53 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Addiction Conversation Starter (Greg Williams)

September 14, 2017

I heard about Greg Williams' work long before I was introduced to him. And when we finally spoke, I knew it was important for the state of recovery to connect with him further, both for my own understanding and for others benefit. Greg is a down to earth person in long-term recovery. I hope that our paths of recovery advocacy cross in real life someday. 

Greg Williams, Co-Founder of Facing Addiction, is a person in long-term recovery from addiction, and the award winning documentary filmmaker of The Anonymous People and Generation Found. Greg has a Masters degree in addiction public policy from New York University, and over a decade of experience working with non-profits and government agencies on addiction. Greg served as the Campaign Director and one of the executive producers of the historic UNITE to Face Addiction rally on the National Mall on October 4, 2015 (B.A. Quinnipiac University; M.A. New York University). 


52 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Sower of Social Justice and Vegetables (Melvin Parson)

September 8, 2017

Melvin is an amazing human who loves the outdoors, farming and social justice. He's the sower of social justice and wants community farming to be diverse and accessible to all, but especially to young black boys and men so that they are able to see themselves represented and know that they are eligible too. 

Melvin Parson attended Eastern Michigan University for both his Bachelors and his Masters in Social Work degrees. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI. He's the founder of We the People's Grower's Assocation (WTPGA) which is dedicated to building stronger communities, to foster a system that helps improve lives by developing skills and positive social networks that empower people to make a positive contribution to the community, to provide support in relation to valuable self-esteem building, to also provide jobs and education using gardening/farming as the vehicle. WTPGA will provide support in an effort to produce stronger communities. WTPGA’s contribution will center on growing chemical free vegetables while making them affordable and accessible in the community. This effort will be done with help of inter-agency collaborations, support from the community. In the spring of 2016 WTPGA plans to hire several part time staff members directly from the community and hopefully enlist a host of volunteers that believe in our efforts.


To connect with Melvin:

* Facebook: We the People's Grower's Association


51 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Higher Ed and a Recipe for Success (Rochelle Woods, PhD)

August 31, 2017

Rochelle and I were Wolverines at the University of Michigan at similar times and we also worked (on different things) while in Ann Arbor, MI at the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives. We recently reconnected about all of the things and it is clear that Dr Woods' passion for students is contagious and genuine. You will be inspired by the work she is doing at The Ohio State University and may even decide to connect with your community in a tangible and meaningful way.

Rochelle L Woods has invested over 15 years successfully leading programs and initiatives improving post-secondary access and success of high school and college students who face significant economic and educational disadvantages.  Dr Woods is currently the Director of the Young Scholars Program in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University. In this role, she leads a staff of 15 in providing high-quality programming, pre-college advising, mentoring, professional development and academic support to improve pre-college preparation of high school students and the retention and degree completion of college students who are academically talented, first-generation students demonstrating high financial need from nine of the largest urban school districts in Ohio. The Young Scholars Program, under Dr Woods’ leadership, was recognized as a significant contributor in narrowing the graduation gap between Black and White students at OSU as noted in a report released by the Education Trust in March, 2016.

Previously, Dr Woods’ served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives University of Michigan and Program Director for Leaders and Best, a retention program that provided holistic support to economically and educationally disadvantaged first and second year undergraduate students to promote academic success and professional development. Under her leadership, the six-year graduation rate for African-American program participants was 94%, higher than the university’s rate for all students. She has presented, researched and published on higher education, focusing on issues of retention, racial climate and educational attainment of underrepresented racial groups. She served as Research Associate at the Center for Science Education at EDC in Newton, MA and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Race and Social Problems at University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Woods holds a B.A. in Sociology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Michigan.

To connect with the Young Scholars Program:

* Website: https://odi.osu.edu/ysp/


50 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: College Access & Public Policy Issues (Anthony Fowlkes)

August 31, 2017
I shared office space with Anthony Fowlkes during my time working as a Project Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President of Student Life and I was impressed hearing about his story and with his ambition for continued studies so soon after he graduated with his Bachelors. I knew others would benefit from hearing his story of tenacity and grit.
Anthony Fowlkes is a dual degree in the School of Education and School of Public Policy for Higher Educational Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Anthony was born and raised in Metro Detroit and continues to support Michigan's growth. Before starting his masters, Anthony completed an undergraduate degree in Economics and Asian Studies also at UM. During his studies, he worked as a research assistant in the Office of the Vice President of Student Life and in the dorms in several roles promoting diversity/equity. During his Master's program, Anthony will be interning in the Office of Enrollment Management. He hopes that these experiences will help guide him in policy work at an institutional or federal level regarding financial access issues for postsecondary education achievement.
To connect with Anthony:
* IG: @antfowl
* Email: anthonylfowlkes@gmail.com

49 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Higher Education Can Be In Your Reach (Cachet Colvard)

August 17, 2017

I met Cachet Colvard through my work at the University of Michigan and I was struck by how amazing and insightful she was. As we talked about her experiences as a graduate student, I knew I wanted others to hear her thoughts on higher education and access.

