Nov 16, 2018 5:00 PM

Friday, November 16th through Sunday, November 18th, 2018  Weekend Of FUN and FUNDraising Activities Presented By: SWINGFIT To Register, click on the green Register button. To only register for the Sunday main ride, choose the 2nd option.  Pedal Hilton Head Island Presented by SwingFit is more than just a series of fantastic cycling events; it’s a celebration of the Hilton Head Island's music, culture and two-wheeled lifestyle. Along with the main event ride, there will be an entire weekend of opportunities, Nov. 16-18, to enjoy the best that Hilton Head Island has to offer, while still supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Sign up to volunteer HERE.  Friday & Saturday Evening Concert: The Music of the Grateful Dead Presented by Swampfire Records  Hilton Head Island’s local music label Swampfire Records is producing a special event at Coligny Theatre spotlighting the timeless tunes of The Grateful Dead. Lending their musical talents to the evening’s festivities will be local artists Jevon Daly, NATIVE, Cranford Hollow and many more, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 6 p.m. Nov. 17.For an hour before each concert, volunteers will be on hand to give you everything you need for the cycling events: packets, shirts and a swag bag bursting with goodies.New for 2018!!!Saturday - The Beach Grinder Bike Race Presented by The Bike Doctor All skill levels and age groups are invited to take a turn on our fun course - built entirely on the beach! Participants will be challenged on a short course of hard-packed sand, soft sand, obstacles, and other surprises that our team will come up with!There are NO barriers to participate. Bikes provided and divisions for all ages and skill levels. Bring your family & friends to watch from our in-field spectator zone, a perfect place to cheer you on!This inaugural event in partnership with The Bike Doctor promises a unique bike experience on Hilton Head Island - you won't want to miss it! ***Under 18, FREE!***Sunday - The Main Ride Presented by Coligny Plaza + Coastal States Bank Pedal Hilton Head’s main event takes to the beaches, pathways and bridges of Hilton Head Island on Nov. 18, with events for every skill level. Enjoy a family fun ride on the beach, take to the pathways for a 10-mile ride, soak up the history of Mitchelville Freedom Park for the 20-mile ride, head over the bridges to the mainland on the 40-mile ride or challenge yourself for the metric century 62-mile ride that guides you past some of the island’s most jaw-dropping scenery. Then when you’ve finished, head back to Coligny Plaza for a raucous afterparty with food, drink, music and more. From the hard-packed sands of Coligny Beach to bridges, Pinckney Island, the flyover, and the roads and bike paths in between, join us for a spirited ride around Hilton Head Island with funds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island. Please note this event is rain or shine.  For a look at all routes, click here.  *Please note - all items are subject to change.  Looking to go the extra mile? Try our Pedal For A Kid Challenge!  This coveted challenge is taken by many of our dedicated riders each year. Those individuals who reach $300 or more (either through donations or by their own wallet) towards their main ride will receive:  1 Ticket to either the Friday or Saturday Night “Music of the Grateful Dead” Show 1 Entry for the Beach Grinder Bike Racing Event on Saturday  1 Entry for Pedal Hilton Head Island on Sunday Our 2018 Signature Jersey – Valued At $75 Our 2018 Signature Dry-Fit Tee Shirt Our 2018 Signature Water Bottle with Turtle Mascot Our 2018 Signature Tote Bag Custom “Bib” With A Photo Of A Child You Are Riding For Donation for one child to attend the club for 10 days + all meals Learn more about the Pedal For A Kid Challenge here!  *Please note - jersey is subject to change.  Host Hotel - The Beach House at Coligny! Register to guarantee your $99/night room rate. Use code PHH.

Nov 10, 2018 9:00 AM

Upcoming Cardio Tennis Training Course Cardio Tennis education will include both classroom, on court training and peer teaching. Course Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Special Comments: Please come dressed and ready to participate in the on-court instruction and demonstrations. This course teaches the fundamentals of Cardio Tennis and everything you need to know to make it a sucess at your facility. After participating in this workshop you will have a strong understanding of the following: What is Cardio Tennis, its purpose and benefits The eight components of Cardio Tennis Key ingredients of a healthy curriculum The importance of heart rate monitors and how to use them Proper warm-up activities, Cardio games and drills, cool down activities and cardio blasts Drill based vs play based exercises How to market and make money with Cardio Tennis Attendees of the Cardio Tennis workshop will gain the proper experience and techniques for: Recommended feeding approaches Running an ideal Cardio Tennis class Working with players of different skill and ability levels Working with players with injuries What it's like to wear a Heart Rate Monitor   Cancellation Policy Course registration fees are non-refundable; should Cardio Tennis cancel the course, for any reason, registrants will receive a complete refund of event registration fees. The Tennis Industry Association and Cardio Tennis will not be responsible for reimbursement of attendees pre-paid travel expenses (i.e. airfaire, loding arrangements, etc.) should the course be cancelled. All reasonable attempts to inform registrants of cancellation no less than 8 days prior to the event will be made. Requests to change registration from one course to another must be made to Cardio Tennis by e-mail at [email protected] at least 14-days before the course date. Requests made less than 14-days before the course date are subject to a $100.00 rescheduling fee. Course registrations may be transferred to another individual up to 7 days prior to the course. Transfer of course registration within 7 days of the course are subject to a $50 administration fee. All Registrants must successfully complete the course in order to receive a course completion certificate or Continuing Education Credits. Any registrant missing 30 minutes or more of the course will be ineligible to receive a Course certificate and Continuing Education Credits. No refunds or credits, whether partial or whole, will be provided to any such registrant. WAIVER: I am aware of the risks associated with exercise and fitness training. I am in good health and have no medical condition that would make it dangerous for me to complete the vigorous physical activities that will be part of the course. I have health and liability insurance sufficient to cover any personal injury or property damage I may sustain or cause while participating in or as a result of this course (the "Injuries"). I hereby release Cardio Tennis, the Tennis Industry Association, and the other course participants (together with its affiliates, employees, consultants, agents and assigns, the "Indemnified Parties") from all claims, liability, damages or injuries that may arise in connection with the course, and hereby indemnify them against all expenses, costs and losses, including reasonable attorneys fees and costs of suit, that may arise with respect thereto.

