Meet the Millen Twins!
Kristle Millen has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University, with a Type 04 certification, a Special Needs Endorsement and a Post Doctorate with a Certificate of Advance Studies in Curriculum and Instruction with an Endorsement in (ESL) English as a Second Language from National Louis University of Chicago, Illinois.
Kristle has currently worked for the City of Chicago for the past 8 years as an Educator to the children of our communities and as a mentor and supervisor to up and coming future teachers. She has a vision of a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between each other, as the core of what makes life so fascinating.
Kerese Millen has a Master's in Teaching, Learning and Assessments, and a Post Doctorate with a Certificate of Advance Studies in Curriculum and Instruction with an ESL endorsement from National Louis University of Chicago, Illinois. She also has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University. Kerese has also worked for the City of Chicago for the past 8 years as an Educator to the children of our communities and as a mentor and supervisor to up and coming future teachers. Kerese's vision is to empower others to embrace themselves for who they are as being Perfectly Imperfect. Her job includes dedicating herself to helping everyone live their dreams.
Kristle and Kerese Millen are the author's of There’s Power In Your “I Am”, and also the CEO's of I AM. You Are. Perfectly Imperfect LLC (www.iamyouareperfectlyimperfect.com). Kristle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kerese can be reached at email@example.com.
Twins you should know!
The O'Bryant Twins
This month's twinK Spotlight features the O'Bryant Twins, Julian and Caprice. Julian O’Bryant is a college graduate from Western Illinois University. He excelled in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from the nationally ranked as well as the largest program in the state of Illinois.
Julian has a strong belief in the power of community. From age 6-20 he played football from community to collegiate level and was a three sport athlete in high school, so he has seen firsthand the power of unity. His goal is to help the youth learn that persistence and ingenuity are key factors in succeeding in life. Being an advocate for making a difference in community policing, he is using his skills to empower and guide. Truly believing that change can occur pushes him to continue despite any obstacles that may come in his path.
Caprice O'Bryant is the owner and head trainer of Excuse Free Fitness, Inc., a personal and group training fitness studio located in Homewood, IL. You've seen her fearless testimony on WCIU'S You & Me This morning, Abc's Windy City Live and nationally syndicated daytime show The Real.
As a certified nutrition specialist through the National Academy Of Sports Medicine she utilizes her knowledge to create custom meal plans that encourage healthy eating and appeal to the taste buds as well. Caprice is also a warrior and advocate of Epilepsy awareness. Her motto is, with Excuse Free Fitness, you can do ALL things! She is truly a walking miracle, and despite all obstacles she continues to persevere. "I believe I can still win with the hand I was dealt," is how Caprice motivates herself to put in her best, and the mentality she possesses in her day to day operations. It is also the mindset she encourages every member of Excuse Free Fitness, and why so many people are jumping on #teamnoexcuses.
Julian & Caprice are different in many ways but when it comes down to support they are always there for each other. Also, getting on each others nerve is like a full time job too.
Twins you should know!
The Dodd Twins
This month's twinK Spotlight features The Dodd Twins, Jamilah Michelle and Johari Noelle, born and raised in Chicago, IL. Their birth was pretty miraculous, in fact they should not even be alive. The twins were born conjoined at the abdomen, the 9th case of conjoined twins at the University of Chicago in 1995. Their mother developed an infection from her water breaking early along with a fever and the doctors had to do an emergency C-section to deliver the twins. Thankfully the surgery to separate the twins was successful. Johari was born on life support and Jamilah was born fighting a little harder! God brought them through for a reason. They grew up working as interns for True Star Magazine. The twins have also participated in various journalism programs, cheer leading and various activities. While attending Homewood Flossmoor high school they discovered their passion, Johari with singing and Jamilah with dance.
In 2013, they enrolled at Northern Illinois University and studied Communication while continuing to develop their passion. In 2015, Johari got an awesome opportunity to work with Singer Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child and Choreographer/Director, Frank Gatson on a new show Chasing Destiny, which provided a platform for aspiring singers to land a spot in the next girls group. Although Johari did not win a spot in the group she worked hard and enjoyed her time in LA. After the show, Johari returned to Chicago and got involved with the community speaking to young girls about chasing their dreams. She is currently back in school to finish her degree and she continues to pursue music. Jamilah also continues to pursue her degree with a minor in dance. She has choreographed dances for the NIU Dance Department Showcase and has plans to continue studying with Alvin Ailey in N.Y. or Debbie Allen Dance Academy in L.A. Their story is a constant reminder that God never fails. They are definitely twins you should know!
