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Arts and Medicine

BY SARA LASKEY
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

Dr. Sara Laskey was named the first Chief Patient Experience Officer at Cleveland’s MetroHealth System in late 2013. In this position, Dr. Laskey is responsible for the leadership, design, and implementation of initiatives that fulfill the patient-centered mission and vision of MetroHealth. She also oversees the departments of Volunteer Services, Patient Relations, Survivor Recovery Services and Arts in Medicine.  In her “spare time” she is a practicing emergency physician in Metro’s level one trauma center and emergency department.

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Books as Acts of Overcoming

BY KAREN LONG
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

Karen Long was the book editor of The Plain Dealer. Now she manages the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – the only juried prize for the best books each year that confront racism and celebrate diversity. Karen works at the Cleveland Foundation and is a literary critic. In this presentation, she make the case that books themselves can be acts of overcoming.

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Crazy vs Courageous

BY JENNIFER LUDWIG
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

Jennie Ludwig is a licensed clinical counselor and has been working in the mental health field for the last 12 years.  She currently works at Connections, a behavioral health agency in northeast ohio, as a director of clinical services.  Jennie is passionate about wanting to help others understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness.  

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Tony Tieppo

BY JOHN G
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

If one were to make a list of the top five most active and influential visual artists of the past decade in Northeast Ohio, John Greiner (aka John G.) would be solidly toward the top. He illustrated the story in his talk to tell the tale of Tony Tieppo.

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The Ones that Got Away

BY MICHAEL CHRISTOFF
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

Michael Christoff is an Architect who has spent the past 14 years working on projects that have shaped him into the person that he is today. But not all of these projects came to fruition and he strongly believes that even the projects that don’t get built matter. This is a talk about how he believes we can learn from “The ones who got away”. 

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INTER|URBAN

BY JOE LANZILOTTA
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

"Most importantly, The Rapid is the future of Cleveland Transit to me."

In " INTER|URBAN" from PechaKucha Cleveland Vol. 29, Joe Lanzilotta is a Cleveland-based artist and designer who spends his 9 to 5 as a project manager for LAND studio working on projects like the INTER|URBAN. He is passionate about how art can transform experiences and has any amazing story about the rapid transit line in Cleveland and its transformation into a veritable art gallery.

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The Village that Raised Me

BY JESSICA WALTERS
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Jessica Walters is a Case Western graduate and Cleveland native.  She brings her passion for helping kids and creating solutions to her work as Development & Operations Director at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland.

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Challenging the Status Quo

BY CHRISTINA VASSALLO
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Prior to moving to Cleveland to lead SPACES, Christina Vassallo was the Executive Director of Flux Factory, a nonprofit organization and arts collective in Queens, NY. She has independently curated exhibitions for a variety of non-profit and for-profit venues and is a self-described “stubborn bicyclist”. Please welcome to the PKN Stage for the second time, Christina Vassallo

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Our Role in Conservation

BY VICKI SEARLES
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Vicki Searles is the Director of Conservation Education at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  Her two passions are spending time with her family and serving our community by connecting people with nature and wildlife. She has worked at The Columbus Zoo, Zoo Atlanta the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and has been lucky enough to be involved in community based conservation in Asia, South America, Central America, and North America. 

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Giving Animals Choice

BY MICHAEL MURRAY
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Michael Murray is the Associate Curator of Animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and is extremely passionate about giving animals choice to enrich their lives. These enrichment programs encourage animals to connect with their natural behaviors and behaviors that allow the zookeepers to care for the animals.

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The Importance of Free Play

BY KAREN KATZ
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Karen Katz has 18 years of experience developing and designing exhibits. Her BA in Anthropology and MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design earned her the position as the Director of Exhibits for the Cleveland Children's Museum. But it was her experience as a parent that taught her the importance of free play which amplified her ability to design truly impactful exhibits for children. 

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F is for Furniture

BY JASON RADCLIFFE
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Jason Radcliffe is a furniture designer, maker and advocate. When he's not building his own pieces in his shop, 44 Steel, he is advocating for the furniture making community locally and nationally. He organizes an extremely successful furniture maker based event in Cleveland called F-Sho and was recently one of three finalists on Spike TV's show Framework. 

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