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  • Veteran Suicide
  • Top 6 Pet Health Benefits of Spay/Neuter
  • How CBD Oil Helps Pets
  • Helping Animals Helps People
  • From PTSD to Posttraumatic Growth
  • 4 Tips for Cooking on a Flameless Grill
  • DNA Is Not Destiny
  • Ancient Stained-Glass Windows Bridge Two Cultures



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  • Blog Profiles: Dog Agility Blogs



Veteran Suicide

US (Ret.) Army Col. David Dodd


Point 27
“I was happy to hear about the Executive Order signed by President Trump to create a Cabinet-level task force bringing in local and state resources to combat veteran suicide. Veteran Suicide is a topic close to my heart, and I long to help make a difference. A battle buddy’s suicide rocked my world. I wish, more than anything, I would have seen it coming and done something. He was one of the toughest Soldiers I knew, and I took him everywhere I went in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. If you had told me one of my Soldiers was going to commit suicide, I would have never guessed it would be Andy. To this day, I don’t understand it. It has been a struggle to make peace with it. Many veterans carry physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental wounds so intensely painful they can’t carry them alone, but they are not able to share them or ask for help. I believe letting Jesus reach down in that dark hole and pull them out is the best answer to veteran suicide.”

Dodd is director of Point 27, a global nonprofit based in Atlanta. He commanded a battalion of the first troops deployed to Afghanistan following 9/11, and served four deployments and a post at The Pentagon.

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Top 6 Pet Health Benefits of Spay/Neuter

Dr. Cristie Kamiya

Chief of Shelter Medicine

Humane Society Silicon Valley
“In females, spaying: 1) virtually eliminates the risk of mammary tumors, 2) eliminates the risk of pyometra and other uterine disease, and 3) eliminates the risk of uterine and ovarian cancer. In males, neutering: 1) decreases prostate disease, hernias, and perianal tumors, 2) decreases fighting, roaming, and spraying, and 3) eliminates the risk of testicular cancer.”

Dr. Kamiya serves as  chief of shelter medicine at Humane Society Silicon Valley and is one of only a handful of residency-trained veterinarians in the specialized field of shelter medicine. She completed her three-year shelter-medicine training program at University of California – Davis and now oversees both Shelter and Medical Operations for HSSV. A member of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), Dr. Kamiya led the HSSV initiative to become the first model shelter in the nation to meet all the ASV Guidelines. She travels all over the country and the world providing volunteer veterinary support to organizations in need. She also fosters underage shelter kittens and loves spending time with her adopted shelter dogs.

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Contact: Klaudia Simon,

How CBD Oil Helps Pets

Allison Taylor

Vice President of Marketing

Receptra Naturals
“Any animal with a spine has an endocannabinoid system (ECS). You have one, but so does your dog, your cat, your horse, and so on. The endocannabinoid system’s job is to create homeostasis or balance in the body when it gets off balance. The system is in charge of things like immune function, sleep, motor control, pain — all these different things — and CBD supports this system.”

Taylor is vice president of marketing at Receptra Naturals, a family-owned Colorado hemp CBD extract company dedicated to improving quality of life worldwide. She helped spearhead the company’s Receptra Pets product line, as well as their charitable giving initiative, Receptra Gives. Receptra is committed to giving back to the communities they serve. Customers who purchase their high-quality, premium hemp CBD extract products help to support Receptra’s nonprofit partners and charities of choice. They select organizations taking meaningful action to stand up for our environment, strengthen communities, and help farmers and their families. Taylor holds a degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University. She is mother to two college-aged boys and lives in Denver.

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Helping Animals Helps People

Carol Novello


Mutual Rescue
“When we rescue pets, more often than not, they rescue us. Most people think that when they’re supporting an animal-related cause, they’re actually just giving to animals. In fact, the transformative and profound impact that rescue animals can have on our lives is really pretty amazing.”

Novello is the founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative that highlights the life-changing power of human-animal relationships. The initiative’s first short film, “Eric & Peety,” went viral around the world with almost 100 million views, prompting an influx of submissions to be considered for inclusion in the ongoing Mutual Rescue film series. A former senior software executive at Intuit, Novello earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is proud to include three rescue animals in her family: a German Shepherd dog named Tess and two cats, Herbie and Bode. Her new book is called, “Mutual Rescue: How Adopting a Homeless Animal Can Save You, Too.

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Contact: Klaudia Simon,

From PTSD to Posttraumatic Growth

Anita Sanchez, Ph.D.

“We can learn much from the sunflower plant on its journey through the day; even in the darkness, stand facing the light. Even when you are lonely and experiencing great pain, you are not alone. Nature is always there. You are a part of nature, and nature is a part of you. We are part of the sacred; everyone is part of the sacred. This doesn’t mean that everyone is behaving in a sacred way. It doesn’t mean we walk away and allow or accept all the needless suffering and pain in the world. Instead, this simple truth invites us to really experience our oneness whenever we can — even if it’s just for a few moments each day, or each year. The more we connect with our oneness, the more our experience of connection begins to grow.”

