You Matter! Podcast
Hosted by Associate Vice President, Campus Safety Operations, Karen Ortman, the You Matter! podcast was developed in 2019 by the Department of Campus Safety to inform the NYU community about resources that are available to victims of violence, assault or other criminal behaviors, both on and off campus, and to give first-hand experiences of victims and those in the community who assist them. To contact the You Matter! team, email us at email@example.com. You can also call Campus Safety's Victims Services Unit at 212.998.2222.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Allen McFarlane, NYU Associate Dean of Students, Outreach and Engagement. Allen is here to talk about the ways in which the Office of Dean of Students supports students here in NYC and abroad.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Grace Cosachov Protos, Executive Director of NYU Work Life office, which serves as the bridge between university-wide policy and the unique needs of NYU employees that aims to create a culture of support and harmony in both work and life. Have a listen and learn about all of the resources provided by this office.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Mike Wolo; approximately twenty years ago, in the fall of 2003, Mike was crushed by 10,000 pounds of granite stone and stopped breathing for six minutes. Mike suffered a traumatic brain injury and was told by physicians that he would never be the same again, and to say goodbye to who he was prior to the accident. Mike refused this outcome and defied all odds. This is Mike’s story.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Sonny; on September 27, 2018, Sonny was charged with two counts of transporting an illegal substance across state lines, in the southeastern part of the United States. Sonny served four years in prison after pleading guilty for his crimes; he is here to share his experience as an incarcerated person in this educational and informative episode.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Amanda Quick, the author of the memoir “The Sex Trafficker’s Wife,” a story of crime and betrayal. While Amanda was at home raising her three small boys, her husband was at work, unbeknownst to Amanda, living a life of crime, sex trafficking minors. This is Amanda’s story.
On this episode, Karen speaks with John Matherson, Associate Vice President of Global Card Services and Security Systems at NYU. John is here to talk about his professional journey as a subject matter expert in engineering, technology and security systems that ultimately brought him to the Department of Campus Safety at NYU in a senior leadership role.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Dr. Marisa Randazzo, the Executive Director of Threat Management at Ontic, where she leads strategic consulting and services to support the development of threat assessment protocols; she also serves as the Director of Threat Assessment for Georgetown University. Previously, Dr. Randazzo led SIGMA Threat Management Associates LLC as the Chief Executive Officer and Founder. Dr. Randazzo is recognized internationally as an expert on threat assessment & threat management, school shootings and other types of targeted violence, and protective intelligence investigations. Dr. Randazzo served for ten years with the U.S. Secret Service, most recently as the agency’s Chief Research Psychologist. She is the co-author of two leading books on threat assessments, both of which are referenced as best-practice resources, and has testified before congress regarding her areas of expertise.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Heather Glogolich. Heather is currently a Captain with the NJ Institute of Technology Police Department, the Vice President for the professional organization New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement (NJWLE) and a law enforcement advisor for the web-based app VictimsVoice, a legally admissible documentation tool that allows victims to store evidence that is admissible in each state. In the spring of 2023, Captain Glogolich earned her Doctorate in Higher Education from Saint Elizabeth University. In addition to Captain Glogolich’s impressive resume, she is also a survivor of domestic violence who, in 2008, survived a violent incident at the hands of her ex-husband. Captain Glogolich is here to share her story while using her lived experience to advocate for victims everywhere.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Louis Molina, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction since January 1, 2022. Commissioner Molina is a Bronx-born ex-Marine with over twenty years’ experience in the criminal justice arena, having served prior stints in the New York City Police Department, in the field of human services assisting the homeless population, in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and in the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety. Commissioner Molina is here today to discuss his leadership and vision for the New York City Department of Correction.
On this episode, Karen speaks with AJ Croce, the son of legendary singer songwriter Jim Croce, who tragically died in a plane crash in 1973 when AJ was just 2. Croce died at the height of burgeoning success but left behind a number of noteworthy hits. His 1972 breakthrough album You Don’t Mess Around with Jim produced top-charting singles like “Time in a Bottle” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”
Listen as AJ shares his life’s journey, including the dark periods that followed the death of his father, the loss of his eyesight as a small child, and the loss of his wife of 24 years due to a rare heart virus. AJ, a successful musician in his own right with ten albums to his credit, shares how music was his constant companion during life’s most challenging times.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Leslie Weirich, a passionate suicide prevention educator and advocate, and the mother of Austin. On September 10, 2016, on World Suicide Prevention Awareness Day, Leslie awoke to the news that her son had taken his life; he was 20. This is Leslie’s story.
Meet Taylor O’Brien, diagnosed with Stage 3C low-grade ovarian cancer on September 13, 2022. According to the American Cancer Society, this cancer mainly develops in women over 55 or after menopause. On June 24, 2023, Taylor celebrated her 29th birthday; this is her story.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Kit Turner. On November 28, 2021, Kit lost her 20 – year - old son Myles to suicide; Kit is here to share her son’s story and how she has turned her heartbreak into advocacy regarding suicide prevention.
On this episode, Karen speaks with two members of the NYU Department of Campus Safety: Anne Marie McLaughlin, Director of Emergency Management and Continuity and Andrew McMahan, Associate Vice President, Global Resiliency and Security. Anne Marie and Andrew are going to talk about preparation, process and response to emergencies at NYU in New York City and at our degree granting locations and Global Academic Sites, as well as the importance of continuity planning and resiliency in a higher education setting.
