2016 TEDxYoungstown Speakers
We are excited to share our 2016 speaker lineup with you! To learn more about the speakers, please click their names or the red ✕.
✕ John Anthony & Ed Davis
John Anthony is currently a music teacher in the McDonald Local School District in McDonald, Ohio where he teaches instrumental and vocal music and a History of Popular Music course. He is also a freelance guitarist and educator in the Youngstown and Pittsburgh areas, playing with groups including The Vindys, Hoss & the Juggernauts, and Costley Ct.
John holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies with an emphasis on jazz guitar from Youngstown State University. While at YSU, John led an eleven-piece Frank Zappa ensemble and performed in the Youngstown State Wind Ensemble.
Originally from New Castle, Pennsylvania, John attended Slippery Rock University and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with an emphasis on classical trumpet in 2010. As a student at SRU, John performed in a variety of groups including the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. John has performed at the Montreaux and the North Sea Jazz Festivals has performed with Kurt Elling, Dave Samuels, Antonio Hart, and The Four Freshmen. He has also studied improvisation with Dave Morgan, Jim Campilongo and Adam Rogers.
Ed Davis is currently an adjunct percussion faculty member at YSU and freelance musician and educator residing in Youngstown, Ohio. He is also employed by SMARTS (Students Motivated by the ARTS) as a drum circle facilitator and coordinator of SMARTS Beats, a drum based learning program for students with cognitive disabilities. He manages a studio of percussion and ukulele students at Motter’s Music in Canfield, Ohio and maintains a very active performing and recording schedule throughout the region.
Ed graduated from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music in 2012 with a Masters degree in Percussion Performance. While at YSU, Ed was a featured performer on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s recording of “Forms of Things Unknown,” a twelve-movement work for percussion ensemble by composer Dave Morgan. Since living in Youngstown, Ed has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, The Vindys, Jordan DePaul, Brad Wagner, Frank Castellano, Costley Ct., Penguins in Bondage: the YSU Frank Zappa Ensemble, Dave Morgan, Tom Scott and the NO EXIT New Music Ensemble.
Originally from West Liberty, Ohio, Ed attended the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Media degree. While living in Columbus, Ed performed with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and served as a member of national recording act Red Wanting Blue. He can be heard on their 2009 release, “These Magnificent Miles” (Fanatic/EMI).
John and Ed have been performing together in a variety of styles and groups since they met in graduate school at Youngstown State University in 2010. They were both members of Penguins in Bondage: The YSU Tribute to Frank Zappa and currently perform together regularly in The Vindys and Costley Ct. They have also been a part of recent special occasion tribute shows to artists Miles Davis, Vince Guaraldi, and the genre of Classic Country.
✕ Jen Gonda
Jen Gonda, MSEd, BCBA, COBA is a Youngstown native, behavior analyst, and PhD candidate focusing on culturally competent behavioral strategies for urban students. She cofounded Supported And Facilitated Environments, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for persons with disabilities to have similar experiences as their peers. One of the opportunities created is Mahoning Valley Circle of Friends, a social group dedicated to building relationships between children with and without disabilities.
Between growing up in Youngstown and moving back home, she received her undergraduate degree in American Education and Inequality at NYU. It was there she started investigating the educational initiatives of the Black Panther Party, archival research that awarded her with a grant to continue researching in Oakland and San Francisco. Additionally, she worked in a Brooklyn high school as a teacher’s assistant and coach of the school’s community-organizing club.
After opting out of teaching jobs in New York and New Orleans, she moved back to Youngstown and began working with students with exceptional learning needs. Jen has presented on behavior challenges with children with disabilities across state and leads an advocacy workshop for parents of children with autism. She is a member of the board of directors for the Autism Society of Ohio and through them created and directs an exceptional needs summer day camp at the Youngstown YMCA, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. She spends her evenings as the debate coach at Cardinal Mooney High School.
Jen is a strong believer that no matter what the circumstance, everyone is entitled to an education and the opportunity to be a life long learner. By viewing education as a right, she works with toddlers, children, teens, and adults struggling with behavior challenges to get back to their school or community setting. When she is not working, she is busy analyzing the behavior of her fiancé, Morgan, and dog, Rufus, at their west side home.
