Dr Denise M Dukes is the Founder & President of Southeast Artist Collaboration, Inc. and the Founder and Pastor for Center of Love, Light & Peace Church, Inc. Dr. Denise M Dukes, PhD or "Dr. Denise" as her friends fondly reference her is a native Alabamian who holds several certifications in Holistic Counseling and Life Coaching, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication and Theater from Tennessee State University, Graduate Degree Studies in Education from Clarke Atlanta University, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Fitness Science from Charter University and currently is working on another Master's and Doctorate Degree as a Holistic Counselor from the University of Sedona.
She was noted as one of the youngest major network show producers and directors and host of an early morning fitness TV show when she was 19 years of age on Viacom Cablevision in Nashville, Tennessee titled "Aerobic Heartbeat" while simultaneously working on her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications and Theatre at Tennessee State University.
After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles, California where she instantly became a featured dancer on the legendary dance show "Soul Train" while also studying and working in the entertainment industry as a professional model and actress; as well as, a part-time aerobics instructor working for Jack LaLanne at one of his Fitness Center’s in the heart of Los Angeles.
In August of 1987 she was crowned the first Miss Black Alabama, USA.
After over 35 years of learning and studying about Holistic Self Care through self-experimentation and learning from other great natural healers such as Dr. Sebi, Dr. Llaila Afrika, Jack LaLanne, Dr. Dick Gregory and many others; she made it a point to obtain her professional certifications in Holistic Health, Wellness & Weight Loss, Herbalism, Fitness Training and Mindful Transformation.
In May of 2018, she established Luxury Body Sculpting Health & Wellness Center in Montgomery, Alabama. When Dr. Dukes is not in the wellness center consulting with clients, you can find her personally consulting with clients through the organizations' Nutrition, Weight Loss and Pain Management Program, "Naturally Organic You" or traveling to various speaking engagements; as well as, sharing Holistic educational segments through social media events on Facebook and/or YouTube.
Dr. Dukes has also authored numerous books, youth plays and articles evolving around Holistic Health & Wellness. Some of the books she has written and published are:
“Denise Dukes 90-Day Plant-Based Meal Plan”; “Detoxification & Alkalinity: How To Live A Disease Free Lifestyle” and “Slave Food: An African-American Epidemic"
Professor Leonard Sonnenschein
President, Conservation for the Oceans Foundation Founder, Salvation Farming Solutions, LLC Managing Member, Solution4USA, LLC
Professor Sonnenscheins' Achievements:
He has also designed, built and operated 5 museums.
• Formulated technologies to improve production of fisheries
•Invented ways to reduce phosphate and nitrogen poisoning conditions
• Developed innovative methods to degrade plastics into fertilizers
• Discovered new pathways in cellular metabolism
• Advanced the understanding of coral life-cycle from growth to ecosystem restoration
• Invented active ingredient delivery systems for use in plants, fish and animals
• Created ElectrocideTM a product, that when ingested, improves health, supports the immune system, increases energy and improves mental focus
• World Ocean Network
• Solution4USA, LLC
• Salvation Farming Solutions, LLC.
• GroFish, LLC
• AquaGreen Foods
• Innovative Drug Manufacturing, LLC
Prof. Sonnenschein has collaborated with UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, UN-Law of the Sea, WHO, FAO, the World Bank, International Ocean Institute, Global Forum on Ocean, Coasts and Islands, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
• United States Provisional Application #61/716,331: Sonnenschein October 17, 2012; Methods and Composition for Enhancing the Uptake of an Active Ingredient
• United States Provisional Patent Application #63/173.106: Sonnenschein April 9, 2021 Bioavailable Mixture Providing Safe Broad-Spectrum Antipathogenic, Health, Fitness, Neurological and Homeostatic Benefits
• United States Patent #6,238,706: Sonnenschein May 29, 2001; Method of Stimulating Growth in Aquatic. Animals
Prof. Sonnenschein’s extensive publications
and abstracts focus on
• Climate Resiliency & Conservation
• UN & Government Policy and Economic/Development • Ecosystem Restoration and Education
• Climate Resiliency & Conservation
• Cellular Metabolism
• Conservation Research, Aquaculture & Fisheries and
• Museums and Public Aquarium
Dr. Charles Bell is an accomplished Optometrist and Holistic Practitioner
University of Alabama in Birmingham school of Optometry, O.D.
Auburn University at Montgomery
(Certificate in Surgical Technology)
Private Practice - Tuskegee, Alabama
Established unprecedented optometry clinic at the Tuskegee VA Medical Center
Mentor for the University of Alabama in Birmingham's Biomedical Sciences Program for Gifted High School Students
Research Assistant for the Department of Virology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham
Medical Technologist for the Veterans Administration medical Center-Montgomery
Laboratory Technician employed as a Veteran's work study student at the Veterans Administration Medical Center-Montgomery (250 hours per quarter)
Surgical technician for the U.S. Army's 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany
HONORS President's Award Dean's List Student of the Year Nominee Dean's List
(Alabama Optometric Association for 1989) (School of Optometry, University of Alabama in Birmingham) (National Optometric Association 1982-83) (Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society) (Auburn University at Montgomery) University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry: • Admissions Committee 1982-84 • Student affairs Advisory Committee 1982-82 • Student Body-Administration Liason Committee 1981-82 Curriculum Evaluation Committee 1980-1981 MILITARY United States Army (Honorable Discharge) 1973-76
University of Alabama in Birmingham: • 1982-84 President., UAB Chapter • National Optometric Student • 1981-82 Vice President, UAB • Chapter, National Optometric Student Association • 1980-81 Editor of Newsletter, National Optometric Student Association Auburn University at Montgomery: Intramural basketball, commm1ity softball and baseball teams, tennis, Vice President of campus social club (Junior year)
Mrs. Jacque Rushin is an Award-Winning Senior Executive with expertise in holistic contact center development and management, strategy development, sales, talent recruitment, D&I, digital transformation, non-profit leadership, global customer experience and deployment of technology solutions to corporate and consumer customers across multiple industries.
