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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Robert Knowles on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we count the down 2012 and prepare our mind, body, and spirit for an exciting year of Giving Abundantly and Living Life to the Fullest in 2013. 

Tune in on Saturday, December 29, 2012, to hear  author, speaker, and real estate maverick, Robert Knowles, as he shares lessons from his book "Miracles 101". Knowles, a master story teller, will share how miracles are occurring everyday in our daily lives. "You can live on Madison Avenue or Skid Row; you may have a degree from an Ivy League School or the School of Hard Knocks: there's an area in your life where you need a miracle!" Listen as Knowles share from his many experiences with church building projects, that could only been a miracle to get off the ground. 

Knowles will share how a disastrous church building committee experience led him to form his business, Arks, Inc., multimillion dollar real estate consulting firm that builds churches all over the world. Hear him talk about an experience that nearly kept him out of church and what it took to get him back into building churches again.  

Knowles will keep you entertained with his wit and his transparency while holding nothing back about what it take to work with a committee, in and out of the church. Tune in for a show that will make you laugh, put a smile on your face, and have you wanting to use your God given talents for the greater good in 2013 while restoring your faith in humanity.
Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Robert Knowles
Robert Knowles is founder and president of Arks, Incorporated. He attended Pembroke State University and the University of N.C. Wilmington.

Robert has over 20 years of real estate development experience, 18 years experience in consulting, financing, designing, and building churches and has been involved in many entrepreneurial endeavors during his business career.

He is also founder of Accumulated Resources of Kindred Spirits, a not for profit company that has worked to improve the lives of many in Africa, India and the United States. He is the author of Successful Church Building and is an invited speaker at church conferences and seminars on how to build churches without losing your members. 

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sedrik Newbern on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we count the down the last days of 2012 and prepare our mind, body, and spirit for an exciting year of Giving Abundantly and Living Life to the Fullest in 2013. 

Tune in for our Christmas Show on Saturday, December 22, 2012 to hear from author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Sedrik Newbern, and he shares powerful lessons about forgiving others, as well as yourself, from his book, Unconditional Forgiveness

Newbern will share about being raised by his loving mother while yearning for a relationship with his father. Newbern, a child of divorce, will also share how he navigated the awkwardness of his teens years and his heartfelt conversation with his father as an adult that lead both of them to build an undeniable bond  between them and how they both live a life without regrets from the past. Listen to Newbern give practical advice to help many face the challenges that often come with family relationships that make holiday and family gatherings painful. Newbern will give personal insight about not only forgiving others from past wrongs but how to deal with life disappointments that can rob us of healthy relationships in the future and right now.

This show will help "unpack" baggage from relationships that have left wounds, tear down walls from around our hearts, and leave us with hope for a better year in 2013.

Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Sedrik Newbern 

Sedrik R. Newbern is President of Phoenix Insurance & Financial Services, an Allstate Insurance agency in downtown Libertyville, IL, a far northern suburb of Chicago. His focus is on protecting your assets and family from mayhem by ensuring that you have the appropriate products and coverage for your needs. He is also President of Newbern Consulting Group serving as a marketing consultant and motivational speaker specializing in purpose-driven personal/professional coaching and business consulting.

In his 20 year career with non-profit organizations and Allstate Corporation, Sedrik has held local, regional and national marketing positions in Nashville, DC and Chicago. These experiences have given him a broad prospective of business and leadership development. This was the foundation and inspiration that led to him becoming an entrepreneur.

Sedrik has a deep passion and commitment to growing the community and serving others. He strongly believes that when you know better, you do better, so he empowers customers and other entrepreneurs through education and the development of sustainable action plans. He serves on several non-profit boards and committees including roles as President for the University of IL Lake County Extension Foundation and Treasurer for Boys & Girls Club Lake County.

Sedrik recently authored a book entitled Unconditional Forgiveness, Lessons on Letting Go To Build Better Relationships, his perspective on the impact growing up without his father had on his life. He also explores the evolution of the relationship with his father and how they moved beyond past pains to develop an unbreakable bond. Full of practical advice to those previously hurt in relationships, the book shares one man’s healing and how you too can develop healthy relationships.

A native of Nashville, TN, Sedrik holds a BS in Marketing from Western Kentucky University and an MBA with a concentration in Economics from Tennessee State University. His ultimate support and motivation come from his wife Denise and their son Matthew.


Twitter:         @sedriknewbern

Saturday, December 15, 2012

President of Georgetown College on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Update: Audio of show can be found here.

