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Gianna Snell is a self-proclaimed “southern girl.” The daughter of Pastor Steven and Elaine Norman, she was born in Selma, AL and grew up in Nashville, TN.
She attended Oakwood University for 2 years, then transferred to Andrews University where she graduated with dual degrees in Photographic Imaging and Communication.
In 2003, she married the love of her life, Pastor Debleaire Snell. They have been married for 17 years and currently live in Huntsville, AL, where he pastors the First Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Gianna is a published writer, a budding speaker and an accomplished photographer. She opened her own portrait studio in 2019 and loves capturing the genuine connections and expressions of her clients.
She is the founder of Psalm 113:9 Ministries, a support group that seeks to encourage women who are struggling with infertility, miscarriage and pregnancy loss. She seeks to encourage others with a promise God gave her, that God can settle barren women in their homes as happy mothers of children. (Psalm 113:9)
She is a witness because they lost 4 babies but God restored! And they are now grateful parents to three miracle children, Jadon (10), Brooke (7) and Braydon (5)
In 2020, this ministry was relaunched as They That Wait Ministries, which aims to help people who are waiting on God, wait well and with joy.
In her spare time, Gianna loves to listen to music, sing and dance, shop, and spend time with family.
Her mantra to live by is: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” Acts 1:8
Kymone Hinds helps individuals and organizations to bring Ideas to Life. As a coach, speaker and a minister he helps people figure out the next steps to close the gap between where they are and where they want to be.
He is married to Kerine since November of 2000, and they are the proud parents of three teenagers – Jaden, Janiah and Joelle.
Pastor Hinds is a graduate of the Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary and served the church as a Pastor, Youth Director and Church Planter for 15 years.
One of Kymone’s passions is empowering people to live as the church in the world. That message is the focus of his first book “This is Church, Where You Fit In.”
He is the host of the Ideas to Life podcast, which can be found on any podcasting platform or by visiting his website – kymonehinds.com.
Winter BreeAnne is an activist, organizer, and student from Riverside, CA. Her work started when she was 15 years old when she founded Black Is Lit, an organization devoted to creating space for marginalized youth. Winter started the organization after realizing that there was a lack of representation of the accomplishments of marginalized people, particularly black folk, in mainstream media.
In response, she started an instagram page dedicated to illuminating the contributions of those particular people to their communities. Black Is Lit has grown since. Through the growing organization, Winter has traveled to elementary schools across the nation, aiming to excite elementary students to be civically engaged and helping them understand the power of their voice. This year, in partnership with Amplifier Art Hub and as a part of their We The Future campaign, she has curated a curriculum adapted for middle and high school students, that is being distributed to over 20,000 schools across the nation, included is artwork of Winter by Shepard Fairey.
When it comes to the amplification of young voices in traditionally “adult” spaces, Winter is no stranger. In 2018 Winter became Crooked Media’s youngest contributor for all things Gen Z, politics, and culture. She has hosted conversations with the likes of Bozoma Saint John, Cecile Richards, Cleo Barnett, and more. And because she is a firm believer in youth being centered at the tables of politics and innovation, Winter has taken a position as Sr. Partner at Juv Consulting, a Gen Z ran consultant agency for organizations and companies looking to have a holistic/accurate approach when targeting the generation.
In March of 2018, Winter organized and led the National School Walkouts, which resulted in the participation of over 2 million students walking out of schools across the country in response to the Parkland Massacre and the broader gun violence epidemic in the States. It was imperative, to Winter, that the demands for the walkout were wholistic and addressed all forms of gun violence — from police violence, imperialistic gun violence, suicide, to urban gun violence. She understood that when it came to solutions, the most marginalized needed to be centered because “policy is not ‘one-size fits all’.” She was formerly a youth lead at Women’s March Youth, until she resigned this past November to spend time growing her non-profit, Just Active.
Winter was recently honored at BET’s 2019 Black Girls Rock awards. Her work over the course of the past 3 years has landed her a spot on the coveted “21 Under 21” list by Teen Vogue and on several cable news networks such as: CNN, MSNBC, ABC. She has also written and been featured in op-eds and articles published with Bustle, Fast Company, CNN and more.
In the new year of 2019, Winter completed a three week cross-country roadtrip, with TOMS, to hand deliver 750 thousand postcards calling congress to pass universal background checks as apart of the #EndGunViolenceTogetherCampaign. This road trip was a project she worked closely with TOMS and SOZE Agency on. On route to DC, they made stops to Las Vegas, Chicago, and several other cities, to host community centered programming. You can see the details of the trip by visiting the TOMS website and related press.
Winter sees herself as a connector. She doesn’t consider herself an expert on gun-violence, criminal justice reform, or any other major issue; However, she is committed to working with people, organizations and communities to ensure that everyone is taking charge of their immediate agency to create change. She is committed to using media, policy and corporate to amplify change agents and their causes to spaces traditionally dormant.
Winter is currently studying Physics and Political Science at the illustrious Howard University, in Washington D.C..
“Leaders are thermostats not thermometers. Leaders don’t reflect the temperature, they set the temperature.” – Dr. MyRon Edmonds
Dr. MyRon Edmonds is a second generation pastor, community activist and leadership consultant in the Edmonds’ family.
Dr. Edmonds day job is that of being the proud pastor of the historic Grace Community Seventh-day Adventist Church (formerly Glenville Seventh-day Adventist Church). His pastoral career has spanned eighteen years.
