“From teaching martial arts to doing security, I did every job under the sun for a few years to get things moving. Even when I was on Broadway, between shows I’d pick up a fight. I was professional MMA, I trained in karate, fought muay thai and I’m still trained in Jiu-Jitsu.” Hometown: Washington, D.C. “During a callback for Porgy and Bess [on Broadway], my voice left completely—partial vocal paralysis. I had no idea what was going on, I had to squeak through the audition. It took a year for my voice to start to come back. Sometimes you take for granted what you have, and when it gets taken away you realize how foolish you’ve been.” Stage & Screen Cred: Although this is his first featured role, David St. Louis previously appeared on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Scarlet Pimpernel and Rent. Current Role: Jake, the big-hearted, baritone bodyguard of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet in the revamped Broadway revival of Side Show. Side Show Age: “Somewhere between 30 and 40!” “This new version of Side Show is like polishing up a rare gem that you think everyone should see. You know you’ve got something that just needs a little polish—the silver is tarnished a bit, we’ve buffed it up, and now it’s shining. We’re putting that jewelry on display.” “I was a first soprano for years. No one sang higher than me! Then the summer between junior high school and high school, my voice dropped into the basement. I’ve done the full spectrum.” “Growing up, I played lots of sports—before my singing took off, I wanted to be a professional soccer player. Then I realized there are no professional soccer teams around. [Laughs.] So I got right back into singing.” View Comments Related Shows “I have to confess, I’ve been blessed with some pretty good genes. I try to get to the gym once a week to do some iron lifting or something, but other than that, [my physique] is mainly from martial arts. I don’t have to do or eat anything specific.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Cristian Balan of Plattsburgh, N.Y., has been named the new director of the Computer & Digital Forensics program at Champlain College. Balan joined the Champlain faculty in July and now steps up to direct a nationally recognized program that was built by founding director Gary Kessler.Kessler will now focus his attention full time on the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation, a US Department of Justice-funded center at the college, which has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.Balan is the owner and operator of a computer networks administration and security consulting business and he has extensive experience with the New York law enforcement community. He is also the chief of the Vermont Army National Guard Computer Network Defense Team. Balan has served as faculty member and distance learning coordinator at several colleges, including Clinton Community College, SUNY Potsdam and Plattsburgh State University. He has also trained computer emergency response teams for several years at the National Guard Technical and Readiness Center at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. Balan is a member of Infragard, an FBI-sponsored professional organization, and a member of the National Guard Association of Vermont.Since joining Champlain College, Balan has taught digital forensics and network security courses. He has also been instrumental in program management and leading initiatives in the continuous improvement of both the on-campus and online curricula, said Dr. Don Haggerty, interim dean of Champlains Division of Information Technology & Sciences.Balan holds a bachelors degree in mathematics, a masters in secondary education and a certificate of advanced studies in school administration from Plattsburgh State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in information security. He is a bilingual, native-born Romanian, who is also knowledgeable in Spanish, French and Italian.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Thanks to a local real estate agency, the Huron Humane Society is now saving money and proactively tending to their animals’ health.To celebrate 30 years in the community, Banner Realty has decided not to seek notoriety, but to donate to those who often don’t get much acknowledgement, and aren’t looking for it.“We wanted to continue to bless the community by doing things that are beneficial for the people within the community and in this case, its the non–profits. It’s the people that feed the hungry, and that have clothing for the people that don’t have clothing, and have houses for the people who don’t have homes,” says Margie Haaxma, owner of Banner Realty.Most recently, the Huron Humane Society was on the receiving end of Banner’s generosity, being gifted with technology that will proactively monitor the health of cats and dogs at the shelter.Shelter Manager, Stacy Newhouse, says,”We were put on a wish list from Margie and we were chosen like [for] a Christmas wish list. We listed what we would like to have help better the animals and we were chosen by Margie. We received the ultrasound machine.”The new technology will allow veterinarians and other trained personnel at the shelter to determine if an incoming dog or cat is pregnant. This will cut down significantly on transportation and doctors fees.Newhouse says,”We can check them before they go in to get spayed. Instead of taking them to the clinic to get spayed we can check them before they go so they don’t have to go be put under anesthesia and then we’re told later that they are pregnant.”While there are currently no pregnant animals at Humane Society, Newhouse was able to give an example of just how simple it would be to conduct an ultrasound test, using a stuffed animal.“We would have gel if this was a real patient and the ultrasound wave would bounce off the animal in their stomach to see if they are pregnant.”Banner Realty says this just one way they plan to give back in 2020. After 30 monumental years and with faith for many more, Haaxma says it’s the least she could do.”“It’s not about Banner Realty or the Banner Realty team. It’s about those people that give from their heart and their soul day after day through stress, through trials, whatever -and come out on top and help other people to come out on top. We’re blessed to be a blessing and that’s what we want to be here at Banner.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: animals, Banner Realty, humane society, Huron Humane Society, pets, pregnant, ultrasoundContinue ReadingPrevious Childbirth classes may ease anxiety for first-time parentsNext State of Michigan joins investigation of Juul Labs, maker of e-cigarette
Otis “Otiesha” Pearson was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 years. This incident allegedly occurred on December 24, 2017.The 40-year-old Pearson, of Lot 61 Station Street, Kitty Georgetown, was not required to plea to the indictable charge. He was placed on bail in the sum ofOtis “Otiesha” Pearson$300,000, and is expected to return to court on June 19.RECAPOtis Pearson was arrested by Police on March 6, 2018 after the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) had closed its investigation into the alleged rape of a child in February.According to CCPA Head Ann Greene, the Agency had gathered statements from a number of persons, including the child in the middle of the controversy.The investigation was launched when Pearson was reportedly heard in an interview reporting that he has “a little boy for every day of the week.”The statement quickly became a serious matter when a photo of Pearson hugging a lad was leaked on Facebook.Investigations revealed that the lad was indeed below the age of 16, and was being bullied after the photos were leaked.