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From The Hart - Presented by the First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses

From The Hart - Presented by the First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses

By A Hart Leadership Production

Welcome to From The Hart, presented by the First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses. This show was created, and is hosted, by Ed Hart to share stories that will inspire you. Hart interviews leaders, pastors, actors, athletes, and family business owners and gets them to tell stories that will inspire and touch his listeners. What's in YOUR heart?
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13: AmyK Hutchens | Communicating With Those You Love and Serve, In These Unprecedented Times

From The Hart - Presented by the First Bank Center for Family-Owned BusinessesApr 15, 2020

87: Shelley Hoss: The Product of Philanthropy is a Changed Human Life

87: Shelley Hoss: The Product of Philanthropy is a Changed Human Life

Since May 2000, Shelley M. Hoss has served as president and chief executive officer of the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) – one of the largest and fastest growing community foundations in the nation, fueled by a mission to inspire passion for lifelong philanthropy and drive sustainable impact in Orange County and beyond.

Under Hoss’ leadership, OCCF’s impact has grown dramatically as a driver of innovative solutions. OCCF initiatives have addressed issues ranging from the needs of veterans and military families transitioning to civilian life, to embracing the importance and potential of immigrant communities and building a more just, civil and equitable Orange County.

During Hoss’ tenure, OCCF’s grant and scholarship awards have surged more than twenty-fold, from $5 million annually when she joined OCCF, to $100 million annually since 2020. This dramatic growth has placed OCCF as a stand-out among more than 780 U.S. community foundations, ranking as the 3rd most active grantmaker in the nation. The Foundation’s cumulative granting since inception has grown to $975 million under Hoss’ leadership, placing OCCF well within reach of its goal to become one of only 35 community foundations in the nation to reach $1 billion in granting.

Under Hoss’ leadership, OCCF has become recognized as a “center of gravity” for philanthropy in Orange County – and its asset growth has also been dramatic. Assets stewarded by the Foundation have increased from $42 million in 2000 to $570 million today, placing OCCF in the top 7% in assets among U.S. community foundations.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Hoss served at the helm of Girls Incorporated of Orange County, leading programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. She started her career with 10 years at the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, leading programs to help children in the foster care system transition successfully to independent life.

Hoss served as founding chair of Orange County Grantmakers, chaired and served on the board of the League of California Community Foundations and currently co-chairs their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, and has been a regular guest lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. She is frequently sought for her insights about the nonprofit community by regional media, and contributes thought leadership editorials to the Orange County Business Journal, Orange County Register, Forbes Nonprofit Council, and national philanthropic publications. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a joint Master’s Degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of California, Irvine.

Sep 26, 202301:07:54
86: David Meltzer: Say "Thank You"
Sep 18, 202326:31
85: Rise Up for You: Unlocking Your Potential - Nada Lena Nassardeen

85: Rise Up for You: Unlocking Your Potential - Nada Lena Nassardeen

Nada Lena is the founder and CEO of Rise Up For You, Leadership and Career Confidence Coach, #1 Best Selling Author, and a 2x TEDx Motivational Speaker.
With over 10 years of experience as a college professor and former top executive for an education corporation, Nada understands the importance of fusing education, empowerment, and leadership together as she works with her clients and speaks to audiences worldwide. She has toured the world as a singer, has a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership, and has coached and mentored close to 50,000 individuals around the world on self-empowerment, career strategy, and soft skills.

Nada has been featured on hundreds of podcasts and radio shows and has also been a motivational and educational speaker on platforms such as TEDx Talks, The Female Quotient, The California Human Resources Conference, Wonder Women Tech, The Human Gathering, and more. Her company, Rise Up For You has been featured and worked with brands such as CBS, LA Fitness, Google Next 19, and more.

Nada is a proud recipient of the Chief's Award from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, is a three-time finalist for The Emerging Woman-Owned Business Award, and was most recently awarded the 40 Under 40 Award for Orange County Professionals in 2020 and the Women of Influence in 2021 for Entrepreneurship.

Nada believes that in order to create change within our communities, companies, and households, we must first create change within ourselves. It’s a collective effort needed from all parties; no company, adult, or young adult can be left behind. The world needs us at our best!⁠


Sep 07, 202355:53
84: Chef Bill Bracken - Transforming and Nourishing People and Families

84: Chef Bill Bracken - Transforming and Nourishing People and Families

In this episode of the From The Hart Podcast, we dive into the inspiring story of Bill Bracken, Founder and Culinary Director of Bracken's Kitchen. Bill is a nationally renowned chef with a 35-year culinary career, who has garnered numerous awards and critical acclaim. Despite his success, Bill remains grounded, hailing from humble beginnings in Wathena, Kansas.

