Community Service Award

The 8th Annual St. Louis International Salsa Bachata Congress  salutes the STLSBC 2017 Recipients!

Community Service Award Recipient


Recognizing individual who are dong outstanding community service should be celebrated.  This year's recipients have done Amazing things in the African American Community and the Hispanic Community.  Awards will be presented at the Saturday Night Champions Against Human Trafficking Showcase October 21, 2017 at 8pm.

         We Congratulate Eileen Wolfington and Teana Allen for being the 2017 Award winners

Eileen Wolfington

Hispanic Community Award Recipient

Eileen (Otero) Wolfington is currently a bilingual health and wellness program coordinator for Kingdom House, a nonprofit agency that delivers holistic programs and services to the economically disadvantaged.  In her position, Eileen recruits low income minority women, immigrants and refugees to participate in a 90-day wellness program.  Coaching women to exercise and motivating them to attend health and nutrition education classes has become her passion.  This desire was ignited while working as a community health worker (also known as a promotora de salud) for a local nonprofit health clinic called Casa de Salud.  For five years, this public health experience transformed her life both physically and spiritually.  She strived to become educated about chronic disease prevention and management.  This is evidenced by her previous contracted and volunteer opportunities.  They include being a bilingual lifestyle coach for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a facilitator for the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), a facilitator for Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (DSMP), a facilitator for OASIS, an organization that promotes healthy aging for individuals age 50 and over and being a certified Zumba instructor.  Eileen has vast interests.  Since 2004 to the present, she coordinates a monthly meeting for the Professional Latino Action Network (PLAN), a network that optimizes available community resources and services for Hispanics/Latinos in the metro St. Louis area.  In her church, she is a lector, a Jonah Prayer minister, a Eucharistic minister and a member of the choir.  She is also a co-chair for the Hispanic Ministry Commission for the St. Louis Archdiocese Office of Hispanic Ministry.  Affectionately known as La Morena, Eileen is a presenter of Mexican and Puerto Rican dances, culture and traditions.  She delivers cultural programs to children, teens and adults and enjoys engaging her audiences.  Eileen believes that “to whom much is given, much is required.”  To encourage others to learn how to heal from within by learning to live in complete harmony with mind, body and spirit, Eileen is currently studying to become a certified Healing Touch Practitioner.  She inspires her clients to live a heart-centered life, to practice mindfulness and to find the face of God in others. 

Eileen has a BA in General Business from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a Master of Education in Adult Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  She has been married to Daniel for 30 years.    

Eileen (Otero) Wolfington is currently a bilingual health and wellness program coordinator for Kingdom House, a nonprofit agency that delivers holistic programs and services to the economically disadvantaged.  In her position, Eileen recruits low income minority women, immigrants and refugees to participate in a 90-day wellness program.  Coaching women to exercise and motivating them to attend health and nutrition education classes has become her passion.  This desire was ignited while working as a community health worker (also known as a promotora de salud) for a local nonprofit health clinic called Casa de Salud.  For five years, this public health experience transformed her life both physically and spiritually.  She strived to become educated about chronic disease prevention and management.  This is evidenced by her previous contracted and volunteer opportunities.  They include being a bilingual lifestyle coach for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a facilitator for the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), a facilitator for Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (DSMP), a facilitator for OASIS, an organization that promotes healthy aging for individuals age 50 and over and being a certified Zumba instructor.  Eileen has vast interests.  Since 2004 to the present, she coordinates a monthly meeting for the Professional Latino Action Network (PLAN), a network that optimizes available community resources and services for Hispanics/Latinos in the metro St. Louis area.  In her church, she is a lector, a Jonah Prayer minister, a Eucharistic minister and a member of the choir.  She is also a co-chair for the Hispanic Ministry Commission for the St. Louis Archdiocese Office of Hispanic Ministry.  Affectionately known as La Morena, Eileen is a presenter of Mexican and Puerto Rican dances, culture and traditions.  She delivers cultural programs to children, teens and adults and enjoys engaging her audiences.  Eileen believes that “to whom much is given, much is required.”  To encourage others to learn how to heal from within by learning to live in complete harmony with mind, body and spirit, Eileen is currently studying to become a certified Healing Touch Practitioner.  She inspires her clients to live a heart-centered life, to practice mindfulness and to find the face of God in others. 

Eileen has a BA in General Business from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a Master of Education in Adult Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  She has been married to Daniel for 30 years.    

Teana Allen

African- American Community

Award Recipient

Teana Allen is very active in youth empowerment and community involvement. She is the Founder of a non-profit organization called Sistahs 2 Sistahs Network Inc., which consists of an organization for multi-ethnic pre-teen & teen girls (ages 10-16) and also women ages 25 & older called: Sistahs of Soul.

She is a woman who is ambitious, goal-driven and loves to smile, make people laugh and divide my heart between the things that she love the most...which includes GOD, her family, friends and those she can extend a helping hand.

Her goal is to increase pre-teen and teen girls lifelong commitment to building a strong network of supportive friends and civic involvement empowering them to plug into their natural gifts of "self " elements in life: acceptance, appreciation, awareness, esteem and worth !!

She accomplishes this by building a "CAN DO - WILL DO" attitude through a work of (PAIN ):

  •   Providing life skill education through workshops, programs, seminars and retreats

  •   Assisting within the community to help girls earn recognition, volunteer and community

    service hours for college and job applications

  •   Interacting with nursing facility residents teaching youth “the sense of LOVE comes from the HEART is worth more than monetary value”

  •   Networking to build a positive bond of friendships and having fun!!!

She gives recognition for part of her academic drive to her grandmother. Before her grandmother passed, she always told her, no matter what, she wanted her to finish school. Ms. Allen graduating with honors receiving two bachelor’s degrees, one in Business Administration and one in Computer Information Systems. “She dedicated one of her bachelor’s to her grandmother and the other to herself in achieving the goal of ‘I CAN DO IT!! Her journey continued by receiving her Masters in Organizational Management with a Specialization in Business Leadership. She is a member of a Business Honorary organization called Sigma Beta Delta and also a member of the NAPW - (National Association of Professional Women) as well as the NADP (National Association of Distinguished Professionals).

Teana's belief in the value of self-empowerment extends from her personal life and through her community service and volunteer work.

She believe the secret to success is to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life!”

 Awards will be presented at the Saturday Night Champions Against Human Trafficking Showcase October 21, 2017 at 8pm.  Purchase your ticket here!!

      

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