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American Faces No. 54

There are people you come in contact with that you know have a way to make you feel at ease. Russ Morfitt is one of those guys. He is a licensed psychologist and Co-founder of Learn to Live. Russ’s demeanor makes you feel like you could share your deepest pains and fears with him. He has a passion for helping people get past anxiety and depression. He helps people work through areas of their lives where they are emotionally and mentally stuck. As he works through things with his clients, the treatments he uses are evidence-based…and specific to each person he cares for.

Russ’s path to being a licensed psychologist was not direct though. He first started as an engineer. Russ learned during his time as an engineer in California that he had a passion for helping people navigate the planning of their lives and found joy in problem solving with others. This led Russ to start classes in California for psychology and then finish his PhD in Minnesota at the U of M.

I asked Russ Morfitt why does helping people matter and he said; “It’s in my bones to care for people. It’s consistent with my faith to love others’. You can hear that people matter when you talk to Russ.

As we closed, I asked him what he would say to the next person going down the road to being a psychologist and he concluded by saying; “Psychology is not a way to get rich; it needs to be a labor of love to help others. But it might be an investment of time and energy that matters in the lives of others”

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American Faces No. 53

Scott Regan is one of the most talented creatives I have ever met. He’s a cinematographer with an extraordinary ability to weave a story together with the deft use of video. His infectious smile and engaging personality make you feel welcome on set even, if you’re a still photographer;-). It was Scott’s welcoming demeanor that blew me away a handful of years ago. I was on a shoot for 3M Safety doing still photography for Spot Communications while Scott was creating video content. Scott Regan’s storytelling mixes heartfelt, breathtaking compositions – with his hand-held camera on the ground, and from the height of his expertly piloted drone (he’s a licensed drone operator). This guy is comfortable on just about any set, whether it’s his compassionate interactions with a home healthcare organization client, or it’s kicking through pastures with a dairy farmer in Missouri with my other company, AgriLife Studios, co-owned with Scott Whitman.

Scott Regan’s ability to adapt to just about any situation is captivating to watch, and it’s been a blessing to have him as part of the team when projects need a multi-media content approach. Scott Regan has driven me to become a better photographer. I am a blessed man to have met him, and to have the opportunity to work alongside such a great creative storyteller!

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American Faces No. 52

As I have created each story in the American Faces series I find myself humbled by having the opportunity to briefly share my fellow humans' stories. Melinda Taylor’s story has left me in awe, and even more humbled. This woman has endured so much pain and the hurting and battered souls that are in every single one of our communities. The stories of her past would take your breath away, but that past prepared her to lead many others on a road to greater hope and healing. Women, men and children who have been hurt by the brutal hands and words of another have been led by Melinda to an exodus that returned wholeness and hope for their future. Melinda’s own exodus was started by others years ago at Berean Baptist Church in Minneapolis. The love of others and the love of Christ helped Melinda on a path to a safe place that she could begin to rebuild her life. The path was not easy, but it created a resolve in this woman that has touched so many.

I asked her what she would say to another person who is in a relationship that is physically and emotionally abusive. She said; “You can get out and there is hope. No matter where you are at”.

As I end Melinda’s story, I want each of you to know there is hope, that your past is behind you and the future is yours to behold. Live for the tomorrows!

If you are in a dangerous place and need help here is Melinda’s info:

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