Odai Yafai

Title: Owner

Company: NY Deli & Grill

Location: Vallejo, CA

Education: High School Diploma, Hogan High School, Vallejo, CA (2009)

Career History: Owner, NY Deli & Grill, (2021-Present);

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With, Construction;

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Former Deli Worker

Odai Yafai, Owner of NY Deli & Grill, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of food service.

After living in New York City and working in one of the city’s most recognizable food providers, Mr. Yafai decided to open a New York-style deli in his California community. After spending a decade in the city, he wanted to recreate the unique tastes New York delis and bodegas have to offer with the personality of the city. Furthermore, he saw the need in his community to have a spot that is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with fresh food available.

Mr. Yafai’s considers opening his business to be the most notable achievement in his career, as he notes starting a business is never an easy task and requires huge capital. Seeing it come to fruition and having a place he could call his own has definitely been very rewarding. As the owner, Mr. Yafai oversees all aspects of the business. From the moment he steps in the door each morning, he is hands-on with the work, starting with preparing food for the day. He upholds his duty as a manager and carries out all tasks from working as the cashier to the deliveryman.

Notably, Mr. Yafai’s hard work has been recognized with a feature in California News-Times. In the next five years, one of his goals is to expand his restaurant to franchise it. He hopes to open a new location and serve more people. His main objective is to look beyond being a small business and become a larger chain that serves many. He endeavors to build a company that his children can be a part of and make their own someday.

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Rajesh Michael Lalloo aka (Jr. Michael)

Title: Founder

Company: United News Corporation

Location: East Elmhurst, NY

Education: Bachelor’s degree in TV and Radio, New York Institute of Technology, 2004-2007;

Associate’s degree in Computer Science, Kansas State University

Career History: Founder, United News Corporation, 5 years;

Co-founder, Board of Directors, The Chrisagis Brothers Productions (Christian based band);

Actor;

Producer;

Director

Rajesh Michael Lalloo, Founder of United News Corporation, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of multimedia.

Mr. Lalloo became involved in his profession after working at a nonprofit disability organization where he taught disabled children and young adults computers.  The programs did well and the parents loved them, however, there were hang-ups due to politics and external situations. Mr. Lalloo then found his call in life, to be an example for his children. In this respect, he founded the United News Corporation as a testament to never giving up or being afraid to take on the next step. In addition, he is a co-founder and a board member of The Chrisagis Brothers Productions (A Christian-based band).

In 2007, Mr. Lalloo earned a bachelor’s degree in television and radio from the New York Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he earned an associate’s degree in computer science from Kansas State University. Utilizing the skills he learned from these academic pursuits, his current responsibilities include building a conglomerate multimedia company. He is active in investing in different companies and producing short and feature films.

Mr. Lalloo attributes his success to focus, patience, and consistency. Some of his creative works include serving as a producer for the Night Fall TV Series with BMTV and as a podcast radio show host for “Make that Bloody Movie with Coffee.”  The Night Fall TV series has been recognized on numerous occasions, including being a Quarter-Finalist at the United States Film Festival, a winner in six categories at the Hollywood Blood Festival, and a winner of the Rome International Movie Festival. In five years, Mr. Lalloo hopes to see a lot of the films that he’s creating with his team to be in the market. He sees growth in his company and helping to build a more humanitarian society.

Margalie Gracia Johnson, RN, MSN

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Margalie JohnsonTitle: Registered Nurse

Company: Bayada Home Healthcare

Location: Somerset, NC

Education: MSN, Kean University (2016); AS in Nursing, Union County College (2003); Nursing Diploma, Muhlenberg Nursing School (2002);

BA in Communications and English, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (1983)

Career History:  Registered Nurse, Bayada Home Healthcare (2020-Present); Registered Nurse, Surgical ICU Trauma and Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (2008-2020); Registered Nurse, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (2003-2020); Endoscopy Nurse, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (2006-2008); Inpatient Nursing, Medical-Surgical, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (2004-2006); Telemetry Nurse, Unit Secretary, Cardiac Health, Cardiovascular Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (2003-2004); Presenter in Field

Margalie Johnson, Registered Nurse at Bayada Home Healthcare, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.

Mrs. Johnson became involved in her profession after working in the cardiac and cardiovascular unit in a hospital as a secretary. Her supervisor recognized her compassion for others and suggested she look into becoming a critical care technician, which is a role similar to a nurse’s aide but with more responsibilities in dealing with clients. She first worked as a nurse’s aide, and upon discovering how much she loved it, furthered her education. She received an Associate of Science in nursing from Union County College in 2003, and an MSN from Kean University in 2016.

