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Season 7 Episode 6: Legislative Update with State Representative Jack O'Malley, Michigan House

Air date: October 15, 2020
Show description: Politics are front and center during this unheard-of year. A pandemic and United States presidential election are two headliners greatly affecting us in Northern Michigan. Join perspective shared on October 15 by sitting legislator and baby boomer State Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District including four area counties. Tune in to this timely conversation now!


Season 7 Episode 5: Mike McDonald and Donna Olendorf, Safe Harbor Grand Traverse

Air date: October 10, 2020
Show description: Join leaders of Safe Harbor Grand Traverse including Mike McDonald, Executive Board Chairperson and Donna Olendorf, Community Liaison. Traverse City’s seasonal emergency shelter, Safe Harbor, has created and continues its commitment to deliver important case management and housing assistance to a vulnerable population. A primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests experiencing homelessness. What are the newly adopted practices and environmental parameters as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic? How are collaborators working within Safe Harbor, and how may Northern Michigan individuals and groups offer support? Discover and learn the importance of Safe Harbor Grand Traverse as their programs become fully available. Better understand improvements tailored for pandemic safety to appropriately protect volunteers and guests during a new season, October 31, 2020 through early spring 2021. Understand how and perhaps feel called to personally contribute to this community continuum of care.


Season 7 Episode 4: John Russell, professional photographer and journalist

Air date: October 3, 2020
Show description: John Russell professionally and voluntarily daily chronicles Northern Michigan life and history. In this conversation, discover John’s perspective observed within area communities to maintain personal connections between individuals through a socially disconnected health pandemic. Feel inspired by the trademark humor of this familiar figure proud to claim Northern Michigan as his lifelong hometown.


Season 7 Episode 3: Sherrie Moseler, Executive Director, PACE North

Air date: September 26, 2020
Show description: Sherrie Moseler, Executive Director, PACE North in Traverse City, updates NewsTalk listeners regarding the unique PACE North model and the organization’s transitions through the COVID-19 pandemic. This fall, PACE North also celebrates a year of serving Northern Michigan through its Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE North delivers expert medical and wellness care for individuals ages 55 or older as they continue to live safely at home. Discover this proven alternative for traditional long-term care, how PACE North adapted and continues to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis, and how PACE continues to safely serve participants now and into the future. Feel informed with this September 26, 2020 conversation!


Season 7 Episode 2: Mike Kent, Communications expert and journalist

Air date: September 19, 2020
Show description: Through consistent delivery by journalist Mike Kent, listeners may have already discovered crises often experienced and expressed by Michigan American Military Veterans. In 2019, Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan gifted nearly 26,000 toys to over 5,700 children. Mike Kent is an expert communicator and advocate for our American Military Veterans as well as a Toys for Tots figure to support his wife, Maggie, and her leadership of regional Toys for Tots efforts. How may we support our American Military Veterans feeling crisis? What does the 2020 Toys for Tots season look like through the coronavirus pandemic? Join our September 19 conversation to learn, get involved and create hope and opportunity for those supported by his articulate, Northern Michigan messages. Listen now!


Season 7 Episode 1: Sue Buck and Betsy Carr, Community Leaders

Air date: September 12, 2020
Show description: Community leaders Sue Buck and Betsy Carr are recognized, admirable contributors to Northern Michigan through their consistent support of charities. The duo and their enterprise have delivered twenty five years of service aligned with their development and leadership of Dance Arts Academy, Company Dance Traverse, and Diva Dancewear. What has felt inspiring in their continued connection to students during the coronavirus health crisis? From virtual sessions to dance camps into the Dance Arts Academy fall 2020 class schedule, how has transition quickly been accomplished? What’s next, and what feels most important? These two former professional dancers are experienced educators with a combined sixty-plus years of teaching experience. Tune in to this conversation to be part of Sue and Betsy's healthy, positive, and supportive energy and vibe. Listen now!


Season 6 Episode 14: Deborah Allen, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer, Grand Traverse Pavilions

Air date: September 5, 2020
Show description: Providing care for over a hundred years, Grand Traverse Pavilions, Traverse City has experienced how to consistently adhere to federal regulations as well as creatively adapt. Owned by Grand Traverse County and operated by the Grand Traverse County Department of Health and Human Services Board, the Pavilions is home to more than 300 residents and an employer of 400 staff members. For over a century and currently through the 2020 global coronavirus pandemic, the Pavilions Community programs address needs through Nursing Care, Residential Services, a Wellness Center and Adult Day/Respite Care Services. Discover how this 28 acre campus on historical property is adapting in new ways to their commitment to aging adults and caregivers. Hear from Deb Allen, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer of Grand Traverse Pavilions as September 5, 2020 discussion includes safety and daily practices as well as vital engagement with family, friends and community. What has been addressed and accomplished, what’s new, and what’s next? Northern Michigan may get involved and have some fun as we support this special population of residents and staff. Listen now and learn how!


Season 6 Episode 13: Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director, TCNewTech

Air date: August 29, 2020
Show description: Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director of TCNewTech, is among the first Northern Michigan figures to quickly transition due to COVID19-driven social gathering parameters. Traditional face to face, public events swiftly became monthly online gatherings. Jennifer and her TCNewTech team understandably rose to the challenge, since goals of the organization are accomplished through interaction among technology enthusiasts. What innovations have been ignited since March 2020? How has TCNewTech continued their free, monthly Traverse City events temporarily away from City Opera House, Traverse City? What has evolved as TCNewTech continues to engage all ages? Learn now!


Season 6 Episode 12: Vic McCarty, Northern Michigan news figure

Air date: August 22, 2020
Show description: Vic McCarty’s radio presence at WTCM NewsTalk 580 includes conversations as host and reporter from both the Midwestern Broadcasting studio and mobile news van. BoomerAbility listeners continue to benefit from McCarty’s reports through the COVID19 pandemic, and this phone conversation offers a perspective from Northern Michigan during our summer response to the coronavirus. What is creating conversation in August 2020? Find out here!


Season 6 Episode 11: Joanie Blamer and Melissa Trout, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority

Air date: August 15, 2020
Show description: Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority offers support for children and youth among the 5,000 individuals annually served in six Northern Michigan counties. As the reimagined launch of the school year approaches, discover tools available to all ages feeling mental health challenges including stress and loneliness experienced as a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Daily services of Northern Lakes address needs of adults and children living with serious mental health illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with co-occuring substance use disorders for all community members of Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon and Wexford counties. Meet Joanie Blamer, Chief Population Officer for Mental Health Services and Melissa Trout, Operations Manager of Child and Family Services to learn how our general population may immediately benefit from Northern Lakes tools and resources. Could you or those you care about discover mental health relief more conveniently than you expected? Listen now!


