Headlined Guests heard on BBS Radio Overview

Katie Vernon
Guest Occupation: Science Department Teacher, SPARK Talks Coordinator
Guest Biography:

Works at Brandon Hall School as:

Science Department Teacher

SPARK Talks Coordinator

Varsity Girls' Basketball Head Coach

Science Olympiad Coach

Guest Category: Kids & Family, Philosophy, Psychology
Anju Gattani
Guest Occupation: Fiction Author, Freelance Journalist, Former News Reporter, and Fiction Writing Instructor
Guest Biography:

Fiction author, international freelance journalist, blogger, and former news reporter, Anju Gattani grew up in Hong Kong under the influence of cultural tides from the east and west. Anju has also lived and been published in India, Australia, Singapore and USA in a variety of genres from fiction, feature, travel and news, to cover stories, interviews and perspective pieces. Her debut novel, ‘Duty and Desire, A Tale of Modern India’ was published in 2011. She is a member of several professional writing organizations, participated in numerous book events, and is a writing instructor.

Her curiosity about cultures, the traditions imprinting people’s values and the effect on their lives was the beginning of her journey. Anju observes how fixed impressions, predetermined mind-sets and habit-to-stereotype define people’s thinking patterns and behavior. With family and friends scattered across the globe, Anju questions why, despite leaps in technology and communication, meaning is still being lost in translation; her characters explore these concepts.

She is currently at work on her third novel in the Winds of Fire series and hopes her books will one day Bridge Cultures and Break Barriers.

Guest Category: Literature, Earth & Space, Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Psychology, Spiritual
Jerry Catalano
Guest Occupation: CPA
Guest Biography:

Jerry Catalano, President, has been representing musicians and recording artists for over 25 years and has extensive expertise in the complexities of royalty accounting, tour accounting and tax compliance. Jerry is a frequent instructor on accounting for the entertainment industry. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountant, National Academy of Record Arts and Sciences, and the American Association of Composers and Publishers.

Jerry is also a vocalist and plays the 12 String Guitar with the band, The Fource.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Music
Jeffrey M Smith, Internation Expert on GMO, to Be on The Holistic Health Show
Guest Occupation: Author. Lecturer, Researcher on GMO's
Guest Biography:

Jeffrey Smith is an international bestselling author, award winning filmmaker, Executive Director of the Institute of Responsible Technology, and the leading spokesperson  on the health dangers of GMO’s.

The most recognized consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith’s meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation’s top food safety priority.

In 2012 Smith’s feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide). Described as a “life-changer” and seen by millions worldwide, the film links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced.

His books include: Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating, the world’s bestseller on GMOs, and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, the authoritative work on GMO health dangers.

A dynamic keynote speaker, Mr. Smith has lectured in more than 40 countries, counseled leaders from every continent, and has been quoted by thousands of news outlets including: The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC World Service, The Times (London), the Associated Press, Reuters News Service, the LA Times, Time Magazine and the New Scientist. He appears frequently on radio and television on shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Doctors, CBS News, Fox News, CNBC, NPR and Democracy Now.

Mr. Smith is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), the most comprehensive source of GMO health risk information for consumers, policy makers, and healthcare professionals. IRT’s educational programs are driving the tipping point of consumer rejection against GMOs, which is already starting to push genetically engineered ingredients out of the market in the US.

Mr. Smith resides in California and Iowa— surrounded by genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Guest Category: Education, Health & Lifestyle, History, Medicine, Politics & Government, Science
Ben and Jen Rode
Guest Occupation: Life Coaches, Sexual Healing Counselors, Public Speakers, Self Sustainable Living Consultants
Guest Biography:

