Creative / Publication Team
William E. Berry, Jr.
Publisher / CEO
William E. Berry, Jr. hails from the Bronx, NY via traveling the world. He distinguished himself in a variety of senior academic, executive, and student affairs administrative assignments at major universities and colleges. An activist educator, change agent, and academician interested in the dynamics of empowerment, diversity, sustainability, culture, and organizational effectiveness, he served as assistant dean for undergraduate studies at the State University Center at Stony Brook; directed Antioch University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in Maryland; served as dean of student affairs at the Harlem, NY based Malcolm-King College, and provided executive level assistance to three presidents at Rockland Community College (SUNY).
He served as the founding dean of institutional initiatives at Cayuga Community College (SUNY); held the joint positions of executive assistant to the president and associate dean of college relations at York College (CUNY), and was recruited to serve as vice president of student affairs at Briarcliffe College on Long Island. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate-levels; presented at numerous national conferences, and holds an undergraduate degree in History from Lehman College, a Masters in Afro-American Studies from Boston University, and completed doctoral level coursework in Urban History at New York University.
A current resident of Auburn, NY, bill’s prolific management background complements his penchant and passion for supporting all phases of art and culture especially the written word, the visual and performing arts, and artists. His thirty year plus association with a wide variety of arts organizations, emerging and established artists, and other visionaries shaped the core and philosophy of what is aaduna.
In early 2010, bill launched aaduna, Inc., a non-profit company with the primary purpose of producing a thrice yearly publication that seeks to identify new and emerging writers and artists, especially creative people of color. And in doing so, he plans to create a different paradigm and community between artist and the marketplace. He continues to write fiction (short stories and a novel in progress), as well as essays dealing with diversity and educational management issues. For aaduna, he does what is needed…whenever.
Visual Arts Editor & Executive Manager of Administration and Marketing
Lisa Brennan, is the webmaster of aaduna’s website and oversees the technical aspects involved with the thrice annual publication of aaduna artists’ written content and gallery presentations of visual art. She also designed the aaduna logo, transitioning a Southeast Asian art work into a plausible graphic design. Lisa started her pursuit of painting and art in the 3rd grade when she studied under the tutelage of artist Professor Walter Long, who served as the founding director and decades-long leader of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art. Her monochromatic acrylic wall mural of “race horses pounding to the finish line” completed when she was a senior in high school remains on permanent display at Auburn High School.
Rosemary Blake, born in New York City, educated in the public schools, the College of New Rochelle, the New School, and Yale University, has explored six of the planet’s seven continents. She has visited ashrams in India, viewed the great migration across the plains of Kenya and Tanzania, took a one-year around-the-world sojourn and is still left with many places to discover. She contributed to Go Girl! The Black Woman’s Book of Travel & Adventure and edited four periodicals; she chaired an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater school committee, and created a documentary film production company. The Uzima Collection is her line of jewelry that fashions beads, crystals, and gemstones into wearable art and healing energy, and Uzima Services is her financial management business.
Rosemary has spent twenty years as executive director of a $500 million pension fund, was president of the Women’s Economic Circle, serves numerous organizations as a board member, and maintains a daily meditation practice.
Kenneth G. Gary, Sr
Kenneth G. Gary, Sr. was born in Atchison, Kansas, grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he earned a degree in Biological Anthropology at Harvard University. Professionally he is an IT Architect working across the nation and internationally. He has six siblings and has been a storyteller in the oral tradition for his children, their children, his nephews and nieces and their children. It is a strong family tradition. Writing is a recent passion in his life, discovered through his past and with one of his sisters. The two of them have written a book containing 12 short stories, “Haunting Spiritual Stories.” Their second book is underway. Read publisher bill berry’s interview with Kenneth: http://aaduna.org/fallwinter2014/conversations/conversation-with-kenneth-g-gary-sr/
Pamela Havens was born and raised in Plattsburgh, NY. She discovered a “second home” in the Finger Lakes when she attended and graduated with a BA in English/American Literature from Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls. She went on to earn an MA in liberal studies, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York, College of Plattsburgh, before finding her way back to Central New York. Her 35-year professional career has encompassed forays in commercial radio, public television and nearly three decades in higher education administration. She is currently a member of the advancement team at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
Pam has lent her expertise to various volunteer activities including the Auburn Kiwanis Club, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 1 and the Association of Donor Relations Professionals, from which she received the Founders Award in 2008. She currently serves as Board member emeritus and immediate past chair of the Eisenhower College Alumni Association, Inc., and was the recipient of that organization’s Legacy Award in July 2013. Her avocations from an early age have included penning poetry, short stories and plays. She now has three novels in various stages of development.
Austin Saalman is the author of the “Automatic Orchestra,” which is currently in the final phase of novelization; aside from fiction, he is also the author of numerous non-fiction essays and research projects, as well as several volumes of verse. He lives in southern Indiana with his family. Read publisher bill berry’s interview with Austin: http://aaduna.org/summer2014/conversations/austin-morgan/
Linda González is the author of the memoir The Cost of Our Lives. She has published essays in literary journals and books, served as a judge for Latino Books awards, is a storyteller, and received her MFA from Goddard College. You can read more of her writing at www.lindagonzalez.net and learn about her thriving practice as a life coach, assisting writers and others to discover and reach their precious goals.