From a young age, Bill developed a passion for food while cooking with his mother and grandmothers. This love for cooking led him to pursue a career as a chef. Bill's culinary approach is rooted in his straightforward Midwestern roots, prioritizing freshness and flavor in his cuisine.

After starting as a dishwasher in a local diner, Bill's talent and dedication propelled him to become a chef by the age of 13. He attended culinary school and eventually won a scholarship to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. His career flourished as he worked his way up to executive sous chef at the Mandalay Four Seasons Hotel in Dallas and later joined The Peninsula Beverly Hills as executive chef.

In 2013, Bill made a remarkable career shift. He founded Bracken's Kitchen, a nonprofit organization aimed at providing high-quality meals to those in need. Beginning with a food truck named Betsy, Bracken's Kitchen addresses the challenge of feeding hungry children and adults in Orange County. Over the years, their business model has evolved to encompass a community feeding program, a rescued food program, and a culinary training program.

Leveraging his industry connections, Bill has established partnerships with top food vendors and food recovery organizations. Through these collaborations, Bracken's Kitchen rescues perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste and transforms it into nutritious meals. They now produce over 100,000 wholesome and hearty meals per month, making a significant impact on both food and lives.

Join us in this episode as we delve deeper into Bill Bracken's journey, his commitment to serving those in need, and the powerful work of Bracken's Kitchen in fighting food insecurity and transforming lives through culinary training.

From The Hart is available on all podcast platforms. Make sure to tune in and be inspired by the incredible work of Bill Bracken and Bracken's Kitchen.

You can reach Bill and Bracken's Kitchen at

Jul 16, 202301:10:43
83: Mayumi Allison - Connecting What Moves the World

83: Mayumi Allison - Connecting What Moves the World

In 2021, Hosa had a video produced to tell the origin story of their founder, Mayumi's father, Sho Sato. This episode starts with a brief audio clip from that award-winning video.

To watch the entire 20 minute video, click here

Mayumi Allison is a second-generation family business owner and the Chief Executive Officer for Hosa Technology, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of analog and digital connectivity solutions to the musical instrument and professional audio industries. She joined Hosa in 2010 and took over the business from her father, Sho Sato. a Japanese Immigrant who came to America over 50 years ago chasing the American Dream. Mr. Sato founded Hosa in 1984.

Prior to taking over the family business, Mayumi had a very successful career in mortgage banking. She has more than 20 years of experience in various areas of business, including Sales, Marketing, Finance, Product Development, Product Management, Operations, Human Resources, and Training. Mayumi’s experience in Corporate America has been a tremendous asset to the family business. She streamlined, standardized, and automated several areas of the company to create efficiencies throughout the organization, all the while preserving the culture and values that make Hosa special and unique.

Mayumi is passionate about giving back to the community, and it is evident today at Hosa. They support several philanthropic organizations, including The Corazon de Vida Foundation, The Breast Cancer Can Stick It! Foundation, High School Nation, the Musician’s Foundation, and Save The Music Foundation.

Mayumi is a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2002. Mayumi holds a BA in Business Marketing with a Minor in Japanese from California State University, Fullerton and a Presidents and Key Executives MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School.

To connect with Mayumi, or to learn more about HOSA, go to

May 17, 202352:16
82: An Intentional Force for Good - Dawn Reese, CEO of The Wooden Floor

82: An Intentional Force for Good - Dawn Reese, CEO of The Wooden Floor

Dawn S. Reese, CFRE is the Chief Executive Officer of The Wooden Floor. She is a social innovator who leverages her unique blend of experience in business, technology, education, and the arts to propel young people forward. The Wooden Floor’s mission is to inspire and transform the lives of young people through the power of dance and access to higher education. 

Since 2005, 100% of the students who graduate from The Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education.

Dawn has been honored with the following awards:

2023 Empowering Lives Award by Templo Calvario

2022 Orange County Visionary by the Los Angeles Times Orange County

2020 Women of Distinction Award from 34th CA Senate District

2019 Women Breaking Barriers Award from Connected Women of Influence

2018 Founders Award from the Institute for Community Impact

2016 Center for Leadership Award for Innovation from California State University Fullerton

2015 Difference Makers Award by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.

Dawn currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Passkeys Foundation as Board Chair, OneOC as Audit Chair as well as Advisors in Philanthropy Orange County, Orange County Music and Dance

She is on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Leadership – College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton, and a mentor at CSU Long Beach Student Center for Professional Development. 

Dawn founded the OC Nonprofit CEO Forum and Co-Chairs the Santa Ana Youth Mental Health Sub-Committee for the Santa Ana Task Force.

Dawn is an author, mentor, consultant, and national conference presenter on the topics of leadership, strategic planning, board governance and board diversity, and fundraising.


