Greenville SMART podcast

Elaine McNamara, Breck Nelson, Deloy Cole

Are you into developing rural communities? Of course, you are! Welcome to the first Greenville SMART podcast!

Hosted by Elaine McNamara with guest Breck Nelson. Learn about this exciting new initiative in Greenville, Illinois!

All Episodes

Jes Adam returns as our Greenville SMART Podcast starts up again. Elaine and Jes discuss a new website,, and more events happening in Bond County. Tune in for the delightfulness!

Jul 20

41 min 15 sec

Events, events, events! This episode talks about the opportunities to engage with what Greenville has to offer this summer and continuing. Tune in to hear Elaine and Jes Adam talk about Greenville's new farmers market, the Spring Fling festival, and more in May.Jes Adams brings a fiery yet inviting spirit to the community as the Tourism Director for the City of Greenville. HIs versatile and intentional actions have made us all better. The SMART Center is grateful for his continued and deep partnership!Want to join in on the fun? Head to the City of Greenville Facebook page and the Events in Greenville Illinois Facebook page. Get these dates on the calendar! You do not want to miss out. The episode was brought to you by Bradford National Bank, Enertech, Greenville University, and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. 

May 2

42 min 49 sec

The future we always talk about? It is happening now. A rockstar group of students, Bond County CEO meets Elaine in the podcast studio to talk about entrepreneurship cultivating within our community. Ty Bauer and Cainan Grove tell about their newest entrepreneurial adventures this year, including Bondopoly. You would not believe what you can learn sitting in a room with this team, especially hearing how students are developing new ideas to impact Bond County and present at their trade show coming in May. Time to tune in. Hear the strong words in the Bond County CEO & SMART podcast by tapping the link in bio 🚰

Apr 20

19 min 31 sec

In this episode, hear from Johnny Milabu, an alum of Greenville University, and how he has been embracing a servant leader attitude by innovating from our SMART center second-floor offices.When he is not serving the volleyball over the net, he serves clients at True North Partners. True North consults hospitals by primarily managing their environmental service staff. Our SMART team has seen Johnny lead well, so we are pumped to hear how his newest endeavors have taught him how to do so!Listen to this newest episode by tapping the link above.Want to know how you can get an office like Johnny? Head over to or email to get more information. All of it is linked in our bio!

Apr 6

30 min 23 sec

There are people we will never forget, those who inspire and influence those around them. The SMART Center has honored these qualities in people from the beginning, starting with their foundersThe ground roots of these visions started with our very own SMART member, Natilyn Hepburn. Natty is the visionary for the SMART Center and former assistant to Elaine McNamara. A learner and grower, she now currently works as the Assistant Grant Management at Music Performance Trust Fund in New York City.  

Mar 26

24 min 54 sec

Jobs are just around the corner for you here in Greenville.In the newest episode, Elaine invites Emily Sirianni into the studio to chat about how her work helps others find work. Metropolitan Employment Rehabilitation Services Youth Program provides job training, education, and employment for the unemployed here in Bond County. She works hard to empower all people to prepare them with job and life skills.Hear how you or someone you know can qualify for job placement in the latest Greenville SMART episode. 

Mar 18

20 min 33 sec

SMART is seeing new ideas rising from the roots of the pandemic.Hear from Elizabeth Sargis about her passion for uplifting business and employees. She is managing two roles as a communications consultant with Say More and a founder of SMART Works.The Bond County Employment service helps residents seeking their first job or experiencing job loss. Resume, interview, and entrepreneurship help are all at your fingertips with the SMART Center.We are so excited to have this new business venture in the halls of the SMART Center! SMART is already in full swing with workshops, so mark your calendars. The first business workshop starts March 6th, 2021. Head to the Facebook page to book your spot.

Mar 3

29 min 54 sec

Join Sidney Webster and Elaine in the studio today to hear how Sidney's Letter Me Up Podcast has a vision compelling others to learn from their past, living in the present, and looking forward to the future. This SMART talk highlights Sidney’s career as a Greenville student and the beginnings of her latest adventures in the podcasting space.  The SMART center is a big advocate for future innovation and ideas happening now. We have learned a lot from Sidney, and we hope you can too. Check out Sidney's podcast to hear others speak into the growth of their dreams and visions at

Feb 25

26 min 18 sec

Elaine reunites with Deloy Cole and Breck Nelson for episode 51. They discuss their cramped beginnings recording in a box (or whatever it's called) in the library basement, the way our lives have changed since then and their hopes for the future of Greenville and Greenville University.

