Putting The Smokes Out With SCF’s Rigs Without Cigs Program
For this edition of the SCF Highway to Hope Podcast, we will be focusing on our Rigs Without Cigs program as we mark Great American Smoke Out Day for 2022. Smoking is the leading cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Did you know
that 16 million people in America have been diagnosed with COPD and smoking is the leading cause of COPD? In this episode of the podcast, you’ll hear in-depth perspective on St. Christopher Fund’s Rigs Without Cigs smoking cessation program.
SCF Highway To Hope Podcast host Shannon Currier will be talking with SCF’s Health and Wellness Manager Julie Dillon and Rigs Without Cigs participant Michael Fazekas. You’ll also hear a very interesting discussion featuring representatives
from our program sponsors on why this program is so important to them. Studies show that more than half of the nation's three million truck drivers are smokers, and SCF has an effective solution to support drivers in their journey to become tobacco
free. The Great American Smoke Out for 2022 will take place on November 17. If you're ready to kick the habit, SCF has the program to help you do it!
NTTC Honors Driver of the Year Grand Champion Tom Frain With $2,500 Donation To SCF
During this special episode of the SCF Highway To Hope Podcast, you’ll meet Tom Frain, who earned the prestigious honor of being named the 2021–2022 Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year Grand Champion by the National Tank Truck Carriers.
Tom will be looking back at his career in trucking and what it means to him to become recognized as the top driver in the tank truck classification. SCF Director of Philanthropy Shannon Currier, who is your host for the Highway To Hope Podcast, will be
talking to Tom about his journey to become the Grand Champion. Will Lusk, who is the Manager of Education and Government Relations for the NTTC, is also a guest on this edition of the podcast. As you’ll hear, Will also serves as the NTTC staff representative
for the Driver of the Year program. One of the highlights from the program that Will, Tom and Shannon will be discussing is the donation of $2,500 that NTTC is making to SCF in honor of Tom becoming Grand Champion.
Big Rig Coffee Launches & Details Plans To Support SCF
In this episode of the podcast, we’ll be meeting Hunter Wilson and Gabriel Massey, the entrepreneurs behind the launch of the Big Rig Coffee Company. The stated mission of the company is to provide the best quality coffee, apparel and service to
the truck drivers of America. The Highway To Hope Podcast is highlighting the launch of Big Rig Coffee because the founders of the company have made the decision up front to donate a portion of their sales to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund.
SCF Director of Philanthropy Shannon Currier is your host for the Highway To Hope Podcast. Shannon will be talking to the company founders about their background as military veterans and how they decided to launch a coffee company dedicated to the nation’s
professional drivers. You’ll also hear the details on how Big Rig Coffee will be supporting SCF.
SCF Founders Celebrate $4 Million Milestone
In this special episode of our podcast series, the Highway To Hope celebrates a true milestone for the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund. As you will hear, we have gathered the non-profit organization’s trio of founders –
Dr. John McElligott, Dave Nemo and Michael Burns – to mark a momentous achievement for SCF. The founders will be joined by SCF Executive Director Donna Kennedy and SCF Board President Joyce Brenny to look back at our history while commemorating
the accomplishment of surpassing $4 million of support provided to professional drivers and their families. SCF Director of Philanthropy Shannon Currier is your host for the Highway To Hope Podcast. Shannon will serve as the tour guide that looks at SCF’s
beginnings, the organization’s growth over the years and the impact that SCF continues to make within the trucking industry.
Our MATS Preview: Looking Forward To Seeing Everyone Again
The SCF Highway To Hope Podcast kicks off our third season as we enter the final countdown prior to the return of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), March 24-26. Highway To Hope Podcast host Shannon Currier, who is also the Director of Philanthropy
and Development for SCF, previews the plans and activities that SCF has in place for the 50th anniversary edition of MATS. Shannon will be joined on this edition of the podcast by SCF Health & Wellness Manager Julie Dillion and by Greg Thompson, the
Executive Producer of PodWheels. In addition to discussing the health and wellness activities that Julie and the SCF team have planned for MATS, our discussion with Julie looks back at the success that SCF has found through the virtual health and wellness
programs the organization developed over the past couple of years. Julie will highlight some of the success stories and she will discuss the overall impact that SCF has seen from the virtual health and wellness programs.