Prior to The Wooden Floor, Dawn held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Opera Pacific. She began her career with The Oaktree Consulting Group, a management consulting and CEO Coaching firm for the high technology sector where she gained expertise in strategic planning, finance, human resources management and corporate governance. She lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband Eric, and has one adult son.

Dawn Reese is CERTAINLY and Intentional Force for Good!

She can be reached at


Mar 23, 202359:24
81: On a Mission to UNITE the World - Clara Paye, Founder and CEO of UNiTE Food

81: On a Mission to UNITE the World - Clara Paye, Founder and CEO of UNiTE Food

Mar 17, 202356:17
80: Standing Up for Others - A Life of Beating the Odds: Eric Goodman, CEO Mountain View Services

80: Standing Up for Others - A Life of Beating the Odds: Eric Goodman, CEO Mountain View Services

"I feel like Forrest Gump running down that driveway, the braces falling off and that setting the course for the rest of my life… Helping others, my purpose and the strength of my leadership and never giving up. I share my story to motivate others and stand up for people everywhere with disabilities. You never know who they are and how it will change their life."

As President/CEO of Mountain View Services, Inc., a leading Healthcare supply and distribution company, serving more than 500 Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled Adults and Children, Home Care Facilities, Hospice Care Companies, Nonprofits, Schools, Care Centers and Homeless Shelters, Eric's mission is to provide the highest quality products and services available to his clients, so they, in turn, can provide the highest quality service to the residents they serve.

Eric fosters his core belief in building relationships within the community as well. He has served on the Board of Directors for several prominent nonprofit organizations including the American Heart Association and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Eric won the Unforgettables Foundation Heart Award of the Inland Empire in 2020.

Mountain View Services, Inc was a Civic 50 Honoree in 2022. Recognized as one of the top 50 community-minded companies in Orange County.

Eric has been married to his wife, Roxanne, for 29 years. They have two children, Vanessa, 29 and Grant, 23.

In additional to his work and family life, Eric holds a passion for photography. He studied Digital Photography at Cornell University. He specializes in landscape photography. His work has appeared in galleries and all proceeds from sales of his work from his website,, are donated to charity.

Eric is also a classic car enthusiast. He is President of the Vintage Volkswagen Club of American. The largest vintage VW club in the county with over 100,000 members.

Company Mountain View Services, Inc. Core Values: Caring, Dependable and Honest.

“Together we can all make a difference in our communities and the lives of others”

“The more people we meet, the more people we can help”

“In a world where you can be anything, be yourself” 

You can reach Eric at or visit his website at

Mar 16, 202301:15:53
79: Everything Begins with Story - Amy Cosper, Editor-In-Chief of Family Business Magazine
Mar 08, 202351:45
78: Michael Reddington: Unlocking Hidden Value in Every Conversation
Mar 04, 202301:06:35
77: Martha Daniel - A Lifetime of Protecting Country, Family, and Faith

77: Martha Daniel - A Lifetime of Protecting Country, Family, and Faith

Martha Daniel’s technology career has spanned both corporate and government sectors.  Ms. Daniel served in the U.S. Navy and had a lengthy corporate career with positions ranging from mainframe programming to chief information officer.  In 1992, she formed Information Management Resources, Inc. (IMRI). IMRI has a history of successfully implementing innovative technology solutions that addressed integration challenges for the emerging information technology industry. 

Today, under Ms. Daniel’s leadership and strategic vision of “Translating business needs into technology solutions,” IMRI provides program management for over $300 million in data center operations; currently designing the public safety broadband first responder network (FirstNet); and provides cyber security governance and compliance, information assurance, and operations security solutions using the company’s Cytellix Solutions.

IMRI is ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in America. 

A published author and frequent speaker, Ms. Daniel co-authored a book entitled, On the Other Side of Midnight 2000, An Executive Guide to the Year 2000 Problem and most recently co-authored Million Dollar Conversations with 15 entrepreneur women. She is quoted as an industry spokesperson for a variety of publications and has been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, and LA Times. On numerous occasions, Ms. Daniel has appeared on the “Inside OC” program on PBS, the nation’s sixth-most watched public television station.

Ms. Daniel has received a number of honors and awards for her business acumen and accomplishments. Most recently in 2014, she was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change, Women Veteran Leader. She was also the finalist for the Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration in 2016 and received the National Living History Maker Entrepreneur Award.

She is an ordained minister and on the leadership team of First AME (Christ Our Redeemer) Church in Irvine, CA.   Faith, family, and family business drive her in all she does!

Visit IMRI at

You can connect with her on her LinkedIn at

Feb 27, 202357:58
76: Jay Golden - The Power of the Pause

76: Jay Golden - The Power of the Pause

When you read this 6-word story, what emotions come up for you?

"For sale.  Baby shoes.  Never worn."