Cachet Colvard is from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Asian Cultures and Languages with a concentration in Chinese. During her undergraduate career, Cachet received training as an Emergency Medical Technician and worked with the Ghana School of Public Health. Cachet received a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the UM School of Public Health and is a Master of Business Administration dual degree candidate at UM-Dearborn College of Business. Cachet completed her Administrative Internship at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) in their system-level Project Management office. During her internship at the DMC, she worked on projects for each of the 9 hospitals centered around developing system-ness, process improvement, patient experience, and healthcare quality. Throughout graduate school, Cachet served as president of Women in Health Leadership and held board positions with the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the National Association of Health Services Executives. Cachet enjoys traveling, dancing, attending sports events and spending time with her friends and family.

Connect with Cachet:

* Instagram: @cachetrenee

* Website: www.cachetcolvard.com



48 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Talking About All the Things (Steven Snead)

August 11, 2017

Steven and I go way back as we attended the University of Michigan together many moons ago. Trust me, it's true, we look younger than we are. His witty Facebook posts of questions led me to reach out to him which resulted in this fun conversation.

Steven Snead is originally from Detroit, MI. He attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate degree and he went on to attend Wayne State University for his Masters in Educational Leadership. He is currently the Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment and a Research, Evaluation and Assessment Consultant at Oakland Schools. 




47 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation with Global Community Builder (Allison Weber)

August 3, 2017

Allison Weber is an absolute joy to be around. Her laugh is infectious and her desire to connect with people worldwide is undeniable. Her heart's mission is to humbly see others and provide soul care to the people who are largely unseen in developing countries in Southeast Asia.

Often found with a coffee in hand, Allison Weber has a raucous laugh, but a surprisingly serious side. While her career finds her teaching business communication to University students, she is in the process of developing a Soul Sanctuary, a program that provides sacred spaces for those in need of rest, renewal and restoration. During these weekend retreats, she finds deep joy leading group meditation, facilitating meaningful conversations, and relaxing in any pool of water on a rainbow unicorn floaty. When she is not occupied with those two things, she loves advocating for women as a Sseko Fellow, doing yoga, hiking and trotting the globe. 

Originally from the Midwest, Allison and her husband David have lived in the United States, India, and Thailand. They currently reside in Arizona, but it is the Thai people (and food!) who have her heart. They both hope to return there one day to live and work. 
To connect with Allison:
* Instagram: @shebebrave and @soul.sanctuary

46 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Sobriety, Self-Care, Health and Wellness (Luke Storey)

July 27, 2017

Luke Storey is like my brother from another mother. We have yet to connect in real life, which I look forward to especially since he's so adventurous with his health and wellness! 

Luke Storey is a former celebrity fashion stylist turned public speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur, who has spent the past 20 years relentlessly searching the world over to design the ultimate lifestyle through his extensive, and sometimes obsessive, personal research and development.
Using the wildly popular podcast, The Life Stylist as his delivery platform, Luke continues to share his strategies for healing, happiness, and high-performance living each week so that listeners can use this
knowledge to design their ultimate lifestyle.
Luke's show features the biggest experts in the fields of health, spirituality and personal development. Past guests have included experts like Dave Asprey, David Wolfe, Ben Greenfield, Jack Kruse, John Gray and Daniel Vitalis.
Luke’s show covers an ever expanding range of topics including sex and relationships, yoga, meditation, smart drugs, health myths and medical conspiracies, spirituality, food and supplementation, herbalism, alternative medicine and biohacking technologies and tactics.
As a public speaker, Luke has appeared on stage with current thought leaders such as Tim Ferris and Neil Strauss. He is known for his raw, down-to-earth delivery and sometimes extreme health
Luke currently works one-on-one with private clients and continues to act as CEO at School of Style, the world’s most prominent school for fashion stylists, which he founded in 2008.
You can find Luke and his work at www.lukestorey.com.



To connect with Luke:

* Facebook: www.facebook.com/mrlukestorey

* YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuS0OqF8szmvtrr6VzMSdnA

* Twitter: @mrlukestorey

* Instagram: @lukestorey



45 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Faith, Race & the Criminal Justice System (Rabia Chaudry)

July 20, 2017

I look forward to the day I meet Rabia Chaudry. She's a badass that speaks her mind with honor and dignity.

Rabia Chaudry is a wife, mother, attorney, and a 2016 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researched the intersection of religion and violent extremism.  Her regions of interest are Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  She is also the co-host and co-producer of the hit podcast "Undisclosed", with nearly 200 million downloads, and the podcast "The 45th"

To connect with Rabia:

* Twitter: @rabiasquared


44 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Privilege & Public Policy (Dr Paul Leighton)

July 13, 2017

Dr Paul Leighton has a way about him. His words are powerful, yet humble. I first met him when I was going through volunteer training at SafeHouse Center in Sept 2016 and he led a module on privilege. His commentary was like an air-conditioned room granting reprieve from a sweltering, humid summer day. I actually mentioned to him that if he started a podcast I would be an excited and grateful listener!

Paul Leighton is the co-author, with Jeffrey Reiman, of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison, 11th Edition. He is also the co-author of a book on private prisons, Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business and the Incarceration Binge. His co-authored book, Class, Race, Gender & Crime is available in its fourth edition. His current interests are in whistleblowing, wage theft and a next-generation, high-tech Japanese rehabilitation center. He recently finished his term as President of the Board of SafeHouse Center, a domestic violence shelter and sexual assault crisis intervention center.

Some book recommendations:

* Charles Terry's The Fellas: Overcoming Prison and Addiction*

* Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino boys by Victor Rios

* Matt Tiabbi's The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

To connect with Paul:

* Twitter: @poorgetprison