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Thriving Forward

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.


Last Episode Date: 7 February 2024

Total Episodes: 76

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7 February 2024
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 ...

21 min
2 August 2023
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...

26 min
24 May 2023
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...

36 min
19 April 2023
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 ...

25 min
1 March 2023
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 se...

18 min
1 February 2023
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...

21 min
4 January 2023
Flower City Down Syndrome Network with Cheryl Carleton

On this episode Sarah talks with Cheryl Carleton from Flower City Down Syndrome Network.  Cheryl shares her experience as a mother of a child with Down Syndrome as well as the work that Flower City Down Syndrome Network does for our Greater Rochester community.  To learn m...

25 min
26 October 2022
Anita O'Brien - Executive Director of Rochester Accessible Adventures

In this episode of the podcast Megan interviews Anita O’Brien. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Rochester Accessible Adventures. Rochester Accessible Adventures is on a mission to improve the health and wellness of people with disabilities by guiding communitie...

37 min
21 September 2022
Tracey Taylor Co-Chair Monroe County LEICC

September is Early Intervention Awareness Month! On today's podcast Megan speaks with Tracey Taylor. Tracey is the co-chair of the Monroe County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council, an Occupational Therapist, and a parent. She is also the interim program direc...

31 min
7 September 2022
URMC Sickle Cell Disease Advocacy Group

In this episode Megan speaks with members of URMC's Sickle Cell Advocacy Team. This interdisciplinary group of physicians and patient advocates has come together to improve the quality of care for patients with Sickle Cell Disease, especially at the critical point at wh...

39 min
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