Devereux Pocono Residential Assistant Manager Lanell Williams is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others. Lanell Williams – Devereux Pocono residential assistant manager/direct support professional – was recently highlighted and here is her Hero Q&A. 

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

As an assistant manager, I am readily available to help with anything and everything that contributes to the success of our residential home in Scotrun. I oversee day-to-day operations, which includes supporting my team to ensure the health and well-being of every individual is met. Leading by example is key to providing a safe, positive and supportive environment.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that every contribution, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the lives of the individuals I serve. Being a leader has shown me the importance of working as a team to get through any obstacle. I am proud to be able to provide a great environment that feels like home for our individuals.

How has COVID-19 impacted your role?

How have you risen to this challenge?Having to rapidly adapt to change, as well as trying maintain a positive and efficient transition during COVID-19 has been challenging. I hold myself accountable for ensuring the safety of all staff and individuals under my care by providing physical, mental and emotional support. I also make sure we have the necessary equipment and supplies for Scotrun to properly and safely function. I help keep the program running smoothly by providing hands-on assistance in filling shifts, cleaning and sanitizing the facility, and offering staff training and support.

How do you demonstrate Servant Leadership principles on a daily basis?

I am dedicated to my role, and am aware of the example I set for others. I strive to provide a positive and supportive environment. Anything I can do to establish a structured setting allows both the individuals and staff under my care to achieve the best possible outcome. Communication is key when it comes to meeting our goals.
What is one thing your colleagues don’t know about you?I have a very artistic side – I love to sing and draw.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I go above and beyond to provide outstanding care and services. I remain observant, respond quickly and take preventative measures to avoid challenging situations. I wear my heart on my sleeve and take pride in being able to make a difference. I trust my judgement, as well as the judgement of my co-workers, to make the best possible choice

Visit www.Devereux.org for more information.

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Rajparth Achievers Founder Bimal Shah is Today’s Honoree

Bimal Shah is on a mission to deliver breakthroughs to entrepreneurs by reaching their three-year goal in one year through customized systems of coaching, planning, & accountability that provide Security from Enemies of Prosperity. Rajparth Achievers, LLC. is founded on three platforms: Thrive, Transform, and Transcend.

Bimal’s story began when he came to the United States 20 years ago from Bombay, India …though coming from an affluent family, he worked five jobs to pay his own out of state tuition, graduated from UF with decent savings, chose to start his own business instead of accepting offered jobs, and has been a thriving entrepreneur ever since.

During more than 16 years in the Business, he has helped make a difference in the lives of more than 1000 families & businesses to preserve their assets, increase their income and reduce their taxes.

He is a lifetime member of Million Dollar Round Table®, MDRT. And also a member of Top of the Table®. It is one of the highest levels of recognition in the financial services industry. He has been awarded the Global Corporate Award in 2014 for being one of the best in the life insurance category. Recognized in Who’s Who, as well.

Rajparth Group has been named as one of the Best Small Businesses in Boca Raton in the Investment Category. He has been a Recipient of the National Ethics Award. He is a recognized speaker with presentations at several professional business associations, conferences, & meetings.

Bimal has also done several speaking engagements with organizations such as NPI, BNI, The Millionaires Group, Health Care Round Table, SFHHA, SFTA.

Visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/theoneyearbreakthrough/ for more information.

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Lips and Lace Founder Shakera McCrory is Today’s Honoree

Shakera McCrory is the founder of Lips And Lace a cosmetic company that inspires women to let their hair down, have fun and be confident in themselves. She is also the founder of Shakera’s Tea Party,  a Women Empowerment group that gives women a safe space to be themselves and to get the support that they need.

Shakera McCrory has always been in love with different color lipsticks since she was a little girl. It was her older sister Nicha who influenced her to have a passion for lipsticks and cosmetics. That was the beginning of Shakera’s journey in becoming a beauty advocate who helps other women find their beauty inside and out.

Her advocacy steered her to the path of owning Lips and Lace Cosmetics Company. Lips And Lace brings out the fun side of makeup.

It was 2016 when Shakera lost her job as an office manager of a loan company. Stepping out in faith, she phoned an online legal technology company called Legal Zoom to help her produce legal documents. Within an hour, she was a business owner. The beginning of her journey wasn’t the easiest, but because she invested in her brand, networked, built her makeup portfolio, and work on tv and film set as an intern makeup artist, she was able to bounce back prepare Lips & Lace for launch.

As a mom of two, Shakera wants to show her kids that anything is possible if you persevere. Know that when you purchase from Lips & Lace, you are supporting a lifelong passion. Your support will not be taken lightly.

Visit https://www.lipsandlace.com/ for more information.

