ADJUDICATION PANEL

Dee Jay Doc H. Partner #BOTT4EDU 2020 Refresh Collective

Dee Jay Doc Harrill

Refresh Collective

Full Bio
Dee Jay Doc Harrill is a self-¬taught hip-¬hop artist and producer turned teacher. In his 25 years as an MC (rapper), turntablist, producer, recording engineer and performer he has performed hundreds of shows and helped over 6000 students write, record and perform their own songs. He created the Fresh Camp neighborhood summer hip-¬hop program in 2011 in Glenville. Now, it has grown to Buckeye, East Cleveland and the Near West Side of Cleveland. His song, Trust Belt City, was turned into a concerto and performed by himself along with the Cleveland Contemporary Youth Orchestra. Voted one of Cleveland’s 30 Most Interesting People in 2017 by Cleveland Magazine he continues to use hip-¬hop to increase health and neighborhood vitality. As founder and director of Refresh Collective, a non¬-profit, creative arts and youth development organization started in 2015, his passion is mentoring the next generation and providing meaningful jobs for his students. Refresh Collective has opened two “Fresh Lab” neighborhood hip-hop makerspaces: one in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland and one in the Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati . Their mission is to refresh the heart of the city one song at a time.

ADVISORY BOARD

Gabriela Mendicino Advisory Board Chair #BOTTT4EDU 2020

Gabriela Mendicino

Chair

Full Bio
Gabriela Mendicino currently serves as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Mortgage Collaborative, and head of the Advisory Board for Battle of the Teal 4EDU. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Theatre in 2017 from Baldwin Wallace University. She is deeply committed to creating a healthy community in which members are able to discover and utilize their creative capacities, which shows through the creation and implementation of the Career Communities program at Baldwin Wallace while serving as the Career Community Engagement Coordinator in their Career Services office. Previously, she’s worked as the Artistic Director at Geauga Lyric Theater Guild for “A Walk In the Woods” and on the Education Team of Playhouse Square and BW’s Production of “Lizzie”. In her spare time, she balances working as an actress, freelance artist, and small business consultant with reading, doodling, and spending time with her fabulous husband and their darling dog, Spaghetti.

COMMITTEE

Heather McCormick NMME Committee #BOTT4EDU 2020

Heather McCormick

Full Bio
Heather McCormick was born and raised in the Cleveland area. She is the owner of No More Monkeys Enrichment in Lakewood, Ohio. She has always worked with children and has followed her dream of “Instilling Kindness In Our Tiny Humans”. She has many names including (but not limited to) Miss Heather, Header, Feather, Heazur and Miss H. She believes our children are everything and Manners, Kindness and Diversity are of utmost importance for our youth. Miss Heather is an expert tea party thrower and she always has bubbles in her purse.
Jacinda Walker Committee #BOTTT4EDU 2020

Jacinda Walker

Full Bio
Jacinda is renowned for her work in design, diversity, research, and strategy. She is the founder of designExplorr, a social enterprise that addresses the diversity gap within the design profession. Walker obtained an AAB and BFA in graphic design from the University of Akron, and an MFA in Design Research & Development from The Ohio State University. Her research on the Design Diversity Index project and Design Journeys: Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Design Disciplines have been hailed as breakthrough work. Jacinda's solutions-based thesis explores diversity in design disciplines and investigates effective strategies to expose Black and Latino youth to design careers. Her future goals are to help scale diversity in design education initiatives in corporations, school systems, organizations, and museums for underrepresented youth.
Jessica Howard Committee #BOTT4EDU 2020

Jessica Howard

Full Bio
Jessica Howard is an artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Through a combination of digital and traditional media, her work illustrates a deep spiritual connection to the natural world. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art (Painting, ’14), and has worked there for three years as the coordinator for the Continuing Education department. Her work can be viewed online at jessicaleihowardart.com.

