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.
Jessica Howard Committee #BOTT4EDU 2020

Jessica Howard

Cleveland Institute of Art

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.
Dresden Buras Adjudication Board BOTT 2020

Dresden Buras

Full Bio
Dresden Buras is a nationally recognized stylist/make-up artist and wardrobe stylist. She is represented by The Talent Group, one of the largest talent agencies in the Midwest. Dresden is also a personal Beauty Stylist at Nordstrom Beachwood. Sharing her latest tips & tricks in beauty & skincare. Dresden was National Makeup Artist with Dior. Dior named Dresden on its top-10 makeup artists in the United States. As a beauty stylist she is an ambassador to all brands! Dresden’s expertise is highly regarded both locally and nationally. Dresden's print work has been published in several national magazines. Dresden also works on broadcast, editorial, commercials, video production and as a stylist she is involved in corporate CNBC & Fox business live news reports via satellite. She has also been a contributor to the Plain Dealer write ups on skincare and beauty and fashion print. Dresden has been a contributor to Shape Magazine articles “New Year’s Eve Beauty Glitter” and "6 Must- Have Beauty Brushes" by Jene Luciani. Dresden was named the "Anti-Aging" artist by "Elle Magazine" 2013 Some of her credentials include; "O" Oprah magazine, First magazine, WSJ, Forbes magazine, Ocean Drive magazine, American Banker magazine, Ebony magazine, Diversity magazine, Who’s Who in Black Cleveland and some television includes...TLC Reality TV, ABC "The Chew", w Michael Symon, RNC Cleveland, Bloomberg Politics, "With All Due Respect Show, The Charlie Rose Show, Mad Money w Jim Cramer, National Geographic Television, CNN via satellite, MNBC & Fox Sports Ohio. You can find more credentials & celebrity clients on her website. www.dresdenstylist.com http://talentgroup.com/talent/
Colin Lively Adjudication & Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Colin Lively

Full Bio
Colin grew up in West Virginia where it was presumed he would be part of the various Lively Family businesses. But Colin had a different idea and chose a path in art, fashion, and beauty. At age 18 he began his long distinguished career as a student at the Cleveland Institute of Art with a concentration in fashion and painting. He opened Today’s Headlines Salons; effectively positioning himand his salonat the vanguard of the major cultural and political transformation that overtook the country in the 1970s. Colin pushed the boundaries and changed the culture of hair and style across Cleveland, Palm Beach and Seattle. What’s more, after opening several larger salons under the Todays Headlines Salons umbrella, Colin was lured to New York City to serve as Artistic Director for the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salons. He served in this capacity for ten years, where after he became a freelance hairstylist. For fifteen years, Colin has styled the anointed heads of New York City; and now, after over twenty years of absence, he is serving both New York City and Cleveland a very long anticipated return! Colin is noted as the celebrity stylist he has done hair for Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, British royals Princess Margaret, Princess Michael of Kent, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of Kent, Bernadette Peters, Bea Arthur, Eve Ensler most of the Kennedy’s News & Fashion shows all over the US... just to name a few!!
Johnny Walker (X) Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Johnny Walker (X)

J'LON RECORDS

Full Bio
Former dancer for PRINCE!!! I am a singer/songwriter with a zeal for life and a passion for the arts. I am always looking to network with the right people and connect my business accordingly. I have been writing for several years and I now amassed a pretty healthy sized portfolio of SONGS, SHOES and CLOTHING DESIGNS. - Nominated for BEST R&B ARTIST of Hampton Roads - VEER Magazine - 2012-13 - Dancer Choreographer - Calvert & Brodie - Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Modern/Lyrical/Hip-Hop - Front man/lead singer for Columbia Records R&B group - "Radiant" - Assistant program director under Charlie Brown - 101.3 KDWB - Minneapolis, MN- 1992-93 - Intern under Michael Knight on air personality - 101.3 KDWB - Minneapolis, MN - 1992-94 - Entertainment Director for Mississippi Live Night Club - 1992-94 - Written jingles for radio commercials - "Dad's Root Beer" - Former Back-up Dancer for Prince - Glam Slam/Erotic City - 1994-1996 - Written lyrics for Mel B. of the Spice Girls - Solo album "Hot" - Virgin Records - 2000 - Worked with Jack Knight and Dakota House - Bad Boy Records - Performed backup vocals on Monifa's single - "Touch It" - 1999 - Written over 500 original songs - BMI - Worked with Award winning Engineer Brad Yost - Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis - Flyte Tyme Studios/Outrage Productions - 1994-Present - Studied under vocal coach to the stars like Anita Baker - "Brad Chapman Voice" - Designed 100's of women's shoes - "Jonathan Wayne Shoes" - Created new sports apparel & footwear - "The God'sfield Company" - Created TV music reality series called - "Finally Famous" - Created TV reality show called - "iWONDER"
Evie Zimmer Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Evie Zimmer

