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April 2014

  • 4/19/2014: Powerful Non Defensive Communication: An Interview with Sharon Ellison Listen Now
  • 4/12/2014: Learning To Be a Safe Harbor for Kids: An Interview with Margaret Blaustein, PhD Listen Now
  • 4/5/2014: Imagine a Collaborative Courtroom: An Interview with Dianne Marshall Listen Now

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Ethan Alexander

Ethan Alexander has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and over 10 years of experience in child and family therapy. He is a Positive Behavior Support Specialist at Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency (KRESA) and specializes in classroom management training. He has worked extensively in training and coaching in non-structured school areas such as playgrounds and cafeterias. And, of course, he is Executive Director of Open Roads. Ethan lives with (and is eternally grateful for) his wife, Maura, and their two boys, Otis and Murphy in the magical town of Kalamazoo, Michigan. View Guest page

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Mark Aytch

Mark Aytch is a Physician’s Assistant with Neighborcare Health, having received his degree from the University of Washington and his National Commission of Physician Assistants certification in 2000. He worked as a nurse in the US Army for 13 years primarily with refugee populations during wartime and soldier's families during peacetime. He is an avid motorcyclist, urban chicken farmer, jazz historian and father of two. View Guest page

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Zara Babitzke

Zara Babitzke brings 18 years experience in social service in Marin County—eight of those years in private practice assisting families with young adults with special needs to transition from their parent’s home to independent living. She founded Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) to meet a critical gap in services for young adults ages 16 to 25 who exit the system without a caring adult, resources and guidance. She was a key participant on the Marin County Strategic Sub-Committee for Transitional Age Youth (TAY), College of Marin’s TAY committee, Marin County TAY committee and County’s Coordinating Committee for youth in transition. A member of Marin County’s Visionary Team on the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, she has been active in advocating for teens and young adults without families and resources for which there are no funding streams to offer a hand up so youth can become contributing adults and future leaders. Zara received the 2007 Jefferson Award for Humanitarian Service, a national award for her work with homeless young adults. In 2011, she was awarded the honor of Hero of Marin from the Pacific Sun and Circle Bank for her leadership and vision of community building around Marin’s forgotten youth View Guest page

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Julian Bauer

Julian Bauer loves science and had a dream to create an Environmental Science AP program at his high school. He didn’t let the fact that he was a student, not a teacher, stop him. Thanks to the staff at El Molino High School who supported him, and the folks at Bread for the Journey of Sonoma County who believed in him enough to give him a $1,000 grant, his dream has become a reality. El Molino’s campus lies within the headwater area of Green Valley Creek, which drains to the Russian River in Sonoma County. The River provides habitat for endangered salmon and steelhead, drinking water and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Together the students developed a stewardship map for the school campus, including maps with drainage, vegetation, soils, habitat, and inventory of plant and wildlife species; monitored the water quality on campus to identify pollutants, their sources, and where they end up; and developed solutions for water quality improvement. View Guest page

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Margaret Blaustein, PhD

The Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA., Dr. Blaustein is a practicing clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex childhood trauma. She is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework, designated a promising practice for treatment of childhood trauma by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network View Guest page

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Gary Boelhower, PhD

Gary Boelhower, PhD is professor of theology and religious studies at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. where he teaches courses in ethics; spirituality; living, dying and grieving; servant leadership; and global leadership and ethics. He has been an educator for over 40 years as a high school teacher, college professor, chair of humanities, dean of lifelong learning, dean of graduate studies and vice president for academic affairs. He was co-founder and executive director of the Center for Spirituality and Leadership at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI. He has consulted with a broad range of organizations on values integration, the respectful workplace, mission and vision, and team collaboration. He has facilitated executive development programs on dialogue, authentic leadership, professional ethics and wise decision-making. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and has given over 600 presentations across the US and in France, England, Turkey, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and Canada. His recent books include Choose Wisely: Practical Insights from Spiritual Traditions, Mountain 10: Climbing the Labyrinth Within, and Marrow, Muscle, Flight: Poems which won the Midwest Book Award in poetry in 2011. View Guest page

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Deborah Boldt

Deborah Boldt – Executive Director As Executive Director of REEL FATHERS, Deborah directs community programs, fundraising/finance, marketing, promotion and communications. She collaborates on program design. Deborah is an award-winning filmmaker with an expertise in film as an educational catalyst. Her feature documentary Miles to Go won an Academy Award Certificate of Special Merit, was released theatrically and served as the basis for the corporate leadership seminar Leading Through the Unknown, developed with two colleagues. Fresco was broadcast as a national PBS special with an extensive educational resource/activity guide. Deborah directed a three-year community outreach program inspired by Fresco, resulting in the creation of five public artworks in the Twin Cities. Deborah is an Aspen Institute Scholar and Lecturer and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Regional Fellowship. She is a former board member of New York Women in Film and Television and a graduate of the Leadership Santa Fe program. View Guest page

