Lisa Guerrero

Host

Award-winning journalist Lisa Guerrero is one of the most popular and hardworking personalities on television. As the chief investigative correspondent for Inside Edition, America’s top-rated syndicated news-magazine show, she travels the country covering crimes, scams, cold cases and consumer reports. Her brand of tough, confrontational reporting has made her a fan favorite, and she has won eight National Headliner Awards, twice for "Best Consumer Reporting,” five times for “Best Investigative Report,” and once for Best In Show, beating CNN’s Anderson Cooper, among notable others. She’s been honored twice by The National Press Club for consumer reporting and animal abuse investigations. 

Aside from the over 5 million viewers that tune in to Inside Edition each night, in the past year, Lisa’s investigations have racked up an additional 120 million views on YouTube. That doesn’t include her 2019 interview with televangelist Kenneth Copeland, which was viewed by an astonishing half-billion people worldwide! Lisa joined Inside Edition in 2006 as the West Coast correspondent covering breaking news, human interest stories, and the entertainment industry. She was promoted to chief investigative correspondent in 2010, and in her 13 years on the show the ratings have consistently increased. After a move to prime access, ratings skyrocketed, and in 2018, Inside Edition surpassed Entertainment Tonight in the national ratings for the first time in the 30+ year history of the show. 

Besides being a ratings catalyst, Lisa’s reports have helped solve dozens of crimes and put criminals behind bars, changed legislation and company policies across the country, and helped to shine a light on human sex trafficking, child abuse, and cold case murders. She has also revealed to the public hundreds of scam artists, dirty politicians, cheaters, and crooks. Her investigations have been profiled in Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post

Lisa is also a popular keynote speaker whose platform “Being Brave” motivates a wide range of audiences from corporate seminars to women’s organizations to youth groups, with the tools to unleash their inner courage by learning her 4 Steps to Being Brave. 

During her “off time” from Inside Edition, Lisa has guest cohosted The View and has been a special correspondent for Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz, and she is also a frequent guest panelist on CNN and HLN and guest hosts KABC Radio in Los Angeles with Dr. Drew and Jillian Barberie. 

Before joining Inside Edition, Lisa spent over a decade as a nationally recognized sports reporter on CBS, Fox, ABC, and ESPN, having anchored and reported for dozens of shows, including the wildly popular The Best Damn Sports Show Period. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, including Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Brett Favre, and Mia Hamm. Lisa was the first journalist (male or female) to ask Barry Bonds, on camera, if he’d taken steroids. She has broadcast from seven Super Bowls, five World Series, and four NBA national championship games, as well as the World Figure Skating championships. In 2003, Lisa was the sideline reporter for ABC’s Monday Night Football, and Al Michaels called the ratings increase that season “the Guerrero factor.” 

Lisa is an experienced actress with guest star appearances on Southland, George Lopez, and Fraiser, and she was a series regular on Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach. She also played herself in the Academy Award-nominated film Moneyball. In 2006 Lisa served as executive producer on the feature film A Plumm Summer (Paramount), starring Billy Baldwin and Henry Winkler. The film won numerous awards, including the International Family Film Festival Top Applause Award and the Austin Film Festival's Best Family Film. 

Dr. Arabia Mollette

Physician & Health Expert

Dr. Arabia Mollette is a lifestyle physician and health expert who hails from the South Bronx, NY.  She is the embodiment of strength, perseverance and empowerment. She is living proof that you can overcome adversity, as she is a product of the foster care system, homelessness and poverty. In the span of six years, Dr. Mollette witnessed her mother attempt suicide, experienced domestic violence and suffered the traumatic loss of her four-month-old son at the hands of his father. Six years later, her youngest sister was murdered while riding in a friend’s car. These traumatic incidents, in addition to countless others, fueled Dr. Mollette’s desire to study medicine in order to make a difference in her community, a community plagued by crime and poverty. 
 
