Grand Master Eric O’Neal, Sr. is proud to announce the official appointment of Toni Staniewicz and Tessa Zehnder as National Events Chairmen and Celebrity Hosts, and Grand Master Robert Parham as Director of Military Relations for the Presidential One Million Kick Challenge. “These three elite, highly-respected professionals are great assets to our growing team,” O’Neal stated.
Toni Staniewicz & Tessa Zehnder
Toni Staniewicz is recognized as an industry executive in Film and Television as a Casting Director and Producer. Toni is a Screen Actor's Guild Member (SAG) and American Federation of Film & Television (AFTRA). She has been dedicated her life for the betterment of children with her involved with several youth organizations as a Board of Director for the Phoenix Foundation, "Kid's First" Foundation and the 4-H Cooperatives Extensions as a Community Leader.
She has been an enthusist of the Lionman Foundation after showing her support while making her visit to White House in Washington D.C. in 2012 to join President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama "Let's Move" initiative to become an activist for a better health for Americans. She comes to us with vast experience in public relations and with the help of her Professional Athletes and Celebrity friends to help make this event a grand success.
Tessa Zehnder is a Screen Actor's Guild Member (SAG) and American Federation of Film & Television (AFTRA) Actor and Celebrity Host. Tess is an activist for "Relay for Life" to find a cure for Cancer. She is a volunteer and member of several childrens clubs of 4-H, Pony Club, Honor Societies and recipient of the Presidential Scholar Award.
She has been an enthusist of the Lionman Foundation joining last year helping spread the word on Child Obesity throughout her tours in the United States. She is eager to bring awareness to the masses world wide with her involvement the Guinness Book Of World Records of 1 Million Kicks around the world with the Lionman Foundation.
Grand Master Robert Parham
Grand Master Robert Parham is a former five time World Kickboxing Champion and former four time Sport Karate Champion. His kickboxing record was 17-1 with 9 knockouts. He was enlisted in the Air Force where he served for 20 years.
While enlisted in the Air Force, he won the Mississippi's Silver Gloves championships and in 1988 he began earning karate titles, including Armed Forces Champion, Mississippi State Champion and pre-Olympic Taekwondo Champion.
From 1991 to 1993, he won the National Karate Championship and in 1991 he was the United States Karate Alliance World Karate Champion . He was Sport Karate International's regional winner in 1990 and 1993, and world champion in 1991. In 1993, he earned the National Black Belt League's Regional and World Titles and the United States Karate Alliance Lightweight Koshiki World Title.
Parham's karate accomplishments earned him the Air Force's Air Education and Training Command's Male Athlete of the Year for 1992.
The award-winning martial artist has claimed world kickboxing titles in five weight classes - middleweight in 1994, super middleweight in 1996, light heavyweight in 1995 and 1997, cruiserweight in 1997 and heavyweight in 2001.
In 1999, Robert was a feature participant in the inaugural show of the TV series "The Toughman World Championship on FX". He made it to the finals and lost a hotly disputed decision to the local favorite.
Robert has been inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the Action Hall of Honors, the USA Hall of Fame and the Masters Hall of Fame for his martial arts accomplishments.
After retiring from martial arts competitions, Robert turned to acting, with minor roles in movies such as "Bad Faith", "The Insider " "Fist to Fist". He had his breakthrough starring role in the film "Buster Jones".