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contents 06 Dawna Lee Heising 11 Hollywood Oscars the Legends 12 Tarnia Slavreva 18 Riding with the Wind 22 Photographer Tom Barette 28 Strength of Art Overcame Fear of Bullying 30 Anuschka Miccoli 34 Sherrie Robins 38 Ask Françoise 40 Providing Feedback 41 Mark Hansen 46 Dementia & Alzheimer’s 47 Photographer Garry Shepperd 50 Straight From The Oven 52 Phillip Allan 56 Mailbag 60 Ask PC Kevin WE ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY PHOTO’S OR ARTWORK WITH COPYRIGHTS THAT ARE SUPPLIED TO US BY INDIVIDUALS FOR THEIR FEATURES 4


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Letter from The Editor Hello Dear Readers Welcome from all our CVH 1st Class team. We are delighted to bring you new and familiar faces and a few surprises this issue. Special thank you to our wonderful Graphic Designer and Publisher, Bob Alston, who, on each issue, exceeds himself on his creativity, especially as he is a very humble gentleman. Also very dedicated, are all our Columnists and Correspondents, and together we send you our best wishes and hope you may enjoy your journey through these pages. Christina V Howard Editor Christina V Howard Profile - Journalist, Radio Correspondent, PR/Marketing, Events Organiser, Fashion Style Coach, Theatre Producer, Former Textiles Lecturer, Fashion Catalogue Designer. Enjoys Science, Technology, Classic Cars, Singing, Cooking and Animals. Charity helper and a strong Humanitarian. CVH 1st Class is a Not-for-Profit organisation (As a family magazine we reserve the right not to print unsuitable material) ON THE COVER: Dawna Lee Heising © John Cox EDITOR Christina Howard | +44 (0)7713 973640 MARKETING/PRODUCTION/ DESIGN Christina Howard SOCIAL MEDIA Bob Alston EDITORS PA Stan Dwight EDITORIAL SECRETARY Sandra Boyce CORRESPONDENTS Anna Karin Carole Gray & Cerdan A Smith Tammie Starr Olga Vlady Jody Du Priest Gail Carson Pat Rowbottom Dr Gareth Presch Robyn Megan Silberman Hedi Elizabeth Hansen Stanley Goodrich Dr Nancy Fike COLUMNISTS Kevin Maddox Dr Kailash Chand OBE PC Kevin McEvoy Dr Amir Hannan Francoise Pascal Angela Brown Dr Judith Barbara Rosenblum Daniel Millan MAGAZINE DESIGN, PRO- DUCTION & PHOTOGRAPHY Bob Alston - RAPhotograhy WEBSITE Stephen Kimber | stevek100@yahoo. QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK AND SUBMISSIONS Phone: +44 (0)7713 973640 Statement of Copyright: CVH 1st Class magazine is owned and published electronically by CVH 1st Class Group. ©2015 all rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the prior consent of CVH 1st Class Group. Requests for permission should be directed to: 5


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Dawna Lee Heising – An Actress, Mother Exclusive Website: Facebook: Twitter: @dawnaleeheising IMDb: Instagram: Blog: © John Cox Stanley Goodrich lives in Laguna, Niguel, California. Public Relations Manager | SYSPRO - United States. One of the first to introduce software producers to introduce Enterprise Resource Planning software. As well as Co- host of ‘Eye On Entertainment’ TV, shown on the Time Warner Channel. Dawna Lee Heising is a rare blend of brains and beauty, her inheritance from a mixed racial background, daring, educated parents, famous relations, a smart, caring husband and wonderful daughters. Dawna’s father, Don N. Lee, immigrated to the US from China - by himself - at the age of 10. He lived in the back of a relative’s laundry in New York and joined the Air Force at 15. He remained a proud member of throughout his lifetime. He graduated from Stanford University and USC and was a respected and renowned aeronautical engineer and one of the innovators who developed the Patriot Missile. He boasted a M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering and 11 computer patents. At the age of 70, he returned to Claremont University to earn a M.S. in teaching and taught maths and chemistry in a high school in an underprivileged neighbourhood. When he retired as an engineer in his 70’s, he went back to college, got a teaching license, and taught high school in an underprivileged neighbourhood. Dawna is a blend of Chinese, Japanese and American Indian. Dawna’s mother, Fumie Lee, is Japanese-American and was interned during World War II at the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona with her family when she was a child. She graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class and was voted “Most Beautiful.” She attended nursing school in northern California and worked as a charge nurse at UCI Medical Centre for many years. Dawna’s grandparents came from Japan and ran a carnation farm in Carlsbad, which they lost when they were interned during WWII. However, her grandfather started another carnation farm in Encinitas after the war and made a lot of money through the stock market, though he continued to live frugally. Dawna’s uncle on her mother’s side, Jack Fujimoto, was the first Asian American to become president of a major higher education institution in the mainland of the United States when he became president of Sacramento City College in 1977. He was awarded with Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun award on November 15, 2011, for his contributions to the advancement of Japanese language studies and the promotion of Japan studies and Japanese culture. Dawna’s uncle, Tak Fujimoto, is a legendary cinematographer who is known for his work on such films as ‘Silence of the Lambs’, ‘Philadelphia’, and ‘The Sixth Sense’. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and attended film school in the U.K. He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1997. 6


