This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour…

“The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”  — Albert Schweitzer
Amber Bergerson’s life philosophy is based on building relationships and serving those around her.  After 20 highly successful years in the retail industry – where she earned four major service awards for customer satisfaction – Amber decided to pursue an even more challenging field of service: care for elders.
Inspired by her very active octogenarian grandmother, Helen, Amber took her abilities for organization and design and applied them to the task of senior move management.
With a background in merchandising and management, including a degree from Oklahoma State University, Amber is able to address many of the issues we face when relocating:  staging a home for sale, downsizing, repurposing current furnishings and décor to fit a new space, and managing all the details leading up to and on moving day.
Senior Transitions LLC has now been operating in the greater OKC area for 9 years now and in Tulsa for 14. We would be so honored to help.

Matt McNeil has been in the antiques trade since the age of nine. He holds a baccalaureate degree in American history, and is a fully certified member of the International Society of Appraisers, with full accreditation through the University of Maryland. He is fifty-one years old, happily married, and father to two wonderful dogs. He is the C.E.O. of McNeil Liquidations, Inc. — Oklahoma’s premier choice for professional personal property appraisals and estate liquidation. You might remember Matt on Trash or Treasure with Linda Cavanaugh on Channel Four at 4:30pm for 6 years!

Visit his website at

PLEASE NOTE: McNeil Liquidation’s is handling the Larry Derryberry Estate this weekend 5/18-5/20. For More Information on that sale go here.

Meet local author Deborah Ford!
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Deborah Ford resides in Edmond and her passion is her God, inspirational public speaking, and anything outdoors. She has written two books to add to your MUST-READ LIST!

1) Fear Not Is Not A Suggestion: Living Life Free of Fear and Anxiety found on Amazon here:

2) “The Adventures of the Fraidys and the Faithfuls: How It All Began” found on Amazon here:

This week on The Rise & Thrive 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 the OSJ Radio Studio: (L to R) Marilyn Olson-VillagesOKC Executive Director and Dana Ownes-DeLong- President of VillagesOKC NW (It is a PLAN … NOT a Place!)

Dana Owens-Delong 40 years in education as a teacher, department chair, program coordinator, dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Owned a bed & breakfast in Bethany for 13 years; board treasurer and co-founder of an educational non-profit for 10 years called StoryChasers, certified exercise instructor for Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, and personal trainer; ballroom dancing, pottery, stained glass, gardening, independent higher education assessment consultant 7 years; wife, mom, and “Gam” to 5 almost 6 grandchildren and now the President of the VillagesOKC-NW

Marilyn Olson, a native of Oklahoma City, is an Educator, Businesswoman and Caregiver Coach.  She began as ateacher 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.”

The OSJ Magazine and Radio is a board member and committee planner of VillagesOKC

Guest in the OSJ Radio Studio:  Talking with CEO Kathleen Fitzgerald of the Oklahoma Senior Games.

Kathleen is the CEO of the Oklahoma Senior Games.  She had participated in Senior Games at the local, state and national levels for 15 years. New to Oklahoma four years ago she helped assemble an organization so Oklahoma would be sanctioned to host State Senior Games.

For more information on the Oklahoma Senior Games, contact:  or Call Kathleen at: (727) 776-1877. Oklahoma Senior Games will be held September through October 2018. Specific location addresses in the greater OKC area to be announced for the Greater Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.

For information on practice times, game dates, and locations, go to

The OSJ Magazine and Radio is a platinum sponsor to the Oklahoma Senior Games

Guest in the OSJ Radio Studio: RMP Shows talks about the 50-Plus EXPO plus Christian Gray from Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Christian Gray (left) is a Community Outreach Specialist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma’s Mobile Assistance Center (MAC). The MAC provides one-on-one assistance with the important health insurance questions facing consumers and current BCBSOK members across the state. Visit the website: or call:  800-942-5837


Terry Rogers (right) with Rogers Market Promotions is an exhibition and event marketing provider that empowers organizations to grow relationships between their audiences and brands. Rogers Market Promotions produces the largest 50+ Expo’s in the region.  Terry is best known for his personalized approach to service. His experienced team is dedicated to first understanding the client’s objective and the broader goals of the client organization. This attitude toward understanding, and the serving, extends to how he serves exhibitors, sponsors and other event participants.

