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Stephanie Ansaldo | Against Indifference - Ep. 74

Stephanie Ansaldo is founder and president of The Echo Foundation, an education foundation for humanity and peace. The Echo Foundation invites world-renowned humanitarians to deliver messages that inspire citizens to action on behalf of humankind. Stephanie previously served as a family therapist at Charlotte Latin School and led her own private practice in family therapy. She is a recipient of several honors and awards, including the Mayor’s International Cabinet Richard Vinroot Achievement...


Don Taylor | A Brother's Tale - Ep. 73

Don Taylor is an assistant professor of sociology at Johnson & Wales University. He has worked in various human services positions, including the fields of mental health, child welfare, couples and families, and domestic and sexual violence. He has written a group treatment curriculum entitled S.E.E.D.: Self-Esteem and Expression Development for African-American Adolescents, which is used by several programs targeting adolescents who attend Alcoholics Anonymous. Don is author of the novel...


Marjorie Benbow |Giving Thanks - Ep. 72

Marjorie Benbow is an intellectual property attorney. She focuses on technology transfer, licensing, corporate matters and distillery & brewery law. She is also a flower farmer, contractor/builder, scientist and educator. She serves on the board of trustees of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Marjorie previously served as executive director of the Charlotte office of the North Carolina Center of Biotechnology and in the Office of...


Paula Kranz | Virtual Reality - Ep. 71

Paula Kranz is interim executive director of Wheelhouse Media Foundation, a non-profit arm of Wheelhouse Media, which creates original and branded content across media platforms. She is also director of the Think Broader Foundation. She leads the firm’s branding, communications, business and executive leadership development practices, serving clients across the United States. Paula’s experience spans the consulting, media, defense, academic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her current work,...


Catherine Horne | Discovery Place - Ep. 70

Catherine Horne is president and CEO of Discovery Place, a network of four science, natural history and children’s museums located in Charlotte, North Carolina, that serves local, regional and national audiences. Discovery Place recently expanded it service to teachers and administrators with the opening of the Discovery Place Education Studio to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professional development. Prior to joining Discovery Place in 2014, Catherine was...


Fatma Mili |Human Intelligence - Ep. 69

Fatma Mili is Dean of the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte in 2017, Fatma was a professor of computer science at Purdue University, where she was the founder and director of the Center for Trans-Institutional Capacity Building and Educational Equity in STEM at the Purdue Discovery Park. She founded the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, an academic educational research institute...


Crush This Debt Live Event + Bloopers - Ep. 11

In this very special bonus episode of Crush This Debt, we present to you the audio from our debut live event at CoCoTiv Coworking held Wednesday, August 8. After the audio from the live event, stay tuned for some bloopers from the recording of Crush This Debt! The Bernadette Joy Podcast: Crush This Debt is written, executive produced and hosted by Bernadette and AJ Maulion. The show is produced by Andy Goh, music by Harvey Cummings and artwork by Abigail Joy. Learn more at...


Hardin Minor | From Here to Eternity - Ep. 68

Hardin Minor is a performance artist and entertainer who embodies countless characters and enlivens spaces throughout the Charlotte community. He is co-founder of OMIMEO Mime Theatre, which presents a blend of mime illusion, circus arts, and special effects theater magic. He has performed for every kind of audience, from the classroom to corporate settings. Hardin has received numerous awards, including the Arts & Science Council’s Creative Fellowship Award, the Blumenthal Performing Arts...


Michael DeVaul | Omega Man - Ep. 67

data-pm-slice="1 1 []">Michael DeVaul is Senior Vice President and Chief Social Responsibility Officer for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. He is responsible for strategic alliances, accountability and data measurement, advocacy & public policy, global partnerships, volunteerism, and diversity and inclusion strategies. He began his career at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, Illinois where he served for just over 15 years before joining the YMCA of Greater Charlotte in 1999. Michael was most...


Quentin Talley | Intergalactic Soul - Ep. 66

Quentin Talley or ‘Q’ is a poet, actor, writer, director, producer and musician. He is founder and artistic director of OnQ Performing Arts. OnQ started in 2006 with a mission to produce classic, contemporary and original performance works that reflect the black experience. As a poet, Q has performed throughout the country, sharing the stage with Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, MC Lyte, Sonia Sanchez and Tavis Smiley. As an actor, he has worked professionally with Children’s Theater of...


