Donna is the Founder and Director of Unlocking Silent Histories and a Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She completed her doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Her dissertation focused on how technology-mediated activities in a cross-community partnership worked together to empower youth to have a voice in the organization of their learning and the expression of their own ideas. A manuscript she wrote about her study won her a distinguished paper award in Cultural Studies of Science Education.
Her research with youth, in the Dominican Republic and Dorchester Massachusetts inspired her to take a leave of absence from her tenure track position to focus on developing a social justice, youth-directed pedagogy. She built Unlocking Silent Histories, a nonprofit organization that opens spaces for Indigenous youth to critically analyze how they are represented in the media and creatively express their worlds, through their perspectives in the form of documentary film.
Mr. Timothy L. Alston, Jr.
With over 30 years experience in the field of program/project management and information security, Tim is currently employed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He has worked for many organizations in a leadership capacity including United States Department of Agriculture, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the United States Mint (USM) to name just a few. He has authored several professional articles such as in the PA TIMES, “How to measure ROI in Information Security” and ISSIG Review, “Integrating Information Security into the Project Management Discipline.”
Throughout his career, he has received numerous achievement awards. He is most proud of is the Secretary’s Award given to him by then Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin, while working at the USM. It is the highest award for meritorious service for Department of Treasury employees.
Ms. Enolia Foti
Enolia has traveled the world to study with indigenous elders of the Ojibwa Lakota, Yaqui, Hopi, and Apache Nations of north America to the Mapuche of Chile and the Toltec of Mexico to the Luhya of Kenya, just to name a few. ENOLIA is a graduate of ‘Four Winds Light Body School’ where she received the 13 Rites of the Munay-ki from the Q’ero of Peru.
Her 20 plus years navigating the dynamics of the corporate world fortified her with leadership development, performance excellence and empowerment coaching. She holds a degree in mathematics and graduated in the top 1% of her MBA class. She networked entire IT solutions for global organizations, in the profit and non-profit sectors, holds degrees and multiple certifications in technology, served on multiple boards, is an ordained minister and is certified in various empowerment methods. By sharing an accumulative knowledge of ancient practices and teachings through present day experience, ENOLIA is a modern day Medicine Woman and Global Empowerment Leader.
AS SEEING IN ANCIENT ORIGINS Medicine Wheels simultaneously represent time and space as well as the transcendence of the limits of time and space…