What would you ask former Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter?

Ron Tschetter is the former director of the United States Peace Corps, having served under President George W. Bush from 2006-2008. He is only the third director in Peace Corps history to also hold the distinction of being a former Peace Corps volunteer. He credits his 2-year service working on community health planning in India with his wife Nancy in 1966 with changing his perspective and outlook on life—permanently.

In a conversation with Matt Ehlman, Ron will share how both Peace Corps experiences changed his life, and discuss leadership in volunteerism and how service can help improve the lives of others as well as the life of the volunteer.

Ron was confirmed as director of the Peace Corps in 2006. Under his leadership, the Peace Corps launched their “50-plus initiative.” This program aims to increase the participation of volunteers aged 50 and up. Ron believes that this segment of the population has wisdom and experience to bring to their volunteer efforts, as well as a passion to serve.

Today, we'd like to ask you: What would you want ask Ron Tschetter during Morning Fill Up? Submit your questions below, and know we'll do our best to include them as part of the discussion.

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What questions do you have for Thunder Valley founder Nick Tilsen?

We are honored to welcome Nick Tilsen, founding Executive Director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation to Morning Fill Up. Nick is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and has over 15 years of experience in working with non-profits and tribal nations on projects that have a social mission.

Nick founded the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to cultivate a new generation of American Indian leaders. He has played a vital role in creating a community development organization that is working with the local grassroots people and national organizations in the development of a sustainable regenerative community, that creates jobs, builds homes and creates new opportunity on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Today, we'd like to ask you: What would you want ask Nick Tilsen about creating systemic social change during Morning Fill Up? Submit your questions below, and know we'll do our best to include them as part of the discussion.

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What would you ask Dr. Heather Wilson?

We are honored to welcome back South Dakota School of Mines & Technology President Dr. Heather Wilson to Morning Fill Up on Wednesday, February 22 at 7am at The Garage.

Heather became president of the South Dakota School of Mines in 2013. In January 2017, she was nominated to be secretary of the Air Force. In a conversation with Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group, Heather will discuss her time in Rapid City, reflect on her experience at the School of Mines, and talk about what she looks forward to as she prepares for service in the President Donald J. Trump administration. 

Today, we'd like to ask you: What would you want ask Dr. Heather Wilson about our community during Morning Fill Up? Submit your questions below, and know we'll do our best to include them as part of the discussion.

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What questions do you have about the U.S. Census?

We are honored welcome Deirdre Dalpiaz-Bishop, U.S. Census Bureau Chief of Geography, to The Garage this Thursday at 7am for Morning Fill Up. For this month's public conversation, Deirdre and Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group will discuss the importance of an accurate account in culturally rich states like South Dakota, and how critical accurate data is to the federal government and to our everyday lives. Deirdre has worked with the Census Bureau for over 10 years; we are excited that she will be sharing her experience and insights with all of us.

Today, we'd like to ask you: What would you ask Deirdre Dalpiaz-Bishop during Morning Fill Up? Submit your questions below, and know we'll do our best to include them as part of the discussion.

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On hunger and homelessness in Rapid City

On hunger and homelessness in Rapid City

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is held each year in November. One week in November, Rapid City as well as many other cities dedicate a week to runaway youth awareness and prevention, a well as homelessness and hunger awareness. This is specific time set aside as an annual week of action where people can come together to draw attention to poverty in their communities.

What would you ask the superintendent?

On Thursday morning, we welcome Dr. Lori Simon, superintendent of Rapid City Area Schools, to The Garage for our monthly Morning Fill Up. We are looking forward to welcoming what just might be a record number of people for the public conversation between Lori and Matt Ehlman of The Numad Group.

This morning, we'd like to ask you: What would you ask Dr. Lori Simon during Morning Fill Up? Submit your questions below, and know we'll do our best to include them as part of the discussion.

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What's on your mind about politics and civility?

What's on your mind about politics and civility?

How do we cut through the rhetoric in this heated political season? We're not sure we'll find the answer, but we are excited to have a discussion about the current state of politics in America this Thursday when Gregory Lebel visits Rapid City for our August Morning Fill Up conversation.

Submit a question for us to ask Gregory during the public conversation on Thursday, August 18.

'tis the season for Season Brochures

In the theater industry, we often think of summertime as the slow time--the chance to close out the previous production season, put together the next season, and perhaps even take a vacation.

But let me tell you: Our off-Broadway and regional theater clients are more busy than ever before, making big plans for big seasons. I'm shoulder-deep in designing season brochures and direct mail pieces and emails and digital ads for a number of our super awesome arts clients.

