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McKay Community Podcast

McKay Community Podcast

By Rian Rasubala
Welcome to the McKay Community Podcast! We have two goals:
1) Tell McKay stories
2) Promote good news in the neighborhood

Through interviewing neighbors and community leaders, host Rian Rasubala (McKay graduate and resident) explores what makes the McKay Community unique and challenges listeners to imagine an even greater future.

The McKay Community is a beautiful community located in the northeast part of Salem, Oregon.
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Anna Dang | McKay HS Graduate
Meet Anna Dang, a recent graduate of McKay High School. In this episode, Anna shares her experience at McKay, what it's like coming from a Cambodian/Chinese/Vietnamese family, and how her experience with CARECorps in leadership and community service inspired and equipped her to create an NHS Scholarship for her classmates.
August 03, 2021
Who is Douglas McKay?
Meet Jim Green, Leslie Dinsdale & Alex Casebeer - three descendants of James "Doug" McKay. In this episode, Jim & Leslie share family stories and memories of their grandfather, and Alex shares how he is able to continue his great grandfather's legacy through Capital Auto Group, a 4th-generation family-owned business. Tune in to learn who Doug McKay really is.
July 05, 2021
Gregg & Jessica Peterson | The impact of intentional investment
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Meet Gregg & Jessica Peterson, a father/daughter power couple who intentionally set out to invest in the McKay Community and Salem overall. In this episode, Gregg & Jessica share about a common question McKay parents have to ask themselves: "Are we going to send our kids to McKay?" Although hesitant at first, Jessica embraced the McKay Community, and in return, their investments have made a big impact on McKay. Thanks for listening! -- Exclusively on Spotify.
June 18, 2021
Mr. Brooks | From Wichita Falls, TX to Salem, OR
Meet Mr. Ronnie Brooks, College & Career Coach at McKay High School and pastor of To God Be the Glory church. In this episode, Mr. Brooks shares his experience as a young Black student during integration in high school and college in Texas. He tells his story of his 45 years in education, how he came to Salem, and insights into how we can improve upon the culture that is already in the McKay Community. Thanks for listening!
June 14, 2021
Ron & Jo Anna Corwin | Over 20 years serving community and kids
Meet Ron & JoAnna Corwin, retired campus monitors for Salem-Keizer Public Schools and pastors of Celebration Foursquare church.  In this episode, Ron and JoAnna reflect on their time as pastors, in the school district, and how God gave them a huge heart and influence with kids.
June 07, 2021
Rian & Hannah Rasubala | McKay Commons
Meet Hannah and Rian Rasubala. In this episode, Hannah and Rian share their love story, their heart for the McKay Community and their vision of a space to help the McKay Community THRIVE - "McKay Commons". To provide feedback on this vision, we encourage you to complete the McKay Commons Survey (provided in English and Spanish) so we can hear what you think would be AWESOME!
May 31, 2021
Season Two Trailer
Thank you for joining us! We have a lot in store for season two, so tune in! New episodes every Monday.
May 24, 2021
Quick Update from Rian
Rian gives an exciting announcement and provides a quick update on season one! You can contact him at
March 15, 2021
Lisa Shreeve | McKay High School
Meet Lisa Shreeve, a teacher from McKay High School. This episodes focuses on the perceptions (and often misconceptions) of McKay High School and the greater community. After almost 20 years of teaching at McKay, Lisa Shreeve brings a unique perspective as both an outsider and educator. Thanks for listening!
March 01, 2021
Jose Gonzalez | Tu Casa Real Estate & La Familia Hard Cider
Meet Jose Gonzalez, McKay Community businessman and recently elected Salem City Councilor.  Jose is the president of Tu Casa Real Estate and also owns La Familia Cider Company with his family. Jose shares how he got into real estate and the impact that he and his team have had on NE Salem families for over the past 20 years as the oldest bilingual real estate agency in Oregon. He also shares his heart for NE Salem, what makes the McKay Community unique, and the barriers to owning a home for some in our community. Enjoy! -- FB: @JoseBernardoGonzalez Insta: @GonzalezBizMan Email: And check out La Familia Cider Company!
February 22, 2021
AJ DeBacker | Kahawa Roasting Co.
Meet AJ DeBacker, McKay graduate of '98 and owner of Kahawa Roasting Co.  In this episode, AJ shares his unusual story of how Kahawa Roasting Co. was born during a pandemic. He also shares his experience growing up in the McKay Community and his unique perspective of Salem schools after 12 years as a school counselor. We hope you enjoy the show! To enjoy 15% off your first Kahawa order, use the code "MCKAY" at checkout: Insta: @KahawaRoastingCompany
February 15, 2021
Kaleb Herring | First Free Methodist Church
Meet Kaleb Herring, pastor of Salem First Free Methodist Church and former McKay Area Lightning Rod for the Salem Leadership Foundation. In this first episode of the McKay Community Podcast, Kaleb discusses his story of coming to Salem for college and how he's since immersed himself in the McKay Community through multiple experiences including one of Kaleb's favorite hobbies, soccer! Enjoy the show! -- Website: Insta: @SalemFirstFree FB: @SalemFirstFreeMethodist
February 09, 2021