1-20-18: Tim and Natalia Smith, FirstLight HomeCare

Tim and Natalia Smith, Co-Owners

Tim and Natalia Smith, owners of FirstLight Home Care of Central Oklahoma City, have expertise in operations, customer service and healthcare, as well as personal caregiving experience. They started this agency to help others and to give back to their community.  They are committed to delivering quality non-medical home care and senior care with exceptional service.

FirstLight HomeCare of Oklahoma City and Edmond offers full home care and caregiver services for individuals that are recuperating from surgery, seniors in need of extra help at home, or new moms. We have professional caregivers that provide excellent services, which give you and your loved one’s fulfillment and  security. Website: https://www.firstlighthomecare.com/home-healthcare-central-oklahoma-city/

1-13-18: Marilyn Olson, Executive Director of VillagesOKC

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”
Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen in on the OSJ app and website “Home Page” anytime! 

Guest in studio: Marilyn Olson, Executive Director of VillagesOKC

Marilyn Olson, a native of Oklahoma City, Marilyn Olson is an Educator, Businesswoman and Caregiver Coach.  She began as a teacher then spending a decade in advertising before spending more than 30 years in the healthcare, retirement, nursing home and assisted living industries.  Her passion is to be a help to the caregiver.

Her experience includes opening ten retirement communities several of which are in the greater Oklahoma City area. Most recently she accepted the position of Executive Director for VillagesOKC. “It is NOT a Place – It is a PLAN! 

As a member of the “over-fifty-five club” herself, she knows full well the demands of the sandwich generation.  Marilyn and her husband Jim keep their interests in multiple worlds by staying involved in the lives of her 102 year old mother along with, three grown children and ten grandchildren.

Her humorous yet practical style has made her a favorite of adults and teens.  She says the challenges of aging are nothing new “because we’ve made it through childhood, teen years and middle adult life – and it’s basically all the same.”

VillagesOKC –It is NOT a Place … It is a PLAN-VillagesOKC! What is It? AGAIN – It is a Plan … NOT a Place! We are going to Age but we do not have to be old! VillagesOKC is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who stay in their own homes that come together to figure out and develop the resources they will need to age comfortably. The VillagesOKC Concept embraces bringing services to people rather than moving people to services. The first “Village” Concept  — Beacon Hill “Village” in Boston — began more than a decade ago when a few aging friends and neighbors joined forces to create a way for them to “age at home” and remain independent as long as possible. There are now nearly 300 “Villages” Concepts nationwide. “We are taking matters into our own hands and creating organizations for ourselves that essentially allow us to remain in our homes are as long as possible.”
Listen to the Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio 📻Hour this Saturday’s at 9:05am to learn more on this exciting new way to Age-in-Place Confidently, Safely & in your own neighborhood!

1-6-18: Jed Chappell, CEO of City Center & Jeffrey J. Lara, Director of Operations for The Salvation Army

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”
Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen in on the OSJ app and website “Home Page” anytime! 

Guest in studio: Jed Chappell, co-founder & CEO of City Center

Call-in Guest: Jeffrey J. Lara, Director of Operations for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command

 

Jed Chappell and his wife Julie founded City Center on August 1, 2016. Serving as the CEO of City Center, Jed hopes to bring relief and restoration to lives by establishing community resource centers in under-resourced areas in OKC Jed’s passion for reaching impoverished communities & families is born out of his compelling story of living as a reckless youth, drug dealer, and criminal, to becoming a pastor committed to seeing lives in Oklahoma City, the same city he helped poison, fully restored. Book Jed for speaking engagements at: jedchappell.com. City Center Website: okcity.center

Jeff Lara Salvation army on Oklahoma Senior journal radioJeffrey J. Lara, Director of Operations/Programs for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command, is our “Call-In” guest this Saturday on the OSJ Radio Hour. He will be calling in with a vendor opportunity coming in April for the 7th Annual Salvation Army Senior Living Fair! For more information on this event call: Lisa Sydnor, Senior Programs Manager The Salvation Army at
(405) 246-1120

OSJ Editor and On Air Host Robin Gunn is a Proud Advocate & Sponsor for The Salvation Army. salvationarmyokcac.org

12-30-17: Greg & Nathan Gunn—Brothers of Robin Gunn, OSJ editor & On Air Host!

