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Episode 1:

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast Brandon Mantz joins host Tim Hollenback. Brandon shares his story with us about being strong through a life changing spinal cord injury. Brandon talks about his strength and faith. This episode is sure to inspire you.
To connect with Brandon on social media @bmantz3 and to learn more about his work with Generous Coffee

Episode 2:

This episode of the Inner Strength Podcast features Kayla Olson. She is studying to be a nurse and has a strong passion for helping people in need. Kayla has taken this passion across the world. This episode will truly inspire you as Kayla shares her story and lets you know how you can help her on her next mission trip. For information on how to help in Kayla’s cause, message her at 414-881-5411.


Episode 3:

This episode of the Inner Strength Podcast features an interview with acclaimed mentor and public speaker, Iram Gilani. Iram has released her first book ‘Silent No More: An Intimate Portrait of How Trauma Affects Us All.’ The self-published book by the Pakistani American author explores the suffering and survival of trauma, how it affects us all, and how we can deal with it. In this amazing interview Iram shares her candid story with us and offers tool in dealing with trauma. visit

Episode 4:

This episode of the Inner Strength Podcast features Barbara Braendlien.

Barbara is an urban farm wife in the Pacific Northwest. She home schools her four children, and her stories draw on their experiences living with mitochondrial disease. She has authored a book called Olive. Olive is a thoughtful, enchanting look into the mind of a non-verbal, medically fragile girl. Through her eyes, we see the struggle of growing up without words and with a body that has to work hard for every triumph, and yet triumph she does. In Olive, we are reminded that sometimes all it takes is one person for you to never be alone again. We talk about Barbara’s book and life. This is truly an inner strength story that will inspire. Learn more about Barbara visit:

Episode 5:

On this episode of the Inner Strength podcast we welcome Jeff Rasley. Jeff is the author of ten books and has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, and many more. He is the founder of the Basa Village Foundation, president of the Indianapolis Scientech Club, and currently serves as a director for five nonprofit corporations. Jeff shares his stories and his thought behind his most current book, “You have to get lost before you can be found.” This episode is a fun conversation about creating a positive life. To learn more about Jeff visit

Episode 6

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast we welcome guest Amber Gale. Amber is a corporate professional, business owner, advocate, speaker, wife, mother, writer, board member. When her second child was born with life-threatening special needs, it became clear to her that parents of medical and special needs children are often overwhelmed and undersupported. We discuss combining her corporate planning skills with the love of her family as she embarked on a mission to make a difference. In 2020, Amber launched a time management program designed to help those who are on complex parenting journeys manage their schedules and priorities. Links:

Episode 7

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast we welcome featured guest Tom Sawyer.  Tom took to booze and drugs early in life exploring alcoholic binges in his teens, even landing in Alcoholics Anonymous before he was legal to drink alcohol. In spite of his apparent efforts to the contrary, he got clean and sober at age twenty two, finishing college with a degree in psychology and went on to become and alcohol and drug abuse counselor. But being an ambitious budding workaholic, he went on to get a master’s degree in business, growing in that success to the top tier of corporate America decades later. 

Not surprisingly, society loves workaholics and he was rewarded with more work to do, ultimately leading back to an opiate fueled relapse after twenty-two years clean and sober. Consequently, Tom found himself having to reinvent himself, his sobriety, and his whole outlook on life at fifty years old. To his own astonishment he did just that, and Ripcord Recovery is where he chronicled his path.  The results were to profound to go undocumented. This episode Tom talks about what some may see as a controversial treatment to overcome his addictions. Link:

Episode 8

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast I welcome in Brian Bregford. Brian’s journey of helping people create transformational change in their lives began at the age of 14. As a result of experiencing significant emotional pain throughout childhood, a desire was kindled to understand the human psyche and uncover the keys to unlocking a person’s inner power. Whether it’s a professional athlete, business person, an artist, or a parent, he believes that true masters in any field are rare and priceless — and that everyone has within themselves the keys to personal greatness. Brian shares his phobia of having his face submerged in water since early childhood, Brian eventually decided enough was enough and tackled his fear head-on by taking up swimming at the age of 30. He now competes at the United States Masters Swimming National Championships. He has since medaled in 13 USMS National Championship races, is a four-time State Champion, and holds 4 USMS Top-10 times. This is just one of his stories he shares about overcoming adversity. Link:

Episode 9

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast we welcome two amazing guests, Harriet Tinka and Dr. Allen Lycka. These guests talk about overcoming tremendous odds to find the secret of living a fantastic life. Harriet and Dr. Lycka tell their individual stories and then how they connected. They have co-authored a book titled The Secretes of Living a Fantastic Life. These two survivors reveal the 13 pearls they’ve discovered to help you overcome the odds in your way. To learn more visit them at: and

Episode 10

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast I welcome in Jen Sugermeyer. Jen talks about her book RESET. This process can help develop a new mindset, reconnect with yourself, and learn to respect the person in the mirror again so they can lead more joyful, purposeful and intentionally driven lives.

Jen says, “Life happens!  It piles on all of us!  And, before we know it, we’re existing.  Stop existing, un-stuck yourself and start living!  More purpose, more intent, more happiness, more energy, more success, more passion- we all want that- and I can help you get there!”

Make no mistake this message is not simple or easy and Jen speaks straight from the hip. The message is honest and open. That is how Jen is and her amazing personality shines through in this episode. To learn more about Jen visit:

Episode 11

On this episode of the Inner Strength Podcast I welcome in Damon West. Damon West, M.S. Criminal Justice, is a college professor, keynote speaker and best-selling co-author (with best-selling author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon) of The Coffee Bean: A simple Lesson to Create Positive Change. His first book and autobiography, The Change Agent: How a Former College QB Sentenced to Life in Prison Transformed His World, was published just three years after his release from a Texas maximum-security prison.

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