Keri L. Rogers is the Expo Coordinator and Concierge for Rogers Market Promotions and is currently working on the 2nd Annual 50+ Better Living Expo. She is the daughter of Terry and Patricia Rogers and the granddaughter of John Kelly who is the inspiration behind Rogers Market Promotions.

Website: Phone: (405) 605-2121

This week on The Rise & Thrive 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 the OSJ Radio Studio: Liz Banks and Lisa Sydnor with Salvation Army

Liz Banks, has been Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma for the last five years.  I was blessed to be able to volunteer for many years in the Florida school system with my children. My husband of thirty years, my three children and I lived in Florida for twenty- one years until the 2007 Stock Market Crash. God changed the direction of our lives and we relocated to Norman, Ok to work in a food pantry ministry. I fell in love with volunteering and serving the lost and broken souls that God put into my path. God opened a BIG door for me to work with volunteers at The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma, it’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Lisa Sydnor has more than 40 years’ experience in the nonprofit world.  She served 10 years each with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City University and American Red Cross in financial development. She served as International Chapter Director for Meeting Professionals International; CEO for Central Oklahoma Community Action and since 2012 has served as Senior Programs Manager for The Salvation Army, Central Oklahoma Area Command. (click here for Senior Living Fair)

This week on The Rise & Thrive 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 the OSJ Radio Studio: Sheryl Presley, TRIAD Coordinator, OKCPD became Oklahoma City’s TRIAD Coordinator (through the OKCPD) on October of 1998. This position requires working with the Senior population in Oklahoma City; she also works closely with the Oklahoma County Sheriffs Department in educating senior citizens of Oklahoma as to their rights, opportunities available to them  with clarifying laws & up dates along with frauds & scams that may affect their lives.

She began her career with the Oklahoma City Police Department on February 1992, as a Detention Officer in the City jail. She served in this capacity for approximately 4 years when she transferred to the Crime Information Unit, (CIU) in January 1996.

Sheryl holds an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Oklahoma State University. She has held several Fraud Forums for Oklahoma City Police Department and Piedmont Police Department.

She has enjoyed a long association with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Her father, George Doughty, served with the Oklahoma City Police Department for 34 years. She enjoys a close relationship with her son, Skyler, who is her light and keeps her very busy.

Click here for more information and the Informed Senior Seminar flyer

ALSO IN STUDIO THIS WEEK is Toya Holden, agent for AAG and VillagesOKC board member (It is a PLAN … NOT a Place) in the radio studio with The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour. Robin Gunn is a committee member for VillagesOKC as well. We are talking about the inaugural VillagesOKC Golf Tournament Fundraiser, April 16th at The Greens Golf & Country Club! HOLE-In-One-CAR from Diffee Ford-Lincoln… WHAT-YES! All 55-Plus age group Welcome!! Come out on this lovely day of Golf – For Complimentary Lunch – Meet with the VillagesOKC Advisory Board and Learn More on VillagesOKC (It is NOT a Place… It is A Plan) to age well at home! We are also Calling ALL Golfers to help us raise funds for the newest national movement for Seniors known as VillagesOKC!

Click here for details on the Golf Tournament Fundraiser and how your business and you can get involved!

For More Information, Go To: VillagesOKC.Com and Phone Number (405)990-6637


This week on The Rise & Thrive 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 the OSJ Radio Studio are (l to r) Paula Porter of WovenLife & Mary Brinkley with Leading Age OK talking about Stand Up for Seniors, Senior Day at the Capitol!

Paula Porter serves as President & CEO of WovenLife, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people of all ages and abilities to find hope and independence through compassionate care, education and support.  Porter oversees the adult, child, and therapy programs including the intergenerational Adult Day program.