8.29.23 - Episode 142: Brooke Eby, ALS Awareness
On this episode, Karen speaks with Brooke Eby; in March 2023, at the age of 33, Brooke was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no cure. Most doctors give a newly diagnosed person 2-5 years to live. With lots of support from family, friends, and co-workers, Brooke turned her fear and grief into laughter by educating followers on her TikTok account that currently has over 75 thousand followers. Brooke explains through her video reels what she is going through without making it heavy; at the same time, she is creating ALS awareness.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Dr. Jason Pina. At the time of this interview, Dr. Pina was Vice President for University Life & Global Programs at New York University; he was recently promoted to Senior Vice President for University Life. Prior to his appointments at NYU, Dr. Pina served as Ohio University’s Vice President for Student Affairs. Dr. Pina is here to talk about his journey as a higher education thought leader and his short- and long-term strategic vision for the Office of University Life & Global Programs.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Cindy Liccardo, Esquire. Cindy was diagnosed with lung cancer on June 17, 2021; she had a left upper lobe lung resection surgery in November, completed her treatment in December and in January 2022, the cancer had metastasized to her brain. Following rigorous segmental brain radiation treatment, today, there is no evidence of cancer in her body. Cindy is here to share her medical journey to educate and inspire others.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Michelle Rotella, Assistant United States Attorney and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator responsible for the intake of all child exploitation matters in the 9-county Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Michelle is a subject matter expert in child exploitation and cybercrime and serves on a nationwide committee as Attorney Advisor for national child exploitation and cybercrime-related investigations. Michelle is here to share her experience as a federal prosecutor and to share the resources available should you have concerns regarding children being impacted by exploitation or cybercrime.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Courtney Friel, an anchor and reporter for KTLA in Los Angeles, California, and the author of a memoir, “Tonight At 10: Kicking Booze and Breaking News,” which details her ascent in the news business while dealing with alcohol and drug addiction. Courtney is here to share her story and her journey to recovery
On this episode, Karen speaks with a frequent guest of You Matter!, Dr. Greg McDonald, Chief Deputy Coroner for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Chair of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. McDonald and I are going to discuss in this educational episode, what DEA Administrator Ann Milgram has characterized as “the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” fentanyl.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Diane R. Button. Diane is a founding partner of the Bay Area End-of-Life Doula Alliance in Northern California, and an instructor for the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program. Her latest book, Dear Death, combines the insights gained from her research on "The Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life," with over a decade working with hospice and doula clients in their final days. Diane is the creator and Director of Dream of Better World, a non-profit founded in 2008 with a two-fold mission: to support disadvantaged children and families around the world, and to inspire everyone to realize, "You're never too young, or too old, to make a difference!"
On this episode, Karen speaks with Dr. Adam Hill, a pediatric palliative care physician, author and recovering alcoholic. Dr. Hill openly shares his story of depression, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism while working in the field of medicine; he wrote "Long Walk Out of the Woods" in which he shares his story and lifts the veil of secrecy regarding caregiver mental health.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Sandra Joseph, #1 bestselling author and keynote speaker, and the longest-running leading lady in the longest-running Broadway show of all-time, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, which spanned ten years and more than 1,300 performances. Sandra has also been seen on numerous national broadcasts, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, and The Early Show. Sandra is the author of Unmasking What Matters: 10 Life Lessons from 10 Years on Broadway and his here to talk about the way in which masks block us from creating the authentic connections we need to thrive.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board, Samuel J. Plumeri. Chairman Plumeri is here to educate listeners about parole as well as share his professional journey that lead to his current position, heading the state’s lead reentry organization, ensuring that formerly incarcerated persons return to society as law abiding citizens.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Kim Alexis, author, actress and supermodel who has appeared on the cover of magazines like Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Self and Cosmopolitan, and in 1983, was the face of Revlon. Kim is here to share her journey to fame that began at the age of 17 when she was discovered by Elite Talent Agency, and how today, Kim’s mission at the age of 62 is to serve as a voracious health advocate for women.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Paul Frase, 11-year NFL Super Bowl veteran, and Alison Rockett Frase, CEO and President and Co-Founder of The Joshua Frase Foundation, the parents of Isabella and Joshua. Joshua was born on February 2, 1995, with an ultra-rare and fatal neuromuscular disorder called myotubular myopathy and passed away on December 24, 2010, at the age of 15. Myotubular myopathy claims the lives of 50 percent of its victims before the age of 2. During Joshua’s life, Paul and Alison created Joshua’s legacy, The Joshua Frase Foundation, a non-profit that raises funds for cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine, gene therapy and genetics. Paul and Alison are here to share the story of their son’s life and the impact that The Joshua Frase Foundation has had on finding a cure for myotubular myopathy.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Daniel “Rudy” Reuttiger; 'Rudy' is an American motivational speaker and author who played college football at the University of Notre Dame and is the real-life inspiration for the iconic 1993 film RUDY. Rudy is here to share the story behind the film as well as his life journey since Rudy was released.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Phillip Tyler; Phillip lost his son Devon to suicide in November of 2017 at the age of 22. Phillip is here to share his son’s story and how he turned his heartbreak into healing as a mental health advocate and suicide prevention educator.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Michelle Corrao, author of Found, Triumph over Fear with Grace and Gratitude: The Michelle Corrao Story, to share her journey to recovery following her abduction in front of her home in 1996, after which she was sexually assaulted and then forced into the trunk of her car where she was later found by an off-duty police officer, and her life saved.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Daniella DeChristopher, author of Behind Closed Doors A Daughter’s Story, the story of a family from Italy that came to America on vacation and never returned to their homeland. When their youngest unwed daughter became pregnant in 1949, her family disowned her; she was seventeen when she gave birth to her daughter. Daniella is her daughter and this is her story.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Bradi Nathan, the mother of Jack who passed away suddenly and accidentally on July 3, 2020, at the age of 19 after consuming a fentanyl-laced pill. Jack struggled with mental illness during his life and as a result, created HappyJacksWorld, an online safe haven for kids who struggle with mental illness. Bradi is here to share Jack’s story and to continue Jack’s mission to help others who suffer with their mental health.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Jessica Plumeri, Chief of Detectives in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office located in Trenton, New Jersey, the only female police chief in a county law enforcement agency in the State of New Jersey. Chief Plumeri is here to share her journey to the role of top cop in Mercer County as well as the evolution of the role of women in policing.
