Barry Cervantes is Founder and President of Camelot Life Coaching Company. He established this second career in 2005, with the intent to give back by "creating greater success and significance" in others.
Previously Barry owned, managed and eventually sold Gateway Insurance Company, licensed in 36 states and generating more than $40 million in revenue.
Barry's leadership among non-profits and community is legendary, as he is actively involved in multiple organizations that serve a wide variety of causes that impact small business, entrepreneurship, children, families, education, drug abuse, homelessness and economic development. He has been recognized by Voices for Children, Outstanding Young Men of America, Maryville University, the Small Business Coalition, and others.
Barry holds an MBA from St. Louis University, and a Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University
Jim Chastain is Founder of RealityCheck, a thinking + technology partnership that has evolved from gaining deeper and better insights through technology. He leads brand strategy for products and services nationwide, and has built RealityCheck into a major branding firm consisting of planners and strategists from the advertising industry. Jim is a thought leader in the field of consumer behavior, and regularly works with classic as well as innovative, proprietary techniques for understanding how we think.
Tony currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Taco Mac Sports Grill, an exciting casual dining concept with locations in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. At Taco Mac, he leads all brand marketing, beverage marketing and the culinary team for this growing concept. Prior to joining TM Restaurant Group in 2013, Tony served as Vice President for Marketing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and as Chief Executive Officer of Encircle Marketing, Chief Operating Officer of TracyLocke and President of PGC Advertising, all divisions of Omnicom Group.
Throughout his career, Tony has been known for creating successful consumer-focused, integrated marketing programs, strategic brand positioning, consumer advertising, promotions and new products. His work has empowered a wide variety of national, regional and international brands in consumer packaged goods, beverage, restaurant and retail industries.
Tony is a graduate of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of the Senior Management Program of Omnicom University at Babson College.
Walter O. Evans, MD is a humanitarian, that special breed that cares about mankind, making a difference, and contributing to the whole. As a patron of the arts, he's spent the past 30 years, building a visual legacy to share with the world and although not a household name, in the art community he's quite well known. His claim to fame, The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, is one of the largest, privately owned African American art collections on the globe. The collection includes hundreds of pieces of art and is historically significant because there are paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by master artists and historical figures spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Notably, he has the largest privately-owned collections of works by Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, both of whom emerged during the New Negro Movement of the Harlem Renaissance.
Dr. Evans' professional life has been in the field of medicine. He received an undergraduate education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. After moving to Michigan, he completed his medical studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and he served his residency at hospitals affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Evans worked in Detroit as a surgeon for twenty-five years.
Ron Himes is the Founder and Producing Director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company, which has developed a national reputation for staging quality productions from an African-American perspective. He founded the company in 1976 while still a student at Washington University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
In 2003, Himes was appointed the first Henry E. Hampton, Jr. Artist-in-Residence at Washington University, a joint appointment of the Performing Arts and African American studies departments. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the St. Louis 2004 Heroes Pierre Laclede Award in 2004; The Arts & Education Council's: Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001; The Better Family Life's Creative Artist Award in 1997; the St. Louis Black Repertory Company's Woodie Award for Best Direction from 1994-1997; and Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1993, and from Washington University in 1997; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Life and Legacy Award from the National Pan-Hellenic Alumni council. In. 1993, the Ron Himes Scholarship Fund was established at Webster University in St. Louis.
Himes has served on boards, panels, and advisory councils for a number of arts organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts; the John F. Kennedy Center; the Arts and Humanities Commission, and more.
After a 25 year career in the financial industry, Jay Indovino became the Executive Director of Pedal the Cause after launching the inaugural event in October,2010 with founder Bill Koman. Pedal the Cause is a cancer fundraising cycling challenge with 100% of donations supporting groundbreaking cancer research at the Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. In its first three years, Pedal the Cause has donated $4.3 million to fund critically important seed research projects, and by 2013 expects to be the largest athletic fundraising event in the St. Louis region. Prior to Pedal the Cause, Indovino held various executive positions focused on institutional equity trading and research as Managing Director of Bridge Trading Company and President of Sungard Brokerage.
Director of Admissions/Head Emeritus, has spent 33 years in the field of education. Most recently, as Founding Head, Head Emeritus and Director of Admissions of the Oliverian School, he has served Oliverian as a teacher, advisor, counselor and coach. He describes the feeling he had when he began his first teaching job at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, as a strong sense that he was "going home." Barclay states that since entering the field of education, "it's as though I've never had a bad day."