After receiving a full scholarship to study medicine at the Latin America School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, Dr. Mollette relocated to Cuba, where she studied and lived for seven-and-a-half years. After she matriculated from medical school, Dr. Mollette completed her residency as an Emergency Medical Resident Physician at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She is now an Emergency Physician at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Every other year, Dr. Mollette travels to Sierra Leone to volunteer and assist in medical efforts. In addition to her healthcare efforts, Dr. Mollette has the opportunity to give back to her community through her podcast, The Visit with Dr. Arabia Mollette. Past guests have included Vivica A. Fox, Vanessa Simmons, Rolonda Watts, Selena Hill, Teresa Weatherspoon and more.

Mayor Jim Cahill

Mayor of New Brunswick

James M. Cahill is the 62nd Mayor of the City of New Brunswick. He has served continuously as Mayor since 1991. During his tenure as Mayor, New Brunswick has experienced an unprecedented wave of growth and investment that has transformed this once declining industrial city into a thriving 21st century urban center. Mayor Cahill spurred collaborations among the private sector, the City’s health institutions, Rutgers University, Middlesex County, and the City’s redevelopment partner, the New Brunswick Development Corporation, to propel the New Brunswick Renaissance forward with more than $3 billion invested in the construction of new residential, retail, office, educational and healthcare facilities.

Rebecca Escobar

New Brunswick City Council Member

Rebecca started her career in community service in 1987, when she was a Teacher’s Aide, Hispanic Homeless Case Manager, Housing Specialist and Family Life Worker for PRAB. She became a Community Relations Specialist for the New Brunswick Police Department’s Community Partnership Program in 1993; and in 1997 she became the coordinator of the Domestic Violence Unit. Rebecca took a position in 1998, with the Community Health Promotion Program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where she assisted in the implementation and design of culturally sensitive health education programs. Rebecca then entered the area of youth advocacy in 2007, when she coordinated Project Connect, a program that facilitated and fostered collaborations with youth service providers, law enforcement and educators to work with at risk and court involved youth in the City of New Brunswick. Rebecca served as the Director of the Youth Services Program at PRAB developing programs designed to provide City youth with the opportunity to engage in activities that foster and promote positive attitudes, behaviors, educational, social and life skills.

 

Rebecca currently serves as the Program Director at Youth Advocate Programs – Middlesex County (YAP). YAP is a nationally recognized, nonprofit organization exclusively committed to the provision of community-based alternatives to out-of-home care through direct service, advocacy, and policy change. YAP’s mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement.

 

Rebecca Escobar was elected to the New Brunswick City Council in 2010 and served as Vice President from 2011 through 2012. She served as council president from 2013 through 2014; and started her third term in the Council in January 2019.

 

Rebecca served as commissioner of the New Brunswick Housing Authority and is currently the Council liaison to the Housing Authority. She is a member of various advisory boards including the Suydam Street Reformed Church Board of Elders, Town Clock CDC, among others.

Rebecca lives in New Brunswick; she has a daughter Faviola and two grandchildren, Maurice and Ellani Emilia.

Dr. Melanie R. Hill

Gospel Soul Violinist

From the early years of learning the craft of the violin to 30 years of musical experience, Dr. Melanie R. Hill is a Gospel Soul violinist who has performed at the White House on two occasions under the Obama administration, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the NAACP’s Annual Convention, the Apollo Theater in New York, the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and other venues. She was featured on the syndicated talk show, Sister Circle Live on TV One and has performed on several occasions for Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple. She is a multi-time, first-place winner at the Apollo Theater in New York and has been featured as a performer for the National Council of Churches, Showtime at the Apollo, The Quincy Harris Show, Good Day Philadelphia, NBC 10, Philadelphia Style magazine, NY1, BET, and TV One. In addition, she’s performed the national anthem on her violin for the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Dr. Hill has also performed for Ms. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Mrs. Susan L. Taylor, and opened for John Legend. Additionally, Dr. Hill was a featured performer for Pope Francis’s Papal Mass during his historic visit to the United States.