“For a story to change the world,” author and storytelling coach Jay Golden says, “It has to change you first.”

That’s why, after a dozen years working at the cutting edge of digital storytelling, Jay shifted his attention to unlocking the purpose of globally transformative leaders through the stories they tell, one-to-one and one-to-many.

Today, as the founder of the storytelling company Retellable, Jay coaches and trains founders, innovators, and social entrepreneurs at companies such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Rainforest Action Network. With an approach that is both personally transformative and also universally applicable, his book, Retellable: How Your Essential Stories Unlock Power and Purpose, is a guide to storytelling using his original framework - The Journey Curve.

To reach Jay, simply email jay@retellable.cvom, or visit

For more information about the First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses, contact us at

Feb 02, 202301:13:05
75: Michael Dierberg: First Bank's Past, Present, and Future

75: Michael Dierberg: First Bank's Past, Present, and Future

On this episode of Ed Hart's From the Hart Podcast, join Ed Hart (Director of First Bank’s Center for Family-Owned Businesses) and Michael Dierberg (Chairman of FB Corporation and President of First Bank) as they discuss First Bank’s longstanding history as a fourth-generation family business. Watch and listen as they dive deep into Michael Dierberg’s role, the exciting future of First Bank's 112-year-old business, and much more!

For information about the First Bank Center for Family-Owned Businesses, visit 

Sep 06, 202237:09
74 Five Lessons My Dad Taught Me

74 Five Lessons My Dad Taught Me

When I graduated from high school in 1982, my Dad - Jack Hart - who you met in an earlier episode of the podcast, sat me down and offered me 5 nuggets of wisdom.   These were things he probably assumed I would forget by the next day.   I didn't.

I wrote them down, and these pearls have stuck with me my entire life, and they are my personal mission statement.   I fall short much of the time in these areas, but I will never forget them, and my gift to you now is that I am sharing this wisdom - his wisdom, with you.   Enjoy.

Oct 14, 202125:25
73: Lisa Gable | Turnaround - How to Change Course When Things Are Going South
Oct 08, 202156:58
72: Lisa Paterson | I was watching the murder of my husband in real time - 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

72: Lisa Paterson | I was watching the murder of my husband in real time - 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks

Tune in and listen as Lisa Paterson, a 9/11 widow, tells her story, and the story of her late husband, Steven Paterson, who perished 20 years ago as the North Tower of the World Trade Center was destroyed.   

We all know where we were on the morning of 9/11/2001.  If you are anything like me, you stared at the TV in disbelief.  For my guest on this episode, Lisa Paterson, she watched as the North Tower fell, taking her husband Steven, and the father of their two children, 4 year old twins, with it.   But the power of Lisa Paterson was just getting started.  She has been an advocate for victims and families of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for people who don't have a voice, and for special needs children and adults, like her now 24 year old son Wyatt.   

Lisa believes that we all have the power to choose and how we respond to everything in our lives, and respond she has, and she does!  Her darkest day has led to brighter days for others around her, and I know you will be inspired and moved to tears as you hear what Lisa and her kids went through on that day that is permanently etched in all of our memories, and how she has impacted the lives of those around her ever since.   

We talked about the love affair and courtship between Steven and Lisa, their brief 4 years together as parents, the days leading up to 9/11, their last conversation, what her day looked like on 9/11, and the days following, how she told her kids that their Daddy wasn't coming home, how she dealt with her own PTSD, and how she has taken the worst hand that could possibly be dealt to someone, and blessed the lives of so many, not in SPITE of her experiences, but BECAUSE of them.   

She tells of going to Ground Zero for the first time shortly after the attacks, and how she received tremendous support over the years.   She talks of how a visit to the White House, and a quiet chat with President Obama changed her life.  

Please leave a review, and if you would like to reach out directly to Lisa, you can email our show at and we will get your message to her.  Please visit to follow all of our From The Hart Episodes. This episode airs in its' entirety, and is brought to you by Orange Kiwi Consulting.

Sep 10, 202101:57:25
71: Dale Murphy | Major League Player, Family Man, Servant Leader, and Businessman

71: Dale Murphy | Major League Player, Family Man, Servant Leader, and Businessman

"All those years I thought I had a grip on baseball, but it turns out baseball had a grip on me." - Don Gullett

