Jonathan Britt (Creative Director) fostered his passion for music at an early age by studying piano, voice, saxophone and drums, and later began formal studies in jazz improvisation in high school. Jonathan earned a B.A. in Music from Westminster Choir College and a Masters of Music Education from Boston University. As a performer in both the Westminster Choir and Symphonic Choir,
As a musical director, his theater productions include Oliver! The Fantasticks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School House Rock, and Godspell! He co-founded Fazed Visions, a jazz group that performs both publicly and privately throughout central and northern New Jersey. Today, Jonathan continues to perform as both a classical singer and a freelance jazz and pit drummer/percussionist. He is currently a K-8th grade music teacher at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, an all-boys school in Princeton, NJ.
he performed regularly with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, and also has sung operas and choral concerts at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. Here in Princeton he has participated in several productions with the Princeton Festival including Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha.
Recently she worked at a K-12 school teaching high school biology and chemistry where she developed and implemented the science and bible curriculum for grades 9-12. She is currently using her experience and recognized skills as a public speaker to empower, release, motivate, and equip young people to not only identify their dreams, but also pursue and achieve them with excellence, honesty, and integrity. When Jonathan and Julia Britt are not working with the next generation of young leaders and world changers, they are the proud parents of twin boys and enjoy music, watching movies, cheering for Steelers football, rock climbing, and playing Wii together.
She has participated in research at the Center for Disease Control, Georgia Tech Research Institute in large-scale organic synthesis for antiviral/antiparasitic compounds. Most notably, she initiated the use of pyrosequencing as a diagnostic tool at the Clinical Molecular Microbiology lab at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.
Julia Britt (Curriculum Director) had an early interest in science and ballet. She was a regular soloist during more than 75 performances of Nutcracker and other repertoire pieces during her time at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, a pre-professional company in Atlanta, Ga. Her passion for science led her to earn a BS in biology at Georgia Institute of Technology and later a Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Robert DeGutis is a man of many interests and talents. He has earned degrees in both Computer Animation and Christian Counseling, attesting to his love for both art and inner healing. Having been diagnosed with both ADD and Dyslexia, Rob fought very hard to overcome hardships associated with it and has attended The Lewis School of Princeton where he learned much about learning differences and developed a deep empathy for those who struggle with them. Since he was a child he has enjoyed cartooning, painting, technical drawing and building elaborate creations with legos.
At age 12, Rob taught himself computers in a DOS environment and at age 14 began to shift his creative energies from traditional art into digital art, both still and animation, by teaching himself 3D modeling and animation software as well as Adobe Photoshop. Also having an early love for photography, Rob is as happy in a darkroom as well as in Photoshop. He has earned a black belt in Taekwondo, has practiced Mixed Martial Arts and is currently studying Shinkin Bujutsu. One of Rob's passions is holistic medicine and he hopes to one day combine it with Christian Counseling to healing people body, soul and spirit. Rob has worked as a freelance photographer, having filmed 5 weddings during the summer of 2011. He currently works at Somerset Christian College in both the IT and Marketing departments. As a graphic designer, Rob recently designed the logo for Somerset Christian College as it is now known as Pillar College and his photography can be seen in the promotional materials, website as well as the art on the walls of the college. Rob enjoys quiet time in a forest, mountain biking, eating good food, jokes of all kinds, but would most love to sit and listen to someone's hardship or joy and offer wisdom and speak into their lives.
Changing Life One At A Time
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Dr. Kung-Li Deng (Founder / Executive Director) received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and has lived in Princeton for more than 15 years. His passion in dealing with light (photons) leads to a broad spectrum of careers, including advanced research (Bell Laboratory, GE Global Research), teaching (Nanotech Center, SUNY Albany) and entrepreneurship (high-tech start-ups). He has made significant contributions in the field of photonics, fiber-optic communications, green energy and medical research with more than 10 issued patents and over 100 published papers. He is currently the founder and president of Enlighting Incorporation, a fast growing start-up specializes in the development of innovative consumer electronics. During his leisure time, he has volunteered as a mentor among local youth/young adult groups and provided guidance in motivation building, character shaping and career development. Inspired by the model of Log College (recognized as the founding education institute that later became Princeton University), he founded 5 Rock Academy in 2009 at the heart of downtown Princeton to equip today's youth as future leaders in the area where their passion is about. Dr. Deng is also an alumni of EE department at National Taiwan University.
Hsiao-Wei Deng (Co-founder) a Harvard graduate and senior Statistician in major pharmaceutical companies (Princeton University, GE Health Care, Johnson and Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb), she has more than 14 years of experiences in the research of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While worked at Princeton University, she helped to develop behavioral interventions in AIDS prevention and heath improvement among inner city youth. As a mother of an eight years old, she has devoted her time in promoting family values and children's education in local non-profit organizations.