Full Bio
Evie Zimmer is an American artist creating and teaching in Cleveland, Ohio. Her early work consists mainly of traditional portraits, although she has always been drawn to the intricate design and energetic beauty of op-art. Eventually, Evie began to explore her op-art fascination and her work blossomed into her current mesmerizing style. Evie's work has been described as a "strange loop" of process and product. Her oil paintings radiate an inherent energy field not unlike traditional mandalas with acidic colors transforming into soothing pastels, and geometric patterns melting into exotically organic shapes. Recently, Evie's paintings have become more floral and symmetric yet maintain her unique and recognizable abstract style. http://eviezzz.wixsite.com/eviezimmer
Deanna Dionne Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Deanna Dionne

Cleveland Street Glass

Full Bio
Cleveland-based artist, Deanna Dionne, has been working with found objects since 2015. She mines materials from the environment in which she lives. This process has led her to working extensively with tempered auto glass, left on the streets after car break-ins. Her primary practice is using this glass to create jewelry, working under the brand Cleveland Street Glass. This led to Deanna being named Most Interesting Person and Best of Cle by Cleveland Magazine, and Best New Artist at Lakewood Arts Festival. Visit ClevelandStreetGlass.com
Charlotte Lees Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Charlotte Lees

Full Bio
Charlotte Lees transforms and translates the elements of nature to express a personal vision of her environment. Beauty matters and her goal is to create lasting images that connect man to his surroundings. She was born and raised in Cleveland. Ms. Lees received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1995 for her outstanding body of sculpture. Living on wooded property, trees became the perfect material for her wall and free standing images. Many of the cherry trees were logged, planked and carefully aged before carving. Most of her wood sculptures are intricately painted. This is a result of her early training as a graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Being well travelled she has incorporated images from diverse cultures into her work. On a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico she became fascinated with embossed metal and has incorporated this technique into her artist vocabulary. Art is her passion and Ms. Lees has successfully completed both public and private commissions in stainless steel, aluminum, bronze and wood. She has said that she enjoys the freedom of developing concepts without material constraints. As well as commissions Ms. Lees has had numerous museum and gallery exhibitions. She is constantly trying to expand her artistic vocabulary by exploring the work through “fresh eyes” and looks forward to the challenge of creating new sculptural ideas. You can view an example of her public art sculpture SIDE by SIDE at the pocket park on Third Ave. in the Harrison West Community of Columbus. Charlotte Lees is an archived artist at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Shona Chamblis Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Ms. Tashona