Living Your Best Life will broadcast a special show featuring a keynote message from Dr. William H. (Bill) Crouch at the Family of God at Woodmont Hills . Dr. Crouch spoke at the lecture series; Loving God, Loving Others, Serving the World in 2008.  Dr. Crouch message, "Diversity starts at the Top"  will share what his efforts to diversify Georgetown College taught him about his faith, race relations,  and leadership.

On Saturday, December 15, 2012, listen to Dr. Crouch share about his journey to make good on a childhood promise he made during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Hear Dr. Crouch speak about leading his beloved Georgetown College and his attempts to diversify the student body, the faculty, and staff. Dr. Crouch's efforts were inspired by God but he shares how he stumbled along the way and the many lessons he learned about people from different backgrounds. Dr. Crouch also speaks frankly about why diversity initiatives often fail. 

Dr. Crouch shares how he looked deeply into the soul of the man in the mirror first before his ideas would work at his college. Dr. Crouch's desire to have a more diverse student body made him look at not only the environment of the college, but his community and the daily interactions of leaders he was surrounded by and he could influence. After many encounters that greatly enriched his life personally,  he co-authored a booked in 2010 called What We Love About the Black Church: Can We Get A Witness?  This special broadcast will make you pause as you think deeper about race relation issues  and what it means to you, your school, your place of worship, your corporation, or business to become more diverse in a world that is changing fast.

Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Dr. William H. Crouch

William H. Crouch, Jr., began his era of leadership-by-example the day he became president of Georgetown College in 1991.

Often described as a visionary in not only corporate and academic worlds, but also in the community of Christian faith, Crouch’s initiatives at the College include: the achievement of numerous record-setting fundraising goals; the founding of many unique, often-emulated programs, such as the President’s Ambassadors, the Equine and Global Scholars Programs, the Presidential Mentorship Program, and the Apprenticeship Challenge; the facilitation of the construction of a new Fine Arts building, a nationally acclaimed Learning Resource Center (library), and a high profile Athletic and Conference Center Complex, the latter to which he immediately recruited the NFL Cincinnati Bengals football team’s annual summer camp; and a model faculty growth and development program.

Concurrently, Dr. William H. Crouch has been instrumental in increasing Georgetown’s enrollment and vastly expanding the geographical base from which the College’s ever-increasing enrollment comes, all the while aggressively pursuing greater diversity among students, faculty and staff, and leading the College to a Carnegie Foundation Baccalaureate College-Liberal Arts national ranking. Working with former Governor Martha Layne Collins, Dr. Crouch has created a unique Center for Commerce, Language and Culture for the campus. All of which are part of his strategy to lead Georgetown College to achieve Phi Beta Kappa standards.

During his presidency, Dr. William H. Crouch has represented Georgetown College on a variety of community boards, including the Executive Committee of the United Way of the Bluegrass, the Lexington Area Sports Authority and Bluegrass Tomorrow. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges, was Chair of the Board of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and served as a member of the Kentucky 2010 World Equestrian Games Advisory Council. Presently, he is a member of the The First Tee Trustees.

The son of a Baptist minister who was also a well respected educator, Dr. Crouch is a Louisville, KY, native. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1998, he was selected a Distinguished Fellow at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. In 2003, he was elected a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and in 2008 was honored to receive the Hellenic Ideals Award. Prior to coming to Georgetown College, he served as vice-president of development at Carson-Newman College.

Crouch and his wife, Jan, have five adult children and enjoy five grandchildren.
After twenty one years as President of Georgetown, Dr. Crouch will retire on June 30, 2013.
Read Dr. Crouch's vision for Georgetown here.

Dr. Crouch's United Nations World Diversity Leadership Summit Remarks can be found here.
Books can be purchased here.

Special thanks to Woodmont Hills

Photos Credit: Georgetown College Media Relations

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sweets Ndulgence and John's Nuts on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world". Hear from CEOs who are changing communities and founders of networks that are changing how business is done by changing the rules, one conversation at a time.

On Saturday, December 8, 2012 tune in to hear from entrepreneurs who took their passion for cooking to selling their delicious products to the marketplace. Nancy Overton, owner of Sweets Ndulgence, and John D. Powers, owner of John's Nuts, will share how they took a leap of faith and became business owners selling delicious and savory foods to thousands. Hear them share how they stand above the crowds and stand out on store shelves. Listen to them share how to take an idea from the kitchen to becoming a product in the store or ordered on line.

