Paul Berezetsky

Episode 36 | Chief Resilience Officer Coordinates County’s Massive Emergency Services Plans

Mark Balmert, President and CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Gary Johnston, San Diego County Chief Resilience Officer for the Office of Emergency Service (OES) and COVID-19 Safe Reopening Team Lead. Johnston discusses OES’s coordination of all-hazard planning, mitigation, response and recovery. Johnston chats about the headway San Diego County has made in safely reopening shuttered businesses. Johnston also advises listeners on how best to protect themselves as case numbers in the county gradually decrease.

Padres Pedal the Cause Raises Over $13 Million for Collaborative Cancer Research

Anne Marberger, Executive Director of Padres Pedal the Cause, to discuss the organization’s mission to accelerate cures for cancer by funding collaborative research and clinical trials among San Diego’s top cancer research and treatment centers. Marberger chats about the upcoming Bound for Cures virtual event, in which participants run, walk or cycle to raise funds for cancer research.

Landscape Architects Fosters Social Connection in Public Spaces

Chris Stebbins, President of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) San Diego Chapter, returns to kick off World Landscape Architecture Month. Stebbins chats about Park(ing) Day, an annual event that encourages community members to transform metered parking spaces into temporary parklets. Stebbins highlights public spaces in San Diego that foster social connection and discusses why these spaces are so sparse in the United States. 

Overcoming Childhood Trauma and Childhood Domestic Violence

Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder and President of the Thumbprint Project Foundation (TPF), is joined by Elisabeth Caetano, Licensed Psychotherapist and TPF Board Member. Bruce-Lane highlights TPF’s mission to aid in the transitional process of homeless children who have been impacted by childhood domestic violence. Caetano discusses the life-changing applications of EMDR therapy – a treatment that allows patients to heal from past traumatic events. Caetano also speaks about challenges victims of childhood domestic violence face moving through life. 

College Student Shines a Light on Invisible Illness and Misdiagnosis

Isabella Pihas, a Bard University psychology major, illuminates the often overlooked pattern of misdiagnosis in patients with invisible illnesses. Pihas recounts her personal experiences with an autoimmune disorder and the implicit biases within the medical community which led to her misdiagnosis. Pihas also brings attention to the communities that are most affected by implicit biases, particularly women of color. 

Success Stories Abound at Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center

Shauna Stalnaker, an Alumnus of the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), is joined by Patty Zamora, Salvation Army Community Relations Manager, to discuss Stalnaker’s journey from addiction to recovery. Stalnaker talks about her future aspirations, while Zamora talks about the Salvation Army’s ongoing fundraising efforts that include a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 21 for their new Rehabilitation facility in Otay Mesa.

San Diego Writers, Ink – Helping Writers Tell Their Stories

Kristen Fogle, Executive Director of San Diego Writers, Ink, chats about her organization’s dedication to nurturing writers at all stages in their career. Fogle provides advice for young writers looking to tell their stories. Fogle also highlights her newest book, This is My Life … A Guided Journal, as well as upcoming programs and workshops at San Diego Writers, Ink. 

Transforming Adversity into Opportunity With Ken Druck

Ken Druck, CEO of Druck Enterprises, speaks about his mission to help people transform adversity in their lives into opportunities for growth and courageous living. Druck discusses the “new not normal” we will face in the wake of COVID-19 and how individuals will need to recalibrate moving forward. 

Valuable Tax Season and Retirement Tips From Mission Federal Credit Union

Doug Wright, Chief Financial Officer for Mission Federal Credit Union (MFCU), is joined by his colleague, MFCU 1st Vice President, Sreeni Rao, to talk about changes to the tax laws, along with tax planning tips when filing taxes this year. Rao underscores the importance of saving early and often for retirement and emergency funds. 

Episode 35 | Hiring Our Heroes Experiences Unprecedented Success Connecting the Military with the Civilian Workforce

Mark Balmert, President & CEO of the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC), is joined by Melinda Gomez and Lauren Ramos, Fellowship Program Managers for Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Gomez and Ramos discuss how the fellowship successfully links veterans and their spouses with employment opportunities that play to their strengths. Balmert highlights the upcoming Townhall Speaker Series event with Mayor Todd Gloria.