Season 6 Episode 10: Kristi Dockter, City Opera House, Traverse City

Air date: August 8, 2020
Show description: This enthusiastic conversation with Kristi Dockter, City Opera House, Traverse City rebroadcasts the expert work of City Opera House staff and volunteers as regional anchors. Note: BoomerAbility has worked with incredible guests and WTCM NewsTalk friends in 2020, and this is the first rebroadcast conversation since the COVID19-related executive orders of Michigan’s Governor started limiting activity. Thank you, guests and listeners, for your incredible commitment to keep our Saturday show informative, relevant and fresh! Originally aired in June 2020, prioritization of health and safety continue for COH to best respond to the coronavirus pandemic. What’s happening now, and what’s next for City Opera House? This timely, summer 2020 conversation is relevant and upbeat. Listen now!


Season 6 Episode 9: Pat Friedli, M.D.

Air date: August 1, 2020
Show description: Seeking healthy weight management and goals that feel within reach? You aren’t alone! Join this August 1 BoomerAbility conversation with Dr. Pat Friedli, the only Northern Michigan physician that is a member of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine. Also a member of the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Friedli serves Northern Michigan families at Bay Area Family Care in Traverse City. Dr. Friedli’s volunteer work also sheds light on the benefits of giving back. Join this timely conversation now!


Season 6 Episode 8: Michigan State Representative Jack O’Malley, 101st District

Air date: July 25, 2020
Show description: In the follow up segment of a two part conversation, Northern Michigan’s 101st District State Representative Jack O’Malley joins BoomerAbility for timely perspective. Representative O’Malley serves Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. Conversation topics include Rep. O’Malley’s personal evaluation of this “over age sixty phase of life” and the decision to pursue a career shift into politics. Tune in now!


Season 6 Episode 7: Michigan State Representative Jack O’Malley, 101st District

Air date: July 18, 2020
Show description: Northern Michigan’s 101st District State Representative Jack O’Malley joins BoomerAbility on July 18 for part one of a timely, two part conversation. First elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018, Representative O’Malley serves Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties. Conversation topics include Rep. O’Malley’s responsibility to Northern Michigan citizens including his action on the Joint Select Committee for the State’s Response to COVID-19. Current commitments to constituents in the north also include leadership as Chairperson, House Transportation Committee and member of Tax Policy, Education, and Energy Committees. Please learn Rep. O’Malley’s legislative perspective on July 18, and tune in to our July 25 BoomerAbility broadcast for personal evaluation of Rep. O’Malley’s “over age sixty phase of life” and the decision to pursue a career shift into politics. Tune in to part one on July 18 now!


Season 6 Episode 6: Deborah Allen, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer, Grand Traverse Pavilions

Air date: July 11, 2020
Show description: Grand Traverse Pavilions, Traverse City is owned by Grand Traverse County and operated by the Grand Traverse County Department of Health and Human Services Board. The Pavilions organization, a 28 acre campus rooted in rich history, is committed to enhancing the quality of life for aging adults and caregivers. Providing care for over a hundred years, Grand Traverse Pavilions is home to more than 300 residents and employer of 400 staff members. With one in three residents in the service area over the age of 60, The Pavilions Community programs address needs through Nursing Care, Residential Services, a Wellness Center and Adult Day/Respite Care Services. In this July 11 BoomerAbility conversation, get to know Deb Allen, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer of Grand Traverse Pavilions. Learn more about The Pavilions Community as well as the response of the organization to the coronavirus pandemic. What are standard practices of The Pavilions and their Emergency Preparedness Team based upon current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? What does daily life feel like, and what is next? How is Northern Michigan able to support this familiar and special population of residents and staff? Listen now!


Season 6 Episode 5: Kristi Dockter, City Opera House, Traverse City

Air date: July 04, 2020
Show description: This conversation with Kristi Dockter, City Opera House, Traverse City, demonstrates the expert work of City Opera House staff and volunteers as regional anchors and community advocates. Discover current priorities of health and safety as well as COH business transitions to best respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Absorb fast facts regarding City Opera House history, culture, leadership, arts education, and how City Opera House moves forward for continued community connections to each other and the arts. What’s happening now, and what’s next for City Opera House, Traverse City? Learn now in this July 4, 2020 conversation!


Season 6 Episode 4: Steve Sinas, Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University College of Law and Executive Board Member, Michigan Association for Justice


Air date: June 26, 2020
Show description: In addition to a variety of roles to support Michigan citizens, guest Steve Sinas is an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law teaching a course on Michigan’s Auto No-Fault insurance system as well as a practicing personal injury trial lawyer. Professional commitments also include Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board Member and Board Member, Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council (MBIPC). A partner of Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Steve is a sponsor of Lids for Kids Traverse City and the statewide events that have put thousands of free, properly fitted bike helmets on children since 2003. Since legislation was passed in May 2019, Michigan’s Auto No-Fault insurance system has seen significant changes that continue in July 2020. This continued Auto No-Fault discussion with BoomerAbility listeners delivers expert insight from the perspective of a highly engaged educator and lawyer that is active and respected across the state. Learn insight from Steve Sinas, one author of the guide, “Making Smart Choices: A Summary Guide to the New Auto No-Fault Law” available as one of many learning tools available free to you from Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Listen now!


Season 6 Episode 3: Jeff Needham, National Cherry Festival Director of Parades

Air date: June 20, 2020
Show description: As a native of Traverse City and familiar NewsTalk 580 authority, Jeff Needham leads and volunteers thousands of hours to the community. Needham holds an anchor role as National Cherry Festival Director of Parades and serves on the Festival Foundation Board of Directors. His expert perspective is also shared regularly with NewsTalk 580 listeners as an independent Farm Bureau Insurance agent with the Needham Pearson Agency. While this discussion includes the difficult decision to postpone this summer’s National Cherry Festival, you’ll also discover one of several fun ways to participate in Cherry Fest spirit during this pause. In addition, our BoomerAbility conversation provides important information regarding significant, July 2020 changes to Michigan’s Auto No-Fault Insurance System. Are you prepared to protect your family? Listen and learn more now!


