where I've Skated
View of DC
Off the coast of Haiti Mexico, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, and Nassau Bahamas
where I've skated
College Park, GA
Coon Rapids, MN
Grand Prairie, TX
Huber Heights, OH
Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Richton Park, IL
San Francisco, CA
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Park, MN
Temple Hills, MD
Venice Beach, CA
Virginia Beach, VA
West Chester, OH
and the Creation of SkateGroove.com
for 49 years
Skate webmaster 22 years
Photo Credit: Photography by D Michael
• Comp TIA Certified (A+), Bethesda,
• Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP),
• Advanced Photographer
• NASA Grant Manager for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for science and aerospace engineering careers in space exploration, working at a NASA center.
.• Academic Diversity Program Coordinator
for undergraduate underrepresented minority interns at all
the Big Ten Institutions and the University of Chicago.
• Website Designer (Intranet and Internet,
Private Industry and Government Agencies)
• BS Marketing, The Ohio State
University, Columbus, OH
• Post Baccalaureate Studies: Cellular
and Molecular Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry and Physics;
Tulane University (Uptown and Medical School Campus), New
• Post Baccalaureate Studies: Photography
and Graphic Design, The Ohio State University, School of the
Arts, Columbus, OH
Photography Experience and Organizations
of the African American Photographers of North America,
Phoenix Black Photographers, Phoenix, AZ
Photographer, The Ohio State University, Sports and
I began skating at the age of
three with a pair of adjustable Fisher Price skates. My
two older sisters started me skating in our family basement,
and later, they took me to the rink. As years passed, my
siblings put away their skates but I continued through my
teenage and adult years.
In 1994, I
moved to New Orleans, Louisiana for three years. This is
where I really began to sharpen my skating skills and develop
my own style of skating. A style that had a touch of Dayton,
Cincinnati, and the Big Easy. While living in New Orleans,
I was employed and enrolled at Tulane University Medical
School. This is where I learned Web Design. In 1997, I took
both my skating skills and my Web design talents, packed
up and relocated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
SkateGroove was Created
While in the District, I found myself once again searching
for a rink to skate. Naturally, I would turn to the Internet.
I found a few sites out there but none of them gave me the
information I needed about local rinks. I began meeting
a lot new skate friends and asking them where they went
to get their roll on. This is when I met Necothia "Nikki"
Bowens-Robinson and Khannie Butler. Nikki suggested I hit the road
and try Elsmere Skating Rink in Wilmington, Delaware. It
was the cleanest and friendliest rink I had visited so far.
Over the next few months we began to travel to different
rinks on the East Coast meeting new skaters. With all of
these discoveries in place, I knew I finally found what
I was looking for and wanted to share this information with
the world. A year later, I decided to make the Internet
work for me. On January 1, 2000, I merged my passions: skating,
photography and Web design. After 10 days of cranking out
pages, SkateGroove.com was officially launched and Elsmere
Skating Center became the home rink for SkateGroove.com.
was very instrumental in getting the word out about SkateGroove.com
to each skater they came in contact with and the word began
to spread like wildfire. There have been several skaters
along the way who have made SkateGroove the success that
it is and their help is greatly appreciated. Through the
World Wide Web and the national roller skating events, we
have all come together and created an International skating
family who congregate frequently to enjoy each others company
and most importantly, get our groove on.
It has truly
been a pleasure meeting skaters who share my passion all
over the world, either in person or through the Website.
I am looking forward to continued camaraderie and future
events with you. Kudos go out to our International Skate
Family. You can't get much more love than that!
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