December 5, 2016

Listen To Stories

Listen to any story drawn from the conversations we’ve recorded in Forsyth County. Just press the “play” button next to each image.

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Ernest Pedersen (center) talks with his friends, Anna Shyfrina and her son, Artem Slyusarenko. Anna and Artem moved from Ukraine to the US in the late nineties and have recently become US citizens. Ernest, a naturalized US citizen, emigrated from his native Germany in 1967. They gather to appreciate their US citizenship…and NC basketball!

Steve McGinnis, director de escuelas retirado, conversa con su buena amiga, Mary Jamis.  Steve y Mary son co-fundadores de Equality Winston Salem, una organización que promueve la fortaleza y el bienestar de la comunidad lesbiana, gay, bisexual y transgenerica local. Steve comparte con nosotros una maravillosa historia que ilustra la belleza y los beneficios de apoyar a toda la gente sin distinciones.

ADAM FOUNDATION-SPONSORED STORY Steve McGinnis, a retired school principal, talks with his good friend, Mary Jamis. Steve and Mary are co-founders of Equality Winston-Salem, an organization that promotes the strength and well-being of our local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning communities. Steve shares a wonderful research paper that illustrates the beauty and benefit of lifting everybody up.

Nigel Alston (derecha), Director Ejecutivo de Marketing, Asociación de ex alumnos y Relaciones Comunales de la Universidad Estatal de Winston Salem conversa con su amigo, el Reverendo Douglas Bailey, fundador y presidente del Centro de Sacerdocios Urbanos de la Escuela de Teología de la Universidad de Wake Forest. El Reverendo Bailey aborda conceptos espirituales claves que han contribuido a moldear su perspectiva sobre la vida y la comunidad.

Nigel Alston (R), Executive Director for Marketing, Alumni and Community Relations at Winston-Salem State University, talks with his friend, Reverend Douglass Bailey, Founder/President of The Center for Urban Ministry Inc. at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Reverend Bailey addresses some key concepts about spirituality that have helped to shape his perspective on life and community.


Jesús Miguel Reynosa, nacido en México y miembro de la comunidad de Winston Salem desde el año 1996, está casado y tiene tres niñas pequeñas a quienes llama sus ángeles. Jesús obtuvo su ciudadanía estadounidense recientemente y hoy comparte con nosotros lo queésta experiencia ha significado en su vida.

Jesús Miguel Reynosa, a native of México and member of the Winston-Salem community since 1996, is married and has three little girls whom he calls his angels. Having recently secured his US citizenship, he shares what this experience has meant to him.

Parker White (pictured with husband Robert) is founder of the Backpack Beginnings program of Guilford County. In 2010, Parker partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to establish the program, which sends home backpacks stocked with a weekend’s supply of food to 152 children at five schools in Guilford County. Today, Parker shares her personal motivation for becoming involved.

In 1975, while volunteering to donate blood, Gene Bryson discovered that he had kidney disease, and in 2010, he underwent a successful kidney transplant at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Today, he talks with ECHO Network Program Assistant Kathy Pearre about the challenges faced by transplant recipients and donors alike.

In 1975, when Andy Mekelski was three years old, his biological mother gave him up for adoption. In the year 2000, he and his mother were reunited, but his efforts to reach out to his biological father had been met with disinterest. Today, Andy talks about the search for a real connection with his father and what this means to him.