Driving Business Performance Developing Leaders Growing Spiritually
Soraya (Morgan) Gutman
CEO & Founder
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Soraya (Morgan) Gutman founded, grew and successfully sold her business advisory firm, Morgan Business Solutions, to Brand Launcher where she served as a C-level Executive for 5 years. Today, Soraya is CEO of Cross Talks; a one-of-kind think tank and networking mastermind for entrepreneurs with a Biblical perspective.
Soraya, an Adjunct Professor at Penn State and TEDx speaker, is a nationally sought out speaker for organizations including The U.S. Military, Vistage, Informa, The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, FABTECH & Leadership Delaware. To learn more about her 5 out of 5 ranked seminars and book Soraya to speak, click here
Having lived and worked during political, economic and social turmoil in England, Germany, Egypt and Turkey, Soraya has a deep understanding of the challenges business owners face during all economic climates. She is uniquely talented at transforming her international and resourceful spirit into practical, can-do business solutions that produce results.
Soraya lives in Delaware with her beloved husband, daughter and Hungarian Pointers.
Pastor Robert Kossak
Biblical Advisor, Chairman of the Board
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him
of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
Robert Kossak is …
The husband of one wife (Yo Adriane!)
The father of two girls, Ava who is 14 and Presley who is 8 and is named after Elvis
Serves as Cross Talks Chairman of the Board
Founder of The No Walls Church Network
Founder of The Discipleship School
Prior Executive Director of Youth For Christ Chesapeake Region (at the time the largest geographic chapter in North America)
Prior Executive Director of Youth For Christ Chesapeake Region at-risk youth detention centers K-12 public and private schools adult jails and prisons Churches conferences businesses colleges and universities
in Jesus’ name … Amen!
President, Master Team Leader
Liz Brown PCC has been involved in helping individuals and groups make positive life changes for the last decade. She is Professional Life Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federationand owner of Be Well Life Coaching in Centerville, Delaware. In addition, she is one of 1,000 coaches who hold the National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Certification (NBC-HWC).
Driven by the desire to help those in the community with ADHD and those who are recovery from addiction, Liz expanded her business to serve those individuals and families who are looking to move in a positive direction and overcome obstacles that have been causing a struggle. She holds national certifications in both areas. Empathy, mindfulness and sense of humor are part of her coaching style and clients feel welcome and safe. Liz enjoys offering workshops to groups both in her office and for small businesses.
A native of Delaware, Liz lives with her husband, Charlie in Centerville where they have enjoyed raising their four “twenty-something” children and beagle, Penny.
Earl has over 20 years of experience in accounting, taxation and financial services. He served two City of Wilmington Mayors as the City Auditor conducting internal audit and fraud investigation. Earl served as a Chief Financial Officer of a nonprofit organization and helped turn the organization from a deficit to a surplus. He served as financial manager of a major uniform cleaning company in Delaware. He worked for the Internal Revenue Service and has over 10 years of experience working for various accounting firms in Delaware/Pennsylvania region. Earl is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and I his MBA in finance at Wilmington University. Earl is a Member of the AICPA, Delaware Society of CPA, Institute of Management Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Jim Power is the Executive Director of the Huntington Learning Center on Kirkwood Highway in Newark, Delaware. The Newark Center is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has been helping area students succeed in school and improve their scores on college and private school entrance exams for over twenty years.
Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cornell University and began his career in hospitality industry operations.
Jim’s passion for impacting young adults began and grew as he coached high school varsity and middle school teams over the past 12-years. He found great satisfaction in teaching players fundamental skills needed to succeed on the field (and in life) and then watching his players improve with this new knowledge. As Executive Director of the Newark Huntington Learning Center, the venue and fundamental skills have changed, but the passion for helping young people achieve greater success has not. His advice to people seeking their own business is, “find an opportunity that combines your passion with your skills and experience and success and joy of life will follow.”
Dr. Carmen Garcia Ambassador
Dr. Carmen Garcia is the owner of Aspen Chiropractic on Schoolhouse Road in Hockessin Delaware. She has been a Chiropractic Physician over 20 years serving the Hockessin, where she resides, and surrounding communities. She received her graduate degree from New York Chiropractic College and her B.S in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
Dr. Garcia also attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she received her certificate in Health Coaching. This has allowed her to be part of the solution to a major nutritional health crisis in America by offering many nutritional tools in her office such as the Chiro Thin weight loss program and Science-Based Nutrition (SBN) which looks at blood and hair analysis as a means to correct imbalances which may result in disease. These health tools, along with an active chiropractic practice, have made significant differences to many who are looking to reach optimal body functions through drug-free recommendations.
When she is not at work, Dr. Carmen enjoys playing pickleball, and is also an avid flyfisherman.
Master Of Operations
Brooke Miles founded Delaware ShoutOut, a social media ghostwriting and training firm, in 2014 to help organizations use the power of social media to build their brand. Her mission is to teach busy entrepreneurs how to pack more punch into their social media without breaking a sweat. In 4 years of business, Brooke and her team have served more than 200 clients, who have reported significant gains in followers, engagement, and traffic to their websites.