Dale Murphy is an American former Major League Baseball player. During his 18-year career (1976-1993), he played for the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies. Murphy is best noted for his many years with the Braves. He won the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 1982 and 1983 (one of only four outfielders in MLB history to win consecutive MVP awards!), the Silver Slugger Award as the best hitting player at his position four straight years (1982 - 1985), and the Gold Glove Award (best defensive player at his position) five straight years (1982-1986).  He is a members of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.  Murphy is a devout Mormon and, along with his wife Nancy, led nearly 600 young missionaries in the Boston area.   Dale and Nancy have 8 kids and 15 grandsons, and he is actively involved in several business ventures.  Dale is known for his work ethic, humility, and giving heart, and when being a tremendous family man.   Listen to this episode and hear the gratitude in his voice from start to finish, and you will understand that the success he has had off the field has far outweighed what he did in his stellar 18-year All-Star career.   Dale is pure class, and you will be inspired by his humility and grace.   To reach Dale, and to learn more about his organizations and speaking engagements, you can connect with him via his LinkedIn page Dale Murphy | LinkedIn

Sep 04, 202101:12:47
70: Roy Englebrecht | From Laker Girls to Baseball to Boxing - The Ultimate Creator and Promoter

70: Roy Englebrecht | From Laker Girls to Baseball to Boxing - The Ultimate Creator and Promoter

Aug 28, 202101:00:22
69: Steve Farber | Love is Just Damn Good Business
Aug 17, 202101:16:58
68 What Is it That You Cannot Not Do - What Do You Believe?
Jun 26, 202129:03
67 Marisa Garcia | I Wish I Would Have Chosen Myself a Long Time Ago

67 Marisa Garcia | I Wish I Would Have Chosen Myself a Long Time Ago

At 24 years of age, Marisa Garcia has been through divorce, tough life lessons, a lot of wandering and wondering, and now has found inner peace that comes from learning the lessons we meant to learn through the choices we make.  She was raised in a very loving home by two wonderful parents, and is the youngest of two girls.  Yet, like most of us, she made choices that took her off the path she was on, and after a failed marriage, some health issues, and some spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical battles, she has not only found her way onto a healthy journey, but she is now leading others on this lifelong wellness vision.  Marissa is full of light, full of hope, and has a passion for paying forward the lessons she has learned, and has a laser-like focus on improving the lives of the people, and animals, she encounters for the rest of her life.   You will be inspired, motivated, and educated in this conversation Marisa and I had, From The Hart!

Jun 16, 202145:44
66: Amanda Samaan - Founder Revolver PR | Chain Breaker

66: Amanda Samaan - Founder Revolver PR | Chain Breaker

Nominated for Orange County’s 40 Under 40, Amanda Samaan founded Revolver PR and has spent years assembling an ever-expanding client roster in the world of sports, entertainment, and lifestyle. Representing top-tier talent like Mike Ness and BJ Baldwin and producing automotive and cinematic events like Fast and Furious franchise’s “Furious 7.” Today, Samaan and Revolver continue to focus on these industries, overseeing PR initiatives for lifestyle clients Jeffrey Court, FGPG, Paris Hilton Fragrances, and the likes of Giants wide receiver Dante Pettis, Minnesota Twins short stop Royce Lewis, San Diego Padres Catcher Austin Hedges, and MLB “super-agent” Scott Boras.  Home | Revolver PR (

Amanda and I dove deep into her role as a successful PR executive, and her dynamic roles in sports, entertainment, and lifestyle brands, but it is in the last 16 minutes of our conversation where you will understand why this episode is called "Chain Breaker".  The courage, vulnerability, and internal fortitude that Amanda has is inspiring, her story is heartbreaking, but her response to her experiences will move you and hopefully create more Chain Breakers.   To contact Ms. Samaan, you can find her on all social media platforms, which are listed on her company website.  

Jun 05, 202101:09:07
63: Dr. Mark Goulston | Why Cope When You Can Heal?
May 26, 202140:21
65: JB Somers | Will You Be There For Me
May 14, 202101:00:12
64 Stacie Wimer: Man $hopping | Looking for Love in All the Places

64 Stacie Wimer: Man $hopping | Looking for Love in All the Places

Do you believe there is someone for everyone?  Have you been looking for love in all the wrong places?  Tried dating apps, blind dates, 5 minute speed dating, and trolling through your social media pages seeing if that old high school sweetheart is single?  So many dating apps, so many singles, but why is it so hard for millions of people to find that special someone?  It is estimated that over 300 million people are registered on dating apps, so perhaps that is part of the problem.  Everyone is shopping, and everyone has someone shopping for them.  Yet, with all the algorithms, surveys and matchmakers out there, so many amazing people are having trouble finding so many amazing people!  

Stacie Wimer is one of those remarkable singles who has decided to look at the funny, strange, and sometimes scary side to finding love.  She has created a new podcast called Man $hopping, which is a look into her own dating life, and is a platform for some stories that will have you laughing, crying, and honing your shopping skills.  What Amazon is to shopping for products, Man $hopping is for shopping for love!   Single, married, divorced, gay, doesn't matter, you will enjoy this conversation, and also love Stacie's new podcast!