Barclay received his BA from The City University of New York and his Master's Degree from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California. He's proud to say that his work at Oliverian has been the most richly rewarding professional experience of his career. "The Oliverian School ethos supports students who may be struggling to find their way, while giving them an opportunity to redefine who they are in a setting that will nourish and inspire them," says Barclay.
Roger Moss, Jr. is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee where he received numerous awards for civic and artistic accomplishments. He graduated from Wheaton College and sang in the Wheaton College Concert Choir and Men's Glee Club. His extensive performance career has included singing for the Archbishop of Canterbury, singing to sold out crowds with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra and performing the role of "Jake" in the Opera Memphis production of Porgy and Bess. He was a finalist in the American Traditions vocal competition.
Moss is Co-founder of the Savannah Children's Choir, the objective of which is to create a positive way for Savannah's children to represent their community and showcase positive accomplishments; also, through education and performance, to instill in the next generation a love of the beauty and variety of American music. His boundless energy and enthusiasm are an inspiration to all who work with him, as is his life philosophy which is, "You can never dream too big."
Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage. His original music is inspired by the swampy gospel blues that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in and around the southeast Georgia low country.
Walter Parks is an extraordinary singer whose songs can break your heart as well as get you dancing. Lyrical and political, personal and otherworldly at the same time, transcendent as well as down to earth, Walter is a musical treasure, an artist of the highest caliber. To hear him is to be lifted into a mystical sphere. I adore him. — Judy Collins
Tim is CO-Founder and CEO of Rodgers Townsend/DDB. Tim has over 35 years of advertising agency experience. Prior to founding RT, he was Senior Vice President/Group Account Director at DMB&B/St. Louis. His client experience includes AT&T, Visa USA, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Express Scripts, Alliance Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Hartford, Scottrade, PBS, Ameren, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ConAgra, 7-Up and General Mills.
Andrew T. Wainwright, MA has over thirty years in the Addiction Field. He is a graduate from Sonoma State University in California with a Master's Degree in Counseling. He has worked extensively in many settings including detox, residential, inpatient and outpatient programs treating alcoholics, addicts, and their families. He also operated a private practice in California for ten years. Andrew currently practices in New York City.
Tom Townsend is Co-Founder of Rodgers Townsend/DDB, a prominent St. Louis advertising agency who over the years has served SBC, AT&T, BASF, The Hartford, Energizer, and other national brands. Prior to starting Rodgers Townsend with Tim Rodgers, Tom was Senior Vice President/Group Creative Director at DMB&B/St. Louis. He has created advertising for AT&T, The Hartford, Microsoft, M&M/Mars, Anheuser Busch, Blockbuster, Boston Market, PBS, ConAgra, Banquet Foods, General Motors, Spectrum Brands, Alliance Blue Cross/Blue Shield, McDonald's, and multiple Healthcare and Banking institutions. Tom's concept and copy skills have been recognized by the International Cannes Film Festival, One Show for Art and Copy, Communication Arts, National ADDY Awards, and National Radio Mercury Awards; and as Creative Director, he has been recognized by the Daytime Emmy Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Rodgers Townsend was awarded the Spirit of St. Louis Award for donating well over a million dollars pro bono hours to St. Louis organizations including Forest Park Forever, The Foster Care Coalition, The Black World History Museum, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company, The Regional Arts Council, The Arts and Education Council of St. Louis, Circus Flora, and others. Other St. Louis-based clients have included Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Express Scripts, Monsanto, Ameren, Arch Grants, and Peabody Energy. In 2007 Tom Townsend and his partner Tim Rodgers sold the agency to Omnicom/DDB, one of the top three advertising agency networks in the world. In 2013, Tom He taught Advertising and Strategy courses at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia.
Tom serves on the Board of Outreach International and the Public Relations Council at Washington University, and co-founded with wife Jeanne The Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation after the loss of his oldest son, Alex in 2010. The Foundation's major projects are the A-Town series of festivals that enables young, aspiring artists and musicians to share the stage with established ones, and Pianos for People, which puts acoustic pianos into the homes of underprivileged or financially challenged families.