Feb 16, 2019 7:00 PM

This event is FREE and tickets are not required to enter the venue. The Taproom and Grill is located in the resort village, across from Ski Beech Sports and adjacent to Lift 5. What do you get when you take 6 Hilton Head Island musicians, songwriters and producers, with diverse musical backgrounds - including jazz, rock, R&B, and reggae - and put them on one stage together under the Island sun? You get “SoundBoy.”“Soundboy” is a reggae-infused, soul-tinged and eclectically-inspired music group from the Low Country. Featuring Kyle Wareham (vocals/guitar), Jos Vicars (vocals/bass/didgeridoo/samples), Martin Lesch (keyboards/vocals), John Wilkins (guitar/vocals), and Greg Critchley (drums/percussion/vocals), Soundboy performs original songs alongside select renditions from its favorite artists. With a sound as unique as its members diverse backgrounds, Soundboy's cumulative credits cross the spectrum - its members have performed with and shared the stage/studio with a massive list of artists, including Sublime, Three Legged Fox, Alex Lifeson (Rush), James LaBrie (Dream Theatre), James Brown, The Who, Aerosmith, Michelle Branch, Dixie Chicks, Verdine White, Toby Keith, Chaka Khan, Soja, Stick Figure, Sean Lennon, Miley Cyrus, Dirty Heads...AND YES, EVEN Spinal Tap!!

Nov 09, 2018 4:30 PM

Please join us for our 8th Annual Bonfire event on Friday, November 9th from 4:30-7:30 PM at Fish Island in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.  The event will feature a delicious Lowcountry inspired menu, live music and a limited silent auction.  An open bar is included in the ticket price, as well as non- alcoholic beverages.  Tickets will be available for $75 per person or reserve a table for eight (8) for $750. Food, friends and the great outdoors – there’s nothing better! **Please note-  Cash or check accepted at the CSA Administration Office 175 Greenwood Dr. Hilton Head, SC (M-F 7:30 AM-4:30PM). A convenience fee will be applied when processing credit cards through Eventbrite. Online sales end November 7th, 2018.  To purchase tickets after November 7th, please stop by the CSA Office 175 Greenwood Dr. Hilton Head, SC, pending ticket availability.                 Name Badges will be available for Pick Up at the CSA Administration Office starting Tuesday, October 23rd                       If you have questions call/email David Henderson at (843) 671-7827 or [email protected] All proceeds will benefit the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve Foundation is a 501-(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. For tax deductions purposes, please contact your tax professional. EIN # 57-0985915

Nov 06, 2018 6:00 PM

East Cooper Networking hosted by Michael Kroll powered by Rockstar Connect invites you to an evening of Rockstar Connect networking at Tavern & Table on Tuesday, November 6th, 6 PM - 8 PM. It is a mix-and-mingle, after-hours business networking event and all may attend. Unlike other evening networking events, admission is free of charge, there are no boring speakers and no one is trying to sell you anything. Bring your old friends, make new friends and create your next meaningful business connection.Host Michael Kroll is providing complimentary finger foods on a first come first served basis, and Tavern & Table are providing the free event space. Attendees are encouraged to reciprocate their generosity by making a beverage purchase and by tipping their servers. It is the Rockstar thing to do. Feel free to come early for dinner, or stay after for drinks. Please note: overflow parking is available in Shem Creek Parking Garage at the intersection of Church Street and Mill Street.Rockstar Connect events are held in hundreds of cities around the United States and Canada and hundreds of thousands of networkers attend Rockstar Connect events every year. Our hosts believe that you have to give in order to get, which is why they organize this monthly event to support their local business community. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect: 1 (800) 205-2327.  Michael Krollhttp://michaelkroll.fathomrealty.com/ Rockstar Connecthttps://www.rockstarconnect.com/ All attendees are welcome, either living in or visiting the Greater Charleston, South Carolina area: North Charleston, SC, Hanahan, SC, Goose Creek, SC, Ladson, SC, Summerville, SC, Georgetown, SC, Beaufort, SC, Hilton Head Island, SC, Orangeburg, SC, Socastee, SC, Sumter, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Wilmington Island, GA, Conway, SC, Osceola Oaks, SC, Brook Green Meadow, SC, Shemwood, SC, Moultrie Heights, SC, Avian Park, SC, Osceola Heights, SC, Myrtle Acres, SC, Heritage, SC, Harborgate, SC, Creekside Park, SC, Hickory Shadows, SC, Waterway Arms, SC, Cooper Estates, SC, Moss Park, SC, The Groves, SC, The Village, SC, Bayview Acres, SC

Oct 23, 2018 6:00 PM

Katie Blomquist, the host of Downtown Charleston Networking powered by Rockstar Connect, invites you to an evening of Rockstar Connect networking at Bay Street Biergarten on Tuesday, October 23rd, 6 PM to 8 PM. It is a mix-and-mingle, after-hours business networking event and all may attend. Unlike other evening networking events, admission is free of charge, there are no boring speakers and no one is trying to sell you anything. Bring your old friends, make new friends and create your next meaningful business connection.Bay Street Biergarten is providing complimentary finger foods on a first come first served basis as well as the free event space. Attendees are encouraged to reciprocate the venue’s generosity by making a beverage purchase and by tipping their servers. It is the Rockstar thing to do. Feel free to come early for dinner, or stay after for drinks. Rockstar Connect events are held in hundreds of cities around the United States and Canada and hundreds of thousands of networkers attend Rockstar Connect events every year. Our hosts believe that you have to give in order to get, which is why they organize this monthly event to support their local business community. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect: 1 (800) 205-2327.  Katie Blomquist https://www.goingplacesnonprofit.org/ Rockstar Connecthttps://www.rockstarconnect.com/ All attendees are welcome, either living in or visiting the Greater Charleston, South Carolina area: Mount Pleasant, SC, North Charleston, SC, Hanahan, SC, Goose Creek, SC, Ladson, SC, Summerville, SC, Beaufort, SC, Georgetown, SC, Hilton Head Island, SC, Orangeburg, SC, Wilmington Island, GA, Sumter, SC, Rincon, GA, Socastee, SC, Savannah, GA, Anson Borough Homes, SC, Wragg Borough Homes, SC, Gadsden Green Homes, SC, Harbor View, SC, Lakeview of Lawton Bluff, SC, Wappo Heights, SC, The Crescent, SC, Country Club Estates, SC, Lawton Bluff, SC, Battery Point, SC, Stiles Point, SC, Bayview Acres, SC, Fort Johnson Estates, SC, Harbor Woods, SC, South Windermire, SC, Marsh Point, SC, Clarks Point, SC

Oct 18, 2018 9:00 AM

Family Registration The 2018 SONA National Tennis Invitational presented by the Professional Tennis Registry, will be held October 18-20, 2018 on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Hosting the tournament is Special Olympics South Carolina, The Professional Tennis Registry and Van der Meer Tennis Center.  Swimming: According to Special Olympics General Rules, recreational swimming is not allowed at any event.  This includes pools and the ocean.  