Since 2020, Mrs. Johnson has served as a registered nurse for Bayada Home Health Care. She previously worked in the Surgical ICU Trauma and Neurology Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In support of her career, she is Nurse’s Aid Certified, certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS); certified in Basic Life Support (BLS); and certified in Pediatric Life Support (PALS). Mrs. Johnson attributes her success to education because as a nurse in the medical field one cannot just go on what they have learned. This year, like every year or every couple of months, there are new developments and theories being challenged. It is imperative that one keeps up to date with issues of what is going on in the medical field because you want to give the best care to the clients, which is most important. In the near future, she hopes to receive a doctorate degree and continue helping others.

Alisha Kelley

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Title: Owner

Company: Trichom Health Center

Location: Pinellas Park, FL

Education: AS, Health/Health Care Administration/Management, St. Petersburg College;

AA, St. Petersburg College

Career History: Owner, Trichom Health Center, 2019-present;

Director Of Operations, GreenMDnow, 2019-2019;

Medical Assistant, DocMJ, 2018-2019;

Office Manager, A Pain and Wellness Center, 2017-2018

Alisha Kelley, Owner of Trichom Health Center, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of pediatric care, pain management, mental health counseling, and medical marijuana.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer and facing an uphill battle, it was in 2018 that Ms. Kelley put aside her antiquated views of cannabis and began using it as a treatment. After seeing the results within her own health, she became an advocate and began helping others navigate their way in medical marijuana. In 2019, she became working as a Director of Operations for a medical marijuana clinic but soon realized the owner was just in it for profit and not for the benefit of patients. She decided to branch out and open her own business, and later that year the doors to Trichom Health Center were opened to serve the community in Pinellas Park, FL.

Ms. Kelley came from a background in health care, providing her skills and services in pediatric care for a number of years. She first earned an Associate of Arts from St. Petersburg College and then received an Associate of Science in health/health care administration and management from St. Petersburg College. She holds a Certificate In Healthcare Sciences and is a Certified Healer through the Healer Program.

Looking towards the future, Ms. Kelley hopes to continue building her business and working as a role model for her children. She hopes to advocate for medical marijuana use on a larger scale and believes her success is based on being transparent and helping patients find their voice. In recognition of her work, she was featured In The DuPont Registry and the NFL Superbowl Magazine. She has been nominated For Best Advocate and for Best Medical Facility. Ms. Kelley maintains professional affiliation with the Holistic Chamber and the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber.

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Cessaly D. Hutchinson

Cessaly Hutchinson

Cessaly HutchinsonTitle: Commercial Realtor Recruiter

Company: Aaron Aroyo Real Estate

Location: San Diego, CA

Education: MBA, Liberty University (2017); Coursework in Pre-Architecture, Art History, Georgia Tech (2011); JD, Georgetown University Law Center (1982); BBA, Howard University (1979)

Career History: Commercial Realtor Recruiter, Aaron Arroyo Real Estate, (2019-Present); Chief Executive Officer, Tahitian Pearl Inc., Consultants, Decatur, GA (2000-Present); Operations Manager, Allstate Insurance Company, Decatur, GA (2011-2020); Sales Associate, Legal Shield, Inc. (1985-Present); Temp, Kelly Services (2007-2011); Office Supervisor, Jackson Hewitt (2007-2010); Realtor, Metropolitan Realty (2007-2008); Realtor, Century 21 (2004-2007); Sales Representative, Yellowpages.com (2005-2006); Realtor, Coldwell Banker Real Estate (2004); Realtor, Realty Executives (2002-2003); Realtor, Prudential Real Estate (2002-2003); Real Estate Salesperson, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (2001-2002); Salesperson, Sprint (2000-2001); Salesperson, Jafra Cosmetics (1990-1998); Legal Analyst, California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency (1988-1998); Decorator, TransDesigns (1991-1994); Legal Analyst, California Department of Justice (1987-1988); Insurance Agent, ITT Systems (1985-1987); Law Clerk, Law Offices of Ted J. Kukula (1986-1987); State of CA, Attorney General’s Office, Los Angeles, Criminal Law, San Francisco, CA Department of Transportation, Legal Division, Legal Analyst, (over 10 years)

Cessaly Hutchinson, Commercial Realtor Recruiter at Aaron Aroyo Real Estate, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of commercial real estate.

