Dr. Michele Borba - Award-winning Author - International Speaker - Educational consultant - www.micheleborba.com
Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned educator and award-winning author who is recognized for her practical, solution-based strategies to strengthen child’s behavior, self-esteem, character, and social development, and to build strong families. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators. As a recognized expert on child development, violence prevention, and character development, Dr. Borba appears regularly as a guest expert on countless TV and radio talk shows to discuss late breaking news and the every day challenges parents face today. Appearances include the “Today” “The View,” “Fox & Friends,” “Countdown, MSNBC,” “The Early Show,” “Canada AM,” “NPR: Talk of the Nation,” “Ronn Owens/KGO Radio,” and “Focus on the Family.” Dr. Borba is the author of 21 books. Her numerous awards include the National Educator Award and served as a consultant for the Center Resource Group for Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education. She currently serves as an advisory for the character Education Partnership’s Educational Advisory Council. Dr. Borba received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco; M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and earned a Life Teaching Credential She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.
Don "The Dragon" Wilson - "Hall of Fame Kick Boxer" www.donthedragonwilson.com
Don "The Dragon" Wilson's is known as the greatest Kick Boxer of all time, beginning in Cocoa Beach, Florida. What solidifies the status of as “The Greatest” in the entire history of his sport is his record of winning 11 world titles in 3 separate weight classes under 6 different sanctioning organizations, and 11 straight years as a world champion. He racked up 71 wins with 47 KOs. He was the first kung-fu artist to gain a world title, and, to top it all off, was named the European Kickside magazine’s “Greatest Competitor of All Time” in 1996. Currently a Hollywood movie star, Don's star is steadily rising, and there can be little doubt that he will feature prominently among Hollywood’s top action stars for many years to come. As well as acting in his films, Don has co-produced over 20 of his films. He has mutual approval over almost every creative aspect of film making.
Claudia Black - "...both powerful and ageless. ...a pioneer." - John Bradshaw www.claudiablack.com
Dr. Black partners with her husband Jack Fahey in a publishing company in Washington state, which produces and markets all her books, videos, and CDs. In addition to her speaking, training and consulting work, during the past few years she has focused on creating tools for professionals who work with COAs. Her first best seller, It Will Never Happen To Me, has sold two million copies to date. A recent achievement is helping with the development of Camp Mariposa, a camp for children of addiction established by The Moyer Foundation in the Seattle area. Since the 1970’s Claudia's work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She offers models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women’s issues. Her writings and teachings have become a standard in the field of addictions.
Stephen Heppell - "Europe's leading online education expert" Microsoft 2006 http://rubble.heppell.net/heppell/biog.html
Stephen founded Ultralab in the 1980s, moving there from the UK Government's groundbreaking Microelectronics Education Programme. Over a score of years Ultralab grew to become Europe's leading learning technology research centers. Stephen was the guiding "father" of a number of pioneering social networking projects including *ESW in the 1980s, Schools OnLine in 1995/6, Nortel's pivotal Learning in the New Millennium from 1993-2000, the Guinness Record holding Tesco Schoolnet 2000 from 1999, Oracle's Think.com from 1999 and many more. Today Stephen heads his own flourishing policy and learning consultancy www.Heppell.net which now has a portfolio of international projects, from school building to horizon scanning. He is an active professor at Bournemouth University and elsewhere. Stephen sits on the Charity Inclusion Trust Board, and is executive chairman of LP plus.
Dan Spitz - Rock Star turned Watchmaker http://www.spitzwatch.com
"A timepiece is a Formula 1 race car for the wrist that bears an individual's personality." Daniel Spitz is an international Rock Star Guitarist and one of the founding members and main songwriter of the legendary band Anthrax. He has sold more than 15 million records worldwide, nominated for three Grammy Awards and crossed the globe on more than fifty arena tours over the years. He has released ten studio albums, written platinum selling film soundtracks for the likes of Adam Sandler, Arnold Schwarzanegger and even Beavis and Butthead. Dan has left an indelible mark on the music industry by creating the first ever hip hop meets heavy metal song (Public Enemy / Anthrax) and so many more innovative solutions that break down cultural barriers. Simply an innovator in mind set and execution. After his fifteen year run and departure from Anthrax he set foot on getting the paper degrees necessary to complete his knowledge base in Swiss micro-mechanical engineering. Daniel has obtained the highest Swiss degrees at this point and is regarded worldwide as one of the finest Master Watchmakers of Complicated luxury timepieces in the world. The diplomas, Swiss training and scholarships obtained by Daniel in areas of the Swiss luxury watchmaking world (a multi billion dollar industry) are usually reserved strictly for the Swiss. He teaches watchmaking, his company is the sole parts distribution hubs for luxury brands and his private service center helps luxury Swiss brands beta test and problem solve new models in the $20,000 - $1,000,000 area of sales point. Of course don't forget he has written songs for almost every "Guitar Hero" game with generated sales now over $1 billion. Daniel currently resides in New York with his wife, Candi, and their Identical/Mirror-Image twin sons who are also becoming quite famous in the Entertainment world. He also has two daughters from a previous marriage.