Full Bio
Hello, it is an honor to introduce this creative and beautiful woman; to all who will come across her introduction her name is Tashona. She blossomed on the Eastside of Cleveland Ohio, Music and Performing arts was her passion when she was a young child and, to this day still are hobbies of hers. She sang in the Gracemount Elementary school choir in the third grade; by grade five she wrote a poem that was published inside the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans book, 1999 Edition titled “The Night Breeze”. She began freestyling rap lyrics at age 7 and writing lyrics by age 13. Years later 2009-10 She performed a couple of times with a local Cleveland rap group, recorded some songs in the studio and, performed in Tri-C’s 2010 talent show; She won second place. In addition to her zeal for music and performing arts her parents always highlighted the importance of education thus, she graduated from Life Skills Northeast high school in 2007. In 2018 she attained an Associate of Arts/ General studies degree from Lakeland Community College, after graduating she still couldn’t quite figure out what kind of career she was passionate about like she is her hobbies and talents. Furthermore, beyond having a deep appreciation for the Arts and music since childhood she also had a fascination with toilets. She used to repeatedly flush the toilet, turn the water valve off on it, splash around in the toilet bowl water; watch the water swirl, wondering where it went as it goes down the hole and, she used to take the toilet lid off the top to tamper with the flush master. Then after being fascinated with toilets she became scared of them after she had a strange, ghastly experience with one made of grey concrete or stone in an old church cellar that was more than likely haunted. One would think she’d be a plumber by now but, that isn’t the case however; today she works for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District as a good neighbor ambassador. She met the founders of iN Education at the NEORSD 50th anniversary clean water fest. Lastly, she says she is privileged and honored to have crossed paths with iN Education; she most definitely believe in Mr. Nixon’s organization to nurture and empower the youth through education and the arts. In disorganized neighborhoods people and children are killing and getting killed so Ms. Tashona is all for working with and learning from proactive people who’s making positive contributions towards trying to alleviate this murdering epidemic!
Jordan Wong Wongface Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Jordan Wong

Wongface

Full Bio
Jordan Wong (WONGFACE) loves to delight, inspire, and share his quirky sense of humor through illustration and graphic design. He draws inspiration from his experiences as an Asian American as well as from his nostalgic adoration for narratives found in comic books and video games. Since relocating to Cleveland in 2015, Jordan has started his own business, showcased artwork throughout the city, became AIGA Cleveland’s Community Outreach Director, worked on the CAC SfAPT (Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Support for Artists Planning Team), and assumed the role of design partner at the art organization SPACES.
Toni Clark BOTT 2020

Toni Clark

Full Bio
Toni Clark is highly recommend in the fashion & beauty industry. Clark has been involved in the beauty industry for over 15 years adding to her expertise. Clark is also a Lifestyle model and actress for The Talent Group Pittsburgh and Ohio, the largest agency in the Midwest. As a model/ actress Clark is involved with commercial productions, print, television and video. Clark as a makeup artist has worked for many luxury brands including Estée Lauder and Dior. She currently holds a management position with Estée Lauder. Clark also has been on the artistry team for FashionWeek Cle, and outsource fundraising w LLS and Woman & Wine Fashion shows as a makeup artist w talent from Fox 8 and channel 3, just to name a few. Clarks savvy style, pleasant personality and brand knowledge in the beauty industry has been noted, and as one of the top makeup artists in Cleveland. Clark is also noted for her know-how and mastery talent as a Hip hop dancer and Rhythm & Blues singer, where she has performed in nightclubs, venues and church.
Dr. Mark Doerries Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Dr. Mark Doerries

