The Jackson Hole Connection

Stephan C. Abrams

Have you ever been to Jackson Hole, Wyoming? Well, The Jackson Hole Connection is about sharing the stories from people connected to this small place in Western Wyoming which has had a huge impact on the rest of the world. From the days of Indians and Trappers to the early days of some of the first settlers, Jackson Hole has attracted people who love adventure, value the natural setting and have some great stories to tell. The host, Stephan Abrams, has been a resident of Jackson, Wyoming since the summer of 1999. Stephan is now raising his family in Jackson Hole along with his wife Laura. The Jackson Hole Connection will bring you the stories of the awesome people who are connected to Jackson Hole.

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Episode 209 – Making Friends with Stillness, Boredom and Courage with Suzanne Boots Knighton
3d ago
Episode 209 – Making Friends with Stillness, Boredom and Courage with Suzanne Boots Knighton
Suzanne Boots Knighton is an author, ski instructor, educator, aspiring rollerblader, survivor and a friend. In this episode, Boots and Stephan talk about overcoming tragedy, listening to your body, and looking for the magic and joy in the world.   Boots was inducted into the Heart Warrior club on January 15, 2021, via open-heart surgery for unroofing for a rare congenital heart defect - myocardial bridging. She continues to monitor her other defects which include a bicuspid valve and tortuous arteries. All of this came to light while on a mountain bike ride on in 2020 when she experienced heart attack symptoms at age 42. Thanks to all of this, Boots has been given a priceless perspective on life and wants to spread the gifts of that awareness and joy in knowing we aren't born perfectly, and that life can still be kick-ass despite imperfect hearts or whatever didn't quite pan out for us in utero. She is working on her first of three books and publishes weekly on her (Substack, Joyful Beat).  Connect with Boots on Instagram (@boots.knighton) Photograph by (Lara Agnew) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling is reminding residents and small businesses that the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is open on select days, through the end of October, by appointment only. To safely and responsibly dispose of household chemicals or other substances that pose a danger to our environment, visit (tetoncountywy.gov/recycle) to schedule your appointment today! More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH) Support also comes from Compass Real Estate, the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the valley. For more information and to view current listings visit (COMPASS.com) or at (@compassjacksonhole) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 209 – Making Friends with Stillness, Boredom and Courage with Suzanne Boots Knighton
3d ago
Episode 209 – Making Friends with Stillness, Boredom and Courage with Suzanne Boots Knighton
Suzanne Boots Knighton is an author, ski instructor, educator, aspiring rollerblader, survivor and a friend. In this episode, Boots and Stephan talk about overcoming tragedy, listening to your body, and looking for the magic and joy in the world.   Boots was inducted into the Heart Warrior club on January 15, 2021, via open-heart surgery for unroofing for a rare congenital heart defect - myocardial bridging. She continues to monitor her other defects which include a bicuspid valve and tortuous arteries. All of this came to light while on a mountain bike ride on in 2020 when she experienced heart attack symptoms at age 42. Thanks to all of this, Boots has been given a priceless perspective on life and wants to spread the gifts of that awareness and joy in knowing we aren't born perfectly, and that life can still be kick-ass despite imperfect hearts or whatever didn't quite pan out for us in utero. She is working on her first of three books and publishes weekly on her (Substack, Joyful Beat).  Connect with Boots on Instagram (@boots.knighton) Photograph by (Lara Agnew) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling is reminding residents and small businesses that the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is open on select days, through the end of October, by appointment only. To safely and responsibly dispose of household chemicals or other substances that pose a danger to our environment, visit (tetoncountywy.gov/recycle) to schedule your appointment today! More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH) Support also comes from Compass Real Estate, the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the valley. For more information and to view current listings visit (COMPASS.com) or at (@compassjacksonhole) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 208 - 4 Years of The Jackson Hole Connection with Stephan Abrams and Michael Moeri
Sep 22 2022
Episode 208 - 4 Years of The Jackson Hole Connection with Stephan Abrams and Michael Moeri
