DeAmon Harges is the original “Roving Listener” as a neighbor and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. His role is to listen and discover the gifts, passions and dreams of citizens in his community, and to find ways to utilize them in order to build community, economy and mutual “delight.” The bulk of DeAmon’s work is based on the principles and practices of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) that brings neighbors and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbor. DeAmon builds on what is already present and in place in the neighborhood, using those formally undiscovered assets to connect and empower rather than working only from the community’s needs and deficits. There is now a corps of “Roving Listeners” working in the Broadway Methodist Church neighborhood.
Tom Kohler was born in Savannah and has lived there throughout his life. Tom has worked for many years as the coordinator of Chatham Savannah Citizen Advocacy, an organization that invites people from throughout Savannah to become citizen advocates for people whose lives are being diminished because of prejudice toward disability. Mr. Kohler has been involved in a variety of civic organizations through the years including the Jim Collins Bar Alumni Association, PACE (Parent Advocates for Charles Ellis Montessori School), and Leadership Savannah. He is widely known in the person-centered community building world as one of the authors of Waddie Welcome & the Beloved Community. The book tells he story of friendships that transcend divisions of disability, race, and income and created powerful new possibilities in an entire community.
Brittany Curry is originally from Savannah, Georgia and moved to Milledgeville in 2005 to attend Georgia College where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. She is the Program Coordinator of Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy and launched a side business as a graphic recorder in 2014. Graphic recording is the use of large scale imagery to lead groups and individuals toward a goal. Brittany has worked with companies, non-profits, and several disability advocacy groups in Georgia including Georgia Microboards Association, Employment First of Georgia, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Georgia Disability History Alliance.
Professional storyteller Jeanette Waddell is a native of Hancock County Georgia. During the last two decade story lovers have eagerly sought out her performances. "Please tell us a story. Tell that one again." As a storyteller, she educates, entertains and encourages through the power of spoken words. Her stories transport audiences through time and space. She believes the right narrative enhances any spiritual, social, business or educational event.