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Priviate Investigator

Priviate Investigator

2021-09-2129:10

John A. Hoda is a former Police Officer, Insurance Fraud Investigator and for the past 25 years has run a successful Private Investigations business. Many of his cases made the headlines of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New Haven Register. He graduated in 1975 with a B.S. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.Odessa on the Delaware was released in January 2019  introducing FBI Agent Marsha O’Shea with 5-star reviews. The Marsha O’Shea series was published in December 2020. John was a judge for the Shamus award, sat as a panelist and was feted as a debut novelist at the Mystery Writer’s Association in 2019 in Dallas, TX.He is the show runner of the My Favorite Detective Stories podcast, He interviews best-selling and award-winning Crime Fiction writers. Guests have included Joseph Wambaugh, Steve Berry, Robert Dugoni, Sheldon Siegel and Lisa Gray.He has written numerous articles for PI Magazine and other publications and has created the DVD: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Statements. He is a frequent guest blogger and webinar presenter on Investigative Interviewing.John has sat on the boards of the both the National Association of Legal Investigators and the CT Assoc. of Licensed Private Investigators. He is a Certified Legal Investigator and a Certified Fraud Examiner.He answered the writing muse in 2013 with his debut novel: Phantasy Baseball It is a story of an average Joe that though luck and circumstance get a one in a million chance to play in the Major Leagues.Through the years, He told his stories about his latest cases over coffee, at parties or at dinner engagements. Told repeatedly to write them down, he finally did with Mugshots: My Favorite Detective Stories.
Rabbi

Rabbi

2021-09-0728:52

Rabbi Michael Harvey served Reform congregations from 2015 until 2020, in both West Lafayette, Indiana and The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He currently studies at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, within the Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies program and he hopes to earn his PhD in Jewish Studies.Ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2015, Rabbi Harvey earned a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University. Throughout his tenure at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Harvey served congregations, small and large, in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.Rabbi Harvey is a certified Prepare & Enrich marital and pre-marital counselor and has served as a chaplain at both Norton Hospital and Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He is committed to interfaith education and social justice, locally and nationally. His dedication to both these areas can be seen in the work he has done with world-renowned organizations such as the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the American Jewish World Service, the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, and the Chautauqua Institution. Additionally, Rabbi Harvey was invited by Dr. Rabbi Gary Zola to become a member of the rabbinic advisory council for the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, called “The B’nai Ya’akov Council.”Wherever Rabbi Harvey has served, he has always sought ways to marry his passion for social justice with the needs of his immediate community. In the absence of an interfaith council in his previous posting in St. Thomas, Rabbi Harvey created and directed the Interfaith Council of the Caribbean, which represented over 15 faith communities in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Additionally, he sat on the boards of the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, The Family Resource Center, and The United Way.In West Lafayette, he brought his attention to the needs of the community, and served as the director for the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette, which was integral in bringing interfaith panel discussions to the community on topics as important as nativism, mental health, and addiction. Rabbi Harvey also sat on the executive board for the Indiana Board of Rabbis which provides educational and pastoral needs to the entire state. Additionally, he sat on the boards of the Lafayette Jewish Community Religious School, the Jewish Federation of Greater Lafayette, Family Promise of Greater Lafayette and the local United Way Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Rabbi Harvey was also a member of the Downtown Ministers, the Lafayette Transitional Housing Caring Committee, the Tippecanoe County Opioid Task Force, and the Medical Ethics Committee for IU Health Arnett Hospital. Rabbi Harvey regularly works with Legal Aid, Lafayette Urban Ministry, Greater Lafayette Indivisible, Mom’s Demand Action, and the YWCA to better the Greater Lafayette community.Rabbi Harvey is the author of many articles featured in both local and international sources, such as The Jewish Daily Forward and ReformJudaism.org. He is the recipient of several awards, including the HUC-JIR Robert L. Adler Prize, awarded for contributions to the community, and the “Faith, Family, Friends, Bridging our Community Award” given by US Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress, Stacey Plaskett.Additionally, Rabbi Harvey created and participated (before COVID-19) in a bi-monthly podcast with a local Episcopal Priest, entitled: “A Priest and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar” which discusses religious issues and interfaith subjects. 
Tailor/Pattern Maker

