Ashley Jones was set on becoming a professional soccer player, but by the end of a summer health camp for teens, she was chasing a career in nursing. Jones, now 21, participated in the first annual Camp ECHO (Exploring Careers in Healthcare Organization). The five-day summer immersion program is now in its sixth year at Saint Agnes Hospital. It exposes Maryland high schoolers to the many sides of the health-care profession.
Choreographer and Oakland native Carla Service has performed with the likes of Madonna and taught the art of dance to hundreds. But success didn’t come easy. During her youth, she danced away the pain of an abusive upbringing, leaving home at the age of 15. By 17, she was dominating dance floors in San Francisco nightclubs. She quickly found her way to Hollywood fame and a well-deserved reputation as a "master of movement." But the untrained dancer wanted more. In 1994, at age 30, she traded the Hollywood spotlight for a job teaching Oakland youth how to dance to the beat of life.