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#34: Matt Cadman and increasing access to the arts in NCW

This episode features Matt Cadman, the executive director at the Numerica Performing Arts Center. Matt is a passionate advocate for inclusion – that the community is for everyone – regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other measure This Friday, January 12, the PAC is presenting The Mountaintop, a powerful play about Martin Luther King’s last days. We spoke about the play, the Every Kid at the PAC program and why he values and promotes equality, fairness and access for...

Duration: 00:29:19

Podcast episode 33: Misael Fajardo-Perez and building bridges between cultures

My guest this week is Misael Fajardo-Perez of the Wenatchee Valley Lutheran Latino Ministry. Fajardo-Perez is doing some amazing community building work in the valley by bringing people together and finding common ground. He sees a growing movement in North Central Washington to build meaningful relationships among neighbors. [column size="three-fourth"]He's been deeply involved with various successful community and relationship building projects, including the effort to upgrade Kiwanis...

Duration: 00:31:01

#32: Abel Noah and the evolving role of the Confluence Health Foundation

This episode features Abel Noah, the vice president and executive trustee of the Confluence Health Foundation. Noah has been at the forefront of dramatic changes since the foundation's role moved from Central Washington Hospital to Confluence Health. The expanded role of the foundation reflects the growing presence of Confluence Health in North Central Washington, with offices throughout the region. The foundation's role is to provide funding for the various facilities in places like...

Duration: 00:37:49

#31: Betty Palmer and the art of engaging students through culinary arts

My guest this week is Betty Palmer, the culinary arts instructor at Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center. She has created a vibrant hands-on learning program that gets students rubbing elbows with local chefs in public venues. Palmer believes that heightened stress that goes along with serving food to the public gives her students invaluable skills they can apply to a career in food services or any other career path. Now she has an audacious idea of developing a food truck as a...

Duration: 00:31:50

The community-building magic of the Era of Megafires Project

My guests for this episode are Dr. Paul Hessburg and Sara of the Era of Megafires Project. Dr. Hessburg is a research scientist who has been studying forest health and fire behavior. Rolfs is the coordinator for the project, which has been wildly successful in changing how people think about the wildfire issue. In nearly 100 presentations around the West, they have built a powerful network of land managers and public officials who are working in their communities to address this...

Duration: 00:29:12

#29: Barbara Rossing and the community-building lessons of Holden Village

This podcast features Barbara Rossing of Leavenworth, who has been a Lutheran pastor for 35 years. She was pastor for three years in the late 1980s at Holden Village and currently teaches New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Rossing is passionate about the future of the natural environment, how we care for our most vulnerable citizens and about finding common cause with folks of other faiths. This is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which split...

Duration: 00:42:46

#28: Inside the Family Film Festival with Jamie Howell and Steve Scott

My guests this week are Steve Scott of North 40 Productions and Jamie Howell, the director of film at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts. They are the drivers behind a wonderful new education and film experience – the Icicle Creek Family Film Festival — which will be held on September 29, 30 and October 1. This festival includes workshops for kids and their parents, a series of great family films, and screenings of a film called Dream Big, an inspiring film that will be shown to...

Duration: 00:25:55

#27 Tom Green and Jack Pusel discuss 9/11 Spirit of America Award ceremony

This episode features an interview with Jack Pusel and Tom Green of the 9/11 Spirit of America Foundation in Cashmere. The group is preparing to host another event on Monday, September, 11 a.m. at the Cashmere Riverside Center. [column size="three-fourth"]The fact that little Cashmere won the right to have the Spirit of America memorial is a rather audacious accomplishment. The committee of volunteers went to work in 2014 preparing their bid to be the host city. The memorial includes...

Duration: 00:25:06

Podcast episode 26: Dorry Foster opens a new chapter in YMCA's service to kids

My guest this week is Dorry Foster, the executive director of the Wenatchee YMCA. Foster, who held a similar position for the YMCA in Albany, New York, brings to the job a lot of energy, passion and a strong commitment to children. [column size="three-fourth"]The YMCA plays a critical role in creating access for kids to participate in programs who can’t afford it. No child is turned away because they lack the ability to pay. Foster took over a healthy YMCA program built by former director...

Duration: 00:29:28

#25: Carin Smith of FIDO and the development of Hale Park off-leash dog area

My guest this week is Carin Smith, the volunteer chairperson for FIDO, which stands for Friends Improving Dog Opportunities. That group has been working with the city of Wenatchee in the development of Hale Park off-leash dog area near the pedestrian bridge in Wenatchee. Smith, a retired veterinarian, talked her background, the effort to build the dog park and the sense of community that is being enhanced by creating a place for dog owners to let their pets interact with other dogs. The...

