Our Guests

We are supremely grateful to all our guests for sharing their time, perspectives and voices with us (and you)! Here's a little about each of them.

Shirley Davis

Jennifer's mom and featured in Episode 6, "Barefootin'". Shirley has always been a strong, independent woman.  She is mother to five of us, grandmother to nine, great-grandmother to 13.  When I was growing up, my friends always wanted my mom to be theirs. 

She is a fighter – if something is not right or unjust, she wants to correct it. She’s been a do-it-yourselfer all her life.   As a very young woman, when she wanted to learn to drive and my dad got impatient with her, she dropped him off at home, and drove off, teaching herself how to drive a manual transmission.  She had a long, successful career in real estate, and, in a then male dominated industry, she held high positions; was unafraid to speak up. She was appointed by the governor to the Ohio Real Estate Commission, and was the 3rd woman in 101 years to be president of the Cincinnati Board of Realtors. She won other prestigious awards,  helped the homeless and improved the industry overall.  She is the matriarch of our family, our moral compass, and our source of great, unconditional love. 

 

 

Peter Fisher Hesed is featured in Episode 5, “Two Rams on a Bridge”. Mara’s Dad. Even though he is rather shy and very hesitant to talk about his family history, he agreed to share this recording. This is the little auto-quote that he has at the bottom of his email, and a truer word couldn’t be said of him:  “Cantare amantis est… Singing belongs to one who loves”  Saint Augustine of Hippo

Peter Fisher Hesed

Pastoral Associate / Director of Music / Composer

Saint Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church

St.Louis, MO

Carrie Miller, MA, LMFT

Couples, EMDR, Psychotherapy 

Kevin McCarthy

Rolfer and Somatic Trauma Therapist

Co-founders, Mend Therapy    

Minneapolis, MN

www.mendmn.com

Carrie and Kevin are featured in Episode 4, “Dishing It Out”. And they are real good at it! Not only do they speak their minds directly, intelligently, and with compassion--but they’ve managed to stay married for 12 years and still be happy about it! This power couple has something to teach all of us. If you would like to talk to either one of them more, they are currently practicing online. 

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A painting of Peter Fisher Hesed

Joe Lupariello

 

 

For the past 20 years, he has been the owner and managing partner of The Havenhurst Group, a real estate development company specializing in property management and consultant services for clients who convert long-term rental properties into short-term, fully-furnished, rentals.  


Joe is a former television executive producer and development executive.  As an executive consultant and showrunner for two home design shows: “Merge With Lisa Rinna,” for Lifetime Network and “Before And After’noon Movies,” a series on USA Networks, he was able to combine his passion for real estate and design with his producing and talent relations expertise.  Lupariello also served as president of Leeza Gibbons Enterprises, a multi-media entertainment company, where he produced and developed projects and series for various networks including MTV, Lifetime, E! Entertainment Television, TNN, and Premiere Radio Network. Joe appears in Episode Three, "Die With Nothing".

Joe is currently a Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties located in Beverly Hills, California.

Joseph Ferraro

Throughout his multi-faceted career, Joseph has served as an Executive Producer, Network Executive, Show Runner, and Writer with a history of developing and producing content that has been at the epicenter of pop culture.

 

Joseph has served as a development and original series programming executive for the MTV Entertainment Group, Bravo, Ryan Seacrest Productions, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.  Throughout his career, Joseph has produced some of the most iconic talked-about shows such as American Idol, The Biggest Loser, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, MTV’s Behind the Music, VH1’s Divas Live, ABC’s Match Game, and The Rosie Show just to name a few.

 

As a television host and comedy writer, Joseph has written for such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Rosie O’Donnell, Alec Baldwin, Miley Cyrus, Andy Cohen, Gayle King, Martin Short, Ellen Degeneres, Kathy Griffin, Caroline Rhea, William Shatner, RuPaul and more.b Joseph appears in Episode Three, "Die With Nothing". 

With a lifelong commitment to meditation, yoga and mindfulness, Joseph Ferraro is the Original Programming and Development Lead at RoundGlass, a new lifestyle app/website that focuses on meditation, mindfulness and holistic wellbeing.

Sarah Lejeune

Sarah is a published author and accomplished artist - a deep and caring soul with a playful spirit. She appears in Episode Three - "Die With Nothing". 

Alison Maxwell

Alison appears in Episode Three, "Die With Nothing".  She's the one with the English accent. Alison worked in local government for many years.  She now prefers to go hiking, spend time playing tennis or enjoying her garden. 

Roberta Kass 

Roberta Kass is featured in Episode 3.  She was a corporate lawyer for 35 years.  Now, she’s busy training her Australian Shepherd puppy and figuring out how to get rid of stuff!

Felicity Hesed

Performer / Director / Filmmaker 

Circus and Theatre Arts

felicityhesed.com

@felicityhesed

 

Felicity Hesed is featured in Episode Two, "Compare-Despair". Felicity is Mara’s sister. And even though Mara is older and taller, Felicity has always been the powerhouse. It is a certain kind of person who moves across the country to go to clown school and then makes a career of hanging off a trapeze in a sparkly bikini. She is definitely someone we like, and of all our guests, she might be the most fun to follow on Instagram. Also check out her latest guerrilla theatre project in SF @circuspopups.

 

Nina is featured in Episode Two, "Compare-Despair." She's a beautiful soul and this comes through loud and clear in the sage advice she shares on our podcast. Especially if you're looking for gentle yoga or something outdoor in the Silverlake area, check her website. She also teaches yoga and meditation privately. 

Nina Snow

Yoga Teacher/Buddhist

ninasnowyoga.squarespace.com

Mrs. Amy Trevino

Featured in Episode One, "Lice, Lice Baby", Mrs Trevino has been a kindergarten teacher at Elysian Heights Magnet School since 2014.

She's absolutely the best kindergarten teacher a kid (or a kid's parents) could hope for!

Of herself, she says: "I love working with children. I also have a background in musical theatre which I use to up the fun factor for the kids at school. I've been married for 14 years and have one awesome 9 year old son." This woman ushered us all gracefully, amidst great distress and uncertainty into our distance-learning reality. If it is true that we learned everything we need to know in kindergarten, then she is truly a masterful teacher. 

Joe Ferraro
Alison Maxwell
Roberta Kass
Felicity Hesed
Nina Snow
Mrs Amy Trevino