✕ Tiffany Kashmiry
When Tiffany Kashmiry grew up, her dream wasn’t to be an addict. Kashmiry grew up in a small town in New Springfield. When she graduated from Springfield Local High School she had hopes and dreams to do many things. Instead, she took the wrong path and ended up addicted to heroin, a drug that has become an epidemic in not only right here in our Valley, but in the world.
When Tiffany picked up heroin for the first time, she did not know the severe consequences that would eventually lead her into a downward spiral. After 9 years of heroin use and struggling to stay sober, she turned her life around. Tiffany is a single mother to a beautiful 6 year old girl, Kylee. Kashmiry is a proud graduate of Youngstown State University where she earned her degree in Bachelor’s of Social Work in May 2015. She is currently working at her father’s insurance agency, R. Kashmiry & Associates, Inc. until she finds a career in the field of social work. Tiffany is also currently studying at Walden University to obtain her Masters of Social Work. She also has a certificate as a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselors Assistant.
Kashmiry has volunteered at her high school to speak to students regarding the dangers of drugs and alcohol at a young age. Tiffany stated in one of her talks with the students “I sat in the same seat as you, and I could have been anything I wanted in my life, and I chose drugs.” Kashmiry said it was emotional walking back into the school again after many years. Tiffany continues to work on her recovery and with almost 7 years sober she said learns new things about herself. She has a passion to help others in need and to achieve sobriety as she did. Kashmiry stated “it’s not an easy road, but it can be done…just one day at a time.”
✕ David Hume Kennerly
David Hume Kennerly has been shooting on the front lines of history for 50 years. He won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Feature Photography for his previous year’s work that included photos of the Vietnam, Cambodia, and India-Pakistan Wars, and the Ali-Frazier fight. He was awarded two first prizes in the World Press photo contest for pictures from the final days of Cambodia. He has been presented with numerous other honors, including the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for, “Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad,” for his coverage of Reagan and Gorbachev’s historic first summit meeting in Geneva. American Photo Magazine named him “One of the Most 100 Most Important People in Photography.” Kennerly was the 2015 commencement speaker at Lake Erie College in Ohio, and received an honorary doctorate.
Kennerly has shot dozens of major magazine covers and has photographed stories all over the world, with an emphasis on Asia and the Middle East. He was a contributing photographer for Time & Life magazines, John F. Kennedy, Jr’s George magazine, and for ten years was a contributing editor for Newsweek. He is the author of seven books. The most recent, David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone, was released in the fall of 2014. Previous books include Shooter, Photo Op, Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld, Photo du Jour, and Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. He produced Barack Obama: The Official Inaugural Book in 2009, and was one of its principal photographers.
Kennerly’s work has appeared in many major exhibitions, including the Smithsonian where they displayed images from Photo du Jour, one of their biggest photo shows ever.
Kennerly is producer of Discovery Channel’s The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, a four-hour documentary project in 2013 about White House chiefs of staff, He is currently executive producing The Spymasters, a documentary about the directors of the CIA for CBS and Showtime. A directing graduate of the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies, Kennerly was nominated for a Primetime Emmy as executive producer of NBC’s, The Taking of Flight 847, and was the writer and Executive Producer of a two-hour NBC pilot, Shooter, starring Helen Hunt, based on his Vietnam experiences. Shooter won the Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography.
He speaks extensively around the country, and was a featured speaker at the Entertainment Gathering, (EG), Aspen Ideas Festival, The Sea Island Creativity Conference, the CEO Summit, Bank of America's International Board of Visitors and Student Leadership Summit, TEDxBend and dozens of colleges and organizations. He is a member of the elite Canon Explorers of Light program and lectures frequently at forums sponsored by them.
Kennerly is on the Board of Trustees of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Atlanta Board of Visitors of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He is a member of the board of directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles, and Creative Visions Foundation. In 2014, Youngstown State University established the David Hume Kennerly endowed scholarship for students of the visual arts.
✕ Patrick V. Kerrigan
Community Organizer. Lifelong resident of the City of Youngstown. Graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, University of Notre Dame, Akron Law School and Kent State University. Former Assistant Ohio Attorney General, Youngstown Municipal Court Judge, and adjunct faculty at Youngstown State University and Kent State University. Since 2000, Kerrigan has been one of the founders and first Executive Director of Lien Forward Ohio (now Mahoning County Land Bank), Home for Good Reentry Referral Center, and the Oak Hill Collaborative (current). The Oak Hill Collaborative is a neighborhood revitalization center in one of the most socio-economically depressed areas in the state, providing community organizing, neighborhood beautification, a small business incubator, and the only true maker space in town.
