River McKenzie

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In this episode, JoJo talks with River McKenzie (They/Them/Theirs) of TransPonder.
They talk about TransPonder and its purpose and growing impact on the Trans Community in Eugene.

River is a non-binary queer person who works with the LGTBQIA community in both their professional and activist spheres. They work as an Administrative Director at Odyssey Community Counseling at Emergence where they are developing a trans and gender diverse counseling program. River has been passionate about LGBTQIA activism for over 20 years, working within communities on both coasts and in the southern states via social justice art performances, community organization, and changing policies at institutions.

River’s experiences of living in a variety of areas, especially in rural Louisiana, inner city Memphis, Dallas, and rural Pennsylvania have focused their framework and way of thinking around anti-oppression and decolonization. They see this as a lifelong process of addressing their own place within the system and challenging the status quo in any organization in which they participate. They have used this framework to create more gender-inclusive policies and programming at Emergence, worked to change the culture around diversity at Oregon Country Fair and its Community Village, and brings this lens and approach to their work at TransPonder.

You can find out more about TransPonder at transponder.community

And while this episode was recorded before their fund raiser, you can still donate to the good work they are doing.

To keep up with TransPonder make sure to follow them on these platforms:
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EugCast is recorded at Trifoia in Eugene Oregon!

Dana Fleming

Dana Fleming

In this episode, Host Adam Wendt talks with Dana Fleming, Executive Director of the Eugene Education Foundation.

Dana talks about moving to Eugene and how different the education system is here compared to the ones she worked at in the southern U.S., and about the work the Eugene Education Foundation does locally and the importance of the organization to the community of teaching professionals.

They also discuss the importance of alternative funding sources for education and the complexities of working in the education field during COVID.

Contact information for Dana and the Eugene Education Foundation:

via phone: 541.790.7744 (office)
via email: eef@4j.lane.edu (main address)
EEF’s Website: Eugene Education Foundation

If you are interested in supporting EEF:
To donate online: Donation Form
To donate via snail mail:
Eugene Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1015
Eugene, OR 97440

Alternative ways to donate:
Amazon Smile: EEF is registered with Amazon Smile. Every time you shop, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase directly to EEF.
Register your Amazon account with EEF

Stock Gifts: EEF gratefully accepts gifts of stock through Edward Jones.
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To donate stock, please contact the EEF office at 541-790-7744 to request our Edward Jones account number, and to inform EEF Staff of the name of your security and any specific donation designations associated with your transfer.

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About EugCast:
EugCast is a volunteer-powered, cooperative chit-chat where we talk with people who may or may not live in the Eugene, Oregon area. We think they have some cool stories to share, but we’ll leave that up to you, the listener, to decide!

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EugCast is recorded at Trifoia in Eugene Oregon!

Roger Brubaker

Roger Brubaker

Roger Brubaker is a Senior Community Health Analyst Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Promotion Coordinator for Lane County.

In this episode Roger and JoJo talk about the toll that the pandemic is taking on EVERYONE’S mental health. From staggering statistics and some concrete ideas on how to deal with the never ending stress.

They take a deep dive into discovering and understanding the origin of our personal emotional response and share how we can equip ourselves with the tools to make good choices.

Roger wants all of us to know that we are not alone.

If you are interested in having Roger come and speak to your organization or business reach out to him at Roger.Brubaker@lanecountyor.gov or visit preventionlane.org

These are challenging times. Reach out if you need help or support. You are not alone.

Lane County Public Health
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Al-Anon
Alcoholics Anonymous
National Alliance on Mental Illness

About EugCast:
EugCast is a volunteer-powered, cooperative chit-chat where we talk with people who may or may not live in the Eugene, Oregon area. We think they have some really cool stories to share, but we’ll leave that up to you, the listener, to decide!

EugCast is recorded at Trifoia in Eugene Oregon!

Ayisha Elliott

Ayisha Elliot

Ayisha Elliott hosts the podcast Black Girl From Eugene, and runs Black Gold Culture Camp, a camping experience for BIPOC kids which emphasizes the positive attributes and contributions of Africian American/Black People to American society.

She is also the founder of Race Equity Matters, where she leads conversations and trainings on deconstructing white supremacy, and how to be Anti-racist.

And in her spare time (HA! She has no spare time!) Ayisha is writing a book.