PRODUCTION TEAM

DeAndre Nixon Executive Producer #BOTT4EDU 2020

DeAndre Nixon

Executive Producer

Full Bio
As the Founder and President of the non-profit organization, iN Education Inc., DeAndre’ L. Nixon has over two decades worth of experience founding several other ventures as an entrepreneur. In addition to iN Education Inc., he started a special events production company located in Seattle, Washington, as well as launching the consulting firm, Proficient Pro. DeAndre’ continues to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of each company. He graduated with a BA in Management from the University of Washington and achieved an Entrepreneur MBA at Baldwin-Wallace College. During his time in Seattle, DeAndre’ created and designed art-related products for the bi-annual event, Seattle Fashion Week. As a curator for seven consecutive years, he worked with photographers, videographers, fashion designers, make-up artists, and hair stylists. He was also responsible for designing the sets and selecting both cast and crew members. DeAndre’s perseverance and esteemed leadership in collaborative community efforts modeled teamwork and overall success. After returning to Akron, Ohio, DeAndre shifted his focus to philanthropy activities that centered around education. His goal was to offer programs and services that would benefit the community he grew-up in through various ways. Thus, the inception of iN Education started with Scholooza and teaching secondary level youth the art of special events production. Since then, youth participants have continued to be directly involved in instituting various events throughout the years for their community. All while obtaining the hard-and-soft skills needed for success in all industries. Expanding on these efforts, DeAndre’ increased iN Education’s portfolio of programs to include an educational e-publication, Zealousness; designed additional industry modules for the Scholooza career exploration program; and started the competitive art program, Battle of the Teal 4EDU. With his strong community involvement, DeAndre’ is successful in maintaining and continuously growing relationships with other community organizations, families, grant foundations, and corporate organizations throughout NEO. He prosperously established the partnership with the Polaris Career Center which now offers two of iN Education’s career modules, Business Administration and Event Planning. DeAndre’ was born and raised in Akron, Ohio where he graduated from Garfield High School. He then went on to join the US Navy immediately after graduation, courageously fought in the Persian Gulf War, and was honorably discharged.
David Campbell Fundraising Coordinator #BOTT4EDU 2020

David Campbell

Fundraising Coordinator

Full Bio
David started a nonprofit group in college that raised money for local charities. The group was awarded an American Red Cross Hero Award and was the first student group from a community college to join the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He enjoys planning events to get the community involved in the arts and has organized several art festivals in the past that have brought professional and novice artists together on stage. His most notable accomplishment in this regard was bringing the local jazz band Trepanning Trio on stage alongside a college dance group. This event had an audience of over 100 people consisting primarily of young families and college students. The audience was taught a few basic dances and everyone had the opportunity to perform on stage alongside seasoned dancers accompanied with live music. David has interned with the Lakeland Foundation, the Deepwood Foundation, RTA, and the Cleveland Foundation. He went on to graduate top of his class at Cleveland State University with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership. David has experience leading teams of staff and volunteers in events where less experienced volunteers learn about the many facets of planning an event along with developing a greater appreciation for the arts while more experienced volunteers gain valuable mentoring and leadership experience. He started and currently runs his own business that supports contractors with print takeoffs and material bids. His customers include estimators from local construction companies and sales representatives from around the country. He has been Vice President of the Board of iN Education since October 2017. During this time he created a new career technical education module to add to the family of Scholooza offerings,Vinyl Sidings & Windows Installer program, developed new marketing strategies, put forth plans to expand the Battle of the Teal, formed additional partnerships, contributed to the research and writing of grant requests, and had a hand in the creation or editing of all promotional material. David believes that the Battle of the Teal is the ultimate stage where passion for the arts and education come together.
Juan R. Davis Producer #BOTT4EDU 2020

Juan R. Davis

Producer

Full Bio
Juan is an Ordained Minister, a Global Marketing Professional, the Founder and President of Alternative Repertory Theatre Corp., Founder and Director of the After The Cross Drama Troup, a Singer, Actor, Playwright, and Director. Known as the “Strategist” Rev. Davis’s ministry “Meets people where they are with strategies to help get them where they want to be; Spiritually, Physically, and Economically”
Patricia Demetriou Producer #BOTT4EDU 2020

