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Helen Bartlett-Hanna

Helen Bartlett-Hanna serves as President of The Hannaian Research Institute, with additional responsibilities as Director of Academic Affairs, & Education Productivity Research. She has graduate training in Law , Speech Pathology, and Education. Her professional education and experiences began in Canada where she earned an Honors Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Windsor. She received graduate training in English and in Speech Pathology at the University of Memphis, obtaining a Master's degree, and national and state certifications as a Speech & Language Pathologist. She holds teaching certifications from the States of Tennessee and Florida. She later received a Doctorate in Jurisprudence at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She has practiced Speech Pathology in the Memphis/Shelby County School System, and the Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin County Florida School Systems. She has a special interest in early childhood speech & language development & research, and in furthering the processes that afford children legal & educational access to proper care within school systems. She can be reached at hbh@hannaian.com

Vertamae Grosvernor

Vertamae Smart Grosvenor (born 1938 in Hampton County, South Carolina) is a Writer, Actress, Broadcaster and Culinary Anthopologist/Griot, raised in the South Carolina low country. Grosvenor has been a long-time contributor to National Public Radio (NPR) and Public broadcasting in the United States. She has a long history of literary and broadcast accomplishments. Vertamae has appeared as an actress in several movies including "Beloved", "Daughters of the Dust", and "Personal Problems". She has also been the host of two television series, The Meaning of Food & Americas' Family Kitchen with Vertamae Grosvenor. She was a regular contributor to NPR's Cultural Desk, and also the host of Seasonings, a series of holiday specials on food and culture. From 1988 to 1995 she was the host of NPR's documentary series Horizons. In 1990 she won a duPont-Columbia Award for "AIDS and Black America: Breaking the Silence". In 1992 the National Association of Black Journalists issued her an award for her segment "South Africa and the African-American Experience". Grosvenor is the author of Vibration Cooking, also known as The Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. The cookbook, originally published in 1970, is an autobiographical culinary cookbook. The first edition is now a classic-cookbook collectors' must-have. It documents her accession from the dusty roads of South Carolina to the bright lights of Paris, Italy, and other European countries, and later, to the Black Arts Movement of New York City. Through her experiences, Vertamae uses the universal palate of adventure to introduce the reader to people, places, rituals, and international culinary delights. She was one of the artists and writers intricately involved with the development and historical rise of the African-American Art & music movement in New York during the 60's through the 80's.

In addition to Vibration Cooking, Grosvenor is the author of "Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap". She has been a contributing editor to Elan Magazine and Essence Magazine, and has written for Village Voice, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. In 1998 she was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from the University of New Hampshire.

Grosvenor is the mother of two children: Kali Grosvenor-Henry, a poet, essayist and author of "Poems by Kali", (Doubleday 1970); and Chandra Ursule Weinland-Brown, an actor, visual artist, and poet.

Kristen A. Hanna

Kristen Hanna is a classically trained pianist, and holds professional degrees in Journalism and Law, and a degree in Art History. She was a Platinum Scholar at the University of Florida and completed her Journalism training at the University's internationally renowned School of Journalism. She received her Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the Florida State University College of Law where she was a Ladd Scholar. She also received a Certificate of Concentration in International Law with Honors from The Florida State University College of Law, and completed a portion of her International Law and European Law training at Oxford University, Oxford England. Attorney Hanna is a practicing member of the Florida Bar in the Law Firm of Roberts & Meeks, P.L., Tallahasee Florida.

Lauren A. Hanna

Lauren Hanna holds degrees in Anthropology, Linguistics, and Medicine. She has worked in medical and anthropological research, and received undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and in Linguistics from the University of Florida as a National Achievement Scholar. She completed her Doctor of Medicine Degree at The Morsani College of Medicine, at the University of South Florida. Dr. Hanna is a Medical House Officer in Psychiatry at the historic Zucker Hillside Hospital, and North Shore - Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Health System, the largest integrated health system in New York State, and the second-largest, nonprofit, secular healthcare system in the United States. She is completing an Albert Einstein College of Medicine Research Residency in Psychiatry.


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The Hannaian Media Network (HMN), a Division of Hannaian USA Corp.

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Terrance I. Wells
Donnie T. Hanna Jr.

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Cheryl A. Pyfrom
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