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Break The Chains, Find Your Flame

Break The Chains, Find Your Flame

By Steven Opalenik
Break the Chains, Find Your Flame is a complimentary podcast to the Promethean Project, a nonprofit wellness center. Our goal is to break the chains that bind, and help others find their potential/flame.
Our Podcast highlights these same ideals and thoughts, and serves to bring insightful interviews from people who have broken free, and live to their fullest potential.
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Episode 35: Welcome To The Village - Dr. Khadijah Tuitt

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Episode 61: Weaving With Light - Tara Wosiski
Tara Wosiski is an artist, author and art educator. She teaches mindfulness to children and adults, and creates large scale community artworks designed to produce experiences of awe. She received her MAT through the University of The Arts and was trained to teach mindfulness through the Center for Resilience. She is deeply connected to nature and loves learning about the brain. Tara is always working on many types of creative endeavors.--
December 6, 2021
Episode 60: Clergy, Coffee, And Conversations - Tim Schenck
The Rev. Tim Schenck serves as rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham, Massachusetts, on Boston’s South Shore. He is the author of five books full of humor and faith, including, most recently, Holy Grounds: The Surprising Connection Between Coffee and Faith— From Dancing Goats to Satan’s Drink (Fortress Press). When not tending to his parish, drinking single-origin coffee, desperately seeking material for his syndicated “In Good Faith” column, or blogging at, Tim is likely hanging out with his family that includes his wife, Bryna, two young adult sons, Benedict and Zachary, and two rescue dogs, Cooper and Daisy Duke. Follow him on Twitter @FatherTim. Link to Holy Grounds: Link to my Twitter account @FatherTim: Link to St. John's in Hingham: Link to Lent Madness:
November 22, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Pouring From An Empty Cup: Compassion Fatigue- Jo-Ann Venezia Phillips
Jo-Ann Venezia Phillips is a Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist currently running a private practice in Medway Massachusetts. Jo-Ann’s interests fall heavily on the somatic and depth psychologies, mindfulness, meditation, and the emerging field of relational neuroscience. Educated in social work at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Salam State University, she believes in a holistic view of the self, looking at a person from a bio-psych-social- and spiritual perspective. Jo-Ann’s approach integrates developmental, psychoanalytic, and relational psychologies incorporating contemplative, meditative and mindfulness-based approaches to her practice. Over the last 20 years Jo-Ann has trained and practiced in a variety of settings and modalities, primarily with adults and adolescents focusing on the exploration and understanding of the human experience. Jo-Ann has extensive experience, education and training in addiction recovery and trauma. She specializes in working with high-risk behaviors, anxiety, stress, depression, issues with relationships and coping challenges. Her strengths are in teaching adaptive coping skills, exploring underlying causes and identifying and implementing solutions. She has an integrative approach using the theoretical frameworks of Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness- Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and EMDR. In the last several years she has focused on Trauma and Post Traumatic Growth. Using the relational field, Jo-Ann invites her clients to enter into the therapeutic relationship with the spirit of collaboration, exploration and compassion. Grounded in the understanding that a strong therapeutic relationship is vital to the healing and transformation process, Jo-Ann uses play, humor, compassion and warmth to foster a deep connection with those she works with.
November 8, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Restriction Is Not A Lifestyle- Lacey McClure, LMHC
Lacey McClure is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts.  She has worked with diverse populations across the lifespan in the greater Boston area.  She spent the majority of her early career working in community mental health in leadership roles and as a therapist.  She owns and operates a private practice where she specializes in treating Eating Disorders that she started in 2018.  At the end of 2020, Lacey left her position as Director of Behavioral Health at Steward Health Care to travel the country on a yearlong road trip while working full time with private practice clients virtually.
October 18, 2021
Episode 59: How To Think - Marvin Quinones
Marvin is a Holyoke resident, teacher, musician, and dharma practitioner.
September 27, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: I Am Here- Stigmas, Myths, and Biases of Suicide - Ysabel Garcia
A suicide prevention and social justice educator, Ysabel Garcia founded Estoy Aqui, an initiative that focuses on the sociocultural factors contributing to suicide risk in Latino/Latinx and Black communities via training, dialogue, and outreach. Garcia’s experience as a first-generation Dominican immigrant, as well as her lived experience as a former psychiatric patient, has influenced her work to dismantle the myths and sanism surrounding mental health and suicide. Garcia regularly collaborates with the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the United Suicide Survivors International Council. Additionally, she often advocates for community care alternatives and peer support methods as viable resources for mental health support. Specifically, her outreach program, La Cultura Sana, offers skills-based dialogues addressing suicide and mental health to key figures in the Latino/x and Black community that provide emotional support as part of their day-to-day work or social roles. Lastly, Garcia serves as a Western Massachusetts Training Consortium board member, Hampden County Health Improvement Plan Behavioral Health Domain member, Suicide Prevention Resource Center Lived Experience Advisory Committee member, and Springfield Youth Mental Health Coalition member. She works in Nipmuc and Pocumtuc Land, known as Western Massachusetts, and holds a master’s degree in public health.
September 7, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Sexism- Societal & Individual Biases - Dr Priya Pandit
Dr. Pandit is a Licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York, currently working with patients in skilled nursing, subacute rehab, and assisted living facilities engaging patients in individual psychotherapy, as well as psychological and cognitive assessments. She earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2016. She completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Pace University, Westchester Campus, Counseling and Personal Development Center in 2017; and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center in 2016. Dr Pandit's prior experiences have included college counseling, community mental health, in-home behavioral management, and outpatient hospital settings. She is extremely passionate about the intersectionality of mental health and diversity and inclusion.
August 19, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Systemic and Racial Barriers to Mental Health - Whitney Dodds, LMHC, LPC
Whitney Dodds is the founder of Wellness for the Culture, a mental health practice in Springfield, MA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from American International College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. Whitney is passionate about the well-being of people. Her approach is tailor-made to encourage engagement, within communities, all the while dismantling the cultural stigma that hinders black and brown people from receiving treatment. Check out the work she is doing, and her amazing blog at:
August 2, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Risk, Resilience, and So Much More - Trans and Nonbinary Mental Health and Wellbeing - Dr. Sebastian Barr
Dr Barr has nearly a decade of experience as a therapist and is fortunate to have trained with many brilliant and respected clinicians. His PhD is in Counseling Psychology, from University of Louisville, where he received in-depth academic and clinical training on mental health, psychosocial development, the process of psychotherapy, and more; and engaged in research on a variety of aspects of psychology and human experience. He completed three additional years of advanced clinical training as a health service psychologist and psychotherapist at Cambridge Health Alliance under the auspices of Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. He opened his private consulting practice in 2020 and his private psychotherapy practice in 2021. Check out his services and more about his background at:
July 19, 2021
Episode 58: Embracing Our Differences - Dr. Priya Pandit
Dr. Pandit is a Licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York, currently working with patients in skilled nursing, subacute rehab, and assisted living facilities engaging patients in individual psychotherapy, as well as psychological and cognitive assessments. She earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2016. She completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Pace University, Westchester Campus, Counseling and Personal Development Center in 2017; and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center in 2016. Dr Pandit's prior experiences have included college counseling, community mental health, in-home behavioral management, and outpatient hospital settings. She is extremely passionate about the intersectionality of mental health and diversity and inclusion.
July 5, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Are You Anxious At The Right Time? De-Mystifying Anxiety
Our 4th Stigma Is Curable Event based on de-mystifying Anxieties, and challenging concepts and stigmas related to this emotion. Presented by Steve Opalenik
July 1, 2021
Supplemental Episode B: Shortened Progressive Muscle Relaxation Guided Meditation
Some listeners and clients asked me to release just the Progressive Muscle Relaxation guided meditation, without the 20 minute explanation. Here it is, simple and plain, just the guided meditation for your listening pleasure.
