A smile can turn a frown upside down when shared. We are all guilty of hiding pain to avoid hard conversations. Let’s open up and talk about what’s really going onbehind the smile.Most often, the brightest smiles come from those who have been hurt the most.  

Join me to gain insight on how we put on masks to get through dark or difficult times. My podcast is a safe place where people can share their pain and discuss how opening up, rather than hiding behind a smile, allows for growth and happiness.

Season 1

Behind the Smile with Vonnie Season 1 is available where you listen to your favorite podcasts or on SoundCloud

In the first episode of Behind the Smile, Vonnie chats with Olympian & NBC Sports commentator Tara Lipinski about how three simple words Tara spoke helped Vonnie heal. Tara inspires again with three words that are small but mighty, just like her!

Ginger Zee

Vonnie refers to her as a tornado through the stigma surrounding mental health. Ginger Zee’s transparency about her own life experiences proves to be inspiring and provides hope for others.


A ray of sunshine, Seattlemeteorologist Claire Anderson was done hiding behind her smile. Her heartfelt conversation with Vonnie on the loss of her father to suicide is inspiring.

Jordan Carson

Jordan Carson is West Michigan’s sweetheart, a television host and an award-winning journalist. The loss of her sister to an eating disorder has created a deep passion for mental health awareness.

Jeff Bennett

From concept to reality, the creator of ‘The Wall’ shares how his idea became the number one game show in the world. Jeff Bennett’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for mental health awareness are also discussed.

Dino Paganelli

What is it like to be an NFL football official? Find out! Dino Paganelli shares his experiences from the field, as well as what really drives and motivates him – his love for his late wife and their family.


Dr. Hibler shares the benefits of nutrition and describes her personal history with narcissism, leading to an honest and meaningful conversation one that Vonnie could relate to and that found them both emerging from Behind the Smile


Laura Powers

Celebrity psychic Laura Powers joins Vonnie to chat about tuning into signs from the universe that we can sense but not see. Listen and learn about how intuition, manifestation and serendipity all play a role in our lives.