Our Update On SCF's Driving Down Diabetes Program
In this episode of the Highway To Hope, you’ll hear an in-depth update on SCF’s Driving Down Diabetes program. SCF Health & Wellness Manager Julie Dillon shares how this effort to address and prevent diabetes among professional drivers
has grown and taken shape with a supportive community of participants. During this episode, you’ll also hear about the impact that the Driving Down Diabetes initiative has made from two of the people in the program. Lei Meyers and Darrin Winters
will be joining this edition of the podcast from road. Lei and Darrin each share their inspirational stories on why they entered the program and the positive changes they have both made. SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier is
your host for the SCF Highway to Hope Podcast. Shannon is joined on the podcast by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network.
Part 3: Making Healthcare & Insurance More Accessible for Professional Drivers
For the conclusion of our three-part series examining health insurance and healthcare options that are available to our trucking audience, the SCF Highway to Hope Podcast talks with Tammy Wright, the Director of Trucking for USHealth1. During this segment, you’ll hear Tammy discuss the importance of securing health insurance as well as the work that USHealth1 is doing to make health insurance and healthcare options more accessible for professional drivers and their families. As always, the conversation is being led by SCF Director of Philanthropy & Development Shannon Currier, who is your host for the SCF Highway To Hope Podcast.
Part 2: Highlighting The Benefits of Telemedicine
In Part 2 of our three-part series examining health insurance and healthcare options that are available to our trucking audience, the SCF Highway to Hope Podcast talks with Donn Beam, the President and CEO of Everywhere.care. We discuss the rise in popularity of telemedicine and how the services of Everywhere.care are being utilized. SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier is your host for the Highway To Hope Podcast, and you’ll hear Shannon talk with Donn about how Everywhere.care is working with SCF to provide a special discount on the services provided by Everwhere.care.
Our Health Insurance & Healthcare Options Series, Part 1
With this episode, the SCF Highway To Hope Podcast begins a three-part series examining health insurance and healthcare options that are available to our trucking audience. In Part One of this series, SCF Director of Philanthropy & Development Shannon
Currier welcomes Allison McKay, Life & Health Benefits Agent from the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) to the podcast. Shannon, who is also the host of the Highway To Hope Podcast, is joined by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer
of the PodWheels Network. During this episode of the podcast, Shannon and Greg will be talking to Allison about the importance of health insurance, especially for professional drivers who are not insured or under-insured. Allison will provide some insights
on key considerations and she also shares details on health insurance programs available to members of OOIDA.
Special Series, Part 5: SCF's Q&A With Country Music Superstar Wynonna Judd
Country Music superstar Wynonna Judd, who is the headliner for the Highway To Hope Benefit Concert, caps off our special series of podcasts featuring the artists performing during the live virtual event on May 16th. The SCF Podcast interview, which was led by podcast host and SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier, was one of the first media Q&As with Wynonna since the global pandemic. As you will hear, it was an extended conversation that covered a number of interesting topics. While discussing her respect for professional drivers through the interview, Wynonna offered her perspective on being out on the road and away from home, which shares many of the same emotions experienced by truckers behind the wheel. For the interview with Wynonna, Shannon was joined on the podcast by Donna Horton, a member of the Radio Nemo Team. Donna is a long-time friend of Wynonna, and she helped to connect SCF and Shannon to Wynonna’s team as SCF began to plan for the Highway to Hope Benefit. In addition to the conversation with Wynonna, this podcast also includes two songs recorded by Wynonna, No One Else On Earth and Ramble On Rose.