June 23, 2021
Episode 57: Wellness For The Culture- Whitney Dodds MA, LMHC, LPC
Whitney Dodds is the founder of Wellness for the Culture, a mental health practice in Springfield, MA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from American International College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. Whitney is passionate about the well-being of people. Her approach is tailor-made to encourage engagement, within communities, all the while dismantling the cultural stigma that hinders black and brown people from receiving treatment. Check out the work she is doing, and her amazing blog at:
June 21, 2021
Episode 56: Healing to Happy - Laura Martin
Laura Martin is a Certified IBS Nutrition Consultant and founder of Healing to Happy – an online holistic, gut-brain focused company that helps women suffering from IBS and Anxiety to get back to eating normally without fear of FODMAP's. After battling her way through IBS, hypothyroidism, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, and skin issues... she found herself with an unhealthy relationship with food and knew there had to be a better way... After many failed attempts and lessons learned, she came up with this one method known as the F.R.E.E. method that put her symptoms into remission without following restrictive diets or fancy supplement regimes. And yes, that nutrition routine now includes pizza without running to the bathroom. By applying this method using food, lifestyle, radical shifts in consciousness, and mindfulness practices + tools she's gone on to help hundreds of women around the globe do the same through her online courses: Signature Gut Recharge Program and 1:1 Gut Accelerator Program. social or
June 7, 2021
Episode 55: Barbells For Bullies - Alexander Castiglione
Alexander Castiglione is the founder and executive director of Barbells For Bullies, a national 501(c)3 non-profit established in 2016 that leverages fitness to raise money and awareness for animal rescues around the US, with an emphasis on bully breeds. He runs the organization as a volunteer with the support of his wife, Lindsay, and his two rescue bullies - Moxy and Slater. To date, Barbells For Bullies has conducted over 35 events around the US, and donated over $150,000 to local animal rescues. In addition to spaying and neutering over 250 dogs via their Ruck Your Balls Off Initiative since 2019, and directly sponsoring over 100 urgent dogs with The Underdog Fund (which is funded by merchandise sales and pop up competitions) Barbells For Bullies offers free content and resources to the community at large surrounding responsible pet ownership. Alex works full time in the advertising field, is an avid CrossFitter, BJJ practitioner, and a self-professed "chronic challenge seeker," and recently completed his MA in Mass Communication with applied research in the non-profit stakeholder creation space. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two rescue pups in Atlanta. Donate:
May 28, 2021
Episode 54: Choose Your Own Adventure - Steve "Coach Fury" Holiner
Steve "Coach Fury" Holiner is the Owner of Speakeasy of Strength in Brooklyn, NY. Steve got into fitness in his mid-thirties with the singular goal of becoming a strong parent. Speakeasy of Strength offers Personal Training and Online Coaching. As a DVRT and Original Strength Master Instructor, (when not in a pandemic) Fury travels the world teaching certifications and workshops. During the pandemic, Steve partnered with Tina Morin (owner of MSC Strength) to create Die Mighty Method: A Non-dogmatic and Practical Guide to Teaching the Big 6 Kettlebell Movements. Fury is also the creator of Coach Fury Podcast where he discusses strength, music and movies with current and upcoming heroes in fitness, music and art. Did we mention he has an awesome Godzilla collection? Live long, be strong and DIE MIGHTY! Website: Instagram: @iamcoachfury
May 24, 2021
Episode 53: Tend To The Fire - Didier Sylvain
Didier Sylvain is an experienced life alignment coach and consultant specializing in leadership effectiveness, team facilitation, personal development and thought leadership strategy. Through his private practice, he leverages his training in intentional change theory, appreciative inquiry, adaptive strategy and somatics to develop customized approaches to his client’s individual coaching and leadership development needs. Didier has coached and served as a leadership consultant in a variety of fields including telecom, media and entertainment, labor, healthcare, electoral politics, education, philanthropy, and the social sector. He has worked with numerous teams to facilitate effective team alignment and capacity building, helping those teams grow and deliver powerfully on their missions. Throughout his career, he has worked with and through Good Wolf Group, Deloitte Consulting, Verizon Media, Echoing Green, The James Beard Foundation, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Didier has also coached and taught on leadership at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Notre Dame. Didier holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management, with a concentration in social entrepreneurship, from Carnegie Mellon University. He has completed post-graduate studies in Adaptive Leadership and Embodied Leadership, was trained in Co-Active Coaching at CTI, is certified to administer and debrief The Leadership Circle 360 assessment, and is a certified practitioner of sound healing and qigong. Didier was also selected for the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. With a voracious mind and an impactful presence, Didier continues to explore ways to apply his academic and creative background to his work with others. He is committed to advancing collective struggles towards equity and unity worldwide. With roots in Haiti, he lives in Los Angeles with his family. Instagram: @_didiersylvain_. Album available at
May 10, 2021
Episode 52: The Weakest Step Forward, Is Stronger Than The Fiercest Storm - Caroline Collins
Caroline Collins work creates a true expression of the scientific art of mental and physical fitness. She promotes a lifestyle, not a trend. She is a Science Educator, 2x World Ranked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt, an Entrepreneur, and a leader in fitness and health. After being physically attacked and fearing for her life over 10 years ago, She realized she knew nothing about how to use her body to protect herself. She sought after a martial art and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu found her. After completing her Master’s in Science Education, she moved out to California from Massachusetts to train with the best BJJ competitor and world champion athlete, Cobrinha, and simultaneously start her career in her other passion: science education. Her aim was to teach people how to live healthier and happier in their bodies through conscious existence and natural nutrition and fitness. After only two years of being a Science Educator, she was promoted to Science Department Chair in the Los Angeles School District. She also served as a Teaching Fellow for the National Science Foundation, being an example for teachers across the country in how to teach science. She lead students in critically thinking about the physiological (function) of the body in order to understand their wellness needs. Knowing the science supports the art of living our best. Taking the risk to leave a successful career to pursue her deeper passion, she left my job to train as a full-time athlete and compete BJJ nationally and internationally. Simultaneously, she started her first business, a health food company to promote optimal nutrition for active people. During the 7 years of living in Los Angeles, she started several businesses in the fitness and nutrition fields, including; a health food and catering company that contracted with Mike Tyson, a fitness/self-defense/wellness program that lead seminars in local school districts and in large corporations and also trained personal and group fitness classes and designed nutrition programs for clients. Her current business, CC Fit & Wellness, is the culmination of her skills, knowledge, and applied experience from being a world ranked Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, a leader in science education, and a successful business creator in nutrition and fitness. The clients she serves are guided to a better understanding of how their body works and its individual needs to function optimally. Her goal for all of her clients is to feel and look beautiful with confidence, strength, and technique. Instagram: @ccfitandwellness Website:
April 26, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: Into The Unknown- A Journey of Addiction and Recovery w/ James Garnes
The Promethean Project’s 3rdmeeting of Stigma Is Curable is focused on the stigma related to addiction & recovery. We are honored to host our Guest Speaker, James Garnes. James Garnes was born and raised in Springfield, MA. The son of two public school teachers, and a multi-instrument/band musician, his journey has taken him from UMass Amherst to prison and back again. James has made a point to engage with his community through speaking engagements in local recovery programs, for the Springfield's District Attorney's Drunk and Distracted Driving program, and for podcasts such as the “Healing Broken Hearts”, and “Break The Chains, Find Your Flame”. He studied Communications at the University of Massachusetts, and believes in the balance of a mental, physical, and spiritual health focused lifestyle
April 19, 2021
Episode 51: 1 Percent Better Every Day - Amy Puchini
Amy is a ball of energy and knowledge! She has her BS in nutritional sciences from Merrimack College and is now getting her MS in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. She's a certified personal trainer through NASM, and works with clients online through, AMPed Up Coaching where she guides people through nutrition, fitness, and mindset work.  You can find her on instagram @amy_puchini where she is always posting helpful tips, healthy recipes, and inspiration. Her website is: 
April 12, 2021
Episode 50: Small Steps to Big Change - James Desmarais
Episode 50!!! So glad to have my cousin, James, on for this episode to talk about his health journey and the small steps he is taking to make a big change in his life!!!
