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bio-jeffburbankJeffrey H. Burbank

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Burbank has led the NxStage Medical team since inception, bringing more than twenty-five years of in-depth management experience at corporations developing, marketing and manufacturing products for End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients. As Founder, CEO, and Board of Directors member, Burbank leads NxStage Medical to create value for customers, investors, and employees with superior innovation and execution.
Prior to founding NxStage Medical, Burbank co-founded Vasca, Inc., a company devoted to developing and providing the best in innovative implantable vascular access devices for patients with ESRD. Previous to that, Burbank gained significant renal products experience in his nine years at Gambro, Inc.
During his career, Burbank has been named as an inventor on 50 U.S. patents for medical devices and received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial achievements. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

Kristen K. Sheppard, Esq.,
VP, Investor Relations
NxStage Medical, Inc.

bio_jbutler2Dr. James Butler, DMD

Our expert for Dentistry is Dr. James Butler, DMD one of Ohio’s most recognized implant and extreme makeover dentists. He is a leading authority on modern, non-invasive, cost-effective mini implant systems. He has mastered multiple implant systems for over two decades while in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the World Clinical Laser Institute. He is a founding member of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants. Dr. Butler is a 1982 graduate of Kentucky College of Dentistry where he earned top honors in orthodontics, periodontics, and clinical dentistry. In 1985 he completed three years residency training in Ohio. He is a graduate of Michael Schuster’s prestigious CEO in Dentistry program, receiving the National Emissary Leadership Award in 1995. Dr. Butler founded Innovative Dental Implants Laboratory, LLC, in 2006 to further his research, consulting, teaching, and charitable efforts. Dr. Butler is certified to train other dentists in the proper use of Mini Implants, teaching his practice philosophy; “Only dental implants can strengthen the damaged mouth. Each implant candidate has a right to become informed of all dental and general health issues affecting their oral health. All patients are offered the simplest possible treatment that meets their needs. Each candidate shall have informed consent of all available implant treatment appropriate for their concerns. All care rendered will be warrantied within the limits of our control, and we strive to achieve long-term health and wellness for each individual.” For More information on the newest techniques, you can go to Dr. Butler’s site at

Danny Creed

Business Coach
Dan is a leading authority on business and personal development and particularly start-up businesses with a focus on strategies and skills allowing a business owner, executive, entrepreneur or professional services organization to maintain and thrive in business in any economy. Coach Dan is also a highly-regarded Keynote speaker; workshop and seminar leader, Business Turnaround expert; corporate trainer and FocalPoint coach recruiter. Dan is an elite Brian Tracy International Certified Sales Trainer and a Founding Member Trainer and Facilitator of the Brian Tracy Corporate Training courses.

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LinkedIn page: www.linkedin/in/

Twitter: @bizcoachdan

fullsizerenderEileen Darden

Eileen Darden is a native of Southwestern Ohio. Her interest in the medical field stems from her desire to help others achieve maximum health and life benefits. She has served the Cincinnati/Dayton areas for more than 25 years, striving to work with patients who suffer from trauma, mental issues, PTSD, and addictions of all types. Her Homeopath and Naturopath treatment plans are geared to healing the whole patient working with the mental and physical side of their problems.

She is certified in reflexology (1992) and in Neuro Integration (2010). She has two offices in Southwest Ohio, one in Cincinnati and one in Dayton.

Nicholas-Filippidis-2-300x212Nicholas Filippidis
Director of Product Development for Celestyal Cruises in North America

Celestyal Cruises in North America is part of the award winning global travel & tourism corporation, The Louis Group.  In his role, a post he has help over the past 12 years, he is responsible for directing the company’s initiatives towards the North American market in the areas of Business Development, Sales, and Marketing.  A time-honored travel industry professional, Mr. Filippidis has more than 39 years of specialization in travel throughout the Mediterranean and in the Cruise industry as a whole.  Over his career he has served in key management roles for organizations including: The Greek Government Tourist Organization, Sun Line Cruises & Royal Olympia Cruises.  Born in Greece with roots throughout the country, Mr. Filippidis’ extensive insight into Greece, the Greek Islands and the surrounding regions is unparalleled and further serves to achieve the objectives of Celestyal Cruises in their offering of “The Real Greek Experience” via the company’s unique cruise programs to popular as well as off-the-beaten-path destinations, themed cruises, outstanding shore excursions, and exclusive food, wine, and cultural offerings that provide travelers with authentically rich experiences in each place visited.  Mr. Filippidis is based in South Florida where he resides with his lovely wife; he is also a proud father of 4 children and 3 grandchildren with one more to join the family soon. Go to

john-goodwinJohn Goodwin

John Goodwin, President Galaxy Press, has been involved with book publishing since 1986, publishing all the fiction works of bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard which includes the internationally acclaimed Writers of the Future anthology, now in its 33rd year. He has been a board member of the Audio Publishers Assn, a national organization of the audio publishing industry. He has become very active in the Hollywood community the past several years and serves as a Board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Board member of the Friends of Hollywood Central Park (an organization creating a 38-acre park over the Hollywood Freeway) and President of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. He is a member of the Explorers Club, Science Fiction Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America and Western Writers of America. For more information go to


Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown

Our Expert in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery
Cincinnati, Dayton, Centerville, Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown is a board certified facial plastic surgeon and body cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Mandell-Brown is one of only 100 doctors in the country with triple board certification in Facial Plastic Surgery, Body Cosmetic Surgery and Head & Neck Surgery. He uses his facial plastic expertise to perform minimal incision body cosmetic surgery.