In this special episode, Stephan and Michael take a look back on the past 4 years of doing the podcast. Michael Moeri is the editor and marketing director of The Jackson Hole Connection.  In this episode, Stephan and Michael talk about some of the unexpected life stories, funny guests, and heartfelt conversations of the past year. They discuss how life can sometimes make it a struggle to create a weekly podcast and what motivates them to share new stories each week. Thank you to all of our listeners and supporters, we couldn’t do this podcast without you.   We’d love to hear from you. Give us a rating or a review in Apple podcasts, follow us on Instagram and Facebook or send an email to connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com.  Quite a few past episodes were mentioned in this week's episode, below are some quick links to use as a reference: (Episode 203 – A Chat with Our Friends of the Bridger-Teton with Scott Kosiba) (Episode 200 – Saving Homes with Esther Judge-Lennox of Shacks on Racks) (Episode 199 – Helping People with Disabilities Find Adventure featuring Joe Stone of Teton Adaptive) (Episode 197 – Living a Happy Life in Jackson Hole with Hal Johnson) (Episode 195 – Brain Health Starts in the Kitchen with Annie Fenn) (Episode 194 – Becoming Radically Generous with John Hamon) (Episode 186 – The Worm Cowboy featuring Stefano Daza Arango) (Episode 184 – Creating the World’s Finest Snowshapes with Mikey Franco) (Episode 182 – Beyond Skid Cooking featuring Lily Krass and Max Ritter) (Episode 169 – Keeping Jackson Laughing with Brian Lenz)  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling is reminding residents and small businesses that the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is open on select days, through the end of October, by appointment only. To safely and responsibly dispose of household chemicals or other substances that pose a danger to our environment, visit (tetoncountywy.gov/recycle) to schedule your appointment today! More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com)  Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com))
Episode 207 – Helping People Build a Better Future with Dr. Diane Hudson
Sep 15 2022
Episode 207 – Helping People Build a Better Future with Dr. Diane Hudson
Dr. Diane Hudson is the founder of Advanced Behavior Change. Advanced Behavior Change’s mission is to use the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to give children, teens, and caregivers the tools to change their environments and behaviors and to meet and exceed their goals.  In this episode, Diane shares the path that lead her out to Jackson from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She talks about moving her practice up from Salt Lake and the benefits of being able to work with people remotely and in person. Diane then goes into some of the techniques she uses to increase positive skills, such as communication, social, and adaptive skills, and decrease problem behavior. Stephan and Diane also talk about neurodivergent individuals and how diagnosing ADHD and Autism has changed over the years.  Follow Diane on Instagram (@drdianehudson) Find out more about Advanced Behavior Change at (advancedbehaviorchange.com) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling. Old Bill’s Fun Run donations directly support zero waste education and outreach. Recycle often, recycle right, and donate today! Donate at ( OldBills.com). More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 205 - Life At The Center with Willi Brooks
Sep 1 2022
Episode 205 - Life At The Center with Willi Brooks
Willi Brooks is the Event Operations Director for The Center for The Arts. Willi is one of the lucky ones who was born and raised right here in the Valley. On top of working full-time at The Center, Willi is also one of the owners of Roots Cannery and is an active member of the Travel and Tourism Board.  In this episode, Willi shares what it was like to grow up in Jackson. He goes into how a part-time job at The Center has turned into a full-time career as the Event Operations Director. Willi talks about the impact The Center has on the area and how appreciative they are to be a part of such a supportive community. Stephan and Willi also chat about the Scouts, the Jackson Hole Food Cupboard, Roots Cannery, the farmers market, and the importance of volunteering.  Find out what events are happening at The Center at ( jhcenterforthearts.org) Learn more about Roots Cannery at ( RootsKitchenCannery.com) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by The Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum connecting people to local history by sharing artifacts and ideas to foster curiosity and continual learning, forge connections, and inform our 21st-century dialogue. Learn more online at ( jacksonholehistory.org) Support also comes from Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling. Old Bill’s Fun Run donations directly support zero waste education and outreach. Recycle often, recycle right, and donate today! Donate at ( OldBills.com). More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 204 - Conserving Our Resources in Teton County with Carlin Girard
Aug 25 2022
Episode 204 - Conserving Our Resources in Teton County with Carlin Girard
