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National Council of Negro Women, Inc hosts the Red Shoe HIV/AIDS Awareness Dinner

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Kandace Thomas, Freelance Journalist

A parade of men weaved in between tables, showing off their red sneakers and loafers, all competing for the title of Mr. Red Shoe Extraordinaire.

While their kicks were the subject of pageantry for the moment, a look around the place at Frost Bank Tower had everyone seeing red. After a year off, National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated (NCNW) held their Red Shoe Dinner. The dinner to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS.

Men and women dressed from head to toe in crimsons, candy apple reds and scarlets. Some ensembles head-to-toe, others simply used the red shoe as an accent piece.

As the prospective Mr. Red Shoe contestants marched through the venue, eyes fixated on the red shoes as they took strides across the room. A reminder for the strides we as a society, and a community made so far in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Empty shoes, beautiful bedazzled ruby shaded pumps, and men dress shoes served as centerpieces, a stark contrast and reminder for how far we still need to go.

The theme of the 2017 dinner; HIV/AIDS no respecter of age/creed/nationality, religious beliefs, or economic status. The disease does not discriminate, but statistics do show a disproportional effect on Black Women in America.

Black women make up 12% of the US Population, yet the CDC said they are 45% of the HIV Diagnoses in the USA. A litter closer to home, 10% of San Antonio’s population is black women, but they account for 3 out of 10 new HIV cases in the city.  Those are numbers activists say can be slashed with prevention and education.

Throughout the evening guests heard the stories of men and women who were diagnosed with the disease that was once considered a ‘death sentence.’ Their stories a testament to medical advancements that can make the disease undetectable.

Michelle Durham, Executive Director of BEAT-AIDS Coalition Trust, in San Antonio said with early enough intervention, men and women with HIV can live long healthy lives. In Durham’s speech she said BEAT-AIDS offers testing and insures infected people get the immediate care they need. The process is called continuous coverage. After diagnosis a member of the non-profit works not only to find a doctor but will attend the appointment and provide emotional support. BEAT AIDS serves 15,000 people in Bexar and surrounding counties each year.

With the prevalence of online dating apps, some epidemiologists fear that HIV rates will rise. According to San Antonio Metro Health between 2014 and 2015, new cases rose 8 percent in Bexar County. Kenneth Slavin, Vice President, at San Antonio AIDS Foundation encouraged the crowd to always assume someone is positive, if you are unsure of their status.

Both SAAF and Beat-AIDS focus on not just preventative measures but insuring those with the disease are able to live fulfilled lives. That means resources for housing, access to medicines and emotional and mental counseling.  To give help, these organizations need help.

That’s where NCNW Red Shoe Gala, stepped in. Along with the dinner ticket, guest purchased raffle tickets for weekend getaways, jewelry and other gifts. By the end of the night the room raised over $10,000 in donations for the two organizations.

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Episode 133 | Pamela Espurvoa Allen founder and advocate for Eagles Flight Advocacy and Outreach

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Today’s guest is Pamela Espurvoa Allen founder and advocate for Eagles Flight Advocacy and Outreach

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Pamela Espurvoa Allen is the founder and advocate for Eagles Flight Advocacy and Outreach. Pamela is the wife of Tim Allen, they have a combined family of seven children, three of which have disabilities. She has been a special needs advocate for 20 years and a refugee advocate for 9 years. Pamela served for 15 years as the special needs ministry director and consultant for Summit Christian Center, a position that she created. Pamela advocates for families who have complications with the special education process and want the proper services for their child. Pamela trains parents on the aspects of Special Education Law.

Pamela provides training on proper interaction between law enforcement and the special needs population, behavior modification and autism awareness. Pamela is certified/trained in the following: crisis counseling, applied behavior analysis, effective communication and dispute resolution. Pamela also consults with Churches as they strive to minister to the special needs population. Having lived throughout the United States and Europe, Pamela has seen the effects of having a special needs child and the impact it has on the family and community. Pamela is dedicated to assisting parents to rise above the challenge of a diagnosis.

While living in Europe, Pamela assisted the refugees from Bosnia by providing food, clothing and medical care through the US armed forces stationed in Europe. Pamela learned about autism and other diagnosis while providing assistance to the Special Needs institution in Domazlice, Czech Republic as well as ministered with the Gypsies and Orphanage in the neighboring cities of Nyrsko,Czech Republic.

Pamela has continued the service to refugees that are placed into the US by Homeland Security. Pamela assisted in the creation of the refugee participation in the Head Start program in San Antonio and was nationally recognized for the conception.

Pamela now serves as a Baby Moses advocate and provides burials for children who are victims of abandonment and abuse. Pamela is currently working with legislation to implement Safe Haven baby Boxes in San Antonio. Pamela now serves a chaplain of Riders United for Children which is a motorcycle advocate group. Pamela serves on the board of directors of the San Antonio Christian Chamber.

