May 4, 2016


Guest: Sharyl Kato, Rainbow Project Director and Therapist

The affects of stress, trauma, physical or emotional abuse in the home can live with a child throughout their lives. That’s why prevention, early intervention and treatment for children and families who have experienced some form of trauma is so critical.

On this program, Sharyl Kato describes how the Rainbow Project provides restorative healing and hope for young children and families living with the negative affects of trauma and helps them build a foundation for the mastery of life sustaining skills.

The public is invited to attend community screenings of the film, “Paper Tiger,” May 5 from 6:30-9:00 pm at Memorial High School and May 12 from noon-2:30 pm at the Goodman Center.

April 28, 2016


Melanie Ramey, CEO of Hope of Wisconsin, JD and MSW

Sexual intimacy among older Americans is alive and well.  It’s just a subject we don’t talk about much.  This silence allows misconceptions to flourish - including the widespread assumption that seniors lose interest in sex and are, or should be, asexual.  According to leading researchers, that is far from the truth.

Recently Melanie Ramey presented a lecture on Sexuality and Aging to a class at the UW Madison School of Social Work.  On this program, Melanie shares her message on the importance and broad existence of intimacy in older adults lives and the need for family members and care professionals to recognize this.  This open conversation covers the myths, barriers, dynamics, and benefits of sex as we age, and how the need for intimacy is ageless and should be supported.

April 21, 2016


Guest: Kristin Seaborg, M.D.

What is it like to live with epilepsy?  One in 26 people know as that is how many will develop epilepsy at some point during their lifetime.  Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages.  In America, epilepsy is as common as breast cancer.

 On this program, Kristin Seaborg, a pediatrician, parent, and advocate for epilepsy awareness describes her experiences with seizures and epilepsy over 20 years.  After a diagnosis of epilepsy in her teens, Kristin lived in constant fear that her seizures would intensify and prevent her from practicing medicine. She kept her condition a closely-guarded secret, leading a tenuous double life as patient and practitioner - until now.

Kristin Seaborg chronicles her journey in her newly-published memoir, The Sacred Disease, with the hope that writing about her disease will build public awareness and decrease the stigma associated with seizures.

April 12, 2016


Guests:  Emily Auerbach, Project Director, UW-Madison Odyssey Project; Tosumba Welch, Odyssey Project Success Story

What do Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, Shakespeare and Gandhi have to do with breaking down economic barriers that so many low-income adults face today? A whole lot, says Emily Auerbach, Project Director of the UW-Madison Odyssey Project and award-winning English Professor.  Each Wednesday from September to May, low-income adults enrolled as UW special students in the Odyssey Project, gain a voice and a sense of empowerment through lively discussions of literature, history, philosophy, art and writing. They receive six credits through the English Department, and for many it is the launching pad for a college education or skilled career path.

On this program, Tosumba Welch, one of the Odyssey Project’s many success stories, joins Emily Auerbach and describes how his life has been changed and gives us a sample of his writing and oratory skills.

The public is invited to attend the 2016 graduation ceremony, Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-8:00 PM in Varsity Hall at Union South.  For more information go to

April 7, 2016


Guests:  Kristel Renn, Youth Development Director, STAR Credit Union;  Kelsey Johnson, STAR Exceptional Saver

Empowering young people to create the future they want is the philosophy behind STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world. STAR CU is financed entirely by Summit Credit Union and is housed in the Boys and Girls Club where members under the age of 18 can open a savings account with a minimum deposit of 25 cents and participate in financial literacy classes.

On this program, Kristel Renn describes how at risk kids are learning about money management and saving for their future through their hands-on experience with a financial institution. Longtime member Kelsey Johnson, one of STAR’s exceptional savers, shares how having a savings account and being involved with the credit union operations have inspired her to plan for college and perhaps a career in the financial industry or teaching.

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March 31, 2016


Guest:  Darcy Luoma, Certified Life and Executive Coach and 
Organization Development Specialist

Are you wanting to "kick your life up a notch" - go from “good to great?” Are you really living the life you want, following your passion and fulfilling your potential?  Or, are you unsettled with your life, your job, and not sure how to set a new course for yourself or maximize the opportunities you currently have?

On this program, Darcy Luoma shares tips on how individuals, teams, and relationships can be more effective in defining what they want out of life, creating goals, and breaking down the process of achieving them into concrete steps.

March 24, 2016


Guest:  April McHugh, Career and Educational Counselor, UW-Madison's Division of Continuing Studies;  Facilitator, Job Search Support Group

Are you looking for a job or considering changing jobs?  Then put aside that resume you are working on and listen to this conversation with April McHugh to find out what the smartest and most effective ways are to find that next job.  Experts guesstimate that 80% of all job vacancies are never listed.  Employers have their own systems they follow to fill vacancies.

On this program, April McHugh discusses how employers connect with job-seekers which is opposite to how job-seekers typically look for jobs.  You’ll hear what works when looking for a job, and why an employer will hire you over someone else.

March 17, 2016


Guest:  James Leonard, DO, PT, Spine Clinic, School of Medicine and Public Health, Dept. of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, UW-Madison

Don’t feel alone.  80% of adults report lower back pain at some point in their lives, and 10-15% of all sports-related injuries involve the spine.  Low back pain accounts for more lost person hours than any other type of occupational injury and is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in those under age 45.  So, what can you do about it?  What are the different options available to you?  Medical procedures, surgery, medications, supplements, exercise, stress relief?  What would work for you?

On this program, you'll hear a comprehensive conversation on maintaining spinal health and the options available to you with Dr. James Leonard, UW-Madison Spine Clinic.

March 10, 2016


Guests: Jack, Moira and Henry, Alzheimer's caregivers; Pat Wilson, Family Support Coordinator; Ingrid Kundinger, Director of Development; Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

Moira and Jack did not know each other; however, they share a common bond.  Each is living with a spouse who has Alzheimer’s, and each reached out to the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin for help.  “I couldn’t do it alone anymore,” said Jack.  With the help of the Alliance, Moira is managing to juggle three lives - professional woman, wife of a husband with Alzheimer’s, and mother to their active 11-year-old son.

On this program, Jack, Moira, and 11-year-old Henry share their stories. They are joined by Pat Wilson and Ingrid Kundinger who describe the support they have provided to them and other individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer's through the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.

Then - hear more stories of hope and support at the ADAW’s spring fundraising event, AN EVENING TO REMEMBER, Friday, April 1, at The Edgewater.  Celebrating the positive impact of art on those with cognitive changes, the Reception and Silent Auction begin at 5:30 with dinner and program to follow.  For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

March 3, 2016


Guests:  Bonnie Banker, Executive Director, BrightStar Senior Living;  Wendy Sulzer, Branch Manager, BrightStar Care

As the aging population grows, increasing attention is given to what people need to help them maintain their independence while assuring they are safe, cared for, and able to maximize their health and well-being.  When is it time to bring in assistance in the home?  And what are the signs that home care is just not enough, and it’s time to move to assisted living?

Wendy Sulzer and Bonnie Banker face these questions every day from seniors themselves and family members concerned about the well-being of their loved ones.  On this program, Wendy and Bonnie walk us through the art of making the right care choices.

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