Doran Hawkins, daughter of former Los Angeles star Tommy Hawkins, started giving massage Therapy to ill children about six years ago. With the intent to give them comfort to others, Doran strated providing similar services to babies, teen, and adults of all ages. Ms. Hawkins graduated from the Southern Californai School of Masage in Riverside, California in 1994. She is curently continuing her eduacation in Healing Arts at the Nova Institute of Health Technology.
Hawkins, also has been the massage therapist for the TV series: VIP, American Gladitors, and Baywatch.
She has assembled a team of therapists who specialize in various aspects of massage healing. Her concept of combining music with thearpy has created a concept of Caring Touch and Healing Touch.
Whispering Winds recognizes the need to use vitalize their organization by adding key selected individuals to their Board and operating plan. We intend to continue to add and identify people who share our vision.
Representatives from the local business community can bring special skills, expertise, and possibly other business support. For example, a local hospital company representative may be able to offer knowledge; a corporate representative from a human resources company may offer expertise in staff development and training; and an employment services representative could help with job preparation and placement.
Whispering Winds will need a variety of professional advice and/or service at various stages of its development. For example, an accountant is needed to set up the accounting system. Tracking and reporting of income and expenses is important for several reasons. First, if federal funds are being used, Whispering Winds may have to have an independent accountant certify that the costs of the project were what Whispering Winds said they were. This certification will be difficult and costly without an accounting system in place that generates regular income and expense reports.
Second, the accounting system will assist the organization in keeping within its budget. Third, funders will want to see the Whispering Wind’s track record. The records generated by the accounting system are an important piece of the track record. This accounting system should be computerized and the staff must receive training in its use.
Our designated marketing/public relations professional can also provide a valuable service to Whispering Winds in the creation of a marketing and community outreach plan, and as an advisor on the issue of developing a strategy for the long-term future of Whispering Winds. These professionals have the following expertise: ability to write press releases and place them in newspapers; experience writing grant proposals; and access to local media organizations such as television, radio and cable stations. Marketing/public relations professionals may include a public relations company executive, a public relations specialist from a local corporation, or a professor of public relations.
Representatives from the community (hospitals, wellness centers, community colleges, colleges and universities, insurance companies, faith bases organizations, and programs) will be valuable members of the Board. These members not only will know what the system offers but also may provide entry to the other systems as well. The community also may be a valuable source of volunteer instructors, professional development opportunities, and so forth.
After several months, the Whispering Winds Board may discover a need for adding new members. For example, people with knowledge of equipment acquisition, fundraising, and hiring may be valuable. In addition, as neighborhood institutions with resources that the Whispering Winds can tap into are identified by the Board, representatives of these potential partners should be added.
Currently, Doran Hawkins has assembled a team to bring healing where it is most needed. She and her partners, Ms. Jannette Thompson and Ms. Rita Muhammand, have the qualifications and skills to manage the organization in a organized fashion.