Duration: 00:23:45

#24: Ed Phinney of Pacific Aerospace brings a hands-on mindset to leadership

My guest this week is Ed Phinney, the engaging chief executive officer of Pacific Aerospace and Electronics in Wenatchee. Phinney, a native of Selah, has carved out a career that has been driven by taking initiative rather than waiting for opportunities to present themselves. Community building is embedded in his hands-on leadership approach. Phinney from time to time will try his hand at making the parts the engineers create. His team gets a great chuckle out of it, Phinney told me....

Duration: 00:49:59

#23: Rich McBride's legacy of collaboration and innovation at North Central ESD

My guest this week is Dr. Rich McBride, who recently retired as superintendent of the North Central Educational Service District after a remarkable 15 years. McBride's quiet leadership style and gracious approach won him many friends and admirers among the superintendents and school board members throughout the 29 school districts in North Central Washington. We spoke about the powerful sense of community that exists in our rural communities, the impact of technology on schools and...

Duration: 00:38:18

#22: Erin Cass and the power of Wellness Place to support cancer patients

My guest this week is Erin Cass, the executive director of Wellness Place, an organization dedicated to providing financial and emotional support to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer in North Central Washington. This unique nonprofit, which is run on a shoestring budget with a staff of two people, was the brainchild of Wenatchee physician Dr. Carl Kjobech, who saw the emotional and financial stress toll that cancer takes on families and started Wellness Place to help ease...

Duration: 00:32:16

#21: Dr. Paul Hessburg and the 'Era of Megafires' is launching a community revolution

More This episode features Dr.Paul Hessburg of the Pacific Northwest Research institute in Wenatchee. Dr. Hessburg is traveling throughout North Central Washington and the region delivering the Era of Megafires presentation that highlights the causes and significant risks of our wildfire challenge. But it also proposes ways that we can solve this challenge by collaboration. This presentation, which was created in conjunction...

Duration: 00:39:34

#20: East Wenatchee native Nate Lewis keeps grounded in the unreal world of film and television

My guest this week is Nate Lewis, who grew up on an orchard in East Wenatchee and who has carved out an impressed career in film and television working on projects like The Shack, Person of Interest and War for the Planet of the Apes. The latest Planet of the Apes movie will be released in July. The lessons Lewis learned growing up the valley have propelled him to success in the film world. But home is still here in the valley. His values, work ethic, family and friends keep him...

Duration: 00:41:29

Ep. 19: Travis Hornby and the community building work of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

This episode features Travis Hornby, the president of the local chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, an organization that builds partnerships with private and public agencies to build trails for equestrians, hikers and mountain bikers. In the last five years, the local group has built 30 miles of trails at Echo Ridge, near Leavenworth and in the Wenatchee Valley. The development of these trails makes access to our public lands easier for our community and also encourages...

Duration: 00:20:04

Ep. 18: Donni Reddington and the Ride4Alzheimers motorcycle sidecar tour with her father

This week’s guest is Donni Reddington, a recovery room nurse at Confluence Health who is preparing for the Ride4Alzheimers, a motorcycle tour with her father, Don Reddington, who was diagnosed with the condition about three years ago. Don Reddington and his family have chosen to deal with this condition in a highly public way. Donni Reddington will be driving and her father will be in the side car starting July 4 in Twisp for a tour that will take them to Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma,...

Duration: 00:32:07

Ep. 17: Sarah Brooks discusses how the Methow Conservancy builds community

This episode features Sarah Brooks, the ebullient associate director of the Methow Valley Conservancy, a land conservation organization that is modeling creative community building in North Central Washington. We discuss the powerful ways that the conservancy engages neighbors in Methow Valley in building a future that supports economic sustainability, stewardship of the land and caring for the human beings who live there. She shares with me her passion for not only the beauty of the land...

Duration: 00:38:02

Ep. 16: Jenny Rojanasthien and the effort to build the valley's tech sector

This episode features Jenny Rojanasthien, the executive director of the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance. GWATA organized the Flywheel Investment Conference that brought civic leaders together with experts from around the state on building angel investor networks and other approaches to fund startup technology companies. Chelan and Douglas county port districts were key funders of this effort. The one-day conference was a smashing success and is expected to be the start of an...

Duration: 00:39:00

Podcast Episode 15: How Wenatchee School District's partnership center is strengthening community, helping kids

This episode features Diana Haglund, the coordinator for Wenatchee Learns Connect Partnership Center, an innovative community-building effort of the Wenatchee School District. The center is doing amazing work building partnerships in the community that provide opportunities for students to get face-to-face experience with jobs available in the Wenatchee Valley. We talk about Haglund’s background, the powerful programs that have been developed and how those impact businesses, students and...

Duration: 00:40:23

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