Dr. Sanchez, Aztec and Mexican-American, is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the international bestselling book, “The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times,” available in paperback, hardcover, e-book, and audiobook from Simon & Schuster. She bridges indigenous teachings with the latest science to inspire and equip women and men to enjoy meaningful, empowered lives and careers. With four decades of experience coaching and training executives and their teams in dozens of Fortune 500 companies, governmental groups and non-governmental agencies, Dr. Sanchez is an established leader in global organizational change initiatives. She is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council with luminaries such as Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson and John Gray, as well as the Association of Transformational Leaders, the Evolutionary Business Council, and serves on the Boards of the Bioneers organization and the Pachamama Alliance. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational development from the University of Colorado, Denver. She resides in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colo., with her husband and youngest son. For more information and to download the free song that is based on the book, visit For information on Anita’s diversity training, see consulting website

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Contact: Klaudia Simon,

4 Tips for Cooking on a Flameless Grill

Maher Hakim



Hakim shares four tips for cooking on a flameless grill: “1) Make sure your protein is room temperature. 2) Don’t use too thick a piece. 3) Anything on a skewer is better than one big chunk. 4) Give it time and the food comes out a masterpiece, juicy and seared on the outside.”

Hakim is CEO of LavacaUSA, exclusive U.S. distributor for CasusGrill, the world’s only portable, instant, 100% natural and biodegradable grill. Conceived in Denmark, the award-winning CasusGrill is an economical, environmentally friendly solution for cooking anywhere outdoors without the hassles of conventional grills. Hakim is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about CasusGrill. He has dedicated his life to spreading the word about CasusGrill and other products that promote environmental sustainability and responsibility. Born of a Turkish and American family, Maher lives in Austin, Texas, where he loves camping, mountain biking, and cooking.

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Contact: Sarah Snyder,

DNA Is Not Destiny

Palmer Kippola

Author, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach
“Our DNA is not our absolute destiny. It’s the environment that matters most. What we eat, drink, think, and do gives direction to our genes on how to behave, and that’s where the harm or heal, inflame or restore comes in.”

Kippola is an author, speaker, autoimmune recovery advocate, and Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC). She developed a system called F.I.G.H.T.S. to help others beat autoimmune conditions, based on her 26-year battle to overcome multiple sclerosis. Her new book is “Beat Autoimmune: The 6 Keys to Reverse Your Condition and Reclaim Your Health” (April 30, 2019). When she was 19, Kippola was diagnosed with MS and began her journey of self-healing. In 2010, she completely reversed her MS by addressing her root causes head-on. She remains symptom- and medication-free today. She founded as an online resource to inspire, educate, and empower people who seek to reverse and prevent autoimmune conditions so they can live their most vibrant lives. Kippola has studied with the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the HeartMath Institute, and the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. In addition, she has completed 100+ hours of neurofeedback brain training and studied under leading experts in nutrition, holistic health, energy, and Functional Medicine. Today, Kippola collaborates with Functional Medicine practitioners and consults with people who seek to transcend autoimmune conditions. She worked in the corporate world for 25 years and held a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles in the high tech and telecommunications industries. She also founded a literacy program called Reading is Freedom that serves children in local, underserved communities. She has served on several boards of organizations focused on women’s empowerment, education, and world peace. When she’s not learning, writing, collaborating, or speaking about finding freedom from autoimmune conditions, Kippola might be found hiking in the hills, doing yoga or HIIT workouts, cooking healthy meals, connecting with friends and family, and laughing as much as possible.

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Contact: Anita Jakab Kovacs,

Ancient Stained-Glass Windows Bridge Two Cultures

Brian W. Smith

Program Director, Treasurer

American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des Prés
“In the mid-13th century, Paris was a leading force in expressive glass painting. Much of the beautiful stained glass from Paris’ oldest church in Saint Germain des PrĂ©s was destroyed over the years, particularly during the French Revolution, but amazingly some panels remain intact. Stained-glass aficionados and lovers of historical artwork, architecture, and iconic religious works have been fortunate enough to see two of the ancient French church’s stained-glass windows right here in the United States, at the Met and the Walters museums… French or American, these ancient pieces of our shared human history are nothing less than inspiring.”

Smith is an acknowledged expert in bank regulation and regulatory transactions involving complex, interindustry, or first impression issues as well as payment systems/products and financial product development and distribution. He serves as director and treasurer of American Friends for the Preservation of Saint Germain des PrĂ©s and has over 45 years of experience as a senior executive in an international financial services company, as a senior federal bank regulator, and as a senior partner in a multinational law firm. During this period, he has been associated with many of the major developments in financial services. He is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Business and St. John’s University (BA and JD). He resides in Gulfstream, Fla.

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