BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER
Founder of HealthJox, and the #MentalHealthInitiative campaign, Dewry Bradford forges strategic partnerships with community organizations, politicians, athletes, celebrities and brands to improve the health-state of Communities in New York City beginning with the borough of Brooklyn. With a staff of passionate members, he stops at nothing to push forward the agenda to address and help eradicate the mental health issues that plague our Communities.
In 1999, Dewry L. Bradford set out to pursue a career in fashion. First majoring in Graphic Arts & Advertising at New York City Technical College in the Bachelor Program, he enrolled in the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) in New York City to major in Menswear. After interning for Phat Farm and Damani Dada, he joined with Kevin Leong to design collections for brands such as Wu-Tang -“Wu-Wear”, Outkast, J-Lo, Nelson Mandela, Jay-Z, Fabolous, Michael Vick, Richie Rich, Vinnie from Naughty by Nature and Russell Simmons. Mr. Bradford enjoyed years of success in lifestyle-outerwear as Creative Director of Sean John, Ecko International, Steve Madden and Phat Farm. In 2005, after head designing for a number of brands, Mr. Bradford launched ASQUI LLC that became the force behind many of the ready to wear collections today.
Even though for many years he traveled to the Caribbean, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Haiti as a Missionary, he turned his sights to community-based missionary work within America with a platform he created called HealthJox & HealthJox Festival and launched it on August 25, 2018 @ Kaiser Park, Coney Island to create a free environment for Communities to get acclimated to different sports, health information & services while enjoying live performances by upcoming Artists. Summer - 2018, HealthJox receives 3 Citations from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L Adams for the official HealthJox Festival, PSAL High School Basketball Commissioner - Legendary Coach Ted Gustus and Politician Joseph Packer. On July 26 & 27, 2019, HealthJox officially partnered with the Brooklyn Borough President - Eric L. Adams, The Brooklyn Nets, Tre21 and The Breathe Life Foundation to launch the 2nd annual HealthJox Festival 2-day weekend!
Mr. Bradford received a Citation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L Adams during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, June 5, 2020, HealthJox launched their official "HealthJox Virtual Festival" from 12pm - 6pm live on Zoom, Instagram Live and Facebook Live. Also during the COVID-19 pandemic, on Friday, June 5, 2020, HealthJox launched their official "HealthJox Virtual Town-hall Meeting".
CESAR RAMIREZ, MBA
Born and raised in the poorest congressional district in the United States, South Bronx New York, District 16. Cesar is no stranger to the urban and economic challenges that impacts our communities today. At a young age Cesar found his passion in public advocacy through his participation in a non-profit community-based youth advocacy and leadership training, Latino empowerment organization known as Aspira of New York. Eduardo Padro Esq, an alumni and representative of Yale University and Judge Sonia Sotomayor both became Cesar's mentors at Aspira of New York.
In 1992 Cesar Ramirez was accepted to Pace University where he studied political science and competed in Mock Trials and Model U.N. teams. In his passion to represent the Hispanic community, Cesar realized that there were no Hispanic clubs within the student activity council and with his passion to represent Cesar coordinated with a small organization and founded a chapter of a Latin Fraternity at Pace University that today has grown to serve over 200 Colleges and Universities throughout the country. Cesar decided to follow in his Father’s footsteps and joined the Army in the Summer of 1992 and was offered the Military Occupational Specialty of Military Intelligence and was shipped to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Cesar completed his military obligation in 2001 and opted to accept an Honorable Discharge. After working for Citigroup, he decided to go back to school and completed his bachelor’s degree and MBA in 4 years at the University of Phoenix in Arizona.
At the age of 16 he challenged the Mayor of New York on the steps of City Hall which landed me half a dozen interviews on TV and a $100K check to support the program in jeopardy of budget cuts. Later as a college student he remained active and served in the Model United Nations Team and debated complicated issues as well as competed in Mock Trials. This experience gave him exposure to be selected to address congress special sub-committee on Family and Youth Issues. His ability to debate and articulate the concerns of my community created a program in Aspira called Project L.E.Y.E.S (Legal Education Youth Empowerment Services). This program included Legal Mock Trial competitions where he won twice while litigating a fictitious case in front of Justice Sonia Sotomayor who later became one of my coaches in subsequent competitions. With strong relationships in New York CIty, he has been politically engaged for the past 25 years, 7 years of which were in Florida.
