38 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation on the Work (Stephanie Moors)

June 1, 2017

This is the second time Stephanie Moors has been on my podcast and the conversation continues to be richer and richer. Today we discuss the work. The work we have each done and how our roads intertwine. The discussion moves to communication, self-care and life. 

Stephanie lives in Phoenix and is the mama to three incredible human beings. She is a 500 hr yoga instructor, a podcaster, a love activist and a photographer. Although she does not use the term 'Christian' to define herself, she advocates for the Way of Jesus in a beautiful, questioning world and she wholeheartedly believes that everyone deserves to belong. 

To connect with Stephanie:

* Online: www.stephaniemmoors.com

* Twitter: @stephaniemoors

* Instagram: @stephaniemmoors



37 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Body Positivity, Activism, Self-Care and Yoga (Mandy Reid)

May 25, 2017

I met Mandy Reid years ago through yoga and service. We talked for three hours on the bus ride down the mountain to the airport and it was a friendship that has bloomed over the years. She is an amazing human that adds great value to the world through her own work incorporating vulnerability and authenticity to body positivity, activism, self-care and yoga.

Mandy Reid teaches freedom. The heart of her teaching is to teach others about the fundamental goodness of their hearts and bodies. Mandy is a certified 500 hour Yoga Instructor. 

Currently, Mandy is in her second 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Medicine under Tiffany Cruikshank and additional 200 hour Ashtanga teacher training under Gillian St Claire and Brett Willaims. Mandy teaches online yoga practices, and locally in Nashville, TN.

Along with teaching, Mandy is an avid yogi, with an undying love for a good vinyasa practice. 

Mandy lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children. She enjoys organic green smoothies, gourmet donuts, and whiskey.


To connect with Mandy:

* Instagram: @mandyreidyoga

* Website: www.mandyreid.com


36 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation on Restorative Justice (Ashton Marr)

May 18, 2017

This is Ashton Marr's second time on this podcast. Today we're talking about restorative justice.

To recap, I met Ashton Marr while on a panel speaking to University of Michigan social workers at the University of Michigan Health Systems on substance abuse disorder and we both have a passion with working with or cooperating with the professional community to educate them on substance use disorder (alcoholism and addiction). Ashton is the President of Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP) and she most recently left her role as an Outreach Worker with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. She's also studying Social Work at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). 

To connect with Ashton: 

* marra@ewashtenaw.org

* FB: Wasthenaw Recovery Advocacy Project (WRAP)


35 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Gender, Ministry and Politics (Rev Sarah Heath)

May 11, 2017

I'm looking forward to meeting Rev Sarah Heath in person sometime soon as she's sweet and spicy as well. Rev Sarah Heath is an ordained elder for the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC). She currently serves as the Lead Pastor of a Re-Start congregation in Costa Mesa, First UMC Costa Mesa (www.costamesafirst.com.) Sarah has spoken to groups of varying sizes all over the country on topics varying from creativity, authentic leadership, to learning how to tell your story,

Though Sarah was born in Newfoundland, Canada, she was raised in Ontario until her family moved to the Hattiesburg, MI in 1994 where she lived the rest of her childhood. Keeping close to her newfound, southern roots, Sarah attended the University of Southern Mississippi after high school graduation where she received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology. Hearing the call to ministry, Sarah attended Duke Divinity School where she earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2005.

Sarah is often a guest writer for various publications, websites and blogs where she shares insights on the topics of making faith relevant in our modern society and negotiating faith with church – How does faith “work,” grow, and be sustained when you don’t fit into the average church?  Sarah is a contributor to the book, Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels edited by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani aiming to provide thoughtful, honest, and vulnerable biblical reflections for those passages that make people squeamish. Her first solo book "What's your story? Seeing your life through God's eyes"(Abington Press) comes out in April 17, 2017 https://amzn.com/150183789.

Sarah has a passion for music, traveling, acting, creating art, watching sports and making time for a little bit of play, which, if you stick around long enough, you will begin to notice creep their way into her ministries. If you ask her, Sarah will tell you her biggest blessings in her life are her random assortment of talented friends and her amazing mutt of a dog, Tenor (who seems to steal the spotlight at times, but she forgives him for it).

To connect with Sarah:

* Website: www.revsarahheath.com


34 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation on Grief, Gender, Politics, Faith & Activism (Gina Pollard)

May 4, 2017

Gina Pollard and I met first over essential oils and the connection and kinship was immediate. She's a source of love and light that few have.

