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No Barriers empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their best to the world. The No Barriers Podcast is an exploration of the gritty reality of the struggles we all face, with the detailed stories of those that have persevered to find amazing outcomes on the other side. The No Barriers Podcast is a production of No Barriers USA, a not-for profit corporation as designated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about No Barriers, visit nobarriersusa.org and find out how you can get involved in our programs.

No Barriers empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their best to the world. The No Barriers Podcast is an exploration of the gritty reality of the struggles we all face, with the detailed stories of those that have persevered to find amazing outcomes on the other side. The No Barriers Podcast is a production of No Barriers USA, a not-for profit corporation as designated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about No Barriers, visit nobarriersusa.org and find out how you can get involved in our programs.

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United States

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No Barriers empowers people to break through barriers, find their inner purpose and contribute their best to the world. The No Barriers Podcast is an exploration of the gritty reality of the struggles we all face, with the detailed stories of those that have persevered to find amazing outcomes on the other side. The No Barriers Podcast is a production of No Barriers USA, a not-for profit corporation as designated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible. To learn more about No Barriers, visit nobarriersusa.org and find out how you can get involved in our programs.

Language:

English

Contact:

(970) 484-3633?970


Episodes

Action & Activism with Courthney Russell

1/13/2021
Courthney Russell is a creator, activist, and social entrepreneur. At one time on a collision course with incarceration or death, Courthney turned his life around after high school when he applied and was accepted to a pre-med program. Though he found his calling in med school, he continued to struggle with homelessness until graduating in 2011. Courthney’s resolve to overcome his difficult life experiences propelled him to be the authentic, determined, and humble leader he is...

Duration:00:39:58

Pushing Limits with Maureen Beck

1/6/2021
Maureen Beck was born without her left hand, but that didn’t stop her from picking up the sport of climbing at the age of 12. Now based in Colorado’s Front Range, Mo spends her nights training at the gym and her days climbing all over the American southwest. She works closely with the adaptive climbing community as an instructor with Paradox Sports and is the Chair of the USAC Paraclimbing Committee. As a competitive climber, she has won 6 national titles, a gold medal at the 2014...

Duration:00:43:19

2020 Recap

12/23/2020
Listen to the full episodes referenced in this episode: Cultivating Compassion with Physician, Dr. Rana AwdishSerendipity with Jill WheatleyThinking Through Uncertainty: Neuroscientist, Beau LottoExamining Collective Grief with Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Exploring Vision with Lieutenant Governor Cyrus HabibHarnessing Adversity with Dr. Paul StoltzHarnessing Positivity with Jim Kwok

Duration:00:29:22

Panel Discussion with Eduardo Garcia, Erik Weihenmayer, and Jeff Evans

12/16/2020
Eduardo Garcia is a professional Chef who owns retail food brand Montana Mex, a Mexican inspired line of Organic, NON-GMO condiment sauces, seasonings, and Avocado oil. He is known as the "bionic chef" because he cooks with a prosthetic left arm, the result of an accident while hunting in 2011. His story is the subject of the feature-length documentary Charged. Eduardo is an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, hunter, triathlete, and motivational speaker. After becoming the first blind climber to...

Duration:00:34:49

Speaking with Maverick, Mike Savicki

12/9/2020
Mike Savicki In November 1990., while training to become a U.S. Navy F-14 fighter pilot, Mike Savicki sustained a severe spinal cord injury after diving into the ocean. In an instant, he went from being a fit, active, promising Naval officer – commissioned as the top-flight candidate in the nation’s number one ROTC college graduating class – to a quadriplegic who was challenged with learning to live life again using a wheelchair. As he regained his independence, Mike earned an MBA,...

Duration:00:34:04

Mission & Vision with Kate Merrill

12/2/2020
Kate Merrill is a Registered Nurse who worked in a Trauma Intensive Care Unit for 22 years before taking the plunge to open her own bakery in Chicago. Edge of Sweetness was off to a strong start in 2020, hitting its sales targets and becoming a neighborhood favorite. Then, COVID-19 hit, and after months of adjusting and taking the necessary precautions, Kate and her staff made the choice to temporarily close. Kate then answered the call from the Governor for nurse support and return to...

Duration:00:32:54

Health and Humanity with Dr. Raul Perea-Henze

11/25/2020
Dr. Perea-Henze is a global health physician, government official, and corporate executive who served most recently as Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services for the City of New York since 2019. He was responsible for the citywide response for COVID19 from the start of the pandemic, preparedness for recurrences, and recovery efforts. He was the Chair of the NYC Health and Social Services Sector Advisory Councils and Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Racial Inclusiveness and Equity Task Force. He...

Duration:00:46:00

Leading from the Front with Gretchen Evans

11/18/2020
Prior to her combat injury and subsequent retirement from service, Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans served 27 years in the US Army and was responsible for more than 30,000 ground troops in Afghanistan. She is one of the most decorated female veterans in U.S. history. During her service, Gretchen survived a rocket blast which left her with hearing loss and a traumatic brain injury. While struggling with depression after her injury, she relied on a new rope team to bring her back into...

Duration:00:37:25

Healing Through Art with Richard Casper

11/11/2020
Richard Casper is a United States Marine Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Artist, and Entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of CreatiVets, a non-profit that provides art, music, and writing programs for wounded veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Richard was named one of TIME magazine’s ​Next Generation Leaders,​ is the feature of TIME’s documentary​ ​Evidence of Things Unseen,​ ​and recognized by President George W. Bush and The Bush...