Tailor/Pattern Maker

2021-08-3126:32

With the pandemics effect dressing I wrote 2 extensive online courses. The possibility is that the pandemic will not totally cancel culture. The courses show that each of us has a personal culture that contributes to humanity at large. My book/courses are "The Wardrobe Game" ``Grooming your mind and Body" and The Philosophy of Fit- how to build your own tailoring business without sewing. I have 30 year roots as a cutter and patternmaker to be able to achieve bespoke fit.  My interest is to redeem the loss of tailoring standards lost with  European tailors in WW2, as well as how society can review the sanctity of the body once appreciation of the craft of tailoring is reached. Much like wine tasting to prevent alcoholism. In fact a good suit is like an old wine, it gets better with age. Appreciation of one's taste and bodily parameters is everyman's business. Tailored garments are like slow food, it should be a good proportion of our consumption for long term benefits as well as short term pleasures. After 40 years of training as a cutter and designer, I am confident that the course with webinars can be automated to build national factories for less centralized, less globalized and a more sustainable business model. (less slave labour) Designers will be supported with back-ends sites such as Suitstyler.com and Planet-tailored.com (This is the world's first consumer app for standards of fit). Online training will be the first time since the invention of "retail sizes" for a scalable industry. Now with web efficiencies a tailoring designer is all one needs to have a coordinated wardrobe package designed. I believe there is great value and self-employment for people in the 21st C.  Having a tailoring designer should move men past the material into the richness of their tailored relationship. This is the opposite of retail sales, “cow call mentality” where only the price fits.
Neurologist

Neurologist

2021-08-2520:36

Dr. Douyon is a Board Certified Neurologist who completed his residency in Neurology at New York University and fellowship at New York Presbyterian-Cornell in Clinical Neurophysiology. He’s spent the last several years caring for people with neurological disorders, with a special emphasis on people with a history of epilepsy, seizures, and non-epileptic events. After spending years witnessing the deleterious affects of neurological disorders, Dr. Douyon realized that there were better ways to serve people and prevent the decline of brain health, while supporting total body health.The solution is simple: Take charge of your brain!Whether you’re at risk for neurological diseases, living with a neurological disease, supporting a family member, or looking to change your lifestyle, Dr. Douyon believes that taking charge of your brain, is the first step in relief, change, and healing.Medications do little to modify the underlying disease process. After years of observing the delicate balancing act between side effects and symptom relief, Dr. Douyon realized that he could do better for the people he served. The Inle BrainFit Institute offers a therapeutic, supportive environment, aimed at using a multi-modal approach to improve the lives of people with neurological disorders and promote brain health
Toby Pasman is a neurophysiology researcher who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and completed his Master’s of Psychology through Lynn University in 2021. He worked on the Emotions and Neuroplasticity Project at the Brain Development Lab at the UO while in undergrad, learning EEG acquisition and artifacting.Toby began working at a peak performance facility outside of Seattle, Washington, training high profile CEOs, professional athletes, and Hollywood actors, who were looking to maximize their brain performance, recording QEEG brain maps and utilizing neurofeedback and neurostimulation technology.Toby has since worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields, utilizing QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and PEMF therapy to treat patients clinically. He trained under Dr. Nicholas Dogris, CEO of Neurofield Neurotherapy, learning extensively about applying various forms of neurostimulation to enhance brain performance.He is currently training to become an accredited human potential coach through the Human Potential Institute. He runs the Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro Podcast, his applied neuroscience and psychology show. His show can be found at his Youtube channel Roscoe's Wetsuit, along with audio versions of the podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and most other audio streaming platforms.
Education Consultant