 

In 2020, Dr. Hill was invited to perform and share her scholarship of James Baldwin in the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

 

In addition to her music, Dr. Hill is Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of English at Rutgers University, Newark. Dr. Hill received her Ph.D. in English Literature with two graduate certificates in Africana Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a second master’s degree in Literature from George Mason University, and a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Virginia. As her research focuses on the intersection of literature and music, Dr. Hill is a reviewer for the Yale Journal of Music and Religion. She has written articles on black feminism and the sermon as sonic art in James Baldwin’s "The Amen Corner," as well as Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald under the Religions Journal and Oxford University Press, respectively. Under contract with the University of North Carolina Press (UNC Press), her forthcoming manuscript entitled "Colored Women Sittin’ on High: Womanist Sermonic Practice in Literature and Music" focuses on the ways in which black women preachers in African American literature, music, and in the space of the pulpit counter social injustices through sermon and song.

 

Dr. Hill is grateful for God’s blessings and remains focused on sharing inspiration through her violin and spreading scholarship along the intersections of literature and music.

E. Denise Peoples

Presenter

E. Denise Peoples is a Paterson, NJ native matriculating from North Carolina Central University with a Tri Major in Math, Accounting and Music. In 2001 she was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. After living an unbelievable journey she received a double lung transplant on Monday, October 2, 2006.

Once she was released to join the world again, she met it with a vengeance. Not only did she become a New Jersey State Legislative Assembly Chief of Staff more importantly she became a volunteer for New Jersey Sharing Network, an organ procurement organization. Her determination, dedication and thankfulness to her selfless donor proved valuable to NJSN. Now, a full-time employee, as a Hospital and Community Services Coordinator she educates students, medical professionals, corporate partners, faith-based organizations and the community on the importance of organ and tissue donation. Believing in grassroots, community involvement and cultivation, E. Denise launched Mae’s Plate, a nonprofit named in honor of her mother, a philanthropist and entrepreneur. Monthly she and other volunteers cook hot meals and gather toiletries, donated clothing, resources, and a lot of love and take to the streets to those “in-between homes” for low-income, no-income and re-entry individuals of all ages.

E. Denise’s many talents led her to start Breathin Ezy Productions. Underneath this brand are ventures such as “Outta Sight and Outta Her Mind.” Encountering many characters through her life’s journey, she brings them to life in this “dramedy.” The one-woman show has graced many stages on the East Coast. Through personal experiences, The E. Denise Peoples Speaks series delivers drive and passion into each listener as a motivational speaker. Lunch Time Logic, her midday conservations, is a subject-driven series of step-by-step self-reflection and betterment. Being grateful for the gift of her transplant by staying healthy and wanting to pass her joy and love for cooking and gardening, Prep2Live Show was created. There she demonstrates ways to cook and eat wholesome, be mindful and take control, all while having a good time doing it.

All that this multifaceted woman does is service. Her passion for motivating, storytelling, cooking and gardening has given her a platform to demonstrate through her life that service is the key to happiness, all while living, loving and laughing. And she’s only just begun.

Jan Ritter

Performer

I am a survivor. In the face of many emotional hardships, I have had an accomplished life. I've sung many solos in musicals, churches, weddings, funerals, baptisms, and even a high school reunion. Everything I sing is meant as encouragement to others as well as comfort to myself and praise to God. I also am an accomplished ballerina. I auditioned for Juilliard when I was twelve. I also had a solo en pointe. These talents were how I coped with a painful life.

I graduated Cook College at Rutgers University in 1983 with a degree in Environmental Studies Education. College was not easy, as I was living with a devastating diagnosis.

I have a wonderful daughter, son, and grandson. They are the lights of my life. I have lived a life following the teachings of Jesus. I also have a degree in math, which I completed in two years at age fifty-two from William Paterson University. I did this while suffering emotionally from an abusive husband as well as my medical condition. I taught for twenty years.

My aspiration as a newly divorced woman and survivor of abuse is to help other women to succeed as well as young girls. I will go wherever the Lord leads.

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Community Development Corporation

Town Clock CDC is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that provides permanent, affordable homes and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence & their children.

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Phone: 732-993-1345

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