On November 1, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and a convention Center, a 5'8" blonde haired, blue eyed beauty was crowned Miss Maryland USA 2016. Although she is undeniably gorgeous, there is much more to this beauty than meets the eye. Christina Denny is a model but her true passion is being a private tutor who works with children with special needs.
Christina has always been very active. Growing up, Christina was a competitive gymnast for 15 years, and also avid runner, serving as captain on the varsity cross- country and track and field all four years of high school. In college at the University of Maryland, College Park, which she graduated from in 2012, Christina was a cheerleader for the Terps, cheering home and away football and basketball games as well as wrestling and lacrosse. While at UMD, Christina majored in Hearing and Speech sciences. She also began working as an ABA therapist, tutoring a young girl on the Autism Spectrum, with whom she still works. It was her work as an ABA therapist which inspired Christina to pursue more charity work to help improve the lives of those with special needs.
Christina has volunteered with many charitable organizations, including serving as a track and field and basketball coach for the Special Olympics. She is currently on the board of directors of Karina Association, a program which provides expressive art therapy for those with various developmental and physical disabilities, and respite for their parents, at a monthly session called Karina Cafe. Through her work, Christina developed a love for teaching which continued in 2012 when she got a job as a Special Education teacher at a small private school. Making a difference in the lives of children and young adults is something that Christina has always had a passion for and she hopes to continue to positively influence the lives of those living with developmental disabilities, as well as their families, in the field of education.
Christina competed in her first pageant, Miss Maryland Teen USA, when she was just 13 years old in the hopes of improving her confidence, making friends, and getting her foot into the door of the modeling world. Throughout her time competing in pageants Christina has improved herself in many ways, and has truly developed a passion for giving back to her community, mentoring youth and empowering young women. Throughout her year as Miss Maryland USA 2016, Christina hopes to spread the message of hope, acceptance, tolerance, empathy, and self-confidence.
In her free time, Christina enjoys working out, cooking and baking, watching her favorite tv shows, and playing with her cats. She is a licensed Zumba instructor and loves leading others in their pursuit of a healthy and active life!
On November 1, 2016, eighteen year old Amy Ingram was crowned Miss Maryland Teen USA 2016 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. This will be a day she will never forget. She is honored and excited to represent her home state of Maryland. Amy is currently a freshman at Towson University where she is studying Criminal Justice with a focus in Criminology.
Amy is very involved at her University and in her community. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, and the Principle's Instructional Council. Amy was also a part of the Cosmetology Career Pathway Program and is preparing to get her license. She was dual-enrolled at her community college and took multiple Advanced Placement courses throughout her junior and senior years of high school. Amy has been recognized for her hard work and dedication as the recipient of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Award, the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and the Varsity Scholar Athlete Award. One of her proudest moments was graduating as one of the Top 25 seniors in her graduating class and also receiving the Certificate of Meritorious Service after earning over 260 Student Service Learning Hours.
Amy has been very active her entire life. She has participated in many sports including swimming and gymnastics, but her true passion is dancing. She began dancing at the age of three and competitively danced for nine years in almost every style of dance. Amy was a four year member and the captain of her high school Varsity Pom squad. This led her to earning a spot on the All-American dance team at the NDA summer intensive. She is currently a member of the Fusion dance team at Towson and performs at various showcases and basketball games. Amy also works as a dance and gymnastics coach, which she absolutely loves. She teaches girls ages four through thirteen in ballet, rhythmic dance, and gymnastics. She also has a class for students with special needs. When Amy is not dancing or teaching the art, she enjoys staying fit by participating in CrossFit, a core straightening and conditioning program.
Amy has a love for community service. After attending a TAPS event, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, in 2012 she made it her mission to give back to the community as much as possible. Amy has created a project called One More Smile to enable and encourage people to get involved as much as they can within their community. She believes giving back not only brightens the recipient's day but the giver's as well. Her project has helped collect more than 600 coats over the past two years for the Happy Helpers for the Homeless coat drive. This led to Amy winning the Humanitarian Service Award in 2014 and 2015.
Amy's cosmetology background has also allowed her to participate in non-profit events, such as Make Over Madness and Active Aging. At these events she provides her services complimentary to those in need. Other organizations she actively volunteers with are Best Buddies, Good Shepherd Services, Pennies for Patients, American Red Cross, Pediatric Fun, and Cinderella’s Closet. She has also participated in many runs in order to spread awareness for various causes. These runs include the Step n’ Stride walk, the March of Dimes walk, and the Paws on the Pavement 5k.