Ben and Jen Rode are the visionary co-founders of The Rode Institute, an educational center for the advancement of spiritual partnerships, sexuality, and spirituality. Ben and Jen are motivational speakers, leading relationship experts, and cutting edge spiritual teachers. Ben and Jen are internationally renowned transformational leaders and the creators of Explosive Sexual Healing. Ben and Jen have revolutionized sexual healing and redefined spiritual partnership for the modern age by bringing sexuality out of the shadows and into the light of the mainstream. Ben and Jen have been featured alongside Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, the Dalai Lama, and Desmond Tutu in the upcoming Shift Movie. Explosive Sexual Healing has been covered by salon.com, Huffington Post, Sirius FM, The Young Turks, Private Matters TV, Elephant Journal, and has been blasted by Bill O’Reilly. Ben and Jen’s passionate mission is to unite spiritual co-creative partnerships for the advancement of humanity.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Paranormal, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Sex, Spiritual, Theory & Conspiracy
Guest Occupation: Coach, Mentor, Author, Musician, Inspiration, Health and Nutrition
Guest Biography:

Joe Vitale, globally famous author, speaker, musician and healer, is an authentic practitioner of modern Ho'oponopono. He is also a certified Reiki healer, certified Chi Kung practitioner, certified clinical hypnotherapist, certified NLP practitioner, ordained minister, and holds a doctorate in metaphysical science. The author of the international bestsellers The Attractor Factor, Life's Missing Instruction Manual, Attract Money Now, Faith, among many others, Vitale was featured in blockbuster film “The Secret.” Most recently, songs from six of his “healing music” CDs were recognized and nominated for the Posi Award, regarded as “The Grammys of Positive Music.” Vitale is considered today’s most powerful leader and coach on how we can achieve miracles everyday. Joe has been on the following TV shows: Larry King Live, Donny Deutsch's “The Big Idea,” CNN, CNBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News: Fox & Friends and Extra TV. He's also been featured in The New York Times and Newsweek.  He created a Miracles Coaching® program and helps people achieve their dreams by understanding the deeper aspects of the law of attraction and the law of right action. This man was once homeless but today is a bestselling author who believes in magic and miracles.

Guest Category: Arts, Business, Health & Lifestyle, Music, Philosophy, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual
C.R. Gibbs
Guest Occupation: Author, Lecturer & Historian of the African Diaspora
Guest Biography:

Mr. C.R. Gibbs is an internationally noted lecturer, exhibitor of historical information and artifacts, and historian of the African presence worldwide. He is the author/co-author of several books. He is the founder of the African History and Culture Lecture Series which, for nearly two decades,has regularly brought respected experts to lecture at public forums in the Washington,D.C.- Baltimore area. He has served as an assistant tecnical adviser to the Francis Thompson Company on a film entitled "American Years" and as a consultant to the DC Public School System, Georgetown University, Maryland Public Television, and the Smithsonian Institution.

He researched, wrote, and narrated "Sketches in Color," a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series "The Civil War," for the Howard University TV station. He has appeared on BET, C-Span, and The History Channel and is a D.C. Community Humanities Council Scholar.

Mr. Gibbs is also an honorary paramount chief of the Vai people of Liberia, West Africa. Mr. Gibbs returned recently from leading 26 preople on a transcontinental crossing of Africa, from South to North. The nearly 5,000 mile journey included study stops in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Egypt.

The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture features Mr. Gibbs among its scholars at the  museum's Online Academy.


- Justice Denied: The Roots of the Reparations Movement.

- White Slaves in Africa: The Untold Story.

- Africa's Gifts To America.

- Journey To Justice:The Continuing Political Battle for Equality & Opportunity in America.

- Black America, Africa, & World War II.

- Afro-Latinos: The Hidden Legacy.

Guest Category: Education, History, Politics & Government, Variety
Barbara Nevergold
Guest Occupation: At Large Member of the Buffalo Board of Education
Guest Biography:

Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold is an At Large Member of the Buffalo Board of Education.

A native of Louisiana, Ms. Seals Nevergold moved to the East side of Buffalo in 1947 with her parents, the late Clara Ellis Seals and Rev. Willie B. Seals, seven brothers and sister. She is a graduate of the Buffalo Public Schools and Buffalo State College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in French Education. She is also an alumnus of the University at Buffalo with Masters of Education degrees in French Education and Counseling Education. In 1986 she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at UB in Counseling Education. Dr. Seals Nevergold also studied French at Laval University in Quebec, Canada and at the University of Dijon in Dijon, France.

