Moments with Marianne
Gary Goldberg has been doing radio on WRPI since June 1999, first with “In The Spirit” and later with “Gary’s Music Show.” ITS and GMS is broadcast on WRPI-91.5 FM, Troy, NY. Streamed ‘live’ on www.wrpi.org Hear every Tuesday “Gary’s Music Show” from 11 am to 4 pm, and “In The Spirit” on Thursday, the same time. https://garygoldberg.weebly.com
Mindful leadership expert Laurie J. Cameron is founder and CEO of PurposeBlue, an organization that brings evidence-based mindful leadership programs to companies, change makers, culture-shifters, universities and federal agencies. www.PurposeBlue.com
Alex Lickerman, MD, is a primary care physician, former assistant professor of medicine, former director of primary care, and former assistant vice president for Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago. Dr. Lickerman currently leads a direct primary care practice in Chicago called ImagineMD.
Ash ElDifrawi, Psy.D., has built a reputation as a thought leader in clinical, social, and consumer psychology. Dr. ElDifrawi received his bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago, where he also conducted clinical research in the areas of neurology and bio-psychology. https://thetenworlds.com
Dominic Pace has been a working Character Actor for almost 20 years in Hollywood. Some notable TV Guest Stars have included NYPD Blue, Navy: NCIS, The District, Cold Case, and 9-1-1 airing in November. A life long Star Wars fan and collector, https://youtu.be/2R8mZmkEpbc Pace received a dream of a lifetime when he was selected to be a one of a kind Bounty Hunter in The Mandalorian for Disney Plus. Pace will be featured in two episodes of the series. Pace will also be starring in the upcoming Feature Film, Anonymous Killers. https://www.facebook.com/dominicpaceofficial/
Brandon Webb is a former US Navy SEAL sniper, New York Times bestselling author, Experimental aircraft pilot, and entrepreneur. He’s the founder of the Hurricane Group, a U.S. based media and ecommerce company focusing on outdoor, military entertainment, news, and clubs. Brandon is a New York Times bestselling author, and is regularly featured in international media as a military and Special Operations subject matter expert. He has contributed to ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, FOX news, CNN, the BBC, SIRIUS XM, MSNBC, and The New York Times. http://brandontylerwebb.com
Dr. Greg Brannon graduated from the University of Southern California in 1982 and then, The University of Health and Science Chicago Medical School in 1988. Dr. Brannon completed his residency in OB-GYN at the University of Southern California Women’s Hospital in 1992. He was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been in private practice in the Raleigh-Durham area since 1993. Dr. Brannon has a lifetime of experience working in women’s health and has become an expert in human hormonal changes in particular. Since officially launching in 2012, the team at Optimal Bio has treated well over 3,000 patients, both men and women, ages 18 to 86 and the results have been astounding. Dr. Brannon personally attends to patients in each of his 4 locations to provide the best possible care. https://www.optimalbio.com
Melinda J. Kelly is the author of Finding your Coach: Diving Deep Within. As vice president of a privately held publishing and business counseling firm, she thought the road of life was wide open and she would easily coast into her later years. With a professional life secured, personal time was happily spent serving on non-profit boards, serving on committees, mentoring college women, traveling the world and sharing her professional and personal skills with friends as they started up their own businesses. http://www.melindajkelly.com
Janeane Bernstein is a writer, on-air personality, voice actress, and researcher. She earned a doctorate from Boston University and received degrees from Syracuse University. In 2011, she started “Get the Funk Out!” on KUCI 88.9 FM: UC Irvine after losing her childhood friend. She has always loved writing, learning electric guitar, and other creative pursuits that feed her soul. www.janeanebernstein.com
Alexis Marie Chute is an award-winning author, artist, filmmaker, curator, and inspirational speaker. Her memoir, Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing, and Pregnancy After Loss, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2017 and received many literary awards. Expecting Sunshine is also a highly acclaimed feature documentary film, produced and directed by the author, that was screened around the world in 2018 and 2019. www.AlexisMarieChute.com
Lydia’s memoir, Jumping the Picket Fence takes us through shelters for children across India, into the jungles of Costa Rica, Southeast Asia and Venezuela, and to China where Lydia and her husband adopt their third child. Believing that our collective small personal actions can make a difference towards a greater whole, she and a devoted team launch GoPhilanthropic Foundation, www.gophilanthropic.org, a non-profit devoted to strengthening the voice of community-based organizations around the world, providing access to education, healthcare and basic human rights.