Throughout his career, Cesar held and/or currently holds the following positions:
· Biden Delegate – 2020 Democratic National Convention – Active Surrogate
· President – Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida
· National Events Co-Chair for the Boricua con Biden Campaign
· Vice Chair – Polk County Democratic Executive Committee
· Florida Democratic Party Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee Member
· Vice Chair of the Civic Engagement Sub Committee of the D&I Committee
· Polk County Committeeman Precinct 226
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Dosmine Palmer-Alexis is the founder and Managing Partner of Small Business Corporate Services (“SBCS”) (www.sbcsny.com), and Atlanta Workforce Alliance, Inc. (“AWA”).
Small Business Corporate Services is a paralegal services company that provides individuals and small business owners with startup consultation, incorporation and business registration services, business development and compliance services and other regulatory and document preparation services. Atlanta Workforce Alliance, Inc., is a not-for-profit training center that is geared toward training low-skilled, displaced workers for placement into jobs that pay sustainable wages.
With strong experience in corporate and regulatory business practices, employee training and development, Dosmine’s career spans over 15 years as a Corporate Paralegal and Human Resources Specialist working for multinational corporations including Colgate-Palmolive Company and AIG. In addition to being a Business Development Consultant, Dosmine is a NCCER Certified Core Curriculum Instructor with over seven years’ experience helping unskilled workers qualify for jobs in the construction industry.
Over the years, Dosmine has served as committee member for the Women’s Presidents’ Educational Organization NY/NJ Chapter for the certification of Minority Owned Business. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Allen Shaw Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides educational services to children in Jamaica.
In 2012, her humanitarian services earned her a Community Service Award from the City of New York, for services rendered to the International Humanitarian Outreach Ministries, Inc., the organizers of the Annual Interfaith Memorial Service for Haiti’s earthquake victims.
Dosmine earned a B.A. in Organizational Development and Communications from New York University and an AAB in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She also completed Masters' courses in Labor and Industrial Relations at Cornell University to under-gird her HR knowledge. She is a NCCER Certified Instructor, a Certified Substitute Teacher in Gwinnett County, an ABA Certified Paralegal and a Notary Public in the State of Georgia.
Other areas of interest: Workforce training in low-income communities.
NCCER Certified Core Curriculum Instructor (Basic Communications and Employability Skills)
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
From the State of Virginia, Brenda Locker spent most of her career at Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. She quickly rose through the ranks of this corporate empire to the level of Vice President and Senior Analyst. Mrs. Locker also is the former Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee in Charlotte, North Carolina. This group, under Bank of America provides strategic direction on how they approach diversity and inclusion as a company. Under the GDIC she focused on growing the diverse representation of Bank of America's workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace and being a place where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their goals and meet the needs of our customers. Mrs. Locker then joined the Consumer Finance Team & the Expense Horizontal Team where she conducted Centralized Reporting throughout the establishment.
As Chief Financial Officer of HealthJox Foundation, Inc., she will oversee the organization's finances, including financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, financial reporting and access to her current resources.
RHONDA BROWN MOORE
TREASURER & EXECUTIVE ACCOUNTANT
Rhonda Brown-Moore is a graduate of Bernard Baruch College with a BS in Accounting. After graduation, Ms. Moore proceeded to work for Fortune 500 companies Simon & Schuster, Colgate and PaineWebber. As she realized her passion for helping people, she decided to use her skills to assist nonprofit organizations to help them maintain their financial stability. Dedicated to this decision, Ms. Moore is currently working as the Director of Finance for Man Up! Inc. which is a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating gun violence in East New York, Brooklyn, NY. As a former resident of Red Hook Projects, she knows the need for community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods and the value that they bring to a Community in need.
As the Treasurer of HealthJox Foundation, Inc., Ms Moore will manage the monthly accounting of the organization while keeping abreast of the ever-changing laws that govern nonprofits from state to state.
GLEN O'GILVIE, CAE
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Glen O’Gilvie has served as chief executive officer of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement since 2008, providing education, networking, advocacy and back office services to nearly 1,000 organizations. A leader with more than 20 years of management experience in the National Capital region’s nonprofit sector, Glen is passionate about addressing the issues affecting people and communities.
