Judah-Abijah Dorrington attended Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and Emerson College (Boston, MA) where Judah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Community Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Human Services Planning and Development from the College of Public and Community Service at The University of Massachusetts Boston . Judah is currently a partner/owner, business manager, planning and development strategist at DORRINGTON & SAUNDERS, LLC (Boston, MA/Atlantic City, NJ) an organizational planning & development, counseling, education & training consulting firm for individuals, public, non-profit, private entities and faith communities and President/CEO of the Art Dorrington Ice Hockey Foundation.
Her professional career evolved out of her love for community service and activism and over 40 years of clinical practice, training, management, planning and development in criminal justice/community corrections, trauma informed behavioral health, recovery, youth services, sexuality and gender (LGBQAI+/Transgender/non-binary), HIV/AIDS, women's services, social justice and diversity/cultural competence. Judah is known as an innovative planning and development specialist with a unique gift, talent, and ability to analyze and assess problems and operationalize concepts into policy and practice. Judah is a visionary; known for her work as an innovative government and organizational strategic planning and development specialist, educator, activist, community organizer, negotiator, and human relationships coach. Judah’s skills in business, vision development, application, strategic planning, event production, television/video/music production and the arts have enabled Judah to travel the US holistically empowering and assisting people, communities, governments, organizations and institutions in their efforts toward economic/social justice, and spiritual liberation in culturally competent ways : Bringing Vision to Fruition. Judah has received many professional, community, and entertainment awards (see resume).
Judah-Abijah Dorrington is also a vocalist/keyboardist/percussionist/musical director and actor currently with Judah Dorrington & Paradise, Paradise Entertainment, and percussionist for The National R&B Music Society House Band. Judah is also the head choir director at 5th Tabernacle Congregation Beth El.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, raised and now residing in Atlantic City NJ, Judah has spent over 40 years living and continuing to work in the Boston area and around the US. Judah enjoys fishing, music, cultural arts, traveling, church/spirituality, nature, entertaining, cooking, good food and spending time with family and friends.
Judah Dorrington is the daughter and only child of Art Dorrington, the first Black man to be signed to a National Hockey League contract and play professional ice hockey in the United States and the late Dorothie W. Dorrington E.D. renowned educator, politician, and community organizer/activist.
La Verne R. Saunders was born and raised in Hartford CT. After high school, she attended Howard University in Washington DC, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She furthered her education at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, again graduating Suma Cum Laude, receiving a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Capitalizing on 35 years in direct service and management positions for various human service organizations.
La Verne launched Dorrington & Saunders, LLC in 1989. Her purpose involves restoration of the good, inherent nature of human beings by facilitating transformation in individuals, groups, organizations and governments as they heal from the effects of traumatizing oppressions. She uses her very unique combination of lived experience, job experience, and academic preparation in many realms of behavioral health/mental health, human services, systems transformation, and spirituality. One might describe La Verne as a teacher, training specialist, public speaker, executive coach, curriculum developer, counselor, and peer supporter. However, La Verne Saunders, “The Experience”, utilizes her educational, professional, spiritual, and life experiences to facilitate transformation in the world for good. She presents an original fusion of thinking, feeling, and doing for the purpose that is. Her captivating personality, insight, passion, intellect, alluring teaching and interpersonal skills make what she does unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. She is a member of the Department of Education Leadership Team, a Local Sabbath School Superintendent and a long-standing member of the Social Action Committee, a committee that identifies critical, social and political issues. With Congregation Beth El.
Although she now makes her home in Atlantic City, NJ, La Verne has been practicing in Massachusetts for 40 years. Her distinctive professional and personal talents have allowed her to travel the country to share her experiences and expertise. La Verne enjoys reading, traveling, religious and spiritual activities, and spending time with family.
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