This show is the perfect show for those who are wanting to start a business in 2013, for individuals who are looking for something unique for corporate gift giving, and for entrepreneurs and customers who support small businesses by shopping small all year long. 

Living Your Best Life, radio that empowers, inspires, and motivates you to live your BEST life, is heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, the Inspirational Network, military bases and live streamed at Ustream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Sweets Ndulgence

Our gourmet cookies make wonderful unique, tasty gifts for business associates, clients, friends or simply as a gift to yourself or anyone who would love a sweet treat!
~ Anniversaries ~ Baby Showers ~ Birthdays ~ Christmas Gift 
~ Church Events ~ Client Appreciation ~ College Care Package

~ Congratulations ~ Father's Day ~ Graduation ~ Hostess gift

~ Housewarming ~ Mother's Day~ New Home

~ Office Meetings ~ Party Favors ~ School Events ~ Thank You

~ Valentine's Day~ Wedding Shower.....just to name a few!
 Promote yourself in a SWEET way!
At your next event or party, treat your guests to our gourmet cookies personalized with your logo or image of your choice. We will wrap each cookie individually for handouts or plate them on a tray for parties.

Call us at 615.300.7046 or send an email to discuss your individual needs.

More About John's Nuts (by John D. Powers)

When I was in grade school, I rode my bike home at lunch time, because I preferred to make my own lunch.  From an early age, I discovered food, and my love for it persists today.

In 2006, I bought a bag of plain pistachios in the Virgin Islands to take on a boat trip. As I was stocking my cooler, it hit me how boring plain pistachios were. I raided my spice cabinet, emptied the pistachios into a bowl, added olive oil, a sprinkle of this and a smidgen of that, and John’s Nuts were born.  My friends and family devoured them. They became my contribution for boat trips, holiday gatherings, sporting events, and movie nights at home.  

But it wasn’t until I moved to San Francisco in 2011 that I realized it was time to market my creation. With such a diverse food culture, nearby pistachio farms, and a focus on healthy and whole ingredients, San Francisco was the perfect city to launch my gourmet, savory pistachio company.   

John’s Nuts are made with U.S. Extra #1 pistachios from California, first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and pure herbs and spices, just like they were on that glorious Caribbean day. We use no preservatives, gums, or artificial ingredients whatsoever.   Your taste buds will love them, and your body will be grateful.

To order John's Nuts click here.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Windsor Neckwear and Alfred Edmond, Jr. on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Join Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes as we profile organizations and leaders who lead by example. With extraordinary acts of kindness and charitable giving that help countless lives daily, these organizations and leaders embody "Be the change you want to see in the world". Hear from CEOs who are changing communities and founders of networks that are changing how business is done by changing the rules, one conversation at a time.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 we will hear from Alfred Edmond, Jr. and the founders of Windsor Neckwear, Michael McPherson Jr. and Mace Neal III. Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, listen to the story of two young men launch Windsor Neckwear with an $80.00 investment. Hear their inspirational story and how it caught the eye of a business icon, Alfred Edmond, Jr. The quality of their work lead to a collaboration with Edmond to launch A.E.J. signature bow ties.

Anyone with a burning desire to start their business in 2013, this show will encourage you on how to follow you dreams and not let others 'no' determine your destiny in life. This show is also for the neckware connoisseur with impeccable taste who loves quality workmanship that stands out in a boardroom or business meeting. And for those who love to give the perfect gift, tune in to hear where to buy the A.E.J. Collection.

Living Your Best Life, radio that empowers, inspires, and motivates you to live your BEST life, is heard on 760AM in the Middle Tennessee Region, the Inspirational Network, military bases and live streamed at Ustream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Windsor Neckwear 

 What began in 2008 as a common passion for men's neckwear has become a rapidly growing business venture between Michael McPherson Jr. and Mace Neal III.  The concept for Windsor Neckwear was first thought of on one of many shopping voyages between Michael and Mace.  One day while shopping for a new tie in a popular men's store the duo walked away disappointed in the lack of variety and similarity in a sea of what looked like repetitive ties!  After a brief discussion about the lack luster experience Mike said "we should start our own necktie line" and Mace simply responded "yeah we should".  From that day forward the duo never looked back.  Windsor Neckwear began with a total $80.00 investment between Mike and Mace who purchased fabric and a quick sew necktie pattern.  Initially they began making hand made ties, ascots, and pocket squares.

