The TEDxSandhills lineup:
* Trish Harris — In her 9-to-5 hours, she’s a human services and psychology professor at Sandhills. But Harris hits the trail in her off hours. She has tackled Hadrian’s Wall in England and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Harris pieced together the Appalachian Trail over four years, completing it last summer.
* Barbara Sherman — A behavioral specialist at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Sherman treats the behavioral problems of companion animals and directs the Behavioral Medicine Residency Training program. Her ongoing research focuses on canine-human communication and the assessment and attenuation of fear responses in dogs and cats.
* Susan Southard — Southard spent 17 years researching “Nagasaki: Life after Nuclear War.” The book’s awards include the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Southard spoke at the United Nations last year for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. She is also the founder and artistic director of the Phoenix-based Essential Theatre, now in its 27th season.
* Sundi McLaughlin — The owner of the downtown Southern Pines gift shop Mockingbird is a military wife and former Florida law enforcement officer. Her humorous life experiences have informed radio broadcasts for the Sandhills Skinny on Star 102.5 and columns in PineStraw and Pinehurst Living. McLaughlin is the current president of the Sunrise Board and chair of the SunFlix committee.
* Cameron Cruse — The co-founder of R.Riveter found support on Kickstarter and through an appearance on “Shark Tank.” The company’s flagship store is in downtown Southern Pines, selling handbags and other items produced by military spouses. An Army wife and mother herself, Cruse holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
* Nate Peterkin — A Pinecrest alumnus, Peterkin played Patriot football and served as captain of the speech and debate team but after graduating found himself homeless in Durham. He has since founded his own health and fitness company and hopes to become a philosophy professor. Peterkin is currently studying English at Sandhills and intends to enter a bachelor’s degree program at UNC Charlotte.
* David Michael Wolff — The Pinehurst resident and author of “Zen and the Art of Piano” is in his eighth season as the Carolina Philharmonic’s principal conductor and artistic director. Career highlights include a performance for President Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative in Arkansas, and performances in Shanghai at the World Expo and at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with renowned diva Angela Brown.
* Damien Horne — The first of his family’s 12 children to graduate from high school, Horne left his hometown of Hickory to try to make it on the Los Angeles music scene. He survived years of homelessness there and in Nashville before he was discovered by John Rich of Lonestar and Big and Rich fame. He has landed publishing deals with Big Love and Warner Chapel and shared the stage with the likes of Faith Hill and John Legend. Also an ordained minister, Horne is a fervent supporter and promoter of The Boys and Girls Club and The Salvation Army.