On the Season 8 premeire of the You Matter! Podcast, Karen speaks with Danielle Elleman, Associate Director, Sexual Misconduct Support Services and Sexual Misconduct Support Services, and April Fellers, Nurse Manager, Primary Care, Student Health Center, the hosts of Good Sex @NYU, a new podcast intended to destigmatize conversations surrounding sex and lighten the load of shame or embarrassment that can surround this subject. From stories of pleasure to compassionate insights, you’ll hear NYU community members discuss how they feel about their sexual journey, helpful information on the stigma around sex, education, and so much more!
On this episode, Karen speaks with New York Times bestselling author and full-time psychic medium Concetta Bertoldi. Concetta has the extraordinary ability to see and hear things that most people cannot, and has been consulted by Britain’s royal family, American celebrities and others regarding relationships, illnesses and coping with loss, to name a few.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Lydia Grimes and her husband Randy, a former NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a return guest to the You Matter! podcast. In our previous conversation with Randy, he shared his story of addiction to painkillers as an NFL player, as well as his 20 - year addiction that followed his retirement from the NFL. Lydia is here to share her story of survival as the spouse of an addicted person, including why she stayed and how she mustered the strength to desperately save her husband’s life.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Sergeants Joe Paglione and Mike Castaldo, supervisors of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, which is part of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office located in Trenton, NJ. Sergeants Paglione and Castaldo are here to share the service that their Unit provides to child victims and to educate listeners regarding resources should you have concerns regarding a loved one being impacted by internet crimes.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Rachel DeAlto, a mom, lawyer turned author, relationship and communications expert, media personality and speaker. In September 2021, Rachel’s book Relatable: How to Connect with Anyone Anywhere (Even if It Scares You) was released; Rachel is here to talk about her book as well as her transition from lawyer to communication expert.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Michelle Lipinski, principal of Northshore Recovery High School, a school with a feature that sets itself apart from most other schools in the country - its students all have a diagnosed substance abuse disorder.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Pam O'Donnell, an advocate, motivational speaker and mother. On February 22, 2016, Pam’s life was turned upside down when her husband and 5-year-old daughter were killed by an impaired driver, leaving Pam as the only parent to her 10-year-old daughter. Pam has turned her family’s tragedy into action and has since founded the Catch You Later Foundation, which gives scholarships in memory of her family, and raises awareness about distracted and impaired driving.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Julie McFadden, a Southern California hospice nurse who has taken to social media as Hospice Nurse Julie. Julie will share personal insights and facts about death and dying and how her career has given her a new appreciation of the human body’s capacity to take care of us in death.
On this episode, Karen speaks with NYU Head Women's Soccer Coach Michele Canning and her brother and sister-in-law Matthew and Nacole, about Matthew's and Nacole's 5-year-old son Cole, who is battling a rare disease called Mitchell's Syndrome. Cole, who once lived a normal life of a toddler, can barely walk or eat on his own; he is only 1 of 16 people diagnosed with this disease. Michele, Matthew, and Nacole are here to spread awareness of the disease and to share Cole's story of hope and survival.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Phoenix Carnevale, an actress, media personality, fitness trainer, martial arts and self-defense expert. She has been featured on MTV, CNN, and ESPN and in Shape, Self, and Latina magazines as a health and fitness expert. Phoenix is here to talk about women’s self-defense, its relevance and importance regardless of age, and to share tips for women of all ages to keep them safe.
On this epsiode, Karen speaks with Season 5 returning guest Carla Tardif, CEO of Family Reach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to removing the financial barriers standing between a cancer patient and their treatment, and Rifka Coleman, a patient advocate who relied upon Family Reach after her own cancer diagnosis at the age of 37 during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Sheri Kurdakul, CEO and Founder of VictimsVoiceApp, a web-based app, the only legally admissible documentation tool that allows victims to store evidence that satisfies the evidence rules of each state.
On this episode, Guy Felicella shares his experience with a twenty-year addiction and homelessness; on six occasions he overdosed, died and was brought back to life. Today, Guy is an advocate for those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder and all that accompanies it, in an effort to remove the shame and stigma associated with addiction.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Jay Rosenblatt, a San Francisco filmmaker who hails from Brooklyn, New York. Jay is a filmmaker responsible for the Oscar-nominated documentary “When We Were Bullies,” wherein Jay tracks down his fifth-grade class, and teacher, to examine their memories of a bullying incident that occurred over 50 years ago. Jay is here to share the story behind his film.
