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2015 Conference2015 SOHS Conference
April 8-11, 2015
Charlotte, NC


Molding Minds and Changing Attitudes
Our goal as Human Services professionals is to assist our client in understanding the relationship between thinking, feeling and behavior. Furthermore, we must foster and instill in our clients the necessity of change and aid them in discovering their strengths, assets and personal power. With a different mindset and a change in attitude, clients are enabled to live more satisfying, autonomous and productive lives.


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Keynote Speaker: Tommy Lopez

Tommy LopezBorn in New York City in the 50's, Tommy is the sole survivor of three. He is a native New Yorker born of Puerto Rican ancestry. He started playing flute in 5th grade and shared one flute between 5 of his classmates. He was self-taught, initially learning to play by ear and later learning music theory, orchestration and playing techniques. He attended Junior High School 13, in El Barrio, where under Big Band Trumpeter, Shelton Booth, he was inspired to continue with his music. He played in Dance Band and at age 13 aspired to and made it into Music & Art High School. There he studied music, developing his playing skills by playing in band and orchestra. He earned a BA with a concentration in Music Education from City University of New York (at City College-CCNY), where he studied under the great Charlie Palmieri, and his graduate degree in Public Administration/Human Services also at City University of New York at Baruch College.

Tommy was raised in "the Projects" in Harlem, on 112th street and Lenox ave, which suffered a lot of racial tension during the 60's and later moved to Spanish Harlem (El Barrio). As a result of his younger life, he learned to survive the terror of living in an abusive home and realized that he could not make it without outside intervention. Tommy went through an evolutionary change in the 70's when he lost his brother to the streets of New York, met Nancy, his wife at Music and Art High School, lost his father to a heart condition and became, what he calls a "Born Again" Christian.

Beginning in the 1980s, as a result of a desire to mold minds and change attitudes, Tommy began performing with different musical groups while beginning his Human Services career. He learned that growth and change includes giving back to the community in which he was raised. So combining the "performing arts" and "Servant Leadership" (Robert Greenleaf, Center for Servant Leadership) seemed a natural next step. He first started as a teachers assistant in the public school system in the Bronx and then went on to work with at risk youth in Newark NJ, child abuse and negect in Patterson NJ and then as a Volunteer Coordinator/Bi-lingual staff member working with at risk youth in New York.

In 1989, Tommy moved to Charlotte North Carolina where the marriage of music and service to the community continued. Here his musical style developed into a combination of "Latin/jazz-inspirational" music. He perform around town as well as being involved in the "Praise and Worship" team in his church. He has composed and produced several music CD's ( Since coming to Charlotte Tommy has served with the Charlotte Housing Authority, Departments of Social Services both in Mecklenburg and Union Counties, has taught at Central Piedmont Community College since 1998, as well as Queens and most recently Pfeiffer Universities and has served on several community boards including Loaves and Fishes, ARC of Mecklenburg, Mecklenburg County Child Fatality Review Team and is currently serving on the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team here in Mecklenburg County. Tommy strongly believes in the importance of Molding minds and Changing Attitudes.

The Southern Organization for Human Services includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.