Kerrigan also serves as President, St. Patrick's Parish Council, former vice-chair of Leadership Mahoning Valley, Mahoning County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Board and the Youngstown-Warren Urban League and is a current and former member of numerous other community organizations. Husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He believes that God's graces include mercy and forgiveness of past transgressions, and the opportunity of second chances for all God's creatures.
✕ Larry Moliterno
Larry Moliterno is President/CEO of Meridian HealthCare, a diverse behavioral health organization. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University, where he also serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Williamson College of Business.
Larry has a 25-year history of leadership positions in both the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas. He has served as Executive Director of Catholic Charities and Director of Planning for the Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way.
In 2013, Larry was elected president of the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers, a not-for-profit statewide alliance of treatment and prevention providers. In that capacity, he testified before members of the House Health and Aging Committee of the Ohio General Assembly in January of 2014. His testimony came in support of HB 369, which included several measures to address the growing problem of opioid addiction in the state.
Larry is also a Boardman Township Trustee, and currently represents Boardman on the BSTN Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of the Mahoning County Land Bank. He is a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley, and has participated in a number of community organizations — including serving on the Executive Committee of Boardman Civics, and as Vice President of Boardman Community Baseball.
Larry and his wife Kathleen have two college-age children, Tyler and Lauren.
✕ Greg Mook
Greg Mook is a follower of Jesus Christ, and he desires to live like Jesus did. He is a native of the Youngstown area and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Professional Writing and Editing from Youngstown State University in 2005. He worked with middle school and high school students as an assistant youth director at his church for several years, where he taught lessons from the Bible, served as a mentor, and coordinated community involvement. He has organized and participated in several short term service trips around the United States, and he worked during the summer of 2009 in New Orleans for an Americorps term with a local community center focused on rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. After New Orleans, he returned to complete the Paramedic program at Youngstown State University in 2011.
Internationally, Greg has traveled for short term humanitarian and evangelical causes to Mexico and Togo before a six-month trip to Lebanon in 2015. During his stay in Lebanon, he studied urban Levantine Arabic and participated with local church groups and NGOs. He witnessed how the country's people and multinational organizations work with refugees who are displaced from the crises in Syria, Iraq, and Palestine. The population of Lebanon was only 4.5 million people before the influx of refugees started in recent years. There are now an estimated 1.3 million registered refugees in the country. Due to the region’s history of religious and political tension and conflict, the refugee crisis creates unique humanitarian and social issues that are compounded by an acute growth in Lebanon’s population.
Following the term in Lebanon, Greg returned to his role as a paramedic for Cranberry Township EMS in Western Pennsylvania. He is currently completing a Master of Arts program in Global Studies from Liberty University.
✕ Thomas Nowacki
Thomas Nowacki is the founder and principal illustrator of Novie Studio, a medical illustration and animation studio in Cleveland, OH. Tom is also the Chair of and Associate Professor in the Biomedical Art Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2008.
He received his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Medical Illustration in 2006, his BFA from Baldwin Wallace University and is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI).
Tom also is a professional member of Association of Medical Illustrators and sits on Board of Certification of Medical Illustrators.
His specialties include: biomedical illustration and animation, vector graphics and web interactivity.
✕ Brandy Schumaker
Brandy began competing in natural bodybuilding in 2007, earning her pro card in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) in 2011. In 2012, while prepping for her first pro bodybuilding show, she began competing in strongman. Most recently, Brandy placed second in her weight class at the 2015 United States Strongman Nationals during her first season of competing after giving birth to her daughter, Alice, in September of 2013. She is currently competing in bodybuilding as a DFAC (Drug Free Athletes Coalition) pro and plans on competing at the DFAC Worlds competition in Miami, Florida at the end of October.
Brandy’s interest in exercise began during her undergraduate work in Exercise Science at Youngstown State University and grew once she met her husband, Shawn, in 2005. This interest has not only provided her with career opportunities; it has become her hobby, her passion, and her family’s lifestyle. She is currently the Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness programs at YSU where she also teaches part-time in the Exercise Science department. She is co-owner/personal trainer with Shawn at Team BSS Training and Fitness in Boardman where she also oversees the physique competition prep services. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother that is committed to being a positive role model and proponent for women in both physique and strength sports.