You can reach Stacie on social media @stacie_wimer.

Stacie is an unabashed 43 year old twice divorced single mother of an amazing teenage daughter and the best black lab shelter mutt ever.

She is a pharmaceutical & medical device sales professional by day and a writer, podcaster, cooking & baking enthusiast by night. She is a true extrovert with a passion for helping people.

Born and raised in rural Missouri, Stacie graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a degree in Organizational Communication and Business management. After spending several years living in Minnesota, Kansas, and Georgia, Stacie calls Kansas City, Missouri home.

Contact the From The Hart Podcast at, or hear all our episodes on 

May 11, 202101:08:31
62: Blanca Cobb - Body Language Expert | I Hear What You Are Not Saying

62: Blanca Cobb - Body Language Expert | I Hear What You Are Not Saying

Blanca Cobb, M.S. Psy, Body Language Expert & Media Personality

How can you spot a liar?  

How do you when someone is interested in you?

How can you tell when someone is angry, happy, or confused under that mask?

How can you learn to interpret unspoken messages even more powerfully and accurately, at times, than what we hear?

Blanca Cobb has been a people watcher since she was a little girl. From a distance, she’d watch people to get a sense of who was friendly, trustworthy, and approachable. She learned early on that people try to hide what they feel. But, if you pay close attention to the way they move their bodies and react in situations, they can’t hide their feelings. They unknowingly reveal who they are.

This is the power of body language. Silent messages are more credible than spoken words. If you know what to look for and how to respond to body language, then you can connect with anyone. And in business and in life, this is your ticket to happiness, success, and peace.

Blanca has appeared with such TV show hosts as Steve Harvey, Dr. Oz, Megyn Kelly, and countless more.   Now you can hear here on today's episode of the From The Hart podcast.  

#bodylanguage #nonverbalcommunication #fromtheheart #fromthehart #blancacobb #edhart #csuf #familybusiness #steveharvey

Apr 15, 202101:15:53
61: Serena Poon: Celebrity Chef, Nutritionist, Reiki Master | Nutrition for the Mind, Body and Soul
Apr 01, 202157:41
60: Retired Army Major Gerald Gangaram | From The Streets of New York City to the Skies of Afghanistan

60: Retired Army Major Gerald Gangaram | From The Streets of New York City to the Skies of Afghanistan

"Gerald’s is a story of incredible challenges met with courage, character, and honor." Senator Bill Brock; 18th United States Secretary of Labor

He built his body in high school so he would be strong enough to defend himself in prison, assuming that is where he would end up.  Instead, he went to West Point, later got an MBA from Georgetown, and a Certificate in Leadership from George Washington University. If you clicked here today be inspired and touched, you have come to the right place.  

Despite early condemnation that he would not amount to anything more than a gangster, Gerald Gangaram is a retired U.S. Army Major, who many consider a war hero from his combat service during “Operation Enduring Freedom”. Raised by a single mother in a low income area within Queens, New York City, he always strove to improve himself and hardly imagined being the recipient of numerous medals along a career piloting the Apache – an attack helicopter his enemies described as “The Dragon”. 

Now retired from the military after 11 years of distinguished active duty service, Gerald enjoys contributing to events where he can provide his unique perspective as a servant leader and plans to continue a life of public service; always forging forward.

You can learn more about Gerald by visiting his website at

Army Major Gerald Gangaram Commendations:

Meritorious Service Medal

Air Medal

Army Commendation Medal with Valor

Army Senior Aviator Badge

Combat Action Badge.

Mar 19, 202101:03:57
59: Linda Nguyen and Tam Nguyen | #StopAsianHate - First Person Experiences
Mar 12, 202159:35
58: Christina Pascucci KTLA 5 News | The Humanity of the Story Speaks Volumes
Mar 08, 202131:19
57: Jesse Bradley | From Professional Soccer to Pastor - Keeper of the Faith
Mar 02, 202101:04:26
56: Michael Reddington, Certified Forensic Interviewer | Disciplined Listening
Feb 19, 202101:12:51
55: Catalina Villegas | Passionately Sharing Stories That Move People
Feb 08, 202101:10:14
54: Susan Kenny, CASA OC | We are All Just Walking Each Other Home
Feb 05, 202101:14:24
53: Dave DesRochers | Is Your Life Driven by Agenda or by Purpose?
Feb 03, 202101:07:60
52: Jack Hart - Wisdom from His 94 Years About God, Family, Career, Relationships...and Bogie

52: Jack Hart - Wisdom from His 94 Years About God, Family, Career, Relationships...and Bogie

The main reason the From The Hart podcast exists is to teach, motivate, and inspire people to be become their best self.  Our guests have tremendous stories of hope, redemption, love, impact, and legacy.  Jack Hart has not only been a great role model for the people in his professional life, in his Church, and his community, but most importantly in his family.   As the youngest of Jack and Elaine Hart's 5 kids, I have been led and mentored by one of the best!  In this episode, he talks about his near 70 year marriage to my Mom, his 40 year career in one company, his faith, his love of sports, his "man's best friend" Bogie, and so much more.   You will gain nuggets of wisdom that will guide you in your daily life.  You can reach Jack at  We are originally airing this episode on his 94th birthday.  

