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Ripple of Hope

The third annual Jefferson College Ripple of Hope event, “The Power of One,” will feature a panel of five local change makers who recognized a problem in their community and have taken action to create a solution.
The free event will be held on Friday, April 21, on the Hillsboro campus from 1-4 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences I Building - Little Theatre. It is open to everyone. Pre-registration is not required. A light lunch will be available beginning at 12:30 with pizza and fruit.
Ripple of Hope is being sponsored by the College’s Cultural Events and Outreach Committee in an effort to bring peace through nonviolence to our region, community and personal lives.

Each speaker will share their experience as a means to improve our community and region.
The program is open to the public and will allow for questions and dialogue among attendees and panelists. It is one of many educational events the college hosts to foster a greater appreciation of cultural diversity as a leader in our community.

Panelist Biographies:

Kelly Hartnett – Bridge Bread in St. Charles
Kelley has been involved with Bridge Bread for four years and currently serves as a Lead Volunteer at Bridge Bread on Main, the organization’s retail store in historic St. Charles. When she’s not hanging out there, she works as a freelance writer, reads about social justice, and volunteers for other organizations that care for vulnerable populations.

Jean Huelsing - Camp Jump Start and the Living Well Foundation
Jean has dedicated her life’s work to ensure that no child will have adult disease and that no one will die from preventable illnesses. Though lofty goals, she has pursued them tenaciously.  As a nurse and instructor at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Jean witnessed the tragedy of children facing heart disease, diabetes and other adult diseases in part because of sedentary lifestyles and an American diet high in fat, high in sugar and high in empty calories. 

Not one to sit and watch as this trend continued, Jean took action and founded Camp Jump Start® in 2003. This Whole Health camp for kids specializes in weight and lifestyle management. As kids ages 9-18 begin a weight loss journey, their gains in self-esteem and self-confidence transforms their lives. Jean presented to a national congress in Washington DC where Camp Jump Start® was recognized as a “best practice” in the nation and Camp Jump Start® was also recognized by the Cooper Institute with an award of excellence. The camp research is published in peer-reviewed medical journals both nationally and internationally. Consumers rank Camp Jump Start® #1 in the nation consistently. 

Jean has been a nurse and teacher for over 30 years.  In her career she has received numerous “Excellence in Care Awards” for her nursing skills.  She was recognized as a state award winning “Teacher of the Year” and the American Red Cross has recognized her with the “LifeSaver Award.” In 2006 Jean founded the Living Well Foundation—a public charity which operates the Living Well Village.  This is the ONLY nonprofit residential Whole Health camp in the nation and it exists so that ALL children and families will have access to the Camp Jump Start® proven strategies.  In collaboration with health professionals and various agencies, this regional effort improves the health in each of our communities one child/family at a time through healthy lifestyle immersion.  This focus on whole health saves lives. Jean believes the best health care is informed self care and she is seeking to replicate her program nationwide. Jean’s work was documented by PBS in a film titled “Weighed Down—Finding Hope for Childhood Obesity” in 2016. This spring her book “Divorce—Did You Even Think About Me?  Letters of Hurt And Healing” will be released nationally.

Marian McCord - Founder of CHADs Coalition
In April of 2004, Chad McCord, a high-school senior with a bright future, lost his battle with depression and died by suicide. Like so many parents before them, Marian and Larry had fought alongside Chad trying to help him conquer his disease, but found a healthcare system unequipped and often unwilling or unable to help. They were determined to create an organization focused on saving the lives of our youth by increasing awareness, education and research to address adolescent depression and suicide.

Alvin Riney -  Giving Back to the Community Organization
Alvin Riney was born and raised in Crystal City, MO. He attended Crystal City Elementary and graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1974. Alvin has 13 years’ experience in law enforcement (Missouri State Highway Patrol and Crystal City PD).  The past 20 years he has been an educator in special education and is presently teaching a self-contained junior high/high school ED (Emotionally Disturbed) classroom in the DeSoto 73 School District.

Alvin is the Co-chairman of G.S.B.T.T.C. (Giving Something Back To The Community). I have held that position since the inception of the organization. The organization began as the brainchild of Denise Brown and Wyatt Becquette III. They brought their idea to several others and G.S.B.T.T.C. was formed in March, 2000. We are chartered by the State of Missouri as a non-profit, charitable organization.
Our mission is to assist in “alleviating the disadvantage and/or misfortune people may encounter from time to time in Jefferson County…” We assist with utilities, food vouchers, prescriptions, emergency lodging, etc. G.S.B.T.T.C. is funded by organization-sponsored events and private and corporate donations. G.S.B.T.T.C. is a community-oriented non-profit organization. Membership is open to everyone. No dues are required.