Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP is a widely acclaimed national speaker, noted for her humorous, entertaining and information packed seminars. She is author of the books Medical Minutiae, An Apple a Day—the ABCs of Diet and Disease and Live a Little, Laugh a Lot.
Many people can conduct health seminars, or write books on health, but very few can make them both thoroughly informative and entertaining. Barb makes complex health topics easily understandable, appealing and hilarious. She has provided more than 2,000 educational and motivational seminars on clinical and health maintenance topics to healthcare professionals and corporations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Wayne Baranowski is a professional photographer and owner of Wayba Productions, LLC, specializing in event and commercial photography. Baranowski has more than 20 years of experience photographing the community, including serving as a photographer and photo editor for The Daily Journal newspaper.
In addition, he has taught the popular introductory photography course for Continuing Education and Career Services at KCC for nearly 20 years.
Kris Condon, Ed.D., is a professor in Continuing Education and Career Services and the Business Division at KCC. Along with being a part-time instructor in Continuing Education, Condon designs, develops, and delivers training curricula in computer applications, topics such as "Train the Trainer," and business/technical writing for corporate clients.
Condon teaches on the KCC campus and at the work sites of corporate partners. Condon also coordinates customized training to prepare users for Microsoft Office Specialist (formerly "MOUS") certification examinations. Prior to KCC, Condon worked as a senior trainer at the American Medical Association in Chicago. She also worked in the legal field, as a deputy clerk of the Illinois Supreme Court and training coordinator with the Chicago-based law firm of Keck, Mahin & Cate.
Gary Paruszkiewicz and his family came to Kankakee from Detroit in 1980 as "Chef Garibaldi." Paruszkiewicz was a certified chef, member of the prestigious American Culinary Federation, and the "Chefs de Cuisine de Chicago." He was an executive chef and restaurant manager around the area, working at Mother McGee's in Bradley, Leo's On-the-River in Kankakee, the Public Landing in Lockport, the Little Corporal, and Mezzaluna in Kankakee until being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 1990s.
Paruszkiewicz returned to school and graduated from Governors State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a certificate in stress management education. He has developed wellness strategies and fitness programs based on Tai Chi and yoga, working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, physical therapists, neurologists, psychologists, Tai Chi masters, and yoga teachers.
Paruszkiewicz wrote and published Therapeutic Tai Chi, My Journey with Multiple Sclerosis, My Path with Tai Chi, and also formed the DLC Media Group, which produces instructional videos of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation.
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is a member of the faculty of the Addictions Studies Program at Governors State University. He is owner of On the Mark Consulting, an international speaking and consulting organization. A partial list of clients includes Wisconsin Department of Corrections; Archdiocese of New York; Bank of Montreal; Harris Bank; U.S. Probation; SAMHSA; The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines; Johnson Institute; and Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. Mark is co-author of "Recovery Management", author of "Relationship Detox: How To Have Healthy Relationships in Recovery" and he has had two stories published in the New York Times book series, "Chicken Soup for the Soul."