Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda
State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2012. A member of the Florida Bar and the Tallahassee Women Lawyers’ Association, Representative Rehwinkel Vasilinda is an advocate for justice and fairness in our political and democratic process. She has moderated the Mayor’s Race Relations Summit and was a member of the Legal Services of North Florida’s 30th Anniversary Endowment Campaign. She has worked with Common Cause, the Florida Law Related Education Association, and the League of Women Voters to ensure Florida’s children have civic education included in middle school grades.
Dr. Karinda Barrett is a mom of two dyslexic boys and the daughter of a dyslexic mom. She writes about her experiences in a blog, Life with two Dyslexic Boys, where she shares some of the challenges, joys, and successes of learning differences.
She earned a Bachelor in Business Administration in Marketing and a Masters in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Higher Education. Dr. Barrett has published research on education, written articles on assessment, and has a chapter in press on using technology in community college student affairs departments. She has also been a frequent presenter at state, national and international conferences.
Dr. Barrett currently directs the Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Tallahassee Community College. Previously, she has taught Introduction to the Teaching Profession, Educational Technology, and Freshman Year Experience courses. Prior to her current position, she worked as an Instructional Technologist.
Kermit Harrison II
Kermit is a lover of Life who consistently finds many outlets to experience the wonder of this grand expression. His passion finds it’s most common manifestation through education, to include the facilitation of multiple weekly group meditations. As a collegiate professor of Philosophy, Kermit has been changing lives by changing minds for nearly twenty years.
Ascribing to the Spiritual notion that from the One there are many, Kermit’s adult life has been dedicated to personal and spiritual development while assisting others in the same personal and spiritual development. This vision has to date included teaching a monthly adult Sunday school class for the last decade, and participating in rituals of the Spirit with people from all over the world across a number of traditions.
Kermit has been featured in several documentaries with the most recent being Lillie & Leander: A Legacy of Violence. His most recent professional lecture titled Mirror and the Spirit was presented in the Spring of 2013 to a group of practitioners and scholars at the Harvard University School of Divinity, Department of World Religious studies.
Simon Anderson is a global futurist, keynote speaker, startup entrepreneur and emerging technology and trends consultant. He co-authored the award winning book “Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow” with fellow global futurist Jack Uldrich.
Simon is the founder of Venture Foresight, LLC and Futur1st.com, a site dedicated to helping leaders and organizations recognize emerging technologies and trends. Having traveled to more than 25 countries, Simon brings a global perspective to his work. He is also an advisor to several technology startups and a global education non-profit. Simon’s work was recently featured in the World Future Society’s monthly newsletter, “The Futurist.”
Emily Bensadoun is a second year student, Senator of the Academic Support Division, and Co-Chairman of the Events Committee. Hoping to graduate from Tallahassee Community College, and transfer to Florida State University. There she will major in Hospitality and pursue a career in Event Coordinating. Aside from being a full time student, another interest she is very passionate about is traveling. Being able to explore outside of her comfort zone and experiencing different cultures strengthens her determination to eventually start up an organization to help children in need around the world.