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About Stacey Griffith

 Stacey brings us her strong, sexy SOUL from Los Angeles where she was a premier spin instructor and celebrity trainer. Stacey combines dancing, athleticism, mind-blowing music and spirituality to her unique SoulCycle® full-body workout.
She studied Ashtanga Yoga with Sri Pattabi Joyce in India, walked across 12-feet of hot coals as a guest of Anthony Robbins, and was one of Schwinn Cyclings' first Master Instructors. Stacey has inspired a loyal cult-like following over the years including celebrity clients Nicole Kidman, Jody Foster, Brooke Shields and Katie Lee Joel. Stacey recently became the Fitness Expert for Brooke Shields Colgate Total Healthy Upgrade team (http://blogs.singlemindedwo men.com/?p=370). Stacey resides in New York City with her family and three dogs.


About Gwen Lawrence

 Gwen Lawrence has been a practicing fitness professional since 1990. Her current practice includes private yoga training, class instruction and her sport-specific Power Yoga for Sports training program www.poweryogaforsports.com.
Gwen's unique combination of dance, massage and yoga training experience, coupled with her extensive knowledge of anatomy, and nutrition, provide her clients and athletes with overwhelming benefits. Gwen is the yoga instructor for several New York Yankees baseball players, team yoga instructor for the New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Red Bulls, New York Rangers, several major college teams, including Yale and UNC, and many youth teams in a variety of sports. She is also the official spokesperson for AFRIN PureSea, an ambassador for Lululemon and Manduka, and her writing appears in Men's Health, Women's Health, Fitness Magazine and shape.com, espn.com. She has made appearances on NBC TODAY show and many TV news and national radio shows. Gwen also owns her own Yoga School where she trains people to teach the Power Yoga for Sports system. She was just named to 2010 Westchester's Best List. Gwen lives in the New York tri-state area with her husband and three teenage boys. You can find out more about Gwen by visiting www.poweryogaforbaseball.com and www.yogawithgwen.com.


About Nicole Parker

 Nicole is as adept at portraying strong sexy women as she is at playing vulnerable and complicated characters. She is best known for her outstanding performance as ‘Teri Joseph’ of Showtime’s award winning original series “Soul Food” and has displayed her acting range in several blockbuster and independent films.
She most recently starred in the new ABC drama series “The Deep End” where she played Susan Oppenheim, a partner at Sterling, who prides herself on her “take-no-prisoners” attitude. She just wrapped the indie comedy 35 and Ticking directd by Russ Parr. Last year, Nicole starred opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount Pictures’ “Imagine That” and will next appear with Rockmond Dunbar in “Pastor Brown.” She has been featured in Touchstone Picture’s “Remember the Titans,” “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” with Martin Lawrence, “Boogie Nights” with Mark Wahlberg, the HBO Original Film, “Dancing in September” and opposite Taye Diggs in Fox Searchlight's “Brown Sugar.”

She has also been featured in many independent films like “200 Cigarettes,” Shooting Gallery’s “Loving Jezebel,” “Subway Stories,” and “Sebastian Cole,” a winner at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.

Nicole has an extensive background in theatre, having performed in incredible Off-Broadway productions like “Chicago,” “House of Lear,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” She also appeared in the television movies “The Loretta Claiborne Story,” “Exiled,” and “Mind Prey.”

Nicole always knew she wanted to be an actress. She began pursuing her dream at the Baltimore Actors Theatre and then it was on to Washington Ballet Company before moving to New York to study further at New York University. She is a graduate of NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts.

Nicole has been nominated for seven NAACP Image Awards and had the pleasure of presenting President Bill Clinton with a Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony hosted by the NAACP. She also received a special award at the Urban World Film Festival, for Outstanding Body of Work as an Actress.

Nicole also starred alongside former “Soul Food” co-star and real life spouse, Boris Kodjoe in the Paramount/UPN sit-com “Second Time Around.” Nicole and Boris have raised the bar of the Hollywood power couple. By putting love and family first, they are inspiring millions.

In January 2009, she was featured in People Magazine to introduce Sophie’s Voice Foundation (www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org), the charitable organization she started with husband Boris to raise awareness about children and adults living with spina bifida.