Dec 2020

48 min 1 sec

One of our favorite guests returns for our 50th podcast! Host Elaine McNamara and Greenville Tourism Director Jes Adam talk about Greenville's "Come Home For Christmas" and Small Business Saturday festivities. See if you can spot Jes's Jimmy Stewart impression and win BOCO BUCKS!

Nov 2020

36 min 2 sec

GU's Director of Alumni and Church Relations, Dewayne Neeley and host Elaine McNamara discuss Dewayne's history with Greenville, Homecoming 2020 and the dedication that the GU alumni have to the success of the students.

Nov 2020

59 min 5 sec

Patrick Miller sat down with Elaine to talk about the Bond County Core Initiative and its efforts to help elevate local residents out of poverty and give hope for a brighter future.

Oct 2020

21 min 35 sec

Elaine and guest, Dr. Geet Vanaik, discuss GU's Covid-19 testing and the 'How to Crush Covid-19' symposium that the university is hosting this Friday.

Oct 2020

9 min 11 sec

What started out as an interview for the Papyrus turned into a podcast. GU student and Papyrus staff writer, Frances Trujillo sat down with Elaine. They discussed all things Greenville, Greenville SMART, and the "tug" that brought Frances back to the university.

Sep 2020

20 min 32 sec

Sales and Marketing Manager for Illinois South Tourism, Christine Orr traveled to Greenville for a discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on local events and local tourism.

Sep 2020

24 min 22 sec

Suzanne Davis, President of Greenville University joins Elaine, Breck, and Deloy to discuss her path to GU and how the campus has had to adapt to the realities of 2020. Hear all about the new initiatives at the University! #COVID-19 #progress

Sep 2020

39 min 34 sec

This week our guest on the Greenville SMART podcast is Heather Koerkenmeier Edwards. She's the lady who owns Fusion Dance Center and is the co-founder of the local children's theater group. She also talks with Elaine about her kids and the reality of COVID-19. Also, Lauren Joseph takes photos of the podcast!

Sep 2020

30 min 4 sec

The President of the GU Student Association, Kenzie Schwab joins Elaine & Deloy this week on the podcast. Hear all about how GU students are dealing with the new school year and COVID-19! #progress

Aug 2020

25 min 24 sec

Elaine and Breck are joined by Steve Smith, President & CEO of Entertech Global. Steve talks about his history in Greenville and the Geothermal industry! #progress

Aug 2020

37 min 25 sec

Elaine talks with Amanda Dussold, Yoga Instructor at Studio Ananda and CEO facilitator about her Yoga studio and the Bond County CEO program!

Aug 2020

37 min 12 sec

This week Blake Gocey, Community Relations Coordinator from the Simple Room joins Elaine on the Greenville SMART podcast! Hear about the history and ministry of the Simple Room which is located in Greenville, IL! #progress

Aug 2020

23 min 25 sec

Dr. George Barber, GU Head Men's Basketball Coach joins the Greenville SMART podcast crew (Elaine, Breck, and Deloy). Don't miss the story of the Barber family's trek to Greenville and the campaign announcement from George!

Jul 2020

39 min 9 sec

Michael Turley, Owner at Rolling Lawns Farm joins Elaine for the Greenville SMART podcast! Listen to their interesting discussion about their family business and the Milk House!

Jul 2020

28 min 30 sec

Elaine sat down with Scott Giffin, Chief Development Officer at Greenville University and the newest member to the GU staff, Evan Abla, Director of Donor Relations. The group discuss, why donors donate and the "pull" that seems to be the common theme in why people come to Greenville University.

Jul 2020

26 min 43 sec

Dr. Dunkley (Professor of Biology & Faculty Moderator) and Dr. Laughlin (Chair, Criminal Justice and Social Work) join Elaine to discuss their joint efforts in Forensics and CSI. Hear about the conferences and future plans for student camps.

Jul 2020

25 min 2 sec

This week on the podcast, Elaine interviews Terrell Carter, Chief Diversity Officer and Special Advisor to the President at Greenville University. Listen to his story and his involvement with GU and the city of Greenville. #challengingTimes

Jun 2020

48 min 14 sec

Dr. Brian Hartley, Dean of Faculty and Chief Academic Officer at GU is our guest on this episode! Elaine and Brian discuss his journey to GU and the challenges facing the University in 2020.

Jun 2020

23 min 31 sec

Join Elaine & Deloy as they hear all about the adventures of Rich Stephens & Ish Smith in Greenville and at Greenville University.

May 2020

30 min 10 sec

Lee Camp is the founder of True North Partners, LLC. He joins Elaine and Deloy to discuss the mission of his company and their involvement with Greenville SMART.

