Georgia Southern University Executive Director of the Division of Continuing Education Dr. Belkis Torres-Capeles is Today’s Honoree

Dr. Belkis Torres-Capeles joined Georgia Southern University’s Division of Continuing Education team in August of 2014. As the Executive Director of the Division of Continuing Education, Nessmith-Lane Center and Coastal Georgia Center, Dr. Torres-Capeles oversees the division’s efforts in offering non-credit continuing education programs to improve the skills of the workforce, enhance societal and cultural understanding, facilitate healthy lifestyles, and address personal development and enrichment needs. She also oversees the operations and brand development of the Nessmith-Lane Center on Georgia Southern’s campus as well as the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Georgia. In addition, she oversees the English Language Program (ELP), a non-credit bearing program offering an active, student-centered approach to learning for international students wishing to enter into degree programs at Georgia Southern University.

Prior to joining the Division of Continuing Education, Dr. Torres-Capeles served as the Vice President of Programs for the Boulder Institute of Microfinance. Previously she worked at Valmark Securities, Inc., as the Director of Conference Planning.

Dr. Torres-Capeles received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Counseling, and Conflict Management and her Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education, Leadership, and Administration from Kent State University. She has developed curriculum and taught courses online and in the classroom on topics such as multicultural education, socio-cultural economics, international and intercultural perspectives, women and gender studies, personal enrichment and workforce development at Kent State University and in continuing education venues.

Dr. Torres-Capeles is currently a board member for Leading and Advocating Together in New Arenas and holds membership in numerous organizations including the Comparative and International Education Society, the Professional Convention Management Association and the Financial Industry Corporate Planners Organization.

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MyLife Founder Jeffrey Tinsley is Today’s Honoree

MyLife was founded by Jeffrey Tinsley in 2002 with the mission of helping people find and connect with others and manage the information they choose to share with the world. With that as the cornerstone, Mr. Tinsley built on the talents and technology he assembled to improve the lives of every American by helping them create and protect a public image that helps them get ahead and enriches their lives.


Though we have titles like programmer, engineer, designer, marketer, intelligence analyst or customer service representative – these don’t completely define us. At our core, we’re a company of passionate innovators, collaborators, daydreamers and doers who embrace new challenges. Instead of answering a question with “no,” we prefer “we’ll try.” We don’t come to work just to face that day’s tasks but to forge ahead, inventing, providing invaluable services that people will use to build a better tomorrow.


We believe in collaboration and respect. We know relationships matter. We are open minded, agile and embrace evolution. Driven by success, not ego; we come to work every day to serve our members and our community.

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Internet Expert Dominick Miserandino is Today’s Honoree

Dominick Miserandino was the founder of the entertainment site the longest running entertainment magazine on the web. He brought it up to 300k uniques daily and conducted over 600 celebrity interviews. He has consulted on web business and analytics for The Wall Street Journal, Morgan Stanley, Hearst Publications, Scout, Viacom, Pubmatic, First Digital, AdoramaPix, Dow Jones and other major brands. Over the past 20 years he’s worked with well over 100 different web properties and consults with top tier digital publishers, e-commerce and app-based businesses. He successfully launched and sold dozens of websites over his career.

Dominick is immediate past president of the Press Club of Long Island and lectures about web businesses and analytics at Hofstra University, Stony Brook, NYU and other local colleges. He’s the author of the forthcoming definitive book on web publishing, “Herding the Feral Cats of the Internet: How to run an online business and make money.”

He is conversational in Italian, Spanish, French and Sicilian and has handled media in those languages. He’s the recipient of awards from SPJ (Volunteer of the Month/Chapter of the Month), Stony Brook University for Charity Work, 40 Under 40 and a New York State Citation Award. His hobbies are being a musician and a photographer.

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Author Dahlia McCutchen is Today’s Honoree

About The Book:

WHO would have known that Tupac Shakur and I would meet again but under completely different circumstances. Those circumstances would lead to an apology and a life filled with entertainment and music. I couldn’t believe that what was once an abrasive encounter, ended up being an endearing moment of truth. He went from disrespecting me to becoming someone that I could confide in and release my pain to. I will NEVER forget the one conversation that led to our amazing connection, friendship and relationship.


Author, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Mother and Survivalist Dahlia E. McCutchen was born in south Philadelphia, PA., She is the former CEO/Editor of her own entertainment blog which she had for over 12 years, Drama Scene Magazine. McCutchen lives life on her own terms now as the proud mother of two beautiful children who motivate her to make a positive change in the world. Dahlia E. McCutchen currently resides in Houston, Tx., with her two children where she is completing her bachelor’s in Behavior Analysis (child & adolescent psychology), she is an entrepreneur running her own company, and is currently writing books in her spare time.

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Author Tim Weiss is Today’s Honoree

At over 300lbs, Tim Weiss is the first to admit that his weight was barrelling him toward an early grave. With chronic diseases soon to be setting in, mobility issues and emotional side-effects to match, Weiss was one of hundreds of millions of people around the world whose weight is literally killing them.

However, totally out of the blue, he one day awoke amid an epiphany – it was time to change his habits, improve his lifestyle and turn his health around…all in a single year.

In his new book, aptly titled ‘I Lost 140 Pounds in a Year’, Weiss not only shares that amazing journey with readers, but gives them the inspiration and tools they need to replicate that same success.


