COMMENDATION TO AL COLE: From DR. DILIP R. ABAYASEKARA ~ President, TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL
This is a heartfelt commendation to you for the remarkable work you do to recognize “unsung heroes” for humanitarian work. I was sorry to miss your “People of Distinction Humanitarian Awards” (PDHA) night in New York City. I did however, visit your website and read of some of the people you honored. As a Toastmaster, I am delighted that you recognized a fellow Toastmaster for her remarkable service to others. I also found an unexpected treasure on the PDHA site. You have the story of a man who has survived ALS for 19 years and employs his energies to encourage and inspire people. A friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago and it has been tough to watch the debilitating effects of this disease on this once physically strong man. That story on your PDHA site is so inspiring that I just forwarded the link to my friend who is in the fight of his life with that disease. My point to you, Al, is that by highlighting, recognizing, and rewarding such remarkable people, you are creating a powerful vortex of hope and inspiration for thousands of others you may never know. Surely, what you do with the PDHA will be part of your legacy!
The media is frequently drawn to highlight the ills of the world and propagate news about the moral and spiritual decline of society. This can be very dispiriting. With your PDHA, Al, you highlight that which is noble and uplifting about what everyday people are doing in many corners of our great country. I am in awe of your ability to harness and organize events. I am very grateful that you do it for a noble purpose.
Thanks again for the wonderful interview you did of me a few years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated your getting the word out about my book, “The Path of the Genie: Your Journey to Your Heart’s Desire”.
My best wishes to you for continued, inspired success!
With sincere regards,
Dilip R. Abayasekara, Ph.D., Accredited Speaker
DR. DILIP, LLC — Speech Coaching & Training
Unleashing Your Communication & Performance Potential
Strategic Adviser to the President of Central Penn College
President, Toastmasters International (2005-2006)
Veronica Lindsey: Al Cole’s lovely Executive Assistant
Veronica Lindsey is Al Cole’s Executive Assistant and has helped to build the “Al Cole / People of Distinction Conglomerate” into the force that it is in today’s broadcasting, creative and communications world. Her expertise in assisting some of New York’s top attorneys in their legal excellence has added immeasurably to the depth of Al Cole’s excellence as well.
Plus, Veronica is not only a world-class Model, she’s a literary power in her own right. She has recently completed a book of reflective, spiritual poetry. Veronica is an “Unsung Hero” in her own right. She has throughout her life offered wisdom and spiritual direction to many. Veronica’s new book “Our Beautiful Universe Within“ features her poetic gems which offer inspiration to our lives and give added meaning to our “People of Distinction” messages of “elevating the dignity of all of our Human Family”!
Actress, Dee Wallace: Star of Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (Dee played the mother in the film)
Dee Wallace is a rarity in Hollywood, a young actress who immediately found success and is still in demand three decades later as an accomplished veteran in her craft, with such major credits as her starring role in Steven Spielberg’s movie classic “ET: The Extraterrestrial” and Cujo along the way.
Dee is a highly-regarded healer and spiritual teacher, as well as an in-demand actress. For the past decade, Dee Wallace has blended her two careers, acting when the calls came, while simultaneously teaching the spiritual wisdom that she discerned through the perfection of her craft and her life experiences. Her new book, Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting (O Books, 2011) shares with readers the lessons she learned in her journey toward living an illuminated life.
Donna Corso: Personal Assistant to New York Times best-selling author, Neale Donald Walsch (“Conversations With God”)
Donna Corso is an Amazon.com best-selling author of When the Wind Chimes Chime: Ending the Greatest Fear of All. Donna currently resides in Ashland, Oregon, where she has been Personal Assistant to author, Neale Donald Walsch, penner of the international best-seller “Conversations With God“.
Committed to opening a dialogue about death and dying, she encourages people to explore the beliefs and fears that shape their end-of-life experience and to come to terms with their fears so they can embrace death as part of the natural life cycle. While being an advocate for reclaiming our human rights and dignity, Donna is also an advocate for our beloved Planet Earth.
Dr. SreyRam Kuy: Yale University School of Medicine & Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Scholar
SreyRam Kuy, MD, MHS was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. She grew up in Oregon, graduated as Valedictorian from Crescent Valley High School and attended Oregon State University where she earned dual degrees in Philosophy and Microbiology. She attended medical school at Oregon Health Science University, then finished general surgery residency in Wisconsin. She also earned her master’s degree at Yale University School of Medicine in health services research.
As a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Scholar, she worked in the Washington DC office of Senator Tom Harkin, writing speeches and policy briefs on women’s health, coverage for breast cancer screening and treatment. During medical school she served as president of her medical school class and organized a symposium on covering the uninsured featuring physician advocate and former Governor Dr. Kitzhaber.She was appointed by the American Medical Association to serve as a board member on the National Board of Medical Examiners, served as Chair of the Wisconsin Medical Society Resident Fellow Governing Council and served on the Executive Committee of the AMA Surgical Caucus.
