Latest Episodes

Be prepared for the next power outage by acting now

In this episode, Erik sits down for a chat with Ryan Murphy, Director of Electric Operations at Puget Sound Energy. Together, they discuss the work that the PSE team does to keep the power on in the Puget Sound region. Storm outages are discussed and what people can do to keep themselves safe when the power goes out.

Mary’s Place provides Shelter, Outreach and Prevention

Mary’s Place provides Shelter, Outreach and Prevention

Your Community Matters features an insightful and impactful 30 minutes learning about Mary’s Place from Executive Director, Marty Hartman.

Marty Hartman has led Mary’s Place since its inception in 1999 as an advocate for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness. Mary’s Place work with local area hospitals to help mothers with newborns, medically fragile children, and providing services so resilient mothers and their children have a safe place to sleep and the services to help them find more stability. Mary’s Place continues to build partnerships in the community to bring them inside, safe and together. Learn more about the initiative of “No Child Sleeps Outside” from Marty Hartman of Mary’s Place.

Compass Housing Alliance

Erik Krema and Mary Steele sit down to discuss the ways Compass Housing Alliance is helping alleviate the region’s homeless situation.

Local business partners with Ukrainian aid group

Erik Krema interviews Don Riling, president of Olympic Hot Tub, and Liliya Kovalenko, president of Ukrainian Association of Washington State about their initiative to help those in war-torn Ukraine. Learn more at or

Birthday Dreams

This episode of Your Community Matters features Jarod Drozdowski, Development Director for Birthday Dreams, who discusses the great work the nonprofit is doing on behalf of children in need. Jarod shares his background and all the ways people can help give disadvantaged children the special memory of an amazing birthday celebration. Birthday Dreams is in need of volunteers and donors, so please listen to how you too can make a difference.

Seattle Regenerative Medicine

This episode of Your Community Matters features Dr. Lucy S. Hostetter, MD, who discusses her clinic, Seattle Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Hostetter shares her background and ways in which the therapies offered by Seattle Regenerative Medicine can often help people avoid surgery in their pursuit of pain relief. Learn about stem cell therapy, platelet rich plasma therapy, hormone replacement therapy and much more.

Mike Broderick with Evergreen Home Loans

Erik Krema, host of Your Community Matters, sits down with Mike Broderick, Loan Officer with Evergreen Home Loans, to discuss the world of reverse mortgages. Find out what they are, and see if you are a candidate for such a product.

Reverse Mortgage Specialists

On this episode, Erik Krema sits down with Dave Wilson and Donnie Little, both Reverse Mortgage Specialists
With TILA Mortgage, to discuss the ins and outs of reverse mortgages and if they are right for you.

YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties

Harold Shea, Executive Director, YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties (Washington state), guests on Your Community Matters to discuss the organization’s roots, Covid-19 challenges, and promising future. If you’re a fan of YMCAs, listen and learn more about their positive work within local communities.