WHAT TO BE
What to Be is KSQD radio show and podcast hosted by Your Future Is Our Business, a non-profit in Santa Cruz County that helps students explore careers. We interview and highlight the careers of inspirational people in Santa Cruz County and ask them to tell us what their job is really like! Our show airs every Sunday at 7pm on 90.7fm KSQD Santa Cruz. You can also go to soundcloud.com/what-to-be to find shows organized by career sector playlists, stream online at ksqd.org, or scroll down below to subscribe via podcasting platforms. New episodes are uploaded every week! Email us at [email protected] if you have questions or if you'd like to be our next guest!

Michael Sakellis | California State Parks Facility Supervisor North Pajaro Sector

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Michael Sakellis. Michael is the Facility Supervisor for the California State Parks North Pajaro Sector. We hear what it's like helping keep our beautiful State Parks in our county operating smoothly, especially with a large influx of visitors due to the pandemic. Michael also shares why his job is not only important to himself, but to society. Tune in to find out more!

Laurie Hilderbrand | Welding Instructor Soquel High School

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Laurie Hilderbrand. Laurie is a welding and career technical education instructor or CTE at Soquel High School. Laurie shares her career journey from where she started at Cabrillo College's welding program before going on to graduate from Sacramento State University with a BS in career technical education. We learn about all the different kinds of welding Laurie teaches her students and about some of the great career opportunities in the field. Tune in to learn more!

Leif Rovick | Construction Tech Soquel High School

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be show to hear from Leif Rovick. Leif, aka Hal, is a construction tech instructor at Soquel High School and shares his career journey working in the trades, the benefits of working for the unions, and all the work he does at Soquel High as a long time career technical education or CTE teacher. Tune in to find out more!

Allen Protasio | Interpretive Program Specialist Monterey Bay Aquarium

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Allen Protasio. Allen shares his career journey for us in becoming an Interpretive Program Specialist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where has worked for 11 years sharing the importance of marine conservation. Allen also shares about growing up near Chicago but that his love for the ocean found him earning a degree in marine biology at Hawaii Pacific University. Tune in to find out more!

Emily Ham | Executive Director Santa Cruz Business Council

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Emily Ham. Emily is the new Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Business Council and a new board member of Your Future is Our Business. Emily shares her career journey where she continues to advocate for affordable housing and working to help find solutions to help the homeless population in our county. Emily is also working on making apprenticeship programs more mainstream for businesses, students, and young professionals so they can see them as a resource for career development. Tune in to find out more!

Yvette Lopez Brooks | Executive Director of YFioB & Capitola Mayor

Episode Notes

In this episode of the What to Be Show we hear from Yvette Lopez Brooks. Yvette shares her career journey from graduating from UCSC where she studied sociology and education, to working for the County Board of Education, to her new role as the Executive Director of Your Future is our Business and is the current Mayor of the city of Capitola. Tune in to learn more!

Ted Garbeff | NASA Aerospace Engineer

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Ted Garbeff. Ted is a NASA Aerospace engineer who works on developing spacecraft and rockets at AMES Research Center at Moffett Field where they have the biggest wind tunnel in the world. The wind tunnel is so big they have to run it primarily at night because it uses more electricity than the entire city of Mountain View! Tune in to find out more.

Erin Hubach | Interpreter & Volunteer Supervisor Monterey Bay Aquarium

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Erin Hubach. Erin shares her career journey from graduating from UCSC in marine biology to volunteering before becoming staff at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where now she is an interpreter and volunteer supervisor. Tune in to find out more!

Eoghan McKee | Circle blockchain security

Episode Notes

Tune in to this episode of the What to Be Show to hear from Eoghan Mckee. Eoghan is director of security operations at Circle, which works in blockchain cyber security. Eoghan shares his career journey from earning two engineering degrees as well as a Masters's degree in computer security and forensics. After school, Eoghan worked for eBay and Facebook before working for Circle. Listen in to find out more!

Payson McNett | Professor of Art at Cabrillo College

Episode Notes

In this episode of the What to Be Show we hear from Professor of Art at Cabrillo College Payson McNett. Payson shares his positivity about his life and career journey in becoming a teacher and helping create the Maker's Space at Cabrillo College.