Season 6 Episode 2: Ty Schmidt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Norte

Air date: June 13, 2020
Show description: Based in Traverse City, Norte is developing happy, healthy, ready to learn kids and empowering the young and young at heart. Alongside wife, Johanna, in 2013 Ty Schmidt founded Norte, Traverse City’s bike-centric, youth-focused advocacy organization. Today, Norte has grown to become much more than just kids pedaling to school. Programs include a few listed here: Pro Walk/Pro Bike advocacy, a mountain bike club, youth empowerment projects, educational programming, and a comprehensive Safe Routes To School initiative. Norte Summer Bike Camp continues in Traverse City in 2020, however due to the pandemic, this popular summer camp was postponed until 2021 in other communities. What is it like to be a part of these important decisions? Discover the collaborations and partners that support creative, healthy opportunities to improve lives in Northern Michigan. Learn about the Clubhouse and Wheelhouse that are so important for Norte as Traverse City’s community bike shop. Discover personal perspective from Norte’s Executive Director Ty Schmidt, what’s next for Norte, and how you may find yourself an important link. Enjoy time with Ty and Wendy on June 13, 2020!


Season 6 Episode 1: Sherrie Moseler and Michelle Reardon, PACE North

Air date: June 6, 2020
Show description: The unique, proven PACE model provides expert medical and wellness care to help Northern Michigan individuals ages 55 or older live safely at home. At PACE North, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, those individuals who may qualify for nursing home care but prefer to remain living in their community are offered this choice. Meet Sherrie Moseler, Executive Director and Michelle Reardon, Community Outreach and Advocacy at PACE North in Traverse City. Discover this proven alternative for traditional long-term care, how PACE North adapted during the COVID-19 stay home order, and how PACE is planning for re-opening the day center to include precautions to safely serve participants. Learn from this June 6, 2020 conversation now!


Season 5 Episode 12: David Mikowski, Founder and Chairman, Veterans in Crisis

Air date: May 30, 2020
Show description: Raised in Traverse City on the ball diamonds and backyards of Slabtown, combat Marine Veteran David Mikowski was nurtured to value community and serve our country as well as capture dreams. In this initial BoomerAbility conversation, gain an overview of the path, the decisions and the inspirations that ultimately anchored David Mikowski’s commitment during retirement to create Northern Michigan’s “Veterans in Crisis” organization. Veterans in Crisis is a 501c-3 non-profit that serves veterans not rated with a service-connected disability however face other challenges to live independently and productively. Northern Michigan retired and still-active business executives, lawyers, and advocates of American Military Veterans’ needs have been inspired and assembled by the energy and passion of this former combat Marine. Please listen, feel motivated, and preview David Mikowski’s next conversation with us. Will it include famous sports figures? Find out now!


Season 5 Episode 11: Gold Star Family members of Marine Sgt. Justin Hansen featuring Vickie Hays, Rick Hansen and Adrienne Russell

Air date: May 23, 2020
Show description: Thank you, Vickie, Rick and Adrienne. This Memorial Day weekend conversation features the family of Marine Sgt. Justin Hansen, the American military hero that, at 26 years old, lost his life on July 24, 2012 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. With his young, impressive life’s accomplishments on a track leading to a career in the United States Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Sgt. Hansen also remained strongly connected to his Northern Michigan family and roots. Although the 2020 health crisis may eliminate events that honor our fallen American heroes on this Memorial Day weekend, the love, strength and integrity of this Gold Star Family including Vickie Hays, Rick Hansen and Adrienne Russell are inspiring. Discover how to now honor Sgt. Hansen, our Northern Michigan Gold Star Families, and our fallen American military service members in this very personal conversation. Please listen.


Season 5 Episode 10: Karl Kovacs, CEO, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority

Air date: May 16, 2020
Show description: Serving 5,000 individuals annually in six Northern Michigan counties, the four locations of Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority quickly adapted to working remotely as a result of state Executive Orders and the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Staff and care providers of the organization quickly continued essential health care services to adults and children living with serious mental health illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children with serious emotional disturbance, and persons with co-occuring substance use disorders. In addition to addressing needs of these vulnerable individuals, Northern Lakes understands their opportunity to serve mental health care support for all community members of Crawford, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon and Wexford counties. In this May 16 conversation with Karl Kovacs, CEO, Northern Lakes, discover how this critically important community mental health care organization demonstrates their commitment to all citizens and also swiftly transitioned during the pandemic. Learn more about Northern Lakes services, support and points of contact as this BoomerAbility conversation recognizes Mental Health Month. Listen now!


Season 5 Episode 9: Businesses deliver creativity for Mother’s Day

Air date: May 9, 2020
Show description: Executive orders and the spring 2020 pandemic create a unique shopping environment for gifts to honor the women we love. Our May 9 BoomerAbility conversation highlights Mother’s Day on May 10 and features creative ways Northern Michigan businesses may help us honor our favorite women. This unique time of physical distancing continues to include news figure Vic McCarty in our weekly updates to discuss Northern Michigan neighbors listening and leading with optimism to support our communities. Listen now!


Season 5 Episode 8: Marathon powerhouse and community leader Tony Anderson, News figure Vic McCarty

Air date: May 2, 2020
Show description: On May 3, 2020, Cherryland Electric Cooperative General Manager Tony Anderson will have completed his extraordinary goal to conquer 50 marathons in as many states to benefit Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Learn in Tony’s words his gratitude and sense of hope he delivers to our region and to this organization. Our BoomerAbility conversation also continues to include news figure Vic McCarty in our weekly updates to discuss Northern Michigan neighbors and businesses generously giving assistance to others through the coronavirus pandemic.


Season 5 Episode 7: Community leader Dan Brady and news figure Vic McCarty

Air date: April 25, 2020
Show description: With continued focus on inspiring actions and safety, BoomerAbility conversations continue to deliver time sensitive information. During Michigan’s current “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, join community leader and business owner Dan Brady to discover a few of his property maintenance tools and tricks of the trade. News figure Vic McCarty discusses Northern Michigan neighbors and businesses generously giving assistance to others through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Season 5 Episode 6: State Representative Jack O’Malley and news figure Vic McCarty

Air date: April 18, 2020
Show description: Cultivating awareness and safety, two BoomerAbility guests each deliver time sensitive information. Join State Representative Jack O’Malley and news figure Vic McCarty as Northern Michigan addresses state guidelines to transition regional routines and seeks to optimally overcome the current COVID-19 pandemic.