University of Notre Dame

Full Bio
Dr. Mark Doerries is the Acting Director of Sacred Music at Notre Dame, Head of the Graduate Conducting Studio, and an Associate Professor in the Practice of Conducting for Sacred Music at Notre Dame. Doerries serves as the Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Children's Choir, Children’s Organ Training Program, and the Sacred Music Academy, the community engagement arm of Sacred Music at Notre Dame. Doerries’ recent conducting engagements include appearances with the Girls’ Choir Festival of the Diocese of Leeds, UK, the diocese of Cleveland Children’s Choir Festival, and performances with the Jessica Lang Dance Company, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, the Organ Historical Society, Indiana Music Educators’ Association annual conference, National Pastoral Musicians’ Association Conference, Circle the State with Song, the College of New Jersey Chamber Singers, and Ampleforth College Choir, and at venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX. Doerries has led students and ensembles on tours through major cathedrals in the United States as well as in Leeds, Liverpool, London, and York, UK. With the Notre Dame Children's Choir Doerries recorded four albums: O Emmanuel, released in the fall of 2016, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Chart of Traditional Classical Music; O Day of Peace, released in the spring of 2017, a collection of hymn arrangements; Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas at Notre Dame (conductor and producer) is a collaboration with 10-time GRAMMY winner and jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval; and Magnificat: Evening Prayer with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, a collection of commissioned Vespers and Evensong liturgies. Doerries has commissioned and premiered over 30 works by composers such as Caroline Shaw, Phillip Moore, Mark Miller, J.J. Wright, Stephen Mager, John Duggan, Ruth Boshkoff, Eveylne Currenton-Simpson, and Daniel Justin. He is the founding editor of the Notre Dame Children's Choir Choral Series, published by MorningStar Music Publishers/ ECS Publishing Group, and appears on the Universal Music Group, Arsis Records, and Dynamic Catholic recording labels. Doerries is also the co-recipient of a $1.6 million Lilly Endowment Grant for sacred music that supports the Sacred Music Academy, Notre Dame Children’s Choir, children’s Organ Training Program, and graduate studies in Sacred Music at Notre Dame. He was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce of the City of South Bend for his work at the University and in the community with the Notre Dame Children’s Choir and inducted into the 2019 class of 40 Under 40 leaders in the region. Past presentations include engagements with the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Dallas, the Modern Language Association, Festival 500 Choral Symposium, and a TEDx Talk in 2015 titled, What If Children Were More Than Cute?. Doerries’ research on chemosynthetic deep-sea ecosystems is published in the journals Deep-Sea Research and Marine Ecology. Doerries founded the Luminescence Project in 2004 for the composition and performance of multi-sensory music. The Luminescence Project has performed in the Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival and the Bloomington Arts Festival with additional installations mounted in New York City, Vancouver, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Original productions include staged performances of PASSIONATE CONVICTIONS, an electrified rock oratorio based on JS Bach's St. John Passion, and Dreaming in Darkness, a vocal music and light-art production.
Mikey Silas Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020

Mikey Silas

Full Bio
Michael Silas is a multi-medium performing artist, originally from Cleveland. He is an alum of Columbia College Chicago (BA, Theatre), where he studied acting, dance and music. A long-time resident of Chicago, he worked and lived for over 14 years on-and-off stages of all sizes, ranging from grand musicals to innovative new multi-media world premieres. Always a student of life and how that can make us better artists and human beings, he aims to uplift others and shape lives for the better through his artistic endeavors. Currently, he helps book bands for shows and is a singer/songwriter in the fierce Cleveland music scene and community. He performs regularly with his rock/soul band Apostle Jones; and in 2019 he released his first solo EP "Left Hanging" ... "Always remember what you bring to the world." www.mikeysilas.com
Danielle Rueger Adjudication Panel BOTT 2020 #BOTT4EDU

Danielle Rueger

Full Bio
Danielle is a Cleveland-based illustrator and author who works primarily in digital illustration but enjoys experimenting with different media. She can often be found working on a pet portrait, playing with creative tools like laser cutters at Sears think[box], or playing tennis. Danielle is also the Career Services Specialist at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she has worked for four and a half years. Links to Danielle's work can be found at https://about.me/daniellerueger.
Peter L. Jones BOTT 2020 Adjudication Panel

Peter L. Jones

Actor / Artist / Attorney

Full Bio
Peter Lawson Jones is an attorney, business consultant, professional actor and master of ceremonies, dramatist and former elected official. From February 2002, through December 2010, Jones, a graduate of Harvard College (magna cum laude in Government) and Harvard Law School, was a member of the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners, and its president for three of those years. He previously served two and one-half terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was the ranking member of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and second vice president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. Jones was formerly the Vice Mayor and a Councilman in the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Jones is the executive producer of Fatherhood 101 a documentary on the critical importance of responsible fatherhood. He is a consultant in the areas of government relations, community engagement, event planning, fundraising, market development and fatherhood programming. Jones, a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, has appeared in well over twenty films (White Boy Rick, Alex Cross, The Assassin’s Code, Starve), on network television (ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7), on stages throughout Northeast Ohio. He received the 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival Best Ohio Supporting Actor Award for his work in How to Change the World. Jones’s drama, The Family Line, has been successfully produced at Karamu House, Harvard University and Ohio University. His most recent drama, The Bloodless Jungle, has enjoyed two full productions at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Land of Cleve, an arts and culture blog, ranked the second production as one of the best in Northeast Ohio in 2017. The play has enjoyed staged readings at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Convention Center, the National Black Theatre Festival and in Harlem. Jones and his spouse Lisa are the proud parents of three children: Ryan Charles, Leah Danielle and Evan Cooke.

