HEALTHY PRESENTERS


Susan Fonseca
Alumnus

Meet Susan 

Coleman Barks
Faculty

Meet Coleman 

Christopher Whalen
Faculty

Meet Christopher 

Erico Mattos
Student

Meet Erico 


Sarah Petruziello
Alumnus

Meet Sarah 

Geert-Jan Boons
Faculty

Meet Geert-Jan 

Walter Crawford
Student

Meet Walter 

Sam Burchfield
Student Performer

Meet Sam 


Raj Shah
Alumnus

Meet Raj 

James Porter
Faculty

Meet James 

Rebeka Geer
Student

Meet Rebeka 

Vince Guagliardo
Student Performer

Meet Vince 


Mark Anthony Thomas
Alumnus

Meet Mark Anthony 

Belinda Stillion Southard
Faculty

Meet Belinda 

Raven Gibson
Student

Meet Raven 

Nuci’s Space Camp Amped
Performers

Meet the Group 


Susan Fonseca



@ The Table




Susan Fonseca is the Founder of Women@TheFrontier, a global organization focused on highlighting leading female influencers.After graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology, Fonseca helped build the initial DNA of  Singularity University (SU) as its Founding Architect. She organized SU’s 2008 Founding Conference, helped source 1.5M in seed funding, and negotiated a five-year partnership with NASA. Fonseca spearheaded SU’s TED ’09 public launch and executed its inaugural Graduate Studies and Executive Programs. As a bilingual anthropologist and lawyer, Fonseca has negotiated with Central American Presidents, Ambassadors, U.S. State Officials, and industry CEOs. Fonseca focuses on creating strategic alliances and global networks that empower, inspire, and drive positive change.



Sarah Petruziello



Pencils are Cheaper Than Therapy




Sarah Pretruziello is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University where she teaches drawing. She received dual Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Graphic Design and Drawing & Painting in 1991 and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting in 1994. Her work is in the Presidential Art Collection and other private collections in the United States and Europe. Pretruziello received a Grant for Working Artists from the George Sugarman Foundation in 2007 and was the recipient of a New Jersey State Council of the Arts 2006 Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper.



Raj Shah


Why Workplace Matters




Raj Shah is an attorney at the Atlanta-based law firm Parker, Hudson, Ranier & Dobbs, LLP. He graduated from the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences and the School of Public & International Affairs in 2006, as well as the School of Law in 2010. During his time in school, Shah worked with the Peace Corps and the National 4-H Council. He also served on the Executive Board of The Arch Society. Shah now focuses his practice on health care litigation, compliance, licensure, and regulatory matters. Currently, he is running an innovative wellness program to transform the workplace into a healthy community.



Mark Anthony Thomas


The Power of Civic Media




Mark Anthony Thomas is the Director and Publisher of City Limits, New York City’s leading civic investigative journalism organization. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2001. While in school, Thomas was the first African American Editor-In-Chief for the independent student newspaper The Red & Black. As a writer, Thomas has developed literary and media works for nearly two decades: publishing more than 300 poems, authoring two book projects, and performing at more than 200 events, universities, and conferences across the United States. He has written commissioned works, as well as collaborated with media and video artists, performance groups, and musicians.



Coleman Barks


Opening the Heart Through Ecstatic Poetry




Dr. Coleman Barks has taught poetry and creative writing for more than thirty years. As a professor emeritus, Dr. Barks still resides in Athens and writes and publishes under his own imprint, Maypop Books, as well as others including HarperCollins and the University of Georgia Press. In addition to several poetry collections and books, Dr. Barks is the author of numerous translations of Rumi and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. He makes frequent international appearances and is well-known throughout the Middle East. Dr. Bark’s work has contributed to an extremely strong following of Rumi in the English-speaking world.



Geert-Jan Boons


Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines




Dr. Geert-Jan Boons has been a professor and researcher in the Department of Chemistry since 1998 and runs a lab in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. He serves on the editorial boards of Carbohydrate Research, The Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry, and Advances in Carbohydrate Chemistry and Biochemistry. In 2004, Dr. Boons received the Horace Isbell Award from the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. He was also named Chemist of the Year by the Northeast Georgia American Chemical Society and appointed Franklin Professor of Chemistry. In 2012, his lab had a major breakthrough in anti-cancer vaccines that was reported nationally. Dr. Boons recently received the Creative Research Inventor’s Award from the University of Georgia Research Foundation.



