Hope, Nevada Podcast
Highlighting stories of hope in our community.
Easter Egg #2
28 Mari Hutchinson - Step2
March 8, 2020 • Jason Hall, Whitney Wilson, Mari Hutchinson
As the Chief Executive Officer at STEP2, Mari is responsible for the planning, budgeting, staffing, motivating, and overall management of the agency. She wears many hats, ranging from managing the daily operations of STEP2 to writing grants and securing program funding.
27 Jordan Clements-Fitts & Scott Turek - Special Olympics Nevada
March 1, 2020 • Jason Hall, Whitney Wilson, Jordan Clements-Fitts, Scott Turek
SONV is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities through inclusive sports, education and health. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offers free year-round training and competition programs for 3,253 athletes who compete in more than 60 competitions in 10 sports annually. On the playing field, SONV promotes inclusion through Unified Sports, bringing together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to play as teammates. On school campuses, SONV impacts more than 62,000 school-aged students by promoting inclusion through the Unified Champion Schools Program, which encourages Unified Sports, Inclusive Leadership programs and Whole School Engagement. SONV is also committed to improving the overall health and well-being of individuals with intellectual disabilities through Healthy Athletes events, offering health screenings and services free of charge. SONV relies on the support of 4,766 volunteers and funding from individuals, organizations, corporations and foundations. In 2018, SONV honored the 50-year anniversary of Special Olympics.
26 Kimberly Weingartner
Katie Grace Foundation • February 23, 2020 • Jason Hall, Whitney Wilson, Kimberly Weingartner
This week we got to talk with Kimberly Weingartner who started the Katie Grace Foundation in honor of her daughter, Katie Grace. The Katie Grace Foundation was created to give back to people throughout the community as well as showcasing the beautiful characteristics of Katie.
24 Ryan Hart - Hart Foundation
February 9, 2020 • Whitney Wilson, Jason Hall, Ryan Hart, Justin Miller
After eight years in a very successful medical device sales career, Ryan decided it was time to become his own boss. In 2016, he started an in-home caregiving company in Reno called Amada Senior Care. It grew very quickly to the point that Ryan could barely keep up if he wasn’t hiring 20+ people a month. Ryan has built his business to be one of the top 5 franchises in the country out of almost 200 locations. After being in business for almost two years, Ryan realized that there was a huge lack of available dollars to help indigent seniors and veterans receive caregiving services they so desperately needed. Because of this, Ryan decided to start a non-profit organization called the Hart Foundation which raises money to provide free caregiving services to veterans and seniors who could not otherwise afford them. The foundation has achieved 501c3 status and will be a great resource to our indigent veteran and senior citizen community.
20 Jim & Carol Simtherman - While We're Waiting
January 12, 2020 • Whitney Wilson, Jason Hall, Jim Smitherman, Carol Smitherman
This week we got to talk with Jim and Carol Smitherman about their new group for bereaved parents, While We're Waiting. These meetings are a safe and uplifting experience where hurting parents can form connections with other moms and dads who truly understand the experience of losing a child and who share faith in God.
19 Diaz Dixon - Eddy House
January 5, 2020 • Whitney Wilson, Jason Hall, Diaz Dixon
Diaz is a human service provider turned community patron passionate about targeted messaging and relationship building to enhance business development and self-growth. From children’s services, to animal welfare, to substance abuse, and University Assistant Athletic Director, Diaz has used his Bachelor’s from Nevada and Master’s degree from the University of Iowa to enhance his skills and help build a better community. While serving 14 years as the C.E.O. of STEP2, Diaz operated as a grant writer, consultant, and community advocate while building a multi-million-dollar campus. STEP2 is nationally known for being one of the most effective treatment programs in the country for families. He served for 4 years on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 6 years as the Treasurer of Nevada AADAPTS and another 4 years consulting to the Cultural Competency and Diversity Network in Washington, DC under President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative. Diaz is currently the CEO of Eddy House in the plight against youth homelessness in Reno and owns Performance Driven Consulting, adding smartness to business solutions.