March 29, 2021
Episode 49: The Fulcrum of A Warrior - Rolando Garcia III
Buy The Book "The Successful Body" here: Rolando Garcia III Linkedin: Erik Seversen Linkedin: Erik Seversen website:
March 15, 2021
Episode 48: Trust Your Utility Belt - Imani Seunarine
Imani Seunarine (she/her) is Multiracial Latina mother, wife, daughter, and avid sewist. She combines her experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and love of sewing on her sewing blog Imani and her family navigate life with chronic illnesses through the integration of traditional and modern medicine. This journey changed the course of their lives and helped to shift her perspective on pathways to healing. She holds a Master’s degree from Northeastern University in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Gender, Culture, & Political Psychology and Health Psychology. In her career she explores how trauma, health, gender, and culture impact healing outcomes for the children and families she serves. She proudly serves in a behavioral health not-for-profit in her community. You can follow her on Instagram at @pintuckpress
March 1, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: The Criminalization of Trauma In Black and Brown Communities with Dr. Khadijah Tuitt
Our Presentor: Dr. Khadijah Tuitt is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her terminal degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She in an alumna of the Partnership Fellow’s Program for emerging Leaders of Color and received honorable mention for the prestigious National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award. As a child Khadijah experienced homelessness and neglect and by the time she reached adulthood she was a convicted felon. She is often invited as a panelist or keynote speaker and uses her story of trials to triumphs to help organizations understand the barriers that many Black and underserved individuals face. Dr. Tuitt works to increase awareness around understanding the power of culture, diversity, and inclusivity. She also mentors in the community and is frequently invited to speak about the effects of substance use and mental illness on individuals, families, and society. She is passionate about increasing awareness regarding mental health disparities in underserved communities and in communities of color. Resources:  (n.d.).  At what cost? a review of school police funding and accountability across the U.S. South - idra. (n.d.). IDRA. funding-and-accountability-across-the-u-s-south/  Hassett-Walker, C. (n.d.). The racist roots of American policing: From slave patrols to traffic stops. The Conversation. patrols-to-traffic-stops-112816  Hinton, E., & Cook, D. (2021a). The mass criminalization of Black Americans: A historical overview. Annual Review of Criminology, 4(1), 261–286. 033306  Hinton, E., & Cook, D. (2021b). The mass criminalization of black Americans: A historical overview. Annual Review of Criminology, 4(1), 261–286. 033306  Initiative, P. P. (n.d.). Following the money of mass incarceration.  The New York Times. (2015, May 8). A Conversation About Growing Up Black | Op-Docs | The New York Times [Video]. YouTube.  The problem with criminalizing childhood trauma | emancipate NorthCarolina. (n.d.).  The Root. (2017, September 7). How the School-to-Prison Pipeline Functions [Video]. YouTube.  What are aces? | joining forces for children. (n.d.). Joining Forces For Children. Additional books to continue the conversation: Stamped from the Begining - Ibram X Kendi Me and My White Supremacy- Layla F Saad How to be Antiracist- Ibram X Kendi The New Jim Crow- Michelle Alexander White Fragility - Robing Dianglo
February 19, 2021
Episode 47: Honor The Journey - Addison Brasil
Crisis Hotline : 1-800-273-8255  or Text GO to 741741 Addison Brasil is the Co-Founder, VP, Head of Brand Impact & Strategic Partnerships at tethr. tethr is the world’s first online, peer-to-peer support community connecting men for open and honest conversations about life. Check out the app on Apple App Store or Google play. Tethr
February 15, 2021
Stigma Is Curable: The Myths and Strengths of ADHD
Lorri Comeau, M.Ed. & Tabitha A. Mancini, M.A. co-founded Collaborative Learning Services. They have been colleagues in the field of disabilities for the past seven years and have utilized their expertise and experience to create a company that serves the needs of a wide range of learners. Their work with students, parents and educators strategically integrates education and learning tools that support successful outcomes and incorporates transforming the way we view learning differences. Website: Email: Facebook page: Linkedin Lorri's book can be found at: Dr. Thomas Brown's website: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - a leading support and resource organization. Dr. Thomas E. Brown's website - a leading expert and author in the field of ADHD A website and magazine providing current information and resources regarding ADHD A website that provides current information and resources about learning disabilities
February 10, 2021
Stigma Is Curable Miniseries Trailer
Trailer for our new Miniseries Podcast of Stigma Is Curable- Our programming of community conversations on how to battle against mental and physical health stigmas.
February 8, 2021
Episode 46: Keep Hammering That Rock- Tanner Kern - Link to donate to 100 mile treadmill run for suicide awareness Tanner Kern is a former Division I football player at Lafayette College. Due to suffering too many concussions, Tanner's career ended earlier than he expected. This put Tanner in a dark place for a significant period following him hanging up his cleats. When Tanner finished playing in 2017, he weighed 340 pounds. Through weight loss and fitness, he found a new passion for himself. Since 2017, Tanner has lost 140 pounds and run multiple marathons and ultramarathons. He is currently a writer, podcaster, and content creator inspiring others to become the best version of themselves.
February 1, 2021
Episode 45: Men To Heal- James Harris
James Harris, attended St Paul’s College (which no longer exists), he has a BA in Psychology. After his freshman year, he joined the Army. James has eight years of service with an honorable discharge. He also has two deployments one to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. After his military duty, he earned a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) from South University. He is soon to be a License Professional Counselor (LPC). He is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, ACA, RACA and sits on the board of NAMI-CVA Today James is a multi-entrepreneur in Richmond VA, from the therapeutic standpoint he works in community-based services in the inner cities, sits on FAPT team meetings at school as well as social services, private practice and has started an international movement. The movement is called “Men to Heal” which is assisting men to focus on their overall wellness, mental and physical health. He conducts quarterly sessions on various topics involving men and mental health. Feel free to stroll his page to purchase a shirt, get familiar or to see him with celebrities, athletes and politicians who are in support of the movement. James conducts speaking engagements for various companies and has done engagements in many states and five countries via skype. He also owns The HEALing Hub (@the_healing_hub-rva) which offers outpatient therapy, massages, yoga, mindfulness, financial literacy seminars and feed the less fortunate every third Saturday. Lastly, James just authored his first book titled “Man Just Express Yourself” which is an interactive guide for men, young and old. You can get a copy wherever books are sold. He also has a YouTube channel which you can subscribe to called Men to Heal, where he gives insight on certain health both physical and mental in relations to men and families His website is and his IG:@men_to_heal.
