National Webinar August 21, 2021 1:00 pm ET
Dr Jannell MacAulay is a combat veteran who served 20 years in the US Air Force as a pilot, commander, special operations consultant, and professionalism instructor. With her innovative leadership style, she was the first leader to introduce mindfulness as a proactive performance strategy within the US military. She continues to consult within the DoD, DoJ, and corporate America delivering keynotes and a high-performance warrior mindset training program, called Warrior’s Edge, which she developed with Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and Dr Michael Gervais. She is a TEDx speaker and mother of two, who is on a mission to help individuals excel in high-stress and rugged environments, by showing them how to lean into each moment to find their best selves. Check out her TEDx talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EETDwk0_ErQ
S. Gregory Hipskind MD PhD is a nationally recognized clinical neuroscientist. He holds a PhD degree in Neurophysiology and has had residency training in both Neurology and Family Medicine. He was Board Certified in Family Medicine in 1981 and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine. He qualified in Nuclear Neurology in 2002. He was one of the early pioneers in incorporating brain SPECT imaging into everyday clinical practice. He is the author of a number of scientific articles on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and has authored a chapter in a medical textbook reviewing the brain SPECT findings in carbon monoxide poisoning. He was Certified as a Brain Injury Specialist in 2010 by the American College of Brain Injury Specialists. He is considered a national expert on validating the role of brain SPECT imaging in forensic cases of traumatic brain injury.
He is a nationally invited lecturer on the role of brain SPECT imaging in the evaluation of traumatic brain injury and has appeared on many regional and national news media programs including Dr. Phil, Nightline and the Liza Gibbons Documentary series. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for Cerescan Corp where he oversees research related to the role of Near-Infrared Light therapy in the treatment of traumatic brain injury and the the role of stem cells in treating Alzheimer’s Disease.
LTC Phillip Thomas is a Special Forces Officer serving as the United States Army Special Operations Command’s (USASOC) Capabilility Manager for Synthetic Training Environments (STE) and Human Performance Advisor. Beyond the incorporation of Synthetic Training into the organization, the STE initiatives include integration of data systems to support human performance and adaptive learning. Prior to his current position, Phillip served as the Director of the Human Development Directorate (HDD) for the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, where he was responsible for developing and implementing numerous initiatives to address Holistic Human Development. Initiatives and programs within HDD include the physiological, cognitive, interpersonal, & intrapersonal domains—ensuring Warfighters are provided tools to thrive across the spectrum of operational environments. He is a career Army Officer with over 19 years of Special Operations experience, over 24 years total service. LTC Thomas has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. LTC Thomas also holds a M.S. in Defense Analysis, specializing in Irregular Warfare, from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.
I am a retired Army Noncommissioned Officer. During my military service, I participated in five combat and operational deployments. Now, working as a Mental Health Therapist, I find that my unique blend of experiences and training have led me to be a successful mentor, advocate, and counselor to an underserved population in our country – my fellow Veterans.
Since my time working as a Mental Health Therapist and Advisor with the Colorado 4th Judicial District Veteran Trauma Court, I have established myself as a Veteran Mental Health Thought Leader. On a daily basis, in person and through my writing, I use my experiences and expertise to bring awareness to Veteran mental health, and act as a voice on behalf of my fellow brothers and sisters in arms.
Dr. Angie Paccione was appointed executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education by Gov. Jared Polis, assuming the role on Jan. 10, 2019, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate Education Committee on Jan. 17, 2019.
Dr. Paccione has more than 20 years of experience in secondary and postsecondary education. She was a high school teacher, coach and administrator at Smoky Hill High School in the Cherry Creek School District before earning a Ph.D. in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University (CSU). There, Dr. Paccione served on the CSU faculty for nine years as a teacher educator in the “Project Promise” program, a nationally recognized program of excellence in teacher preparation for mid-career professionals. She also conducted research in the teacher education field, examining educators’ life events that led them to become committed to issues of diversity and inclusion. Her findings informed a teacher preparation
program and were later published in Teacher’s College Press, which has been cited in over 75 academic papers.
Sherry Jones is a philosophy and game studies subject matter expert at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where she develops courses on the philosophy and psychology of game design. She serves as a steering committee member for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Learning, Education, and Games Special Interest Group. In 2018-2019, Sherry ran a video series titled: Ethics and Games, which examined the ethical messages that games espouse and the moral philosophies that can be applied to clarify and evaluate game ethics.
The U.S. Department of Education, with great interest in Jones’ academic proposal titled: A Solution to OER Publication Resistance: Using Blockchain Technology to Protect Scholar Copyright (2018, IJOER), invited her to participate in the 2019 and 2020 Summits on Education Blockchains held in Washington D.C. to discuss the future of open education and the future of work. She is currently working with the Colorado Department of Higher Education on developing gaming and esports initiatives that can enrich the higher education curriculum and strengthen the state’s economy.
