All Things Local show

All Things Local

Summary: Hear ideas and challenges from people working in local government and nonprofit organizations. Hosted by Dr. Alicia Schatteman, Director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University. We speak with public service researchers and workers across communities about topics and issues affecting their local towns, villages, cities, and neighborhoods.

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 Episode 3: Dan Kenney, DeKalb County Community Gardens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1914

In this episode, number 3 of the All Things Local podcast, I speak with Dan Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of the DeKalb County Community Gardens  We hear about his childhood experiences growing up in a farming family, his passion for social justice sparked by Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King in the 1960s, and how he sees access to food as a social justice issue. We learn how government, nonprofits and individuals have come together to address issues in the Annie Glidden North Neighborhood in DeKalb through community engagement. Dan challenges all of us to see people for people, not others, not them and us. He truly believes in service to others. I know you’ll enjoy this episode!

 Episode 2: Deanna Cada, DeKalb County Mental Health Board | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2245

Welcome to episode number 2 of the All Things Local Podcast. On this episode, I speak with Deanna Cada from the DeKalb County Mental Health Board. We learn about what the mental health board actually does in our community to improve access to mental health services and the overall quality of life for all residents. Hear about the new Mental Health Court, mental health first aid, and how the mental health board responds during a disaster such as the tornado in Fairdale. Deanna offers tips to those studying or working in local government. She shares memorable stories that affected her own commitment to public service and she even shares lessons from her first job at Dunkin Donuts, reminding us how important relationships are as well as the importance of looking at any situation from multiple perspectives. 

 Episode 1: Paul LaLonde, Voluntary Action Center (VAC) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1735

On this first episode, I am joined by Paul LaLonde, Vice President of Operations and Human Resources for the Voluntary Action Center.  Paul graduated with an MPA from Northern Illinois University in 2009.  He discussed his career path in public service, as well as his organization’s role in providing public transportation across five counties in Northern Illinois.   Paul notes that transit "is a perfect example of governance in action" as VAC works with all levels of government. 


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