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Episode 11 - Bran Kroc
Bran is a 19-year-old college sophomore studying gender studies at Mount Holyoke College in Western Massachusetts. They are non-binary and trans, and are interested in activism and social justice. In their free time, they enjoy knitting, sewing, and reading as many books as they can carry home from the library. Bran has known the Baty-Barrs since before birth, and grew up with the kids through childhood, martial arts, and marching band.
Episode 10 - Owen Baty-Barr
Owen is an 18-year-old high school graduate who is a second-degree black-belt, crew member on a sailboat for 2 summers, two-year member of the blue stars world class drum and bugle corps color guard, and works 3 jobs teaching at 2 high schools and making coffee. Bob was incredibly lucky to secure him as a last minute guest on the show, My Friends Are Amazing, due to Owens incredibly busy schedule.
Episode 9 - Josh Baty-Barr
Josh and I covered everything from sleeping in a hammock to being a sound engineer for large touring bands… Josh is a college Junior and is studying music business at Elmhurst College. He has always had a love for music and has recently discovered a love for the outdoors. In his free time, he likes to listen to music and spend time with people. He is employed as a Barista and a sound engineer in his hometown of Batavia IL… oh yeah… and he is my oldest son.
Episode #8 - John Coulter
What is there left to be said about John Coulter that history books will not reveal to us? In a world of gray and black John Coulter is a bright red tassel. He lives by the ancient Tibetan philosophy,”don’t start none won’t be none.” He is an Eagle Scout, a 4th° black belt, a 30-year truck driver, a standup comic, a loving and devoted husband and friend, and one time in Tasmania, he punched Russel Crowe in the face. The conundrum that is John COULTER is simply unraveled by the phrase,...
Episode 7 - Lillian Baty-Barr
Lillian is a 16 year old Gymnast, high school student, volunteer, coach and barista – when she isn’t doing all those things, she does her best to try to take time for herself… oh, yeah, and she is my daughter
Episode #6 - Chris Lowe
Chris Lowe grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Northwest Chicago, a product of a loving interracial couple. He was fortunate enough to attend a private Lutheran grade school and a college prep Jesuit high school. He graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois and married his college sweetheart, Jill, shortly thereafter. The couple focused on their careers for the next decade, moving 5 times and living in 3 different states. Deciding to settle down to start a...
Episode 5 - Erica Quessenberry
Erica saves her pennies to travel the world, see new things, experience new cultures, hike new terrain, meet new people, and understand new perspectives. It makes her uncomfortable and she loves it. Aside from traveling, she’s obsessed with podcasts, plant-based eating, craft cocktails, being out in nature, and making things from scratch. To fund her travels and various hobbies, Erica owns and operates her own company, Studio RedDesigns, where she works as a UX / UI consultant partnering...
Episode #4 - Kevin Giszewski
Kevin Giszewski is a computer nerd living the quiet life of a husband and father in Midwest America. He enjoys long walks off short piers when things go incredibly wrong while coding. When not over-engineering code, Kevin enjoys making short videos on YouTube, American sports and binge-watching streamed content. Kevin occasionally skips ‘deployment Fridays’ and spoils his kids with roller-skating night.
Episode 3 with Sunday Coulter
Wife, fur baby mom, friend, caretaker, artist. I’ve been married for 16 years to my best friend and have 2 cats (Nelix in Misty). My husband and I love to throw parties for our friends. I care for my aging mother who is an artist, as well, and has suffered 2 strokes over the last 5 years. I am a tech junkie and love to explore new technologies. An Adobe Fan girl from way back I am the Manager, of Brand and Design for the Segal Group’s Inhouse Design. I have worked there for 25 years...
Episode #2 with Kevin Long
My special guest for episode 2 of the podcast is my amazing friend, Kevin Long! Kevin has done a TON of amazing things in his life… here are just a few. Kevin worked for the U.S Government, he ran his own strategic communications firm and worked with the department of defense, he has media trained foreign officials, college and professional athletes and even the US Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team. He has successfully built and launched two social media monitoring platforms and first and...
Episode 1 with Andrew Barta
For my first episode, my guest is the amazing Andrew Barta! This little snippet is from his instagram bio: “I believe uncomfortable situations enable growth. Not interested in a 9-5, proving you can make a living working from anywhere on your schedule… mountains emoji, beers emoji, palm tree emoji.”