January 18, 2021
Episode 44: Holistic Learning - Lorri Comeau
Lorri Comeau, M.Ed., is an ADHD Parent Coach, Learning Support Specialist, and Educational Consultant. She has over 20 years of experience working with students, parents, and educators in the field of ADHD and learning disabilities. She recently co-founded Collaborative Learning Services which provides ADHD parent coaching, academic support, and educational consulting. In addition, Lorri has co-authored The Essential Six, A Parent's Guide: How to Pave the Road to Self-Advocacy for College Students with Learning Differences, published through the Association in Higher Education and Disabilities. - Event Website: Email: Facebook page: Linkedin Lorri's book can be found at: Dr. Thomas Brown's website:
January 4, 2021
Episode 43: Little God Moments - James Garnes
Our guest today is James Garnes.  James is a Musician in the bands BROTHER and James and the Low Rollers. He is originally from Springfield Ma. and went to UMass Amherst majoring in Communications. He is a self proclaimed lifetime student and bear enthusiast. But more importantly he is one of the most solid people I know. His strength and grace are infectious, and if you get to bend his ear for five minutes, he will challenge your perceptions on life. We talk about addictions, positivity, connection, community and recovery, as well as where science meets spirit creating Magic! Follow him on: Insta: @rollin_with_brother_james
December 21, 2020
Episode 42: Black Ice - Jake Miskin & Chris Roberts
This episode deals with themes related to suicide. If you or anyone you know are having thoughts of suicide, whether passive or active, please use the resources provided below: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor Free 24/7 support at your fingertips US and Canada: text 741741 UK: text 85258 | Ireland: text 50808 **** A quick note! I reference a proof of concept short video for Black Ice in the podcast, it currently is not available as it is being reworked and edited**** In the film, Black Ice – We follow Will Mankus, a star high school hockey player, deal with the aftermath of his best friend and teammate Danny Arnold’s sudden suicide. The tragic loss triggered Nehoiden, Massachusetts and Will to question what has happened to this beautiful town, that has tradition written all over it. The backbone of “Black Ice” is based on events that took place between 2004-2009 in the town of Needham, MA. The Needham community was going through tough times. There had been a cluster of suicides. Needham, Massachusetts had a problem, and no one had an answer. Students were not dealing with it well. It was very quiet at school for quite some time. At that moment there was no real peer counseling available for kids. Students had to find their own way of support. Either a faculty member they knew closely or a group of friends, but even then, no one knew how to talk to each other. "Kids are starting to say things like, 'There's something wrong with Needham. Are we cursed?' which is disturbing," Richards said. "But remember, it's not just about drug use, it's not just about too much homework. Let's not rush to put a simple answer on it." - Principle Richards – 2006 (Wicked Local – Needham) Will Mankus has a tough road to overcome after the death of Danny. Questioning the final conversations, he had with Danny, the community involvement, and the sport he loves, hockey. BLACK ICE needs to be told. As teen suicide continues to happen. It is imperative that the message behind the film be brought to light to help change the public discussion on this pertinent issue.
December 7, 2020
Episode 41: Celebrating Your Symptoms and Differences - Rhana Hashemi
Rhana Hashemi is a Master's student in the Community Health Prevention Research Program (CHPR) at the School of Medicine. She is studying how to enhance the effectiveness of public health drug prevention and education strategies for youth. Rhana graduated with a B.A. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with Honors and was the President of their Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter. In 2016 she co-founded the Center for Political Drug Education where she today designs compassionate, engaging, and empowering drug education programs for school districts and community partners such as Oakland Unified School District, Berkeley Student Cooperative,  and Seeding Change. Links: Instagram @therealdruglady Website Example of a comprehensive district-wide and school-based drug education program I have co-created. TUPE @ OUSD  NVC Needs Inventory 
November 23, 2020
Episode 40: Living Your Yoga - Angelica Lopez
Angelica was drawn to the beauty of yoga in her early teenage years. However, it wasn't until college while struggling with grief from the death of her brother and a history of sexual trauma at the hand's of her father that she learned the healing power of yoga. After a decade of committed practice, Angelica decided to pursue yoga teacher training in order to assist others in finding tools to heal themselves. She is a graduate of Yoga Sanctuary's 200-hour yoga teacher training program. She has also completed teacher training certification programs with the Veteran's Yoga Project, Yoga 4 Cancer and Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga. She is currently enrolled in a program with the Prison  Yoga Project. Angelica uses movement and alignment cues in her classes to help her students feel a sense of agency, embodiment and empowerment. She currently teaches at Yoga Sanctuary (Community, BIPOC & Spanish), Breathing Space (where I teach public classes and bring yoga to people in recovery homes and prisons) and Bienestar (a program through Umass that offers wellness classes for the spanish speaking community).
November 9, 2020
Episode 39: Disordered Eating - Shaun Herr (Collaboration Episode with Nutri-IQ Radio)
This episode features conversations between Shaun and Myself regarding our own history of disordered eating, and eating disorders. The contents in this episode may be triggering for some, please use your own discretion when listening to this episode. If you are in need of any help, please reach out to any loved ones, professionals, or hotlines in your area. You can reach Shaun at : You can reach Steve at :
October 12, 2020
Episode 38: Ragingly Extroverted - Bryna Rogers
Bryna Rogers, MS is a Senior Director at Bay State Community Services, overseeing the Quincy Family Resource Center (QFRC), The Dianne DeVanna Center, and serves as the agency's Infant Specialist. Bryna works with youth and families to insure they have the services, supports, and resources needed for success in school, at home, and in the community. This often involves working with schools, the juvenile court system, and various state agencies and providers. Prior to becoming a Senior Director at Bay State, Bryna spent over 15 years working with youth in school, home, and therapeutic settings. Since 2017, Bryna has served on the DCF Coastal Advisory Board, now serving as Vice President. With a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, she has also trained at the Brazelton Center with Boston Children’s Hospital in the Touchpoints and Newborn Observation curriculum. When not at the office, Bryna enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, ages 21 and 19, walking her dogs Delilah and Cooper, spending time at the beach, and hanging out with her family and friends
September 28, 2020
Episode 37: Mind, Body, Life- Aimeé Boettcher
Aimeé Boettcher is the owner of Two Moons Creative, a graphic design and social media marketing company. She works with small businesses, coaching and helping create authentic and successful marketing campaigns to connect local businesses with their community on social media. Her goal is to take the technicality out of marketing and branding, so you can focus on the heart of your business and do what you truly love!
September 14, 2020
Episode 36: You Don't Need A Problem To Connect - Dr. Hollee McGinnis
Hollee A. McGinnis, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work. She is a prominent scholar, policy expert, and community organizer on adoption and child welfare. Her research examines social and cultural determinants of children’s mental health, with a focus on improving outcomes for youth and adults with histories of childhood trauma and involvement in systems of child welfare locally and globally. Her current study will explore adult outcomes of adopted and foster care alumni. Prior to obtaining her doctorate in social work at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. McGinnis was the policy director at the Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national organization focused on adoption policy and practice in the U.S., where she headed a national study on adoption and racial identity among adopted adults. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University School of Social Work (New York City) and completed a post-master’s clinical social work fellowship at the Yale University Child Study Center. In 1996, she founded Also-Known-As, Inc., a non-profit adult intercountry adoptee organization providing post-adoption services to international adoptees and adoptive families. Dr. McGinnis speaks regularly at national conferences and organizations, and has numerous published scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays. In 2008 she was recognized by the U.S. government with a Congressional Angel in Adoption award for her work in adoption. She is regularly sought out by the news media including interviewed about her research on South Korea’s child welfare system and overseas Korean adoptees by the New York Times Magazine, BBC News, and NPR.
August 31, 2020
Episode 35: Welcome To The Village - Dr. Khadijah Tuitt
Dr. Khadijah Tuitt is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her terminal degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She in an alumna of the Partnership Fellow’s Program for emerging Leaders of Color and received honorable mention for the prestigious National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award. As a child Khadijah experienced homelessness and neglect and by the time she reached adulthood she was a convicted felon. She is often invited as a panelist or keynote speaker and uses her story of trials to triumphs to help organizations understand the barriers that many Black and underserved individuals face. Dr. Tuitt works to increase awareness around understanding the power of culture, diversity, and inclusivity. She also mentors in the community and is frequently invited to speak about the effects of substance use and mental illness on individuals, families, and society. She is passionate about increasing awareness regarding mental health disparities in underserved communities and in communities of color.