The plan was to always have their line manufactured on a larger scale so they spent the first year and a half learning the manufacturing business and building capital to develop their first line.  In late 2009 after garnering the support of a manufacturing facility they made their first line of four designs. There were several issues with their first experience but they managed to sell out of all four designs in three weeks!  From that point Windsor Neckwear has expanded to offering a vast array of beautiful neckties each unique in their own way.

To not fall into the pit of "designers block" and creating a basic collection, Windsor Neckwear made it their practice to produce limited quantities per design.  The most they will produce of any one tie in a specific color is 50 pieces, they do this to constantly introduce new products, keep their items exclusive and to always keep the creative juices flowing.  This has worked well for Windsor Neckwear and because of this they always tell their customers "if you see it and like it then get it, because it won't be available long".  Click here for more of their story.

More About A. E. J. Bow Tie Collection

The Alfred Edmond Jr. Bow Tie Collection features stunning 100% woven silk, hand cut, limited edition bow ties.  The Alfred Edmond Jr. Collection silk is made with high needle counts for a luxurious feel, appearance, quality and durability.  Each bow tie is made in a 2.75 inch width which is the perfect size for a business environment, night on the town or casual wear.

The Bow Ties in this collection are truly limited edition, available in only 25 pieces per color and style.  This limited production allows you to have a rare piece of neckwear that will allow you to fit in while standing out. 


Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Business Roll Call

As a small business owner, I try to support other business owners not only by being a customer but by promoting others to do business with brick and mortars, online, and service based companies.
SBA Administrator Karen Mills, with Yuri Cunza, David Tiller, and Genma Holmes

According to the Small Businesses Administration:
•    Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
•    Employ half of all private sector employees.
•    Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
•    Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years.
•    Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP.
•    Hire 43 percent of high tech workers ( scientists, engineers, computer programmers, and others).
•    Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.
•    Made up 97.5 percent of all identified exporters and produced 31 percent of export value in FY 2008.
•    Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.

Saturday, November 24, 2012 is officially Small Business Sunday. For the third year, millions of Americans are being encouraged to shop small by purchasing goods and services from small business owners.
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First celebrated on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

In 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders, and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.
 American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41 local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign, which generated more than one million Facebook "like" registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.

I believe that small business owners must lead the charge by promoting and spending with each other first. To celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship, Living Your Best Life will announce the business owners that leave their company info in the comment section beginning Saturday November 24, 2012 through December 31, 2012 on air to encourage their listeners to spend with small business during the holiday season. It is my way of showing my appreciation for the small business community and helps jump start my "Year of Living and Giving".

Happy Shopping !
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Coach Joe Gilliam at Woodmont Hills on Living Your Best Life with Genma Holmes

Update: Audio of Coach Gilliam at Woodmont Hills can be found here .

Living Your Best Life will broadcast a special show featuring keynote, Coach Joe W. Gilliam, Sr., at the Family of God at WoodmontHills speaker series; Loving God, Loving Others, Serving the World from 2008. Coach Gilliam spoke about "Good Diversity-Bad Diversity" and how his faith in God was the foundation of his life.

Join us on Saturday, November 24, 2012 to hear Coach Gilliam share lessons from chapters of his life. Hear him talk about his parents leaving the life of sharecropping in North Carolina for Steubenville, Ohio in the middle of the night in 1919 in order to provide a better life for their growing family. His parents were determined to find a better economic opportunities and to provide their children with an education.

In Ohio, Coach Gilliam excelled academically and in sports which allowed him to receive scholarships offers to college. But his intelligence and athletic skills did not shelter him from the harsh realities of life during the forties. Hear him share why he did not attend Ohio State University. That decision lead him to play for Indiana University's championship team. Although he played for a winning school, his experiences were painful, mentally and spiritually. His negative experiences as a collegiate athlete made Coach determined to coach, mentor, mold, teach, and train his players with fatherly guidance and positive values throughout his lifetime.

Hear Coach discussing a variety of topics as he answered questions from the audience. He reflected on his mother's enduring love; his devoted wife's influence on his life; his love of the classroom; his coaching at Tennessee State University; his relationship with Bill Parcell; how he barred the NFL from administering the wonderlic test to Ed "Too Tall" Jones and the 20 year repercussion on Coach Gilliam's coaching career; how race relations permeates sports, then and now; his insights from studying constitutional law and why only following God can change man's heart not legislative actions; and the importance of sharing good diversity-bad diversity experiences in order to learn from them.

