Pat Brown is a familiar face in San Diego, most recently recognizable as chief weather anchor at ABC10 News. In June 2015, she left this position to pursue new endeavors, including leading trips around Southern California for DayTripper Tours. During her nearly four-decade broadcast career, Pat received five Emmy Awards and served as main weather anchor at NBC 7, morning DJ on KYXY radio and co-host of "PM Magazine" on CBS 8. She is also a credentialed teacher and continues to volunteer by reading to students at Ericson Elementary School in Mira Mesa. Pat is a trustee emeritus of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has also served on the Alzheimer's Association Board of Trustees and the Burn Institute Advisory Board. Using her Facebook page "PatBrownSmiles," she posts photos of adoptable kitties at the San Diego Human Society to help find them loving homes.
Billy Blanks Jr.
Dance It Out®
Billy Blanks Jr. is the creator of the worldwide dance fitness program Dance It Out (as seen on ABC's
Shark Tank), and owner of Blanks Studios in Los Angeles. From director and choreographer to starring in Broadway performances, television shows and music videos, Billy brings his talent and energy to everything he does. An American Council on Exercise®- and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America-certified instructor, he has been featured on
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show,
The Dr. Oz Show,
The Meredith Vieira Show,
So You Think You Can Dance and more. His latest project, the MoveTube Network, with executive producer Paula Abdul, is a multigenerational YouTube community featuring celebrity fitness workouts, uplifting interviews and motivational stories.
Dr. Bertice Berry, PhD, is a gifted speaker with a comic edge and a comic with a serious message. Once told by a teacher that she was "not college material," Berry graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville University in Florida, and subsequently earned a PhD in sociology from Kent State University. Dr. Berry taught sociology and statistics at Kent State, using humor to address difficult subjects such as racism and sexism. After leaving Kent State, Dr. Berry hosted her own nationally syndicated talk show,
The Bertice Berry Show. She's also appeared on numerous other television programs, including
The Oprah Winfrey Show and
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Additionally, Dr. Berry is a best-selling author of many books, such as
I'm On My Way But Your Foot Is On My Head;
When Love Calls, You Better Answer; and, most recently,
A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets.
Cheryl Strayed is an award-winning memoirist, novelist and essayist known for writing fierce truths about life. She uses humor and heart to share the lessons she learned from her 1,000-mile trek on the Pacific Crest Trail - a journey that taught her how to forge ahead against all odds. She is the author of four books, including
Tiny Beautiful Things,
Brave Enough and
Torch, and her works have been translated into 40 languages around the world. Strayed's essays have been published in
The Best American Essays,
The New York Times,
The Washington Post Magazine,
Vogue and elsewhere. In addition to her writing, Strayed co-hosts the WBUR podcast, Dear Sugar Radio - which originated from her popular "Dear Sugar" advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota.