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The UNNI Podcast – w/ Livio Harris

Livio Harris (Co-Ceo)- is a powerhouse executive who began his career as a singer/songwriter signed to a major label in 1990 called Uptown Records’. Against all odds, as a Black American Man faced with many challenges growing up in Atlantic City- Livio’s persistence and refusal to become a statistic helped him to climb up the industry ranks as an executive who has amassed over 30 years of industry experience and advancing from being a former Recording Artist, to Entertainment Manager, an Artist Development Executive, V.P. of Tier2 Films, and Executive V.P. of NottingHill Music Publishing.
Livio has worked with a number of music companies such as Elektra Records and Epic Records as an A&R Consultant. Livio has been credited for a significant amount of Notting Hill’s U.S. catalogue, which includes; Will Smith, The Pussycat Dolls, Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Eminem, Outkast, Nelly, Michael Jackson, and DJ Khaled to name a few. And now, he lands on The UNNI Podcast- Enjoy!

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Hope, Healing, Self-Advocacy and Llama power with Heather Pate

This week Erin had a powerful conversation with her friend, IYCSM family member, and co-Founder/Board Chair of Robin’s Hope, an organization that helps adults overcome traumatic life events and toxic stress through building hope, resilience and social connection. Heather Pate is a registered peer recovery specialist who has faced multiple traumatic experiences throughout life which have affected her in numerous ways. She has found that being in a safe and supportive environment has helped her a great deal. She hopes to pass on tools that have helped as she comes alongside others on their healing journeys.

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Advocacy and Services Across the Life Span Part 1

Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Isleen Giminez Morales, JD in a two-part series on advocacy and legal issues and services across the Life Span. Talking points of the segments will include Education Rights and COVID Impact, Reducing Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and Other Legal/Advocacy Consideration Through the Life Span. These will include introductory discussions for parents and caregivers to consider such as early intervention, education planning, the transition to adulthood/aging (independent living, employment, transportation, financial planning). Whether a person in your life is newly diagnosed or an adult, Isleen shares information for consideration across the Life Span.

Isleen Gimenez Morales is an attorney by training, advocate at heart – a disabled veteran and mother to four children with special needs. She moved to Kansas City just 7 years ago to access a coordinated care clinic for one of her children who has medical complexities. Isleen understands both personally and professionally how challenging it can be to navigate resources for individuals with disabilities and the caregivers who serve them. Isleen has 14 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector reducing barriers to employment for employees with disabilities. She recently served as the Director of SpecialCare at HighPointe Financial Group where she helped individuals with disabilities and their caregivers develop financial special needs planning strategies and as the Assistant Director for Emma’s Place for Exceptional Children – once the only therapeutic childcare facility in Overland Park that served students K-12 throughout the KC metro.

Isleen founded Advocate at Heart ( to empower individuals with disabilities and their caregivers through education, strategic person-centered, strengths-based planning, and plan implementation in partnership with an extensive community-based resource network that Isleen has painstakingly identified and vetted herself with the help of many other special needs families in the community.

Isleen also serves on the board of directors for SOAR (, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the disabled community answer the questions of: will my special needs loved one be able to provide for himself/herself? What will happen to my loved one with special needs when I am gone? and Who will take care of me (the caregiver)? She currently is a trainee under Echo Autism (, expanding her commitment to better meet the needs of families/ caregivers particularly in the Autism community, and is a Leadership in Education for Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program graduate from Kansas University Medical Center’s Center for Childhood Health and Development (CCHD) program. Isleen graduated with a double bachelor of sciences major with honors in both Japanese and Political Science as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa.

When not assisting individuals with disabilities and their families, Isleen is employed as an attorney at UnitedLex where she assists corporate counsel as part of the company’s legal team. She is conversationally fluent in Japanese and in Spanish. Isleen loves to cook and bake. She also enjoys master’s swimming and Latin dancing in her spare time.

A Thriving Hive — How to Cultivate Employee Engagement and Workplace Well-Being: Interview with Mari Ryan | Episode 80

Overwork. Burnout. Resentment. Churn. Bullying. Exclusion. Gossip. These qualities define the toxic work conditions that Mari Ryan calls a “dive hive.” She makes the argument that personal and community resilience are highly influenced by the cost-saving and life-saving preventative care we cultivate at work. Instead of a ‘“dive hive,” we need an “alive hive” filled with purpose, joy and impact. In this podcast Mari outlines a strategy on how companies can advance worker well-being and thrive.