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r, Business Woman – and One Nice Lady by Stan Goodrich There’s more – Dawna’s cousin, David Ka Lik Wong, won a Primetime Emmy for ‘Peter and the Wolf ’ on Broadway. He won it with his partner George Daugherty, a classically trained conductor. They were also nominated for a Daytime Emmy for “Rhythm and Jam” and for the children’s series ‘Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat’. They currently are producing and performing ‘Bugs Bunny’ at the Symphony. Her cousin, Jimmy Wong, and David’s brother, was the first Asian fashion model in the industry’s history to be the signature cover model -- both print and runway - for both Armani and Versace in Paris, Milan, New York, et al, and was a hugely sought after fashion model in both the U.S. and Europe for years. Dawna’s husband, Paul, is a certified financial planner (CFP) with his own company and has been awarded the Five Star Wealth Manager Award every year since 2012 by Los Angeles Magazine. He teaches marketing part-time to food science graduate students at Chapman University and Retirement Planning at UCLA and Santa Monica College. He was formerly the vice president of new products at ConAgra, where he introduced the Healthy Choice food line. Dawna’s daughter, Marissa, graduated from San Diego State and is a pharmaceutical rep for Sanofi-Aventis, where she has won awards for her work ethic, including a trip for her and her husband Sammy to France. She recently received a promotion to cover the Huntington Beach, California territory. Marissa starred in a Contour Chair commercial with Art Linkletter when she was eight years old and played a Japanese princess in ‘Chisai Samurai’ for Academy Award-winning director Chris Tashima. Dawna’s other daughter, Misty, graduated from UCLA and Albany Medical College. She has done internships at Cal Tech, Columbia University and at the National Institute of Health. Misty spent a year in Japan as a Fulbright scholar and now works as a child psychiatrist at UCLA. Misty recently received a 2017 George Ginsberg Fellowship Award from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. The AADPRT/ George Ginsberg Fellowship acknowledges the excellence and accomplishments of outstanding residents interested in education and teaching that are pursuing careers as clinician-educators and/or academic administrators. 1st C lcasvs © John Cox azine 7


