Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Each week host Gary Shipe brings you the issues affecting the Northwest and the people making a difference in our community. It's compelling conversation with local leaders, and KKNW is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health and the environment.


Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Spotlight With Gary Shipe 05.12.2019

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

Past Episodes

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
This week we meet the new Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions Langston Collin Wilkins PhD. The Center for Washington Cultural Traditions is a program of Humanities Washington in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission. The Center is barely a year old, but they are already in the process of documenting, researching and archiving the diverse cultural traditions in our state. Not only do they want to collect data, but is just as important to them to distribute it.Dr. Wilkins explains two programs the Center is running; a cultural traditions survey, and an apprenticeship program.Learn more online at
00:28:07 4/8/2019
This week we speak with the Executive Director of Washington's National Park Fund, Laurie Ward.Washington has three National Parks and the work of WNPF is to supplement their budgets with monetary gifts raised as a private non-profit. Laurie describes the close relationship between Washington's National Park Fund and the Superintendents at Olympic, Mt. Rainier, and North Cascades National Parks to determine the "to do list" and many projects to support that would otherwise go un-funded.Learn more about Washington's National Park Fund online at
00:28:36 3/31/2019
This week we meet Ronald Lim from Bloodworks Northwest and Bill Harper with Degree 37.Degree 37 is a software developer that works with non-profits like Bloodworks NW to engage millennials and young people and to make it easy to donate blood.Bill tells us that his own need of 33 surgeries and use of 267 units of blood made it personal for him as he worked on the Bloodworks App. He tells us that donating blood is the best and easiest as well as most effective way to save a life in an afternoon.You can download the App at Google Play or the Apple App store or by texting blood to 91985Learn more online at
00:28:40 3/25/2019
This week we'll hear from a local grass-roots organization that serves as an emergency response unit to the homeless among us with babies. Star Lalario is the President and founder of Babies of Homelessness and Angela Harmon is the Vice-President. Babies of Homelessness work the streets in our community seeking out babies that are homeless. Delivering diapers, formula and food can be life saving for the youngest and most fragile of the homeless. Homeless mothers are almost desperate to keep their babies hidden for fear of losing them to the system. Star and Angela tell us that Babies of Homelessness does not judge, but instead offers hope along with those diapers. Learn more online at as well as on Facebook at
00:28:46 3/17/2019
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
00:28:56 3/10/2019
This week we speak with Rev. Rick Reynolds, the Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch. Operation Nightwatch has been supporting the homeless in Seattle and King County for over 50 years. With three primary programs; Food & Shelter, Housing, and Street Ministry, they have touched individuals on the edge and have been able to change lives one at a time. Every night they open up their dispatch center and feed over 100 people and then find them shelter around town. This is staffed primarily by volunteer groups. In addressing the big picture of homelessness and poverty, Rick tells us that if we just acknowledge the humanity in another person, we can figure out the rest of it. To learn more or to volunteer at Operation Nightwatch go online: or email
00:28:38 3/3/2019

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