Archive for January, 2022

Courtney Sparkuhl

Posted in charities, non-profits on January 28, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

The holidays for most are usually a time of joy, family gatherings and making lasting memories. This “wonderful time of the year,” can also be very stressful for pancreatic cancer patients and their Caregivers. We had the opportunity to talk with Courtney Sparkuhl, about dealing with stress during the holidays. Courtney, is a licensed clinical social worker at UC Irvine Health working in the Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center (CDDC). Courtney provides supportive counseling and resource connection to patients with IBD, colorectal disease, and liver and pancreas diseases and cancer. Courtney is also a Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PatientChampion. A Patient Champion is a healthcare professional who shares PanCAN’s resources with pancreatic cancer patients. 

How a journey begins with a family members diagnosis, to volunteer to Case Manager

Posted in charities, non-profits on January 26, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Nikki was an oncology nurse practitioner for 15 years in the Chicago area.  Nikki relocated to Nevada and began volunteering with the Nevada Affiliate. Nikki’s journey with pancreatic cancer started when her brother-in-law was diagnosed in February 2014 and died in November that year. She made a promise to him that she would continue the fight and work on bettering the outcome for patients and for families.  She continued his fight by first volunteering with the Nevada Affiliate and later retiring from nursing to go on to her now position with PanCAN as a Case Manager with their Patient Services.  Nikki connects with newly diagnosed patients and their families, provides them with information and resources allowing them to make informed decisions.  Nikki provides great information on what Patient Services is and does and she leaves us with an important message. “Everyone needs to be their own advocate.  You have to push if you know something is different with your body, make sure you see your health care provider.  We’re your purple family that can help support you so please utilize us.”

This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to Patient Services and all the Case Managers. They play an important role in the patient and caregivers journey.

Blazing new trails

Posted in electric bikes on January 24, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

After 30 years as a successful St. Louis Attorney, Tom Sauerwein was looking for an encore career.  Something that combined his passion for the outdoors with his desire to work with his wife Carla (a longtime Pediatric Nurse).  But what could fit that bill?  How about opening a Pedego Electric Bicycle store.  “What seemed like an improbable fit at first, quickly became the perfect solution for both of us”, beams Tom.  “For it combined my experience of helping clients with Carla’s many years in health care and helping others. All of which we continue to do every day. As a couple. For couples our age (and others)”.

What could be better?  Working outdoors. Helping customers get fit, get active and get out on the trail again. Like the famous pioneer trail that runs right behind their store.  “It sure feels like it was meant to be” adds Carla with a smile, as she lists all the happy coincidences that led towards this path, from getting on their first ebike to stumbling upon the perfect store.  Right on one of the largest “rails to trails” projects that have crisscrossed Missouri (and so many other states) with miles and miles of new bike paths.  Turning forgotten rail and pioneer trails into modern adventures. For this couple and all those they help ride along the way.  

How far would you go to bring awareness to the world’s toughest cancer?

Posted in charities, non-profits on January 22, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

US Army Ranger Veteran and pancreatic cancer survivor Chris Calaprice traveled 43,000 miles – on a Victory motorcycle to bring awareness.  He formed “Road to a Cure,” and travel one mile for every person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that year.  Chris shares he “got a little crazy,” in 2010, was anger and frustrated and wanted, needed to do something. Chris was on the road for 9 months, bringing awareness to the streets and small towns all the while doing chemo.  Chris and his partner are looking to start a PTSD equine therapy program and refocusing “Road to a Cure,” to help veterans and cancer patients with the challenges of survival, survivors guilt, physical trauma and other concerns.  Chris is very open and honest in sharing his feelings and personal journey with pancreatic cancer.  This episode of Living Hope is dedicated to all the men and women serving or who have served our country and those who are battling pancreatic cancer.

Juilo Monzon, Monetizemore

Posted in Business on January 21, 2022 by OC Talk Radio


Julio is the President and COO of Monetizemore – a remote first ad tech company that has run their team 100% remotely since 2010. Monetizemore has recently been named one of the fastest growing companies in Canada for 2020 and 2021 and Julio credits this to their company culture, team trust, and development as a remote company.

