“It’s a M.I.N.D. Thing” is a statement commonly used by Dr. Cassandra McDonald in order to express the need for every youth to be educated, knowledgeable about business, and to possess leadership and life skills that will assist them in being successful. This statement is also the name of her radio show.
Cassandra McDonald is an international recording, award winning vocal soloist, concert artist, captivating teacher, motivational speaker, composer, business owner, pianist, and playwright. In 2008 Cassandra performed at the Presidential Inaugural in Washington, D.C. Cassandra has been an educator for over twenty-five years. Her teaching career started in the public schools and she has been on the voice faculty at Muskingum University, and Ohio University-Zanesville. She had written course work for both universities.
Cassandra is the 2014 recipient of Zanesville Business and Professional Women Award of the year. She received the Dr. Martin L. King Shared Gifts of Musical Expression 2011 and the Who’s Who’s Top Female Executive in 2010. In 2010, Ohio Secretary of State awarded C.A.S.S. Camp the Service of Excellence Award. In 2009/2010 she was also given the National Association of Professional Women’s Award. In 2005-2006 Cassandra was selected for inclusion of Manchester’s Who’s Who. She has been awarded the "Outstanding Soloist of 1992" by Charles Watkins International Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. She is also the recipient of the 1997 "Business Woman of the Year" Award for C.A.S.S. Productions. In 2002, Cassandra was the first vocalist to receive the Vocal Net Ovation Award for Outstanding Soloist,. Mrs. McDonald has a BA in Music Education, and MA in Arts of Education, and her PhD is in Family Studies with a Specialty in Intervention Strategies.
Cassandra is the founder 501(C)(3) non-for profit C.A.S.S.-M.I.N.D. (Creating Artists, Stimulating Success/Making Impact, Negotiating Decisions) C.A.S.S.-M.I.N.D. is an organization dedicated to teaching its creative arts students about music, drama, writing, and visual arts, but offers all ages an opportunity to learn about business, leadership, and life skills. Its young students and artists are drawn from the Eastern Ohio area, local social services organizations, and the C.A.S.S. Performing Arts Camp. C.A.S.S. Performing Arts Camp is in its 12th year.
Cassandra has created the CASS-MIND Academy, an Autism Learning Center, and new Support Services. C.A.S.S./M.I.N.D. The academy conducts a year-round program initiative to “Keep Kids In School”(KKIS). C.A.S.S.-M.I.N.D. Academy addresses the need to support youth development in education, arts, culture and business. C.A.S.S./M.I.N.D. The Academy focuses on building character in our youth and combating juvenile delinquency by providing an environment of positive peer interaction and adult coaching.
Cassandra has an Education Advocacy Consultant business helping emotionally and behaviorally disturbed juveniles focus forward. Additionally, Cassandra has been included in an educational book to teach children in twenty-two Spanish-speaking nations English and about using their musical talents.
Recently, Cassandra is an ordained pastor and life coach, conducting Vision Retreats, which are inspirational retreats for adults with team vision exercises, breakout sessions, and rejuvenation in a relaxing, nurturing environment. Cassandra has lectured in colleges, schools and churches. Cassandra has also been a guest of Pavarotti’s School of Music in Guatemala. Her Cass Camp team was invited to Guatemala to teach music, art and business encouraging education, employment and empowerment.
Dr. McDonald the mother of five children, sharing twelve degrees amongst them. Additionally, she is a surrogate mother to many young adults who adopt her as their second mother. She has dedicated her life to working with youth and assisting them in becoming successful adults. Cassandra sees the needs of the youth in the community and she continually strives to fulfill those needs.