Dr. R. Dennis Bowers: Special Consultant to Four US Presidents
Formerly the President of Fidelity National Medical Solutions Inc, Dr. Bowers has served as Special Consultant to former U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter & Ronald Reagan.
Besides his monumental business achievements, Dr. Bowers is also an Ordained Clergyman in the United Methodist Church. He is highly committed to using new technologies to bridge the communications gap in humanitarian causes.
Mada Eliza Dalian: NY Times Best-Selling Author endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra
Mada’s best-selling award-winning book, “In Search of the Miraculous: Healing into Consciousness” is endorsed by Dr. Deepak Chopra as “…an elegant map of the path of enlightenment.”
People call Mada’s new technique “Healing the Body & Awakening Consciousness with the Dalian Method: An Advanced Self-Healing System for a New Humanity” “a lightning in a bottle,” “a master delete button to all your fears,” and “the holy grail of all healing modalities.” Psychologists and counselors call it, “the missing link that can advance psychotherapy to the next, more evolved level,” and some call it the “healing modality of the future offered to us today.”……………………..
Rick Ulfik: Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Amy Goodman, Tavis Smiley, Marianne Williamson have participated in his “We, The World”
Rick Ulfik is the Founder of We, The World and the WE Campaign at WE.net. a global platform to unite and amplify the efforts of people, organizations and movements working for the common good. He is the Co-Creator of the annual 11 Days of Global Unity – 11 Ways to Change the World September 11th to September 21st the U.N. International Day of Peace. 11 Days of Global Unity is a worldwide platform for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries. Participants have included Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Eve Ensler, Daniel Ellsberg, Bill McKibben, Amy Goodman, Tavis Smiley, Marianne Williamson, Robert Thurman and many others.
Rick is also a Nonviolent Communication Workshop Facilitator and leader. And Rick is an award-winning composer and keyboard player who has written music for ABC TV, NBC, CBS, radio, the Olympics, feature films, commercials, records, other media, and has performed with Queen Latifah, Phoebe Snow, Carlos Santana and Judy Collins. Rick serves every year as an Emmy Awards Judge for News, Documentaries, and Music.
Dr. Wally Hauck: Highest rated Professor at the University of New Haven
Dr. Wally Hauck is a Certified Speaking Professional or CSP. The Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, established in 1980, is the speaking industry’s international measure of professional platform skill. For 18 years his consulting firm, Optimum Leadership, has consulted with dozens of organizations and coached hundreds of individual in improving leadership skills, employee engagement, and performance.
Wally embraces Dr. W. Edwards Deming’s Theory of Profound Knowledge to assist leaders to develop remove obstacles in the system that block effective performance. As a professor of Organizational Change and Development at the University of New Haven in Connecticut Wally received the highest ratings of all professors in 2012.
Kennedy Williams: Fox News Live
As a panelist on Foxnews.com Live “God Talk” and Foxnews.com Live “Spirited Debate”, with host Lauren Green, Kennedy’s overall view on human rights and spirituality, strongly suggest that people must become a force for good for all cultures, regardless of ethnicity or political beliefs. Her work has been seen in a diversity of publications. The Epoch Times: The City, The New York Amsterdam News, The Caribbean Life, and Berliner Zeitung – Horizonte.formerly a regular panelist on FoxnewsLive.com, is now author of the popular new book “Processing Life’s Moments: Therapy for the Soul”. Kennedy is also a dynamic, sought after Motivational Speaker!
As Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblyman Benjamin, Kennedy was committed to raising awareness by promoting humanitarianism, she coordinated many community outreach events. Since 2004, Kennedy has been serving on the advisory board of the Eagle Academy Foundation for Young Men. A public school that empowers at-risk inner city young men to become academic achievers, engaged citizens, and responsible men by providing quality education resources. Kennedy was awarded the Outstanding Service Award, by Eagle Academy for Young Men in 2007.
Francis Okelo: United Nations Special Envoy and Ambassador
Mr. Okelo is a former United Nations Special Envoy and Ambassador. He served as Deputy United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in Israel and with the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. Earlier, he was UN Special Envoy to Sierra Leone (West Africa) where he successfully mediated a peace agreement, ending a 9-year old civil war in that country. He was also Deputy Head of the the UN Special Mission to Afghanistan (1991-1997). Originally from Uganda, Mr. Okelo was ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Kenya. He is experienced in diplomacy and international affair, traveled widely and met several world leaders.