On this episode, Karen welcomes Kate Brookes. Kate is writer, producer, political junkie, LGBTQ ally and proud mom of twins- one of whom is transgender. Kate is here to share her daughter’s story, as well as her own as the mother of a transgender child.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Bethann Mercanti, the Director of Clinical Operations for the Neurological Institute at Cooper University Healthcare in Camden, New Jersey. She has practiced in neurology as a PA for 10 years, specializing in stroke and cerebrovascular disease. She developed the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Cooper University Healthcare, achieving Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certification status, the first in South Jersey. She also began the Cooper Telestroke program with local healthcare systems to provide critical access to acute stroke services. Bethann completed her Doctor of Science in 2021, focusing on health care research and organizational leadership. She is dedicated to improving access to care for all patients through the use of innovative technology to advance health care delivery in today’s world. And she is also an advocate for the advancement of PA practice both locally and nationally.
In this episode, NYU alums Stephanie Wittels Wachs and Jackie Danziger speak about their podcast network Lemonada Media. Stephanie is a voice actress, activist, and author, and the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of the podcast network Lemonada Media. Jackie Danziger is the Vice President of Content and Production at Lemonada Media, a writer and voice over artist. Stephanie and Jackie are here to talk about Lemonada Media, “an award winning, women-run podcast network that shares the unfiltered version of the human experience” that is normalizing difficult conversations, including the conversation that was the catalyst for Lemonada’s creation: addiction.
In the Season 7 opening episode, Karen speaks with Patti McSteen, Senior Associate VP and Deputy, Global Campus Safety, a new member of Campus Safety leadership. A main objective of this podcast is to highlight resources available to the NYU community; Patti is exactly that. At the end of this conversation, you will have an understanding of the value that Patti brings to Campus Safety based upon on her education and professional experience, and the resource that her role provides the members of our community.
5.18.22 - Episode 106: Clara Kim, RAINN
In this episode, Karen speaks with Clara Kim, Vice President of Consulting Services at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Ashley Smith. Ashley is a mental health advocate living with the diagnosis of schizophrenia, a parent, and the creator of the blog Overcoming Schizophrenia. Ashley is the author of two books related to Schizophrenia: What’s On My Mind, A Collection of Blog Entries Related to Schizophrenia, and What’s On My Mind, Coping Takes Work.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Ann Murdoch, a recipient of the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star who served in Afghanistan. During Lt. Murdoch’s entire military career, in fact her entire life, she harbored a secret that could have cost her career, family and even her life. Although she had a male body, and by all appearances she was a married father of two children, she had known her entire life that deep inside, she was really a woman. She was, and is, transgender. As things got to a crisis point, she had no choice but to deal with her gender dysphoria, so she began a three-year journey to transition from living as a man to living as her true, authentic self.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Ken Daniels, play-by-play announcer for the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and father of Jamie Daniels who, on December 7, 2016, at the age of 23, lost his battle with Substance Use Disorder. Ken is here to share the story of his son’s life and the legacy created in his memory, the Jamie Daniels Foundation.
On this episode, Karen speaks with Emma Benoit from Prairieville, Louisiana, who was just 16 years old when she survived a suicide attempt. Today, she is a powerful motivational speaker who’s miraculous story and message of hope inspires audiences of all ages.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Brandon Farbstein, a motivational speaker and author who inspires millions of people across the globe with his universal message of living life on your own terms and building the framework for self-acceptance. Diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism at the age of 2 (metatropic dysplasia), Brandon has turned his life experience of suffering, isolation, and victimhood into empowerment, impact and influence.
On the 100th episode of You Matter!, Karen speaks with NYU Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Rafael Rodriguez, the first person to hold the position.
In this episode, Karen visits with Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent In Charge (SAC) of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division. SAC Gibson is here to talk about the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event that aims to provide a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Keisha Greaves. At 24 years of age, Keisha was diagnosed with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy; she later started the Girls Chronically Rock clothing line to inspire others with chronic illnesses to have confidence and not let their disability define who they are.
Karen speaks with Shea and Sidney Gomez, sisters and hosts of The Real Sisters of Sobriety podcast, a podcast about being sober in a booze obsessed world. Shea and Sidney are going to share their personal stories that led to their journey to sobriety, and how being boozeless today brings them much joy and happiness.
Randy was an NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for ten years; while playing for the Buccaneers and to treat his football-related injuries, Randy considered painkillers to be a "necessary evil". Upon Randy’s retirement from the NFL, he spent the next 20 years in the depths of addiction - losing friends, homes and almost his wife Lydia. Lydia stood by him throughout and finally got him into a treatment program that worked for Randy. Now they are giving back through their non-profit, Pro Athletes in Recovery.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Marie Sander. Marie was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer in September 2013, and today, is in remission. Marie has become an advocate for colon cancer awareness and is here to share her story from discovery, to diagnosis and to recovery, and how cancer has impacted her life.
Hayley is an actress, curve model and body confidence activist who appeared on such shows as Baywatch, Huge, Pair of Kings and Why Women Kill. Hayley also graced our screens to give us fashion tips as the resident style host for Good Morning America’s Strahan, Sara and Keke. At the age of 14, Hayley made her fashion debut by signing with the world-renowned modeling agency Ford Models; today, Hayley is one of the world's leading Curve models and is on a mission to help women look their best and to accept their curvy bodies.
Karen speaks to Jody Plauche, a child sexual abuse and kidnapping survivor, and the author of The Jody Plauche Story - Why Gary Why? The question that law enforcement asked Jody’s father, Gary Plauché, seconds after television cameras recorded Gary shooting and killing Jody’s kidnapper and rapist, Jeff Doucet. Jody shares his story and how he now educates parents regarding the sly tactics that predators use on children.