Special Series, Part 4: SCF's Q&A With Multitalented John Schneider
John Schneider joins us for an extended conversation during this episode of the podcast. As we get ready for John’s performance as part of the May 16th Highway To Hope virtual concert benefiting the work of SCF, we talked with John about his career in the entertainment industry that now spans more than 40 years. John revisits his beginnings when won the iconic role of Bo Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard TV show at age 18. We discuss his development as a writer and director in both television and film and how those efforts led to the development of John Schneider Studios. You’ll hear about John’s love for music and his growth in becoming a respected country artist who has recorded 22 albums and has registered five No. 1 hits on the country music charts. One of the highlights of the interview is the connection John has made with the trucking industry and the people behind the wheel. We’ll be talking about his latest album, Truck On, which is dedicated to the trucking industry and a portion of its sales benefits the work of SCF. During the podcast, which is hosted by SCF's Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier, we’ll be featuring three songs from Truck On, including the title track.
Special Series, Part 3: SCF's Q&A With Country Music Legend Billy Dean
Billy Dean is our featured guest in this episode of our special series highlighting the artists performing at the May 16th Highway To Hope virtual concert benefitting the work of SCF. During our interview, you’ll hear Billy share his amazing journey from what began as being a part of an area talent search competition to earning a place in the national spotlight, ultimately launching a career that now spans more than 30 memorable years in Country Music. SCF Highway To Hope Podcast host Shannon Currier talks to Billy about his contributions to what became the 1990s Country Sound, and how Billy became closely connected to the trucking industry, gaining an appreciation for drivers. This podcast will also feature four songs from Billy, including his classics Somewhere In My Broken Heart and Billy The Kid.
Special Series, Part 2: SCF's Chat With Country Star & Trucking Friend Lindsay Lawler
As we continue our special series previewing the artists who will be performing during SCF's Highway To Hope Virtual Concert on May 16th, our podcast catches up with Lindsay Lawler, the Red River Girl. During our interview with Lindsay, you will learn how she found her way to Nashville after starting her career in California. SCF Highway To Hope Podcast host Shannon Currier talks with Lindsay on how she built a strong bond with the trucking industry and what inspired to write Highway Angel for the Truckload Carriers Association. You'll hear the Highway Angel song as well as the upbeat tune Goodbye Go in full during this podcast.
Special Series, Part 1: SCF's Q&A With Rising Country Music Star Heath Sanders
Rising County Music Star Heath Sanders is our featured guest on the podcast as we begin a series highlighting SCF’s Highway To Hope Virtual Concert on May 16th. An artist who has drawn heavily from his blue-collar roots as a natural gas worker in the fields in Arkansas, Heath talks to us about how he found his way to realize success in country music. Heath also discusses the close connection he feels to America’s Professional Truck Drivers. During the podcast, which is hosted by SCF's Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier, we’ll feature two songs from Heath’s recorded work, including Common Ground from his latest EP.
Season 2, Episode 2: COVID-19 Update & SCF's Efforts to Get Drivers Vaccinated
We are dedicating this edition of the podcast to provide you with a trucking perspective on what’s happening with COVID-19 and the effort to get the country vaccinated. In our feature interview, you’ll hear from SCF Executive Director Donna Kennedy as well as Dr. John McElligott, the Medical Director and the owner of Occupational Health Systems, which is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. John is the co-founder of SCF, and he currently serves as a Volunteer Medical Advisor for SCF. Donna and Dr. John will be talking with the Highway to Hope about SCF’s efforts to get professional drivers vaccinated. Shannon Currier, the Director of Philanthropy and Development for SCF, serves as the host for the Highway To Hope.
Season 2, Episode 1: Looking Back at 2020 & Introducing SCF's Driving Down Diabetes Program
The SCF Highway to Hope Podcast returns for a second season. Once again, SCF Director of Philanthropy & Development Shannon Currier returns to serve as the host of the Highway To Hope. In our opening episode of Season 2, we look back at SCF’s fund-raising success in 2020 as the organization surpassed $1 million in donations. We also discuss SCF’s new Driving Down Diabetes program with Wellness Manager Julie Dillon and Kathryn Amatriain from Southern Recipe.
