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Too often Rochester, NY is featured in the news for its problems. But this area is rich with community-based organizations striving to improve the lives of its residents. Join local pediatricians Megan Lasaponara and Sarah Collins-McGowan as they interview people who are involved in good works all over the region. We will learn about each organization and how our guests found their path to community-based work. If you are ready to hear good news and feel inspired by what Rochester has to offer, join us as we talk to the people making our community ever better.

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Too often Rochester, NY is featured in the news for its problems. But this area is rich with community-based organizations striving to improve the lives of its residents. Join local pediatricians Megan Lasaponara and Sarah Collins-McGowan as they interview people who are involved in good works all over the region. We will learn about each organization and how our guests found their path to community-based work. If you are ready to hear good news and feel inspired by what Rochester has to offer, join us as we talk to the people making our community ever better.

    Jennifer Philips - Director of Expressive Arts and Music Fundamentals at the Hochstein School.

    Jennifer Philips - Director of Expressive Arts and Music Fundamentals at the Hochstein School.

    The mission of The Hochstein School is to provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities with access to excellent music and dance education in a community that nurtures and encourages personal achievement. Today's guest is Jennifer Philips. She is the Assistant Dean and Chair of Expressive Arts and Music FUNdamentals at the Hochstein School. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Certified Neurologic Music Therapist.

    Listen in to learn more about the programs offered at this local arts organization.

    Website: https://hochstein.org/ 


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    Brighid Gavin - Childhood Behavior Solutions

    Brighid Gavin - Childhood Behavior Solutions

    Brighid Gavin is a Parent Coach and the owner of Childhood Behavior Solutions. Brighid has a Bachelors Degree is Early Childhood Education from John Carroll University and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Buffalo State. She is currently pursuing her licensure in applied behavior analysis. She is a behavior specialist and parent coach. Tune in to learn more about how she is working to support families with their quest toward understanding and optimizing their children's behaviors. 

    Website: http://childhoodbehaviorsolutions.com/

    Instagram: @childhoodbehaviorsolutions 



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    Pamela Reed Sanchez - President and CEO of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

    Pamela Reed Sanchez - President and CEO of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

    Pamela Reed Sanchez is the President and CEO of the Seneca Park Zoo Society.  The Seneca Park Zoo Society is a nonprofit education and conservation organization that works as a support partner to Monroe County in operating the Seneca Park Zoo.

    The Monroe County website notes, "In 1957, the Seneca Park Zoo Society was chartered as an educational institution by New York State. Since that time, the Society has evolved into a non-profit organization that supports and promotes the zoo by running educational programs, special events, marketing and public relations efforts, fund raising, and food and gift operations. The Society offers memberships that are very popular with area families. The next major improvement to the zoo was opened in the early 1970s and provided a polar bear grotto, which was a great improvement for the zoo’s two famous polar bears, Penny and Nickels. As their names suggest, Penny and Nickels were brought to the zoo through the pennies and nickels collected by the area’s school children."

    Listen in to learn more about the Zoo's mission, the educational work occurring both inside the zoo and out in the community, as well as the role zoos play in conservation at home and abroad.

    Website: https://www.monroecounty.gov/parks-zoo

    Website: https://senecaparkzoo.org/
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    U of R Medical Student Brittany Hodges

    U of R Medical Student Brittany Hodges

    On this episode, Sarah talks with Brittany Hodges, a medical student at the University of Rochester.  Britt serves as a Health Equity Leader, a program of the National Medical Fellowships to develop future health care leaders with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to promote health equity for medically under-served communities.  Listen in as they discuss food insecurity, urban gardening, and medical education.
    To connect with Britt, you can find her on Twitter:  @FutureDr_Britt
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    Amanda Gozigian - Ronald McDonald House Charities

    Amanda Gozigian - Ronald McDonald House Charities

    On this episode of the podcast we welcome Amanda Gozigian. She is a Program Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY (RMHCR). RMHCR's mission is to support the health and wellness of children and families through innovative programming, supportive services and community partnerships. Amanda discusses many of the RMHCR programs in our area and how this agency works to provide a "home-away-from-home" to families while their loved one receive necessary medical care.

    Website: https://rmhcrochester.org/


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    Shawn Gee from SRGMF Creative Brand Consulting

    Shawn Gee from SRGMF Creative Brand Consulting

    In this episode Sarah talks with Shawn Gee from SRGMF, a strategic brand consulting firm here in Rochester.  Listen in to learn about his journey from the music industry to consulting with organizations such as Hinge Neighbors to his work mentoring youth.

    To learn more visit:  https://www.srgmf.com/


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