Recognized for his public speaking and teaching, Dr. Mandell-Brown has lectured throughout the United States and Canada on facial plastic and body plastic surgery. Dr. Mandell-Brown has edited four medical textbooks and published over a dozen medical articles as well as a face lift textbook chapter for plastic surgeons. Specializing in Facial Plastic Surgery and Body Cosmetic Surgery in Cincinnati, Dayton, Centerville, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, director, has over 25 years of experience as a cosmetic surgeon. Realizing that modern advances have altered the ability of one physician to do everything well, our staff has sought additional extensive training to enable the patient to truly benefit from an expert. Dr. Mandell-Brown specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery and Body Cosmetic Surgery.

With the advent of the internet, so much information is available on facial plastic surgery and body cosmetic surgery that it is difficult to separate myths from facts. At the Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center, we are dedicated to helping those interested in plastic surgery to get the facts about cosmetic surgery and understand the benefits, risks, and alternative options. What really elevates Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown above his peers is his “Natural Look” cosmetic surgery where he specializes in making his patients LOOK BETTER but NOT DIFFERENT. His before and after gallery captures this ability and has earned the trust of patients near and far. He is truly considered an EXPERT and regularly teaches other plastic and cosmetic surgeons both nationally and internationally. He is nationally recognized for Rhinoplasty surgery.

In The Media

Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown, Cincinnati, Ohio’s only triple board certified cosmetic surgeon, was named “Top Doc” in breast augmentation and rhinoplasty in the January, 2014 edition of Cincinnati Magazine. In 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 Dr. Mandell-Brown was voted Top Doc for both Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery in poll of 5000 Tri State physicians conducted by Cincinnati Magazine.

Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center center is Medicare accredited, state licensed, and also fully accredited by the AAAHC, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. This means that an independent group of health care professionals have examined our facility and found that we meet their nationally recognized standards. To maintain accreditation, our facility is evaluated every three years. As a current AAAHC surveyor, Dr. Mandell-Brown also evaluates other surgical facilities for AAAHC compliance. go to for more information:


Rick Pawlak
Managing Director of Ultimate Air Shuttle
Air Transportation Expert

Ultimate Air Shuttle offers Convenient Air Travel on a 30 seat jet from Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport  to New York City/New Jersey, Chicago and Charlotte and Cleveland and on March 20th to Atlanta.

Ultimate Air Shuttle also offers service to New York City/New Jersey from CVG Airport, Chicago, Charlotte and now Cleveland . We also do on demand charter across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Career Highlights Rick Pawlak arrived at Ultimate Jet Charters with a diverse background in Sales and Sales Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Affairs from The Ohio State University, Pawlak brought the education and the experience of running various companies to the firm and its corporate clients. Former experience includes President of North Coast Deck Maintenance, Senior Business Account Executive and Business Sales Manager for Verizon Wireless, Director at MAG Management and Vice President of Montrose Wireless.  At Ultimate Jet Charters, Pawlak is Managing Director of Ultimate Air Shuttle. Responsibilities have included; Sales, Marketing, Media Relations and development and implementation of the shuttle program in Cincinnati, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Morristown, New Jersey; Manhattan, New York and Charlotte, North Carolina. Experience MANAGING DIRECTOR, ULTIMATE AIR SHUTTLE; CINCINNATI, OHIO ~ 2010 – For more information go


Dan Perkins
Registered Financial Adviser and Author

Dan Perkins has been managing money for almost 40 years. He started his career in the financial service industry as an account executive in the Merrill Lynch, Columbus, Ohio office. Now 40 years later Dan is using his investment analytical skills in writing his first Thriller, “The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, A Terrorist Perspective.” He still manages money on a full time basis but tries to write in the evening and on weekends. Incredibly Journey as a winter resident of Sanibel Dan has taken several courses offered at the BIG Arts Center on Sanibel.

In November 2011 Dan Perkins saw a flyer from the BIG Arts Center announcing their winter 2012 classes. One class caught his eye, a course on creative writing, Mysteries and Thrillers. So, intrigued by the title he signed up. The first class was February sixth, 2012 and the instructor was Nancy Daversa, an accomplished author in her own right. On the first day of the class she told the students that they would find out ifthey could write in two weeks. Mr. Perkins thought, “If I can’t write I only loose two weeks of golf, not a big risk.” Nancy informed the class that this was her fourth time teaching the class and somebody was published in all three previous classes, now she is four for four with the publishing of Mr. Perkinsbook, The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, a Terrorist Perspective. Mister Perkins found out that he could write, in fact he finished his first novel, The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, A Terrorist Perspective, in 90 days. He found an editor and a publisher so that the book was published on December14, 2012 a little over 9 months from the first keystroke. One review said of the book, “This book is as current as today’s headlines but scarier than tomorrows.” The Brotherhood of the Red Nile, A Terrorist Perspective is the fictional account of a new terrorist group formed in Syria that strikes an alliance with the Iranian Nuclear program to rebuild two old Soviet Union suitcase dirty bombs and attack the United States with the more powerful weapons. The book is available at local, bookstores on the island, or and, and it is offered in paperback, hardcover and e-book for the Kindle and the Nook. Mr. Perkins story could stop there but it didn’t. This book is full of lots of twists and turns and many times you will say, “I didn’t see that coming.” In the Forward Dan says, “If this isn’t one of the best thrillers you have read in the last 5 years he will be surprised.” You can go to the website and download the first 50 pages to wet.

