Rise & Thrive! 10-28-17: Jenna Jeffords and Jennifer Forrester

Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour

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 website here or OSJ App on the go! GUESTS: Jenna Jeffords (left) District Director of Sales at Brookdale Senior Living Communities
and Jennifer Forrester (center) with Oklahoma Hospice Care as the Community Relations Director

Jenna grew up in Duncan, OK She attended the University of Central Oklahoma and obtained her Residential Care Administrators License from Carl Albert State College. She has been with Brookdale 8 years serving in several capacities from Executive Director to District Sales Director. She has been in the Senior Living industry for 11 years. She is currently the District Director of Sales for Oklahoma City and rural Kansas for Brookdale Senior Living. Jenna lives by her company’s mission statement, “Enrich the lives of those we serve with compassion, respect, excellence and integrity.”

Jennifer is a native of Midwest City, Oklahoma. She is a Certified Respiratory Therapist with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. She has an extensive history in patient care in the hospital, clinic and private setting in addition to her over 15 years in leadership, management and marketing. Jennifer is involved in various community & networking organizations which support the community.  She is currently the Community Relations Director at Oklahoma Palliative and Hospice Care. Jennifer lives by the rule, service before self and always treat others as you wish to be treated.


Rise & Thrive! 10-21-17: Joan Clark & Carla Scull, Alzheimer’s Association

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 (see below) 

Joan Clark (middle)  founder of the Santa arket Craft Show and also Carla Scull from Alzheimer’s Association (left)

Joan Clarke, founder and chair of the 8th Annual Santa Market Craft Show benefiting The Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma.

Carla Scull is the Education Coordinator for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma.  Previous work experience includes, Special Education Teacher, Senior Companion Supervisor, Life Enrichment Director and volunteer.

Rise & Thrive: 10-14-17

 This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”

Karen Youngblood and Bruce McIntyre

Karen Youngblood is the Executive Director of Customized Education at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) – which creates customized education solutions through certifications, conference management, contract partnerships, and courses to equip businesses, government, community organizations, groups, and individuals with the knowledge and skills that benefit personal growth and organizational success.

Bruce McIntyre serves as the Executive Director of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma.  As the author of Thrive Anyway, Parkinson Positive and Graceful Transitions, Bruce shares his expert guidance and warm humor with thousands of people each year.

As a caregiver for his wife for the past 12 years, Bruce understands the world of chronic illness and caregiving.  He has led the Caregiver Fundamentals Project in Oklahoma City and served caregivers as a business, church, and non-profit leader.  Bruce is also the author of Resilient Life.  You can learn more about him at BruceMcIntyre.com.

10-7-17: Rise & Thrive! Gwendolyn Caldwell, Consumer Advocate/Lobbyist

This week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour” 
My guest in studio: Gwendolyn Caldwell, President of Caldwell and Associates and Consumer Advocate/Lobbyist

gwendolyn caldwellGwendolyn Caldwell, President of Caldwell and Associates, has over a decade of experience at the state capitol as a consumer advocate lobbyist. Caldwell has been involved in passing several key pieces of legislation and promoting issues for her clients including the Oklahoma Silver Hair Legislators.
Caldwell has a deep understanding of the processes thanks to her behind the scenes experience in the President’ Pro Tempore’s office in the senate. She is on-site at the capitol each day during the legislative session to educate lawmakers on the benefits or consequences legislation will have on her clients.

Also joining us is call-in guest, Susan Carson, Active Aging Coordinator with YMCA. She will be talking about the Mitch Park YMCA Healthy Senior Day, October 10th from 9am to 2pm (click for event info.)Susan Carson, Active Aging Coordinator with YMCA


9-30-17 Radio:  Mary Martin, DDS and Emily Cook, Brookdale Sr Living

mary martin dds and emily cook and robin gunn

mary martin dds and emily cook and robin gunnThis week on “Rise & Thrive with the OSJ Radio Hour”

My guests in studio: Mary Martin, DDS(middle) and Emily Cook, Executive Director of the Brookdale Senior Living SW (left) 

Dr. Martin was one of the founding women of the Oklahoma Association of Women Dentists and has been an officer & member of OAWD in some capacity since 1985. Dr. Martin along with her husband, Dr. Steve Carson currently own Eagle Dental Corporation in Edmond, OK.
Read Dr. Martin’s article, “The Changing Faces of Addition” in the current OSJ issue here.

Emily Cook is the Executive Director of the Brookdale Senior Living SW and is speaking on air about the Brookdale Aging Film Festival Oct. 4th highlighting their documentary on living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Listen to this week’s Rise & Thrive with the OSJ radio hour!

robin gunn at the eagle 1640amRobin Gunn is now host of a radio show geared towards the interests of 50-Plus adults, their families, the sandwich generation & caregivers.  Listen in on KZLS The Eagle 1640 AM on Saturday mornings
at 9:05 a.m, for information and news you need. KZLS is part of Champion Broadcasting.

09-23-17: Alzheimer’s Association & Bobbie Gunn

Guests this week include Alzheimer’s Association Meredith Wooldridge and Bobbie Diffee Gunn. Alzheimer’s Association Walk for the Cure will be on September 30, 2017 at Bicentennial Park this year in OKC.


Valir Commercial Includes publisher Robin Gunn and mother, Bobbie Diffee Gunn

Publisher Robin Gunn and mother, Bobbie Diffee Gunn were honored to be included in Valir’s commercial, see below! Valir has cared for Robin’s father, Gordon Gunn.