Season 5 Episode 5: Vic McCarty, Northern Michigan news figure

Air date: April 11, 2020
Show description: This BoomerAbility phone conversation delivers business inspirations to meet need in a new way or consider a new opportunity during “30 Days to Slow the Spread.” Guest Vic McCarty is a familiar radio presence at WTCM NewsTalk 580 and reporter throughout Northern Michigan. In addition, McCarty broadcasts from the NewsNet Cadillac studio as the daily evening anchor for MINews 26 cable subscribers. Discover business owners inspired to act as a result of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state guidelines to overcome our COVID-19 pandemic.


Season 5 Episode 4: Vic McCarty, Northern Michigan news figure

Air date: April 4, 2020
Show description: Vic McCarty’s radio presence at WTCM NewsTalk 580 includes conversation as host and reporter throughout Northern Michigan from the Midwestern Broadcasting studio and mobile news van. In addition, McCarty broadcasts from the NewsNet Cadillac studio as the daily evening anchor for MINews 26 cable subscribers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state guidelines to overcome our COVID-19 pandemic have inspired many area individuals and businesses to act. This BoomerAbility phone conversation honors the important “Stay Home, Stay Safe” message and delivers easy ways listeners may support Northern Michigan during this critical time. Community members prioritize health by staying home. Learn easy ways to further reinforce “30 Days to Slow the Spread”!


Season 5 Episode 3: Todd McMillen, Downtown Traverse City Community Anchor

Air date: March 28, 2020
Show description: Starting his own Traverse City business at age 23, Todd McMillen has been a part of the downtown pulse. As the owner of McMillen’s Custom Framing, the region also knows Todd for his board roles and community momentum. Merchants and community members rally in March 2020 to connect yet physically stay distanced as part of the CDC and governmental guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover the hopeful, calm and intelligent perspective of a Northern Michigan role model that has been lighting up Downtown Traverse City and Old Town for over 30 years!


Season 5 Episode 2: Steve Cook, creator, The Legend of Michigan’s Dogman

Air date: March 21, 2020
Show description: For over thirty years, Midwestern Broadcasting’s Steve Cook has produced and delivered messages that stick. Learn more about how during his typical workday, “The Legend of Michigan’s Dogman” was created and ultimately launched into a national headline that garnered tens of thousands of dollars for local charity. How and why did that even happen? Discover how Steve Cook simply has a knack to connect. For example, even before the daily evolving, national health crisis of 2020 that has temporarily modified activity or shuttered many Northern Michigan businesses, in late winter, there was an impression of seriousness and necessity for community calm conveyed through a public service announcement voiced by Cook. Since then, that particular message has transitioned to reflect actions in response to the national coronavirus crisis. In fact, since this late winter conversation was recorded and broadcast, the statewide Executive Order of Governor Whitmer ordered a “Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life” through April 13, 2020. Learn more about Michigan’s Executive Order 2020-21 here: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html. Before this order and while much was still unknown to the public, Steve Cook found a creative way to demonstrate calm and command respect for the coronavirus as the outbreak was beginning to impact daily life in Northern Michigan. Discover this message to follow through on a commitment as a community to prioritize the task of eliminating a massive epidemic in our nation and to deliver the message in a memorable way. Hear, recognize, and meet creative communicator Steve Cook of Midwestern Broadcasting.


Season 5 Episode 1: Ron and Janeen Wardie with Mindy Buell, Executive Director, Michael’s Place

Air date: March 14, 2020
Show description: The lives of Janeen and Ron Wardie were forever changed on September 29, 2015, when they lost their son, Zechariah, to suicide. Their hearts were shattered, never to be whole again. Zech did not want to die; he just wanted his pain to end. Janeen and Ron have found strength and healing by sharing their story of loss and by being Zech’s voice to bring hope and healing to those affected by suicide and/or mental illness. Meet the remarkable Wardie family and learn how the 2020 Healing HEARTS walk channels awareness and 100% of proceeds raised to fund local programs to support families, schools, and businesses affected by suicide. Discover through Michael’s Place Executive Director Mindy Buell how hope is restored, at no cost to those suffering, to grief-consumed lives of Northern Michigan children, teens, and adults. Please listen to this important conversation now.


Season 4 Episode 15: Bill Marsh Jr., Northern Michigan community leader

Air date: March 7, 2020
Show description: Bill Marsh Jr. and his family are associated with positive support, regional progress and community generosity. Learn how the Marsh family grew roots in Northern Michigan and how business continues to impact their family and regional connection. Discover the popular blog that demonstrates Bill’s perspective and strategies for an abundant life. In this half hour, develop five mindset shifts to maximize time engaged with priorities most valuable to you in your life. Listen now!


Season 4 Episode 14: Matt Kern, Station Manager, Traverse Area Community Media

Air date: Feburary 29, 2020
Show description: Please revisit this conversation that features a free service to promote and capture area history! In January 2020, Matt Kern publicly launched opportunity for all ages in Northern Michigan to be a part of history. As Station Manager at Traverse Area Community Media in Traverse City, Kern followed through on a popular hope: Professional studio availability and support for all ages to chronicle and archive their history for public sharing. Kern grew up in the Grand Traverse area with a deep love for the region, and his college degree in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design secured career opportunity in his hometown. Learn more about “Reflections,” an oral history project created by Kern geared toward engaging people to tell their stories and those of their families. Active with others that archive local history and at no cost to the participant, this project is building an archive of personal histories from throughout the region.


Season 4 Episode 13: Kirk Mallow, Northern Michigan champion over dyslexia

Air date: February 22, 2020
Show description: Over forty million Americans address incredible reading challenges throughout each day due to dyslexia, the condition that scrambles how the brain identifies speech sounds and how they relate to letters and words. Meet an intelligent, brave baby boomer that articulates his very personal, lifelong challenge with this reading disability. Undiagnosed until age 23, Kirk Mallow graduated in his teens without knowing there is a name for his private challenge and that he is not alone. Journalist Mike Kent joins the conversation to share how Kirk demonstrates many strengths and continues to build capabilities as a Northern Michigan advocate of Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association. Discover how dyslexia feels and how to support those living with it to feel successful in school and life. Explore available, area opportunities for emotional support combined with a specialized education program or tutoring. Listen now to this February 22 conversation!