Yossi Groner | The Inner Torah - Ep. 65

Rabbi Yossi Groner is senior rabbi and spiritual leader of Congregation Ohr Ha Torah, a Jewish Orthodox congregation in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the founder and director of the Charlotte Chabad House, a Jewish educational resource and outreach center whose offerings include weekly lectures on the Bible, Talmud and Kabbalah. The Chabad House is an affiliate of the International Chabad-Lubavitch movement, with its headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbi Groner is co-founder of...


Kathy Izard | Do Good Love Well - Ep. 64

Kathy Izard is the author of ‘The Hundred Story Home, a memoir about finding faith in ourselves and something bigger.’ The memoir tells the story of how Kathy listened to a whisper urging her to house the homeless. She launched Homeless to Homes, a Housing First proof-of-concept program, and led a capital campaign to build Moore Place, the first permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless in Charlotte. She has worked on numerous civic projects, including leading fundraising...


Richard Pinder | Truth and Consequence - Ep. 63

Richard Pinder is a retired assistant professor of history at Johnson & Wales University. Richard taught courses on world history, leadership, religion and civil rights. He has presented extensively on the civil rights legislation. He had a 40-career in education teaching at all levels of instruction from elementary school to middle and high school to community college and private universities. Richard taught in the Michigan and Florida public school systems before relocating to North...


Josh Jacobson | Cultivating Community - Ep. 62

Josh Jacobson is managing partner of Next Stage, a firm that provides strategic counsel to non-profit organizations. Next Stage helps nonprofits develop the platform and tools necessary to support operations and fundraising activities. Josh has worked across non-profit sectors, offering strategic planning, volunteer development, annual and capital fundraising, executive and development search, case strategy, and succession planning. Before launching Next Stage, Josh served as a Senior...


Lynne Conner | Dionysus to The Apollo - Ep. 61

Lynne Conner is professor of theater arts and chair of the Department of Theater at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a theater and dance historian, cultural policy theorist and playwright. Lynne has written extensively on audience engagement and the creation of meaning in the arts, and has won numerous awards for her playwriting and directing. Her most recent book is Audience Engagement and the Role of Arts Talk in the Digital Era. Lynne’s most recent play, THE MOTHER,...


John Boyer | Spiral Logarithms - Ep. 60

John Boyer is president and CEO of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, a museum dedicated to the exhibition of the Bechtler family collection of mid-20th century modern art. During his tenure, John has also served as curator of the museum overseeing the design and installation of 20 different exhibitions, including shows on Alberto Giacometti, Niki de Saint Phalle and Mario Botta. Previously, John served as president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, a public policy agency, and as executive...


Amy Aussieker | Many Lives Many Masters - Ep. 59

Amy Aussieker is executive director of Envision Charlotte, a public-private collaboration leading an effort to make the City of Charlotte a global Smart City. Before joining Envision Charlotte, Amy served as a strategic consultant for businesses in marketing, fundraising, social media and public relations. She served as a business development and community affairs executive with a commercial construction company and as Group Vice President for Sales and Marketing for the Charlotte Chamber of...


Kathryn Hill | Context for Change - Ep. 58

Kathryn Hill is president and CEO of the Levine Museum of the New South, whose exhibits and programming focus on life in the North Carolina Piedmont after the Civil War. Previously, Kathryn served as COO of the History Colorado Center and as a management consultant to more than two dozen other museum and cultural organizations around the country. Her work has included opening Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta, serving on the charter management team of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial...


Lila Allen | Metropolis - Ep. 57

Lila Allen is managing editor of Metropolis Magazine, a monthly magazine about architecture and design. She has written extensively about art, design and popular culture in publications ranging from Architectural Record to Kinder Journal. Lila served as an Assistant Creative Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and as Public Programs Coordinator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She is a former editor-in-chief of Charlotte Viewpoint, a civic and cultural magazine exploring...


Kali Ferguson | Personal Parable - Ep. 56

Kali Ferguson is a story teller and cultural educator. She performs original poems and songs, and fractured fairy tales, in English and Spanish in classrooms, museums, churches, conferences and festivals. Kali shares cultural literacy through the Latin American and African diaspora tradition. She is the owner of CommuniCulture, a a cultural education and teaching artist platform, and the founder of the African American Latinx Bridge Building Awareness program. She has served as a consultant,...