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Entertainers and Speakers

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Sheila Raye Charles pic
As a talented singer/songwriter, Sheila Raye Charles has found her voice in acoustic jazz and R & B with lyrics that deliver the personal journey of her own life and her relationship with her legendary father, Ray Charles. At age 19, with great courage, she defied her father's wishes and pursued music. Demonstrating her commitment and her talent, her father actually brought her and her band into his studio and personally produced several songs. Today, Charles is called upon to provide skin tingling renditions of her father's best known songs from America the Beautiful to Hit The Road Jack to Georgia from jazz festivals to embassy parties to clubs and places of worship.
 

Artists and Speakers in Order of Appearance

Musicians and Performers

 
Bella Tschida
Bella Tschida is 14 years-old and currently studies at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. She has been singing since she was a little girl and also plays the guitar and ukulele. In addition to her love of music, she also enjoys painting and drawing. In her free time she hangs out with friends and she especially appreciates all that her family does for her!

Katie Mills
Katie Mills is a freshman at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. She has been singing since the 3rd grade and had many opportunities to showcase her talents in musicals. Outside of school, she enjoys playing the piano, drawing, and spending time with her dog Millie. Katie would like to thank her family for being so supportive and encouraging!

Adair Conlin
Adair Conlin is 17 years old and a senior at Simley High School. She has been playing the guitar for four years and enjoys both rhythm and lead guitar. In addition to playing guitar, Adair enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.

Kalisch Family pic
Sandy and Kevin Kalisch have been married for 32 years and have been playing music with their kids - Hannah (29), Sam (26), Alex (23), and Ella (21) - since 2001. In April of that year, the family was inspired to start their own band after visiting Silver Dollar city in Branson, Missouri. After purchasing the necessary instruments - guitar, banjo, violins, a piano, and a hammer dulcimer kit - the Kalisch's began practicing regularly and later entered the Jordan County Fair talent contest. They ended up winning 3rd place and went on to compete at the State Fair. They have played at many different venues over the years, including churches, weddings, and bluegrass festivals. In 2008 they had the opportunity to record their first CD, "Last Best Place."

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Julienne Xiaaj is a young dancer and performer, proficient in modern lyrical ballet, tap and jazz, as well as musical theater, hip hop and pointe. She also performs as a gymnast and contortionist. She has performed at the Dance Spectacular Nationals, Applause International Talent Competition, and Shift Effect.

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With poetic lyrics and soulful pop, Savannah Brennan is planning a breakthrough in 2017 with her debut EP, "Nothing to Prove." The playful and pensive singer-songwriter hails from Plymouth, Minnesota, which is just a stone's throw from the Midwest music Mecca of Minneapolis (Prince, The Replacements). Savannah's array of inspirations and influences - from Alicia Keys to Adele and Jojo - are captured on her new EP, which is available on ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers.

Richard Montgomery pic
Richard Montgomery grew up in Gary, Indiana and comes from a large family of musicians and vocalists. He started singing R&B in the late 80s and won several different awards for vocals from the Indiana State Music Association. In 1989 he recorded his first single with his group Sincerity, titled "Just Because It's Hard." Between 1989 and 1995 their group worked with 3 different managers to record their first album. Richard ended up moving on from the group in '95 and headed to Minnesota where he joined another singing group; however, it was in 1997 that Richard transitioned from singing R&B to singing Gospel. At that time he became the youth choir director of New Life Community church and then later formed an adult choir - where he became the praise and worship leader at the church. Richard has traveled throughout Minnesota sharing the gospel through the gift of music and has goals of someday recording his own gospel CD.

LMNOP Band pic
LMNOP is made up of 5 funky Minneapolis musicians who blend together to make you love the Minneapolis sound even more than you do now. Chazz is the mastermind behind the project and is the lead singer/drummer. PAIGE is on the drums and does lead/backup vocals. Jimmi B is the guitar guru and lead vocalist and does backup vocals. The one and only BASS DRE does lead & backup vocals. BRIAN is the genius on the keys/piano. You wanna dance? You wanna reminisce? You wanna sing along? It's easy with these guys: LMNOP Band!

Sheila Raye Charles pic
As a talented singer/songwriter, Sheila Raye Charles has found her voice in acoustic jazz and R & B with lyrics that deliver the personal journey of her own life and her relationship with her legendary father, Ray Charles. At age 19, with great courage, she defied her father's wishes and pursued music. Demonstrating her commitment and her talent, her father actually brought her and her band into his studio and personally produced several songs. Today, Charles is called upon to provide skin tingling renditions of her father's best known songs from America the Beautiful to Hit The Road Jack to Georgia from jazz festivals to embassy parties to clubs and places of worship.

Speakers

 
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Coach Tomas is the owner of Bee Elite Gymnastics Academy in Inver Grove Heights and has over 21 years of experience teaching in his field. His coaching efforts have brought several young athletes to the Junior Olympic Nationals competitions. In addition to owning his own gym, Tomas volunteers as a Cadet Orientation pilot for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary and loves teaching and inspiring others to pursue their dreams. Although these are strong passions of his, he finds that his biggest source of inspiration is wrapped up in coaching his 3-year old daughter, Evangelina, with life skills. After years of coaching, many life experiences, and becoming a dad, Tomas is now embarking on a new journey in speaking out as a voice for those who are struggling to find their way in life. His goal is to help others step out of the darkness of confusion and despair and into the light of hope and freedom.