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Julie Burford

Julie Burford is the founder of the Ceres Community Project of Marin. A two year old non-profit, based in San Rafael, California, Ceres teaches Marin County teens to cook and appreciate whole, healthful foods that are crafted into meals designed to support cancer patients during the rigors of treatment. These meals are delivered by a team of volunteers to cancer patients and their families living in Marin communities. She launched the Marin project as a pilot program in October, 2010, as an affiliate of the Ceres Community Project, founded in 2007, in Sonoma County. Since beginning with a handful of teens from local middle and high schools and four clients referred by local cancer support agencies, Ceres’ Marin project has delivered more than 18,000 healing meals, prepared by more than 150 enthusiastic teens during the last two and a half years. More than simply a meal delivery program, Ceres’ is committed to building a healthy community around an understanding of the role that whole, sustainably produced food plays in health, healing, and its ability to connect people in heart-centered ways to themselves, others, and the planet we share. By teaching youth about the relationship between real food and its role in health and healing, Ceres engages teens directly in learning about the healing power of community. Julie brought to Ceres an enthusiasm for health-supportive food and a history as a passionate home cook. She served as part of author Rebecca Katz’s culinary team in developing two successful cookbooks, Cancer Fighting Kitchen (2009) and The Longevity Kitchen (2013), both published by Ten Speed Press. Prior to her work with the Ceres Project, Julie had spent more than 20 years in senior management at San Francisco’s Moscone Center where she was instrumental in managing the convention center’s multiple expansion programs. She lives in San Rafael with her husband, Stan Burford, and is a proud grandmother of five. View Guest page

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Marianna Cacciatore

Marianna Cacciatore is an author and public speaker. Her recent book Being There for Someone in Grief tells the story of the murder of her best friend, her grief, and the overcoming of it by creating a grief support center in Tucson, Arizona. Today she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of that flourishing organization, now called Tu Nidito. Marianna is also Executive Director of Bread for the Journey International, and host of Bread for the Journey Radio ~ Ordinary People, Extraordinary Deeds. Bread for the Journey is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to find people who are passionate and excited about improving their community, and help them make that happen. These two careers, one in the field of grief and the other marked by kindness and generosity, found common ground inside Marianna's heart and can perhaps best be described in the words of the poet Naomi Shihab Nye: "Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing... Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore... " View Guest page

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Cathey Capers

In Austin, dialogue facilitator Cathey Capers is bringing diverse members of her community to the table to cultivate a “Culture of Conversation.” In meaningful conversation at small, intimate dinners, she believes we uncover the wisdom and resources needed to heal our communities from within. Cathey is the founder of Austin’s chapter of Bread for the Journey—a grass roots philanthropic organization that makes room at the table for everyone to make a difference. View Guest page

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Katherine Craft

From 1995 to 2008, the number of women in state and federal prisons nationwide increased by 203%. In Austin TX, Katherine Craft knew she could not do much to reduce the trend, but she knew she could help those inside explore new possibilities for their future. Thus, Conspire Theatre was created to bring theatre and writing into women’s correctional facilities. Creative expression can be transformative, helping incarcerated women to empower themselves in the disempowering venue of prison; re-write their story and develop leadership skills. Bread for the Journey of Austin gave Conspire Theatre $1,000 to further their work and today, Marianna will be talking to Conspire Theatre’s founder, Katherine Craft. Katherine has over 15 years experience as an actor, writer, director and theatre maker. After completing her BA in Theatre from Austin College, she received her Master’s Degree in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Join us for this encouraging interview. View Guest page

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Birch Dwyer

Birch Dwyer runs expressive arts circles in both writing and art. She has worked extensively for Art for Recovery, the expressive arts program at the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of San Francisco, and for Drawbridge, an art program for homeless children. View Guest page

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Meg Erskine

Meg Erskine grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and hasn’t left since. She received her B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Following graduation she worked as an endangered species biologist in Central Texas and for 5 years as the Texas State Bat Biologist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. She is co-founder, with Johnson Doe, Paul Tiah and Sarah Stranahan, of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition in Austin, TX. Meg received her Certificate in Non-profit Management and Leadership in 2009 and, as MRC’s Executive Director, has led the organization in its formation to where it is today. View Guest page

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Jill Felice

Jill founded Assistance Dogs of the West in 1995 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ADW provides well-trained dogs to assist people in activities of daily living. Some of the people they serve are living with multiple sclerosis, spina bifida or degenerative nerve diseases, as well as victims of accident, stroke, and war injuries. The Dogs are trained by students at Desert Academy School in Santa Fe. Jill’s program is unique in that it focuses on the benefits for these teenagers, as well as for the recipient of an assistance dog. View Guest page

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Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace exemplifies the phrase, “A life well-lived.” She is not a person of great wealth, nor has she traveled the world. Her “life well-lived” has happened by being true to herself throughout her life, by nurturing a generous spirit, and by being of service to those in need. She has worked with the disability community for over 30 years and was very active during the AIDS epidemic. A Licensed Art Therapist and certified EMDR practitioner, Sarah has offered guidance and support to people healing from traumatic life experiences. Sarah is a wise elder, a true friend to those she loves, and a playful mother to a great international clan that has grown from her 6 children. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her wonderful Papillon Service Dog, Chico. Tune in and be inspired by Sarah’s perspectives on life, generosity, and a life well-lived. View Guest page