About Mari Ryan, MBA, MHP, CWP
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Mari Ryan is a workplace well-being expert, international speaker and award-winning author. She is the CEO and founder of AdvancingWellness and leverages over 30 years of business experience in a variety of industries. For the past decade, Ms. Ryan has been creating thriving workplaces, through her consulting work and speaking on worksite well-being. Mari earned a Bachelor’s degree from Lesley University, an MBA from Boston University, a Master’s degree in Health Promotion from Nebraska Methodist College. Mari is an active member of the National Speakers Association. Mari is the author of award-winning book The Thriving Hive: How People-Centric Workplaces Ignite Engagement and Fuel Results. for more information on this episode go to

Transcend PTSD with Dr. Dan Smith, Kristin Walker, and Mary Shapiro

The Transcend App for self-help from PTSD/trauma has launched!
Dr. Dan Smith and Mary Shapiro were central in the development of the National Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center’s Transcend App. D.r Dan Smith, Mary Shapiro, Kristin Walker, and I as we talk about the app, PTSD, self-help, and how to navigate through these troubling times.
Dr. Smith is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). A Fellow of the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, (ABCT), Dr. Smith is a nationally certified provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and an approved TF-CBT trainer. He specializes in the use of technology to disseminate trauma-related information for clinical and non-clinical professionals.

Kristin Walker is the founder of the Mental Health News Radio Network.

Mary Shapiro: Postdoctoral Fellow Medical University of South worked on the Transcend app project.

Special Needs Fitness: Shapes Body and Mind

Join Dr. Holmes as she discusses the importance of physical fitness for the special needs population. She will be interviewing Tony D’Orazio about his organization Jacob’s Ladder Fitness and his journey of fathering Jake which he calls “down right joy.” Jakes’s interest in physical fitness helped with the passion to start Jacob’s Ladder fitness. Tony will share how physical fitness and a place/community to help shape an individual physically, mentally, and even spiritually through building a sense of purpose and belonging.

Tony is a graduate of Ohio Northern University. His training and career include working in child care as well as working with disadvantaged and challenged adolescent boys as a case manager of a group home. He has had a successful 25-year business career as a major account executive for a national disability and workers compensation organization. He is the founder of Jacob’s Ladder Special Needs Fitness in 2011 for the purpose of providing exercise and fitness for those with special needs shaping physical, spiritual, and mental health.

He is the father of three, and lives in Ohio with his wife, Karen, and son Jake, who brings “down right joy.” He is the author of the soon to be released book this year, “Down Right Joy!”

Find out more about Jacob’s Ladder Fitness at

A Safe Haven Space for Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health

Egette and Kristin talk about her new podcast on Mental Health News Radio Network: Safe Haven Space.

Egette Indelele was born and raised in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She is the oldest of five children and a first-generation honor college student at George Mason University. She is studying Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive and Behavior Neuroscience in hopes of opening her own practice in Burundi and emphasizing the importance of mental health while serving children with the hope of healing their traumatic life events. Egette’s work with Safe Haven was inspired by her experience as a refugee . She founded Safe Haven to help refugee students resettle in a new world while having access to mental health services.

Aside from mental health, Egette has a great passion for children around the world. With the passion to help children, she became the President of a UNICEF club at George Mason University. The club gave her the opportunity to advocate for children’s rights and educate her university community on the importance of helping the younger generation. She extended her passion and is now serving on the United Nation international Children Emergency Funds USA National Council. She also manages a program where members and volunteers mentor and tutor elementary-aged children at a local community center that serves refugees transitioning to life in America.

With mental health being a stigma around the world, specifically in refugees and immigrant families, she believes that Safe Haven will ease the transition to the American life. She also believes that it will help student perform better in school overall, while working on solving unresolved trauma

America is pill popping nation

Listen as Edwin McCain and Rich Jones share personal stories related to prescription drug misuse and ideas on how we arrived at the Opioid Crisis.
This is another Critical Conversation pulled from our platform from 2019. Enjoy!
We will be back next week with a NEW podcast featuring Brian Cuban.

Student Mental Health with Sean Perry

Join Sean and Kristin for a discussion about student mental health and new ways to educate, empower, and provide help.

Sean Perry has two decades of coaching experience and working with youth. He’s a certified Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Coach, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Specialist/ instructor, certified in Childhood Trauma and is an Exposure Response Prevention Specialist. As of late Sean is trained to train staff in the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. He also has been trained in collaborative problem solving.

Sean has spent the last several years in the Human Service/Mental Health field.

Sean saw a huge gap in the mental health industry while working in the private residential setting. He noticed that it was more about the have and the have nots then anyone would like to admit. This lack of equality pushed Sean to create We R H.O.P.E. Inc. with a colleague. While operating We R H.O.P.E., Sean was simultaneously the Program Manager at a residential treatment center for boys with severe trauma. He has since resigned to focus all of his energy on We R H.O.P.E. Sean hopes to create change in the public schools by bringing support at a much younger age and breaking the stigma of mental illness.


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