John is dynamic, humorous, and inspirational but he also has something to say!

John has literally changed lives at Keller.
— Sue Mayernick, Principal, Keller Jr. High, Schaumburg, IL


Don't judge a book by its cover.

For over twenty-five years, John has used his portrayal of Ray to transform the way people see each other. After removing his disguise, John engages the audience with stories; lessons learned from playing Ray, and personal stories highlighting bullying, prejudice, character, self-esteem, mental health and addiction.

John adapts and customizes this presentation for public schools, businesses, hospitals, churches, and faith-based organizations. All age groups will benefit from meeting Ray and learning that all human beings deserve dignity and respect.



John, Maine West was definitely talking the highest things about you as soon as you left! Thank you for opening our eyes! SO inspired!
— Jincy Joseph, Student, Des Plaines, IL

Topics for all grades, faculty, and parents include:

  • Team Building

  • Love and Relationships

  • Anti-Bullying

  • Mental Health Awareness

  • Self-esteem

  • Building Character

  • Leadership & Communication



He is one of those presenters that after, you could sit with a cup of whatever your preferred beverage may be, and have a three-day introspective philosophical discussion about his sharings.
— Barb Ludwig, Manager, Payer Authorization, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Team Building

  • Effective Communication

  • Understanding Others

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Leadership

  • Descision Making Skills



John is real with students.
— Mike Blanchett, Campus Minister, Montini Catholic High School, Lombard, IL
  • Experiencing God in Prayer

  • Wellness and Self-Care

  • Spirituality

  • Sexuality

  • Social Justice

  • The Way of Jesus

  • Leadership

  • Self-Awareness

  • LaSallian Presentations

John was so engaging at our Snowball, he was asked to speak to the entire student body, staff and parents at an all-school function. After students saw him speak during the day, their cell phones came out to encourage their parents to go see him speak that night. Parents left with strategies to use to have an open, honest conversation with their teens. When John speaks he is able to captivate his audience whether it’s students and staff or parents. He connects with his entire audience and challenges them to reflect on their experiences and behaviors to be better, stronger people.
— Darin Sullivan, Special Ed. Department, Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook IL