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Suzi Grady

Suzi Grady is the Program Director of Petaluma Bounty. Previously the Bounty Farm Manager, she has eight years of experience in building community around food access, gardening and food system collaboration. She is fluent in Spanish, trained as a farmer at UC Santa Cruz, a certified permaculturist, and taught organic gardening and nutrition at a school garden program in San Francisco for two years View Guest page

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Linda Graham

Linda Graham, M.F.T., has a full-time private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and leads trainings nationwide on the emerging integration of relational psychology, mindfulness and neuroscience. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being View Guest page

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Erin Gruwell

While Erin Gruwell has been credited with giving her students a second chance‖, it was perhaps she who changed the most during her tenure at Wilson High School. She decided to channel her classroom experiences toward a broader cause, and today her impact as a teacher extends well beyond Room 203. Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. Recently, Erin’s teaching methods from her time in Room 203 have been published in the Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide. Proceeds from the sale of all books directly fund the Freedom Writers Foundation. Erin and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters’ The View, and Good Morning America, to name a few. Their story has earned them dozens of awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award. Erin is a graduate of the University of California Irvine, where she received the Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her Master’s Degree and teaching credentials from California State University Long Beach, where she was honored as Distinguished Alumna by the School of Education. View Guest page

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Merna Ann Hecht

Merna Ann Hecht, poet, nationally recognized storyteller, and arts educator has worked in many specialized settings including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center School in Seattle, facilities for homeless and adjudicated youth, and at BRIDGES: A Center for Grieving Children. She presents courses to educators on teaching humanities and social justice through integrated arts, and is the recipient of the National Storytelling 1999 Community Service Award and the 2008 National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. Myrna directs the Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices Poetry Project at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA with immigrant and refugee students. Merna’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. View Guest page

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Dr. Richard A. Heckler

Dr. Richard A. Heckler has worked in the field of psychology, as a therapist, consultant and graduate professor for over thirty years, drawing heavily on Buddhist psychology, eastern meditative traditions, the psychology of the body and a comprehensive understanding of systems theory as it applies to individuals, couples and families. He taught at John F. Kennedy University, in San Jose, and was the Coordinator of the Buddhist Psychology Emphasis, in the Graduate School of Professional Studies View Guest page

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Ross Holzman

Ross Holzman is the founder of the San Francisco non-profit Create Peace Project. Create Peace Project works with children around the world to empower, uplift and inspire positive messages and peace promotion with creativity View Guest page

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Roger Housden

Roger Housden is the author of twenty book on poetry, art and pilgrimage, including the best-selling Ten Poems to Change Your Life series. His work has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine; The New York Times; and The Huffington Post View Guest page

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Margaret Howe

Margaret is a community and peace activist. The Ceres Community Project brings together her passion for creating a more humane and just world through compassion, people power and action. She has worked on peace, human rights, demilitarization, community organizing, and local food issues for many years. She loves bringing people together in creative projects like Ceres, and especially likes seeing a spark in kids when they are contributing to their world. View Guest page

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Tiffony Jacobs

Tiffony Jacobs' home was chaotic growing up with her parents physically abusing each other and their children. Between the ages of 9 and 13, she bounced back and forth between California and Louisiana, moving from apartments to hotels, motels, and homeless shelters. In her sophomore year, Tiffony found herself in Ms. Gruwell’s English class and part of the Freedom Writers . It was a relief to be there and also have friends and peers to talk to. This is where she found the strength and determination to have a successful future. Tiffony graduated from Wilson High School in 1998 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach in 2007. She works closely with the Freedom Writers Foundation as Outreach Coordinator and speaks to audiences about the resilience of humanity. “My story is nothing,” she says reflecting on the stories she’s heard from Holocaust survivors. “[We] can get through anything. I’m proud that I can pick myself up and dust off my shoulders, regardless of my circumstances.” View Guest page

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Brad Jamison

Brad Jamison is an award-winning professional with more than 18 years of experience in conceptualizing and implementing strategic and creative pro-social/philanthropic programs across entertainment and consumer brands. With extensive branding experience -- for corporations, non-profits and celebrities -- Brad has a proven track record in his ability to lead effective, consumer-oriented programs that make a difference and are beneficial to all parties. Brad is also a seasoned developer/executive producer of long- and short-form television and online content, serving both in front of and behind the camera. Recently, Brad launched Good Citizen Enterprises, LLC (GCE), a for-profit company that provides pro-social marketing and philanthropy services to non-profits, individuals and corporations. GCE also includes Good-Citizen.org, a website dedicated to providing the inspiration, information and resources needed to improve ourselves, our communities, our nation and our world through service. Brad also serves as a Senior Advisor with Citizen Philanthropy Advisors, a philanthropy and cause marketing consultancy founded with the belief that every person and company has the ability to make a meaningful difference in the world. Previously, as Vice President of Corporate Initiatives for Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG), Brad led all pro-social and philanthropic efforts for DATG, overseeing more than $5 million in annual cash and in-kind philanthropic giving, while simultaneously helping to raise tens of millions of dollars, and awareness, for partner non-profits. Brad resides in Los Angeles, where he is an active volunteer with numerous organizations and a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood. Brad is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College. View Guest page

