Meet Nadine Owens Burton, the woman behind Middletown, USA
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Nadine Owens Burton was educated in the Boston Public Schools, including the nationally recognized Boston Latin Academy.
She left Boston for college, attending Hampton University in Virginia. She graduated with honors and departmental honors with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology.
Upon graduation from Hampton, Ms. Burton traveled from Virginia to Delaware to attend graduate school at the University of Delaware, where she took classes in Sociology, Psychology and Communication. She began her career as an educator and advisor as an Admissions Counselor at the University. It was as an Admissions Counselor that Ms. Burton got her first taste of speaking before crowds of one thousand plus.
Ms. Burton left college admissions for student affairs in the College of Engineering at the University, where she worked to recruit academically prepared minority students to the College and to provide those enrolled with student counseling and advisement. She also assisted in providing high school juniors and seniors with a pre-college experience on a major university campus through a summer enrichment program.
Ms. Burton left the University of Delaware in search of new challenges and after a brief period as a high school teacher of History and Statistics, became a Director in a community action agency for a medium sized Head Start program, with a staff of 120+, spanning three counties in Maryland and with an average yearly operating budget of more than $3.5 million.
During her five year tenure as Director, Ms. Burton successfully led her team through a year long Quality Improvement Plan and was involved in sustaining those improvements and developing new goals for the continuous quality improvement of the services provided to low-income children and families. Having started Owens Burton Consulting in 2005, in 2007 she left the Director position to pursue a new challenge... full-time entrepreneur.
Using the skills she has gained through experience, her formal education, training in Six Sigma and other methodologies of quality improvement, Ms. Burton brings her special brand of enthusiasm and inspiration to the areas of motivational speaking and quality improvement services. In addition to working with multiple organizations, Ms. Burton acted as the part-time Executive Director of the Maryland Head Start Association until successfully developing and actualizing a succession plan that included identifying and orienting a full time Executive Director.
Ms. Burton lives in Middletown, DE. She is married and has a son and a bonus daughter. Middletown,USA represents her first documentary film project.
Meet Danielle Williams, Production Assistant and Intern Extraordinaire
Danielle Williams (Intern, Production Assistant, and Camera Operator) is a graduate of Delaware State University, with a B.A. in Mass Communications, a concentration in television-film production and a minor in Theater Arts.
Her various past experiences includes working in many positions such as: a Production Assistant, Producer, Director, Camera Operator, and Technical Director for various Television and Film projects that includes, A Dramatic Short Film, Documentary projects for Delaware State University, a PSA for the Blood Bank of America, Talk Shows, and shooting the sporting events for the Athletic Program at Delaware State University.
Danielle graduated from Middletown High School in Middletown, Delaware.