Dwayne is self-taught artist with a huge passion for creativity. Ever since he was eight years old he was interested in art, and at age ten he sold his first drawing to his Aunt for $5. That was a lot of money at that age, so he decided to engage in his first form of entrepreneurial education by walking house-to-house in his neighborhood selling his artwork.
By middle school, everybody knew him as an artist. In 8th grade, his Language Arts teacher criticized him for bringing his art portfolio to every class with him because she saw it as a distraction. One day she got fed up, pulled him outside of the classroom for a one on one, held his art portfolio in her hand, looked him in the eyes and said, “This won’t get you anywhere in life, my class will.” The competitive nature in him saw that as a challenge because his passion for art trumped any negativity. he practiced drawing twice as hard, stayed up twice as late and studied twice as much. he went on to win highly competitive art competitions locally, statewide and nationally.
Dwayne was interviewed by CBS news and the AJC about his experience winning a contest that granted an all expense paid trip to Italy to diversify his art skills. he was honored to sell his artwork to Thomas Arvid, one of the top artists in the world. he was requested four times to do live drawings at Frank Ski’s Celebrity Wine Tastings accompanied by executives of fortune 500 companies and celebrities such as NeYo, Chris Tucker, Dikimbe Mutumbo and Dr. J.
Art is about experimenting and trial and error and his talent improved drastically because of his work ethic and willingness to step out of his comfort zone. By 17 years old, he was proficiently self-taught in graphite, charcoal, and pastel drawing, oil and acrylic painting, and graphic design. Art taught him how to facilitate the details of his own ideas, how to effectively communicate his ideas to others and how to think critically about how he see the world around him.
Renee Miller and her late husband Randy Miller were married 34 years, when the Lord took him home. They began their family business, Miller Pads and Paper, over 27 years ago with the purpose of serving families and christians through the manufacturing and sale of their paper products and over 6,000 art and educational products.
During those 27 years, Renee has enjoyed speaking with families at the 30 plus conventions she attends yearly; encouraging them ”to run the race well and to press on “. Renee Is mother to 4 grown children and their spouses. She Is grandma to 6 (and growing), grandchildren. She enjoys family gatherings and being Involved In their lives, cheering them on In whatever God has them doing. As her family and business grew so did her love for the Lord. In His faithfulness, God has gently led her through many trials and opportunities, all for the sake of glorifying and honoring Him. After the Lord took Randy home, He asked Renee to share her many life experiences as a wife, mom, grandma and business owner. Her prayer Is that the Lord will bless you as she shares her life’s Journey and the Lords’ faithfulness In all things.
Joan Moon, Ed.D., C.N.M. will present to parents on how to teach daughters about women’s health in the home. She has practiced as a labor and delivery nurse, lactation consultant, Certified Nurse-Midwife, and university faculty member. As a midwife providing care for women, Dr. Moon became interested in how lack of knowledge impedes a woman’s ability to make personal and healthcare decisions. As an educator, she saw the challenges of learning about the menstrual cycle from a textbook. With support from the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Moon developed the computer-based, interactive module A Woman’s World: Discovering the Dynamic Menstrual Cycle. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally , and has been well-received by healthcare providers, parents, and educators.. Dr. Moon lives in Bluffton, Indiana, with her husband. She continues to teach graduate nursing online, and is actively involved in her most recent project “The Gathering Place”, an online forum for women to meet and share their stories.
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LaTina Robinson is a passionate educator. As a mother of 4, teacher, literacy coach, with a Masters in Education she believes every child should have rich, engaging educational opportunities. When asked about her greatest achievement, she proudly states motherhood. “Being a parent and an educator has kept me in touch with what really matters… kids. I’ve come to understand, we must combine passion with action. Equipping teachers and parents with the best resources, by co-founding One Stop Word Shop, maximizes my impact on children’s reading and writing, and is my way of contributing.”