunteer with the American Jewish World Service. He now serves as the rabbi for the third oldest Jewish Congregation in America.