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Robert Litman

Robert Litman is a movement professional and creator of The Breathable Body. He is an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher incorporating an experiential approach to learning anatomy and biology using Continuum Movement breaths, sounds and movement to uncover the deeper realms of somatic intelligence. Robert has been working in the field of health since 1988 teaching internationally and maintaining a private practice in movement & breath education in Tucson, Arizona. He is the founder, director and Certified Practitioner of Asthma Free Arizona, teaching The Buteyko Institute Method of Breathing Retraining helping people with breathing disorders such as asthma, anxiety, allergies, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue to control their symptoms and reduce their medications. Robert has an advanced certification in the Duggan-French Approach to Somatic Pattern Recognition, which has provided him with hands on skills to help guide clients’ movement and breath education awareness processes. View Guest page

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Brenda Loew

Brenda Loew, M.Ac., EAMP / L.Ac. has a private family practice in Seattle specializing in Japanese-style palpation-based acupuncture. Brenda was on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) from 1994-2002, and since then serves as adjunct faculty at Bastyr Center for Natural Health; Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle; and Pacific Rim College in Victoria, B.C. Brenda is a Continuing Education faculty member at Bastyr University, Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, and the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Canada. She also teaches post-graduate continuing education classes in Japanese acupuncture in other venues around North America. Her publication, Layperson’s Guide to Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture (Shonishin), will be published soon. She can be reached at gentleacupuncture@earthlink.net View Guest page

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Gaylon Logan, Jr.

Gaylon Logan, Jr. has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management with expertise in program conceptualization and developing community outreach curriculum. He is the innovator of a new life coaching model called "Culture Based Co-Active Coaching" (CBCC). Mr. Logan has coached and mentored more than 300 clients in individual, group, and family settings, and is currently the Founder and Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Village-Connect Mr. Logan’s vision for Village-Connect integrates the success of coaching with an understanding of the importance of culture, identity, and community peer networking. View Guest page

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ALLAN LOKOS

ALLAN LOKOS is the founder and guiding teacher of The Community Meditation Center in New York City. He is the author of the best seller Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living and Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Tricycle magazine, Beliefnet, Back Stage newspaper, and the anthology, Audacious Creativity. Among the places he has taught are Columbia University Teachers College, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Marymount College, The Rubin Museum (Brainwave Series), New York Insight Meditation Center, The New York Open Center, Tibet House USA, and Insight Meditation Community of Washington. View Guest page

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John N. Lozier

John N. Lozier has been executive director of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council since its founding in January 1990 and oversees all aspects of the Council’s activity in advocacy, training, technical assistance, research, peer support, organizing, and fund development. Prior to his employment with the National HCH Council, Lozier was director of services for the homeless for the Metropolitan Health Department in Nashville and Davidson County, with responsibility for development and operation of a specialized primary care clinic and a multiservice day center for homeless people. He had earlier served as the family advocate at Family and Children’s Service in Nashville and as Tennessee director of Southern Prison Ministry. Among other national-level involvements, Lozier has served on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for the Homeless, the Caucus on Homelessness of the American Public Health Association, and the Homeless Health Care Committee of the National Association of Community Health Centers. Locally, he has served on the Metropolitan Nashville Commission on Homelessness and the Boards of Directors for Tennessee Citizen Action, the East Nashville YMCA, the Mental Health Association, the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare, and numerous other community organizations. John Lozier holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Brown University. He has also studied in the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University. Lozier is the husband of Joceline Lemaire, and they are the parents of two adult daughters, Catherine and Suzanne Lemaire Lozier. View Guest page

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Tricia Madden

Tricia Madden is the Homeless Services Program Manager at Neighborcare Health. She has her BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. Before joining Neighborcare Health, Tricia worked with Healthcare for the Homeless providing family and child therapy for homeless families. She began working at Neighborcare as a mental health therapist at the 45th Street Medical clinic in 2004, then joined the Housing Health Outreach Team based at Pike Market Medical Clinic. Tricia became the Homeless Services Program Manager for Neighborcare’s in 2010. View Guest page

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Gary Malkin

Gary Malkin is a multiple Emmy®, ASCAP, and Clio award-winning composer, producer, performer, and public speaker, dedicated to making a difference in the world by creating music-driven media and experiences that inspire the heart and catalyze societal and individual healing. Gary is passionate about the vital role music, media, and the arts can play as an integrative resource for greater humanity and emotional intelligence. Gary is founder of Wisdom of the World the co-creator of the internationally acclaimed CD/book, Graceful Passages: A Companion For Living and Dying, released by his media company, Wisdom of the World, which offers aesthetic ways to help face life transitions with mindfulness, presence, and compassion. View Guest page

