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Michelle DaRin -- Not Your Typical Jewelry

Michelle DaRin is a sculptor, jewelry artist and designer. Her pieces are tribal and unique, and have a “protective” quality about them. Her home and airstream trailer studio are located on 8 acres in scenic Upstate NY, where she is surrounded by nature. Find out more at MichelleDaRinJewelry.com. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com, and become a patron at Patreon.com/ZestfulAging.


Eileen E. Schell -- Addressing Moral Injury Through Writing

Eileen Schell is Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University. She directs the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Doctoral Program at SU and is the author, co-author, and editor of seven books. She, along with her colleague Ivy Kleinbart, started an intergenerational community writing group for veterans in 2010 in honor of her late uncle Brady Lane Smith, who served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot for 27 months. The group offers public readings and open dialogues on war and the...


Mary Giehl -- Social Activist Artist and Avid Rock Climber at 65

Mary Giehl’s art echoes themes that she had encountered through her work experience as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She often cared for children after they had been abused and much of her work focuses around this theme. There are hints of darkness and confinement in her installations, along with a mixture and balance of playfulness and seriousness. Mary is also a dedicated rock climber, and creates dramatic spandex costumes for her nephew who is a semi-professional...


Joan Moran -- Aging with Joy

Joan Moran is a former actress, theater and film producer, screenwriter and author turned yoga teacher. Through her own personal experiences she knows it is possible to age gracefully, find an authentic voice, pursue a passion or two and discover a spiritual balance.­ Joan is a writer and blogger for “SixtyandMe” among others. Learn more about Joan at joanfrancesmoran.com.


Sandra Fish -- "Sense8" Actress, Prison Hospice Volunteer

Sandra Fish is an actress on the acclaimed Netflix series Sense8. She’s also a writer and caregiver, with decades of passion for prison reform and end of life issues. Sandra is Co-Chair for “San Francisco End of Life Network” and has trained and worked as a hospice volunteer with added training in pediatric hospice and vigil. Learn more at: humaneprisonhospiceproject.org, and San FrancsicoEndofLifeProject: www.sfeol.org Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com,...


Susan Collins -- Helping Women Connect

Susan Collins left her beloved career in homebuilding when the industry hit the skids in 2007 and started a consulting business. When she ran across an ad for The Transition Network, she realized that she was indeed in transition. She joined the Network just as the Philadelphia Chapter was being started, got involved and 5 years ago took the helm of the organization as its Executive Director. Susan’s passion is helping women connect. It’s through these connections that we realize our value...


Tula Goenka -- We Reclaimed the Centerfold

Tula Goenka is a breast cancer survivor, and the project director of the “Look Now Project”. The interview focuses on her personal experience with breast cancer, and her desire to bring the subject out in the open for the benefit of survivors as well as the general public. She is also a filmmaker, author, human rights activist, and professor of Television, Radio & Film in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. As an editor she has worked with filmmakers...


Sally Fox, Ph.D. -- “60 is Not the New 40”

Sally Fox is a writer, coach and performer who helps people find and shape their stories, at work, for their careers, and in life. As a professional writer, she writes regularly for 3rd Act Magazine and the website Sixty and Me and publishes a weekly blog of reflections on leadership, creativity and storytelling. A storyteller and performer herself, Sally recently entertained the audience at Ignite Seattle with her piece: 60 is NOT the new 40: How I Dumped Denial. Find out more at Sally’s...


Barbara Demorest -- “Knitted Knockers”, A Three Way Blessing

Barbara Demorest recently retired from her 30 year career as a CPA in order to pursue her passion for connecting volunteer knitters and crocheters with breast cancer survivors to provide free knitted knockers to those that can use them. Barbara has traveled to Rwanda to teach women how to knit their own knitted knockers. She says, “After hearing the awful words, you have cancer and struggling with the impact of having a mastectomy, a simple gift of comfort and dignity knit by a caring friend...


Christine Herbes-Sommers -- Award-Winning Independent Film Maker

Christine Herbes-Sommers is an award winning independent film maker who has produced over 100 hours of documentary, dramatic and educational programming for PBS since 1976. In her latest documentary, “Coming of Age in Aging America”, she asks: what does it mean for a society to have so many people living so much longer? Rather than looking at aging as an individual predicament, the documentary makes connections to social policies and institutions, tackling topics such as how we work and...