You will also hear Coach share thoughts on women coaching football; mentoring young black males; and personal regrets from his own family life. Listen as his compassion for others is shown by how he cared for his athletes and their families long after they have stopped playing sports, collegiate or professionally.
Coach Gilliam with Coach Merritt in 1973
Coach Gilliam with players in 1980

Coach Gilliam with Bernard King @ 2007 TN Sports Hall of Fame Induction

For the legions of Coach Gilliam's players, students, adopted family and sports enthusiasts who lives Coach touched and for those who respected and followed his life closely; this show will empower, inspire, and motivate you to live your BEST life. 

Living Your Best Life can be heard on 760 AM in the Middle-Tennessee Region, military bases, and streamed live on U-Stream.TV from 9-10AM CST.

More About Coach Joe W. Gilliam, Sr. 

Joe Gilliam, Sr. will be remembered as one of the most respected football coaches in the history of the game. He began his intercollegiate football career at Indiana University, where he played on the Hoosiers' national championship football team. He then went into the armed services, and upon his discharge, enrolled at West Virginia State College, where he played both basketball and football. At West Virginia State College, he received All-American honors as a quarterback and earned a place in the Yellow Jackets' Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Gilliam began his 35-year coaching career on the high school level in Kentucky, where he earned the Kentucky High School Football Association's Coach of the Year title.

He went on to coach at Jackson State College in Mississippi where he helped lead the Tigers to two consecutive Black National Championship titles. From 1963-1981, Gilliam was the assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for Tennessee State University. During this period, Tennessee State University had nine Black National Championship teams. In 1989, he took the helm as head coach for four seasons. As head coach, Gilliam was inducted into the TSU Sports Hall of Fame and was selected as Coach of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference in 1990. His career record of 254-93-15 included coaching five undefeated teams and five teams that lost only one game. He coached 10 national championships teams and helped facilitate 144 players into the National Football League.

For several summers, he worked with the Arizona Cardinals' coaching staff as an offensive consultant. In later years, Gilliam conducted a summer youth football camp in Nashville, Tennessee to raise funds for his Joe Gilliam Foundation. Throughout his coaching career, Gilliam earned numerous awards including the All-American Football Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and the College Football Hall of Fame Contribution Award. Coach was a frequent guest speaker and sought-after lecturer at football clinics, on radio programs, and sports banquets.  He was widely renowned for his teams' abilities to employ his innovative offensive concepts and insights. (Bio: Coaches Choice/Edits: Genma Holmes)

Coach Gilliam was the author of four books.
Coach Gilliam's scholarship fund is held at TSU.
Franz Holmes tribute to Coach Gilliam can be found here .
Franz Holmes introduced Coach Gilliam and Golf Pro, James Paschal, was the moderator.
Special thanks to Woodmont Staff and Mona Knight, audio archivist at Woodmont Hills.

Photos Credits: Tennessean; Billy Kinglsey, Joe, Rudis, and Frank Empson; and Genma Holmes


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Faces of Patriotism: Women In the Military

In 2010, the Center for Women Veterans, led by the efforts of Dr. Betty Mosley Brown (USMC) took an active role to raise the visibility of women veterans. The Center for Women Veterans started a successful campaign, HERStory, to profile women veterans. The campaign spread to all branches of the military to highlight the contributions of women veterans, active, and reservists who serve in the United States Armed Forces.

With the branches of the military working to honor women of the armed forces, several independent studies were conducted around the same time that gave statically data on women in the military. One that has been quoted often was conducted by the Pew Research Center that was released in 2011. According to the Pew Research Center:

Women in this decade have made up a much greater share of the active-duty military than they have at any time in U.S. history. Among the ranks of the enlisted, 14% are now women (up from 2% in 1973), and among commissioned officers, 16% are now women, compared with 4% in 1973.
As the share of women in the military increases, so does the share of veterans who are women. The 2010 Current Population Survey estimates that there are just over 22 million veterans, almost 1.8 million of whom are women (8%); and among the estimated 2.2 million post-9/11 veterans, more than 400,000 (19%) are women.

Compared with their male counterparts, a greater share of military women are black.  More than three-in-ten (31%) military women are black (including black Hispanics). This is almost twice the share of active-duty men who are black (16%), as well as more than twice the proportion of civilian women ages 18-44 who are black (15%). In addition, more women in the active-duty force than men in the active-duty force and civilian women ages 18-44 are of mixed racial background or some other race. 