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Rue Mapp

Rue has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a successful entrepreneur whose game and hobby store, It’s Your Move is an important part of the Oakland community. In 2010, Rue was invited to the White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference where President Obama signed an historic memorandum to help reconnect all Americans to the Great Outdoors, and was invited back to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. She was also appointed program officer at the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment where she served for two years to manage its grantmaking program. Recently, Rue was named a Hero in Backpacker Magazine, honored as part of the Root 100 of the top black achievers and influencers for 2012. She has received the Josephine and Frank Dunaneck award for her humanitarian efforts. Rue is a proud mother of three active children – Seth, Arwen, and Billy who are growing up with a strong mom and an abundance of memorable outdoor activities View Guest page

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Dianne Marshall

Dianne Marshall is the Therapeutic Courts Administrator Emeritus for the Mendocino County Superior Court in Ukiah, CA. She is also the Founder of the Mendocino County Friends of Drug Court Fund and the California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation View Guest page

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Laurie Marshall

Laurie Marshall is a certified social studies and art teacher with 35 years experience bringing nature-based, project-based, arts-based and story-based learning to public education. She is an international leader in using art for peace building. Her work includes consensus training through collaborative murals with the UN, NASA, the Department of Interior, the Army Corps of Engineers, hospitals, hospices, businesses, low-income communities and prison inmates. View Guest page

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Denise Martini

Denise Martini, Certified Hakomi Practitioner, Certified Massage Therapist, Movement Facilitator, Minister of A.I.W.P.   Denise has been involved in the Healing Arts since 1989. Her passion is the Art of Being Alive and assisting others on their journey towards wholeness and self-discovery through somatic, spiritual, and movement inquiry. Denise is dedicated to her own personal and spiritual growth and brings the gift of deep compassionate and presence to those she supports. Her approach is a collaborative, assisted self-study practice that utilizes mindfulness to call forth the dynamic expression of who you really are. Denise maintains a private practice in San Francisco and the town of Sonoma and teaches movement at retreats and various venues. You can read more about her and her work at: http://www.somasense.com View Guest page

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Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions, and opens startling new pathways into the depths of the soul. View Guest page

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Pavrithra Mehta

“Dr. V” as he his called, chose an impossible dream: to cure the world of blindness. The tiny clinic he founded in India defied conventional business logic and is now the world’s largest provider of eye care. Aravind has restored sight to over 32 million patients, the majority for free. Those who can pay cover the costs of those who cannot. Serving everyone from penniless farmers to the president with world-class care, Aravind’s model of compassionate medical care is now being replicated across the globe. The practices and values at the heart of Aravind’s improbable success – integrating innovation with empathy, service with business principles, and inner change with outer transformation – are yielding powerful results, lighting the eyes of millions. View Guest page

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Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of New York Times Bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior – Thoughts on Life Unarmed. She is the founder of Momastery.com, an online community where more than 100,000 readers meet daily to read Glennon’s shameless and hilarious essays about motherhood, marriage, faith, addiction, recovery, community and connection. Glennon is also the creator and President of a non-profit organization, Monkee See — Monkee Do, which has connected countless families in need with hundreds of thousands of dollars in critical resources. Glennon has been featured on The TODAY Show, NPR, The Talk, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s Day, Glamour, Family Circle, and Parents Magazine, among other television and print outlets. View Guest page

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Keith Merron

Keith Merron is the founder and Managing Partner of Avista Consulting Group, an organizational consulting and leadership development firm dedicated to helping organizations with bold visions achieve sustainable high performance and industry leadership. Keith has designed and led over 100 seminars and workshops for leaders. He has helped create some of the most innovative leadership training programs in the country. He is the author of four books on human and organizational change. View Guest page

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Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, and author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Awakening. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program (OWN TV) and has been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. He lives in southwestern Michigan. View Guest page

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Frank Ostaseski

This week, Marianna interviews Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Zen Hospice Project and his current project, Metta Institute, which provides broad based education on mindful and compassionate end of life care. A visionary Buddhist teacher and healthcare consultant, Frank’s groundbreaking work on the contemplative care of the dying has been widely featured in the media, including Bill Moyers’ On Our Own Terms and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Frank will introduce us to his Five Precepts of Service which addresses the practical, emotional, and spiritual issues inherent in this unique relationship. View Guest page

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Christine Ostertag Timmins

Christine Ostertag Timmins, author of The Upside of Down, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area; earned a BA in Psychology and Business Education at San Diego State University and then an MA in Education at United States International University. Timmins received both her Teaching Credential and Administrative Credential, and enjoyed a teaching career spanning 39 years – 32 of them from a wheelchair. During those years Timmins worked on curriculum development for the State of California as well as for her district, staff development, and high school reform. During her career she received numerous awards including Freedom Foundation, Teacher of the Year, and the Victories of Spirit Award – a symbol of healing, conquering, and excellence. Active in her community, Timmins has been a member of her local Kiwanis group for 25 years. Additionally, she served five years as President of Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. Ms. Timmins, now retired from teaching, enjoys being with family and friends, participating in her church and community, choosing flowers for her garden, and spending time with her service dog, Ben. She continues to live in San Diego, California. View Guest page

