7-21-18: Chase Parsons and Pastor Deborah Burke with the OKC Dream Center

In 2002, Pastor Rob and Deb Burke began ministering at Inner City Church with the vision of one day having an organization like the Los Angeles Dream Center. Soon they were able to establish a food pantry, clothing closet, outreach programs for kids, and more. In 2012, Chase Parsons met up with Pastor Deborah Burke in pursuit of a like-minded vision of establishing an OKC Dream Center. The OKC Dream Center began Saturday adopt-a-blocks and mentorship classes. As the relationship grew stronger, Pastor Deborah Burke and Chase Parsons agreed to combine their ministry efforts and in 2014, OKC Dream Center took over all outreach programs with Inner City Church.


OKC Dream Center seeks to reach, rescue, and restore people isolated by poverty in OKC through meeting basic needs with hunger relief, clothing closet, and seasonal drives. Preventative programs for at-risk kids and youth. Community Resource Center provides assistance with employment, education, family counseling, foster care intervention, and more. They also have Dream Center Living, their transitional residential program for men.

Special Announcement Call-In From Connie Daniels, the Administrator at the Mansion at Waterford. informing us on the Senior Resources of Oklahoma, a FREE Event on July 26th for Seniors & Their Families. For more information, Click here to view Flyer.

7-14-18: Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate & Janet Deen with Hope Retreat Ranch

Guests in the OSJ Radio Studio: (l to r) Janet Deen with Hope Retreat Ranch and Becky Ivins of Movers Real Estate

Becky Ivins started her professional career as a social worker. A few years later she became a Realtor and shortly afterwards started her own brokerage. After selling real estate for 40 years, Becky still considers herself more a social worker than a salesperson. Web: beckyivins.com

She has many favorite charities, the one we are talking about today is Hope Retreat Ranch.

Janet Deen and her Husband Walter have been married 43 years and live in Choctaw. Walter Deen, always a horseman, has embraced the challenge of bringing therapeutic horseback riding to their community.  The Deens purchased 32 acres in Choctaw where they operate a non-profit retreat for various clubs and charities to use.  They currently have 11 horses and use only volunteers to operate the ranch.  Walter and Janet plan to spend their remaining years further developing Hope Retreat Ranch, LLC, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. 

HR Ranch is a horse ranch in Choctaw where non-profit groups can gather and enjoy a safe and controlled venue for their activities and where therapist can bring clients to pet or ride horses.  HR Ranch has served many populations including scouts, schools, and the downs syndrome society.  Plans are process for the clients of the Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled to enjoy a day at HR Ranch. hrranch.org

7-7-18: Disty Simpson and Matthew Danuser with the nonprofit, Fill My Basket

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour … Guests in the OSJ Radio Studio: Disty Simpson and Matthew Danuser with nonprofit, Fill My Basket

Fill My Basket is a Oklahoma City based non-profit that specializes in random acts of kindness by buying groceries around the metro to help low income seniors and families along with inspiring people to be kind and to pass that kindness forward! “Paying It Forward – One Basket at a Time!”
Fill My Basket was inspired by a viral video that both Matthew Danuser and Disty Simpson saw and it got them thinking … Why can’t we do these random acts of kindness right here in our beloved OKC City? Both being creative thinkers & doers … They begin implementing this concept right here in OKC along with a few helpers jumping aboard they figured it out and Fill My Basket was born locally!

Disty & Matthew are friends and both graduated from Edmond Memorial High School. Today, Disty is the Executive Chef/G.M. of:  The Manhattan, a restaurant in downtown okc (owned locally by Bruce Rinehart of the Rococo Restaurants) and Matthew is the owner of the New American Shaman, a Health & Wellness Shop Focusing on CBD products located on Britton & N. May Ave!

• donate at www.fillmybasket.org 

• check out their “Upworthy” video that has 26.6 million views and counting globally!!

• inspire others to do random acts of kindness in their community

• like and share “Fill My Basket” page on Facebook

6-30-18: Kim & Pat Anderson; hear this spectacular life-changing story!

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour …Kim & Pat Anderson. Hear this spectacular life-changing story!

What is Your Bucket List – Are You reading it or Doing it? Do You have Sleep Apnea??? How do you know if you do or don’t??? EXACTLY!!! Do You know CPR ? You Don’t … It can SAVE Someone’s life even a family member’s! What do all the three questions above have in common… A LOT!

Pat and Kim Anderson are the owners of Anderson Plumbing in Bethany which they started 2002. They have been married for 31 yrs and have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. They reside in Piedmont, OK and love gardening, beekeeping and spending time with their family. They are very active in their church and various business organizations. Kim loves to cook and read. Pat enjoys his new fitness hobby of playing pickle ball, fishing and hiking.
When you are faced with a life changing experience like cardiac arrest that touched the lives of Pat & Kim Anderson last year … you make some life changing decisions. One of those was a Pilgrimage they went on last month to Camino de Santiago/Spain.

6-23-18: KEVO Properties Founder/CEO Steve Burris, Kevo Realtor LindseyMcCabe

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 the OSJ Radio Studio: KEVO Properties Founder & CEO Steve Burris, Kevo Realtor LindseyMcCabe.