Carlin Girard is the Executive Director of the Teton Conservation District. Originally from western Massachusetts, Carlin grew up surrounded by nature. He ventured out west to attend college in Prescott, AZ and made his way to the oil fields of the Big Piney area before landing in Jackson Hole over 15 years ago.  In this episode, Carlin shares what it was like growing up near the Appalachian Trail and why he eventually headed west. He talks about how a college thesis landed him in the oil fields near Big Piney and the research he was conducting. Stephan and Carlin then talk about some of the important work that the Teton Conservation District does for the community. Some of the programs and collaborations that they have been involved in include growing the native plant species, wildfire risk mitigation, well water test kits, wildlife monitoring, alternative energy, and many more.   Learn more about the Teton Conservation District at (TetonConservation.org) Follow Teton Conservation District on Instagram ( @tetonconservation) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling. Old Bill’s Fun Run donations directly support zero waste education and outreach. Recycle often, recycle right, and donate today! Donate at OldBills.com. More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH)  Support also comes from Compass Real Estate, the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the valley. For more information and to view current listings visit (COMPASS.com) or at (@compassjacksonhole) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 203 - A Chat with Our Friends of the Bridger-Teton with Scott Kosiba
Aug 18 2022
Episode 203 - A Chat with Our Friends of the Bridger-Teton with Scott Kosiba
Scott Kosiba is the Executive Director of Friends of Bridger-Teton. Originally from Michigan, the study of Sage-grouse brought Scott out to Wyoming in 2010. In this episode, Scott shares the story of what brought him out to Wyoming and what it is like living in the Pinedale area. He talks about the increase in visitation to the Bridger-Teton area and the impact it has had on the public lands. Scott dives into some of the bigger initiatives that they have accomplished, including installing and maintaining vault toilets at Shadow Mountain. He then explains the three different types of camping on the Bridger-Teton land. Stephan and Scott also touch on fire and bear safety, tagging photos responsibly, and how volunteers can make a big difference.   Do you know what a Charmin flower is? Listen to this episode to find out.  Follow Friends of The Bridger-Teton ( @bridgertetonfriends) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling. Old Bill’s Fun Run donations directly support zero waste education and outreach. Recycle often, recycle right, and donate today! Donate at OldBills.com. More at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH) on instagram. Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com))
Episode 202 - Making an Impact On and Off the Slopes with Lynsey Dyer
Aug 11 2022
Episode 202 - Making an Impact On and Off the Slopes with Lynsey Dyer
Lynsey Dyer is a freestyle skier, artist, filmmaker, entrepreneur, activist, podcaster, and a new mom. Lynsey is the founder of the movie production and apparel company Unicorn Picnic and co-founder of ( SheJumps.org).  In this episode, Lynsey shares how her cousin (A.J. Cargill) was a big influence in helping her make the move to Jackson from Sun Valley, ID. She talks about her early days of living in the Hole, working at D.O.G., and getting her start with Teton Gravity Research. Stephan and Lynsey chat about some of the impactful organizations she has helped create and her latest project that involves local wildlife. They then discuss sponsorships, parenthood, the changing pro athlete industry, and what is in store next for Lynsey.  Follow Lynsey on Instagram at ( @lynseydyer) Listen to Lynsey’s podcast ShowingUp at ( LynseyDyer.com/podcast) Learn more about Unicorn Picnic at ( UnicornPicnic.com) Learn more about SheJumps at ( SheJumps.org) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 201 - Photographing our Community with Brad Boner of the Jackson Hole News & Guide
Aug 4 2022
Episode 201 - Photographing our Community with Brad Boner of the Jackson Hole News & Guide
Brad Boner is a father, photographer, author, and the Director of Visuals for the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Originally from the Black Hills area of South Dakota, Brad moved out to Wyoming back in 2004.   In this episode, Brad shares the path that led him to the Jackson Hole area. He talks about his family's western roots and the legacy of the 12 Mile Ranch. Brad then discusses his stunning 2017 photography project that takes a new look at some of William Henry Jackson’s most famous photos of the Yellowstone area. Stephan and Brad also chat about the Jackson Hole News & Guide, what goes on behind the scenes, and some of Brad’s more powerful stories.  Find a copy of Yellowstone National Park: Through the Lens of Time at the Teton County Library. To connect with Brad email Photo@JHNewsandGuide.com This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 200 – Saving Homes with Esther Judge-Lennox of Shacks on Racks