Dr. Seals Nevergold began her career as a French teacher in the Buffalo School System. She also worked as a guidance counselor in the system. Subsequent positions have included: Executive Director of Niagara Frontier Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Inc.; Vice President for Children's Services at Friendship House of Western New York, Inc.; CEO of Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County, Inc.; and Regional Director for Berkshire Farm Center. Dr. Seals Nevergold was, until recently, the Director of Student Support Services at the University of Buffalo's Educational Opportunity Center. She has also held adjunct instructional positions at Empire State College and the University at Buffalo. Beginning in the Fall of 2006, Dr. Nevergold and fellow co-founder, Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, of the Uncrowned Queens Institute began working full-time on the establishment of the Uncrowned Queens Center for Excellence at the University at Buffalo.

The Uncrowned Queens Center for Excellence will enhance the work of the Institute by giving it a home and supporting the extension of the numerous programs developed and implemented by the Institute. The Uncrowned Queens Institute, founded in 1999 by Drs. Seals Nevergold and Brooks-Bertram, strives to promote the collection and dissemination of the individual histories of women, women's organizations and women's collective history; and to teach and educate women on the use of technology to preserve and disseminate their histories.

Dr. Seals Nevergold is an educator, administrator, community and political activist. She has been a vocal advocate for parental involvement in the public schools. In 1989, she also co-founded, with Dr. Brooks-Bertram, Concerned Parents and Citizens for Quality Education, Inc. CPCQE was credited with increasing public awareness of educational issues and organizing parents as effective advocates. In addition, she served on a number of committees and task forces established by the Buffalo Board of Education. An unsuccessful run for school board in 1993 was nonetheless successful in demonstrating the importance of parental involvement in local school politics.

Dr. Seals Nevergold has served in leadership roles on numerous local and national boards. She serves on the boards of Graycliff Conservancy, Buffalo Psychiatric Center and the Afro American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc. Previous board memberships have included the Studio Arena Theatre, Heritage Centers, Buffalo General Hospital, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Kaleida Health Trustee Steering Committee, Gethsemane Manor Senior Citizen Home, St. John Christian Academy, Columbus Hospital, the YWCA of Buffalo and Erie County, the Buffalo Rotary Club, the Western New York Council for African Relief, and the Buffalo Alliance for Education.

She is the author of: “From Pan Am Protests to the Niagara Movement: the Buffalo Connection (2005); “Fantastic Color & Special Effects: The Seals Ebony Studio” in Western New York Heritage Magazine (Spring, 2002); “To Be an Instrument for Their Voices: Finding, Writing and Sharing Family Histories” in Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, (July 2001); and “Transracial Adoption: In the Child's Best Interest?” in African America Women's Health and Social Issues, Catherine F. Collins (editor). Drs. Seals Nevergold and Brooks-Bertram have co-authored Uncrowned Queens: African American Community Builders of Western New York, Vol. 1 (2002), Vol. 2 (2003) and Vol. 3 (2005). A family historian, Dr. Seals Nevergold is currently writing a family history of her maternal family. She has also given numerous presentations and workshops at conferences.

Dr. Seals Nevergold has received numerous awards including: the Williams Wells Brown Award in recognition of her efforts to preserve local African American history; the UB Star Award 2001 for outstanding work on the Pan-American Exposition centennial celebration; the Excellence in Education Award from Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; the Community Service Award from the Mary B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Club; the Community Service Awards from the Community Action Organization and the Bufffalo Chapter NAACP (2006). She and Dr. Brooks-Bertram were also recipients of the Brotherhood-Sisterhood Award for Education from the National Conference for Community and Justice (2005) and the Keeper of the Flame Award from the National Women’s Hall of Fame (2006).

Dr. Seals Nevergold has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter, Inc. since 1987. She has served the Sorority in several capacities, including many years as Ivy Leaf Reporter. In addition, she is a member of the Erie County Chapter of the Links, Inc. She has served on the Christian Education Ministry and is active in other activities at her church, St. John Baptist Church. Dr. Seals Nevergold is married to Paul R. Nevergold and they have two adult children, Alanna Elizabeth Nevergold Marrow and Kyle Robert and two grandchildren, Naia Ellison Reese Marrow and Cameron Josef Nevergold.