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dreamOway Founder and CEO Justine Sinclair is Today’s Honoree

About Justine Sinclair, Founder and CEO, dreamOway

As a single parent, my daughter and I have a unique bond. We rely on each other for motivation and support. From a young age, she had dreams for the future. I always told her “tomorrow’s dream can only happen if you start today!” That’s why I started dreamOway. As a typical teenager, my daughter loves the “mobile” life and connecting to the world around her through social media. I wanted a platform focused on tomorrow instead of today. A place where she could chase her dreams – and find others to support her along the way. And that’s what dreamOway is – a community of supportive individuals – daring to imagine a better tomorrow. Post a video and share how you want to change the world. Others will catch your vision and support you! If you truly believe in your goals, and you’re willing to work hard, anything is possible! Dare to dream with us and turn your dreams into reality.

dreamOway’s Mission Statement

We believe pursuing a passion is a personal journey — focused on helping turn dreams into reality and eliminating the “what if” regrets in life. Open yourself up to others and focus on connections with others! dreamOway provides all the tools needed to act now on your next big idea. With a simple sign-up process, easy dream creation tools, and an amazing network, you can spend less time building and more time interacting.

Our platform is designed to inspire, promote, and nurture our users’ goals to make their dreams become a reality. dreamOway is a community of authentic, friendly, and supportive visionaries committed to supporting one another’s hopes and aspirations. You’ll find like-minded dreamers who enjoy leaving a kind comment, great advice, or a lengthy chat about today’s challenges and tomorrow’s hopes. We’re not about competition with one another — we’re about collaboration.

Whether you’re young, old, or anywhere in between, if you want to make a difference today, dreamOway can help make your dreams a reality! Download the app from the iOS or Google Play app stores to get started.

If you need inspiration or advice, check out our blog https://blog.dreamoway.com/

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The Mouth Painter Glenneisha Darkins is Today’s Honoree

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My name is Glenneisha Darkins or Glenny. I am a quadriplegic mouth-painter from Miami, FL.

In November of 2010, I was involved in a traumatic car accident that severely effected my four limbs. My physical disability is called quadriplegia. But, in spite of my disability, I’ve accomplished quite a lot that I am motivated to share with whomever crosses my path. To name a few, I received my degree in B. A. in Psychology with an area in Women’s and Gender studies from the Florida Int’l University in 2018. In 2014, I wrote and self-published my first book called Freedom Chair: An Open Diary of A Quadriplegic. Now, I am finally rolling in my purpose as an artist and a public speaker. My goal is to inspire and motivate through my story and my art. I hope to educate the world on dismantling the misconceptions of individuals with disabilities. Ultimately, I hope to help someone else feel the courage and strength to overcome their own obstacles, discover their own purpose and share their stories. 


Every piece is a body of work from the mouth of a woman who once felt defeated to now exemplifying courage, empowerment and resiliency. With that being said, I hope you leave feeling inspired and motivated!

Visit https://gdarkins.art/ for more information.

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Core IQ Founder Randall Bell, PhD is Today’s Honoree

Randall Bell, PhD is a socio-economist and the CEO of Landmark Research Group, LLC. His work and research have taken him to all 50 states and all seven continents consulting on major disasters like the World Trade Center, the Flight 93 Crash Sites, the BP Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, the Nuclear Testing on the Bikini Atoll, and several tragedies including Jon Benet Ramsey, OJ Simpson, and the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide mansion. This has given Dr. Bell unprecedented access and insights into disaster, recovery, and prosperity. He is known for his ability to analyze complex situations and present his findings in an interesting, organized, and intelligent way.

Dr. Bell is also known for defining the clear pattern for success known as Me We Do Be. These principles were founded on research that has spanned 25 years and results from a survey of 5,000 people from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada to determine specific habits that are scientifically correlated with success and fulfillment. Dr. Bell has observed that those who adopt these habits tend to have a higher Core IQ and are better able to thrive after disaster or crisis strikes. 

Dr. Bell created Core IQ in the hopes of educating everyone about these key habits and principles. Visit https://www.coreiq.com/about for information.

 

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United Kingdom Author Damian Quinn is Today’s Honoree

Damian Quinn (1974-) was born in Luton, Bedfordshire and is the author of ‘Finding a Voice’, which is now a Number 1 Book. Like with every other child who is born into this world, he was a very healthy baby, except he was born with a disability called Developmental Language Disorder, and that is the subject of the book.  

The art of communication is something that everyone has. However, not everyone does exactly have the skill. This is because, like Damian, they are born with the disability as mentioned earlier. When he was born, he only had words for his Mother, which was ‘Mimmy’ and nothing for his siblings or father.  

At times, communicating can be very difficult and writing his first book has proven very difficult. Still, he has persevered as the end result was what he wanted – to let everyone know that it is genuine and every two children in a class of thirty could have the disability. Damian tries to spread awareness throughout his adult life.  

Away from spreading awareness, Damian enjoys going to the cinema, socializing with friends, playing on the Xbox, and building websites (although he doesn’t think that he is that brilliant at it, he still tries his best).  

Visit https://dysphasia.co.uk/ for more information.