Education Consultant

2021-08-0428:52

Marie Hubley Alcock, Ph.D is a futurist educator and thought leader. She has authored and co-authored a number of books in the field of education on topics such as; contemporary curriculum design, meaningful assessment practices, questing and engaging instructional practices, the future of education systems and policy, game design in the classroom, virtual interdependent thinking in humans, standards based practices, and education technology in classrooms. Dr. Alcock has also participated in the foundation of and running of several educational companies and non-profit organizations including Learning Systems Associates which is a national and international consulting firm and Tomorrow’s Education Network which is a non profit dedicated to promoting classical and contemporary literacy development for students. This project led to the foundation of a professional development library for educators with over 1000+ resources available at minimal or no cost. She us currently on the board of 21st Century Learning International and LINKS a comprehensive education system (CES) company Marie has been a teacher and administrator in private and public schools for over 25 years. She has been a professor at Walden University. She is an active advocate for learners of all ages and has said the “science of teaching is an invitational art”. She is known for describing a quality curriculum as “one with balance between guaranteed non-negotiables and personalized, joyful, career inspiring experiences that can make the world a better place”.
As a professor, Dr. Lantsoght teaches undergraduate and professional courses in the field of structural engineering, and enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate students on their thesis and/or research projects. She is dedicated to sharing knowledge about existing structures to professionals in Ecuador and beyond in order to improve the safety and sustainability of the built environment.Dr. Lantsoght’s interests include also science communication, science outreach, higher education policy, and the improvement of doctoral education. She is the editor and main author of a blog for PhD students “PhD Talk”, cohost of the PhD Talk podcast, the author of the free e-book “Top PhD Advice from Start to Defense and Beyond”, and the textbook “The A-Z of the PhD Trajectory – A Practical Guide for a Successful Journey” in the Springer Texts in Education series.
Project Coordinator

Project Coordinator

2021-07-2024:01

I always struggled on what I wanted to pursue with my life. It’s a big question for any college kid to answer. The truth non of them know, not one. Because you don’t know what you wanna spend the rest of your life doing until, you’re in the toughest aspect of any job. A few examples for me is I went to Alabama as a political science major. Then Transferred to a local community college/Rowan for a sociology degree. Work wise, I worked 50 hour weeks paying back debt at Chick-Fil-A then worked for PNC Bank as a bank teller. It was at PNC bank where my life started to switch. They were generally overpaying me to do simple work and it was all perfect, until in January my entire family got COVID 19 which made me leave work to take care of them. Following that I was having issues with a stomach ulcer, going to the hospital every 2 weeks for constant vomiting, and that’s when I was fired from PNC bank for missing too much work. And that brought me ALL THE WAY back to square 1 of what the hell am I doing? That was when my brother reached out to me telling me he was started to pick up some serious business for his new company LegalEase Marketing and that’s got some work for me. I was hesitant at first because if you know me and my brother, both of our friends always say, “You guys are like the same person.” And I guess that’s what always pushed me away from doing something that I was potentially really really good at, and really, really enjoyed.  And within a month of managing my first client’s social media and graphics, his new sessions are at 78%, increase of 16%, his bounce rate dropped 75% to 11% TOTAL, and pages per session increased 41% to 3 pages per session. All after just one month. And that was the moment I was like, this is what I’m meant to do. 
Neurosurgeon

Neurosurgeon

2021-06-3023:43

Dr. Kumar Vasudevan, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-eligible neurosurgeon who treats a wide variety of brain and spinal conditions. His interest in neurosurgery began when he was a child after his grandmother had to have a brain tumor removed. The compassion his grandmother’s neurosurgeon showed his family stuck with him as the surgeon shepherded his family through the entire process of diagnosis to surgery to recovery.Dr. Vasudevan has advanced training and a special interest in the treatment of brain and spine tumors. His primary clinical interest is in the comprehensive treatment of brain tumors including gliomas/glioblastoma; metastatic tumors; and skull base tumors such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, and pituitary tumors.He is a graduate of Brown University, where he studied Cognitive Neuroscience, and completed his medical training at Brown, Emory, and Harvard. He is currently in practice in the Atlanta, GA area. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, running, reading nonfiction, and embarrassing himself on the Peloton leaderboards.www.DrVNeurosurgery.com 
ST Rappaport is a Relationship Photographer, CJEA Coach and host of the LifePix Relationships Podcast. After observing, listening, and connecting with many couples, ST is on a mission to find out what makes relationships work and how they can become extraordinary. She is on a mission to help 1 million couples by 2025.
AV Design Engineer