Karen speaks with Professor Dalton Conley, the Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology at Princeton University and affiliate of the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing. Professor Conley talks with Karen about his bestselling book, The Pecking Order, Which Siblings Succeed and Why, which asserts that birth order does not determine success but instead, success is influenced by socioeconomic factors.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Eric and Maura Schwartz about Maura's mother, Mary Joy Scherlach, who was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and organization they founded in her honor, Mary's Fund.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Monroe France, NYU Senior Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership and Chris Woods, Director, LGBTQ+ Center at NYU. Monroe and Chris talk about the ways in which the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation is dedicated to developing strategies to enhance the lives of all members of the NYU community.
In this episode, Karen speaks with NYU graduate Ali Stroker who made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway. Ali won a Tony for her performance in the revival of Oklahoma! and earned a Barrymore Award nomination for starring in The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition to her work on and off-Broadway, she has soloed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York's Town Hall, and Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Claire Tietgen and her father Charles. Claire is 18 and the survivor of bullying as well as several suicide attempts. Claire is on a mission to share her story to normalize the conversation about bullying, depression and suicide.
Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is Professor Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an author, and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction and the previous Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals, and currently the Chair of the Advisory Board. Dr. Ackerman discusses his bestselling book, Silent Sons, the counterpart to his pivotal book in the Adult Children of Alcoholics movement, Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics.
Claire Bidwell Smith is a renowned grief expert and author. After losing both of her parents at a young age, Claire was drawn to helping others navigate the grief process. A former therapist in private practice for over a decade, she has counseled thousands of people and written three books about grief and loss. Claire speaks and lectures widely; she is passionate about advocating for advancement in end-of-life care and bringing awareness to our culture’s understanding of grief. Claire has written for The New York Times, Scientific American, The Washington Post, Goop, The Huffington Post to name a few, and she has been featured on MSNBC, Good Day LA, Today.com, the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, Forbes, Oprah Magazine, Self Magazine, Shape Magazine, and dozens of radio shows and podcasts.
Angela Kennecke is a seasoned investigative journalist and news anchor at the South Dakota CBS affiliate KELO in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Angela was working on a story on drug overdoses the day she got the news that her 21-year-old daughter Emily died of an overdose. It was later revealed that Emily died of fentanyl poisoning after having obtained what she thought was heroin. Angela is on a mission to address the stigma associated with addiction and the problems associated with addiction.
Cheryl Thomas was a student at Florida State University in 1978 and a member of the FSU dance team. Cheryl was alone in her apartment when serial killer Ted Bundy broke in, viciously attacked her and left her for dead. Unbeknownst to Cheryl, Bundy had just murdered two FSU classmates who were members of the Chi Omega Sorority and brutally attacked two other sorority sisters. Cheryl is here to share her story of survival.
Stephanie is the author of 37 Seconds: Dying Revealed Heaven’s Help. In 2013, when Stephanie was pregnant with her second child, she began receiving mysterious but strong premonitions that she would die during delivery. Stephanie did everything that she could to inform physicians and her family about what she knew was coming; no one believed her. When Stephanie gave birth to her son, she flatlined and died on the operating table for 37 seconds.
10.27.21 - Episode 82: Brandy Ledford
Brandy is an actress, dancer and former model. Clean & sober since 2012, Brandy speaks candidly and regularly about her addiction to drugs & alcohol and her recovery from trauma. A prominent member of the community, Brandy is on several Boards including the Red Songbird Foundation and is involved in numerous fundraising events for various causes.
10.20.21 - Episode 81: Demi Leigh Tebow
Former Miss South Africa and Miss Universe Demi Leigh Tebow is now on a mission to help women feel mentally and physically prepared for anything through her Unbreakable campaign, a self-defense program inspired by her own experience as an attempted carjacking and kidnapping survivor in June 2017. Demi shares her story of healing and recovery and how she shares her story to help others.
In this episode, Noel Capuano, CPA and Principal in the accounting firm of Friedman LLP, and John O’Donnell, Partner in Forensic Litigation Valuation Services at Friedman LLP speak with Karen about forensic accounting as it pertains to divorce. The purpose of this conversation is to be constructive and educational; to help listeners going through a divorce or headed in that direction understand the role that forensic accountants could play in the process.
In this episode, Karen speaks with former NFL player Eric Hipple about his battle with depression and raising awareness around seeking assistance.
9.22.21 - Episode 77: Karen Chandler Pryor
In this episode, Karen speaks with Karen Chandler Pryor who was a student at Florida State University and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was living in the sorority house in 1978 when serial killer Ted Bundy broke into the house, murdered two of Kathy’s sorority sisters and attempted to kill Karen and her roommate Kathy. Karen and Kathy survived Bundy’s brutal attack, and Karen is here to share her story.
9.15.21 - Episode 76: Victoria Arlen
In this episode, Karen visits with ESPN's Victoria Arlen, who fought back from two rare medical conditions to become a Paralympic swimming champion and sports personality, about her journey and accomplishments, and Victoria's Victory Foundation.
In this episode, Karen speaks to friends and family of former NFL Player Pat Kelly, whom they lost after his battle with brain cancer.