Before joining the Center, Glen served as President and CEO of Earth Conservation Corps, Program Officer at The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and National Coordinator at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. During his tenure at each organization, he strengthened programmatic and administrative infrastructure and forged partnerships with nonprofits, government, foundations and corporations to advance each mission and increase outcomes.
Glen holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, a master’s of education and has completed various nonprofit management and leadership training and certification programs, including Harvard University Kennedy School’s Leadership in the 21st Century. In 2015, he accomplished the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. He also serves as a nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership and management adjunct professor.
Glen resides with his wife and two children, Delaney and AJ, and is active in youth sports and education enrichment.
BUILDING PROJECT MANAGER
As owner of KDN Management Services’ Rick's role is to ensure that the HealthJox's risk is minimized and that our financial objectives are achieved. Through clear delineation of our objectives, Rick is able to create a scope of services that is tailored individually. Representing HealthJox in a new construction project, he provides significant breadth and market knowledge to each assignment we begin, including: Architectural and Engineering Design Management, Construction Overview, Financial Management, Schedule of Values, Audits, Approvals, Tenant Improvements, Bid Solicitations, RFQ, RFP, and Awards.
Rick also provides condition assessment services for both acquisition and disposition. Through a detailed understanding of the clients' specific needs, KDN Management Services evaluates real property to provide a clear picture of the potential risks/benefit associated with the sale, purchase or management of a physical asset. Services include: Site and Building Review, Building Systems Analysis, Accessibility Reviews, Life Cycle Costs, LEED evaluations and implementation.
As project manager, KDN Management Services acts on behalf of the owner in dealing with all of the issues associated with a project in its entirety, to insure its successful completion, turnover and initial operation. KDN Management Services works in conjunction with the owner to establish project goals, objectives and selection of the project team. We represent the owner in providing on staff architects, engineers, contractors and the numerous other consultants required on the project. In addition, we can assist the owner through the complex governmental approval process required for new development. We have developed proven processes that ensure a project's completion on time and within budget. The process includes: Definition of scope, Team selection, Cost Analysis, Construction documents, Scheduling, Supervision and Punch list.
Born in St. John’s, Antigua and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Kayla J. Swindell graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and began higher education at New York City Technical College majoring in Liberal Arts & Science. Mrs. Swindell then transferred to pursue her Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College. She continued her studies at Medgar Evers College and on November 21, 2001, a Certificate of Achievement was awarded to her for Child Development Training in Business Management, Food and Nutrition, Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School Age, Child Abuse, Parenting and Curriculum Development. She is also the recipient of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Research Foundation of State University of New York Early Childhood Education and Training Program. She holds the SUNY Health and Safety Training: Competencies for Becoming a Family or Group Family Day Care Provider Certificate, awarded on June 30, 2003. (Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY) She attended Penn Foster College and obtained a Career Diploma in Child Day Care Management on March 25, 2008, with an emphasis in Child Day Care. After graduating from college she worked at Republic Bank in the Foreign Exchange Department until they closed and then started her own Day Care Establishment in Brownsville, Brooklyn called “Tender Hearts Day Care Center” for 10-years.
Under the auspices of Bishop Lester Bradford she was appointed Youth Evangelist in November 1993, then elevated to the position of Executive Pastor/Prophetess of Exousia Cathedral. Pastor Kayla Swindell’s Ordination was on November 16, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY. She serves in Full Time Ministry as Executive Pastor of Exousia Cathedral and Personal Executive Administrator to The Bishop and First Lady. The Joint College of Bishops Congress granted her the Certificate of Bishops in Episcopacy and Leadership for Administrative Assistant on March 16, 2016 and also on March 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (awarded by Metropolitan Archbishop and President J. Delano Ellis, ll, Ph.D.,D.D.). On November 9, 2008 at the 37th Church Anniversary, The Certificate of Leadership Excellence was presented to her for Leadership Excellence and Faithfulness to the Esther’s Staff, God’s Handmaidens and Refined Single Ladies.
