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Season 2

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Scott LeRette

Author, and Producer 
The Unbreakable Boy

Season 2 Episode 8: Our battles define us.

a recovering addict and highly engaged human whose life is full of challenges and stumbles balanced with humble wins, glorious successes... and gratitude for it all. He is an author and producer of the major motion picture from LionsGate- The Unbreakable Boy movie set to release March 2022. He and his UNBREAKABLE family live in Nebraska; his wife of 27 years, Teresa; their son Logan, a school teacher; The AuzMan; and their beautiful yet equally dysfunctional French Bulldog, Stella.

The Unbreakable Boy
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Zach Smith

NFL GSIS Statistical specialist

Season 2 Episode 10: College and independent living!!

Zach is 24 years old and currently lives in New York City and works at the NFL as a GSIS statistical support specialist. At two years old, he was diagnosed with high functioning autism. He had severe delays in his communication and social interactions. Those struggles limited his daily life at home and school. Thanks to the amazing and tireless support of his family, teachers and administrators, Zach was able to get the support he needed to overcome obstacles and achieve the goals set out for him. His hard work and determination gave him the confidence to advocate for himself and led him to want o help others. Zach has [resented to teachers and school administrators about his experiences working through school as an autistic student. He gives hope that through early intervention, a supportive, loving family, and school staff that a disability cannot disable you. In May 2020, Zach graduated from Worcester State University with a bachelor's degree in communication, writing minor and magna cum laude honors.

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Major Dodson

Actor and rising star
Staring as Tyson
Tyson's Run

Season 2 Episode 7: Drawing strength from the mondain

Major Dodson is best known for his role of Sam Anderson on AMC’s International smash hit series “The Walking Dead.” Other projects include LEFT BEHIND, “American Horror Story,” and “Revolution.” Dodson is currently featured in the inspirational drama TYSON’S RUN in theaters Spring 2022. Dodson currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Tyson's Run 
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Ray Blanchette

CEO 
T.G.I. Fridays 

Season 2 Episode 8: Leaders Pull From The Front 

Ray is a food industry veteran with over 30 years of restaurant experience. Before joining TGI Fridays, Ray served as the Chief Executive Officer of Ruby Tuesday and previously as Chief Executive Officer of Au Bon Pain. For the prior 8 years, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Ignite Restaurant Group. Prior to Ignite, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Pick Up Stix, Inc. During his 18-year tenure at Carlson restaurants (TGI Fridays) Ray has also served as Vice President of USA Franchise Operations, Vice President of Operations for its East Division, and Executive Director of its International Division serving Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has received many awards and recognition, including nominations for the prestigious Carlson Fellows Award in 2003 and in 2005, Division of the Year for TGI Friday’s in 2001, 2002, and 2003. In 2013, he received the “Golden Chain Award” and was ultimately named “Operator of the Year” by Nation’s Restaurant News.

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Leigh Steinberg

Founder & Chairman
S.S.E 
Steinberg Sports & Entertainment

Season 2 Episode 5: Training The Next Generation.

Leigh Steinberg has been speaking to companies, organizations, conventions, schools, clubs, and groups for over 40 years. His speeches are equal parts informative and inspiring. Leigh has captivated audiences with his stories and anecdotes from his illustrious career representing 64 NFL first-round picks including a record eight No. 1 overall NFL Draft selections. He provides practical advice on various subjects and gives listeners real-world tools that can be implemented in many different businesses, social, and philanthropic situations.

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Regina Rausch

Director of Special Education for the Pennsbury School District

Season 2 Episode 6: Presuming competence

Regina is the director of special education for the Pennsbury School District she started this role 2 years ago but has been working hard to help students her whole career. 

She was working as the assistant director of student services the Abington School District in Montgomery County. In that post, she oversees more than 1,400 students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 500 students with gifted IEPs, five supervisors of special education, and the supervisor of gifted education.

as well as many previous roles in the Abington School District and the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, which serves all of the county’s public schools. She also served as a  special education teacher and a behavior specialist in Pennsbury from 2000 to 2011.

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Mike Dempsey

NFL Alumni, and Philanthropist

Season 2 Episode 3: Motivation and dream chasing.

Mike Dempsey is an NFL alumni member of the Carolinas chapter, and also a survivor of the September 11th World Trade Center attacks and the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay shooting. He has shared his compelling story speaking at events and conferences all over the country

Mike dedicates his time to many charities affiliated with the NFL and MLB and has embarked on a fundraising campaign over the last two years to support a Gerry Cooney fight night event on June 17th in Hoboken, NJ where he will be stepping in the ring for 3 rounds with his trainer and boxing legend Irish Micky Ward in his corner. The event will raise money for Youth Consultation Services “YCS”)... a charity (501(c)3) based in central New Jersey serving underprivileged children.

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Rob Decker

Retired VP Cedar Fair

Season 2 Episode 4: Find step one, that's how you reach step 100.

The journey to success is different for each person. Find out how Rob worked his way to the top and how you have most likely be on a ride he has designed.

 

With a career spanning 35 years, Rob’s focus has been to conceive and launch strategic initiatives while improving the overall guest experience by generating excitement for the guests. His career began with a passion to draw and create that grew into a career requiring an exceptional array of design skills ranging from graphic design, architecture, art, and master planning.  Throughout his career Rob has leveraged his love to design by applying his skillset to the design and development of resort hotels, restaurants, retail, sporting venues, world’s fairs and theme park attractions, most notably over 45 roller coasters, including many of the world’s best attractions.  In total, Rob’s leadership oversaw developments that exceed $2 billion.

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Brian Wanner

Season 2 Episode 1: Always be yourself, the power of being you.

Brian Wanner is the Director of Talent & Culture for The GIANT Company, an omni-channel grocer known to customers as GIANT, MARTIN’S, GIANT Heirloom Market, GIANT Direct and MARTIN’s Direct that has been proudly serving families across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia since 1923.

 

At The GIANT Company, Wanner leads a team, focused on culture development and overseeing the employee life cycle for more than 35,000 team members. His areas of responsibility include people strategy, talent management, organizational development, change management, engagement, training and development, and talent acquisition.

Michael Fullmer finished his MBA and pursued a forty-one-year career in healthcare. Thirty of those years were in the field of medical education with twenty-five years as the founder, CEO and principal of Medical Communications Media, Inc. he has been teaching God’s Word with a focus on: context, application, God’s nature, plan, promises, and our calling on this earth.series of painful personal trials, which included the loss of six beloved family members, the near death of his wife, and his three with his own  cancers, he felt led to write and published a recently released book entitled“Joy and Hope in the Midst of Painful Trials. In it he guides the reader through his journey with a focus on God’s provisions, lessons learned, personal growth, finding joy and hope even during the tears. dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one while offering messages of healing, love, and encouragement.

Mike Fullmer

Season 2 Episode 2: Joy and Hope in the Midst of Painful Trials.

Michael Fullmer finished his MBA and pursued a forty-one-year career in healthcare. Thirty of those years were in the field of medical education with twenty-five years as the founder, CEO and principal of Medical Communications Media, Inc. he has been teaching God’s Word with a focus on: context, application, God’s nature, plan, promises, and our calling on this earth.

 

A series of painful personal trials, which included the loss of six beloved family members, the near death of his wife, and his three with his own  cancers, he felt led to write and published a recently released book entitled“ Joy and Hope in the Midst of Painful Trials. In it he guides the reader through his journey with a focus on God’s provisions, lessons learned, personal growth, finding joy and hope even during the tears. dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one while offering messages of healing, love, and encouragement.

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