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.
Vincent Mendicino Advisory Board #BOTTT4EDU 2020 02

Vinnie Mendicino

Advisor

Full Bio
Vinnie Mendicino is thrilled to be an Advisory Board member. During the day, Vinnie works as a loader operator for Copart Inc, but on nights and weekends he has served as a seasoned actor for Imaginos Productions and as the Captain of the Harlots Virtue Pirate Crew. His hobbies include loving the many animals that reside in his household, taking care of his plants, and enjoying time with his wife.
Colin Lively Adjudication & Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Colin Lively

Advisor

Full Bio
Full bio coming soon
Johnny Walker (X) Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Johnny Walker (X)

Advisor

Full Bio
Former dancer for PRINCE!!! I am a singer/songwriter with a zeal for life and a passion for the arts. I am always looking to network with the right people and connect my business accordingly. I have been writing for several years and I now amassed a pretty healthy sized portfolio of SONGS, SHOES and CLOTHING DESIGNS. - Nominated for BEST R&B ARTIST of Hampton Roads - VEER Magazine - 2012-13 - Dancer Choreographer - Calvert & Brodie - Ballet/Tap/Jazz/Modern/Lyrical/Hip-Hop - Front man/lead singer for Columbia Records R&B group - "Radiant" - Assistant program director under Charlie Brown - 101.3 KDWB - Minneapolis, MN- 1992-93 - Intern under Michael Knight on air personality - 101.3 KDWB - Minneapolis, MN - 1992-94 - Entertainment Director for Mississippi Live Night Club - 1992-94 - Written jingles for radio commercials - "Dad's Root Beer" - Former Back-up Dancer for Prince - Glam Slam/Erotic City - 1994-1996 - Written lyrics for Mel B. of the Spice Girls - Solo album "Hot" - Virgin Records - 2000 - Worked with Jack Knight and Dakota House - Bad Boy Records - Performed backup vocals on Monifa's single - "Touch It" - 1999 - Written over 500 original songs - BMI - Worked with Award winning Engineer Brad Yost - Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis - Flyte Tyme Studios/Outrage Productions - 1994-Present - Studied under vocal coach to the stars like Anita Baker - "Brad Chapman Voice" - Designed 100's of women's shoes - "Jonathan Wayne Shoes" - Created new sports apparel & footwear - "The God'sfield Company" - Created TV music reality series called - "Finally Famous" - Created TV reality show called - "iWONDER"
Arabella Proffer Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Arabella Proffer

Advisor

Full Bio
Arabella Proffer is a painter and author based in Lakewood, Ohio. Her themes revolve around the history of medicine, portraiture, and biomorphic organisms. She delves into the practice of oil painting tying together its relationships to anatomy, biology and emerging sciences. Arabella has been an arts educator since 1999 at institutions such as The Oakwood School in N. Hollywood, BAYArts in Westlake, and The Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work is in over 60 private collections worldwide, and she participates in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA before receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied painting and experimental animation. Her book The National Portrait Gallery of Kessa: The Art of Arabella Proffer was published in 2011 by Cooperative Press and her essays have appeared in Hektoen International Journal of Medicine, Creative Minds in Medicine, and The Portland Review. She was awarded a BeNOLA fellowship in 2012, an Ohio Arts Council grant in 2016, and an Akron Soul Train Fellowship in 2019. When not painting, she oversees the record label she co-founded in 2002, Elephant Stone Records, and is the operations manager at a data science consultancy.
Augusto Bordelois Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Augusto C. Bordelois

