Mr. Tim Swain is an award-winning poet, educator, and catalyst for social change. He has used poetry to transform thousands of lives across the globe and has been the keynote speaker at dozens of conferences, colleges and churches. Swain has headlined venues in Mexico and Africa focusing on empowerment through literacy, as well as had his work serve as the inspiration for Why I Write, a national, anti-bullying campaign in London, England. 

He holds a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos and works diligently to improve the lives of disenfranchised communities through the performing arts, mentoring, and community empowerment programs.


Dr. Rome D. Meeks is a Psychologist who primarily works with individuals and groups mainly in underserved communities. His work focuses on the neurological effects of physical, social, and environmental stress on youth living in poor, urban areas. His research also focuses on African-American identity development, and various dimensions of social justice.  In addition, Rome is a community program developer and has experience in program evaluation. Rome earned his bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Science and Technology Studies, and a master’s and doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University.