October 27, 2008

Cambridge Who's Who Member, Andrea Ryder, Certified as a SpaFinder Virtuoso Spa Specialist

Cambridge Who's Who member Andrea Ryder, travel specialist with Ryder Travel, has been certified as a SpaFinder Virtuoso spa specialist. Virtuoso is the industry’s leading luxury travel network, comprised of more than 6,000 travel advisors across 22 countries within North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand. Those who have qualified as a Virtuoso travel advisor specialize in helping traveler’s plan the world’s best vacations. SpaFinder has operated its spa travel educational program since 2006 as part of a strategic alliance with Virtuoso.

As a spa specialist, Ms. Ryder joins an elite group of Virtuoso travel advisors who have successfully completed the training course and testing developed by SpaFinder to meet the surging demand for travel with a spa component. She will be showcased in the Global SpaFinder worldwide directory, SpaFinder’s authoritative global spa guide, so that readers can contact her directly for spa travel booking.

Ms. Ryder has been in the travel and meeting industry since 1984. Her knowledge and expertise has grown through her many years of travel planning and visits to Bali, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Tahiti, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and many popular North American ski destinations.

Ms. Ryder returned to the United States in April 2008 after living abroad in London, during which time she visited various destinations throughout Europe including Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Malaga, Cadiz, Munich, Frankfurt, Dubai, Innsbruck, Venice, Florence and Milan. She received her bachelor of science in business and communications from North Carolina State University in 1982.

To learn more about Ms. Ryder or to book a vacation, visit http://www.travel-xperts.com/ or email andrea@travelxperts.com.


Cambridge Who's Who Member Tisha DeShields' Company, Original Belly Works, Makes Television Debut!

Cambridge Who's Who lifetime member Tisha DeShields is the founder of Original Belly Works (OBW), a company that sells casting kits for expecting mothers to mold their pregnant shape. Casts can be decorated and customized with an array of enhancements including paint, fabric and flowers to create a one-of-a-kind, whimsical piece of art that is an expressive symbol of love. They make great baby shower gifts and are lovely keepsakes for both the mother and baby. Preformed figures are also available for adoptive, surrogate, foster and guardian mothers, mothers who have already given birth and grandmothers. OBW offers a fiberglass finish, made from the original torso cast. The fiberglass finish was chosen because it is a weather-resistant material that can withstand mold, chipping, breaking and cracking, making it a treasured piece that will last for years to come.

Original Belly Works has recently made its national television debut. Ms. DeShields appeared on CNN along with Grace Kisa, an artist working with Original Belly Works (OBW), to promote their ideas and the products and services offered by the company. To watch the interview, click here. OBW has also been featured on various websites and in Pregnancy Magazine, and has celebrity clients such as actresses Brook Shields, Angela Bassett and Mariska Hargitay, boxer Laila Ali and many more.

OBW provides its clients with “customized commissioned designs” – the designer helps to dream up a design or interpret ideas to create a customized belly cast design. Basic designs are air-brushed onto the belly cast; premium designs use acrylic paints and materials such as fabric, feathers, denim and photos; and elite designs are adorned with Swarvoski crystals, metals, gems, tile, glass and other unique embellishments. Click here to view the OBW gallery.

Awestruck by the beauty of a pregnant woman's form, Ms. DeShields conceived the idea for Original Belly Works while pregnant with her fourth child. She realized that she wanted to immortalize her pregnancy and began to research the possibility of producing a copy of her pregnant form. In doing so, the notion to offer this unique creation to all mothers was born. To learn more or to purchase a casting kit, please visit http://www.originalbellyworks.com/.

October 24, 2008

Multicultural Motion Picture Association Hosts the 16th Annual Diversity Awards

Cambridge Who’s Who member Jarvee Hutcherson is president of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA), a non-profit organization comprised of individuals in the United States and international film communities. Its members share a common interest in recognizing the achievements of individuals in the media and entertainment industry who represent a variety of backgrounds. They are committed to celebrating diversity through ideas, stories, leadership and talent.

The MMPA is hosting the 16th Annual Diversity Awards on November 23, 2008 at the Universal Studios Globe Theater in Hollywood, California. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Diversity – American Spirit and Global Talent – Making it Happen.”

The Diversity Awards has long been considered as one of Hollywood’s most anticipated annual awards events, known for its spontaneity and embrace of the international creative community. Awards are presented for the various accomplishments and contributions that actors have made and projects that have shown diverse perspectives through leadership, fostering unity and action in the international arena. Recipients in past years include highly acclaimed actors and actresses Will Smith, Chris Rock, Dakota Fanning, Salma Hayek and Jackie Chan and the television shows Grey’s Anatomy, Bones and Heroes.

Funds raised will benefit the Multicultural Motion Picture Association’s Educational and Development Scholarship Fund. For ticket information, contact Mr. Hutcherson by calling (310) 358-8300 or visit http://www.thediversityawards.org/.

October 15, 2008

No flight of fancy

Reprinted from Auburnpub.com

By Jason Gabak/Special to The Citizen
Sunday, October 12, 2008 9:51 PM EDT

Growing up in Venice Center, Mary Beth Riley Moran had the good fortune to know with absolute certainty what she wanted to do with her life from a relatively early age.

