Richard J. Garfunkel
WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday
April 1, 2009
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On Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program’s live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. Our guests are Rick Kelsey and Gary Johnson, and our topic today is, “Creating Game-Changers for Education, Through Urban Game Design,” the using of “The Mentoring & Collaboration Model” to solve important technology problems and opportunities at the community level
Rick Kelsey (site coordinator) currently serves as the Technology Director for McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. Mr. Kelsey also serves as the Director for The Institute of Urban Game Design. Previously, Rick had worked as the Department Chair at the Jeb Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia. Before entering the field of education, Mr. Kelsey's career included a twenty-five year focus in healthcare management. Mr. Kelsey served in the role of Vice President of several prestigious hospitals and healthcare firms. From 1977 to 1980, Mr. Kelsey served as Director of the prestigious King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Kelsey's education includes a MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University and a Master in education from American University. He has taught Healthcare Administration courses as an adjunct professor at St. Joseph's University, Temple University, and Kind Faisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
In 2009, Rick has started his own management and consulting company “Be The Game LLC…” His company provides management and consulting to non profits who wish to support the development of inner city technology training programs for teens, young adults, older adults and seniors. He also has developed a motor coach training center that travels to schools, retirement centers and community events to provide technology training on the motor coach. In 2009,The Game already has clients in Washington DC; Prince Georges County, Maryland; Dallas, Texas; Jefferson, Texas; Orlando, Florida; Oviedo, Florida and Huntsville, Alabama.
Gary Johnson was born and raised in Washington, DC where he attended the public schools and graduated with a BS degree in Organizational Management from Columbia Union College. He also attended Antioch University School of Law, where he studied in the Masters of Legal Science program. At the age of 23, Gary was assigned to The White House where he worked for three Assistants to the President for National Security Affairs. Throughout his 30- year professional working career
He has learned how to use his personal power to define his success. He is the author of the book 25 Things That Really Matter In Life (Courtland Press, ISBN-13: 978-0-9791113-0-3) and was a contributing author to the book IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) — TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES (Publisher: Xlibris Corporation; March 22, 2004, ISBN: 141343777X). The book is a collection of essays and interviews that explore the issues and questions that fathers struggle to resolve on a day-to-day basis. Gary is the owner of Gary A. Johnson Company & Associates, a management training and consultant firm; and two award-winning web sites: Homework Help Page.com and Black MenInAmerica.com.
Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.
Next week I will be hosting Dr. Kenneth Cohn, the author of Collaborate for Success, Break though Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses and Hospital Executives, and the subject will be health care reform in America.