"After the first year, it got easier to sell." – Bill Thistlethwaite on creating the Meltdown Ice Festival in Richmond, IN

Bill and Alison talk about why the Meltdown Ice Festival is special, what makes it different, and how the visiting carvers embrace this small Midwestern town in the dead of winter.

"We've got to hold ourselves up- we've got to have each other's back" – Mike Gibbs on being a musician and family businessman in Richmond.

Mike and Alison discuss his career in music, his local business ventures, working with family (they work together so well!) and raising a family in Richmond. Music lovers: Hear Mike’s Billboard 100 song “Sarah’s In Love” at the end of...

February 21, 2019
"I feel like…I'm covering the tracks of my ancestors." – Steve tells us how family ties led him to Richmond

Steve talks about his family history, his ties to Richmond and Indiana, and how we views “community” and human relationships. A writer and spiritual truth-seeker, Steve shares his views on life in this two-part interview.

February 21, 2019
"Speak the truth in love is not the worst advice…" – Ben Brazil shares stories of travel, writing, politics and the people of Richmond, IN

If you struggle with the current political climate (especially the public discourse), take a listen to Ben’s interview. Learn about his early life, his path to Richmond, religion, and his career/projects. He also talks about the way he navigates current...

September 17, 2018
“We were all believers in the concept”: Doug Oler talks about his career path and the creation of the Wayne County Foundation

Doug and Alison talk about growing up in Economy, his family life, and how his career path led him to community efforts such as the formation of the Wayne County Foundation, a successful community foundation created in Richmond, IN.

August 28, 2018
Part Two: Maria speaks of transition, settling into Richmond, and her dreams of bringing more Mexican culture to her adopted city!

Part one of two: Maria sits down with Alison and translator Kaitlyn to talk about family, her move to Richmond, and ways she believes we can incorporate more Mexican culture into the town she has grown to love and appreciate!

August 28, 2018
Part One: Maria speaks of transition, settling into Richmond, and her dreams of bringing more Mexican culture to her adopted city!

Part one of two: Maria sits down with Alison and translator Kaitlyn to talk about family, her move to Richmond, and ways she believes we can incorporate more Mexican culture into the town she has grown to love and appreciate!

August 28, 2018
“We want to remove any barrier that someone might have to creating art”- Andy and Amy Dudas on creating a space for the community

In this interview, Alison talks with Amy and Andy Dudas, owners of Dudas Law and community builders who are turning a vacant building in downtown Richmond into a place where all are welcome to create art of any form.

May 15, 2018
Gricelda talks about her life in Richmond, raising a daughter while balancing two cultures, and her hopes for Richmond

This interviewed was done with the assistance of a translator. Gricelda talks about things she misses from Mexico (food!) and what types of culture events would be fun to incorporate into life in Richmond. She also talks about how she...

May 15, 2018
“The whole Richmond community came together to save it!” -Roger, Theresa and Natalie share stories of their family and Richmond

In this interview, Natalie (Ripperger), Roger and Theresa Richert talk with Alison about starting in business early, how they managed to revitalize the Depot District with the help of the community, stories of local accomplishments, and why their family business...

May 8, 2018
“We got it down to a science- everyone had a job”- Lee Stienbarger reflects on his years as coach of the Indiana Thump Jumpers

Lee Stienbarger (a.k.a. “Mr. S.”) and Alison talk about the history of Richmond’s competitive jump rope team- the Indiana Thump Jumpers, and how he functioned as a coach and trailblazer in a sport that was unknown to much of the...

May 2, 2018
“I felt an instant connection”: Misty Hollis on her life in Richmond as a politician, nonprofit leader and female mentor.

Misty and Alison talk about her journey to Richmond, nonprofit work, life in politics (local, state, and national), and who has helped her along the way.

April 26, 2018
“Richmond is like my second home”- José talks about his life in the US and his love of learning

José Luis and Alison discuss the things he loves about Richmond while also acknowledging the challenges of making a life in a new country. The two also talk about his love of learning, travel, and his future education plans!

April 26, 2018
“I had a dream to be someone”: Rogelio talks about his life in the US

Rogelio, a Richmond community member, talks with Alison about his early struggles, those who helped him succeed in school, and his passion for working hard to accomplish his goals.

April 26, 2018
“I’m a changed woman as far as my feelings about poverty”: Susan on her role as Wayne Township Trustee

Susan Isaacs, the Wayne Township Trustee and community organizer, talks with Alison about her early years of success, life’s ups and downs, and how she approaches the unique role of caretaker in the trustee’s office.

April 26, 2018
Monica Koechlein on her role as fundraiser, grant maker, and mother: “I just want her to love her community..wherever she chooses to live.”

Monica Koechlein, president of Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation and Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, talks about her life, her duel role as both fundraiser and grant maker, her family, and why philanthropy and community life is so important...

April 26, 2018
“Richmond is a perfect place to get started in life”- Caleb talks about discovering Richmond and “growing” the Richmond Farmer’s Market

Caleb Smith tells us about why he settled in Richmond after his college career at Earlham, his vision for the growing Farmer’s Market, and what he appreciates about small town living.

April 26, 2018
Part 3- Retired attorney Andy Cecere talks about his life and journey to Richmond, IN.

From a young age, Andy was motivated to create change. In this three part interview, Alison hears about his childhood, his time in the service, his path to Earlham and his life in Richmond. We also learn about those who...

April 26, 2018
Part 2- Retired attorney Andy Cecere talks about his life and journey to Richmond, IN.

From a young age, Andy was motivated to create change. In this three part interview, Alison hears about his childhood, his time in the service, his path to Earlham and his life in Richmond. We also learn about those who...

April 26, 2018
Part 1- Retired Attorney Andy Cecere talks about his life and journey to Richmond

From a young age, Andy was motivated to create change. In this three part interview, Alison hears about his childhood, his time in the service, his path to Earlham and his life in Richmond. We also learn about those who...

Private
Childhood in Indiana – Interview with Dad – March 2016

This interview is private.