It is an honor to have Mr. Nelson Rios as a member of the Board of Directors of MedicineSinging. Meet Nelson!

 

 

 

Nelson Rios is of the Taino Indian Tribe of Puerto Rico (one of the great indigenous peoples of the Caribbean). He is the father of two beautiful daughters. In addition, Nelson is a grandfather! He is a Master World Percussionist, Teacher, Educator, and Instructor of hand Percussion.

He has performed with the Miami Sound Machine for many years, as well as for Mr. Carlos Santana, Chubby Checker, and many others. 

Nelson started out playing on a drum kit and taught himself hand percussion at the age of 8 year's old. As a young man Nelson was given the chance of a lifetime when he met Mr. Giovanni Hidalgo, master musician and one of the best of all world percussionists. Nelson took what Giovanni taught him and transferred that into his personal style of Jazz, Fusion, Latin, Rock, and Blues, as well as Motown playing.

Nelson holds percussion clinics in centers around Philadelphia and in the New Jersey area. He now writes and records with many other professionals from around the world. 

Nelson brings a rich family ancestral heritage and love of story-telling to the mission of MedicineSinging. His feedback is invaluable in exploring world stories of music and culture and the ways MedicineSinging can be of service to those engaged in the exploring and manifesting of their own life stories. We are so honored to have Nelson as part of the unfolding story of MedicineSinging.

It is an honor to have Jody Harvieux Armstrong on our Board of Directors of MedicineSinging.  Meet Jody!

 

 

    She is the mother of three awesome children. Her husband is an avid supporter of Jody’s work and life. 

 

    Born in Stillwater Minnesota, Jody grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has particularly fond memories of spending time with her family at their cabin on the Mississippi River. Her parents instilled in her a deep love of nature.

 

    Jody holds a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA). She holds a law degree, JD, from DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, IL). She was an Editor on the DePaul-LCA Journal of Art and Entertainment Law. She particularly enjoyed her coursework in Feminist Jurisprudence and Environmental Law. Jody’s practice and love of the law is in the field of Intellectual Property.

 

    She has served on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Dayton Area Commission on Education.   Jody also serves on the Board of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio. CSSMV provides an expanding array of services to area families in need. She is passionate about the mission of CSSMV and has been humbled to work with the Choice Food Pantry and to help Mentor a Refugee family.

 

    Jody has the Heart of what some call Servant Leadership. Caring and compassionate, and passionate about all she does, Jody brings a rich language and heart life to those with whom she enters into dialogue. She is a rich part of the emerging fabric of MedicineSinging. It would not be the same without her.

We are pleased to have Geoffrey Enriquez on our Board of Directors.  Meet Geoffrey!

Geoffrey Enriquez Jr. earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine and MS from St. John’s University. He has taught mathematics for the past 10 years in New York City public schools and currently teaches at Vanguard High School. 

 

Responding to the call to strengthen our nation’s K-12 STEM education, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the New York State Master Teacher Program (NYSMTP) in partnership with The State University of New York and Math for America. The NYSMTP celebrates the work of the highest-performing STEM teachers by establishing an expert community dedicated to developing expertise in the areas of content, pedagogy, and students’ families and communities. Geoffrey is a valued member of this community.

 

Mr. Enriquez is also an organizer for the Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on Math Education and Social Justice, facilitates trainings as a Teacher Leader for the College Preparatory Mathematics program and has worked as a consultant for the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity. 

 

As a teacher of a school in the New York Performance Standards Consortium, he has a focus on developing and implementing project-based learning to deepen student understanding of mathematical concepts.  He shares with his students that mathematics helps explain how the world works and that the ability to do mathematics is built into every human brain. 

 

Mr. Enriquez hopes to share, learn and discuss successful pedagogical practices from other educators in NYS to improve mathematics education for all students through the NYS Master Teacher program.

 

Geoffrey lives in New York City with his wife Shawna and their son Maxwell! Geoffrey’s family of origin hails from the Philippines where his ancestral roots run strong in the Bat Tribe.

It is an honor to have Raymond TeKorako Ruka on our Board of Directors.  Meet Raymond!

 

Uenuku may Tawhiti; Elder and Tohunga, a Priest, from the Matriarchal Peace Nation of Waitaha, in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

 

My name is Raymond TeKorako Ruka. I belong to a matriarchal peace nation from Aotearoa, New Zealand called Waitaha, the water carriers. I am an Elder and Tohunga (priest), and I speak on peace and love.

 

Waitaha has a past that was prophesized in the following beautiful African proverb:

Until the lions have historians of their own,
the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.

Waitaha’s incredible history was desecrated by the “hunter” yet lived on quietly in an oral-only tradition of her people. Only recently were these ancient stories put into the written word by her own historians so that Waitaha could re-establish her rightful place in the hearts and minds of those who need to hear her songs of peace and love.

Raymond TeKorako Ruka has dedicated his life to the peace teachings of his beloved Grandmother Teachers. These women were direct descendants of the original navigators that left the shores of northern Africa millennia ago to map the world and finally settle the entire pacific basin region.

Raymond lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his beloved wife, Jenny.