For more than 25 years, Pastor Swindell has been the President of Refined Single Ladies which is an outreach group for unmarried women between the ages of 18-65 years old. Teaching, coaching, book clubs, conducting workshops and outings are the primary ways she has chosen to motivate and strengthen their self-esteem and relationship goals. She has special counseling support for single mothers, widows, abused ladies and divorcees. Mrs. Swindell produced Conferences internationally and abroad in New York, Antigua, Bahamas, Punta Cana, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Canada, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey. Her experience in the areas of speaking, teaching and coaching include conferences, workshops and seminars with topics such as: Know Your Worth, Put A Ring On It, Breaking Soul Ties, Identifying Red Flags in Relationships, Relationship Goals, Single and Satisfied, Overcoming Heartbreak, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, I Think I Want to Get Married, Pillow Talk, The Bride Speaks, When His No turns to “YES”, Behind the Mask, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth-Men Panel, Coping With Covid, Ultimate Vision Board Parties and Baby Showers.
Pastor Swindell is also the Vice President of God’s Handmaidens Women’s Department. She has the responsibility for planning and hosting annual International Women’s Retreats. God’s Handmaidens is an outreach ministry where women are healed, delivered of emotional wounds and set free from the bondage of stress. Our support system is powerful! Her mission has broadened to affect those in need of a Body, Soul and Spirit Rejuvenation and Restoration. Over 18 years she has God’s Handmaidens Retreats that offer: women’s health and wellness workshops, panel discussion forums, spa treatments, physical activities, mental strengthening, spiritual deliverance, fashion/makeup-makeover workshops, and helping them to find their purpose in identity formation. Her mission is to transform lives individually and in groups in every forum.
She has conducted many Workshops and has been awarded Certificates for “The Cycle Breaker”, “I am Free to Be Me”, “Imperfectly Perfect”, “Breaking Generational Curses”, “I am Worth It”, and “Weathering the Storm” to name a few. Mrs. Swindell is also the Keynote Speaker at the “Prophetic Encounter” Conferences which take place annually at Exousia Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York.
As a Missionary: Pastor Kayla Swindell has been working diligently as Administrator in “Transforming the Nations” (T.T.N.) Missions Outreach. This is a global Ministry that annually distributes food, clothes, technology, school supplies and medical supplies to the less fortunate. Along with it’s founder Bishop Lester Bradford, she has been working in missions for over 23 years. The ministry has been to several nations including: Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Canada, England, Antigua, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, , Barbuda, Barbados, Haiti, Trinidad and St. Croix. Under the T.T.N. umbrella is “Prayer Jam Live” an International Youth Movement in which she is the Executive Producer & Event Director.
As a Writer: she is the Managing Editor and Contributing Writer of The Enlightener Magazine. She is also Senior Editor of ‘Be Encouraged Media’ publishing several books: “And the Two Became One”(Bishop Bradford, Pastor Bradford), “God’s Chosen Fast for His Chosen People” (Bishop Bradford), “Seasons of Our Lives”(Pastor Janette Bradford), “Tools for Survival for Pastors and Leaders” (Bishop Bradford) and “Stewardship” (Bishop Bradford). As a Play Write: Writing Plays has always been her passion. Kayla started writing at the age of 18. Many of her plays were performed by talented actors/actresses from many walks of life. The cast from her local church consisted of youth and adults between the ages of 7-50 years old. Some of the plays she is known for are: “Changed”, “Is Your Bible Collecting Dust?”, “Christmas is a Pain”, “Will You Be Ready?” (which had 10 encore performances) and her current project, “Forbidden Fruit”.
LUCIA RENATA BRADFORD
EXECUTIVE ARTS CHAIR
Mezzo-soprano, Lucia Bradford is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. who has an extensive career in music and live performances. She will be in charge of galvanizing amazing talent for various fundraisers throughout each year through her resources and relationships. While in New York, she serves as the Music Teacher and Arts Coordinator@ P.S. 130 Hernando Desoto School while being a private voice teacher at the Harlem School of the Arts, implementing basic musical skills through aural, visual and kinesthetic learning. She teaches sight singing and sight reading which is supported through playing recorder, glockenspiels, hand bells and percussion instruments. Ms. Bradford is the Coordinator of all in- house shows throughout the year namely The Holiday Show, Chinese New Year, Pan American Day and an annual Talent Show Harlem School of the Arts. She also teaches vocal technique through classical repertoire and foreign languages.
• Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College
• Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College
• NYCBOE Certified in General music grades K-12
Ms. Bradford was on the All City High School Chorus of NYC Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, and received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. Ms. Bradford is also NYCBOE Certified in General music grades K-12.
Lucia Bradford has performed a number of operatic roles including Carmen in Bizet’s La Tragedie de Carmen, Zita in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, La Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, The Mother in Ravel’s L’Enfant des Sortileges, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Mrs. Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, The Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Gertrude in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet, Hippolyta in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, the Duchess of Plaza Toro in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Azelia Dessalines in the historic return of William Grant Still’s opera Troubled Island with New York City Opera at the Schomburg Center, Mamie Till in the contemporary opera, Emmett Till, Maria in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the Mother of Paul Dunbar in the premiere of The Mask in the Mirror by Richard Thompson.
Ms. Bradford has had the privilege of singing and touring in Russia with the Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the Radio Orpheus Symphony Orchestra in Siberia, Dubna and Moscow presented by Opera Noire of New York City. She has also toured in parts of Spain, the Caribbean and throughout the United States.
In addition to opera, she enjoys performing in concert and recital settings. Namely, performing works of Schubert, Rossini and Moses Hogan at the prestigious Kimmel Center with the renowned Maestro Christoph Eschenbach at the piano, the alto soloist at Carnegie Hall in Mozart's Vesperae solennes de Confessore with Mid America, the alto soloist in Hadyn's Lord Nelson Mass for the Colour of Music Festival in South Carolina, works of Leonard Bernstein with New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) at Merkin Hall, the alto soloist in Undine Smith Moore’s The Scene for the Life of a Martyr in Minnesota, appearing with chamber orchestras including the Harlem Chamber Players performing for their annual Bach series and the St Luke's orchestra. Ms. Bradford also enjoys singing new compositions. She appeared in New York City Opera's VOX concert series performing a new work called Crescent City by Anne LeBaron as Marie Leveau also in Yoav Gal’s work called Mosheh as Miriam. Ms. Bradford also enjoys singing other genres such as gospel and jazz. She is a member of Opera Noire of New York City and the American Spirituals Ensemble.
With over 20 years of Management and Event Production Experience, Claudia joins the board of Directors after managing the 2-day HealthJox Festival 2019 at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Kaiser Park in Coney Island. Claudia has a degree in Hospitality Management & Marketing complete with a list of events and staging ranging from the Barclay's Center to Brooklyn Borough Hall. She has a proven track record of identifying and maximizing event opportunities. She also requires little to no supervision to meet corporate goals because of her excellent time management & communication skills.
COACH TED GUSTUS
BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR HEALTHJOX & HEALTHJOX FESTIVAL
Legendary Coach Ted Gustus, who is also the PSAL High School Basketball Commissioner for Brooklyn & Queens, oversees all sports during the HealthJox Festival and Virtual Events. Because of his relationships, HealthJox prides itself in having some of the most energetic coaches and instructors in America. So far, we focused on Basketball, Track, Soccer, Airodart and Tennis for our outdoor festival. In Summer 2020, HealthJox launched the Virtual HealthJox Festival which showcased master coaches from Yoga, Weightlifting, Aerobics, Nutrition, Praise Dancing, Zumba, Spitball, Shakin', Basketball, Tennis and Airodart.
NOTE: Coach Ted Gustus heads up the team that will build the official New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame Center in Gowanus, Brooklyn in 2021. HealthJox Foundation, Inc. is currently a Team Member of this venture.
Coach Ted Gustus coached and raised countless Athletes out of the New York City area including Rolando Blackman, John Sallry, Derek Richardson and many others. Coach Gustus also received countless awards, citations and proclamations throughout his extensive career including:
- Citation from Brooklyn Borough Hall & HealthJox - 2018
- Nazareth High School Hall Of Fame - 2013
- Citations, Proclamation and letters from NYC’s Mayor, Governor, City Councils, Assemblymen/Assemblywomen and Congressmen for his lifetime achievements.
- Recognized by National, NYC press and media for being instrumental in the success of 4 time NBA All-star Rolando Blackman, 4 time NBA Champion John Salley, veteran NBA Referee Derek Richardson, Actor/Businessman Duane Martin, Nazareth HS All time leading scorer, Robert Phelps and a host of other very successful men that has played for him.
