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The Taxpayer Advocate Service, an ombudsman for the IRS, is responsible for assisting taxpayers in resolving certain problems with the IRS, including financial hardships, significant costs and delays, and lack of communication from the IRS. The Advocate presents an annual report to Congress identifying systemic problems that exist within the IRS and, to the extent possible, proposing changes in its administrative practices and identifying potential legislative changes that may mitigate such problems. This podcast with attorney Joshua Nesser will discuss the Advocate’s 2015 report and how it will affect taxpayers.
Colonel Pat Stogran (Ret) has had a long journey. From Quebec where he grew to love the outdoors, developing a fascination with martial arts that inspired him to a third-degree black belt, to Royal Roads Military College after high school. A young man that thought the exchange of service for an engineering degree was a fair deal. The degree was attained, but the military was his true calling.
"I loved everything about the military," he remembers. "Being outdoors, testing yourself physically and mentally, the camaraderie you find in an army company or platoon. There was nothing about being a soldier I didn't love." He steadily rose through the ranks, his martial arts skills and natural leadership abilities turning heads at the DND. Named Commander of 3rd Battalion - Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3PPCLI) for Canada's foray into Afghanistan. He talked the talk and walked the walk. But he also found flaws with the mission in his view.
Back in Canada, promoted to Colonel, he commanded a Joint Operations Group at CFB Kingston. The position was enjoyable, but the newly created position of Veterans Ombudsman intrigued him. On October 15, 2007, Prime Minister Harper announced that the first holder of this position would be Pat Stogran. Blind compliance was not an option for him. The New Veterans Charter was the flashpoint. He realized the Government had no intention of improving the legislation, and became vocal about the deception over it. A three-year appointment was all the Government would stand.
He believes common sense, decency and good governance are under attack in Canada. Power corrupts and it has corrupted this current Government - and he isn't afraid to say it. The goal is revolutionize the democratic affairs to eliminate the bureaucrats' power base and stop them from victimizing Canadians.
Dem candidate for LG Steve Kerrigan sees pivotal roles for the office in MA. In his platform (a.k.a. vision), he envisions the second in command in the commonwealth as resolving problems for citizens, business types and officials.
He points to wide and deep experience, including:
Political director for Sen. Ted Kennedy
Working on the 2004 Dem convention in Boston
Chief of staff to AG Tom Reilly
Co-chair of the Presidential Inaugural Committee
CEO for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
We'll ask camapign sttrategy as well as how he expects to go after his big goals such as controlling education costs. What roles would he see for his expanded LG office?
Mike DeZinno will be joining me this morning as a special co-show host. Mike is a nationally known speaker widely recognized as an expert in tradional business as well as the home-based business model. He has achieved documented success in industries where most people have failed.
Mike has found a way to overcome what some people would call a handicap to found several multimillion dollar corporations, serve on boards of several charities, become a nationally know motivational speaker, become a contributor to several books, an Ombudsman in the finacial industry, an inventor and a role model.
Mike is a patiot who believes there is more than just talk needed to solve personal and national issues.
Mike believes it is up to each individual to take responsibility for their own life.
Mike was born blind.
Jump "In the Pickle Barel" with Mike and I as we discuss the issues of the day, getting results instead of just complaining, accepting personaly responsibilty, what is patriotism and what makes a patriot.
I invite you to participate in the conversation by joining the online chat room or call in live to ask questions and share your comments at 855-236-2486.
What is an organizational ombudsman? Tune in and listen to Linda Falkson and Adam Kleinberger from the Cornell University Ombudsman Office, as they talk about how their office helps people regarding a problem or conflict, as part of the caring community serving students, faculty and staff. They offer an explanation of the ethical principles that guide their work-- independence, neutrality, confidentiality and informality and how they are helpful to those that visit with them by offering a safe place to discuss their concerns.
Linda Falkson received a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before joining the Cornell Ombudsman Office, Linda served as Cornell's Associate Judicial Administrator and then as Deputy Judicial Administrator, where she worked with community partners regarding the living and learning environment for students.
