Every year we celebrate our AMAZING volunteers who make our mission possible and recognize a few who’ve stood out throughout the year. In 2020 fashion, this year’s celebration has gone virtual, and we’re excited to share our honorees. Congratulations and a BIG thank you to everyone!
Mark has been a steadfast volunteer since 2017. He is a dedicated reader of American History and Saturday Morning News. Mark is also a regular Audio Description Program assistant, helps out with BeepBall demos for employees of Scott Air Force Base, and captains a BeepBall team at our annual tournaments.
Colin has been a volunteer for MindsEye since 2008. His British accent, charming voice, and love of travel made him a perfect reader for Travelogue. He has read Comment and Commentary throughout the years, as well, and has been a listener favorite for a long time. Colin also helped get his wife Mary Ellen involved in volunteering as a describer for our Audio Description Program.
Garry has been subbing since he started volunteering with us in 2018. He has always been open to reading just about anything. When the office closed due to the pandemic, Garry was one of the first to contact us about reading from home. We can always count on Garry to fill in without fail.
Super Remote Reader
In early spring of 2020, all of our broadcast reading went remote because of the pandemic. Ann not only stepped in as a new volunteer, she stepped up and read anything we sent her way – sometimes three or four shows at a time! She’s stuck with us through it all and continues to read shows for us several times a week
Rookie of the Year
She might be a newcomer to the MindsEye volunteer team, but Sue volunteered for many years at our sister station in Washington DC. Her versatility as a broadcaster and audio describer make her a great addition to MindsEye. A lover of sports, she has described games and events for the St. Louis Blues, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the SLU Billikens.
Audio Describer of the Year
Alice has been part of our Audio Description Team since the early beginning. Whether describing or assisting a show, she is always ready to help whenever she can. And she is always willing to try something new! She even recruited her husband Larry to help assist at shows, too.
Sports Angl with Mark Stangl
Radio Program of the Year
Mark first joined MindsEye as a Monday Morning News reader in 2011. Shortly after that, he took over Christian Science Monitor News and subbed additionally on Fridays. Mark would always spend his Friday mornings chatting about sports with us, so we had a bright idea for a new show! The Sports Angl with Mark Stangl is MindsEye’s first podcast. This weekly talk show covers the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and other topical news from the world of sports.
BeepBall Volunteer of the Year
Cory is a regular volunteer umpire for MindsEye’s BeepBall program. He has also played on various Beepball teams in our Ultimate Beepball tournament. When MindsEye needed volunteers to help out with the Gateway Archers, St. Louis’s own National Beep Baseball Association team, Cory stepped up right away. He served in various roles: defensive spotter, driving players to and from practice, and assisting batters on their way to the plate.
Event Volunteer of the Year
Meghan has been a staple at MindsEye events for the last few years. She has helped out with checkout/registration at the Soiree and MindsEye’s trivia night. She has also mastered one of the hardest jobs of MindsEye’s BeepBall program – base flipper!
Mission Impact of the Year
Liz Hill is the recipient of MindsEye’s 2020 Mission Impact of the Year award for her amazing work with our Audio Description Program and for her coordination of the super rad 80s Jazzercise fundraiser at Turning Pointe Academy of Dance in Maryville, IL.
Thanks to Liz’s dedication and work with the Stifel Theatre and Enterprise Center teams, we have been able to provide audio description at some amazing events: WWE’s Monday Night Raw, Baby Shark, A Night with Janis Joplin, An American in Paris, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, St. Louis Blues games, and more.