MRS. EURIEL HEMMERLY
Euriel Hemmerly is a philanthropist, humanitarian, global ambassador, and CEO & Founder of Euriel Global Network and Euriel Global Fashion. As an international relations major, Euriel has cultivated her platform while focusing on diverse issues within art, fashion, and style. Her impact on her community has afforded her numerous accolades and awards which includes: The International Beauty Queen Award, the National Arts Fashion & Beauty Award, and The Empowering Women Honors Award. Rounding out her multi-media enterprise, Mrs. Hemmerly also publishes Euriel Global Magazine, which is a lifestyle publication that showcases diverse culture and style infused with the sights and sounds of Africa. It continues to impact one’s imagination with descriptive stories and images that surround the cultures from Abuja to America. This publication has inspired readers to understand the importance of expanding their travels from the shores of Africa to the great land of the United States of America.
As a consummate advocate for the homeless and less fortunate, Hemmerly raises awareness by aiding others in becoming responsible citizens and helping neighbors with their basic needs. Mrs. Hemmerly has spent time traveling abroad in Western Africa and Jamaica to help women and children understand the importance of the role they play in their families lives. For Mrs. Hemmerly, mentorship and confidence-building are vital skills that she hopes to instill in all. As acknowledgment of her noteworthy international and community work, Euriel received the Georgia 2017-2018 Senate Resolution Award presented by Senator Donzella James. Hemmerly continues her impact as a political influence and women's advocate in her recent positions with Georgia state representative Erica Thomas, as International Affairs Director and with Judge Kellie Hill, as campaign manager. To this end, Euriel has recently been bestowed the Humanitarian Award from the Trinity International University of Ambassadors and recognized by the City of Newark, New Jersey with a Commendation of Resolution. Euriel Hemmerly has introduced civil rights veterans and community leaders in a royal fall solstice affair presented on behalf of Euriel Global Magazine. Today, this mother and wife strives every day to live life by her motto, "Success through determination."
DR. JOSEPH H.BEASLEY
Human rights activist Dr. Joseph Henry Beasley was born to sharecroppers on a rural plantation in Inman, Georgia on December 27, 1936. Beasley received his primary education in a segregated one-room school house before moving with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he excelled in the local public schools. It was during this phase of his life that he began to set high expectations and committed himself to a life of service. He ultimately received his B.S. degree in criminal justice from Park College and attended graduate school at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Beasley was the Southern Regional Director of the National Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and President of African Ascension, an organization he formed to develop economic and political ties throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. Dr. Beasley served as a board member of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City, Afronet in Lusaka, Zambia, Afrobras in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Christ Institute in Atlanta and is Chairman of both the Benedita de Silva International Foundation and the Asian American Center, both in Atlanta, Georgia and currently serves on the Board of African Leadership Magazine. The library at Zumbi dos Palmares College in Sao Paulo, Brazil is named in his honor. The bulk of his current work focuses on the unification of African descendants for economic, political, social and cultural empowerment. He has received dozens of awards, recently received an honorary Doctorate and has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other newspapers, periodicals and magazines as well as on CNN and other major American television networks.
DR. GEORGINNE THOMAS
Dr. Georgianne Thomas received her Doctor of Arts in the Humanities from Clark Atlanta University, her Master’s in Education degree from Georgia State University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. Community activism, the arts and politics have all been large components of Dr. Thomas’ life. Currently an Adjunt Professor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Dr. Thomas has worked with the City of Atlanta Municipal Court as a program manager assisting victims of domestic violence, as a trainer with the City of Atlanta, as a trainer with Delta Air Lines, and as an instructor in Atlanta Public Schools.
Additionally, Dr. Thomas has always had a passion for fashion and skin care. She founded Georgianne’s Skin Treats after surviving breast cancer in 2002. She was compelled to dust off her dreams deferred, and commit to making them a reality. So, she asked God for a second chance. First, she finished the Doctor of Arts degree, with a concentration in French Literature, in 2006. Then, she created Georgianne’s Skin Treats. Dr. Thomas worked in the beauty and hair care industry as a sideline pursuit in the 1960s and 1970s while she taught French in the public school system in Georgia. Now many years and career success later, Dr. Thomas has launched a company that embodies her zeal for life.
She is a former Mayoral Appointed Chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission. In this position, Dr. Thomas was Co-Chair of the Sister Cities International, Inc. Convention, bringing the only convention to Atlanta in the 50-year history of the international organization. She is a recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Volunteer Award with Sister Cities International, and she was honored for her contribution to international awareness and involvement in the City of Atlanta with the Delta Torch Award in 2003, presented by the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The award honored recipients who excelled as activists in the areas of Economic Development; Educational Development; International Awareness and Involvement; Political Awareness and Involvement; Physical and Mental Health; and Arts and Letters.