AV Design Engineer

2021-06-2221:33

Aaron Peterson started in the AV Industry in 1998, running sound at his church and school, and doing it professionally since 2000. Aaron graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2009 where he worked as a local stagehand at CY Stephens Auditorium and Hilton Coliseum, as well as other freelance stagehand work in the Minneapolis area. Since 2013, Aaron has worked at Mechdyne as an AV Design Engineer with 90% of his projects being under budget and earning his CTS/CTS-I. In 2020, he was listed as one of Commercial Integrator’s “40 Influencers Under 40”.
Tyler Foley joins the show to talk about his interesting career in safety auditing and training.  Take a listen!
Karese, like many parents, suffered in silence while her children struggled with the symptoms of undiagnosed sleep and breathing issues. One visit to a pediatric dentist changed the trajectory of their lives. Already a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), Karese, trained with Sandra Holtzman, Lois Laynee and Sarah Hornsby to establish her orofacial myology knowledge. With this initial training and numerous others, in a few short years she has not only resolved all her children's issues, but helped hundreds of patients, children and adults alike, discover how great life can be functioning on full. Her private practice, The Myo Spot is now a leader in the quest for myofunctional therapy awareness and public education. Her latest published book, Accomplished, delves into how to sleep better, eliminate burnout, and execute goals. Karese's mission is to transform and positively impact as many households as possible through dynamic breath, brain and body work. 
Bartender

Bartender

2021-05-2628:42

Nick Kokonas is an award winning bartender who lives and works in Chicago, IL. Over the course of his career he has played an integral role behind some of the most prestigious bars in the city; from the formerly Michelin-starred gastropub Longman & Eagle to working on the opening bar team at Danny Meyer/The Dead Rabbit collaboration Green River. He has participated in a number of the most prominent international cocktail competitions, finding success in Diageo World Class, Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender, and Bacardi Legacy, to name a few.​In June of 2016, Nicolas became the opening beverage director for The Heritage, a restaurant just outside Chicago's city limits. While developing the menu he created a weekly rotating cocktail simply titled “Something & Tonic”, an ever-changing drink with a foundation of tonic water, tonic syrup, or liqueur bittered with cinchona.​The challenge of using tonic in innovative ways provoked his interest into tonic’s origins and its growing presence in modern day drinking culture. After the restaurant’s opening Nicolas’ cocktails began garnering attention. In the Chicago Tribune the “Something & Tonic” was given special mention in veteran food writer Phil Vettel’s favorable two star review of the restaurant where he writes:​"Kokonas offers a tidy list of five or six cocktails, of which the most interesting is the Something and Tonic, which changes week to week. I don't know if Kokonas can sustain this for a year, but I've managed to have three versions of this drink, and so far, so good."​Moving on from The Heritage, Nick recently spent two years running a beverage program in Charleston, SC at the Southern food icon The Grocery. He has since returned to Chicago, and is working diligently to complete and publish Something & Tonic with your help
Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager

2021-05-1224:10

Sarah Bean is Book Launchers’ marketing professional with over 16 years of entertainment and publishing experience. She started her career in the literary department of a worldwide agency, before becoming a speaking agent with a roster of best-selling authors, celebrities, athletes and business leaders. She has managed NY Times best-selling authors, produced live events like TEDx and covered TV/film news and red carpet interviews for leading entertainment websites. Sarah volunteers for LA-based arts education nonprofit Young Storytellers and catches as many nerdy TV shows as she can. She lives in Michigan with her husband and daughter. 
Freelance Consultant