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Kristin Otwell

For nearly 20 years, Kristin Otwell and Joan Burleigh have given people living with disabilities a place to express themselves artistically – without pressure, threat, or competitiveness. At Art Explorers in Fort Bragg, CA, these artists-in-the-making have found friends who feel like family, and an art studio that feels like home. Here, they have freedom of personal expression and a place to grow through their participation in the visual arts. And they can host exhibits to show and sell their work! View Guest page

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Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer is founder of the national Center for Courage & Renewal, which supports people in the serving professions (including education, medicine, ministry, law, philanthropy and non-profit leadership), as well as people in other walks of life. For fifteen years, he served as Senior Associate of the American Association of Higher Education. A writer, traveling teacher and activist, Dr. Palmer focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has published a dozen poems, some two hundred essays, and seven books, including several best-selling and award-winning titles: A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, and The Company of Strangers. His newest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, was published in August, 2011. Dr. Palmer holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his wife, Sharon Palmer, in Madison, Wisconsin. 998 characters including spaces View Guest page

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Nick Papadopoulos

Nick Papadopoulos is the General Manager of Bloomfield Farms and the Co-Founder of CropMobster.com. He and his good friends started CropMobster in March 2013 after months of watching perfectly nutritious food go unsold and end up in the compost pile or with the chickens. Knowing that one in six Americans are food insecure, and that over half of the nation’s small farmers struggle to remain profitable, Nick was inspired to build a new model and help create a better way to connect the dots, build community and bring reason to an insanely broken food system. CropMobster has been featured by Larry King, National Public Radio and was selected as the winner of the 2013 Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge. Prior to working on his family’s farm, Nick spent 3 years in the Sonoma and Napa wine business helping lead Vintage Wine Estates‘ philanthropic wine division including the brands Stonefly Vineyards and Burning Hawk Wines. Additionally, he spent many years as senior consultant for Sausalito-based Collaborative Consulting, which focuses on transforming companies and organizations, primarily the F500, to achieve greater levels of performance and profitability. Nick lives in Valley Ford, CA with Jess Flood, his wife of many years. View Guest page

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Scott Parkhurst

Scott Parkhurst lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a participant of The Rediscovery Project, A Poetic Journey for People Living with Acquired Brain Injury. Scott suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury from a car accident when he was 7 yrs. old in which his parents and two other were killed. He spent 11 months in the hospital and recovered to such a degree as he as was able to serve in the military and later pursue careers in law enforcement and acting. Today, Scott serves as a movie and TV technical advisor. View Guest page

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Katie Pearson

Among the two acres of land that houses Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead and Community Garden sits a jungle gym, a swing-set and a basketball court where kids can come and play. Within the garden sits raised beds contained by two-by-fours that local kids can claim as their own. When Katie Pearson bought a two-acre foreclosure in Kalamazoo, Mich. she dreamed of turning it into a garden where people from the community could come and enjoy each other’s company and learn to grow produce. And that’s exactly what she did. Join us this week on BFJ Radio as Marianna Cacciatore interviews urban farmer, Katie Pearson who has dedicated her life to helping people in her community have fun while sharing a more sustainable way of living. Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead and Community Garden is a grantee of Bread for the Journey of Southwest Michigan. View Guest page

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Carole Peccorini

Carole Peccorini RN, MA Carole is co-founder of Big Ideas and Rich Conversations with Women and has been a life-long social entrepreneur before the name was even invented. She offers her science and arts background in working with women and with teens to engage them in conversations of profound change so they can bring their greatness and their true selves to the world. She facilitates groups, speaks at events, and works one-on-one to help others learn how to be present and authentic in the moment. This frees up enormous amounts of energy and freedom for people to do what is theirs to do. She works with Social Entrepreneurs in undergraduate programs at UC Berkeley and Stanford and teaches curriculum about the creative process and how to cultivate it. She mentors teens working on their Senior Projects and created a video called World Wide Conversations with high school students in the California Bay Area and Tanzania about what kind of world they want to help create. With small groups of women she explores topics of intimacy, resilience, transformation and vulnerability. She sits with cancer patients in conversation about the difference between who they are and identifying with their disease. Carole likes the true voice in poetry for opening doors and she is always pressing the edge to take ideas into actions that align with one's core values in the moment. You can learn more about current and recent offerings at SonomaBigIdeas. Watch for a new blog coming soon to expand her conversation with the world. View Guest page

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Constance Perenyi

Constance Perenyi has served as Executive Director for Third Place Commons for over 6 years. At the helm of this small but mighty organization, she gets to do a bit of everything, including the usual directorial tasks of managing budgets, writing grants, and building vital community collaborations. As E.D. she is immersed in every aspect of running Third Place Commons, including coordinating over 800 public programs a year and a popular farmers market. She is an artist, published writer, and teacher committed to enriching the lives of others through creative relationships and community. You can view her personal website at PieceableKingdom.com View Guest page