Duration:00:36:18

Exploring Resilience with Veteran, Aaron Hale

11/4/2020
After serving 14 years in both the Navy as a chef to the Commander of the US 6th Fleet and then transitioning on to becoming an Army team leader in one of the military’s most dangerous jobs, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Staff Sergeant Aaron Hale was blinded by an IED. Not letting his injuries hold him back, Aaron became an EOD instructor, motivational speaker, mountain climber, white water kayaker, and marathon runner. Four years later tragedy struck again when Aaron contracted...

Duration:00:33:46

Caregiving with Grace with Debbie Fisher

10/28/2020
Debbie Fisher was a physical therapist for over 20 years and is now a full-time caretaker for her daughter, Grace. In 2014 during her senior year of High School, Grace Fisher’s spine was ravaged by a virus leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. She was diagnosed with Acute Flaccid Myelitis and sent to Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver, CO. At Craig Hospital, she was introduced to music therapy and adaptive art. This not only helped strengthen her neck but also helped heal her mind...

Duration:00:38:59

Caregiving for Veterans with Melissa Comeau

10/21/2020
Melissa Comeau is honored to serve as the Director of the American Red Cross Military and Veteran Caregiver Network. Her book Sleeping with the War was published in 2015 and has brought the family and caregiver perspective to life after combat. Melissa served as a Fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. She has a long history of providing peer support to military families and is supporting efforts at Blue Star Families, Psych Armor, and the Military Family Advisory Network. Melissa was...

Duration:00:40:21

Youth Caregivers with Connie Siskowski

10/14/2020
Who are Youth Caregivers? Caregiving youths are children and adolescents who are 18 years of age or younger and who provide significant or substantial assistance, often on a regular basis, to relatives or household members who need help because of physical or mental illness, disability, frailty associated with aging, substance misuse, or other condition. Connie Siskowski’s broad background in healthcare and dedication to diminishing caregiver struggles led to the establishment of the...

Duration:00:29:15

Serendipity with Jill Wheatley

10/7/2020
In 2014, Jill was a Phys Ed teacher in Europe when she was hit in the head by a rogue baseball during class. The severity of the blow resulted in a traumatic brain injury and a 70% vision loss. In addition to the physical wounds, it left Jill in a deep state of despair. After 26 months in 7 hospitals in 3 countries, she was finally on the road to physically recover but still felt emotionally lost. Inspired by the mountain view from her hospital bed, she formed a goal: to run trails on...

Duration:00:43:35

Design Thinking with Lisa Yokana

9/30/2020
An educator for over twenty years, Lisa Yokana is the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) coordinator at Scarsdale High School, where she designed and teaches a three-level STEAM course sequence for Scarsdale’s Design Lab. In 2019, the program won the gold medal in the STEAMEX international contest for innovative curriculum design. Lisa works with teachers across the disciplines to integrate Design Thinking and Making into their curriculum. She was a Coach for IDEO’s...

Duration:00:31:23

Innovating with Michael O'Toole

9/23/2020
Michael O'Toole has been immersed in education and coaching for more than three decades. His work in the classroom focuses on the areas of both physical and cultural geography as well as Earth system science. Throughout his career as an educator and curriculum developer, he has had the opportunity to work with students and teachers around the world and with such organizations as National Geographic, NASA, UCAR, the National Science Foundation, The GLOBE Program, Discovery Education, and the...

Duration:00:36:02

Providing Guidance with Dr. Michael Kuchar

9/16/2020
Dr. Michael Kuchar is the Superintendent of the South Bergen Jointure Commission, a New Jersey public school district whose mission is to dramatically increase the independence of individuals with extraordinary challenges. With a combined twenty-five years of experience as a school district administrator, Dr. Kuchar has served as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Bergenfield School District; the Superintendent of the Bergenfield Public School...

Duration:00:36:54

Mindset Mastery with Christian Leeby

9/2/2020
In his quest for contentment, Christian Leeby dedicated his life to yoga. After studying with the world’s greatest masters and teaching full time for over 25 years, he finally attained the lofty goal of “stilling the mind”. But it didn’t work. When life got hard, as it does for everyone, and he couldn’t escape to practice the yoga he loved, he fell apart. For two years all he focused on was trying to stay above water in an ocean of anxiety. Then everything changed when he found ancient...

Duration:00:38:19

Beyond the Kitchen with Blind Chef, Christine Ha

8/26/2020
Christine Ha lost her vision over the course of a few years in her early twenties due to a neurological condition called neuromyelitis optica, which affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Hosts, Jeff and Erik, speak with Christine about the challenges she faces as a blind Chef, and through their conversation, they discover that her tenacity and strength has been a mainstay of her personality since childhood. Christine’s resume is impressive: she is the first-ever blind contestant and...

Duration:00:41:55

Business in the Time of COVID with Greg Brenneman

8/19/2020
Greg Brenneman speaks to Erik and Dave about balancing work and life in the time of COVID on this latest episode. His lengthy business resume and acumen have positioned Greg as an authority on how to succeed in the corporate world, but he is also a believer in spending equal time investing in family and giving back to the community. With his unique lens, Greg offers wisdom in the form of what he calls "the five F's" and other strategies to prosper in both life and the workplace. Greg is...

Duration:00:33:21