Paul O’Brien left an executive position in high-tech to invent a new category of multimedia software in 1989, which evolved to eventually become the world’s largest astrology and divination website in 2003. He is the author of three books. Paul is a sought after speaker, visionary, entrepreneur, author and founder of the Divination Foundation. https://divination.com
Laurada Byers won a game show then travelled the world alone at the age of 20. In 1999, while stopping for ice cream at a convenience store, her husband Russell, a noted newspaper columnist, was murdered right in front of her. She suffered intense PTSD but pushed through it to create with her children the Russell Byers Charter School, which she opened in 2001. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 she nevertheless went off to see the silverback guerrillas in Rwanda. Laurada is the founder of Warthog Productions- named after her favorite animal, who unabashedly bears life’s ugliness for all to see but twirls with joy none the less. https://warthogproductions.com
Jeffrey Keene’s amazing journey, is an adventure through the eyes of two people, one a Georgian, the other a Connecticut Yankee. Similarities between the two go far beyond coincidence. They think alike, look alike and even share facial scars. Their lives are so intertwined that they appear to be one. Half of this equation, Jeffrey J. Keene, is a present day Assistant Fire Chief in affluent Westport CT. The other half, John B. Gordon, Confederate general, Army of Northern Virginia, died January 9 1904. Jeff had never given reincarnation much thought, nor had he ever seen a psychic, but both these elements came together one Halloween night. https://www.confederateyankee.net
Bryn Blankinship is the author of The Limitless Soul: Hypno-Regression Case Studies into Past, Present and Future Lives. Bryn Blankinship, CMHt, CI is the founder and Executive Director of the Braithe Center located in North Carolina. She is a Certified Master Hypnotherapist, Int’l Instructor and author. https://brynblankinship.com
Shannon Kaiser is the bestselling author of five books on the psychology of happiness and fulfillment and an international life coach, speaker and retreat leader, helping people trust and believe in themselves so they can live their highest potential. She’s been named a top 100 Women to Watch in wellness by mindbodygreen and “your-go-to happiness booster” by Health magazine. She has also been recognized as a Must-Follow Instagram Account for Inspiration by Entrepreneur magazine and a Top Facebook Account for Daily Motivation by mindbodygreen. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Elle, Health, Vogue, Women’s Health, Self, Shape, Entrepreneur, Good Housekeeping and more. www.playwiththeworld.com
Hayim Herring, PhD, is an author, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in faith-based communities. A former congregational rabbi and “C-suite” nonprofit executive, Hayim blends original research and real-world experience to inspire individuals and organizations to achieve their greatest impact. He is a proven organizational visionary and entrepreneur and works to “create today’s leaders for tomorrow’s organizations.” http://hayimherring.com
Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an organization design and transformation firm that helps institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, Kaplan, Microsoft, Lloyds Bank, Citibank, Edelman, Airbnb, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and charity: water change the way they work. He is a cofounder of responsive.org, an investor in purpose-driven startups, and a friend to misfit toys. https://www.bravenewwork.com
Selene Calloni Williams, with a degree in psychology and master’s in screen writing, has authored several books and documentaries on psychology, deep ecology, shamanism, yoga, philosophy, and anthropology. A direct student of James Hillman, she studied and practiced Buddhist meditation in the hermitages of the forests of Sri Lanka and is an initiate of Shamanic Tantric Yoga. She is the founder and the director of the Imaginal Academy Institute in Switzerland. https://selenecalloniwilliams.com/enA
After being told she would most likely wind up in a wheelchair due to several chronic health issues, Jenny Mannion took matters into her own hands. After transforming her life in a brief amount of time, she has restored and maintained her health for many years. Jennifer is a trained intuitive healer and conducts workshops and individual sessions to help others heal themselves. https://jennymannion.teachable.com/p/bliss
Carla Rachel Sameth has taught creative writing to incarcerated youth through WriteGirl and teaches at the Los Angeles Writing Project at California State University Los Angeles and with Southern New Hampshire University. Carla’s writing has appeared in various anthologies and publications including Brain, Brevity blog, Child; Narratively; Longreads; The Nervous Breakdown, and MUTHA. Carla has an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte, and is a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets. https://carlasameth.com
E.R. Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. She also works as a content marketer, writing about cybercrime and online fraud. She studied political science at UC Berkeley, where she researched underground literature in resistance movements and discovered the forgotten story of Faux Soir. Her writing has been featured in McSweeney’s and The Ventriloquists is her first novel.
