Marcia Dartt Taraschi

Marcia Taraschi


Certified Health and Nutrition Coach and doTerra Wholeness Advocate

Website: mydoterra.com/marciataraschi
Email mdtaraschi@gmail.com

SOAR Values
Life Transitions
Continuous Improvement

 

 


Marcia Taraschi is a certified Holistic Health Coach and dōTERRA Wellness Advocate.  She helps individuals and families achieve their health goals by supporting them in making nutrition and lifestyle changes.

She also teaches them how to replace products in their home with natural products that will help and not hurt their health. When her children were younger, Marcia encountered health problems of her own and within her family that physicians were unable to resolve.

She dedicated her efforts to finding natural approaches that could address the root cause of the problems and eliminate or minimize the need for pharmaceutical drugs and their potentially serious side affects. In 2011 Marcia. graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and shifted her career towards helping empower others to achieve vibrant health and wellness.

Prior to this Marcia was a Director of Research & Development at Church & Dwight and Johnson & Johnson. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Marcia lives in Skillman, NJ with her husband Fred and their 2 dogs. Their three awesome children are now adults living on their own.

Be sure to visit Marcia’s dōTERRA Wholeness Advocate website: mydoterra.com/marciataraschi

Zonya Love Johnson

 


SOAR Values
Vision and Purpose


Zonya Love hails from Durham, North Carolina. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre from North Carolina A&T State University and an M.F.A. from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Six months after receiving her M.F.A. Zonya landed the lead role following Fantasia Barrino in the Oprah Winfrey produced musical ‘The Color Purple’. Zonya also traveled the continent in the first national tour of the Tony Award Winning Musical ‘Avenue Q’.

She has performed on stages in Lyon, Liverpool, Scotland, St. Martin Island, and Toronto.  Some of Zonya’s favorite credits include playing Bessie Smith in ‘The Devil’s Music,UP HERE’, ‘Hair Spray’, ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’, ‘Blues in the Night’, ‘The Wiz’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘Show Boat’, Intimate Appare’l, and ‘Twelfth Night’. Other highlights in Zonya’s career include singing at the famed Carnegie Hall, as well singing with The Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). Singing with BIV has afforded Zonya many wonderful opportunities.

She has recorded with the band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, performed in Mariah Carey’s Christmas Concert at the Beacon Theater in 2014, sang back ground vocals for TV shows America’s Got Talent, Smash and The David Letterman Show as well as recording BIV’s second album Great Joy II.

Zonya has volunteered for several organizations including The Ronald Mc Donald House and Broadway’s Equity Fights AIDS and most recently Sing For Hope. She’s taught various workshops and theatre classes and continues to pursue her passion, Performing.

Zonya is blessed and forever grateful for the journey and strives to live every day to the fullest. She thanks God for his unconditional, unfailing, everlasting Love and favor as spoken in Romans 8.

I have had the honor and the pleasure of seeing Zonya perform in Kiss Me, Kate and The Devli’s Music. She is indeed a treasure to behold!


 

Brian Sienkiewicz


 

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Woodworking and Surf photography by Jenna Seitz of Epoch Trading Post


SOAR Values
Community and Family
Creativity


On the community and family side


Brian Sienkiewicz is the Field Coordinator with a non-profit organization called Bridges to Employment a sub division of Alternatives Inc. Brian runs a Career Education and Work Readiness Program that allows high school students with special needs as well as at risk youth learn what the world has to offer while building the necessary skills and tools to gain employment.

The students involved with the Bridges to Employment Work Readiness program are given the opportunity to learn about entry level and career level jobs by hands-on exposure right in their own communities. Brian seeks out employers who will allow students to observe as well as sample job tasks with an actual employee. This community-based collaboration allows the students to assess their own skills and interests.

And recently Brian was also a judge for the Miss Starlite Galaxy Pageant.  And this is how we actually met!


On the creative side


Brian feeds his creative side through his business, Wood Vibrations Restorations. He upcycles wood materials into home décor pieces, such as turning old wooden doors into bookshelves or coffee tables.