Season 4 Episode 12: Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director, TCNewTech

Air date: February 15, 2020
Show description: Get to know Northern Michigan baby boomer Jennifer Szunko, Executive Director of TCNewTech. Jennifer spearheads goals of the organization to spark interaction among technology enthusiasts through free, monthly Traverse City events at City Opera House. Each month, five presenters pitch their new tech product or business venture to a voting audience that selects the winner of a financial award. TCNewTech engages all ages in a way that’s smart, social and creating jobs. Learn more now!


Season 4 Episode 11: Max Anderson, Community Builder

Air date: February 8, 2020
Show description: Born too late to be considered a baby boomer, Max Anderson has already followed through on commitments to community that inspire any age. Discover the baby boomer role models of Max and their impact on his path. Feel connection to this Suttons Bay-raised Eagle Scout that continues to invest time and influence into many areas of Northern Michigan volunteer service. In addition, Max shares impressive, no-cost Northern Michigan resources that many business-minded baby boomers may not realize are available for planning and business development. Listen now to launch business opportunity and expansion in this exciting life phase!


Season 4 Episode 10: Judy Harrison, Founder, SwingShift and the Stars Dance-off for Charity

Air date: February 1, 2020
Show description: Influencing Northern Michigan communities and families for 20 years, Judy Harrison has delivered star power as founder and CEO of High Impact Productions. The annual SwingShift and The Stars Dance-off for Charity was created by High Impact Productions and has channeled checks to nonprofit organizations to the tune of 4.3 million dollars. Nearly all fundraising has been a commitment to Northern Michigan nonprofits. Harrison recently developed Community Impact Partners, a nonprofit which facilitates the ongoing work and impact of SwingShift and the Stars. Discover more about the Judy Harrison snowball of giving, her reputation to consistently blow the roof off her beloved City Opera House, and her band’s Patsy Cline tribute tour with a stop to benefit Traverse City’s downtown home!


Season 4 Episode 9: Matt Kern, Station Manager, Traverse Area Community Media

Air date: January 25, 2020
Show description: Matt Kern has launched opportunity for all ages in Northern Michigan to be a part of history. As Station Manager at Traverse Area Community Media in Traverse City, Kern followed through on a popular hope: Professional studio availability and support for all ages to chronicle and archive their history for public sharing. Kern grew up in the Grand Traverse area with a deep love for the region, and his college degree in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art and Design secured career opportunity in his hometown. Learn more about “Reflections,” an oral history project created by Kern geared toward engaging people to tell their stories and those of their families. Active with others that archive local history and at no cost to the participant, this project is building an archive of personal histories from throughout the region.


Season 4 Episode 8: State Representative Jack O'Malley, Michigan House

Air date: January 18, 2020
Show description: At age 59, State Representative Jack O'Malley was elected and transitioned into legislative office from a 34 year Northern Michigan media career. Familiar to our region, State Rep. O’Malley daily represents the residents as well as protects and promotes the four counties of our 101st District. Tune in to this insightful and easygoing conversation with our State Representative a year after taking office!


Season 4 Episode 7: Tim Brick, coach for life and TART trailblazer

Air date: January 11, 2020
Show description: Outdoor recreational expert and service provider of the gear and expertise for an active Northern Michigan lifestyle, Tim Brick delivers far-reaching impact into our region. Tim’s involved, community-based passions support and educate Northern Michigan families and visitors of all ages that want to experience relaxation in the woods and explore our world class trail systems. Gain experienced insight to enjoy any outdoor temperature and each season at any age and every skill level. Is your goal to spend more time in our beautiful Northern Michigan landscape this winter? Do you want pointers on how and reminders why? Listen now, learn from Tim Brick, and feel excited to experience a Northern Michigan trail!


Season 4 Episode 6: Mike Kent, Communications expert and journalist

Air date: January 11, 2020
Show description: Listeners have discovered or witnessed 10,000 spectators at the annual T.C. Patriot Game. This Traverse City event offers a great high school football matchup and simultaneously contributes thousands of dollars to area programs. In 2019, Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan gifted nearly 26,000 toys to over 5,700 children. Mike Kent is an expert communicator shepherding these two area efforts, and on January 11, 2020, Mike rejoins BoomerAbility to multiply his advice. Tune in to learn, get involved and demonstrate respect of one iconic generation that continues to create new opportunity.


Season 4 Episode 5: John Russell and John Robert Williams, professional photographers and mentors, Traverse Area Camera Club

Air date: January 4, 2020
Show description: Please revisit this insight from two popular pros! Through passion for the region, commitment to community and generosity of talents, professional photographers John Russell and John Robert Williams remarkably chronicle Northern Michigan life and history. In this conversation, discover their involvement in Traverse Area Camera Club to support beginner to professional level photographers and spark new ideas through programs, workshops, field trips, and friendly competitions. Feel welcomed and inspired by the warm humor and intelligent, experienced insight of these two familiar, globetrotting professionals that have always been proud to focus on Northern Michigan as their lifelong home.


Season 4 Episode 4: Dennis Prout, President, Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation

Air date: December 21, 2019
Show description: Available since fall 2019 and located in Traverse City, the PACE Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly is an innovative model to support a favorite population in our lives. PACE enables individuals age 55 years old or older and certified by their state to need nursing home care to live as independently as possible. Learn from Dennis Prout, co-chair of the unprecedented capital campaign that created PACE through generous community support. Discover the experiences and passion for our region that have inspired Dennis Prout to lead and improve life changing opportunities available to us in Northern Michigan.


Season 4 Episode 3: Todd Nienhouse, Certified Brain Injury Specialist and health care provider

Air date: December 14, 2019
Show description: Feeling blah as skies gray? Winter months in Northern Michigan provide a traditional opportunity to work on future health goals. Discover unexpected benefits of feeling more fit and working with a qualified professional to guide this health journey. Learn from examples and identify with others familiar with health and fitness challenges that may creep into this best time of life.


Season 4 Episode 2: Lindsay Wills, professional counselor

Air date: December 7, 2019
Show description: To better support family and friends feeling the weight of depression, revisit this BoomerAbility conversation originally aired on October 19. Join the second chapter of a two-part conversation including professional perspective to better understand and support an individual challenged by depression. With the goal to make mental health language more mainstream, this dialogue with Lindsay Wills, founder, Live True Counseling, delivers insight to better support the mental health of others as well as ourselves. Part one of this segment is on October 12, 2019 with Eva Nienhouse, our Northern Michigan champion who bravely shares her personal experience.


