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Irene Gandy

IRENE GANDY is the only Black female member of ATPAM (Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers) on Broadway. Ms. Gandy is a Tony-Award winning producer on Broadway for The Gershwin’s' Porgy and Bess and was a producer for Lady Day At Emerson Bar and Grill starring Audra MacDonald....She was also co -producer with Voza Rivers of the National tour of the South-African musical Serafina.  Ms. Gandy currently serves on the board of  City College for the Arts, HARLEM WEEK and The New Heritage Theatre.  In 2008, she became the first female press agent to be immortalized with a Sardis caricature. Gandy launched the Irene Gandy Fur Collection designed by Mr. Pete and was featured in the 2015 August issue of Vogue Magazine.  "A Day in the Life: Irene Gandy," a documentary, is currently in production and centers around her illustrious work on Broadway for over 50 years.   Irene Gandy was also recently inducted into New York Public Library's Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library.  

Irene Gandy’s recent productions include  American Son starring Kerry Washington China Doll starring Al Pacino, Fiddler on the Roof ,You Can't Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones and  Sylvia starring Matthew Broderick.  Gandy began her career in 1968 as a publicist with Douglas Turner Ward and Robert Hooks’ Negro Ensemble Company. Since then, she has worked on over 100 Broadway shows including , Glengarry Glen Ross, Radio Golf, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Smokey Joe’s Care, Lena Horne: The Lady and her Music, Patti LaBelle on Broadway, The Wiz. In addition to her work in theatre, she was Associate Director of Special Markets for CBS Records, working with artists such as Earth, Wind and Fire, The Jacksons, Patti Labelle, The Isley Brothers, and many others. Gandy was the Press Consultant for the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and the 30th Anniversary of Harlem Week. 

Gandy is the recipient of the 1997 National Action Network’s “Woman of Excellence Award” the 2007 Vanguard Award from Black to Broadway Productions, the 2004 Black Public Relations Society Award, 2013 “Inspire in New York” Award, 2015 Pioneer Award for BLACK PRIDE NYC and the 2015 Café Mocha “Salute Her” “Media Legend Award.” In 2017,  She was  the received  the following Awards  "Project 1 Voice Lifetime Achievement"  for outstanding achievements and vision to artistic excellence in the American Theater;  "HARLEM WEEK Vivian Robinson Arts and Culture;  and "Life Changers" presented by WNBA players Teresa Weatherspoon and Rita Haywood for inspiring, transforming, and empowering others.  In 2018  she  was honored with Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO  "Pioneer Award" for Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre. In 2019  she was honored with the NAACP-LGBQT David Weaver Prize for Excellence in the Arts.


  Jana Woodhouse

Recognized as one of the leading financial advisors in the country, Jana B. Woodhouse has over 33 years of experience in the industry.  An award winning certified financial planner, registered securities broker/option trader, and tax consultant, Ms. Woodhouse has been a forerunner in financial strategy and solutions for over two decades.  

Ranked in the top 1% of fully licensed insurance and investment brokers in America, Ms. Woodhouse’s license portfolio puts her in an elite class of nine thousand agents who are qualified to provide extensive financial services to clients.  This would be the equivalent of having 1.2 professionals in each city of the United States.

Through her vast knowledge and expertise in financial planning; accounting; tax preparation; stocks & bonds; trading; investing; life and health, long term care and disabilities insurances; family trusts and estate planning; as well as education and retirement planning strategies, Ms. Woodhouse has been servicing the financial needs of individuals and families in her community for more than half of her life.

She received her formal education from Bedford Park Academy in New York.  Graduating with honors, she received a fully paid scholarship to attend Fordham University in New York where she earned a BA and MBA in accounting and public administration.

At the age of 19, Ms. Woodhouse established her career as a tax preparer.  By the time she graduated from college, she purchased and started her first small business, Woodhouse Income Tax Services.  The company, now known as Anaj Enterprises, Inc., “for all of your financial needs,” services a national clientele and has locations in Manhattan and Bronx, New York.

Her reputation as a tax consultant attracted major Fortune 500 companies as well as high-ranking political officials.  In 1983, she became one of the first African-American women to work on Wall Street as a full service broker and options trader.  After a highly successful 13-year career in trading, Ms. Woodhouse retired from Wall Street at the age of 38 to embark upon additional entrepreneurial ventures.

