November 18, 2015


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

Are you wanting to go from “good to great?”  Are you 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 her tips on how she helps individuals, teams, and relationships be more effective in defining what they want out of life, creating goals, and breaking down the process of achieving them into concrete steps.

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November 12, 2015


Guests:   Courtney Cox-Paulson and Victoria Weber, RN, Care Managers, Care Wisconsin's Family Care Program;  Monica Anderson, Care Wisconsin member and her mother, Shirley Anderson

What does it take to maintain your health, safety and independence as your move through life and find you can’t do it alone? According to Care Wisconsin, it takes collaboration with a Care Management team that puts you in the center of the decision-making in collaboration with a care team and support system.  On this program, hear Courtney Cox-Paulson and Victoria Weber describe how creating an individualized care plan allows their members to experience an optimal level of wellness.

Also on the program, Monica Anderson and her mother, Shirley Anderson.  Monica, now 48, has autism and lived with her parents until three years ago when she was able to move into her own apartment with the help of her care team and family.  Hear how Monica has met and set new goals as she lives a continually expanding life.

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November 5, 2015


Guests:  Ronald Luskin, Senior Director of Development, Meriter Foundation;  Susan Janty, MS, RN, Director of Behavioral Health, Meriter-UnityPoint Health

Sensitivity to differences stemming from diverse cultural, ethnic, spiritual and religious backgrounds is increasingly important in improving the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. That’s why the Meriter Foundation is offering a community-wide Cultural Competency Skills Workshop for all mental health practitioners.

On this program, Ronald Luskin and Susan Janty, MS, RN, define what is meant by cultural competency and highlight the breadth of mental health care needs and how Meriter-UnityPoint Health is addressing them.

October 29, 2015


Guests: Anna Schaub, Palliative Care and Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and Care Practitioner and Marcia Whittington, Chief Development Officer, Agrace Hospice and Palliative Care - plus Carol Hutchinson, Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UW-Madison

People with a life expectancy of six months or less are looking to hospice for comfort and compassionate care for themselves and their loved ones.  Those with chronic conditions are finding palliative care provides them with treatment choices that help them live the highest quality of life.  On this program, Anna Schaub and Marcia Whittington, describe the difference between hospice and palliative care more fully which now extends to the growing number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.  Learn more, also, about Agrace’s Care for All Campaign which will assure no one is ever turned away from receiving care due to lack of financial resources.

Agrace’s annual BUTTERFLY GALA is Saturday, November 7, at The Edgewater.  For ticket information, go to

Carol Hutchinson gives details of their upcoming free November Lecture, LIVING WELL WITH DEMENTIA, Wednesday, November 4, at the Middleton Performing Arts Center.  The Resource Fair begins at 5:00 p.m.  Speaker presentations begin at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, go to or call 608-265-0407.

October 21, 2015


Guests: former Wisconsin Congressmen David Obey and Tom Petri

Knowledge and experience are worth a lot, and former Wisconsin Congressmen David Obey (D) and Tom Petri (R) are sharing both as they take their message on the road throughout Wisconsin in a Civic Participation Lecture Series.  On this program, the Congressmen give their views on the function and dysfunction of the current Congress snd share their perspective on how politics works at the state and national levels, and the importance of civic participation in bipartisan discussions.

The next opportunity for students and the general public to hear their presentation is Monday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin/Fox Valley.  For more information, go to the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service website,

October 15, 2015


Guests: Melinda Heinritz, Director of Strategic Partnerships including A Fund for Women, Madison Community Foundation;  Therese Gulbransen, Chair of A Fund for Women Advisory Committee

Transforming our community so that women and girls can reach their full potential is the vision of A Fund for Women, a separate fund within the Madison Community Foundation. “But you have to believe it is possible before you can make it happen,” says Melinda Heinritz. That’s why the theme for this year’s Annual Dinner and Fundraiser to benefit A Fund for Women is: IMAGINE MADISON:  THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS.  The 22nd anniversary event is Wednesday evening, October 21, at Monona Terrace.

On this program, Melinda Heinritz and Therese Gulbransen describe the evolution of A Fund for Women from a time when mainstream charities and foundations were falling short in providing support to programs that benefited women and girls to today - when the newest focus is promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment through their Earn - Save - Invest Initiative.

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October 9, 2015


Guests: State Representative Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Vice Chair, Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia; Rob Gundermann, Public Policy Director, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

Over 116,000 people in Wisconsin suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the numbers are growing rapidly.  While researchers search for a cure, effective treatment, or ways to prevent Alzheimer’s, critical legislation has been passed or is under consideration to help caregivers and family members ease the burden of care and improve community resources and the safety and quality of care of those diagnosed.

On this program, State Representative Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Rob Gundermann talk about the success of legislation like the Silver Alert Bill passed last year to help locate lost seniors and new legislation and state programs that are being put forward to address this devastating disease.

The Dane County Alzheimer’s Walk to benefit the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin will be held at Warner Park, Saturday morning, October 10.  Festivities begin at 9:00 am when people can learn more about what services and new initiatives are available. There is a 2-mile walk and a shorter walk on the park sidewalks. Anyone can register by going to

September 28, 2015


Guests:  Laura Heisler, Dir. of Programming, WARF and Dir. of Outreach, Morgridge Institute for Research; Kristen Pickett, Assistant Professor and Debbie Bebeau, Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, UW-Madison

What is it you don’t know about healthy aging? The University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered answers to what it takes to live healthy, happy, and purposeful lives across the lifespan, and they are inviting the community to a free event on Saturday, October 10, at the Discovery Building Town Center so you can experience firsthand what UW has learned about how you can be your best self at any age. This “Celebrating Healthy and Purposeful Aging” event is made possible by John and Tashia Morgridge who have chosen this way to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.

On this program, Laura Heisler, Kristen Pickett, and Debbie Bebeau share highlights of the Event's activities.  From recognizing falls prevention as a key to purposeful and healthy aging to using tango dancing and glass blowing as activities to help people with Parkinson’s disease, you will be exposed to many creative ways to bring new joy, purpose and healthy living to your everyday activities.

From 10 am to noon is a family-focused time - Saturday Science for school-age children and adults; 1-5 pm features Healthy Aging Across the Lifespan.  For a full schedule of events and more information, including transportation options, go to

September 23, 2015


Guests:   Ron Giordan, father of Gio and one of the founders of Gio's Garden; Val Madsen, Executive Director and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Gio's Garden began as a seed of frustration from parents of children with special needs that grew into a respite care home in Middleton, Wisconsin in 2009. Named after Giovanni Giordan, a boy who at one time suffered from more than 80 seizures a day and had three brain surgeries, Gio’s Garden is continuing to expand its free services to children 0-6 years old and their families.

On this program, Ron Giordan, father of Gio, and Val Madsen tell the story of Gio and describe the breadth of special services his circumstances has inspired. For more information about Gio’s Garden and to register for Gio’s Garden Gala, Saturday evening, October 24, at Monona Terrace, go to

September 17, 2015


Guests:   Kristel Renn, Youth Development Director at STAR Credit Union;  Kelsey Johnson, STAR member

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.  Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, STAR CU is financed entirely by Summit Credit Union and is the brainchild of Summit CEO, Kim Sponem.  Housed in the Boys and Girls Club, 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, who is now in seventh grade and 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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