Creative thought-leader with proven skills in building healthy cultures that foster collaboration, innovation, engagement, growth, and successful achievement of personal and business. Life Coach and connector of people who infuse strong business acumen to design and deliver winning solutions for the most complex business problems.
A courageous Diversity and Engagement leader who is known for honest dialogue and the ability to help clients design and incorporate practices to foster an inclusive culture. A passionate addictions counselor who uses her education and expertise in the industry to help individuals and families recover and sustain from drugs and alcohol to live healthy and purposeful lives.
Dr. E. Ted Chandler, FACP Emeritus Medical Faculty, Wake Forest University School of Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
He grew up in the Baptist Children’s Orphanage and received the Morehead Scholarship that paid for his medical education at UNC Chapel Hill.
After graduating he did his internship and one-year of residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He went into Family Medicine in 1955 and also ran the Emergency Room at NCBH from 1965-66.
In 1976, Dr. Chandler accepted the position as Medical Director of Reynolds Health Center.
He now serves as an Emeritus with Wake Forest School of Medicine and continues to share his 60 + years as a medical doctor with people all over the world through zoom conferences and speaking engagements as he promotes his books and encourages others by stating, "By putting my faith in God, it paved a way for a little orphan boy to grow up to become a medical doctor. If God did that for me, surely you can do anything by simply believing in yourself and holding on to the faith that God has a plan for your life as well."
Chaplain Curtis Browder was appointed by Governor George C. Wallace as Alabama's first African-American Chaplain for the Alabama Prison System. Today, “Chap” Browder is the force behind the Faith Crusade Montgomery Rescue Mission. Since 1992, the Mission has led the effort to permanently alleviate hunger and homelessness within Montgomery and abroad.
The mission has been at the forefront of nearly every major disaster within the southeastern region of the United States and currently runs countless mobile pantries for the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Chaplain Browder also runs a prison ministry program, employs and houses formerly incarcerated men, and operates a shelter for homeless women veterans.
Ms. Catherine Arthur-McCants has worked for the State of New Jersey for over 39 years with both the Department of Labor and The Department of Treasury/Division of Taxation.
She attended and earned her Associates Degree at Durham Business College, Durham North Carolina in 1978.
After graduating, Ms. McCants began her career with the State of New Jersey's Department of Labor 1979-1982 where she was assigned to work with the Unemployment and Workmen's Comp Unit.
In 1982-1994 she transferred to the Department of Treasury/Division of Taxation. Judgement Unit. Then in 1995, Ms. McCants decided to take on a greater challenge as she transitioned in working with the Bankruptcy Unit as a Investigator mediating with Taxpayers, Attorneys, Attorney Generals, etc. ensuring that Chapter 13, 11, 7 bankruptcy petitions are timely and accurate filed with the United States Federal Bankruptcy Court to support and claim any interest pertaining to the State of New Jersey where she presently still serves and works efficiently and diligently.
Ms. McCants is very loyal, dedicated, knowledgeable and a great asset to Southeast Artist Collaboration's mission. We are proud to have her serve as one of our accomplished members in her profession as she serves with great dedication on our Board of Directors.
Jordan Addison Dukes is a disabled veteran with the United States Air Force and volunteers his services in educating through arts integrated and S.T.E.M. academic programs with Southeast Artist Collaboration. He is a results-oriented professional with strong customer service skills, experience in teamwork, critical thinking, strategic planning & leadership. Success-driven individual with excellent problem solving skills, oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and interpersonal skills; as well as, the ability to prioritize work load and meet objective deadlines effectively .
Professional Experience: 4 years
Technical Qualifications: Security+ Certified
Microsoft Active Directory, Exchange
UNIX, Linux, Remedy Trouble Ticketing, Gold Disk 2.0
2012 – Certificates of Training
Cyber Training Center NCC-D Boundary Protection Course
Alabama Commendation Medal for exceptional meritorious and
distinguished military or civilian service to the state of Alabama
Apprentice Cyber Operation
Security + cyber system operations
Comptia Security + certified
Knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010/2016/2021
User Management in Active Directory
Training in Information Assurance
Experienced Microsoft and SQL Databases
Ms. MiAngel Wanda Jones is a mom of an amazing 3-year-old and works as a daycare and after-school teacher with children K-6th grade. She has served as a volunteer with Southeast Artist Collaboration since it's conception; however, this is technically her first year serving as an active board member in which she coordinates special fundraising events such as youth talent and fashion shows and works with our Art of Health Program.
Ms. Jones absolutely loves working with children; in fact, she states; "I've been working with children my whole life; I was basically born into it! I love kids and it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow."
I genuinely enjoy nurturing and caring for preschoolers. My philosophy is that each child is unique, therefore they learn and thrive at their own pace. I'm also excited to be a part of this wonderful non-profit organization." I believe that kids are our future!
We are honored to have Ms. Jones serve and offer us a fresh and youthful perspective with Southeast Artist Collaboration Board of Directors.