This months twinK Spotlight features Twin brothers and Medical Doctors Jamil Abdur-Rahman (a.k.a Dr. J) and Idries Abdur-Rahman (a.k.a. Dr.I). The twins are both board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologists from the Chicagoland area. Dr. J is also the Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Waukegan’s Vista East Medical Center. Using guest television appearances and the platforms of the written and video blog, Dr. J and Dr. I present a passionate and entertaining look into the worlds of medicine and travel.
Dr. J and Dr. I developed a passion for travel and an appreciation for the ability of travel to entertain, educate and possibly even to heal, after they participated on season 22 of CBS’ “The Amazing Race”. It was as contestants on The Amazing Race that the world was first introduced to the loveable, intelligent, if not slightly dysfunctional twin Doctors, as they raced unsuccessfully around the world in an attempt to win $1,000,000. Not long after completing The Amazing Race, Dr. J and Dr. I started a medical blog that
they called appropriately enough “Twin Doctors TV”.
Twin Doctors TV features a combination of written and video blog content that covers contemporary topics in medicine; presenting these topics in a manner that is sometimes entertaining and always relatable. Following the launch of Twin Doctors TV, Dr. J and Dr. I were featured as medical guest experts on CBS’ “The Doctors” television program. While on The Doctors, Dr. J and Dr. I were asked to discuss the unusual case of a Missouri women who delivered her twin babies 39 days apart.
In 2015, not long after their appearance on The Doctors, “The Twins” were featured in a new ancestry.com ad campaign. The Ancestry ads featuring Dr. J and Dr. I can still be seen both nationally and internationally. Following their appearance in this ancestry.com ad campaign, Dr. J and Dr. I next
launched their newest project, “The Twin Doctors Travel Bag”. Much like Twin Doctors TV uses both the mediums of video and the written word to cover contemporary topics in the world of medicine, so too does The Twin Doctors Travel Bag use the mediums of video and the written word to document the
travels of Dr. J and Dr. I while also covering contemporary topics in the world of travel.
When it comes to matters of health, wellness and travel, Doctors Jamil and Idries Abdur-Rahman are entertaining and informative resources. These authentically relatable twin Doctors are just as comfortable in front of a camera as they are behind a pen; and they are eager to share their knowledge,
expertise and passion.
Dr. J and Dr. I are Twins you should know!
This months twinKSpotlight features identical twins Suzette and Alesiette Mayweather.
The twins are personal assistants/consultants to the King of R&B R. Kelly.
Suzette Mayweather is a modern day Renaissance woman, whose lifelong love of music has culminated in an extensive career spanning over two decades as a music industry insider and philanthropist. “Music makes the world go round,” is Mayweather’s mantra, and the bedrock of her position as president of Mayweather Entertainment Music Group, where she has worked with a range of artists, both rising and renown stars, including Kim Burrell, Robert Glasper, Nikki Ross, Larry “Jazz” Anthony, Gary Mayes, Pat Williams, and R. Kelly.
As both a singer-producer and an executive, Mayweather’s duality within the music business has garnered her several acclamations including a 2014 Women of Excellence Award from the Atlanta Gospel Festival. The notion that music and the arts move mankind, also informs and inspires her philanthropic work with The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation, founded by five-division boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. An organization which, “empowers and encourages community alliances, impacts youth leadership and strengthens family foundations through community development, entrepreneurialism, and education,” Mayweather has been serving on its board since its inception.
Additionally, she has been a devoted supporter of Uth-Turn, which focuses on intervention and prevention initiatives for at-risk youth. Mayweather has also tied in a college tuition assistance program with her Mayweather Entertainment Music Group, which has benefitted, among others, the current Miss TSU (Texas Southern University) as a recipient. In November of 2014, Mayweather, with her sister Alesiette and their mother, founded 1LessStress under the Mayweather Entertainment Music Group umbrella. An organization close to her heart, 1LessStress helps meet the essential needs of cancer fighters. Most recently, Mayweather has received a proclamation and Key to the City from the city of Columbus, Georgia. She has also enrolled in the world-renowned Berklee College of Music with a major in Music Business. She is a proud mother of three, and resides in Houston, Texas.
Alesiette Mayweather is also a partner with the Mayweather Entertainment/Music Group Brand. Away from the music scene, Alesiette works with production teams and talent on various shows such as the BET awards, the Grammys and many others.
