Darryl Clark was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Darryl and his wife – Sharon of 27 years, are residents of Plainfield, New Jersey for 33 years, and have a 17 year old daughter – Drue.
Darryl earned his BBA degree in Economics in 1978 from Ohio University where he was very active in sports and student affairs (e.g., member of Student Senate, Treasurer then President of the ‘Black Student Cultural Programming Board’, Member of Delta Sigma Pi – Professional Business Fraternity, and the School of Business peer counselor). After Graduation he engaged in a brief stint in finance and banking with National City Bank of Ohio before joining AT&T. He joined AT&T in 1979 and of his nearly 25 years a significant amount of his time was as a business client instructor/consultant on sophisticated Bell System equipment and services. Most of his career was spent in the Business Technical Sales Division in New Jersey where he was highly decorated for outstanding achievement for advanced network design, project coordination, and managing high-end global accounts.
While working with AT&T Darryl was accepted into Graduate School and in 2003 Darryl earned an Executive Masters of Technology Management Degree (Cum Laude) from Stevens Institute of Technology. Subsequent to graduation Darryl and his team were awarded the prestigious Project Management Paper award from the New Jersey Chapter of the National Project Management Institute (PMI) for their work.
Darryl retired early from AT&T to pursue other interests including business consulting and natural health counseling. Darryl currently has a practice as a certified Naturopath with a national client base. Darryl’s company ‘Essence of Life Center, LLC’ was formally established in 2004 with an objective to “assist in bringing people and or their businesses in balance”. In 2005 Darryl earned his certification as a CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional) and studied numerous natural health modalities including: Advanced Nutrition, Children’s Nutrition, Iridology, Advanced Herbalist, and Homeopathy. Darryl is the former President of the ‘New Jersey Natural Health Professionals (NJNHP)’, a group of natural health professionals whose mission is to promote awareness of and a lifestyle of natural health. Throughout the year Darryl conducts workshops, retreats, expo’s and group training in an effort to move people’s consciousness more toward natural and better health and wellbeing. Darryl also hosts (8 years running) his own talk radio program “Progressive News Weekly” established out of NYC.
Darryl is very active in his community of Plainfield, New Jersey. Darryl was head coach of a little league football team, “Raiders”, in Plainfield, under the Plainfield Sportsmen Football League. Darryl has taught in the Plainfield School District (mainly as a substitute teacher on special projects) at Elementary, Middle, and mostly High School levels. He is active in the men’s ministry at Rose of Sharon Community Church (under Bishop M. Laverne Ball) in Plainfield. Darryl conducts (approaching 6 years) a free walking/running clinic on Saturday mornings in Plainfield’s Cedarbrook Park to help people at all levels enhance their health and walking/running techniques. In 2011 Darryl founded what has now become a successful staple in Plainfield, the annual “Plainfield – Queen City Historic 5K Walk/Run for Life”. The events mission is to help: unify Plainfield, revitalize its image, advocate for youth self-esteem and less privileged seniors, and facilitate greater overall health in the community. The event (now in its 6th year) which has raised nearly $20,000.00 for scholarships and recreational programs is being recognized state wide including TV (News NJ 12), print media (Courier News and others), and radio (WBLS). Plainfield’s own Milt Campbell was honored (posthumous) at the 2013 event.
Darryl’s most recent calling was at the Housing Authority of Plainfield (HAP) Richmond Towers senior citizen complex in Plainfield, NJ, on a special $243,00.00, HUD project responsible for advocating for senior’s health and wellbeing. His program included mental/physical wellness and nutrition classes which the seniors have embraced, and largely have requested Darryl Clark continue to be a part of their lives.
Darryl believes, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted, “We are inevitably our brother’s keeper because of the interrelated structure of reality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”