Germono Toussaint – Founder/Artistic Director

Germono Toussaint is a composer, arranger, lyricist, playwright, producer, activist and founder of A Mile In My Shoes, Inc. His plays include, My Brother’s KeeperNo Ordinary PartyThe Anointed and his original musical Caged. He is also one of the founding producers of Obie Award winning The Fire This Time Festival.

Toussaint has written music for several film productions including In The Name of Love (Documentary), ShotgunKing and Walking Maris’ Way. He has also written and arranged music for several off-Broadway theater productions including Ritual (Stanley Bennet Clay), B-Boy Blues (James Earl Hardy) and Sistas: The Musical (Dorothy Marcic). His arranging and music direction credits include Tripping: The Musical (Daniel Beaty), Breath and Imagination (Daniel Beaty), (L)imitations (Marcus Gardley), Hoodoo Love (Katori Hall), Hansel and Gretel (Common Thread Theater), and Love’s Gonna Get You (Diversity Players).

He has also been an arranger for such concerts as The Lost Boys Live at 54 Below, Two Black Divas and a BandThe Pride Slam, Through The AgesThe Real Love Concert: Go Love Yourself and Verve.

Toussaint has a BFA in music composition and studied performing arts administration at NYU. He has received awards and honors from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Puffin Foundation, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, All Out Arts, The Wisconsin Arts Board, The Helen Bader Foundation, The Center for Performance and Excellence of Music, and Cardinal Stritch University. Toussaint was also featured in American Theater Magazine in 2008. germonotoussaint.com 

 

Megan Howard – Community Outreach Coordinator

Megan Howard’s life has been motivated by art. She attended Philadelphia University for architecture for a few years, advancing her art and design skills, before making a major change to psychology, which propelled her life in a new direction.

While attending Queens University of Charlotte, Megan expanded one of her key traits, a love for helping others. She won the Global Citizenship award, an award recognizing her for her efforts working to address international issues such as refugees, fair trade, illiteracy, and human trafficking. During her junior and senior years, Megan worked for a non-profit organization called Arts For Life (AFL) under the supervision of Sarah Alexander, teaching art therapeutically to children with chronic and terminal illnesses. In 2011, Megan briefly lived in Micronesia on a small island called Yap, working with a team for the government as part of the John Belk International Program. While there, her business was creating maps using GIS Positioning, but her passion lay in the people. She visited schools, learned traditions, connected with the community, and expanded her love for other cultures.

After graduating cum laude from Queens University of Charlotte with her B.A. in Psychology and a concentration in Art Studio, Megan moved to New York in 2012. Her love for art and helping others has led her to A Mile In My Shoes (AMIMS). As head of outreach, her mission is to connect AMIMS with the community and other organizations, supporting social healing through art. Megan has recently become a mentor at Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers (CBSBB). Her goal with AMIMS is to continue community outreach and develop a small branch that uses art therapeutically with refugees, in order to connect socially, culturally, and provide comfort and healing.

 

Zach Woolford – Marketing Consultant

Zach Woolford has a varied background in marketing and graphic design for an array of public and private companies in the fields of advertising, publishing, promotions and architecture. After having graduated from the University of Missouri – School of Journalism, he spent a brief period of time in the banking/financial world before moving to New York. In New York, he focused on applying his marketing and graphic design skills in different positions.  Then decided to apply those skills and try something new in Los Angeles. After a brief time spent in Los Angeles, he returned to New York and is currently working on starting his own business.

 

Cameron Bernard Jones – Events Coordinator

Cameron Bernard Jones, is a growing performance artist who sings, dances, and acts.  A graduate of NorthwesteCameron Bernard Jones, bass-baritone, is a versatile performance artist with his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, having studied under Bruce Hall. Northwestern performance credits include Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (chorus), Moby Dick: An American Opera (Daggoo), and Parade (Jim Conley). He served as music director for 2 years of the Northwestern Community Ensemble, the university’s premier gospel choir and co-founded Soul4Real, Northwestern’s first soul a cappella group, in which he served as the artistic director and arranger in its first two years. Cameron has also studied opera performance under Dr. Allen Saunders in the Music in the Marche program of Scuola Italia in Piobbico, Italy. His Italy performance credits include scenes of Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottone), and Mefistofele (Mefistofele).