August 17, 2020
Episode 34: Your Longest Weapon, Your Nearest Target- Rolando Garcia III
Rolando Garcia III is a recognized leader in the fitness industry, having served as both coach and mentor to some of the top fitness teams and most recognized brands in the world. His certifications include - RKC Level 2, PN2, Masters in Service and Hospitality at Cornell University, Full Instructor in JKD/FMA, and Coach at Boxe Francaise Savate.  Through his father he inherited the Dizon system of Filipino Martial Arts.  He is also a Brazilian Jiujitsu Purple Belt. Lastly, he is the author of “Intrinsic Excellence”, published by Dragondoor and foreword written by Dan John! Instagram: @rolandogarciaiii
August 3, 2020
Episode 33: What If... Steve Wasn't The Host??- Steve Opalenik
Steve is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in working with people who are seeking to make a change in their health. He has a background in personal training, and utilizes his experiences with mindfulness, meditation, playful movement, and calisthenics to create action plans for those seeking to find/maximize/fuel their inner potential. Steve is a certified Y12SR Instructor ( Yoga as a 12 step recovery program), a certified PCC Instructor (Progressive Calisthenics Certification), and a CMHIMP (Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider). Steve is one of the founders of The Promethean Project, and is currently the host of Break The Chains, Find Your Flame! @theprometheanproject - Instagram Steven Opalenik, LMHC - Facebook Steve Opalenik, LMHC - LinkedIn
July 20, 2020
Episode 32: You are what you think - Dr. Rob Robinson
Rob is the Founder of Family Care Counseling Associates in Wilbraham Massachusetts. He is a Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a graduate of the Authentic Happiness Coaching Program taught by Dr. Martin Seligman and a graduate of the Eckhart Tolle School of Awakening.
July 6, 2020
Episode 31: Genuinely Being Yourself, In All That You Do - LeRoy Watkins III
LeRoy J. Watkins III is a dad of 3 lovely children, husband to an exceptional woman, and the CEO & Co-Owner of Viking Sports. His life journey has been anything but traditional. Instead it’s been a collection of spectacular failures combined with unbelievable achievement with lots of character building experiences mixed in. From the way he started his first company, to his first job out of college, to becoming a dad, it’s all become part of this incredible story of who he is. Find him here: Viking Sports Facebook Website
June 22, 2020
Episode 30: Comparison Is The Thief Of Joy- Ruby Maddox
Ruby Maddox is the creator of Direct Your Purpose, a coaching and consulting business, dedicated to helping individuals and organizations cultivate their potential for meaningful contributions to society. She has spent more than 15 years working in the field of nonprofit management and philanthropy.  She is the co-founder of two nonprofit organizations focused on social justice, leadership, and equity (Gardening the Community & Leaders of the Free World) She is a 40 Under 40 Business and Community Leader's award recipient and a 2018 TEDx Speaker. Outreach to her here: Direct Your Purpose Leaders Of The Free World
June 8, 2020
Episode 29- When Life Has You In Side Mount- Rolando Garcia III
Rolando Garcia III is a recognized leader in the fitness industry, having served as both coach and mentor to some of the top fitness teams and most recognized brands in the world. His certifications include - RKC Level 2, PN2, Masters in Service and Hospitality at Cornell University, Full Instructor in JKD/FMA, and Coach at Boxe Francaise Savate.  Through his father he inherited the Dizon system of Filipino Martial Arts.  He is also a Brazilian Jiujitsu Purple Belt. Lastly, he is the author of “Intrinsic Excellence”, published by Dragondoor and foreword written by Dan John! Instagram: @rolandogarciaiii
May 25, 2020
Episode 28- Everything Is Temporary- Shelby Dwyer, LMHC RYT
Shelby (she/her) is a licensed mental health counselor and certified 200-hour yoga teacher. She uses an integrative and holistic approach to seamlessly blend yogic philosophy in an accessible manner into her clinical practice. In addition to working full-time with college-aged students, she hosts a podcast called “The Yogi Therapist Podcast“ which features candid interviews from professionals in the fields of health, yoga, and psychology. She lives in Boston with her husband and three cats. Check her out on instagram at: @yogitherapist or her website:
May 11, 2020
Episode 27: Giving Yourself Permission to Laugh- Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith is a passionate, vibrant facilitator and theater-based trainer. He believes in the power of laughter and Improvisation and he uses it well to educate and enlighten his clients. Trevor spent the first fifteen years of his career as a Recreation Therapist in the social services sector using laughter and creative, improvisational techniques to bring about transformation in those whom he counseled. In recent years, Trevor has turned his focus on supporting growth in the legal profession and the banking industry. He is further expanding his training opportunities to meet the professional development needs of a broad range of organizations. His work promotes self-confidence, creative problem solving and effective communication. Both in his career and in his personal life, Trevor values his ability to make people feel comfortable and supported in the learning process, and he is driven to create positive change and explore the possibilities for his clients in his nontraditional learning environment. Trevor holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.; a master’s degree in education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass.; and a master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He is a Certified Laughter Leader through the World Laughter Tour, an international clearinghouse for a global grassroots laughter movement.
April 27, 2020
Episode 26: Community, Communication, and Connection - Shatoyia Jones
Shatoyia Jones, reigning Ms. Massachusetts 2019 AWOS, is a social systems entrepreneur and educator, motivational speaker, social good lifestyle blogger, budding podcast host, philosopher and model. Growing up in a small, poor city in Louisiana where the ¨hustle and respect¨ is more important than financial stability and self-development, she is forever grateful for being privileged to attend one of the most elite colleges in the U.S. With a newfound passion for providing access to basic needs and education, as well as facilitating profound discussions on humanity, poverty and poverty alleviation, and holistic health - mental health, her philosophies have become her lifestyle. She currently serves as Founder and CEO of Ordinary x Influence, a social enterprise helping change makers build initiatives and businesses for sustainable impact and ethical practice, profitability, and scalability, Founder of First Ladies of Poverty Foundation & First Ladies of Poverty TV, and Education / Leadership Consultant with Crimson Education , recently being selected to provide press coverage to a conference entitled: Improving the Outcomes of Students Living in Trauma and Poverty and press coverage for Her Campus Conference: Empower in NYC June 2019. With a passion to discovering the formula for making the resources for alleviating poverty accessible to under-served communities seeking assistance via a philosophical lens, she has served in the educational system for 13+ years, recently being selected to serve as the sole project leader and volunteer for a literacy project in Costa Rica, Youth Engagement Specialist for Self/Dial AmeriCorps, Guest Workshop Host for Consortium for High Achieving Students of Color at Trinity College, Special Guest at MIT Innovation Conference and Harambe Seed Funding Event at Harvard Business, and Bi-lingual Mentor and Discussion Leader for GPI US, US Performing Arts Camp and Institute for Training and Development.
April 13, 2020
Episode 25: Bringing Awareness to the Present Moment - Megan Christensen
Megan has a deep understanding and experience in recovery, stemming from her own spiritual journey and transformation following her struggles with alcohol and addiction. Megan spent years in the harrowing clutches of alcohol addiction and battled an eating disorder during a time in her life that she refers to as her dark night of the soul. Megan has been in recovery for nearly four years and she integrates adventure and nature into her recovery practice, as she finds both to be incredibly healing and influential. Megan is passionate about helping individuals navigate through their own dark night of the soul and step into their power in order to live an integral and joyful life. Megan works for an organization called Being True To You that helps individuals achieve natural maturation out of addiction, integrate transformational experiences, and awaken to their true selves. For more information about this organization, visit You can also visit Megan on Instagram: @wildrecovery Additional Resources:
March 30, 2020
Supplemental Episode A: Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Hey Guys!!! During this trying time we thought we would put together an episode that will help you find space, grace, and healing. This is an episode of Progressive Muscle Relaxation Meditation. It explains the process and gives an introduction to what it is, and how to utilize its body relaxing potential. After the introduction, you will be led on a 20 minute meditation and guided through the process of slowly contracting and relaxing your body. Please enjoy!!