Jessica started Femme Gaming out of her comprehensive experience in the esport industry and out of her enduring passion for playing video games. She has always been very passionate about gaming and looked for ways to incorporate this into a potential career. She worked at her first video game launch for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014. She represented PlayStation at the home games for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. She also started working on tournaments for the World Gaming Network as operations support on the show as well as working the front line player registration. The worldwide embrace of Femme Gaming as a brand promise of empowerment of the female gamer is the direct result of Jessica’s inspiration. Femme Gaming is Suzanne (her business partner) and Jessica’s collective vision for what gaming should be as an experience for all esport & gaming enthusiasts.T heir creation of #FemmeArmy is the living embodiment of that possibility for a global community of female gamers.
(Marketing & Communications Manager)
Caelus has always pushed for a more welcoming and inclusive environment after serving her campus community as one of two women within Mocs Esports. As someone who has spent their life within online spaces, Caelus aspires to use real-life examples paired with community desires and feedback to create environments that best serve those who inhabit it. Their new role with Femme Gaming as Marketing and Communications Manager is proving to be a promising and exciting venture, and they cannot wait to continue advocating for women and inclusivity in gaming spaces with the organization.
The release of Overwatch in 2016 elevated Caelus’ McKeel from casual to competitive gaming. After attending their freshman year of college at Florida Southern College in 2017, they worked to join the official staff of a burgeoning esports program and push for the start of an Overwatch team. It was here at Mocs Esports that Caelus served as the Social Media Coordinator and Graphic Designer, a Mocs Esports varsity athlete and eventual team captain, and the official Team Mom of all the collegiate teams throughout their undergraduate career. Caelus graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Communications with a concentration in Digital Media.
John Cash developed, launched, and taught the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) esports/gaming program. This was accomplished at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C. Prior to this initiative John was approached to partner with Gaming Cxmmunity. Founded and led by HBCU graduates, this 501c3 launched the first and leading esports/gaming pipeline program for underserved k-12 and HBCU students in early 2020.
John is an Air Force Veteran Officer, MBA-educated fortune 50 brand marketing and sports/entertainment agency executive, and business owner of The Narmer Group, LLC. Professional experience includes Learfield/IMG Collegiate, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, and IMAGES USA Marketing & Advertising Agency. His community service passions are centered on supporting service-disabled veterans and youth.
He received his MBA from the University of Texas, MS from Webster University and BBA from Howard University.
A native of metro Washington, D.C., John is husband to Robin and father to Alaina.
Sonya Haskins is a respected journalist, esports player, and community leader in the field of virtual reality. She was the first female player to qualify for the VR League North American Regional Championships and helps manage social communities for some of the largest VR esports communities.
In 2019, Sonya founded VR Community Builders, a non-profit organization created to encourage the growth of positive, inclusive environments. She has traveled around the world to cover VR events and is the author of eight books.
My name is David Fernandes also known as Riot Shock. My goal is to be a full time Halo streamer/competitor and using my story of struggle and hardship to inspire others. I was arrested at 15 years old for video taping a fight. My court case went all the way up to the United states supreme court where they established a new law; State of Connecticut vs Fernandes where no juvenile will be transferred to adult court without a due process hearing, which I was not given. Unfortunately the law saved thousands except me, so I had to serve 1 year in a level 4 maximum security prison where I have seen 2 people killed and 2 people kill themselves. I overcame prison and survived, then became overcame rehabilitation back into normal society. I became a successful business man however severely depressed. To the point where I would fantasize my own death. I was able to overcome that using gaming and found a way to monitize my passion for games and become truly grateful for the breath I take!
Joe Aldaz serves as Colorado’s Program Manager for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families Onward to Opportunity award-winning career skills program, a best-in-class professional certification program for transitioning service members, Veterans, and military spouses. Joe is a highly experienced university, education, government, and nonprofit executive and has aspired to lead a post-military career of “Service before Self.” He also serves as the part-time President and CEO for the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber providing programming and services to diverse small business members to provide for greater prosperity in Colorado Springs.
Josh is the CEO and Co-founder of NutriGMR a cognitive performance drink created to be a healthy alternative to the traditional energy drink space.
Josh is also the Founder and Chairman of the Warrior GMR Foundation who’s mission is to promote physical, psychological, and social well-being through intergenerational, recreational gaming and amateur esports competition, benefitting America’s youth and the Defenders of our Nation.
Lastly Josh is a life long athlete and learner. He believes health and wellness is key to a high performance lifestyle and continued learning is a key part of that process.
Board-Certified Medical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of success in clinical research and healthcare innovation in academic, government, and corporate settings. Highly skilled in the Neurosciences, Clinical Research, Clinical Trials, Digital Health, Health Psychology, and Functional Medicine. Strong healthcare services professional with a Doctor of Philosophy – PhD focused in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University.
Experienced professional speaker with a demonstrated history of working in the online media, gaming, and non-profit industries. Skilled in Management, Sales, Networking, Partnership Development, Recruiting, and Fundraising.