WISH UPON A TEEN
ambassadors & LEADERS
DR. C. A. "TRICK TRICK" MATHIS
Dr. C. A. “TrickTrick”Mathis as our newest celebrity ambassador to join forces with our amazing ambassadors! He has already been so involved with making a difference with our teens- from walking at the #RunwayofHopesandDreams, to designing hospital rooms. “A permanent Imprint on the city of Detroit, Dr. Christian Anthony Mathis, or more popularly known by his infamous stage name "Trick Trick". The world re known, Detroit raised Recording Artist/ Actor/ Activist/ Film Director & Producer is evenly active in ALL of his endeavors. "TRICK TRICK" inherited his love for music from his parents who worked in the music industry. Young Christian started his journey playing drums in church. Self taught, he quickly acquired a desire to learn to play other instruments. A disagreement with the Pastor caused young Trick Trick to be removed from church musicianship. His rebellion directed him to a local nightclub with interests in DJ'ing. His freshman skills landed him an opening spot just before the broadcast.
With a life story similar to that of any other troubled teen in an urban neighborhood, Christian overcame the adversity's by turning his negative energy into music. He went with the name Trick Trick at an early age due to his double efforts to succeed. He proceeded to a studio in Ferndale, MI with good friend Eminem, that then changed his life forever. Eminem urged Trick Trick to leave the streets and continue with his music. Dr. Mathis is now the Director of the State of New York Chaplain Federation's Detroit Chapter. Trick Trick has his own non-profit organization, "The Christian Anthony Foundation which mentors Youth Groups and underprivileged individuals nationwide, via workshops, traveling exploring etc.” As "UNCLE TRICK" The Godfather of Detroit.
Haley_Pullosley Pullos is a seventeen-year-old actress, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. The youngest of five, Haley has two brothers and two sisters. Haley can currently be seen on the hit daytime drama General Hospital, where, for the last six years, she has played the character Molly Lansing-Davis. Haley has won four Young Artist Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award nomination for this character. Haley can also be seen in Nickelodeon’s first scripted primetime comedy, Instant Mom, where she plays Molly Lewis. Haley has also had the good fortune to perform with or for such luminaries as Joss Whedon, Greg Yaitanes, Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie, and Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis and J.K. Simmons. Currently in her senior year of high school, Haley plans to attendcollege where she’ll pursue a degree in Psychology with a minor in Theater. Haley is an animal lover and animal rights activist.
Born and raised on Detroit’s Eastside, Kirby Gwen is Detroit’s Midday Motivator on air at FM 98 WJLB! Kirby has more than 9 years of experience in the industry, a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts, she has also interned and did over nights on air at multiple Detroit Radio Stations. A true lover of the arts before wholeheartedly accepting radio as her true calling Kirby was an illustration major at Detroit’s College Creative Studies.
Kirby’s passion for the radio industry is driven by the opportunity to help create positive changes in the lives of others. Though the years she has worked for and partnered with The National MS Society, The Red Cross, ABC, Capital Area District Libraries, and T-Mobile just to name a few. Striving to live by the principle of gratitude, she believes that it is her responsibility to give back and uplift her community as much as possible for all that has been graciously given to her in the pursuit of her dreams.
As the new host of Midday’s at the legendary FM 98 WJLB Kirby Gwen could not be more over the moon. “I’m still waking up pinching myself. It is an honor and a dream come true to work at the station that sparked my passion for radio as a kid. Detroit is my home and the people of Detroit hold my heart, I am so grateful for the chance to connect, grow, and share with a community that means everything to me.”
Joey graduated from Brother Rice High School in 2011 and Oakland University in 2015 with a degree in Marketing. He started as an intern for the Mojo in the Morning back in 2012 in his first year at OU. Ever since, he fell in love with the radio industry and now is a full-time member of the Mojo in the Morning show on Channel 955. Joey has a HUGE passion for giving back and loves to make the people around him smile.
For over 30 years, Sonya Dakar has established herself as one of the most sought-after, innovative skincare specialists in the world. What began as a Hollywood secret has flourished into a brand and leader in the skincare industry. Sonya’s luxurious five-level flagship Beverly Hills skin clinic is one of the most advanced facilities in the nation. It is frequented by Hollywood A-listers and beauty insiders who flock to her for effective yet non-invasive treatments that allow them to walk out the door red-carpet ready. Sonya Dakar is a beauty editor favorite lauded by leading publications such as Allure, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar. All of Sonya’s products incorporate her green approach to skincare by utilizing the most cutting-edge natural ingredients.