James Porter


Pick Up The Bomb




Dr. James Porter is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Marine Sciences. His research interests include coral reef ecology and conservation biology, as well as the human health effects of the naval bombardment of coral reefs on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Dr. Porter regularly speaks on climate change, and is a faculty affiliate of the Water Resources Institute and the Conservation Ecology Program.



Belinda Stillion Southard


Change the Language, Change the Beliefs




Dr. Belinda Stillion Southard is a scholar of rhetoric with a PhD in Communication and a doctoral certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies and an affiliate professor for the Institute for Women’s Studies. Dr. Stillion Southard focuses her research on how disenfranchised and disempowered groups in society have created social change. Her research is summarized in the award-winning book, Militant Citizenship: Rhetorical Strategies of the National Woman’s Party, 1913-1920. Along with her book, Dr. Stillion Southard’s research has also appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Communication Quarterly, Voices of Democracy, and elsewhere. She has written about teaching the militant strategies of the Civil Rights Movement in the forthcoming edition of Chalk Talk, sponsored by UGA’s Teaching Academy.



Christopher Whalen

From Treating to Preventing TB




Dr. Christopher Whalen earned both his Medical Degree in 1984 and his Master of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics in 1992 from Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the Earnest Corn Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. For the last 25 years, his research involved the interaction of tuberculosis and HIV at the cellular, clinical, and population levels. Recently, Dr. Whalen has studied the transmission dynamic of M. tuberculosis in African cities. He has collaborated for over 20 years with Ugandan scientists at Makerere University and health officials from the Ugandan Ministry of Health. His research portfolio has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993.



Walter Crawford


Blowing the Top Off Education




Walter Crawford is the co-founder of Mind Blowers, an innovative educational program in the Athens area focused on creative learning for middle school students. He is a fourth-year Banking and Finance major, who has been recognized by the Georgia General Assembly for his dedication to community service. As a driven young professional, he has interned for The Social Security Administration, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T Mobility, and Coca-Cola Refreshments. Additionally, Crawford has participated in intensive career development programs such as INROADS and Management Leadership for Tomorrow.



Rebeka Geer


Risking Redefinition




Rebeka Geer is a fourth-year Public Relations major from Auburn, New York. Geer received multiple scholarships to further her education including one from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, the largest adversity-based scholarship in the nation. Although Geer faced a difficult upbringing, she has devoted herself to living without limitations placed on her by those adversities.



Raven Gibson


Art is the Avenue




Raven Gibson is a second-year Theatre major planning an Interdisciplinary Studies Program that focuses on the arts and education. Gibson has been performing spoken word since the sixth grade, and she hopes to expand her art during her time at the university.



Erico Mattos


Floating Farms




Erico Mattos is a PhD candidate in Crop and Soil Sciences. He graduated from the University of San Paulo in 2008 with a degree in Agronomic Engineering, and in 2009 he received accreditation to teach Agricultural Sciences. Mattos now works on several entrepreneurial projects related to new techniques in food production. As an advocate of urban agriculture systems, Mattos sees the intelligent use of exponential technologies as a solution to meet the increasing demand for healthy food based on sustainable, integrated production systems. In 2012, Mattos was awarded a patent for a biological feedback system using photosynthesis optimization, as well as a provisional patent for offshore farming technology.



Sam Burchfield


Love as Medical Specialty




Sam Burchfield has been developing his skills as a musician and songwriter for a decade. After spending his younger years in Seneca, South Carolina playing coffee shops and other small venues, he moved to Athens in order to further his music career and education. Burchfield’s soulful vocals and folk-influenced lyrics combine with a foundation in Southern blues and funk to provide for a diverse sound.



Vince Guagliardo


A Healthy Beat




Vincenzo (Vince) Guagliardo has been a lover of music since an early age. Guagliardo started playing the violin in the fourth grade but became interested in guitar at age 12. Soon after, he discovered his love for the drums. His self-taught discipline was first inspired by punk rock music, but he has since found inspiration from funk and blues music. He now studies Business and Music Business.



Nuci’s Space Camp Amped 


Helping With Music




Camp Amped is the youth outreach program of Athens nonprofit Nuçi’s Space, founded in memory of Nuçi Phillips, a 22-year-old gifted musician who committed suicide in 1996. The mission of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle-free mental health treatment to uninsured musicians and to assist in the emotional, physical, and professional well-being of musicians. To accomplish this mission, Nuçi’s Space actively participates in treatment, educates to destigmatize mental illness, and advocates for sufferers. Through Camp Amped, Nuçi’s Space creates a safe, positive environment for young musicians and fosters open dialogue about the problems facing young musicians today.


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