March 24, 2020
Episode 24: The Power of Being Transparent- Perry O'Hearn
Episode 24 features our good friend Perry O'Hearn. Perry owns a gym in Philadelphia called Philly Phitness. Through Perry’s studies in Electrical Engineering and over 20,000 of hours of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Academy of Personal Training,  he has been able to put together a training facility like nowhere else in Philadelphia. Philly Phitness runs on a platform of training that combines a balance of strength training, nutritional support, mindset support, supportive and rehabilitating techniques (chiropractic, massage therapy, mindset support, etc), and recreational activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle and positive outlook on life (rock climbing, hiking, triathlons, etc). Perry has created multiple transformation programs that allow for clients to choose their commitment while not limiting their access to his network and team of fitness professionals. He does not believe in training clients; He believes in transforming lives. Perry has a team of amazing trainers that help assist him change clients lives. Once you come to Philly Phitness he will be sure to match you with a trainer that matches your schedule, personality, and is best suited to help you reach your goals. Philly-Phitness
March 16, 2020
Episode 23: The Importance of Saying Hi - Annie Vo
Annie Vo is one of New York City’s most successful and sought-after personal trainers. As PCC Team Leader, RKC Team Leader and Level III Gym Jones Instructor she has taught certifications and seminars all over the world. Over the last decade, Ms. Vo has honed her skills through fully immersing herself in a multitude of training disciplines, from bodyweight, to kettlebells, to power lifting and more. She has been featured in The New York Post, NPR and Annie Vo continues to work with clients from numerous backgrounds, including athletes and celebrities, as well as everyday professionals. She is known for her no-nonsense training style, brutal serenity, and her talent for bringing out the best in everyone who crosses her path. A diverse and complex talent, Annie holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University and is a classically trained musician.
March 2, 2020
Episode 22: Listen for The Knocking- Shannon Algeo
Shannon Algeo is a life coach, motivational speaker, and yoga:meditation teacher. He is the host of the iTunes Top Podcast SoulFeed and interviews iconic wellness leaders in the wellbeing space like Deepak Chopra, Gabby Bernstein, Marianne Williamson, Caroline Myss, and many more. Shannon works with clients to heal old patterns of trauma and negativity so they can powerfully show up in the world to live a life of power, presence, and purpose. Shannon was named one of the 2019 “35 Under 35 in Wellness to Watch” by Wanderlust and named one of the “Nicest Instructors in New York City” by RateYourBurn for his work as a yoga and meditation teacher. He leads corporate mindfulness programs for companies like the global non-profit (RED) founded by Bono as well as several start up companies. In addition to giving talks for lululemon and Wanderlust, Shannon was invited to speak at the United Nations for Yoga and the UN Culture of Peace.
February 17, 2020
Episode 21: Being of Service, Through the Pursuit of Strength- Tony Steward Jr.
Tony Steward is a fitness professional based out of New York City. After struggling with his own weight issues through most of his childhood and adolescence, he became motivated to become both a student and teacher of fitness, strength, and wellness Tony uses a multifaceted, holistic approach to training, striving not to fall into fitness dogmas and always puts his clients’ goals and aspirations at the forefront of the process. Follow him on Instagram @trainmetony
February 3, 2020
Episode 20: Stigma is Curable -Lorenzo Lewis
Lorenzo Lewis is a social entrepreneur, professional speaker, and founder of the widely acclaimed The Confess Project, an initiative that centers on mental health and wellness for young men of color. A master storyteller, Lewis has spoken at numerous venues around the country about his journey turning pain into purpose—from narrowly escaping the school-to-prison pipeline and obtaining a master's degree to his current work building a national mental health movement. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Confess Project is committed to building a culture of mental health for boys and men of color through capacity building, advocacy, organizing and movement building. They believe in a world without barriers to stigma and shame.
January 20, 2020
Episode 19: Walking in the Woods- Dr. Christopher Willard
Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness.  He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, along with six sets of cards and therapeutic games, available in more than ten languages. He teaches at Harvard Medical School. Find him at: website: Instagram: @drchriswillard Email: and check out Alphabreaths on Amazon
January 6, 2020
Episode 18: Enter the 37th Chamber- Susan Piver
I am beyond happy to have had sat down with today's guest, Susan Piver!! Susan is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. Her newest book is The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. Susan has an international reputation for being an exceptionally skillful meditation teacher. She teaches workshops and speaks on mindfulness, innovation, communication, relationships, and creativity. She has been a student of Buddhism since 1995, graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004 and was authorized to teach meditation in 2005. In 2012, she founded The Open Heart Project, the world’s largest online-only meditation center.
December 23, 2019
Episode 17: Adapting is Our Superpower
We got to sit down with Andrew Morse for today's podcast... and boy was it a great experience. Andrew is one of the most genuine souls that there is! He is open, engaging, inquisitive, and not afraid to have some deep conversations about the societal and religious chains that he has had to break to find his own flame!! Andrew works in academic support at Holyoke Community College where he helps students find their writing voice and encourages them to think critically about their writing. He has a Communication degree from UMass where he studied how people are influenced by environment, media, and social constructs. Andrew is a little over a year into an unexpected stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and he speaks openly about his approach to maintaining his wellness while he adapts to live his best life.
December 9, 2019
Episode 16: Social Media for Philanthropy and Community - Robyn Lee
We got to sit down with our friend Robyn Lee!! The conversation touched upon a number of different topics, however the fruit of the conversation really focused on the positive role that social media can play with community building and philanthropy. We often hear about the negative affects of social media and technology, it was quite refreshing to talk about the positive side of social media and how we can use it to empower individuals and communities! Robyn Lee is the proud owner of MorningBird Media- a social media company that goes beyond the metrics to express your company's personality through the art of storytelling. She translates the personality of your physical business to an online experience that everyone can enjoy. They are currently working with non-profits like the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Valley Venture Mentors as well as retail businesses like ShopRite. She also teaches masterclasses to the public on how to use social media for your business.  Facebook: Instagram:
November 26, 2019
Episode 15: What Lies Beyond Happiness...
We recently got to catch up with our friends, Aaron and Maire, from Beyond Happiness!! Catching up was fantastic, and we were even blessed with a visit from a 3rd essential member of their company!! The episode is packed with great information on self care, perspective, and empathy (and Aaron also channels his inner Hulk Powers!!). Aaron was diagnosed with Itchy Dry Skin and has struggled ever since to find products that work for him. During his time in high school, he began to make his own body butters and soaps to help with his skin. After a teacher told him to sell the product, he began to pursue a skin care business. After years of research and trial and error he launched his business, Simply Smooth, in 2017. Since then, Aaron has received the Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Spirit Award, 2nd Place in the Hampshire College Pitching Competition, an internship with Hampshire College Entrepreneurship Internship, got accepted to both VVM Collegiate Accelerator and VVM Startup Accelerator Programs, and many other awards. Aaron is dedicated to self care just as much as making these products, believing that beauty comes from within. Noticing that many millennial and young people struggle with self confidence and self esteem, Aaron made it a priority to incorporate this into the business. By creating a business and a community Aaron is excited to continue to grow and expand! The company recently became Beyond Happiness as it sums up their new mission more than the previous name of Simply Smooth! Maire Frances is thrilled to be apart of Beyond Happiness! Joining the team in 2017 during the launch of the business, Maire Frances has been eager to be apart of every aspect of the business. Maire Frances controls the online social media platforms and does a lot of the decorating for displays, and show tables that Simply Smooth attends to sell and display their products. She is excited to share with customers how to take care of themselves with self care and any advice she can help with. Check them out here
November 12, 2019
Episode 14: Finding Comfort in the Ish - Heidi Yohe
In this episode, I got to sit down with my dear friend, Heidi Yohe, and talk about all the awesome things she is doing, and how her life has transformed since last we saw each other, 10 years ago. Heidi and I worked together for the LACES program at Springfield College. There we helped youth learn leadership skills and how to utilize these skills to help their community. I am proud to say that Heidi is continuing to do so, as she has works in two non-profit organizations, one of which she created to help empower young women through volleyball. Heidi Yohe is the co-founder and Managing Director of Empower Juniors, a non-profit based out of Austin Texas with a mission to provide quality, unified and compassionate coaches who plant seeds of positive growth by teaching volleyball and life skills to healthy, hardworking and empowered women on the future. She also works as the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Save Our Springs Alliance a nonprofit that works to protect the local water resources of Central Texas.
