Founder/Writer/Producer/Director, Inspirational Media International
Dr. Whitely has over 25 years of experience in media programming with Inspirational Media International (IMI). Originally formed as a family production company, he took on the role of writing, producing, and directing stories, scripts, and screenplays centered on a host of eclectic topics ranging from rock & roll music to conflict mediation, suicide intervention and religious tolerance.
His first stage play, Let Me Hear It Out There, premiered at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square in the early 1990’s, leading to the full-length motion picture, Shooting Star, and the subsequent signing with the Laurens R. Schwartz Agency in New York City. He went on to write, produce, direct, and design conflict mediation programs overseas, leading to the creation of the N.I.C.C.I. Awards (Northern Ireland Community Cooperation Initiative), the Phoenix Peace Fountain Memorial, and Mission I.M.P.R.O.V.E (International Model of Partnerships for the Reduction Of Violence through Education). His programs earned Inspirational Media International the National Community-Based Organization of the year award in 2007. He is currently authoring the book, It Took A Village, and is in pre-production for the documentary film by the same name. When not involved with his humanitarian and artistic endeavors, Dr. Whitely works as the Assistant Professor of Psychology at Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Cincinnati.