Our Broadcast Team
Alexandra Beddall, Executive Producer
Alexandra Beddall is a writer, producer, and media specialist with over 15 years of broadcasting experience. She holds a Master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and a Master's degree in Library & Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a strong passion for documentary storytelling, culture, and history. In her spare time, Alexandra likes hiking, baking, and spending time with her family. Alexandra currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, dog, and cat. As Executive Producer, Alexandra oversees the production of our entire video content and is part of the senior management team helping to guide and expand our digital library.
Teri Halliwell earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism from The American College of Greece, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco. Teri is an inventive storyteller with a passion for moving audiences to action through her writing. She is a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors, and is a popular host with The Power of the Patient Project. She is also a member of the editorial staff of our online magazine, Today's Patient, where she writes insightful articles on patient-centered health and wellness.
Steve Boockvor has produced, directed and choreographed theatrical and television projects internationally for the past fifty years. His own television program, Point of View, created for the Board of NY Rabbis on WPIX, Channel 11, was topical to the time, addressing such volatile topics as the AIDS epidemic and Euthanasia. His company, Boockvor Productions, produces History Alive! and Shakespeare Alive!; both vehicles support its mission to “inspire veteran, professional artists to educate and continue creating their own informed history.” Steve’s lengthy professional Broadway background included landmark shows such as Follies, Cabaret and Annie. His work in Working, directed by Stephen Schwartz, garnered a Tony nomination and A Chorus Line immortalized both he and his wife as the characters, “Al” and “Kristine.” He gratefully acknowledges the privilege of working with some of the best creators in the business: Michael Bennett, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, George Abbott, Stephen Schwartz, and Martin Charnin. Their high standards are reflected in every aspect of what Steve now creates.
Demi Vaughn is a graduate of Ball State University’s College of Communication, Information, and Media. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Sociology, and has a concentration in Mass Communication’s. She served as the president of the Ball State chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She started her journalism career writing for local newpapers and magazines. Her byline can be found in the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder, The Ball State Daily News, Black Press USA, Indiana Minority Business Magazine, Hope For Women Magazine and Ball Bearings Magazine. She has a passion for the entertainment and beauty industry. Her devotion to storytelling has led her to interviewing Korey Wise and Kevin D. Richardson both from the Central Park Exonerated 5 and reality stars like Claudia Jordan. Demi's passion for patient advocacy is obvious from the segments she hosts.
MILLI Long can truly say she was born for a career in entertainment. Born to a radio dad and stay at home mom, she began public speaking at the tender age of 7 and has been using her voice to move people ever since. MILLI has done a little of everything in the broadcasting field - reporting, producing, radio announcing, emceeing live events, writing and editing, as well as voiceovers. Her journalism background helped her land several roles, so she's teasingly been dubbed "America's Reporter". As a host, she’s been honored to share the exceptional stories of various guests from authors and mothers to popular actors and musical groups. MILLI is poised, professional, and articulate with a fun-loving, energetic spirit. She’s a lifelong learner who has a natural curiosity about the world around her. MILLI is the mother of 4 beautiful children and surrogate mom to 3! In her spare time, MILLI loves to sing, dance, travel, and read. The Power of the Patient Project is honored to have MILLI as a member of our broadcast team.
Denzel Averhart graduated from the American University's master's program in Producing Film and Media. He also holds a Bachelor's in Political Science from the Saint Xavier University of Chicago, Illinois. He has always had a strong sense of justice and a desire to inform people of government or local programs that can benefit their health and wealth. As a Senior Segment Anchor, Denzel combines his passion for distributing beneficial information with his technical expertise in filming, editing, and facilitating interviews to create engaging and informative content with leading health industry leaders.
Yvette Romero discovered her knack for writing in her adolescence, which led her to become a pursuant storyteller. Yvettte graduated from Texas State University at the early age of 20 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. Soon after graduating, she began a six-month internship in New York City as a journalist for The Garnette Report's health and fitness section. Now, in addition to her work as a member of the broadcast team of The Power of the Patient Project, she is also part of the editorial team of our online magazine, Today's Patient.
Alex Tarnowski graduated from Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts with a degree in English and a concentration in Literature. In his time at Purdue, he also earned two minors, one in Biological Sciences and one in Chemistry, alongside serving as a chemistry lab teacher in undergraduate general and biochemistry labs. Alex has long held an intense passion for storytelling through writing, acting, and music, a passion which brought him to begin working as a voice actor. Combined with his desire to increase visibility of health care issues important to our international framework of care, he is excited to listen to and share stories that impact people’s lives around the world."
