Advisory Board Members
Roger A. Ryan (Board of Advisory) - has built his musical career. Born in Trinidad, W.I., Roger began playing the piano at age 4 and was playing in churches by the time he turned 8. He later moved to New York and then Florida along with his family and continued his study of music. Roger is a graduate of Oakwood College where he majored in Piano Performance and undertook numerous musical endeavors, including directorship of choirs and small groups. His talent would later take him abroad to Australia, the Fiji Islands and other International locations with the Christian group the Heritage Singers. In the following years, Roger began his graduate studies in Music Arranging and launched his producing career. Rogers considerable experience and work has run the full spectrum of the industry and spanned a wide range of genres. Among the highlights of his career are his years as Music Director for Gospel diva Cece Winans and as musician with Country/Pop great Wynonna Judd. Roger has been nominated for Grammy and Dove Awards. Also a talented composer, Roger has written and/or arranged music for various recording artists such Yolanda Adams, Alvin Slaughter, and others. Roger has enjoyed a lasting working relationship and friendship with Christian Pop sensations Anointed, touring with and producing music for the duo, and also the soulful Desmond Pringle. He is a widely sought after producer and, to his credit, has arranged and produced Grammy nominated work for Reverend Shirley Caesar, known as the Queen of Gospel. Most recently, Roger toured Europe as a vocalist with the acclaimed Take 6. The extensive, month-long tour took him to Vienna, Germany, Milan, the Ukraine, Hungary, the UK and Moscow with the A cappella powerhouse, playing in some of the most elaborate venues and popular spots such as the Blue Note. While with Take 6 he shared the stage with the Manhattan Transfer and WDR Big Band in Germany. As a demonstration of Rogers versatility and eclectic tastes and talents, he has mastered the art of music from orchestral to pop and everything in between. The invitation from actress Ashley Judd to play for her wedding in Scotland was a tribute to the beauty of his music. His gift has made room for him worldwide. Also dedicated to church ministries, Roger is Minister of Music for GracePointe Church. Additionally, Roger is a skilled music teacher and has conducted music and producer workshops in select cities. He is currently involved in numerous recording projects through his production company, AfterTouch Music, founded in the early 90s. AfterTouch is the culmination of his vision and a lifetime of work. He humbly acknowledges God and his parents as the source and inspiration of his successes. For Roger, music is spiritual. I truly do believe that music is for the soul and should come from the depths of who we arefrom the core. The mind isnt deep enough, neither is the heart. To inspire it must come from the soul. Recognizing that there are countless talented individuals who slip through the cracks of major record labels, Rogers goal is to provide an alternative avenue for artists to bring their music to life and to the world.
Franklin D Harvey Jr.
Mr. Franklin D. Harvey Jr. Have 12 years and $5 million dollars prison reform program for the Governor of Virginia for a job training program that he perform inside the prisons daily. Franklin also provides the largest job placement for released prisoners, and assists in housing. Franklin Harvey Jr., media and advertisement partnership with Veda Smith a new network owner joining the ranks of Oprah Winfrey and Kathy Hughes from TV One. Franklin and Veda will provide 30 seconds commercial spots for all ACT Companies programs both educational and promotions.
He also is a 25 year veteran in the advertising business and has successfully placed ads on networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC, TNT, USA, BET, TV One, and ESPN. Mr. Harvey is an expert in Ad Placement and Company Branding with years experience in advertising, marketing, sales and CO-branding. Over the years he has developed an intimate relationship with all types of Ad placement services with countless success stories for several clients including Universal Music, Soul Circus, Aliza, Bank of America, Health South, My Nappy Roots, Delta Airlines, Kimi Laboratories, to name a few. Mr Harvey also has 12 years and a $5 million dollars prison reform program for the Governor of Virginia for a job training program that he perform inside the prisons daily. He also provides the largest job placement for released prisoners, and assists in housing.
Dr. Lawanda S. Rutledge-Gordon
Dr. Lawanda S. Rutledge-Gordon, author, life coach, motivational teacher, is recognized as an expert for motivating change in the mind, body, and soul. Dr. Lawanda obtained her Ph.D. from Walden University, where she studied Leadership and Organizational Change. She earned a M.B.A. in healthcare from Baker University, and a B.S. from Tennessee State University. After years of working in the field of dietetics as a Registered Dietitian, she decided to blend her healthcare experience with the business world. As a consultant of a major pharmaceutical company, Dr. Lawanda travels the world motivating change within corporate America.
During her leisure time, Dr. Lawanda can be found motivating change within the community. She serves on the board of South Star, an organization specializing in helping the developmental disabled, as well as the Meals on Wheels foundation. In addition, she has conducted seminars throughout the United States on nutrition/healthy living/healthy lifestyles, motivation, leadership, diversity, and organizational change. Dr. Lawanda enjoys travelling internationally and has toured Japan, Egypt, Israel, Spain, Curacao, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas.