Shining Stars

Our speakers and ambassadors for our symposiums all have a passion for what they do and have a deep understanding for what has allowed them to succeed in sports and life.  Join us to learn from them and learn how to Shine.

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Tim Emmett

Professional Climber

1st Ascent of Interstellar Spice at Helmcken Falls, Canada, the first Ice Climbgraded WI 12 in the World

Nomination for Piolet D'or for climbing Kedar Dome in Pakistan with Ian Parnell 2006

Red Bull White Cliffs Champion in 2015

3 times Ice Climbing World Cup Speed Climbing podium

Climbing "Superman" F8c+

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Jazmin Sawyers

Athletics / Bobsleigh

2019 World Championships

2019 British Championships Bronze Medalist

2018 British Championships Silver Medalist

2017 World Championships

2016 Olympic Games 8th Place Long Jump

2016 European Championships Long Jump Silver Medalist

2014 Commonwealth Games Long Jump Silver Medalist

2012 World Youth Olympics Bobsleigh Silver Medalist

2012 World Junior Athletics Championships Long Jump Bronze Medalist

2011 Youth Commonwealth Games 4x100m Gold Medalist

2011 Youth Commonwealth Games Long Jump Gold Medalist

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Jennifer Brunelli MS, RD, LDN

Dietitian / Swimming

Sports Dietitian/Nutrition Consultant with Carolina Panthers

Sports Dietitian/Nutrition Consultant Roush Fenway Racing NASCAR

Owner of Sports RDpro LLC

Nutrition Curriculum Development for High School Athletic Departments

University of South Carolina Hall of Fame Inductee September 2017

University of South Carolina Female Scholar Athlete of the Year 2004

USC Team Captain 2003-2004

USA Olympic Trials Qualifier 2003-2008

7 time All-American 2003-2004

NCAA Finalist 2003-2004

Holder of 6 all-time swim records at USC

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Amanda Evora

Figure Skating

2010 Olympic Competitor

Two-time World Competitor

Five-time U.S. Championships Pair Medalist

Team USA Athlete for 12 years

USA Professional Coach

Battle of the Blades Competitor

B.A. Business Administration University of South Florida

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Nikki Kimball

Ultra Running / Skiing / Snowshoe Racing / Biathlon

U.S. 100K & Mountain Running Team

U.S. 50 Mile 4X National Champion

3X Winner Western States

U.S. Snowshoe Racing 3X National Champion

15K Biathlon Olympic Trials

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Alison Strange

Softball / Weightlifting / Track & Field

Bachelor of Arts Sports Administration

Master of Business Administration

Juris Doctor Stetson College of Law

President / Executive Director PFX Athletics

Toured with the Pro-Fastpitch X-treme Tour (PFX Tour)

University of Florida Varsity Team Shot Put & Javelin

Stetson University Softball Team

Florida High School State Weight lifting Champion

Oviedo High School Hall of Fame

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Chaunté Lowe

Track & Field

2016 Olympic Games 4th Place

2015 World Championships

2012 Olympic Games 6th Place

2012 World Championships Indoor Gold Medalist

2010 World Championships Indoor Bronze Medalist

2009 World Championships 7th Place

2008 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist

2006 World Championships Indoor 8th Place

2005 World Championships Silver Medalist

2004 World Olympic Games

2004 NCAA National Champion

2003 NCAA National Indoor Champion

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Robert Pakk

Sports Psychologist / Skiing, Cross Country Running

Master of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Master of Science in Sport Management and Health Promotion

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

CEO and Founder Smart Performance OY

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Hanna-Maari Latvala


European Championships Finalist 2014

10-time National Champion Outdoors

7-time National Champion Indoors

2013 World University Games Silver Medalist 200m

2013 World University Games 4th Place 100m

2013 IAAF World Championships Semifinaist 200m

Double Masters Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology

European Athletics Association's Athlete's Commission Member

Finland National Federation Athlete Representative

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Michele Finn


President/Owner at M. A. Finn Consulting, LLC

25 Years Commissioned NOAA Officer Corps (Captain)

Deputy Director, NOAA Gulf of Mexico DIsaster Response Center

Chief of Staff National Ocean Service

First Female Gulfstream-IV Hurricane Surveillance Jet Pilot

B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston

M.S. in Zoology from University of Hawaii

Master’s Certificate Aviation/Aerospace Systems Safety from  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Kelly Ann Baptiste


2015 World Championships 4 x 100m Relay Bronze Medalist

2012 Olympic Games 6th Place 100m, 4x100m

2011 World Championships 100m Bronze Medalist

2008 Olympic Games 4x100m & 100m

2004 Olympic Games 4x100m

2003 World Youth Championships Bronze Medalist

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Lorraine Williams

Leadership / Distance Running

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management

Director of Information Technology Manatee County Sheriff's Office


2012       Leading with Emotional Intelligence

2013       7 habits of Highly Effective People

2014       Crucial Conversations

2014       Regional Leadership Forum

2015       Leadership Manatee

2015       Academy of Leadership

2016       Excellence and the Academy of Leadership

2017       Coaching – A strategic tool for effective Leadership

2018       Practitioner Myers Briggs (MBTI)

2018       Certified Coaching through College of Executive Coaching

2018       Certified Practitioner in Emotional Intelligence EQi-2.0

    Myra Watters

    Irish Dance

    Irish Dance Teacher (TCRG), Adjudicator (ADCRG) and Grade Examiner (BG)

    World Champion (Dance Drama)

    World medalist (Ceili)

    World medalist (Solos)

    Dancer & Dance Captain - Michael Flatley Lord of the Dance

    Dancer & Dance Captain - Michael Flately Feet of Flames

    IDTANA Southern Region board member 

    IDTANA board member

    CLRG board member

    CLRG Chairperson of Marketing