Jan 28, 202101:11:19
51: Fred Claire, Charlie Hough and Pete Arbogast Pay Tribute to Tommy Lasorda, Don Sutton, and Hank Aaron

51: Fred Claire, Charlie Hough and Pete Arbogast Pay Tribute to Tommy Lasorda, Don Sutton, and Hank Aaron

Join From The Hart Podcast host Ed Hart, as he sat down on January 22, 2021 with former Dodgers General Manager Fred Claire, former Dodger knuckleballer, and 25 year big league veteran Charlie Hough, and former Dodger PA announcer, and current voice of USC Trojans football, Pete Arbogast, as they paid tribute to the lives of the legendary Tommy Lasorda, the greatest Dodger pitcher in history statistically, Don Sutton, and the home run king, Hammerin' Hank Aaron.  What a special conversation with these three great men, about three legends of some Vin Scully stories.  You don't want to miss this one!

Jan 23, 202101:23:46
50: Tillys Life Center | Empowering Teens with a Positive Mindset
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49: Dann Van Der Vliet, Cornell University | Inspiring Family Business Leaders of Today and Tomorrow
Jan 07, 202101:10:51
48: Gratitude During Our Most Difficult Year - From The Hearts of My 2020 Guests

48: Gratitude During Our Most Difficult Year - From The Hearts of My 2020 Guests

2020 has been recognized by some as the year of our highest highs and our lowest lows. In our family alone, within 48 hours we had a sudden death of a family member, and then we bought a house. We personally experienced this past year in just about every way imaginable. Since we launched the podcast in January 2020, we have seen it all. Sit back and hear excerpts of dozens of our guests as they tell you what has been in their hearts during this unprecedented year that we just completed. We hope you are inspired, and hope you will tune in to future episodes in 2021, and beyond!
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47: Kara Goldin | Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts & Doubters
Dec 09, 202054:25
46: Early Jackson | Chief Empowerment Officer and Hope Dealer - Inspiring a World in Times of Desperate Need
Nov 16, 202001:06:29
45: Judd Wallenbrock | A Lifetime Living His Passion Making Wine

45: Judd Wallenbrock | A Lifetime Living His Passion Making Wine

Judd is a seasoned veteran of the wine business and has the scars to prove it. Yet after 40 years in the business, his excitement for the industry couldn’t be stronger, his love for wine more intense, nor his commitment to experience marketing more passionate. Judd cut his teeth in the 80’s learning the ropes as a wine retailer, restaurateur, broker, and wine educator for nine years. After a break to earn his MBA, he spent four years at Nestle, forging a marketing discipline in consumer packaged goods, and a very acute desire to bring that discipline back into the wine industry. He has served as a Vice President for Robert Mondavi, COO of De Loach Vineyards, President of Michel-Schlumberger Estate, President, CEO and Managing Partner of The Good Life Wine Collective (Jessup Cellars and Handwritten Wines), has experienced the thrill of the entrepreneurial world as proprietor of his own winery, Humanitas, and is now President and CEO of C. Mondavi & Family, home to Charles Krug, CK Mondavi and Purple Heart.  To learn more about Judd and Charles Krug Winery, visit 

Nov 05, 202001:02:06
44: ILA Borders | Empowering, Inspiring, and Transforming Lives - First Female Professional Baseball Player

44: ILA Borders | Empowering, Inspiring, and Transforming Lives - First Female Professional Baseball Player

ILA Borders started playing baseball at the age of 10.  She went through all the ranks from Little League, 4 years on boy's Varsity High School Baseball, 4 years on men's collegiate baseball (becoming the first woman to get a win on a men's collegiate team in NAIA and NCAA. and to receive a scholarship to play), 4 years of men's professional baseball in the American Association (became the first woman to win a men's professional baseball game). Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from baseball, she started to coach kids, high school and collegiate athletes baseball skills and became a firefighter/paramedic. She has been in the firefighting world for 15 years.  She recently wrote a book called "Making My Pitch" with co-author Jean Ardell and started up a non-profit called, “Fire Up Bootcamp”. Ultimately they are looking to inspire, empower and transform lives by providing opportunities for growth.