Mary Brinkley is the Executive Director of Leading Age Oklahoma that represents not-for-profit providers of aging services across the continuum of care. Her work includes education, advocacy and regulatory compliance, all focused on the improving the quality care and services provided in the state

which will impact the quality of life for those served.


VIEW FLYER HERE and for more information on Senior Day and How you can get involved, Please Call: (405) 640-8040.

The only way to stop the cuts against our Seniors is to show up and speak out on: Senior Day – April 9th, 9:30am at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Be a Advocate and … “Stand Up For Seniors”!

Seniors, Advocates, Long Term Care  Professionals, and Concerned Oklahomans… You are invited to join us at the State Capitol for an important advocacy event. Be the voice for all seniors, including the frail elderly, the disabled, and for the future of aging services for all older Oklahomans. Groups can arrive starting at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m.
The event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK  73105.
As groups arrive, they will be briefed on important senior issues and then go to visit Committee meetings and Legislative offices to meet with Legislators.

All attendees will receive a Stand Up for Seniors hat, a bag of information, refreshments, and an opportunity to Stand Up for Seniors who need our voices! Please let us know if your organization will be attending and an estimate of the number who will be in attendance.

Register to attend by going to:

ALSO IN STUDIO: Guest in the OSJ Radio Studio are (Left to Right) Terry and Patricia Rogers of Rogers Market Promotions talking about the 50-PLUS Better Living Expo, June 20th.

 Rogers Market Promotions are in the Studio talking all things 50-PLUS Better Living Expo which will be held June 20th from 10am to 3pm at the State Fair Grounds in the Centennial Building.  ** VENDOR OPPORTUNITY** NEW VENUE! Centennial Building @ State Fair Park- 3001 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
FREE Parking! FREE Shuttle Service from parking to door! FREE Admission!! Entertainment by Edgar Cruz !!
Door prizes! Informative Seminars! Floor plan, applications, exhibitor packages and sponsorships are all on the website along with last year’s video: Or View Flyer Here Call Terry or Kari at: (405) 605-2121

This week on The Rise & Thrive 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 the OSJ Radio Studio are Experts on Home Health Care; Brian Wilson R.PH & Kandy Milette, RN of Sooner Home Health Care.

Brian F. Wilson, R.Ph. is a registered pharmacist, and has more than 30 years of experience in diverse areas of the healthcare field, including retail and infusion pharmacy, nursing home, assisted living, home health, private duty, durable medical equipment, sleep diagnostics and hospice. He is the owner of Sooner Health Services, which provides home health services in the metro area and counties throughout Oklahoma. Brian also owns TenderCare Home Health, which serves Oklahomans in the Southeast quadrant of the state.

In addition, Brian established the first physician-led Accountable Care Organization based in Oklahoma… Access Care Oklahoma. This is helping independent physicians successfully meet the new requirements brought on with all the changes happening in healthcare.

Kandy Milette, RN is a registered nurse with more than 28 years of healthcare experience. Her positions have ranged from CNA in the nursing home to Home Health Surveyor for the State of Oklahoma. She has a passion for the elderly, coordination of care, medication reconciliation and wellness.

Sooner Home Health Care

PHONE: 866-676-1589 and web page is

This week on The Rise & Thrive 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! 

Guests in studio are IRS reps (l to r above) Linda Evans, Sandy Stewart &  Antia Douglas

Anita Douglas is the Senior Stakeholder Liaisonfor the State of Oklahoma and is responsible for providing information about IRS policies, practices and procedures to ensure compliance with the tax laws.  She has been with Stakeholder Liaison – Field for fourteen years.

Sandy Stewart, Case Advocate, started her IRS Career as a Revenue Officer in 2001. Sandy then found her calling to help people when she moved over to the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) in 2007. Currently she is the On the Job instructor for the Oklahoma City TAS and is also a certified classroom instructor for all of TAS.

Linda Evans is a Senior Tax Consultant for the IRS Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication.  She is responsible for assisting taxpayers in satisfying their tax responsibilities. Linda has been with the IRS for 32 years and in her current position for 17 years. Linda is a Veteran and served in the United States Marine Corps for two years.