Rick received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts; and he completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Rick has worked and volunteered in a number of capacities at nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts and around the world. From 2004-2009 he was Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger’s Allocations and Operations Manager; where he helped oversee the annual allocation of over two million dollars in funding to anti-hunger organizations throughout Massachusetts. Service to others has always been a guiding principle in Rick’s life. From 1999 – 2001 he served as a missionary in Sao Paulo, Brazil for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He currently volunteers in a variety of capacities within his local congregation. Rick also serves on a number of nonprofit boards including: The Randolph Community Partnership, Health Imperatives’ Blue Hills Parenting and Healthy Families, Quincy Lions Club, Suffolk, Norfolk and Middlesex counties’ Emergency Food and Shelter Program; BID Milton Hospital Community Benefits Advisory Board; he is a past board member of The South Shore Charter Public School. In 2011 Rick was named one of South Shore Star’s 40 under 40 emerging leaders. Rick and his wife live in Randolph with their three sons.
The Buddha said, “May all beings have happy minds.” What does it mean to be happy? Is it really just a state of mind? Or can it be served on a plate?
When I think about the times I am most content, I picture my family and friends, and more often than not, we are just sitting around the dinner table. As an Italian-Irish girl, the central role of food was a big part of my early years, and it remains true today. I believe that anyone who comes into my home should be fed…Thank goodness I married a man whose love of food matched my own! My husband and I love to cook and throw dinner parties for our eclectic group of friends. At any given dinner we may have mystics, amateur political pundits, idealists, cynics, the uptight, the laid-back, the lovers, the fighters, the Buddhists, the atheists…or any and all of the above. Our conversations are lively, sometimes heated, but always fueled by good food and good wine (or whiskey). So in that spirit, many of the interviews you will hear on Chasing the Mind will be recorded from this little room off my kitchen where the equipment sits on my dining room table. When possible, our guests will be welcomed with a meal or at least a little nosh. My hope is that not only will our guests feel sated and relaxed, but that the conversations that take place will be reminiscent of friends, just chatting around the table after dinner.
-Dr. Angela Johnson