Spotlight with Gary Shipe

This week we'll hear the inspiring words of Omari Amili. Omari is an author, community leader, and a speaker for Humanities Washington. He leads workshops and has developed curriculum to lead those being released from prison for their re-entry to society. Omari speaks with first-hand knowledge on the subject. He relates his own story of a troubled childhood, dropping out of school, running street scams and eventually getting 30 felony convictions and sent to prison. Upon his release and finding only dead end jobs in his future, he dedicated himself to higher education. Our short visit with him barely touches the surface of the talks he gives for Humanities Washington on the subject "From Crime to the Classroom: How Education Changes Lives." Learn more about Omari Amili on his website and learn more about Humanities Washington online at

Spotlight with Gary Shipe
00:28:56 3/10/2019

Past Episodes

This week we speak with Juan Cotto, the Director of Social Impact at Bloodworks Northwest about the continual need for blood. Bloodworks Northwest collects, tests and distributes lifesaving blood to more than 90 hospitals in the northwest. Juan details the need for diversity in our blood supply, not just by blood type, but by ethnicity as well. A challenge with getting new demographics to donate blood is to get people to donate regularly. A new App can help with that. Text the word Bloodapp to 91985 or visit their website to find a donation center near you.
00:29:08 6/16/2019
This week we speak with the Communications & Outreach Director at Washington Trails Association, Kindra Ramos.Washington Trails Association (WTA) is a non-profit community that has been protecting trails and outdoor spaces in Washington in some for or another for over 50 years. Kindra speaks to the instinctual boost we get from being on a trail in the woods, beside a waterfall or in a field of wildflowers.WTA offers a huge resource for hikers via their website and its countless list of hikes and trip reports. They are also committed to restoring trails through volunteer work parties.Learn more on their website:
00:28:11 6/9/2019
13 year old Aoife Little has been living with Crohn's Disease since she was diagnosed at 3 years of age. Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are chronic diseases with no cure and no known cause. She shares her story with us this week and is joined by Cory Townsend, the Deputy Executive Director of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's Northwest Chapter. Saturday, June 8th at Lincoln Park in West Seattle the CCFA will hold their annual Take Steps Walk to raise not only awareness of these diseases, but to raise money for programs for those living with Crohn's or Colitis and money for research to find a cure. Learn more online at and
00:26:41 6/2/2019
Our guests this week provide week long summer camp experiences for kids with cancer - as well as their family. Camp Agape Northwest Board Member Christina Bradic, Program Director Jason Greer, and Counselor & Volunteer Sophia Gonzalez talk about the challenges, joys, and relationships that come from being a child with cancer and the Camp Agape Northwest experience. Learn more online at
00:27:22 5/26/2019
This week we welcome back to the show Komen Puget Sound and their Executive Director David Richart as well as Breast Cancer Survivor Heather Eggleston.Komen Puget Sound has been dedicated to ending Breast Cancer for over 25 years and this year are changing their annual Race For The Cure fundraising event to the More Than Pink Walk. Its location is new too, at Seattle's beautiful Seward Park. David discusses the four pillars of Komen, one of which is action, hence the "More Than Pink" emphasis. Heather shares her personal story and the need for more knowledge and awareness about Breast Cancer.The More Than Pink Walk is Sunday, June 2nd. Register a team or support someone who is walking online at
00:27:10 5/20/2019
This week we hear from the Muslim Community Resource Center in Redmond. Khizer Sheriff is the Executive Director, his wife Nikhath Sheriff is the Founder & CEO, and their daughter Nehath Sheriff is the Director of the Medical Clinic that MCRC operates. The Muslim Community Resource Center (MCRC) is led by a group of community volunteers passionate about helping the less fortunate in our community. Their focus is to connect those in need with relevant resources and service providers in our community. Among their many comprehensive services, once a month they operate a free medical clinic to provide culturally competent healthcare for individuals and families who lack access to basic health services. Through volunteer doctors and nurses they offer general health care, physical exams, screenings, heart health and referrals. Learn more online at or call 1-888-404-6272.
00:29:01 5/12/2019
This week we'll hear about Type 1 Diabetes from JDRF, or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Wilma Comenat is the Associate Executive Director at the Greater Northwest Chapter, 12 year old Sophia Glover is one of this year's Ambassadors for their Beat The Bridge event, and Delilah Sanabria is the Senior Promotions Coordinator for radio station Movin' 92.5 who is one of the sponsors for Beat The Bridge, which takes place on May 19th at Husky Stadium.Over 1.25 million Americans are living with Type 1 Diabetes. The hard facts are: no known cause, no cure, people who have T1D are on insulin therapy for life.Beat the Bridge raises money for more research to deal with those T1D facts as well as to provide programs for patients living with T1D.Learn more and form or support a team online at or
00:28:43 5/5/2019
This week we hear from Pam Nolte and Shelby Parsons with The Taproot Theatre Company. Taproot has been around since 1976; started as a touring group by Co-Founder and Community Liaison Pam Nolte. Now with two permanent theaters, they not only entertain Seattle with engaging, often time thought provoking plays, but still tour...especially to schools. Shelby Parsons is the Director of Education and Outreach and she describes how theater productions in schools can teach kids of all ages lessons about bullying and cyber-bullying. Learn more about Taproot Theatre Company's season and Education Outreach online at
00:29:45 4/28/2019
This week we meet Teri Yoder and Melissa Powell to discuss the March for Babies, the annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes.Teri is the Executive Director for the Washington March of Dimes, and Melissa is the Co-Chair for this year's Seattle March For Babies as well as a mother of a prematurely born baby. Melissa shares his personal story to demonstrate the importance of the work that the March of Dimes does.The March of Dimes believes that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. More than 7200 babies are born preterm in Washington each year. Premature birth and birth defects are the leading causes of infant mortality.There are three March for Babies coming soon in Western Washington: April 27 in Snohomish County, May 4 in Seattle, and May 11 in the South Sound.To get involved with the March for Babies, start a team, donate to a team, or volunteer, go online to
00:29:08 4/22/2019
This week we meet Cathi Rodgveller, the Founder and CEO of Ignite Worldwide. Cathi tells us of the sometimes 10 to 1 ratio of men to women in tech jobs and the need to shrink that disparity. Ignite Woldwide's mission is to create opportunities to spark girls' excitement about technology careers and inspire them to new possibilities. Girls in grades K-12, and college from all backgrounds interact with professional women in technology careers during the school day. The students are able to glimpse themselves as innovators and entrepreneurs through stories of successful women who work and live in their communities. Working with teachers, Ignite increases girls interest and participation in computer science and engineering classes. Learn more about Ignite Worldwide online at
00:27:19 4/14/2019

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