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Episode 123 | Col. USAF (Ret) Kelley W. Crooks

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Today’s guest is Col. USAF (Ret) Kelley W. Crooks

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Senior Administration
CEO, CORPORATE EXEC., OPERATIONS DIR., PROGRAM MGR.
Offering extensive background as a senior military and corporate officer providing expertise in technology, strategic thinking, leadership and program management.

Led personnel, project and contract operations for small (under $10m), medium ($10-50m), and large (over $50m) companies with offices located in San Antonio. Provided business development and customer interface, recruiting and staffing, proposal writing, and personnel training support for both internal and external customers. (2007-2012)

United States Air Force officer: honorably served over 27 years including assignments at Joint Service commands, the Pentagon, and the White House. Served a tour as senior communicator in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (1979-2007)

Directed the planning and development of the first Iraqi Communications Technical Training School in the high threat city of Taji. Oversaw funding, lesson development, student and instructor selection, and facility management. (2005)

Directed unique squadron of radar technology experts focused on ensuring military and civilian flight safety. Maintained operating budget of $10m. (1997-1999)

Awarded the Air Education and Training Command’s Falcon Award for lifetime achievement in the communications career field. (2007)

Received Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense and Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, and Iraqi Freedom Medal while serving in the United States Air Force.
Education and Public Relations
PUBLIC SPEAKING, RADIO HOST, TEACHER

Skilled orator and experienced public speaker. Teacher for 4th grade math within Comal ISD,
college adjunct professor, emcee at professional forums, media lead for 30+ Presidential events around the world, radio host in two cities.

Host of weekly radio show, Military City USA Radio, 930AM-the ANSWER, discussing military issues with distinguished guests from government and corporate America.

Host of weekly radio show, Ahoy Galveston, KGBC 101.5FM/1540AM, presenting news stories, themed music, and local events. Highest rated weekly program at the station.

Selected guests, developed program, selected music, worked board during show

Presented the University of Florida’s College of Journalism William Hearst Visiting
Professional Award for outstanding contributions in the media and public relations field.

Adjunct Professor, Our Lady of the Lake University. Contracted to teach college undergraduate students Business Communications as a core requirement course.
Non-Profit Experience
LEADERSHIP, FUND RAISING, GRANT WRITING

Executive Director, Cavalla Historical Foundation, operating the American Undersea Warfare Center, Galveston, Texas (2016-2017)

Asked to build a stagnant WWII naval museum into an historic showplace. Though increased marketing; personal involvement in community activities like Chamber of Commerce, City Park Board, and Island Rotary; and increasing volunteer hours, museum maintained a steady attendance despite an increase in entrance fees.

Implemented educational camps for kids, partnership with veterans groups, and increased museum store offerings.

Result was a 45% increase in annual revenue and multiple awards from the Historic Naval Ships Association.

President, the Ohio State University (OSU) Alumni Club of San Antonio (2008-2013)

Built small club of 35 members into 4-time Outstanding Club (Top 10%) award winner
with over 200 members. Directed events to raise over $30k in scholarships.

Recognized with prestigious 2010 OSU Alumni Professionalism Award for career
achievements.

Board of Directors, the OSU Alumni Association (2015-Present)

Selected to serve 5-year term on BoD overseeing the policies and goals of a non-profit
serving over 580,000 members world-wide.

Regional Vice President, Armed Forces Comm-Electronics Association (2009-2014)

Texas region overseeing 4 chapters. Re-activated Ft Hood chapter, energized Dallas/Ft
Bliss chapters, establishing virtual chapter at Goodfellow. Texas membership up 40%.
Drafted chapter awards for international competition, over 65% success.
Presented the 2014 AFCEA International Chairman’s Superior Performance Award for
sustained professional accomplishments.

Coach, Kinder Ranch Lego League Team – 4 team awards in two years (2014-2015)
Awarded Kathy Menzel Memorial Grant to upgrade school robotics team’s technology.

Continued education ongoing to hone skills using the latest information, policies, and techniques. Master of Education, Wayland Baptist University, San Antonio (2014). Certified
Secondary Education and Mathematics Grades 4-8.
Master of Arts, USAF Air University, Montgomery, AL (2000), Strategic Operations.
Master of Science, University of Southern Mississippi, Biloxi, MS, (1984),
Teleprocessing Science.
Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, (1978), Communications
and Public Relations.
Department of Defense Professional Military Education: Joint Info Ops Staff Course,
Air War College, Joint Staff Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Advanced Communications Officers Course.

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Episode 119 | Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Today’s guest is Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

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Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified internal medicine physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and a top 100 medical expert in Good Housekeeping Doctors’ Secrets. She has been featured in many media outlets including Women’s Day, Redbook, First For Women, MSNBC, and Prevention. She is the author of Set Free to Live Free and Come Empty (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). Her newest release is Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness and live your best life. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person. Learn more about Dr. Saundra at IChooseMyBestLife.com.

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