Ms. Hutchinson has distinguished herself as a top real estate recruiter in the D.C. metropolitan area. Supported by her in-depth skills and expertise concerning high-end residential and commercial real estate, she has been in her current position with Aaron Aroyo Real Estate since 2019. In addition, she became a Chief Executive Officer and Consultant with Tahitian Pearl Inc. in 2020, proving that her hard work and talents transcend even the most difficult obstacles such as the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to these roles, Ms. Hutchinson still serves as a sales associate with Legal Shield, Inc., a venture she began in 1985. In addition to her current roles, she has previously worked as a realtor for Metropolitan Realty, Century 21, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Realty Executives, Prudential Real Estate and Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

In addition to her work in real estate, Ms. Hutchinson has been greatly involved in her community. Prior to the passing of Dr. Judith Reisman in April 2021, she worked with the Director of the Child Protection Center at Liberty University since 2012. She has also volunteered with Stephanie Mann, a crime and violence prevention specialist and consultant for Safe Kids Now. She has also been involved with the National Alliance for Family Court Justice and the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program.

Ms. Hutchinson prepared for her career by first earning a BBA from Howard University in 1979. She continued to receive a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. She later took coursework in pre-architecture in art history from Georgia Tech in 2011 before receiving an MBA from Liberty University in 2017. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hutchinson explored her interests in the legal field, working as a law clerk in the Law Offices of Ted J. Kukula, as a legal analyst for the California Department of Justice, and as a legal analyst for the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency.

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Matthew Wasserman

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Title: Attorney

Company: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Location: Washington, D.C.

Education: JD, UC Berkeley School of Law (2015); BA in Political Science, Rice University, Magna Cum Laude (2011); Junior Year Study Abroad, International Relations, London School of Economics (2009-2010)

Career History: Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Washington, D.C. (2015-Present); Summer Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, Washington, D.C. (2014); Summer Judicial Extern, Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco, CA (2013)

Matthew Wasserman, Attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of complex business litigation.

Ever since high school, Mr. Wasserman knew he wanted to be a lawyer. After attending public school in Baltimore, he recognized the lack of opportunities for students in the city of Baltimore and was inspired to make a difference. In this respect, he first received a Bachelor of Arts in political science, magna cum laude, from Rice University in 2011. He continued at the University of California Berkeley School of Law to earn a JD in 2015. Prior to graduating, Mr. Wasserman garnered experience as a summer judicial intern for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and as a summer associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

In 2015, Mr. Wasserman joined the firm as an associate and has remained vigilant in his work, focusing on complex business litigation. The highlight of his career thus far has been being part of a team that got a case dismissed on the eve of a trial that threatened his client’s entire business model. Mr. Wasserman attributes his success to hard work and diligence. His goal is to always work harder than the lawyer across the table. In addition, he maintains professional affiliation with the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network, the D.C. LGBT Bar Association, the Veterans Legal Practicum and Phi Beta Kappa.

Looking toward the future, Mr. Wasserman endeavors to become a partner at his farm. He remains passionate about his philanthropic endeavors which include serving as the Alumni Representative for Rice where he conducts interviews with underprivileged and foreign students in high school to help them prepare for college. He leverages his experience in managing client relationships, keeping the clients abreast of developments in their case, handling all written communications to the Court discussing and approving strategy with clients.

Joey Bonanza, RPT, CPhT

Title: Clinical Support Specialist Supervisor

Company: Kroger Specialty Pharmacy

Joey BonanzaLocation: Orange City, Florida, United States

Career History: Kroger Specialty Pharmacy, June 2015-Present;

Registered Pharmacy Technician, Holly Hill Pharmacy, Florida;

Clinical Support Specialist Supervisor, Kroger Specialty Pharmacy, 2019-2020;

SME (Subject Matter Expert), Kroger Specialty Pharmacy, 2019

Joey Bonanza, Clinical Support Specialist Supervisor at Kroger Specialty Pharmacy, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for her contributions and achievements in the field.

From an early age, Mrs. Bonanza knew she was destined to help others, especially those who were sick. Her calling came at 19 years old when a family friend needed help at their pharmacy. She began learning the pharmacy business from the ground up, working as a cashier, and in ranging from subject matter expert and registered pharmacy technician, until reaching her current role as a Clinical Support Specialist Supervisor at Kroger Specialty Pharmacy. Over the past few years in this work, Mrs. Bonanza she has had the most growth both as an individual and as an employee. Her roles includes training associates for medication training, contributing to create monographs and helping improve processes. She provided work instructions for associates and provided training for adverse event reporting. Her work has contributed a lot not only to her team but also to the company. She feels that making sure the associates know how they are supposed to handle certain scenarios when a patient calls in reporting information has been very beneficial to the company.

