OUR AUTHORS, ARTISTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
A native New Orleanian, Kevin Brown left New Orleans in 1979 to attend Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, graduating in 1982 with a degree in psychology. He also has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Upon graduation he worked for 2 years with abusive families under contract to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He worked closely with sexual predators and was part of the State Attorney’s Task Force on Mass Molestation.
Subsequently he worked for the Minirth Meier New Life Clinics specializing in counseling youth and families including professional athletes. He authored several books including:
The Quest: A Self-Discovery Workbook for Teens
Setting New Boundaries: Devotions for those in Recovery
You Take over God, I Can’t Handle It: Devotions for Teens in Recovery
For many years he hosted the show Talk It Out heard on WYLL in Chicago and was a weekly host for the nationally syndicated “The Minirth Meier Clinic.” He has frequently appeared as a guest on radio and television nationally and internationally speaking about the issues families face. He has also led seminars internationally on marriage and family topics.
Currently he is The Executive Director of Trinity Christian Community, a Christian community agency that serves New Orleans in numerous capacities. Some of his ventures have included teaching entrepreneurship to at-risk youth, running after-school activities, and organizing community-wide programs to target needy families and disadvantaged youth in New Orleans’ inner city. He is also Chaplain to the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.
Along with most New Orleanians, Kevin and his family were victims of the flood. Their home had to be gutted and rebuilt due to the water from below, their roof had to be replaced and their ceilings redone due to the water from above. All of their ministry buildings and staff homes were lost. Despite this fact they are very active in the rebuilding efforts, housing staff in trailers, using a circus tent as a community center and hosting thousands of volunteers.
Since Katrina, Kevin helped secure millions of federal dollars to place AmeriCorps members strategically throughout the city to provided relief, aid in recovery work and rebuilding assistance to those most in need. Currently TCC is exceeding goals and has returned over $96 million to the economy. Kevin is also spearheading home building efforts in Hollygrove, helping to establish an urban farm and market, and is helping to establish the Carrollton Hollygrove Community Development Corporation to develop new homes for first-time homebuyers and improve the Hollygrove Neighborhood. He has been awarded the Presidential Lifetime Service Award, named United States Citizen of the Year by the US Marshals Service and the Meritorious Service Award by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The son of a Presbyterian minister, his life has come full-circle, from the inner city, to a successful suburban professional and back again.
Teena L Myers is the author of Finding Faith in the City Care Forgot; a freelance writer; editor of NOLA.com’s Faith, Beliefs and Spirituality blog; member of the Southern Christian Writers Guild and The Northshore Literary Society. She is also a certified Belief Therapist and credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. Teena lives on the west bank of New Orleans and attends Hosanna Church with her husband who has ministered to children for thirty years. To learn more about Teena and read some of her longer teaching works visit www.teenalmyers.com
Dean Ross is the executive director of Abandon Productions, the largest faith-based concert & event ministry in the region. He is also the initiator of a new ministry launch in 2011 called First Priority NOLA. Dean, along with his wife Laura and son Colden, are also Pastors of Lakeside Church in Metairie, Louisiana. For more information, visit www.abandonproductions.org or www.fpnola.org.
Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for 33 years.
Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Football Foundation, College Hall of Fame, Professional Bowlers Tour) and many state and local awards for his work in the field, Ken currently serves as Sports Director of WGSO, 990 AM and hosts award-winning shows, including Ken Trahan’s Original Prep Football Report and The Three Tailgaters Show with Ed Daniels and Archie Manning.
Ken was inducted into the De La Salle High School Hall of Fame on January 30, 2010, receiving the Brother Ambrose LeBlanc, FSC Community Service Award for his outstanding service to the sports community and for his coverage of De La Salle and high school sports.
Along with serving as the President and General Manager of NewOrleans.Com/Sports, Ken is also the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of the Saints Hall of Fame Museum in the Superdome. Ken also writes a monthly column for the Kenner Star and the West Bank Beacon newspapers and serves as a member of the Media Selection Committee of the Allstate Sugar Bowl while emceeing several Allstate Sugar Bowl events.
While serving as Assistant Athletic Director at the University of New Orleans (2001-2006), Ken conceived, organized and helped raise the money to name Privateer Park after former UNO baseball coach and athletic director Ron Maestri.
Among Ken’s ministry efforts, Ken works with Life Resources Ministries, assisting with securing speakers and emceeing Christian outreaches, helps conduct faith-based weekly Bible study/luncheons, produces and co-hosts the Life Resources Bottom Line Sports Hour with Michael Green on WGSO. Ken also produces and hosts the radio ministry for Williams Blvd. Baptist Church titled “Walking in the Word” at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on WBSN, 89.1 FM.
Ken is an ordained deacon and has previously conducted Bible studies for the New Orleans Zephyrs and at the University of New Orleans. Ken also served as an Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
As a play-by-play broadcaster, Ken has done radio or television for the New Orleans Saints (radio-preseason—1995-1999), New Orleans Zephyrs (radio and television-1993-2000), New Orleans Night (radio-1991-1992), UNO (radio and television-1982-1994, 2001-2006), Tulane football and basketball(television-1982-1998), Loyola Basketball (radio-2007-Present), Professional Boxing (television-1982-1989) and prep football, basketball and baseball (radio and television-1978-Present). Ken has hosted various television shows and previously served as Program Director at both WTIX, 690 AM and WGSO, 990 AM.
A graduate of Loyola University (B.A.-Communications) in New Orleans and Archbishop Rummel High School (Metairie), Ken resides in Kenner with Denise, his wife of over 24 years, and their children Sabrina (20), a junior at LSU and Travis (17), a senior at Archbishop Rummel.
Jerry LePre is an award winning author, corporate trainer, and consultant. His innovative concepts are customized to unleash the innate creativity of his clients. This allows them to re-evaluate their current perspective, develop effective action plans, build long-term relationships, and look at challenges from a fresh perspective.
Jerry blends humor, facts, and motivation with practical solutions that can be easily implemented. His proven strategies maximize growth, improve relationships, and enhance performance while increasing wealth, joy, and prosperity.
He is the author of the self-help books “Smell the Popcorn – 12 Life Changing Secrets to Empower Success” and “44 EZ Solutions to Stretch and Conserve Your Dollar” which offers financial tactics to help families thrive in tough economic times.
Prior works authored by Jerry include “Above the Water Line” and “God’s Money-Back Guarantee – The Seven Steps to Financial Security”. He is currently working on “A Taste of Popcorn – Inspirational Stories of Popcorn People” and “The Popcorn Principle – Finding the Purpose and Significance of Your Life”.
Cyndi McMurray is a self-taught professional photographer, whose photographs reflect a unique artistic eye. She also takes studio portraits, where she says her goal is not to take a picture of a person, but instead to capture the spirit of her subject.
Dallas McGlinn was born and raised in New Orleans. She started Gathering Magazine because she has always had a passion for community outreach. With a Master of Arts in Sociology, Dallas has studied many community issues in depth. She served as Director of Outreach at a church plant and has enjoyed working with several churches, either to help to establish outreach ministries or to help them to rebuild and/or to grow. She has always enjoyed working with people, whether it was by getting them plugged into a church where they could become involved and serve, or by helping them to find their gifts so that they can use them to serve others in the community. She is the author of Diving In, a church curriculum designed to motivate people to become involved, and What’s Next, which is a guide for discipling people who are new to the Christian faith. She is also the author of several Blessings Motivationals, which will be compiled into a book in 2011.