Jul 28 2022
Episode 200 – Saving Homes with Esther Judge-Lennox of Shacks on Racks
On our 200th episode, Stephan chats with Esther Judge-Lennox. Esther is the Founder of Shacks on Racks. Shacks on Racks helps connect homeowners thinking about removing a home or structure from their land with people who could make use of a relocated home or outbuilding on their own property.   In this episode, Esther shares what it was like to move to Moran, WY while in High School. She goes into her inspiration for starting Shacks on Racks and the process she goes through to find new homes. Stephan then shares his family’s story of how Shacks on Racks helped move their home to help out another community member. Esther and Stephan then talk about some of the other homes Shacks have helped relocate and some of the unexpected hurdles they have faced.  Find out more about Esther and Shacks on Racks at  (ShacksOnRacks.com). Don’t forget to join their email newsletter to find out when new homes are available.  Follow Stephan and his family on Instagram ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri))
Episode 199 – Helping People with Disabilities Find Adventure featuring Joe Stone of Teton Adaptive
Jul 21 2022
Episode 199 – Helping People with Disabilities Find Adventure featuring Joe Stone of Teton Adaptive
Joe Stone is an athlete, motivational speaker, filmmaker, and the Director of Mission at Teton Adaptive. Teton Adaptive’s mission is to promote, support, and develop outdoor sports and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities living in and visiting the Greater Teton Area.  In this chat, Joe shares the story of how a speed flying accident in 2010 changed the course of his life. The accident left Joe an incomplete C7 quadriplegic, meaning he is paralyzed from the chest down and has impairment in both his hands. Within a year of his accident, he overcame the challenges of being in a coma and rehabilitation to become the first quadriplegic to bike the Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Glacier. Joe then shares with Stephan another big first that you’ll have to listen to the episode to find out. Joe and Stephan then discuss the incredible work that Teton Adaptive is doing in our community.  Teton Adaptive is helping local athletes and visitors with disabilities to enjoy all the outdoor activities we love to do. Find out more about Teton Adaptive at (TetonAdaptiveSports.com )  Watch the documentary (It's Raining, So What, the Story of Joe Stone) on Vimeo This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com))
Episode 198 - Cohabitating With The Wild featuring Kyle Kissock of The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Jul 14 2022
Episode 198 - Cohabitating With The Wild featuring Kyle Kissock of The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation
Kyle Kissock is the Communications Manager for the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.  Originally from Ohio, Kyle moved out west to work for the Teton Science school before finding his home at the Wildlife Foundation.  In this chat, Kyle and Stephan talk about all things wildlife.  Not just the big ones like moose, bears, and elk, but the little creatures that make up our ecosystem.  Kyle dives into some of the big projects that the Foundation is working on, such as modifying fences to make them friendlier to wildlife movement and some initiatives that help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. Stephan and Kyle also talk about some of the elusive wildlife in the Tetons such as the mountain lions and wolverines.  If you have an interest in learning more about the wildlife that makes up the heart of our valley, this is a must-listen.  Learn more about the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation at ( JHWildlife.org) Photo by: Christine Paige Follow Stephan and his family on Instagram ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 197 - Living a Happy Life in Jackson Hole with Hal Johnson
Jul 7 2022
Episode 197 - Living a Happy Life in Jackson Hole with Hal Johnson
Hal Johnson is a father, long-time local, entrepreneur, horseshoer, ranch hand, and one of the first tram operators. Hal has called this valley his home for over 65 years. Born in Firth, ID, and raised in the Blackfoot area, he made his way to Wyoming as a teenager and landed in Jackson back in 1957.   In this episode, Hal shares with Stephan many stories of what it was like to live in work in Jackson over the years. He talks about owning a feedlot that was run out of business by Purina. Hal goes into detail about all the longtime locals he has worked for, how he became a part-owner of the rodeo and why he left Jackson for a brief period of time. He also talks about being a member of the Order of Odd Fellows and what they do for the community. Stephan and Hal then discuss the importance of finding your happiness and surrounding yourself with people who also share a passion for life.  Hal is enjoying his “retirement” at the age of 85. He still keeps active by working for his son Hap Johnson at Jackson Hole Security.  Follow Stephan and his family on Instagram ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 196 - Inside the Go Be WYO Podcast with Aaron Gray