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Author and Radio Host Paul J. Christo, MD is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Paul Christo is one of the world’s leading pain specialists and author of Aches and Gains, A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. He’s an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program for 8 years, and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center for 5 years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He hosts an award-winning, nationally syndicated SIRIUS XM radio talk show on overcoming pain called, Aches and Gains®. Naomi Judd, Joe Montana, and Maya Angelou have all been guests.

His show has earned him the John and Emma Bonica Public Service Award from the American Pain Society, recognizing distinguished contributions to the field of pain medicine through public education, dissemination of information, and public service. Dr. Christo was selected as a Mayday Pain and Society Fellow, and named a “Hero” by The Pain Community, a patient advocacy association for his work on Aches and Gains. He was also honored by the American Society of Pain Educators as Pain Educator of the Year for his transformational work on public education through the media.

Dr. Christo is an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, serves on 4 journal editorial boards, has published more than 100 articles and book chapters, co-edited 3 textbooks on pain, and actively teaches medical students, residents, and pain fellows. He’ a member of Men’s Health Magazine medical advisory board, serving as their first pain specialist. Dr. Christo has directed or coordinated many national conferences that focus on educating both specialists and generalists on important aspects of pain diagnosis and treatment.

Find his book, Aches and Gains: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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The School Director of Milieu Treatment for Devereux Connecticut Daniel Bailey is Today’s Honoree

At Devereux, employees are heroes in every sense of the word, helping children, adolescents and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences lead more fulfilling and rewarding lives. These committed and compassionate individuals humbly dedicate themselves to serving – and inspiring – others.

Daniel Bailey of Devereux Connecticut at The Glenholme School Director of Milieu Treatment was recently highlighted.

In your role, what are your main responsibilities?

I am responsible for the daily oversight of the milieu behavioral treatment at The Glenholme School. Some of my responsibilities include: working closely with clinicians, behaviorists and administrators to create individualized treatment plans for each of our students; creating and instructing professional development opportunities for our direct care professionals, teachers and other faculty; and collecting and analyzing behavioral data to assist our team in data-driven decision making. The best part of my job is interacting with staff members and students on campus, and building positive and healthy relationships.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Growing up, I had a mentor who pushed and challenged me to be the best version of myself. My mentor, a high school counselor, said, “When that happens (when you are the best version of yourself), you’ll know it because it will never feel like you are ever going to work.” I am lucky enough to have a job that has done just that. There are two parts of my job I find equally rewarding. The first is being able to work alongside such amazing people who are all trying to achieve the same common goal of making someone else’s life better than it was before they came to Glenholme. The second is a special moment that happens at different times throughout each student’s stay at Glenholme. Every one of our students reaches or surpasses their goals in different ways, through arts, sports, education or relationship development with peers. During these moments, it is amazing to see the hard work our students and staff put in to create this success.

How has COVID-19 impacted your role?

How have you risen to this challenge?Although COVID-19 impacted different aspects of our program, and presented our team with several new challenges, there have been many silver livings.

While our team has had to work remotely, this has caused us to work more closely and collaboratively than ever before. Specifically, in the behavior department, our team has risen to the challenge by creating new behavioral reference guides for parents to assist with the implementation of individualized behavior plans within the home, as well as providing in-home behavioral support via Zoom. When our program reopened, it was remarkable to watch every member of our team rise to new challenges with a smile and a great sense of pride as we continued to provide the best possible services to our students and families.

Why are you a Healthcare Hero?

I am honored to be nominated among the many Healthcare Heroes I work alongside every day. I take pride in the fact that no matter what happens, I am always there to provide unconditional positive support. I always want what is best for everyone, and will continue to work to empower those around me to become their best, most authentic selves, as that is what our students and staff deserve.

Visit www.Devereux.org for more information.

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Chef Oya Woodruff the Founder of Chef Oya’s The Trap Seafood is Today’s Honoree

For Chef Oya, a combination of formal education and lived experience built the impenetrable foundation necessary for housing her successful culinary career. Elder and ancestral light guided her through each successful endeavor that she has accomplished thus far. Humble beginnings in various foodservice roles afforded Chef Oya the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in diverse culinary establishments.

A formula of knowledge, entrepreneurship, moxie, TrapButtah, and Young Bae seasoning by FoodLoveTog birthed a seafood empire. Established in 2016 as a seafood delivery service, the Trap, an acronym for actions geared Toward Restoring food Access to the People, has since blossomed into a storefront restaurant that is a complete experience to visit.

Because of Chef Oya’s heart that is bent towards the community and supporting other local business owners, she has a hefty following and is mutually supported. Making countless appearances across varieties of print and media outlets have become the norm for this culinarian allowing her to elevate in the food world, leading up to an appearance on the Food Network’s Bite Club.

Additionally, scoring the top place on Indy’s A-List for seafood officially titled her as Indianapolis’ Queen of Seafood, and the masses seem to agree.

Visit https://www.chefoya.com/ for more information.

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