✕ James Shuttic & Ron Book
James is a Warren native and graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. He earned his B.F.A. in painting from Youngstown State University and later went on to earn a degree in computer drafting and design. James is co-owner / artist at Shuttic Arts along side his wife and fellow artist, Julia Shuttic. James is a member of the Independent Artist Association, and sits on the board of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County. James works in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, digital, and has recently been collaborating with poets and musicians on a series of live painting and performance works. Over the years, James has shown in a number of solo and group shows, and has won multiple awards for his work.
Ron was born in late February to Madeline and Samuel Book in Saint Mary’s Hospital in Clarksburg West Virginia. As a young child, Ron migrated with his family from Shinnston, West Virginia and its coal mines to Warren, Ohio where his father became a union founder. His early years were spent on Sidelles Court in downtown Warren, between Chestnut, High Street, Elm Road and East Market Street. Following his parents divorce, Ron was raised by his mother, along with his older brother Sam and his younger sister Micha. His family moved often, and he attended 6 different elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.
Not a great student, he did graduate from Warren G. Harding. He attended but did not graduate from Kent State University.
While working for ZCMI in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ron began his modeling career which took him around the world before settling in Chicago where he lived for 10 years. Due to the death of his younger sister, Ron moved back to Warren to help raise her two sons. Ron returned to Kent and graduated with a degree in Radio and Television Production. 1997- 2002 Substitute taught throughout Trumbull County 2002 began work at Trumbull County Family Court 2011 began the low residency MFA poetry program at Ashland University 2013 graduated from Ashland 2013 created The Rust Belt Poets and Writers Group 2014 resigned from family court 2015 applied and was accepted into the NEOMFA program Presently attending Kent State University.
✕ Greg Siegle
Dr. Siegle directs the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Translational Research. His research program examines the neural basis of emotion and thinking in mood and anxiety disorders and how this information can be used to predict response to validated treatments and to guide novel treatment development. The ultimate goal of this work is routinely using insights and methods from cognitive neuroscience in the psychiatry clinic. He is particularly interested in how neural activity, measured on-line during real-world tasks can be used in neurorehabilitation for psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Siegle’s research is funded by multiple NIH awards including R01s and collaborative centers. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and 14 chapters in this area. Following his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Cognitive Science, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Siegle completed a clinical internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and an NIH post-doctoral fellowship in clinical cognitive neuroscience at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where he remains as faculty.
✕ Andy Tveekrem
Andy Tveekrem is the Brewmaster and Partner in Market Garden Brewery, Nano Brew Cleveland, and the Market Garden Craft Brewery (which is currently under construction). All 3 businesses are located within two blocks of the West Side Market on West 25th Street, in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland. Market Garden Brewery opened in 2011as a brewpub, followed a year later by Nano Brew Cleveland. Market Garden Craft Brewery, which is often referred to as the "Palace of Fermentation,” will start brewing by the end of 2015 and start shipping beer for distribution in early 2016, and will also prominently feature guided tours of the brewery, beer sampling, and retail sales of beer and related merchandise.
Prior to founding Market Garden Brewery in 2010, Andy enjoyed a rewarding 20 year career as Brewmaster at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Frederick Brewing Company in Maryland, and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Delaware. He is also highly involved in the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, serving as national Technical Committee Chair and locally as President of District Midwest. He is a frequent presenter on beer, technical brewing and brewing history topics at conventions, colleges and universities, and various other gatherings. He lives in Cleveland with his wife Vickie.
✕ Nayef Zarrour
While millions of people across the world are displaced as refugees each year due to war and conflict, few emerge from this struggle feeling empathetic for the opposing side. As an American-Arab displaced as a refugee from the 2006 Israel/Hezbollah war in Lebanon, Nayef has continuously strived to better Arab-Israeli relations through empathetic, safe communication and culturally conscience actions.
How do we break through the barriers of hatred when faced with challenging or life-threatening situations at the hands of another? The ability to empathize with our opposition rather than developing hatred requires us to shift our perspective in order to see the world through their eyes. Oftentimes this desire to empathize will be faced with barriers of public opinion and established dogma, but it is the tool needed to begin the path to healing.
Nayef is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and a graduate of Youngstown State University. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.