Guests in studio: Greg Gunn (founder of Family-ID) & Nathan Gunn (Pastor & President of Jesus Booth Ministries)—Brothers of Robin Gunn,  OSJ Editor & On Air Host!

Greg C. Gunn, founder of Family-ID, life coach, pastor, author, speaker and most important husband/father. Greg believes you can be a world-changer right where you are! He is a husband of over 33 years, a father of seven kids, a father-in-law and a grandfather of four. He owned and operated a successful financial services business for 30 years. For 20 years Greg has led Family Vision Ministries, a ministry that helps families put their purpose on paper and pass it on to future generations. Click here to visit and learn more at Greg’s website www.Family-ID.com

Nathan W. Gunn is a Pastor and President of the Mission Organization Jesus Booth Ministries. He has spent the last 20 years ministering in Los Angeles, New York, Africa, India and many other places. He has provided outreach tools for other churches and organizations in the U.S and around the world. He spends 4 to 5 days a week, right here in downtown OKC ministering to people by building relationships, praying for their needs, whether it be physical, spiritual or financial and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nathan is also an artist and he has used his art as an outreach tool. Click here to visit Nathan’s website and click here to visit his Facebook page

12-23-17: Brandon Pasley of YWCA OKC

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This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour” Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen in on the OSJ app and website “Home Page” anytime!  Guest, Brandon Pasley in studio is Senior Director of Specialized Training at YWCA Oklahoma City.

Brandon Pasley is the Senior Director of Specialized Training at YWCA Oklahoma City where he provides domestic violence training to professionals, agencies and organizations throughout Oklahoma. He has spent nearly seventeen years working in the domestic violence field.  YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, & dignity for all ages. ywcaokc.org

Jan Peery serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the YWCA Oklahoma City, where she has provided leadership for the past twenty years. She is a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional,  and has been instrumental in establishing the YWCA as a leading provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services in Oklahoma.

12-16-17: Curtis Aduddell & Kimberly Brinner of Heritage Assisted Living Center

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour” Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen in on the OSJ app and website “Home Page” anytime!
Guest Curtis Aduddell, Executive Director/part owner (left) and Kimberly Brinner, Director of Administrations & Marketing of Heritage Assisted Living Center.

Curtis Aduddell, Executive Director & part owner of Heritage Assisted Living Center

Curtis Aduddell was born and raised in the Oklahoma City area and attended Oklahoma State University.  After graduation, From 1993 to 1999 he served as a nursing home administrator in both Texas and Oklahoma.  In 2000, Curtis, along with two partners, opened Heritage Assisted Living Center where he has served as both part owner and Executive Director for the past seventeen years.  Curtis is currently a board member on the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators as a member of both the Education and Rules Committee. Curtis considers himself fortunate to share his days with the many wonderful residents who call Heritage their home.

 

Kimberly Brinner, Director of Administrations & Marketing of Heritage Assisted Living Center

Kimberly Brinner joined Heritage Assisted Living at the beginning of last year as the Director of Admissions and Marketing. With a marketing degree from OSU, 20 years of experience in sales, and a gift for both event planning and seasonal decoration Kimberly has taken Heritage to the next level of resident involvement. Serving our seniors inspires Kimberly (and everyone around her) to make people smile. Making Heritage an inviting home where our resident flourish is what motivates me. Enjoy a unique senior living experience in Oklahoma City at your own pace. We take pride in being one of the most affordable and charming retirement communities in the OKC metro area. heritageokc.com

12-9-17: Charlotte from SYNERGY HomeCare

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”
Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen on the OSJ App 

 Guest Charlotte Carey Administrator of SYNERGY HomeCare! We discuss: the Values & Leadership of CEO Weama Kassem, Veterans in-home benefits, SYNERGY’s new Norman location and “Do You Need Holiday Help!?” 

Weama, CEO
Weama was born to lead and to serve. After searching for something that would nurture those two sometimes-divergent passions, she found SYNERGY HomeCare, and brought the renowned home care company to Oklahoma. In a short time, Weama and her team have built and managed a SYNERGY HomeCare that is growing daily beyond her dreams. She sets the tone for personalized service and authentic compassion for everyone around her. Setting strong roots in our community, Weama is a member of the Oklahoma City Rotary, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Edmond Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer team member with Positive Tomorrows.