With the increased number of women serving in the military and the growing pool of women veterans, here a few women who we salute:

HERstory, Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of TN VA
Commissioner in Afghanistan

Pakistan in Background
In January 2011, Governor Bill Haslam selected Colonel Many-Bears Grinder to be the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs -- the first female in the State to serve in this capacity. She is responsible for the operation of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs' Field Offices, Claims Office, and four State Veterans Cemeteries. She is also an ex-officio voting member of the Tennessee State Veterans Home Board, which controls the three existing State Veterans Homes, and plans for future homes in Tennessee. Commissioner Grinder serves as the Southeast District Vice President for the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.

In order to accept the State post, Grinder retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Colonel with over 35 years of service. She is an Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran, having served as the Head of Secretariat for the International Police Coordination Board. She traveled throughout Afghanistan, working with international diplomats and police as well as the Afghan leaders and local police officers, to ensure standardized training and equipment for the Afghan Police.

Grinder was inducted into the Fort Benning Hall of Fame in 2004. She is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army War College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

Grinder holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College and a Master's Degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Commissioner Grinder is a member of numerous military and Veterans associations, including AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Women Veterans of America, Military Officers Association, the National Guard Association of the United States and is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Grinder moved to Tennessee in 1989 where she met and married Ernie Grinder.

HERstory, Colonel Jacqueline Nave

Colonel Nave's Final Flight

Colonel Jacqueline Nave was the Commander of the 118th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) at the 118th Airlift Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard.  Colonel Nave entered the Tennessee Air National Guard in 1986 with a direct commission as a Flight Nurse. 

She served as a Flight Nurse Instructor and Flight Nurse Examiner while assigned to the 118th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.  Her assignments included deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. 

In 1999, Colonel Nave transferred to the 118th Medical Group as the Administrative Officer.  She was commissioned as a line officer in 2000 assigned as a full time technician to Joint Forces Headquarters. Colonel Nave was selected as Deputy

Commander of the 118th Medical Group in 2002.

As one of the first three full time Deputy Commanders in the Air National Guard, Colonel Nave was instrumental in the development and implementation of the manpower study and job descriptions for this position.  Col Nave served as the Commander of the 118th AES from March until December 2007 when she was appointed as the Command Nurse of the Air National Guard and Chief of AE Plans and Operations by the National Guard Bureau.  She maintained oversight for 89 Medical Groups and 10 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons during her two year tour in Washington, DC.  Col Nave coordinated patient movement during the most active hurricane season in history, safely moving more than 500 patients from Texas and Louisiana.  She was responsible for planning the Air National Guard Homeland Security medical response for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Colonel Nave returned as the Commander for the 118th AES in November, 2009 and continued until her retirement April 7, 2012.  Under her leadership, the Squadron earned and “Outstanding” on the 2012 Health Service Inspection and “Mission Ready” on the 2012 ASEV.

HERstory, Lt. Colonel Daphne Ferguson-Young, DDS

Lt. Colonel Ferguson-Young

Lt. Colonel Daphne C. Ferguson-Young, a General Dentist and Academician, is currently the Director of the General Practice Residency Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Meharry Medical College where she has been a faculty member for 14 years. Lt. It was at Meharry where Lt. Colonel Ferguson-Young made her decision to join the army in her mid-forties. A recruiter came to speak to her students and she enlisted.

A few years after enlisting in the Army, Lt. Colonel Ferguson-Young was sent to the front lines of the Iraq War with the Army’s 380th Medical Company based in Millington, Tennessee.  Lt. Colonel traded her classroom at Meharry for the Desert Sands of the Middle East from 2004-2005.

Her deployment to the Middle East encouraged her to stay in the Army while still continuing to train future dentists.  Her leadership training she received from the military  transitioned into professional career. She participates on several college committees and has served in numerous leadership positions. Lt. Colonel Ferguson-Young is also very active in the community. She served for ten years on the Governing Board of Matthew Walker Community Health Center. She was appointed by Dr. Riley, President of Meharry Medical College, as liaison to visit Hawler Medical College, School of Dentistry, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq to assist with their curriculum committee. Lt. Colonel Ferguson-Young has also completed the prestigious ADEA Leadership Institute as a scholarship Fellow in 2011.

Here are a few of the awards Lt. Ferguson-Young has received during her military career:

National Defense Service Award-2, Global War On Terrorism Service Award, Army Service Ribbon - 2, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device ( Received two of these), Combat Action Badge, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Photo Credits: Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, 118th Airlift Wing, Genma Holmes
Story Originally Printed in Mocha Market's Faces of Patriotism Edition 

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