Brooke is a highly sought-out public speaker, having won multiple awards from Toastmasters International. Finally, as an active member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Small Business Chamber, Brooke is dedicated to the success of fellow business owners in the First State. Learn more about Brooke at www.linkedin.com/in/brookethemarketingpro.
Ed Samuel is a senior Executive Career, Life Coach, certified Career Assessment, and Consultant Team Leader at SamNova, Inc. based in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Ed provides one-on-one career transition coaching for mid-level to senior executives across multiple functional roles and industries. Ed leads 18+ career assessment coaches in the greater Philadelphia area, GA, MI and Africa. Ed also leads a non-profit ministry in stewardship and employment with Crown Financial Ministries as a US Advisor.
Ed has led 125+ executive networking forums with more than 2300 executives over the last 9 years. He conducts career management workshops and is a guest speaker at regional career transition forums and networking events such as; Chem/Pharma, Joseph’s People, TPNG, Lehigh Valley Professionals, and ExecuNet.
Ed began his career with DEC, where he spent 19 years in Accounting and Customer Operations. He was also General Manager for The Stride Rite Corp., garnered international experience as Global Director of Customer Admin. with QAD, Inc. and VP of Operations and CFO for two distinct high-tech venture firms. Ed holds a B.A. from Wilmington University – summa cum laude and undergraduate degree in Accounting.
He is married to Sara Dawn, his high school sweetheart, loves to spend time with his daughters, grandkids, hike and fish for smallmouth bass.
Founder and Managing Partner at Sanctuary Spa
Providing a ‘Sanctuary’ for residents of North Wilmington and surrounding areas since 2003
Sanctuary Spa is an award winning day spa located at 1847 Marsh Road, Plaza III, Wilmington DE. Inspired by her passion for nurturing others, Joanne created Delaware’s first day spa as a tranquil retreat from the stresses of everyday life. As a wife, mother, and business owner, actively in her local church, Joanne appreciates the necessity of bringing balance to your life with self care through the healing power of touch.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
Dr. Kim Nalda
Dr. Nalda was born in Baltimore, MD and spent the first half of her life there. She graduated from Duke University in 1999 with a B.S in Psychology and a certificate in Neuroscience. She spent a year abroad in Scotland as an au pair before attending University of Maryland School of Medicine. She graduated UMD School of Medicine in 2004 with her M.D. and attended Family Medicine Residency at St. Louis University. Her training was a joint program with the Air Force Family Medicine program at Scott AFB in Belleville, IL and this provided a breadth of experience of full spectrum family medicine in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Nalda served as the Chief Resident at SLU Family Medicine. Her main areas of interest are in preventive care, mental health, and women’s health. Her passion at Rekindle Family Medicine is establishing and maintaining optimal health including mental health, spiritual health, emotional health as well as physical health.
She is happily married to Ruben Nalda, who is prior military with service in both the Navy and the Air Force and is currently serving the VA Health system as the Chief of Emergency Medicine and Hospitalist services. Their family spent a decade moving every 3 years due to the military and training for both doctors. After spending time in St. Louis, MO, and Lexington, KY, the family finally relocated to Hockessin, DE where they are now firmly planted in the community. Dr. Nalda served as President of the PTA for CACC Montessori for two years and is currently part of the greeting ministry at Sycamore Hill Church. She has two beautiful grade school aged daughters who are a priority. In her spare time, she likes to cook, scrapbook, craft and make soap from scratch.
Hard working student who loves to smile, laugh and welcome every guest with warmth and a very funny sense of humor. Mila is a hard worker who takes her job seriously. In addition to welcoming guests, Mila often helps setting up before a meeting, preparing Power Point slides, distributing promotional materials, creating online Member surveys, and coming up with creative ideas to go with the Biblical themes every month. She is an integral part of the Cross Talks community!
Dan Butler, Ambassador
Dan Butler began in the securities industry in 1989 and joined Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. in 1994.
Dan focuses on his personalized design of individual financial plans using asset allocation modeling, cash flow analysis, and risk tolerance profiles to assist high-net-worth individuals in the formulation of a customized plan designed to endure multiple financial cycles. He often works with corporate executives in assisting them with planning for exercising non-qualified (NQO) and incentive stock options (ISO). He is in the National Center for Employee Ownership resource guide as a consultant. Dan conducts educational seminars on long-term financial planning, retirement planning, stock options, and insurance planning.
Dan is a graduate of West Chester University. He and his family reside in West Chester and he remains active in church, educational and local volunteering efforts.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Jacob Moore is a sixth grader who enjoys playing sports, playing computer games, and learning about the Bible. He appreciates the opportunity to serve as Greeter at Cross Talks.
Tanya Williamson, Ambassador
From Corporate to Homelessness, from Homelessness to Success; Tanya shares with others how in the midst of the pain, you must go through the process regardless of its dis-Ease, to reach and sustain God’s promises. Throughout this process, she was able to confront generational issues, evil desires and the opinions of others. As she completely surrendered to the will of God for her life, she then recognized the importance of her faith in God. And through faith, she has walked into the promises that God has predestined for her life. Her life experiences have allowed her to inspire other women to embrace their own potential. Tanya’s commitment to Christ is fueled not merely by head knowledge, but also by experience and heart determination.
