Performing as “Momma Sandi”, Saundra is a gifted storyteller and playwright who has been featured at numerous festivals and conferences across the country. For over two decades, Saundra has been able to bridge the gap between creativity and methodology by melding her professional storytelling techniques with her extensive corporate change management experience. She is a sought after corporate trainer and workshop facilitator noted for her ability to use storytelling as an effective tool for shifting attitudes and behaviors. Saundra is the founder of Changemakers Consulting, a “story based” change and transformation coaching service. Saundra has been a member of NABS since 1996 and is the immediate past President of Keepers of the Culture, Inc., a Philadelphia-based affiliate.
Favorite Quote: “The creator of a dance should not be excluded from it ~ Ghana
Janice Curtis Greene, a Life Member, is an accomplished storyteller and American Griot. She has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 25 years. She is immediate past President and Life Member of the Griots' Circle of Maryland, Inc., and is the resident Griot for the National Association of Black Media Workers in Baltimore. She is also a member of the National Storyteller's Network and the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Mrs. Greene also authored the children's book, “Thelma and the Wonderful Black Gourd” for which she received honors for her contribution to African American Literature from the Mayor of Baltimore. Janice retired from the Social Security Administration after 35 years of service.
Sandra Bush performs as a solo teller and as a charter member of Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of Western New York. She is also a djembe drummer with the group Daughters of Creative Sound, an African American women's percussion ensemble.Her love of storytelling was enhanced throughout her 30-year career as a librarian.Sandra considers herself blessed and highly favored to be the first Branch Manager of the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library which houses the largest resource center of African and African American history in central and western New York. She continually strives to bring the community into the branch through quality library services, programming and outreach efforts.
Favorite Quote: "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. ~ "1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Gwendolyn Hilary is a Life Member and a Brother Blue Circle of Elder Awardee. She is a former teacher, librarian, and mentor for the Chicago Public Schools and adjunct professor at Dominican University. In addition to performing at national and international venues, she has organized major storytelling programs, conducts storytelling workshops and staff development. Featured on television stations Channel 21 and 23, she hosted several educational programs and regularly reviewed books and performed as a storyteller. Gwen is a 15 year member of ASE: Chicago Association of Black Storytellers where she served as secretary, treasurer, president and now, financial manager. She has also served as financial secretary and treasurer for several nonprofit organizations.
Favorite Quote: "Love many; trust few; learn to paddle your own canoe." ~ My Mother
Beverly Fields Burnette Raleigh, NC email@example.com Beverly Fields Burnette is a Storyteller (a founding member of both the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective, and the N.C. Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. (current president).), a member (24 years) of the Washington Street Writers, published poet, and a retired School Social Worker/Elementary Guidance Counselor. She is a great admirer/lover of poetry, short stories, history, genealogy and anthropology. Burnette has done freelance writing, as well as edited a small town newspaper advice column for kids, entitled “Ask Miz Bee.” Burnette has written and published historical memoirs and has employed poetry and storytelling as vehicles for teaching family and African American history, creating positive feelings, healing wounds, and bridging gaps.
Jimmy Caldwell is the co-owner along with his wife, Tonja, of Caldwell’s Leadership Solutions a consulting and training company whose mission is to inspire, educate and equip social entrepreneurs to be mission driven leaders. For over 20 years, Jimmy has been working with nonprofits and small businesses teaching leaders how to develop and implement sustainable business systems. Jimmy utilizes his skills to help others create socially conscious nonprofits. He is the recipient of many leadership awards including most recently the 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Distinguished Toastmasters Award. Utilizing his interests of documentary film making and storytelling Jimmy helps raise the expectations of African American youth.
Favorite Quote: "By their fruits you shall know them." ~ Matthew 7:20
Steven H. Hobbs, a Life Member, is a storyteller, educator, lawyer, poet, ethicist, historian, quilter, entrepreneur, consultant, actor, community organizer, and world traveler. Steven sees himself as a storyframer, one who structures stories around history, law, entrepreneurship, culture and life. Storyteller Hobbs likes to share stories of wisdom, humor and the triumph of the human spirit. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1975 and received the Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1979. Upon graduating from law school, he practiced in the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate in Trenton, New Jersey. Hobbs was a member of the Washington and Lee law faculty for 16 years before accepting the position of Tom Bevill Chairholder of Law at Alabama in 1997 where he teaches Professional Responsibility, Family Law, Adoption Law, Children’s Rights, and a seminar on Law and Entrepreneurship.
Favorite Proverb: "It's easy to steal the Chief's trumpet; but where will you play it" ~ African Proverb
Beverly Cottman is a multi-disciplinary artist creating at the intersections of visual, literary, and performance art. As storyteller, Auntie Beverly, she tells African and African American stories, folktales and fables. She creates assemblage and collage art works, writes poetry, and in all things celebrates the rich heritage of the African Diaspora. She is challenged, supported, and inspired by her loving family. All of her creative endeavors are dedicated to her maternal ancestors.
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