Photo by Jill Connor / The Citizen

From a career in the Air Force, Mary Beth Riley Moran now works for the Federal Aviation Administration as an aviation safety inspector working in Rochester. She was recently chosen for the Cambridge Who's Who List, a professional resource used for networking and mentoring purposes that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals that have made a distinct place for themselves in their careers. A drive and determination has earned Moran a distinct honor.

Moran was recently chosen for the Cambridge Who's Who List, a professional resource used for networking and mentoring purposes that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals that have made a distinct place for themselves in their careers.
For Moran, this career path has taken her from a farm in Venice Center, literally, to all over the world.

It was through her older brother, Mike, that Moran said she found her inspiration.

“This is no lie,” Moran said. “When I was 12, I knew what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a Marine, and I still have a deep respect for the marines. My brother had joined, and when he came back from basic training, I saw how it had matured him; it had taken a teenager and turned him into a man. I knew at an early age that was what I wanted to do.”

Read the full article at Auburnpub.com.

Cambridge Who's Who Member, Catherine Cardinal Publishes Powerful Book and Inspirational CD

Cambridge Who’s Who lifetime member Catherine Cardinal has published a self-help book entitled A Cure for the Common Life and released a CD called Passion of One. Known as “The Self-Esteem Doctor,” her professional trademark is an integrated approach to psychology, which yields positive results in a short period of time.

A Cure for the Common Life: The Cardinal Rules of Self-Esteem is a powerful book that pinpoints 10 specific ways to recognize the root cause of common emotional problems and, at the same time, determine a realistic course for improvement. The “Cardinal Rules” are designed to strengthen your sense of self and fortify your value and self-respect. According to Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, “Dr. Catherine Cardinal distills over 20 years of wisdom gained from counseling real people into a delightful easy-to-read book that prepares the reader to move surely and confidently to joy and success.”

Passion of One features singers Dr. Cardinal and Brandon Jarrett and was composed by Gene and Toni Bua. The CD includes 12 tracks from some of the most inspiring and diverse artists in the industry and reflects an array of genres, including rock, pop, reggae, jazz and ballads. It is based on the work that Dr. Cardinal has done for the past 20 years to help people believe in themselves, change, grow and unite with their purpose in life. “May it inspire you to sing, to dance, to feel and to relentlessly pursue an uncommon, remarkable life!” writes Dr. Cardinal. An mp3 sample of the first song entitled, “Passion of One,” is available on her website.

Dr. Cardinal has been in practice for over 22 years, working to help clients overcome childhood traumas and achieve success and happiness in their relationships. She is a Certified Anderson Stress and Anger Management Facilitator and practices individual as and couples counseling. Being a published author and having appeared in several best-selling magazines, such as Cosmopolitan and Redbook, and on major radio and television programs, including “The O’Reilly Factor,” allows her to reach and help a vast number of people in a variety of ways. “Dr. Catherine Cardinal gives her readers the ability to change their lives by accessing t heir own wisdom. It is a rare gift!” says John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

For more information, visit http://www.catherinecardinal.com/. To purchase A Cure for the Common Life or Passion of One, go to www.catherinecardinal.com/store.

October 8, 2008

Cambridge Who's Who Member, Joseph Siofele, publishes AMATAGA

Cambridge Who’s Who lifetime member, Joseph Siofele, has written a new book entitled AMATAGA that explores the origins of planet Earth, Polynesia and Malaysia. Released on August 20, 2008, the e-book contains his view of the Genesis Creation story, confronts the theory of evolution and even suggests a cure for cancer.

The findings that Siofele expresses in AMATAGA are a result of more than 20 years of research on the origin of Polynesia. In chapter one, Siofele explores the book of Genesis from the Bible and draws parallels between the Creation story and the Samoan legends of PAPALAGI and SAMOANA as well as the Atlantis myth. Chapter two explains Siofele’s view on the theory of evolution and DNA. He also states that he is filing a lawsuit in federal court to “declare evolution as flawed and dangerous for education.” Siofele does not believe that public education should teach the theory of evolution without due notice.

Chapter three reveals the origin of Polynesia, ending a 400-year-old mystery of its origins while chapter four offers a possible cure for cancer based on Biblical information. In chapter five, Siofele explains how a combination of the Bible, science and legends could provide a better basis for education than science alone. Chapter six is based on Siofele’s personal experience with the coral reef heads and coral reef tail in Tutuila as well as the coral reef slab in Satomai, Faleasi’u, Upolu. He has suggested to the two governments in Somoa that these reefs be protected as landmarks demonstrative of “Intelligent Design” instead of random appearance. Siofele ends with chapter seven, which offers a closing argument on the points and explanations mentioned in chapters one through six.

Siofele has been a member of Cambridge Who’s Who since May of 2008. He has also written The Incredible Origins of Polynesians and Malaysians and a movie documentary based on a book titled Polynesian Links. Siofele holds a Bachelor of Law from Irvine University College of Law and has appeared on PBS of London. He has also appeared on the front page in the news media worldwide. A German reporter and television crew visited him in Moreno Valley, CA to interview Siofele about his relation to the Kennewick Man.
Siofele is going on a world tour to several universities to speak about his book, AMATAGA. He will be starting with the National University of Samoa in December and is available for public speaking. For more information about Siofele or to order AMATAGA, please visit his website at http://www.amataga.net/.