Season 4 Episode 1: Pastor Chris Lane, Traverse City Central United Methodist Church

Air date: November 30, 2019
Show description: When first welcoming community members in 1858, Traverse City Central United Methodist Church created the largest meeting room north of Grand Rapids. Originally founded by a Methodist Episcopal Church preacher from New York state, Central Church has been downtown serving Northern Michigan ever since. Pastor Chris Lane shares timely perspective and conversation that applies in any community as the Christmas season naturally stirs discovery to enrich lives of individuals and make a difference in the lives of others.


Season 3 Episode 12: Eric Okerstrom, Volunteer Coach, Nordic Flyers Vasa Ski Club

Air date: November 23, 2019
Show description: Nordic Flyers is Vasa Ski Club’s flagship skier development program that has been in place for nearly 30 years. Each Tuesday and Thursday during January and February, 80-100 Traverse City middle school students participate in an on-ski, on-trail Nordic ski instruction program staffed by over 40 volunteer coaches. As a member of the family involved in the founding of the North American Vasa, Eric Okerstrom shares his passion for winter and local storytelling. Discover perspective of this Northern Michigan ski race that originated in the 1970s based on the Swedish Vasalopet, an 85-kilometer race now attracting 12,000 skiers each year.


Season 3 Episode 11: Eva Nienhouse, writer and requested advocate

Air date: November 16, 2019
Show description: As families and headlines reveal the impact of mental health challenges, brave and captivating Eva Nienhouse returns to BoomerAbility upon request of listeners. While factors that inflict depression may not be shared by all individuals living with this mental health challenge, the impact often feels familiar. Further understand how depression feels through Eva’s personal insight. Discover supportive area resources for attention, hope, and critical help for healing after a depression diagnosis.


Season 3 Episode 10: John Russell and John Robert Williams, professional photographers and mentors, Traverse Area Camera Club

Air date: November 9, 2019
Show description: Through passion for the region, commitment to community and generosity of talents, professional photographers John Russell and John Robert Williams remarkably chronicle Northern Michigan life and history. In this conversation, discover their involvement in Traverse Area Camera Club to support beginner to professional level photographers and spark new ideas through programs, workshops, field trips, and friendly competitions. Feel welcomed and inspired by the warm humor and intelligent, experienced insight of these two familiar, globetrotting professionals that have always been proud to focus on Northern Michigan as their lifelong home.


Season 3 Episode 9: Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Traverse City Track Club

Air date: November 2, 2019
Show description: Revisit this conversation with Lisa Taylor, a former state champion and Division 1 collegiate runner with an established presence in the Traverse City area running community. As an awarded high school coach and Executive Director of Traverse City Track Club, Taylor professionally specializes in rehabilitation and training of runners. Insight shared will aid activity preparation including 5K running and walking distances that further a healthy lifestyle as well as exploration of our region.


Season 3 Episode 8: Tim Brick, coach from F&M Park to Thirlby Field, TART trailblazer and big-hearted Grizzly

Air date: October 26, 2019
Show description: Born in Traverse City and raised three blocks from Brick Wheels, his popular Northern Michigan business, influencer Tim Brick likes to say that in all these years, he hasn’t made it very far. Discover the far-reaching impact of Tim’s active, community-based passions including the family spirit that created and continues one particularly personal, community-building mission. In his voice, recognize Tim’s compassion behind his broad smile on the football field, on the trails, and at the microphone. Share the awareness of a variety of commitments including the initial Ice Man Cometh Challenge on the VASA trail, TART Trails visioning, and revitalization of Thirlby Football Field as “the front porch of Traverse City.” Why does Tim Brick and the Brick family continue to be instrumental to preserve and promote the region they call home? Listen now, and find out!


Season 3 Episode 7: Lindsay Wills, professional counselor

Air date: October 19, 2019
Show description: The second chapter of this two-part conversation offers professional perspective to better understand and support an individual challenged by depression. With the goal to make mental health language more mainstream, this dialogue with Lindsay Wills, founder, Live True Counseling, delivers insight to better support the mental health of others as well as ourselves. Part one of this segment is on October 12, 2019 with Eva Nienhouse, our Northern Michigan champion who bravely shares her personal experience.


Season 3 Episode 6: Eva Nienhouse, writer and advocate for mental and physical health

Air date: October 12, 2019
Show description: This valuable, two-part mental health conversation offers each a personal champion and an expert. In part one, learn the perspective of Eva Nienhouse, our Northern Michigan champion, and about her journey before and after a depression diagnosis. Physically destructive and confusing for any age, further understanding is crucial for healing. Part two on October 19, 2019, includes a more clinical conversation with a Northern Michigan expert in the field.


Season 3 Episode 5: Bob McLain, A sweet T.A.R.T. advocate for Northern Michigan bicycling

Air date: October 5, 2019
Show description: From the decades of year round opportunities including fundamental support of Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation Trails, Bob McLain is a figure alongside anchor collaborators dedicated to cultivate Northern Michigan bicycling. Tune in to this conversation to discover favorite area trails and several founders of area bicycling including McLain. With a passion for community and appreciation for the variety of safe yet exciting ways to experience the sport at any age, McLain is an active, involved local that inspires.


Season 3 Episode 4: Donna Hollister, RN, CURN and Tim Barrons, “Us Too” and Blue Ribbon Run for prostate cancer advocacy

Air date: September 28, 2019
Show description: Prostate cancer is America’s top non-skin, male-specific cancer in the U.S., and September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Through support groups, online support services, materials and events to learn more, the Us TOO organization creates connection for those living with this cancer that affects one in nine men. Tim Barrons and Donna Hollister, RN, CURN bring community and hope to Northern Michigan families. Discover their personal and professional action to broaden awareness and grow financial support for our area neighbors impacted by this disease.


Season 3 Episode 3: Sheri Lindsay, Stroke Survivor

Air date: September 21, 2019
Show description: Life change may happen unexpectedly due to a health circumstance. What then? Discover the significant impact of two hemorrhagic strokes on survivor Sheri Lindsay. Feel inspired by Lindsay, an empowered Northern Michigan Baby Boomer turning devastation into navigation of her best life ever.