Organize Your Home as a Sanctuary

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Do You Live in Chronic Disorganization?

A home should be a place for peace. Yet many homeowners cite their home as a source of stress because of disorganization, clutter or even hoarding. And when it comes time to move, good organization can create a sanctuary that enables homeowners to feel rested and recharged – especially important for seniors. 

Few experts in America know this better than Dr. Regina Lark.

In 2008, Dr. Lark founded A Clear Path: Professional Organizing and Productivity. As a Certified Professional Organizer CPO®, Regina is a specialist in boomer and senior move management, residential organizing, and life transitions. With an additional Certification in Chronic Disorganization, she works with clients who are challenged by ADHD, hoarding, procrastination, and time management.

Learn more about Dr. Lark’s work and find additional resources at A Clear Path

Busting the Housing Crash Myth

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Are We Heading toward a Housing Crash? 

We are a nation still scarred by the Great Recession, and nowhere is the memory of losses more evident than in the housing market. So when the pandemic threw our economy into an event-related tailspin, talk turned to whether we would enter another boom-and-bust residential real estate cycle. 

Short answer: We’re not.

And for the longer answer, host Wendy Ross sat down with Rick Sharga to explore the potential for a massive wave of foreclosures and evictions and analyze why this pandemic housing market is different than the recession. 

Rick is one of the country’s most frequently quoted sources on real estate, mortgage and foreclosure trends. He serves as the executive vice president of RealtyTrac, a real estate information company and an online marketplace for foreclosed and defaulted properties in the United States. Every month, RealtyTrac publishes a U.S. Foreclosure Market Report closely watched by economists, real estate industry professionals and other market observers. 

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Serving Orange County’s Veteran Community

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

How Can We Give OC Heroes the Home They Deserve? 

We all want to give returning military veterans and their families the homecoming they deserve but transitioning to civilian life can be difficult for many, especially in Orange County. 

That’s why Wendy Ross and Veracity Real Estate Co. support local veteran-serving organizations and affiliated businesses. In this episode, Antoinette Balta and Nick Saifan discuss veteran housing and veterans issues in Southern California.

Antoinette is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Veterans Legal Institute. She is a former Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and spent 6 years in the California State Guard. 

Nick Saifan is the founder and chairman of Vendaval Corp. and spent 24 years in the military – both U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. He retired from the Army in 2008 as a Captain after serving his country with distinction, He served in various conflicts such as Iraq and is recognized for his service to his country. 

Learn more about these issues by visiting Veterans Legal Institute and Vendaval

On Writing What Matters to You with Minda Harts

Posted in book publishing, Business on January 19, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

We’re starting the year right with Minda Harts on the #PubDate podcast. The author of The Memo, Right Within, and You Are More Than Magic, Minda shares why writing these books was important to her and what motivates her to continue writing more.


Minda Harts is the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform that helps women of color advance in the workplace, and the bestselling author of The Memo and Right Within. Her new book, You Are More Than Magic releases April 5, 2022 from Penguin. Kirkus Reviews calls it “A love letter to Black and brown girls and an acknowledgement of the real work it takes to make magic.”

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The Homeowners’ Guide to Financial Literacy

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

What Does Financial Literacy Have to Do with Homeownership?

Housed at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business, the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) provides discussion, study and application of financial education for all.

And given that homeownership is perhaps the single largest financial investment a Southern California resident will make, CIWM Faculty Director Christopher Schwarz, Ph.D. explores how and why Orange County housing is expensive but not in a bubble. 

Dr. Schwarz also is the associate professor of finance at The Paul Merage School of Business. His research interests include the management, disclosure and operational risk of the investment fund industry as well as the impact of manager incentives and structure on investment fund performance. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and includes testimony before the U.S. Congress House Financial Services Committee.

Learn more about CIWM and its community programming here