Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Rooha Haghar

When Rooha Haghar was 12, her family—fleeing religious persecution in Iran—boarded a bus and left everything behind. On Tuesday night, December 19, come hear Rooha’s eye-opening tale of coming to America with only dreams and grit.

High school junior Rooha Haghar is a Vickery Meadow EAGLE Scholar who hopes to one day attend the University of California, Berkeley. An active artist and photographer, Rooha was instrumental in seeing Dallas’ #EducationIsNotACrime public mural become a reality—and her “Humans of Vickery Meadow” project was recently featured at Love Field Airport.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Greg Miller

At the helm of Texas’ largest independent commercial real estate firm, Greg Miller was caught off guard when people he trusted attempted a coup. On Tuesday, December 19, come hear Greg’s inspiring tale of stepping up to protect his family’s 100-year-old legacy.

Greg Miller was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and is married with two children. He is President and CEO of Henry S. Miller Companies, a full service commercial real estate business started by his great grandfather in 1914. Greg loves coaching his sons’ football, basketball, and lacrosse teams.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Wegs Wegerbauer

When Wegs Wegerbauer received an unexpected letter in 1993, dominoes tumbled all the way to another continent. On Tuesday, December 19, come join Wegs on his globe-trotting adventure of self-discovery and finding home.

Wegs, like “eggs” with a w, has been telling stories most of his life. Early on, most of these tales were rejected by the likes of his parents, teachers, and the local police. However, thanks to their constructive criticism, today, Wegs tells stories professionally for GSD&M, an ad agency in Austin.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Lorie Burch

As a young girl, Lorie Burch feared attention and risk. Yet somehow, she’s now running for the U.S. House of Representatives! On Tuesday, December 19, come hear the moving tale of how Lorie found her voice—and bravely became the voice for many.

Lorie Burch is a Dallas attorney and candidate for U.S. Congress. Recognized both locally and nationally for her leadership and advocacy, Lorie has worked tirelessly for the LGBT community, the elderly, children with special needs, veterans, and all in-between. She, her wife Kimberly, and their two adorable girls live in Plano, where family and faith are their top priorities.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Coleman Easley

At 17, Coleman Easley triggered the alarm in his house one night and opted for the best response possible: grabbing a bat and helping his parents and police find the “intruder.” On Tuesday, December 19, Coleman takes us back to the days of sneaking out to party. 

A Dallas native, Coleman Easley is new to the local storytelling scene. His experiences have been shaped by time spent in North Texas, the Mississippi delta, Austin, and New York. Some of those experiences were sought after, others were unavoidable. He is grateful to share one such experience with the Oral Fixation audience.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Maya Modi

Maya Modi loved her job as a high school art teacher. But when a doctored video from her classroom went viral—everything changed. On Tuesday, December 19, we’ll join Maya as she relives the roller coaster ride that became her life. 

Maya Modi is an entrepreneur, artist, and dedicated animal advocate. When she is not painting in watercolor, she works with Dallas Pets Alive! to foster kittens and make the city a no-kill haven for animals. Maya shares her stories in order to educate the public on issues that are often not thought about.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Tara Humphrey

When Tara Humphrey met her future husband, life seemed magical. In the years that followed, however, both joy and pain came to visit. On Tuesday night, December 19, Tara will take us on her journey through love, children, and loss.

An instructor and writer for The Global Peel, Tara Humphrey is also a contributing writer for Elite News and a poet. With a background in anthropology & philosophy, she has produced multicultural events for over twelve years. She has studied pastry making and French cuisine in Paris, and the culinary traditions of Central America in Panama.

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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Tereze Gruntmane

From age 18 until now, Tereze Gruntmane has learned much, including how to save a marriage and start an internationally successful clothing line. On Friday night, November 3, with a story that spans decades and embraces all emotions, Tereze will take us on her own “Jump Off A Cliff” journey.

Tereze Gruntmane came to the US from Latvia in 1996 with her husband and daughter. In addition to having two more children—each nine years apart—she is the founder/designer of ZAZA couture, a boutique children’s apparel line. Currently writing a book about being present in relationships and avoiding affairs, Tereze speaks her mind, even when unpopular.

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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Rachel McEnany

When Rachel McEnany was a child, she dreamt of flying. At the same time, her waking life was often filled with fear. On Friday night, November 3, Rachel will step onto the Oral Fixation stage and take us along on her transformation from anxious little girl to fearless woman who loves jumping out of planes, a lot.

Rachel McEnany has an insatiable curiosity about the world at large. She grew up in the hills of Arkansas and would almost always rather be hiking. She loves skydiving, her puppies, and her husband, Paul, not necessarily in that order. Her credo is, “Be brave and be kind.”

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Meet “Jump Off A Cliff” Storyteller Gretchen Carlson

On July 6, 2016, longtime Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Fox CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, lighting a match that set off a wildfire now seen in the headlines daily. On November 3, Gretchen will step onto Oral Fixation stage to tell us how jumping off that cliff transformed her life.

Gretchen Carlson is one of today’s most recognized news anchors and tireless advocates for female empowerment. She is also an accomplished violinist, Stanford University grad, and former Miss America. Her decision to speak up against sexual harassment sparked an international conversation about the problem and, in doing so, revealed that every woman has a story.

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