Dec 07, 2018 7:00 AM

SCPHCA SEA RETREAT Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa | Hilton Head Island, SCDecember 7-9, 2018 Join SCPHCA and your peers at SCPHCA's SEA Retreat. Experts in diverse fields such as finance, customer service, billing, coding, and agriculture will share their knowledge and best practices. Attendees will network with fellow health center colleagues and leading vendors while gaining valuable professional development skills to aid in providing the necessary tools to sustain effective health centers.     CONFERENCE AGENDA(Check Back for Updates. Topics and Speakers Subject to Change.) Thursday, December 6, 20187:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast8:30 am – 4:30 pm Pre-conference SessionE & M CodingPresenter: John Burns, Director of Member Services, Rural Health CodingFriday, December 7, 20187:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast8:30 am – 12:30 pm Pre-conference SessionE & M CodingPresenter: John Burns, Director of Member Services, Rural Health Coding6:00pm – 7:30pm Welcome ReceptionSaturday, December 8, 20187:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast 7:00 am – 5:15 pm Registration Open7:30 am – 4:30 pm Exhibits/Partners Open8:00 am – 8:30 am Visit with Exhibitors/Partners8:30 am – 9:45 am Opening General Session IPresenter: TBD9:50 am – 11:05 am Concurrent Education Sessions IUnderstanding the Sliding Fee Presenter: Maurishka William, Chief Financial Officer, SC Primary Health Care AssociationMedicare AWV and Preventative Services Overview and Billing (Rural Coding)Presenter: John Burns, Director of Member Services, Rural Health CodingBilling Managers Managing The Revenue Cycle Presenters: Gervean Williams, Director of Finance Training and Technical Assistance, National Association of Community Health Centers William Feagin, Director of Revenue Maximization, SC Primary Health Care AssociationOutreach and Marketing Strategies for Stronger Community Connections Presenter: Ted Henson, Presenter: Ted Henson, Director of Health Center Performance and Innovation, National Association of Community Health Centers Cultural Competency Presenter: Alicia Gonzales, Consulting and Professional Services Director, National Center for Farmworker Health11:10 am - 11:30 am One-on-One with Partners11:35 am – 12:55 pm Luncheon General Session IIRallying the TroopsPresenter: Jana Eubank, Associate Vice President, National Association of Community Health Centers Representative1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Concurrent Education Sessions IIWhere the Front Office Falls in the Cycle Part 1Presenter: William Feagin, Director of Revenue Maximization, SC Primary Health Care AssociationHRSA Compliance – Billing and Collection Presenter: Gervean Williams, Director of Finance Training and Technical Assistance, National Association of Community Health Centers The Power of Community Partnerships and RelationshipsPresenter: Joyce Case, Program Director, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida Spanish 101Presenter: TBD2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break with Exhibitors/Partners2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Concurrent Education Sessions IIIClosing Gaps – Front Office Impact Presenter: John Burns, Director of Member Services, Rural Health CodingTime and Stress Management Presenter: Donna Frankos, Adjunct Instructor for Continuing Education, Technical College of the LowcountryPainting the 2019 Federal Landscape: It Affects Not Just Some, But AllPresenter: Jana Eubank, Associate Vice President, National Association of CommunityHealth Centers RepresentativeSocial Determinants of HealthPresenter: Alicia Gonzales, Consulting and Professional Services Director, National Center for Farmworker Health4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Concurrent Education Sessions IVThe Front Office Putting It All Together and Tips To Improve, Part 2 Presenters: William Feagin, Director of Revenue Maximization, SC Primary Health Care AssociationSC Medicaid Dental Billing - Overview of Billing, Top Denial Reasons, Where to Submit Claims Presenter: DentaQuest RepresentativeTips and Strategies for Credentialing and Meeting HRSA Requirements Presenter: Vera Marshall, Manager of Credentialing Services, SC Primary Health Care AssociationCrafting an Effective Message for Outreach & Advocacy: Smart Versus Hard Persuasion Presenter: Antwan Seawright, Chief Executive Officer, Blueprint StrategiesCollecting & Reporting Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Data for Agricultural Workers Patients Presenter: Alicia Gonzales, Consulting and Professional Services Director, National Center for Farmworker HealthSunday, December 9, 20187:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast7:00 am – 9:00 am Registration Open8:00 am – 9:00 am Visit with Exhibitors/Partners9:00 am – 10:00 am Closing General Session IIIPresenter: Lathran Woodard, Chief Executive Officer, SC Primary Health Care Association10:00 am – 11:00 am Awards Ceremony 11:00 am Checkout  ***As meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions. *** HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Head Marriott Resort and SpaOne Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928Hotel Check-in: 4:00 PMHotel Check-out: 11:00 AMSelf-parking: ComplimentaryValet: $18 dailyHotel Spa: 20% discount for Conference attendees Telephone Reservation: (888) 511-5086Special Group Rate: $109+ per nightReservation Link: Book your group rate for SCPHCA Sea Retreat 2018  Refer to group code: 2018SEA Last day to make a reservation: 11/22/2018   REGISTRATION Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 22, 2018Conference Registration Deadline: November 16, 2018 SCPHCA Registration Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing and received by the SCPHCA on or before Friday, November 16, 2018, for a full refund less a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations received after Friday, November 16, 2018, are non-refundable; however, substitutions are encouraged.  SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESTo participate as a sponsor or exhibitor or to submit an advertisement, contact Natoshia Goines, CGMP at [email protected] or (803) 788-2778. Deadline for sponsorship/exhibition/advertisement is October 29, 2018. CORPORATE PARTNEROffers the most comprehensive packages to get your organization’s representatives and services in front of health center decision makers.  Gold Sponsor: $15,000 Silver Sponsor: $10,000Bronze Sponsor: $5,000   EVENT SPONSOROffers your organization unique and fun opportunities to get your representatives and services in front of health center decision makers.  Awards Breakfast: $3,000 (2 available) Conference Luncheon: $2,500 (2 available)  Welcome Reception: $2,500 (2 available)An evening of professional networking and fun for all attendees while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Continental Breakfast: $2,000 (2 available)     EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIESFor-Profit Exhibitor: $1,000 (limited availability)  Non-Profit Exhibitor: $750 (limited availability)     ADVERTISEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Full Page Advertisement8.5”x11”, No BleedBlack and White: $300 Color: $750   Half Page Advertisement8.5”x5.5”, No BleedBlack and White: $150 Color: $350   Quarter Page Advertisement4.25”x5.5”, No BleedBlack and White: $75 Color: $175 To participate as a sponsor or exhibitor or to submit an advertisement, contact Natoshia Goines, CGMP at [email protected] or (803) 788-2778. Deadline for sponsorship/exhibition/advertisement is October 29, 2018. QUESTIONS For registration, sponsorship, exhibitor, and general questions contact Natoshia Goines, CGMP at [email protected] or (803) 788-2778. 

