WBRI 1500 AM & 96.7 FM Wilkins Radio 12-16-2023

Bill Wozniak, VP Communications & Student Services: INvestEd’s Survey and FAFSA

Bill Wozniak, INvestEd’s Vice President of Communications and Student ServiceJoining Kathryn today is Bill Wozniak, INvestEd’s VP of communications and student services. He will explain more about the newest INvestEd survey, which has all the available options for financial aid, and how students can easily find resources. The new survey from the nonprofit INvestEd found that 76% of Hoosiers are concerned about the $32,000 average student debt for Indiana college grads.

Financial aid experts say most college hopefuls shouldn’t be discouraged about paying for their education. Indiana ranks among the most generous states in the nation for need-based aid. Did you know that nearly nine of ten Indiana residents value education beyond high school, with higher earnings and long-term career potential, but that might not be enough for many to apply.

Bill will also discuss the new state law that makes it mandatory for high school seniors in Indiana to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once filed, students have access to almost all forms of aid including the Frank O’Bannon Grant, federal grants, and aid from the school itself. INvestEd also provides free guidance by phone, email, online chat, or at more than 800 in-person or virtual events. For more information visit, www.investedindiana.org.

Dr. Mark Fesler Discusses DLBCL

Dr. Mark FeslerOur next guest is Mark Fesler, M.D., a hematologist at St. Luke’s Center for Cancer Care, he will discuss common symptoms and treatment options for newly diagnosed DLBCL and share what this FDA approval has meant for his patients and what it could mean for others facing this aggressive blood cancer. Did you know by the end of this year, approximately 31,000 people across the country will have been diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the most common form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) in the United States. Since 2006, there has been limited therapeutic progress made in individuals with previously untreated DLBCL.

Many people with DLBCL respond to initial treatment, but about four in 10 people will see their cancer either relapse, usually within two years, or not respond to initial treatment at all. The best chance of preventing relapse in people with DLBCL is to begin treating them with effective and tolerable therapy at the time they are diagnosed, as subsequent therapies expose them to additional side effects. This year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a therapy as a first treatment for adults with certain types of previously untreated DLBCL. This represents an important milestone that may improve outcomes for patients newly diagnosed with this fast-growing blood cancer and reduce some of the burdens associated with disease progression – both for patients and for the U.S. healthcare system.

Kathy Collins, Frontdoor Senior VP discusses New App for Home Maintenance

Our next guest is Frontdoor Senior Vice President and Chief Brand Officer Kathy Collins. Today she will discuss necessary winter home maintenance and how you can use apps to get the information you need. Winter is just weeks away. But it’s not time to get comfortable just yet.  It’s important to tackle home maintenance and repairs before it’s too late.  Winter maintenance is all about prevention and attention. For many, there’s a long list:  sealing windows and doors, servicing heating systems and cleaning out gutters and fireplaces. Some tasks are simple, but others require instruction. If you’re tired of searching TikTok and YouTube for the right steps, there’s now another new tool in your digital toolbox – an app allowing you to chat one-on-one with home repair experts.

Kathy Collins has a proven track record for driving growth, innovation and operational excellence.  She joined Frontdoor in June 2022 as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. In June 2023 she was elevated to Chief Brand Officer and given responsibility for overseeing all business and marketing aspects of the Frontdoor brand, an app for all things home maintenance and repair that was launched in April, and American Home Shield, the largest provider of home warranties with 2 million members. Collins is an accomplished leader with a proven track record for driving growth, innovation and operational excellence. She has broad experience across all facets of strategy and marketing. Collins has driven strategic marketing and branding initiatives for national brands across multiple industries, including financial services, insurance, retail, and consumer goods, memberships and services. For more information on the Digital Toolbox-an app go to www.frontdoor.com.

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