Apr 2020

30 min 24 sec

BJ Fink, GU ESports Head Coach joins Elaine & Deloy to discuss the latest Varsity Sports team at Greenville University! ESports is coming to the Greenville SMART Center!

Apr 2020

40 min 7 sec

In this episode, Elaine talks with Larry Deiters. Larry and his wife Darla have two businesses in Greenville, NACO Printing and Kahuna's Burgers & More. Elaine and Larry talk about the benefits and struggles of being a small business owner, entrepreneurship and the Bond County CEO.

Apr 2020

33 min 8 sec

In today's podcast, Elaine talks with John Goldsmith, curator of the De Moulin Museum in Greenville, IL. They discuss the 10 year anniversary of the Museum, how it all began and the unique charm of the city of Greenville.

Apr 2020

29 min 28 sec

This week Elaine had the chance to talk with Ross Baker, Dean of Students at Greenville University. They discussed the student experience at GU, past, present, and future. Tune in to hear how students and faculty have adjusted and adapted to the changes this semester and find out what's next.

Apr 2020

22 min 17 sec

On today's podcast Elaine talks with Noel Harnetiaux, owner of NH Photo, co-owner of Bond County Realtors and President of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. Recently Noel, along with members of the chamber of commerce and the City of Greenvile, has started the Shop Local Bond County, IL campaign. Elaine and Noel discussed the "butterfly effect" of shopping local and the unique and wonderful character of businesses and residents of Bond County.

Apr 2020

33 min 2 sec

In this episode Elaine spent some time with Joy Paeth. CEO of AgeSmart, discussing Experience First, senior services in Bond County, the importance of the US Census and staying connected with our senior population.

Apr 2020

21 min 44 sec

Join Elaine & Deloy for a discussion with Bill Walker (Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Greenville, Illinois) about opportunities for local businesses during this Coronavirus epidemic.

Apr 2020

30 min 29 sec

Randy Alderman, VP of Community Relations and Security Officer for Bradford National Bank joins Elaine to talk about Coronavirus scams and how to avoid them. #progress

Mar 2020

19 min 35 sec

Join Elaine, Breck, and Deloy for updates on the Coronavirus and how it is changing our world in Greenville, both at the university and in our town. #progress

Mar 2020

29 min 44 sec

Kenzie Schwab, President-elect of Greenville Student Government Association joins Elaine and Breck to discuss the grand opening events at the SMART Center! Don't miss these events on February 28th (GU students only) and February 29th (everyone is invited).

Feb 2020

18 min 3 sec

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Feb 2020

33 min 30 sec

Jes Adam, Greenville Tourism Director joins Elaine for an exciting update on all the amazing things that are happening in Greenville, IL in 2020! #progress

Jan 2020

22 min 56 sec

Amy & Beth Marcoot join Elaine for a fascinating discussion about their Jersey Creamery! Don't miss their story about reinventing a farm in Southern Illinois! #cheese #extremeIce

Jan 2020

46 min 20 sec

Danara Moore joins Elaine and Breck for an update on the GU Experience First program and GU Panther Preferred. Don't miss this episode!

Dec 2019

31 min 6 sec

Listen to a recap of the Greenville Thanksgiving event and the upcoming December festivities! Deloy Cole joins Elaine and Breck for this episode. #progress

Dec 2019

28 min 55 sec

Dave Willey, Greenville City Manager joins Elaine and Breck for an engaging discussion about his path to Greenville, IL and the future of our town!

Nov 2019

34 min 45 sec

Join our hosts Elaine & Breck as they interview Lisa Amundson, Dean for the College of Social Sciences and Education at Greenville University. Hear about our newest Greenville SMART initiative involving the KRP (Kindergarten Readiness Program) in Greenville, IL.

Nov 2019

28 min 44 sec

Listen in as our host Elaine talks with entrepreneur Eric Heckman about the new restaurant that is coming to the SMART Center! #progress #RocketBowls

Oct 2019

28 min 44 sec

Bruce Unterbrink, Director of Construction for Bruce Unterbrink Construction joins Elaine and Breck to discuss the construction and progress of the Greenville SMART building. Don't miss these insights into our amazing historical SMART building!

Oct 2019

29 min 27 sec

Join Elaine, Breck, and Natty for a preview of Panther Palooza and the Greenville University Homecoming weekend! #progress #RocketBowls

Oct 2019

18 min 24 sec

Join us this week for a discussion with Natty & Missy from New Hope Girls! #entrepreneurship #missions

Sep 2019

28 min 29 sec