Amy plans to pursue her degree in Criminal Justice as a forensic blood splatter analyst, something she gained an interest in from watching the show Dexter. She has always enjoyed watching other forensic shows such as, Criminal Minds and NCIS, which led her to develop a general interest in the field. When Amy is not fighting crime she hopes to also be a part-time model. She has already had the opportunity to model on multiple news segments for the Hagerstown Premium Outlets. She has also modeled for various magazines, including the Tote Magazine.
Throughout Amy's year as Miss Maryland Teen USA, she plans to take in every moment and opportunity she can. She hopes to spread her project across the state and even the nation. She looks forward to encouraging others to never give up on their goals, aspirations, and dreams, as they may be closer to achieving them than they think. Amy is eager to live out her dream and compete on the Miss Teen USA stage while represented her great state of Maryland.
Regina Robinson is an award winning speaker, entrepreneur, author an Inner Confidence Strategist who is widely known for engaging, motivating, and equipping audiences with tools to unlock their inner confidence and soar to new heights in their lives, careers, and businesses. After years of teaching,consulting, and coaching in the educational field, Regina built a platform where she provides education, strategies, and accountability for women who are ready to show-up in their authentic power as they increase credibility, visibility, and confidence as entrepreneurs, leaders, and career professionals. She supports women in discovering and magnifying their internal confidence so they show-up bolder and more assured in their businesses. She helps them to confidently connect their vision to a plan of action plus execution while holding them accountable to achieving their desired results as they step outside of their comfort zone and move on to greatness. Regina has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the 2015 PTIO WomanLegacy Builders Award from Cheryl Wood and the 2008 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Teacher of the Year Award. She has been spotlighted in Queens Magazine, and appeared as a featured guest on a host of radio shows including Success in Stilettos, The Nicole Mason Show, Play Time Is Over Radio Show, Stress Less Radio, and No Turning Back. She has served as a featured speaker at the Cheryl Wood Empowers Play Time Is Over Women’s Conference 2015 and Women’s Empowerment Luncheon; Womanpreneur 2015 Conference, The Biggest Comeback Ever Conference, and a featured keynote speaker for a variety of churches, organizations and high schools throughout the Prince Georges County Public School District
Kemi Sogunle is an award-winning author, international speaker, certified professional life and relationship coach. Kemi supports singles including divorced (to find and love themselves after a broken relationship or divorce), figure out what works best for each individual and find love again) as well as married couples (conflict resolution, intimacy and trust issues). She is also the Founder/CEO of the nonprofit organization (501c3), Love Not Hurt, an organization that promotes self-development, building healthier and stronger relationships while living with purpose.
She is dedicated to helping others transform their lives through self-development and growth, gaining knowledge and understanding of self-love and who they are before becoming involved in a relationship, find what works best and how to stay true to oneself while connecting with others to build solid relationships that will make their lives better not bitter.
She believes that living truthfully is paramount to long-lasting relationships and healthy living.
Love, Sex, Lies and Reality
Being Single: A State for the Fragile Heart
Brenda T. Bradley, PhD is an engaging and compassionate certified health coach. Through her work and passion for healthy eating and living, she decided to answer the call to become a certified health coach. Determined to break free from the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is known to do more harm than good, she set out on her journey to research food, diseases, and fitness. Her drive and determination lead her to become more involved in health and fitness.
Her goal is to inspire others to lead the charge for healthy eating and exercise. Dr. Bradley leads workshops on nutrition and offers individual health coaching.
Training and Education
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York City
Professional Training and Certification
The Hallelujah Acres Health Minister Program, Gastonia, NC
Capella University, PhD, Organization & Management
University of Oklahoma, Masters, Human Relations
Wayland Baptist University, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration
International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC)
Host a monthly 21-Day Vegan Challenge
Highly successful program
Active participation in the “Walk and Talk Doc Program”
Sponsored by the National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
Non-profit organization, active member/volunteer
Vegetarian Society of D.C. (VSDC)
Provides one-on-one coaching
Holistic Health Articles and Newsletters
Used for distribution to clients and email subscribers
Published cookbook: Kale Yeah It’s Good, No Meat Necessary
Sold on Amazon and Dr. Bradley’s website
Published interview by Urban Naturale magazine
As Founder and President of Catalyst Enterprises International, Dr. Michelle Dawson’s mission is to “help organizations and individuals turn potential into performance.” As an Organizational Strategist with over 20 years of experience, Michelle has help hundreds of organizational leaders to discover growth opportunities, increase productivity and implement action plans to achieve measurable and sustainable results. Her experience serving multiple industries and appreciation of diverse work cultures has been a driving force in her ability to guide people in a positive direction and improve their business and personal skills. In addition to motivating and inspiring her audience, Michelle’s clients achieve positive, sustainable and measurable results by implementing her action-oriented tips, tools and strategies.. Michelle has conducted leadership programs and strategic business consultancies for corporations and nonprofit organizations in the United States, Asia, Europe, Australia and Africa.
