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Book Development from Start to Finish -- Joan Holman is the author of "Hands That Touch, Hands That Heal," the biography of massage pioneer Sister Rosalind Gefre. Joan is responsible for the creation, writing, development and design of this book as well as the publishing, distribution and marketing of the book. Joan secured respected Christian distributor Faithworks to distribute the book and both she and Sister Rosalind have done a number of book signings and appearances and radio interviews. A true pioneer of therapeutic massage, Sister Rosalind began practicing massage when it was associated with "massage parlors" and the sex industry, a fact that created controversy and difficulties for her not only with her own religious community, but with the secular community as well. Recently, Sister Rosalind has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the early proponents of massage in the United States. Today there are five Sister Rosalind Schools of Massage and six Sister Rosalind Massage and Wellness Centers and Massage Clinics located in two states. Over 10,000 people have taken Sister Rosalind massage classes since the opening of her first school in 1984 and she has received widespread recognition for her important role in making massage an accepted and respected healthcare practice.

Book Development Consultant for "Career Wisdom" - -- Joan has been working as a book consultant for the development, marketing and promotion of a book titled "Career Wisdom: Success Advice from Outstanding Women Achievers." The development and publishing of the book is being made possible through the assistance of Camille Cosby. Joan secured an interview with Gayle King, Editor at Large for O, The Oprah Magazine for the book as well as participation by many women leaders throughout the United States. Camille Cosby has written the foreword to the book which will feature Phylicia Rashad (lead actress of "The Cosby Show"); (actress Della Reese; astronaut, engineer and physician Dr. Mae Jemison; actress Shirley Jones; civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Dr. Dorothy Height; tennis star Billie Jean King; author Terry McMillan; Senator Mary Landrieu; Sesame Street founder Joan Ganz Cooney; restaurant entrepreneur Leeann Chin; singer Nancy Wilson; Nobel prize winner Dr. Rosalyn Yalow; and many other noteworthy women.

PBS Television Producer -- As a independent television producer, Joan Holman created and produced The Legacy of Achievement with Dennis Kimbro (author with Napoleon Hill of "Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice"), an award-winning television program that was broadcast nationally on PBS stations. Corporate training and educational versions of the program have also been created and are being sold in those markets. Disney, IBM, Dupont, the University of Colorado, the University of South Carolina, Northwest Airlines, high schools, and libraries are among those who have purchased the program.

Legacy of Achievement Film Library -- Joan Holman established the Legacy of Achievement Foundation, a 501(c)3 foundation dedicated to "using film and video and other means to create and disseminate an educational library documenting the lives and lessons of outstanding individuals of all races who exemplify positive characteristics and accomplishments." Joan is currently actively in production with Legacy of Achievement interviews that will be part of a large film/video library of some of the great achievers of our times.

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