Hopeful Hoosier Podcast
E12 Cassie Mecklenburg, Executive Director, Sheltering Wings

E12 Cassie Mecklenburg, Executive Director, Sheltering Wings

October 18, 2019

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. Cassie Mecklenburg, Executive Director of Sheltering Wings, Domestic Abuse Shelter in Danville, IN, shares how to recognize and prevent domestic abuse. She and Host Andy Dix discuss how Sheltering Wings provides critical services and information for families dealing with domestic abuse and violence. Cassie also shares her personal success story of how her career chose her.  Hear this hopeful message and get inspired to do your part to create a better and brighter future for the state of Indiana.

E11 Mike Thibideau, Director, Indiana Workforce Recovery

E11 Mike Thibideau, Director, Indiana Workforce Recovery

August 24, 2019

Mike Thibideau, Director of Indiana Workforce Recovery is interviewed by Host, Andy Dix. Mike leads an innovative program that is a part of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Wellness Council of Indiana, and is in a strategic partnership with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration to combat the opioid epidemic.  

They hope to create a framework Indiana employers can use to adopt a second chance approach to employees and new hires who are struggling with substance misuse and substance abuse disorder.

The effects of substance misuse and substance use disorder on Hoosiers, their families and communities are indisputable and devastating. In 2016 alone, nearly 500 Hoosiers died of an opioid overdose, according to data released by the Indiana State Department of Health. Meanwhile, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business says opioid misuse has a staggering $1.5 billion direct impact on the state’s annual economy, and identifies 58% of those suffering from substance use disorder as being employed.

 

Also mentioned in this episode are the following resources: 

Know the O Facts Campaign

Indiana Recovery Council's "Stigma Never Helps" Campaign

E10 Debra Des Vignes, Founder of Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

E10 Debra Des Vignes, Founder of Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

June 21, 2019

Debra Des Vignes, Founder of the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is interviewed by Host, Andy Dix. Debra shares her story of fulfilling her lifelong dream of fighting for the outcast underdogs and forming her non-profit to give the creativity and humanity of Indiana's offenders a second chance and a voice through writing. She will challenge you to pursue your passion as well. 

E9 John McDonald, CEO of ClearObject-Internet of Things

E9 John McDonald, CEO of ClearObject-Internet of Things

April 3, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is impacting nearly everything in Indiana and the world.  ClearObject is a Fishers, Indiana based IoT agency that is leading the way to harvesting data for businesses.  ClearObject's CEO, John McDonald shares how the Internet of Things is impacting Indiana. He discusses how massive changes are needed in our investing and education systems to adjust to the disruption about to be unleased on the digital prairie.  John McDonald offers his vision for what our Hoosier future looks like, complete with driverless vehicles and the monetization of data.  Data could soon be Indiana's most valuable cash crop.  Hosted by Andy Dix.

E8 Kristi Cundiff, Founder, President/CEO of Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents

E8 Kristi Cundiff, Founder, President/CEO of Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents

February 3, 2019

Kristi Cundiff, Founder, President/CEO of Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents, speaks with host Andy Dix as she shares her insights on the needed improvements in Indiana's child welfare system and how her non-profit organization has grown to over 9,000 members in just a couple of years.  Listen to how she turned her own extreme adversity into an organization providing hope for Indiana's foster families.  Learn more about IFAAP at https://fosterandadoptiveparents.org/

 

E7 Jennifer Rubenstein, Editor In Chief, Edible INDY magazine.

E7 Jennifer Rubenstein, Editor In Chief, Edible INDY magazine.

January 21, 2019

Host Andy Dix interviews Jennifer Rubenstein, Editor In Chief of Edible INDY magazine.  Recorded at The Lemon Bar in Zionsville, IN.  Jennifer shares Edible INDY's mission as well as how she overcame adversity to establish this elegant print publication in a digital age.  Hear how local businesses are sourcing local and how it contributes to the flavor of our local culture.  Local sourcing has benefits to our economic, physical and mental health.  Visit Edible Indy at https://edibleindy.com.

E6 Greg and Teresa Overby, Founders 180Xchange Recovery Program.

E6 Greg and Teresa Overby, Founders 180Xchange Recovery Program.

December 28, 2018

Host Andy Dix interviews hopeful Hoosiers Greg and Teresa Overby who are the founders of the 180Xchange recovery program in Indianapolis.  Addiction is impacting millions of Hoosiers annually and thanks to recovery programs like the 180Xchange, people are restoring their brokenness and creating more manageable lives.  For more information about the 180Xchange program visit, https://180xchange.org.

E5 Kristian Aleixo, Indy Car Hopeful. Live life on the outside groove!

E5 Kristian Aleixo, Indy Car Hopeful. Live life on the outside groove!

October 25, 2018

Interview with Author and Indy Car Driver Hopeful, Kristian Aleixo, on living life on the outside groove.  How you can stay hopeful as you drive through enormous adversity in persistent pursuit of your goals. Hosted by Andy Dix.

E4 Ron Brumbarger, Pres. Apprentice University. A debt-free alternative to college.

E4 Ron Brumbarger, Pres. Apprentice University. A debt-free alternative to college.

October 4, 2018

What if you own solving the problem you see?  Ron Brumbarger, President of Apprentice University is interviewed by host, Andy Dix. Ron saw a need for qualified, college debt-free, employees and believes apprenticeships are the fastest way to launch a young person's career.  Restore your hope in Indiana's future, listen to Episode 4.

E3 Steve Ross, Co-Founder Walk the Talk Speaker Series. Find your purpose by walking your talk.

E3 Steve Ross, Co-Founder Walk the Talk Speaker Series. Find your purpose by walking your talk.

September 18, 2018

Steve Ross, Co-Founder of the Indiana based Walk the Talk Speaker Series is interviewed by Host, Andy Dix.  Steve shares how you can realize your life's purpose by learning to walk the talk.