MICHAEL AND TOYA JOHNSON SAY GOODBYE TO MADISON

Guests:  Michael and Toya Johnson

Taking a break from packing boxes in anticipation of their move to Cincinnati, one of Madison’s “power couples,” Toya and Michael Johnson, stopped by the Mid-West Family Broadcasting studios to share special memories from their almost nine years in Madison and pass on some final thoughts.

Michael Johnson was an outspoken voice for at-risk youth as president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County increasing the number of children served from 1,800 to 8,000 and growing its donor base from 1,800 to 20,000 individuals. He is leaving Madison to become president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the sixth largest in the country, which serves 10 counties in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Toya Johnson has always had a passion for working to better the lives of people, and she did just that as Director of Community Impact – Self-Reliance & Independence at United Way of Dane County. She leaves this position to establish a new home with Michael and their three children in Cincinnati. “I am outgoing, loyal, compassionate, ambitious, and optimistic,” says Toya. “These characteristics enable me to be the best me that I can be and a champion for those who need one. My purpose is to serve.” And that Toya Johnson intends to do – once her family is settled into their new life in Cincinnati.

The couple met at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where Toya obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Together they went on to earn Master’s Degrees in Business Administration, and the rest is history – much of what you will hear on this program.

ROBERTA GASSMAN ON WOMEN TAKING THE LEAD IN GOVERNMENT

Guest: Roberta Gassman….

Roberta Gassman was the recipient of this year’s Legacy Award from the Wisconsin Women in Government, an award which honors a woman who has made significant professional contributions throughout her career to local, state, and/or national government.

Roberta Gassman’s career has spanned over 46 years and has taken her from working with teens and elderly as a social worker to key roles in the public arena – most notably serving as Secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development in the Doyle Administration and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Obama Administration.

Today, Roberta Gassman has taken her experience into the academic setting where she is a Senior Fellow with the UW-Madison School of Social Work teaching an advanced graduate course on Influencing Political Systems for Social Change. She is also is on the faculty of the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program.

On this program, Roberta Gassman reflects on her own career path, what it is like to work in the public arena in high-profile positions, and she shares her perspective on the wave of women moving from supporting issues and policies to running for elected office and winning. Are we entering a new era? The answer is in the voting.

“FOOD IS MEDICINE” AND MORE IN “JOURNEY OF AGING”

Guests: Jennifer Baird, Publication Director, Journey of Aging; Jesi Hirsch, RN, Madison Patient Advocates….

In the free publication Journey of Aging, readers can enjoy articles on a wide range of topics in addition to an extensive listing of resources and businesses important to caregivers and aging adults. Now published twice a year and distributed to over 150 locations throughout South Central Wisconsin, the current issue features such topics as “The Serendipity of Writing One’s Final Wishes,” Estate Planning for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Client,” “Kibble on Wheels,” “Design Your Home for Life,” and many more.

On this program, Jennifer Baird describes how this resource guide has been enhanced and expanded to provide accurate, up-to-date substantive information for readers and also function as a single-source directory where older people and caregivers can find the help they need. Jennifer is joined by Jesi Hirsch, a geriatric care manager, founder of Madison Patient Advocates, and author of the article “Chronic Inflammation – Three Healthy Lifestyle Changes.” She explains how simple lifestyle changes you can do on your own can improve your immune system and address chronic inflammation problems.

FROM CANCER SURVIVOR TO HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN: A MYSTICAL JOURNEY

Guest:  Kathy Collins, hospital chaplain and author

Have you ever experienced moments, events or messages that seem more than coincidental – that you are somehow being drawn into a mystical journey? Have you felt a new energy rising within you – that what was happening could possibly belong in a Believe It or Not scenario? Those are the types of sensations that began filling Kathy Collins’ life as she moved from the throes of fighting cancer to a new awakening.

On this program, Kathy Collins shares excerpts from the journey she describes in her new memoir “THE MYSTIC CHAPLAIN: MY STORY. In her book she takes us from surviving six months of being bedridden with cancer to finding peace, happiness and love which led to her becoming a hospital chaplain at Meriter Hospital in Madison.

Kathy Collins will present her story to the public at 7:30 pm Friday, June 29, at Ohlbrich Gardens. More details are available at kathycollinswriter.com.

THE BEACON’S JOURNEY TO END HOMELESSNESS IN DANE COUNTY

Guests:  Jackson Fonder, CEO/President, Catholic Charities; John Adams, Lead Guest Services Specialist, The BEACON….

When The BEACON Homeless Day Resource Center first opened its doors in October 2017, the priority was on meeting the the basic needs of the individuals and families who had no where else to turn. Today, The BEACON has moved into the more complicated territory of ending homelessness.

“It’s a tough place to operate,” said Jackson Fonder, President/CEO of Catholic Charities which runs The Beacon. “When you tally it all up around trauma, mental health, alcohol, drugs, poverty, loss, grief and fear….You don’t know who’s coming through your doors and the journey that they’ve been on.”

On this program, Jackson Fonder and John Adams talk about the learning experience staff, volunteers, police and guests shared in the early months of The Beacon. Since then, a Code of Conduct was implemented, parking passes were instated, outside security was enhanced, and generous donors provided a shuttle to offer safe transportation between The Beacon and area overnight shelters.

Most of all, The Beacon is becoming an environment where guests can regain their footing and connect with services which lead to secure housing and jobs. The Beacon’s second floor is home to a growing number of partner agencies such as OneHealth, Forward Service Corporation, Veterans Affairs, Urban League, and RISE’s Parent-Child Home Program. A Computer Lab offer guests the opportunity to research employment and access services.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, go to thebeaconhelps.org.