About Avis Richards

 Avis Gold Richards is the Founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation™, a 501(c)3 non-profit creative group that produces high-quality documentaries, short videos and public service announcements (PSAs) for charitable organizations.
An award-winning executive producer and director, Avis has produced and directed over 50 films and multiple websites and events. The goal of Birds Nest Foundation is to provide the media to educate and promote important causes and issues that enable non-profits and other foundations to communicate their messages through “moving pictures.” Avis has won more than a dozen Stevie Awards, Telly Awards, Davey Awards, and Aurora Awards for producing non-profit films and videos.

The charities that benefit from Avis’ work include a host of worthy causes dedicated to improving healthcare and education, serving inner-city youth, protecting against domestic violence, promoting human rights, and defending the environment.

Avis is on the Board of Directors for HELP USA (homes for the homeless and less fortunate), Sophie’s Voice (Spina Bifida), Bat for the Cure (prostate cancer), Earth Day Network (the environment), and the R Baby Foundation (infant mortality). Avis is a member of the Advisory Board of Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation (domestic violence), Cancer Schmancer (breast cancer early detection), and Mobile Movement (mobile philanthropy). Avis is a “Game Ball” recipient for the Boomer Esiason Foundation (Cystic Fibrosis), a Peloton Project member for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (cancer), and served as an Excalibur award member for the American Cancer Society for which she was also the Gala Event Chair. Avis was a founding member of Gilda's Club (cancer support), for which she developed and chaired the Young Committee Members' Gala.

Avis is on the Advisory Board of, and a content provider for, HUM News, which was first incorporated as Human Unlimited Media (a non-profit), that expanded into the for-profit realm with Human Media. Avis sits on the Advisory Board of Renu Mobile, a corporation dedicated to creative mobile applications with minimal environmental footprint and maximum global reach. Avis is an Ambassador for Bicycle for a Day, and environment and health initiative founded by actor Matthew Modine; and was previously involved in promoting Westchester Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Auschwitz Jewish Center, Whitby School and St. Phillip’s Academy. Avis is an active alumnus of the University of Maryland and in 2010 was honored by the University with its Non-profit Industry Impact Award.

Avis is currently producing a public television series entitled “Lunch NYC” for NYC Media, part of the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting, after the successful launch of her short documentary, LUNCH, which was sponsored in part by Earth Day Network. The documentary, screened at film festivals across the United States, has distribution rights in Whole Foods Markets. The series exposes unhealthy foods being served in the public school system across the country and highlights the efforts of individuals actively seeking alternatives to promote nutrition and health.

Avis is a graduate of the University of Maryland where she earned her B.S. degree. She pursued her post-graduate studies at George Washington University and Bank Street College of Education. Avis lives with her husband, two children, and three dogs and in New York City.


About Dylan Richards

 Dylan Richards is a highly-visible food critic who spends countless hours travelling throughout the five boroughs of New York City evaluating restaurants and eateries to assess the quality, ingredients, and taste of food while noting the ambiance and cleanliness of the establishment. Dylan has begun to document his findings for the series currently in production entitled "LunchNYC."
“LunchNYC” is a documentary-style television show that addresses the poor food quality that school children are submitted to as the incidence of obesity and health issues have taken on national urgency. Lunch and Dylan travel beyond the school cafeteria to farms, supermarkets, culinary institutes and food establishments to discover the pleasure and progress associated with a healthily lifestyle, while exposing the stark reality of poor food quality that far too many school children (and adults) are subjected to. Dylan, age 14 is a 9th grade student at Columbia Preparatory School in Manhattan. Dylan studies math, science, English history and Chinese at Columbia Prep and is actively involved in community service. Dylan's love for sports is evident as he is both an active participant and fan for his local NY-based teams (Yankees, Giants, and Knicks). Dylan plays baseball for his school team, and in his most recent season was the captain and starting short-stop at Columbia Prep for his 7-th & 8th Grade team. Dylan has appeared in other short films in recent years with a focus on health-related issues, and has starred in a short-film intended to increase prostate cancer awareness. Dylan enjoys exploring the world and has travelled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Dylan lives with his mother, father, and sister and man's best friends (three dogs: Snowball, Sparkles, and Simba).


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