Fairfax Radio 11-14-2023

Verizon Frontline President, Maggie Hallbach

Maggie HallbachOur first guest is Maggie Hallbach, the President of Verizon Frontline, the advanced network built for first responders on the front lines and the #1 network choice in public safety. She is also the Senior Vice President of Public Sector at Verizon, leading the team of professionals dedicated to partnering with Verizon’s federal, state, local, education, and public safety customers to deliver innovative technology solutions and services.

She joins us today to discuss Verizon Frontline’s decades-long support of first responders and technology’s role in their ability to do their jobs safely and effectively. She will also discuss National First Responders Day, which was on October 28th. They honor Emergency workers like paramedics, Firefighters, EMT, and Police.

Over her 25 years at Verizon, Hallbach served in a variety of executive and leadership roles, most recently as Verizon Public Sector’s vice president of business development and strategic sales, where she was focused on developing, designing, and capturing strategic opportunities. Hallbach also led the team responsible for strategic sales initiatives, including the alignment of sales priorities to the overall Verizon Public Sector strategy. During her tenure at Verizon, Hallbach has been focused on delivering customer experience enhancements and building high-performing teams. This has included leadership of Verizon’s Lean Six Sigma efforts to drive ongoing business transformation and process improvement across Verizon Business. She also served as vice president of the state, local and education markets for Verizon where she led teams responsible for developing solutions to address the increasingly complex requirements of state and local governments, public safety and education clients. For more information go to Verizon.com

Law Enforcement Veteran Discusses FDA’s Proposed Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

Neill FranklinOur second guest is Neill Franklin, a 34-year Law Enforcement Veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. Today he will discuss the FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes has prompted serious criminal justice concerns due to its potential to disproportionately impact communities of color. This prohibition-based approach could exacerbate negative interactions with law enforcement, raise incarceration rates, and further burden justice systems in all 50 states. This is a public health issue, not a law enforcement issue.

The proposed ban fails to consider alternative, evidence-based solutions such as consumer education and community-based healthcare initiatives, which have proven effective in reducing overall smoking rates without resorting to criminalization. It also fails to take into account the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2002-2020 which shows cigarette smoking, menthol cigarette smoking, and underage menthol smoking are at all-time lows.


Michael Jefferies Talks About Shared Values in Political Parties

Michael JefferiesOur last guest is Michael Jefferies Regional Coordinator for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, will talk about how both Republicans and Democrats need to build on shared values to tackle the climate change crisis.  Climate change denial could alienate young conservatives. Most Republican voters under 35 agree that climate change is having a serious impact and say Republican leaders should stop shying away from serious challenges. While there has been some productive discussion on climate change, particularly around how China and India need to follow America’s lead in cutting carbon emissions, concrete solutions remain wanting in the conversation.  As the Regional Coordinator for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) focuses on recruiting conservative or right-of-center volunteers in the Great Lakes and Appalachia.

He was recently named Vice Chair of the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans. Prior to his role at CCL, Michael worked for a political consulting firm where he coordinated political campaigns and coordinated legislative affairs. Michael graduated from Marian University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Theology. A native Hoosier. For more information go to https://citizensclimatelobby.org.

Cindy Schmidler, discusses her new book “TragedyTurned Upside Down”.

Our lst guest today is Cindy Schmidler a mentor, counselor, teacher, author, and leader of women in all spheres of influence. She’s a strong, motivational speaker of true hopefulness in every circumstance. Today Cindy will discuss her first book,”Tragedy Turned Upside downTradgedy Turned Upside Down.” The book is written for anyone who is going through dark times or is trying to make sense of tragedy in its aftermath. There’s so much hope and help in that book because God brought it to Cindy during the darkness, and she shares it so that you can have the inspiration needed to keep moving forward in those days when you need it most.

A couple of her favorite books are the ones she hasn’t sent to the publisher yet. Join Cindy’s author updates email list to get some encouragement, stay in the loop on free resources she offers, and hear about new books when they go to print. If you want to know who she is though, it’s not about the writer’s byline. Cindy lives in South Florida where tennis and pickle ball are her favorite things to do. Her husband is her very best friend, and she has a brilliant son who’s living life fully on the west coast. She also has a super-smart, dapple wiener dog, Willy, who is a rock star everywhere he goes.Just tune in and spend time with Willie and Cindy on her YouTube Channel, where she shares encouragement for your life and spiritual fuel for your journey. Most importantly though, Cindy wants you to know she cares about what you’re going through. So many shoulders held her up during her most difficult challenges. If you need someone, she hopes you’ll reach out to her. Even if she can’t be physically present with you, she will pray for you and share in some of your journey with you. For more information on Cindy and her new book you can go to her website cindyschmidler.com.

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