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 is a Detroiter who moved with her husband to Traverse City in 1987. Together, they began the romanticized adventure of renovating a house. Since 2008, Susan has written the “Adapted in TC," a monthly column for the Traverse City Record Eagle. She’s also written articles for NMC Magazine, Riviera Reporter, Today’s Education, and Glamour. One of her Record -Eagle columns featuring Bat Girl and Oracle has appeared in Dr. Mark Howell’s book Serious Fun: The Power of Popular Culture. She is currently at work on a book of her Record-Eagle columns.
Susan is a member of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, and was the recipient of the 2010 T.C. Human Rights Commission Sara Hardy Humanitarian of the Year Award. She is a “community connector” and has been a longtime board member of several organizations, including: Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc.; Munson Medical Center-Family Advisory Council; Recipient Rights and Cowell Cancer Center; and the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce – Leadership Grand Traverse Fellows Programs.
She has taught psychology at Northwestern Michigan College for over 25 years and was given the Adjunct Faculty of the Year award in 2000. She has also taught at Grand Valley State University inTraverse City since 2003. She has conducted writing workshops for persons who have experienced homelessness with NMC colleagues, Dr. Melissa Sprenkle and Michael Anderson. All of those workshop participants now have housing and participate at the monthly “Poets Meet Musicians” event at the Acoustic Taproom in Traverse City.
Sean Twomey Ph.D.
Sean received his MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa Institute and his PhD in English from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He is currently working on a collection of Novellas. An ardent fan of NPR's "This American Life" with host Ira Glass, Sean hopes to create his own radio shows on life in northern Michigan and inspire others to do the same.
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.
Joe is an Award-winning Production Management Professional with extensive experience in all phases of digital media production. Skilled in managing the creative technical processes in multiple environments including public, commercial, local access & cable television, public abd private sector communications, including independent media. Strong interpersonal skills with focus on staff productivity & high levels of professionalism.
Key competencies include:
* Instruction: Hands-on media technologies and literacy.
* Pre-Production: Client relations, research, conceptualization, location scouting and budgeting
* Production: Live studio/remote multi-camera setting and single camera field production
* Post-Production: Non-linear edit systems, multi-format linear edit systems, audio, graphics and video compression workstations
* Distribution: Broadcast, cable, live satellite operations, DVD, and internet delivery.
Real People Media provides services to people in northern Lower Michigan and the U.P. We are headquartered in Charlevoix and in Calumet.