Charlotte, Oklahoma Home Care Administrator
Charlotte brings all of the skills, talents, leadership and passion necessary to operate a successful business. A consummate professional, we are thrilled she is the administrator for SYNERGY HomeCare. She has strong skills in communication, contract interpretation and administration, quality control and employee training. She is an organizer, is meticulous in detail and is a wonderful encourager to others. Both clients and her fellow employees agree, she is a blessing to have on our SYNERGY team. Charlotte is a lover of music and is a 17-year member of a female a’cappella ensemble which provides the ministry of music to people throughout Oklahoma and the surrounding states.

Rise & Thrive! 12-2-17: SFC George Shafer U.S. ARMY (Retired) & Meredith Shafer, JD of S.T.O.R.M., Inc. 

STORM Inc

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”
Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen on the OSJ App 

(Left to Right)SFC George Shafer U.S. ARMY (Retired) and Meredith Shafer, JD of S.T.O.R.M., Inc. 

SFC George Shafer (Ret.) is CEO/COO of Storm, Inc. George retired after fifteen years in the Army. He is a former combat veteran who survived years of undiagnosed PTSD and addiction and because of this, he now helps those in addiction find a way out through the ministries offered at Storm.

Meredith Shafer, JD, is CEO/CFO of Storm, Inc. She left her job of fifteen years as the Executive Director of a multimillion dollar foundation to co-found Storm, an addiction recovery ministry, with her husband. She has authored two books, the latest is Mad Cow: A PTSD Love Story, the testimony of their walk through addiction.

Rise & Thrive! 11-25-17: Holly Arbuckle & Kristen Moss – Outreach Health Services

This week on
“Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”
Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen on the OSJ App 

Left to Right: Holly Arbuckle and Kristen Moss of Outreach Health Services

Holly Arbuckle, Director of Business Development for Outreach Health Services, has many years of experience in healthcare.  She brings a personal approach to informing and educating all who will listen about the benefits of home care.   Like everyone at Outreach, Holly considers it an honor to assist the most vulnerable among us as they continue to live healthy, productive, empowered lives in their own homes.

Kristen Moss is the Outreach Private Pay Program Manager.  She comes to Outreach after spending 5 years listening to seniors and their families as the leasing counselor/move in coordinator for an assisted living community.  She brings her compassion, her listening skills and her drive to assist seniors who wish to age safely in their homes.

Rise & Thrive! 11-18-17: Erin Engelke and Chelsea Rose

Erin Engelke, Chief External Relations Officer for Sunbeam Family Services, and Chelsea Rose, Director of Community Engagement with Catholic Charities • Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”
Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM or listen on the OSJ App. 

(Left to Right) Erin Engelke, Chief External Relations Officer for Sunbeam Family Services, and Chelsea Rose, Director of Community Engagement with Catholic Charities • Archdiocese of Oklahoma City  

Erin-Engelke Sunbeam Family ServicesErin Engelke is the Chief External Relations Officer for Sunbeam Family Services, one of the longest serving nonprofits in Oklahoma, where she manages the organization’s fundraising, marketing, public relations and volunteer programs. Sunbeam Family Services has been a vital support to individuals and families in the community. In 1907, founder Lizzie Swisher saw a need to for a children’s home in her community. With basket in hand, Lizzie and a group of women went door-to-door in their historic Oklahoma City Heritage Hills and Mesta Park neighborhoods, asking their peers for financial support. That passion to provide safe housing for homeless boys and girls spread, and their efforts raised enough funds to build a children’s home.

chelsea-roseChelsea Rose is the Director of Community Engagement at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. As a graduate of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program at Oklahoma State University, Chelsea coordinated and produced weddings and large social events for seven years for hotels and independent venues throughout Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She then brought her event talents and abilities to the non profit sector. She worked as the Special Event Coordinator at Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) in Grapevine, Texas for two and half years before joining the team at Catholic Charities. Chelsea lives in Oklahoma City, attends every Thunder game she can and participates in every 5k she can find.