Ms. Woodhouse is president and CFO of Hottest Poets, LLC, the world’s leading spoken word organization holding the Guinness book of World Records for Poetry Slam Cash awards.  Established in 2004, the company was formulated to promote spoken word artistry and provide poets with an infrastructure to build and develop their careers.

In addition, Ms. Woodhouse is a Senior Marketing Director and branch office manager for the Manhattan Branch/Senior Marketing Director of Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc., a division Transamerica Financial Group.  In this capacity, she assists hundreds of people, from all walks of life, with financial solutions for their personal and professional obligations and oversees approximately 30 registered representatives and associates in her branch.

Ms. Woodhouse currently resides in Bronx, NY.  She has launched a Financial Literacy campaign that will include a number of seminars around the New York tri-state area from 2011-2012.  She is also writing her first book entitled, Transitions.


  Dietrice A. Bolden

Dietrice A. Bolden joined the Minisink Arts Academy, now IMPACT Repertory Theatre, whose mission is to use performing arts and the dynamics of leadership training to develop and empower youth.  IMPACT believes that theater arts and education play a pivotal role in providing opportunities and transitions for the leaders of tomorrow.  IMPACT is rooted in creative self-expression and anchored by a commitment to Safe Space, Outstanding Effort and Service to the Community  (S.O.S.).

IMPACT promotes the positive development of young people ages 12 to 19 by providing a learning environment that encourages, nurtures and challenges its students. IMPACT offers workshops, leadership programs and performance opportunities. The programs and curriculum encourages Impact members to have the imagination, skills and confidence to create their “special place in the world.” A core Impact value is attending college and giving back through active community service. All of Impact’s classes and programs are free.  Impact’s ongoing performance program, creative labs, and 12 weeks intensive artist and activist training program are tuition free.

Today, in the effort to give back to the community that raised her, Dietrice is the Managing Director and a vocal instructor at IMPACT Repertory Theatre. She helps the young people travel along in their life journey not only in the arts, but in their personal and educational lives as well. Some of her responsibilities include providing them with peer and professional counseling as well as tutoring when needed. She stresses the need of community service in their lives, making sure they remain humble and giving back to those that have sacrificed for them.  

Dietrice is also now a proud board member of HARLEM WEEK which is one of the biggest cultural celebrations in the nation with over 111 events featuring conferences, seminars, sports, music, food, dance, and more.

  Dr. Kecia Gaither

Dr. Gaither is a double board certified physician in Ob/Gyn and Maternal Fetal Medicine , and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health.  A perinatal consultant and women's health expert, Gaither’s expertise is grounded in both research and her professional experience in caring for women with multiple medical/surgical/fetal conditions in pregnancy.  In her current role, Dr. Gaither serves as the Director of Perinatal Services/Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine for NYC Health+ Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx.

A Harlem native, Gaither’s mission as a medical professional is to offer exemplary prenatal care to all women, regardless of circumstance.  Dr. Gaither regularly lends her commentary and expertise on issues pertaining to women’s health, pregnancy, and environmental/ population health policy, to leading national consumer health and lifestyle outlets across print, radio, TV, film and on-line, including Medscape, Prevention Magazine, Parents Magazine, Women's Health Magazine, Doctor Radio, NBC TV, NY 1, and Fit Pregnancy . With her foray into social media, Dr. Gaithers’ combined perspective as a maternal child specialist and public health proponent has allowed her to reach millions via her Twitter feed-- @KeciaGaitherMD and her website: Dr. Gaither has co-authored “The Confident Woman”, a must read book for women who desire increased confidence, self-esteem and empowerment.

She is a reviewer for, and has been published by, multiple scientific journals.  She additionally serves as a reviewer for WebMD, and as a requested contributor to The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and US News and World Report.  Dr. Gaither was an appointee of NYC Mayor Bloomberg to the HIV Planning Council of NY.  Dr. Gaither is on the medical advisory board of NATERA, PWN Health, and serves as a medical expert for The Baby Box Company.  Dr. Gaither was recently named as a liaison to The Association of Black Cardiologists, addressing cardiac disease in pregnancy.

Dr. Gaither received her BA in Biology from Barnard College, and her MD from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.  She completed her Ob/Gyn residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center, a subsidiary of The Medical College of Virginia and completed her Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at The University of Medicine and Dentistry-Rutgers in Newark NJ.   Dr. Gaither earned her MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.   