Author Tim Weiss went on a diet last year and lost 10 stone (140 pounds). Tim wants to try and help as many people who want to lose weight as he possibly can through his book, I Lost 10 Stone (140 Pounds) in One Year. It guides you through to making better and healthier choices in what you eat. Tim takes readers through the four stages that he went through on his weight loss journey.

This is not a diet book. Its a lifestyle change in how we eat our meals. Most of us eat readymade meals, eat out or get takeaways. This style of eating has made us put weight on. This book informs readers on how they can lose all of that weight while looking and feeling so much better. Any person looking for weight loss, dieting, slimming or lifestyle change should read I Lost 10 Stone (140 Pounds) in One Year.

“The one thing I must stress, and talking from experience, is that fad diets only have short-term prospects,” explains the author. “As harsh as it sounds, you’ll be back at your original weight before you know it. To affect life-long, life-prolonging change, you have to adapt to a new and sustainable lifestyle. But believe me, it’s not rocket science and, using my own story in this book, I’ll show you how it’s done.”

Continuing, “I cut down to the core facts – such as the need for a food to be filling, tasty and healthy if you’re to adopt it into your new lifestyle and incorporate it for the long-term. My goal is to help as many people as possible kick-start their weight loss journey, keep them inspired through it and empower them to maintain this new lifestyle forever. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it feels.”

With the volume’s demand increasing, interested readers are urged to secure their copies without delay.

About the Author:

Tim Weiss is a very devoted single dad of two girls. He is a very loving caring man whos not afraid to show his emotions. Tim has a very strong mind and is also a very determined person. He uses the strength of his mind to get through difficult times, by always remembered his goal in losing his weight. He was strong and determined and lost 10 stone (140 pounds) in a year.

‘I Lost 140 Pounds in a Year’ is available now priced $24.99 and $3.99 for the ebook version and you can visit for more information.

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The Legacy Letters Author and Cowboy Philosopher Carew Papritz is Today’s Honoree

Carew Papritz, also known as The Cowboy Philosopher, is the author of the multi-award winning book The Legacy Letters. Though fictional, The Legacy Letters has won acclaim as a life lessons book for all generations, gaining the distinction of being the only book in publishing history to win awards in both fiction and non-fiction categories. A Renaissance Man in an age that lauds the specialist, The Huffington Post says Papritz “intrigues and enlightens, charms and catalyzes change for every reader.”    

As part of his many innovative and adventurous first-ever book signings, Carew truly lives his book’s central message to “live life to the fullest” while signing books on top of volcanoes and horses. These events and other YouTube videos, such as the “I Love to Read” series and his annual literacy-driven charity event, “The Great Book Balloon Launch,” inspire kids and adults to rediscover the joy of reading! proceed of the summer’s sales of The Legacy Letters went to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Proceeds from his recent “First-Ever Book Signing while Stomping Grapes” went to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Other charities include Reading is Fundamental and the Military Mama’s Network. Find his videos at: 

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Tennessee State Representative Brenda Gilmore is Today’s Honoree

By Deborah A. Culp

The Honorable Brenda Gilmore Making Headlines and Touching Lives & Hearts

The honorable Brenda Gilmore is a proud and experienced Democratic member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing the 54th District. She served on the Nashville Metro Council from the 1st District from 1993-2003. Public service, beauty, humility and spiritual continuity run in the family. Her daughter, (Honorable Councilwoman) Erica Gilmore, is a member of the Nashville Metro Council from the 19th district. A distinguished Nashville Councilwoman at large, during the 2003-2007 session; she was the chairwoman of the Budget and Finance Committee.

Representative Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Tennessee State University (1984), and a Master of Human Resource Development degree from Vanderbilt University  (1988). She is also a graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute, the Vanderbilt Leadership Development Forum, and Leadership Nashville.

Her work and service record is extensive including but not limited to her work at the Tennessee Department of General Services (1979-1987). Director of Mail Services at Vanderbilt University and has been director of State Postal Services.

Earlier she announced her candidacy to run for Senator of the Mid-State and many agree that a great percentage of her qualifications stem from seamless service. Service to God, family the people in her immediate grasp and at large.

This great lady walks the walk, not just talks the talk in every area she touches. She is often seen adorned in the colors of Red or the rich electric Blue (known as TSU blue), with or without an amazing hat atop her beautiful crown.  Be it a political endeavor a gathering of her Red Hat Society (sisters), the National Hook Up of Black Women (NHBW) a TSU event, reading to children at anyone of Nashville’s public libraries, a fun-raising Fish Fry, supporting her talented granddaughter Anyah or out on the town with her supportive, handsome husband of 45 years, Mr. Harry (Gilly) Gilmore; lady Brenda Gilmore is always the epitome of grace and God’s handi-work of cultivation. She is involved with a myriad of activities which stem from her organization or agencies and manages to divide her time evenly between them. Yet another key example of her “leading by example.”

When she is not visiting or serving at other churches in Nashville or beyond, she is at her home church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Mt. Zion Anywhere) Presiding Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, First Lady Dr. Stephanie M. (Hale) Walker.

“Now more than ever we need leaders with a longstanding record of giving back, listening and responding to constituents’ concerns,” Gilmore said. “I go to work every day and listen to the concerns and frustrations of our citizens. I have been blessed with the opportunity to actually respond and make a real difference. It would be my honor to continue giving back to this community,” stated lady Gilmore.

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