In this episode, Ayisha shares her own experience with police abuse, and her pursuit of racial equity and inclusion. This poignant conversation is definitely one worth listening to.

Find out more about Ayisha, and contact her at BlackGirlFromEugene

You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Athena Delene

Athena Delene

In this episode, Adam interviews Springfield resident Athena Delene. She is a professional photographer who started and stayed local. You will often find her at local gatherings capturing those enduring moments with her uncanny ability of becoming a fly on the wall.

As a self proclaimed people person she uses photography to capture the underlying essence of a person’s personality. She relates this to why she loves to live in the Eugene/Springfield Area and her love of learning the craft.

To view Athena’s work and contact her:

delene.co
Instagram
Twitter

Adam Wendt

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Adam Wendt is the founder and CEO of Trifoia, a company that provides digital training and e-learning services, educational product design, and evaluation services to organizations worldwide. Trifoia is currently working on projects to train the nation’s early childhood workforce, teach effective parenting practices during separation and divorce, improve accessibility to mindfulness strategies for at-risk Americans, and promote school-wide positive behavior interventions and support and racial equity in K12 schools.

He has developed over 100 education technology and e-learning products funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, Universities, and corporations in need of custom solutions.
Adam is currently the Vice President of the Eugene Springfield NAACP and a volunteer contributor to EugCast.

Examples of Adam’s work at Trifoia can be found at:

trifoia.com
irised.com
twofamiliesnow.com
practicedroutines.com

For more information about the local NAACP unit, please visit:
naacplanecounty.org

Join the NAACP Facebook page:
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Join the NAACP Meetup.com group:

NAACP Eugene Springfield Meetup Group

Eugene, OR
372 Members and Advocates

This group is for anyone interested in meeting and working with others in our community to support social justice. You don’t have to be a member of the NAACP to join this grou…

Next Meetup

General Membership Meeting – Eugene Springfield NAACP

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 5:30 PM
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Herb Pendleton

In this episode, Adam Wendt talks with Eugene resident and octogenarian Herb Pendleton about growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in New York City. Herb reflects on his decision to join the military and pursue a career in the fledgling computer industry at IBM in the early 1960s. Herb was one of the first African Americans to work in the computer industry during the 1960s and then worked in telecommunications during the 80s and 90s. His career spanned almost 50 years working in the technology sector before retiring to raise his family in Eugene.

Jefferson Goolsby

In this episode, Adam chats with Jefferson Goolsby. A Pacific Northwest intermedia artist and faculty in the Media Arts program at Lane Community College. His creative work integrates video (multi-channel, screen-based, expanded cinema, and live cinema); interactive systems; sound design; installation; performance; and image making. Jeff often works with his award winning music composer wife, Dr. Mei-Ling Lee.

Find out about the children stories they are working on. One is called, “The Ocean Thief.” A beautiful tale about the ocean taking stories. Somewhat performance art and hopefully coming to a book store near you. You may also get some insight on what it’s like to work with your partner. Good and bad.

Ian Appow

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In our latest episode JoJo and Ian Appow sit down to talk trees, wildfire prevention and the wonder of living in Oregon!

Ian Appow is the coordinator for the Wildland Urban Interface Fuels Reduction Project. The mission of the project is to maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits of Eugene’s urban forest. It’s a collaborative effort to minimize its costs and liabilities by means of adaptive management and community engagement.

Ian shares his experience working with the pilot program and how important fire mitigation is in the time of climate change, deforestation and the buildup of fuel that feeds fires. With consistently drier summers and our urban growth boundary ever changing due to population growth we find ourselves facing new challenges when it comes to controlling wildfires.

You can learn more about urban fire hazards, how to mitigate fires on your property and more by reaching out to the Eugene Fire Marshal, Eugene Public Works, Oregon Department of Forestry and Northwest Youth Corps. And of course by listening to this episode.

Maura Conlon-McIvor

Maura Conlon-McIvor

Maura spoke with JoJo about her work as a Depth Psychologist. She explains the need to dive deep into our personal and generational stories to help us find our place in the world. They talk about what happens when we really embrace who we are, what connects us to the world and if we have an active sense of wonder.

Maura writes and speaks to the importance of our sense of place in the world. With her family hailing from Ireland and New York City, she gleaned that “home” could mean one place and many places. “Stories were always right around us,” she says, “just as stories could be far afield and at times unreachable.”

To learn more check out her website, twitter, facebook & instagram.