In this episode, Karen speaks with former NBA basketball player Chris Herren about substance abuse addiction and recovery, as well as the Herren Project, his 30 for 30 feature, and The First Day, a film about overcoming addiction.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Seymour Josephson, the father of Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old senior at the University of South Carolina who, on March 29, 2019, was kidnapped and murdered when she was targeted by a person posing as a rideshare driver. Immediately following this unspeakable tragedy, Seymour and Samantha’s mom, Marci Josephson, set out to educate others on the importance of rideshare safety so that no other family would have to suffer this kind of loss.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Melissa DeAngelo DiStefano about Melissa's father, a lieutenant in the Ewing Township, NJ, Police Department. Ed DeAngelo, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS; Lieutenant DeAngelo died from ALS four years after his diagnosis. Melissa, now a nurse, shares her father’s story of life with this unforgiving disease.
8.11.21 - Episode 71: Kelly
In this episode, Kelly, a college student, shares her story of struggling with depression and being the survivor of a traumatic event that led to an unsettling and abusive experience in a psychiatric hospital.
Catherine is an author and actress, best known for her role as Amanda Carrington in the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty, in addition to other movie and television roles, who has always been a strong advocate on women’s issues. India, Catherine's daughter, is also an author, actress, producer and writer. Catherine and India are here to talk about India’s 7-year experience in a cult called NXIVM, and Catherine’s attempts to rescue India that spanned several years.
In our season finale, Karen speaks with Kathy Kleiner Rubin who was a student at Florida State University and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was living in the sorority house in 1978 when serial killer Ted Bundy broke into the house, murdered two of Kathy’s sorority sisters and attempted to kill Kathy and her roommate Karen. Kathy and Karen survived Bundy’s brutal attack, and Kathy is here to share her story.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Bessel van der Kolk, MD, a clinician, researcher, and teacher best known for his work with post-traumatic stress; he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Body Keeps the Score. Dr. van der Kolk has been active in the field of mental health since the 1970s and currently serves as medical director at the Trauma Center in Boston.
Katie is a returning guest from Season 2 who shared her story as the mother of transgender daughter Sara. Katie returns with Sara so that Sara can share her story in the hopes that it could help another young transgender person going through similar difficulties.
Both attorneys, guests Michelle and Brian speak with Karen about Michelle's cancer diagnosis in 2015. They recount their journey from cancer discovery to diagnosis and recovery, and how cancer has impacted their lives, both professionally and personally.
In this episode, Karen explores the science and meaning behind dreams with certified dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg. A dream expert to the stars, Lauri is also an author, syndicated columnist, popular radio personality, and member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Dr. Robert J. Ackerman, Professor Emeritus from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an author, and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction and the previous Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals, and currently the Chair of the Advisory Board. Dr. Ackerman talks about his bestselling book, Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics, a pivotal book in the Adult Children of Alcoholics movement.
Alicia Bergondo is a detective with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office located in Trenton, NJ, assigned to the Human Trafficking Unit. In this episode, Detective Bergondo discusses human trafficking investigations and how her Unit serves the citizens of Mercer County, NJ.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Theresa Flores, a survivor and author who travels the United States to share her story of being trafficked and used as a sex slave as a teenager, all while living under her parents roof in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
Kristen and Shawn are the parents of Brynn who is now 9-years-old; as a toddler, Brynn was diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that disrupts a child’s communication, coordination, muscle control, and growth over time. The condition most often affects young girls, although it can affect boys as well. Kristen and Shawn share their daughter's story to bring awareness to Rett Syndrome, for which there is currently no known cure.
In this episode, Karen speaks with Erin Runnion, mother of 5-year-old murder victim Samantha. After the arrest of the offender, the subsequent trial and conviction, Erin and her partner founded The Joyful Child Foundation, a national organization that works to help prevent the sexual abuse and abduction of children by educating children, their parents and the community.
In this episode, Grace Strobel, a passionate Down Syndrome advocate and model whose mission is to change society's view and perception of people with disabilities, speaks with Karen about her program, the Grace Effect, and her drive to help others. Grace's parents, Linda and Jeff join the conversation.
Paula Stone Williams was Paul Williams for 60 years, the married father of three and a prominent evangelical pastor. Paul came out to his family as transgender and soon after, became Paula. Paula talks about her transition and personal experience as a woman.
Sean Escobar was sexually abused as a child by someone who was the pillar of his community; the offender was a respected figure in the Mormon Church and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Sean was silent about the abuse from 1993 until 2019, when he came forward after confronting his abuser.
In this episode, Maeve DuVally, Managing Director of Communications at Goldman Sachs, shares her story as a transgender female, the evolution of which occurred while working at the financial services giant, Goldman Sachs.
Billy Bean played Major League Baseball from 1987 to 1995 as an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. During this time, Billy was living life as a closeted gay man. In this episode, Billy shares his story that is well documented in his memoir, Going the Other Way, and discusses his role as Major League Baseball’s first Ambassador for Inclusion. Bean is now the Vice President of Social Responsibility and Inclusion and Special Assistant to the Commissioner.
Tyler Perino, the survivor of college hazing rituals while a student at Miami University in Ohio, and his mother Laura, talk with Karen about Tyler's experience in an effort to educate others regarding the dangers of hazing and to stop hazing on college campuses.
Fountain Walker, Vice President of Global Campus Safety at New York University's Department of Campus Safety discusses his role in the Department with Karen and shares his vision and insight regarding safety here in New York City and on campus.
12.11.20 - Episode 49: Cindy Liccardo and Lew Korngut, Megan's Law
On this episode of You Matter!, Cindy Liccardo, former senior Mercer County assistant prosecutor and chief of the Megan's Law unit, and Lew Korngut, former Mercer County assistant prosecutor and chief of the homicide task force, speak with Karen about the origins of Megan's Law.
