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Danyel Dee Hall, BS, MS

Researcher and Director of ESY LLC - Educator, Consultant, Trainer - Rincon, Georgia

Director of Special Needs - Parliamentarian Sergeant-at-Arms​

Danyel is the Researcher and Director of ESY LLC, an intense educational service provider. Her main focus area is in at-risk learners and early intervention. Serving as a significant developmental delay teacher for Savannah-Chatham Schools, Danyel advocates in her community for continuum of placement options for children-at risk and disabled. She is currently working on her Ph.D., with a research identity in systematic approaches to early intervention. Teaching for 15 years in grades K-8th, she has obtained her dual certification in general and special education and is gifted certified.

Danyel’s role as an educator, consultant, and state approved trainer allows her opportunities to present at various early childhood centers, school districts, colleges, and universities in conferences centering on preventive, replacement, and response strategies to meet the needs of children with disabilities. She served as chair for the Transition/STEPS committee of Babies Can’t Wait- Part C of IDEA and chairs the Southeast Early Childhood Inclusion Team.

What happens to a dream


Does it dry up

Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over--

like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

 ~ Langston Hughes ~

Intelligence plus character -

that is the goal

of true education.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ~


With doubt and dismay

you are smitten

You think there's no chance

for you, (daughter) son?

Why, the best books

haven't been written

The best race hasn't been run,

The best score

hasn't been made yet,

The best song hasn't been sung,

The best tune

hasn't been played yet,

Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance?

Why the world is just eager

For things that you ought to create

Its store of true wealth is still meagre

Its needs are incessant and great,

It yearns for more power and beauty

More laughter and love and romance,

More loyalty, labor and duty,

No chance ~

why there's nothing but chance!

For the best verse

hasn't been rhymed yet,

The best house hasn't been planned,

The highest peak

hasn't been climbed yet,

The mightiest rivers aren't spanned,

Don't worry and fret, faint hearted,

The chances have just begun,

For the Best jobs haven't been started,

The Best work hasn't been done.

~ Berton Braley ~

Courage is more than a daring deed:

It's the breath of life

and a strong woman's creed.

~ Edgar Guest ~

Be the best that you can be

Pursue your goals persistently

Make your fondest dreams come true

and most of all believe in you

~ Author Unknown ~

​I used to want the words

"She Tried" on my tombstone.

Now I want "She Did It." 

~ Katherine Dunham ~

The question is not whether

we can afford to invest
in every child; it is whether

we can afford not to. 

~ Marian Wright
Edelman ~

Never underestimate the

power of dreams

and the influence

of the human spirit.

We are all the same

in this notion:
The potential for greatness

lives within each of us.
~ Wilma Rudolph ~

Whatever we believe

about ourselves

and our ability

comes true for us. 

~ Susan L. Taylor ~

Never be limited by

other people's limited


~ Dr. Mae Jemison ~

Success is to be measured

not so much by the position

that one has reached in life

as by the obstacles which

he (she)

has overcome

while trying to succeed.

~ Booker T. Washington ~

Hold fast to dreams,

for if dreams die,

life is a broken winged bird

that cannot fly.

~ Langston Hughes ~

Education is the passport

to the future, for tomorrow

belongs to those

who prepare for it today.

~ Malcolm X ~

The time is always right

to do what is right.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

No one can make you feel


without your consent.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt ~

The most common way

people give up their power

is by thinking

they don’t have any.

~ Alice Walker ~

Keep your face

to the sunshine and you

can never see the shadow.

~ Helen Keller ~

M​arilyn Patrice Hervey, BS

Manager & Training Specialist - Government Employees Health Association - Kansas City, Kansas

Director of Organization Development

Marilyn Patrice Hervey was born on June 23, 1972 to Huey and Marilyn Marie Hervey.   She is the eldest of two daughters.   Her father, Huey, is retired from the federal government, serves as the Elder over Evangelism, and does personal evangelism. Her mother, Marilyn Marie, was a school teacher, then a home maker, and served as the church statistician. Marilyn Patrice attended William Allen White, West Middle School, and F. L. Schlagle High where she graduated 9th out of a class of 247 with a GPA of 3.85. She gave the Farewell Speech to the class of 1990 during the Commencement ceremonies. Marilyn loves music, as encouraged by her mother, and played violin throughout her entire school years.

In her professional life, Marilyn is currently the Manager of Learning and Organizational Development for Government Employees Health Association (GEHA). GEHA is a branch of Health & Human Services and administered the Pre-existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP) that was the interim insurance for those who were denied insurance until the Affordable Care Act came online in 2014. Marilyn worked on the systems implementation section of the ACA.   She is now in command of readying systems for the conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic codes.   She manages a team of 16 Training Specialists. Interestingly, Marilyn always wanted to be an attorney growing up, but the teaching genes from both her parents flowed heavily and after graduating from Oklahoma Christian University,  Marilyn fell in love with the training profession and never looked back. Before GEHA, she worked for Hostess, travelling 90% of the time to 41 different bakeries training on a variety of subjects.

Marilyn is currently living in Grain Valley, MO, spending time with her niece and nephew, and baking.

Nseabasi Ikpot, BSN, MW, LNC, PCCN

Nurse Leader Highland Hospital - Legal Nurse Consultant - Rochester, New York

Director of Health and Wellness

Nseabasi was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa where she completed her elementary and secondary education and began her undergraduate studies. While in Nigeria, she became a Registered Nurse Midwife in 1987. She practiced her profession at various hospitals in Lagos, Nigeria.

Since 1999, Nseabasi has been a Nurse Leader in the Progressive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York. She is also a BLS Instructor for the American Heart Association as well as a Legal Nurse Consultant. She became a member of the Beta Chi Chi Sorority in 2008 and interned at the Strong Memorial Leadership Conference in 2013.

Over the years, Nseabasi has provided volunteer health services for the Fingerlakes Health System and for various community functions. Recently, Nseabasi joined the Sensible Women Initiative (SWI) and will serve as Director of their Health and Wellness Department in addition to providing health services for the SWI Alpha Chapter.

Nseabasi is married to Zacchaeus Ikpot. The couple has been blessed with four children – three daughters and a son. They have been further blessed by their children’s academic astuteness and achievements. One daughter will is a 2015 pre-med graduate of Cornell University; their second daughter will be a sophomore at Cornell in the fall; their son will be a senior at Saint Bonaventure University next year; and their youngest daughter, a high school sophomore, already has plans to become a doctor.

Nikki Jones, BS, MBA

Local Marketing Manager of Local Motors - National Harbor, MD


As the Local Marketing Manager of Local Motors National Harbor, Nikki focuses on advertising, delivering content, and executing events to shape and share the message of 3D-printed autonomous vehicles - educating skeptics, educators, and professional organizations on the imprint 3D-printing vehicle manufacturing is making on the transportation and automotive industry.

Marketer. Branding Expert. Philanthropist. Earlier in her career, Nikki experienced much success in ghostwriting business content for C-suite executives, resulting in mainstream notoriety and television appearances as well as consulted for clients and helped them realize the value of their offering, giving a new meaning to ROI.

A member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Nikki spends her time volunteering to make a difference in the lives of others and scouting the country for the best bacon.  Foodie by nature, businesswoman by trade, Nikki directs her energy on developing brands, marketing strategies, winning business, and turning non-believers into champions.

Originally from New Orleans, LA, by way of Washington, DC, Nikki hails from Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Science and is also an alumna of Florida International University, where she obtained a Master of Business Administration.