Chris Rose is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Times-Picyune
in New Orleans an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and a frequent
commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Chris’ book, 1
Dead In Attic, is a collection of stories recounting the first harrowing
year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Known as the “Crescent City Bard,” Rose is celebrated as a local treasure and heaped
with national praise. He provides a roller-coaster ride of observation, commentary,
emotion, tragedy, and even humor – in a way that only he could find in a devastated
Governor Parris N. Glendening
Governor Glendening is President of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. Prior to
his current role, Mr. Glendening
spent eight years as Governor of the state of Maryland, where he made the environment,
especially smart growth education and inclusiveness, the heart of his legislative,
administrative and personal agenda. He led the creation of a groundbreaking smart
growth initiative that focused on using the entire $23 billion state budget as an
incentive for smart growth.
In addition, Governor Glendening had the honor of being elected chairman of the
National Governor's Association by his colleagues, where he made quality of life
issues his top agenda item. He also served as President of the Council of State
Governments. Before becoming Governor, Parris N. Glendening was a local elected
official for more than 20 years. He began public service in 1973 as a city councilman
in Hyattsville and was later elected to the Prince George's County Council in 1974.
He was elected to statewide office after serving three terms as county executive
of Prince George's County, a jurisdiction of 800,000 outside of Washington, D.C.
Deadra Stanton, owner and presenter for her company, Creative Communications, has
been a teacher of English, Speech, and Theatre for over 31 years. She is an honor
graduate of Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, and recently earned
her Masters in Education from
St. Mary’s University. With majors in Speech Communications,
Theatre Arts, and Business Administration, she brings a diverse background to the
When not in the classroom, Deadra is a frequent presenter and motivational speaker
for numerous audiences across the nation. Her humorous style and up-beat presentations
make her a versatile and sought-after speaker. Deadra’s husband Mark is a business
owner and she has two children: Sarah is Project Manger for Motorola and Nathan
is a professional Hockey Official.