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Lynn Price

Lynn Price is the Founder of Camp to Belong, a public speaker and coach. She is an Ashoka Fellow (recognized as a global social entrepreneur) and the recipient of numerous national awards and accolades including the Points of Light President's Service Award presented to her by President Bill Clinton and Oprah's Angel Network Use Your Life Award. Most recently, she was featured on the front page of Denver Woman magazine and the National Speakers Association magazine. Today, Lynn guides individuals and groups as a Thinking and Accountability Partner. With a passion to encourage people to do what counts for them and their all-encompassing worlds, she is the catalyst to think and take action differently. She helps clients identify who they are, clarify what they want out of life and align what they need to get there. View Guest page

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Kim Rosen

Kim Rosen, MFA, is the author of Saved by a Poem: The Transformative Power of Words. She combines her love of speaking poems with her background in spirituality and psychotherapy, offering poetry as a transformative agent for individuals and communities throughout the world. View Guest page

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Joyce Rupp

Joyce Rupp, international speaker and retreat director, describes herself as a "spiritual mid-wife." Her ministry includes writing, national and international speaking, and companioning others as a spiritual guide. Joyce is co-director of The Institute of Compassionate Presence and teaches four day conferences on the topic of compassion. View Guest page

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George SanFacon

While working as an administrator at the University of Michigan, George SanFacon pioneered and implemented a participatory approach to management and governance—the Council of Equals—that was nationally recognized for its innovation and effectiveness. He has written a manuscript titled The Council of Equals which will be published soon. George is also the author of A Conscious Person’s Guide to the Workplace, and co-author of the essay, Holistic Servant-Leadership (available free online at www.spearscenter.org). George lives and works as a part-time caretaker and host at Sunnyside, a private retreat center in southern Michigan. He also devotes time to environmental stewardship of the surrounding lakes and woodlands, and to promoting Servant-Leadership, a philosophy and movement dedicated to creating a world that works for all. George can be reached via email at gasanfan@umich.edu. View Guest page

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John Sarrouf

Mediator John Sarrouf leads the research-based Family Dinner Project, empowering families to have conversations that matter while sharing food and having fun together. Despite working in some of the most difficult arenas—including post civil war Lebanon—John remains “endlessly hopeful” that conversations can heal us. View Guest page

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Dr. Mark Schillinger

Dr. Mark Schillinger, DC, is a change leader in personal growth and family dynamics, teaching parents and their sons how to develop more caring and cooperative relationships. While honoring the masculine wisdom of young men, he teaches parents how to give their sons what they need so that they experience more happiness and can become independent. He is the creator of The RIGHT Way®. This is an integrated method of family unity that combines the sciences of adolescent brain development, parent bonding, personal growth and stress management. It's a proven system that shows parents how to restore caring and cooperative relationships with their challenging preteen and teenage sons. As a mentor, Mark offers personal guidance to young men, helping them find their way through adolescence, engaging them to make intelligent decisions and become more responsible for their lives. Mark's new company, Challenging Teen Age Sons, educates parents how use their personal and gender values to optimize their authority and influence to direct their sons to become more responsible and independent View Guest page

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Karilee Halo Shames PhD, RN, AHN-BC

Karilee Halo Shames PhD, RN, AHN-BC, received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology (1971) and in Nursing (1972), with a minor in Child Development Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park MD. She then received her MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) at the University of Maryland Baltimore campus in 1974. She went on to receive her PhD in Holistic Studies (1979) at Columbia Pacific University. Positions she has held throughout her career include: • Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Coordinator • Assistant Professor, Nursing at Florida Atlantic University • Private Practice RN 25 years counseling • California Coordinator, Director-at-Large, and Public Relations Chair for the American Holistic Nurses Association. In her personal life, Karilee has co-raised three great kids into fine adults with her husband of four decades, Dr. Richard Shames. She has made lasting friendships with women all over the world and is dedicated to female empowerment. View Guest page

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Allan Shedlin, M.A.

Allan Shedlin, M.A. – Founder and President As Founder and President of REEL FATHERS, Allan is responsible for national outreach and collaborates on program design, fundraising and communications. He represents REEL FATHERS on the Leadership Team for the NM Alliance for Fathers and Families (NMAFF). Allan has been an educator for over 45 years as well as a freelance writer, parenting coach, and national educational consultant. He is the former principal of the Ethical Culture School in New York City and founding executive director of the National Elementary School Center (NESC). Allan is an authority on parenting, education, and child-focused public policy. He served as an advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett. His writing on issues related to fathers and families has been widely published in the popular and professional press. Allan coined the word "daddying" in 1994 to describe the convergence of fatherhood and nurturing, and to express that a father is not something you are, but something you do. In 2012 he created the notion of "DADvocacy" to describe the combination of public/collective and private/individual actions needed to encourage vibrant father engagement. Allan was named a Living Treasure by Mothering Magazine in 2008. He is the parent of three adult daughters and one son, and the grandfather of four grandsons and four granddaughters View Guest page

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Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith is Web Editor of the Greater Good Science Center and author or coeditor of four books, including The Daddy Shift, Rad Dad, and The Compassionate Instinct. Before joining the Greater Good Science Center, he was a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. View Guest page

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Sharon Strand Ellison

Sharon Strand Ellison is a pioneer in the field of eliminating defensiveness, is the creator of the Powerful Non-Defensive Communication™ (PNDC) process and the author of Taking the War Out of Our Words. With her daughter, Ami Atkinson, she produced the audio-book Taking Power Struggle Out of Parenting, winner of a Benjamin Franklin Award View Guest page