When not caring for her patients or conducting research, Dr. Gaither enjoys time spent with her family and traveling.

  Robin Bell-Stevens

A talented administrator, marketing executive, fundraiser and producer of concerts and special events, Robin Bell-Stevens currently serves as Director, Jazzmobile, Inc., the oldest not-for-profit arts organization created, solely: to present, preserve and promote America’s Classical music, Jazz – through education and performance programs. The organization was founded in Harlem in 1964 by Dr. Billy Taylor, Daphne Arnstein, and with Jimmy Heath, who together with Billy, created Jazzmobile’s pioneering programs. Since the beginning, Jazzmobile has earned a reputation for presenting quality free arts education programs throughout the community in New York City schools and free summer mobile jazz concerts throughout the five boroughs and the Metropolitan area. Over the years, these performance programs have been brought to cities throughout the United States; in Hong Kong, Japan, and Europe. Today Jazzmobile still presents New York City’s longest continuous  jazz concert series: SUMMERFEST. 

Prior to joining Jazzmobile, Ms. Bell-Stevens served as Director of Marketing and Creative Services, Jazz at Lincoln Center— the largest not-for-profit arts organization committed to promoting appreciation and understanding of jazz. Previously she was the Executive Producer of the “An Afternoon of Jazz.” In addition to establishing the Festival as the premier out-doors one day jazz festival; she created and produced a nine day Jazz festival in Dakar, Senegal, bringing hundreds of tourists into this historic city in West Africa. She also was the founder and chief executive of an events marketing firm: RVB Consultants (New York & Boston). Her clients included elected officials, not-for profit organizations and corporations. Bell-Stevens began her career as a fashion coordinator and buyer for Macy*s Herald Square. 

A daughter of the late De Lores Bell a Jazz advocate, community activist, former Secretary of a Westchester, NY NAACP and Co-Founder of a NAACP Youth Council; and the late Dr. Aaron Bell – jazz bassist, educator, composer, arranger and band leader (best known for his years as a Duke Ellington bassist), she grew up in a family that encouraged and fostered the importance of family, education, music, arts and in giving back to their community. 

Her mentors in politics have included The Honorable David N. Dinkins, The Honorable Basil Paterson, the Honorable Charles B. Rangel, the Honorable Percy Sutton, and Mr. Bill Lynch. In the world of Jazz certainly her parents mentored her as did founders of the Jackie Robinson Foundation “An Afternoon of Jazz Festival:” vocalist Marion Logan, Rachel Robinson (Mrs. Jackie Robinson), writer and drummer, George T. Simon, impresarios and philanthropists, George and Joyce Wein, and NEA Jazz Master, Dr. 
Billy Taylor. 

As a volunteer some of the Governing and Advisory Boards she currently serves on are: The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (Vice President), Jazz Studies at Columbia University, PJS Jazz Society, The Women’s Committee Board of the Central Park Conservancy, The Carter Burden Network (formerly the Carter Burden Center for the Aging), The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, she is a former president of The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women—the flagship chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and is involved with several other community organizations. During NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins’ administration, she worked with First Lady Joyce Dinkins as a volunteer Gracie Mansion docent and fundraiser for the Gracie Mansion Conservancy. 

A distinguished professional and a public speaker she has presented at various jazz, marketing, and fundraising, conferences and seminars; and has been celebrated for her achievements in arts & business administration and community service. Awards she has received include the, “Fan’s Decision Honoree of the Year - Jazz Award,” Hot House 
Magazine ; “Jazz Hero” Jazz Journalists Association; Pioneering Spirit Award, National Black Theater; “Amazing Woman In Jazz Award” International Women in Jazz; The New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Colloquy Award; an “Achiever in Community Service,” featured in a WNBC-TV public service commercial (aired for 30 days); Pioneer in Black History Award, Anheuser-Busch Companies; one of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business Award, The Network Journal; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; the “Roy Wilkins Award for the 
Arts” from The Mid-Manhattan Branch NAACP, and a Citation for Community Service from Congressman Charles B. Rangel. 

A native New Yorker, Bell-Stevens holds a master's degree in education (with a concentration in management) from Cambridge College. 

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