Oct 19, 2018 9:00 AM

SCPHCA 35th ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND BOARD GOVERNANCE RETREAT "Delivering Value Through Innovation”Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa | Hilton Head Island, SCOctober 19-21, 2018 Join SCPHCA and your peers at SCPHCA's Annual Conference and Board Governance Retreat. Experts in diverse fields such as finance, information technology, human resources, governance, and leadership will share their knowledge and best practices. Attendees will network with fellow health center colleagues and leading vendors while gaining valuable professional development skills to aid in providing necessary tools to sustain effective health centers.      CONFERENCE AGENDA(Check Back for Updates. Topics and Speakers Subject to Change.)    Friday, October 19, 20189:00 am – 11:00 am Pre-conference SessionCompliance: One, One and DonePresenter: Angela R. Powell, MPH, CPH, HRSA  9:00 am - 4:30 pm Registration Open 11:30 am - 12:15 pm Annual Membership Meeting12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Board of Directors Luncheon Meeting1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Set-up3:00 pm – 4:45 pm Opening PlenaryThe Apex of Innovation: Transforming Leadership and Healthcare WorkforcePresenter: Anton Gunn, MSW, CDM, CSP, 937 Strategy Group, LLC **SCPHCA will give away up to 50 autographed copies of Mr. Gunn's newly released book: "The Presidential Principles" recently listed as Amazon #1 New Release in Hospital Administration.** Also available for purchase on Friday only.  6:00pm - 7:30pm President’s Welcome Reception**Join SCPHCA and industry peers for an evening of networking, entertainment, refreshments, and prizes.**  Saturday, October 20, 20187:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast 7:00 am - 4:30 pm Registration Open  8:00 am - 4:30 pm Exhibits Open8:30 am - 10:00 am Concurrent Education Sessions IPart I: Corporate Compliance for Health Center Governance Presenter: Jacqueline Leifer, Esq., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP Driving Accountability through Organizational BehaviorPresenter: Michael Coppola, FACHE, Studer Group  Part I: Roadmap for Using Data for Population Health Management: Social DeterminantsPresenter: Chris Espersen, HITEQ Credentialing and Billing Requirements to Meet HRSA StandardsPresenters: Maurishka Williams, SCPHCA; William Feagin, SCPHCA 10:00 am - 10:15 am Break10:15 am – 11:45 am Concurrent Education Sessions II Part II: Corporate Compliance for Health Center Governance Presenter: Jacqueline Leifer, Esq., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLPPart I: Building and Retaining a Strong Leadership TeamPresenter: Michael Coppola, Studer Group Part II: Roadmap for Using Data for Population Health Management: Social DeterminantsPresenter: Chris Espersen, HITEQ The Big 3 - Three Accounting Changes that will Impact Non-profit Financial ReportingPresenter: Kevin Leder, CliftonLarsonAllen Workforce Retention StrategiesPresenter: Alfred Squire, Upstate AHEC11:45 pm – 1:10 pm Luncheon PlenaryAkintunde (comedian) 1:10 pm – 1:15 pm Break  1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Concurrent Education Sessions IIIWhat Board Members Need to Know About Operational Site VisitsPresenter: Gary Campbell, Impact 2 Lead, LLC Part II: Is Engagement Hardwired into Your Organization’s DNA?Presenter: Michael Coppola, Studer Group  EHR Migration from a Technical and Operational PerspectivePresenter: Robby Hill, Hillsouth No Cost Marketing StrategiesPresenter: Alfred Squire, Upstate AHEC Sliding Fee RequirementsPresenter: Jacqueline Leifer, Esq., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP  2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break with Exhibitors 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Education Sessions IVGovernance vs. Leadership: Understanding the Difference for Effective Communication (Interactive Session)Presenters: Jacqueline Leifer, Esq., Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP; Alfred Squire, Upstate AHEC IT Network Meeting Presenter: Chandra Beasley, SCPHCA HR Network Meeting Presenter: Shaletta Miller, SCPHCACFO Network Meeting Presenter: Maurishka Williams, SCPHCA   4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Visit with Exhibitors   Sunday, October 20, 2018 7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast 7:00 am - 9:00 am Registration Open   8:00 am - 9:00 am Visit with Exhibitors   9:00 am - 11:00 am Exhibitors Breakdown 9:00 am - 10:00 am Closing Plenary The Impact of Unleashing PotentialGary Campbell, Impact 2 Lead, LLC10:00 am - 11:00 am Awards Ceremony   ***As meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the sessions. *** HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS Hilton Head Marriott Resort and SpaOne Hotel Circle, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928Hotel Check-in: 4:00 PMHotel Check-out: 11:00 AMSelf-parking: ComplimentaryValet: $18 dailyHotel Spa: 20% discount on Spa treatments for conference attendees Telephone Reservation: (888) 511-5086Special Group Rate: $149+ per nightReservation Link: Book your group rate for SCPHCA 35th Annual Conference  Refer to group code: SCPHCA 35th CONF Last day to make a reservation: 10/4/2018   REGISTRATION Early Bird Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 21, 2018Conference Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 27, 2018 SCPHCA Registration Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing and received by the SCPHCA on or before Thursday, September 27, 2018, for a full refund less a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations received after Thursday, September 27, 2018, are non-refundable; however, substitutions are encouraged.  SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIESTo participate as a sponsor or exhibitor or to submit an advertisement, contact Natoshia Goines, CGMP at [email protected] or (803) 788-2778. Deadline for sponsorship/exhibition/advertisement is September 1, 2018. CORPORATE PARTNEROffers the most comprehensive packages to get your organization’s representatives and services in front of health center decision makers.  Gold Sponsor: $15,000 Silver Sponsor: $10,000Bronze Sponsor: $5,000   EVENT SPONSOROffers your organization unique and fun opportunities to get your representatives and services in front of health center decision makers.  Mobile Application: $5,000 (1 available)New tool! Mobile application where attendees will be able to access the agenda, exhibitors, speaker bios, and more!   Name Badge Lanyards: $5,000 (1 available)NEW! Showcase your brand to ALL attendees during the entire conference. Your logo displayed on lanyards given to all attendees to hold name badges.   Conference Luncheon: $3,000 (2 available)   President’s Networking Reception: $3,500 (3 available)An evening of professional networking and fun for all attendees while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and beverages.   Awards Brunch: $3,000 (2 available)The brunch honors nominated health center staff for their exemplary efforts in improving access to care in SC.   Conference Breakfast: $2,500 (2 available)     EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIESFor-Profit Exhibitor: $1,000 (limited availability)  Non-Profit Exhibitor: $750 (limited availability)     ADVERTISEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Full Page Advertisement8.5”x11”, No BleedBlack and White: $300 Color: $700   Half Page Advertisement8.5”x11”, No BleedBlack and White: $150 Color: $350   Quarter Page Advertisement8.5”x11”, No BleedBlack and White: $75 Color: $175 To participate as a sponsor or exhibitor or to submit an advertisement, contact Natoshia Goines, CGMP at [email protected] or (803) 788-2778. Deadline for sponsorship/exhibition/advertisement is September 1, 2018. QUESTIONS For registration, sponsorship, exhibitor, and general questions contact Natoshia Goines, CGMP at [email protected] or (803) 788-2778. 