Guest Category: Education
Kara Johnstad
Guest Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, visionary
Guest Biography:

Kara Johnstad, is a 'Voice Visionary' – a singer-songwriter and "Mentor To Voices Changing Our World".

Kara grew up as a songwriter in Berlin Germany. As a highly sensitive and creative individual, her extraordinary gifts shaped her life as an artist and mentor for thousands of voices.

In this interview on Cosmic LOVE, Kara and I will discuss the voice in all its power, wisdom and love – the carrier of frequencies and encoded thoughtforms behind the science of epigenetics which has proven that our DNA is reprogrammable by frequencies and words.

At the beginning of the show, when you hear Kara’s voice in her song ‘Message of Hope’, you’ll know that Kara has exceptional ‘heart coherence’ – a connection with Source that conveys co-Creation through sound.

For more on heart coherence, see www.heartcom.org/HeartSource.htm

The “voice vortex” (torus energies) of the throat is used not only to access higher frequencies but also embody the universal light language of Cosmic LOVE.

The throat chakra of truth and communication holds many secrets. It is the portal – a gateway to many dimensions beyond 3D. Is it the heart that we seek, or to find our heart’s voice in our vocation or soul calling or both?

Join Kara on April 21st at the Awaken Magic Summit and discover how to align your self to your true calling by tuning your voice, raising your frequency and tapping into a magical field of creative abundance success.

More on this free online summit at: http://awakenmagic.com/

See Kara’s homepage at: www.karajohnstad.com, and Kara’s Voice Trainings at: http://www.VoiceYourEssence.com

Welcome Kara Johnstad to Cosmic LOVE with your Presence!

Guest Category: Arts, Music, Physics & Metaphysics, Self Help, Spiritual
Coach Thais
Guest Occupation: Leadership Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Speaker and Writer
Guest Biography:

Thais knows firsthand what it’s like to have a dissatisfying relationship with her life.   After struggling for years with emotional eating, anxiety and several identity crises, she found the key to happiness - worthiness, and set out to support other women embody their spiritual journey and truly be the change. Thais currently works with clients through private coaching, mastermind groups, retreats, workshops and speaking opportunities.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Self Help, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: Intuitive and Psychotherapist
Guest Biography:

Banu Sekendur, MA is an intuitive and a psychotherapist turned relationship coach. Her purpose is to help people grow personally and spiritually through the complexities of their relationships.

Guest Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Spiritual
Seth Maxwell
Guest Occupation: Son, Friend, Entrepreneur, Activist, Producer, Actor, Speaker, and Founder & CEO of The Thirst Project
Guest Biography:


Seth’s life is busy and full- just the way he likes it! Like most 20-somethings, Seth wears many hats: Son, Friend, Entrepreneur, Activist, Producer, Actor and Speaker. Seth is the Founder & CEO of The Thirst Project, a creative and diverse non-profit organization located in the heart of Los Angeles. The Thirst Project has made a bold commitment to ending the clean water crisis.

Seth is a storyteller at heart, and has spoken internationally at over 300 schools, countless churches, and numerous conferences, including the TEDx Hollywood Youth Conference, the Nexus Global Youth Summit, the Master’s of Science in Communication Commencement Ceremony for Northwestern University, Envision’s Global Youth Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., and meeting with Obama Administration Officials at the White House to discuss how to activate Millennials for social justice and social change. Seth serves the United States Department of State as a member of their U.S. Speaker Program for International Programs representing the United States as a leader in his fields at events and conferences abroad. Seth challenges people to fulfill their true purpose in life & become an engaged and socially-conscious human being. He also is passionate about providing relief for those impacted by the clean water crisis, HIV/AIDS pandemic, feeding the hungry and providing support for the millions of orphans and widows in our world today. Additionally, Seth serves on the Board of Directors for Heartland Film, a national arts organization based in Indianapolis and the Board of Directors for the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.