Born in Los Angeles, Linda has called the San Francisco Bay Area her home for 30+ years and lives and plays tennis in Marin County. She is still raising and being raised by her beloved millennial twins Teotli and Gina.
Sarah Khan, also known by the pseudonym of Bazigha Khan, is a poet, researcher, fiction and nonfiction writer from Karachi, Pakistan. Her work has appeared in national and international magazines/journals namely Young World, aaduna, Vshine Magazine, North West Words, Soapstone Creek Literary Journal, Student’s Voice, Khabarfeed, PenSlips, Cat on a Leash Review and Teen ink. She has been the winner and the runner-up in four national poetry/story-writing competitions. Being a researcher, her research and review articles have appeared in Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Austin Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Information, EC Psychology & Psychiatry and Journal of Depression and Anxiety. A collection of her short stories ‘Life’s Peculiarities’ got published in January 2017 (https://www.meraqissa.com/book/124.) From September 2014 to March 2016, she was the cover story writer for Vshine International Magazine (Karachi, Pakistan.) Currently she serves as a guest contributing editor for the literary journal, aaduna (New York, USA). She was also invited to be a judge for prose competition at Karachi Grammar School in February 2018.
Tamara J. Madison
Tamara J. Madison is an internationally traveled writer, poet, and performer. Her critical and creative works have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies including Poetry International, Extract, Web del Sol Review of Books, Tidal Basin Review, and aaduna. She has also been published in the anthologies, Temba Tupu (RedSea Press), Check the Rhyme (LitNoire Press) and SisterFire (HarperCollins).
She is the author of Collard County, A Collection of Short Stories, and Kentucky Curdled, a poetry/essay collection and poetry audiobook. Her album, Naked Voice, is Grand Prize Winner of the First Literary Recording Contest for Manzanita Quarterly and AUTHENTIC VOICEwork Records. Her most recent poetry collection Threed, This Road Not Damascus was short-listed under the title, Breast Poems, in the 2015 Willow Books Literature Award for poetry and is a forthcoming publication with Trio House Press for spring 2019 .
Tamara has performed and recorded her work for stage, television, and studio. She enjoys facilitating creative writing and expressions workshops for both youths and adults. She currently lives in Orlando where she teaches as a professor of English and creative writing at Valencia College. She also loves teaching a community Zumba class. For more information, visit her home on the web. www.tamarajmadison.com.
Sarah Wyman, Ph.D
When she’s not writing or teaching in the Hudson Valley, Sarah Wyman coaxes morning glories and trumpet vines over her backyard tipi. Her poems have appeared in Quarry, Petrichor Review,Aaduna, Home Planet News, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley (Codhill), Mudfish, Ekphrasis, and AMP. Her chapbook, Sighted Stoneswill be published by Finishing Line Press (2018). She teaches poetry, modern drama, and U.S. literature at SUNY New Paltz where she is an associate professor, and runs poetry reading and writing workshops at the Shawangunk prison. As director of the faculty center, she offers professional development workshops and leads faculty/staff hikes in the Mohonk Preserve and surrounding areas. https://faculty.newpaltz.edu/sarahwyman.
Board of Directors
aaduna is guided by the support and wisdom of folks who have a commanding and influential presence in the larger community. More importantly, each member continues to veer her/his organization to enhanced heights of public visibility, recognition, and sustained growth. The aaduna Board of Directors consists of the following persons in alphabetical order:
- Dr. Walt Aikman, Community Activist, Tree Planting/Invasive Plant Control Specialist & Consultant, Auburn, NY
- Sheila Applegate, International Seer, Healer, Teacher, and Author of Enchanted One, The Portal to Love, Lafayette, NY
- Dave Bergan, JD; Co-owner, Bergan Brothers Clothing, Syracuse, New York.
- William E. Berry, Jr., ; Publisher and CEO, aaduna, Inc., Auburn, NY.
- Ellen Blalock, Artist; Videographer with Syracuse.com, Syracuse, New York
- Lisa Brennan, Regional Sales Representative (VT, NY, CT, NH), The UPS Store; NY Licensed Real Estate Broker; Executive Manager of Administration and Marketing, aaduna, Inc., Auburn, NY
- Billye Chabot, Executive Director, Seward House Museum, Auburn, NY
- Eli Hernandez, President, Auburn/Cayuga NAACP, Auburn, NY
- Sean McLeod, President of the New York Institute of Dance and Education; Artistic Director of the Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre; Executive Producer of the New York Dance Festival, Auburn, NY
Honorary Board Advisors
- Sally Wood Winslow, Artist, Rochester, NY
- Nia Rock, Vice President, Community Re-investment/Foundation Manager, Sovereign Bank, New York City, NY
- Joyce Y. Hartsfield, Attorney-at-Law, New York City, NY