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residents interested in education and teaching that are pursuing careers as clinician-educators and/or academic administrators. Dawna’s Education and Business Career Dawna earned an A.S. Degree in Chemistry from Cypress College and an A.A. Degree in Theater Arts from Fullerton College. She became a member of Sal Romeo’s Friends & Artists Theatre Company for many years, along with Dustin Nguyen of the television series 21 Jump Street. While studying Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, Dawna won the title Miss San Francisco Universe and was discovered for the TV Series “Fantasy Island,” for the role of ‘Miss Hawaii’. She also played Cleo the Snake Dancer in the last episode of ‘Magnum P.I.’, the Hawaiian Governor’s wife in ‘The New Gidget’, and was featured in the film ‘Blade Runner’, Taking a break from acting, Dawna returned to school, earning a B.S. Degree in Business Management and a MBA degree from Pepperdine University. She then secured employment as a marketing director with hardware and software technology companies. Before returning to the film industry, she worked as the vice president for a point-of-sale software start-up, SpotSync. Currently, Dawna is the vice president for Aki Aleong’s Mustard Seed Media Group (www., the CEO of Eye on Excellence ™ Productions and the CEO and Host of Eye on Entertainment. Dawna’s Pagent Career Dawna started out in community service by winning city and county pageants in Orange County, California, including Miss Cypress, Miss Hawaiian Gardens and Miss Orange County Universe, and through attending city functions, council meetings, events, and grand openings. She won Miss California Hemisphere and continued in pageants after she was married, winning Mrs. Orange County America, Mrs. California United States 2000, Mrs. American Achievement 2001, Ms. U.S. World 2007, Ms. World 2008, Ms. Universe 2009, among other titles. More recently, she won Miss Celebrities of Social Media 2014, Miss Galactic Film Festival 2015 and Miss SORTFlix 2015. Dawna says that she learned much about her Chinese heritage by winning the prestigious Miss Los Angeles Chinatown contest, and through attending events, festivals, dinners and grand openings in Los Angeles Chinatown almost every weekend during her year-long reign. The pageant sponsors sent her on a two week trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong, where she learned about the great Chinese culture firsthand. Dawna’s Film Career Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance Dawna expresses deep thanks to filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka for casting her in ‘Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’, which received great reviews around the world. “I had the amazing good fortune to be cast by Gregory in a scene with cult legend Tommy Wiseau of ‘The Room’.” Wiseau will soon be portrayed in a film by James Franco. ‘Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’ is the sequel to the cult classic ‘Samurai Cop’ (1991), and stars Mark Frazier and Mathew Karedas. Alongside the original cast, the film also stars iconic actors such as Mel Novak; Bai Ling; Tommy Wiseau; Laurene Landon; Thomas J. Churchill; Joe Estevez; Kristine De Bell; and many other stars. Being a part of ‘Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’ changed Dawna’s life and career. “I’ve received positive attention from my scene with Tommy Wiseau and discovered my wonderful manager Joe Williamson from the film. Joe is an associate producer on ‘Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance’ and is the vice president of publicity for Gregory’s company Cinema Epoch. I am cast in two of Gregory Hatanaka’s upcoming films in 2017: ‘American Mobster: Retribution’ and ‘Mad Cowgirl 2’.” Amityville Dawna plays the Nosy Neighbour in Dustin Ferguson’s Film ‘Amityville, Evil Never Dies’. which stars screen legend Mark Patton. Ferguson has a documentary coming out in late 2017 called ‘Scream Queen My Nightmare on Elm Street’. Ferguson will be writing and filming the last movie in Albert Pyun’s highly successful ‘Nemesis’ series of sci-fi/action Films. Dawna is excited to be cast in the last Nemesis film. Canaan Land In this Richard Rossi’s faith-based film, Dawna has the role of Connie. Dawna believes that the ‘Canaan Land’ will make worldwide impact. Richard has added two scenes for Dawna and they filmed at Dog Beach in Huntington Beach in 2017. A scene at the end of Canaan Land will reunite Dawna with Snowball, Elizabeth Rossi’s beautiful little white dog, who is her co-star in the film. Eye on Entertainment Dawna started the television show ‘Eye on Entertainment’ on Time Warner Cable in 2005. She was working as a marketing director in technology, but missed show business so much that she teamed up with Linda Maxwell of Time Warner Cable and film-maker John Cox to travel to Hollywood after 9


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© John Cox azine 1st C lcasvs work (12 hour days!) and on weekends and doing interviews with actors, directors and producers. Stan Goodrich joined Eye on Entertainment as a guest host and Renah Wolzinger joined as an editor. Today Eye on Entertainment is shown across the United States on producer Jerry Moore’s Prime Network. Dawna was honored with a 2013 EOTM Award for Outstanding Television Talk Show Host. The Entrepreneurs on the Move (EOTM) Awards celebrate entrepreneurial achievements and performances in business, philanthropy and the arts. Dawna says she was especially happy because her husband Paul and her mother, Fumie Lee, were in the audience to watch her accept the award. Acting Dawna has done six films with film-maker Jared Masters and was honoured to win a 2014 Mockfest Film Festival Award for Best Actress for Jared’s film ‘Teachers’ Day’. Dawna is currently studying acting at South Coast Repertory, the award-winning theatre in Costa Mesa, California. She studied the Uta Hagen method with Emily Heebner at South Coast Repertory and is currently taking Acting for the Camera with Thomas Rivera. She is also studying the Strasberg method with a great actor, who also happens to be a pastor, Michael Sewell. CVH 1st Class wish Dwana Lee Heising every continued success in her career. 10


