Drew Schlosberg’s Spotlight On The Community

Creating Community Through Food and Over-the-Top Customer Service: How a Local Restaurant has Prevailed through the Pandemic


Denise and Yannis Pihas, owners of Yanni’s Bar and Grill chat about their origins in hospitality and their decision to get into the restaurant business. They discuss the difficulties that COVID has presented and how they were able to push through it and succeed through the strong sense of community they have built through the restaurant over the years.

Making Sense of “A Wonderful World” Gone Mad through Music


Wise John, a local musician, and singer-songwriter, chats about his recent album, “A Wonderful World.” He discusses the challenges of being a musician when it feels as though the world is ending. Wise John talks about his upbringing and love of music and the process of creating an album amidst the pandemic. He shares the poetic themes and inspiration for many songs on the album. 

Giving Employers and Employees a Helping Hand


Eve Nasby, President of Band of Hands, is joined by colleague, Aziz Badra, the company’s CEO, to discuss how Band of Hands works to level the playing field for small business owners by connecting employers to stellar employees. Nasby and Badra chat about how their company’s use of technology differentiates their cutting-edge approach from other recruiting services and gives accessible tools to help employees and employers alike. 

Soccer Club Loyal to San Diego’s Military Community


Russ Thompson, Military Community Outreach Liaison, chats about how the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club works to unite the San Diego and Military community to uplift and honor service members through their Mission Gratitude Initiative. Thompson discusses the importance of the team’s values and how they work to support our region’s military community and key local causes. 

Fostering a Safe, Warm, and Caring Environment for Children in Need


Jeff Wieman, Executive Director of Angels Foster Family Network, is joined by Angels Resource Parents Kim and Jim Kunz, to raise awareness of the dire need of children to be given a safe foster home.  Wiemann chats about how Angels differ from traditional foster care through their intentional, passionate, and collaborative work.  Kim and Jeff share their story as Angels Resource Parents, offering advice and encouragement to other parents looking to become foster parents. 

Teeing Off on Homelessness: Father Joe’s Villages First Annual Golf Tournament is Set for September 24


Deacon Jim Vargas, President & CEO of Father Joe’s Villages (FJV), and Mike Schleyhahn, Past Board Chair and Current Board Vice-Chairman, discuss the organization’s 1st Annual “Hope Lives Here Charity Golf Classic,” slated for Friday, September 24 at the nationally recognized Grand Del Mar Golf Club. Schleyhahn talks about the key FJV projects and initiatives that will be supported by proceeds of the Golf Classic. Vargas chats about the Turning the Key Initiative.

Creating Good Will in San Diego through Services That Puts the Community First


Toni Giffin, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County, discusses the history of the venerable organization. She talks about the valuable employment and job training programs Goodwill offers, such as Ticket-to-Work, which supports career development for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries 18-64 years old. Giffin emphasizes the importance of having an inclusive organization that lifts up individuals through employment with developmental issues, transitioning service members, and more. 

Organization Provides Critical Programs and Services as Mental Health Challenges Soar


James C. Callaghan Jr., President & CEO of Mental Health Systems (MHS), is joined by colleague Wendy Broughton, Chief Operating Officer, to discuss the history of the organization and how it has been providing resources, recovery services, and support for a wide range of mental health issues in the eight California counties it serves. Callaghan and Broughton talk about the mental health challenges exacerbated by the pandemic. They highlight MHS’s Storage Connect Center and chat about the danger of stigma surrounding mental health and how they combat it. 

From Escondido to San Francisco To New Orleans: A Local Singer’s Journey to Fame


Gabrielle Cavassa, singer, musician, and songwriter, chats about growing up in Escondido and how schooling in San Francisco began her love of jazz and her journey to the jazz capital of the world …New Orleans. Cavassa discusses her introduction to the Crescent City’s musical community. She talks about the release of her debut album and winning the 2021 International Sarah Vaughan Jazz Vocal Competition.

How Prominent San Diego Organization Works to Provide Nourishment and Care to Seniors in the Face of COVID and Beyond


Brent Wakefield, President, and CEO of Meals on Wheels San Diego County chats about the efforts the organization has made during the pandemic to support the independence and well-being of seniors by providing the daily delivery of affordable, fresh meals to homebound seniors.  Wakefield discusses the $4 million donations from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and the organization’s expansion plans.