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Stacy Kerr (YHS class of 1995) is currently the Assistant Vice President for Communications at Georgetown University where she is responsible for promoting and protecting the Georgetown brand. She has over a decade of experience on Capitol Hill where she spent more than eight years as a senior aide to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Kerr’s political experience includes traveling to more than 50 congressional districts across the country, serving as a communications and protocol aide on more than a half dozen international trips with Members of Congress and helping to pass historic legislation in the Congress, including the 2006 Health Care Reform Act. Before moving to Washington, Stacy worked on a number of political campaigns, including Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign. She grew up in Michigan, attended public schools, graduated from Ypsilanti High School, attended Cottey College and graduated from Smith College. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two young sons. She is involved in a number of community organizations and is a board member of BabyLoveDC, which collects clothing and gear for babies and kids in need in the DC area.
Darrell Smith (YHS class of 2000) once dazzled folks on the football field and basketball court but now has his best moves in high profile kitchens. Darrell, known as Chef DAS is a Celebrity Chef who has appeared on national television and now owns Forbidden Bar Lounge in West Hollywood, CA. Chef DAS appears on Home Made Simple on the Oprah Winfrey Network and has appeared on “The Talk” on CBS and in season six of the Food Network’s “Next Food Network Star.” Chef DAS specializes in “New American” cuisine and says he loves working with seafood and Mediterranean tapas explaining, “I’m big on color and presentations. You eat with your eyes first.” When Darrell left Ypsilanti to attend college at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, he knew he wanted to pursue business but also realized how much he loved to entertain. He said his impromptu bar-be-que dinners fueled his love for cooking and socializing. He switched gears and enrolled in a culinary arts school and hasn’t looked back. In addition to his television appearances and operating his own restaurant, Chef DAS also started a culinary arts program at Beverly Hills High School and says it is one of the most popular vocational offerings at the school. Most recently Chef DAS was tapped to prepare a buffet luncheon for visiting First Lady Michelle Obama.