Season 3 Episode 2: Matt Hodges, Director and Board Member, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight

Air date: September 14, 2019
Show description: On September 18, 2019, Northern Michigan’s most distinguished heroes travel as honored guests from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport to Washington, D.C. Discover how area Veterans participate and benefit from Mid-Michigan Honor Flight opportunities that continue to honor sacrifices of WW II Veterans, Korean Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans. Get involved to populate the airport and support this program that tributes our American military heroes twice a year and at no cost to them.


Season 3 Episode 1: Kandace Chapple, Co-Publisher, Grand Traverse Woman Magazine

Air date: September 7, 2019
Show description: Revisit this conversation sharing how Northern Michigan women of any age benefit from insight and outreach of those in the baby boomer generation. Learn the challenges and triumphs of two local twins that launched their company. After 16 years, these business owners continue to tribute the value of attentive women that blazed the trail before them.


Season 2 Episode 14: Labor Day Weekend Special Broadcast

Air date:August 31, 2019
Show description:Enjoy the final celebration of summer with special guests that encourage appreciation of those that make sports and relaxation popular in Northern Michigan. Tune in for smiles and surprising storytelling!


Season 2 Episode 13: Joe Sarafa, Northern Michigan philanthropist and property developer

Air date: August 24, 2019
Show description: Alongside wife, Kelley and family, Joe Sarafa has contributed significant positive impact to Northern Michigan through philanthropy and property development initiatives. A landmark baseball presence; support of area veterans; and physical volunteer action locally and across the country for American Red Cross are just three ways this area leader promotes community. Discover Sarafa’s commitment to our region and his family role models in this August 24 studio conversation.


Season 2 Episode 12: Thom Paulson, City Opera House, Traverse City

Air date: August 17, 2019
Show description: A lifelong Northern Michigan resident and arts enthusiast, Thom Paulson is a trusted voice. Paulson’s ability to shape a career steeped in global entertainment has benefited the region for decades. Through his performing arts and communications passions, discover how Paulson showcases the vibrant City Opera House that anchors Traverse City and regional communities past, present and future. Learn modern opportunities and experience fun storytelling of this former general manager of Interlochen Public Radio and baby boomer!


Season 2 Episode 11: Traverse City Police Department

Air date: August 10, 2019
Show description: Please revisit this timely, summer 2019 conversation! Captain Jim Bussell and Detective Matt Verschaeve, Traverse City Police Department, join listeners in the NewsTalk 580 studio to deliver updated information relevant to us in Northern Michigan. Learn how citizens may gain resources, become informed and how law enforcement agencies maintain their connection to community. You may be surprised at the high level of information that is easily available at any time. Tune in and later amaze your friends with smart facts!


Season 2 Episode 10: Elaine Keaton, Advancement Manager, The Father Fred Foundation

Air date: August 03, 2019
Show description: Each day, families in five Northern Michigan counties rely on The Father Fred Foundation for ongoing, free services. Programs help neighbors that are facing challenges, and with no state or federal funding, volunteers and staff execute a vision to help everyone seeking assistance. Daily contributions and annual food drives fill their pantry market shelves for guests to feed their families, and since 1989, this foundation has honored the legacy of Father Fred through generous giving by those in the region. In conversation with Glen Arbor resident Elaine Keaton, Advancement Manager at Father Fred, discover the man that initiated this humble and growing organization based upon an intention to nurture hope while treating all people with dignity and respect.


Season 2 Episode 9: Wendy Steele, global impact philanthropist with daughter and educator Hailey Hushak

Air date: July 27, 2019
Show description: Leelanau County’s Wendy Steele is a national TEDx speaker and founder of Impact 100, the transformational, global philanthropy model that has contributed over $67M to community organizations around the world including in Grand Traverse, Antrim, Leelanau, Benzie and Kalkaska counties. Discover how generosity matters when Steele is joined by daughter Hailey Hushak, a young professional that grew up in Northern Michigan. Hushak now models her own commitment to giving through a career that continues to influence young lives each day.


Season 2 Episode 8: Tim Barrons, Web site and community builder raised in Benzie County

Air date: July 20, 2019
Show description: Familiar on a bicycle as well as behind the scenes, Tim Barrons provides community connection through sports-minded events. Barrons anchors annual Cherry Roubaix bicycle events and alongside his brother and business partner Tom, co-created an annual 5k run/walk to tribute their father and support those affected by prostate cancer. This upbeat conversation will provide an opportunity for listeners to outsmart Googlebots, organize personal information online, and deliver fresh ways for any individual to navigate and give back to Leelanau, Grand Traverse and surrounding counties.


Season 2 Episode 7: Traverse City Police Department

Air date: July 13, 2019
Show description: Captain Jim Bussell and Detective Matt Verschaeve, Traverse City Police Department, return to the NewsTalk 580 studio to deliver updated information that protects Northern Michigan listeners. Learn how citizens may gain resources, become informed and how law enforcement agencies maintain their connection to community. You may be surprised at the high level of information that is easily available at any time. Tune in and later amaze your friends with smart facts!


Season 2 Episode 6: John Russell, Photojournalist

Air date: July 6, 2019
Show description: Events and experiences captured through photography create a valued archive for Northern Michigan. A familiar journalist that contributes much professional and personal passion for our region, John Russell shares perspective through his lens. As a baby boomer growing up in the region, Russell captures listeners here through conversation of his connection to classic cars, Anglers of the Au Sable and protection of our natural resources, Traverse Area Camera Club, and Mid-Michigan Honor Flight.


Season 2 Episode 5: Matt Hodges, Director and Board Member, Mid-Michigan Honor Flight

Air date: June 29, 2019
Show description: Twice a year and at no cost to them, Northern Michigan’s most distinguished heroes travel as honored guests from Traverse City’s Cherry Capital Airport to Washington, D.C. Discover how area Veterans participate and benefit from Mid-Michigan Honor Flight opportunities that continue to honor sacrifices of WW II Veterans, Korean Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans.


Season 2 Episode 4: Kandace Chapple, Co-Publisher, Grand Traverse Woman Magazine

Air date: June 22, 2019
Show description: Northern Michigan women of any age benefit from insight and outreach of those in the baby boomer generation. Listen to how two twins launched their business and after 16 years continue to tribute the value of attentive women that blazed the trail before them.


