Behind the Smile with Vonnie

Season 2

Behind the Smile with Vonnie Season 2 is available where you listen to your favorite podcasts or on SoundCloud
Joseph Reid BTS

Amazon best-selling author, Joseph Reid joins Vonnie to discuss his mental health journey that led him to write his self-published book, “Broken like Me.” Tune in to hear the impactful conversation that discusses the mental health tools Joseph has created for himself and others. As he would say, “if you feel broken, I wrote this for you.”

Sydney Johnson - BTS

An independent woman who knows her own mind, Sydney Johnson shares her experience on Season 25 of the Bachelor. She also opens about her own struggles with anxiety.

Sheriff Michelle

Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young has a passion for breaking barriers and serving others. Find out what motivates Sheriff Michelle and keeps her smiling during this inspiring conversation with Vonnie.

Pamella DeVos

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Fashion Designer? Join Vonnie for a behind the scenes view as she chats with her long-time friend, Pamella DeVos.

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  • Will Heininger former U of M football player/Eisenberg Family Depression Center
  • Professor Abigail Eiler – U of M School of Social Work

The power of sharing your own story is validated on this insightful podcast with Will Heininger and Abigail Eiler. The impact Athletes Connected and the Eisenberg Depression Center are having at the University of Michigan is impressive.

Brad Yates

Have you ever seen someone tapping their pressure points and been curious ‘why’? Brad Yates from ‘Tap With Brad’ joins Vonnie for an engaging conversation about the benefits of tapping and his personal journey from actor to positive change agent and YouTube sensation. Listen and learn how you can feel better, do better and live better!

Bob Wilkie

This episode’s guest is a former NHL hockey player (Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers), best-selling author, mental performance & life coach and the founder of I Got Mind – meet Bob Wilkie! Vonnie and Bob go behind the smile for a timely discussion about the pressure placed on athletes to succeed and how we need to change the mental/brain health conversation.

Ben Aaron

Ben Aaron makes us smile! What an incredible conversation between Ben and Vonnie covering his journey from radio to TV, challenges with OCD and how he navigates through life. It was an absolute honor to have Ben in studio for the last episode of Season 2 of Behind the Smile. Listen and enjoy!

Season 1

Behind the Smile with Vonnie Season 1 is available where you listen to your favorite podcasts or on SoundCloud
Tara 2

In the first episode of Behind the Smile, Vonnie chats with Olympian & NBC Sports commentator, Tara Lipinski on how three simple words spoken years ago, helped Vonnie heal. Tara inspires again with three words that are small but mighty, just like her!

Claire Anderson

A ray of sunshine meteorologist from Seattle, Claire Anderson, was done hiding behind her smile. Her heartfelt conversation with Vonnie on the loss of her father to suicide is inspiring.

Jordan Carson

Jordan Carson is West Michigan’s sweetheart, a television host and an award-winning journalist. The loss of her sister to an eating disorder has created a deep passion for mental health awareness.

Jeff Bennett

From concept to reality, the creator of ‘The Wall’ shares how his idea became the number one game show in the world. Jeff Bennett’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for mental health awareness is also discussed.

Dino Paganelli

What is it like to be a NFL football official? Find out! Dino Paganelli shares his experiences from the field as well as what really drives and motivates him – his love for his late wife and family.

Ginger Zee

Vonnie refers to her as a tornado through the stigma surrounding mental health. Ginger Zee’s transparency about her own life experiences proves to be inspiring and provides hope for others.

Laura Powers

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers joins Vonnie to chat about tuning into signs from the universe that we can sense but not see. Listen and learn about how intuition, manifestation and serendipity all play a role in our lives.

Be the One with Aaron and Vonnie

Season 1

Be the One Season 1 is available where you listen to your favorite podcasts or on SoundCloud

Dr. Beth DeRose joins Aaron and Vonnie to discuss how the current loss of community and connection is affecting our children and gives us tips on how to bolster their coping skills. She also reminds us that in order to help others, we must put our mask on first.

Shandy Longcore, founder of embracing imperfections, joins Vonnie and Aaron to discuss her ‘why’ and how she has been called to share her story of being a suicide attempt survivor. Shandy reminds us that each of our lives has a purpose and we are here for a reason.

Vonnie and Aaron are joined by celebrity psychic, Laura Powers, who is also an actress, author and creative entrepreneur. Laura shares her journey to becoming a psychic medium and her insights on angels, life after death and manifesting to better understand and change your life.

Brandin Staglin, President of One Mind, joins us via phone to discuss the initiatives of his family-run brain health organization. In this episode you’ll hear his story about coming back from schizophrenia, the important work One Mind is doing to help neuro-atypical people, and why the term “Brain Health” is replacing “Mental Health.”

Doug Meijer returns to discuss depression and a change in terminology from mental health to brain health. Learn about the Doug Meijer Innovation Center that is being built in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and more!