202 Magazine July 2012 (July 2012) - Page 29

/ 202 spotlight / who picked herself up from her situation, became a professor and wrote three books. It’s stories like that and others - such as a recent talk about the problem of sex trafficking in the United States - that stay with you, speak to you and leave you in awe of the survivors. Since its debut on Aug. 17, 2011, the show’s entire premise has been to teach people that no matter their circumstances – maybe an abusive situation, money problems or poor health there are services available that can help them make a change. “We are agents of change. It’s not about us, it’s about those people who are helped by what we do,” Eva says. “We want them all to know that they are not alone, and they can change their circumstances.” Indeed, Outreach Today’s lineup of topics delve into the depths of human emotion and struggle while offering real solutions and stories of real survivors. What the Future Brings Executive producer Eva Bowen knows the human condition. “People want to hear stories that speak to their heart, save them money, help them look better and show them how to give back to their community.” Outreach Today is giving people what they want and so much more. One thing is for sure, no matter the topic, what you will not hear on Outreach Today is arguing or political posturing. Eva explains, “Melissa and Diane might disagree with what a guest is saying and as they are neither yes women, they will let a guest know that they disagree, but never will they goad or create controversy.” There is definitely no tabloid talk on Outreach Today. Future topics include matters such as the popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L James, to be discussed for the program’s 50th show celebration on July 25. Besides discussing why those books are so compelling, the show also will feature Dr. Barry Sears, creator of the Zone Diet, to examine “raging hormones.” Fun topics like that as well as more serious discussions and community events have made Outreach Today a success. Former guest Nathan Jendrick, author of Gym-Free and Ripped: Weight-Free Workouts that Build and Sculpt, explains the show is so powerful because, “Melissa, Diane and Eva have done a wonderful job in creating something that not only provides entertainment, but also substance, a combination seemingly more difficult to find by the day.” The women of Outreach Today will achieve their ultimate goal of reaching a larger audience by taking the program visual on the VoiceAmericaonline television network VoiceAmerica.TV in 2012. Here’s a bit more about these inspirational women... Melissa Jenkins-Simon The Outreach Today host is also the founder and CEO of CI, Inc., a premier social service agency which counsels and provides educational services to children and families. Additionally, CI, Inc. operates shelters and transitional homes for children and women of domestic violence. Melissa, owner of a Master’s degree in public administration, is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers. Diane Stafford The Outreach Today co-host has put her father’s advice - “make your mark in the world” - to good use. Diane is the vice president of operations at CI, Inc. and has worked with the organization since its inception in 1997. Her focus is on program development, quality assurance, daily program operations and enhancing community awareness. She holds a Master’s in education with counseling emphasis and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Eva Bowen The Outreach Today executive producer is a successful broadcast journalist with more than 19 years experience in the industry. Eva has worked at ABC 15 with multi-award winning Sonoran Living Live and owns a Masters degree in mass communications. From efforts in social media, to blogging every chance she gets about the topics on the show, Eva works tirelessly toward the continued success of Outreach Today. Listen in and join the conversation at www.voiceamerica.com/show/1955/ outreach-today  202magazine.com / JULY 2012 / 202 MAGAZINE 29