Oct 19, 2018 7:00 AM

Island Water Sports brings back Midnight Madness to celebrate their 40th year as staples in local surf & skate culture of Deerfield Beach on October 19th. Ray Barbee (born 5 October 1971) is an American skateboarder from San Jose, California.] He was one of the first skateboarders to bring freestyle/flatland tricks to street, technical ollie combinations and numerous no comply variations. He is best known for his no complys. He had memorable video parts in the Powell Peralta videos "Public Domain" and "Ban This." Barbee also appears in the video games Skate 2 and Skate 3 as a playable skater. In 1991, Barbee left Powell Peralta for The Firm Skateboards (now defunct), headed by another Powell veteran, Lance Mountain. Barbee has a signature shoe with Vans.[2] His other sponsors are Element Skateboards, Independent Truck Company, and WeSC. Ray is also a music writer and multi-instrumentalist. Barbee released his debut EP on Galaxia records in 2003, Triumphant Procession, a collection of jazz-influenced instrumental tracks which Barbee produced and engineered at home. His 2005 release, In Full View, also on Galaxia, featured guests appearances by drummers Doug Scharin (of HiM and June of 44) and Carlos de la Garza (formerly of Reel Big Fish) as well as saxophone player Glen Darcey. Barbee plays guitar, bass guitar, drums, harp and xylophone. In March 2007, Ray Barbee recorded in Japan with the Mattson 2. That recording became Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2, a collaboration melding the guitar/drums of the Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee playing additional guitar. When playing live together, Ray sometimes assumes a dual bass line/lead role (both on his guitar) during the set. Ray is also known for his live performance solo work using looping delay pedals and drum machines. His music has been featured on NPR and has been used in a number of surf videos. Catch Ray live at this year's Midnight Madness! Midnight Radness, which started as just an end of year sale for Island Water Sports, has now become a Deerfield Beach tradition. Through Daytime Radness, IWS has been able to donate over $200,000 in the past decade to local residents facing medical hardships, local charities and local causes. This year, expect an even larger event, with the RVCA Skate Ramp, Create-A-Skate teaching STEM through the creation of a skateboard deck, interactive booths from your favorite skate and surf companies, the Quiksilver and Roxy Generations gallery exhibiting 40 years of surf in South Florida, live music, raffles, and a huge sale to benefit the Max Brown Foundation. The event is free. However, attendees can expect to pay $5 to skate. Atendees of all ages can also make and bring home your own custom skate deck with Professor Schmitt for $30. Raffle tickets and deeply discounted items will be for sale from 7am until Midnight. Enjoy FREEl live music from Skateboarding Legend Ray Barbee, Artikal Sound System, Ben Katzman, Uproot Hootenany, Dark Horse Saloon, and Timothy Eerie throughout the day. For more information, to volunteer or to register to participate in the Create-a-Skate workshop, go to http://www.IWSMidnightMadness.com ### To learn more about Midnight Madness or Island Water Sports, or to schedule interview  please call 954-427-4929 or e-mail [email protected] You can also check out the Island Water Sports website at http://www.IslandWaterSports.com.

Nov 04, 2018 10:00 AM

#8429 – Polymer Clay Beads & JewelryTaught by Instructor Kristin Griffis 1 Day WorkshopSunday from 10am – 4pmNovember 4, 2018 All Levels Welcome! Cost: $80/ Member Cost: $72  Join local artist Kristin Griffis for a day full of fun, exciting creativity! Griffis, who is not only known for her whimsical musically inspired paintings, but also for her gorgeous and colorful jewelry which she sells all over the Island. This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of creating your own gorgeous polymer clay beads, and how to arrange those beads to make your own personalized jewelry. This is a workshop you don't want to miss!   FAQs What can I bring into the event? You will receive a supplies list included with the confirmation email you will receive after registering. You should bring the recommended supplies with you to the class or workshop. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? You can contact Art League Academy by calling 843.842.5738 or emailing [email protected] Academy office hours are Monday - Friday from 10am - 2pm. What's the refund policy? No refunds or credits will be given for missed classes or workshops. Full refunds will be given in circumstances where classes and/or workshops must be canceled by the instructor or by Art League of Hilton Head. Please contact Art League Academy manager at 843.842.5738 for any type of request for an exception to this policy.