To learn more about Ila and her journey, you can contact her on her LinkedIn page at

Nov 01, 202051:04
43: Jane Olvera | Creating Wins and Cultivating Relationships - From Miss California to Successful Business Leader and Mentor

43: Jane Olvera | Creating Wins and Cultivating Relationships - From Miss California to Successful Business Leader and Mentor

At  15, Jane Olvera was told by her high school guidance counselor that her dream of owning her own business in 10 years "was not possible" because she was female, she was Latina, and she would need many more years to eventually have her own business.  His biases and discouragement were exactly what it took to motivate her to not only reach that goal, but to now be a successful and award-winning business owner and leader.   In 1993, she was crowned Miss California USA, and was driven by a tough Director who also played a key role in the inspiration Jane needed to succeed.  Part of her message on this podcast is to have gratitude for those who challenge us, or tell us something can't be done.  For Jane, it has motivated her to succeed and to lead her organization.   Visit to learn more about how Jane and her team can help you be more successful and to stand out from the crowd!

Oct 25, 202001:08:37
42: Fred Claire | A Member of Two World Championship Teams, the 1988 Los Angele Dodgers and The City of Hope Team

42: Fred Claire | A Member of Two World Championship Teams, the 1988 Los Angele Dodgers and The City of Hope Team

Fred Claire served 30 years as an executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the team’s Executive Vice President and General Manager from 1987 until 1998. During his tenure, Claire earned a reputation for his integrity and for his fighting spirit that built what ultimately led to the team's last World Series championship in 1988. His drive and determination in the face of opposition and doubt from all sides became a defining trait not just of his time with the Dodgers, but of who he is as an individual. In the spring of 2015, Fred would again tap into his fighting spirit after being diagnosed with skin cancer that later migrated to his jaw. Again, the odds were against his survival, but Fred was determined. This time, he found his championship team at City of Hope National Medical center in Duarte, California. Equipped with cutting-edge technology, frontline research, and staffed by top oncologists, City of Hope was the perfect home base for Claire's treatment. Extra Innings highlights how both the landmark career of Fred Claire and the remarkable rise of City of Hope exhibit mutual endurance and give promise to those facing cancer diagnoses.   To support City of Hope visit 

Oct 20, 202001:11:48
41: Heather Falcone | Leadership Through Service and Giving a Voice to All

41: Heather Falcone | Leadership Through Service and Giving a Voice to All

Heather Falcone is the Chief Executive Officer for family-owned Thermal-Vac Technology.  Heather’s passion lies in breaking things. Whether it's revenue goals, glass ceilings, or tired rhetoric, her 17-year track record in one of the world’s most exacting industries shows a dedication to destroying the status quo.  As an Ironman triathlete, alpine hiker, wife, and mother, Heather seeks to promote growth and opportunity outside of people’s comfort zones with an invitation to be “Green and Growing”, to reject mediocrity, and embrace their unique talents to create meaningful and lasting legacy impact.

Oct 19, 202001:03:29
40: Caroline Wiederkehr | Part 1 of Our Coping with Covid in College Conversations - When They Tell You It Can't be Done

40: Caroline Wiederkehr | Part 1 of Our Coping with Covid in College Conversations - When They Tell You It Can't be Done

Caroline Wiederkehr is a senior at California State University Fullerton in Southern California.  She is graduating in December, and was one of millions of students around the globe who woke up one March morning in a world with in-person classes, and woke up the next with all of her classes online!  How she shifted, adjusted, and what she has learned about herself, her surroundings, her relationships, and society will inspire, educate, and move you.   Her insight and wisdom far exceed her young age of 22, and her advice for leaders, professors, and others is profound.  What do you do when someone tells you "it can't be done"?  Hear her response.   Join us for this first of many "Coping with Covid in College" conversations.  Presented by Orange Kiwi Consulting.  Visit 

Oct 18, 202046:06
39: Bea Boccalandro | Do Good At Work: How Simple Acts of Social Purpose Drive Success and Well-Being

39: Bea Boccalandro | Do Good At Work: How Simple Acts of Social Purpose Drive Success and Well-Being

Bea Boccalandro is author of "Do Good At Work," a delightful manual for making work meaningful for anyone in any job. She also helps companies, managers and individuals make a positive social impact from everyday work. Job purposing, as this practice is called, increases employee engagement, performance and wellbeing, and makes meaningful contributions to societal causes. Her clients include Aetna, Caesars Entertainment, FedEx, IBM, PwC, Toyota and Western Digital.

To stay sane, Bea snowboards while in Park City, Utah; surfs (if such term can be applied to flopping off the board) in Southern California; and draws cartoonish portraits of colleagues in meetings.  Bea can be reached, and you can purchase her book at  

Oct 15, 202001:15:14
38: Ryan Gottfredson | Success Mindsets in Life, Work and Leadership - What Makes a Great Leader?
Oct 12, 202001:18:31