Alesiette Mayweather is the founder of Project Uth-Turn, a non-profit organization focused on helping delinquent youth redirect their lives in a positive direction.
Alesiette has served as a committee member with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation girls group, Joi's Diamond.
Through Mayweather Entertainment/Music Group, youth of Project Uth-Turn and other organizations have received various college scholarships.
Suzette and Alesiette Mayweather are Twins you should know!
This months twinKSpotlight features Twin Designers Erika and Monika Simmons. Double Stitch is the brainchild of twin designers, Erika and Monika Simmons. Erika and Monika began crocheting to create accessory gift items for family and friends and it rapidly expanded into a full collection of fun and flirty, head turning apparel including dresses, jackets, skirts, shrugs, hats, scarves, sleeves, apron tops, chokers, and wraps that transcend fads and seasons. The combination of unique and versatile crochet items that flatter all body types and twin designers that demand as much attention as the head turning garments they produce, quickly spurred the interests of celebrities and print & television media.
Featured spots on local and national media (ie. NBC, Fox News, LifeTime TV- The Balancing Act) further confirmed the appeal and natural comfort "on screen" for Erika and Monika Simmons. Hence, the The Double Stitch Twins were born! Over the years,Double Stitch has evolved from a collection of show stopping handmade crochet apparel, to The Double Stitch Twins, a brand that influences the rapid pulse of fashion for past, present and future crochet artists and admirers.
The Double Stitch Twins have been honored with the YWCA "Rising Star Award", Fashion Group International" Style maker and Rule Breakers Award", and the coveted Crochet Liberation Front "Best Crochet Accessories Designer"- Flamie Award. The Double Stitch Twins have also had opportunities to participate in public community group crochet efforts such as, Chicago Coral Reef Project: a community crochet exhibit developed to bring attention to the pollution of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Knitfitti: a public knit & crochet event aimed to make Chicago downtown, Jamba Juice cafe, comfy & cozy.
The Double Stitch Twins enjoy the best of both the fashion and craft worlds by selling their wares at regularly scheduled live trunk show event in their hometown at The Promontory Venue in Hyde Park (Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar & Farmers Market) and making appearances all over the country as spokespersons, models and designers for Industry leader Red Heart Yarn. The Double Stitch Twins are passionate cutting edge crochet designers that share their original patterns with eager crocheters through 2 pattern books (Double Stitch Designs for the Crochet Fashionista and Fashion Forward) and their most recent Book/DVD Kit, The Crochet Fashionista workshop.
The two designers turned "Craft Celebrity's", continue to push the fashion envelope, by inspiring crocheters with free fashion forward crochet projects in the only way the Double Stitch Twins know how, with lots of style, tons of color and some sisterly banter along the way!
Double Stitch Ready to Wear & Special Order apparel is available online at www.doublestitch.etsy.com
Erika and Monika Simmons are Twins you should know!
To kick off our first twinK Spotlight meet identical twins, Kimberly Ketter and Shaun Rivers. The identical twins are Nurses and Ambassadors for the American Heart Association Heart Failure.
Kimberly A. Ketter and Shaun M. Rivers born (Taylor) on December 31st 1968 on the West Side of Chicago at Cook County Hospital always dreamed of becoming nurses since the age of 5 and have been practicing for 24 years. Shaun moved to Richmond, VA in 1988 and Kimberly followed in 1989. They attended nursing school together first as LPNs and obtained their BSN from Old Dominion University. Kimberly now holds a Master’s Degree from Walden University and is now an Adult Geriatric Nurse practitioner. Shaun now holds a Master’s Degree from Capella University and is an Adult Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Kim and Shaun are also entrepreneurs, and own a disease management firm called Case Management Associates LLC. They recently opened a Diabetes Wellness Center in Petersburg, VA.
Kim and Shaun have been chosen to be Lay Research Reviewers for the American Heart Association. They are also very active Heart Failure Ambassadors for the American Heart Association; speaking and educating both on the local and national level on prevention and better management of heart failure. They also head the medical ministry at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. Partnering with the AHA with their faith based initiatives to do health screens, education for the congregation of over 13,000 people on an ongoing basis.
Both Kim and Shaun are Heart Failure Survivors. Both were diagnosed with Heart Failure at the age of 40. Kim was diagnosed first and Shaun was diagnosed two weeks later.
Both Kim and Shaun are active members of the American Diabetes Association and are also ADA Ambassadors.
Kim and Shaun are definitely twins you should know.