Advisor

Full Bio
Augusto C. Bordelois (Havana, Cuba, 1969) graduated from the University of Havana with a major in English Language and Literature. He has also studied sculpture, ceramics, costume design for theatre and cinema, classical drawing and painting. His visual artwork has been awarded much recognition in Cuba as well as competitions in the United States. He has participated in more than 130 national and international group shows and 34 solo exhibitions. Some of his works are in private collections in Cuba, the United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Ecuador, Japan, Greece, Germany, Chile, Switzerland, England and Norway. His work is also part of the permanent collection of Cleveland Marshall College of Law / Cleveland State University and The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR). Augusto’s literary works have been published in magazines such as Kastello, and Hojas Literarias (Spain). He has also written and illustrated short stories for children and teacher activities’ guides. He was the founder and main teacher of “Taller de Niños” (Children’s Studio) at 23 & 12 Art Center in Havana, and also the co-founder of the multimedia marketing company “2 Pasos.” He co-founded and co-directed “Proyecto Horizontal”, a partnership of 65 Cuban artists, in which capacity he was invited to curate and present a group show at Cleveland State University 1999. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the founder and editor of The Art Fix – an electronic weekly newsletter that showcased and promoted local, national and international artists. Augusto has participated as a costume and float designer at different carnivals in Cuba and also at Parade the Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. He has assisted in landscape designs of public spaces, coordinated community art programs and created many public art pieces across Ohio. Augusto is a teaching artist at the Center for Arts-inspired Learning (previously known as Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio), The Art House and the Ohio Arts Council. He has served as a board member at Near West Theater, and the Center for Arts-inspired Learning. He is a member of CSU’s Cleveland Arts Education Consortium Diversity Committee. He has been featured as a guest lecturer at Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University. Currently, he owns and directs Augusto Fine Art Studio and Art Center in Berea, Ohio.
Shelly Svonavec Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Shelly Svonavec

Advisor

Full Bio
Local Cleveland artist, Shelly Svonavec, creates fine art paintings and mixed media pieces loosely reminiscent of various nature elements. Ideas mostly inspired by sky, sun, & water, Shelly works in an intuitive and experimental manner with the intention of connecting to and resonating with the viewer. Her goals don’t only lie in creating art but in working as an educator- reaching the youth through multi-disciplinary workshops meant to develop & inspire throughout the creative process. She hopes to connect to her students by leaving a lasting impression in the development of each child. Currently, Shelly is a Master Teaching Artist for the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, an incredible non-profit for the arts- bringing arts enrichment to areas of need in Cleveland. Shelly has her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University and has taught visual arts professionally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Since moving back to Cleveland in August of 2017, Shelly has grown in the creative community with a Solo Exhibition at the Beck Center, murals throughout Ohio City, various group shows and displays, live painting performances for the Gordon Square Arts District, and commissions for private collections. She has recently opened her new studio at the Hildebrandt Building located in the Clark/Fulton neighborhood. To read more about the studio visit http://www.svonastudio.com/studio-space.
Ramahn J. Wilder Advisory Board BOTT 2020

Ramahn J. Wilder

Advisor

Full Bio
After a career in the musical arts entertainment industry, I’ve focused my creativity towards photography, podcasting, and design. I thrive when inspiring young artists to pursue their craft while giving back to the community, and am Founder and CEO of We Care Tees, an apparel with a purpose company that uses locally crafted designs from Akron, Ohio to benefit organizations focused on supporting and assisting individuals with special needs, including United Disability Services, Inc.

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.
Dr. Yerin Kim BOTT 2020 Committee