James Sweigert is a new author, dynamic motivational speaker, and award-winning executive producer and director for film and television. To cope with the chaos and abuse from childhood trauma he turned to drugs and alcohol, which led to severe depression and a suicide attempt. This self-destructive pattern continued until he changed his story – and his life. www.jamessweigert.com.
Carol Novello is the founder of Mutual Rescue™, a national initiative that highlights the connection between people and pets in order to inspire and support life-saving efforts in communities across the nation and world. Mutual Rescue’s first short film, “Eric & Peety,” went viral around the globe and has been viewed more than 100 million times. A former senior software executive at Intuit, Carol earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is proud to include several rescue animals in her family. www.MutualRescue.org.
Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes teams up with the world’s favorite storyteller, Chicken Soup for the Soul, to bring you 101 real-life stories that will provide motivation, inspiration, and how-to advice for everyone from the everyday walker to the extraordinary marathoner! http://www.ultramarathonman.com
Chef Iliana Regan has been described as the “Queen of Midwestern Cuisine.” She opened her first restaurant in 2012, had earned a Michelin star by 2013, and by 2016, she had been named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. In Burn the Place, Chef Iliana Regan gives readers an inside look into her upbringing, her life in and out of kitchens, and the personal and professional struggles she navigated to find her place—and what happens when she does.
Susanne Rheault is a psychologist with a specialization in organizational development and leadership effectiveness. For the past 30 years she has worked with senior executives across the private and public sector globally. Since 2007, Susie has been a Special Advisor for the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative supporting field offices in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland. In each of these countries, she has trained local staff to accelerate HIV testing and treatment uptake using a grassroots team-based approach. www.preciousproject.org
Helene Berger has held major positions of leadership throughout her life and is known as a powerful and inspirational speaker. She was President of the GMJF Women’s Department and President of the Miami Central Agency for Jewish Education. On the national level, she was the National Chair of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA); on the Council of Jewish Federations (CJF) Board and Executive Committee, where she was National Chair of the CJF -Women’s Department; and for thirty years on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). https://www.heleneberger.com
Alden Mills is a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander and was the CEO of Perfect Fitness. He is also a longtime entrepreneur, with over 40 patents, and has over 25 years of experience working on high-performance leadership, sales, and team-building. https://alden-mills.com
Inspirational speaker and teacher HeatherAsh Amara is the author of the bestselling book Warrior Goddess Training: Become the Woman You are Meant to Be. Since the publication of Warrior Goddess Training in September of 2014, sales of this series have exceeded 125,000 copies, and the books have been translated into fifteen different languages. The worldwide movement for Warrior Goddess Training has grown to include a robust, highly-engaged Facebook page with almost 400,000 fans, an email list nearing 100,000, and numerous book discussion groups around the country. www.HeatherAshAmara.com
Utilizing her unique gift, Lynn Van Praagh-Gratton conveys messages of hope, healing, and love to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. These messages bring closure, peace, and love to people all over the United States and Canada. Lynn comes from a long line of highly gifted mediums. http://lynnvanpraagh-gratton.com