Season 2 Episode 3: George Bearup, Senior Trust Advisor and community leader

Air date: June 15, 2019
Show description: “My Mother’s Wartime Wedding” continues with a personal story during George Bearup’s two-part conversation. George Bearup, a senior trust advisor, has over 42 years as an estate planning attorney. Bearup is a longstanding chairperson on the board of directors for a variety of Northern Michigan organizations including Traverse City Rotary Charities, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Munson Medical Center. Bearup has contributed decades of service and continues to lead our community as a board member of many decision-making groups in the region including Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, Traverse Health Clinic, Munson Medical Center Bioethics Resource Committee and Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation (TART) Trails. In professional practice for over 42 years, Bearup is a frequently requested speaker and resource for colleagues and clients throughout Michigan as well as a Best Lawyer in America for over 35 years.


Season 2 Episode 2: George Bearup, Senior Trust Advisor and community leader

Air date: June 8, 2019
Show description: “A Glimpse into Estate Planning for the Modern Family” initiates a two-part conversation with George Bearup, Senior Trust Advisor and longstanding chairperson on the board of directors for a variety of Northern Michigan organizations including Traverse City Rotary Charities, Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation and Munson Medical Center. Bearup has contributed decades of service and continues to lead our community as a board member of many decision-making groups in the region including Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, Traverse Health Clinic, Munson Medical Center Bioethics Resource Committee and Traverse Area Recreational and Transportation (TART) Trails. In professional practice for over 42 years, Bearup is a frequently requested speaker and resource for colleagues and clients throughout Michigan as well as a Best Lawyer in America for over 35 years.


Season 2 Episode 1: Marc Judge, President, The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and American Flag Project Co-Creator

Air date: June 1, 2019
Show description: The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City American Flag Project makes a statement throughout the region on the four major flag holidays each year: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. Sponsorship dollars financially support children's initiatives that have impacted thousands of Northern Michigan kids for decades. How did this civic project get its start? Discover more about the area's sprawling display of over 300 flags in this patriotic splash. Dynamic community member, Marc Judge, serves as both an anchor of this American Flag Project and current President of Kiwanis Club of Traverse City. Learn how Judge came to further community area roots of red, white and blue.


Season 1 Episode 10: Jay Zrimec, Fund developer for significant Northern Michigan capital projects

Air date: May 25, 2019
Show description: Jay Zrimec has been involved in Northern Michigan non-profit fund development for 22 years. Throughout his career, Zrimec served as Vice President for Fund Development for Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, created and developed the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, and was responsible for raising $33 million for specific projects. Continuing his work in a fresh way in this phase of life, Zrimec's conversation shares methods to seek and discover as well as benefit from the thrill of a new level of opportunity.


Season 1 Episode 9: Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Traverse City Track Club

Air date: May 18, 2019
Show description: Lisa Taylor is a former state champion and Division 1 collegiate runner with an established presence in the Traverse City area running community as both an awarded high school coach and running advocate. As Executive Director of Traverse City Track Club, Taylor is an involved leader of the Bayshore Marathon, one of the most prominent running events in the Midwest. Professionally specializing in rehabilitation and training of runners, Lisa shares how to enjoy a more active lifestyle.


Season 1 Episode 8: Mike Kent, Communications expert behind T.C. Patriot Game and Toys for Tots

Air date: May 11, 2019
Show description: Approximately 10,000 spectators gather at the annual T.C. Patriot Game for three reasons: To watch a high school football team rivalry; pay tribute to area veterans, active duty, and first responders; and contribute thousands of dollars to support programs for those individuals. Toys for Tots of Northwest Michigan has been recognized as one of the top Christmas toy programs in the country. In a single Christmas, Toys for Tots has gifted over 23,000 toys to over 7,000 children. Mike Kent is the expert communicator driving these two efforts. Kent's simple advice prepares listeners to get involved and deliver messages that make a difference.


Season 1 Episode 7: Jack O'Malley, Michigan House of Representatives

Air date: May 4, 2019
Show description: "Best of BoomerAbility" March 23 conversation with State Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District, Michigan House of Representatives. Scroll to the Season 1 Episode 1 link to revisit O'Malley's leap from a successful Northern Michigan media career to politics at age 59. Feel inspired by State Representative O'Malley's experiences and decisions to pursue this life chapter.


Season 1 Episode 6: John Williams, Co-Founder, Traverse City Film Festival

Air date: April 27, 2019
Show description: John Robert Williams, a life-long resident of Traverse City, has been a professional photographer for over 34 years. Born at Munson Hospital on Halloween in 1955, Williams served over a decade on the City Planning Commission from age 17 and in 1986 co-founded Traverse Area Recreational Trails (TART). In 2005, Williams was a co-founder of the Traverse City Film Festival. A passionate advocate for the quality of life Northern Michigan has to offer, John shares inspiration for any individual to grow their own legacy.


Season 1 Episode 5: Doug Luciani, Former CEO, Traverse Connect

Air date: April 20, 2019
Show description: As outgoing CEO of Traverse Connect and a respected business leader in Northern Michigan, Doug Luciani transitions into a planned next step. At this reflective time, Doug discusses leadership and how Northern Michigan action inspires decision-making in other areas of Michigan and our United States.


Season 1 Episode 4: Steve Constantin, Traverse City DDA and City Opera House

Air date: April 13, 2019
Show description: Steve Constantin relocated to Northern Michigan after a career that took his family around the world. Through Steve's insight, understand the building blocks and reward of both advance planning and curiosity to make new community routines more personal.


Season 1 Episode 3: Dr. Mary Beth Hardwicke, Interlochen Public Library

Air date: April 6, 2019
Show description: Dr. Mary Beth Hardwicke, a recently retired internal medicine physician and Interlochen resident, steered leadership of forty five volunteers that in 2018 built the Interlochen Public Library to provide intellectual, recreational and vocational information for a diverse and changing population. Discover how unexpected life transition creates a new connection to community, professional and personal satisfaction.


Season 1 Episode 2: Traverse City Police Department

Air date: Mar 30, 2019
Show description: Captain Jim Bussell and Detective Matt Verschaeve, Traverse City Police Department provide online and telephone safety information to protect Northern Michigan baby boomers from falling prey to these types of scams and fraud. Learn trending methods of criminals and discover how to respond and get help for yourself or others if suspicious or a victim of crime.


Season 1 Episode 1: State Representative Jack O'Malley

Air date: Mar 23, 2019
Show description: State Representative Jack O'Malley, 101st District, Michigan House of Representatives discusses his leap from a successful Northern Michigan media career to politics at age 59. Feel inspired by State Representative O'Malley's experiences and decisions to pursue this life chapter.

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