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Ep. 49 – Jenny Mendak loves Millvale and Millvale loves her right back

From dances to donut meetups, meet the woman whose commitment to the kids in her community is unwavering.

by Stephanie Brea | October 13, 2020

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“When we moved here, I went around and introduced myself to everyone.” The body piercer at Three Rivers Tattoo, Jenny Mendak reflects on parallels between her own small town upbringing and what she loves about living and working in Millvale. A little over a year ago, she decided to throw a dance for the kids in town, which led to more dances, talent shows, a trip on the Gateway Clipper, and the title of director of family and youth development for the Millvale Community Development Corporation. In 2019, residents celebrated “Millvale Loves Jenny Day” to recognize her tireless commitment to the community.

While COVID put a stop to larger gatherings, Mendak still figures out ways to help, including basketball competitions and hikes. She wants the kids in town to have positive experiences that will help guide them into adulthood. When asked for one word to describe Millvale, she responds, “Charming. You can get a record, go get homemade candy or a milkshake, and still rent a movie all on the same block.” As such, we ask her to share her favorite spots.

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This episode was hosted by Stephanie Brea, recorded remotely, engineered and edited by Epicast Studios.

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Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town.

An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters.

Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested.

At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role of podcast producer for The Slaw. She’s pretty familiar with a microphone, thanks to that aforementioned poetry degree, and she’s got the wherewithal to ask Epicast Studios for help. She listens to too many true crime podcasts, and currently records from her bedroom.

If you know of someone who would be the perfect podcast guest, send her an email.

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