Somewhere In The Middle w/Michele Barard with Guest Bernard N. Lee, Jr.

March 23, 2018

Somewhere In The Middle Welcomes Guest Bernard N. Lee, Jr.

Bernard N. Lee, Jr. is the oldest son of a career veteran of the US Army. He traveled throughout the United States and Europe during his childhood. The places he traveled, the people he met, and the stories he remembers are shared in his memoir; “A Look Back In Time: Memoir of a Military Kid In The Fifties.”

Bernie attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., joined the Army ROTC Program, obtained a private pilot’s license, a regular army commission, and retired as a Captain from the Army Reserves. Upon graduating, Bernie joined AT&T in New Jersey, where he worked until his retirement in 2003. Bernie also taught classes at Somerset VoTech and led a group called PACE, preparing high school students for STEM programs in college.

Bernie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI); Georgia Writer’s Association; Books By Brats, Writers Helping Writers, and Indie Author writers’ groups.

Bernie is also a member of the Nuremberg Alumni Association and the “How Big Is Your Dream Foundation (HBIYD?!)”.

Bernie resides in Conyers, Georgia, with Edwina (his wife of forty-one wonderful years), where he teaches “Chess for Advanced and Beginning students” in an after school program.


Somewhere In The Middle with Michele Barard w/guest Dr. Kendra Davis-Burch

March 9, 2018

Somewhere In The Middle welcomes Dr. Kendra Davis-Burch

Kendra is a 1999 & 2009 graduate of Winston-Salem State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology (1999) & a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (2009). She is also a 2016 graduate of Apex School of Theology where she earned a Masters of Divinity Degree. Kendra earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Biblical Studies at Apex School of Theology May 2017.

In 2010, Kendra established K*METAMORPHOSIS, a Christian counseling organization whose vision, mission and philosophy was birthed out of the desire to fill a much needed treatment gap in the community. The organization’s mission is to utilize a holistic approach to restore fallen humanity. This organization believes that individuals; despite their past are capable of transforming spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

In 2012, Kendra became a published author. Her book Rivers of Life, a collection of life changing sermons and homilies; has been said to be resource that will empower you and inspire you to bounce back from anything. Many have described it as a spiritual vitamin that will rejuvenate, revitalize and refresh you! Kendra has released her second book NO MORE DISCOUNTS: “Lessons Learned Living Single!” A therapeutic tool used by many who have found themselves in the vicious cycle of abuse and toxic relationships, while seeking love and happiness. Kendra’s transparency in this book has empowered others to heal, forgive and move beyond the pain to finding their purpose! In May of 2017 Kendra released her third literary project PRAY MORE, TALK LESS.


Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and special guest Geraldine Hollis of the Tougaloo Nine

February 23, 2018

Somewhere in the Middle welcomes Geraldine Hollis of the Tougaloo Nine

Geraldine Edwards Hollis is a wife, mother, and grandmother who resides in Stockton, CA. She attended Tougaloo College in her home state of Mississippi. While at Tougaloo, she embarked on a Historical Event that Changed History in Mississippi. As a member of the “Tougaloo Nine,” Ms. Hollis and the rest of the Tougaloo Nine were instrumental in desegregating libraries in Mississippi.

Mrs. Hollis is an author who published her first book Back to Mississippi in 2011. She is a public speaker, community activist, and volunteer with several non- profits. She constantly encourages, enlightens and mentors in living life while continuing to overcome adversity. She is strong in her beliefs and generous in her contributions. Mrs. Hollis enjoys living a healthy life and knows that education is a force to enable accountability to self and community. Her second book, March Memories, is geared for young audiences. She answers the questions of why she put her life on the line and her future in jeopardy. Her story shows that anyone can overcome challenges in their lives.


Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard with Special Guest William Carroll

February 10, 2018

Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes poet William Carroll

37-year-old William Carroll is a native of Los Angeles who grew up at Big Bear Lake. He’s an Army veteran with three years of active duty and five years reserve duty including one tour of Iraq in 2016. William Carroll is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a BA in English Literature and is currently pursuing his Masters in Theological Studies at Azusa Pacific University, where he’s due to graduate in May of this year. William is also the creator of Best to Forget: Art and Poetry and Selected Poems: Fragments and Rudiments: 1998-2010, both of which are available on


Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and Special Guest Kolany Chatmon, Sr.

January 26, 2018

Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard welcomes Kolany Chatmon, Sr.

Kolany Chatmon Sr. is a native New Yorker who comes to us from Arizona by way of Omaha. He’s a writer, tattoo artist, and entrepreneur. He’s also the founder of the Billion Dollar Blueprint Movement.

This interview was conducted by telephone about a month ago so unfortunately, we won’t be taking any calls today, but I think you’ll find what he shares with us interesting, entertaining, and enlightening.