With his dog Gypsy at his side Brian scours the beach in search of driftwood to make candle holders, burning mantras into them.  He and Gypsy sell their wares at local farmer/artisan markets  and a local store on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. One of the markets in Asbury Park has also hired Brian to interview other vendors and photograph their work.


Contact Wood Vibrations Restorations
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Instagram: wood_vibrations_restorations
Email  wvrestorations@gmail.com

 

Cindy Williams Newsome


SOAR Values

Community and family

Managing relationships


Cindy Williams-Newsome

Author of Hobbstown: The Forgotten Legacy of a Unique African- American Community. Cindy’s love of writing began as a youngster, but blossomed as a member of a “girl group” in the 1960s. Books available in Amazon.

 


Cindy Williams Newsome was born in Panama City, Florida, but was raised in a section of Bridgewater, New Jersey known as Hobbstown.

Her love of writing began as a youngster, but bloomed as a member of a local “girl group” (singing) in the late 1960sShe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Caldwell College and a business degree from Raritan Valley College. 

In 2006 she was the winner of a history preservation award from the Cultural & Heritage Commission of Somerset County for her first book, Hobbstown: The Forgotten Legacy of a Unique African-American Community.

The Vain Girl, released in November 2011, is the author’s sophomoric work, and her first entry into the genre of inspirational romance writing. It is the story of a family’s journey to forgiveness, redemption, and unconditional love.

Ms. Newsome shares a love of writing, both historical and inspirational romance, and has published in Spirituality & Health Magazine. Her next work will be a history project reflecting on baseball in Bridgewater and surrounding areas inspired by her late brother.

After many years of working in the corporate world, Ms. Newsome has been employed as a manager in a non-profit agency that supports developmentally disabled individuals.

She is also a volunteer hospice worker, and worked in this capacity with Grace Healthcare Services for four years. She finds great comfort in giving service to others; caring for those who are less fortunate, and allows her faith in God to direct her path.

Ms. Newsome is an avid reader, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Angela’s Ashes are two of her favorite books. She also loves treasure shopping and providing inspiration to the young and elderly.

Catch Cindy on Amazon

2016 Season 2

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Going Strong in season 2


Celebration

Miss Starlite Galaxy Pageant Innovation 

Zonya Love Johnson, The Theatre World

Brian Sienkiewicz, Combining Community and Family with Creativity

Innarae Guy, An Artist Making a Buzz

Loren Johnson-Rosa, founder of We Help People LLC

Bishop Sidney Gaines and Dr Shirley Gaines, The Gospel Duo

Kenneth J. Lewis, Sr, Self-instructed Artist

Eric Gordon, Founder of Moms With Dreams University

Ken and Melissa Morici, Business Owners

Lisa Austin Granville, Evangelist

Lisa Austin Granville


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Minister of the Gospel

Lisa is a minister of the gospel who loves God, God’s Word and God’s people. She believes it is an honor to engage in ministry so that God is glorified and the needs of people are met. Her passion is to evangelize the disenfranchised and broken hearted, and is very comfortable meeting people right where they are.

 


A powerful initiative that Lisa just established through the leading of the Spirit is Woman With A Sword Ministries”, a ministry geared towards teaching women to use the Word of God skillfully, prayerfully believing God for deliverance and healing by the Word. Currently Lisa is pursuing her B.A Degree in Biblical Studies at Oral Roberts University via Pneuma Life School of Ministry in Rahway, NJ.

 

Loren Johnson-Rosa

 


SOAR Value
Life Transitions


Loren-Johnson Rosa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loren Johnson-Rosa is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) serving families throughout the state of New Jersey. Her career spans across 15 years of service to children, families, and child-serving organizations. She began her service with the Trenton Community and later branched out to other counties within the state of New Jersey. Dedicated to working with children and their families, Loren enrolled at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she earned a bachelor and master of science degrees in Children and Family counseling with a concentration in drug and alcohol studies.