Her numerous awards and accolades include:
Allure Best of Beauty - two years in a row
Men's Health Grooming Awards - two years in a row for multiple categories
In Style Magazine Best Beauty Bets
Life & Style Magazine Style Icon Award
Day Spa Magazine Editor's Choice Award
Skin In Magazine's Best of the Best Award
MIMI DAKAR BERRY
Having grown up in the skincare business, it was a natural progression for Mimi Dakar Berry to follow her mother Sonya Dakar’s footsteps. Mimi sits as the Vice President and Creative Director of Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills. Born in Israel and raised in Los Angeles, some of Mimi’s earliest memories include playing under the facial beds with her sister while her mother tended to the skin of Hollywood’s elite. She went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and began her career in public relations. She now oversees marketing and product development at Sonya Dakar.
While Mimi is an overall skincare expert, she has gained recognition for her unique take on beauty trends, innovative skincare treatment, as well as DIY tips and tricks, having shared this insight with viewers of television shows such as Good Morning America, E!, Access Hollywood, PopSugar and The Doctors. Additionally, she’s appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Orange County. Mimi currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. When not helping to run the family business, she enjoys gardening, cooking and updating her food blog, Miss Beauty Foodie.
Jessica Lundy is the new host for WMYD TV20 Detroit, an amazing TV station that focuses on providing the community with the best source for news and entertainment. She has a exciting new segment “In and Around the D” that showcases the hottest events in Metro Detroit. Before TV hosting, Jessica traveled around the country as an Auto Show Product Specialist and Narrator. She also produced and hosted a TV show, Visit ASquare, which featured local business in the Ann Arbor area. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.
Sarah Fortsch is a 17-year old singer-songwriter born in New York State and is currently living in Michigan. Sarah started playing guitar when she was 6 years old and wrote her first song when she was only 4. In the first grade, Sarah had her first public performance playing acoustic guitar as she sang 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' and was strongly encouraged to pursue her music career. When she was 10 years old, she started singing Elvis Presley covers at several coffee shops around the area, sparking her love for public performance. Sarah Fortsch was ecstatic to drop her first album, 'Pacifier,' in the summer of 2015, at age 16. One of the songs on the album, 'White Sheets,' won an 'Academia Music Award' for Best Pop/Acoustic song. At age 15, Sarah won first place for her performance at The Apollo Theatre in NYC at the world-famous 'Amateur Night' ('Stars of Tomorrow section) with her original song 'Kingdom' with the Apollo band (song is available on the album). She also was chosen as one of the finalist in 'Detroit's Got Talent' competition where she performed her original song, 'Take it All.' She was a part of the Knows Resolve foundation which is a charity to raise awareness and help prevent suicide among teens. She performed her song "My Salute" at a fundraiser for that as well as for lots of other charitable events.
Dr. Darrius is a radio personality and host of Detroit's #1 rated night show - The Doctors Office - Weeknights 7PM to midnight on 97.9 FM WJLB.
"The Doctors Office" radio show is a high-energy broadcast with a heavy dosage of hip-hop, r&b music, celebrity interviews, ticket giveaways, hometown hero's, and a credable source of all breaking media.
Partnering with major sports teams and community organizations, Dr. Darrius is alway ready, willing, and prepared to assist and encourage today's youth to follow their dreams.
The Doc began his media practice as a student journalist while attending the Communication & Media Arts high school. Serving as a newspaper journalist, the schools 1st student public-address announcer, and play-by-play sportscaster for 90.9FM WDTR Radio.
Earning sportscaster of the year, his high school diploma, and a letter in media broadcast, Dr. Darrius took his talents to the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. While at Specs, he began an internship with Detroit’s urban radio powerhouse, FM98 WJLB.
Madelyn Miller is the Detroit Lions Insider for Woodward Sports Network. She previously reported for ESPN for years while she served as Oakland University's team correspondent and in-arena Host. Madelyn loves serving the community and brightening the lives of others around her. She is thrilled to partner with Wish Upon A Teen to help bring joy to and create memories with teenagers across the country.
Sarah comes to Wish Upon a Teen from Zimmerman, Minnesota. A busy career woman and mother of 3, Sarah has been married to her husband Jeff for 24 years. Sarah’s unique background includes being a mom to her son Jonah, a Wish Upon a Teen participant. It was her involvement in Wish Upon a Teen through Jonah that made Sarah decide that she had to become part of the organization. In her free time, Sarah has been helping her daughter Shanna plan her upcoming wedding, staying in contact with her son, Jared, who is serving in the Air Force.