Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Written by Elizabeth Coplan

Join me (Corey L. Kennard) as I host this great online theater event with Lashanna Williams!

Thursday December 17, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Click The Following Link For Free Registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/honoring-choices-its-not-a-gift-until-you-give-it-tickets-131476366351

Event description

Join hosts Corey Kennard & Lashanna Williams for a live play performance & discussion on end-of-life wishes as a gift to your loved ones.

Participating in planning for end of life is a gift for those left behind. When loved ones know what an individual valued and what they wanted, “they were doing something with the individual, not to him or her.”

What better time than the holidays, to reflect on what matters most to us and to our loved ones? What better time than when the world is engulfed in a pandemic that seems like it will continue to get worse before it gets better?

The play and discussion, taken together, will help initiate action and bring peace of mind for families. It’s so important for the voices of loved ones to be encouraged and heard, and for their wishes to still be present when others are making decisions for them.

Play Synopsis

When Bob, Denise and Maggie’s elderly father, receives his terminal cancer diagnosis, they encourage him to prepare his end-of-life plan so there’s no misunderstanding of what he wants or doesn’t want. But Bob is not having any part of it even though his doctor is encouraging him to prepare. Throw in some family dynamics, disagreements, and resentments, plus a healthy dose of stubbornness, and the scene changes dramatically when Bob is hospitalized.

The play is a great way to explore, both intellectually and viscerally, what advance planning can be: what do you want it to look like and what do you want it to be?

Cast

Phil Elam (Doctor)

Phil is an active actor who is constantly pursuing the goal of refining his artistic craft by studying at Cleveland’s renowned 1st Team Actors Studio. It is actually through 1st Team Actor’s Studio that Phil became associated with the project, “Honoring Choices”. After a recent 1st Team weekend workshop the instructor [Jeffrey Grover] recommended Phil to the talented playwright author, Elizabeth Coplan, for one of the roles that became available. He is extremely proud to be cast in this adventure and looks forward to working with Elizabeth again in the future.

A’Noelle (Denise)

Originally from University Place, Washington, A’Noelle attended Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts in 2013.

Since then, she’s performed as Mercy Jones on the TV show, The Librarians, formerly on the TNT Network. And held a principal role in the Credit Sesame Commercial, featured regionally throughout the United States during the Superbowl in 2018.

Moving to LA in 2018, A’Noelle secured an agent and booked the AT&T campaign, Kings of Style, featuring A$AP Rocky and Dapper Dan.

A’Noelle’s greatest passion is helping other film professionals reach their fullest potential. She speaks professionally throughout the United States about her acting journey in hopes to encourage the next generation of actors and film artists to achieve their dreams.

Mervin Kenneth Alexander Sr (Bob)

Mervin hails from Brooklyn / Queens, New York. He has worked with the Brooklyn Innervisions Theatrical Company, the Ujaama Theatre Company, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Arts Theatre Company (B.A.M.), the Negro Ensemble Company, and several traveling theatrical companies on the East Coast.

Since moving to Las Vegas in I990, he has had the humbling experience and the opportunity to have performed for numerous and very prestigious theatrical and film productions throughout the city.

Jessica Sade Ward (Maggie)

Jessica was born and raised in MOTOWN. Jessica’s learned to create the career she’s destined to have by studying with Richard Lawson. She’s co-creator of the developing series, Nasty Women. Catch her on Season 2 of hit Stepford Sidechix on YouTube. Jessica keeps herself busy following the path that God has set out for her.

Lashanna Williams

Lashanna (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Michigan Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts. Her end of life work is rooted in a community death care model. Lashanna holds a solid grounded space for her clients, bringing a great comfort to a time that can feel out of control. Her knowledge, skill and experience allow her to assist people and their family in the time of dying. Lashanna not only works with folx imminently facing death or who have been given a diagnosis; she also works with those living their life fully and want a doula relationship in place for when death does come closer or an accident occurs.

As Board President of A Sacred Passing, Lashanna joins in community collaboration, creating engaging and productive death and dying educational opportunities for community and professionals. While instructing massage students or doulas, she is able to impress the importance of trust and honoring autonomy.

“Honoring Choices” is written by Grief Dialogues Founder and Chief Playwright Elizabeth Coplan.

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  • Topic: Healthcare Disparities and the African-American experience while facing COVID-19

Podcast Guest – Conversations on Death Podcast with Lorena Alvarez Ruiz – June 2019

Virtual Experience – Hospice Foundation of America Event – May 2019

  • Topic: Advance Care Planning in the midst of COVID-19.

Virtual Experience – B’nai Jeshurun & Reimagine Event with Dr. Jessica Zitter – May 2019

  • Topic: Health Disparities Uncovered by COVID-19.