Gina Pollard is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and a Life Transition Coach. Her focus is in helping people deal with grief and loss, past abuse issues, and moving into new life stages. Her experience in leading Mending the Soul abuse support groups, and providing pastoral care gives her a deep understanding what it means to feel deep pain, need a glimmer of hope, and do the work to have a fulfilling life.  

A self-described “hope junkie,” Gina loves to journey with others, helping them to validate the whole of who they are in the world and in their lives.

Gina earned her Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. In addition to her coaching and recovery practice, she also works at Fuller Seminary Arizona helping to provide spiritual formation for seminary students.

To connect with Gina:

* Website: www.ginapollard.com

* Facebook: Gina Pollard

* Twitter: @GinaPollard

* Instagram: @ginadpollard


33 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Advocacy & Recovery from Addiction (Ivana Grahovac)

April 27, 2017

I am looking forward to meeting Ivana Grahovac IRL (in real life) because it appears in many ways we may be soul sisters. She's a badass woman who has tackled a lot, moving from her old way of dying with herion abuse to a new way of living free in recovery and working as an advocate so others can find their way too. 

Ivana Grahovac is the Director of Advancement for the nonprofit, Facing Addiction, the lead advocacy organization for the national addiction recovery movement. Ivana is a woman in long term recovery and is celebrating 12 years of abstinence-based sobriety from heroin addiction. She has a proven track record in the nonprofit addiction field, having previously served as turnaround executive director of Austin Recovery, a treatment center with a 50-year legacy of affordability in the community. Prior to that, she served as executive director of Transforming Youth Recovery, a strategic grant program for school-based recovery support. Ivana began her career as director of The Center for Students in Recovery at The University of Texas, where she led the expansion of collegiate recovery programs to all eight UT system schools; a measure unanimously approved by the UT Board of Regents. She earned her B.A. from Wayne State University and her M.S.W. University of Michigan. 

To connect with Ivana:

* Twitter: @IvanaGrahovac1

* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ivana.grah.9


32 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Drinking, Recovery & Collegiate Recovery Programs (Jason Whitney)

April 20, 2017

I had the privilege of meeting Jason Whitney recently during his visit to the University of Michigan. As Co-President of Students for Recovery at the University of Michigan, I knew I had to speak with him and his story of recovery was compelling. He got sober at age 19 and today has multiple decades of sobriety under his belt. He's now paying it forward in his current role  at Penn State University.

Jason Whitney is the Program Coordinator of the Penn State Collegiate Recovery Community and an Instructor in the College of Education. 

To connect with Jason:

* Email: jxw411@psu.edu

* Facebook for Penn State's CRC: https://www.facebook.com/pennstatecrc/


31 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: State of the ChiCast Part 2

April 13, 2017

We have covered a lot of ground in 30 episodes. So this week, like last week, it's time for reflection and evaluation.And as always, thank you so much for the love, light and amazing support you have given me. Your words of encouragement are always uttered at the perfect time.

And more great interviews are coming your way, starting next week! 

To connect with Chidimma:

* Email: chidimma@thetypeahippie.com


30 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: State of the ChiCast Part 1

April 6, 2017

We are 30 episodes in and I thought it would be nice to do a check in on the state of the podcast and beyond. Enjoy! 

To connect with Chidimma:

* Email: chidimma@thetypeahippie.com


29 | theTYPEAhippie Podcast | ChiCast: Conversation on the War on Drugs and Public Health (Molly Welch-Marahar)

March 30, 2017

I met Molly Welch-Marahar working on another project and I was fascinated and we had such a great conversation and determined that we had a lot in common. 

Molly s a person in long-term recovery from intravenous heroin and cocaine addiction. She has been homeless, in jail and hospitalized because of her disease, and these experiences have instilled in her a passion to advocate with and for others like her, most of whom don’t have access to adequate long-term, abstinence based treatment. She is now a mother, a partner, a daughter, a friend and a mentor. Molly is also a graduate student at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy where she is pursuing a career in advocacy and scholarship. Molly is currently employed as a Recovery Support Specialist for Dawn Farm, a treatment center for those suffering from alcoholism and addiction, where she can stay close to people like her. Molly’s life mission is to work to liberate addicted people from a cycle of marginalization perpetuated by the political economy of pharmaceuticals.


To connect with Molly:

* Email: mowelch@umich.edu

* Website: www.unicornsarereal.org