Patricia Demetriou

Producer

Full Bio
For more than 20 years, Patricia Demetriou has fused her love for travel and education into impactful programs that have benefited more than 1,000 youth from the United States and abroad. As the Founder and President of LifeSmart Education, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Patricia believes in empowering the middle and high school students of underserved communities with diverse educational and travel experiences. She believes that these experiences will help youth see the world differently and reshape how they view themselves and their role as a global citizen. The former actress worked professionally in Los Angeles and Tampa, Florida and has appeared in numerous print ads, local and national TV commercials, film, and theatrical stage productions. During her time in Los Angeles, Patricia developed a youth stage play entitled, “Moving for the Homeless,” which catalyzed programs that she would later create for the youth. Patricia later found opportunities to teach more than 325 youth combined in Germany and China. In each country, Patricia learned to live outside of her comfort zone as she mastered new cultures, languages. Patricia developed an interactive English language learning program called “City Kids” that she used throughout her teaching career. While she found passion in the classroom, Patricia held onto her love for theatre and film, by producing her first documentary film about education while living in China. Today, Patricia is recognized for her philanthropic efforts for the youth by Who’s Who in Black Columbus (2014) and others in her community. She has received awards by agencies like the Ohio Department of Education and other supporters who have supported her LifeSmart programs with more than $100,000. Patricia is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A) and Fort Hays State University (MA) and is a proud wife and mother of two children in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she hosts the ExPaty podcast that highlights the experiences and challenges of brave guests living abroad. She is actively working on expanding LifeSmart global skills programs into new school districts and generating new funding to serve more promising youth in Central Ohio and beyond.
Sona Nixon Producer #BOTT4EDU 2020

Sona Nixon

Producer

Full Bio
As the Executive Administrator for iN Education, Inc., Sona Nixon’s extraordinary management skills include project management, team management, organizing research, and directing further business administration related tasks. Since 2013, she has been invaluable in recruiting and managing a team of over 200 remote professionals of diverse fields including: graphic design, editorial, social media, and marketing. Sona personally manages and oversees the publication process of iN Education’s e-magazine, Zealousness, since 2014. She also has considerable experience operating project management applications such as Podio, Microsoft Teams, Salesforce, and G Suite by Google. In addition to being an administrator, Sona is also a Creative Designer. As a designer, she contributes her artistic talents on a daily basis. This includes working on art projects related to webpage updates, marketing materials, online presence, and the digital art used for social media platforms, YouTube videos, and Zealousness magazine designs. Sona’s eye for visual design is also heavily relied upon for the finalized Zealousness Master Layout and planning events such as the Battle of the Teal 4EDU. Sona is proficient in a number of Adobe applications such as: Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Photoshop, After Effects and Acrobat. She is also exceedingly efficient with free web-based applications including, but not limited to, WordPress, Canva, and Adobe Spark. Along with DeAndre, Sona has contributed to researching and formatting the Event Planning and Business Administration curriculum for iN Education’s career program, Scholooza. After its inception in 2006, Scholooza continues to grow as programming has been significantly featured and taught at the Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights since 2018. Sona embraces any and all challenges. She enjoys learning about various subjects to increase and maintain her skills. She is fluent in 5 different languages and is passionate about amateur photography.
Tony Raimondo Voice Over #BOTT4EDU 2020

Tony Raimondo

Voice Over

Full Bio
Tony has generously volunteered his time to help multiple non-profit and commercial organizations over the years. What are clients saying about Tony? “Tony has a wonderfully deep and believable voice. His voice may be used with any type of projects that require a warm and caring, authentic, trustworthy voice with a confident delivery.” One client commented that “Tony’s voice can be powerful and commanding or sound like the guy next door, Natural, Caring, Believable.” His versatility and skillful insight allows for a truly professional product. “He will work hard to provide you just the right sound” says another client. To learn more about Tony Raimondo and his company visit http://trcvoiceovers.com

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