Within Tanya there is power, there is style, and there is brilliance. She is the Chief Visionary Officer of Married to the Ring™.
Tanya applies the word of God, her academic attainment, personal and professional experiences to promote and foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, wherever she goes. Tanya completed three years of Theology school at Jameson School of Theology. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management with a minor in Human Resource Management, and a Master of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Homeland Security from Wilmington University. She earned her Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research & Science, School of Public Policy & Administration College of Arts & Sciences.
Over the years, Tanya has received several corporate, community, and small business awards. She continues to sit on various councils and volunteers her time towards various community projects. Tanya believes that where there is adversity, there is opportunity to soar! She welcomes you to this amazing, and life transformational experience – Welcome to the Ring!
Christina Stanbery, Owner Beyond Fifty Fitness, Ambassador
I was introduced to the fitness industry at the age of sixteen, and have continued with fitness throughout my life. In 1995, I graduated with my Bachelors of Art from the University of Maryland at College Park and immediately became a Prince George’s County Police Officer. I realized enforcing the law in such a high crime area was not what I went to college to do; therefore, in 1998, I resigned as a police officer and opened my very own fitness center from the ground up near Charlottesville, Virginia. I grew up in a family of self-employed parents, so owning and operating a business was second nature.
I worked closely with my first landlord, Bill Sclater, in designing my studio as a build to suit. I opened my doors in 1998, and grew rapidly. By 2001, I was in need of additional space. A second landlord, Tony Rocklein, built my second location to suit, enabling me the opportunity to expand as needed. I relocated to this location and used both facilities until I was able to close the first location in 2003. I expanded my business model to include massage and chiropractic services. In 2007, I sold my fitness center to John & Lora Orme and relocated to Delaware. To this date, the fitness center is still open and successful.
My father was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2003, and by 2007, his disease was showing signs of advancing into his lungs. I moved to Delaware in 2007 to help my father and enrolled in the nursing program at Delaware Tech. I graduated in 2009 and became a nurse for Christiana Care, then years later Bayada Pediatrics. While helping my father, I realized that I was using my nursing knowledge and previous fitness knowledge to help improve the quality of his life. As we struggled to find a fitness center that could help my father, together we realized no such fitness club existed.
With the lack of fitness opportunities and assistance for improving the health of individuals aged 50 and older, I recognized my passion can become reality. After much research, I opened Beyond Fifty Fitness Center in North Wilmington in April 2015. Beyond Fifty employs only certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors that focus on the active aging adult. After combining my medical and fitness knowledge, I created a valuable head-to-toe assessment that enables the trainers to personalize an exercise plan that is specific to the members needs. In addition to this tool, Beyond Fifty provides members an enjoyable, educational and comfortable environment. After working endless hours, Beyond Fifty Fitness Center started to grow. In November 2018, I opened a second location in Hockessin Delaware. My goal is to eventually franchise Beyond Fifty Fitness Center and provide this quality of care to as many individuals ages 50 and beyond as possible.
Master Business Advisor
Ed Dolan is a veteran coach and mentor with a long track record of steering businesses to success. After many years as a successful CEO and business leader, Ed refocused his efforts in 2001 to advising and mentoring entrepreneurs, helping them to achieve profitable business growth and personal enrichment.
Ed coaches, guides, and leads business owners toward better business results, more effective leadership, and a healthy work/life balance. His advice, training and guidance have enabled thousands of business owners to successfully grow their businesses.
His other involvements include frequent presentations for entrepreneurial audiences, He is a frequent counselor and seminar presenter for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He is accredited by and a Fellow of the Institute for Independent Business, where he has served on the Board of Trustees. He also serves on the boards of several companies, facilitates a CEO Peer Advisory Board and is the author of the “Meet Murray” series of business books.
Ed holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Rutgers University, and has completed PhD-level studies at Rutgers in operations research. He lives in New Jersey, with his wife of more than 40 years, where he enjoys salt-water fishing and spending time with his family.
Master Marketing Advisor
Dennis is known as a “turnaround artist” from his work at Argosy, LLC, Agora Inc. as well as working with hundreds of businesses while helping to revive struggling products with innovative branding and compelling marketing.
He is author of The Breakthrough One Page Marketing Plan and is an Associate Professor at the Community College of Baltimore County. He is a former fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and the recent recipient of ACBSP’s International Teaching Excellence Award – making him one of the top 2 business professors in the world.
He is also Founder & Executive Director of CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation, which help students and alumni of CCBC launch new businesses. Currently, he is working to complete his PhD in marketing and will soon have the title of doctor — not the kind that helps people!
Johnny McCartin is a motivated entrepreneur with a passion for technology and people. Starting his first business at the young age of 14, he now owns and runs two successful tech companies that offer custom software development and remote IT support.
Johnny has a natural talent for building meaningful connections with anyone he meets. He attributes this to his upbringing and close family bond.
When he finds free time, Johnny enjoys cooking and traveling. He is also an avid motorsports enthusiast.
As a Cross Talks Ambassador, Johnny looks forward to serving the Cross Talks community in any way needed.