Cameron has performed the role of Porgy in the BarnArts Center for the Arts’ concert production of Porgy & Bess. His prior Porgy & Bess performances include a concert tour with the Harlem Opera Theater throughout Uruguay and Argentina (performing at the Sodre in Montevideo and under the Mozarteum Argentino) and a concert tour with the Harlem Jubilee Singers and the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Concepción throughout Chile. Other performances include a concert of Vivaldi’s Gloria with the National Children’s Chorus, 50 Voices in Concert with jazz saxophonist Billy Harper, and the role of Papa in Tamar of the River, a new musical, produced by New York Theatre Barn.

Cameron currently sings with the renowned, professional Sanctuary Choir of Marble Collegiate Church, and also has begun his first full season with Choral Chameleon, a NYC-based 14-member professional ensemble. In addition to singing, Cameron has had the opportunity to guest lecture in the Dance Department at Manhattan College, with his lecture of Modern Dance in the Spiritual Realm. Behind the scenes of the arts, he is the Events Coordinator of A Mile In My Shoes, Inc., a non-profit performing arts organization, whose mission is to bring awareness to modern social issues such as homophobia, domestic abuse and poverty.

Cameron continues to reach for more artistic opportunities, and strives to go beyond expectation in his pursuit of artistic expression.

 

Mary Carson – Development Consultant

Dr. Mary Carson is Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. Her teaching load focuses upon nonprofit management, organizational communication, public relations, and advertising. Her research focuses on communication in illness and hospice settings, and publications include an examination of terminally ill patients’ use of online journals to create meaning of their illness experience.

Prior to teaching, Mary worked with various nonprofits for about 15 years as both an employee and consultant, especially the YMCA of the USA. She gained extensive experience with program development and evaluation, marketing plans, fundraising and grant writing, and member services. She also designed and facilitated a variety of training programs related to those areas.

 

Bobbie L Crow III – Assistant Arranger/Orchestrator

Bobbie Lee Crow III is a conductor, arranger, composer, and cellist of classical, musical theatre, and popular music. Since graduating in 2010, he has arranged and performed for Suzy Sellout, Crystal Monee Hall, Japanese pop singer KIYOTAKA, Grammy award-winning composer David Tolley, fashion designer Tara Subkoff, and Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper.

Bobbie began his music studies at the age of 12. He achieved principal and leadership positions in local and regional orchestras including the Houston Youth Symphony under direction of Dr. Michael Webster. Bobbie attended Otterbein University and studied under Columbus Symphony cellists Richard Bell and Cora Kuyvenhoven. He also received chamber music instruction from QUBE members David Edge and Steve Wedell; jazz improvisation (vocal and instrumental) from Gayle Walker, Jay Miglia, Karl Wohlwend, and Chris Howes. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from The Ohio State University in 2010.

Upon graduation, Bobbie moved to New York City and has since formed iconiQ String Quartet, a wedding and special events ensemble performing in the tri-state area. He has performed in several Off-Off Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including The Lost Boys, or An Awfully Big Adventure, The Gallery Players’ Oliver!, Overground Physical Theatre Company’s Urban Tao, and Voice Afire’s Butterfly’s Trouble. Bobbie is also a member of the Queer Urban Orchestra and Richmond County Orchestra.

As an arranger and composer, Bobbie debuted new orchestrations and works at his American Red Cross cabaret benefit concert “Wishful Thinking” (featuring Tracie Franklin, Trey Mitchell, Andrew Overcash, Chelsea Picken, Katherine Wright singers and a 20-pieces orchestra) and “QUARTET,” a concert of his instrumental works and arrangemtns. Bobbie is also working on his first musical based on Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Genji.