12.4.20 - Episode 48: Dr. Greg McDonald, Pathology of Drug Abuse
In this episode, Dr. Greg McDonald returns to the You Matter! podcast to speak about the pathology of drug abuse. Dr. McDonald is the Chief Deputy coroner from Montgomery County, Pa., and the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, and the chair of the department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
11.27.20 - Episode 47: Juan Acosta, LGBTQ+ and Mental Health Activist
In this episode, Karen speaks with Juan Acosta, a young activist who has dedicated his life to fighting on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly as it pertains to the LGBTQ+ rights and its intersection with mental health, shares his story and speaks about his book, published together with Lady Gaga.
11.20.20 - Episode 46: Monique Riley, CEO of Freedom Youth and Human Trafficking Survivor
On this episode of You Matter!, Monique Riley, a sex trafficking survivor and the founder and CEO of Freedom Youth, New York City in the Bronx, shares information about her organization that helps victims and survivors of trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault.
11.13.20 - Episode 45: Shelby, Recovering Pill and Alcohol Addict
In this episode, Shelby, a recovering pill and alcohol addicted person, who after seven years of addiction is now sober, will share her journey through addiction, sobriety, and professional success as a social worker for special needs kids.
11.6.20 - Episode 44: Katie Hood, One Love Foundation
Katie Hood, CEO, speaks about her organization, One Love Foundation, the nation’s leading educator of young people on the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships, as both a primary prevention strategy for relationship abuse and as an investment in the relationship health of the next generation.
10.30.20 - Episode 43: Ava Liv and Mark Mabry
In this episode of You Matter!, father-daughter singing duo Mark and Ava Mabry perform their original song Eating Alone, and discuss sexual exploitation, harassment, and victimization.
10.16.20 - Episode 41: Tim Hesler, Financial Health and Wellness
In this episode of You Matter!, Tim Hesler, a certified treasury professional and assistant treasurer, global banking, cash management and treasury operations for New York University, speaks with Karen about financial health and safety.
10.9.20 - Episode 40: Sergeant Joe Paglione, Special Victims Unit
Sergeant Joe Paglione, supervisor of the Special Victims Unit in the Mercer County, New Jersey, Prosecutor's Office, speaks about his unit and how it serves both adults and children in Mercer County.
10.2.20 - Episode 39: Jane Reynolds, Forensic Nurse Examiner
Jane Reynolds, a forensic nurse examiner and Coordinator of the Sexual Assault Response Team in Mercer County, New Jersey, speaks about the treatment and care of sexual assault victims.
9.25.20 - Episode 38: Jim and Evelyn Piazza, Hazing on College Campuses
In this episode, Jim and Evelyn Piazza tell the story of their son, Tim, and speak about their mission to stop hazing on college campuses.
9.11.20 - Episode 36: Quentin Vennie, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Wellness Expert
Karen speaks with author, motivational speaker and wellness expert Quentin Vennie about his bestselling memoir, Strong In The Broken Places and his work featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MindBodyGreen, and others.
Karen speaks with Jodee Blanco, author, bullying survivor turned activist and NYU graduate, about her New York Times' Bestseller, Please Stop Laughing at Me, and her in-school program, It's Not Just Joking Around.
8.28.20 - Episode 34: Eric LeGrand
Karen opens Season 3 of You Matter! with former Rutgers football player, Eric LeGrand. After suffering a severe spinal cord injury in 2010, Eric became a motivational speaker and source of inspiration and hope for many. Eric speaks about his love of football, his injury and perseverance, and his foundation, Team LeGrand.
Retired New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Thomas Paret, formerly of the state police's polygraph unit, explains to Karen what a polygraph is, its purpose, and what it measures. Please note, this episode was recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sergeant First Class Brian Doss from the Community Response Unit and Sergeants Gizelle Sanchez and Dan Gitter from the Investigations Unit visit with Karen and Sabah to explain the services they provide and how their teams enhance the safety of the NYU community.
Maisie Breit from the NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence returns to the You Matter! podcast to meet with Karen and NYU Presidential Scholar Karen Wang to discuss gaslighting: how to understand the signs, and the resources available in New York City that can help those affected.
Near-death survivor, heart transplant recipient, and Ambassador to Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital Cherie Aimée shares her story about crossing into another realm after going into cardiac arrest.
Author, consultant, and thought leader Leslie Morgan Steiner discusses Women's Leadership, Overcoming Adversity and Surviving Violence Against Women speaks with Karen and Sabah about domestic violence and why women stay in those relationships.
Dr. Denise Paone and Angela Jeffers from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene speak about The Relay Program, a non-fatal opioid overdose response service for the New York City community.
Sergeant Michelle Martindale and Police Officer Aaron Ayala speak about the New York City Police Department's LGBTQ Outreach Unit and how they work to foster community throughout New York City's five boroughs.
Talia Markowitz, MPH, from the Human Rights Clinic at HealthRight International speaks about her organization's mission to empower marginalized communities to live healthy lives and the services it provides.
Dr. Gregory McDonald, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and the chair of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and chief deputy coroner for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, speaks about his experience, career trajectory, and passion for forensic pathology.
Pat Schissel, New York Director at The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE), and Dena Gassner, PhD candidate at Adelphi University, Adjunct Faculty at Towson University and advisory board member for AANE speak about the services the Network provides to help build meaningful, connected lives.