With his inspiring and humorous style, Seth challenges your thinking and touches your heart. He has traveled internationally speaking to audiences about The Clean Water Crisis, Courageous Leadership, The Power of Youth, and Living an Adventurous & Extraordinary Life. Seth has appeared in numerous professional stage productions, television shows and films, and currently is one of the activists/personalities who Hosts USA Networks’ cause-based millennial news show “AsipreIst.” Seth was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30″ in 2014, and has been honored with the Vh1 Do Something Award, and the Charles Jellinger Humanitarian in Entertainment Award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Seth currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, Plant & Animals, Health & Lifestyle, Philosophy, Science, Self Help, Spiritual, Travel & Leisure, TV & Film
Maya Fiennes
Guest Occupation: Kundalini Yoga Practitioner, Singer
Guest Biography:


Maya Fiennes may be better known in the yogi and holistic health arena but her music has penetrated beyond the yoga mat. Macedonian born Maya has combined her talents as a successful classical pianist and performer with her upbeat personality to create a unique sound that lays a heavy hand on the Kundalini yoga she has been practicing for 20 years. Her music has always been tempered by the unfolding tragedies he Balkan homeland, influencing the natural optimism and exuberance of her songs with hints of darkness and melancholy.

Love Now – the new single from her forthcoming album ‘SHIFT” – has Maya’s vulnerable vocals sing the mantra Sat Siri Siri Akal, which sits perfectly on the uplifting and stirring instrumental bed co-written with LA based composer Danny Cocke. As with every track on the album, ‘Love Now’ has been written to a specific frequency. 528hz. The Love Frequency. Once could say it is perfectly timed as this mantra – also known as the ‘Aquarian Mantra’ – is said to impart deep sense of peace to the chanter or singer. It brings courage and victory. This is something that should resonant strongly during these chaotic times.

“This is the point where ambient, dance, world and classical music all meet, at the crossroads of quiet dignity and power….” [Q Music]

Guest Category: Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Self Help, Spiritual
Marla Martenson
Guest Occupation: Matchmaker, certified life force energy healer, Reiki practitioner, crystal healer, author, speaker & sometimes actress
Guest Biography:

I’m a real life Cupid.

Yep, I shoot my arrow of love on a daily basis, scouring the globe for soulmates. I’ve been a professional matchmaker for 15 years helping countless couples connect with their true love and go on to marriage.

My confession is that my years of working with singles has brought me to the realization that if we aren’t madly in love with ourselves and absolutely love our own life, it doesn’t matter if Prince Charming rides  into your neighborhood, he is going to gallop right on by your house.

You see, when you KNOW that you are worthy, special, unique and fan-freaking-tabulous and you leap out of bed each morning because life is so darn fun, your energy will radiate out into the universe and opportunities will unfold in front of you like a magic red carpet.

I’m here to help remind you of your worth, your passion and your divine spark!

I love being me and I believe that YOU are special, beautiful, with gifts to share, and have a perfect soul mate that you will connect with once you embrace your uniqueness and love yourself.

Finding your inner kid will help you bring the joy back into your daily life. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to let age dull my sizzle and zazzle.

I’m a Gemini, so there are not one, but two wacky redheads residing in this space, and even with two of us, there are not enough hours in the day to do all of the things that grab my attention. I have so many interests, that my husband Adolfo has asked me on several occasions, “Marlita, do you want to go to the moon too?”

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Energy Healing, Love & Relationships, Relationship Counseling, Philosophy, Self Help, Spiritual, TV & Film
JANE DEL PIERO: Renowned Healer
Guest Occupation: Medicine Woman, Modern Day Shaman, Dream Accelerator, Healer, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Sound healer, Ascension facilitator and Transformational Guide
Guest Biography:

Jane Del Piero is a Medicine Woman, Modern Day Shaman, Dream Accelerator, Healer, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Sound healer, Ascension facilitator and Transformational Guide. Her clients are worldwide, and her healing services have been employed also by bands including the Dead, Robert Randolph, Dave Mathews, Government Mule, The Black Crows.  Jane did healing work for six months for Quenten Tarenteno on The Hateful Eight movie.  Her company LuvLight, offers healing services including: acupuncture, massage, acutonics (sound healing), gong baths, herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, reflexology, shamanic services, retreats, workshops and personal training services. LuvLight’s website includes an on-line store for herbs, sacred essential oils, textiles and Goddess adornment for body and home. Jane also offers sacred services, empowerment rituals, and distance healing around the world.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Medicine, Paranormal, Physics & Metaphysics, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual
Guest Occupation: a Kiwi
Guest Biography:

Bianca Jensen is from New Zealand – she is a Kiwi!  She moved to the United States about one year ago. Bianca studied geology and sociology at university, and worked in emergency management for two years after university.  As a child, she grew up in Hawk’s Bay, later living in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand.  Bianca also has experience in organizing conferences.  In her travels and moving to the US, she notices subtle differences between our two cultures, and is delighted to share her experiences at living and working outside of her home country. 

