Ronda (Osborne/Ackles) LaRue, M.S.
Visionary Arts Programs & Events Facilitation/Fulfillment
Social-Psychology Research Scientist
Individual & Organizational Mentor/Author
INTRODUCTION TO OUR UPSTATE NY LOCAL COMMUNITY:
My husband Mattawe Clements and I recently moved "back home" to Skaneateles and the beautiful Finger Lakes area during Covid to care for my elder parents - and after 35 some (very sunny) years living in the artist's village of Ojai, California.
I was born here in Syracuse and have a long heritage in the community: My maternal grandmother, Gertrude Osborne, was Choir Director at Skaneateles Presbyterian Church and helped start the early Music Festival makings; my Uncle, Bunt Osborne and now brother (Brian Ackles) and cousin (Bruce Osborne) carry the tradition, serving the Skaneateles Presbyterian church as organist and choir director; my mother, Carol Ackles, taught at the local high school, and started early art classes and art shows here in town in the1950's, and my paternal grandparents (from the homestead we now care for my elder parents), are the former owners of "Ackles Apples".
My Husband, Matt and I, together, look forward to making new friends and colleagues with whom we can continue to create meaningful experiences and creative business expressions that serve the larger poetry of life here in CNY and our world.
We are happy to lend a hand, heart and head where we may! Please feel free to reach out and introduce yourself and your projects to us.
I love to help facilitate and create openings of personal and organizational impact, humor, and beauty applied to very real world concerns and values.
Some of the areas I am keen to offer to our community include:
Social-Cultural Events Design, Support, Facilitation
I LOVE seeing creative, socially-worthy ideas come into their bright best, and enjoy contributing: Visionary Events Ideation; Production; Marketing; PR; Board Development and Art/Products Design Products. Prior to writing my first book, I spent 30 years as Founder/Owner of InfoVision Systems where I worked with international corporations as well as local arts organizations such as the world renowned Ojai Music Festival, LTD., The Ojai Film Society; The City of Santa Barbara; Rotary Club of Ojai (150 members strong) and more in areas of Board Development, Marketing, Special Events, Strategic Business Planning, Promotional Products.
Creating/Hosting Fundraiser Special Events - from start to finish.
Ask about my soft scape creations; culinary/music and wildly creative surprise parties as well as larger organizational marketing/promotion above. (Too Fun!)
Mentor to Private Individuals, Couples and Organizations
My work in this area spans 40+ years of my adult career life - and later became internationally-recognized (with people traveling from all over the world to work with me) after the publication of my first book: Remembering Who You Really Are - resulting in the past 17 years (and many thousands of clinical hours) offering private retreat intensives to individuals, couples and organizations seeking creative revisioning. My work with people in private retreat became known as one of the top spiritual retreats in the US. (Many of the pages on this website go into depth in this depth work.)
Matt won't say this of himself, so I will: Matt is a gentleman through and through. He is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and works very deeply and closely with his high net worth wealth management clients across the U.S.
From a Ranching Family in Nevada, Matt loves anything outdoors requiring heavy work, repair and equipment. Since moving here he has taken to hunting Mushrooms (not deer); repairing old watches, keeping up his Bonsai collection, maple syrup making, and keeping me stocked with paints and assistance repurposing old buildings into event halls (ask about "The Crib) :) He also is quite the poet/philosopher of life...
A Rotarian, I hope he shall lend his heart to the causes of the area.
Matt and I are now both ready to step into community where called; to bring our unique skills, perceptions, and heart where we may be of service to this Creative Dance of Life...
It is good to be (back) HOME...in the making...