paoloPaolo Salamone

Our expert in design in Jewelry is Paolo Salamone. With over 25 years experience, he trained under Master Jeweler Ezio Oliverio, all the while honing in on his detail for modern design. Paolo has been awarded “Best of City” CINCINNATI MAGAZINE, most recently he’s be recognized by INSTORE/INDESIGN MAGAZINE as one of the Top Ten Standout Jewelers with Outstanding Character! Paolo A Modern Jeweler was formed by a group of design professionals in 1993. Paolo specializes in custom, modern jewelry design including platinum, gold, silver, diamond and gemstone jewelry. Paolo’s designs, while heavily influenced by the older Italian traditionalists on staff, are inspired by several younger designer/jewelers, graduates of the University of Cincinnati school of DAAP & the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and the Gemologist Institute of America, keeping the modern design current with new trend.

Paolo has won recognition as one of the premier jewelers in the region and was awarded the prestigious “Best Of City” CINCINNATI MAGAZINE, 2007 & has been recognized by INDESIGN/INSTORE Magazine as a Standout Jeweler! The Modern Jewelry Gallery moved to it’s current location in 2010, located in the historic Gaslight/Clifton district in Cincinnati, Ohio. The clean & modern atmosphere of the gallery set in the historic Gaslight/Clifton neighborhood, the stylish, yet approachable staff, along with a warm comfortable setting allows the clients to mingle through the modern designs, while enjoying an espresso or a nice glass of wine. Another strong aspect offered by Paolo is the ability to create CAD designs which allows clients to literally see their designs come to life in 3D renderings. Go to

Al-SchwarzwalderAllen Schwarzwalder

Allen Schwarzwalder, CEO of Corporate Marketing and former race car driver, expert public relations for the racing and other industries. Whether you are looking for a specific item or just browsing for ideas, our site is your one-stop shopping source. From fun items to the traditional, you can easily shop for some of the hottest items on the market. When you are ready to buy, our secure check out makes it safe, easy and convenient. Or, if you are just browsing, use the ‘information only’ option and we’ll get back to you.                                                    

PatriciaStirnkorbPatricia Stirnkorb

Patricia Stirnkorb has been a writer most of her life. After having her first poem published at age 10, she realized the value of words and how they can impact a reader.  As an adult she has written for more than 20 national magazines, was the editor and journalist for her local paper, and has published 15 children’s books and 2 adult books. She also is a photographer and her and her husband’s work has appeared in more than 200 magazines, countless brochures and many web sites. Most recently, her novel, Nightmares (based on a true story) was optioned by Back Fence Productions to be made into a feature length film and she is working on the screenplay for it.  She works with N2 Publishing providing a way for small to medium size business get in front of affluent neighborhoods across the greater Cincinnati Area. She publishing a magazine for Terrace Park called  A Walk in the Park which comes out monthly and is supported by advertising.

She loves being a wife of 45 years, mother, grandmother, Christian, and enjoys public speaking, writing, scrapbooking and spending time with family and friends. Her teaching and speaking skills are excellent and she has taught the same ladies Sunday school class for the past 17 years.

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Father Andrew-ExpertFather Andrew J. Umberg
Pastor of St. Joseph Parish

Father Andrew J. Umberg is the pastor of St. Joseph Parish in North Bend, Ohio and was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, North Bend, on July 1, 2015, he also serves as the Director of the Priestly Formation Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Rev. Umberg was formerly the Pastor at St. William Parish in Price Hill.

As a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, he is ordained and appointed to be a minister of the Word and the Sacraments for the people of St. Joseph, and to lead the parish in living the Gospel and spreading the Gospel. As head of the parish staff, he sets the vision for the parish and makes decisions concerning parish resources and how they are used, with the consultation and help of the Staff and of the Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council, as well as other commissions, boards and individuals.

Father Umberg grew up in Cincinnati and attended LaSalle High School. He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus and Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati for his priestly studies. He was ordained in 1991.

Fr. Umberg received a license in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. Before coming to St. Joseph and St. William Parishes, he was a member of the faculty of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. For more information go to the Church website at

imagesCAYINEBA Kerry Wallum

Kerry Wallum, actor, producer, director former Hollywood stunt man  and now  founder and partner with Willie Nelson of Luck Films, Kerry is our new Hollywood Film Expert on Lets Just Talk we welcome him as one of our experts. Kerry will be updating each month on what is happening in the film industry and Television scene and all his new projects with Luck Films.