Dr. Yerin Kim

Full Bio
Praised by the Calgary Herald as "lively, ebullient, and spikily accentuated performance...", pianist Yerin Kim is an avid chamber musician and recitalist. She has given concerts in various festivals and recitals in major venues internationally, including The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York, Place Flagey in Brussels and the Rolston Hall at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Her performances have been broadcast by the Klara Continuo radio station in Belgium, the NPR program Performance Today, WUFT Classic in Florida, and the PBC broadcasting station in Seoul, Korea. Her solo debut album "First and Last Words", works by Robert Schumann and Alfred Schnittke, was released by the Sheva Collection Label in Spring in 2019. Phoenix Classical, one of the foremost promoters of Classical recordings across the world, remarked on the album as “powerful and engaging, very poetic and expressive with some truly original interpretive insights, all performed with a great technique” Partnering with her husband and violinist, Brendan Shea as the Shea-Kim Duo, they have competed internationally and performs in festivals and concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2016, their first duo album of sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert, and Janacek was released by Ark Studio in Seoul, South Korea. As a regular lecturer and guest artist, Kim performs and gives talks on promoting awareness of the power of music in the community that it serves. Committed to bringing inspiring concert programs and classical music experience at its highest level to diverse audiences nationally and internationally, Yerin Kim recently joined the Artist roster of Music in Familiar Spaces with the the aim of reaching out to new audiences through innovative and accessible concerts. Kim is also the Artistic Director of Summer Chamber Orchestra Intensive at Indiana University South Bend, coaching chamber music to pre-college students in South Bend, Indiana. Kim is equally passionate in teaching and has previously held performance and pedagogical faculty positions at Indiana University Bloomington's pre-college. She also taught undergraduate and graduate students and coached chamber groups at State University of New York Stony Brook as a teaching assistant to the Piano Department and also as a chamber music faculty at the pre-college division. She recently joined the piano faculty of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where she coaches and performs with graduate voice majors as well as teaches applied piano to undergraduate and graduate music students. She is also on the faculty of Chugye University for the Arts Conservatory in Seoul, South Korea as Visiting Professor of piano. Kim holds a Double Degree in Piano Performance and Psychology from Oberlin conservatory and college, a Master of Music from Indiana University Bloomington, and Doctor of Musical Arts from State University of New York, Stony Brook. Her mentors and teachers include Hans Boepple, Seunghae Choi, Haewon Song, Arnaldo Cohen, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, and Gilbert Kalish.
Matthew Alec Committee BOTT 2020 #BOTT4EDU

Matthew Alec

Full Bio
Matthew is an experienced jazz and funk saxophonist who has been performing for over 20 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Kent State University. He has toured nationally and has opened for a number of national acts including Earth, Wind, and Fire, Incubus, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Keane, Average White Band, Lupe Fiasco, OAR, and many others. He has been fortunate enough to perform with Victor Wooten, Roy ‘Futureman’ Wooten, Steve Turre, Billy Beck, and he has recorded with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bernie Worrell. His debut album with his group ‘Matthew Alec & The Soul Electric’ is due out in 2020.
Ameer Williamson Alien Nation Committee BOTT 2020 #BOTT4EDU

Ameer Williamson

Alien Nation

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Ameer Williamson aka A-MINUS is a positive hip-hop recording artist and songwriter from Akron, Ohio. He has a strong passion for mentoring youth and community outreach. He is a recipient of the 2018 "Men of Champions" Award presented by Mayor Dan Horrigan and the Joy Park Neighborhood Federation. He is a 2016 Alumni of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County. He is an active mentor for the iCare Mentoring program through United Way. He developed an after-school program model called "A NEW WAY PROJECT" which teaches youth positivity through creative writing, performing arts, videography and community outreach. He also developed an educational hip-hop workshop that teaches the history of hip-hop culture and how it can be used a tool for positive change. He has a partnership with 91.3FM (The Summit) and ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music & Arts Cultural Outreach). He owns the trademark to "Alien Nation" which is a brand that serves as an independent record label and clothing line. His motto is "Dare to be Different". Website: www.nationsofaliens.com

PRODUCTION TEAM

DeAndre Nixon Executive Producer #BOTT4EDU 2020

DeAndre Nixon

Executive Producer

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Sarah Turner Creative Designer #BOTT4EDU 2020

Sarah Turner

Creative Designer

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Sarah is a 2019 graduate from the Northwest College of Art and Design. She currently lives and works in the Greater Seattle Area. During her time in college, she discovered a passion for children’s book illustration and is now a freelance illustrator and designer. In addition to freelancing, Sarah is also an after-school art teacher and a volunteer artist to several nonprofits around the United States. Her biggest goal is to spread love and positivity through her work. Be sure to check out the next project she’s working on via her Instagram page: instagram.com/SarahKTurnerArt

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