October 28, 2019
Episode 13: You can be completely amazing, even in imperfect moments- Mike Gillette
Episode 13 features someone I have been a long time fan of, and am in awe of... Mike Gillette. Mike Gillette has a life story that reads like an action-adventure novel. A life which has proven to be his own best case-study for goal attainment. He was a poor, scared and scrawny kid who  grew up amidst a backdrop of extreme violence and substance abuse. A kid who would ultimately become an Army Paratrooper, SWAT Commander, Government Counter-Terrorism Consultant, Bodyguard to Fortune 500 CEOs and a Record-Breaking Motivational Strongman whose feats have been documented by Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. As both practitioner and purveyor, Mike is a peak-performance pioneer. And at over 50 years of age, he continues to transcend his own personal limits while teaching others how to do the same. Instagram: @mike.gillette Facebook: Mike Gillette
October 15, 2019
Episode 12: No Advert Needed - Shaun Herr
Welcome back!!! Today's episode is with Shaun Herr, a good friend of mine from the UK. Shaun and I met three years ago at Dragon Door's PCC. Since then Shaun has been busy with helping people break the slimming cycle. He has his own podcast, The Shaun Herr Show (yours truly was lucky enough to be on an episode), his own online training program "The Shaun Herr Academy", and his own book "Finding Balance". We get into how he helps people break the slimming cycle and how important nutrition is to the game of health and wellness, and more importantly why fad diets are no good!!!
October 1, 2019
Episode 11: Mangoes and Massages - Martin Dubovic
Welcome back guys!!! Episode 11 starts off with a bang!! We don't even introduce our guest "officially" until towards the end of the episode. No worries though, I won't keep you waiting in these here show notes, our guest today is Martin Dubovic… Aka Barstruck Martin … Aka Kalisthenics Nomad … Aka E-Ratic Madman. Martin and I first met at the PCC three years ago... as you'll hear, we started talking over our love for healthy snacks. We get into nutrition early in the episode, and Martin has some amazing thoughts on health, cleanliness, and spiritual well being of the food we eat. Martin left his job, two years ago, and now travels the world, exploring different cultures, lifestyles and food. His love for health, animals, and different cultures is awe inspiring, and is something that really shines through through out all of the episode. I really enjoyed catching up with Martin, we could have easily did five more podcasts about all of the things we have in common. We will definitely have him back again to talk more. Check him out on social media: @kalisthenics_nomad - Instagram @Martin Calisthenics - Facebook And keep a look out for his new website coming soon- just search his name: Martin Dubovic
September 17, 2019
Episode 10: AND...- Nikki Myers
I was so honored to be able to sit down with Nikki Myers and talk about her experiences with addiction, recovery, Y12sr, somatic experiencing and much more. It truly was a breath of fresh air to speak with her and get to pick her brain on so many subjects. She shares with us some great gems of knowledge, I can't even pick my favorite one, I will leave it up to you to decide what her most pertinent thought in the podcast is!!! An accomplished speaker, teacher and practitioner, Nikki Myers is an MBA, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Addictions Recovery Specialist, and Certified Health Coach. Born from her personal struggle with addiction, Nikki is the founder of Y12SR, The Yoga of 12-Step Recovery. Based in its theme ‘the issues live in the tissues’, Y12SR is a relapse prevention program that weaves the art & science of yoga with the practical tools of 12-step programs. Y12SR meetings are now available throughout the world and the curriculum is rapidly becoming a feature of addiction recovery treatment centers. Nikki’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, The Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, and She is honored to be a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conferences at Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center. Nikki was named as a Yoga Journal Game Changer in 2015 and honored as a recipient of the esteemed NUVO Cultural Visionary Award in 2014. Things we talk about in this episode: Y12sr Somatic Experiencing Polar Bear Video
September 2, 2019
Episode 9: Aggressively Empathetic - Danny Kavadlo
Our guest for this episode, is the one, the only, Danny Kavadlo. This was an amazing episode as we got to sit down with Danny and talk about everything and anything. From calisthenics, to therapy. From traveling the world, to balancing empathy. We had a blast catching up and talking about ways people can get outside of their comfort zone and really challenge themselves, and in the process grow stronger. I do have to warn you, this episode is packed with some explicit language- we get passionate, and it brings out some colorful language. It's all in good fun, but maybe don't have this on blast if you are at work, or spending time with your kids!!! Danny Kavadlo is one of the world’s leading authorities on calisthenics, nutrition and personal training. He is known globally for his minimalist philosophy, feats of strength, and over-the-top personality.  Mr. Kavadlo is the author of numerous fitness titles including #1 Amazon best sellers GET STRONG and STRENGTH RULES. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and is a regular contributor to and TRAIN magazine. When not working one-on-one with clients in his native New York City, Danny travels the world as a Master Instructor for Dragon Door’s internationally acclaimed Progressive Calisthenics Certification. Danny believes that success in fitness (and life) begins with showing up, working hard and taking responsibility. Things mentioned in this episode: Progressive Calisthenics Certification
August 19, 2019
Episode 8: Positive Higher- Michele Heyward
Today we got to sit down with my fellow geek, Michele Heyward. And boy, let me tell you, she is a blast. I first met Michele in the VVM Start Up Accelerator- much like Episode 6 guest Oscar. Michele blew my mind early on. Her warmth, charisma, humor and caring are all evident from the minute she says hello to you. She can conversate with the best of them, and she holds your interest. But what you don't see until you get to know her, is her extreme want to help create a world of equal opportunity, equity, and respect. Oh you learn it within five minutes, but by then you already know Michele for who she is. She is one of the most genuine people you can ever meet, and she will have you in stitches for hours. We get to talk about her passions, her history, and how she is advocating for change in the STEM field, specifically for women of color.  You may notice that Michele's company is actually name PositiveHire, and that the name of the episode is actually Positive Higher.... this wasn't a mistake- in the episode we talk about how Michele came up with the amazing pun for her company. I wanted to honor that in the title, because she literally is a person who is bringing the value of "Positive" to a higher level. Michele Heyward is founder and CEO of PositiveHire, a tech company engineered to bridge the gap between enterprises and women of color in STEM. Michele is an experienced project manager in the energy sector armed with technical sales and technology transfer experience. Michele’s vision is to not only help women of color in STEM find inclusive workplaces, but to prepare enterprises to receive them, and help those enterprises recruit them.This approach makes PositiveHire, the premiere recruiting platform for women of color professionals. Michele has a B.S. degree in civil engineering and M.S. degree in industrial management, both from Clemson University.  A South Carolina native, Michele enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, Toastmasters, and making connections  personally and professionally. Michele has a passion for engaging with others on social media. Check out the work she is doing here: You can contact Michele here: or on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram
August 5, 2019
Episode 7: Manifesting Resilience and Happiness- Jillian Manus
