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A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Kilgore has been playing the soulful sounds of the saxophone since age 10. Being a fourth generation sax player is just one of the many milestones Ryan has come to accomplish over his musical career.
After playing in the band for four years at Southwest DeKalb High School, Ryan went on to attend Clark Atlanta University and was the first freshman to become drum major, as well as proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.
Ryan's musical inspiration came from his grandfather, Ester Betterson, who was not only in love with music, but also bought Ryan's first horn.
Before joining Sol Factor in 2003, Ryan played on the Fighting Temptations soundtrack with vocalist Faith Evans, on the song titled "Heaven Knows", as well as performed on the Walt Disney movie Country Bears. He then continued to work with legendary producers/writers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as the phenomenal Stevie Wonder.
Ryan is also no stranger to the film industry. He has made cameo appearances in 20th Century Fox's Drumline, Paramount Pictures' Fighting Temptations, and Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
The feelings that he can't express verbally, he can express through his smooth sounds of "Saxuality." Ryan is an exceptional saxophone player who strives to instill in all people the importance of music's role in the enrichment of the human spirit.
Dana E. Salter
Dana E. Salter is the interim associate director of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University. She assists in supporting the center's research, outreach and professional development activities (including program/nonprofit incubation) in the metro-Altanta area. Salter is also completing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at McGill University, Canada, and her research focuses on critical digital literacy/media, culturally responsive digital equity, connected learning and education with historically underserved youth and communities. She is the co-author of the book Community-based multi-literacies and digital media projects: questioning assumptions and exploring realities (Peter Lang, 2014). Salter has been an national and international educator and non/for profit program developer for 18 years.
Our evaluator, Amber N. Mason, is a current Educational Policy doctoral student at Georgia State University. Amber is experienced educator, specifically teaching high school mathematics for 7 years in the Chicago area. She currently serves as a Graduate Researcher in the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University. As her doctoral program concentration is Research, Measurement, and Statistics, Amber's goal is to systematically improve education oriented organizations and non-profits through empirical research, development, and evaluative efforts.