Susan Odgers, President
Jerry Younce, Secretary
Heather McIntosh, Director
Founded in 2006, Real People Media (RPM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to help people share their stories through literary, visual, performing and media arts. Storytelling has always been a way for people relate to one another and the world. We believe in fostering compelling stories about our past and present. We encourage the use of storytelling and social and broadcast media to educate people about social, environmental, and political issues. We seek out collaborations with individuals and other nonprofits which foster creative storytelling and problem solving of issues facing communities.
Real People Media is particularly concerned with reaching underserved and minority populations and giving voice to previously unheard narratives. Our motto IS "Giving Everyone a Voice"
RPM hosts classes, seminars and events to train people in the art of storytelling. We also help people share their stories through social and broadcast media and by hosting performance and exhibit opportunities.
Rebecca Glotfelty, Founder and Executive Director of Real People Media, Inc.
Glotfelty share's her personal stories and those of others through her films, paintings, photographs and songs. She has a degree in Broadcast Communications /Video Production from Kellogg Community College and a B.A. In Social Science-International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University. She has taken graduate courses in Sociology from the American University in Cairo and in Film and Digital-Media from Main Media College in Rockport, Maine.
Glotfelty has been a producer of commercial and documentary videos since 1996. Her cultural documentaries have been shown and utilized by educators, universities and organizations across the world. For six years she was under contract with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians located in Harbor Springs, MI to produce the tribe's documentary programming. The program, Four Directions and the Waganakising Odawa has been broadcast on all Michigan PBS affiliate stations and offered as a satellite feed to national markets.
A community leader, Glotfelty has worked and volunteered within the nonprofit sector for the last 25 years, helping to initiate many community and art related initiatives including an art co-operative, the Calhoun County Fair Museum, Marshall Community 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. Her goal as the Director of Real People Media is to help people share their experiences and stories by providing them with tools, skills, and opportunities. In 2017, Real People Media partnered with Main Street Calumet to establish The Red Jacket Jamboree, an old-time radio variety show. The show focuses and the history and stories of Copper Country and includes local and regional storytellers and musicians.
Susan Odgers, Ph.D., President
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 and serves on the board of numerous organizations in the Traverse City area.
Laura Miller, Treasurer
Laura has a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. Originally from the Detroit area, she began using her degree as a co-owner and manager/accountant of an eight lane bowling center in Laurium in Michigan’s U.P. During that 25 year ownership the business growth increased at an average of 8% per year. Since 1981, she has owned and operated successful retail and residential rental units in multiple buildings.
For the past four decades, Miller has worked in management positions. In 2004 she became the Calumet Theatre’s Operations Manager and was named the Executive Director in May 2009, during a severe deficit fiscal year. Skilled in organizing workflow, ideas, materials, and training people, she developed new staff procedures, found additional funding sources, enhanced Theatre membership and volunteer programs, tightened the budget, and began increased marketing. Throughout her tenure and through her retirement in November 2018 the Theatre has not had a deficit year.
During her employment with the Theatre, she was also the office manager for 12 years of the non-profit, private Miscowaubik Club in Calumet where she handled all correspondence, wrote and designed the monthly newsletter, and performed all accounting duties including completion of the annual 990 tax returns.
Since November 2018, she works as the Calumet Theatre’s accountant, handles her rental properties and completes tax returns for family and friends. Laura joined the Real People Media board in 2019.
Jerry Younce, Secretary
Jerry is the Musical Director for The Red Jacket Jamboree. As Musical Director, he recruits musical guests, directs the Copper Cats (the stage band) and selects musical programming. Younce, a professional guitarist, has performed Jazz, Rock, Top 40, and Country music in show bands and various musical groups during his 30+ year career as a musician. Born and raised in Detroit, he started his professional career performing in Jazz bands around the Motor City. He currently performs with his son in Younce Guitar Duo, an acoustic improvisational collaboration inspired by Jazz, Fusion, and World music. Watch video performances of Jerry in Younce Guitar Duo. http://artistecard.com/younceguitarduo#!/videos/73252
In addition to his musical career, Younce is experienced in sound mixing, recording, and editing. He's responsible for the show's live audio capture as well as the mastering of each episode for radio broadcast. Younce also brings his management and business experience to the production. From 1992-2007, he owned AHA Home Systems which specialized in home automation, commercial automation, home theater systems and commercial sound systems installed in schools, hotels, stores. He owned and managed a Radio Shack franchise and home appliance and repair store for nearly two decades. Younce's extensive knowledge and experience is invaluable to the success of this show and to our Voice Box Session series.
Heather McIntosh, Ph.D., Director
Heather is an Associate Professor at Minnesota State University in the Department of Mass Media. She has had appointments at Boston College and Northern Illinois University. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University, a Master's Degree in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English with a Minor in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. Her previous teaching experience includes a broad range of courses in media studies, including social media, television, film, and gender. She is co-editor of Documenting Gendered Violence: Representations, Collaborations, and Movements (Bloomsbury, 2015). Heather joined the board in 2019.
Real People Media provides services to people in northern Lower Michigan and the U.P. We are headquartered in Charlevoix and in Calumet.