ENCORE of Adela Mizrachi -- Creating Communities on 5 Continents

International Podcast Day Special Episode. Adela Mizrachi is the founder of the Podcast Brunch Club, which is like a bookclub but with podcasts. Since our original episode, the Podcast Brunch Club has exploded in popularity, and Adela was interviewed in Forbes Magazine. Find out more at: podcastbrunchclub.com. Find out more about the Zestful Aging Podcast at NicoleChristina.com. You can become a patron of the Show at Patreon.com/zestfulaging.


Dr. Pepper Schwartz -- Renowned Expert on Love and Relationships

Dr. Pepper Schwartz is an acclaimed author, researcher, television personality, and AARP's Love and Relationship Expert & Ambassador. She is a prolific writer, authoring many academic and popular articles as well as 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment. Two of those books were featured on Oprah. Find out more on Dr.PepperSchwartz.com.


Jane Duncan Rogers -- Gifted By Grief

Jane Duncan Rogers is an award-winning Life and Death coach who helps people prepare well for the best ending of life possible. She’s been in the field of psychotherapy and personal growth for more than 25 years, she is also author of "Gifted By Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss and Rebirth" and "Before I Go: Practical Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Die". She founded "Before I Go Solutions" in 2016. And describes herself as having a quirky take on life and death. She sings and...


Alua Arthur -- Going with Grace

Alua Arthur is the Founder of "Going with Grace", an end of life organization, which supports people as they answer the question “What must I do to be at peace with myself so I may live presently and die peacefully?” As a death doula and attorney, the perspective Alua has gained from her unique 15 year career allows her to help her clients focus on the practical and emotional needs while contemplating the end of life. Find out more at Goingwithgrace.com. Find out more about the Zestful Aging...


Kristi Nelson -- “Thank You On My Lips”

Kristi Nelson is the Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living, a nonprofit organization offering support to tens of thousands of people around the world who want to live their lives more gratefully more of the time. Kristi has worked with the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, and was Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She wrote the introduction for the popular...


Priti Robyn Ross -- Life as Yoga

Priti Robyn Ross is a long time yoga teacher and self-care specialist, Priti Robyn pioneered the first cardiac yoga program with Dr. Oz. She is an advocate of cultivating self care by taking “little nurturing breaks” and teaches practical ways to “refill your well.” Her belief is that unless we are ourselves well cared for, we can’t bring our care out into the world, where it is desperately needed. Find out more at lifeasyoga.com, or email her directly at pritiyoga1@gmail.com. Find out more...


Hilary Henderson -- Helping Clients Navigate Retirement

Hilary Henderson planned to retire at 65. Instead, she found herself unexpectedly walking out of her last job the day before she turned 60. Using her training as an occupational therapist, life coach, and earning an MBA she reinvented herself as a retirement coach. She helps her clients navigate one the most important transitions of their lives. Though located in South Africa, she has coached people throughout the world. Learn more at nuhorizons.co.za. Find out more about the Zestful Aging...


Jane Barratt -- The Goal is Connection

Dr. Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), an organization in formal relations with the United Nations and World Health Organization. With over 35 years of experience in the field of ageing and disability across sectors she brings to audiences her insights into the new frontier of thinking and action with and on behalf of older people. The recent IFA 14th Global Conference on Ageing in Toronto attracted some 1,200 delegates from 74 countries...


Heidi Holtz -- “Exciting and Scary as Hell”

Heidi Holtz is founder of "Stillwork Consulting". She has a long history in theatre and arts administration, worked at the Gifford Foundation, a private non-profit foundation, and has taught at Syracuse University. She is an expert in mediation, and conflict resolution which she uses to assist boards of non-profit foundations. Her mother passed away a year ago, her first grandchild is on the way and she’s starting a brand new business, all just shy of her 60th birthday. Find out more about...


Marci Alboher -- Leading Authority on Career and Workplace Trends

Marci Alboher is one of the nation’s leading authorities on career issues and workplace trends. She works at Encore.org, a nonprofit innovation hub which develops initiatives for the 50+ worker. A former blogger and columnist for The New York Times, her latest book is “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.” Marci has been interviewed by NBC’s Nightly News, National Public Radio, and AARP to name a few. Find out more about Encore and its...