Camilla Downs – President
“Each of us has a Different gift that lies within us. Some amongst us just need a little extra help in discovering that gift and sharing it for the benefit of the world. ”
I am Mom to Lillian and Thomas Darnell and am a Special Needs Life Coach and the author of D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance.
As a Special Needs Life Coach I inspire families and individuals with special needs to SOAR . . . By Providing and Defining Solutions, Opportunities, Abilities and Resources. I work with families to create and facilitate a Circle of Support for the family member with special needs and create a Life Quality Plan using person centered planning.
My six year old son, Thomas, cracks me up with his fantastic imagination and adds to my joy and happiness in an indescribable way! Don’t get me wrong, though! There are times when I’d like to pretend that I don’t know him and I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into with this sometimes “not so nice” young man!!
My ten year old daughter, Lillian, is a self proclaimed fairy princess and I happen to agree with her 100%. Lillian is the spark that ignited the creation of the Turning Views Foundation and the Different iz Good movement. To really grasp how this all came to be please check out my “I Have a Dream” post and an expanded biography on the Camilla Downs website.
Glenna Smith – Treasurer
“There are so many wonderful non-profit organizations that serve communities with varied needs but never have I been inclined to be a part of those boards. The ‘Different Iz Good‘ non-profit organization is important to me because of a remarkable young lady, Ms. Lillian Darnell, and her amazing and inspirational mother, Ms. Camilla Downs. My friendship with these two ‘movers and shakers’ has been filled with wonderful times, growth (on my part), and incredible inspiration. I would do anything to help these two special ladies. It is my hope that, while serving on this board, I help raise awareness of those with genetic differences and assist with educating and advocating for children and adults alike.”
Glenna E. Smith is the President & CEO of the Referral Institute of Nevada, Inc. Since 1999, she has successfully grown her business “word of mouth” and now shows entrepreneurs how they too can, in a focused and strategic approach, see incredible results through Networking and Referral and Relationship Marketing.
Networking is the important catalyst when developing and implementing your Referral and Relationship Marketing Plan. You can network anywhere but that does not mean that you should network everywhere! Glenna shares how to network in the right places with the right people for your business.
Referral Marketing is about leveraging our time and empowering our trusted relationships to achieve business success in any kind of market conditions! As a passionate writer, speaker, and facilitator, Glenna is dedicated to each of her client’s success by showing them how to play more, work less, and Create Referrals For Life®!
Georges Detiveaux – Secretary
“I am proud to serve as a Different iz Good board member, especially because I see great potential in emerging technologies that can help the differently abled learn and express themselves better. In my own teaching, I have come to value differences in learning styles, learning strategies, and multiple intelligences: different is good, indeed!”
Georges Detiveaux is a language technologist, faculty trainer, and French professor at Lone Star College-CyFair in Houston, Texas. An advocate for language learning, teaching with technology, and multicultural awareness, Georges is a former president of the Houston chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and current president of the South Central Association for Language Learning Technology.
Georges was recently knighted by the French government as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Brenda Do – Director
“We’re all unique in how we perceive the world: how we think and how we feel. Being able to share our unique feelings and thoughts with others is one of the most satisfying gifts we can give and receive.”
Prior to becoming a professional copywriter, Brenda developed her communication skills during an 11- year career in sales, sales management and sales training. This provided a technical and psychological understanding of how to tailor communication approaches to differing audiences.
As a professional copywriter, Brenda deepened her communication skills further, excelling in representing the voice of an organization, and engaging their audience to the organization’s message. Her writing achieves this by creating a strong emotional and logical connection between the organization and their audience. By maintaining an ideal balance between emotion and logic, Brenda effectively increases audience interest, builds loyalty, and drives action when needed.
In 2004, Brenda founded Brenda Lewis Copywriting, LLC. Her detailed, collaborative approach helps her easily integrate with client teams to develop effective, creative copy for online, print and radio campaigns. She has developed communications collateral for non-profit and government agencies including CPS Human Resources, and The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. And she consistently writes sales and marketing material that generates high response rates and revenues for companies spanning nutritional supplements to business support services.
Brenda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Studies from University of California, San Diego. And completed a masters level copywriting course from American Writers & Artists Inc. She received further education as a prestigious “copy cub” of Parris Lampropolous – who is currently ranked as the #1 copywriter in the country.
Kimberly Phipps-Nichol – Director
Kimberly Phipps-Nichol, LEED A.P., IIDA Founder & President, Blue Water Studio
“Most people who know me have heard me say at some point or another “I don’t fancy normal.” I chose to accept the Different iz Good Board Member position because I’m all about Different. I was blessed to grow up working in my mom’s pediatric office. As a primary care provider, she was highly sought out by families of special needs children because of her deep and abiding love for all of God’s children, but particularly those with special needs. She took more time with families than most primary care providers, insisting on seeing fewer patients per hour than other regional pediatric offices. Working in that setting enlightened me to the very unique and uncommon gifts that special needs children bring to our world. They are very special messengers from our Creator, bringing stories and experiences that we “normal” folk might not be open to if they had come from our “normal” children, brothers and sisters. God’s beauty is deep and wide, and we are only privy to it all if we open our hearts to the beats of Different drummers.”
Kimberly’s first goal for every project is to design healthy indoor environments, whether they are part of a large campus-type setting or small, temporary kiosks. With national accreditations from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and additional training through the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC), the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), and healthcare facilities planning using the GGHC and Planetree patient-centered care models, Kimberly provides unparalleled design & construction knowledge and experience to her varied clientele. She also helps clients new to holistic, sustainable design understand that truly good design goes beyond the aesthetic and environmental aspects, and is critical to the health and welfare of the occupants.
The daughter of a pediatric nurse practitioner and a pediatric respiratory therapist, Kimberly grew up working in several children’s health facilities in her native Florida. Early on, she witnessed firsthand numerous childhood illnesses that were suspicious in their origin, and many were often exacerbated by occupancy within certain buildings. This exposure has had a lasting impact on how spaces are designed materials are considered and specified for the built environment. Blessed to spend much of her childhood on her grandparent’s sailboat, a love of the sea and land was instilled at a young age, thus informing her environmental commitment.
Kimberly was recently named one of the Top 20 Women under the age of 40 in Commercial Real Estate in North America by Commercial Real Estate Women Network in their annual 20 Under 40 Award. Her environmental expertise also provides Kimberly an excellent foundation for her lecturing engagements, press coverage and curriculum development.
EDUCATION & ACCREDITATION Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design and Space Planning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council (LEED AP) National Council for Interior Design Qualification certification #14489 Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design, Interior Designer license # 042-ID San Francisco Institute of Architecture, MBA in Sustainability, in process