Cheryl Albright Soul-stirring Singer, Storyteller

06-05-17  Cheryl Albright Soul-stirring Singer, Storyteller

Cheryl Albright is a soul-stirring singer, storyteller, playwright, performer, and producer on a mission to celebrate and remember the lives and accomplishments of African American female vocalists and their historical journeys. Her two one-woman productions OH FREEDOM OVER ME and ELLA 100! have done just that. Known for the versatility in her vocal performance and intimate, conversational style in her storytelling, Cheryl masterfully reaches a broad and diverse audience in a way that is both entertaining and educational.

OH FREEDOM OVER ME debuted in 2015 in partnership with the University of Rhode Island Urban Culture Arts Program to an audience of 275 attendees. The show earned Cheryl the 2015 Woman of Achievement Award and featured article in She Shines Magazine by the YWCA. Receiving a grant from the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (RISCA) was a special highlight for Cheryl to perform for female inmates at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

ELLA 100! debuted on Super Bowl Sunday 2017 to a standing room only crowd of over 300 theatergoers. It was honored as one of the Top 5 Jazz Events To See by Go Local Providence.

Cheryl is a New England States Touring Artist (NEST). With over thirty-five years of professional singing experience, she has traveled throughout the country singing at various special events featuring and honoring civil rights icons such as Ruby Nell Sales, U.S. Representative John Lewis, Dorothy Cotton, and The New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Bristol Community College Reading Program asked Cheryl to produce and perform a celebration show, HALLELUJAH FOR HENRIETTA, based on their reading of the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks written by Rebecca Skloot.
Born and raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Cheryl comes from a family of singers, musicians, and community activists. Her mother, grandmother, and the Southern Baptist Church were instrumental in exposing her to all genres of music including country-western, bluegrass, and classical. Cheryl believes that music and storytelling is a bridge builder that speaks to the matters of the heart and digs deep in the billows of one’s soul.

Contact:
Phone 530.7ARTS4U (530.727.8748)
Email calbr39@gmail.com
Twitter @loventhumusic
Facebook @CherylAnnAlbrightVocalist
YouTube http://bit.ly/caasinger
Website https://www.creativeground.org/prof

Barbara Fontaine on Trauma Related Disorders and PTSD

05-07-17   Barbara Fontaine on Trauma Related Disorders and PTSD

Barbara Fontaine is a licensed mental health clinician (LMHC) and private practitioner in Fall River, MA. She is a 2006 graduate of the clinical psychology program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a member of the Psi Chi honor society. She has a specialized interest in trauma related disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma.  Her certifications include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Reike, and as a certified trainer for Family Development Credentialing (FDC). In 2007 she was honored by the governor, the Children’s Trust fund, and the FDC for her dedication in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and for her efforts to strengthen children and families in Massachusetts. She is a program coordinator for the Treatment Development Corporation (TDC), a member of Recover Fall River- a coalition working to end stigma related to substance use disorders, a member of The Fall River Opioid Task Force, and Project Reconnect- an outreach service provided to individuals and families who have recently suffered an overdose which provides assistance in gaining access to treatment and support services within Fall River and the surrounding communities. She is a long time resident of Dighton, but continues her work in a private practice in Fall River, MA. Pplmhc2010@yahoo.com

What Does Speech Therapy Consist of and Who Can Benefit with Kari Star

04-02-17  What Does Speech Therapy Consist of and Who Can Benefit with Kari Star

Kari Star is a Speech Language Pathologist who practices at SouthCoast ENT, Speech & Swallow Clinic and Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy in Southeastern MA. Kari is well known in the field for providing holistic therapy with compassion & kindness. Kari has been recognized for her leadership & clinical skills by her peers by winning the Presidents Award at SouthCoast Hospital Group. Kari has lectured at the national level for the ALS Association of MA, symposium for patients & caregivers regarding dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), Brain Injury Association of MA, regarding integrative speech, language & cognitive therapy for those with traumatic brain injury , and for Southern New England Rehab Hospital re: functional speech & cognitive therapy for those with Multiple Sclerosis

In 2016 Kari inspired the popular childrens book “Snowball’s Great Adventure” Like Snowball on Facebook Here, using it as a clinical goal to improve word retrieval, memory and overall language function with a young woman diagnosed with Leukodystrophy. Since 2014, Kari has collaborated with Lisa Yauch Cadden of Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy to facilitate community based & supported socialization & memory groups with adults empowering people to connect using the skills they have despite their limitations  or medical diagnosis. This successful program has been accepted by the national committee Aphasia Access, to share outcomes data on its effectiveness in improving socialization, communication and healthy aging.

Kari & Lisa are grateful to Coastline Elderly of M.A. and the Rhode Island Foundations for their supportive grants. To reach Kari: stark@southcoast.org

For additional resources regarding Speech Pathologists, communication, cognitive and or dysphagia, please contact the American Speech Hearing Association ( ASHA) at Asha.org , National Aphasia Association at  naa@aphasia.org, &/or Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy at facebook.com/buzzardsbayspeech

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