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New Ed Network is operated by RGB Consulting, LLC, a leader in E-learning.  Originally started as Government Educators, New Ed Network has expanded to serve professional organizations, the private sector and personal clients.  What do you need?  We can supply it.

Gina Blakeslee, Ph.D. (ABD), CSW - President RGB Consulting, LLC

 

Gina is both a powerful front of the room trainer and web-based training facilitator. She is an accomplished professional coach and instructional designer. Gina is knowledgeable in many aspects of both individual and organizational performance improvement. Her abilities include needs assessment, intervention selection and development, implementation and evaluation.

 As she was finishing her B.A. in psychology, Gina began her career in helping others improve their personal performance and well-being as a social worker. She began working with adults with serious mental illness. As she moved on to do graduate work in social work, she become a child abuse investigator and then a hospital-based psychiatric screener.

 

 Soon after marrying Ralph and becoming a mother, Gina became a contract instructional designer and front of the room trainer for a parenting program for incarcerated women near her home in New Jersey. This was a turning point in her career. She found that she loved researching and designing training and facilitating it, too! There is no better place to hone your skills as a front of the room trainer than a prison!

 

With the support of a local community college, Gina went on to develop and implement a coach training certificate program for inmates in the same prison. The program was a phenomenal success and Gina's passion for coaching was ignited.  

In 2001, Gina became the president of RGB Consulting, LLC.  The firm was the first approved provider of web-based training for New Jersey's certified municipal officials. The learner's whom have experienced RGB's web-based and in-person programs, have given very high ratings on content and facilitation in both formats.  Gina is very proud and excited by the firm's potential.

 

As RGB Consulting continued its growth, Gina began graduate work in Adult Education, Training and Performance Improvement.  She was awarded an M.S. in the field in 2007 and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in the same area. Gina's doctoral dissertation is exploring learner's perceived value to learning transfer in a strategy that blends web-based training with synchronous coaching.

 

Gina has a great passion for coaching and is well-versed in both personal and executive coaching theories and models. She is a skilled coach and has been privileged to be a witness to enormous personal and professional growth in a wide spectrum of adult clients.  

Ralph Blakeslee, RMC, MPA - Vice President of RGB Consulting, LLC

 

Ralph is a dynamic teacher of adult learners in both web-based and in-person learning venues. Since 2004, he has been an adjunct instructor at Montclair State University.  He has designed and facilitated undergraduate level courses including Public Personnel Management, Governmental Budgeting, and State and Local Government. Ralph enjoys teaching. His style is stimulating and highly interactive, both in web-based and in-person formats. It has been his pleasure to be well-respected and evaluated by his students and has enjoyed linking students to local government internships.

 

In his role as Vice-President of RGB Consulting, LLC, Ralph has been designing and implementing   well-received web-based and in-person trainings. RGB Consulting has been under contract to the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards and Rutgers University, Center for Government Services, since 2001. The training titles Ralph has designed and facilitated include Ethics, Organizational Skills Now, New Jersey Local Government Overview, and Dealing with Elected and Appointed Officials.

 

Ralph has been in service to New Jersey local government entities since he completed his undergraduate work in 1984. He began his public service career as a Neighborhood Preservation Coordinator and then moved on to become an Assistant Director of Community Development and a Code Enforcement Officer. A few years later, at the age of twenty-seven, He moved into his role as a Municipal Manager. Since 1990 he has served one New Jersey Township and Two New Jersey Borough's as an Administrator, twice in conjunction with his role as a Registered Municipal Clerk, a credential he still maintains.

 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Montclair State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University. He is currently a fund commissioner with the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund.  He is a member of the New Jersey Municipal Managers Association. In 2003 he received the Dr. Thomas J. Davy Academic Award for Outstanding Service to Local Government for his role in developing web-based continuing education opportunities for New Jersey's certified government officials.

 

Gina and Ralph live in High Bridge, Hunterdon County, New Jersey with their daughter Emily.  When they are not working in the professions or the studies that they truly love, Ralph, Gina, and Emily enjoy traveling, snorkeling, hiking, biking and birding.