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People and Their Work

People and Their Work

By Douglas S. Gardner
The people and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner, Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies Department at Utah Valley University. In this Podcast you will hear the 1st person stories of people journeying through their Education, Work and Career Decision Making.
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No. 18. Blake Snow, Freelance Writer

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No. 34. Noah Gordon, Professional Engineer, Civil Engineer.
Noah Gordon is a Professional Engineer, specifically a Civil Engineer with many specialties. He worked as a consultant and for two municipalities. Noah shares his experience with his initial decision to become an engineer and the evolution of his work. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University. Music by Christopher Wease. Images are from the UVU Roots of Knowledge stained glass exhibit by Holdman Studios.
25:50
March 4, 2021
No. 33. Astrid S. Tuminez, University President
Astrid S. Tuminez is the President of Utah Valley University. Growing up in the Philippine slums, challenging her fears, working harder than everyone else, and not being afraid to ask questions is part of her story. Listen as she shares some of the experiences that lead her to where she is today. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University. Music by Christopher Wease. Images are from the UVU Roots of Knowledge stained glass exhibit by Holdman Studios.
32:14
November 16, 2020
No. 32. Katie Atkins, VP of Finance.
Katie Atkins is a Vice President of Finance. After obtaining quite a bit of experience through multiple positions and working for a variety of companies Katie decided to go back to college and earn her degree. Her primary motivation for going back to school at Utah Valley University was being an example to her son. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
17:15
November 9, 2020
No. 31. Matt Fereday, Religious Educator
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast, we will hear from Matt Fereday, a Religious Educator with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Seminary and Institute program. What do you do when you have two equally good options for work to choose from? Listen to Matt's story to learn how he handled this dilemma. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
18:43
October 26, 2020
No. 30. Hayley Barry, Hand Lettering Artist
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Hand Lettering Artist Hayley Barry. Hayley's story is a great example of how artists can make a living. Her company is Type Affiliated (https://www.typeaffiliated.com/), she is recognized as a Utah Valley 40 Under 40 in 2020 (https://utahvalley360.com/2020/07/15/40-under-40-hayley-barry/) and designed the "UVU A Place For You" marketing campaign (https://www.uvu.edu/news/2020/01/01102020_hayleybarry.html). The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
26:24
October 1, 2020
No. 29. Jeff Robison, Engineer and Business Owner
In this episode of the People and their Work Podcast we will hear from Jeff Robison, an Engineer and business owner. Listen as Jeff shares stories about how he found a niche and through personal relationships and hiring good people created a successful business. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
23:42
September 30, 2020
No. 28. Jamie Black, Human Resources Employee Advocate
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Jamie Black. Jamie is a Human Resources Employee Advocate with Pay Pal. Jamie shares her journey through personal discovery, balancing work and family, and the myriad of ups and downs that life has given her, and how she has learned important lessons along the way. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
26:49
September 28, 2020
No. 23. Lita Judge, Author and Illustrator
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Lita Judge an author and illustrator. Lita, with a background as a Geographer in a unique way combines the arts and sciences. Lita shares the process she created and uses to illustrate and write children’s books. This episode was recorded at the Utah Valley University Love of Reading Conference. https://litajudge.me/ or https://www.uvu.edu/education/engaged-reading/ftlr/ The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
19:46
September 28, 2020
No. 27. Allison, Major and Career Counselor
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Allison, a Career and Academic Counselor. Listen as Allison shares about her two autistic sons, her divorce, remarriage, and how she is able to help others through the struggles she has faced. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
17:22
September 8, 2020
No. 26. Manfred Riem, Computer Scientist
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Manfred Riem. Manfred, originally from Holland, is a Computer Scientist. Sure, computer science is a science. You will learn how Manfred treats his work as an art and how he collaborates and communicates with colleagues, while working from home. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
21:30
August 31, 2020
No. 25. Randy Reid, Truck Driving Instructor
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Randy Reid. Randy is a father of 9, talented musician and a Commercial Truck Driving Instructor. Randy shares how his career in the truck driving industry has evolved and how he has not left behind his love of music. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Douglas S. Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
21:39
August 18, 2020
No. 24. Hunter Nilson, Construction Management
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Hunter Nilson a Construction Management student at Utah Valley University. Hunter shares his experience as a Wild Land Fire Fighter, learning to follow his skills, being a first-generation college student, and what it takes to be successful in a family run business. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
23:02
May 8, 2020
No. 22. Scott DeAngelo, CIA Agent
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Scott DeAngelo a former CIA Agent and current Adjunct Faculty at Utah Valley University. Scott spent 27 years with the CIA and while in the CIA developed expertise in Leadership. Since his CIA retirement, he has furthered his leadership expertise and teaches courses at UVU in National Security. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
22:49
March 2, 2020
No. 21, Jerry Pallotta, Non-Fiction Children's Author
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Jerry Pallotta a Non-Fiction Children’s Author from Boston Massachusetts. Jerry and I had an opportunity to sit down and talk during his visit to the Utah Valley University Love of Reading Conference. This is Jerry’s story of how he became a best selling author. https://jerrypallotta.com/ or https://www.uvu.edu/education/engaged-reading/ftlr/ The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
17:39
February 24, 2020
No. 20. Jessica Day George, Author
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Jessica Day George a New York Times Best Selling Author of Young Adult Fantasy Novels. Jessica lives in Utah. She shares her story of becoming an author and what working as an author is really like. This episode was recorded at the Utah Valley University Love of Reading Conference. https://www.jessicadaygeorge.com/ or https://www.uvu.edu/education/engaged-reading/ftlr/ The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
44:03
February 17, 2020