Replay: Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and guests Steven Hutchinson and Lyn Laporte

January 12, 2018

Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and guests Steven Hutchinson and Lyn Laporte

This replay of the final episode of Somewhere in the Middle of 2017 focuses on getting our money and our minds and spirits right to move into 2018. The show features two special guests, Steven Hutchinson, tax and finance guru, and Lyn LaPorte, spiritual advisor.

About Steven Hutchinson

Steven Hutchinson was born in New York City in the Spring of 1959.

He is one of seven children who more than survived childhood in New York City. He is a warrior who fights for his integrity and the integrity of his people.  Steven Hutchinson has read hundreds of books, traveled to all 50 states, visited India five times, studied yoga, meditation, and the major religions. He was a Hindu Priest for 15 years and is the author of Power Thought, a handbook for consciousness, and Budget Make It Now!

Steven Hutchinson is presently writing his 3rd book, which addresses black entrepreneurship and the psychological warfare that is involved in that mighty endeavor.

He has had many business failures, which is the only real way to grow as an entrepreneur and be able to share that experience to help others. He is an entrepreneur focused on building an Empire, building a pyramid, building a society of Consciousness.

Steven Hutchinson owns and operates Power Taxx which is an income tax startup, which he started as a lean start-up. He also is a licensed Insurance agent who provides financial products and teaches people how money works.

Steven Hutchinson believes that since we live in a consumer nation, we need to be producers to satisfy the needs, wants and demands of our people.

About Lyn Laporte

Lyn Laporte is one of the most highly regarded and sought after intuitive counselor/mediums in the Southeastern United States. Often described as highly compassionate, down-to-earth, and intuitive, she acts as a bridge between the seen and unseen.

Although Lyn was extremely intuitive and a natural medium from birth, it wasn’t until later in life, she began working with clients. To date, she has worked with more than 1,500 clients since 2000.

When working with the unseen, also known as spirit, Lyn acts as a conduit to help you reconnect with your loved ones who have crossed over into spirit form. Lyn finds being of service to those in need to be an honor and very sacred work.

Along with providing private readings for her clients, Lyn also assists others with their personal development. She shares her wisdom and experiences with the world by hosting workshops and webinars throughout the year.

It is Lyn’s prayer that everyone in need can experience a genuine and meaningful connection with spirit.


Replay: Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and Guest Speaker Julia Black

December 17, 2017

Julia Black is a freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of experience technical writing and editing in the corporate world; creatively writing stories and poetry; and teaching writing and grammar. These skills merge in her blog writing, which has been featured on and

While on this writing/editing path, she found herself studying metaphysical spirituality which eventually led to an energy healing/life coaching practice. The combination of these occupations creates two well-rounded practices that benefit from each other. As a natural empath, energy healing further helps her to see each client’s specific struggles and she incorporates writing and creative activities for each client to help them work through energy blocks for spiritual healing.


Replay: Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and Guest Speaker Diane A. Sears

December 17, 2017

Diane A. Sears is the International Men's Day - United States Coordinator ( a Member, OPERATION FRESH START (TM) Working Group and a Radio Host via Tribe Family Channel™


Replay: Somewhere in the Middle with Michele Barard and Guest Speaker Dr. Maxine Bryant

December 17, 2017

Dr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ball State University, a Master of Arts Degree from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Degree from Walden University. All of her degrees have a concentration in Criminal Justice & Corrections.

Dr. Bryant has given leadership to two criminal justice agencies. She founded and served as the Program Administrator of the Arete Community Corrections Center, a federal halfway house in Saginaw, Michigan; and she served as the Executive Director for Offender Aid & Restoration of Marion County, an agency providing educational and counseling services to inmates housed in the Marion County Jail and to ex-offenders needing assistance.


Replay: Somewhere in the Middle hosted by Michele Barard with guest speaker Gary Richardson

December 17, 2017

Mr. Richardson serves as Program Manager for Senior Leadership Development Training at DEOMI and wears several hats for the institute. He is also the Air National Guard Service Liaison Office, Active Duty Air Force Liaison Officer, and the Assistant Program Manager for the Equal Opportunity Advisor Reserve Component Course. Major Richardson designs, develops and implements curriculum for External Training on Human Relations and Diversity. He travels the world delivering training to senior leaders and executives of the DOD and all branches of the armed forces.

Mr. Gary Richardson served in the Air Force for four and a half years before leaving active duty and joining the Air National Guard in 1993. He was stationed at Griffiss AFB, NY and was assigned to the Civil Engineering Squadron as a welder. Mr. Richardson has a combined 27 years of military experience and has been an adjunct instructor at DEOMI since 2005. He is a retired New York State Trooper where he was the Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance Officer and held the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Richardson is a member of the National Diversity Council, Former Diversity Chair Member for CNY SHRM, and is the Founder and CEO of his own Diversity Consulting Firm. Since 1999, he has trained over 10,000 participants and has just completed his first book on diversity titled: Beyond Demographics, the Truth about Diversity.