Catalyst Success Institute, the entrepreneurial development division of Catalyst Enterprises, helps women entrepreneurs breakthrough self-sabotaging thoughts and paradigms to make quantum leaps in their business mission, mindset, methods, and money. As a result, clients are experiencing sustained measurable growth in their businesses that align with their vision and desired lifestyle.
Michelle is also co-author of two books, “A VIEW FROM THE TOP: Exceptional Leadership
Strategies for Women" and The Female CEO: Pearls, Power & Passion. These books are for the
woman who wants to unapologetically stand in the power of their femininity, share the brilliance and uniqueness of their talents with the world, and get paid what they are worth! Her next literary project is entitled, The DASH Factor: Where destiny and purpose collide to join forces so that you effectively and successfully accomplish what you were born to do!
Recognized for the successful outcomes achieved by her clients, Catalyst has received numerous honors such as being named one of the Top 100 Mid-Atlantic Minority Business Enterprises and Delaware Today Magazine’s 20 Outstanding Woman Owned Businesses
With a sincere passion for giving back to the youth in her community, Michelle launched World Changers Empowerment Center (WCEC). This organization is committed to the personal development of young women through instruction in practical leadership and entrepreneurial skills with emphasis on strong moral values. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Delaware, Communities In Schools of Delaware and as an advisor to the Kent County Youth Philanthropy Board of the Delaware Community Foundation.
is an award-winning, creative, business and communications leader, public speaker and reporter/producer, focused on the clean energysustainability sector and elevating the visibility of women. She has generated millions in revenue and branding for top companies, government agencies and non-profits, and worked with top media organizations – while focusing on the clean energy issue and bringing more women into the spotlight. In 2015, she was nominated for a White House Champion of Change award by the Department of Energy, and was a C3E Award finalist. Joan produces and hosts the acclaimed radio-podcast-video series Green Connections Radio™ (GCR), chosen by USA Today in 2015 as one of the top six podcasts, especially for business travelers. She interviews innovators and leaders in the clean energy-sustainability space across sectors and features mostly women. A hallmark of Joan’s success is her ability to develop innovative strategies and partnerships. For example, she drove “best year ever” growth at Chrysler’s Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) through creative, strategic and integrated marketing communications initiatives (e.g., digital, video, media, government, events) and partnerships with leading organizations in target markets, which were so successful, they were adopted by the parent company as well. “Wins” include: positive Page One coverage in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, top coverage in Time magazine, Consumer Reports, and The LA Times, on CNN Money, CBS News, "The Today Show," the top pick on Yahoo!. Her communications/marketing clients include: the U.S. Department of Energy and Clean Energy Alliance, Earth Day Network, Global Environment Fund, Northbridge Energy Partners, and environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day. Joan also helped generate millions in revenue for financial services/management consulting firms, American Express and Deloitte, where she reinvented their business development approaches, created internal and external alliances, developed and produced events, launched new services and into new markets, and served as Managing Editor of multiple publications – all while increasing the visibility of women and responsibility. A dynamic public speaker, Joan has been a speaker and/or moderator at many events, including: SXSW Eco, the Clean Tech Open SE, National Institutes of Health. U.S. Naval Academy, VERGE, National Council for Science and the Environment’s Conferences, CalSTART HTUF, National Association of Women Business Owners, Executive Women in Government, Women Impacting Public Policy, Zonta International (world’s oldest women’s organization), Media Rise Festival, and the Small Business Administration, as well as chambers of commerce and university events. Joan’s journalism work includes: Huffington Post blog, Greenbiz, WTOP-FM, CBS News’ "60 Minutes," ABC News, "The Crusaders" and specials on NBC, TheAtlantic.com, The Washington Post, The New Economy, Life & Style magazine, and a column on leadership for a regional business journal, in addition to Green Connections Radio and others. She also penned an excerpt on networking and innovation in FlatWorld Navigation by Kimberly McDonald Chandler (Kogan Press, 2015), and an excerpt on women in government leadership in If Women Ruled the World (Inner Ocean Publishing, 2005), and has a non-fiction book forthcoming in 2017. Other awards of hers include: Broadcasters Association, International Association of Business Communicators, the American Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America. She has been an Adjunct Professor in the Communications and Journalism Department of Columbia Union College in Maryland, and is actively involved in the community, focused on sustainability, the press and women. A Bachelor of Arts in English from University of California Los Angeles (2 years at George Washington University), a Master of Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York in the executive program, and various post-graduate studies - including in leadership/management at Harvard Business School, New School University, and The Aspen Institute - round out her portrait so far. As an interesting aside: Michelson is a descendant of three prominent siblings: Albert A. Michelson was the first American scientist to win the Nobel Prize (physics, 1907), Charles Michelson was FDR's White House Communications Director/Press Secretary; and Miriam Michelson literally kept the women’s suffrage movement on the front page as a reporter for the San Francisco Call and the Philadelphia Inquirer
Baltimore native Dorothea Howard (formerly McGuire), is an award winning television host, speaker, and author. At the age of 26, she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis. She took her diagnosis and channeled it into a passion to help others. Her motivation and high energy are well received by her colleagues and always delivered in a down to earth, positive memorable style.