NyKera’ Fooks graduated with honors from Morgan State University with a Bachelor's in Multimedia Journalism. She has worked in television and radio and done broadcasting work for numerous nonprofit organizations. Additionally, she is a vlogger who documents her basic life adventures and spectacular trips on social media platforms. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, laughing, and eating. NyKera’ aspires to be a talk show host who educates and entertains people all over the world.
Jack DeSousa is a senior at SUNY Oswego, studying broadcasting and mass communication. He has experience in college television producing local news. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach with friends or go hiking with family. He is working with The Power of the Patient Project to make patients throughout the country more aware of their patient rights and the options they in navigating the American healthcare delivery system.
Daisha Marie Breedlove
Daisha Marie Breedlove is setting out to be one of Los Angeles’ brightest stars and personalities! She attended Kentucky State University as a Mass Communication major. Being no stranger to hard work, Daisha Marie demonstrated her exceptional work ethic by supporting herself through this period as: a professional model; a manager for a successful, local, retail clothing store; and as the Sport’s Host for Kentucky University’s Communication Department. Her duties included presenting the news, interviewing the athletes, and even announcing the games. After graduation, Daisha relocated from the Mid-West to Los Angeles. A natural in front of the camera, Daisha Marie is gaining recognition throughout the country as a multi-capable actress, broadcast reporter, and talk show host.
Gabrielle Grant is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a major in Electronic Media & Film and a minor in Journalism. She has a passion for all things media. While in college, she joined the school’s campus radio station serving as host and co-host on three different shows. She started a blog, The Elle Word where she did interviews with local business owners and creatives. She also worked as a digital producer and assignment editor for a local Fox network affiliate. Gabrielle is also a podcaster and produces her show Sips Flix and Chix. She currently works at the Detroit Health Department as the Digital Communications Coordinator and is also an active member of our broadcast team.
Brianna Allison graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in Multiplatform Journalism and one in Public Relations. Brianna has a strong passion for storytelling and loves being a part of a media-enriched environment. She has worked in broadcast journalism, social media, and print journalism in the past. In addition to her work as a member of the broadcast team for The Power of the Patient Project, Brianna is also an Editorial Intern for the online magazine, The Zillennial Zine.
Theresa M. Lindsey Chase
Theresa M. Lindsey Chase is a certified peer support specialist, television stand-in and background extra, proud daughter of an Army dad, and mother of four goofy and supportive kids. Growing up in the military has given her a zeal for helping her neighbors, turning strangers into instant friends, and getting to know people from various cultures and walks of life. Her passion is listening, learning, and encouraging those who feel they have no voice, whether it be from past or current circumstances, or they have given up hope all together. She is a current student at Arizona State University working on her Master's degree in Communication. Her aspiration is to host her own talk show, empowering people to use the strengths they possess and channel them to be the best versions of themselves, even in the worst of circumstances.
Savanna Crosby is a creative professional living in Chicago. Originally from Massachusetts, Savanna pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance at the University of Michigan and has been making her way through the Midwest ever since. As an actor, she’s enjoyed working both on stage and on screen. Her work in short films has garnered some attention from film festivals, where she received a Leading Actress Award of Merit in the 2019 Best Shorts Competition and nominations from the Hollywood Verge Film Awards and Los Angeles CineFest. Some of her favorite stage roles have been Harper in Angels in America and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. When not acting, she freelances as a graphic designer and occasional writer. She loves kids, crosswords, and her cat Petunia.
Jackie Medrano was born and raised in Stockton, California. She graduated with honors with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and Media Studies with a minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University. Since October 2021, she has been Associate Producer for "Good Day Sacramento", a daily morning show broadcast from Sacramento, California. Aside from writing and producing content for television, she enjoys documenting fashion content for her social media platforms (specifically on Instagram), sharing her fashion knowledge with friends and taking on the role as a fashion stylist for them, traveling, and doing on-camera interviews. Her dream goal to become a television host for an entertainment news-style type of show. As a member of our broadcast staff, Jackie is also the host of Kids Place, our newest web series.
Hailey Hough is a hardworking Advertising Management Communications major at Michigan State University and a minor in Business. Hailey's passion for being on camera can be seen by her experience acting in several commercials, as well as photoshoots through her modeling agency. When combining her passion for business and on camera media production, she discovered an interest in broadcasting and is excited to be part of the broadcast team. She is driven and determined to provide the best content that educates and spreads awareness on patient rights, and enjoys creating intriguing content interviewing leading healthcare professionals.
Tannaz Alesafar has worked for over eleven years in the financial industry, and three years in content writing, social media, and marketing. During her career, she has won awards for service, sales, strong client relations, and communication skills, which motivated her to pursue her passion for broadcasting and interviewing. Tannaz has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, majoring in Communication, focusing on Marketing, Public Relations, and Public Speaking. She also completed her Certificate in Broadcasting and Journalism from BCIT School of Broadcasting, focusing on podcasting, interviewing, video production, and editing.