Virtual Experience – Motherless Mother’s Day Event with Alica Forneret & Reimagine – May 2019

  • Topic: Grief and Advance Care Planning

Virtual Experience – Conversation with Dr. Sheba Roy – May 2019

  • Topic: The Current State of Health in the COVID-19 Era

Virtual Experience – Reimagine’s Daily Dose of Togetherness with Dr. Jessica Zitter – April 2019

  • Topic: What Matters Most during the COVID-19 pandemic

San Francisco, CA – End Well Symposium 2019 – December 2019

  • Topic: Spirituality and End Of Life Care – To Know Is To Love

San Francisco, CA – Reimagine Conference – October 2019

  • Topic: Two Day event with Dr. Ira Byock, Dr. Jessica Zitter (Extremis), and Rev. Cynthia Perrilliat – A Conversation: Restoring Humanity in Healthcare, Dying Well (Faith & Medicine / Healthcare Disparities).

Minneapolis, MN – “C-TAC National Conference” – Advance Care Planning Clergy Session – October 2019

  • Topic: A Conversation with Faith Leaders: “Who’s Your Timothy?” – Spiritual Advance Care Planning Development and Implementation for Congregations.

Columbia, SC – “Hello Pastors” Advance Care Planning Event – April 2019

  • Topic: Two day event with Jethro Heiko (Common Practice) – A Conversation with Faith Leaders: “Who’s Your Timothy?” – Spiritual Advance Care Planning.

New York City, NY – Reimagine Conference – November 2018

  • Topic: One day event with Dr. Jessica Zitter (Extremis) – A Conversation: Getting Real About Racial Disparities at End of Life.

Detroit, MI – Women’s Empowerment Expo/Conference – August 2018

  • Topic: How Women Can Encourage The Men In Their Lives To Be Healthy.

Seattle, WA – Pacific Northwest Palliative Care Conference (Keynote) – April 2018

  • Topic: Two Day Keynote Address – The Partnership of Faith & Medicine.

Oakland/San Francisco, CA – Reimagine Conference – April 2018

  • Topic: Two Day event with Dr. Jessica Zitter (Extremis) – A Conversation: Restoring Humanity in Healthcare (Faith & Medicine / Healthcare Disparities).

Phoenix, AZ – Center To Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) National Seminar – November 2017

  • Topic: Spiritual Care As The Key To Managing Difficult Patients.

Detroit, MI – The Lutheran Church: Michigan District – September 2017

  • Urban Institute – Topic: Healthcare & The Community.

Charlottesville, VA – Hospice Of The Piedmont – April 2017

  • Staff Development – Topic: Cultural Compassion.

Southfield, MI – Caring Coalition Annual Conference (Panel Member) – March 2017

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Baltimore, MD – Morgan State University – September 2016

  • NHPCO/Morgan State University Collaboration – Topic: Spiritual Hope, Hospice and the Community.

Charlottesville, VA – University of Virginia – September 2016

  • Haney Conference – Topic: “Honoring Differences at the End of Life”.

Baltimore, MD – Morgan State University – March 2016

  • NHPCO/Morgan State University Collaboration – Topic: Spiritual Hope, Hospice and the Community.

Detroit, MI – Karmanos Cancer Center – November 2015

  • Heart of Medicine Rounds – Topic: The Intersection Between Medicine and African American Spirituality.

Philadelphia, PA – American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Assembly – February 2015

  • Topic: Fostering Spiritual Hope and Meaning for Patients at Life’s End.

Southfield, MI – Caring Coalition Annual Conference (Panel Member) – March 2014

  • Topic: Coping with Pain, Loss & Suffering.

Philadelphia, PA – Abington Memorial Hospital – October 2013

  • Palliative Care Team Consultation
  • Hospital and Faith Community Conference – Topic: Fostering Spiritual Hope and Meaning through Faith and Healthcare Community Partnerships.

Detroit, MI – Hospice of Michigan -October 2013

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topic: Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Detroit, MI – St. John Providence Health System – November 2011

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topics: Grief Dynamics, Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Washington, DC – Capital Caring (Hospice) – April 2011

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Memphis, TN – Church Health Center – April 2011

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Philadelphia, PA – Abington Memorial Hospital – October 2010

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topic: Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Atlanta, GA – Amedisys Home Health and Hospice – May 2010

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Durham, NC – Duke University – November 2009

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Oakland, CA – Samuel Merritt University – June 2009

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topic: Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Atlanta, GA – Morehouse/Spelman Colleges-March 2009

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topic: Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Dallas, TX – Methodist Charlton Medical Center – July 2008

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topic: Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Pittsburgh, PA – University of Pittsburgh Hospital – April 2008

  • Duke University (ICEOL) APPEAL Conference – Topic: Spirituality and End of Life Care.

San Antonio, TX – National Catholic Healthcare Conference – February 2007

  • Topic: Spiritual Care integration into Palliative Care.

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