Visit www.coachtomas.com or www.beethedifference.com for more information.


Senator Dan Hall pic
Dan Hall is a member of the Minnesota Senate, where he represents District 56, which includes portions of the cities of Burnsville, Savage and Lakeville in Dakota and Scott counties in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, then went on to Augsburg College, also in Minneapolis, where he majored in health and physical education, and where he was a hockey All-American. He is Vice President of Business Relations with JUX Law Firm and former CEO of Midwest Chaplains, a former director of Minneapolis YMCA, and former Christian School principle. Hall was first elected in 2010 and has been re-elected in the following terms. His special legislative concerns are jobs, taxes, the budget, and education.

Cyndi LaBarr pic
Cyndi is a wife, artist, and proud Minnesota mom of 4 kids 17-24 years-old. Creativity has played a huge role in her life, which has been a launching pad for multiple small business ventures over the years. She is currently designing jewelry and working as a photographer - some of her work has even been featured in gallery showings in New York and in the Louvre Museum in Paris. In addition to her experience with the arts, she spent a year in ministry school and began missions work and public speaking both locally and in other countries. This grew her desire to fight sex trafficking and poverty affecting today's women and youth. She decided to combine her love for young people and creativity by developing a nonprofit called The Art Of Youth - a free art community for young people between ages 13-25. It is a place for young people to be themselves, to be creative, and to be seen for who they are and who they can become. Read more about at The Art Of Youth.

Archer pic
Archer is the Vice President of the Great Rivers chapter of Biker's Against Child Abuse from New Richmond, WI. He is married, has one daughter, two grandchildren and is a Veteran with a disability - 3rd generation US Navy. Aside from being an avid outdoorsman, especially in archery (which is how he got his road name), he has also been into motorcycles for as long as he can remember. He currently rides a '97 Harley Davidson Electra Glide and broke 100,000 miles while participating in the B.A.C.A. mission ride for kids this past summer. His interest in getting involved with B.A.C.A. originated when his nephew moved back home to Wisconsin with his girlfriend and three children, one of which was a B.A.C.A child. Archer and his wife learned that a chapter was forming in New Richmond and became very interested in the mission of empowering abused children while riding cycles. After attending several meetings, they were invited into the Great Rivers chapter in 2015, and in August of 2016, Great Rivers became an established chapter. They currently have about 50 B.A.C.A. kids in the family. Archer proudly wears his B.A.C.A. back patch to be a primary to a child! "It's not you. It's not about me. It's about the kids!"

Naomi and Andrew pic
Naomi is the Founder and Executive Director of Safe Refuge International. Since 2003 she has worked with survivors of Human Trafficking in South East Asia. Safe Refuge International exists to rescue, nurture, and rebuild lives devastated by poverty, abuse, and the sex-industry. Naomi is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who believes in using every opportunity and tool to bring light into the dark places. Andrew has a degree in criminal justice and serves in law enforcement; he has a passion for protecting the vulnerable and seeing justice served. In Manila, Philippines there are an estimated 800,000 prostituted persons and 100,000 of those are children. Every 12 minutes a Filipino child is sold. Naomi and Andrew are working to see those statistics changed one life at a time.

Janelle Slama pic
As a survivor of domestic human trafficking, Janelle is dedicated to promoting the awareness of this growing human crisis by sharing her story, strength, and hope. Through collaboration with other abolitionists and activists, Janelle is currently working towards establishing safe havens and rescue efforts for those still caught in the cycle of abuse. "It takes a village to rescue a child." - JS

Jon Nelms pic
Jon is the founder of Final Frontiers and its sister organization Touch a Life, which funds child rescue and support programs in several countries. Since 1986 Final Frontiers has led the way in the support of national preachers who are starting new churches in areas that are primarily closed to foreign missionaries. Through Jon's efforts and the help of many others, more than 55,000 churches have been started. Visit www.finalfrontiers.org or www.tal.world for more information.

Karen Barber pic
Karen began working for the GOD'S CHILD Project in October 2016 as Director of Major Donor Development with ITEMP (Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons). She has over 25 years of non-profit experience in the area of Fund Development, Relationship Building, and Program Awareness, and is passionate about helping those in need. While working with the GOD'S CHILD project on a recent trip to Guatemala, she had the honor of spending time with the children at the Dreamer and Scheel Schools, went on home visits with social workers, and got to hold babies at the Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children. Karen's experience on the trip was life changing and the love and support that the GOD'S CHILD project staff members provided for the children, mothers, and fathers was truly amazing. Through ITEMP), the GOD'S CHILD project has provided lifesaving assistance to those in need in the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Malawi, and India.

Sam Erickson pic
Sam Ericksen began his role as Office Assistant for The GOD'S CHILD Project through ITEMP in October of 2015. Whatever needs to be done, Sam can do it. Sam's primary responsibilities are Data Entry, Communications, Financial Management and Office Relations.
 
 
 
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