And I'm pretty excited about what we're creating together.

Investigation in the RAP

Investigation in the RAP

It's Friday night, and at this point, I'm somewhere between Ohio and Massachusetts, a solid 33,000 feet in the air. I'm heading back home to Boston after am enjoyable, fun, and sure... I'll admit it... exhausting week in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Let's just say that I'm not used to 5 consecutive days of 5:30am alarms from the iPhone. That's a fact.

What would you ask Lisa McNulty at Morning Fill Up?

What would you ask Lisa McNulty at Morning Fill Up?

So... I gotta say.

I'm pretty excited to be heading to Rapid City this weekend (from my home in Boston where I live and work when not on the road) for this Tuesday's Morning Fill Up, featuring our special guest Lisa McNulty, producing artistic director of Off-Broadway's Women's Project Theater in New York City.

Lisa actually flew to South Dakota from the bright lights of NYC last week to explore the state for the first time. (You'll have to ask her about the hail storm she got caught in while hiking the Black Hills earlier this week.)

Art changes conversations

Art changes conversations

I had an opportunity last week to go to Chamberlain, SD to take part in the South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s 11th annual Homeless Summit.

The social issues theater group from Teen Up that I am a part of, Take Action, was performing a skit called Lost, about a homeless teen. I was also invited to take part in a panel discussion about ways our state can better support runaway and homeless youth. This was of course, the first panel I had ever taken part in. I was very nervous to be speaking in front of all of these important leaders in South Dakota.

Lessons in philanthropy

Lessons in philanthropy

Hi, I'm Lilly. This summer i have had the chance to do a lot of new things working as the assistant for The Numad Group. I plan to post a little on here about what I am learning.

About a month ago I received a really wonderful award for my community service. The most exciting part of the award was the opportunity to select a nonprofit organization to receive a $500.00 gift. I loved the idea of being able to make a difference in my community in a different form then I am used to. I am a teenager, and so I have never really had enough money to make what feels like an impactful contribution.

Musings in the rough air

I'm 39,000 (or so) feet in the air right now en route to BushCONNECT in Minneapolis. The flight has been pretty bumpy (not my favorite). But the chicken salad for lunch on the plane was actually amazing (for once!).

My colleagues and I are pretty darn excited for the next few days of conversations and connections with people all across the upper Midwest region who are doing good work to strengthen communities and make life just a bit better for all.

It has been a whirlwind few weeks for all of us, I think. There is great movement on a number of projects we are partnering on. In Boston, I've been shoulder deep designing season brochures and subscription collateral for a number of the Off-Broadway theaters in New York City that we work with. They will all be announcing their new seasons shortly (and let me tell you, there are some kick butt plays heading toward the Great White Way this fall).

What would you ask Jen Ford Reedy at #bushCON?

What would you ask Jen Ford Reedy at #bushCON?

We are pretty excited to kick off day 2 of bushCONNECT on Tuesday, May 10 with Morning Fill Up: The bushCON Edition. It is an honor to once again sit down with Jen Ford Reedy, president of The Bush Foundation, for the early morning Charlie Rose-style conversation.

In our Numad offices, we're brainstorming a bunch of questions to ask Jen during the 50-minute public interview at The Depot.

But today, we want to know what YOU want to talk about. So, please take a moment now to submit your questions for Jen. We'll do our best to integrate your questions into the conversation.

A Numad wedding

I'm en route back to Boston after a wonderful few days in the Quad Cities, primarily to celebrate Numad Patrick as he married his lovely wife Rachel at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport on Saturday. Kelly was able to fly in from Rapid City, and I came in from Boston.

Matt held down The Garage back in Rapid City because, while Kelly and I were sitting on the sidelines watching the wedding party "cut a rug" on the dance floor, Minneapolis-based indie rock group Bad Bad Hats were taking the stage as part of The Garage Concert Series we co-produce with Jason Alley at Jackalope

Don't miss Bad Bad Hats this Saturday at The Garage

Don't miss Bad Bad Hats this Saturday at The Garage

Tis true.

Numad isn't just a consulting firm. Matt, Kelly, Patrick and I have a lot of different interests. We love supporting other people's ideas. And we do what we can to offer opportunities for people to come together to enjoy life.

One of the fun things we've been able to do over the past year is work alongside Jason Alley of Jackalope Studios to partner on The Garage Concert Series, which transforms the historic coworking space in Downtown Rapid City into a super chill concert venue a few nights in the spring and fall.