Oct 23, 2019 8:00 AM

Dates: October 23, 2019 to October 25, 2019 (DATE CHANGE*) Location(s): Main Conference Meeting Space Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488 Breakout Rooms & Vendor Symposium Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 0648 This conference is eligible for CEs from Connecticut Certification Board and National Association of Social Workers (NASW CT). Confimation of receipt will be posted on the page in the coming months. Contracted Hotels: Heritage Hotel and Conference Center (Confirmed*) 522 Heritage Road Southbury, CT 06488 Invited Speakers: Reconfirmed for 2019 as of 9/10/2018 Jillian Hishaw (Confirmed*) Lise Metzger (Confirmed*) Dr. Mike Rosmann (Confirmed*) Pending Speaker Requests: Rowen White (Pending*) Amani Olugbala (Pending*) Nakia Navarro (Pending*) Ahna Kruzic (Pending*) Ruby Olisemeka (Pending*) Kristin Jordan (Pending*) Sara Wolcott (Pending*) Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti (Pending*) Dr. Marta Moreno Vega (Pending*) Zen Honeycutt (Pending*) Onika Abraham (Pending*) Kara Brewer Boyd (Pending*) Conference Information: Working Theme: Women, Intersectionality and Food Systems *This page will be updated periodically as Conference agenda items are confirmed* To apply for a full or partial scholarship, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/ja0pwo5hx5o0lXWF3 Day One, October 23, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction:  TBD: 8:00 am to 8:15 am  Welcome: Welcome to Southbury: 8:00 am to 8:15 am -TBD Plenary Session: 8:45 am to 10:45 am  TBD Break: 10:45 am to 11:15 am Workshop Sessions: 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session A:   Breaking Ground: How to Access NEGEF Awards & Sponsorships w/ Staff -TBD In this workshop, background on the types of grants available through the New England Grassroots Environment Fund  as well as trainiing/skill building resources to frontline organizers will be discussed in detail. The Grassroots Fund is a pooled fund with over 20 years experience resourcing the frontline of the New England environmental justice movement. When participants finish the workshop, they will know: How to apply for funding via the Grassroots Fund three grant programs as well as project ideas that fit the guidelines How to participate in design of and attend RootSkills webinars and in-person trainings How to apply for event sponsorships How to participate in the Grassroots Fund community, including as a reader of grant applications or as a presenter at a RootSkills training or webinar Session B:  Systems Change through  Story Telling/Making w/ Anha Kruzic Women are shaping our food system for the better - we're leading efforts to create a fair, healthy,and sustainable food system from the ground up. But we're doing so despite significant challenges. Despite the fact that women participate in the production and processing of food at roughly equal rates to men, most undernourished people in the world are women and girls. The food system overall is highly dependent on the labor and skills of women, but this doesn’t necessarily translate to decision-making power. Instead, our labor is unpaid or underpaid, significantly more-so for women of Color, and we are subjected to high rates of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and violence on the job. But we're taking control of our food systems for the better by farming, organizing, and advocating for systems that are better for farmers, workers, their communities, and ultimately -- our planet.  Since women's leadership is key to the transformation of our food system, we must tell our stories, learn from one another's successes and challenges, and grow our movement into the future.  Join us for this workshop as together, we explore the power of the exploration of our histories and story-telling for food and agriculture transformation.  Session C: The Behavioral Health of Women and Minorities Involved in Agriculture w/ Michael R. Rosmann Ph.D. Women currently are the primary operators of 17% of American farms and secondary operators of another third of U.S. farms.  Like males, these women operate large crop and livestock farms in the U.S. as well as smaller andoften organic vegetable and animal production farms.  People of color and females are increasingly pursuing livelihoods in agriculture in America these days.  Can female American farmers improve the well-being of the two fifths of farmers around the world who are women, mostly in third worldnations? This  presentation takes a look at the unique behavioralhealth problems that accompany agricultural occupations, drawing especially on the presenter's research and experiences as a licensed clinical psychologist and farmer for 40 years and as a professor and writer aboutoccupational and environmental health for two decades.  There are significantly higher incidences of anxiety, depression and suicide among the agricultural population in comparison to the nonagricultural U.S. population.  Relationship problems such as family conflict and abuse often are gender-related and are prime indicators of stress within agriculturalfamilies, according to the author's research.  People who are cultural and racial minorities in the U.S. frequentlyexperience special behavioral health adjustment issues, such as difficulties with their status as migrant workers and sometimes as undocumented immigrants, besides problems in daily living such as access to healthcare, schools and lack of family and social supports.  Racial minorities wantingto farm sometimes face resistance from the dominant culture in some locations around the U.S., although progress is being made in some of the main agricultural areas, like the West Coast.  This presentation takes a look at the special issues of women and racial minorities in agriculture andprograms that are already addressing these concerns, as well as further recommended solutions to obstacles facing women in general and those of color in particular. Essentially, this presentation will describe major behavioral healthstressors experienced by women in agriculture and recommend ways women can manage their behavioral health.  Three proposed objectives of thispresentation are the following: Attendees will acquire knowledge about the unique behavioral health issues that are linked to agriculture and how these behavioral health diagnoses compare to those of the nonagricultural population. Participants in this presentation will learn about gender-linked behavioral health issues of people engaged in agriculture that have been identified as specific to women. The attendees will learn about recommended solutions to the particular behavioral health problems experienced by women and minorities in agriculture. Lunch: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session D: Re-focusing the Image of Women Farmers, One Story at a Time w/ Lise Metzger Do you ever feel isolated or unseen as you work hard on your farm? Have you ever thought no one cares about your intense investment in what you do? Hearing the stories of other women can help make you feel connected to other people, or to yourself or to something you’d like in your own life. It can help you know that the work you do matters, and that people are paying attention and care. The Grounded Women Project (http://groundedwomen.com/about-the-project/) tells the why and how story of independent farmers: what led each woman to choose a life in agriculture, for example, and what issues does she face as a woman? Come gather together to hear the creator of Grounded Women tell the stories of women farmers as well as the story behind the stories. Leave with a knowing that one story at a time, one farm at a time, women are changing the face of agriculture.   Session E:  Women in Cannabis by Kristin Jordan TBD Session F: TBD Day Two, October 24, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 6:30 am to 7:15 am Introduction: 8:30 am to 9:00 am - Women on the Move - Senator Heather Somers Plenary Session: 9:15 am to 10:45 am - Planting Sacred Seeds in a Modern World; Restoring Indigenous Seed Sovereignty w/ Rowen White All across Turtle Island (North America) we are seeing a great resurgence of indigenous tribes building healthy and resilient food systems as a cornerstone to cultural and ecological renewal programs, as well as a means to reclaim indigenous economies and true economic and political sovereignty. If a community is to be truly sovereign and free from colonizing forces, they must be able to feed and nourish themselves with culturally appropriate foods. Food and seed sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.  Despite the scorched earth tactics of countless colonial and imperial forces to try and starve Native American communities into submission and cultural amnesia, indigenous people and their seeds survived, and now a rich array of community food and seed sovereignty projects are sprouting, sowing seeds of hope in the hearts of many. Through her work with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, Rowen is helping indigenous communities cultivate culturally appropriate solutions to restoring seed stewardship of traditional foods. Using this seed work as a powerful means for reconciliation, she will share powerful and inspiring stories of the rematriation of our traditional seeds back into the reverent care of indigenous women.  