Michiko Kuroda: Senior Management Analyst at The United Nations
Michiko has had a distinguished 30 year career with the United Nations, including her sevice as Senior Management Analyst at The United Nations. Michiko’s specialty is Conflict Resolution, certainly just what the doctor ordered for today’s exemplary humanitarian efforts! Michiko is also President of the great United Nations & Toastmasters International Group “World Voices”. Her great passion is “Giving a Voice to Voiceless People around the world!”
Michael Herrmann: Economics Adviser with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Michael Herrmann is Economics Adviser with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and member of the United Nations Lead Economist Network. He is responsible for assessing the linkages between demographic and economic change, and for informing policy dialogues on development priorities and goals. His focus is on sustainable development, green and inclusive economic growth, and poverty; employment, social security, and pension; as well as economic trends and prospects, sovereign and private debt, and macroeconomic policies.
Dr. Faustino Quintanilla: Non-Governmental Organization Representative to the United Nations
Rev. Fr. Quintanilla was born in Leon (Spain). He received a B.A. in philosophy from the Monastery of Santa Maria, Burgos (Spain), an M.A. in theology from the Pontifical University, Rome; a B.A. in art from Wagner College, and an M.F.A. from Pratt University and DD at Ignatius University. Balancing work as a priest, artist, curator, and educator, Dr. Quintanilla is the founder and Chief-editor of Jacana: journal of African culture and new approaches published by QCC Art Gallery Press. He serves as Executive Director of QCC Art Gallery, the City University of New York and as a Professor of Printmaking at the College of Staten Island, NY.
Dr. Carley Corrado: Scientist, Director of Business Development, Advocate of Renewable Energy and Positive Vibration Innovation
Dr. Carley Corrado is a postdoctoral researcher in a renewable energy Physics laboratory at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her PhD in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz in 2011, developing new materials for energy efficient electroluminescent lighting. Her current research is in the development of bright red electricity-generating greenhouses. A start-up has recently been created for which Carley plays a central role in the commercialization of this very exciting new green technology. She also consults with another green company Extreme Energy Solutions and works with their team to develop the testing protocol for their leading product the Smart Emissions Reducer.
George Davis: Author of “Coming Home” the book upon which the Academy Award Winning Jane Fonda movie was based
After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in cultural anthropology, George Davis began his professional writing career at The Washington Post as a reporter. In less than nine months he rose to be Day City Editor. From the Post he moved to The New York Times as an editor in the Sunday Department. Upon earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in creative writing and film, George then formulated his participation in the Academy Award Winning film “Coming Home” starring Jane Fonda. George wrote the New York Times Best-Selling book “Coming Home” on which this acclaimed movie was based!
He has held Adjunct Professor positions at Colgate University, Columbia University and the Yale School of Organization and Management. He is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University and his feature articles have been translated into more than 30 languages.
Jill Reed: Twelve Visions Party Candidate for President of the United States
Jill Reed serves as National Chair of the Executive Committee of the growing Twelve Visions Party. In 2012, as an independent candidate for President of the United States, Reed finished in the top 20 candidates. Her run was based upon the concepts of The Twelve Visions Party’s Platform “Make All the People Wealthy Including the Poor.”
~ ALSO: One of our Featured Authors ~ James Summers, Author of “Picking Murphys”
James Summers was a member of the United States Army Reserves during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Activated but never deployed overseas, he spent the better portion of six months waiting several times a day for a trip that never came. Honorably discharged afterwards, he spent his days learning computers and broke into the IT field where he still works today. Writing was always a passion with James, and now he’s the author of an exciting new book: “Picking Murphys”. Picking Murphys is an adult psychological horror thriller and it’s beginning to cause quite a stir. Although a book about horror, Picking Murphys is based on a unique and actually very positive twist to life. And here it is:
Goodness and morality are always present in each and everything we do. You see it in heroes, in villains, in everyday man. James takes you down the road where good is beset upon all sides by decisions that for better or worse help shape the person you would hope to become. There are always casualties along the way, and although defeated evil may reappear in another form, there will always be someone available to fight the good fight. Look not to others to do the right thing for you, look inwards of yourself and try to be that person.
The Picking Murphys plot takes place around the wonderful vacation town of Murphys, California. Follow a family of four as they are set upon by an evil spirit on the way to their trip of a lifetime. Although a pair of good spirits is never far behind, they always seem to fall short when attempting to determine why the evil has centered on that family. Lose yourself in the wilds of California as you become engrossed in a vengeful evil spirit that will stop at nothing to achieve its goals. Detailed dreams and nightmares convolute reality, shocking you to your core. There is always enough good to prevail if one can dig deep enough to find it. This book was published on 2/15/16.
As mentioned, writing was always a passion with James, and with the books from authors such as Stephen King, Clive Barker, and R. L. Stine never far from reach, it was only a matter of time.
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