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! In-studio guest: NewView Oklahoma! Lauren Branch, Ronita Jones & Marlene Snow & Brenda Bennett.
Lauren Branch is the president and CEO of NewView Oklahoma, and has been with the organization for 21 years. Under Lauren’s leadership, NewView has undergone unprecedented growth, employing more than 150 individuals, most of whom are blind or visually impaired. Because of Lauren’s leadership, NewView Oklahoma has been recognized both locally and nationally as one of the premier organizations in the country providing employment and comprehensive rehabilitative and clinical services for persons with vision loss.
Ronita Jones is the Senior Director of clinical and rehabilitative services for both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices. Ronita earned her master’s degree in special education from Texas Tech University with a specialization in Orientation and Mobility and Teacher of the Visually Impaired.
Marlene Snow has worked at NewView Oklahoma since 2011. She has a graduate certificate and master’s degree in low vision from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2014, Marlene received her specialty certification in low vision through the American Occupational Therapy Association. She recently became a certified diabetic educator.
NewView Oklahoma | 501 N Douglas Ave., OKC – Office: 405-604-0503 or 918-933-4036 NewViewOklahoma.org | Facebook: @NewView Oklahoma
NewView Oklahoma is moving to their new location at 4301 North Classen Blvd. in about a month. This new 27,000 foot facility will allow NewView to serve more patients who live with vision loss, such as Macular Degeneration. Find out more about the new location, NewView services and how they can help you with your vision needs.
I-35 Mercy Fitness Center has made a true believer (inside & out) out of Local Celebrity Ed Murray ~ Television/Radio Sports, News and Anchor Man! 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! In-studio guest: Wes King of I-35 Mercy Fitness Center and Local Sports Announcer Ed Murray.
Wesley King is the General Manager of Mercy Fitness Center I-35 in Edmond. Wes has 20+ years’ experience in the fitness and aquatics industry and has a passion for medical fitness. He authored an Aquatics Operations Training Manual and completed his Medical Fitness Association (MFA) Fellowship in early 2018. Wes and his wife are proud parents of a 5-year-old son and 21-month-old daughter.
Ed Murray is a Member of the Mercy Fitness Center Program on I-35 /Edmond-OKC! He is a Bartlesville, Oklahoma native and now lives in Edmond, OK. Ed has worked in Oklahoma City television and radio for nearly 40 years, 30 as a KWTV-News 9 sports and news anchor. In his 5th season providing radio play by play call for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. Ed lives with his wife Kathy in Edmond. They have four grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and one grandson.
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This week on The Rise & Thrive OSJ Radio 📻 Hour Saturdays 9:05 a.m. on The Eagle, KZLS 1640AM : Jeff Aynes and Charlotte Carey from SYNERGY HomeCare Rolling the DICE on another Superb OSJ Radio Hour!!!
Charlotte Carey, Synergy Home Care – Administrator 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 22-year member of a female a cappella ensemble W.I.N.G.S. (Women In Need of God Sing) which provides the ministry of music to people throughout Oklahoma and the surrounding states.
Jeff Aynes has joined the SYNERGY HomeCare Team as Director of Sales and Marketing. Jeff has been a strong advocate for health care in Oklahoma for many years and he is a great leader on our team.
Jeff went to the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University where he studied Marketing, Public Relations, and Broadcasting. In addition to working for SYNERGY HomeCare, Jeff has owned Jammin’ Jeff Entertainment (DJ and Music Service for events) for over 25 years and has performed at over 1,800 events! SYNERGY is excited that Jeff is bringing his Marketing expertise to the SYNERGY HomeCare Team!
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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!
In-studio guest: Kara Paslay of Kara Paslay Designs has been doing interior design and set design for the last nine years. She’s worked with the Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond), HGTV, the Food Network, and ABC. She has also been featured in multiple publications including Better Homes & Gardens magazine, The Today Show, and made a guest appearance on the Nate Berkus show.
Kara’s philosophy in design is to create a space that is beautiful, but more than that, meaningful! She believes that design has the power to influence our daily lives. She uses her skills to celebrate her clients’ histories and inspire their future with custom pieces and an artistic approach.
karapaslaydesigns.com | facebook.com/KaraPaslayDesigns | instagram.com/karapaslay | 479.790.8757 | In Business Since 2009
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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!
In-studio guests: Telana Ford and Patrick O’Kane from Sunbeam Family Services
Talena Ford is the Caregiver Fundamentals Program Manager Sunbeam Family Services. Currently, she facilitates seven Grandparent Support Groups and ten Caregiver Support Groups in four counties. Ms. Ford has more than 16 years of experience working with self-sufficiency programs. She received her Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. To contact Talena, please email email@example.com.
Patrick O’Kane is the Director of Senior Services; the three core senior programs are: Emergency Senior Shelter, Senior Companion Program, and Caregiver Fundamentals Program. Mr. O’Kane has been in nonprofit senior services leadership for nearly 20 years. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, his focus is in change management and leadership development. To contact Patrick, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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! In-studio guests: Kristin Hersom with Pete White Health & Wellness Center for the 50-Plus and Kaitlynn Wilkinson with NorthCare.
Kristin Hersom, Facility Director for the Pete White Health & Wellness Center has spent her career in the not for profit world promoting healthy living and developing programs to increase the overall quality of life for all ages. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Studies. She is devoted to serving the community and making the Pete White Health and Wellness Center the premiere center for the actively aging.
Kaitlynn Wilkinson, MSW is the Communications Specialist for NorthCare. She has a background in psychology, social work research and policy analysis, and has presented at state and national conferences. Kaitlynn is passionate about understanding and addressing systemic issues that create and sustain poverty, reducing stigma against individuals with a mental health and/or substance use disorder, criminal justice reform, and creating effective systems to promote social justice and progress.
Pete White Center – 246-3950 – 4021 S Walker, OKC, OK 73109
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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! In-studio guest: Kara Gunn, “Overcoming Obstacles”
Kara is passionate about encouraging people to live fully and joyfully in their season of life. She and her family live in Texas where she stays busy being a leader in children’s and women’s ministries at her church and volunteering with her kids’ schools and activities. She helps with marketing and patient recruitment at a study center and works alongside her husband in real estate. She has developed devotional materials, bible studies and messages and loves to communicate with audiences at retreats and luncheons. She has also been blessed to speak internationally during some of her mission trips to Cuba and Asia. She is a wife to her sweet husband Phillip Gunn, (who also happens to be Robin’s little brother) and an imperfect mom to three fun loving kids – Sara, Seth and Noah. She doesn’t currently have much free time but when she does, she enjoys watching movies with her family and going for coffee with friends. Kara strives to overcome obstacles in her life and encourages others to do the same.
Kara has succeeded in Overcoming Obstacles Like:
1. Grew up with substance abuse in her Family
2. Parents divorced while in college
3. First husband left for one of his students (ended in divorce)
4. Struggled with Bankruptcy/infertility
Kara’s Action Points to overcome obstacles:
1. Be in community for mutual support!
2. Don’t look inward – look outward
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