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Hollywood Oscars the Legends by Carole Gray & Cerdan A Smith Carole Gray and Cerdan Smith, Hollywoods Golden Media Couple. Carole herself is a renowned Celebrity, CoHost, Vocalist, Singer and Songwriter. Cerdan is a Celebrity Media Host and a renowned artist. Both enjoy socialising, healthy food and music. They say it’s a new sheriff in town, somewhat! A new one every season; stone-faced, broad shoulders; heartless; and never seems to smile. He’s seen as a adjudicator of dreams that only a special few ever claim flight. The spoils of fame, milk, and honey; will sometimes fade in its own time, leaving a legacy of memories of a clock that chimes. Erect and powerful; it administers trophies of glow; and select talented ones believe all along, and know just how powerful the Oscar is. This star-studded Olympia of the silver screen with worldwide desires of open and closed doors that houses success, failures and often presents broken dreams. This old Sheriff of entertainment; chooses the best of the best. Who are these seekers of such gifts of international acclaim? Well, Emil Jannings was the very first Oscar recipient for Best Actor; and Janet Gaynor for Best Actress in 1929. The first Academy Award Ceremony was given by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; and held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Later on Oscars went to Hattie McDaniel; Joan Crawford; Elizabeth Taylor; Marlon Brando; and to date Leonardo DiCaprio; Halle Berry, and Ben Kingsley to only name a few. These Premier chosen are crowned with the highest honours of screen nobility with badges on the stratosphere of true talent; that will be entombed in history. One does not need sunglasses to travel into an evolution of perfection; and it is like choosing a never-ending rainbow within the majestic mountains; veering into fountains; a pool of reflections; and a thunderous judgement to who really is deserving. Each of us have our own opinion; and have decreed the winner effortlessly; yet it is the Sheriff who declares who will step into that paramount moment of achievement. Striving for perfection is a barometer of measurements. Is it him or her? The Oscar will clearly see in the conclusion of the final performances given from the greatest. Elevation is endowed coupled with the mystery and majesty of endless positive pride; forwarding amassing roles in the unveiling; and recognition of what constitutes nomination. Roles like those of the seasoned Charles Loughton; Sidney Poitier; and Betty Davis. The Oscar is the tentacles of entertainment power; a matriarch and holds the keys to our emotions; deputizing with it’s tin star; and golden statuette trophy called “Oscar” I asked Cerdan A Smith who would be his choice for an Oscar? He replied ‘ Liam Neeson who has never won.’ Our expressions are solely based on our own personal entertainment experiences; and remember you are a star. Until the next issue, we love you all, Carole and Cerdan. Cerdan Designs Art Entertainment Media Ambassadors for Peace, Universal Peace Federation 11


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Tania Stavreva Exclusive by Christina V Howard Tania Stavreva is an international pianist; wherever she goes her magnificent talent echoes her distinguished unforgettable performances. Her great talent wows audiences. She certainly is creating a great stir today in the music industry. © Reginald Wilson Q&A As a child, who was your role model? “My parents. They are the most dedicated, honest, loving and hard-working parents a kid could dream of! They taught me discipline, persistence, patience, how to be strong and that great things come with a lot of hard work and determination no matter what, they are my heroes.” Which pianist inspired you? “My very first role model was the great legendary pianist Sviatoslav Richter. I grew up in Bulgaria in a musical family and I was listening to a lot of classical music at home and at concerts as a child. There was always music around me! My father often played LP records by Richter and he often spoke about his (Richter’s) genius. Richter wasn’t only a genius but a force of nature. He inspired many young generations ahead and pianists always go to his amazing recordings to get inspiration and learn about the art of piano playing. Richter is a very pure and honest artist when it comes to his musical interpretations, which I respect a lot. Artists like him are rare nowadays. This is what takes me the most in one’s work – real honesty, convincing ideas and focus on the art instead of the self in the performance. Piano teachers always recommend that students go to the library and listen to Richter.” Who were your other favourite Musicians and Composers? “My parents were playing at home mainly music performed by artists such as Richter, Horowitz, Emil Gilels, David Oistrakh, Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, A. Weissenberg, Karajan, Mravinsky, Maria Callas, Anton Dikov and their style of playing influenced me as a child. As a late teenager I started listening also to some rock ’n’ roll, some jazz and some pop: Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey (the early albums) I grew up in already democratic Bulgaria so it was the time when things from the West started to influence the East. My father liked listening to jazz too so I got to be introduced to some of the greatest jazz legends.” Your parents certainly had a good taste for music and what was it like growing up in Bulgaria as your music studies intensified? “I was a lucky child. When I went to school, I was in a very intensive music program at the National Music School “Dobrin Petkov” where I studied until 12th grade and it was like living in 2 different worlds between school and home and I was surrounded by the world of classical music and then from school, turning on the radio or TV hearing and watching pop/rock stars on MTV, VH1, Even while waiting for 12


