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PODCAST: Welcome Home with Ben Killoy | THE INTERVIEW ROOM | Episode 008

Welcome to THE INTERVIEW ROOM | Episode 008 | Welcome Home

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Meet this Weeks Guest: Ben Killoy


Ben Killoy

Founder, Military Veteran Dad

Ben Killoy, is a U.S. Marine Veteran turned blogger, life coach, speaker, and now podcaster who seeks to bring Military Veteran Dads home to their families. He resides in Milton, WI, with his wife and three beautiful kids!

Ben, went through what most transitioning veterans go through of redefining identity and rediscovering your passion and purpose for life. A seminar changed it all for him, and realigned him to his passion for leadership. Since then he has been on a mission to master leadership principles & use his passion for leadership to help dads understand who they are, develop the skills to overcome adversity, and own their life and choices truly come home to their life.

Show Notes from This Episode

The Interview Room releases weekly. In here, I interview leaders from all walks of life highlighting strong and meaningful conversations that provide insight, guidance, and encouragement for the listener. 

In this episode, I sit down with Ben Killoy the Founder of the Military Veteran Dad:

  • We discuss his favorite cup of coffee and favorite quiet moment. 
  • We discuss transitioning from military to civilian life. 
  • We have a conversation about not saying, “Thank you for your service” but rather, “Welcome Home.” 
  • We talk about PTSD and the buzz word, “Mental Health” and how there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. 
  • We have a candid conversation about how our opportunity to “change the world” is found in time with our kids. 
  • And finally we discuss, “Leaving a dent in the universe” and the power of legacy.

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PODCAST: Making First Responders Whole Again with Vanessa Kennedy | THE INTERVIEW ROOM | Episode 007

Welcome to THE INTERVIEW ROOM | Episode 007 | Making First Responders Whole Again

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Meet this Weeks Guest: Vanessa Kennedy


Vanessa Kennedy Founder, Code-1 Wellness

I began my career in the medical field at the age of 18, working in various medical facilities. In 2009, I attended and graduated from the Police Academy and started working as a law enforcement officer for 10 years. I am still an active officer today. Since the beginning of my career, I have been deeply interested in CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training and officer wellness. I have always had a deep interest in mental health. This passion for officer wellness has allowed me put a lot of hard work into creating Code 1 Wellness. The organization was founded to aid first responders in the areas of mental health and wellness as a way to help our public servants. The operations of Code 1 Wellness are rapidly growing within the greater Kansas City communities. I believe that we are here to protect those who protect others.

Code 1 Wellness was launched in May, 2018 and that dream became reality. Since then, the amount of heartfelt response from sincere individuals has been overwhelming, resulting in greatly needed support for our organization. Passionate about mental health, wellness, and our public servants, I have a strong desire for knowledge and will continue to exceed the expectations of my peers. As a member of Code 1 Wellness, it will be my privilege to stay at the cutting edge of mental health, in both terms of wellness and in support of our public servants.

Show Notes from This Episode

The Interview Room releases weekly. In here, I interview leaders from all walks of life highlighting strong and meaningful conversations that provide insight, guidance, and encouragement for the listener. 

In this episode, I sit down with Vanessa Kennedy the Founder of Code-1 Wellness:

  • We discuss a variety of topics from her favorite cup of coffee to her experience in law enforcement. 
  • Vanessa shares her thoughts on challenges for women in law enforcement. 
  • We discuss the importance of mental health training and the pitfalls of peer to peer support groups at an officer’s agency. 
  • We talked about the mission of Code-1 Wellness to “Protect those who Protect Others.” 
  • Vanessa shares the vision of Code-1 Wellness and what the future may hold for this organization. 

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On The Blue Line was founded and is operated by active-duty law enforcement to fulfill the mission of providing guidance, resources and community for law enforcement officers, first responders, and military personal in their off-duty lives.

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PODCAST: A Story of Hope | The Interview Room | 006

Welcome to THE INTERVIEW ROOM | Episode 006 | A Story of Hope

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Meet this Weeks Guest: Jonathan Hickory


Jonathan Hickory Author, Break Every Chain

Jonathan Hickory is a Master Police Officer in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his 16 plus years of police experience, Jonathan has mentored and instructed other officers in police driving methods and as a Field Training Officer. Jonathan spent seven years investigating the reconstruction of fatal vehicle crash sites and three years as a motorcycle officer.  Jonathan proudly serves as a member of the Police Department’s Peer Support Team providing Critical Incident Stress Management support to fellow officers.  He also leads a Life Safety team with The Point Church in Charlottesville and the local chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. Jonathan has been married to his wife Stacy for over 15 years and has two beloved children.

     As a veteran officer, Jonathan has worked the streets, facing the darkest moments of humanity. After battling alcoholism and PTSD related depression for years, he found himself in the middle of the ultimate battle of good versus evil; the battle for his soul, considering suicide. After allowing the enemy to destroy his life and his family for so long, Jonathan cried out for the help from the only One who could save him. 

     Turning to God has given Jonathan a new light in the perpetual darkness. As an author and speaker, Jonathan now helps others who are struggling with the difficulty of surviving this fallen world. Jonathan continues to speak life into others as he shares the power of what God can do.

Show Notes from This Episode

The Interview Room releases weekly. In here, I interview leaders from all walks of life highlighting strong and meaningful conversations that provide insight, guidance, warnings, and encouragement for the listener. 

In this episode, I sit down with Jonathan Hickory the author of Break Every Chain:

  • Jonathan shares his story which is captured in his book, Break Every Chain. Jonathan has over 16 years of law enforcement experience and shares with us stories of personal struggle, loss, darkness and having no faith and no hope. However, these are not the end, rather the beginning of the greater story which is one of forgiveness, restoration, and hope.

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On The Blue Line was founded and is operated by active-duty law enforcement to fulfill the mission of providing guidance, resources and community for law enforcement officers, first responders, and military personal in their off-duty lives.

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PODCAST: Creating Better Leaders | THE INTERVIEW ROOM | 005

Welcome to THE INTERVIEW ROOM | Episode 005 | Creating Better Leaders

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Meet this Weeks Guest: Otis McGregor


Otis W. McGregor III, CPD, CPC

LTC, Special Forces, US Army, Retired

Otis retired from the Army in 2009 as a Green Beret Lieutenant Colonel following 25 years of service. Since retirement, Otis has been the Business Development Director and Manager for several companies ranging in size from very small to very large corporations. He founded LTO Enterprises in 2010, as a consulting firm focused on business development. In 2017, Otis pivoted LTO to create better leaders of high performing teams and performance coaching for business leaders and athletes. Otis is also a Certified Project Trainer. He is currently CEO & Head Coach of LTO Enterprises. He has 3 grown children and lives with his wife in Colorado. 

Show Notes from This Episode

The Interview Room releases weekly. In here, I interview leaders from all walks of life highlighting strong and meaningful conversations that provide insight, guidance, warnings, and encouragement for the listener. 

In this episode, I sit down with Otis McGregor with LTO Enterprises:

  • We discuss the importance of Story in understanding our lives. 
  • Otis provides an overview of leadership and how it is defined. 
  • We talk about the importance of being present in the moment and the importance of teamwork.
  • We finish with discussing how to find your passion and ways to give back. 

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After the episode: 

On The Blue Line was founded and is operated by active-duty law enforcement to fulfill the mission of providing guidance, resources and community for law enforcement officers, first responders, and military personal in their off-duty lives.

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