In the age of the increasing industrialization of our food and the erosion of biodiversity within cultural contexts, the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network asks the question; Can we envision the Seed Commons, and coordinate collaborative efforts to care and protect for our seeds that is in right relationship to our indigenous cosmology? How can we use the process of reclaiming our traditional seeds and food as a powerful means of cultural restoration? Come learn about the beautiful seed legacy of the indigenous people of this land, and see how you can be a part of the reconciliation between yourself and the seeds of your own ancestry, and revitalize this ancient web of relationships that comes with being an indigenous Seed Keeper. Attendees will gain an understanding of: The dynamic intersection and importance between cultural restoration and the restoration of indigenous food and seed systems. The importance of indigenous women taking a fierce and loving role in the rematriation of our heritage seeds back into our communities from government and university research programs and from the collections of museums and public access seed banks.   A heartfelt and deeply touching array of stories from indigenous communities from North America who are cultivating new seed and food culture as a means to heal historical trauma and reconnect to our ancestral lands. Break: 10:45 am to 11:00 am Workshop Sessions:. 11:15 am to 12:30 pm Session G:  At the Root: An Examination of White Sepremacy and Systemic  Racism in US Food Systems w/ Ahna Kruzic Though many movement participants presume alternative agriculture movement spaces to be economically, socially, and environmentally just, narratives of whiteness and color-blind racism permeate the movement’s collective discourse. I argue that a critique of whiteness and white supremacy is necessary to build sustainable food and agriculture movements that dismantle injustice. In this session, we will identify common manifestations of whiteness in food and agriculture movement spaces, and learn tools to help identify our own narratives of color-blind racism and whiteness which reify white supremacy. This session is based on data analyzing communications from researchers, farmers, advocates, activists, and more across six communities in the United States.  Session H:  Farming While Black by Amani Olubala Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence have deprived the Black community of farmland, capital, and healthy food access.  Soul Fire Farm is part of a national network working toward food sovereignty and land justice. Learn how we can build upon Afro-Indigenous wisdom in reshaping the food system to be based on equity and abundance rather than exploitation and deprivation. Session I:  Enabling Caring Ecosystems  w/  Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti and Sara Jolena Wolcott What does it mean to be part of the whole – especially when the system as a whole seems set on ignoring or even harming your efforts? This workshop focuses on the role of remembering history in ways that empower us, engaging with our spiritualities, and telling the right story at the right time to effect needed change.  It is a participatory workshop that will include storytelling, mapping your existing ecosystem (human and non-human) and considering where are the places for manageable, collective engagement that can enable greater rest, wealth, and health for all.    Lunch: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, On your own! Workshop Sessions: 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm Session J: TBD Session K:  Feminism Is Not Enough! Reviving the Yoni Culture - A Celebration of the Feminine, An Awakening of the Goddess Within  w/  Ruby Olisemeka The feminist movement, mid 1800's onwards, has made significant ideological changes and tangible strides in the struggle for equality between men and women.  However the movement has centered historically around empowering, white women, and appears to seek assimilation into a fundamentally flawed societal model, rather than dismantling that model and all the oppressive systems that are woven within it. The feminist movement also appears to not acknowledge the suppressed history off the ancient feminine goddess cultures and reviving them as a critical part of womens liberation. In this interactive workshop we will critically analyze the concept of femininity, look at some feminine archetypes, and the cultures that created and celebrated them. We will discuss the ways we can work to awaken this culture, first within ourselves.  We will practice some rituals and methods (herbal medicine making, land practices, mantras) to strengthen and express the divine feminine within. Session L:   TBD   Day Three, October 25, 2018 Sunrise yoga (TBD): 7:15 am to 8:00 am Community Volunteering Opportunity:. Habitat for Humanity WomenBuild, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (*****By registration only. Volunteers MUST COMMIT TO THE WHOLE DAY!  Please check for more details on this opportunity by September 2018*****.). OR Community Farm Tour # 1: Common Ground High School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 2:. TBD Community Farm Tour # 3: Slate School, TBD Community Farm Tour # 4: TBD Our Valued Supporters and Sponsors: 2018 New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board Cabot Cheese of Vermont Food First Moutain Rose Herbs Food Tank Food Solutions New England Natural Nutmeg Magazine The Edible Schoolyard Project 2019 TBD Speaker Biographies: Jillian Hishaw, Esq, L.L.M./Attorney Jillian Hishaw, author of "Don't Bet the Farm on Medicaid" and Founder and CEO of Hishaw Law, LL.C in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) a national nonprofit that provides legal and technical services to small farmers of color will discuss her experience working in agriculture as a woman of color in various capacities prior to establishing her own businesses out of necessity.  Hishaw has previously worked for the Assistant Secretary Office of Civil Rights, US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC and on the Pigford  (Black American farmer discrimination class action) and Keepseagle (Native American farmer discrimination class action) claims settlement process prior to establishing F.A.R.M.S.  Since F.A.R.M.S. inception, over 220,000 lbs. of produce have been donated in high poverty rural communities of color and Black farms have been saved from foreclosure.   As a philanthropist, Hishaw has raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and published several law review and American Bar Association articles on agricultural and environmental topics i.e. the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Food Law & Policy and more!  Hishaw holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University, Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters (LL.M) in Agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville law school.  For more information about F.A.R.M.S. please visit www.30000acres.org or www.jillianhishaw.com  Dr. Mike R. Rosmann/Farmer, Psycologist Michael R. Rosmann is a psychologist and farmer whose life's work involves improving the behavioral healthcare of the agricultural population. He seeks to advance regional and global food production policy which enhances the behavioral and economic welfare of food producers, maintains stewardship of the land and other resources used in food production and protects the safety of food for consumers. In an era of increasing tension due to bioterrorist threats and shifts in the agribusiness climate, he is a voice for the agricultural population. The New York Times said this about him: a fourth generation farmer as well as a clinical psychologist, he speaks the language of men and women on the verge of losing their place on the land.  Michael R. Rosmann received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah. Following a five year stint as a faculty member in the psychology department of the University of Virginia, Rosmann and his family moved to their farm in rural western Iowa where he developed an organic crop and purebred livestock operation. He also provided mental health services to the farm population, first in private practice and then in community mental health centers. He developed the first mental health response in Iowa to the farm crisis of the 1980's. He initiated Prairie Rose Mental Health Center in Harlan, Iowa and was its director for eight years. Lise Metzger/Photographer Lise Metzger writes and photographs the project Grounded Women: Stories of Women Who Farm. She is an award-winning photographer who for the past 30 years has shot for advertising agencies, magazines and corporations, as well as creating branding imagery for individual clients. She has taught both digital and film photography at universities, high schools and in a men’s prison.  What started many years ago as severe stomach pains led to a deep dive to understand the connection between food and health, which led to a broader investigation of our food system as a whole and the social, political, economic, environmental, and health issues that result. She launched Grounded Women as a way to share the authentic and inspiring stories of women who choose a life in agriculture, and to contribute to changing the narrative around food and the women who grow it.  