Steve Burris, Founder & CEO of KEVO Properties was born and raised in northwest Oklahoma City. As a former senior executive for an Oklahoma based Fortune 200 company, Steve managed over 500 employees. After working 20+ years in the corporate world, Steve founded Kevo Properties, a real estate company dedicated to helping agents discover their own leadership abilities. Kevo was started 8 years ago with Steve and 3 other Realtors, and has grown to over 250 Realtors today, proving that with the proper encouragement, mentorship, and hard-work, the real estate industry can change the lives of anyone willing to put in the effort. His wife Brandi Burris and he have a blended family of six sons and one daughter, ages 12 to 27. Phone: (405) 494-7222 Website: kevoproperties.com

Lindsey McCabe, REALTOR, originally from Del City, OK, worked in the customer service industry most of her early adult life before choosing a career in real estate in order to be more available after the birth of her daughter. After working with a small real estate group. She was introduced to and recruited by Kevo Properties, which offered her more guidance and opportunity to succeed. She  loves what she is doing and has never looked back. Lindsey and her husband Chris are enjoying life with their 5-year old daughter. Chris is the Culinary Director for the Good Egg Group. Phone: 405.568.6465 Email:  Lindsey.Mccabe@kevoproperties.com

6-16-18: KFOR’s Scott Hines In Your Corner and Terry Rogers 50+ EXPO

Guests in the OSJ Radio Studio: Scott Hines of News 4’s In Your Corner and Terry Rogers of Rogers Market Promotions’ 50+ EXPO  

Scott Hines is an award-winning consumer investigative reporter with Oklahoma’s News Channel 4. You can watch his “In Your Corner” segments weeknights on NewsChannel 4 at 10 p.m. Scott joined KFOR-TV as a general assignment reporter in 2004. He was named Brad Edwards’ successor in 2007 and continues to carry on Brad’s legacy of helping Oklahomans in need.
Scott absolutely loves his job and the platform it gives him to make a positive impact on his community.
Besides his hard hitting investigations, Scott spends most of his time sticking up for the little guy.
Scott is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he majored in broadcast journalism and minored in speech communications. SCOTT HINES IS A GOOD FRIEND to the OSJ and a TRUE ADVOCATE FOR OUR 50-PLUS community. Scott’s investigations are entirely consumer driven. 

Email: Scott.Hines@kfor.com; KFOR.com and phone (405) 424-4444

Terry Rogers with Rogers Market Promotions is a local businessman who 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’s organization. This attitude toward understanding, and the serving, extends to how he serves exhibitors, sponsors and other event participants. Web:  RMPShows.com phone: (405) 605-2121

6-9-18: GM Wesley King from I-35 Mercy Fitness & Terry Rogers with OKC 50+ Better Living Expo

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour:  GM Wesley King from I-35 Mercy Fitness & Terry Rogers with OKC 50+ Better Living Expo

Wesley King is the General Manager of the
I-35 Mercy Fitness Center and has over 20 years of experience in the recreation and fitness industry. The foundation of his career was built on aquatic leadership, risk management training, and program development for medically based fitness centers. Wesley was the Chair of the National Education Committee, is a Lead Examiner, and has earned Fellowship with the Medical Fitness Association. Wesley, his wife, and 2 young children moved to Edmond, OK just over a year ago to oversee the 50,000 square-foot I-35 Mercy Fitness Center. web: MercyFitness.netphone: (405) 757-3311.


Terry Rogers with Rogers Market Promotions is a local businessman who 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’s organization. This attitude toward understanding, and the serving, extends to how he serves exhibitors, sponsors and other event participants. Web:RMPShows.com phone: (405) 605-2121


6-2-18: Charlotte Carey of SYNERGY HomeCare and John Wilson with Redhaven Care Homes

This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio Hour on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM: Guests are Charlotte Carey of SYNERGY HomeCare and John Wilson with Redhaven Care Homes!

John Wilson is the Co-Owner of Redhaven Care Homes, a shared housing provider along with home care services for senior. JOHN is also the Executive Director of Village At Oakwood Assisted Living, Oklahoma’s first 100% Medicaid and low in-come housing Assisted Living.
John Wilson has more than 13 years of healthcare leadership experience in the senior care and senior housing industry, from Long-Term, Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living Care, to Senior Housing and Senior Shared Housing.

In 2016 John began developing and establishing Redhaven Care Homes.  Redhaven Care Homes is unique in that it helps seniors navigate the complexities of aging, increased financial burdens, housing, companionship, all in a home that allow seniors to remain independent by matching them with Shared Housing Providers and Licensed Home Care/companion Providers whom specialize in the needs of seniors.  Redhaven Care Homes: phone – (405) 657-4003 and website: redhavencarehomes.com


Charlotte Carey is the Oklahoma Home Care Administrator for SYNERGY Home Care. 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 called “W.I.N.G.S.” ensemble which provides the ministry of music to people throughout Oklahoma and the surrounding states (look them up on Facebook.) SYNERGY Home Care’s website:edmond.synergyhomecare.com and phone: 405-254-3046


5-26-18: Inspirational Speaker Cami Simunek

Cami is an inspirational speaker, that has lived a life full of challenges that she over come and will never look back except for the lessons learned, grace givin’ and empowerment received. Cami will soon add Author to her title and her new book approaching it’s release is called:  M.O.V.E. !

Cami has also worked as a professional for many years focusing on Marketing in local businesses here in OKC. Her goal is to inspire others to live life in a positive and joyus way.  To get you to M.O.V.E.!

Live life to the fullest everyday!

One of Cami’s favorite quotes is,  “You’re not having a bad day, it’s a bad moment…. Now keep moving forward !”

5-19-18: Senior moving and estate sales…Matt McNeil (McNeil Liquidations) and Amber Bergerson (Senior Transitions)


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 www.EdmondEstateSales.com.

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.