Blog Archives: Zenith

Dorrie P MudGirls With a resume that lists stints in fashion, advertising, and museum exhibition direction, Dorrie Papademetriou had made a mark in the art world. But a burning desire to effect social change led Dorrie to meld her art and social awareness into the founding and direction of MudGirls Studios to help… Read More
Indra Lyn Owens & Automne Bennett   Through their 20-year friendship, Indra Lyn Owens and Automne Bennett adamantly claim that they have never had an argument. So when Owens hatched the idea of an organization with the mission to cultivate young women, Bennett quickly offered help and encouragement in starting the Princess Inc. program. Princess Inc.… Read More
Lyntaga Smith Jewelry maker Lyntaga Smith can be forgiven for chuckling a bit as she watches commercial fishing vessels return to shore from chasing their catch. That’s because Lyntaga gathers her treasures of the sea just by walking the beach at low tide. This artistic “seaglunker,” a person who scours ocean beaches… Read More
Ricardo Belgrave Eminent African-American social reformer, statesman, and writer Frederick Douglass claimed, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Atlantic City teacher Ricardo Belgrave aspires to mirror that mantra with the creation of the Frederick Douglass School for Boys. “I researched why there was a gender gap… Read More
Kia Jones Ben Franklin’s axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” spotlights the guiding principle in the work of Program Supervisor Kia Jones and the Oceanside I Family Success Center. “Robin’s Nest, which is based out of Glassboro, is the umbrella for us with over 60 programs. Programs… Read More
Phyllis Papa As an 11-year-old ballet dancer, Phyllis Papa dreamed of heading her own ballet company. Presently artistic director of the Atlantic City Ballet, the Princeton native’s founding of the local company 34 years ago had an innocuous beginning. “Resorts was just getting established down here and Lillian Norton (wife of Resorts… Read More
Meg Sippy Like the children of Hamelin who became mesmerized by the Pied Piper’s flute, Meg Sippey has tracked her own flute-playing odyssey to the Executive Director’s chair of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. Meg’s musical career had its genesis on piano, but maternal pressure initiated a switch to the flute. Her professional… Read More
Michelle Carrera Opportunity presented itself to Michelle Carrera while growing up in a housing project in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Now, as Executive Director of the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club, her childhood opportunity is the spearhead of her ACBGC efforts. “We had a Boys Club in our community; girls were only… Read More
Jerry Gordon For Jerry Gordon, life has basically come full circle. Born and bred in Atlantic City, the self-published author of From Its Beginnings: The Jewish Community of the Atlantic City Area has returned to his boyhood home to chronicle the long-standing Jewish presence in the resort. “I started out working for… Read More
Dr. Daud Panah It’s a safe bet Dr. Daud Panah didn’t travel by bicycle when he emigrated from Afghanistan to the United States. But that’s exactly how the psychiatrist turned civic-minded activist landed in Atlantic City. “I came to South Jersey through bike riding. We would drive from Philly and ride the Boardwalk.… Read More