Kids (#30)

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Dr. Jeannette Andonian, Professor of Human Behavior and Social Work at the University of Southern Maine, inspirational long-distance runner, Zoe Romano, and Tony Myatt of the Boys and Girls Club Patriot's Day Race join us to discuss ways that parents can positively impact their children. Want to know how to raise a resilient kid? Listen in!

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Our first featured guest is Dr. Jeannette Andonian. Dr. Andonian joined the faculty at USM in the Dr. Jeanette Andonianfall of 2001. She received her MSW from Simmons College in 1987 and her PhD at Tulane University in 2001. Dr. Andonian comes to academic social work from years of social work practice both in Boston and in New Orleans. Her practice background includes clinical, supervisory, and administrative work in mental health, medical, and social service settings, and she was in private practice for a number of years. Currently, Dr. Andonian teaches courses in both the MSW and BSW programs at USM in the areas of human behavior, social work practice and field.

Her research has been in the area of children's mental health services with a particular interest in qualitative and quantitative methodologies that support partnerships with consumers in research processes. Dr. Andonian was recently featured in the April issue of Maine Magazine.

Interested in learning more about resilience. Dr. Andonian recommends:

1. Journeys from Childhood to mid-life: Risk, Resilience and Recovery, By Emmy Werner & Ruth Smith
2. Overcoming the odds, By Emmy Werner & Ruth Smith (this is from 1992 and provides details of that longitudinal Kauai study)
3. Resiliency: What We Have Learned, By Bonnie Bernard (very accessible read--not as academic as others noted)
4. Resiliency & Vulnerability: Adaptation in the Context of Childhood Adversities, By Suniya Luthar.


Our second featured guest is Zoe Romano. Zoe is a native of Portland who recently completed a Zoe Romano 3000 mile run across the USA to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs. She ran through 9 states, visited over 20 clubhouses, stayed with over 70 hosts, and has raised approximately $17,000 for the Clubs, locally and nationally. Upon completion of the run in Charleston, SC last May, Zoe became the first female to ever complete a solo, unsupported transcontinental run.


Our Give Back guest is Tony Myatt, Director of the Patriot's Day Boys and Girls Club Race--the oldest road race in Maine. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Association projects.

For those interested in running:

  • The first 500 entrants in the 5-mile race receive a t-shirt.
  • All registrants 18 and under receive a YEAR LONG Membership to the Boys and Girls Club.
  • All registrants receive a Portland Sea Dogs general admission ticket to a 2012 game.
  • FREE PIZZA by Papa John’s of Portland to all runners after the race.

Race Day Registration and Final Packet Pickup begins at 9 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club. Free kids’ run begins at 11 a.m., and the 5-miler starts at noon.

Cash awards will be given to to the top three men and women overall, and awards go to first-and second-place finishers in the following categories: 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79, 80+, 1st Boys & Girls Club member, 1st Alumni Association member.

First and Second Running Clubs, Corporate Teams, Fire Departments, Police Departments, Wheelchair Athletes.

Trophies go to the top two in these age groups: 12 & Under, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18.

Refreshments and water at the end of the race for runners.

Andy Schachat of Dover, New Hampshire will be the voice of the race. 
Join us next Sunday, April 15th at 11 am for the next Dr. Lisa Radio Hour & Podcast on WLOB radio Portland 1310 AM/streaming online. Our topic will be "Creativity" and guests will include Mark Bessire of the Portland Museum of Art, Willa Wirth, Silver Designer and Jean McGinnis of the Maine Center for Creativity.


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