You can see her work at lisemetzger.com andgroundedwomen.com. Ahna Kruzic/Former Director of Publications and Communications, Food First Ahna Kruzic is a community organizer turned activist-researcher from rural Iowa. Ahna has worked as researcher, community organizer, coalition-builder, and more. As Director of Publications and Communications at Food First, otherwise known as the Institute for Food and Development Policy, Ahna coordinates and contributes to communications, analysis, and research-for-action which seeks to dismantle exploitative racism, capitalism, and oppression in the food system. Nakia Navarro/Former Program Director, New England Grassroots Environment Fund Nakia Navarro hails from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her two children, Kayla and Mateo. Her nonprofit experience spans well over fifteen years and includes organizing roles within food rescuing, disaster response, as well as college access and success for low resourced students. In addition to working as a Program Director at the Grassroots Fund, Nakia wrote and teaches an environmental justice curriculum at area Boston, MA high schools and serves on the board of the Dorchester Food COOP. In addition, she is the author of The Messiness of Life, an Anthology and the Everdeen Series.  Nakia received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a minor in Spanish from Winthrop University, a Certificate in Global Communications from the University of Salamanca, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and Planning at Tufts University Rowen White/Director, Sierra Seeds Rowen White is a Seed Keeper from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for seed sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City CA. She teaches creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities . She is the current Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is a part of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her Seed Seva Educational program is a wholistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture , from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of interconnected relations. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org. Ruby Olisemaka/Farmer, Food Justice Advicate Ruby Olisemeka is an independent educator/consultant focusing on socially transformative education; food justice and incorporating African and indigenous practices into farming and food & farming education. She began her farming career as an apprentice at Stone Barns (2011) and has since built numerous school and urban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem. Ruby has over 10 years’ experience educating children and young adults, she has worked as an educator at Edible Schoolyard NYC, Harlem Grown and various public and private schools and institutions. "We who do this liberation work want to bring about a revolution in our lifetime; we have deemed, with sadness, the current national and international power structure not fit to ensure and promote the full expression of life.  I am part of a collective, a movement of people wanting to bring about a more just world. I am a farmer and teacher, a spiritualist and budding herbalist, an afro centrist and naturalist. My path as a farmer began with an apprenticeship at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in 2011.I've kept my hands in the soil ever since, building urban, suburban and periurban gardens in lower Westchester and Harlem.  I teach (in classrooms, gardens, spaces where people can gather) children and adults how to do the work I do on land.  A farmer can rarely escape the intersections of poverty, politics, food access or justice when farming sustainably. I am an activist working to dismantle the food and health related injustices Africans and people of African descent endure."- RO Amani Olugbala Amani Olugbala is the farm and food justice educator at Soul Fire Farm, Grafton NY, dedicated to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Amani's is a gifttoryteller who weaves music, film, speech and poem into art that highlights social injustice, honors the ancestors and demands for change. This, in an effort to uplift the spirits of the marginalized and promote love and service as necessary acts of rebellion against isolation and disconnection. An artist, farmer, educator and community organizer Amani uses artistic expression, urban agriculture and social awareness to impact change and foster a sense of empathy and inter-being in urban-rural communities.  Sara Jolens Wolcott, M.Div. Sara Jolena Sequoia Wolcott, M.Div, is the Founding Director of Sequoia Samanvaya, LLC, an eco-theology education and consulting company connecting the disconnected. (www.sequoiasamanvaya.com).  Sequoia Samanvaya LLC specializes in spiritually designed, community-building online courses that connect colonization and health/ecological crises such as climate change and sugar. She is a minister, healer, writer/artist and entrepreneur.  Sequoia Samanvaya LLC arose from over a decade of Wolcott's search for the root causes of systemic injustices such as climate change.  Her quest has led her to such varied experiences as co-leading international programs at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in England; working on an organic farm; living as a singer/musician in India, and studying eco-theology at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York at Columbia University.  For over 17 years, she has practiced 1-1 healing work in what she currently calls Sacred Bodywork. A valued international speaker, she has spoken in over 7 countries and 9 U.S. states.  She regularly returns to her northern Californian birthplace on Ohlone territories. She currently lives in the Bronx, NY, in the historical homeland of the Lenape/Siwanoy peoples.  When not running a start-up, hosting dinners for her community or working on her book, she enjoys painting, horseback riding, and cloud watching. Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti/Director, Sustainable Livelihood Institute  Ramasubramanian Balasubramanian Oruganti has been involved with the creation of networks of consumers, activists, farmers and enthusiasts around Sustainable Farming and Local Economy since 1998. In South India, it is estimated that 60-70 percent of the farmers are women. Has trained rural marginalized community leaders to mobilize themselves, adopt sustainable agriculture practices and become a market force since 2005. As consultant for the Government’s women in sustainable agriculture program, he has designed, through participatory processes, district level sustainable agriculture projects with women farmers for 6 districts in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu which has impacted over 5000 farming families. Has designed the system for managing the various components of the eco- system for the implementation of these programmes as well. Since launching of the Sustainable Livelihood Institute, he has designed and coordinated the training of over 2000 rural women leaders in sustainable agriculture practices. He is currently working with initiatives in 3 states of India on implementing sustainable agriculture practices, including with Dalit women leaders and indigenous (tribal/Adivasi) communities.  His visit with the eco-theology company, Sequoia Samanvaya LLC, is his first entry into the United States. He hopes that what he has learned from these marginalized, collective communities in India may be of benefit to farmers and others in the USA.  He considers himself first and foremost a storyteller and a student of village communities in India. Performance Artist & Healers Biographies: Kelvin Young Kelvin Young is the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited, Holistic Stress Management Instructor, and Sound Alchemist.  As a recognized leader in the addiction recovery movement and throughout the holistic healing community, Kelvin’s powerful healing journey began while he was in prison, where he found inner peace, self-realization, and love through meditation, yoga, and the expressive arts.  Bringing his story of personal transformation into the community, Kelvin has shared his story with thousands of individuals in or seeking recovery.  In 2014 Kelvin became the Director of Toivo by Advocacy Unlimited - a center for holistic healing and stress management in Hartford, Connecticut. Kelvin continues to share his story of healing from within as a passionate public speaker, and he is known for his warm, loving, and down-to-earth way of connecting with people. Ed Cleveland Ed Cleveland is a Reiki and Sound Teacher, Neuroacoustical Practitioner combining indigenous sound instruments. Combining with Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuromusicology, and Psychophysiology.  Acoustic Designer of Soundscapes using the high, low, ascending, descending pitch, intervals, and inversion, thick, and thin in harmony with crescendo, or diminuendo’s to open the imagination and intellect.  Questions?  Please feel free to contact Michelle L. Bicking at [email protected] at any time.