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Nov 19, 2015, 16:33 ET from ProfNet

NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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  • Charlie Sheen Says He Has HIV
  • Fixing Thanksgiving: A 'Turnkey' Solution for Minimizing Conflict
  • Holiday Fashion Tips and Trends
  • Holiday Photo Tips
  • Hacking the Holidays: Preventing Package Theft, E-Commerce/Retail Shipping Trends
  • Mobile Safety Tips
  • Tips for Successful International Online Dating


  • Reporter – The York Dispatch (PA)
  • Photojournalist – The Goshen News (IN)
  • Multimedia Journalist/Reporter – WICS ABC 20


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Charlie Sheen Says He Has HIV
Dr. Frieda Birnbaum
Research Psychologist, Psychoanalyst
"It took a lot of courage for Sheen to admit to the world that he's HIV-positive. Because he's no longer living with a lie or spending considerable time and energy to cover up this once-held secret, Sheen's mental health may considerably improve. He is likely examining his life in a way that he's never done before, which people tend to do when faced with a potential life-threatening condition or event. As awful at his diagnosis is, Sheen can use this experience and begin to get to the root causes behind his self-destructive behaviors. Personality wise, Sheen is very smart but narcissistic, and lives in a reality of his own mind. However, he also has the qualities of someone capable of taking back control of his life. His interview on the 'Today' show was a big step in that direction."
Dr. Birnbaum is author of "What Price Power: An In-Depth Study of the Professional Woman in a Relationship." She's an expert on depression, women's issues, and attaining happiness, and has been featured on "Oprah" and "20/20."
Contact: Ryan McCormick,

Fixing Thanksgiving: A 'Turnkey' Solution for Minimizing Conflict
Dr. Dani Kimlinger
Senior Executive
Mines & Associates
Beneath the Norman Rockwell veneer, Thanksgiving is one of the more emotionally charged holidays, where even the seating arrangements can be as delicate as the planning of a diplomatic reception. The lead up can be stressful, as you start imagining the potential conflicts to come, and the day itself is often a minefield of issues to be avoided at all cost. There are a number of strategies to minimize stress, drama and, ultimately, conflict. Says Kimlinger: "The first step is finding ways of mitigating the stress that naturally comes when you anticipate conflict, but it's important to understand that avoiding conflict can actually lead to the conflict you were hoping to avoid -- and, to a degree, conflict can actually be healthy."
Dr. Kimlinger, a senior executive with Mines & Associates, a business psychology firm, is an expert on conflict resolution.
Contact: Charles Epstein,

Holiday Fashion Tips and Trends
Sheila Walden
Fashion Director
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
"For parties, pull out the vibrant colors. People used to gravitate to black, but not now. People are looking at the trends, and the colors are more vibrant. Sequins are trendy for holiday parties outside of work, and a super-chic look for a work party is the blending of materials: for example, a leather skirt with a silk top. When you do that, you don't take away that you're still at work. It keeps the woman very classic, but edgy. Textiles are also special in men's garments. You'll never go wrong with denim. Jeans are the classic piece with the sports jacket and the checkered button-up shirt."
'Tis the season for holiday parties, and Walden can provide tips and advice for looking stylish throughout the season. She can speak to holiday fashion trends for both women and men, how to dress appropriately for office parties and accessories to make your look extra-festive. She can also speak to fashion design, project planning and management, marketing strategies, campaign management, and new product development and launch.
Contact: Mandy Wilson,

Holiday Photo Tips
Brad Bartholomew
Photography Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado
"One of the hardest parts of taking the 'perfect' family holiday portrait is that there is no perfect family. Try to relax and have fun with it. Try to place your subjects in a shady spot -- the shade of trees or the shady side of a building work well. If it's freezing and no one wants to go outside, find the prettiest part of your house or other indoor location and shoot there. Look for natural light if you can find it. Big windows with soft light coming through them can work well. Find your location, pick your wardrobe, decide on the correct time of day, move furniture, etc., before you gather the troops. Be yourselves -- just relax and have fun."
Bartholomew can share his top 10 tips for taking the best holiday photos. With pointers on everything from lighting to attire, he can take the guesswork out of snapping the perfect shot worthy of holiday cards or family calendars. He is the owner of Bartholomew Photography and can speak to a variety of photography-related topics.
Contact: Mandy Wilson,

Hacking the Holidays: Preventing Package Theft, E-Commerce/Retail Shipping Trends
Zander Adell
President and Co-Founder
"Half of this year's holiday shopping is predicted to be done online, but as many as 20 percent of package deliveries fail on the first attempt. In certain neighborhoods, that number can be as high as 50 percent. This means a record number of parcels will be left in apartment vestibules and on doorsteps, vulnerable to porch pirates -- thieves out to swipe your potentially expensive purchases. Last holiday season alone, more than 2 million deliveries were delayed, missing the Christmas deadline, or went missing entirely due to doorstep theft."
Adell is available to discuss the increase in porch piracy, the trouble with missed packages and returning online shopping purchases, as well and other trends in e-commerce, retail and holiday shopping/shipping. He is president and co-founder of Doorman, an app that lets you schedule deliveries and pickups for items you want to return.
Contact: Denyse Dabrowski,

Mobile Safety Tips
Scott Hardgree
Vice President, Product Management & Development
"One in four people will have their phone lost, stolen or damaged this year. Adding mobile device insurance, which reconnects customers with friends, family and work in as little as 24 hours through a replacement device, provides another layer to comprehensive device protection and saves customers hundreds on a replacement device. With so many new device launches in recent months, along with the adoption of device installment plans, consumers are even more aware of the investment they are making with their technology. They not only want to ensure they are protected, but also that they're using their gadgets to their full potential."
Hardgree is responsible for the development of new products that support and enhance Asurion's core mobile protection business. He has worked diligently as the champion of the company's Premier Support Solutions (PSS) product, which offers customers a friendly and knowledgeable support expert, capable of addressing a wide range of hardware and software issues. Through his leadership, the PSS team has designed and built product capabilities both within Asurion and with external partners. Hardgree has worked in the in mobile phone insurance and telecommunications industries, including DST Systems, Inc. (lock/line, LLC) where he was responsible for new product and program sales to clients to enhance the mutual profitability of the account. Scott graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, double majoring in Finance and Marketing. He is also a Property & Casualty, Life & Health, and Adjuster Insurance License holder.
Contact: Jenny Xia,

Tips for Successful International Online Dating
Anita Covic
Communications specialist
AnastasiaDate, AsianDate
"There's a right way and a wrong way to do just about everything, and online dating and meeting people internationally is no different. 1) Fill out your profile: It's much easier to match with like-minded members when your interests and hobbies are included on your profile. It may seem tedious while doing it, when you're itching to start meeting new people, but your future self will thank you for taking the time. 2) Embrace the culture: Talking to a man in Greece or a girl in China? Do a little background research on the culture in their part of the world. It will help you to better understand where they're coming from as an individual so you can best connect. 3) Be honest with yourself and the other person: Looking for some someone to talk to? Casual companionship? A legit relationship? Be upfront about your goals in creating an account. Let the other person know. Maybe you're hesitant to risk things with that stunner you just started chatting with, but it will ensure that you both have the same goals in mind -- increasing the chance of a great experience."
Contact: Mark Goldman,



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