Episode 221 – Serving Children and Families in Teton County with Sarah Cavallaro

Sarah Cavallaro is the Executive Director of Teton Youth and Family Services. Sarah is a wife, a mom, cancer survivor and a fierce advocate for kids and families in Teton County and throughout Wyoming.

Sarah is an incredibly brave and resilient woman, who has faced numerous challenges in her life, including battling cancer not once, but twice. Despite these challenges, Sarah has persevered and has dedicated herself to helping others, particularly families in her community.

During this episode, Sarah shares her inspiring journey with us, including how she ended up in Jackson back in 1999, her journey of discovering and surviving breast cancer, and how she has learned to find the funny in life. Stephan and Sarah also discuss the various programs and initiatives offered by Teton County Youth and Family Services and its partner organizations, which are dedicated to supporting families and strengthening the community.

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Episode 220 – Creating Ripples with Kate Schelbe

Kate Schelbe is the Backbone Leader of the Teton Behavioral Health Alliance and the Executive Director of Girls Education International. After visiting the Tetons on a family road trip at the age of eight, Kate made the decision to make Jackson Hole her home when she grew up. Ten days after graduating college in 2006, she lived up to that dream.

Kate has always had a passion for education and helping others. As the Backbone Leader of the Teton Behavioral Health Alliance and the Executive Director of Girls Education International, Kate has dedicated her career to ensuring that everyone has access to the resources and support they need to thrive.

In this episode, Kate discusses her journey from a young girl visiting the Tetons on a family road trip, to making Jackson Hole her home and pursuing a career in education. She talks about her experiences working with local organizations such as the Teton Literacy Center, Teton Science School, and the Jackson Hole Community School.

Kate also shares her excitement about her new role at the Teton Behavioral Health Alliance and the mission of this newly formed organization. She and Stephan then discuss Girls Education International, which is focused on providing girls in rural communities of Tanzania and Pakistan with access to education.

Throughout the conversation, Kate emphasizes the importance of education, not only for individuals but also for communities and the world at large. She highlights the ripple effect that educating women can have, and the many ways in which it can lead to positive change.

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Episode 210 – Overcoming Adversity and Carving the Future with Talia Atkins 

Talia Atkins is the Executive Director of Carving the Future. She was born right here in Jackson. After graduating from High School in 2008, Talia left home to volunteer, travel, and find her place in the world. 6 years and 35 countries later, Talia realized everything she was searching for was back in Jackson. She returned to her hometown in 2014, to coach for the JHSC Freeride Team. Talia has worked with youth of all ages, teaching English, music, art, yoga, gymnastics, big-air, snowboarding, and leading therapeutic wilderness trips for teens.

In this episode, Talia and Stephan talk about mental health, childhood adversity, addiction, loss, gratitude, resilience, and helping underserved populations.

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Episode 205 – Life At The Center with Willi Brooks

Willi Brooks is the Event Operations Director for The Center for The Arts. Willi is one of the lucky ones who was born and raised right here in the Valley. On top of working full-time at The Center, Willi is also one of the owners of Roots Cannery and is an active member of the Travel and Tourism Board.

In this episode, Willi shares what it was like to grow up in Jackson. He goes into how a part-time job at The Center has turned into a full-time career as the Event Operations Director. Willi talks about the impact The Center has on the area and how appreciative they are to be a part of such a supportive community. Stephan and Willi also chat about the Scouts, the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard, Roots Cannery, the farmers market, and the importance of volunteering.

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Episode 204 – Conserving Our Resources in Teton County with Carlin Girard

Carlin is the Executive Director of the Teton Conservation District. Originally from western Massachusetts, Carlin grew up surrounded by nature. He ventured out west to attend college in Prescott, AZ and made his way to the oil fields of the Big Piney area before landing in Jackson Hole over 15 years ago.

In this episode, Carlin shares what it was like growing up near the Appalachian Trail and why he eventually headed west. He talks about how a college thesis landed him in the oil fields near Big Piney and the research he was conducting. Stephan and Carlin then talk about some of the important work that the Teton Conservation District does for the community. Some of the programs and collaborations that they have been involved in include growing the native plant species, wildfire risk mitigation, well water test kits, wildlife monitoring, alternative energy, and many more.

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