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Jean-Pierre Verdijo

Jean-Pierre leads the Young Artists in Service Project at the Amala Foundation in Austin, TX. His team of teen artists teaches art to vulnerable children and they create murals of hope for homeless shelters and other “under-arted” spaces. As a child, Jean-Pierre and his mother navigated a life of homelessness. He often found himself sitting in dismal human services buildings that lacked art and expression. Art became his refuge, and today he uses art to inspire creativity and hope in Austin’s underserved communities and the teen artists he mentors. Jean-Pierre says, “I am inspired by love. For 12 years, I have explored the effects of love over fear. That curiosity has taken me as far away as India and as close as observing my own breath. In art therapy, I found my personal healing and an ability to help young people.” Let his story ignite the spirit of creative service in you. View Guest page

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Francis Weller

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist who has developed a style he calls soul-centered psychotherapy, synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. His book Entering the Healing Ground: Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World discusses creating pathways to reclaiming our indigenous soul, what psychologist Carl Jung called the “unforgotten wisdom” that resides in the heart of the psyche. Recognizing the lack of existing dialogue and the profound need for sacred ritual and grief work in his community and beyond, Weller founded WisdomBridge in Northern CA, an organization that offers educational programs that integrate the wisdom from traditional cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western cultures. A gifted therapist and teacher, he has been described as a jazz artist, improvising and moving fluidly in and out of deep emotional territories with groups and individuals bringing imagination and attention to places often held with judgment and shame. He is currently completing his second book, A Trail on the Ground: Tracking the Ways of the Indigenous Soul. Francis lives in a small cabin in the Russian River Watershed with his wife and surrounded by his community. He is available for onsite workshops and private consultations. View Guest page

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Krista Wissing

Krista Wissing is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with people from all walks of life – brain injury survivors, elders diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, at-risk youth, trauma survivors, and women struggling with addiction and mental illness are among them. Krista enjoys working in the context of integrative health and currently studies Depth Hypnosis and Applied Shamanism with Isa Guiccardi, Ph.D. at Foundation of the Sacred Stream. She is an Institute of Poetic Medicine Poetry Partner and in 2012 created and launched The Rediscovery Project, a poetry and expressive art group for people living with brain injury. Krista has been Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area's Day Program Coordinator since 2009 and sees clients in her psychotherapy practice. View Guest page

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Powerful Non Defensive Communication: An Interview with Sharon Ellison

April 19, 2014
Hosted by Marianna Cacciatore

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Have you ever thrown your hands up in frustration because you’ve been misunderstood? Or walked away from a conversation feeling angry and fuming? Or tearful because you’ve been going round in circles trying to communicate with someone you love? Join me in this interview with Sharon Strand Ellison as she talks about her remarkable program called Powerful Non-Defensive Communication. This is an easy-to-understand method of “taking the war out of our words” and learning a new way to say what we mean in a way that is much more likely to prompt people to drop their defenses, often instantly, and create the conditions for an honest, fulfilling way of talking and being understood. With a few simple techniques, we’ll be able to see what we’ve been doing that isn’t helpful, and change it. She and I will role play during the interview, making this a fun and informative session. Join us! I promise, in one hour, you’ll walk away with enough knowledge to make a change immediately.

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Saturday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Today’s news is filled with stories that break our hearts. On Bread for the Journey Radio, you’ll hear stories that help mend it back together. Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place. Some, like Marianna, have suffered a tragedy, and, as a result, have created something beautiful to bring others healing. Others are helping women in crisis, making life better for children living in poverty, greening their neighborhood, or any number of creative things that make their community more beautiful, healthy, and connected. These women, men and young people inspire us to think about our own lives, and what we can do to make a difference in the world. Their stories become Bread for our Journey, inspiration and nourishment for a life well lived. Bread for the Journey airs live Saturdays at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety.

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Marianna Cacciatore

Most would agree Marianna Cacciatore’s life has been one well-lived. Through her work over 25 years with people who are working to bring about a better world, she has a unique vantage point from which to tell the stories we don’t generally hear in the media today. Marianna possesses the rare gift of presence, a deep listening which evokes in people the desire to tell their story.

Having suffered a childhood tragedy that spiraled downward into her teens and young adult years, she eventually turned things around and created a grief center that has brought healing to thousands of people. She recounts the full story in her book, Being There for Someone in Grief. Today, she serves as a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito in Tucson, Arizona, the parent agency for the organization she founded in 1988 called Children to Children, a Center for Children and Families in Grief.

Everyday Marianna meets ordinary people doing extraordinary things through her work as Executive Director of Bread for the Journey, a philanthropic organization with 20 locations nationally. Each volunteer-run chapter practices neighborhood philanthropy in their respective communities, helping everyday people bring their community-minded ideas to life. The Bread for the Journey vision is to nurture the seed of generosity in every human heart and Marianna’s life is a living expression of just that. Join her as she ignites the heart of generosity in you.

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