Experts

  • Tim Coombs

    The Rev. Dr. Tim Coombs has been co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY with his wife Kathy Gorman-Coombs for 22 years. Tim also serves as staff person for Congregational Health and Transformation for Albany Presbytery, NY. Tim is a member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Network of Biblical Storytellers and has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree (D. Min.) in the area of Biblical Storytelling in Digital Culture from United Theological Seminary in Trotwood, OH in 2006. As a biblical storyteller, Tim has led numerous performances and workshops for denominational and ecumenical gatherings throughout the country.

  • Dr. Laurie Hess

    Dr. Laurie Hess is one of fewer than 150 veterinarians in the world board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Avian (bird) Medicine. She is the owner of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills, NY, where she treats birds and other exotic pets and species. Dr. Hess is a regular guest on TV and radio stations across the U.S. and Canada discussing various exotic pet topics. She has lectured both nationally and internationally about her field and has published numerous articles and book chapters on the subject.

  • Henri Velandia

    Henri Velandia, a Venezuelan native, is a leading performer, choreographer, and instructor of salsa, Latin jazz, and, most recently, zouk, the innovative Brazilian partnered dance revolutionizing the NYC & NJ scene. Widely seen on the first season of the Spanish-language equivalent of Dancing with the Stars (¡Mira Quien Baila!), which airs on Univision, in January 2013 Henri also became a World Salsa Summit champion. He is committed to the dance fine arts and performed with Cecilia Marta Dance Company for the NYC Summer Stage program 2010. Henri is creator of the Zen Zouk Movement, a personalized coaching experience for achieving fluid, life-enhancing movement. Henri’s signature dance style is an organic blend of technique and body expression enhanced by stylish grace and sensual ease.

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