Pat Moholt, Ph.D. - Columbia University Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources Director, CUMC Office of Education www.columbia.edu
Pat's investigation into knowledge structuring, particularly how inter-concept, non-hierarchic links are used, forms the basis of her research interests. Her major focus has been in the creation of a hierarchically structured thesaurus, modeled after the MeSH prototype, for the fields of art and architecture. This work composed the core of her dissertation on standardizing inter-concept relations in vocabularies used for information retrieval, and in knowledge-based artificial intelligence systems. Integration of electronic information resources into the medical and dental school curricula composed the second chief area of her research. Pat's work is conducted in collaboration with faculty in the various disciplines and is intended to augment the classroom experience by shifting some learning to the electronic environment. The project is titled Columbia Health Information Perspectives (CHIPS) and is currently focused on the first year curriculum.
Neil Berg - Broadway composer/lyricist www.neilberg.com
Neil is the composer and lyricist of the hit off-Broadway musical "The Prince and the Pauper", which ran for two years at the Lambs Theater in New York City. Critics such as the New York Times raved that Berg's music soared on angels' wings. The original CD is released internationally by Jay Records, the sheet music by Hal Leonard, and the licensing by Samuel French, Inc. Neil is currently the composer for the new Broadway musical "Grumpy Old Men", based on the contemporary movie classic starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. His musical "Tim and Scrooge" was voted one of the best musicals of the inaugural NYMF festival in New York City and opened at the Queens Theater in the Park in December of 2006. Among his credits are hundreds of other plays, films, and concerts. Neil will be touring in over eighty cities during 2007-2008 with his hit show "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway and is married to Broadway star, Rita Harvey.
Shawn Rosen - Game Executive Producer, Elephant Entertainment
Shawn Rosen entered the video game industry in 1993, working for Acclaim Entertainment, a New York based video game publisher. Working his way up the ladder, he started out as a games analyst on the infamous White Team, getting his feet wet on two of the biggest gaming franchises of that era, Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam. Shawn would eventually become Executive Producer of External Development, a role in which he conceptualized and produced the hit franchises Dave Mirra Freestyle, BMX, and Aggressive Inline. The previous titles would all go on to win multiple design awards with the Mirra Franchise and sell over 3 million units worldwide. In addition to producing titles which have generated more than $230M in gross revenues, Shawn has won numerous game industry awards and his titles have graced the covers of more than twenty-four magazines worldwide. For three years, he was also responsible for managing a small production studio where he developed intellectual properties for Mark Ecko Enterprises. He currently serves as executive producer for product development at Elephant Entertainment.
Zlatana Jovanovic-Dicker, www.fengshuination.pbwiki.com
Zlatana Jovanovic-Dicker is the founder of an interior design and Feng Shui consultation firm in Budapest, Hungary. She is a trained architect with over ten years experience in interior design around the world. Zlatana is also an English testing consultant for ETS, working with the TOEFL and TOEIC tests. Born in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Zlatana obtained her BS from the University of Architecture. Being the wife of a US diplomat, she has live extensively abroad and has been exposed to diverse cultures and languages. Having gained comprehensive first-hand experience with the international school systems and their core curricula, Zlatana is prepared to leverage this talent to bring balance and symmetry to the Gaming Krib protocol.
Dr. Raymond Sambrotto - Research Scientist at Columbia University www.ldeo.columbia.edu
Dr. Sambrotto is a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in Palisades, New York. His work centers on the ecology and nutrient dynamics of plankton. Dr. Sambrotto's research areas include biological oceanography and marine microbial ecology. His publications often address interactions among various oceanographic conditions and biological production. Over the years, he has been involved with cutting edge educational software development for the K-12 curriculum. As a seagoing biological oceanographer, Dr. Sambrotto has done research in the remotest of places, including the arctic and antarctic regions. He is the author of educational software for teaching and learning in the earth sciences. He and his wife Beverly live in New York City.
William Sachs - Writer, Director and Producer www.spookyhousemovie.com/biow.html
William Sachs has produced a handful of enjoyable movies throughout the years. Sachs studied at the London Film School, the Actor's Studio in New York City, and the Charles Conrad Studio in Los Angeles. He has directed some of the most highly acclaimed actors in the world including: Academy Award winners Sir Ben Kingsley, James Coburn, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Mercedes Ruehl; Academy Award nominees Elliott Gould, and Karen Black; Emmy, Golden Globe, and other major award winners and nominees including Jennifer Aniston, Mario Van Peebles, and Peter Boyle. Other Actors he has directed have won awards and nominations such as the Image award, American Comedy Award, MTV Award, TV Guide Award, and numerous festival and foreign awards. His list of films include UFO documentaries; "The Incredible Melting Man" and "Van Nuys Blvd." two humorous works; and "Galaxina", his most popular picture to date. Sachs worked behind the scenes on such films as "Joe", "Exterminator 2", "Servants of the Twilight", and "Leprechaun". In addition to working on television commercials, music videos (Pink Floyd), and public service announcements, Sachs has been involved with the Director's Guild Creative Rights Committee and the Writer's Guild. His films have received more than twenty-five festival awards including the top three awards at the Paris Film Festival of Science Fiction. Sachs is often a guest lecturer at the UCLA Film School. He makes his home in Granada Hills, California with his wife Margaret and children