In this episode JoJo talks with Sarah Altemus-Pope, Director of the Southern Willamette Forest Collaborative. They discuss how they are working with communities, businesses, and the Oregon Department of Forestry and The Forest Service to renew and revitalize our public lands.
Sarah went from smoke jumper to director of this diverse group of people to help preserve and sustain our natural resources. They talk about fire, preservation, and the amazing project that is the Rigdon Landscape!
You can watch this video for more details on that project.
In this episode, EugCast host Adam Wendt speaks with local entertainer Elliot Martinez about working during the pandemic and what comes next.
Elliot is the host of the Elliot Martinez Late night talk show, the Thirsty Thursdays Show on KWVA, and is the creator and host of the Mr. and Ms. Whiteaker pageants.
Some have taken to calling Elliot Mr. 3rd place because he has taken 3rd place in Eugene Weekly’s Best of Eugene in three separate categories, best bartender, radio show host, and writer. Elliot currently hosts an online trivia show called Quality Trivia and is also is available to host special trivia events.
In this episode, EugCast host Adam Wendt talks with Megan Shultz of MSH Consulting and 15th Night.
Megan talks about youth homelessness and her involvement in the 15th Night project.
15th Night is a youth-informed community movement to end youth homelessness by connecting existing resources and finding innovative ways to keep kids in school and off the streets. The project uses a collective impact model to support the health and well-being of youth who are homeless or at risk for homelessness by connecting and activating resources that exist in the Eugene community.
Megan has more than 20 years of management experience in the nonprofit sector. Her commitment to community service and helping those in need has been a central theme in her professional life. She was the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lane County for 15 years before starting her consulting firm and leading the 15th Night project coordination.
You can find out more about 15th night and Megan by following these links:
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
We’re taking a little break, folks. Season 2 will be dropping in July and we are working on some big surprise guests. Until then stay safe, wash your hands and know that we are wishing you all brighter days ahead.