Under Dr. Edmonds visionary and innovative leadership, Grace Community SDA Church has transformed from a traditional church to a community powerhouse, fighting for justice, lifting the oppressed and setting captives free spiritually, physically and financially. Dr. Edmonds believes that the church is not a building but a people on a mission committed to help as many people as possible experience God’s grace before Jesus returns. In 2012 God gave him a vision to buy a former K-Mart building in Euclid, OH and build a 7 day a week multi-ministry complex that houses several community outreach ministries for families as well as a 9-12 Leadership and Technology high school purposed to help stop the school to prison pipeline. He believes if you build a school you can close a prison. As a result of this initiative, Grace Community broke ground on this state of the art in November of 2018.
Pastor Edmonds is regarded as one of the most fearless, transparent leaders of his generation. He is a highly sought after speaker who travels the world helping to revitalize dying churches, develop leaders and strengthen families.
He has a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Andrews Theological Seminary with a concentration in Family Ministries & Discipleship. His dissertation focuses on how to move marginalized black males to spiritual leaders in the home and in the community. He is a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart Dr. Shaneé Edmonds, a dentist, and proud father to his teenage daughter Teylor and teenage son Camden. He is also the author of the nationally acclaimed book, 40 Days to Life Changing Family Worship and his latest book The Frustrated Leader. He loves sports, reading, cooking and laughing at anything that’s funny.
If you know Noah Washington, you likely know that he never meets a stranger. And for as much as he enjoys making people laugh, he also feels called to help them push past their comfort zones. The Washington, D.C. native knows a thing or two about pushing past difficult times. Some years ago, he contracted Lyme disease. His experience with the disease was near fatal and though there are some lingering effects, that experience revealed his reason for existing. Part of that reason is to guide others beyond their limits and deeper into understanding God’s will and purpose for their lives. That’s no small feat, but Noah has gladly accepted the challenge. His concern for those who struggle to settle into the fullness of their lives runs deep. So, Noah founded Inspiring Purpose© with a mission to help them live more intentionally as individuals and in their relationships.
His work as a people pusher is delicately balanced with ministerial duties and educational pursuits. Though he is completing a Doctor of Ministry in Family Ministry, his thoughts are never far away from the people who trust him as their spiritual head. Noah has held ministerial positions including pastor at Bladensburg SDA Church; lead pastor at Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church; and is currently associate pastor at Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church. Regardless of his placement, he is focused on maintaining active worship and outreach experiences that bring people closer to God. He believes in grassroots efforts designed to meet people where they are and propel them forward. Not surprisingly, Noah does not feel burdened by the load he was built to carry. Instead, he finds inspiration in having the privilege to witness people’s journeys of difficulty to triumph.
Even after 15 years in the ministry, and all that he has accomplished, the published author has his eyes set towards much more. His motto is that “your greatest place of pain is your place of purpose” and he’s intent on helping others see the beauty in their struggles.
Outside of work, Noah always looks forward to spending time with his wife Twila and their two children, Noah Alexander and Drew Mackenzie. Otherwise, you might find him watching a game of basketball, listening to his favorite music, or having a good laugh.
Seth Yelorda is founder and director of Bridge Solutions LLC, a leadership development and strategic planning consultancy located in Riverside, CA. For the last five years, Seth has served as a Vision Strategist for both churches and schools by helping them bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be. In addition to over thirteen years of senior leadership experience, Seth also serves as the lead pastor of the Relove Church in Garden Grove, CA.
Seth’s expertise lies in helping organizations clarify vision, develop leaders, and transform culture. He brings a breadth of leadership and organizational growth knowledge from his proficiency in coaching leadership teams in the vision arena, especially around organizational clarity, program alignment, and team synergy. Seth has demonstrated achievement as a strategic thinker with a unique ability to bring a group of people to a deep sense of personal ownership and passion.
Seth’s education includes a Master of Divinity from Andrews University, an MBA from Southern Adventist University, and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Seth is also in his third year of a doctoral program in Organizational Behavior at Claremont Graduate University. Seth lives in Riverside, CA with his wife, Holly and three daughters: Emilie, Emilia, and Elise.
For the past 20 years, Keisha Polonio has worked in diverse leadership roles that have served some of her communities’ most vulnerable individuals. She is a compassonate leader, speaker and missionary, whose expertise and global heart extend to both the private and public sectors. As a certified Growth Coach, she is passionate about seeing leaders thrive and discover the many kingdom dreams implanted within them.
Keisha is a proud Belizean woman, who is a wife and mother of two boys. She co-leads a house church with her husband, loves cupcakes and is a Kidney cancer survivor.
As a leader he has managed Information Technology Teams as Director and CIO for an NGO in South Africa and for two Higher-Ed institutions in North Alabama. He is the Host and Producer of the show “How it All Werks” and has been instrumental behind several large-scale Livestream broadcasts. He is a self-professed Jesus Geek who loves to engage with audiences.
Kevin B. Jennings is a business coach and personal brand strategist who empowers entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, and subject matter experts with a plan and resources to turn their vision into value and their passion into profit.
He is currently the CEO of Junction 32, a marketing firm that helps influencers and organizations grow their brands and increase revenue so they can impact people. Kevin is also a co-founder at MNTR (pronounced mentor), a training company providing professional development resources to emerging executives so they can grow their career.
Throughout his career, Kevin has had the opportunity to serve influential individuals, such as Tony Robbins, Dave Ramsey, and Oprah Winfrey. Whether he’s working with best-selling authors or Inc. 5000 organizations, Kevin’s mission is to help people maximize the potential of their ideas, their careers, and their positive impact on others. When he’s not helping businesses grow, Kevin can be found deejaying weddings and parties on the weekends.
He’s been married to his amazing wife and childhood friend, Leah, since 2011, and they have a four-year-old daughter, Arden.