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Art of Community NCW podcast

EXPLORING THE POWER OF COLLABORATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Apr 12, 2021

My guest for this episode is Thom Nees, the executive director of Serve Wenatchee Valley who is also leading the effort to develop the Common Ground Community Housing Trust

A community housing trust is a proven way to develop permanently affordable housing in a community. The simple mechanism is that a nonprofit owns...


Jan 22, 2021

My guest for this podcast is Jill Fineis, the principal of the fledgling Pinnacles Prep charter public school in Wenatchee, which will open its doors to sixth and seventh graders this fall in the Wenatchee Community Center on South Mission Street. 

In our conversation, Jill shares her deep background in education and...


Oct 23, 2020

My guest for this episode is Jill Nielsen-Farrell, the daughter of longtime Wenatchee dentist Gerry Nielsen. She has started Wenatchee Community Acupuncture and treats  a wide variety of conditions, including doing trauma-informed acupuncture for depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and addiction.

After losing her...


Sep 25, 2019

For this podcast, I am posting a talk titled “Civil Conversations in an Angry Age,” given by University of Washington Professor David Smith recently at the Wenatchee Library. The talk was hosted by the Wenatchee YWCA was sponsored by Humanities Washington. 

In the talk, Smith gives some perspective about why we are...


Sep 18, 2019

My guest for this episode is a remarkable young man from Leavenworth who experienced a horrendous personal tragedy – a tragedy that fueled his desire to make a difference in this world.

D’Andre Vasquez lost both parents and his grandmother in a car accident four years ago and completed his education at Cascade...