Episode 10: Owner-Op Howard Salmon Honors His Son In Giving Back To SCF
In this edition of the Highway To Hope Podcast, we will feature the touching story of owner-operator Howard Salmon, who has been a long-time supporter of SCF going back to the organization’s earliest days. In January of 2020, Howard and his family encountered their own time of need when a trip to the doctor for their young son, Liam, turned into a living nightmare. Deeply touched by the support SCF has provided following a devastating cancer diagnosis Liam, Howard and his family are finding ways to give back to SCF. As you’ll hear, Liam and Howard are serving as the faces of SCF’s Champion of Change program, which is being sponsored by TravelCenters of America.
Episode 9: Get Details On TravelCenters of America's New Program To Deliver Support For SCF
This edition of the podcast will feature our interview with Patty DelMonico, the Senior Manager of Commercial Marketing for TravelCenters of America. Patty will be discussing a new fundraising campaign that Travel Centers of America has launched to further support the mission of SCF. In addition, Patty, who is also a member of the SCF Board of Directors, looks back at the strong relationship that Travel Centers of America has built with SCF over the years. Listeners will enjoy the recollections she shared on the podcast with Shannon Currier, Director of Philanthropy and Development for SCF. Shannon also serves as the host for the Highway To Hope. Shannon is joined on the podcast once again by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network. Following the interview with Patty, Greg talks with Shannon to get some news updates on what’s happening at SCF and what’s ahead for the remainder of 2020.
Episode 8, 2020 Citizen Driver Jerry Seaman Discusses His Driving Career & Why He Supports SCF
In our August edition of the podcast, you’ll hear our feature interview with Jerry Seaman, who was honored by Travel Centers of America as a Citizen Driver of the Year for 2020. Jerry tells us how he began his driving career at 12 years old on a farm in South Dakota. You’ll also find out what has inspired him to serve as a professional driver for the past 48 years – compiling more than five million miles of accident-free, safe driving during his career. Jerry chose SCF as the charity that would be supported by the $2,500 donation Travel Centers of America made in honor of his selection as a Citizen Driver. During this podcast, we’ll also be getting an update from SCF Health & Wellness Manager Julie Dillon on the Driven To Be Healthy, Going The Distance Challenge. As always, SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier serves as your host for the Highway To Hope. Shannon is joined on the podcast once again by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network.
Episode 7, Meet Our Driver Ambassadors Involved With SCF's Driven To Be Healthy, Going The Distance Challenge
This edition of the Highway To Hope will give us the opportunity to share more details and get an even greater perspective on SCF’s Driven To Be Healthy, Going The Distance Challenge. The new Health & Wellness from SCF initiative begins on July 27th, and it has been designed with a keen understanding of the demands that professional drivers face out on the road. SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier is your host for the Highway To Hope. Shannon is once again joined on this edition of the podcast by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network. The guest list for this podcast includes SCF’s Wellness Manager Julie Dillon and Mother Trucker Yoga co-founder Hope Zvara. Veteran professional drivers Carmen Anderson and Craig Daniels will also join us in this edition of the podcast. Carmen and Craig will be serving as Driver Ambassadors for SCF’s Driven To Be Healthy, Going The Distance Challenge.
Episode 6, Detailing SCF's Going The Distance Health & Wellness Program
In the first of two Health & Wellness editions of the podcast to be released in July, the Highway To Hope details SCF’s Going The Distance Challenge. SCF Wellness Manager Julie Dillon highlights this new program. Joining Julie as guests on this edition of the podcast are Hope Zvara, the co-founder of Mother Trucker Yoga and Kim McDonnell, the Senior Marketing Content and Community Manager for RoadPro Family of Brands. RoadPro is serving as a sponsor for the Going The Distance Challenge. Julie and Hope outline the new program and how professional drivers can join the Going The Distance Challenge. Kim, who also serves on SCF’s Board of Directors, talks about RoadPro’s involvement with the program and the company’s support of SCF. SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier serves as your host. Shannon is joined on the podcast by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network.