- Founder of the “Breathe Life Foundation”
- Owner of “One Breath Sports & Entertainment”
AMBASSADOR FOR THE #MENTALHEALTHINITIATIVE
Fashion Designer and Jewelry Artisan, Phil Harris brings a realistic day-to-day insight to HealthJox Foundation, Inc. with real-life examples of issues that faces individuals in our Community from a mental health standpoint. His story makes us aware of the results of bullying, abuse, disrespect, misunderstanding and misrepresentation in life.
In 2019 Dewry Bradford launched the #MentalHealthinitiative when he paired with Phil Harris to co-produce and conduct 5-fashion shows and a string of photo-shoots during New York Fashion Week September - 2019 and February 2020 with a focus on "Mental Health". Lead by Phil Harris, we will give a platform to his story as well as explore solutions to various mental health issues such as Triggers, Fear & Anxiety, Depression and Suicidal Thoughts.
Phil Harris has over 30 years of Fashion Show Production experience during New York Fashion Week. Along with timeless garments and hand-crafted jewelry that Mr. Harris creates, he also has a passion for people going through struggles in their lives. He began as the Former Assistant to American singer, songwriter, and actress Phyllis Hyman who ended up taking her own life. This is what cause Phil to understand a bit more about mental health issues as he noticed signs within his own life. he decided to become a catalyst for all who suffers with this ailment.
MARK J. SUTTON
Mark J. Sutton aka "Diezzle Don" have worn many hats in the Music/Entertainment Business. Mr. Sutton completed and received numerous certificates including business and legal aspects, history, evolution, pharmacology and cultivation of the cannabis plant from the Mitchell School of Business, Green Passion Industries and the Institution of Medical Marijuana. He will head up the Cannabis and CBD ventures that HealthJox Foundation, Inc. will pursue and support.
Mr. Sutton started as a DJ and organizer for the DBL Crew which was Atlantic City’s first and most legendary rap group. With the success of "Bust it" their first and only single on Urban Rock Records, Mark went on to relocated to North Jersey where he met lawyer Carl Guthrie who helped write the book "This Business of Music". With Carl’s help and mentorship Mark flourished in the east coast hip-hop movement that was becoming stronger than ever in New York City and Philadelphia. Mark realized that North Jersey was next to blow up, so being a hustler with sharp instincts, Diezzle Don seized this opportunity to launch the Bricks City Movement! While at the same time learning the business side of the Music Industry first hand, Diezzle Don’s day job at the time was the Sous Chef at the Priory Restaurant and Entertainment Complex on West Market St. downtown Newark N.J. where he created the famous Sunday Brunch that hosted Whitney Houston and her church family.
Diezzle Don won an apprentice scholarship sponsored by Resorts International through the Local 54 Hotel and Restaurant Union of Atlantic City. His passion for great food paired with is creative spirit and unstoppable desire to win gave birth to many original recipes and culinary displays of greatness but music and the challenge to be a part of this emerging thing called Hip-Hop took over! Because of this, "Sport D" as he was called at the time, built his first home recording studio and started hostinga rap and DJ ciphers every weekend. As the word got out, the best talent in North Jersey started showing up such as Redman and Lords of the Underground to name a few. Diezzle Don and The Governor started making major moves and had a massive following on the underground circuit.
Many record deals and opportunities later, Diezzle Don wrote and produced his own underground movie called "I Wish I Had a House like this" in Camden, New Jersey. Jermaine Hopkins from the movie "Lean On Me" and "Juice" with Tupac and camera crew led by Clifford Charles who shot the classic movie "Shottas" taught Diezzle Don how to be a director. Once the movie and soundtrack was completed, the event after developed into the world’s first Original Hip-Hop Chef. This is when the Legendary Hip-Hop Chef aka "Chef Chardon" was born! From there, the Hip-Hop Chef later became the Hempstar Chef as he began fusing his recipes with cannabis including infusing drinks and hosting events/parties around town. in the new developing meditional ,recreational Cannabis Culture, he took time out from everything and went back to school to lock-in 7 certifications within the Cannabis Industry. He also lived on 2 farms as an apprentice in hemp and cannabis cultivation and have partnered with Dewry Bradford to create the "Hempstar Lifestyle" apparel brand and the SaltWater Roast infused coffees and teas.