Dove Sinclair graduated from Wagner College, majoring in arts administration with a minor in film and media. She likes to fence and was the captain of her school's Division One fencing team for three years. She has a passion for creating interview based documentaries and reading thought provoking books. When in her hometown, Dove teaches CPR to the community and medical professionals in need of recertifications. Dove also served as Director of Media Production throughout the COVID-19 crisis overseeing all media production for the Project, coordinating the scheduling of interviews, working with our team of hosts to prepare them for their interviews, and selecting the many different topics that are addressed in our video library. She herself is also an important member of our broadcast staff bringing depth to our video segments.
Elena Sung graduated from the University of Michigan with Honors with a Bachelor’s in Biology and Mathematics. With plans to become a physician, she has worked on research and fundraising projects to aid students with disability get access to health resources. As a medical scribe in a busy emergency department, she has seen the importance of empowering patients with knowledge and resources to help them make educated decisions about their treatment. She currently volunteers to assist patients with chronic disease gain healthcare education through virtual sessions. Her experience in the medical field as a volunteer, medical scribe, and educator has led to a passion for advocating for good healthcare, especially in addressing barriers to care. She is also a Senior Researcher with MedFocus Research, our research division. As part of that team, she contributes to the creation of patient resources through research and hopes to create a lasting impact on patient/provider interactions.
Mo Sharpe is a graduate of American Military University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She has a background of over 17 years of experience in Scientific/Medical Research Field. For the past five years, she also served as a freelance journalist, digital content creator, and host for different online publications. In her role of Senior Segment Anchor/Producer at The Power of the Patient Project, she helps keep patients informed and updated on current rights and responsibilities to take action to ensure they know their options.
Leon Taryan is a senior at Hunter College majoring in journalism with a minor in political science. He has also been a member of the wrestling team at Hunter since his freshman year of college. He has a special interest in sports and broadcast journalism with aspirations to work with the professional sports leagues. Leon produces his own podcast and also is involved in video editing, doing voiceovers, and performing on-camera. Leon enjoys bringing the expertise of medicine and wellness to our audience.
Charlotte Grinnell is an experienced talk show host. A graduate of Elon University in May 2020 with a major in Cinema and Television Arts and minor in Psychology, she served as a main host on Elon’s weekly broadcast, Etalk. Her on-air work included interviewing guests and moderating discussion panels on various topics while also helping to conceptualize, produce and present news and entertainment segments. Prior to joining The Power of the Patient Project, she worked as a Communications and Marketing Intern with some major organizations. On camera, Charlotte combines her passion for impactful storytelling with her dedication to advocacy as one of the professional hosts of our video segments. She is also the host of Perspectives, the web series.
Delany Nusbickel is a recent graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Communications. She has volunteered her time at Lourdes Noreen McKeen Residence from 2019 to 2020 and later completed a marketing internship. Additionally, she also has a background in education including working with children who have special needs and becoming a teacher’s assistant. Currently, she hopes to make a difference in providing more awareness about the mental health crisis during this time of a global pandemic. Delany joined The Power of the Patient Project because she believes it is a great opportunity to openly discuss patients rights and advocacy as well as learn more about how mental health plays a critical role in the medical field.
Kacie Iuvara is a podcaster, performer, and longtime storyteller. She has trained at Ohio Wesleyan University, the American Conservatory Theater, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She also has extensive experience with the American medical system, both as a patient and an avid learner. As a member of our broadcasting team, her goal is to empower others to achieve the best care and treatment possible.
Elizabeth Linden is a retired special education teacher with 25 years of experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Health Psychology. Liz has been an advocate for the educational needs of special education students throughout her career as well as an advocate for her own medical needs as a person with a rare headache disorder. Out of necessity, she learned that she needed to become an expert regarding her own medical condition. She is pleased to be a part of our broadcast team and believes passionately in the importance of trust in the doctor-patient relationship and for the patient to feel empowered to give feedback. She also strives to encourage patients and to learn about their treatment and ask for more help when we need it.
Jackie Connelly, Director of Video Production
Jackie Connelly is responsible for creating all of the video segments for our social media posts, our educational video content, as well as for producing our Monthly Magazine. She graduated from Bucks County Community College as a Cinema/Video major, and also completed a Certificate in Photography. While attending college, one of Jackie's films was chosen as a finalist to be showcased by all student film majors. She previously worked as a video editing intern for a digital marketing video company. This opportunity gave her the opportunity to advance her editing skills. As Director of Video Production for The Power of the Patient Project, she applies her work ethic and creativity to promote and advance her video editing skills further, while bringing attention to the mission of the Project. As a video editor and filmmaker, she believes in bringing passion and purpose to each and every project.