Adam Barak Kleinberger first studied conflict resolution at the United World College and Brandeis University. He has a masters degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He also graduated from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. His research has involved improving mediation skills through the use of improvisation and clowning.
You will hear about all kinds of situations and strategies to deal with those stressful conflict tensions that show up in our everyday lives whether it be at work, in our relationships with family or neighbors, in our communities and church, in your business partnerships, or just simply the conflict we deal within ourselves.
Maurice Kershaw (MA, FNGH), is an award-winning international teacher, lecturer, and professional hypnotherapist for over 50 years, having founded the Canadian Institute of Hypnotism in 1953. He is a student of Dr. Milton Erickson (often cited as the father of modern hypnotherapy) as well as J. Warren Beresford (of the British Society of Hypnotherapists) and Dr. William Bryan (founder and first president of the American Institute of Hypnosis and considered to be, along with Dr. Erickson, one of the two main figures in the field of hypnosis during the 20th century). Maurice Kershaw is also the first Canadian to have been President of the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis ( AAEH ) and is certified by AAEH as well as the International Society for Professional Hypnosis ( ISPH ), and the National Guild of Hypnotists ( NGH ). He is also chairman of the NGH board certification examiners.
Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in the medical and mental health systems. In Jennifer's pre-graduate years she began working at an adult drug rehabilitation centre as well as a local crisis centre. This is where she learned the true nature of what it meant to be a support person, advocate and counsellor. Following post-graduate studies, she furthered her career working at an adolescent treatment centre and then moved on to the hospital system where the majority of her years were devoted to working in psychiatry. Jennifer also served as the Ombudsman for the same hospital, honing her mediation skills.
Jennifer is delighted to have recently joined Reverse Management Associateswhere she will be providing Executive Coaching and Synergistic Team Building services.
LIFELINE with Cindy Sommer is all about EMPOWERMENT. Empower your heart. Empower your mind. Empower your life.
TONIGHT'S SHOW: Help us start the most important conversation we may ever have as Cindy Sommer welcomes Troy Johnson, LCSW, Founder and Director of The Senior Pride Initiative based in Lexington, KY.
Troy Johnson is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and works as a mental health therapist in the south. Troy's dedication to helping others improve their place in life extends from direct practice to broad advocacy. Troy’s dedication to helping others live with purpose and dignity is a central motivator in his work with the Senior Pride Initiative (SPI). SPI is a natural extension of his history of success in expanding advocacy services based on an ever growing and changing demographic of the aging population. This includes collaborating with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging to provide cultural competency training to the Nursing Home Ombudsman staff in Lexington, KY, and working in partnership with local aging service providers to host Kentucky’s first conference dedicated to LGBTQ aging in 2013.
Troy is the former Director of Programs and Services for the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency, and recent Chair of the Bluegrass Elder Abuse Prevention Council. He holds professional memberships in the National Association of Social Workers and the American Society on Aging, and is a sought after speaker on topics related to LGBTQ seniors, elder abuse, and program development.
This week Beth welcomes back Esmerald and Devon, seasoned Navy wives and Ombudsman to talk about life on the homefront, children, moving, hobbies, cooking and, of course Beth's favorite: COFFEE.
Join our conversation as we talk candidly about the good, the bad, the fun, the triumphs and more....
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During the month of July, please enjoy these previously recorded shows. We will return live every Tuesday night beginning August 5, 2014. Enjoy the summer!
Using Hurricane Katrina as a model, this speaker will discuss the phenomenology of disasters in America. Various deleterious factors can be forecast that impede effective emergency response. These factors can be better managed when one person is placed in a role to oversee and manage the crisis phase of a disaster. A Conflict Management Professional can unify the ad hoc crisis management team and ensure its accountability and engagement. Provision of a structural solution of this nature would signify a commitment by our government to mitigate human misery in disasters.
Join us as we speak with Cindy Mazur, she has just earned her PhD from George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Fairfax, Virginia. Her research is in Conflict Management and the emergency management challenges of Hurricane Katrina. Cindy is the Director for Alternative Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C., at a federal agency that delivers emergency management services.
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