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the bus back then, newspaper stand with magazines about Hollywood’s latest’s movie stars, gossips, etc. Popular culture started to influence Bulgarian media and it was strange to me when I was a kid. People outside school and home weren’t talking about classical music so much… I realised that there is some very good jazz, rock and pop music and also, especially in the 80s and 90s, there are stars who are stars but also great artists. Nowadays being a star and being an artist is sort of separate…to me classical music was the beginning but then I realized that no matter what the musical genre is, I’m very inspired by true artists. (Freddie Mercury, Whitney Houston, Richter, etc.) - Their energy and natural connection with the audience is so hard to even describe with words! Regardless the musical genre, they deliver their art in most inspiring way to their audiences.” What influenced you to be a composer? “Growing up I was playing and listening to a lot to the following composers - Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Mendelssohn, C. Frank, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin (late school years) to name a few. Now I’m very inspired by 20th and some 21st century composers. I like to mix traditional with modern repertoire in my programs. My recent album Rhythmic Movement it includes works composed by me, as well as 20th and 21st century modern composers.” When did you know that Music would be your life and career? “I always knew it. It was never a matter of getting famous or making a lot of money. I would continue to do music no matter what. Money and fame is not why I got into music. I feel that I was born in it and it is a part of me from early childhood. I started playing at age 4 and always played every day for years and years, it is part of my lifestyle too,. I always had focus and direction in music and I never had doubts. Even when I went to a Conservatory later, some friends asked me why I choose to go to a Conservatory instead of an University since in an University I could change my major in I wanted to. And I was like – “…Well… why would I have to change my major?” I’ve never thought of that. This just doesn’t make sense to me.’ If you were granted a wish to travel back in time into the past name two people you would like to meet? “Horowitz – this man has exceptional charisma. He inspired me to learn the Piano Sonata by Samuel Barber (also known as The Barber Sonata), several Scriabin pieces and sonatas; Horowitz was a big influence on me in late high school and Conservatory. Why? I feel a connection with his music and art. When I feel such connection I like to share ideas and collaborate. What questions I would ask him? Ha ha, maybe if I could have a lesson with him! “Second person I’d like to meet - Freddie Mercury – Probably my favourite rock singer of all times, such an inspiring voice and talent! This is the time when I wanted to play the piano in a way that it has the energy of the band. Queen was the bridge to me getting more into rock music later.” Who would you like to meet? “Leonard Bernstein – he is incredible musician, with great personality. I have seen also many of his interviews and he is somebody I wish I could perform with (him conducting) me. I wish I could ask him if he could compose a piano concerto for me and that I could premiere it under his baton.” You are very lucky to be working with the great producer Ron Saint Germain. “Yes, Ron Saint Germain. He is not only incredible as a producer but also an amazing person and human being. I love working with him and he is one of the blessings I happened to have in my life. I am grateful that I’ve met him and that he produced my album Rhythmic Movement it was recently released at The Tenri Cultural Institute of New York in West Village). All info about the album” is on my web site www. What are your hobbies? “Meditation, find time to see friends, go to the gym, yoga, go to dinners,I love going to events like cocktails, galas, red carpets and enjoy film screening through different film programs or festivals. In general I love all the arts, especially theatre, film, dance, literature, visual art, and I have a great appreciation for museums, galleries too.” 14


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What is your fashion style? “Long fitted black gown with tiara-like headband and long earrings for my classical recitals and black short mini dress or black cocktail dress with black boots, tights (bandage dress style), chocker, head-wear, earrings for my modern percussive and experimental projects (electroacoustic, rock ‘n’ roll, metal, etc.).” Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time? “On the big picture – I’d like to have my own ensemble and continue to tour internationally and even more intensively. I would like to form also my own teaching program and inspire more kids outside professional music schools to also get familiar with classical music and its different styles.” classical music programs could be programmed in a similar manner (you could have a program that is more jazzy, youthful and fun – like my album Rhythmic Movement, or played a program that is very serious and dramatic (drama), or could be prepare a program with more romantic works (love), or you could have a program of war sonatas by Prokofev (action), with classical music you could choose to be an actor who transforms completely from one character to another and jump from Baroque to Contemporary or you could choose to be a star and always play the same character that you think that suits you best (it might get a bit tricky if the program is supposed to be drama, action, comedy etc. and the character stays always the same… no comment here). So, I feel that classical music in general is incredible because it is so rich.” How would you describe classical music to youngsters? “I would like to explain to kids that classical music is very, very rich. Similar to films and theatre, you could choose to watch (listen to) a comedy, action, drama, tragedy, romance, thriller, etc. I feel that Thank you Tania for our lovely chat. “Thank you so much Christina for your support and interest in what I do. Much love, Tania.” CVH 1st Class wish Tania Stavreva every continued success. 1st C lcasvs © Reginald Wilson azine Find out more here: 15



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