Dorothea founded McGuire Group,LLC a corporate event and educational training company with headquarters in the DC metropolitan area. As President and CEO of McGuire Group,LLC, she leads this global company to greater success with her indomitable will to make a difference to the professional clients and organizations she serves.
She has spoken to many audiences. This includes national and international speaking engagements. Her speaking engagements includes radio interviews on the Marc Clarke Radio Show, Philadelphia's WDAS 195.3 FM with Patty Jackson, television interviews on PGCTV and conferences. She has also been featured in various magazines and Local newspaper articles. She has hosted and facilitated conferences, career fairs, workshops, networking socials, and retreats. Dorothea has partnered with prominent speakers Spoken Word Artist Devin T. Robinson X, Author Stedman Graham, Jr., former WNBA player Fran Harris and former Washington Redskins (#41 Safety) Madieu Williams, just to name a few.
The Bowie Community Media Corporation honored her as The Best New Talk Show Host of the "Let's Talk Sarcoidosis Show." She's also the co-editor of a new magazine Sarcoidosis Today. Dorothea is a member of the Patient Advisory Board for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) Chicago, Illinois.
Dorothea is an accomplished author with one new book to her credit. She's remarried and have two beautiful successful daughters from her first marriage. She recently became a first time grandmother to a gorgeous baby girl.
Her speaking engagements have included a variety of organizations and non-profits. Caring Voices Coalition, Sarcoidosis Network Association, Tacoma, Washington, McGuire Group,LLC, Howard County Medical Pavilion and more.
Dominique Jones shares her timeline of near death situations, timeless confusions, pain, heartache, abuse & rape while she stumbles across life shaky grounds. Finally finding her purpose of life, still having faith that she will get through, she have to get through this. God gives her, her voice back and she brings her reality that once was her mentality another breath. Now finding & living her purpose in life she vows to touch many hearts & save many lives with her testimony.
MASTER OF SCIENCE:
BOTANY (PU) PAKISTAN
GRAPHIC DESIGNING (MD) USA
BOOKS WRITING & PRODUCTION (ACCU) JAPAN
URDU SCIENCE BOARD LAHORE, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF
DURING MY STAY IN URDU SCIENCE BOARD I HAVE ABOUT 60
SCIENCE BOOKS ON MY CREDIT WHICH ARE EITHER WRITTEN,
EDITED, OR TRASNLATEDR BY ME SOME INCLUDES: FAMOUS
MUSLIM SCIENTIST, AGRI. ENCYLOPEDIA, WORLD OF PLANT ARE
SOME OF THE MANY.
LECTURER IN BIOLOGY:
WORKED AS LECTURER IN BIOLOGY UNDER GOVERNMENT OF
THE PUNJAB, PAKISTAN.
SOOCHTE ANKHAIN (URDU POETRY)
JOO TUM NA DEKHA (URDU POETRY)
SAFAR NAMA JAPAN (URDU TRAVELOGUE)
ETNAY DINNO KA BAAD (URDU POETRY BOOK IN SHEETS)
TRAVLOUGE OF THE USA IN SHEETS.
WRITTEN NUMBER OF COLUMNS, ARTICLES AND STORIES IN
VARIOUSLEADING NATIONAL NEWS PAPER IN PAKISTAN.
RUNNING A PEACE AND ART CULTURAL CENTER BY THE NAME
OF GHARONDA IN THE USA, HOLDING MONTHLY MEETINGS FOR
LAST 3 YEARS FOR THE PROMOTION OF PEACE, INTER-
RELIGIOUS DIALOGUES, AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF
ASIAN AND AMERICAN CULTURES.
MOST RECENTLY PUBLISHED A BOOK OF AN AMERICAN
STORY WRITER UNDER THE FLAG OF GHARONDA BOOK TITLED
“UNKNOWN JOURNEYS” BY ROMELIA CARPENE ENCINAS.
PIPE LINE PROJECTS:
WRITING A PLAY TO BE TELECASTE AT ONE OF THE NATIONAL TV
MEMBER OF VARIOUS LITERARY AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS
IN THE USA AND PAKISTAN
COUNTIRES VISITED: USA, CANADA, GERMANY, SINGAPORE, JAPAN, INDIA, SAUDI
ARABIA, KUWAIT, UAE,