In addition to these responsibilities, Mrs. Bonanza leads the team with open communication and effective oversight to create an atmosphere of teamwork and cohesiveness. She conducts monthly departmental metric audits by evaluating performance, quality and process adherence, and performs monthly meetings with direct reports, which include Score Cards and metric reviews. Furthermore, she monitors and adjusts queues, schedules, and duties to manage workflow coverage while coordinating, reviewing, and approving time cards and PTO requests. On a weekly level, Mrs. Bonanza organizes and hosts team meetings and provides recaps to the team. Her work also includes performing adverse event processes with identification and completing routine manufacturer reconciliations as needed. She assists in adverse event and discharge training for non-clinical staff and aids in the development and implementation of new processes. Mrs. Bonanza knows when to consult the manager and nurses as needed.

In June 2019, the Daytona Beach News-Journal recognized Mrs. Bonanza for her work with a Top Healthcare Professional of Central Florida Award. She has provided her time to philanthropic efforts as well. She has worked with Imerman’s Angels, which links up cancer patients with mentors, and has volunteered for most of her life with Habitat for Humanity, which helps build homes for families in need. In addition, Mrs. Bonanza volunteered with the Good Samaritan Clinic in DeLand assisting with financial aid for those unable to afford their medications. Looking toward the future, she endeavors to continue helping people and enrolling in nursing school.

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D. Lively Washington, Author & President

D Lively Washington

Title: Author/CEO

Company: The 3 C’s of the Trinity

Location: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States

Education: MA, Humans Services, Ashford University, 2021;

BA, Project Management, Ashford University

Career History: Author/CEO, The 3 C’s of the Trinity, 2019-present;

Senior, Contract Specialist, National Academy of Sciences, 2005-present;

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Type of Business: Counseling

D. Lively Washington, Author and CEO of The 3 C’s of the Trinity, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of counseling.

Ms. Washington became involved in her profession because she had trials and tribulations in life and she wanted to give back. She had a vision to help others therefore, she started the nonprofit, The 3 C’s of the Trinity. The 3 C’s in the name of the organization stand for conviction, correction and comfort. The 3 C’s of the Trinity was established due to a vision, which she believed was sent from God. Furthermore, she is a published author and her 2019 biography tells her story about being raised by a drug-addicted mother and the struggles of street life. She spent many years being shuffled around between stars here homes and juvenile detention dealing with abuse, sexually, mentally and physically. Identifying with homelessness, drug abuse and domestic violence, she has committed her life to give back to others. Ms. Washington launched The 3 C’s of the Trinity in 2019 and believes through community outreach and counseling she can make a difference.

In addition to launching her nonprofit, Ms. Washington has worked as a senior and contract specialist for the National Academy of Sciences since 2005. Ms. Washington prepared for her career by earning a Bachelor of Arts in project management from Ashford University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in human services from the institution. She considers her most notable achievement to be becoming successful regardless of her adversities. She did not let her adversities define her. Ms. Washington spreads this message in her line of work and encourages other women to stop making decisions with their lives based on what their feelings are.

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Kyle Corwin

Kyle Corwin

Title: Emergency Management Specialist

Company: FEMA

Location: Portland, Oregon, United States

Education:  MA in Management Homeland Security, Arizona State University, 2017;

BA in Emergency Management, Concordia University-Portland, 2016

Career History: Emergency Management Specialist, IA Cadre Reservist, FEMA, 2017-Present;

Merchandise Execution Team Associate, Home Depot, 2018-2019;

Outside Sales, Bashor Team Athletics, 2014-2019;

Merchandiser, Coca Cola Enterprise, 2013-2014;

Warehouse Worker, Network Office Clearinghouse, 2012-2013;

Dock Lead, Jet Expedited Transport, 2010-2012

Kyle Corwin, Emergency Management Specialist for FEMA, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of emergency relief and public service.

For Mr. Corwin, the decision to go into emergency management came during a time when he was working in merchandising stocking shelves. He realized the importance of having access to basic goods and needs during a time of need and while at Concordia University, he came at a crossroads between healthcare administration and emergency management homeland security. He decided to pursue emergency management, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in emergency management from Concordia University in 2016 and a Master of Arts in management homeland security from Arizona State University in 2017. Since 2017, Mr. Corwin has utilized his skills and expertise as an emergency management specialist with the IA Cadre Reservist of FEMA. In this role, he works with Individuals, households, and public entities on disaster recovery.  He has additionally served as a coach and mentor for future disaster responders. During his career with FEMA, he has received several accolades.

Mr. Corwin’s line of work has become more interesting during the COVID-19 pandemic. With COVID-19, FEMA has undergone a big change from working in the field to manning the frontlines from the safety of their own homes. It has been a big adjustment on his team especially as he was working on relief work from a flood in Virginia, while other members of his team were in Pennsylvania. In five years, Mr. Corwin wants to be involved in a doctoral program, expand his network, have a positive influence in his community. He has shown great growth by adapting to the current pandemic and utilizing technologies that he would like to eventually teach others.