Gregg Rochester, at 62, is a psychologist turned professional painter and he does not see himself retiring anytime soon. While Gregg’s career is truly his own, he had a great art role model and mentor in his mother.
Antoinette "Toni" Ford
Antoinette “Toni” Ford is the Founder and President of Double Nickels Theatre Company, a reminiscence theatre led by seniors that she established in 2006. In 2010, the Double Nickels Theatre Company was a finalist in the DC Mayor’s Annual Award for Artistic Excellence. In 2012 Toni was recognized by Southwest Airlines, State Farm Insurance and the University of Maryland as one of the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in a six state region. In 2013 she received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from her alma mater, Chestnut Hill College. That same year she was awarded the college’s life - time distinguished achievement award. In 2014, the Mayor of DC appointed Ms. Ford to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She also serves on the board of the Art Gallery of the University of Maryland.
Double Nickels Theatre Company encourages seniors to celebrate their legacy by highlighting and sharing their lives through theatrical performances, original music, publication of reminiscences and artistic renderings.
Toni’s first career was as an Oceanographer. Subsequent to this experience, Toni served as a government Executive, a corporate executive and a successful entrepreneur over a period of 25 years. As an entrepreneur, Toni’s firm earned a patent for an antiglare product and held a patent license from NASA which later went on to be the first company to be sponsored by NASA in a high technology incubator.
In addition to being the first African American woman White House Fellow, Toni was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Administrator of the Agency for International Development, Near East, North Africa and Europe regions.
Toni holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a B.S. and an honorary doctor of laws from Chestnut Hill College. She was appointed a Fellow at the Harvard University Institute of Politics and was also appointed a National Science Foundation Fellow, Stanford University with a focus in Oceanography.