Tom is a jazz and blues pianist and graduated cum laude from Duke University.
Jeanne currently serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of The Oliverian School. She earned her BA from Duke University, and her JD from Washington University School of Law, where she was on the Editorial Board of the Law Review. After law school, she settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where she became a partner with Goldstein and Price, specializing in maritime law. In addition to practicing law, Jeanne has served on several non-profit boards, including the St. Louis Woman's Club and the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, and currently serves as a Provisional Magistrate Court judge in Clayton, Missouri.
Margo Parks has worked in all dimensions of the music industry for the past ten plus years. On the path to earning her Music Business Degree from New York University she served as a publicity intern at Mammoth Records and a video editor intern for WNET Thirteen while working specifically on the Andrea Bocelli in Rome project.
After graduation in 2000 she explored retail sales at HMV Music until she was hired as label manager at MPress Records, a Manhattan indie.
In 2004 Margo traversed into artist promotions taking on clients Rob Curto, a renown Brazilian style accordionist and Texas blues guitarist Andy Schneider. In 2005 she was beckoned by Grassy Hill Entertainment to co-manage Americana singer/songwriter Amy Speace.
In 2007 Margo established Parks Arts in Jersey City, NJ (with her husband Walter Parks and long time guitarist for Richie Havens) an artist management and booking office specializing in southern Americana roots music. Reinforcing the southern connection, in 2010, Margo teamed up with The Alex Townsend Foundation to co-produce and manage The A-Town Get Down, a successful annual arts & music festival in Savannah, GA, now entering its fourth season. The organization is soon expanding to other cities including launches in 2013 in St. Louis and 2014 in New York City.
In late 2012 Margo had a chat with long-time friend Randy Crafton about his studio, Kaleidoscope Sound and the Parks Arts world. That conversation led them to team up and in 2013 Parks Arts now handles the scheduling for Kaleidoscope Sound, a full service boutique recording studio in Union City, NJ. just over the Hudson River within earshot of New York City.
Elizabeth handles social media strategy for the A-Town Get Down concerts. She is an experienced events and communications coordinator who has worked for production companies in Missouri and Maryland, assisting with communications design, brand identity, and promotions.
Julie is a performing artist, accompanist and piano instructor. She is classically trained and plans on pursuing a master's degree in jazz performance. Julie supports the arts regularly by attending local concerts, performing, recording, volunteering, and sharing her knowledge and love of music with others through music education.
Kristine is bookkeeper and financial advisor for the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation. She has provided financial services for several non-profits, including the YMCA of Greater St. Louis and the Carondelet Leadership Academy. Where possible, Kristine enjoys being involved in live music, theater and dance.
Dennis is a CPA with 20 year's senior financial management experience providing outsourced CFO consulting services to start-ups and emerging growth businesses desiring to maximize financial performance; through constant, consistent focus on establishing financial discipline, defining key performance indicators\management information, and strategic planning, for improved profitability, cash flow and overall value of their enterprise.
In addition to the Alex Townsend Memorial Foundation, Dennis is serving a wide range of industries such as marketing communication, construction\architects, distribution and manufacturing.
Patricia Eastman joined the piano and musicianship faculties of Webster University in 1997. She holds a BM in Piano Performance and MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She is a founder and co-director of the Piano Ensemble Festival and the Classical Piano Camps for intermediate and advanced students.
Her interest in piano ensemble playing led to the formation of ‘Duo Albireo' – a two-piano duo with colleague Donna Bowen Vince.
Pat maintains a successful private teaching studio, is a former Vice President of the St. Louis Area Music Teachers Association, a founding board member of Pianos for People, and the developer of theoryhound.com, a website that teaches pre- college music theory live online.
Joe Jackson founded Jackson Pianos in the summer of 1999 after completing years of apprenticeship in piano tuning, rebuilding and refurbishing - as well as attending classes and seminars around the country in his pursuit of knowledge about the amazing instrument known as the acoustic piano. Over the years, Joe has amassed a lexicon of knowledge concerning many brands and their distinct idiosyncrasies which many clients throughout the city find invaluable. He does work in homes, churches, businesses and fine music venues all over the Saint Louis area.
Andrea is a coordinator at Jackson Pianos. Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, she spent 20 years advocating for individuals with intellectual disabilities. She is a freelance photographer and a certified massage therapist.