Town Hall Speakers, March 30

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Moderator - Linzy Jackson III, a native East Baltimorean and community activist, has a lifelong dedication to public service advocating for education, positive youth recreational activities, and violence prevention. Educated in Baltimore City schools, Linzy is a part of the first graduating class of Baltimore Talent Development High School. Former chair of City's Youth Commission, Linzy worked under three mayoral administrations as Youth and Education Specialist and liaison to the Eastern, Southern and Southeastern Districts. He currently spearheads the "Youth B'More Summer Block Party" tours, providing young people all over the city with safe and positive activities throughout the summer.

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Special Guest, Kondwani Fidel has used the power of storytelling to confront education reform and civil rights all over the world. Fidel was honored in the "Best of Baltimore" issue of the Baltimore Sun for his courage, innovative thinking, and leadership in local schools and communities. Fidel is the author of The Antiracist: How to Start the Conversation about Race and Take Action, Hummingbirds in the Trenches and Raw Wounds.

He received his BA in English from Virginia State University, and his MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Fidel was honored with the Baltimore City 2018 Civil Rights Literary Award, and his bio-film Hummingbirds in The Trenches was nominated for Amazon's 2019 All Voices Film Festival.

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Special Guest, Keisha R. Holmes is a native of Baltimore. She grew up in the suburbs of Randallstown but later moved to Baltimore City and participated in urban programs and ministries. Her work with the city's youth would inspire her to use performance arts for healing and change. Keisha perfected this gift majoring in theatre arts at a magnet school and later graduated from Morgan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts.

With the help and guidance of family, friends and mentors, she founded the Radical Empowerment Movement to speak to the youth of Baltimore. She believes in the power of Arts as an agent of change in the community. Keisha has traveled for over ten years performing spoken word and rap to empower the minds and collective youth voices of the DMV area.

Keisha Holmes believes the power of words through performing arts can capture the minds by awakening imaginations and inspiring the youth to ask questions and seek answers by becoming involved in the world where they live. The Radical Empowerment Movement continues to tell change lives.

Fermin Barrueto

Fermin Barrueto, MD, MBA is double board-certified in emergency medicine and medical toxicology. Dr. Barrueto started as an academic emergency physician with the University of Maryland School Of Medicine in 2003; in 2007, he joined UM Upper Chesapeake Health. Dr. Barrueto also received his MBA from University of Massachusetts in 2015. He was the chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine for eight years and became the chief medical officer for UM Upper Chesapeake Health in 2016.

Dr. Barrueto is committed to improving the health of the Harford County community, ensuring patient safety and enhancing both patient and physician satisfaction.

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Nat'e Guyton, RN, MSN, CPHIMS, NE-BC is a certified critical care nurse. She has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Widener University, a Post Master's certificate in Healthcare Administration from Villanova University, a Post Master's Certificate in Healthcare Informatics from Drexel University, and a Doctorate in Management with a concentration in Organization Development from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Guyton is also an author, she published various articles and a book entitled, "Transformational Innovation 10 Practical Steps To Help You Change Your Life."

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Ashanti W. Woods, MD, FAAP is a proud product of Baltimore City Public Schools, first attending Roland Park Elementary and Middle School, followed by Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. Board-Certified in Pediatrics, Dr. Woods earned both his college and medical degrees at Howard University in Washington D.C., graduating as Class President in 2007 from the College of Medicine. From there, he completed his pediatric residency in 2010 at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Woods is currently the Attending Pediatrician at Mercy Medical Center.