BOBBEE ZENO, FOUNDING PRODUCER/HOST
Bobbee studied Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations at California State University in Fresno. He received a BA in Metaphysics while undergoing concurrent graduate studies in Transpersonal Metaphysical Counseling at the University of Metaphysics in Sedona. He has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from Stephens Seminary College for his exemplary work in arts communities throughout Los Angeles including: Inner Cultural Center, California African American Museum, Pan African Film Festival, African Marketplace and Cultural Faire, William Grant Still Art Center, BackStreet Art Gallery, LALA (Los Angeles to Louisiana Cultural Society), Community Build, Maxine Waters Art Gallery, Burbank Senior Artists Colony and others.
His concern for designing transformational, optimal, real life, intergenerational creative programming for elders in their second prime of life informs his passionate community work with The Positive Aging and Wellness Resource Network, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Caregiver Cafe, West Athens Community Task Force, Watts Community Task Force, Inglewood Senior Center, Inglewood Community Arts Inc., Ladera Senior Center, EngAGE, Founding Producer for Good for Life (now Experience Talks) and upcoming Internet Radio and Media for the Arts Project: Culture Vortex Media. Bobbee has received a U.S. Congressional Award for his Community Service to Seniors in his radio work. He was chosen through a national selection process by the American Society of Aging's “New Ventures in Leadership Training Program” for classes held in Washington D. C., Chicago and Philadelphia. CLICK HERE to find him on Facebook.
Tim Carpenter is the founder of EngAGE and host/producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show. EngAGE is a nonprofit that changes aging and the way people think about aging by transforming senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. EngAGE provides life-enhancing arts, wellness, lifelong learning, community building and intergenerational programs and events to thousands of seniors living in Southern California. Experience Talks is a radio magazine that shines a light on the value of experience in society, airing for 250,000 listeners on Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara and streaming live worldwide on the web at www.kpfk.org. The show is syndicated by the Pacifica Network to up to 100 cities nationwide. Tim catalyzed the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony, a first-of-its-kind senior apartment community with high-end arts amenities and programs. Tim serves on the board of the National Center for Creative Aging. In 2008, Tim was elected an Ashoka Fellow for being one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world, and in 2011 he received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. CLICK HERE to learn more about EngAGE.
DR. CONNIE CORLEY, MSW, MA, Ph.D., PRODUCER/HOST
Dr. Corley is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute). She completed her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. Dr. Corley's 100+ publications and national/international presentations have spanned the fields of aging and the arts, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spirituality, and substance abuse. She has been a mentor in Geriatric Social Work Initiatives funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and also a mentor in the New Ventures in Leadership program of the American Society on Aging (ASA). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Past President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), a recipient of the AGE-SW Leadership Award, and in 2004 was the Inaugural recipient of the West Coast Gerontological Social Work Career Award from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work. Cal State LA named Dr. Corley a Distinguished Woman in 2008. She is in "Who's Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.” CLICK HERE to visit her website.
MAUREEN KELLEN-TAYLOR, PH.D., ANCHOR
Maureen has worked in the field of Arts and Aging for over 25 years, during which she was Founding Director of Artworks in San Francisco where she received Artist in Residence awards from the California Arts Council for 5 years. She earned a M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy and a Ph.D. for conducting research in Learning and Change in Human Systems. In 2003 she was invited to be a Resident Artist at Boreal Arts and Ecology Center, Quebec, Canada to continue her explorations in Art, Nature and Spirituality through environmental installations. In 2005 she received the Directors Award from the California Arts Council for a life time commitment to the Arts. She has exhibited paintings in England and the US.
CHRISTAL SMITH, PRODUCER
Christal has more than 18 years of experience as a broadcast journalist with experience as a producer, editor and reporter. She was the senior producer of NPR affiliate KPCC's "Talk of the City," a daily public affairs program, from 1999-2006. As a freelance producer she has worked on NPR's "Day to Day," and "Weekend America" and the NBC Nightly News. She is currently senior producer of the monthly public radio news magazine "The Tibet Connection" heard on the Pacifica Network's KPFK-FM in Southern California. She holds an M.A. in Mass Communications & Journalism from NYU. She was part of the "Kitchen Sisters" team, which won a Peabody Award in 2002 for the Sonic Memorial Project, plus she won a Golden Mike Award for Best Series in 2003 and numerous other journalism awards.
ALICIA SEDWICK, PRODUCER/DIRECTOR, TALK STORY
Alicia produces and directs Talk Story, a radio show segment and spoken word series produced by EngAGE and the Experience Talks radio show. The program catalyzes older adults to write and perform true stories from their lives. Alicia teaches onsite classes at EngAGE communities to teach seniors writing and performing skills, preparing them to perform in community staged readings and on Experience Talks. Alicia is a professional actor, writer, and professor, as well as a strategic researcher. She is a producer for the storytelling program Spark Off Rose, a professor at the Art Institute Hollywood, and is a teacher in creative writing, storytelling, performance and movement. She received her MFA from American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and was a NYC-based theatre actor for 10 years.
CYNTHIA FRIEDLOB, PRODUCER/HOST OF EXPERIENCE TALKS ONLINE
MANAGER - WEBSITES & SOCIAL MEDIA
In addition to producing/hosting ET Online, Cynthia promotes "Experience Talks" in the public eye through online updates, posts and tweets. She has also contributed to our "In My Experience" segments where she waxes poetic about the value of experience and how we might want to listen to and learn from it now and again. Cynthia's career includes many years as a writer of children's television shows and family feature films. She wrote the humorous self-help book, "Sorting It Out: How One Disorganized Woman Solved the Problem of Too Much Stuff," and she is a regularly exhibiting fine artist. She has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Denver. For more information, CLICK HERE to go to her website.
JOHN SEMPER JR., PRODUCER/HOST OF EXPERIENCE TALKS ONLINE
John is an Emmy-nominated writer, story-editor, and producer with thirty years of experience in the entertainment industry, focusing primarily on animation and children’s television. His many credits include producer/story editor/writer of the Fox animated TV series, "Spider-Man," and the PBS animated pre-school series, "Jay Jay the Jet Plane;" writer of the English language scripts for the Hayao Miyazaki feature films, "Kiki’s Delivery Service" and "Laputa:Castle in the Sky;" and writer of the Warner Bros. live-action feature film, "Class Act." A new feature-length film that he wrote and directed is now in post-production. John has a B.A. from Harvard University. CLICK HERE to read more at his website.