Catherine Birndorf, MD, and Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW, detail the services provided by their organization, The Motherhood Center of New York, a treatment center for pregnant and new mothers experiencing mood and anxiety disorders.
2.14.20 - Episode 20: Ashton Colby
Transgender Male Advocate Ashton Colby speaks about challenging transgender stereotypes and his passion for changing the manner in which the media tells transgender stories.
Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson from the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration speaks with Karen and Oatile about her role in narcotics investigations, upholding the federal Controlled Substances Act, and controlling the distribution of pharmaceuticals.
Cynthia Lowen, Director and Producer of the 2018 documentary film Netizens, and Nicole Fidler, Esq. from Sanctuary for Families, speak about the documentary and the laws that govern online harassment and cyber sexual exploitation.
NYU Senior Vice President, Campus Services and Safety Marlon Lynch visits with Karen and Sabah to detail the story of his career trajectory, offer advice to students, and answer questions relating to campus safety practices at NYU.
Executive Director Alan Ross speaks with Karen and Mary about The Samaritans of New York and the services the organization provides as the only community-based organization in the NYC-Metropolitan area solely devoted to preventing suicide and helping people in crisis.
11.29.19 - Episode 15: Travel Safety at NYU
The NYU Department of Campus Safety's Sean Hackett and Irene Cedano stop by to speak with Karen and Sabah about safety while traveling, including the university's enterprise travel system NYU Traveler, and what additional resources NYU community members abroad can access for assistance.
Tracey Downing and Maisie Breit from the NYC Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence visit with Karen and Sabah to explain the programs, training and education that the office provides to the New York City community.
Bethany Godsoe from the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development stops by the You Matter! studio to speak with Karen and Sabah about the Wasserman Center's services and how it can help in cases of job fraud and other career services challenges.
This week on You Matter!, Christopher Bromson from the Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) speaks with Karen and Sabah about CVTC's programs and how community members can access their services.
11.1.19 - Episode 11: Safe Horizon
This week on the You Matter! podcast, Wanda Lucibello and Saheli Kothari visit with Karen and Sabah to speak about Safe Horizon, its Crime Victim Assistance Program, and the resources it provides to the community.
10.25.19 - Episode 10: Bre Lasley, Fight Like Girls
Bre Lasley, founder of Fight Like Girls, visits the studio to speak about her survival of attempted murder, and how her experience led her to start an organization to empower women.
Retired FBI Special Agent Barbara Daly visits with Karen and Sabah to detail the elements of a stalking crime, advice on how to get help, and to tell the story of one of her more notable cases.
Jennifer DeCarli, Assistant Commissioner for NYC Family Justice Centers and Outreach at the Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and colleagues Tracey Downing and Maisie Breit meet with Karen and Sabah to detail the NYC Family Justice Centers' free and confidential assistance for victims and survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, which can include sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking, and intimate partner violence.
Nathaly, Cyber Sexual Exploitation Abuse Survivor, and Jessica Morak, attorney and advocate at Sanctuary for Families stop by the You Matter! studio to tell Nathaly's story and provide insight on the resources available at Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence.
Fountain L. Walker, Associate Vice President, Campus Safety NYU - New York, and Thomas Ellett, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Associate Vice Provost for University Programs, visit with Karen and Sabah to discuss NYU's Behavioral Intervention Team and the safety resources it provides to the University community.
Frances Davila, Staff Attorney at NYU's Immigrant Defense Initiative meets with Karen and Sabah to explain the program and how it can help NYU community members.
9.13.19 - Episode 04: LGBTQ+ Resources at NYU
Monroe France, NYU's Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership, and Chris Woods, Director of NYU's LGBTQ+ Center, share LGBTQ+ resources and information available to the NYU community with Karen and Sabah.
9.6.19 - Episode 03: The Safe NYU App
Sean Hackett and William Karnadi from NYU Campus Safety join Karen and Sabah for an in-depth discussion on the Safe NYU app and the resources it provides to the NYU community.
8.30.19 - Episode 02: Kate Baier
Kate Baier, NYU's Executive Director in NYU's Office of Residential Life and Student Housing drops by to detail the resources available to residential and commuter students.
8.23.19 - Episode 01: Carla
In the inaugural You Matter! podcast, Karen and Sabah speak with Carla, a NYU alumna and domestic violence survivor, as she shares her journey and the resources that assisted her, both on and off campus.
Karen Ortman, Creator and Host, Associate Vice President, Campus Safety Operations NYU-NY, NYU Campus Safety
Matt Shelosky, Communications and Project Manager, NYU Campus Safety, Steinhardt MA '13
Nichole Dingee Allinson, Administrative Project Coordinator, NYU Campus Safety
Sabah Fatima, Co-host, Seasons 1 and 2, School of Global Public Health MPH '20
Oatile Ramsey, Co-host, Season 2, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Masters Student
Kyle Feehan, Producer and Recording Engineer, Seasons 1 and 2, Steinhardt MA '20
Sophie Ewh, Recording Engineer, Seasons 1 and 2 Tisch School of the Arts BA '20
Karen De la cruz, Presidential Intern, College of Arts and Science Junior.
Podcast Introduction Voices: Journey Brown-Saintel, Camryn Pillay, Elliott Diner, Olivia Roberts, Emilia Michalowska, Roberto Pineda Sanchez, Rachel Johns, Daniel Kreizberg, Leona Stewart, Sabah Fatima
Bruce Shackelford, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Shonna Keogan and Jason Hollander, NYU Public Affairs
Anjali Chavan, Graphic Designer, Tisch School of the Arts BA '21