During her educational journey, she worked with Mercer Street Friends initially teaching HIV/AIDS education and prevention throughout the Trenton Public School District and then as a Job Placement Counselor for individuals receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through Mercer County Board of Social Services. In collaboration with the School-Based Youth Services Program and the Urban League she developed, TLC – a program for teen pregnancy, teaching Tender, Loving and Care skills to pregnant teens and their babies.

Her clinical expertise began in her home town of Princeton, NJ where she completed her internship and was offered a position as a clinical therapist. Understanding her passion to help the disenfranchised, she accepted a position with the Juvenile Justice Commission New Jersey Training School (NJTS) for young males in New Jersey’s correctional facilities.

Eventually recognizing that she had come full circle working full time, Loren decided that she had more than enough experience to open up her own agency to service children. Hence, WE HELP PEOPLE, LLC was birthed with focus being that she become a brick in the foundation of those trying to establish themselves within today’s societal norms.

 

 

Erica Gordon

Moms with Dreams University™


Erica GordonErica Gordan is the founder of Moms With Dreams University™, the educational resource for women who desire more. She is the creative force and compiler of the Amazon bestseller, Motherhood Dreams & Success: You Can Have It All, and the host of the popular Moms With Dreams Show, her weekly podcast.

Despite being a teen mom, Erica was determined to be more than a statistic. She persevered with her educational goals and earned her Bachelors degree in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship after 15 years of taking classes in between taking care of her family. A few years later, she acquired her Masters degree in Psychology and became a certified professional coach while going through a challenging divorce, working full-time, and repositioning her life.

Bishop Sidney and Dr Shirley Gaines

 


The Gospel Duo


Bishop Shirley Gaines

Bishop Sidney Gaines and his wife Dr Shirley Gaines are truly a “gospel duo”. Married for over 35 years, they learn together, grow together and serve together, living out their God-given purpose through their marriage commitment. On the one hand, they have many things in common (including coming from large families) and complement one another quite well. On the other, they are individual powerhouses.


Bishop Gaines, the seventh of nine children, is a licensed therapist, a tax preparer, a financial services professional and a certified life coach. He received his doctorate in Clinical Religious Counseling from The Shepherd’s Care Bible College.

Dr Shirley is the sixth of eight children and has an equally eclectic mind having studied topics ranging from computer programming and electronic engineering to human resources and mental health. She also attended The Shepherd’s Care College, receiving a Doctorate in Clinical Religious Counseling. Dr Shirley is also a licensed minister, certified life coach and author of the book, In your Journey Lies Your Awakening. She founded Journey of Awakening, a business offering various products and services based on the book.

Innarae Guy

An Artist Creating a Buzz


Creating buzz as the artist who makes you think, Innarae Guy started writing poems at the age of ten and songs by fifteen. Her work exemplifies an appreciation of the human spirit, knowledge of purpose, and love of beauty. Through poetry and music Innarae encourages readers and listeners to return “home”, to transform, and discover that absolutely no circumstance can diminish the life and light that shines within each soul.

Her latest project fuses poetry with a Neo-Soul sound in celebration of Sankofa, an African concept which defines the process of going back to our roots, searching out, and acquiring what would be helpful to move forward in life.

 


Working with a music producer from BlackCree Studios, InnaRae studied the voice of her late grandmother, Irene Johnson to create the album, Rena’s Moan, an intimate and deep-seated portrayal of what she believes sums up only a portion of her grandmother’s experiences. Each song tells a story that strikes a delicate balance between facing demons and transforming them into something that can be of great value to others who seek truth. Through her work with Red Wall Productions, Innarae has produced The Journey to Rena’s Moan, a documentary that compels women who struggle with sexual shame and generational wounds to start the healing journey and allow their authentic gifts to shine.

Innarae is well appreciated by an audience of young girls through her program, Rena’s Chance, a workshop designed to recognize, promote, and establish a link between inner healing, well being and creative expression among girls ages 12-18. Innarae challenges the negative thought patterns found in today’s mainstream musical/ written/spoken expression and inspires young ladies to identify and share their beauty and authentic voices with the world around them!