These are just a few examples of BEST Graduates who are creative leaders and had a vision to do something extraordinary. They all tapped into the thing they were passionate about, had knowledge and experience to reinvent themselves with a transferable skill-set. They have all demonstrated their ingenuity, determination and commitment to succeed.
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Juan Wong of J&E Gourmet Foods, Inc. stops by Simply Wholesome to service his brand of Nature's Cravings Vegan Cookies. Visit http://jegourmetfoods.com to learn more about how to enjoy Nature's Cravings.
Michele Hahn, JD, MFT, of Talk To Michele; is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, appears on KABC Radio "In Your Right Mind" to discuss Toxic Relationships. Select link to listen... http://www.kabc.com/2016/11/11/in-your-right-mind-radio-show/
Talk to Michele at: http://talktomichele.com/
SaVerne Smith of Nails By SaVerne says, "Caring for feet are my passion." SaVerne has produced a line of unique boutique foot care products labeled "Spirit-Filled Body Care."
Tawanna Wells, is a trained Chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California who grew up in the South watching her mother and auntie cook "Comfort Foods". Chef Tawanna has a BA in Business Management & Organization and Occupational Degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Tawanna founded T's Tasty Treats and is also a HomeCook for DishDivvy at https://www.dishdivvy.com/
Nicole Michelle Richardson is a Hampton University Graduate; Certified by the Gemological Institute of America as a CAD Jewelry Designer. Nicole founded Exclusive Jewelry Collection by Nikki Michelle which provides hand-crafted custom jewelry. "Nikki" has designed custom jewelry for many film and television celebrities; who include: Sigourney Weaver, Nicolette Sheridan, Kiki Haynes, Loretta Devine, and Miss Nigeria- Genevieve Nnaji and Tamera Mowry. To view the beautiful collection, visit the website at: NikkiMichelleJewelry.com
Wayne Craig left the medical services industry and started a new business: Silverline Motorcoach Tours and provides private travel service and special weekend and holiday travel excursions throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.
Richard Clewett transferred his engineering skills from the aerospace industry; with a passion for Porsches and auto racing and started Clewett Engineering specializing in Porsche Ignition Systems for over twenty years. Richard has designed and manufacturers specialty items for ignition and high-performance engines. http://www.clewett.com
David Gordon transitioned from the Aerospace Industry; had passion for wine and was a connoisseur; and established the Arizona Wine Company in 1995 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The AZ Wine Company quickly became the Number Five Independent Wine Retailer in the State of Arizona within 5 months of operation. After years of success, David later sold the AZ Wine Company in pursuit of other ventures. https://rayklemp.wixsite.com/azwine
SaVerne Smith, in 2002 opened her own salon, Nails By SaVerne; is called "L.A.'s Best Pedicurist" by L.A. Weekly Magazine and counted in the "Top Two Nail Salons in Our Weekly Newspaper's "Best of Los Angeles. 2007" Issue. SaVerne has provided services to: Jada Pinkett-Smith, Elise Neal, Darryl Hannah, India.Aire, Macy Gray, Tipper Gore and Ann Hathaway. Clients include: Sony Studios Fashion Week, Academy Awards, NAACP Awards, MTV Film Awards, Staples Center and Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills.
Ata Nabawi of Prism Juice Bar produces healthy juice creations for a healthy lifestyle. Ata decided to pivot from street vendor to healthy juice products manufacturer after the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Clint D. Johnson is the Creator, Author and Artist of the Comic Book Series: "Faith Walker"; a Christian Hero, with Biblical-Themed stories.
Michelle Von Kannon and her sister opened the The Monogram Shoppe in Redondo Beach and celebrated eighteen years as an establishment.
They sold their business and was asked by new ownership to oversee daily operations.
Lori Smith left the film animation industry and transferred her technical skills into a new business: GlutenFreeWeek.com, to assist families who must lead a gluten-free lifestyle. Lori has written a book about menus and recipes and has developed an app for shoppers. http://glutenfreeweek.com
Mary Luzuriaga transitioned from the Medical Support Services Industry and started the firm, Financial Management; and has served physicians and professionals in accounts receivable management successfully for over twenty-two years. Mary celebrated 22 years of demonstrated success and closed business in 2019.
Rene Rawls is an award-winning screenwriter who absolutely loves creating content geared towards children, young adults and families.
Rene is also the creator of the Sule Series, which she initially conceived as a picture book and then adapted into an animated screenplay. This script went on to become the recipient of the 1st annual Mandela Day/Tribeca All Access Award and was ultimately produced as the animated short film entitled Sule and the Case of the Tiny Sparks.
Stella Okolo, a Registered Nurse; established Immediate Health Solutions, a Health Care Staffing Agency to place doctors, nurses and medical technicians on temporary assignments.
Dee Crouch and Cassandra Vanderpool are two Veterans and the Founders of Life Source Oasis, a 501(c)(3) California Public Benefit Charitable Non-Profit to provide Tiny Houses for female veterans. https://lifesourceoasis.org/