No. 19. Pam Munoz Ryan, Author
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Pam Munoz Ryan a New York Times Best Selling Author of Young Adult Fiction Novels. She has written and published over 40 books. She grew up in Bakersfield California loving books and currently resides in San Diego California. This podcast was recorded at the Utah Valley University Love of Reading Conference. https://www.pammunozryan.com/ or https://www.uvu.edu/education/engaged-reading/ftlr/ The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
13:39
February 12, 2020
No. 18. Blake Snow, Freelance Writer
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Blake Snow a Freelance Writer. Blake shares the story of how he discovered his love of writing and how he persists in doing the many tasks associated with being a writer and how he balances his work and family life. http://blakesnow.com/ The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
30:41
February 5, 2020
No. 17, Evelyn Porter, US Naval Academy Graduate
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Evelyn Porter a graduate of the US Naval Academy and now an Academic Department Chair. Evelyn Shared her story of how she got to where she is with my students. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
13:01
January 13, 2020
No. 16, Marinda Ashman, Teacher
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Marinda Ashman a teacher and one of my colleagues. She visited my class and shared her story about making career decisions as a woman. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
20:15
January 8, 2020
No. 15, Tanner Mangum, College Athlete
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Tanner Mangum best known for his exceptional performance on the Football field as a college athlete. Tanner visited my class and shared his experience dealing with anxiety, depression, and going through the career decision-making process. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
32:14
November 1, 2019
No. 14, Ann Sharp, Elementary Education Professor
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Ann Sharp a Professor of Elementary Education. She shared her education and career story with my students. It is a story of survival and overcoming trial and personal challenges. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
11:32
November 1, 2019
No. 13, Skyler Halford, College Basketball Player, Entreprenuer, & Student
Skyler Halford played college basketball at Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Geography. He almost went overseas to play professional basketball. Instead, he started Halford Hoops, a Basketball Skills Training business and completed his pre-requisites for Physical Therapy school. I met Skyler while he was at UVU working on his prerequisites. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
12:36
October 22, 2019
No. 12, Kimie Snapp, Dance Teacher
It took Kimie Snapp 20 years to complete her education while she worked, her husband went to school and while she raised her children. Though it took some time Kimie shares that it was worth it and that she learned important life skills along the way. She shares how she went through important decisions at each step along the way. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
27:38
October 8, 2019
No. 11, Weston Hafen, Entrepreneur
Weston has a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration from Notre Dame. He worked for several years in the telecom industry. A few years ago Weston decided to give full-time entrepreneurship a try. Weston shares why he went into corporate business and why he got out. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
21:08
October 2, 2019
No. 10, Nicole Familia, Human Resource Generalist
Nicole Familia a Human Resources Generalist did not always want to be a Human Resources Generalist, but now that she is there is loves it. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
15:30
September 24, 2019
No. 9, Stuart Maxfield, Musician
In this episode of the people and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Stuart Maxfield. Stuart is a musician who plays many instruments and has many different types of projects going on. Stuart was interviewed by my colleague Sam Cardenas. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
24:10
September 24, 2019
No. 8, Mark Nance, Elementary Education Professor
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Mark Nance an Elementary Education educator as he shares his journey to becoming an excellent teacher and how that has lead him to BYU-Idaho as a Professor.  The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
14:17
September 24, 2019
No. 7, Mark Nance, Elementary Education Teacher
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Mark Nance an Elementary School Teacher for the past 10 years. Now headed to BYU Idaho as an Elementary Education Professor. Mark thought he wanted to be a Weather Man but instead ended up in Education. A place he never thought he would be. Mark shares how his passion for at first being an excellent teacher and then helping others to become excellent teachers developed along the way. I have seen Mark’s influence firsthand, as I have been in his classroom. More impactful though, my daughter had the opportunity to have Mr. Nance as her 4th Grade teacher. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
19:54
September 24, 2019
No. 6, Amber and Levi Dukes, Marriage and Career
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear a more detailed description of how Levi’s pursuit of the Chaplaincy came about. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
19:40
September 24, 2019
No. 5, Levi & Amber Dukes, Marriage and Career
In this episode of the People and Their Work Podcast we will hear from Levi and Amber Dukes. Levi is a Chaplain and Amber is planning to eventually work in the Foreign Services. For Levi and Amber Dukes, the road to where they are now consisted of going one direction and then another until things came together for both of them. They share their story together and you will see how chance events and their own dogged determination and persistence have paid off. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
21:48
September 24, 2019
No. 4, Dwaine Winkler, Craftsman
Dwaine learned the craft of woodworking from family members, is a military veteran and works in the Woodshop at Utah Valley University. I had the opportunity to learn woodworking skills from Dwaine while taking classes in the Woodworking shop at UVU. Dwaine is the ultimate craftsman. The opportunity to work side-by-side with him and to have his help solving woodworking challenges is to discover the greatness of this humble craftsman. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
25:29
September 24, 2019
No. 3, Emily Harrison, Speech Language Pathologist
Emily Harrison has a sweet story of how a high school internship experience and her older brother Scott influenced her decision to pursue work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
21:45
September 24, 2019
No. 2, Elizabeth Huff, Doctor and Mom
Elizabeth Huff a Diabetes Doctor shares the realities, challenges, and joys of being both a doctor and a mother. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
07:01
September 24, 2019
No. 1, Elizabeth Huff, Diabetes Doctor
Elizabeth Huff a Diabetes Doctor shares the story of how she ended up going to medical school and how she ultimately ended up as a Diabetes Doctor. The People and Their Work Podcast was created by Doug Gardner Associate Professor in the Student Leadership and Success Studies department at Utah Valley University.
27:32
September 24, 2019