Freelance Consultant

2021-05-0527:31

ABOUT BRADLEY:The concept of work is changing → you no longer have to be an employee to add value to a company. You have skills that are helping one company right now. Why limit yourself? Expand your horizons, learn the true value of your skills, and work across multiple companies.Mylance helps you up-level and run your freelance consulting business from back office admin, to lead generation alongside a community of talented peers.My experience prior to Mylance:-Uber Operator 2014 - 2018-Managed 9 markets for Uber Rides in North Carolina-Launched UberEATS markets: Miami and Milan-Launched and managed the Carrier Operations team for Uber Freight-Management consultant for Kaiser Associates - managed 10 client portfolios from various markets such as private equity, healthcare, telecom, and property insuranceAfter Uber, I worked with start-ups and logistics companies on how to launch, scale, and automate their businesses. I earned over $200k, learned how to work for myself, and the time and space enabled me to start Mylance.On a personal note, I love wine, golf, crypto, learning about AI, and thinking about how we probably shouldn't make something smarter than we are.
Korri Jones is a Sr Lead Machine Learning Engineer and Innovation Coach. in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his work, he worked as a Business Analyst and product trainer for NavMD, Inc., was an adjunct professor at Roane State Community College, and instructor for the Project GRAD summer program at Pellissippi State Community College and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Korri is an alumnus of UT’s Haslam College of Business’ full-time MBA program where he concentrated in Business Analytics. While at UT, he was chosen two years in a row to compete in the National Black MBA Marketing case competition sponsored by Fiat Chrysler. As a part of the competition, he won the best presenter award. During his time at UT, Korri also served as an MBA coach for the Tennessee Organization of MBA’s Ernst & Young Case Competition. Before earning his MBA from UT, Korri earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Alcorn State University, where he served in leadership roles for several organizations and was recognized for outstanding scholarship and community service. Korri has a passion for giving back and sharing his love of learning with others. He has dedicated himself to making a difference in his community through service. He has been a member of the National Urban League for nearly 10 years and served as the inaugural chairman of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals’ Innovation and Technology Committee for two years. During his free time, Korri and his wife enjoy traveling, eating exotic foods, and occasionally playing monopoly.  Community-wise, Korri teaches coding classes, serves on the board of the UT Haslam College of Business MBA Advisory Council, and is the President of the Board of Directors for Out of Hand Theater. Korri also finds time to continue his love of teaching by visiting and speaking with students in classrooms across Atlanta.
Basketball Coach

Basketball Coach

2021-04-2727:40

Andrew Heath has been around the game of basketball his entire life as a player, coach, consultant and trainer.  After finishing his undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College, where he was a two sport athlete in Basketball and Track & Field, he quickly found himself back on the court coaching and training.  Over the next few years he had the opportunity to work with high level players from the NBA, WNBA, international leagues and collegiate athletes while working part time at the Harvard University Athletic Department as a Marketing and Promotions Assistant.  During the summer months he managed professional exposure camps helping recent college grads and current pros secure contracts in the international market.  Andrew went on to get his Master’s Degree at Manhattanville College in Sports Management while serving as a team manager for the ABA’s (American Basketball Associations) Bronx Holy Flames.  Upon finishing his degree he moved to Beijing, China where he continued his basketball journey, as a manager and coach for the NBA Yao Basketball Club and NBA Academy in addition to serving as an assistant coach at Harrow International School.  Furthermore, during his time in Beijing he was part of the Beijing Panthers, competing in leagues, games and tournaments throughout China.  Upon returning to America, he founded Andrew Heath Basketball(AHB), a basketball coaching and consulting company working with athletes of all ages and skill sets.  Under AHB, Andrew has leveraged his international network to host camps and clinics in Hong Kong, Australia and Mexico.  In 2019, Andrew co-founded Ball 2 Books, a non-profit initiative providing educational resources and supplies to underserved communities and schools.
Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant

2021-04-2127:30

Staci Owen joins the show to talk about her career as a physician assistant.  Staci works in the east Tennessee area serving her patients.  She has been a long time friend of mine.  Please listen to the passion behind her career. 
FBI Agent

FBI Agent

2021-04-2025:27

Gina L. Osborn is an expert in navigating Chaos, Crisis andChange. Having responded to catastrophic terrorist attacks andcyber hacks as an FBI executive and chasing Cold War spies inthe Army, Gina knows that crises can be managed, chaos can becontrolled, and change is inevitable. Gina serves throughspeaking, coaching and hosting executive round tables, VIP Daysand Masterminds. She also hosts Lead Like a Lady – A Real LifePodcast.Gina began her law enforcement career in 1986 by enlisting inthe U.S. Army as a Counterintelligence Special Agent. She servedsix years during the Cold War and Desert Storm investigating thehighest profile espionage cases in the European Theater.In 1996, Gina became a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation. She had numerous assignments over the last 22years that include investigating Asian Organized Crime on a taskforce in the Little Saigon District of Orange County,supervising counterterrorism investigations in Southeast Asia,and leading inspection teams in the review and assessment ofinvestigative programs in field offices and FBI Headquarters.In 2018, Gina retired from the FBI as the Assistant SpecialAgent in Charge of the Cyber and Computer Forensics Programs in. Los Angeles. For 11 years, she led large-scale investigationsrelating to national security and criminal computer intrusions.She also provided foundational leadership in the creation of theOrange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, a $7million, state-of-the-art facility devoted entirely to theexamination of digital evidence in support of criminalinvestigations.
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