Apex Activated

Apex Activated

A show where we talk candidly about community issues, recreation, and being part of a bigger picture. We are the heart and soul of our community, an official gathering place for healthy activities with old friends and new ones. Our guests from around the country will talk about activating their community. We may throw in some pop culture and inspire you to get socially, emotionally, and physically involved with your people. Grab your hype team and join us as we coffee talk about all the things!

Episodes

April 19, 2024 52 mins

Vibe Check!

Meet Karen O'Donnell, Director of Parks and Recreation at the City of Wheatridge.

From the University of Ohio to New York to Colorado, our friend is park and recreation through and through.

Her heart screams community, travel (catch her in Bali), concerts (hello, Michael Franti), and puppies.

She is one in a million, and talking to her was a total vibe check that made our hearts happy!

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Join us for part one of a great talk with our friend and partner, Matt Robbins.

From Community Connections Director with Jefferson County Parks and Conservation, he brings great knowledge of the land, trails, volunteers, and how it all began!

Those are his nows, but we did not know that this amazing guy has a past, and he slid it into our talk, and boy, were we surprised, or shall we say speechless!

We also talk about the lottery ...

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Meet Rich Karlis.

Born in Ohio, growing up playing football, attending a college, and playing professionally was just a dream until he threw his name in the hat at Cincinnati and went for the goal!


This barefoot kicker has played for the Broncos, Vikings, and Lions and is a quiet force in his community!


From giving his time to Family Tree to help raise awareness for domestic violence to starting up a woodworking business ...

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From double-decker tacos to scrapbooking and a health journey, sit down with Fairmount First Grade Teacher Lindsey Zahrte and learn about her hype team of 22 little ones, why her warrior princesses are so important to her, and what women supporting women looks like!

Lindsey is the teacher we all knew and loved growing up. Her students are an extension of her family, and she loves every little one who has passed through her classroo...

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"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit."

To honor Black History Month, we sat down and got real with one of our newest members of Team Apex, Matt Austin.

From D1 football star in El Paso, Texas, to tackling the snow in Arvada, find out what obstacles our friend has faced and what drives this amazing teammate of ours!

Episode brought to you by @la.patisserie.francaise

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February 23, 2024 72 mins

Sit with us as we talk with the Executive Director of Visit Arvada, Jean Gordon. From a small-town girl who blew everyone out of the water with her swimming prowess to a college swimmer, she now leads the droves of visitors who come to our amazing Arvada.

Jean discusses what it takes to get people through the doors of our quaint boutiques, delicious restaurants, and fun festivals held here throughout the year.

She comes from grea...

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Apex Activated is feeling the love on this special Valentine’s Day episode with Adam Blackmore, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Open Space with the City of Louisville.

Listen as we chat with Adam about growing up in a small town in Missouri, how he came to Colorado, his important work to help his community rebuild, and a surprise twist with his fun parks and recreation love story.

This episode is very Leslie and Ben. (If you k...

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From lifeguarding in Milwaukee to having Mickey Mouse as a boss to speaking to some of the most influential leaders around the world, Tracy is making waves figuratively and has hit the waves in Hawaii once or twice.

Join us as we talk all things Park and Recreation, travel, and life with this certified professional coach.

Her stories and walk through life with leave you speechless, like when she delivered a baby on one of her man...

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You will want to get up and do all the things after meeting our next guest, Sandy Martin!

Executive Director of Community Table Sandy Martin joins us to discuss feeding our community, fundraising, writing grants, and starting Jeffco Head Start. I mean, how hard is it?  

Sandy's favorite part of serving is feeding the people in her community. Food feeds the stomach and soul, and no better person can lead the charge!

Community T...

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Get comfy and sit with us while we talk with Arvada City Councilwoman Lisa Feret and learn about homemade Italian goodies, baby Elizabeth, and Councilwoman Feret’s journey to Arvada.

Born in Connecticut, college at Colorado State University, enlisting in the Air Force at 17, and following her heart for politics and policy reform all led Lisa to become a City of Arvada Councilwoman, a member making waves in the Arvada community, and...

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Amanda Vandervort did not grow up playing soccer; she "played" ballet but has since taken to the soccer world and is making waves and changing lives.


From playing at the University of Wyoming to coaching at NYU to becoming the President of the USL Super League, Amanda is the voice for women's soccer and has the perfect heart for it!


Sit with us as we catch up with this fantastic woman and chat about all thin...

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Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities opened in 1976 to provide arts, humanities, education, and entertainment for everyone who walks through their doors.

It's a big undertaking, and with President and CEO Philip Sneed at the helm, they are in great hands!

Listen as we talk about Shakespearean Festivals, coming home, the groundbreaking productions, and fun family entertainment that comes when you visit this community stapl...

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Join us for a conversation with former Arvada Mayor Marc Williams. Learn about Mayor William's journey of leadership and community activism.

We might also chat about beaches and favorite travel spots and why he thinks everyone should listen more and talk less.

You won't want to miss this one!



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November 28, 2023 48 mins

Join us as we chat with Jeff Glenn, executive director of Apex Park and Recreation District.

Jeff grew up in Arvada, attended CU, raised a family, and joined the board of directors at Apex. So, how did he get to where he is now?

From seasonal colds, who his hype team is, Arvada football, what a typical Tuesday sounds like, and team culture, find out why Jeff was the right person at the right time for the job.

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November 27, 2023 22 secs
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