Guest Category: Business, Kids & Family, News, Travel & Leisure
Guest Occupation: Entrepreneur, Coach for Coaches
Guest Biography:

Marc Mawhinney is on a mission to help coaches build stronger businesses!  He has a passion for entrepreneurship, having started a number of businesses in his life and growing one to 100 employees. 

After becoming a coach, he saw the struggles that coaches face while trying to build a successful business, and decided to do something about it!  He launched “Natural Born Coaches”, a daily podcast where he interviews successful coaches to share their advice with listeners, and he has created a number of innovative programs to help coaches get more clients and less stress, including his 6 week “Seize Your Niche” program!

Guest Category: Personal Development, Self Help, Inspirational, Motivational
Guest Occupation: Natural Sales Manager Crown Prince Incorporated
Guest Biography:

With 17 years in the business Andrea is an expert on seafood sustainability.

Email at andrea@crownprince.com


Scott Wolter
Guest Occupation: Forensic geologist
Guest Biography:

While working his “day job” as a world-renowned forensic geologist and the president of the Minnesota-based American Petrographic Services, Scott Wolter began developing a new science called archaeopetrography–a scientific process used to date and understand the origins of mysterious stone artifacts and sites. The first artifact Scott studied using this new science was the Kensington Rune Stone, which he believes is an authentic, pre-Columbian land claim carved here in America by none other than the Knights Templar. The Kensington Rune Stone was the subject of a documentary special called Holy Grail in America that aired on HISTORY in 2009. Now, in America Unearthed on H2, Scott has the chance to use forensic geology and archaeopetrography to explore many other untold stories in American history, changing everything we think we know about our past.

Guest Category: Earth & Space, History, Science, TV & Film
Kevin Hines
Guest Occupation: Award-winning international speaker, author, and mental health advocate
Guest Biography:

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable structures to define a modern city. Yet, for author Kevin Hines the bridge is not merely a marker of a place or a time. Instead, the bridge marks the beginning of his remarkable story. On September 24, 2000, Kevin Hines was 19 years old, paranoid, and hallucinating when he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Throwing himself headfirst over the bridge railing, he fell 220 feet into San Francisco Bay. During the fall, his body rotated so that when Hines hit the water he landed in a sitting position, taking the impact in his legs and up through his back. Three of his vertebrae were shattered, lacerating his lower internal organs. A United States Coast Guard vessel rescued him, and he was transported to a hospital in San Francisco where he received emergency surgery.

Following further, experimental surgery, any physical evidence of his experience is almost non-existent, and Hines has full mobility. Regarding his thoughts after the jump, Hines stated, “There was a millisecond of free fall. In that instant, I thought, what have I just done? I don’t want to die. God, please save me.”

Following his suicide attempt, Hines received some notoriety as a survivor, appearing in a documentary film, The Bridge (2006) and being interviewed on CNN by Larry King. Additionally, he wrote a book about his experience before and after his suicide attempt, 'Cracked, Not Broken', and became a mental health advocate as well as a proponent for a bridge suicide barrier or net to prevent such incidents.

In his book 'Cracked,Not Broken' Hines presents a vivid and moving memoir of how he descended into mental breakdown, fought to overcome demons, and made it his 'life’s work to educate people all over this great country, and around the globe, to prevent suicide and understand mental illness. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author’s desire to live mentally well– and to be a mental health advocate– pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.

Hines nearly became one of the more than 2,000 people who have jumped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge since it was built in 1937. Fortunately, however, Hines become part of a much better statistic: he is the 26th person known to have survived the 220-foot fall.

His film “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a feature length documentary film and MOVEMENT, currently in production, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive.

Guest Category: Health & Lifestyle, Kids & Family, Psychology, Self Help, Spiritual, Variety