Jun 30 2022
Episode 196 - Inside the Go Be WYO Podcast with Aaron Gray
Aaron Gray is a coach, trainer, oil and gas landman, and the host of the Go Be WYO podcast. Aaron is a 3rd generation Wyomingite based in Sheridan, Wyoming. His podcast Go Be WYO provides Wyoming people, businesses and organizations the opportunity to share their stories of grit, kindness, and legacy.  In this episode, Aaron shares his family's Wyoming legacy. He tells Stephan about the many hats he wears to make a living and be connected with his community. They talk about what goes into being a coach in a state where you sometimes have to travel 8+ hours for a game. Stephan and Aaron also discuss some of the interesting guests they’ve had on their podcasts and share some of the fascinating stories they’ve heard.  To listen to the Go Be WYO podcast visit ( GoBeWYO.com) or find it in your favorite podcast app. To find out about Aaron’s family legacy check out ( NEVER A DULL MOMENT: Reflections of a Wyoming Cowboy by Claude Gray) Follow Stephan and his family on Instagram ( @buildinginthehole22) to see their experience of living in a camper for the summer as they give their home away to build a new home.  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 195 – Brain Health Starts in the Kitchen with Annie Fenn
Jun 23 2022
Episode 195 – Brain Health Starts in the Kitchen with Annie Fenn
Annie Fenn is a mother, former OBGYN, chef, food blogger, culinary instructor, and the founder of Brain Health Kitchen. Brain Health Kitchen is a cooking school and online resource focused on fending off Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  In this episode, Annie tells the story of why she decided to retire early from a successful OBGYN practice. She goes into how her medical background and personal life came together to form the idea of Brain Health Kitchen. Stephan shares with Annie how he lost his mother at a young age to Alzheimer's. Annie discusses the evidence-based research that formed the foundation of Brain Health Kitchen. Stephan and Annie then discuss what types of foods have a big positive and negative impact on long-term cognition.  To find out more about Annie and Brain Health Kitchen at ( )BrainHealthKitchen.com Follow Brain Health Kitchen on Instagram ( @brainhealthkitchen) Mentioned in the Intro: June is Men’s Health Awareness Month. A great resource to find out about mental health options, have a laugh and get support is ( mantherapy.com). If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please know that you are not alone and there is help.  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Compass Real Estate, the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the valley. For more information and to view current listings visit ( COMPASS.com) or at ( @compassjacksonhole) Support also comes from Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 194 – Becoming Radically Generous with John Hamon
Jun 16 2022
Episode 194 – Becoming Radically Generous with John Hamon
John Hamon is a husband, father, entrepreneur, community leader, and the Founder and CEO of Fortimize. Fortimize is a company that helps bankers, mortgage lenders, and asset managers build valuable customer relationships, experiences, and outcomes. In this episode, John tells his story about why he decided to move out to Jackson full-time during a pandemic. John shares how he hitchhiked out west and fell in love with California. He goes into how he ended up moving back east to start a church in New York. John tells Stephan the origin story of Fortimize and how some In-and-Out burgers made a big impact when starting his company. Stephan and John then discuss the importance of family and the human connection.  To find out more about John and Fortimize visit  (Fortimize.com ) Connect with John on (LinkedIn) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Marketplace. Find Kate’s Real Food bars here! The deli at Jackson Hole Marketplace offers ready-made soups, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and hot lunch specials. More at (JHMarketplace.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 193 – Creating Real Food for Real Adventure with Kate Schade
Jun 9 2022
Episode 193 – Creating Real Food for Real Adventure with Kate Schade