Episode 5, SCF Helps Driving Team After They Came Down With COVID-19
With this edition of the podcast, we will continue to look at the impact that COVID-19 is making on the trucking industry, and how SCF is responding to these new challenging times. In addition to meeting two new corporate sponsors joining SCF, our feature interview will highlight how those sponsorship and donor dollars are making a positive impact. Our feature interview will spotlight the harrowing experience of professional drivers Chris and Chanté Drew, a husband-and-wife team who enlisted the help of SCF after Chris came down with COVID-19 while on the road. Chris and Chanté, who were featured in late May on the PBS News Hour as they went through COVID-19, detail how SCF was able to assist them with their rent payments as they recovered and got back on the road. In this episode of the podcast, we’ll also talk to officials from Omnitracs and Yokohama Tire, hearing the details of what inspired their respective companies to join SCF as corporate sponsors.
Episode 4, The Inspiring Story of New SCF President Joyce Brenny
SCF President Joyce Brenny will be our featured guest on this edition of the SCF Highway To Hope podcast. Joyce is the owner and CEO of Brenny Transportation and Brenny Specialized. You’ll hear Joyce’s inspiring story, as she shares how she began her career in trucking at age 18 ultimately becoming a trailblazer within the industry. Joyce also details how she discovered the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund and became involved in SCF. Shannon Currier, the Director of Philanthropy and Development for SCF, serves as the host for the Highway To Hope. Shannon is joined on the podcast by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network. This edition of the podcast will also include an interview Matthew Miller from AMBEST. Matthew will be discussing the company’s long relationship with SCF as a sponsor, and he will also be talking about the company’s recent donation to SCF in the wake of the COVID-19 National Emergency. During his interview, Matthew will be sharing the initial details of an exciting promotion that AMBEST will holding later in the year involving a classic American-made car.
Episode 3, Saluting Drivers & Answering The Call During COVID-19
The Highway To Hope Podcast returns with the first of three episodes scheduled to be released in June. Old World Industries CEO & President Charles Culverhouse is our featured guest Charles Culverhouse on this edition of the podcast. OWI produces BlueDef Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Peak Coolants, and Charles joins SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development Shannon Currier to discuss the company’s #KeeponTruckin social media campaign. #KeeponTruckin is focused on celebrating professional drivers as front-line heroes for our country. As the podcast details, the #KeeponTruckin campaign will also serve as a fundraiser for SCF. In addition to the interview with Charles, Shannon talks with PodWheels Executive Producer Greg Thompson about the adjustments SCF made as an organization to address the COVID-19 National Emergency.
Episode 2, A Look At The Value of Financial Planning
Do you have a financial plan in place? Are you ready for those “rainy days,” and the unexpected circumstances that can cost you extra money? This episode of SCF’s Highway To Hope Podcast is dedicated to understanding the value of good financial planning and what it can mean for professional drivers. SCF Director of Philanthropy and Development serves as your host. Shannon is joined on the podcast by Greg Thompson, the Executive Producer of the PodWheels Network. Shannon and Greg will be interviewing Colton Lawrence, the CEO of Equinox Business Solutions, discussing how to prepare for unexpected expenses and how to address situations where you encounter debt. They will also be speaking with Danny and Cindy George. Veteran team drivers who share some very effective best practices for saving money while you are on the road.
Episode 1, Welcome To SCF's Highway To Hope Podcast
In this debut edition of the Highway to Hope podcast, we’ll be talking to Shannon Currier, the Director of Philanthropy & Development for the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund. PodWheels Network Executive Producer Greg Thompson talked with Shannon on a range of topics. During their discussion, Shannon provides listeners with an overview of SCF and its mission while highlighting the organization’s key initiatives. Shannon also notes SCF’s many achievements during 2019, and she looks ahead to what SCF is seeking to accomplish during 2020.