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MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs

Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.
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Oct 30, 2023

MG Lamberton was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the University of KY. ROTC Program in 1986.

His 1st assignment was with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

During his time in the 82nd, he served as Mortar Platoon Leader, HHC, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, then Rifle Company Executive Officer, Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, & HHC, 1st Brigade Staff.

His assignments with the 82nd included Operation Golden Pheasant, Operation Just Cause & Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

After completing the Infantry Officer Advanced Course (IOAC), MG Lamberton served as a staff officer with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea continuing his time in the 506th as the Bravo Rifle Company Commander.

Following his time on Active Duty, he moved back to Louisville, KY, and pursued a successful career in finance while serving as a traditional guardsman with the Kentucky National Guard. After assignments during Operation Noble Eagle & Operation Iraqi Freedom, he transitioned to a full-time role with the Kentucky Army National Guard.

For the National Guard, he served in many positions from the 149th Brigade,35th Infantry Div., as Commander of 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry, 42nd Infantry Division, as Director of Military Support, as Director of HR, & as Director of Logistics.

After his 2009 completion of the Army War College, he returned to KY, serving in multiple State HQ positions, including Commander, 238th Regional Training Institute & the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Facility in Greenville, KY.

His time in the KY. Ntnl. Guard culminated in being appointed the 53rd Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of KY. by Gov. Andrew Beshear on December 10, 2019.

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky, & a Master in Strategic Studies from the U. S. Army War College.

He & his wife Karen, a retired nurse practitioner, are the proud parents to Claire, Philip, & 2 grandchildren (Celia & Forest).

Hal’s interests & focus are his family, especially the grandkids, reading & flying, and his & Karen’s participation in the community & military.

Oct 23, 2023

She is a nonprofit fundraising executive with > 20 years of experience & proven results. She currently serves as SR. VP/Chief Development & Marketing Officer for Hosparus Health-the largest nonprofit in Louisville, KY. Under her leadership, the organization completed a $29 million People of Compassion comprehensive campaign & throughout her career, Tawanda has raised over $200 million!

Most recently, Tawanda assumed leadership over the marketing department overseeing the Hosparus Health brand & strategic messaging. Before joining Hosparus, Tawanda served as Executive Director at the American Red Cross Bluegrass Chapter in Lexington, KY. These positions, combined with experiences at the University of KY, Norton Healthcare, CHI Saint Joseph, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, & Metro United Way, provide her with a wide range of nonprofit leadership & philanthropic expertise.

If that wasn’t enough, Tawanda earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Louisville & a Master’s in Business Communication from Spalding University. In addition to fundraising & marketing, she excels at strategic planning, public speaking, leadership development, board development & problem-solving. Past boards include Invol, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), Greater Louisville Inc, Leadership Louisville Center, Louisville Urban League, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Commerce Lexington, and Lexington Transit Authority.

Tawanda’s past recognition includes Distinguished Leader in Leadership Lexington & Top 40 under 40 awards. She is also a 2021 Graduate of Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows, & as of this MoxieTalk, she serves on TARC’s & Family Scholar House’s board. She lives in Louisville with her husband, Dr. Adarrell Owsley & 2  children, Raven & Ayden.

Oct 16, 2023

In the beginning, long before he was born. His parents were both devout fundamentalist Christians, & his maternal grandparents raised his Mother Methodist until they converted to fundamentalist Christianity & his paternal grandmother was a fundamentalist Christian & his grandpa eventually converted. Andrew’s parents met at Hyles Anderson College in the late 1980s; Hyles Anderson is known for being a strict fundamentalist school.

His Father studied to be a pastor & his mother was going to be an English teacher. They got married in the early 90s & were excited to have children but had difficulties & after contemplating adoption, they prayed about it until it finally happened! They had 3 boys & Andrew was the middle child. They interpreted the birth of their children as a prayer answered & dedicated their children to the God of Christianity. Homeschooling was popular among fundamentalist Christians because of the separation from the world, outside influences, & TOTAL control of their children’s lives.

Andrew grew up in the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement known as the IFB cult at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walkertown, NC, pastored by Bobby Robertson until 2018. Robertson was called “America’s Pastor,” & Gospel Light is one of the larger IFB churches in the U.S. It is known for its extensive bus ministry, bringing in thousands of kids every week.

Andrew idolized Robertson & acted like he was Jesus Christ. The most psychologically damaging was the hateful sermons on the LGBTQ+ community because Andrew is openly gay & growing up gay in fundamentalist Christianity is unacceptable because they are considered “perverts that go around raping people & hurting children.” Adding to this trauma was being a child sexual assault survivor and keeping this a secret; he felt shame for his assault & hearing how he deserved nothing good. Loving yourself is difficult when you feel like the closest to you find you unacceptable & he was extremely hurt that the people who cared for him denied him healthcare.

His trust in his parents eroded & was forever destroyed, & he read books constantly to expand his mind & get rid of “black-and-white thinking.”

Today, Andrew is an influencer to bring awareness to religious trauma, & has shared his story on many podcasts; & as of this filming, he works for 1 of the world’s top cult experts, Rachel Bernstein & helps her with her social media marketing, for her podcast “IndoctriNation.”

Andrew is on a mission to pursue psychology to become a therapist & eventually, a psychologist by researching religious trauma & helping present & future survivors of spiritual abuse!

Oct 10, 2023

BGM is a movement dedicated to increasing math confidence, awareness, enthusiasm, identity, fluency, & persistence in children. BGM’s flagship product is the Black Girl MATHgic Box, the first and only monthly subscription box designed to increase math confidence & decrease math anxiety in girls on a 3rd-8th grade math level. Black Girl MATHgic has been featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed, BEYONCE.com, Black Enterprise, and more.

Brittany is also a math tutor and former GED Math Instructor & received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College & her Master of Business Administration in Mrktg, Communication & Organizational Behavior from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon Univ. Brittany is a proud native of Detroit, where she lives with her husband & daughter.

Brittany Rhodes founded Black Girl MATHgic, a company focused on increasing math confidence and decreasing math anxiety among young Black girls. Black Girl MATHgic provides monthly subscription boxes to make math more relatable, understandable, and fun for its subscribers.

Here are some critical details about Brittany Rhodes and Black Girl MATHgic:

  1. Brittany Rhodes:
    • Background: Brittany has experience in engineering, having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. This foundational knowledge in a math-intensive field inspired her to create Black Girl MATHgic.
    • Motivation: Brittany recognized a lack of representation and resources specifically to boost math confidence among Black girls. She sought to address this gap with her personal experiences and background by creating a product that would resonate with young Black girls and their families.
  2. Black Girl MATHgic:
    • Subscription Box: The Black Girl MATHgic box is a monthly subscription service that delivers curated math lessons and activities. Each pack contains real-world math lessons, fun educational items, a profile of a Black woman mathematician, and more.
    • Objective: The company’s primary goal is to help Black girls build strong math identities and see the real-world applications of math. By presenting math in a fun and relatable way, the subscription boxes aim to reduce math anxiety and boost confidence.
    • Impact: Through her initiative, Brittany Rhodes seeks to make a positive impact on young Black girls’ perceptions of math, encouraging them to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields in the future.
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