Kate Schade is the Founder of Kate’s Real Food. Originally from upstate New York, Kate moved out to Jackson almost 30 years ago. She started off as many locals do, playing during the day and waiting tables in the evening. A summer position at Cosmic Apple Gardens instilled a passion for organic farming and changed her perspective on food. Kate used this knowledge and inspiration to create and perfect the recipe for the original Tram Bar.  In this episode, Kate shares her journey out to Jackson and her pursuit to live a life full of adventure. She goes into why she began making whole-food, energy bars and how she grew a local fan base. Stephan and Kate then discuss how her business grew from personally wrapping bars in plastic wrap or in slabs to having a facility that creates over 50 million bars a year.  To find out where you can purchase Kate’s bars, visit (KatesRealFood.com)  If you get a Kate’s Real Food bar on your next Delta flight be sure to tag us and Kate on Instagram!  Follow Kate’s Real Food on Instagram (@katesrealfood) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)  Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Marketplace. Find Kate’s Real Food bars here! The deli at Jackson Hole Marketplace offers ready-made soups, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and hot lunch specials. More at (JHMarketplace.com)  Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 192 – Supporting One Thriving and Diverse Greater Teton Community with Sharel Lund of One22 Resource Center
Jun 2 2022
Episode 192 – Supporting One Thriving and Diverse Greater Teton Community with Sharel Lund of One22 Resource Center
Sharel Lund is the Executive Director of One22 Resource Center. Originally from the Seattle area, Sharel moved out to Jackson over 31 years ago. After a decade of working in advertising and retail, Sharel transitioned to the nonprofit sector where she has helped local residents in her roles at the Community Safety Network and One22 Resource Center. In this episode, Sharel and Stephan discuss some of the real problems that residents are facing and how Jackson has the perception of being a Utopia. Sharel talks about her work for the Community Safety Network, an organization that provides a refuge for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. She then goes into what the One22 Resource Center does for the community.  One22 provides residents with many resources, including financial assistance, language access services, immigrant services and youth scholarships. One22 also runs the Jackson Cupboard, which helps nourish our community and cuts down on food insecurity.  To find out what programs are available at One22 Resource Center visit One22JH.org. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@one22jh)  This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram)  Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 191 – Leading Legendary Explorations with Jim Williams
May 26 2022
Episode 191 – Leading Legendary Explorations with Jim Williams
Jim Williams is an explorer, ski instructor, Exum Guide, business owner, and a record-setting climber. Jim is the founder of Exploradus, a travel exploration company, delivering rich experiences in extraordinary destinations.   In this episode, Jim shares what it was like growing up in California in the 60s. He talks about how his love of climbing led him to start teaching and guiding by the age of 13. Stephan and Jim discuss how his mother made a big impact on the trajectory of his life. Jim then dives into some of his incredible adventures, including skiing 900 miles in 50 days to the South Pole, guiding climbers up the Seven Summits of the world in less than one year, and successfully following Ernest Shackelton’s 1915 route through the Antarctic’s South Georgia Islands. Stephan and Jim also talk about his efforts to help clean up all the waste left behind on Mount Everest. Find out more about Exploradus and Jim at ( Exploradus.com) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Support also comes from The Jackson Hole Wine Club. Curating quality wine selections delivered to you each month. Enjoy delicious wines at amazing prices. More at ( JacksonHoleWineClub.com) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).
Episode 190 – Creating Public Art in Jackson Hole featuring Carrie Geraci
May 19 2022
Episode 190 – Creating Public Art in Jackson Hole featuring Carrie Geraci
Carrie Geraci is the Executive Director of Jackson Hole Public Art, Jackson’s only non-profit dedicated to commissioning public art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  In this episode, Carrie tells the story of how she made her way out to Jackson over 30 years ago. She goes into how she transitioned into the non-profit world when she became the founding director at the Center of Wonder. Carrie shares her love for art and the incredible talent Jackson has to offer. Stephan and Carrie then talk about some of the beautiful installations that Jackson Hole Public Art has helped create, such as the giant troll installation at R Park, Mama Mimi. Follow Jackson Hole Public Art on Instagram (@jhpublicart) Find out more about Jackson Hole Public Art at (JHPublicArt.org) This week’s episode is sponsored in part by Compass Real Estate, the region's largest and most dynamic real estate company in the valley. For more information and to view current listings visit (COMPASS.com) or at (@compassjacksonhole) Support also comes from Teton County Solid Waste and Recycling, announcing the new commercial Curb to Compost Program for restaurants and other commercial food waste generators. More at ( TetonCountyWY.gov) or at ( @RoadToZeroWaste.JH on Instagram) Want to be a guest on The Jackson Hole Connection? Email us at connect@thejacksonholeconnection.com. Marketing and editing support by ( Michael Moeri) ( (michaelmoeri.com), (@thatsamoeri)).