Since 1993, Jim has conducted parenting workshops for the Horry County Department of Social Services; Parenting For The 90’s for Coastal Carolina University’s Continuing Education programs; a three-day workshop for Horry County School District Summer Leadership Conference; a workshop for S.C. Child Care Association; and guest speaker for D.A.R.E. State conference.  Other workshops were for Family Support Services, churches, child care centers, and private and public schools. He was also a guest speaker in Tennessee for the national training conference of Freedom Schools from Children's Defense Fund; The Parenting Institute annual conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators in Myrtle Beach. As a new member of the newly formed Southeastern Council on Family Relations, Jim was asked to present two workshops: one on engaging parents in their own parenting education and the other, career opportunities for new graduates in family life studies.

Jim wr0te a parenting column for the regional family newspaper Parent News for over 15 years and continues to appear as a regular guest on local television stations. He has also created and developed parenting workshops, leader guides, and training curricula for social services, family courts, child care facilities and school settings.

Jim was employed in the CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY from 1993 to 2006.  He was the staff Parent and Family Life Educator, CFLE; and he conducted parent, family and youth workshops for various conferences and projects; facilitated graduate and undergraduate classes in parenting and parent involvement; consulted with schools on parent training, parent involvement and family literacy; conducted campus and community private parenting conferences; was the coordinator of H.O.M.E in the Center, a Family Resource Center and was the Media Specialist for Center Projects.

Jim earned his Master of Education, Early Childhood in 1994 at Coastal Carolina University, Conway-Myrtle Beach, SC.  He attended Antioch University, Marina Del Rey, CA, enrolled in the masters program in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on child development and psychotherapy from 1991 to 1992. He graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with minors in English and Drama.  He is a Certified Family Life Educator, CFLE, through National Council on Family Relations and has certification as a Parenting Instructor through the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring, Los Angeles, CA.

Prior to making a career change to parenting education,  Jim spent 35 years in service businesses that involved 100% people skills and included supervising, management, sales and operations. Other roles were Senior Vice President of human relations, employee benefits and training, corporate ombudsman, operations chairman and company owner/president. The various businesses were radio, television, advertising and broadcast/media production in Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. From those years, he became a National award-winning director/producer of TV commercials, and produced and/or directed corporate media projects, music and entertainment programs.

Jim is a retired member of the Director’s Guild of America, and produced and directed several productions at the Center including “Calling All Colors: The Quilts”; “Calling All Colors: Ten Years Later” (he was the creative consultant on his first project at the center, the original “Calling All Colors”), “Jump For The Sun”; “Third Quarter”; “My Name Is Renee”; “The Mystery of The Dance” and most recently “Who Makes Us Us? We Do." “Calling All Colors; The Trilogy"; “Mystery of The Dance” and “Who Makes Us Us? We Do” are available through still learning, inc.

In 2012 Jim published his first book, a collection of free verse poetry, Starts and Stops Along the Way: Sharing Some Stuff From the Road Most Travel, and has presented it to audiences over 50 times.  The next year he published The Incredible Importance of Effective Parenting: Plain Talk About Raising Children From a Concerned Field Worker, (review in NCFR/CFLE Network newsletter).  The next year, Jim contributed his story of living undivided to Sally’s Let The Beauty We Love Be What We Do, and followed that with his newest book of poetry, Looking Around…

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