We were very fortunate to sit down with an amazingly empowered and awesome lady for this episode. Jillian and I dive deep into theories of self care, happiness, and resilience. Jillian Manus is an experienced entrepreneur, technology investor, and banking and media executive. She is currently a Managing Partner of Structure Capital VC, a seed and early-stage venture fund providing capital and marketing strategy to companies exploiting under-utilized assets and excess capacity. Jillian sits on numerous board including Stanford University Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools. She also sits on the board of several of her portfolio companies, including Hyp3r, Workpath, Revelar, and Liquiglide. Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was the Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media, and Global Goal Sports Management.  Jillian is passionate about women’s empowerment and served seven years as Chair of The Woman’s Conference where she joined Maria Shriver to create the largest women’s conference in the world. She was also named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2016 by the San Francisco Business Times. As an active voice in the media, Jillian often provides business and political commentary on Bloomberg and Fox News, and is currently co-hosting the popular podcast “The Pitch”. She attended Oxford University and NYU where she also served as adjunct professor and Trustee. She is the mother of four children who are her breath, smile and inspiration. Things we talk about in this episode: Special video for this episode!!!: 
July 22, 2019
Episode 6: The Power of Positive Thought- Oscar Pedroso
Today we got to sit down with my good friend, Oscar Pedroso. In this episode we dive deep into Oscar's passions to help youth gain access to hands on engineering kits and models. We deeply talk about his approach to life and positive thinking, and we hear about his early life, his struggles, and what it took to get him through the obstacles in his life that were put in his way. We also have some great shout outs to Oscar's Dad, and other friends of ours in the Valley Venture Mentor crew. Oscar is founder / CEO of - an education technology business founded in 2015 and based in Buffalo, NY. He hails from New York City and was introduced to Western New York upon his enrollment at the University of Rochester where he graduated with degrees in Math and Economics. He is a first generation college graduate and entrepreneur. After graduation, Oscar worked in higher-education as a college admission officer at his alma mater; his focus there was recruiting students of color from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue engineering as a possible major and career option. Oscar has since started multiple businesses in the education space - including a private tutoring business, an online project journal tool for student engineers, and now Thimble which helps children learn engineering and coding skills through hands-on kits. Oscars spends his spare time rowing for Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, taking care of his pitbull (willow) and silver lab (cooper), and helping other entrepreneurs realize their potential. Here are 3 things most don't know about Oscar: 1) Do not tell him you're interested in starting your own business. He will make sure you eventually quit your full-time job to realize your dream. 2) He is inspired by various DJs and has created his own mixes. One day he hopes to play his music for large groups of people. 3) He speaks fluent Spanish and French, and is moderately proficient in Russian and Catalan. Things mentioned in this episode: You can contact Oscar at :
July 8, 2019
Episode 5: Accepting Your Gifts - Hermoine Hamlin
 Our guest this episode is our good friend, Hermoine Hamlin. Hermoine and I used to work as Therapists at a mental health clinic out by Boston. We bonded over talks of hip hop and energetic work/healing. Hermoine Hamlin is a Usui Reiki Master, Angel Messenger and Intuitive with years of experience in energy work, connection with spirit, mediumship and angel readings. She maintains the ultimate belief that healing and connection can take on many forms. Hermoine is truly passionate about assisting others with “transcendent empowerment through intuitive action,” with the belief that assisting others with making informed decisions, via spiritual intervention, will inevitably make the world a better place. She practices meditation on a daily basis and connects with spirit regularly. Over the past 15 years, Hermoine has formally and informally studied various energy and spiritual teachings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Howard University; a Master’s degree from George Washington University in Community Counseling; and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Divinity from the University of Metaphysical Sciences. She has years of experience in the Mental Health and Child Welfare fields, and feels that this too is divine work.  Hermoine is also a crafter who makes wreaths and has a small online business entitled HMH Décor ( She specializes in making personalized wreaths for various occasions, as well as, refurbishing furniture pieces. In this podcast, we talk about social justice, the docuseries "When they sees us" , how the world can move to a more healing environment, accepting your true self and your gifts, and how to use your talents to help others. It was very great to catch up with Hermoine, she is doing wonderful things, and is an energetic breath of fresh air!! What we talked about this episode:
June 24, 2019
Episode 4: Sobriety From Distraction - Grace Kavadlo
Welcome to Episode 4!!!! Today we got to sit down with the amazing Grace Kavadlo!!!!  Grace is badass!! Whether she's teaching yoga, waxing philosophically about comics, getting tattooed, or just busting out Human Flags, Grace brings the energy, and she did not disappoint on this episode!! We got to check in with Grace about mind and muscle, and how to combine both in your workouts and goal settings. We talked about her recent challenges around getting back into her fitness routines and goals, after giving birth 9 months ago. She has an awesome outlook on life, and it is contagious!! We hope you enjoy the episode!!! And as always, if you like what you are hearing, subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review! Things we referenced in this episode:
June 4, 2019
Episode 3- The Importance of Community - Jonny Tran
Welcome to Episode 3!! Our guest is Jonny Tran; a man of many talents. He is a local trainer, leader, Marine, and all around awesome guy. I first met Jonny when he was a senior in high school. He participated in a youth leadership group, LACES, that I was running at Springfield College. Upon first meeting Jonny, it is evident that he stands out from others. He is funny, caring, charismatic, and positive. We dive into some of these qualities and how he is able to maintain these, even in times of strife and negativity. We also talk about his general outlook on life, what the future holds for him, and some of his favorite, and least favorite, exercises. It was an honor to catch up with him, and see how he has applied himself over the years. I am proud to call him a friend, and happy that you get to meet such an awesome individual through this podcast. One quick note: I make reference to Jocko Willink and his podcast in this episode, I unfortunately listed him as a Marine, when in fact, he is a Navy Seal. I apologize for the misinformation- and I wanted to clarify the error. Things We Referenced in this Episode: - Apparently on the History Channel, not Discovery ( my bad) Jocko podcast-
April 29, 2019
Episode 2: No Breath Left Behind- Marcus Opalenik
Marcus Opalenik is a Co-Founder of the Promethean Project, and an insightful martial artist. He has been practicing martial arts for the last twenty years, and has spent 6 of those years in Taiwan studying with world renowned Martial Artist , Luo De Xiu. Marcus is great thinker, philosopher, and problem solver... and he is not afraid to make an inappropriate joke from time to time. We dig deep in this interview, and talk a little bit about his journey with martial arts, how he became interested in them, and what are their real world practical uses besides just the martial components. It was fun to sit down with him and talk about how to build up the body and brain, to make a strong supportive emotional and spiritual environment.
April 20, 2019
Episode 1: Making a Change - Caitlin Langone
We got a chance to sit down with one of our Founders, and a future host of the podcast, Caitlin Langone!!! Caitlin and I spoke about her journey towards a wellness focused lifestyle, some of her struggles along the way, and her current status on her wellness infused lifestyle. We had some great laughs, talked about The Promethean Project, comics, wellness, and ideas that drive us towards our passion of a community based wellness model.  Take a listen, share, hit that 5 star button, and subscribe for more interviews by people who are working on reaching their potential, and having fun in the process. Show notes: - Ham Time - PiYo
March 15, 2019
Break The Chains, Find Your Flame- Episode 0- Teaser
Welcome to the Promethean Project's Podcast, Break The Chains, Find Your Flame!!!! This is Episode 0- or as we like to call it, Our Awkward Introduction.  This is our teaser trailer to get you hyped up for the upcoming interviews, guests, and gems of knowledge that we hope to send your way.  So buckle up, and enjoy the next couple of minutes.
February 13, 2019