Susan Odgers, President
Jerry Younce, Secretary
Rebecca Glotfelty, Founding President/ Executive Director
Rebecca has been a producer of commercial and documentary films since 1996. Her cultural documentaries have been shown and utilized by educators, universities and organizations across the U.S. and abroad. For six years she was hired by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians located in Harbor Springs, MI to produce documentary programming. The program, Four Directions and the Waganakising Odawa was broadcast on all Michigan PBS affiliate stations and has been offered as a satellite feed to national markets.
She has worked and volunteered within the nonprofit sector for the last 25 years, helping to initiate many community projects including a co-op gallery, Calhoun County Fair Museum, Marshall Art Fair, and the Marshall Film Festival. She has served on several nonprofit boards and committees including Marshall Friends of the Arts, Jordan River Arts Council and was the founding president and later manager of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts in Charlevoix, Michigan. In 2010, she became the director of Real People Media, the organization which she helped to establish in 2006.
She has a degree in Broadcast Communications/Video Production from Kellogg Community College, a B.A. in Social Science/International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and was accepted into graduate programs in Sociology at the American University in Cairo and Graduate Courses in Film/multi-media at Main Media College in Rockport, Maine.
She has owned/operated the Cycling Salamander Art Gallery south of Charlevoix, MI since 2001. Along with her own work, she has represented over 50 Michigan artists. The gallery also offers workshops, concerts and special exhibits during the summer.
Glotfelty tells her personal stories and the stories of others through her paintings, as a singer/songwriter and through performance art. To learn more about her painting/performance work visit her website. Glotfelty is also a certified yoga instructor (2014) and enjoys teaching restorative and gentle yoga in her community.
Susan Odgers, Ph.D.
Susan's an expert communicator and connector; valuing people and relationships. As an international university educator and psychologist for the past 30 years she brings innovative thinking to Real People Media through scholarship, writing and varied media experiences.
Susan Odgers has a BA degree, double-major in English and Communication Arts from Oakland University. Her graduate degrees from Wayne State University(WSU) include an MA in Counseling Psychology- specialty in Human Sexuality and a PhD ABD in Counseling Psychology. Twice, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Rumble Doctoral Fellowship at WSU.
As a university professor for the past thirty-five years, she's been employed at The University of Nice, FR, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Northwestern MI College. As a consulting psychologist, she's worked with diverse populations/clients and received numerous grants in varied human service areas.
Since 2008, she's written a monthly newspaper column about disability and health issues “Adapted in TC” for the award-winning Traverse City Record Eagle.
In 2017, she was awarded a Ragdale Foundation writing residency fellowship at Lake Forest, IL.
Susan, a paraplegic from a stroke, has used a manual wheelchair for the past 41 years. She was a board member of MI Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc. for 17 years; including two years as president. In 2017, she competed and won the opportunity to give a TEDx presentation “Reclaiming the Untapped Power of Neighbors”. In 2010, she was recognized with the Traverse City Humanitarian of the Year award and since 2015, has served as a TC HRC Commissioner.
Community service is of the utmost importance to Susan; currently, she's the VP of the board of MI Writers, board member of Blufront Media, board president of Real People Media, board member and educator for the TC Chamber of Commerce's leadership programs, board member at Munson Hospital-- three boards-Recipient Rights, Cowell Cancer Center and Family Advisory Council, board member on the United Way Allocation Team, co-founder of Poets Meet Musicians, Friend of the Traverse Area District Library, thirteen year consultant to the Traverse City Film Festival, thirty year member of the Central Neighborhood Association and member of the Traverse City Community Gardens.
Susan lives in Traverse City, MI with her husband of thirty-five years, Tom, a Grand Traverse County Commissioner and their black lab dog, Olive Marie.
Jerry Younce is a retired businessman and now a professional guitarist performing across the
Midwest with his son as the Younce Guitar Duo. (www.younceguitarduo.net) Jerry owned and operated a Radio Shack franchise for 20 years in northern Lower Michigan. He has expertise in electronics and audio recording. Jerry looks forward to lending his technical as well as musical expertise to the Voice BoxSessions and other events.
Real People Media provides services to people in northern Lower Michigan and the U.P. We are headquartered in Charlevoix and in Calumet.