Senator Donzella James
Senator Donzella James is a democratic senator representing Metropolitan Atlanta’s 35th District of Georgia, which includes portions of Fulton and Douglas Counties. She proudly served four and one half full terms and retired to offer herself to serve in the US Congress. In 2009, Senator James was re-elected to serve once again in the State Senate. Senator James currently serves as the Chairwoman of Interstate Cooperation. She is also a member of the Education and Youth, Special Judiciary, and Economic Development, and committees. She has worked to bring progressive change in the area of crime reduction, a safe and clean environment, stronger drunk driving laws and drug trafficking laws, economic development, increased access to affordable healthcare and quality education. Senator James is a distinguished and experienced lawmaker, having sponsored or co-sponsored more than 400 pieces of legislation throughout her tenure in the Georgia Senate. She was proud to support Senate Bill 1 during the 2015 Legislative session which requires insurance companies provide coverage for autistic children ages 6 and under, up to $30,000 per year. Senator James championed House Bill 89, a piece of legislation that gives local ordinance continued flexibility to incorporate drug-free commercial zones, undoubtedly making our communities safer place for Georgia families. Senator James has been an ardent supporter of education, fighting to increase funding and minimize cuts to the budget during the most recent economic recession. She has also championed veterans issues, dedicating a Douglas County bridge in PFC Melvin Johnson’s honor, the first African American solider to lose his life in the Vietnam War from Douglas County. A state senator with passion for issues effecting those in need around the world, Senator James has lead the charge to strengthen Georgia’s relationship with the continent of Africa. With the passage of Senate Resolution 9 during the 2013 Legislative Session, she was instrumental in urging the Georgia Department of Economic Development to promote and strengthen beneficial ties with African nations. She has traveled extensively to gain a better understanding of the humanitarian issues facing nations around the world, specifically those in Nigeria, Congo, Turkey, Costa Rica, and South Korea. Senator James earned a Bachelor degree in criminal justice and political science from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Macon’s Emmanuel Bible College, an honorary doctorate degree from the Bride of Christ Bible College and Seminary in Nigeria and studied additionally at Georgia State University. Senator James has a proven record as a successful policymaker and known to be committed to the people, a fiscally responsible professional, and a strong woman of faith. She
Chef Scott Hemmerly
Chef Scott is an honors graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and a First Level Sommelier, certified by the Master Guild of Sommelier.
Hemmerly began his Atlanta culinary career with the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead as the Banquet Chef for over 4 years. In 2008, he was part of the opening team for The Mansion on Peachtree, a Four-Diamond, ultra-luxury boutique hotel in Buckhead. After one year he was appointed Executive Chef, where he oversaw all culinary aspects of the hotel. Chef Scott then became Executive Chef at The Peachtree Club, which was recognized as one of the top venues in Atlanta for weddings and catered events during his tenure there. Hemmerly then spent some time as Executive Chef at The Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh, and also served as a member of two local college’s Culinary Arts programs Board of Advisors. He later returned to Atlanta as the Executive Chef of the Hilton Atlanta Airport & Towers, where he oversaw all Culinary Operations of 507 guest rooms, 34,000 sq./ft. of meeting space, Andiamo & Magnolia Grill restaurants, Finish Line lounge & In Room Dining. He joined Ray's on the River in Spring of 2017 and has enjoyed the nice balance of a corporate restaurant combined with a true entrepreneurial spirit.
His greatest love in life is his wife Euriel and son Emmanuel. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Scott loves his Ohio State Buckeyes as much as he loves to cook. During his off time he can frequently be found wandering mountain hiking trails like the Appalachian Trail. Scott has a passion for farm to table cuisine and is a member of the PASA (Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture), Georgia Organics, Slow Foods USA, as well as being named by The Mother Nature Network “Top 40 Chefs Under the Age of 40”.
Idowu Etefia is the founder and CEO of RA Cosmetics LLC. One of the nations largest importers of 100% African Shea Butter and 100% African Black Soap products. Mr. Etefia migrated from Lagos, Nigeria to the United states in 1979. He attended Miami Dade College. He began his entrepreneurial career in construction and contracting with success that would span nearly 20 years. Etefia decided to expand his horizons and set fourth building relationships across several industries making inroads to the heart of the consumer goods market. It was at this time that he found a niche in the import and export of African clothing, textiles and sundries.
Etefia relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and founded Recho Ayumaah Cosmetics, LLC also known industry wide as RA Cosmetics, LLC in 2010. RA Cosmetics has grown in leaps in bounds. They bring in over 80 metric tons of Grade A, handmade, Shea Butter and 30 metric tons of Black Soap directly from Ghana per month. In addition to supplying bulk raw materials to industry leaders across the U.S. and Canada, it formulates and manufacturers authentic health & beauty products for wholesale and retail on site. There are many duplicates on the market but RA’s original yellow label & clear tub-o-shea remains a consumer top pick, with products listed in all major national distributors, beauty supplies and chain retailers. Idowu I. Etefia continues to build and construct a firm business foundation dedicated to the manufacture and distribution of natural, authentic products rooted in culture and rich in quality.
Scott W. Hemmerly (Executive Director)
Avis Foley (Media Director)
(Emmanuel Ogueri Financial Director)
Doofan Tor (PRO)
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