Emily Eldredge ’93 received her undergraduate degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Driven to heal humanity and world leadership, Ms. Eldredge is a leader healer, speaker, creator of the Drawing Out Process®, discoverer of emPowers and exPowers®, and founder of The New Self emPowerment™. Her discoveries and techniques free people of their deepest inner blocks and guide them to live their highest truths.
Ms. Eldredge discovered three universal types of inner struggles, which she calls "exPowers". Healing these exPowers unlocks the three inner "emPowers", which hold all of the wisdom, love, and strength needed to live a truly powerful life. She speaks about these exPowers and emPowers at venues around the world, including the United Nations and British Parliament. Additionally, she has spoken at two TED events, one of which was the very first TEDx event held in a prison. Ms. Eldredge and her groundbreaking work have received great acclaim, heralded as "genius", "exhilarating", "brilliant", “a miracle worker", "a truly life-changing experience", and "up there with sliced bread - really good ideas that spread all over the world".
Ms. Eldredge currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband Paco Torres and her two delightful stepdaughters. She serves on several boards in the Tucson area.
Shanda Haley Blackmon ’87, MD, MPH, FACS is Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. She is currently a professor and consultant at Mayo Clinic, Division of Thoracic Surgery, in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Blackmon limits her practice to thoracic surgery, with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and new technology. She completed Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She was awarded a position in clinical instructorship in thoracic surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, until she was recruited to build an innovative Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Blackmon served as Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital for eight years and also served as the director of The Methodist Multidisciplinary Thoracic Tumor Board and director of the Lung Cancer Screening Program. Additionally, she led an esophageal support group of patients for eight years.
Dr. Blackmon currently practices in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic. She is also the principal investigator or co-investigator at Mayo Clinic in several clinical trials addressing mediastinal tumors, lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, and diseases of the esophagus. In addition to her experience with minimally invasive resections of lung and esophageal tumors, she specializes in endoluminal technology. She also holds a patent for innovating and designing an endoluminal buttressed anastomotic esophageal device which she is co-developing with Boston Scientific. Dr. Blackmon has developed a specialized team to reconstruct the esophagus with jejunum and leads an ablation team that has developed a novel approach to treating patients with lung tumors with three current funded clinical trials. Moreover, she is a pioneer in three-dimensional printing and building prototypes for complex thoracic resections.
Dr. Blackmon currently serves as president of Women in Thoracic Surgery (WTS). She also serves as secretary/treasurer of Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF) and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA), and she is on the board of directors for Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). She is a member of American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and General Thoracic Surgical Club (GTSC). She is currently a deputy editor for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and she has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, given over 100 oral presentations, published more than 50 videos, and edited textbooks. Additionally, Dr. Blackmon has made numerous scientific presentations on the topics of thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, new technology, and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Blackmon lives in Rochester, Minnesota with her husband Matt, two twin boys Jake and Sam, daughter Grace, their dog Lucy, and pet chicken, Butter. She enjoys oil painting, running, bee keeping, and traveling with her family.
Heena Genti ’96 received a BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Currently, she is a licensed art therapist practicing in Dallas. Her work primarily focuses on using art therapy with non-verbal youth who are on the autism spectrum.
After earning her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in 2003, Heena started working as an art therapist for adults living with severe mental illness and trauma at CREATE Arts Center in Maryland. In addition to her role as an art therapist as well as an art instructor for at-risk youth, she became the managing director of CREATE Arts Center in 2005 and was named executive director in 2010. Heena was recognized as the 2013 Emerging Leader in the Arts and Humanities by the County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland.Heena returned to Dallas in 2017 when she decided she wanted to change paths and concentrate all her attention into her work as an art therapist.
Dr. Kimberlea “Kim” Roe ’77, MD, FACOG received her bachelor’s degree from The University of South Alabama, and she received her Doctor of Medicine from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at both Methodist Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Dr. Roe was in private practice for many years at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas before retiring in 2010 to pursue her dream of volunteering for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF/Doctors Without Borders). Since 2011, she has completed seven assignments with MSF in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, where she practices obstetrics in remote settings. Dr. Roe joined Dallas Women’s Healthcare Specialists in 2012. She also works part-time as an OB/GYN Hospitalist, and she continues to serve as a field volunteer for MSF.
Dr. Roe is passionate about getting to know her patients on a personal level and has a genuine interest in their overall health and care. She enjoys many long-term relationships she has built with her patients, and she loves teaching and empowering her patients through education. Dr. Roe lives in the Bishop Arts area of Dallas with her partner Richard, their dog, Benjamin, and their cats Hazel and Duke. She enjoys travel, live music and the arts, distance swimming, scuba diving, cycling, gardening, entertaining, and cooking.
Priya Swamy Zeikus ’93, MD, FAAD is a Board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs surgery and the treatment of skin cancer. She has performed over 10,000 cases in Mohs Surgery, and she is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and American Academy of Dermatology.
Dr. Zeikus contributes actively to the field of dermatology and is the author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific publications. She recently served as president of the Dallas Dermatological Society. She is a member of the dermatology faculty at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and teaches residents at the dermatologic surgery clinic at the VA Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Zeikus lectures at several national dermatologic meetings and serves on several national committees. She was elected to serve as representative of the Young Physicians Committee for the American Academy of Dermatology, a group of over 10,000 dermatologists nationwide. She is a member of the Public Service Committee of the American Society of the Dermatologic Surgery and serves on the surgical committee of the Women’s Dermatological Society.
Dr. Zeikus has received awards for her outstanding academic achievement and research. After graduating from Hockaday, she received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and she received her MD from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her internship at Harvard Medical School and her dermatology training at Brown University. Her fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery was also completed at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Zeikus is active in the Dallas community and is a member of the Dallas Dermatological Society.